Beautiful art and photos grace Albany Alley in the form of Art Dumpsters. Read about the local artists and their work below. Original art, prints and cards may be found at Gallery Calapooia and The Crow’s Foot Gallery.
TRICIA GREAVES – POPPIES
Tricia Greaves is an Oregon native, living in Albany since 2001. She opened The Crow’s Foot Gallery in June of 2019 to feature local artists. Initially searching for a studio space for her own artwork, the gallery and studio has given Tricia the opportunity to use her education and experience to teach art lessons and host date nights, sharing the joy of creation and expression.
“Poppies” reflects Tricia’s affinity toward architectural order and balance with organic colors and textures. The blending of abstract and realistic elements, each having their own meaning and purpose. The greens and blues show life and growth, combining earth, water and sky. The female figure is from a piece of street art Tricia photographed, embracing beauty in a non-conforming method. Poppies represents different things in different cultures. Western cultures use it as a sign of respect and remembrance, especially for fallen soldiers. Eastern cultures use it as a symbol of love and success. Both meanings are a happy inclusion to our Downtown space.
MARJORIE KINCH – SWIRL OF KOI
Marjorie Kinch grew up in the foothills of Mount Si, near Snoqualmie Washington. She spent her childhood roaming the hills and fishing in the clear green river surrounding her family home. Her love of art began in the early grades and she painted whenever materials were available.
Marjorie has lived in the beautiful Willamette Valley for most of her life. The beauty of the area is an inspiration to her love of creating art whether with the fluidity and sparkle of watercolor or other mediums such as marbling papers.
BILL ORIGER – RUDBECKIA
Bill Origer came to Albany in 1977. He has photographed the natural world for over 50 years. It began with a high school graduation present in 1965 – a used Nikon camera. His work was primarily a private passion, until he joined Galley Calapooia three years ago. His images are realistic depictions of natural scenes – no Photoshop layering or image blending. He has traveled five continents but still finds beauty in the birds and flowers in the garden of his historic Albany home.
This photo of Rudbeckia blossoms was taken in a city park near his childhood home in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is typical of his work, with sharp detail and vivid color. His current project is astrophotography, capturing the majesty of the night sky with a camera and a small telescope.
JOSE LULE-JUAREZ – MAQUIZCOATL AND XOCHIPILLI
José Lule-Juarez is a local artist and graphic designer who cares about every level of his craft. Each element is considered and serves a purpose. He is first generation, bilingual, bicultural. José seeks to maintain his Mexican culture and heritage while embracing his own style, ideas and concepts. He cares about community issues and recognizes the people that struggle to heal or be heard. The Mayan and Aztec styles of simplified organic line and color inspire his depiction of figures and nature, sharing narratives that inspire across cultures and time.
“Maquizcoatl and Xochipilli” represents, first, social counterparts, community and cooperation, as well as summer pleasure, flowers, love, dancing, creativity and feasting. Perfect images in a vibrant Downtown setting for gathering and eating among friends and community.