Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Nature Afoot" July 3 - 31, 2016

The Klamath Art Association and Gallery delightedly showcases the award-winning rugs and textiles of Beverly Hills, Lakeview, OR and Bonnie Chase, Cedarville, CA, throughout the month of July. "Our rugs bring nature inside the house by using the fibers, plants, and colors of the High Desert" Hills explains. Hills and Chase use many of the same yarns in their rugs, but their techniques are different. A public reception will be held on Sunday, July 10th from 12 PM to 4 PM. The show will run through Sunday, July 31st.

Coming from a long line of folk artists (and commercial fishermen), Beverly Hills helped her great-grandmother hook rugs in the 1950's. Many years later she found herself in sheep country where fleece was readily available, so she learned to spin. Having yards of handspun and not being a knitter, she located her great-grandmother's rug hook and started rug hooking by looping her handspun through a burlap foundation. After experimenting with various fibers, dyeing methods and designs, Hills determined that Navajo Churro is her preferred rug yarn, the good old Maytag is still the best way to dye large hanks of yarn, and she likes to design patterns mimicking nature and primitive life.

Being informed and inspired by the landscape, traditional crafts, and self-employment, Hills was led to her current career of rug hooking. "I couldn't be happier", claims Hills. She regularly hosts hooking bees and demonstrations at her studio Jitterbug Rugs, and at parks, museums and events.

Bonnie Chase weaves her rugs using a floor loom. Her weaving yarns are handspun and hand-dyed, using mostly locally grown and found dyestuff. Chase is the founder of High Desert Fibershed, which utilizes local fiber, local labor, and natural dyes. This Fibershed covers a 200-mile radius from Cedarville including Southern Oregon, Reno, and Redding. A band of 4,000 Rambouillet sheep from the Bare Ranch is a part of this Fibershed.
In 2000 Chase opened Warner Mountain Weavers Studio in Cedarville where she sells handwoven rugs and handspun yarn. She does many fiber shows a year; at her studio, in the field, and around the country. The largest of Chase's events is the Annual Woolgathering, centered in the Surprise Valley and held every September. Bonnie Chase and other accomplished instructors teach classes and workshops in spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing, and felting.

Beverly Hills' hooked rugs and Bonnie Chase's woven rugs and handspun yarn have been shown in galleries and shows throughout California and Oregon including the San Francisco Bay Area and the Tillamook Coast.
Beverly Hills and Bonnie Chase
"Fiber Friends"
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 12-4 pm.  For additional information about the historic Klamath Art Association and Gallery phone 541-883-1833 during business hours.  Admission is always FREE!
Please go to our NOW SHOWING  to see a preview of this exhibit.
2016 Exhibits and Events

The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of the month.
Winter meeting time: November through March at 12 noon. Spring, summer and early fall: April through October at 6 PM
July 3-31       
"Nature Afoot" Wool Rugs by Beverly Hills and Bonnie Chase
                      Opening reception Sunday, July 10, noon to 4 PM

July 4th          Gallery closed Monday

Aug. 7-28      "Living  With  Art" Paintings by Liz Garcia and Woodworking by Elbert
                      Opening reception Sunday, Aug. 7, noon to 4 PM.

Sept. 4-25     "Many Moods, One Artist" Art by Christy Duggar - paintings and drawings
                      Opening Reception Sunday Sept. 4, noon to 4 PM.

Oct.  2-30      "Do You See What I See" Mixed media, encaustic, acrylic, watercolor and 
                      fiber arts by Joni Leaf. 
                      Opening reception Sunday, Oct. 2, noon to 4 PM.

Nov. 6–Dec. 18  Annual Holiday Showcase                         

                                    2017 Exhibits

January 1        Gallery Closed.

Jan. 2- 29       Photography by John Neipp
                       Reception Sunday, January 8, noon to 4 PM.

February        Annual Celebration of Birds Exhibit

March            Paintings and More by Teddy Goldsworthy-Hanner         

April               Paintings and Mosaics by Thomas Cogley

 May              Annual Membership Show

June 4-25      Art by Barbara Turner and Friends

July               Paintings in acrylic and watercolor by Gaylene Brace

August          OPEN

September    Klamath Quilting and Weavers Group show.

October         Art by Jean Nelson

Nov/Dec        Annual Holiday Showase

***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.

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 2017 and 2018. 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. 

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