Exhibits can also be viewed online at artcentereast.org thanks to a partnership with High Country Realty Professionals.

SUE ORLASKE

Orlaske Gallery Ribbon cutting

Photo: Berenice Chavez

The Art Center East Orlaske Gallery, formerly the Co-op Gallery, is an international fine art exhibition space that is community-supported and funded by Art Center East annual memberships, private donors, state and regional funders, and sponsors.

 

In 2022, Art Center East rebranded and reimagined its Co-op Gallery space to better serve the community. Community members had the opportunity to honor in memoriam a prominent local artist or art supporter by voting to rename the space. 

 

After a three-month voting period, Art Center East’s Co-op Gallery transformed into the Orlaske Gallery, honoring the late local artist Sue Orlaske.


Sue Orlaske was born in southwestern Michigan but moved to Oregon in 1977 to attend graduate school and continued to live in Oregon until her death in October 2021.  She has both a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology.  She had no formal art training but from a young age was interested in art and produced detailed pen and ink drawings.  For several years in the 1980s, Sue owned and operated a retail business — a coffee and tea store long before there was a Starbucks on every corner. It was during that time that Sue also became interested in pursuing art in a more serious way.  She started taking classes in pottery at Valley Art Center in Forest Grove.

 

In the early 1990s, Sue sold her business and she and her husband, Mitch Wolgamott, moved to Northeast Oregon, briefly to La Grande and then to Summerville.  Sue then became a full-time artist with a well-equipped studio where she produced ceramic/clay art as well as two-dimensional art (pastels and watercolors, including Batik watercolors).  Her themes often included abstract and representational natural elements: Eastern Oregon landscapes, critters, and plants.

 

Sue was a member of and actively involved with three art co-ops:  Valley Art in Forest Grove, Art Center East in La Grande, and Crossroads in Baker City.  She became well-known in the region for the quality of her work and for her willingness to help and teach other artists.  Her work was in many art shows and won several regional art awards. She was a featured artist on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat”. Several galleries in Oregon and Southern Washington carried her work.

 

Each exhibition has its own festive opening and closing receptions. Free and open to the public, exhibits remain on display for approximately 1-2 months. Exhibits can be viewed online thanks to a partnership with High Country Realty Professionals. Each exhibition artwork is listed online for viewing. Shop the current exhibition art here.

 

NEW! During Friday evening exhibit receptions (6:00 - 8:00 pm) and on Saturdays (10:00 am - 2:00 pm), visitors may find artisan pop-ups in the ACE Galleries foyer. Read about the ACE Artisan Pop-Up Program here.

 

Exhibiting artists of all mediums are juried by the gallery committee.

The Orlaske Gallery hosts a selection of annual events and non-juried exhibitions.. These include:

 - The Big: Art Center East’s Annual Open Exhibition

- Annual Fiber Arts & Jewelry Exhibition

- Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Exhibition and Community Celebration

- Annual Handmade Holidays Makers Market

 

The Art Center East Galleries are open Wednesday - Friday from 12:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

Art Center East (ACE) is excited to announce the opening of “My Heart”, an exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures by local artist Brenna Kimbro. Community members of all ages are invited to attend a free opening reception on Friday, July 12, 2024, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kimbro will give an informal talk about her work beginning at 6:30 p.m. “My Heart” will be on display in ACE’s Orlaske Gallery July 12 - August 31, 2024.  

 

Viewers can expect to see Kimbro’s nationally-recognized, unique horse sculptures, paintings, and limited bronze art. She says, “With this body of work, I want to share a piece of my heart. Through horses and art, my heart continues to grow, trust, and discover.” Kimbro not only embraces the movement, freedom, and gracefulness of horses, but celebrates their nature. Her creative expression shows in her use of brush strokes on canvas and in the subtle curves and gestures within her mixed media sculptures. “It inspires me when my art spreads joy and encourages others to embrace happiness, stay true to themselves, and live their dreams,” comments Kimbro. 

 

Raffle tickets for an original Kimbro painting will be available for purchase, in person and online at artcentereast.org, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12. Proceeds from the raffle support the ACE Gallery Program. The raffle winner will be drawn after August 31. The public is invited to attend a free closing reception on Friday, August 30, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 

Find out more about “My Heart” and ACE classes, exhibits, and events at artcentereast.org. Art Center East is located at 1006 Penn Avenue in La Grande. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday noon - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Exhibits can also be viewed online at artcentereast.org thanks to a partnership with High Country Realty Professionals in La Grande. Galleries are open to the public and admission is always free.

 

Art Center East, based in La Grande, Oregon, was founded in 1977 and is a [member-based] 501(c)3 arts services organization that brings arts opportunities and education to the residents of ten Eastern Oregon counties. Our historic Carnegie Library building hosts art classes, art exhibits in our three galleries, and cultural events such as Día de los Muertos celebrations, Guinean drumming workshops, and literary readings. Our Artists in Rural Schools Program engages K-12 students across Eastern Oregon and our Community Music Program brings together community members of all ages in ensemble settings.

 

Art Center East programs are supported by members, community donations, local businesses, and regional and statewide foundations. For a list of our supporters and more information, visit artcentereast.org.

About the Artist: 

Brenna Kimbro was born in Seoul, Korea in 1979. At 18 months old, she was adopted by a family who lives on a working cattle ranch in Northeast Oregon. Brenna has been making art since she first held a crayon. Her parents kept much of her art and she enjoys reflecting on the horses she created when she was four years old. Her connection with horses is innate. Horses have always held an important and noble role in relation to the ranch and her family.

 

Her experience with horses comes from participating in polo, rodeo, hunt seat, western riding, drill team, dressage, and professionally schooling, boarding, breeding, and selling horses. She has also been a riding instructor and worked as a vet assistant for horse racing. Brenna loves sharing her passions with others through art and is a full time artist, horsewoman, and mother.

 

Brenna is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for her original paintings, unique one of a kind sculptures, and bronzes. She received a Bachelor of Science in Art in 2004 after studying at the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University. Her admiration and respect for horses has been expressed through various mediums such as bronze, paint, poetry, drawing, serigraphy, lithography, metal working, wood, and clay. Her imagination is unlimited and she loves experimenting, exploring, and developing new artistic methods with different materials. Hundreds of her bronzes, original sculptures, and paintings have been collected across the country and around the world. Spreading positive energy through her art, Brenna has gained an international reputation for “bringing canvas and sculpture to life with expressive lines that create and imply majestic and beautiful movement.”

 

Various galleries show Brenna’s artwork and her art has become valued additions to collections around the world. In relation to her horses and art Brenna expressed, “Horses have always been a huge part of my life. They are part of my family. Horses have taught me about will, virtue, honesty, trust, integrity and self acceptance. I cherish them and still have so much to learn from them. I love portraying them in art and I am so grateful to have horses in my life everyday. I am inspired to create when my art brings others joy.”

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