We know that the Grande Ronde Valley is home to a vibrant community of artists. In homage to the wealth of talent that makes our little city so “La Grande,” The Big is our annual showcase of local artworks in all mediums. Come to see a sampling of creative talent, leave with a new appreciation of the northeast Oregon art scene. Our biggest exhibit of the year!
Dates: December 6 – January 25
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
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Annual Open Exhibit at Art Center East Celebrates Community
LA GRANDE – The Big: Art Center East’s Annual Open Exhibit opens with a festive reception on December 6 from 6 – 8 pm. The exhibit fills both of Art Center East’s galleries with works in a wide range of artistic mediums submitted by regional artists. The Big will be on display from December 6 – January 25. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Big is a non-juried exhibit open to anyone who would like to participate. “We love this show because of the artists it brings out of the woodwork,” said Art Center East Director, Darcy Dolge. “We are lucky to live in a place with an active community of artists, both professional and amateur. We have artists that have been practicing their craft for years under the radar, artists that have been creating and displaying work for decades, and those that are just beginning to explore a new medium – all of which get to exhibit in The Big.”
All submissions are also eligible to win cash prizes awarded by the exhibit judge. This year’s judge is local glass artist Kevin Boylan, owner of the newly opened Birddog Glass studio in La Grande. Boylan has an art degree from Eastern Oregon University and worked with Tom Dimond in his Cove-based art glass studio for over fifteen years.
A final prize, People’s Choice, is selected by exhibit attendees throughout the run of the show and is awarded on January 25. Exhibit submissions have closed for the 2019 show. Artists can begin preparing work for 2020.
Visitors can expect a diverse selection of artwork, from ceramics, painting, mixed media, fiber arts, and photography to bronze and stained glass, two new mediums in this year’s show. Much of the work on display will be available for purchase.
The December 6 opening reception also includes a raffle, the fourth and final drawing of Art Center East’s Raffle Extravaganza. The raffle’s limited ticket system allows you to purchase tickets just for the prizes you’d like to win and includes items and experiences from local artists and businesses. Proceeds support free community programming at Art Center East.
The Big: Annual Open Exhibit is made possible in part by support from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Find out more about this event and others at artcentereast.org. Art Center East is located at 1006 Penn Avenue in La Grande. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10am – 4pm, and Saturday Noon – 4pm. Gallery exhibits and receptions are always free and open to the public.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out and let us know. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Registration cancellations & transfers must be made through Art Center East at (541) 624-2800 48 hours or more before the class start time. We cannot issue refunds or transfers for cancellations received after the 48-hour cutoff. Exceptions will be considered for medical or family emergencies. ACE will honor a refund, minus a $10 administration fee when the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before class start date. When a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will issue a refund for all registration fees. ACE will contact you in the event of a cancellation. Face coverings will be required in accordance with statewide regulations current at the time.