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Canoy Benefit Exhibit

July 9, 2021 - September 4, 2021

Art Center East is honored to announce an upcoming fundraiser, the Canoy Benefit Exhibit, in the Co-Op Gallery featuring work from the late artist Craig Canoy and other regional artists. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, July 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and the exhibit will remain on display until September 4, 2021.

Upon his death in 2020, Canoy made a cash bequest to Art Center East and left his art collection to ACE for the purposes of fundraising. Many of the pieces in the collection are his own work, but he also was actively attentive to and collected the work of regional artists. The Canoy Benefit Exhibit will pay tribute to Canoy’s legacy as proceeds will represent an investment in the community arts classes and events that draw on the power of artistic expression; to nourish and connect us to one another through the joy of encountering and creating art.

NEW! The public is invited to attend the Canoy Benefit Exhibit’s closing reception on Friday, August 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Art Center East exhibits are free and open to the public. COVID restrictions apply: please social distance and wear masks when entering the building.



Dennis “Craig” Canoy was born in 1943 in Silverton, Oregon, to Frances Grace Walker and Virgil David Canoy. He had two siblings: Kent Canoy and Shelley DeSimone. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Canoy enjoyed hiking, backpacking, free-heel skiing, and rock-climbing, including ice and snow climbing.

He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and thereafter taught art and design in the Hillsboro Union High School District for three decades. Canoy lived in several cities on the western side of Oregon before relocating to La Grande upon retirement in the 1990s. He loved the Elkhorn Mountains, Anthony Lakes, and the Owyhee high country of southeast Oregon.

Often focused on depicting the beauty of the natural world, Canoy worked primarily in pastel. He exhibited his work in three galleries in Oregon, including Portland State’s Littman Gallery, the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art at Pacific University, and Peterson’s Gallery in Baker City.


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July 9, 2021
September 4, 2021
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