Optic is in a small but elegant room on the second floor of a building built in 1888. The space used to be an opticians office in its very early years. We are a temporary project space created by myself and whichever artists I am working with to share and support each other. It is a non-profit space which exists in and as a side room to my studio practice.


Julia Oldham . Reception March 25th . 5-8

March into the Sea
In addition to Julia’s work, there will be a selection of animals and trees from my private art collection.
Small and lovely pieces by Cynthia Star, Cynthia Lahti, Alexandra Lakin, Zak Margolis, Jack Ryan, Kristan Kennedy, Carson Ellis, Bruce Conkle, Camas Logue, Jessyca Burke, Tara Jane O’Neil…. (and myself – the whale sound waveform)
Show opens tomorrow from 5 to 8 – up for one week. if you want to visit another time during the week, contact me.



Lisa Temple-Cox . Reception April 11th . 5-8





Nasty Woman

This show features 10 amazing women artists who are all teachers at Oregon State University and University of Oregon.


We are coming together to protest against the misogyny of the incoming administration. We are coming together in solidarity with the women’s marches occurring around the United States. This show is meant to display the strength, innovation, talent, fortitude, unity, and excellence of women in our community.

Event photo: University of Oregon women’s basketball team taken in the 1910s. University of Oregon Libraries – Special Collections and University Archives

Corvallis Advocate preview by Johnny Beaver

Please visit Optic Gallery for its first show, on the evening of the 3rd Thursday January Arts Walk. 5:30 to 8:30 on Thursday, January 19th.

Exhibiting Artists:
Amanda Tasse
Amanda Wojick
Anna Fidler
Anya Kivarkis
Jessie Rose Vala
Julia Bradshaw
Julie Green
Shelley Jordon
Tannaz Farsi
Terri Warpinski

(click on any pic for slideshow)


Special event: Monday from 3-4 pm at the gallery.
Artist: Karin Bolender https://ruralalchemy.com

In honor of Not-My-President’s Day, this intimate, improvisational ceremony, led by K-Haw Hart and hosted by Optic Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon, will bring some worried, wondering humans together to artfully question/resist the opacity and absurdity of present political regimes. As we gently pass around a Mother (the thick, fleshy, semi-translucent body of symbiotically cultured bacteria and yeast that brews an ancient drink called kombucha), we will ask the Mother questions sourced from the lyrics of the Pink Floyd song by that same name. Other questions and gestures are also welcome.

One of the Bad and Nasty Not-My-President Day events