Artisans of Corvallis (AoC) is a database of local artists, crafts people, and creators of handmade items in the Corvallis, Oregon, community. AoC shares their stories to encourage Buying Local in order to support our community of artisans and their work.
Artisans of Corvallis (AoC) is a database of local artists, crafts people, and creators of handmade items in the Corvallis, Oregon, community. AoC shares their stories to encourage Buying Local to support our artisans and their work.
We believe that stories are a powerful way to build connection and really get to know each other. Our goal for using this format is to drive a deeper appreciation and engagement with an artist's work.
While we recognize there is a huge abundance of creativity in the areas and towns surrounding Corvallis, we are currently looking to only feature artists who reside in, work in, source a large amount of their materials from, or have their work displayed or sold at a physical location within, Corvallis. We think that just focusing on this will make our work cut out for us given the number of artisans here already. If you are interested in being included in this database, please visit and complete the following form: tiny.cc/AoCform.
Read more about our team and backgrounds below.
Artisan Stories Curator
Rena Chen works in the field of college access and enjoys bringing people together to build community, solve problems, and learn from one another. Her decade of helping students tell their personal stories inspired the idea for Artisans of Corvallis, and Rena is excited and humbled to be able to help share the journeys of the talented community of artists in town. Her academic background is in anthropology, environmental studies, and urban studies while her professional experience ranges from work focusing on startups and social enterprises to nonprofits and educational organizations. Rena currently volunteers for the Benton County CERT and the United Way of Benton & Linn County's Community Impact Committee and serves on the boards of the Corvallis Young Professionals, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Imagine Corvallis 2040 Action Network to help advance the 2040 vision of the City of Corvallis.
Jen Hernandez is an artist, educator, and graphic designer living in Corvallis, Oregon. A transplant from the California coast, Jen has made Oregon her home for the past 10 years, and has built strong connections with the creative community in Corvallis. Jen's artwork takes inspiration from the natural world and the fantasy worlds of storybooks and movies that have captivated her since childhood.
See her art and find out more about Jen on her website: InklingsIllustrated.com