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STEM to STEAM : Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici


Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici, Turns STEM to STEAM!

As you may know, congressional education leaders began a series of face-to-face meetings two weeks ago to hammer out remaining differences between House and Senate bills to reform K-12 education. The committee completed their work this afternoon.

In a conference committee meeting on November 19, arts education had a breakthrough moment. U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts.

Today, Rep. Bonamici’s amendment to integrate the arts into STEM and promote a well-rounded education was approved unanimously by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee!

This is of particular significance because her amendment was unanimously adopted by voice vote by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee during today’s mark-up of the final ESEA bill. The bill next goes to the House and Senate for final (and likely) passage in early December before landing on the President’s desk.

After many years of anticipation, this bipartisan legislation will set new K-12 education policies impacting the nation’s 100,000 schools across the country.

Rep. Bonamici is the Co-Chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, and a proud recipient of Arts Action Fund PAC support.

This amendment advances the status of the arts in the nation’s K-12 education system impacting 100,000 schools, 3 million teachers and 50 million students.

Rep. Bonamici at November 19 meeting

This amendment’s success comes on the heels of a Congressional STEAM Caucus event on Capitol Hill last week recognizing eight schools for their work to incorporate the arts along with STEM subjects.

There will be more legislative news to share on this Elementary & Secondary Education Act rewrite when the bill text is made available November 30th. Stay tuned for final votes as soon as the first week of December, bringing a new federal K-12 education law to the next generation of students.

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association December Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, December 4th, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries during the holiday season, taking in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download below. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Galleries
December 2015

Ashland Art Center
Wearable Art by Marty Hogan

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: Wearable Art by Marty Hogan

Wearable Art by Marty Hogan

“I work in a small artisan workshop where I fabricate my jewelry from wire and flat sheets of silver, brass and reclaimed copper.  I saw, form and hammer each piece into a beautiful work of wearable art, which accurately reflects the intended idea or symbol.  My work could best be described as a balance between refined and organic.  My inspiration comes from the beauty of every day things surrounding me.  Found objects, beads and stones are often incorporated into my work, lending a touch of whimsy, color and nostalgia.  I leave hammer marks to remind the wearer that my hands have deliberately touched and fashioned each piece and that a small part of me travels with it.”  ~Marty Hogan

Laura Lawrence, Upstairs Studio Featured Artist

Laura coined the phrase, “Painting with Yarn” when she designed her own needlepoint canvases in the 1970s. That phrase still depicts the essence of all her fiber art. After her needlepoint period, she began hand-weaving tapestries. Her Command Performance was featured in the call for entries for Small Expressions, the Handweavers Guild of America annual juried exhibit.

Machine knitting wearable art was the next step in her fiber journey. She now draws inspiration from her many years of dancing, working as a secretary in an environment of abstract expressionist paintings, and the natural beauty that surrounds her in Ashland. Whether it’s art to hang on a wall or a person, she still considers it to be painting with yarn.

Robbin Pearce, Downstairs Studio Featured Artist

I have been an advocate of resource reuse for most of my life. So whether it be water conservation in my home and garden, waste management through recycling, precycling and composting or reuse through Creative Fabric Use I operate under the premise of Once is Not Enough!I love mixing and matching colors, prints and textures. And mostly using pre-existing garments and/or items to create… Simple Market Bags!This venture is growing and changing as rapidly as the variety of products I find to play with. I would love to hear your comments and ideas.

Enjoy contemporary music and jazz favorites, performed by two of the region’s most promising musicians.  Garrett Baxter on standup bass with Brandon Crafts on guitar will delight you with their smooth sounds and upbeat tempos.

Snow’s Place
Weisinger’s Family Winery features Snow’s Bee Paintings

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: “The Pink Bee Queen,” painting by Snow Panneton

“The Pink Bee Queen,” painting by Snow Panneton

Snow has been invited to be the featured artist for the month of December at Weisinger’s Family Winery.  Her paintings feature imaginary women, some of which are “transmographying” from a woman into an insect, bird or animal, such as the “Bee Queen”.  The Pink Bee Queen, the favorite Queen Bee of many, will also be on display and shown for the first time.

Snow’s Gallery & Working Studio will be CLOSED for the First Friday Art Walk.  You are invited to join Snow at the Weisinger’s Family Winery’s First Friday and Wine Club Mixer 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., December 5, 2015.  Snow’s Gallery & Working Studio will be open by Appointment for the month of December.

Photographers’ Gallery
Chinese Landscape Photography by Lewis Anderson

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: “Mindfulness at Lobos,” photograph by Lewis Anderson

“Mindfulness at Lobos,” photograph by Lewis Anderson

Lewis Anderson is a local photographer who often explores the boundaries between photography and painting.  Lewis will be displaying his homage to Chinese landscape tradition where the main exhibition piece is “Mindfulness at Lobos” at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center during the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, December 4th.

The longest living visual art genre in the world is the Chinese Landscape.  In an homage to this style and sensibilities, Lewis used modern digital photography, the digital darkroom, and unique mounting systems to create an interpretation of the emptiness and wonder before us.  The Asian use of panels breaks the landscape up in such a way that the eyes can see the scene in fresh light.  By using black and white prints it naturally mimics the black ink used by the old hermit monk masters.  Their unique way of perceiving and representing perspective using fog as empty space to help separate the foreground, middle-ground and background is a common ploy of the old Chinese painters and Lewis has also imitated this approach in his camera and digital darkroom work.

The large four panel landscape (it measures 50″x30″) is of Point Lobos, California.  This is a place loved by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Minor White and just about every famous American landscape photographer in history.  By turning a scene into an Oriental viewpoint it allows Lewis to experience a unique temporary place in eternity.

Ashland Art Works
Let it snow…..let it snow!

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: “Winter Wonderland and Crater Lake,” photograph by Daniel Loch

“Winter Wonderland and Crater Lake,” photograph by Daniel Loch

AAW’s newest co-op artists are Daniel Loch, photographer, and Andrew Jones, fine burl wood art. We now have fourteen artists making a variety of art, including: cutting boards, benches, wood bowls, tea trays, metal art, paintings, raku, pottery, wire sculpture, photography, jewelry, silk scarves, fused glass, assemblage art… plus we have beautiful art and photo cards.

ART is the best gift you could give… or receive!
Choose the perfect ART gift made by local artists for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

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Holiday Art Show : Small Works by 5 Friends

Holiday Art Show, Ashland, Oregon 2015: Small Works by 5 Friends holiday art show & sale gives you the opportunity to shop for small works of art at gift-friendly prices on December 5, 2015 in Ashland, Oregon

ART'Clectic Victorian Christmas Artisan's Market

Greetings from ART’clectic!!!

We would like to invite you to Shop Local this holiday season by coming out to our Artisan’s Market to be held at the IOOF #10 Hall, 175 S. Oregon St in Jacksonville, right next door to GoodBean Coffee.
This boutique style market will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm from December 4th through December 20th.  There will be framed and unframed art, textiles, leather, jewelry, baskets, glass, multi-media, cards, cottage furniture and many other interesting and beautiful gifts.
Hope to see you there!

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Calls to Artists with Deadlines Dec 1 – Feb 26

December 1, 2015 – SPLASH Showcase your talent by entering this exciting competition, brought to you by the North Light team. We have dedicated the 18th edition of Splash to Value: Light and Dark! Entry Fee. Details: January 4, 2016 – CALL TO ARTISTS : CASH AWARDS : JURIED EXHIBIT Embracing Our Differences is accepting submissions for its 13th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion to be displayed spring 2016 in Sarasota, FL USA. 42 artists will be selected. National and international submissions accepted. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge panel. $3,000 (US) in awards. There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries. Details: 941-404-5710 OR OR [email protected] November 30, 2015 – EMERGING ARTISTS 2016 The twenty fourth annual competition for gallery group exhibition and awards. This exhibition is devoted to the discovery, introduction and promotion of emerging artists.

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Just A Champagne Glass. Greetings!  This champagne glass is the last one remaining in a set that was given my husband and I some years ago.  Maybe I ought to have named the drawing “Last One Standing”. Then A Dog. I started drawing the glass just to get the knowledge and experience of drawing it. […]

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Barrel 42, Medford, Oregon

It started with this composition for a smaller panel, but decided to move to the larger panel with more background info, which gave me a chance to play with an idea I’d been kicking around for a while.  I had been looking at the “Classical” landscape painting formulas and wanted to make a painting that used these […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and sharing for me. I am so grateful to all of you who read my blog and those who share your comments with me. I feel so blessed to be able to share my paper … Continue reading

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Currently on view at Hirschl & Adler: Thomas Fransioli (1906-1997) Copley Square, Boston, 1959-61 Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in.

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Podcast Episode 8: The MEGACHURCH!

Q: When is a church a MEGAchurch? A: When it has over 2000(!!!) worshippers. Megachurches aren’t just a US phenomenon. These churches are in Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil; they have them in Los Angeles, and TWO in New York City. In South Korea, 250,000 people attend these EVERY WEEK! These spaces are […]

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