Art In The Valley Gallery
209 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis Oregon 97333
(541) 752-0811 (Gallery)
Our hours are
Open CAW nights:
Third Thursdays 4-8pm
Jana R. Johnson
Linda M. Ohlson
Moving from east to west in the 60s Randye settled in Ashland, Oregon, where she taught elementary school for 16 years. Having had no formal art training, she began her career as an artist when she retired, finally having the opportunity to focus on the instruction she needed.
She took many classes and workshops in drawing, watercolor and pastel from a variety of artists and eventually fell in love with pastel. She attended demos, taken studio and en plein air workshops from many nationally and Internationally acclaimed artists, among them Albert Handel, Maggie Price, Eve Miller, Tony Allain, Marla Baggetta,Loriann Signori ...the list goes on.
While living in Ashland Randye was accepted into Richard McKinley’s southern Oregon ongoing class, and became a member of Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland, before moving north to Corvallis and joining Art in the Valley Gallery. She could write volumes about Mr. McKinley, currently the head of the International Association of Pastel Societies and inductee into the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame. She has been studying with Richard, her friend and mentor, for over 15 years.
Before the pandemic she drove from Corvallis to Medford and continued to attend Richard’s weekly classes. She’s also taken many of his plein air workshops in California, New Mexico and Colorado. Through his ongoing weekly zoom demos and classes she continues to have her head filled with art theory, technique and history. Then she get to explore my application of it all to her own work.
Along the way She’s become a member of many pastel societies and has had paintings juried into shows in New York, Chicago, Florida, California, Oregon, Washington and Albuquerque. She is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Pastel Society of Oregon, and the Northwest Pastel Society
The big achievement for Randye this year was being awarded Master Pastel status when after, for the fifth time, she had a painting accepted into the IAPS competition at the convention in Albuquerque. In 2024 she will proudly receive her gold medal during the biennial convention and will continue to study, learn and most of all, paint
Featured Artists for March 2023:
Randye Jensen and Beatrice Rubenfeld
What exactly is rhythm in the visual arts? We easily recognize it in music, but how do you create the rhythm, the magic, of a living landscape on a flat, two dimensional surface? As artists we use the elements of color, value, line, shapes, form and texture to allow you to blow along with the wind fluttering through the trees and prairie grasses; feel the flowers practically springing up beneath your feet. The spring landscape is a perfect challenge for this. This year Randye Jensen decided to focus on the element of texture in helping to create rhythm and movement in her paintings.
Beatrice is a kindred spirit. They met several years ago when Randy first came to Corvallis. Randye loves the depth of Beatrice’s oils, how she grabs your eye, and moves it through her paintings. This year we decided to co-create a show, “March-The Rhythm of Spring,” and focus your eyes on the beauty that surrounds us here in the Willamette Valley. Have we moved you?
Randye and Beatrice