The COOL TOOLS! exhibition showcased 19th and 20th century tools from the combined BCHS and Horner Museum artifact collections. Tools from the field, farm, laboratory, home and workshop invoked wonder and appreciation from museum visitors of all ages. Categories of tools in the exhibition included textile, wood, metal, engineering, food and farm tools. Informative details about the tools emphasize Benton County stories and were available on touch-screen tablets or your own portable device. Exhibition closed Nov. 1, 2014. View artifacts online >>
December 6, 2013 - January 18, 2014
Mark Allison and Lee Kitzman are both artists and educators at heart. Kitzman taught art classes, including ceramics, for 23 years at the Children’s Farm Home and later at Corvallis High School. Allison has worked as an art instructor at Linn Benton Community College from 1994 continuously to the present. “A good teacher is a good student who has learned to find that place inside where the distinction between work and play disappear, where there is a total absorption in the interplay between paint and thought, a living, breathing, active awareness that moves us progressively through changes” reflects Allison.
Kitzman is a master potter with diverse talents creating ceramics. His specialty is Japanese-influenced raku. “It’s all about attempting to do the absolute best quality,” Kitzman said. Recently, Kitzman has been working with new glazes and both low fire and high fire techniques on raku plaques and stoneware.
January 24 - March 8, 2014
Benton County Cover-up is an exhibition of 19th century coverlets and quilts from the museum's permanent collection.
March 14 - April 12, 2014
2014 marked the 11th year that the Benton County Museum has hosted a Willamette Valley high school art competition. A free, public, exhibition of both Gold Key and Silver Key winning entries was open at the Benton County Museum from March 14-April 12, 2014.
275 Oregon schools in seven Oregon counties were invited to participate in the Willamette Region competition. 378 pieces of artwork were submitted for judging by 154 students. 202 of those entries earned awards. 29 "Gold Key" winning entries from the Willamette Valley were judged in New York City, competing against approximately 8,000 Gold Key works of art submitted nationally.
April 18 - May 17, 2014
Benton County Historical Museum's longest running tradition. Philomath School District students K-12 exhibit their artwork.
May 23 - July 5, 2014
The Benton County Historical Museum proudly hosted a joint exhibition of "Permission 2 Play" and "Sweet Grief: Paintings and Poems on Love and Loss". The exhibition was open to the public from May 23 through July 5, 2014.
Two friends and a dying husband are at the heart of "Sweet Grief", an art project that brings light to the dark corridors of loss. "Sweet Grief" is a collaborative exploration of painting and poetry by Sentila McKinley and Drew Myron that offers a range of darkness and light, from the heavy weight of loss to the bright glow of gratitude. "To look at death and grief as a gift is not reserved for those who have a defined spiritual journey, but for everyone that has known love" says Sentila McKinley.
"Permission 2 Play: Living Well with Cancer & Healing Through Quilting" is an ongoing class in quilting arts that meets monthly at JanniLou Creations quilt store in Philomath, Oregon. This is a small, informal and supportive group, open to all cancer diagnosed patients regardless of quilting experience. The quilters share their passion for textile arts, try out new and interesting techniques and give themselves "Permission 2 Play".
September 5 - October 11, 2014
"Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper: Prints, Drawings and Book Arts" opened at Benton County Historical Museum on Friday, September 5, 2014.The exhibition was on view through October 11, 2014. "Yuji Hiratsuka needs no introduction in artistic, institutional, or academic print making circles. His widely known, brilliantly conceived and executed intaglio prints are second to none, today" notes Stephen A. Fredericks, Founder of The New York Society of Etchers.
October 17 - November 15, 2014
Preview art by Philomath artists, then visit their studios during the annual Philomath Open Studios Tour!
Participating artists include Jerri Bartholomew, Carolee S. Clark, Faye Cummins, Dale Donovan, Gale Everett, Debi Lyn Friedlander, Jeff Gunn, Susan Johnson, Kate McGee, Rinee Merritt, Sabine Miner, Kris Mitchell, Marianne Post, Judith Sander, Kat Sloma, Cynthia Spencer, Debby Sundbaum-Sommers, Leslie Tejada, and Tamera Greiter.
November 21, 2014 - January 24, 2015
Featured art by Jan Roberts-Dominguez, Jennifer Lommers, and Jan Maitland.