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Children take a ceramics class at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in this 2019 photo. This year, the center’s annual Gift of Art fundraiser that helps support youth art programs is going online.

JOSEPH — The deadline is Sunday, Nov. 15, for submissions to the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture’s Gift of Art — Youth Art Fundraiser. The center also adjusted the formate for the annual event.

“We are changing the format of the Gift of Art fundraiser in response to the coronavirus,” Executive Director Cheryl Coughlan said. “Instead of a silent auction, we decided to go for affordable art that people can purchase and take home or purchase online and pick up.”

To submit artwork for the Gift of Art, email prospective artwork to Sunday by 5 p.m. Email up to three images (photographs of artwork must be high-quality, longest side must be up to 1,200 dpi), include the artist’s name, a short biography, a website (if applicable), medium and size of work. All work must be original.

Artists will be notified by phone or email what artwork has been accepted.

Artwork will need to be at the center by Monday, Nov. 30. Contact Megan Wolfe at the center to make arrangements for drop-off. The online auction goes live Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m.

Art can vary from ceramics to crafts and paintings. Artists can submit up to three works. All artwork will be on sale on the center’s website as well as live in the gallery at 403 N. Main St., Joseph. The sale lasts until Dec. 24. All artwork must be priced under $100 retail.

Artists will receive a 60/40 commission. All proceeds will go toward the center’s Youth Art Programs and scholarships.

The Josephy Center also is hosting the Wallowa Valley Photo Club’s exhibit full of landscapes, animals and unique images of the world. The exhibit runs Monday, Nov. 23 to Tuesday, Dec. 22. You can see the show at the center on online For more information, call the Josephy Center at 541-432-0505 or visit online at

And the November book for the book group at the Josephy Center is “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese. The book group discussion is Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

The book is about Saul Indian Horse, a child whose family retreats into the woods. Among the lakes and cedars, they attempt to reconnect with half-forgotten traditions while hiding from the authorities who have been kidnapping Ojibway youths. But when winter approaches, Saul loses everything: His brother, his parents, his beloved grandmother — and then his home.

Book group members receive 15% off “Indian Horse,” available for purchase at the Josephy Center. Call the center or visit online at

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