Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE! reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more.

Senators Request Support for the Arts and Humanities in Letter to President Trump

A bipartisan group of 24 U.S. Senators have signed on in support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Bob Lynch Reacts to Possible Elimination of NEA, NEH, and Big Bird Funding

Arts leaders react to possible Trump call for eliminating cultural programs: Not this again

Pastel Classes with Janis Ellison at Central Art

Small Business Saturday: Shop Small, Paint Small Mini Art Contest Call to Artists: Art Extravaganza at Central Art Supply, Medord, OregonPastel Classes with Janis Ellision - 2017 session

Next Class Session; February 13, 20, 27 and

March 13, 2017

Four Monday sessions 9:30-1:00


Central Art Supply classroom

Register now 541-218-9788 or

[email protected]

Pastel Painting

How to put the “WOW” into your paintings

Janis Ellison


Wondering how to achieve that WOW factor in your painting? Try Pastel Classes with Janis Ellison! Whether you are a seasoned painter or new to the pastel medium, you will learn some tips and techniques to take your work to the next level.

March news From Oregon Arts Commission

March 2017 News From Oregon Arts Commission

The Eugene Symphony performs at Cuthbert Amphitheatre. The Eugene Symphony received a $15,000 NEA direct grant in 2016 to support its “Ode to the Future” young composers’ project.

Arts Commission issues statement on national arts funding

Many arts supporters have reached out to inquire about the importance of national funding to the arts in Oregon. We’d like to take this opportunity to share information on how national and state funding partner to support arts organizations and artists across the state.
We know that funding of arts and culture in Oregon is comprised of many sources of revenue including public, private, individual and corporate giving. It’s safe to say, however, that without public support many arts organizations would be in jeopardy.
The National Endowment for the Arts allocates 40 percent ($41.2 million) of its annual appropriation to funding the nation’s state arts agencies. Combined, NEA and state arts agency grants reached all 435 Congressional districts. In fiscal year 2016 our Arts Commission received $727,700 in NEA Partnership funding to support grants and services. Combined with our state funding it allowed the Arts Commission to award 267 grants totaling more than $2.1 million. In addition, the NEA made 32 direct grants to Oregon arts organizations and projects totaling $795,000, bringing the total for NEA funding in Oregon to $1,522,700 for fiscal year 2016.

DataArts launches for Operating Support applications 

Photo courtesy of Youth Music Project, a FY2016 Operating Support grant recipient.
All arts organizations applying for FY2018 Operating Support grants, including Arts Services applicants, are required to complete a customized ‘Funder Report’ via DataArts at
The DataArts Funder Report replaces most of the financial and non-financial data traditionally collected in the Operating Support application and Final Report.
Organizations must enter information from their most recently completed fiscal year into a DataArts Cultural Data Profile in order to generate a Funder Report, which must be saved as a PDF and attached to the Operating Support application. Applications will not be considered complete without a Funder Report. The information is required annually for both the Full and Interim Application.

Read more.

Jenny Green of Bend named Arts Commissioner

Jenny Green, a gallerist and art historian from Bend, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown.
Green is the owner of Jenny Green Gallery in Bend, a pop up contemporary art gallery exhibiting in Bend, throughout the United States and, soon, in Venice, Italy. She has worked in arts and education for 22 years and is a former adjunct professor of art history at Central Oregon Community College.
“I believe deeply in the power of art and its ability to enhance the quality of life not only for artists but for the communities in which they work,” said Green. “The Oregon Arts Commission strengthens our statewide community through the arts and I want to support this important work.”
Jenny Green
“Jenny is a wonderful addition to our Commission and we look forward to working with her to enhance and encourage the arts across the state,” says Executive Director Brian Rogers.

Howard Fonda exhibits in Governor’s Office

Untitled, 2015, oil and colored pencil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches.

Courtesy of the artist.

Portland artist Howard Fonda exhibits a selection of works he calls “Les premiers seront les derniers*” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through March 9.
Fonda’s works, which often feature human, animal and other natural forms against colorful and loosely patterned dabs of bright colors and undulating lines, are both playful and serious, safe and perilous. He describes painting as “an articulate means of exposing a range of emotion, both rational and irrational.
An exhibit in the Governor’s office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor.
  *The first will be the last.
Spring Jewels by Anji Grainger, one of the works on Beaverton’s Creative Containers.

Grant spotlight

‘Creator Containers’ beautify Beaverton

More than 40 city-owned trash receptacles in Beaverton have received a makeover. The Creator Container Project, a part of the Beaverton Arts Program’s Art in Public Spaces initiative, aims to add an artistic element to the city’s existing infrastructure while supporting both established and emerging artists.
Supported by the Arts Build Communities program, the original plan was to place 10 vinyl-art-wrap installations on existing infrastructures throughout the city. The project became so popular that ultimately 44 wraps were developed by students as well as amateur and professional artists.
(Right) Farmland Quilt by Cate Wilcox.
(From left) Libby Unthank Tower, Erin Graham, Candace Kita and Brian Rogers in front of the Supreme Court building.

WESTAF delegation visits Capitol Hill 

Brian Rogers, left, with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden
Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower and Executive Director Brian Rogers joined Western States Arts Federation Board Chair Erin Graham and Candace Kita, a WESTAF emerging leader of color, for WESTAF’s annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.
The group met with every member of Oregon’s Congressional delegation or their staff to share stories of arts impact in their districts.
The meetings provided an opportunity to relay information about the importance of government funding for the arts and the important impact of NEA funding in our state.

Upcoming application deadlines

Operating Support (Including Arts Services): March 1
Career Opportunity Grants: April 5
Arts Learning Grants: June 1

Take Action: Arts Advocacy Needed

cac logo online cultural advocacy coalition

Last week I sent an email about the state’s daunting $1.8 billion shortfall. Arts Advocacy Needed – This week we have an opportunity to do something about it. Please consider attending a public hearing near you and tell budget-writers to protect arts and culture when they work to balance the budget.

The legislature’s Ways and Means Committee is taking a road trip and traveling across Oregon to invite public comment on possible budget cuts and spending priorities. Concerned Oregonians will be there to speak up for senior services, public safety, education and roads. Will you stand for the arts?

We know that targeted cuts or attempts to tap the Oregon Cultural Trust would deteriorate public funding for arts and culture in Oregon to levels which could cause lasting harm to the state’s cultural economy.

Given the budget crisis and the risk that arts, humanities and public broadcasting may face at the federal level, we must do all we can to protect current funding for arts and culture here in Oregon.

Please consider voicing your support at one of the following meetings:

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room F
900 Court Street NE

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at:
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Amo DeBernardis College Center
12000 SW 49th Ave.

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Hermiston High School
Main Commons
600 S 1st Street

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:
Madras Performing Arts Center
412 SE Bluff Street

**Friday, February 24, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Southern Oregon University
Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:
Lane Community College
Forum (Building 17), Rooms 308-309
4000 E 30th Ave.

Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row

Will you help protect public funding for arts, heritage and the humanities in Oregon? Let’s work together to protect the values that connect us, move us forward and enrich our lives. Your voice matters! Legislators are asking to hear from you. Thank you for all you do to support and strengthen creativity and culture in Oregon, and for using this opportunity to tell budget writers we must protect funding for arts and culture in Oregon.

Additional Resources:

  • Big picture on arts and culture in Oregon? Take a look at this.
  • Current arts & culture funding in Oregon? Here you go!
  • Who received arts grants in your community? And how much was the grant? Check here.
  • Have a specific question? Let us know!

Christine Drazan
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

February 2017 News - LightGarden Glass Art

February 2017 News – LightGarden Glass Art

Great Things Have Been Going On



 Diane’s cute dragonfly bowl
painted with
Colors for Earth
glass enamels
 Barbara’s Beautiful
Flower Petal Bowl
Bill Created a Birch Bowl
For a Christmas Present.
Don’t let Diane, Barbara and Bill have all the fun.
Come in and make something new this week,
or better yet sign up for a class
and learn something new!



 We are one “like” away from  

500 on Facebook!

The next two people to “like”   

LightGarden’s Facebook page  

will receive a

$10 coupon towards their  

next class! 


It’s very easy to post to Facebook  

so you get to see a lot more of what goes on in the studio than I can show you on our website.  

click here to visit our page


we love “likes, comments and shares” 
on posts too!



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.
$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.



 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!
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!
Fused Glass Dogwood Spoon Rest 

For those who couldn’t make it to the first class, this class has been requested again so I’m offering it as a morning class.

Learn to paint dogwood flowers, leaves and branches on the top layer with glass enamels and then create a complementary watercolor background on a second layer to create depth and interest.

This 10″ x 6″ spoon rest is not only beautiful but a handy accessory for any kitchen.

This class includes all materials and 2 firings.

February 4th
 Painting with Frit

Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers, 96 glass and glass enamels to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.

We’ll explore different techniques through 3 small panels, focusing on clouds, trees, water and layering backgrounds. We’ll also address combining colors and picture composition.

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, stringers, glass, glass enamels and lunch are included.

Glass fusing: Basics or equivalent is required

March 4th


Make a fun project for your spring garden! Learn speedy ways to make lots of tiles from your scrap glass, several techniques for applying mosaics to different surfaces and complete a 10″ bird bath/feeder. Once you finish this class you’ll know how to mosaic almost anything. Several patterns to choose from.

The class fee includes all materials and tools. All you buy is a small amount of glass.

March 11th & 18th

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                            January 2017
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.

Central Art Supply 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza

Central Art Supply 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza
& 36th Anniversary Sale

central art supply 6th- annual art extravaganza - image of art supplies

Central Art’s Mini Workshop Extravaganza 2017! Full Schedule (updated 2/11/17)*

Set your artistic “playdate” and enjoy 2 days of hands-on fun during our

6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza!



10:00am – ALCOHOL INKS

11:30am –MAKE YOUR MARK!










*Visit Central Art’s website and click the “Events & Classes” tab for

full mini workshop descriptions.


Fee: $5 per workshop. Pre-registration required for all workshops.

Must pay $5 fee at time of registration.

Stop in or call 541-773-1444 to reserve your spot, seats are limited to 12 per workshop!

central art supply 36th anniversary sale 2017

36 years ago George and Winnie Ebert set out on a new adventure, expanding their art supply business from Coos Bay to Medford, Oregon. Because of their hard work and dedication to the fine art industry, Central Art has been the creative destination for artists throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond.


We are committed to supporting and providing materials to the strong art community we have here. To celebrate that commitment, we are turning back the clock to products that stood the test of time in the art materials industry – and here at Central Art – some going back as far as 1557!


With history as our foundation, we will continue to bring you the best and latest products to support your creative endeavors. With that in mind we are hosting our 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza on February 17th and 18th, where vendors will showcase over 50 of the finest our industry has to offer. Adding to the hoopla, there will be opportunities like entering to win prizes and signing up for one of our mini workshops!


Thank you for being a part of Central Art’s rich history!


Visit Central Art!

Bob Lynch Reacts to Possible Elimination of NEA, NEH, and Big Bird Funding

Arts leaders react to possible Trump call for eliminating cultural programs: Not this again

Trump Transition Team to Eliminate the NEA

On the eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, The Hill newspaper reported that Trump Transition Team staff intend to recommend that the President eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Trump Transition Team to Eliminate the NEA

On the eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, The Hill newspaper reported that Trump Transition Team staff intend to recommend that the President eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.