Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paintings by Mary Ellen Kirkedahl July 1-29, 2018

Oil and Watercolor Paintings by 

Mary Ellen Kirkedahl

July 1 though July 29th, 2018

        The Klamath Art Gallery presents an exceptional art exhibit by local artist Mary Ellen Kirkedahl. The opening reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, July 1st, from noon to 4 PM. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, July 29th
       Recently a resident of Klamath Falls, Kirkedahl is from Washington State where she earned her BA in Studio Art from Central Washington University and an MFA from the University of California. Her teaching career began in 1990 in Prescott, Arizona as an adjunct professor at Yavapai College, which led to a seventeen-year teaching assignment in the school’s art department. During this time, Kirkedahl became known for her success in teaching drawing and painting. In 2005, Kirkedahl returned to school to earn her secondary teaching certificate.
         Throughout the years, Kirkedahl has built a fairly large body of artwork in the form of drawings and paintings. The medium is primarily oil even though she has many watercolor, pastel and colored pencil pieces. The subject Kirkedahl chooses to paint is from personal photographs of landscapes, buildings, animals and cityscapes. “If I see something interesting to paint, I usually take my phone out and shoot a picture. What attracted me to painting downtown Klamath Falls are the old buildings, sidewalks, random trees and large windows. The windows have reflections from across the street while you can still see what is behind the glass in the window”.
       Prior to beginning a painting, Kirkedahl begins by sketching my ideas from the photograph which establishes some form of visual movement in her composition. She states, “One of the most important ideas I teach students is to develop the ability see the lights and darks in the process of painting whether they are working from a photograph or looking at a still life. I believe drawing is the backbone of a painting and the first steps of starting a painting. The fact that I am interested in capturing detail in my work, I need correct proportions which come from a solid drawing background. Understanding color theory is also critical in controlling values of light and dark shapes and space in a painting. From the years of teaching these ideas, I can say it has had an influence on my work”.
          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 hours of operation are Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 4 PM. The gallery will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. According to the Klamath Art Association 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:  Art by Joyce Miles and her Students

***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
 Open Wednesdays through Sundays 12 - 4 PM
The opening receptions are the first Sunday of the month from noon to 4 PM.  

July 1-29       Oil and Watercolor Paintings by Mary Ellen Kirkedahl
                     Opening reception Sunday, July 1 from noon to 4 PM.

Aug. 5-26     Art by Joyce Miles and her Students
                    Opening reception Sunday, August 5 from noon to 4 PM.

Sept. 2-30    Photography by Glenn Smith (Pending)
                     Opening reception Sunday, Sept. 2, from noon to 4 PM.

Oct. 7-28      Art and Photography by Glenn and Jesse Justus
                     Opening reception Sunday, October 7 from noon to 4 PM.

Nov. 1          Work due for Holiday Showcase exhibit - 2-5 PM. Dues paid members only.        

Nov. 4 - Dec. 16  Annual Holiday Showcase
                      Opening reception Sunday, November 4 from noon to 4 PM.

Dec. 16        Pick up all unsold work from the Showcase AFTER 3:30 until 4:30 PM

Dec. 17 - January 5, 2019  Closed for the holidays and annuamaintenance.

2019 Exhibits and Events
Our 73rd year


February      Annual Celebration of Birds Exhibit



May             Annual Membership Exhibit

June            Paintings and Sculpture by Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner





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 2019 and 2020.

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 2019 and 2020.  Also will consider request to fill in for possible future cancellations.  Click on this link for our  application form: 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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