There is nothing as fun as making fun of artists. :) But it’s like a brother – sister thing – it’s ONLY OK if you’re also an artist. Or artsy enough to be deeply moved by art.
Catching up with Gabriella Mingoia
We like to check in with our former interns to discover what new adventures they’re having and how being a Britt Intern contributed to their career goals. Gabriella was a Development Intern during 2013.
Education Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Since graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2013, I have been working as an Education Fellow at the award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The fellowship is an 11-month program consisting of 16 professionals working in either the production or artistic side of the theatre. My fellowship at Berkeley Rep has been extremely valuable and I can’t begin to describe how much I’ve learned in the past 6 months. I work on behalf of the School of Theatre’s Teen Council program, an umbrella program for a variety of events/classes for Bay Area High School students. I function as an administrator, a marketing associate, a producer, and an educator. The most exciting aspect of my job is that I make sure that San Francisco Bay Area teens have access to theatre. I’ve learned directly from mentoring a teen, how important it is for the arts and the community to intersect. Working with teenagers has taught me how impactful community engagement really is.
My Future Goals
After my fellowship, I hope to continue to work in the Bay Area. I’m interested in producing community engagement projects that bring together a myriad of arts organizations and the communities they serve. In the future, I hope to get my MFA in Theatre Criticism. But honestly, my plans seems to change every day!
How the Britt Internship Help Me Grow
I don’t think that I would be a fellow at Berkeley Rep if I hadn’t done my Britt Festivals internship. My mentors at Britt believed in my career goals and pushed me to pursue them. The skills I learned at the Britt were really applicable to my fellowship at Berkeley Rep. I still apply what I’ve learned to the daily tasks of the fellowship. It really prepared me administratively.
Britt announced its 2014 line up of artists this Wednesday to a packed house of excited Britt Festival subscribers, TV reporters, and local businesses. Donna Briggs, Britt Festival’s President and CEO, presented the artists creatively, offering patrons the opportunity to guess the band from the song, played with gusto by the Matt Hill Trio. (All photos were taken by Vicki Rosette).
The stage was absolutely packed with Britt Festival patrons who were wined and dined with a delightful display of local wines and beers and gourmet pizza. People reconnected, toasted to the upcoming season, and discovered new artists as video played of the headliners gracing our stage this season.
Britt staff member Bow Seltzer (left) and Britt Board member Jim Earley reconnect.
Ken and Linda Reeder look forward to hearing the Season Announcement.
The Matt Hill Trio plays “Kokomo,” while guests play “Guess that Artist,” to win Britt-focused prizes!
Paula and Terry Erdmann enjoy local wines.
Progress is being made on Britt’s new Performance Garden—a unique concert venue that will create an intimate setting for approximately 150 people and capture the natural splendor of Britt. From these photos, you can really start to visualize what the final project will look like. This photo is taken from Gate 1. All that dirt and gravel will eventually be pavers.
The concrete pad in the forefront will be concessions for the Performance Garden.
President & CEO, Donna Briggs points out the tiered seating area.
View from new seating area of where the stage will be.
New improved and lighted stairs from the lower restrooms.
Ground has been broken on our new Performance Garden project! The construction project also includes improved accessibility to the park, and part of that means moving the Volunteer Center, which was previously located directly across from the main entrance on First Street. Last weekend, volunteers gathered on a sunny Saturday to help dismantle the existing Volunteer Center and move the pieces across the street, where it will be reassembled in an area naer the Box Office, and expanded to include a public restroom.
All photos by Vicki Rosette.
Looking down at the site of the future Performance Garden.
Looking down from the main entrance to the Britt park.
Volunteers dismantle the Volunteer Center.
Looking at the construction site from the Box Office.
Volunteers doing some heavy lifting.
The new site of the Volunteer Center in the foreground, with the old location in the background.
GRANTS PASS — Singers high school age and older are invited to join the Rogue Community College Chorus, now under the direction of Deborah Pratt.
The chorus meets from 6-7:50 p.m. Mondays in Room T2 on the Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy. For participants who do not want college credit, there is no charge for registration, which can be completed at the first rehearsal.
Those who want credit can register at www.roguecc.edu.
The chorus performs a variety of music from the Renaissance to the contemporary pieces including classical, folk, Broadway, popular and world music.
Pratt, who recently joined RCC, holds a Master of Arts in music education from the University of Iowa where she studied vocal pedagogy and choral conducting. She has over 25 years of experience directing youth and adult choirs and orchestras in academic, church, and community settings as well as teaching classes and private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, strings, and music theory.
Pratt formerly owned Great Northwest Music in Grants Pass, where she taught music and supervised five music teachers serving 150 music students. A classically trained soprano, she has performed in the past four community sing-along productions of Handel’s Messiah. She also has performed throughout Wisconsin and Iowa and has studied and plays many instruments including piano, cello, French horn, clarinet, and guitar.
For more information, contact Pratt at dprattrogueccedu.
2014 will be the 27th year of the Black, White & The Blues, the annual fund-raising event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art. The event will be on February 15th and, as in past years, will once again be held at the Wheeler Toyota showroom in Grants Pass.
There will be a live auction of about 30 original works of art created by artists in Southern Oregon as well as a silent auction. Cris Caldwell, who has donated his time and talents to the event for many years, will once again be the event’s auctioneer. Dance party starts after the auction to the music of the Curtis Salgado Band. Learn more about Curtis Salgado here! until midnight. Silent auction starts when door opens at 6pm and closes at 7:30pm. Live auction starts at 8:30 pm and continues till all items are auctioned.
Tickets are $60 per person or $420 for a table of 8, and include hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Now available for purchase by calling the Grants Pass Museum of Art at 541.479.3290 (ask for Patti or Chris). Seating is limited.
On February 15th award winning Blues phenomenon Curtis Salgado will be singing up a storm to benefit the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass, Oregon by performing at Black, White & the Blues. Those attending the BWB event will enjoy an auction of original paintings and sculpture from local artists followed by dancing the night away to the rhythms of Curtis Salgado and his Band.
Those who follow Curtis will be pleased to know he is once again the recipient of the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist of the Year. Blues Revue says, “Salgado is one of the most down-to-earth, soulful honest singers ever, and his harmonica is smoking and thoroughly invigorating, rollicking, funky and electrifying”.
Those who are not familiar with Mr. Salgado may be interested to learn that back in 1977, while filming Animal House, actor John Belushi caught one of Curtis’ shows, became a friend, and was inspired to create the Blues Brothers skit for Saturday Night Live.
Black, White & the Blues is now in its 27th year raising money for the Grants Pass Museum of Art and helping fund art exhibits, educational programs for children and adults, and hosting artist talks and First Friday Art Nights.
If you are interested in an evening of amazing music, great food, a no-host bar and live and silent art auctions you should consider attending the Black, White & the Blues event. You can reach the Museum through its website or by calling 541.479.3290 to inquire about tickets.
Tickets now available for Black, White & The Blues Auction & Dance Party
Tickets are now available for the 27th annual Black, White & The Blues, a fundraising event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art. The event will be on February 15th and, as in past years, will once again be held at the Wheeler Toyota showroom in Grants Pass.
There will be a live auction of about 30 original works of art created by artists in Southern Oregon as well as a silent auction. Cris Caldwell, who has donated his time and talents to the event for many years, will once again be the event’s auctioneer. Dance party starts after the auction to the music of the Curtis Salgado Band (www.intrepidartists.com ) until midnight. Silent auction starts when door opens at 6pm and closes at 7:30pm. Live auction starts at 8:30 pm and continues till all items are auctioned.
Tickets are $60 per person or $420 for a table of 8, includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Now available for purchase by calling the Grants Pass Museum of Art at 541.479.3290 (ask for Patti or Chris). Seating is limited.
Getting ready for my February show at the Ashland Painters Union – this piece is going to set the tone – I think. I have yet to paint the rest, but it’s winter, so I know it won’t be landscape. I’m not tough enough for plein air painting below 60 degrees. I think it might be lots of flowers which sounds fun, but we’ll see – I have a tough time committing to any particular subject when it comes to painting.
Volunteer Profile: “The Chair Dude” Chuck Nagel
Chuck Nagel and his family have been involved with Britt for a long time.
His parents, Rick and Yolanda, were Britt volunteers who introduced Chuck to Britt when he moved to Oregon over ten years ago. Nagel has done it all for Britt, from concessions to clean up to setting up and running the old information booth that he and his wife Cindy (also a Britt volunteer) named “The Hut.”
Recently, at the Steve Miller Band show (Nagel’s favorite show of the season thusfar), Chuck set the record for chair rentals, a whopping unprecedented 220 rentals in one night! The usual number is 60 to 100. It’s no surprise that he is known to many concertgoers as The Chair Dude, a title he wears with pride.
One of Nagel’s favorite and most enjoyed aspects of volunteering for Britt is, “kidding around with Bow” (Seltzer, the Director of House Operations), and being with the people of Britt, the other volunteers and the community members from all of Nagel’s other volunteer projects, an extensive list which includes the Board of Directors for the Camelot Theater, the Planning Committee and the Chamber of Commerce for the City of Talent, the Harvest Festival, coordinating the music for the Ashland 4th of July, Midsummer’s Dream, being a musician in the Rogue Valley and, of course, Britt.
Nagel’s love of music translates directly into his new venture, concert promotion company Nagel Entertainment. The company is producing a show with Incendio, a Latin jazz group with a taste of Santana, that will take place at Main One Center of the Arts (aka Kids Unlimited) on August 10.
Nagel calls Britt “the great melting pot of the valley,” a place where a common love of music unites the various personalities of our area, a place where he runs into people he knows every show, and a few he doesn’t know yet, that just know him as The Chair Dude.
Britt Rock Camp 2013
Now in its third year, the Britt Rock Camp was a great success. In just one week, campers learned, played and collaborated with industry professionals and each other to compose and perform an original song. For more information on Britt’s Rock Camp, click here.
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