Art Adventure Gallery


native american art under pressure: the history of printmaking and native american culture

The "Apolonia" Susana Santos Journeys In Creativity Program

Opening Reception Thursday July 2, 5:30-7pm

reception photos 7/2/15

The "Journeys" Program was co-founded by Pat Courtney-Gold (Warm Springs) and the late "Apolonia" Susana Santos (Warm Springs) and the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2004. The program is intended to help Native American teens research and study their ancestral art forms, while encouraging them to recreate or emulate that art style in either a contemporary or traditional medium. The camp helps students to further their artistic abilities/techniques, offers first hand college experience, and helps them to establish the work ethic needed to complete projects.

Over a two week period in Summer 2014, the program's 11th year, twelve native American teens from Oregon, Washington and Alaska were introduced to printmaking and its roots in contemporary Native American art history and culture.

The medium, teachers and theme may change from year to year. What does not change is the mentoring of these youth by native artists and curators of local museums, galleries and tribes. The group took classes together, visited museums and developed tools to tap into their create process during fourteen intense 12-hour days.

Please visit this exhibition and enjoy both the prints and the penned thoughts of these talented young artists. Opening reception is Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 5:30-7pm.



tom prochaska & christy wyckoff: in the footsteps of charles heaney

Opening Reception Thursday August 6, 5:30-7pm

Picture Gorge, NW End - Wyckoff
  • Picture Gorge, NW End - Wyckoff
Christy Wyckoff & Tom Prochaska
  • Christy Wyckoff & Tom Prochaska
Peter French on Round Barn - Prochaska
  • Peter French on Round Barn - Prochaska


In Sept. 2014 Oregon artists Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff set out to follow in the footsteps of artist Charles Heaney (1897-1981), who was a significant mid-20th century Oregon artist known for his paintings and prints inspired by the landscape and settlements of Central, Eastern, and Southern Oregon as well as Nevada.

The exhibition features approximately 30 drawings created by the artists during their recent road trip as they traveled and camped at various places identified in Heaney’s work. The exhibition also includes comparative works by Heaney, drawn from the permanent collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

“Although Heaney was on our minds as we worked at sites connected to him,” Wyckoff explains, “we primarily responded in our individual ways to the landscape in front of us rather than making ‘art about art.’”

This exhibition has been organized by Professor Emeritus of Art History and Senior Faculty Curator, Roger Hull, and will be traveling from the Hallie Ford Museum Of Art to Art Adventure Gallery in August. Financial support for the exhibition has been provided by grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds, the Oregon Arts Commission and a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Tom Prochaska is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor who earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Pratt Institute and taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art from 1988 until his retirement in 2013. He has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

Christy Wyckoff earned his MFA degree at the University of Washington and taught for 33 years at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, retiring in 2012. A printmaker, he has exhibited widely and was represented in the Tacoma Art Museum’s 2014 survey Ink This! Contemporary Prints in the Northwest. He is the recent recipient of a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission in support of a number of projects including his involvement in In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney.



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