Art Adventure Gallery

joellyn loehr

  • Gee's Bend
  • Furlong 6


I come at painting from the wrong way around. I do not set out to illustrate anything - not an object, a scene, nor an idea. The painting is a record of events in the studio and of experiments both intuitive and calculated - with color, with the physical properties of paint on a surface, and with random shapes and gestures. Throughout most of the process, the subject of the painting is the painting itself. Marks, colors, and shapes accumulate, are modified, are erased by abrasion or layering, are consolidated and connected to one another. Over time a working surface is built, destroyed, and rebuilt.


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts—Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
  • Master of Arts—Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science—Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan


  • Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti MI; 1971-2; Design I, Interior Design I, Housing the Family
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art; Manchester NH; 1980-1; Design I


  • Works of Faith—First Presbyterian Church; Portland OR; May–June 1998 (Juror’s Award)
  • PNCA at OHSU—Oregon Health & Sciences University; Portland OR; March–April 1999
  • Recent Graduates—Selected by instructors to represent PNCA; Blackfish Gallery; Portland OR; July 2000
  • Emerging Artists—Catlin Gabel School; Portland OR; October–November 2000
  • Gifts of the Spirit—First Presbyterian Church; Portland OR; December 2000–January 2001
  • New Members Show—Blackfish Gallery; Portland OR; January 2001
  • Blackfish at PCC—Northview Gallery, Portland Community College; Portland OR; Feb. 2001
  • Montana Art Gallery Association
  • Paris-Gibson Square Museum of Art; Great Falls MT; November 2001–December 2001
  • Liberty Arts Center and Gallery; Chester MT; May 2002–June 2002
  • Western Montana College Museum; Dillon MT; September 2002–October 2002
  • Expressions West 2003—Coos Art Museum and SWOCC; Coos Bay OR; May–June, 2003
  • Natural Abstraction—Mirror Pond Gallery; Bend OR; October 2003 (Jurors’ Award)
  • Around Oregon Annual II—Corvallis Arts Center; Corvallis OR; June 2004
  • New Work—Blackfish Gallery; Portland OR; August 2001, April 2003, May 2004, July 2004, April 2005
  • Portland Art Dealers Association—Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theater, December 2005
  • Expressions West 2006—Coos Art Museum and SWOCC; Coos Bay OR; May–July, 2006;
  • First Place Purchase Award, Ed Musante, Juror
  • North Bank Artists’ Gallery—Abstraction; Vancouver WA; August 2007, Judy Cooke, Juror
  • Group Show—BICA Gallery, Bend OR; December 2009, February-March 2010
  • Sisters Art Show 2003, 2005, 2008—Sisters OR; (Judges’ Award - Painting)


  • Arts and Culture Council, City of Marquette (MI)—November 2006


  • Guest speaker—Oregon Society of Artists, Portland OR; October 2005; “ ‘My Four-year-old Could Do That’—History, Ideas, and Processes in Abstract Art”
  • Guest speaker—Black Butte Art Guild, Sisters OR: March 2008; “Why Abstract Art Matters”
  • Guest speaker—Art in Action, Continuing Education, COCC; October 2010


  • Private Collections—United States, France, Germany
  • Corporate Collections
    • Parsons, Farnell, and Grein Attorneys
    • The Gregory Condominium Association
    • Portland Community College - Cascade Campus
    • Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation
    • Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon
    • M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, Texas


  • Willamette Week, Richard Speer recommendation, Nov. 12, 2003
  • Bend Bulleti Go! Magazine, Feature article: “Beauty in Chaos”, December 25, 2009