Thursday, June 23, 2011

"A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That" - Jean Nelson

       The October exhibit at the Klamath Art Association Gallery will present a skillful and colorful variety of works by artist, Jean Nelson. Nelson is eager to share visually some of her impressions of the beauty around her with the Gallery attendees. The show opens with a public reception on October 1st from noon to 4pm, and runs until October 29th.
       Nelson was born in Iowa in 1937 and grew up in Jackson, Minnesota. Raised on a farm she soon discovered the beauty of nature in the rolling prairie land. She attended a 1 room school until High School. With only one older sister and few friends close by, she spent much time reading about other places, practicing the piano and trying to create "something pretty". Advancement and opportunity called when her husband was reassigned to a new company opening in Antwerp, Belgium (1970). Jean could not teach (as only one work visa could be issued to a family) so she became a professional volunteer in an international school and here the candle of creativity began to burn.
        Enveloped in History and Arts of the Masters, the interest in art and photography soon became apparent. Juggling 3 children now, Nelson spent as much time as possible touring historic places and many galleries. Her first art began to appear as she joined a group of artists in creating Brass Rubbings from memorial brass plates in historical churches located in Belgium. After 3 years the adventure drew to a close and home became Los Angeles, CA. She returned to school at Loyola Marymount University to finish getting her Masters Degree as a reading specialist. Assigned to inner city schools of south LA proved to challenge all her resources. Her reading program was enhanced by using the tools of Art and Music.
         In 1998, Nelson retired from formal teaching. In 1999 Nelson and her husband started a new adventure - "retirement". Over the next 10 years all 50 states and all the territories and provinces of Canada were explored. So much beauty to see and capture. Photography skills were developed as well as exposure to cultural arts and crafts. Days were spent sight-seeing, hiking, exploring, photo taking and media experimentation. In 2009, Nelson settled in Keno "regrouping" with time to pursue new outlets for growth and learning. The adventure continues with each new photo and growing skills to make permanent painting and are expressions from the beauty which she carries in her heart and mind.
         The Klamath Art Gallery is located in historic Maple Park at 120 Riverside Drive, at the South end of the Link River "birding trail." The gallery is open Thursdays through Mondays, noon to 4 PM.   According to our bylaws our purpose is "to stimulate and encourage the practice, study, and appreciation of the arts, in the public interest." For additional information about the historic Klamath Art Association and Gallery phone 541-883-1833 during business hours.  Admission is always FREE!

Showing next month:
Nov. 5 – Dec. 17   Members Annual Holiday Showcase 

                      Opening reception Sunday, November 5, noon to 4 PM


2017 Exhibits   Our 71st Year
(Please be sure to check back often for updates and additions!
Oct. 1-29       "A Little Bit of This and; A Little Bit of That" Art by Jean Nelson
                      Opening reception Sunday, Oct. 1, noon to 4 PM

Oct. 24           Ross Raglund Theater - 2nd hanging date - details to come

Oct. 24           Ross Raglund Theater - 2nd hanging date - details to come

                       Exhibiting September though January

·  FRIDAY, October 20 by 6:00PM: Final date to send information for art tags to Marion (
·  TUESDAY, October 24 - 10am to 11:30AM:  Refresh date for October exhibit
·  FRIDAY, November 24 by 6:00PM: Final date to send information for art tags to me (
·  TUESDAY, November 28 - 10am to 11:30AM:  Refresh date for October exhibit
TUESDAY, January 9, 2018 - 10am to 11:30AM:  TAKE DOWN ALL ARTWORK

Nov. 23          Thanksgiving Day - Closed

Nov.  2           Work due for Holiday Showcase 2- 6 PM. Members Only.

Nov. 5 – Dec. 17   Members Annual Holiday Showcase 
                      Opening reception Sunday, November 5, noon to 4 PM

Dec. 9            KAA Annual Holiday Party and Potluck, 2 to 6 PM. Save the date!

Nov. 28th        Ross Raglund Theater - 3nd hanging date - details to come       

 Dec. 3           Annual Holiday Open House, Sunday, noon to 4 PM

Dec. 17          Sunday - Artists are to pick up unsold work 4 to 6PM

***All exhibit start dates are on the First Sunday of the month and end on the LAST
    Sunday of month except as noted. Note Holiday Closures.

2018 Exhibits and Events
Our 72nd year
NEW: Open Wednesdays though Sundays, 12 - 4 PM

Jan.               OPEN

Jan.               Ross Raglund Theater - Exhibit ends...pick up work. Details to come.

Feb.               "Celebration of Birds Invitational"

Mar.               OPEN

April               Sculpture and Paintings by Thomas Dyer

May                Annual Membership Exhibit

June               OPEN

July                OPEN

Aug.               OPEN

Sept.              OPEN

Oct.                OPEN

Nov/Dec         Annual Holiday Showcase

Pending Applicants: We are strong urging applicants to apply with another artist or two as it only strengthens the draw for the exhibit!  We are now taking applications for 2018 and 2019.

About the Klamath Art Association and Gallery

Located in Klamath Falls Oregon at 120 Riverside Drive, the Klamath Art Association Gallery showcases a different artist or photographer nearly every month in a cozy intimate gallery space that is a delight for gallery goers. A few months per year are dedicated to group shows. The gallery not only shows work from local artists and photographers, but also hosts shows by artists from outside the region. Admission is free. From time to time KAA offers instructional classes that are open to the public, as are all of our events. The 
non-profit member supported Klamath Art Association averages 140 members. 

KAA is the oldest organization of its kind in Oregon and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1946. The Gallery is open from 12-4 PM Thursdays thru Mondays. During the months of June through September, our membership participated in the community 3rd Thursday Art Walks. 

Sales Policies 
At least 75% of all works displayed in exhibits are for sale. In members's group exhibits and in invitational showings in January, February, April, November and December, all works are for sale. Works are considered sold only after payment is made by cash, check, or major credit card (Visa and Mastercard). A 30 lay-a-way plan is available. If a work is sold, the gallery will notify the artist to bring in a replacement piece. 
New members are always welcome!
Membership benefits are huge! Networking within the community, and learning about statewide opportunities to view and sell artwork or photography keep KAA members extremely well informed.

Membership applications/renewal forms are available by clicking on the Membership link at the top of this page. Please note to mail them to our post office box listed on the application. Applications are also available at the gallery.
Current annual dues as of 8/312015 are:

Senior/student $ 30   
Single               $ 35
Family              $ 45
Business          $ 50
Patron              $ 60
Bronze Patron $ 100
Silver Patron    $ 250
Gold Patron     $ 500
Platinum Patron $ 1,000

Volunteers are always welcome!
You must be a member to volunteer. For a current list of volunteer opportunities  click on this link: Volunteers and/or contact us us at or phone us at 541-883-1833 if you are interested in learning more.
Instructors are needed to teach classes.
The gallery is looking for qualified instructors to teach art, crafts, and photography classes. The gallery charges a minimal fee for using the gallery for instruction, and it is up to the instructor to set their tuition fee for each class. Applications for teaching a class  are available at this link: and at the gallery. If you plan to provide materials, that needs to be in your fee structure. Classes can only be taught outside of regular gallery operational hours which are Thursdays through Mondays noon to 4 PM. The gallery is unavailable the second Tuesday of every month. 

Requesting an exhibit at the Klamath Art Gallery:
The gallery is now taking applications for OPEN months in 2018 and 2019.  Also will consider request to fill in for possible future cancellations.  Click on the tab links on the top of this page and directly print out an application form. Also be sure to read "Exhibit Policies. Read it carefully. A deposit fee is required. Please note to mail your application packet to our post office box listed on the application. Do NOT drop them off at the galleryApplication forms are also available at the gallery. If you have other questions about exhibiting, contact us via email to or phone the gallery at 541-883-1833 and leave a message for Exhibits coordinator Barbara Turner. 

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