Artist Terri Malec opens gallery in tiny Joseph cabin

<p>Terri Malek, who is running a gallery/studio in the small log building next to Sports Corral this summer, works on the clay model of a horse, which will be cast as a bronze sculpture.</p>

JOSEPH – Artist Terri Malec – who decades ago was the proprietor of what was then the only art gallery in Joseph – has now returned to her roots and opened up a small treasure chest of an art gallery on Main Street in Joseph this summer.

The location is the tiny log cabin on The Sports Corral parking lot, which is normally vacant as a model to promote portable cabin kits offered by JayZee Lumber, Inc. It was also used as a Santa Claus headquarters.

The gallery showcases a variety of Malec oil paintings and sculptures, many of which focus on horses and other animals, her favorite subjects. It also provides a studio where she can work on her art. Regular summer hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and probably other times. “The sign will be out when I’m here,” the artist said.

The business named is Mayfield Studio Gallery after a field below a house in which the artist lived for a time in Virginia, her home state where she returned to live from 2000 to 2006.

Malec was proprietor of Edge of the Wilderness Gallery, where she also had her studio, in downtown Joseph starting in 1979 and closing for good in 1994.

Malec has lived other places through the years, including the Puget Sound area in Washington and in Central Oregon, but said in many ways Joseph is home to her. The fact that the foundries she uses for her sculptures are here also makes it easier to work in Wallowa County than other places.

She moved back after being away for quite a few years in 2006 and started Canine Artistry, an ongoing dog grooming business that compliments her life as an artist and an animal lover. Malec said that while art is her lifelong career, she started grooming dogs professionally after she began showing her own Irish Water Spaniels.

Malec is a member of the Society of Animal Artists. In addition to horse, wildlife and canine subjects, she also paints scenic and religious works.

The cabin is “a perfect spot for a little rustic gallery,” she said, adding that operating a gallery is “coming full circle for me.”

Malec invites people to stop, visit and see her at work in her new gallery. Also watch for one of her sculptures to be installed on Joseph Main Street.

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