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2nd Annual Celtic Celebration at Rogue Gallery – Call to Artists & More News

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2nd ANNUAL CELTIC CELEBRATION at Rogue Gallery & Art Center
Support the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the art, music, food, beer, and friendship of the Emerald Isle, Friday, March 17, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
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The evening will include:
  • Irish food and beer
  • Musicians performing traditional Irish music
  • An Irish themed art show
  • A singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” with the winner receiving a $100 award​
  • The Irish tradition of good cheer and laughter
Cost: $35.00 ($15.00 is tax deductible).
Buy Tickets online HERE>>
or call Rogue Gallery at 541-772-8118
CALL TO ARTISTS FOR THE IRISH THEMED ART SHOW

We invite Rogue Gallery members to submit a work of art for this event that is inspired by Celtic art and/or by Ireland. All styles and media are welcome. Maximum dimensions (including frame) are 40” x 40” and 35 lbs. This is a non-juried show.

Drop off artwork during gallery hours on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. There will be awards for contest winners! Pickup will be on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Winning pieces will remain on display until Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

NEW EXHIBIT IN THE BERRYMAN GALLERY
Sarah F. Burns:
Plein Air Oil Paintings

Ditch Trail with Cascades and Siskiyous web
Sarah F. Burns, Ditch Trail with Cascades and Siskiyous

February 2 – March 28, 2017

Sarah F. Burns uses the process of traditional oil painting to create works that are meditative and sublime. With an uncompromising eye, she depicts familiar landmarks and landscapes of Southern Oregon. The paintings reflect the beauty of the region while maintaining a naturalistic quality.

The Berryman Gallery is located upstairs at the Craterian Theater. You may visit the gallery before the Craterian’s performances; see www.craterian.org/calendar for dates.

MAIN GALLERY & COMMUNITY GALLERY EXHIBITS
CLOSING FEBRUARY 17
IN THE MAIN GALLERY
Men at (Art) Work: Miles Frode,
David Masters, Allen Smith
January 11 – February 17, 2017
Miles David Allen
Miles Frode, ESCHER’S WET-NURSE, AND GONDOLIER (detail), mixed media
David Masters, ALL THE HIDDEN PLACES (detail), assemblage
Allen Smith, NOUMENON 9 SYMPHONY OF LIFE (detail), oil
Southern Oregon artists Miles Frode, David Masters, and Allen Smith explore the rational, spiritual, and emotional aspects of the human experience in large scale abstract artwork. Exhibit includes paintings in acrylic and oil, collages, and assemblages.
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IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY

THE ART IN THE LETTER: Calligraphy
by Diane Amarotico and Cynthia Mish

January 13 – February 17, 2017

Amarotico Mish
left: Diane Amarotico, 45 (detail), watercolor, ink
right: Cynthia A. Mish, ALPHA BETA (detail), watercolor, gold

Longtime members of the Ashland Calligrapher’s Guild, Diane Amarotico
and Cynthia Mish, elevate the written word using wit and beauty.
COMING UP IN THE ROGUE STUDIO
For Youth
Young Artists’ Studio for ages 7-11
with Jenny Calaba

Wednesdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 3:30-5pm
Perfect class for young creative artists to explore plenty of different mediums while having fun! Partial scholarships are available.
Register here>>
For Adults
Rogue Studio Life Drawing Sessions
Tuesdays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6-8:30pm
Drop-in on Tuesday evenings for 2 ½ hours of uninstructed life drawing. Ideal for beginner to advanced artists. Drop in or register for one session or for the series.
Register here>>

Beginning Drawing with Craig Honeycutt
Saturdays, February 18 & 25 from 10am-2pm
Wonderful workshop for those that desire to draw and want to learn about drawing tools and techniques!
Register here>>

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Sumi Calligraphy and Painting Workshop with Yuming Zhu

Sumi Calligraphy and Painting Workshop with Yuming Zhu

Sunday, February 19th, 2017, 9:30am– 3:30pm

Central Art Classroom

Fee $85.00Sumi Calligraphy and Painting Workshop with Yuming Zhu  Sunday, February 19th, 2017, Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

“A Hint of Spring of Oregon” One-day Sumi Painting Workshop

Welcome the coming of Spring!

This workshop will concentrate energetic strokes and create paintings of early greens in Sumi style. We will use sumi ink to paint on Sprinkle Gold paper, to interpret flowers in Sumi style. The fusion of western and Eastern techniques is encouraged. Photos of local blooming and live flowers, branches are welcome. Please for repeating students, bring your sketch screen books and we will transfer sketch to paintings.

This workshop welcomes beginning and professional artists. We will work a lot on individual base. Painters new to sumi-e, and those experienced in East Asian watercolor painting will be introduced and encouraged to look at the “World” in a different artistic perspective. There will be demos, exercises, and one-on-one attention.

Philosophy and brief history of Chinese and Asian art and usage of Chops will be discussed in the workshop.

Bring a bag lunch. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. Call 541-773-1444 or come in to Central Art to reserve your spot.

 
About the Artist
Sumi Calligraphy and Painting Workshop with Yuming Zhu  Sunday, February 19th, 2017, Central Art Supply, Medford, OregonYuming Zhu is a very passionate and well-known artist in the Greater Seattle area. Sumi/Chinese Watercolor, Oil and Pastel are the mediums Yuming loves to express himself with. Yuming was interviewed by Art Business News magazine [refer to article “Simply Sumi-E: Capturing Nature with Sumi-e Master Yuming Zhu”]. He participated in the “Five Thoughts of Asian Art” program that was offered through the Seattle Art Museum and KCTS Channel 9. He continues teaching sumi painting and calligraphy at community colleges, art centers in the Greater Seattle area and nation-wide. Also he shows his artworks at galleries. To view his work: www.yumingfineart.com.

When She Dies, You Too Will Die

Christine Babic: When She Dies, You Too Will Die

On view December 1-23, 2016When She Dies, You Too Will Die : Debut Solo Exhibition of works by Christine Babic

“When She Dies, You Too Will Die” is Christine Babic’s first solo show in Seattle. After receiving the CoCA “Un-Contained” residency Christine felt an overwhelming responsibility to drive 17 hours to Cannonball, North Dakota, and protest in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. As a member of the Chugach-Sugpiaq Tribe, Christine grew up in the midst of the Exxon Valdez disaster where she bore witness to the rampant destruction of Native lands and resources. “When She Dies, You Too Will Die,” is a love letter inspired by the devastating and unspoken history of colonization written to every victim of “The American Genocide of the Native” long dead, and a call to arms for those generations of survivors beaten and exhausted. “When She Dies, You Too Will Die,” silently and poignantly screams out that we will not be displaced again, we will not be assimilated, our culture will not be drowned in your pools of oil and blood.


“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies you too will die.”


~John Hollow Horn
, Oglala Sioux

Artist Bio:


Christine Babic was born in Cordova, Alaska and is a member of the Chugach Suqpiaq tribe. Growing up, she participated in a variety of traditional practices focusing on skin sewing and dance. This led her to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she focused on creating her own vocabulary and methodology surrounding Contemporary Indigenous Art. Most recently, Christine travelled from Seattle to Cannonball, North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
We hope you can join us on Thursday, December 1 from 6-9pm, for the opening reception for Christine Babic’s first solo exhibition, “When She Dies, You Too Will Die.”

Title: When She Dies, You Too Will Die


Location: CoCA Gallery 114 3rd Ave South, Seattle WA 98104

Dates: December 1st- 26th

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6-9pm

Part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10:30am-4:30pm, or by appointment.

[email protected] more information

Celebrating Our 35th Anniversary

Robert Ernst Marx: Considering the Voluntary Absence of God
On View November 3-27, 2016
114 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104,
Tashiro Kaplan Building

Christine Babic: When She Dies, You Too Will Die
Opening Reception, Thursday, December 1, 6-9pm
On View: December 1-23, 2016
114 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Tashiro Kaplan Building

*Visit the CoCA Digital Archive 1981-2016

Judy Morris Cuba Talk

 

I’ve been to CUBA! Let me share my impressions about the architecture, the people and the art scene along the streets and in the galleries of this unique country. You will see some of my favorite photos that I’m certain will inspire several future “Cuban” paintings. I will talk about working with these photo references and explain my personal process of turning a photo into a painting. Bring your curiosity and questions.
Sponsored by: ART du Jour Gallery, Medford, Oregon
Date: October 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Lecture Location: Adams Room at the Medford Public Library
Thank You for your $20 donation to the ART du Jour Gallery.
Reception following the Lecture at the ART du Jour Gallery from 3 to 4 pm, 213 E. Main Street, Medford, Oregon.
For more information contact: Mildred Clarke… [email protected]

May World Art Classes at Kindred Spirits – Indonesian Elephant Rattle

May World Art Classes at Kindred Spirits

with Cathy Dorris

Indonesian elephant Rattle, next workshop at Kindred Spirits withCathy dorris, Talent, Oregon, May 2016

Indonesian Elephant Rattle

4-5 inch round shaker

(a mixed media sculpture with clay)

A two part class:  Wednesday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 11th
Time:  6-9 PM
Cost: $45 includes both classes, all materials and one beverage of choice
To Register:  E-mail me, call or text me (541-821-0651) or register at Kindred Spirits (hours- Tues-Thurs 4-9, Fri. 4-11, Sat 1-6)
106 Talent Ave. Talent, OR

I will be starting art workshops on Saturdays and weekend retreats.  Stay tuned!

JuarezX: Dragged Across Borders

JuarezX: Dragged Across Borders art exhibition, center on contemporary art, seattle, washington, may 2016Center on Contemporary Art presents “JuarezX: Dragged Across Borders”

Politically Charged Art Exhibition Challenges Socio Political Borders

Seattle, WA: From May 5 – 28, 2016 CoCA presents “JuárezX, Dragged Across Borders,” co-curated by Joseph C. Roberts and Peter Bill.  The exhibit presents work by undocumented immigrants and artists from Juarez, Mexico to explore the intersection of race, class, and migrant status at the US and Mexico border.  Simultaneously, the exhibit presents readings and interactive workshops that invite visitors to consider social norms, or borders, created around gender and sexuality.  CoCA is proud to present an exhibition and support artists that dissolve boundaries and invite visitors to question borders as places that allow fixed notions of identity to bend, stretch, and even disappear.
The exhibit features work by artists from Juárez, Mexico who have literally and conceptually been “dragged” across borders. Yorch Otte, an urban muralist, serigrapher and leader of the Art Collective “Rezizte”, presents graffiti art on panel depicting life on the border. Gabriela Hernandez, an undocumented Seaburry Fellow and New Mexico Highlands University alum, features a series of 6’x3’ banners that represent struggles of LGBTQ and undocumented people. Mario Romero juxtaposes topics of the occult, scientific and astronomical with the border. Pulsoans Ans, graffiti artist and ANS Art Gallery owner, commands spray paint canisters to produce pieces that play with the idea of life and death as they apply to the identities in the margins. Peter Bill, Assistant Professor of New Media at Western New Mexico University, and Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba, Associate Professor of Queer & Border Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, documented their projections of guerrilla video texts onto the streets of Ciudad Juarez. Sarita Corderito adds witty political commentary and tasty painting/collage chops to the mix.
Special presentations include Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba, PhD’s reading from his work “Aesthetics and Politics of the US-Mexico Border urban art,” at 7pm during Pioneer Square artwalk on May 5.  At Noon on Friday, May 6, Gabriela Hernandez will present Jotería Undocumented Workshop, a participatory workshop exploring gender identity and immigration. CoCA is able to bring this important conversation to Seattle audiences and acknowledge LGBTQ individuals in the fight for immigration rights with the support from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Exhibition opens May 5 and runs through May 28 at CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St., Seattle, WA. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 1-7pm.

Travel the World with Art – The Hamsa Hand

 Kindred Spirits logo Travel the World with Art

Hands on Art and Wine experience with Cathy Dorris

Cathy Dorris - Kindred Spirits - Hamsa Hand
The Hamsa Hand
Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia
Represents Patience, Loyalty and Faith

This is another two part class. Wednesday, April 6th from 6-9 and finishes on Wednesday, April 13th from 6-9.  All materials are provided.  Cost is $45 which includes a first beverage of your choice.  Register by e-mail,  at Kindred Spirits (hours 4-9 Tues-Sat), or by call or texting Cathy at 541-821-0651.

Kindred Spirits

106 Talent Ave.

Talent, OR

Travel the World with Art!

Travel the World with Art: Kindred Spirits logo

Travel the World with Art!

Hands on Art and Wine Experience with Cathy Dorris

Japanese Kimono Paper Sculpture
Approx. 24′ wide x 18 ” high

Travel the World with Art! The next project in this series of classes is a Japanese Kimono Paper Sculpture. This two part class takes place this Wednesday, March 23 from 6-9 and Wednesday, March 30 from 6-9. All materials are provided.

Cost: $45 which includes first beverage of choice.

Register by e-mail, at Kindred Spirits (hrs. 4-9), or calling 541-821-0651.

Location:  Kindred Spirits, 106 Talent Ave., Talent.

Travel the World with Art: Japanese Paper Kimono wall hanging

CCC Hosts Uku-Aotearoa-The Spirit of Materials Cultural Exchange

Tall Hinaki 4, Kapowai Series; Dragonfly Lake, 2007; Colleen Waata Ulrich

Tall Hinaki 4, Kapowai Series; Dragonfly Lake, 2007; Colleen Waata Ulrich

Clatsop Community College is honored to present Uku-Aoteroa-The Spirit of Materials, a ten-day cultural exchange with six visiting indigenous Maori clay artists from Aotearoa, New Zealand.  Invited artists include Colleen Waata Urlich, Baye Riddell, Dorothy Waetford, Todd Douglas, Carla Ruka, and Rhonda Halliday. These highly respected artists are supported by New Zealand Maori Art organizations, Creative New Zealand and Toi Maori Aotearoa to act as cultural representatives to communities around the world. The exchange will feature a series of events in the Astoria community that will provide a rare opportunity to interact with people from a unique indigenous culture.

A special exhibition of Maori clay artworks will be held in the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from May 7 to July 30. This exhibit will open with a welcoming of the artists on Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 PM. The Maori artists will be in attendance and available to share their connections to their work and its surrounding mythological and historical origins.

The artists will also give a free public presentation at the CCC Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street, Astoria, called, Uku-Aotearoa-The Spirit of Materials on Friday, May 8 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. This presentation will include a conversation that will engage the community by examining critical issues surrounding cultural landscape, collective and individual vision, and the value of myth and memory. Nancy Cook, CCC Writing Instructor, will lead artists in a discussion on the spirit of materials and related relevant questions.

Artists, students and community members are also invited to participate in two all-day hands-on clay workshops led by the Maori artists on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM for both days in the CCC Art Center Ceramics Studio, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. Seating is limited for this event; please contact [email protected] for additional information.

Clay artist Colleen Waata Urlich has been made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for her service to Maori arts in the New Year Honours. 30 December 2014 Northern Advocate Photograph by John Stone NAG 31Dec14 -

Clay artist Colleen Waata Urlich has been made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for her service to Maori arts in the New Year Honours. 30 December 2014 Northern Advocate Photograph by John Stone

The Spirit of Materials Cultural Exchange is centered around the broad potential of the arts and humanities, and will cultivate the North Coast community’s knowledge of post-colonial indigenous identity and creativity. Events will include sharing of stories and meals, challenging dialogue, cultural/collaborative art-making workshops, and educational outreach. Community members will have an opportunity to learn about and consider the traditional and evolving meaning of oceanic arts. Our community will also have the opportunity to develop relationships through personal interaction and examination of shared values. This exchange continues the rich cross-cultural history that has existed at mouth of the Columbia for thousands of years.

Colleen Waata Urlich, who is leading the traveling Maori collective with Baye Riddell, has been sculpting, molding and nurturing Maori art for years. She is a Maori clay artist and senior foundation member of the National body of Maori clay workers. Colleen has been involved with various Maori art initiatives. She is a founding member and coordinator for the Maori contemporary clay artists’ movement that begun in the 1980s. Colleen, along with Manos Nathan, Maori clay artist, participated in the Pacific Rim Exhibition in 2012, an indigenous gathering of artists from around the Pacific Rim that took place at Clatsop Community College.

“Our return to Astoria with a group of younger clay artists, who have yet to experience the warmth and hospitality offered to us on our first visit, has been keenly anticipated. Our regret is that Manos Nathan has been unable to join us but all the current participants worked with Richard Rowland, ceramic artist and CCC Instructor, in January 2014, during the International Indigenous Artists Gathering “Kokiri Putahi,” in Kaikohe at Kohewhata Marae – a traditional meeting place – which brought together some 145 indigenous artists from Alaska to Australia,” says Urlich.

Seven Days, by Baye Riddell, 2012

Seven Days, by Baye Riddell, 2012

Baye Riddell began his vocation as a ceramicist in 1973 and has been working as a full-time ceramicist ever since. In 1987, he co-founded Nga Kaihanga Uku, a Maori clay workers’ organization. “When I took up pottery in the early 70s there were no Maori ceramic traditions to refer to and so my first attempts to express my culture in fired clay were very tentative and clumsy. I was nicknamed “the Native” in the local pottery circles at the time who were mainly influenced by Japanese and European approaches to ceramics. Since those days however I have been privileged to be a part of the birth and growth of an exciting Maori ceramic movement which has forged a unique identity in the ceramic world.”

Dorothy Waetford’s early career began as a performing artist as a member of the contemporary Maori dance company Taiao based in Auckland. Excited by developments in the contemporary Maori art scene, her interest led her to choosing clay as a preferred medium for art making. “The rich, cultural heritage I come from is the ground beneath my feet in the space I work from.  In that space, I search for sculptural forms connecting the past with the present and use clay as a medium to transfigure the spiritual into physical, contemporary space.”

Paihau (fin of a fish), 2013: Dorothy Waetford

Paihau (fin of a fish), 2013: Dorothy Waetford

Todd Douglas is a fulltime ceramic artist living and working at Muriwai Beach. Primarily self-taught, Todd’s work is recognized for utilizing a broad range of ceramic techniques and surface treatments as well as combining materials such as clay, wood, lashing and LED lighting. “As soon as I touched clay, I was hooked.  Bringing together the four elements – fire, earth, air and water, clay is like no other material.  It has fascinating physical properties such as its malleability but it also has many cultural and spiritual significances.   As it is at the heart of so many creation stories, it’s a reminder of the interconnectedness between people/s.”

Carla Ruka is a contemporary Maori clay sculptress. Her inspiration and ideas descend from her ancestors. 

The clay artworks and images she has developed over the years are based on the korero of her Marae (Mahuri), Kapa haka (Maori Performing Arts), Maori Spirituality, indigenous cultures, her whanau and the Taitokerau/Hokianga area. “Clay is my therapy. It molds and develops images of my wairura (spirit). As a contemporary Maori Clay Artist, the artworks and images I have created over the years descend from my ancestors and are inspired by the people around me.” “I continue to surround myself in cultural and community activities.”

Rhonda Halliday is a Maori clay artist whose work focuses on learning more about her cultural heritages, Maori and Pakeha, and finding an identity that integrates the two. “Our ancestors used metaphors to express themselves in their artworks; to tell a story, an historical account of a person/s or an expression of thoughts and beliefs. My work is also a metaphor used to express personal feelings from research into the many areas of history between my Māori and Pākeha connections. There are still many more conversations to be captured in clay.”

“These gifted artists have been selected by the Maori to honor and keep the life of their ancestors and their communities alive. Clatsop Community College has brought another educational and cultural experience that can impact our blended and evolving global community.” Richard Rowland

For information on any of the events please visit https://www.clatsopcc.edu/community/art-gallery/2015-maori-art-exhibit-cultural-exchange or contact [email protected] ; 503- 338-2449.

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!