Bandon Library Friends and Foundation, Inc.

Bandon Library Art in 2016 - Visit art displays in the lobby gallery and cases. Click here for background and contact information.

The show is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday during the library's hours:

Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed on City of Bandon holidays

"Earthly Delights III: Art of the Natural World"
Photographs by Paula Reis; Jewelry by Crystal Landucci & Veneita Stender

Paula Reis, Crystal Landucci, and Veneita Stender return in December 2016 with their celebration of the natural world as inspiration for art.

 Just as a painter will present their unique vision of a subject, the photographer too can create a fusion of abstractions and representations on a canvas. Paula Reis images are positioned on stark backgrounds which intensify the colors of the flowers, allowing the viewer to experience being awash in hues not visible to the naked eye.
 Crystal Landucci's jewelry pieces incorporate hand-forged sterling silver, brass, bronze, and copper as well as semi-precious stones and found objects such as nuts and bolts, coins, charms, teeth, game tokens, and assorted flotsam and jetsam. In keeping with the theme "Earthly Delights - Art of the Natural World", most of the pieces she is showing feature antler tips, naturally shed by local deer; iridescent macaw feathers shed by Rico, a very handsome parrot friend; and a variety of "talon" - shaped gemstones.
 Jewelry artist Veneita Stender displays a passion for stones in her work. Gemstones, beach stones, raw stones, rare stones, healing stones, and others are paired with mixed metals in her creations. Lapidary work is used to shape the stones to suit the designs. She uses various metalworking methods to achieve the finished pieces. Fabrication, forging, chasing, repousse', fold forming, reticulation, silver soldering, cold connections, stone setting, and other methods are used. Her goal is to create a synergy that conveys the energy of the stones and connects with the viewer and wearer.

"Below the Tide: Images of the Deep"
Photographs by James Smith &
Paintings by Robin Longerbeam

It is due to a happy accident that Robin Longerbeam and James Smith are showing together at the Bandon Library Art Gallery for the next two months, allowing the gallery to exhibit both photographs taken below the literal tide, and paintings of imagined seas and the shadowy life that dwells therein. Together, they give a rich experience of the undersea world.
Beginning on October 1st and running through November 30th
Jim Smith dives all over the world, and the photographs on display here are just a sample of what he brings back. Taken in the Sudan, Mexico, the Phillipines, and Honduras, his beautifully framed shots emphasize the unique characteristics of the eccentric creatures below, as well as the details of their various environments. It was the undersea world itself which inspired Jim to purchase a camera in order to document what he saw, and then to share it with the rest of us. It's a rare treat to be able to see such work here in Bandon.
The paintings of Robin Longerbeam are studies in detail and texture. Using a variety of acrylic media, she builds texture and depth using both transparent and translucent layers—almost creating a collage effect—until she makes a nearly 3-dimensional underwater space filled with ferny plant life and swimming creatures. Using deep blues combined with contrasting hot colors, then finishing each canvas with a series of glazes, Robin draws you into this mysterious world and holds you there as you explore the many surprises in each image. You will want to take your time.

In the cases, Wilma Levtzow displays her collection of vintage dolls.

Fiber art tapestries by Andrea Ros
Woven kelp baskets and other items by Catherine LongSpinner.

Beginning on August 1st and running through September 30th


Using vivid colors, intricate thread work, and painterly compositions Andrea Ros creates tapestries out of felted wood and other fibers. Like traditional woven tapestries some of these pieces tell stories, often using fantastical and romantic elements. Phoenixes rise, ships are tossed on violent, creature-filled seas, the very skies split open to reveal multiple dimensions. If this is an apocalypse, it's a beautiful one. But any whimsy in these pieces is counterbalanced by their impeccable execution. With the rigor and seriousness of a painter in oils, Andrea works to excavate and express the depths latent in her materials. Her colors are deep and brilliant, her subjects intriguing, the final product convincing as a new kind of tapestry. Her Apocalypse Carousel is a delightful ride.

Seaweed, stones, shells, driftwood, and of course, Bull Kelp, are the ingredients with which Catherine LongSpinner creates her charming baskets, boxes, and wreaths. The sea gives up a constant supply of raw materials to this inventive and enterprising artist, who sees the myriad small glories left behind when the spindrift recedes, while most of us walk on. A former mosaic artist used to the idea of using flotsam and jetsam to make unique pieces of art, Catherine is in the ranks of contemporary crafters who have mastered the use of up- and recycled materials in their work.

JULY 2016
"More than a Stepping Stone"
The 2nd Annual Mosaic Show
The show runs from July 1st through 31st 2016.

In July, the Bandon Library Art Gallery presents the 2nd Annual Mosaic Show: “More than a Stepping Stone.” Celebrating mosaic art in all forms, from abstract and conceptual wall art to micro-mosaic jewelry and crafts pieces, “More than a Stepping Stone” is a good place to explore this exciting medium.

The show features work by artists from southern Washington to Port Orford, and includes a display of raw materials, definitions of terms, and information about resources. Most of the pieces are for sale, and many of the artists do commission work.

JUNE 2016
"Facial Imbroglio"
Paintings by Michael Ousley & Fiber Sculpture by Yvonne Ousley
The show runs from June 1st to June 30th 2016.

"Oh, Mother!" by M. Ousley
Michael Ousley's vivid character paintings are filled with so much pure life-force as to nearly explode off the wall. His bold colors and strong brush- and knife-work create simple but powerful figures of astonishing presence. They look out at us—and each other—with knowing expressions, lips closed, keeping their counsel.
"Matriarch" by Y. Ousley
In contrast, the complex, intertwining paper sculptures by Yvonne Ousley are studies in calm precision. Incorporating hundreds of pieces of folded paper which are then braided, twisted, and shaped, these stately works use paper in methods adapted from her fiber work, and from her anthropological understanding of textiles.

May 2016
There will be a reception for the artists on Monday, May 2nd at 4.00 pm in the Sprague Room.

May at the Bandon Library Art Gallery features the work of the Bandon High School Art Students. Under the direction of teacher Jen Ells, the grades 9 – 12 students at Bandon High encounter a wide range of historical and contemporary artists. The work of such artists as Pop Art painter Dean Russo becomes a jumping off point, giving the students great creative freedom while maintaining the discipline of the assignments.

They work clay, paint on silk, and of course, draw and paint on paper and canvas realistically and surrealistically. They make portraits and self-portraits; folk art and still life, abstract, and multi-screen, multi-color prints. Their work is interesting, original, often inspired.

All month there will be a box in the gallery to collect your votes for People's Choice Award. The winner will receive Prismacolor pencils and paper; all participating students will get drawing pencils.

The show runs from the 2nd through the 31st of May.

April 2016
April 1st - April 30, 2016
Reception on Sunday, April 3rd, from 1.30 – 3.00 in the Sprague Room.

 Coralie Coen, also known as Mrs. Roadrunner, photographs nature in situ as an expression of her deep desire to contribute to an understanding of its creatures and the need to preserve and protect them and their environment.

Her home in the wild gives her continued access to their homes, where she makes pictures to reveal the beauty in those hidden places. This show, “Wings,” concentrates on birds and insects, but her body of work includes all of the natural world here in Oregon.


In the cases, Marlo Dance Studio has created a display to celebrate their new production, “Once Upon a Time,” an original dance dedicated to the Bandon Public Library. A young girl visits the library after taking class; the librarians give her an enchanted book, which takes her on a journey through the world of literature.

March 2016
March 1st - March 30, 2016

With her hand-constructed fiber art, and using screen-printing, dyeing, painting, and burning, and design elements such as beads and colorful shredded cloth, Susan DeSalvatore explores themes of grief, grace, mercy, and the phases of life common to all.

She incorporates language into some of the pieces, both single words and poems, and uses printed photographs to make a complex canvas on which to express her ideas and reveal layers of meaning. Other pieces are collages made of torn bits of thread and cloth—abstract works that are brilliant celebrations of pure color and texture.

Jane Ujhazi's natural stone necklaces of silver, amber, turquoise, and other semi-precious stones are contemporary, but happily acknowledge the past. A collector of antique and tribal beads from around the world, Jane is inspired by the long tradition of human self-decoration, and evokes many different periods and lands with her designs.

Jane Ujhazi's natural stone necklaces of silver, amber, turquoise, and other semi-precious stones are contemporary, but happily acknowledge the past. A collector of antique and tribal beads from around the world, Jane is inspired by the long tradition of human self-decoration, and evokes many different periods and lands with her designs.

February 2016
“Between Stillness and Motion,” paintings and photographs by Jill Falk. February 1st through 29th 2016

"Queen of the Marsh" by Jill Falk
Portland artist Jill Falk's beautiful and puzzling paintings and photographs derive from many sources of inspiration, but all are concerned with the construction and deconstruction of images, and the layers of meaning concealed in the familiar. Figures emerge from shadow or can be discerned within mosaics of brilliant color; symbols hint at codes to be broken by the viewer, and possible relationships between characters in different paintings. A deceptively simple painting of a horse also references its infrastructure; TS Eliot's “skull beneath the skin.” Some paintings begin as frames from movies or TV shows, but appear here as new scenes from a world where rain and mist drain color away, and night has fallen. What do these images mean? They suggest that, if even the most ordinary scene from a well-known television series can hold secrets to be discovered, so can the most prosaic moment from real life. A photograph can both disguise and reveal its subject. Life is rich with the hidden and obscured; nothing is what it seems. 

January 2016

The show runs from the 1st through the 31st of January.

There will be a reception for the artists on Sunday, January 3rd, from 1-3 pm, in the Sprague Room.
 The exquisitely detailed, beautifully realized birds painted in gouache by Ken Michaelson are the works of a master. The iridescent sheen of a mallard's head and the light in a golden eye are brought to vivid life in these paintings. Also on display are his rarer, equally rich, oil paintings of scenes of the natural world.

Ken Michaelson prints and originals will be available for purchase.

 In the cases, Ginny Gibson's small clay figures make delightful tableaux of everyday life: the pleasures of reading outdoors, visiting with a friend, a beloved dog's companionship. These little scenes crystallize the emotion of such familiar moments, while avoiding sentimentality or kitsch. Her handmade tiles and other objects will accompany the figures.