FOLK ART OF THE OREGON COUNTRY -- At the Renwick through February 1. $1

A chainsaw bear, a horseshoe chair, five loaves of bread, a leather saddle and some 200 other pieces of contemporary and historic folk art add up to a cluttered but fun display at the Renwick Gallery. Though jammed into a room far too small for comfort, "Folk Art of the Oregon Country" is a fine tribute to the artisans of the far western state. Organized by the Oregon Arts Commission, the exhibit is divided into Native American, Pioneer, Bucharoo (cowboy) and Ethnic art. A contemporary piece in the pioneer style is Wibb Ward's vision of twin bears, above left, chainsawed out of cedar driftwood; the bears are pious animals who appeared originally as part of a 15-bear congregation that listened in silence to a wooden preacher in the artist's back yard. Among scores of items by Native Americans is a ceremonial shield, above right, made from rawhide, buckskin, fur, feathers and paint by a member of the Yakima tribe; the feathers and the long strip of buffalo hide in the center of the shield have a religious significance. Buckaroo handiwork includes handsome leather saddles, bridles made from leather and silver, branding irons, iron gates and ornate spurs. Ethnic items include a quilt with an African motif made by a black American, Easter eggs decorated in the fancy Ukrainian style, spoons and scoops carved from maple by an Oregonian with a Finnish surname, and baskets and fabrics and toys. Like other exhibits comprised of many small items, this show suffers mostly from overcrowding; still, it's worth a look. (Its catalogue, exceptionally well-written, is $9.)