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Announcements from Light Garden Glass Art

For anyone I told we were having a yard sale this weekend, I have cancelled due to rain.
I have rescheduled for June 10th & 11th
depending on weather.
 
Glass Racks
Finished Stained Glass
Clear textured, stained glass cut offs
Seconds, Trial Pieces, things that have been here too long….who knows what will hit the tables?!
(also household overstock!)
 
Too much stuff!
 
Need to make some room for more cool product!

 
On May 11th Spectrum Glass
announced that they are stopping
production of all art glass at the end of June.
 
As they are one of the largest art glass
manufacturers in the United States so this is
troubling to say the least.
 
We rely heavily on Spectrum glass.  It accounts for about 85% of our glass inventory, including System 96 for fusing.
 
Uroboros has stepped up and agreed to continue producing the System 96 line.  They have been partners with Spectrum 96 from the beginning and already make a considerable amount of their colors.
 
This is the latest from Uroboros this morning
 on what they can and can’t do.
 
 
 
The new
are a big hit!
 
Lots of blendable colors, outlines
and bubble art!
 
Almost as easy as coloring!
 
 Introductory Offer
 
Come in a paint a
6″ x 6″ square for
 
$12
up to 8 colors of your choice
includes firing
 
 
Available during Wednesday and Saturday morning workshops
Call or email to reserve your space.
 

 

 
 
  
This is Diane’s first attempt at glass painting.
Fuchsia painted on clear glass
and fused on pink streaky.
..
Great job, Diane!
 

It is getting to be that time of year when we schedule fewer classes.  Summer is such a busy time.  I know, it’s hard to fit it all in.  It goes so fast!  It is also a time when I have the opportunity to go out and promote our glass studio so that we can continue to bring you new classes and techniques.

 

We will continue to do our Flowers of Hope, Try Fusing! (OUR NEW PAINTING WORKSHOPS!) and open workshops on most regularly scheduled days.  You can always go to the website to see if there is a workshop scheduled.  If we have special events they will be listed.  

calendar schedule

Most of our easier classes such as Dichroic Jewelry, Table Lamps, Cabinet Knobs and Fused Glass Switchplates can be scheduled during workshop time as well as the dragonfly, butterfly and daisy dish casting forms.  Please email or call for availability. 

 

 FLOWERS OF HOPE Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
$15 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and scrap glass, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.

 

TRY FUSING!

 The same class only you get to keep it! Try fusing and see if you like it! Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!
$20
FLOWERS OF HOPE / TRY FUSING! workshops are available during any regularly scheduled Wednesday or Saturday morning  10a-12p Workshop

 
        Please call or email to reserve your space!
 

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!

 

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

 

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 

  

 Morning Workshops:

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

LightGarden Glass Art, 1086 Washburn Lane, Medford, OR 97501-2000

Eyes to Burma Benefit Art Reception

 

Eyes to Burma, drawing by Moe Moe

Eyes to Burma

Assisting the vibrant community of Burmese migrant workers and economic refugees who live and work at and around a rubbish dump in Mae Sot, Thailand

You’re Invited!

Gabriel Mark Lipper ETB benefit invitation

Gabriel Mark Lipper
Art Reception
to Benefit Eyes to Burma

Modern Fan Studio
705 Washington Street 
Ashland, OR

Wednesday, October 7, from 6 – 8 pm

Free event

“They are us. We are them. All part of the human family.”

View large-scale fine art portraits by Gabriel Mark Lipper
that ask us to question our assumptions about
worth, value, and human connection.

Mr. Stockwell and Ms. Lewis will share updates
about ETB projects and progress from Mae Sot.

Nibbles provided by local grocery stores.

Wine provided by Linda Donovan Wines.

We’ll see you there at this special collaboration that
features beautiful art by the incredible Gabriel Lipper and
a presentation about Eyes to Burma’s vital humanitarian projects,
as well as lessons learned from the community and their progress.

Questions? Email [email protected]

LightGarden's Flowers of Hope A Success!

 

Light Garden Glass Art Banner

1086 Washburn                            September 2015
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm
www.lightgarden.net                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.

Val Dann’s
 abstract bouquet 
won by a big margin
in our popular vote!
People's Choice Winner at the LightGarden Glass Art Flowers of Hope 2015 reception!
 
Congratulations, Val!
 
You won a $50 gift certificate
to
LightGarden Glass Art!

Best Flowers of Hope

Artists’ Reception EVER!

 
Thank you to Traute Moore, Porscha Schiller and all of the wonderful people at South Stage Cellars for making this the best reception ever!
 
The biggest
THANK YOU
goes to all the wonderful artists that helped us make
115 panels
this year!
 
Ginny Nosal came all the way from Klamath Falls almost every month to make 10 panels
Diane Kobal made 7 panels
Barbara Kelberlau made 6 panels
Melanie Dines made 4 panels
 
and a
BIG FAT APOLOGY
for saying no men contributed!
(I was running on serious lack of sleep)
 
Steve (age 7) made 1 panel
(even though he really doesn’t like art)
Kevin Smith made 1 panel
Cole Smith made 1 panel
Mitch Sherman made 1 panel
 
so ok…111 made by women
4 made by men.
 
So we could even that out a little next year?
(still a challenge to you guys!!)
 
or how about this challenge?
 
Everyone that made one this year…
next year bring a friend and see how many we
can collect!
 

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation Benefit

The Cosmos Room (formerly Applegate Room)
at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites – the place to be!
 Thurs., Sept. 24th for the Masterpiece Benefit Evening
Brian Jekel art
Healing the Blind Man by Brian Jekel
benefiting the programs and projects of
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation
as it Visually Communicates Christ to Culture through Fine Art
Gallery of Appetizers and Desserts, Art Exhibit, Silent auction, “Minis and More” Art Sale, Membership Launch and the newest updates of the proposed Magna Deo project
6:30 p.m.
$30 per guest or $240 table host of 8
Buy Tickets online here until Sept. 16th
or mail your check to MCFAF by Sept. 16th. 17575 Hwy 66. Ashland. OR. 97520
Ashland Hill Hotel and Suites
2525 Ashland St. (Hwy. 66) Ashland, Oregon. Just east of Hwy. 5
Questions: [email protected] or call 541-601-7496
Reflections on 2015 Conferences and Workshops
From Artists to Artists
As many of you know, for a decade now, Masterpiece has had an ongoing mission to train up emerging artists to the glory of God through its conferences and workshops.  My name is Jennifer, and I’ve been a participant in the Christian Artist Conferences and other events hosted by Masterpiece Christian Fine Art Foundation since I was in my senior year of high school. Nearly ten years later, I can definitely say this organization has been a huge part of my personal growth and development both as an artist and as a believer in Christ.                     Jennifer – Central Point, Oregon
“God has been greatly magnified in me since the workshop. I have learned who I am in Christ and it has changed my walk with Him. Seeing miracles happen!”
Ellen – Pensacola, Florida

“It’s one thing to study with great artists.  You learn a lot of fantastic skills and insights ..and all that which is very valuable.  But there’s something that goes beyond it and that’s something I was starving for even just in our church community…what’s the reason for my life?.  I have a calling now more than ever to do it to see what God can do through me and that’s something I’ve never had before. ”    Kenneth – Medford, Oregon

And more at our Facebook site for artists
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation 
[email protected]
541-601-7496 | www.mcfineartsfoundation.org

Art For A Cause

We are looking for more artists to participate. They do need to be there that day, but can work in teams. Plein air painters and artisans who would like to craft while they sell are welcome!!
Art For A Cause poster 2015

Empty Bowls Pizza Party at Ashland Art Center

We are grateful for your presence at our<

Empty Bowls Pizza Party

Wednesday, April 8 at 6 pm

 

Let’s make a difference!


Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls Pizza Party at Ashland Art Center on April 8, 2015! Make you bowl to donate to this year's Empty Bowls event in Ashland!

Twenty-five years ago, an art teacher wanted to organize an event to give artists and art students a way to make a difference in their community.
Ceramic bowls were made in his high school art classes and then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread.
Guests chose a bowl to use that day and then to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
Since then, the idea has spread throughout the country as a way to support organizations who help feed the hungry.
Here in Ashland, the 4th Annual Empty Bowls event will be held on May 8th, with proceeds going to Uncle Foods Diner, Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Food Angels, and Access.
The participation of artists and art students is critical to the success of the event.
To make it fun, the Art Center is hosting a Pizza & Bowls Party this Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00.
We invite you to come and make bowls together while enjoying free pizza and drinks. Admission to the Empty Bowls event is free to all bowl makers. You can help ensure that no person in our valley need ever go to bed hungry.
You can make a difference.
When: Wednesday, April 8 at 6pm
Where: Ashland Art Center
Admission: Free
RSVP before Tuesday, April 7 [email protected]


All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
[email protected]

LIFE Art - LIVE. INSPIRE. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. at South Stage Cellars

"Mulholland Drive," by Brandy Gibbins

“Mulholland Drive,” Brandy Gibbins

Reception Saturday, February 7 from 6–7:30pm

The art exhibit on display at South Stage Cellars right now is a truly special one. Every year the Cellar’s “Rising Stars” music competition benefits a local nonprofit, and this year they chose LIFE Art, a Medford-based program helping Rogue Valley youth overcome a wide range of difficulties by learning to paint with guidance from artist mentors. I had the opportunity to meet Phil Ortega, founder of LIFE Art, when he and several of the program’s mentors and students were hanging their show. I was deeply moved by the story of LIFE Art and impressed not only by the caring and generous heart of this compassionate man, but the overall quality, ingenuity and expression in the youths’ paintings.

In the spring of 2010, Mr. Ortega was working late at night in the shop where he fixes old cars as a hobby when he heard a sound behind the building. Stepping outside, he discovered a group of teens tagging abandoned rail cars. He asked what they were doing, and they told him they were painting the tag name of a youth who committed suicide in 2009.  Among the taggers were the late youth’s brother and cousin.  Recognizing their genuine need to create a memorial for their deceased relative and friend, as well as some real artistic talent, Mr. Ortega bought the boys blank canvases, brushes and paint that very day to help them channel the memory of their loved one onto something permanent. He then began thinking about how he could develop a program to support kids like these.

Painting by Nicole Paradis

Painting by Nicole Paradis

The LIFE Art program uses visual and creative arts as a means for youth to express their feelings and communicate with others about their experiences. Art projects address the multiplicity of the issues young people are involved in. Factors including difficult family relationships and school experiences, substance use, community risk factors (i.e., gangs, criminality) and cultural pressures are all addressed through guided discussions with caring adults and LIFE Art Mentors.

South Stage Cellars Rising Stars has chosen to donate all the profits from the 2015 music competition to this amazing local nonprofit. We hope you plan to come to Jacksonville on February 7, 2015 to enjoy our Chinese New Year parade and celebration. There will be additional arts and cultural opportunities, including an authentic Origami class at Art Presence Art Center, next to the historic Courthouse. But whatever you do, come to South Stage Cellars at 125 S. Third Street from 6–7:30pm for a reception for the LIFE Art youth artists! Join the teens, mentors and director of LIFE Art, enjoy their work along with live music and complimentary appetizers, and consider helping to empower one of their young artists with a purchase—If there are any left to buy! Paintings were selling as they were placed on the walls. Ortega looks forward to the event, and to highlighting the art and mentorships LIFE Art encourages. “We might even have some poetry or a short story reading by a teen if we can,” he added. The LIFE Art exhibition will continue through the end of March at South Stage Cellars Tasting Room.

YMCA Mural Work, Jose and EMA

YMCA Mural Work, Jose and EMA

SSC Rising Stars, now in its 4th year, was the brainchild of Porscha Schiller, Tasting Room and Marketing Events Manager of South Stage Cellars. The competition has grown every year until it outgrew the tasting room altogether. It will now be held across the street, upstairs in historic Redmen’s Hall. Schiller was quoted in the Jacksonville Review as saying, “Everyone involved in the music competition and LIFE Art is extremely proud of the work these kids are doing and so very grateful to the community for the amazing support this life-changing nonprofit group is getting!”

Tickets for the 4th-annual South Stage Cellars Rising Stars Competition are on sale now at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, the Music Coop in Ashland and online at www.southstagecellars.com. For more information, call 541-899-9120.

Mello Saldivar Anaya Working on Mural

Mello Saldivar Anaya Working on Mural

More About LIFE Art

Mr. Ortega wrote us, saying, “We started with the support of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant and Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coordinator Michelle Morales. Their guidance was instrumental in creating something unique. We started with a few kids and have grown to serving over 200 local kids every month. We help kids cope with a multitude of stresses. Suicide prevention was our starting focus, but we have grown to include any kid with the idea that group art projects create a certain climate so that the kids are not identified as fragile, but as artists.”

The Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Memorial grant was awarded to several counties in the state of Oregon from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2010. The grants became available through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act of 2004, the first federal suicide prevention program targeted towards youth. The Act is named after the son of former Oregon senator Gordon H. Smith, who took his own life in 2003.

 

 

Front (l-r): LIFEArt student Adrian Chavez, student Karla Lopez, mentor Aaron Dykstra, student Mello Saldivar-Anaya who painted the murals in the background of our February 2015 cover photo. Back (l-r): LIFEArt founder Phil Ortega, mentor Caroline Wasick, mentor Nicole Paradis, student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

Front (l-r): LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, student Karla Lopez, mentor Aaron Dykstra, student Mello Saldivar-Anaya. Back (l-r): LIFE Art founder Phil Ortega, mentor Caroline Wasick, mentor Nicole Paradis, student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

 

 

 

“I manage LIFE Art so that kids can learn coping skills through art and guided mentorships. I believe that art tells a story, and when kids can demonstrate their voice through art, it relives a sense of hurt for some, joy for most…but when people admire the art they have created, it Validates Their Feelings! That is the LIFE Art mission in a nutshell.” ~Phil Ortega

 

 

 

LIFE Art Today

Thanks to a grant from The Providence Health Plan Community Benefit Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, LIFE Art in partnership with On Track opened the LIFE Track Youth Center & Art Gallery at 106 S. Grape Street in Medford. This project gives youth a space to express themselves creatively, as well as having a place where they can drop in and find the support of caring mentors. In addition, the center offers FREE art classes every Saturday for youth 10-22 years old. “It’s a cool project, but it is coming to an end this year. LIFE Art is looking for a new place to call home starting this summer. My house served as a place for the kids for a few years, but we are way too big for that anymore!” says Ortega, “Hopefully we will find a place where we can partner with other artists for various art projects and a sharing of experiences and skills can take place. Maybe one of your readers has a space in mind we could lease.”

LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, mentor Aaron Dykstra and student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, mentor Aaron Dykstra and student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

Ortega tells us that new LIFE Art mural projects are underway, in partnership with the Gang Task Force, which is comprised of many Jackson County agencies working to help connect teens to programs that encourage better lifestyle choices. The murals, painted on large scale canvases, will be displayed around our community starting with Central Art Supply in Medford. They will help us display the art on the exterior of their building as a way to encourage teens to create more ART ON Canvas. The art will also be used as the backstage art to SSC Rising Star Events.

“We believe that when artists (teens) see their art displayed in our community they will feel validated and accepted. More artists will seek programs like LIFE Art to join. It is up to the adults in our community to create a caring environment for our youth to connect with and it starts with setting a positive example. We believe the art will stimulate conversation and empower our youth,” Mr. Ortega says.
The funding for these murals are through the YDC and the KEY ( Keep Encouraging Youth) Project in partnership with LIFE Art, Spartan Boxing, Juvenile Justice and Kids Unlimited.
"Bubbles," by Alondra Flores

“Bubbles,” by Alondra Flores

Funding ends October 15, 2015 for LIFE Art’s other programs:

G.E.M.S.

G.E.M.S. (Girls Expressing Many Strengths) is an after school program geared toward helping young teens learn to cope with life stressors through artistic expression and group support. The program is in partnership with Eagle Point School District and Medford School District.

One–2–One Mentorship Program

One-2-One Mentorship is designed to connect with students who need attention beyond group activities. Many of our participants are dealing with real life issues and struggles around poverty, relationships, family, substance abuse, and education. Connecting with certain students on a regular basis establishes a dependable connection with a caring adult role model.

LIFE Art New Logo

LIFE Art New Logo

Art With A Purpose

The Art with a Purpose sessions are about creating art that is focused on social issues that students face daily. Suicide prevention, self-image, anti-bullying campaigns, gang prevention and promoting civility are all topics that can be better addressed by our model: “Marketing for Kids Created by Kids.”

 

 

 

 

 

Now five years old, the LIFE Art program is in partnership with United Way, Jackson County Health and Human Services, Una Voz, Eastburn Photography LLC, Lenart Art Education Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation (Latino Partnership Project). Mr. Ortega and the LIFE Art staff and mentors thank Jackson County School District 9 Leadership and Staff for making it possible to offer their services within our schools and for the partnerships that support our students.

Come to the reception ~ meet Phil Ortega and the LIFE Art youth artists and mentors in person to learn more! You can help…come to the Rising Stars music competition nights, from which 100% of the profits will benefit LIFE Art!

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Tickets now available for GPMA Black White & The Blues 2015 Event

Tlogo for the Grants Pass Museum of Artickets are on sale for next year’s Black, White and the Blues, the annual benefit event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art.
The art auction and dance party is set for Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Wheeler Toyota on Redwood Highway in Grants Pass.
Tickets are $60, or $420 for a table of eight.  Purchase tickets by calling 541-479-3290 or by stopping by the Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 S.W. G St., between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
This year marks the 29th anniversary of the fundraiser, which helps support the museum’s exhibits and educational programs.
Revving up the party this year is the Ashland band LOVEBITE, featuring guitarist Jeff Pevar, who has performed on stage and in the studio with such artists as Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, Joe Cocker and Jefferson Starship.
The 21-and-over-only event also includes light hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Seating is limited.
The live auction will feature more than 30 pieces of artwork donated by area artists.
Art to be sold in the live auction will be on display Jan. 13 through Feb. 13 at the Grants Pass Museum of Art.

With much thanks for your kind support,

Bee Bantug

Volunteer, Black White & The Blues Committee

Grants Pass Museum of Art

 

 

Classes and Workshop at LightGarden Glass Art

 Flowers of Hope Fusing Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
$10 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and noodles, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.
OR
TRY FUSING!  Workshop
The same class only you get to keep it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
January  17                 10-12
February 7                   10-12

 Painting with Frit

January 17
10a-12N
Lunch (by Peruvian Point)
1-3pm
 
Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.
All frit, confetti, stringers, glass and lunch are included.

 

Glass Fusing Basics or equivalent is required.
$125

 Glass Fusing: Basics 

January 24 & 31
1-4pm
Learn one of the fastest growing mediums in glass! In this two week class you’ll complete a 4″ tile and a small fused & slumped plate. Covers firing programs, prepping kiln shelves and ware and much more!All supplies are included.
$85
 

 Fused Glass Switch Plates

February 7
1-4pm
Learn how easy it is to make these very cool fused glass switch plates. All the instructions, materials and firing are included in the $20 fee.  A small amount of 96 glass is required.Basic fusing or equivalent is required.
 

 Fused Glass: Dichroic Jewelry

February 21
1-4pm
Grab attention with beautiful dichroic glass jewelry you make yourself! Cabochons for necklaces or earrings; they all will dazzle your friends!Learn to cut them so they come out perfect every time. Compatible glass and lots of dichroic glass is included.Make several pieces for $55

 
Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private parties.click here to check out our classes

 

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours! 

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

 

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 

  

 Morning Workshops:

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

 LightGarden Glass Art is located at:

1086 Washburn                            December 2014
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm
www.lightgarden.net                 Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.