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
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
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
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.
Exhibit of Dodero Studio Ceramics at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville
The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is proud to welcome John Dodero and his popular raku pottery to the Visual Artists directory! A friend of SOAR and fellow board member of the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, his works sell across the country and around the world, so it’s a special pleasure to see his work represented in the context of the southern Oregon arts community. You can see his work in person at Art Presence nearly every month.
When starting pottery in 1970, most potters were following the Asian or European tradition of design, but John’s inspiration came from the many fine examples of Native American ceramic design: Mimbres, Sikyatki and Pre Columbian were his primary departure points. His focus has been to combine, distill and contemporize these styles and to define the archetypes from which they evolved. John has spent the last 25 years exploring Asian motifs and finding a fusion/commonality with the West, developing techniques and materials employed for surface decoration to achieve a classic yet natural appearance. The hope is to produce works that will not be clichés and thus withstand the test of time. The archetypes and designs in the works are meaningful to him, but he feels the viewer should derive their own meaning. “I feel each piece is made for someone; I just have to wait for him or her to claim it.”
John Dodero has developed a simple and powerful design style to complement any décor. The strong ceremonial style and natural gourd shapes developed over many years of Native American-inspired work have been blended with a distinctly Asian look. The fusion of Asian and Native American design has proven to be traditional, yet contemporary. The calm presence satisfies practical décor needs without being cliché or appearing as ethno kitsch.
Dodero’s many choices of pottery styles include Raku Cachepots and planters for orchids, Raku decorative ceramic urns, urns for cremation ashes, and decorative pieces. His Raku urns were developed in the late 80s and are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Raku Cachepots are intended to be used a decorative container for a potted plant. They are sized to fit standard planter sizes and are the perfect home for orchids or indoor plants. These Raku planters can also be referred to as Jardinières.
Red Cremation Urn by John Dodero
The Raku process was brought to the West coast from Japan in the late 1960s, and over the years it has diverged quite a bit from its Japanese origin. The U.S. approach has revolved around a post fire reduction, as opposed to the Japanese style of plunging the ware in water after being removed from the kiln. This difference in firing technique gives the Western style a distinctive crackle pattern when carbon is trapped in the crazing, giving the bare clay a carbon luster.
The approach taken by Dodero Studio is the use of thick or fat glazes, striving for a random crazing pattern over a simple refined form. A wide range of coloring oxides are used in the glazes to meet the many décor needs. “We want to match your couch.” As odd as this might sound, he understands you have to live with his pots and wants to produce ware to complement your décor and create a harmonious environment.
John also offers workshops for those interested in learning from his decades of experience. Two recent hands-on workshops, one on raku pottery creation and another on slipcasting, were presented at his Jacksonville studio, but all is not lost! He will be sharing his knowledge on these topics again in a retreat setting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in February! Click here to learn more and register to attend – what a great call for a winter break!
Please visit the Dodero Studio Ceramics listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource to find a complete set of links and contact information so you can learn why John’s work is popular the world over! Or take a shortcut straight to his website, Dodero Studio Ceramics at raku-ceramic-pottery.com
“It’s a fantastic experimental place to live…”
“It was a hard wake-up call…!”
“We need to educate all of us…”
“We need to keep Rwanda as a laboratory…”
“We need to play the role of the bridge…”
I caught up with Carole Karemera during the “hellwach” (bright-awake) 6th International Theatre Festival for young audiences at the Helios Theater in Hamm, later also witnessed one of their performances of “Little Hill”, a theatre play for people from 4 years old, and recorded the after-performance talk with Carole and her team. Carol pursued a successful career as a saxophone player, film and theatre actress and contemporary dancer. She is the director and founding member of the Ishyo Art Centre in Kigale.
link to playlist 1 of interview and further intro
The main part of our conversation is dedicated to Carole’s description of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and especially, the role that women played in the genocide. Carole then recounts for us the courageous journey of women in the arts in Rwanda, who picked up the task of listening carefully to the needs of their society and the daunting process of reworking their historical “heritage”, the social trauma of genocide together with perpetrators and victims and the new generations.
link to playlist 2 of interview and further intro
In 2005, together with eight other women, they founded a cultural initiative to respond to the needs of their country and society through arts and creative projects, beginning with storytelling in schools, later in bars. The initiative became “Ishyo Art Centre”, a vibrant cultural centre in Kigale. The centre offers space and opportunities for artists to develop and produce new work as well as a varied programme of events and workshops, which seeks to make arts and culture available for everyone.
Carole emphasizes the heightened awareness of women in the arts in Rwanda for the troubles and needs of societies elsewhere on the continent and their wish, hope and willingness to share their valuable experiences widely, and especially with their sistaz in Africa.
link to playlist of clips from Carole’s interview
link to playlist of the after-performance talk with the team of Ishyo Art Centre Kigali
With this post, we are opening a new additional page of Contributions “from the far sides of the Zambezi” in our audio-library of the stories of African women. The posts will be on the blog for 10 days, then they will move to the special page of contributions with a small reference and link remaining on the front page.
Carole Karemera on the All Africa Sound Map. Contribute your recordings and place African arts and culture on the global map!
Having trouble reading the flyer above? Click the image or the following link to download or read the full size pdf online: Chinese New Year activities and presentation for Jacksonville Oregon’s Chinese New Year celebration
12 o Clock High, by Yeh Fei Pai
Community Gallery exhibit February 7 – February 28, 2014
Reception: Friday February 21st, 5-8pm
Community Gallery Exhibition
Courting Under the Phoenix Tree, by Yeh Fei Pai
In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, the Rogue Gallery will be displaying works by artist Chinese artist Yeh Fei Pai from February 7 – February 28, 2014. Yeh Fei Pai uses the traditional technique of Chinese splash ink. His quick, expressive approach of applying ink creates images of horses in complete motion. The opening of the exhibit begins the celebration of the Year of the Horse that will then continue in the city of Jacksonville with a parade and other festivities. Yeh Fei Pai paintings will delight and engage audiences of all ages. The Rogue Gallery is very excited to be part of this celebration and to have an exceptional artist as Yeh Fei Pai exhibiting in our Community Gallery.
Gallery Talk: February 7th, 2:00 pm
Artist Demonstration: February 7th, 3:00 pm
In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association, in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, we present Yeh Fei Pai, who uses the traditional technique of Chinese splash ink to create expressive images of horses. Yeh Fei Pai, who lives in Taiwan, will be at the gallery on February 7th. He will give a gallery talk at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm will demonstrate the Chinese splash ink technique in the Rogue Studio. After the demonstration, materials will be available in the studio for those who would like to try a hands on experience of this technique.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.
GRANTS PASS — Two new exhibits go on display in February at the Rogue Community College
Glorious Life, painting by Ming Zhou
“Glorious Life,” an exhibit by Ming Zhou, will be on display Feb. 4 – 28 at the FireHouse Gallery, located in RCC Historic City Hall, corner of Fourth and H streets. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Zhou presents a critique of China’s new middle class, its use of Western brands and popular leisure activities, and the subsequent devaluation of deeper spiritual aspects of traditional Chinese culture.
Paintings by Britta Bocala will be on display in the Community Exhibits Room.
A First Friday reception is scheduled 5–8 p.m. Feb. 7 and will feature a meet-and-greet from 7 to 8 p.m. with Japanese ceramic artist Inayoshi Osamu.
The Art of the Grid
In the Wiseman Gallery, which is located on the RCC Redwood Campus, “The Art of the Grid” by Maria Shell will be on display Feb. 5 – 28. Shell uses vintage and contemporary commercial fabrics – both solid and print – as well as hand dyed cotton fabrics to create patchwork textiles with complex, optical grid patterns.
Located at 3345 Redwood Hwy., the Wiseman Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
For more information on either exhibit, call 541-956-7241
Polar Willows, watercolor painting by Eugenia Talbott
Can you imagine painting watercolors of Polar bears in the Arctic chill of Canada? Eugenia Talbott, a native of Mississippi, has bred, trained and shown Arabian horses, helped curb the illegal transport of exotic animals across borders, traveled the world, written books, taught art to at-risk youth and even raised children, painting all the while. Now settled in southern Oregon, she’s still creating amazing oils, watercolors and graphite drawings of her beloved animal subjects. It’s the GoodBean’s privilege to show prints of Genie’s African big cats along with original equine art, dog portraits and more, in watercolor, oil and graphite in our Jacksonville cafe through the end of September.
Genie also has a show of the original oil paintings of her big cats and more African art at the Berryman Gallery at the Craterian Theater through September.
Here’s more about the artist from her recently updated bio:
“Painting is life and breath to me.”
“Mei Spacho,” original oil by Eugenia Talbott
Painting has been the motivating force in this artist’s life since she was a young girl growing up in southern Mississippi. Through her art, she overcame her childhood shyness and embarked on a journey of creativity that has never lost momentum. Talbott’s work is displayed in collections around the world. One of her larger pieces graces the entrance to the private Polo Club of His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of Johar, Malaysia.
With travels to South America, Europe, North Africa, the wilds of Alaska, to the Canadian Arctic, she has continually sought new subjects for her portraiture, both human and animal. Whether native people of Canada, polar bears, majestic Arabian horses, zebras, a cougar named Zack, the family dog, or a beloved grandson sleeping with his toy bear–all have come to life under Talbott’s brush.
“Zebra II,” Original oil by Eugenia Talbott
A commissioned portraitist, muralist, and interior designer, Talbott is equally adept at oil, watercolor, and graphite. She is also adventurous in the size and character of her work as seen in her exquisite screens used as room dividers, with subjects varying from leopards, to horses and zebras…and more. Her original designs painted in oil on wood are now available in limited edition reproductions.
Cheetahs at Sunset, original oil painting by Eugenia Talbott
Talbott earned a Degree in Fine Art from Mississippi University for Women, with advanced studies in the U.S. and Europe. Her full and varied life experience has contributed greatly to the dramatic impact of her work. She bred Arabian horses, taught art to children in the Canadian Arctic, and developed art programs for juvenile detention centers in her home state, providing dimension to the lives of troubled youths. Most recently she served on the Board of Directors for the Magdalene Home in Medford, Oregon. www.magdalenehome.org
“I guess it would be best to describe my art as a body of work reflecting people and animals of the world that I have seen and cared for deeply.”
“Siberian Majesty,” original oil by Eugenia Talbott
Talbott also worked for Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary, located in Caledonia, Mississippi, lecturing frequently on the abuses imposed upon exotic animals by those who purchase them for pets–her book Exotic Calls, a stunning account of the horrors that exist in the exotic animal world. The proceeds of her new print titled, Siberian Majesty, is dedicated to Big Al, one of the twenty tigers rescued by the sanctuary. www.CedarhillAnimalSanctuary.org When asked to define her career as an artist thus far, “I guess it would be best to describe my art as a body of work reflecting people and animals of the world that I have seen and cared for deeply.”
The artist lives in southern Oregon with her husband Wayne Adderson, a writer who shares her passion for adventure and art. “Oregon has become my new home and is glorious to explore. It is truly a wonderful place to live, though a part of my heart will always be with my sons and their precious families, my friends, and the mythical and mysterious land and legends of the Deep South.”
Eugenia “Genie” Talbott Adderson 541-944-3962 & 541-512-1899 www.TalbottStudios.com
Title: Executive Director, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts
48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, Oregon 97801
CSIA is searching for an ED who can embrace and fulfill the mission and vision of CSIA, and who can bring energy, experience and intellect to the task of moving CSIA into its next decade of growth.
Crow’s Shadow’s mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. CSIA’s programs focus on the fine art of printmaking and traditional Native arts education.
CSIA envisions being a creative center for contemporary Native and non-Native artists locally, nationally and internationally through the medium of fine-art printmaking.
Experience with fine-art printmaking and its marketing, knowledge of the contemporary art world, skill in grant writing and building a donor base, and the ability to imagine future programming for CSIA are all desired qualities.
CSIA will give preference to those who have experience working in cross-cultural settings, who have knowledge and interest in contemporary indigenous art, who have knowledge of tribal culture, and who have had capital campaign experience.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of CSIA in accordance with the operating policies as approved by the Board of Directors. In addition to general administration, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to–day management of the facilities, coordinating with staff in program planning and fundraising for CSIA.
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary: $60,000 – 65,000 annual salary, DOE
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Benefits: Annually: 12 days paid vacation leave; 8 days paid sick leave; 11 paid holidays
- Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, any field
- Three years increasingly responsible non-profit work experience
- Excellent speaking, interpersonal and written communication skills
- Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft applications, QuickBooks
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
Position open until filled; first review August 28, 2013.
For the complete job description, please refer to the Crow’s Shadow website. To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: CSIA, 48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, OR 97801
For further information, contact James Lavadour, Board President at [email protected] Or phone (541) 276-3954