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Call to Artists – Art in Bloom 2014 Still Accepting Artist Applications!

We just spoke with a board member of Art in Bloom and learned that they are still accepting artist applications for the 2014 Festival! So don’t delay, Art in Bloom’s Mother’s Day Art and Horticulture Festival happens on May 10 and 11 this year, and this is your opportunity to scoot in at the last minute if you haven’t already. For fastest results, read the application procedures and fees below and apply online HERE. If you are not comfortable applying online, go to the same link and download the pdf application.



Call to Artists – Artoberfest 2014 – Deadline July 1

Call to Artists

Artoberfest 2014

A Juried Art & Fine Craft Fair 
in the Beautiful Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 17, 18 and 19
Sponsored by the Southern Oregon Guild

For Prospectus & Application go to  
or call or email 541-592-5019 afest3atsouthernoregonguilddotorg

Questions: Call 541-659-3858
Apply online or print and mail application

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Sarah F. Burns

Barkley's Broasted Chicken, painting by Sarah F. Burns

Barkley’s Broasted Chicken, plein air painting by Sarah F. Burns

Get down and dirty painting in the field and in the street. There are few things as exhilarating, challenging and rewarding as plein air painting. Create fresh, live documents of the life and light around us everyday. Sarah will choose excellent locations for the time of day and pleasure of study, focusing on urban settings and including sprawling views, locations with lovely flowers, and foliage. Color, light, proportion atmospheric perspective, linear perspective, composition, value, use of materials will all be extensively covered in this fun and meaty workshop.

  • June 19, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, at AAC, intro with slides and talk
  • June 19 – 22, 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the field 
  • June 22, 7:45 pm, critique at local winery or restaurant (no host) 
  • $130, AAC, Print and Clay Studio Members, $145 General
  • Level: Beginner to Advanced. Beginning students will find it helpful to take Sarah’s Classical Drawing and Painting drop-in class held every Wed from 3 – 5 pm
  • Registration is due by Thursday, June 12
  • Click here for the registration form
  • Questions? Email karaQlewisatgmaildotcom  (karaQlewisatgmaildotcom)  

All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
ashartcentatgmaildotcom  (ashartcentatgmaildotcom)  

News from the Oregon Arts Commission


April 17, 2014
Michael Dalton
Michael Dalton and Lawrence Fong appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission
Lawrence Fong

Michael Dalton, a retired Oregon State University professor who lives in Corvallis and Newport, and Lawrence Fong, an independent curator and writer from Portland, have been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Both have significant arts experience; Dalton serves on the boards of both Corvallis’ da Vinci Days Festival and the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and Fong was associate director and curator of American art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from 1996 until 2009. Read full bios for Dalton and Fong.

“We are thrilled to have Michael and Larry add their extensive arts experience and expertise to the Commission,” says Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission. “Their addition to the team positions us to make great progress in setting our future vision.”

Executive director search reopens

Following a preliminary round of interviews, the screening committee for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search elected to reopen the search to ensure a pool of two to three finalists for the public round of interviews. While impressed with initial applicants, the committee determined expanding the search will guarantee a stronger group of finalists. “We are committed to finding the best possible candidate to lead our organizations into the future,” agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board. “If that requires spending more time on the process, we will do it.” Applications will be accepted at through Monday, April 28. Read the complete job posting here. Questions should be directed to Twyla Lawson, the state’s executive recruiter, at twyladotlawsonatstatedotordotus  (twyladotlawsonatstatedotordotus)  .

Strategic Partner Spotlight: Oregon Folklife Network
Riki Saltzman

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of spotlights on organizations that partner with the Oregon Arts Commission to enrich the cultural vitality of the state.


A conversation with 

Riki Saltzman, Executive Director

Oregon Folklife Network


What is your mission? 

As the state’s folk and traditional arts organization, the Oregon Folklife Network works with  statewide culture and heritage partners to make a meaningful difference in Oregon communities and Tribes by documenting, supporting and celebrating our diverse cultural traditions and by empowering our tradition keepers.


How does your partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission benefit your work? 

Our partnership with the Arts Commission enables OFN to connect with folk artists, organizations, communities and Tribes across the state to determine local needs, deliver technical assistance and create new opportunities for folk artists. We help artists present their music, dance, song, crafts, stories and knowledge in parks, libraries and schools, as well as at festivals, conferences and gatherings or via exhibits, videos and the internet. As the Commission’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts partner, we receive NEA Folk & Traditional Arts partnership funding through a national competitive process. Those funds leverage others, allowing us to conduct field research and collaborate with communities, organizations and Tribes to develop and sponsor high quality folk arts programming that increases public awareness of Oregon’s diverse living cultural heritage.


Click here to see some upcoming Oregon Folklife Network events and activities.

Grant panelists sought

The Arts Commission is always seeking members of the public to review a variety of grant applications. Ideally each panel includes people with discipline-specific expertise and arts administration experience, as well as arts education and community development specialists. Those who are interested and able to participate in an on-line grant application review plus an all-day deliberation process are invited to complete this form.

Panelists are selected based on the knowledge needed to review particular grants; ability to augment  or provide expertise that might not be present in the other panelists; geographic representation; cultural representation; and the ability to serve on the panel date established.

Art in Action:


PNCA empowers students


(Left to right) Students Missy Barlow, Sean Schafer and Zach Lingle debate their group’s concept drawings for an out-of-the-box apiary at Alpha High School in Gresham; the students are partnering with design professionals through Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Creative Conservation Corps, funded by a World of Work grant. The project empowers at-risk students to be primary investigators in community-focused craft and design projects that connect hands-on work to creative careers in multiple fields. Learn more on their project blog

Miracle embraces Baker City
Richard Chavez of the Miracle Theatre Group speaks at a community gathering in Baker City during an April 2-4 residency funded by a 2014 Arts Build Communities grant. The actors spent Thursday in area schools before hosting the gathering with traditional Latino foods and personal story sharing. Friday began with a social justice theater workshop followed by an Act/reAct art exercise and printmaking with Frank Janzen. The residency culminated with a performance of “Cuéntame Coyote,” presented by Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre and Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Inc

 Dykstra composes, performs in Iceland

Oregon’s own Jordan Dykstra, left, backstage with celebrated Iceland composer Daniel Bjarnason at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s March 27 European premiere of Bjarnason’s “Blow Bright,” a piece commissioned by the L.A. Philharmonic. Dykstra is in Iceland for a three-month apprenticeship funded by an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant.

A composer, performer and violist with a concentration on strings, Dykstra also is completing an internship at the neo-classical label Bedroom Community and doing studio engineer work with Valgier Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studios. He’s even found time for a solo performance! ICYMI, here’s an Oregonian story that heralded Dykstra’s trip.


Art in Action bonus: Here is a profile of Vanessa Renwick, a 2014 Career Opportunity Grant recipient, posted yesterday by The Oregonian’s David Stabler.

Upcoming grant deadlines


A May 1, 5 p.m. on-line application deadline is fast-approaching for Operating Support and Arts Services grants, offered to Oregon arts organizations. Guidelines for both programs are available here. All applications must be submitted electronically. No paper submissions will be accepted. Operating Support Grants support the operations of, and public access to, the programs of Oregon’s medium and large nonprofit arts organizations. Arts Services Grants support the services and activities and outreach of local and regional arts councils and other organizations providing arts services that benefit Oregonians on a local or regional level.   

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Coos Historical and Maritime Museum Call for Artists – short deadline!!



Major construction of the new multi-million-dollar waterfront Coos Historical & Maritime Center is in progress in downtown Coos Bay, Oregon, on Coast Highway 101.


This museum will be a cultural gathering place, presenting local history as a key to modern times through exhibits, programs, and partnerships with other community groups. In its main Exhibit Hall, visitors will see exhibits continually created by museum staff and the community, working together to illuminate the fascinating, sometimes-hidden history of Oregon’s South Coast. It will also be a hub for public and private events, and an engine for waterfront economic development.


Our goal is to represent South Coast history and community in an engaging, provocative, and honest way and, in so doing, create a contemporary and nationally recognized museum.


Visual artists of all disciplines are encouraged

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Misty Morning in Olympic National Park

Misty Morning at Olympic National Park, by Stefan Baumann

Original Plein Air Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann Price:  Not For Sale Gallery Representation:  Held by artist in The Grand View Studio

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Asilomar at Sunset

Asilomar Beach at Sunset, plein air oil painting by Stefan Baumann

Original  Plein Air Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann   12×16  Oil on Canvas Stretched on wood bars   Framing:  4 inch Omega frame, lightly carved along the side of the frame                       Attached name plate finished in antique gold leaf and signed by                       Stefan Baumann. Signed: LL Baumann 2014 GV   On Verso:  Asilomar at Sunset 2014   Price:  $1,900 If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting for your collection, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him using the contact form on this page.   Shipping:  The price of this original artwork includes shipping.  …

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Carmel Mission in Morning Light

Carmel Mission in Morning Light, plein air oil painting by Stefan Baumann

Original Plein Air Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann   12×18 Oil on Canvas Stretched on wood bars   Framing:  4 inch dark wood frame, with attached name plate finished in antique                       gold leaf and signed Stefan Baumann.   Signed: LL Baumann 2014 GV   On Verso:  Masterpiece Pro   Price:  $2,100 If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting for your collection, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him using the contact form on this page.   Shipping:  The price of this original artwork includes shipping.   Gallery Representation:  Central Art Gallery, Medford, OR  …

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Bolinas Bunnies

Stenciled on a wall in Bolinas, California.

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Two Lilies


A still life used while mentoring Solstice, a student from John Muir School in Ashland.

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