Imagine the conundrum of trying to plan a theater season right now, or an event that takes six months just to line up your speakers. Or a series of concerts which depends on the availability of the invited artists in the face of their own chaotic schedules. Sure, you can, but who can tell what little spiked viral creature is going to push Omicron off the scene in… well, in March? Or even February?
Omicron or not, the wine country’s arts and culture scene continues. That’s what to remember, right after watching the next six weeks. There is a lot going on. Granted, you will need a KN95 mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in some places, but the point is, you can move around. Streaming is so 2021.
Here’s a look at what’s going on in the next couple of months, mostly in Yamhill County, but with a nod to our neighbors in Salem and Forest Grove.
CARRY ON : The visual art galleries at Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg are already booked for the year, but you still have a month to catch two from 2021. Dee Vadnais: The Story of His Family in the Oregon Landscape in the Parrish Gallery and the exhibition, Meditation milestones: Cairns and Koans, by Linda Workman-Morelli and Jillian Sokso duo in the central gallery, both closed January 28. For more information, call 503-487-6883.
January 4: Hallie Ford Art Museum in Salem kicks off Tuesday 2022 with Depth of Field: Selections from the Bill Rhoades Collection by Northwest Photography, curated by curator Jonathan Bucci and showcasing works by Rhodes and Robert Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Jim Lommasson, Mary Randlett and Terry Toedtemeier, among others. The show runs until April 23. 503-370-6855.
January 8: The work of four artists will be featured in the January / February exhibition for the Valley Art Association in Forest Grove, with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Artists include Helvi Smith, BJ Dodson, Teal Buehler, and Nick Gustafson. 503-357-3703.
January 17: Yamhill County’s 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Chehalem Cultural Center will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Ballroom with a capacity limited to 200 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), but it will also be broadcast live. Tai Harden-Moore is this year’s keynote speaker, and the music is from the Larhonda Steele Band. Pre-registration is required and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for in-person attendance. 503-487-6883.
January 18: The artist’s owned Currents Gallery in McMinnville is opening its first jury exhibition of the year today, The magic of winter, and still accept registrations. The show runs until February 20. 503-435-1316.
January 22: Returning to Hallie Ford in Salem, we find the work of African-American painter from Portland Arvie Smith through March 26. Arvie Smith: scarecrow, an exploration of race, identity and systemic racism, is curated by museum director John Olbrantz. 503-370-6855
February 1st : Opening of two new shows at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. For some things there are no bad seasons is an “Exploration of Resonating Symbolism in Household Objects” by Carolyn Hazel Drake, and Global alert: a group exhibition curated by Chehalem Art Director Carissa Burkett features work by Tyler Brumfield, Cynthia Camlin, Ann Chadwick Reid, Noelle Evans, Aron Johnston, Christina Kemp, Sheryl LeBlanc, Molly Magai, Natalie Niblack and Katie Spain. Both shows run until April 1. 503-487-6883.
February 4: The Pentacle Theater in Salem opens the 2022 season with a production by Joe DePietro On the river and through the woods, directed by Jo Dodge, until February 26. On the bridge sits William Shakespeare Twelfth Night, directed by Isaac Joyce-Shaw, from April 22 to May 14. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required for admission, and masks should be worn indoors. 503-485-4300.
February 10-13: The McMinnville Short Film Festival returns to a real theater this year for three days of big screen cinema in virtually any genre you can imagine, although a selection is available for virtual viewing. This year’s keynote speaker is Kelley Baker. Keep an eye out for this space in the coming weeks for a closer look at the films and artists, and for more information, visit the website.
February 11th : Gallery Players of Oregon opens its 2022 season with My Way: Tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra, created (and originally directed) by David Grapes and Todd Olson. The McMinnville Theater production runs through March 6, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Directed by Evan Tait. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of performance is required, and masks must be worn. 503-472-2227.
ARTS REVIEW: An epiphany while watching HBO Harry Potter 20th Anniversary show: Movies are better than books. I’m just saying. Fight me. Also, during the holidays, I finally devoured the first two of Frank Herbert Dune pounds (better late than never) and I’m heading to Children of Dune following. Finally, I am also interested in DC Comics’ Sweet tooth by Jeff Lemire, which was adapted by Netflix. The comics have been my pandemic-inspired balm; I have probably read more comics on a tablet (with Unlimited Marvel and DC Infinite Universe) over the past year and a half than I have in my entire life.