Pamplin Media Group – Creation of a community arts center in Prineville

It was the dream of artists Rae Holton and Jodi Kerr to create a place to showcase artists and studios, and the Art Corral made that dream come true.

Big changes are taking place at 160 NE Seventh St.

The former location of Meandering Maker has now become The Art Corral, featuring business owner, sculptor and clay artist Rae Holton. She will host art classes starting March 17, as well as Markets and Makers events starting in May.

Former Meandering Makers business owner Jodi Kerr contacted Holton about a year ago to come in and help teach clay classes. The two artists had a common dream of having a community art centre.

“We were trying to reach out and find a bigger place, because she couldn’t get her Meandering Maker out of here and have a community art center. We needed more space for that, and they had a lot of equipment here,” Holton said.

Eventually, after searching for the right place that had the right space for her dream, Kerr and her husband found a place in La Pine that would facilitate her Meandering Maker business. Jodi will continue to teach classes at Holton’s Art Corral, as well as other central Oregon makers. They seek to showcase the talents of Central Oregon creators in a variety of art forms. They are looking for artists who are proficient in their craft, including fine art.

“We just sort of work together to develop that, where we’re the hub for creators and either work if they want to have a space as a member artist, create workshops (they take a little extra), maker markets and pop-ups,” Holton explained of the arrangement at the Art Corral.

“Meandering Maker was born in Prineville,” Kerr said of her business, which will now be centered in its new location in La Pine. “It’s people’s hearts that gave me the courage to continue to grow as a company and as a person. The Art Corral is an extension of the vision to create community. I’m excited to take over meandering and delighted with the legacy that began here.”

Holton will also showcase its ceramics and pottery, as well as some of Kerr’s decorating and painting supplies. There will also be a number of works by Central Oregon artists for sale in the Art Corral and during Makers Markets. There were four artists featured at the ribbon cutting by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 11, including 1life (hand-dyed apparel, accessories and homewares), LA Florals (watercolor bookmarks , cards and stationery), a jeweler and silversmith and another potter.

Holton was born Redmond and she is a fifth generation from central Oregon. Her great-great-grandparents lived in Oregon, and art is ingrained in her family’s DNA.

“I’ve always been an artist and come from a family of artisans – they work on everything from wood to glass, and mum did ceramics when I was young. It’s always been there,” said she explained about her legacy as an artist.

Holton moved to Corvallis when she was 10, and at 18 she set out to explore the world. During her travels, she became interested in clay and took art and sculpture courses at university.

“Sculpting and clay gripped me, and that’s where I’ve been ever since.”

In 2009, in San Marcos, California, Holton opened a pottery studio. She developed the business over eight years into a full-service clay workshop with eight wheels and multiple kilns, to serve the community. Holton then underwent studies in raku, saggar and pit fire techniques under renowned potter and raku master Rico Piper. She also studied sculpture and 3D design with Dick Marcusen, master sculptor.

Holton is an accomplished artist, experimenting in her early years with a wide variety of media. Her style and genre are primarily clay, sculpture and pottery, with a fluid and organic art form based on nature.

“I’ve sold in the western states, and I have pieces and collections around the world.”

Holton has shown and sold her work in museums, galleries and juried competitions, as well as art exhibitions throughout the western United States and in private collections around the world.

Although she primarily works in clay, she has also cast bronze, and some of her works can be found in a wide variety of mediums, depending on the piece.

“The swirling, flowing shapes and designs in my work reflect my strong connection to the natural elements and the way energy moves,” Holton commented on the inspiration for his artwork, in his biography on his site. Web, starrflowerstudios.com.

To find more examples of her work, the website Starrflowerstudios.com offers visuals of her wide range of clay art forms and abilities.

The Art Corral plans to hold a designer market every Saturday starting in May. It will correspond to the CROP farmers market, opening half an hour after CROP. Interested customers should call for an appointment or register online at https://theartcorral.as.me/

“Half an hour after harvest, we will be considered the next stop for makers, beyond the farmers’ market,” noted Holton of the makers’ market, which will be within walking distance of the farmers’ market.

After returning to central Oregon, Holton took advantage of his new venture and performed in his home studio.

“Creating is my passion. As I strive to find the most effective way to express my vision, I continually push the boundaries of my media. As a result, I continually expand the realm of possibilities. Life is a art. Dare to sculpt your dreams,” concluded Holton.

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The art corral

Owner: Rae Holton

Address: 160 North Seventh St.

Contact: 541-362-4811

For an appointment, go to https://theartcorral.as.me/ or call the number above


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