• All Jefferson County 2024

    Photos of the July 4th opening below. There will be another reception for this show on August 1st!

    The months of July & August at Art Adventure Gallery will feature the many talented artists who live in and around Jefferson County. Artists may submit up to 4 pieces in any medium. Two dimensional work should be framed, wired, and ready for hanging.

    Application forms will be available at the gallery or may be downloaded here and the artwork tags(artwork tags). Work can be dropped off any time during business hours ( Wed.-Sat. Noon to 4:00pm) by the 15th of June.

    We look forward to this show each year, to celebrating the creativity in our community and to the festive gathering of friends at the opening reception.

    The opening reception for the All Jefferson County Exhibit will be Thursday, July 4th, from 5:30-7pm.

    All-Jefferson County Show Prospectus/Registration Form: Prospectus

    Eligibility: Must be a current resident of Jefferson County or surrounding counties.

    Artwork: A maximum of 4 pieces (2 and/or 3 dimensional) in any medium may be submitted for acceptance. Not for sale work accepted on a limited basis. Please price work with 35% commission included. Please cut out and attach these tags to the back of each entry: Artwork Tags.

    Original work only, suitably framed or mounted and ready for display.

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: June 15th, 2024. Deliver to Art Adventure Gallery at 185 SE 5th St. Madras, Oregon. Email coraleepopp@mac.com with questions or call 541-475-6317.

    You can download this announcement and additional info.

  • ‘Looking Up, Branching Out’ featuring Jana Charl

    For the months of May and June 2024, Art Adventure is featuring Jana Charl. Opening night with Artist Talk is 5:30-7pm on Thursday, May 2nd 2024.

    Exhibition dates: May 2nd-June 29th at Art Adventure Gallery, 185 SW 5th Street in Madras. See you there!

    My solo exhibition “Looking Up, Branching Out” will feature over 30 mixed media and acrylic paintings, giclées (prints) on photo paper and canvas, and a video installation. 

    Growing up as an avid tree climber, I was fascinated with the patterns and strengths of branches, looking for routes to climb and descend. On an elementary school field trip, my father loaned me a manual camera with black and white film. Every photo I took was of climbable trees. As an artist, I’m intrigued by the infinite possibilities of shapes and forms the branches create. 

    Seeking to draw attention to sustainability and conservation issues, my body of work includes materials destined for dumps sites, such as wood and window frames from Hay Creek Ranch; plastic mesh from produce bags; and burlap from coffee bean bags. From an aesthetic point of view, I’m also fascinated by the textures and colors of salvaged items. Plastics maintain their vibrant colors, metals rust, paint chips and fades, and textiles unravel. I’m deeply engaged in the art-making activity of assembling and reconfiguring my discoveries.

    Often I treat the canvas as a textile; cutting, sewing, and embroidering on it. I’ve also treated it like paper, drawing on it and cutting out forms that I glue onto stretched canvas. I love the process of mixing pigments and exploring color, sometimes not thoroughly blending colors before applying them to surfaces and then continuing to manipulate the colors with brushes, palette knives, and my fingers.

    I hope that “Looking Up, Branching Out” will resonate with our diverse community members, taking place at a gallery open to ALL, rekindling our childhood awe of nature and reimagining the uses of our Central Oregon resources.

    Jana Charl

    Some featured artwork

  • Outreach

    Art Adventure Gallery would like your suggestions for any classes or activities that would be more inclusive to the entire community and help us celebrate our diversity.

    Art Adventure Gallery quisiera sus sugerencias para cualquier clase o actividad que sea más inclusiva para toda la comunidad y nos ayude a celebrar nuestra diversidad.

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