Common Courage was a 2012 exhibition of women's history that exemplified many of the experiences and accomplishments shared by Benton County women over the past century. In 2012, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Oregon. This year-long exhibition exemplified changing roles in politics, education, occupations, fashion, and athletic opportunities, and honors Benton County women in uniform.
April 6 - May 5, 2012
Benton County Historical Museum's longest running tradition. Philomath School District students K-12 exhibit their artwork.
February 10 - March 31, 2012
7th - 12th grade art students compete for scholarships and prizes. Winning work is exhibited in the Moreland Gallery. "Gold Key" winners are entered to compete in the national Scholastic Art Awards.
May 11 - July 7, 2012
On a warm and sunny evening in August, 2009, a group of women gathered to discuss an interactive art project. All of these women painted with acrylic and had varying degrees of experience and technical education.
The first step was to look at pieces that each artist brought to the gathering. Through a voting process, one piece was chosen from each artist to "start a conversation". Then the fun began!
Over the course of one year, each of those selected paintings was passed from artist to artist so a response painting could be created. Although some of the artists from that August evening have left the group, there is now a collection of conversation-starter-paintings and the responses from the each of the other artists.
Acrylic paintings by Aki Hill, Andrea Thornberry, Donna Beverly, Peggy Joyce, Margo Eastman, Marie Wilson, Miriam Edell, and Sue Noel will be shown.
July 13 - August 25, 2012
A juried exhibition of quilts by members of the Marys River Quilt Guild.
August 31 - October 27, 2012
Featuring a century of Benton County photographs from Ball Studio the oldest continuously operating photography business in Oregon.
November 2, 2012 - January 5, 2013
Participating artists include Laura Berman, Katheryn Byram, Carolee Clark, Dale Donovan, Babette Grunwald, Lee Kitzman, Judith Sander, Debbie Sundbaum-Sommers and Harold Wood.
Promotional poster by Harold Wood.