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Let's Seek Out Pocket Galleries and Keep Our Holidays Local

Sandy Brown Jensen
One of Eugene's newest and most charming pocket galleries is the Karin Clarke Gallery at the Gordon.

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

We’re deep into autumn now, and we can see all the upcoming holidays from here.

Please consider giving art this year as The Unexpected Gift. And please consider the many charms of seeking out the hidden pocket galleries wherever in Our Fair State that you travel.

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Sandy Brown Jensen
During November and December, the Maude Kerns Art Gallery Gift Store will be as overflowing as Santa's sleigh with art gifts for all.

The phrase “gift gallery” is always code for art available at all price points; for example, the shop at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene is overflowing this season.

Bob Keller
"Offshore Wind" by Bob Keller. You can find his stunning nature photography at a little pocket gallery inn Yachats called "The Wave."

In Yachats, have you seen the breathtaking surf art at The Wave Gallery?

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Sandy Brown Jensen
One of Eugene's newest and most charming pocket galleries is the Karin Clarke Gallery at the Gordon.

In Eugene, check out the Karin Clarke Gallery at the Gordon. There are some lovely, affordable little hand-gilded photographs there that are quite delicious.

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Sandy Brown Jensen
Russell Tomlin's photographs are being shown at the Don Dexter Gallery on Willamette in Eugene.

Also in Eugene, the Don Dexter Gallery is currently showing dreamy, evocative coastal marshland photographs by retired University of Oregon Linguistics professor Russell Tomlin turned Florence photographer.

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Sandy Brown Jensen
Florence photographer, Russell Tomlin, is showing an appealing portfolio of reflective and dreamlike marshscapes.

The Dexter Gallery has been around for decades, showcasing all the area’s finest photographers. Don Dexter has converted the front waiting room of his dental practice into an art gallery at 2233 Willamette Suite B. Don’t be shy--remember, it’s an adventure to seek out these cool little galleries, and Tomlin’s work is worth the effort.

I want to mention that the New Zone Gallery, which is a Eugene artist collective, has moved to 110 E. 11th Ave, a big, colorful venue right on the corner with big windows.

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Walt O'Brien
The O'Brien Gallery behind Harlequin Beads on Willamette in EUgene is showing images by Bill Haynes.

But not every pocket gallery comes with windows. O’Brien Imaging at 2833 Willamette, tucked in behind Harlequin Beads, is the original hole in the wall.

Right now, local photographer Bill Haynes has a collection of water abstracts that are the right gift for just about anyone as they gently quiet the spirit.

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Walt O'Brien
Gorgeous water photographs by Bill Haynes are avaialbe for your viewing pleasure at O'Brien Imaging Gallery.

The Brownsville Art Center has a couple of big art markets coming up. The Art Gallery in Harrisburg, the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, Beach the Moon in Newport. Okay, you get the idea.

There’s a shipping crisis about to train wreck into Christmas, so why not keep our holiday shopping local. We are standing on an aquifer of art. Let’s reach in, drink deep, and share the wealth.

This is Sandy Brown Jensen for KLCC.