Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 2012

It's been a busy few weeks at Short Term with lots of downtown happenings - handing out three huge tubs of candy at Halloween, helping runners and walkers warm up after the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, and today, handing out hot cocoa after the Christmas parade. (although it was actually kind of warm for what we're usually used to!) For the rest of December, it's going to be a calm, laid-back atmosphere at the gallery. We want everyone to feel welcome to relax and enjoy looking at art.

First Friday is on December 7th.  The gallery has a variety of artists showing, and a few more gift type items for holiday shopping. Singer Nancy Ames will be performing, and you can sit and enjoy with some great finger foods, or stroll leisurely to check out the art.   First Friday gallery shows will be nearby on Main Street including Petersons, Dancing Elephant, Atelier Anders, Mad Habit, and around the corner at Crossroads there is a special show by the Threadbenders fiber artists. The Outta the Box Bazaar with about two dozen fine art and craft vendors will be happening just two doors down at the VAOI Center on Friday night and Saturday.  It's a great time to enjoy art and meet artists. Here's wishing you a happy, un-hectic December!

Waiting for the parade. The weather was warm!

The front window.

Hat by Ann Eriksmoen, felt flower pin by Mary Stiglich

detail of Angel by Teri Axness

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Getting Ready for Holiday Time in Baker City

The window at the Short Term is decorated - along with a lot of other colorful shop windows on Main Street. The Gallery is filling with artwork from over 35 regional artists for holiday gift giving. There won't be a featured artist for December - we feature all of our artists! First Friday, December 7th. 

And don't forget to see some of our artists at the Outta the Box Bazaar December 7th and 8th.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Coming Up This Week

FIRST FRIDAY    October 5th   starts at 5, goes until 8:00

Featured Artist: Kate Brooks, Mosaics
Ongoing show:  paintings by Walt Wirfs
Live music and finger foods.

OPEN STUDIOS TOUR Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 3:00
pick up your map and brochure at Short Term Gallery or Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Fall Festival in historic Baker City Saturday October 6th.  Short Term Gallery will be open during the restaurant crawl.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Open Studios Tour

Map and artist/gallery info sheet will be ready Oct. 1.  May be downloaded from this site, or picked up at Crossroads-Carnegie Art Center or Short Term Gallery.

Robert Anders - bronze, prints, parintings
Terri Axness -  ceramics, paintings
Bill Huston - saddles, metalsmithing
Sarah LeCompte - painting, textiles
Rebecca Litke - pastels
Michael McVey - pottery
Tom Novak - painting, illustration
Chris Parker - glass
Mary Sue Rightmire - pottery
E'Jay Weber - glass

Castle Gallery
Crossroads-Carnegie Art Center
Dancing Elephant
Earth & Vine Gallery and Wine Bar
Peterson's Gallery & Chocolatier
Short Term Gallery

Monday, September 3, 2012

September First Friday - coming up this Friday September 6, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  Featured show is  paintings from Walt Wirfs, plus quilts from Charlotte Wirfs. Ongoing for another month are works of Bob Crump and Pat Kennedy Crump.

Mark your calendars for the Baker City Open Studios Tour October 6 & 7.  Ten artists plus five local galleries. 11:00 to 3:00 each day Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Chalk It Up

A few examples of work by artists from the Gallery....bringing art directly to the sidewalks of Main Street Baker City in the annual "Chalk It Up" day...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter
First Friday Art Walk August 3, 5:30 to 8:00
Live Music by John Woodward; hors d'ouevres by Andrea Stone

Bob Crump and Pat Kennedy Crump  

Woodcuts, oil paintings and drawings from the family collection of the late Bob Crump and Pat Kennedy Crump.  Prolific and noted Minnesota artists, their daughter Sarah now lives in Baker City and is offering several pieces from the family collection for display and sale.
Learn more about these artists at: 

Debra Otterstein  Featured Artist
Continuing show of the wildlife art of this northeast Oregon artist; her paintings on feathers have brought a wide audience. Learn more at

Window Displays:
Mary Sue Rightmire
zen garden lanterns

Ceramic solar lanterns with Japanese inspired styles and finishes.

Pat Miller
Woodturning and bowls.

Currently in the gallery:

Walt Wirfs, "Cement Bluffs"

woodwork by Wayne Wall

Also in town this month:
"Persistance in Clay" at Crossroads Art Center.
Brian and Corrinne Vegter at Peterson Art Gallery
"Chalk It Up" sidewalk street art on Main Street August 4.
We Like Em Short Film Festival August 17&18. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We're Back

Due to technical difficulties, our blog was out of commission for awhile, but now we're ready to post lots of new stuff and new activities coming up for the rest of the summer.

July featured artists at the Short Term:
 Deb Otterstein
Don Gray 

And a peaceful, zen garden window display featuring work by Mary Sue Rightmire:
We're open daily and having lots of company this summer. A special  feature as part of the Crossroads "Persistance in Clay" art show events in town is a Coffee Art Break at the Short Term every Wednesday morning at 10:30.  Free coffee and free talk - with some of your favorite interesting artists taking a break to discuss the joys and challeneges of creativity.

For the Miner's Jubilee Juuly 20-21, Tom Novak will be set up on the sidewalk doing caricatures.

August 4th is "Chalk It Up" day with artists creating chalk art works on Main Street sidewalks. does feel nice to have escaped temporary internet oblivion and be back sharing great art!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Corrine Vegter on Oregon Art Beat...

One of the Short Term Gallery artists, and the gallery it self are part of a new Oregon Art Beat segment. Corrine Vegter who is inspired by vintage travel trailers is the latest Eastern Oregon artist to make an appearance on the OPB program. Happy trails to you and see you on First Friday May 4th.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

April First Friday and newsletter

Short Term Gallery
1829 Main Street
Baker City, Oregon
April 2012 Newsletter
First Friday Art Walk April 6, 5:30 to 8:00
Featured Artists:
 Hiro Glover, and Grant County Arts Association.  Live Music by Jenna-Leigh (pop, rock, country).

Hiro Glover   Featured Artist
Born in Okinawa, Japan, Hirofumi Glover showed an early talent for drawing. After immigrating to the United States in 1959, he was inspired by the visually stimulating culture of the modern world. He studied graphic design and photography in college and he soon became one of Oregon’’s accomplished artisans; first as a successful musician and instrument builder, and later as a skilled craftsman of custom furniture.

His passion for painting began as a happy accident when he started painting floor cloths to sell at the various markets in the Willamette Valley. Self-taught, he first began experimenting with acrylics on canvas and his early works were impressionistic abstracts with an emphasis on bold colors. Glover’’s recent works are figurative paintings and Oregon landscapes.
Hirofumi’’s art has been featured in galleries along the I-5 corridor, and he has produced many commissioned pieces for both commercial and private collectors. His work won the ""People’’s Choice"" award at the 11th annual Riverfront Gallery’’s Wild Women 8 juried art show in 2010.
Glover relocated to La Grande at the beginning of 2012 and is taking inspiration from the surrounding beauty of Eastern Oregon. 
  Hiro Glover painting horseHorse
painting by Hiro Glover Geisha RainGeisha-Rain
Hiro Glover painting Landscape


Hiro Glover Three Sisters-1 Three Sisters #1

Grant County Arts Association Featured Artists
Paintings, drawings, and wall sculpture by members of the Grant County Arts Association.
White Chickens Suzanne FindleyWhite Chickens, watercolor, Suzanne Findley, $75

 Currently in the gallery:

oil painting, George Keister, $550

jewelryJewelry, Andrea Stone, copper/turquoise,

boys club

Boys Club on Parade, Watercolor, Rebecca Littke, $879

glass mosaic
I was Born to Swing, That's All  glass mosaic, lighted, Kathy Pennington, $2800

More at:
art in progress work in progress, Tom Novak inside the gallery.
The Short Term Gallery located in historic downtown Baker City shows works by a variety of regional artists.The odd name is from its origins of what was to have been a one month exhibition in a vacant storefront - but success led to ongoing exhibits and sales. Thanks to a generous arrangement with the property owners and donated labor by the artists who show there, operating costs are low and all proceeds of sales go directly to the artists. New art is always coming in, and great art is being sold, so if you visited once please come back again. There's always something new!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

March First Friday Information

This month the Short Term Gallery has as its Featured Artist not one, not two, but an entire group of artists: the artists of the Grant County Artists Association. Come on in and see what this talented group has been up to.  Also you will enjoy the delicious finger food creations from Andrea's Kitchen, always deeelicious, as well as wine, punch and live music.  The First Friday goings on start at 5:30 and go until 8:30 or until the crowds quit coming in.  Come on out and join in the fun, see you there.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

First Friday and Yart Sale

First Friday February's time for the annual Yart Sale, where artists bring in works that have been sitting in their studios for awhile...too nice to throw out, so selling at discounted prices to help them clear space to create great new works.  Affordable art from your favorite Short Term Gallery artists.
First Friday finger foods will feature summer style garage sales favorite treats creatd by Andrea Stone.

The most recent meeting of Baker Art Guild was lively and filled with exciting happenings coming up in art in Baker City...Robert Anders opening his new atelier, Crossroads Art Center with a special clay exhibit this summer, and a new brochure and map to help out of town visitors find their way to all the new galleries in downtown Baker City.
Enjoying this painting by Paul Hoelscher "Emperor" currently on display in the Short Term Gallery.

Winter Hours: Thursday and Friday 10:00 to 6:00, Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 3:00.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Art Beat Feature

Thanks OPB for a really nice piece on Art Beat about the Short Term Gallery!

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Oregon Art Beat: Short Term Gallery

Brian Vegter talks about the origins of this Baker City art gallery.

After the Hallmark store in Baker City closed its doors, the owners of the space asked painter Brian Vegter to hang some of his art in the empty storefront window. His paintings were warmly received, so they asked for more art for the walls inside. Soon after, Vegter was asked to organize a gallery in the space, free of rent, for one month. One month turned into two and now, three and a half years later, Vegter and his artist friend Tom Novak continue to run (what was supposed to be) the Short Term Gallery.
Vegter and Novak maintain the space on Main Street as a gallery co-op for approximately 30 regional artists. Local artists pay a nominal monthly fee to help cover utilities and property taxes on the building and in return they are granted space in the gallery to show up to three of their pieces, which include everything from drawings and paintings to jewelry and bronze bowls. The artists at the Short Term Gallery take away 100 percent of the profits when they sell their art.
The name Short Term Gallery now applies to Vegter and Novak’s philosophy for the rotation of artwork on display. Their aim is to keep the space fresh, mixing it up by regularly changing the artwork on the walls. In addition, the gallery features one artist per month during the First Friday Art Walk.
Vegter loves meeting visitors from out of town who are impressed by the unique nature of his gallery. "It's fantastic to get compliments from people from other areas," he says.