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.