Thursday, June 23, 2011

"High Desert Dreams" Photography by Rich Bergeman Sept. 6-27, 2015

“High Desert Dreams:  The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin”
A native of Ohio and an Oregonian since 1976, Rich Bergeman discovered what photography was really about the first time he looked through the ground glass of an old 4 x 5 press camera in 1985. After many years photographing with large-format cameras and printing in silver and platinum, Bergeman now uses digital cameras to investigate and interpret local histories of the Northwest through photographs of what’s been left behind.

This historical* and inspirational exhibit will run from Sunday, September 6th through Sunday, September 27th.  A public reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13th from noon to 4 PM. 

This photography exhibit explores the lost homesteads of Oregon's Fort Rock Basin, with twenty black-and-white images depicting abandoned homesteads, vanished town sites and high desert geology.  Bergeman looks back in time to a mostly forgotten chapter in Oregon history, when hundreds of pioneers flooded the Fort Rock and Christmas Lake valleys in the early years of the 1900s. The homesteaders were drawn by promises of free land and a chance to carve out a new life on their own piece of the western frontier, but their dreams died in the harsh realities of the desert climate. In less than ten years, nearly all had given up, leaving behind a landscape littered with broken homesteads, idle windmills and empty towns.

Bergeman is a retired journalism and photography instructor from Corvallis, OR. He researched the area in the fall of 2012, while an artist-in-residence at Playa on Summer Lake, about 40 miles south of Fort Rock.

The Klamath Art Gallery is located in historic Maple Park at 120 Riverside Drive, across from the Favell Museum. It is on the south end of the Link River birding trail. The gallery is open Thursdays through Mondays from noon to 4 PM. For additional information about the historic Klamath Art Association and Gallery phone 541-883-1833 during business hours.  Admission is always FREE!

* As a historical note, there are descendants and relatives of the early Ft. Rock pioneers still living in Klamath County.

Please go to our NOW SHOWING  to see a preview of this exhibit.

Celebrating our 69th Year
Coming  next month  in October of 2015:  Art by Joyce Miles and Students
                                                                       Reception Sunday, October 4, noon to 4 PM.

2015 Exhibits and Events 

The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of the month at the gallery.
Summer schedule: May through October, 6 PM
Winter schedule: November through April, 12 Noon    

Sept. 6-27     Photography by Rich Bergman
                      Reception Sunday, September 13, noon to 4 PM.

Sept. 7          Labor Day (Closed)

Oct. 4-25      Art by Joyce Miles and Students
                     Reception Sunday, October 4, noon to 4 PM.

Nov. 1 to Dec. 20  Annual Holiday Showcase
                     Reception Sunday, November 1, noon to 4 PM.

Nov. 26         Thanksgiving (Closed)

Dec. 6           Holiday Open House, Sunday Dec. 6, noon to 4 PM

December 21 through January 2 (Closed for the holidays)

2016 Exhibits
January          OPEN

February        Celebration of Birds Invitational

March             Photography by James Beene

                       Sculpture by Thomas Dyer

April                Glass works by Sharon Bailey

May                Annual Membership Exhibit

June               70th Anniversary KAA Retrospective Exhibit

July                Wool Rugs by Beverly Hills and Bonnie Chase

August           Acrylic painting by Liz Garcia (Approved)

                      Woodworks by Elbert Henderson (Pending approval)

September    Art by Christy Duggar - paintings and drawings

October         Art by Joni Leaf - Mixed media, encaustic, acrylic, watercolor, fiber arts

Nov/Dec        Annual Holiday Showcase

****All exhibit start dates are on the First Sunday of the month and end on the LAST Sunday of the month. 

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 7/1/08 are:
Senior/student $ 26   After 8/31/2015:  $ 30   
Single $ 31                 After 8/31/2015:  $ 35
Family $ 41                After 8/31/2015:  $ 45

Patron $ 60
Bronze Patron $ 100
Silver Patron $ 250
Gold Patron $ 500
Platinum Patron $ 1,000

Volunteers are always welcome! Current needs:
We have a current need for: substitute Gallery Hosts,  an offsite exhibits coordinator, and grant writing committee members . You must be a member to volunteer. Also need a volunteer for interior gallery maintenance, For more information 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 at the gallery and you will need to visit in person. If you plan to include 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 first Wednesday of every month. Please send us an email to with your complete contact information and a short paragraph about what you would like to teach.

Requesting an exhibit at the Klamath Art Gallery:
The gallery is now taking applications for OPEN months in 2016 and 2017. 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 President Marion Clifford.