Welcome to Gallery Calapooia

Precautions are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and artists and we are ready to welcome you back to our gallery.  Anyone entering the gallery will be required to wear a mask and maintain appropriate social distancing. We will also limit the number of customers allowed in. 

We are open! Our current  hours are Tues-Sat, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We also have the following special Sunday hours: 
Sunday, December 6th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 13th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 20th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Follow our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/GalleryCalapooia/ for our Virtual First Fridays. 

We can also be found on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/gallerycalapooia

Rachael Oehler and Bill Origer are the featured artists for December at Gallery Calapooia.

Feature photographer Bill Origer will be offering a new line of metal prints.  A dye sublimation image is heat bonded to aluminum. This provides a permanent archival image with a vibrant colors and glossy finish that is resistant to heat and moisture. The print is backed with a French cleat mount that is ready to hang. The frameless print is suspended ¾ inch from the wall as a dramatic presentation. His photos are also available in other finishes on mat board, and as greeting cards. These images capture the realistic beauty and variety of the natural world.
Twelve Zebras – 12 x 36-inch panorama of zebras drinking at a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Winter Storm, Red Rocks Park, Nevada – 14.5 x 32.5-inch panorama of a sunset storm over rugged desert mountains.
Ocean Sunset, Second Beach, Washington– 14 x 33-inch panorama of high surf with dramatic colors
Rocks & Rapids, Paradise River, Washington time exposure of moving water with glowing reflections and colors
Comet Neowise & Mount Jefferson Telephoto view of the comet taken in the clear dark skies of Central Oregon.
Allen’s Hummingbird – brilliant orange plumage with exquisite detail.

As an artist, Rachael Oehler often draws inspiration from nature, gravitating to imagery that invokes joy, peace, or a sense of awe. Using many delicate layers of colored pencil, she builds depth, contrast, and rich, complex colors, to infuse a sense of drama into her realism. In 2020, two of her pieces have been featured in the Colored Pencil Society of America’s To the Point magazine: When Life Gives You Lemons, which earned 2nd place in Oregon’s 2019 chapter show (DC201), and As the World Burns, which was accepted into CPSA’s prestigious International Show.

“I don’t believe I could have created a work that feels more 2020 to me than ‘Marie at the Market,’ which was finished this year, and shown with CPSA under its alternate title ‘As the World Burns.’ A work of art generally takes weeks or months to complete, and absorbs whatever I am focused on at the time. This one spans years. While it contains, for me, the joy of a visit with dear friends on a rainy afternoon in Germany, also within its layers are contemplations on the immigrant crisis (to which this girl, a little older, had a front row seat), racial and political unrest, and how to keep my own child safe in a worldwide pandemic. When I snapped the photo, I did not see these layers. It was not until I revisited my photos that I saw the fiery news, to which we were both oblivious, in contrast to this radiant hopeful face—I could not take my eyes off of it.”

“This piece has been on a journey with me. In it I see a child’s radiant joy and innocence, and a parent’s effort to keep her child warm and safe. And yet, the tragedy is real for someone else, as the literal foundations on which their life is built, burn down. While the world cried out with our collective struggles, Marie smiled back at me, reminding me that each day I have a choice to take in the whole picture, however painful or uncomfortable, or to merely smell the flowers.”

Rachael’s website:  https://theartofrachaeloehler.wordpress.com

Colored Pencil Society of America’s International Show (online): https://www.cpsa.org/exhibitions/cpsa-international-awards/28th-annual-cpsa-international-exhibition-2020/

Art on the GO

Sybaris Bistro
How exciting that Sybaris is open again for the public! Besides the fact that their amazing food is available for sit down meals again, this also means that we can hang art work from our Gallery on their walls. 442 W 1st Ave, Albany, OR 97321 

Melissa Babcock Saylor is showing for the month of December:
“This will be my 11th year showing holiday artwork at Sybaris.  It’s always fun to work on this show and to see it  help decorate Sybaris for the season.
The first year I decided to do a holiday show, I was getting ready to have some pretty major surgery for stage 4 Thyroid Cancer.  My plan was to do this happy holiday show, just to help make the restaurant cheerful for the season and to give a gift back to the community.  Albany, has always been my home and supported me and my artwork.  I really had no hope of selling anything.  But, low and behold, I did sell almost everything. 
This year it will be a lot like other years.  Lots of Snowmen, Santa’s and Reindeer.  All the new work is either done in acrylic or collage on canvas. 
This years show will run from December 1 through the new year.  Anyone can come in and see the artwork, even if you’re not dining.  Sybaris is open Tuesday through Saturday  from 10:00 a.m. until closing.  Be sure to wear a mask and if you want to purchase a painting, just wave down the amazing chef Matt Bennett and he is glad to assist.

Galleries from Salem to Eugene
Take a look at the Art Map of galleries in the Mid-Willamette Valley along the I-5 corridor. You can get a great new paper version of the map at Gallery Calapooia.

Gift Registry and Gift Certificates

Remember that Gallery Calapooia has gift certificates if you don’t know exactly what to get for your friends or loved ones. We also have a gift registry for those of you who really know what you want from the gallery and would like to be able to stop dropping hints! When your significant other says to you, What do you want for Christmas, Hanukah, or….?; You can say you put it in the gift registry at Gallery Calapooia. In addition, we have a great selection of artist made cards and we can wrap your gift for you so you can relax and enjoy any celebration.

Artist Membership

Gallery Calapooia is currently looking for new artists to be a part of the gallery. All applications are juried by committee (see links below):

Artist Application form for membership in Gallery Calapooia
Membership and application information

Visit our Events Calendar to keep up with classes and events that will be
occurring at the gallery.

Gallery Calapooia - Albany, Oregon

222 W. 1st Ave.
Albany, Oregon 97321

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Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm

Gallery Calapooia is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Donations to the gallery are tax-deductible.

Gallery Calapooia Inc. receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission,
a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.