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Red Dot(s)

I have a show up right now and I sold a painting. Scratch that. I sold three paintings. At the risk of tooting my horn or sounding immodest or any other thing we’re taught as good girls to not do, I am freaking happy, proud, elated and actually did a dance, and it was happy, in my kitchen. These paintings are hanging in a beautiful venue, South Stage Cellars, for 6 weeks and they have honest to goodness red dots beside the price.

Selling my art is one part of the artistic arc of living a creative life. It’s the one not many people talk about, they mumble, they ask polite questions, but we really want to know, do you make a living? Can you pay your bills? How does it all….work exactly? Because as working artists, small business owners, the road not taken path followers, we are, I am, still a little surprised that this gig is working out. There has not been one single Monday in three years that I have not woken up astounded, grateful and a little bit surprised, like forgetting you’re not at home when you’re traveling, that this Monday, this work week, is my play to direct.

But how exactly does it work? I am not kidding, it works on faith. I can only speak from my experience but based on the countless essays and books and ted talks and e-courses and and and….from what some pretty smart and experienced authors and artists are telling me, I’m not alone. It’s faith and action. Or action and faith. This is how it works for me. There is a whole lot of boring sitting, puttering, painting, prepping and doing before there is an art show. Or a card order. Or a gift fair. The one constant variable that leads to a sale or to any monetization of art, is doing the work. It has taken me several years to really believe as this philosophy can also feel like watching paint dry, really, ordering business cards is the only thing I need to do all day? Yup. It’s action. Do another thing the next day. More action. In one week you’ll have seven action steps that all together are kind of big. It might even be a whole painting or essay or business plan or art show application. I’m not the one who invented this. I’m just saying, it works.

Back to art. And selling. And red dots. And those questions. Can I pay my bills? Do you make a living? How does it all…work exactly? Yes (With some debt. Not lying. Working on improving that.) Yes, in a creative manner. Day to day. Week to week. It works by swinging arm to arm on the monkey bars. Card orders, paintings, commissions. It’s all momentum. Maybe there will come a day when I’ll re-read this post and think ah, that’s so sweet that I am so earnestly trying to make a go of this thing. I hope so. It will be worth it. I want to always know that happy dance red dot joy. I think maybe because it’s the joy behind the action that makes it work. Exactly. xo

“Still Life with Louis Sherry” 8×10″ SOLD

May 2016 ART'clectic Artisans Market

ART’clectic will be holding their spring pop-up event, a May 2016 ART’clectic Artisans Market, at Art Presence Art Center, 206 North Fifth St. in Jacksonville.  The garden-themed show opens Thursday, May 5 and closes Sunday, May 29.  The gallery will open every Thursday through Sunday during May from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Sixteen local artists and artisans will display framed art, photography, pottery, vintage furniture, jewelry, baskets, wooden boxes, fused glass, garden decor, greeting cards, prints, mixed media, and textiles including quilts, wall hangings, and hand-loomed apparel and gifts. Also featured are books of local authors.

Please come and meet the artists during the reception to be held Saturday May 7 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

may 2016 art'clectic artisans market : Sprint artisan's market at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon

The Great Southern Oregon Paint Out 2016

The Great Southern Oregon Paint Out 2016Click the image to visit the Artists Workshop website for more information about the Great Southern Oregon Paint Out and to sign up!

Pat Moore at South Stage Cellars this June!

Pat Moore at South Stage Cellars

Lori Garfield Animal Lover Art Show

LORI GARFIELD ANIMAL LOVER Art Show

Sat. June 14th, 4-7 PM

COME BY FOR A FUN EVENING at THE GALLERY, with APPETIZERS & GREAT ART!


Featured Artist:  Lori Garfield

“Barn Cat and Calf” by Lori Garfield
original oil painting

Experience a fun evening at The Gallery in Mt. Shasta!  Meet the artist and enjoy yourself!!

“Cougar Kitten” by Lori Garfield
original oil painting

For more information, call 530-926-2334.  The Gallery is located at 201 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta.

http://www.thegalleryinmtshasta.com

Mark Your Calendar!
June 14th, Sat.
4-7 PM


“Tuck the Buck”
original oil painting by Lori Garfield

Lori Garfield
Art Show at
The Gallery in Mt. Shasta
in the
Black Bear Bldg.

Five Friends Annual Art Exhibit at Weisinger’s

Five Friends Annual Exhibit at Weisinger's, May 6-31, 2016

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.

Arts Action Fund April News

  Vol. I 2016Quarterly Member Newsletter
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Message from President & CEO Robert Lynch
                   
Thank you to the thousands of Arts Action Fund members across the country who helped get new education reform over the finishing line. The advance of the “STEM to STEAM” movement these past few weeks has been truly exciting. In November, I joined The Ovation Foundation and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in honoring eight schools for their model STEAM programs. Each school received a $10,000 grant from The Ovation Foundation. Parents, teachers, students and principals traveled to Washington, DC for a day of briefings both at the White House and in Congress. The day ended with a reception with the Congressional STEAM Caucus co-Chairs. A few weeks later as Congress worked in earnest on reauthorization the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), STEAM Caucus co-Chair Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to encourage the integration of the arts in STEM programs, which was accepted by a unanimous vote. That provision is now law, providing even more opportunities to advance STEAM in the field in the coming years.


ArtsVote2016 Candidate Interactions
Presidential candidate crisscross the country during Primary Election season when voters will choose who they want to be the Republican or Democratic nominee in 2016. Each state has its own rules about who can vote and how, but in all cases Presidential candidates are looking to connect with primary and caucus voters over issues they care about. That is why our grassroots arts advocates are so important.

From boisterous campaign rallies to intimate coffee klatches, Arts Action Fund members are showing up prepared to ask smart questions about the arts to Presidential candidates. In Iowa, Kate Huffman stood up at a large gathering for Hillary Clinton and asked about her position on the arts. As a result, we now have the Democratic frontrunner on record as saying she’s an arts supporter.

At a small gathering of activists in New Hampshire, Toni Pappas discussed public policy with Chris Christie, who said he believes public investment in the arts benefits communities. Sarah Stuart spoke with Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush, and Dominique Boutaud engaged Martin O’Malley and George Pataki. What do these citizen advocates have in common? They all used the tools provided by the ArtsVote2016 web page to ask smart, specific questions tailored to that candidate’s unique history. The most exciting thing about arts advocacy is seeing for yourself the advancement of the arts at the federal, state, and local levels.

There is no better way to experience this than to do it yourself. Check out our calendar of state primaries and caucus in this issue (below), and don’t forget to visit the www.ArtsActionFund.org/ArtsVote2016 to read up on the statements, actions, and policies that all Presidential candidates have taken on the arts.


Arts Funding Wins in a Landslide Vote in Cleveland
Almost a decade ago, voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which includes Cleveland, passed one of the strongest local arts funding mechanisms in the country, the Arts and Culture Levy. It utilized a penny-and-a-half per cigarette tax to fund local non-profit arts and culture organizations, to the tune of $15 million a year. But the Arts and Culture Levy was set to expire next year unless it was renewed by voters in a ballot initiative called Issue 8. On Tuesday, November 3, 2015 voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Issue 8 to renew arts funding by an impressive 3-to-1 margin, which now success fully guarantees the $15 million per year funding stream for another ten years.

As a local extension of our ArtsVote2016 campaign, the Arts Action Fund worked closely to help our local arts advocacy partner, the Arts & Culture Action Committee, to mobilize our 1,000+ resident members in Cuyahoga County to Get-Out-The-Vote. During an off-year election that is historically marked by very low voter turnout and where referenda like marijuana legalization were roundly rejected, Issue 8 stands as a prime example of how the arts are truly a bipartisan issue with voters. Americans understand that public investment in the arts is a critical step to fostering healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities.


2016 Primaries and Caucuses


Federal Update
Big Year-End Victories in 2015
Wow, it was a December to remember! Congress typically wraps a lot into the final month of the year, but this December brought many gifts. First, Congress reauthorized ESEA, bringing new federal K-12 law that has been long overdue, now called Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).Check out our blog at www.bit.ly/Bonamici for details on arts education provisions, including new eligibility for STEAM, thanks to a unanimous amendment that Congressional STEAM Caucus co-Chair Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) secured. On tax provisions, the IRA Charitable Rollover, an important funding source for arts organizations and a key tax incentive for charitable giving, is now permanent! And, annual funding for the cultural agencies finally passed as part of consolidated appropriations signed into law on Dec. 18th. For the first time in four years, the NEA will see just shy of a $2 million increase in funding, bringing the FY16 budget level to approximately $148 million. All of this work was done under a new Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-WI), following former Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation at the end of October.

The Arts Action Fund monitors arts policy at the federal level and helps bring citizens’ voices to the table when important arts issues are debated. For detailed legislative updates, please visit  www.AmericansForTheArts.org/news-room/legislative-news.


State and Local Update
Local and State Elections Update
Election Update: 2015 was a relatively light year for mayoral elections, but the Arts Action Fund (AAF) is saying goodbye to several outstanding “Arts Mayors.” Mayor Joseph Riley, Jr. of Charleston, SC-after 40 years as the city’s chief executive-chose not to run for re-election. Mayor Riley has been a strong and consistent voice for the arts at the local and national levels. The AAF welcomes his replacement, Mayor-elect John Tecklenburg, an accomplished pianist. In Philadelphia, PA, Michael A. Nutter, another strong arts mayor, retired due to term limits. Mayor Nutter has made the arts and culture a priority by becoming one of the first mayors to appoint a cabinet level advisor on the arts and culture. He is succeeded by Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. In Indianapolis, incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard chose not to run for a third term in office, and the AAF welcomes Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett. Finally, last year’s Public Leadership in the Arts Awardee Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, TX could not seek reelection due to term limits. The AAF welcomes Houston’s new mayor, Sylvester Turner.Turning to governors, there were three races in 2015: Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky. In Louisiana, the Arts Action Fund welcomes Governor-elect John Bel Edwards who defeated current United States Senator David Vitter and succeeds current Governor Bobby Jindal-both of whom have not been supportive of the arts and culture. In Kentucky, new Governor Matt Belvin was sworn in on December 8, 2015 and incumbent Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi earned a second term.

Innovative Programming
A new programming trend is rising at the local level-city government departments are turning to artists to help resolve civic issues. In Minneapolis, the city government is participating in a new program called “Creative CityMaking”- which places 9 local artists within 5 city departments to work on city planning. In its pilot program, artist team E.G. Bailey and Sha Cage surveyed more than 1,900 residents in the Cedar- Riverside area to identify the community’s assets; they transformed a conventional survey into a hand-drawn magazine that included an interactive map of the world. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city’s new “Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program,” facilitated by the Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be the first city department to receive an artist residency. DOT’s Creative Catalyst artist will design an accessible, targeted campaign to engage L.A. communities with Vision Zero, which is a citywide strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities within
10 years.


Year-End Giving Update
The Arts Action Fund completed its annual year-end campaign for 2015. Utilizing both direct mail and e-mail for the appeals, the funds raised during the campaign directly support the Arts Action Fund and the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised more than $35,000 from loyal Arts Action Fund members like you. We also urged our members to send in a wish, for our national Wishing Tree, in response to the following question: If you could tell the next President of the United States your one wish for the arts in America, what would it be? We were inspired by all of the responses we received both online and in the mail.

Shown above are few of the wishes. Even though the campaign has officially concluded, we continue to receive contributions well into the New Year from our members. You can view all of the Wishing Tree wishes at www.ArtsActionFund.org/WishingTree. We extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who supported the 2015 year-end campaign.


  
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SOSA April Meeting

SOSA April Meeting

 SOSA February meeting : sosa logo southern oregon society of artists
This month’s meeting of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists will take place on April 25th at 6:30 at the Medford Public Library. This month’s meeting features our quarterly Juried Critiques, judged this time by Linda H. Snodgrass.  Registration and refreshments at 6:30, Program starts at 7 pm.
Artists of all levels are welcome to come, learn and enjoy!
For more information call BJ Mathis at 541 414-4993. Check us out at www.sosa-inc.org

Keep On

I am very excited to announce that I have a show up at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, Oregon. It is a perfect venue, a turn of the century original building, all exposed brick and wobbly barn wood and gorgeous imperfection everywhere. I hung 27 paintings…but who’s counting? I know this number because when I was asked if I could fill this time slot, April 7-May 19th, it was short notice. I didn’t have 27 paintings. I didn’t have 7 paintings!! Ok, maybe I had seven but for the most part I dug deep, cleared the decks, completely immersed myself in creating a collection and got to work.

It reminds me of Edison’s famous quote, “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Ha!! I love that. I live that. My practical Canadian roots are alive and well when it comes to plodding along, showing up, keep going, one foot in front of the other. It still amazes me that if you keep going, even if you can only see an inch ahead of you….you WILL get there. It might take a while, you might know where “there” is, but action has immense rewards. Keep painting. Keep writing. Keep making things that make you happy. Keep on keeping on. xoxo

“La Vie Parisienne” 24×36″ available at South Stage Cellars, Jacksonville, Oregon