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Bringing Arts to Our Cities

Arts Action Fund Executive Director presents new survey results and presidential candidate info at US Conference of Mayors meeting in Indianapolis.

Arts Action Fund PAC Co-hosts Event to Support Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)

On Thursday, June 9, the Arts Action Fund PAC was the top host for an event held in support of the re-election campaign of Congressman David Cicilline.

HILLARY CLINTON CLINCHES THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION

The Associated Press counted the support of Democratic convention delegates and declared that Hillary Clinton had enough to surpass her contestant, Bernie Sanders, securing her the party’s nomination.

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply

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June is frame-tastic at Central Art! Featuring savings and classes to satisfy your DIYer’s palette, this month is “bordering” on awesome during our June Framing Spectacular!

Take advantage of our June Framing Spectacular special events! Kicking off with our Truck Load of Frames 2-Day Sale on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd & 4th, find the right fit for your artistic expression with ready-made frames 25-50% off!

Central Art’s DIY Framing Workshop series has you covered, from cutting your own mats to fitting and finishing your frame! Check out the Workshop Schedule in this month’s newsletter or on Central Art’s website under Events & Classes for more info, and don’t forget to call or visit us and sign up! Seating is limited, reserve now!

Did you know? Not only can you get the latest Central Art scoop by signing up online for our e-newsletter, now everyone can take advantage of our in-store coupons! Just visit our website, click on “Promos” and you’ll often find a printable coupon near the top of the page!

Canvas Stretching

Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $25

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Canvas Stretching Workshop, June 2016Learn an age-old skill that will come in very handy when you have a specialized painting project to tackle: stretching your own canvas! Get those corner folds perfect, and make that canvas tight as a drum! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot

DIY Framing Workshop

Friday, June 17th, 2016 10:00am – 12:30pm

Fee: $25

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - DIY Framing Workshop, June 2016You’ve already got just the right frame to go with your artwork. Get a crash course from Central Art’s custom framing professionals and learn how to “put it all together”! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

 

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

 

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.

 

Beginning Mat Cutting Workshop

Friday, June 24th, 2016 10:00am – 12:00pm

Fee: $15

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Beginning Mat Cutting Workshop, June 2016Master the basics of mat cutting with this helpful workshop, giving you everything you need to get started! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.
June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply – Canvas Stretching Workshop, June 2016

 

Intermediate Mat Cutting Workshop

Friday, June 24th, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fee: $15

 June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Intermediate Mat Cutting Workshop, June 2016Already have the basics down? Learn more advanced cutting techniques to create the perfect accents for your artwork! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.
Friday, June 24th, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Copyright Protected

Unique content is best for your website and customer communications. But, smart use of third party text and photos can augment your marketing without stretching your resources. Just remember to respect copyright for content you didn’t commission or create yourself.

Copyright laws apply to all kinds of text and photos published in print or on the web. Digital publication does not equal public domain or free access for reuse. Take time to research licensing or republishing options for third party content before you re-post.

Visit the Bandon Chamber blog for a primer on photo and text copyright:

A Picture’s Worth: Copyright Protected, part 1
Tips on hiring a photographer, using stock and social media images

1000 Words: Copyright Protected, part 2
Tips on sharing, getting media attention, and notes for nonprofits

NEA Approved for Arts Funding Increase

The House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) voted unanimously to increase the federal arts agency’s budget by nearly $2 million.

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes!

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes from the Studio of Leah Fanning Mebane and Natural Earth Paints

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Artist Inger Jorgenson, uses Eco-Solve to create beautiful drip effects.

ARTIST FOCUS: ROBERTO PARADA

One Artist Changes His Art and Saves His Life

Artist Roberto Parada

Artist Roberto Parada

Note from the Author: Natural Earth Paint sent Roberto a complimentary bottle of Eco-Solve to try after hearing of his health troubles. We look forward to hearing his feedback!!
Roberto Parada is an internationally known oil painter and illustrator, having been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Huffington Post. Few people know that his art process came close to ending his life in 2004. I had the honor of interviewing him about his journey in discovering which of his art supplies were literally killing him, how it happened and what he did to change his process while continuing to paint very high quality, archival and professional paintings.
Were you ever taught about the toxicity in art supplies in art school?

I went to a very prestigious art school in the late 80’s and early 90’s and was never taught about any hazards in art supplies by my painting and illustration teachers. I did have one sculpture teacher who adamantly forbade the use of fixatives, solvents and chemicals because he had gotten lymphoma from the use of those chemicals. He never really explained why we shouldn’t use them but just told us not use them in his classroom. My painting teachers all used toxic materials themselves and probably just didn’t know the health risks involved.

What was your painting technique throughout your school years and career?

I have always been an oil painter and I’m guilty of never wearing gloves or having adequate ventilation or even thinking that I should. Noone ever taught me the risks and on the warning labels on paint thinners I only saw warnings about difficulty breathing and respiratory issues. There was nothing about the fact that it can get into your bloodstream and cause death risks. The warnings are very ambiguous and limited considering the fact that I can list 5 different types of cancer that come from paint thinners. For example, 3 kinds of leukemia AML, ALL, CLL,  and Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I also used all of the heavy metal based paints – cadmiums and cobalts – and didn’t think much about it. In the 90’s the “Odorless Mineral Spirits” came onto the market and we all thought that this was a healthier alternative. Now I know that Odorless mineral spirits still have petroleum based distillates and benzene which is exactly what brought about my illness.

READ FULL INTERVIEW ON OUR BLOG:

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The Green School in Bali uses Earth Paints exclusively in their curriculum and painted a collaborative Earth Day mural this year.The Green School in Bali uses Earth Paints exclusively in their curriculum and painted a collaborative Earth Day mural this year.

Natural Earth Paint Wins the Cribsie Awards – 380,000 people voted that Natural Earth Paints have the “Best Non-toxic Art Supplies”!Natural Earth Paints Wins 2016 Cribsie Awards!

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Central Art Supply June Framing Events

Central Art Supply June Framing Events

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Truck Load of Frames Sale June 3–4, 2016

The Truck Load of Frames Sale is headed to Central Art to kick off our Framing Month Spectacular! Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, save 30% on all in-stock frames and 50% on custom ready made frames, or choose from a wide selection of new frames fresh off the truck!

Remember, these amazing deals will be around for 2 days only, so plan your life accordingly!

DIY Framing Workshops

On a tight framing budget? Pinterest tutorials not much help? Central Art has the answer to your DIY anxiety! June is our Framing Month Spectacular, and in addition to some awesome deals on frames and framing supplies, we’ve put together a variety of framing workshops to help you on your way to becoming a DIY superstar!

Thursday 6/9 – Canvas Stretching 2:00pm – 4:00pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/17 – DIY Framing 10:00am – 12:30pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/24 – Beginning Mat Cutting 10:00am – 12:00pm Fee: $15

                    – Intermediate Mat Cutting 1:00pm – 3:00pm Fee: $15

 

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

Participants will have a finished project to take home.

 

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444.

Please pay in advance to book your spot either by phone or in person as seating is limited.

 

DONALD TRUMP CLINCHES GOP NOMINATION

John Kasich’s exit on May 4th makes Trump the last Republican in the race.

Ted Cruz Suspends Presidential Campaign

The Texas Senator stridently opposed the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Department of Education.