Guest Blog Post by Phyllice Bradner, partner / owner of Currents Gallery

Currents Gallery, located in McMinnville’s Downtown Historic District, is owned and operated by seven artist/partners. Our partnership includes retirees from many walks of life: Lawyer, Graphic Designer, Special Ed Teacher, Administrator, Drafter, Sales Rep, Flight Attendant—all full time artists now. Seventeen years ago, when we started this little enterprise, we had no idea if we could make a success of it. Over the years we added a classroom, expanded our display space and grew to represent more than 70 Northwest Oregon artists! We are now considered one of Oregon’s premier galleries.

Each month we exhibit a new feature show highlighting the work of one or more of the artists we represent. At that time, we also re-hang and refresh all the walls and displays in the gallery. Once or twice a year we present a juried theme show open to all Oregon artists. Throughout the gallery, we offer an ever-changing variety of art and fine craft. Our visitors always find “a little something for everyone”.

The show that runs from April 10-May 15 will highlight the work of our volunteer associates. Then in May, Marlene Eichner’s fiber art and Claudia Herber’s gourds will be featured. The June show will present work by Kathleen Buck. Sharon Cook’s abstract art will be featured in July. Look for Ann Durley’s clocks and other surprising items made from found objects in August. In September we will present our 13th Annual Fiber Arts Show. This popular juried show exhibits work from artists around our region. We welcome a wide range of entries that might be sewn, knitted, woven, felted, painted or printed to create 3-D and wall pieces, art to wear, quilts, décor items and more! Animal art will be the subject of Phyllice Bradner’s October show. Rounding out the year in November and December will be our annual Holiday Show.

Currents Gallery also offers art classes in our well equipped Back Door Studio. These one and two-day workshops cover a wide array of subjects ranging from painting techniques with various mediums, to constructing clocks with found objects, decorating gourds, or assembling collages.

Art lovers can purchase many select pieces from our website,, but, of course, the best experience is to visit the gallery in person, talk to the artist on duty, and get a close-up look at some of the best art that Oregon has to offer!


Phyllice Bradner is one of Currents Gallery’s original partners. She moved to Oregon in 2005 after living in Alaska for 40 years. During that time she was the art director of an advertising agency, did free-lance graphic design, historic restoration on major buildings, owned an antique store, and was the Publication Specialist for the Alaska Division of Tourism. Today, she says, “Working with my friends to manage our gallery is my greatest joy.”

Phyllice creates images that make people smile. She makes wood block prints and etchings of ravens and other animals, and frequently paints whimsical critters. She is also the co-author of the Silver Sisters Mystery series, which she writes with her sister, Morgan St James. They currently have five books in print. She has also published a children’s book featuring her funny crows.