KOOBDOOGA Exhibit 2021

Each year local artists are invited to create pieces inspired by the title chosen for White Salmon Valley's KOOBDOOGA program. This year's featured title is A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia by Blaine Harden. Due to space limitations and continued care in managing pandemic virus spread, all art will be displayed online. The show runs through October 31, 2021. Enjoy!

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The Ghost of Celilo Falls

Alison Henderson - White Salmon, WA

The Ghost of Celilo Falls by Alison Henderson

Watercolor and pastel. Not for sale.

Artist's note: The watercolor background of "The Ghost of Celilo Falls" depicts the Columbia River as it is in present time at the point where Celilo Falls used to tumble with mighty force over massive boulders. Over the top I have used pastels to create an image of the falls as it once was before the dam was built and how it remains in my memory. 

The Spirits are Watching

Vickie VanKoten - Hood River, OR

Spirits are Watching by Vickie VanKoten

Quilt. For sale by the artist for $400. Please email Mary Kapp (Friends of the Library), jmkapp[at]gorge.net, for contact information.

Artist's note: Fabric landscape quilt featuring American Indian symbols of the Columbia River and salmon fishing, including a rubbing of a great horned sheep petroglyph from Roosevelt and representation of the pictograph of "She Who Watches" from Horsethief Lake.

Columbia Gorge

Abigail Merickel - Hood River, OR

Columbia Gorge by Abigail Merickel

Reduction block, 8 x 10 inches. For sale by the artist for $150. Please email Mary Kapp (Friends of the Library), jmkapp[at]gorge.net, for contact information.

Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, Abigail is involved in the art world as a painter, printmaker, and arts educator. Inspiration comes from her classical European training, steeped in art history, as well as her appreciation for folk art. Vivid in color and rich in narrative, her work is inspired by adventures in our magical world. Abigail divides her time between Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Columbia River Gorge with a home studio in Hood River, Oregon. Her experiences of travel, music, foreign cultures, and the natural world all inform her life’s work as an artist.

A Formidable Wall

Lee Musgrave - White Salmon, WA

A Formidable Wall by Lee Musgrave

Acrylic painting, 18 x 46 inches. Not for sale.

Artist's note: In the noted book, A River Lost by author Blaine Harden, on pages 124–25 he reveals how the Bureau of Reclamation lined the banks of the Columbia River near the Grand Coulee Dam with jagged rocks and chunks of concrete known as ‘riprap.’ I found the passage heartbreaking as I envisioned what the area must look like, causing me sorrow and distress. As I transformed that angst into this painting, I kept hearing the promising trickle of water and the lonely howl of a forsaken coyote. I included them both in the image.

Mosier Plateau View

Kathleen Roulet - Stevenson, WA

Mosier Plateau View by Kathleen Roulet

Quilted art. Not for sale.

Artist's note: A panorama of subtle hues on a quiet spring day with almost no wind. Fiber collage using commercial fabrics, 100% cotton, machine quilted.

Columbia River Train III

Abigail Merickel - Hood River, OR

Columbia River Train III by Abigail Merickel

Monotype, 18 x 22 inches. For sale by the artist for $450. Please email Mary Kapp (Friends of the Library), jmkapp[at]gorge.net, for contact information.

Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, Abigail is involved in the art world as a painter, printmaker, and arts educator. Inspiration comes from her classical European training, steeped in art history, as well as her appreciation for folk art. Vivid in color and rich in narrative, her work is inspired by adventures in our magical world. Abigail divides her time between Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Columbia River Gorge with a home studio in Hood River, Oregon. Her experiences of travel, music, foreign cultures, and the natural world all inform her life’s work as an artist.

Do You See Me?

Patricia Arnold

Do You See Me? by Patricia Arnold

Acrylics on canvas, 24 x 12 inches.

Artist's note: When we view the Columbia River, we see many different types of work and play, but unless we’re actually fishing, we usually don’t see the salmon there. They are an inextricable part of the ecosystems of the entire Columbia watershed, feeding many of the peoples and the other animals, yet they are nearly invisible to us. This painting is to give viewers an up-close and personal view of what salmon look like in the river.

Silent Catch

Alison Henderson - White Salmon, WA

Silent Catch by Alison Henderson

Watercolor. Not for sale.

Artist's note: "Silent Catch" depicts the stark contrast between the massive size of The Dalles Dam and the single Native American fishing platform. The dam impedes the natural flow of the Columbia and restricts the migration of salmon, killing many fingerlings in its turbines and reducing the size of the Columbia fish population. By comparison, the fishing platform looks diminished in size and represents the loss of fish netted from platforms. It is a compelling reminder of times past.

Columbia River Winter Morn

Virgil Harper - White Salmon, WA

Columbia River Winter Morn by Virgil Harper

Photograph. Prices vary on the size. Imagery can be purchased from fineartamerica.com.

Home

Janet Essley - White Salmon, WA

Home by Janet Essley

Acrylic paint on wood panel with embedded seeds, hair, lichens, feather and leaves, 36 x 48 inches. For sale by the artist for $875. Please email Mary Kapp (Friends of the Library), jmkapp[at]gorge.net, for contact information.

Artist's note: "Home" is the last word of the book A River Lost, related to the Wanapum sense of place that is described in the final chapter of the book.

Lost View: Celilo Falls

Doris Nyholm - Goldendale, WA

Lost View: Celilo Falls by Doris Nyholm

Quilt. Not for sale.

Artist's note: This is an art quilt "painted" with scraps of fabric. The inspiration was an antique postcard.

The Gorge, Eastern Washington

Virgil Harper - White Salmon, WA

The Gorge, Eastern Washington, by Virgil Harper

Photograph. Prices vary on the size. Imagery can be purchased from fineartamerica.com.

Woodie's Guitar

Janet Essley - White Salmon, WA

Woodie's Guitar by Janet Essley

Acrylic and metallic ink on Masonite, 18 x 48 inches. For sale by the artist for $150. Please email Mary Kapp (Friends of the Library), jmkapp[at]gorge.net, for contact information.

Artists's note: "Woodie's guitar" refers to Woodie Guthrie's song "Roll on Columbia" that so oddly describes the dammed river that no longer rolls. This work was inspired by the phrase on page 82 of A River Lost, "the river was killed...and was reborn as plumbing."

Roll On, Columbia I

Abigail Merickel - Hood River, OR

Roll On, Columbia I by Abigail Merickel

Monotype, 18 x 24 inches. For sale by the artist for $450. Please email Mary Kapp (Friends of the Library), jmkapp[at]gorge.net, for contact information.

Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, Abigail is involved in the art world as a painter, printmaker, and arts educator. Inspiration comes from her classical European training, steeped in art history, as well as her appreciation for folk art. Vivid in color and rich in narrative, her work is inspired by adventures in our magical world. Abigail divides her time between Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Columbia River Gorge with a home studio in Hood River, Oregon. Her experiences of travel, music, foreign cultures, and the natural world all inform her life’s work as an artist.

My Back Yard

Kathy Anderson - White Salmon, WA

My Back Yard by Kathy Anderson

Quilt. Not for sale.

Artist's note: We are so lucky to live in this beautiful area. This is "My Back Yard."

View From White Salmon

Virgil Harper - White Salmon, WA

View from White Salmon by Virgil Harper

Photograph. Prices vary on the size. Imagery can be purchased from fineartamerica.com.

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