What’s cooking in the Art Incubator?

The Cultural Center is evolving to serve the needs of local artists, as we create new discoveries for visitors to enjoy, safely. These galleries are open for socially-distant, in-person viewing the LCCC during our regular business hours (10 am to 4 pm Thursday-Sunday) and by appointment (call 541-994-9994):

  • The PJ Chessman Gallery, our fine arts space, which features a new exhibit every month. Instead of an opening reception (too close for comfort!) we offer an online gallery tour posted on the second Friday of each month on our Facebook Page.
  • The NEW Fiber Arts Studio Gallery, upstairs in the former Gift Shop/Info Center space. This is volunteer-led space, dedicated to fiber arts education and the display of innovative and beautiful creations. It is a meeting space for fiber arts groups and ongoing demonstration and classes. In October and November, the FASG will feature the vivid yarns and designs of artist Teresa Ruch.
  • Gearhead’s Art Gallery, featuring the colorful and funky works by Bob Roemer, who turns colanders, fan blades, Jello molds, spatulas and other household items into lamps, mobiles and other entertaining home decor. Wander through Bob’s recycled art jungle, and enjoy collages and paintings by his partner, Colleen Hickey. Gearhead’s Art Gallery also has paintings and jewelry by Buff Medb Neretin, Cha Cha Lambert, Ray Ludwig, Dona Vaile, Mary Ann Hickey and Zelda Bevan.
  • The Creative Quarantine Art Kit Room, stocked with new projects every week for DIY art relief. An offshoot of our drive-through program from earlier in the pandemic, this is a self-serve “store” with a selection of art projects, labeled with contents, suggested age ranges and required supplies (if any). Leave a donation if you can, but thanks to our family of volunteers and donors these projects are free for everyone.

Other spaces in the Cultural Center are serving as studio and learning space, open to the public by appointment. Here are some of our current opportunities. Please call or write to the studio occupant to arrange your visit:

  • Mosaic artist Joanne Daschel has moved to a studio on the upper level, across from the Fiber Arts Studio Gallery. Her workshop is open by appointment. To learn more or book, write to jdaschel@gmail.com
  • The LCCC Ceramics Studio, located downstairs at the Cultural Center, is still offering open studio time and kiln firing services. To learn more, call the main office at 541-994-9994.
  • Diane Christiansen is offering ballet classes on Saturdays and Wednesdays in the Dance Studio. To register, call Diane at 507-514-7984.
  • The Bravery Center, a project of the Olalla Center, is in the process of moving into Studio 4 and the adjoining 5A and 5B. It’s an exciting new resource center and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth in Lincoln County. They’re looking for donations of furniture and decorations; to learn more write to beckj@olallacenter.org.

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