April Art Exchange at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City

Crossroads Art Exchange


A Collaborative Art Exchange Exhibit in Garden Valley, ID and Baker City, OR Opens April 1st

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, Oregon and Garden Valley Center for the Arts (GVAC) in Garden Valley, ID are partnering for a unique cultural exchange of art and artists in April of 2016.

In 2014, the Garden Valley Center for the Arts approached Crossroads Carnegie Art Center with the idea of doing an art exchange where artists from the Garden Valley/Crouch area of Idaho would showcase their work at Crossroads in Baker City, Oregon an emerging regional arts market.  In turn, Crossroads would showcase a selection of the artists they represent and have a month long show in the Garden Valley Center for the Arts.

In the last two years, each organization has been building organizational capacity and funding to undertake both groups first traveling exhibition of art.

The Garden Valley Artists show will open on First Friday April 1st at 5:30 PM-8:00 PM (PDT) at 2020 Auburn Ave in Baker City, OR.   The show is sponsored by Ace Nursery, acoustic guitar and vocals by Nancy Ames and a no-host bar by Copper Belt Winery of the Keating Valley in Oregon.  Beef Samples provided by Country Natural Beef/Warnock Ranches and light refreshments will be provided by local food purveyors.

Garden Valley Artists featured in the Baker City, Oregon:

Dennis DeFoggi, Oils, Boise, ID

Jinny DeFoggi, Pen & Ink, Boise, ID

Fonny Davidson, Oils, Boise, ID

Pam Demo, Pigment Watercolors, Boise, ID

Marilyn Cosho, Ink, Mixed Mediums, Boise, ID

Melissa Oden, Pastels, Garden Valley, ID

David Bagnard – Photography, Garden Valley, ID

Tarmo Watia, Oil & Acrylic Painting, Boise, ID

Katherine Bajenova Grimmett, Oil Painting, Boise, ID


“Garden Valley Center for the Arts is thrilled to share the artists’ work with Baker City. Although this is all two-dimensional work, there’s a great variety of styles and points of view.” Lois Heffernan, Board Member and Gallery Curator for the Garden Valley Center for the Arts.

The Crossroads Carnegie Art Center artist show will open on First Saturday April 2nd at 1068 Old Crouch Rd, Suite A Garden Valley Idaho from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (MDT.)  Music is provided by Skip Bean who will be highlighting some songs from his new album.  Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, donated by GVAC Board Members and volunteers will be served.

Crossroads Artists featured in Garden Valley, ID

Antonia Carriere, Pastels, Halfway, OR

Denise Elizabeth Stone, Batik Watercolor, LaGrande, OR

Paul Hoelscher, Acrylic, Baker City, OR

Tom Dimond, Blown Glass, Cove, OR

Flynn Day Pottery, Boise, ID

Stephen Wadner, Reclaimed Mixed Media Clock Maker, Union, OR

Kevin Boylan, Blown Glass, LaGrande, OR

Terri Axness, Pottery, Haines, OR

Mary Sue Rightmire, Pottery, Baker City, OR

George Keister, Oils, Baker City, OR

Rich Bergman, Photography, Corvallis, OR

Doug Davies, Watercolor, Portland, OR


The Crossroads Carnegie Art Center selected artists for this invitational show from the over 100 artists they represent from around the Eastern Oregon region, Idaho, Washington and California.  Work was selected by show curator Stan Smith from Baker City with the assistance of Crossroads Community Art Director, Cynthia Newman.  “In this first art exchange, I am pleased with Stan’s selection of high quality art which showcases a diverse group of artists which Crossroads represents.”  States Cynthia Newman.

“Crossroads Carnegie Art Center draws many of its exhibiting artists from small towns in the surrounding areas.  Its aim in putting together these shows in this way is to encourage a particular kind of growth which encompassed a larger regional area.  It benefits the gallery personnel, the artists and the viewing public.”   Stan Smith, Curator for CCAC for the Art Exchange.   “There is a lot of really good art “out there” which would be a surprise to the average person.”

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is housed in the 107 year-old Carnegie Library in Baker City, Oregon which was fully restored in 2008.  The six year and 1.6 million dollar restoration project is a Oregon State Historic Preservation Award Winning Project.  Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is celebrating its 53rd year in Baker City and is the oldest continuously operating art center east of the Oregon Cascades.

Garden Valley Center for the Arts was born three years ago, partially in answer to the loss of an art program at Garden Valley School.  Ten people put in $100 each and were given an empty building rent-free for the first year.  Garden Valley Center for the Arts now has three teachers in the school; they have hosted 28 art gallery shows featuring local and regional artists. GVAC has brought in musical and dance performances, some with help from generous grant funders.  Garden Valley is the birthplace and the home of internationally acclaimed artist James Castle and GVAC has incorporated James Castle Days into their ongoing schedule.

This show was funded with grant support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Leo Adler Foundation, the Autzen Foundation and the Baker County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

This cultural tourism show goal is to attract a wider and more diverse art audience to these uniquely remote communities who are using the arts as an economic driver.  “Crossroads views this show as a next step in the evolution of ourselves as a regional arts center.  Our goal is to start with this exciting first step in showcasing our local artisans into larger arts market to attract new collectors for our areas amazingly talented artisans.  We also hope that residents of the Treasure Valley make a quick trip to Baker City and Garden Valley to explore these uniquely authentic communities.” States Ginger Savage, Executive Director Crossroads Carnegie Art Center.

“One of our original goals at GVCA was to bring artists together to be inspired and share creative insights.” States Lois Heffernan, Board Member and Gallery Curator for the Garden Valley Center for the Arts.   “By partnering with Crossroads, we feel that we will generate expanded regional awareness of our growing identity and role in the growing northwestern art community.”

The show at Crossroads of Garden Valley Artists will be on display from April 1st to April 30th.  Gallery hours are Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm PDT.

The show at Garden Valley of Crossroads Artists will be on display from April 2nd to May 1st.  Gallery Hours Friday thru Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM MDT.

For additional information please contact Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City at 541-523-5369 or at info@crossroads-arts.org or www.crossroads-arts.org.

Garden Valley Center for the Arts in Garden Valley at 208-462-6860 or at ​gvca.gv@gmail.com or http://www.gardenvalleycenterforthearts.org/