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Greetings! We will be announcing the next Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon public meeting soon. It will be held in late November or early December in Grants Pass.
Until then, you are encouraged to attend a town meeting in Medford hosted by the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and presented by the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust: Monday, 11/3 from 1-4pm.
Thank you for supporting arts & culture in our community!
Brian Rogers and the staff of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold 14 statewide town meetings between now and Dec. 12 to hear from Oregonians about arts and culture issues. The information gathered will develop independent plans to guide each organization over the next five years.
“Hearing from our stakeholders, which include every Oregonian, is a vitally important part of the planning process,” said Rogers. “The themes that emerge from these meetings will form the framework of our plans.”
Each of the three-hour meetings, which kick off in The Dalles Oct. 20 and conclude in Eugene Dec. 12, will be hosted by a local arts and culture partner. Registration is encouraged but not required. The meetings are free and open to the public.
The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust are pleased to announce a series of 14 town meetings across Oregon to gather information about local, regional and statewide issues in arts and culture. We encourage you to attend, participate, share and learn in this important process. The Commission and Trust will use the information we gather to develop independent plans that will guide each organization over the next five years.
We also would like you to help spread the word and invite your board members, people you serve and community leaders to these town meetings.
Registration is not required, but encouraged to help us in our logistics. Each town meeting will be hosted by a local partner who are helping make these important meetings possible.
We also invite you to submit written testimony, especially if you are unable to attend a town meeting.
You may email testimony to email@example.com or mail to:
OAC / OCT Planning Process 775 Summer Street NE Suite 200 Salem OR 97301
Recently at an Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon meeting, I saw a presentation by Jerry Work about how Appalachia converted poverty to a multi-million dollar economy through the arts. There were so many similarities between that region and the Rogue Valley, I wanted to bring it to the Medford business and arts community as well. I think this short presentation will inspire you and give you insight on how to help build cultural tourism in our area. I feel like Medford is on the brink of vibrancy, let’s make it happen!
Please join us on Thursday, Nov 6th from Noon to 1:00 at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center for this informative presentation by Jerry Works.
Please pass this invite to others interested in building our local economy. See you then!
Three amazing visiting artists will give TED-style presentations on Friday night, November 14, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and then they will lead hands-on workshops and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, at AAC.
Watch award-winning body painter Natalie Fletcher work her magic: painting a camouflage illusion onto a figure to blend them into a background.
Sunday, November 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$25 Members, $30 General
Thank you to our past and current sponsors:
Anne Hathaway’s B&B
Ashland Chamber of Commerce
Ashland Gallery Association
Bruce Richey, Architect
Grape Street Design Group
Grizzly Peak Winery
Hearts & Vines
Jefferson Public Radio
Kistler + Small + White
Lithia Springs Resort
Mercedes Benz of Medford
Sam Vierson Family Foundation
Southern Oregon Media Group
Southern Oregon Public Television
Spring Life Productions
With Art Inspires Ashland, Ashland Art Center’s mission is to bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational presentations, workshops and discussions. This community event is an important yearly fundraiser for the Art Center. All proceeds go to AAC’s children’s classes, education programs, and professional artist services. The Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the visual arts community of Southern Oregon and supporting local artists.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center has several opportunities for artists to submit work for the fall. For more information visit www.roguegallery.org or contact Kate 541-772-8118.
Holiday and gift items wanted for the Artisan Gift Shop. Specializing in local handcrafted items, the Artisan Gift Shops features gifts such as pottery, scarves, jewelry, candles, and handmade soaps.
The Rogue Gallery invites artists and artist groups to submit a portfolio of work for the 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition Series. Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Reserved for work of the highest quality, the Main Gallery features emerging, mid-career, and established artists from the region and beyond. The submission deadline is December 2, 2014.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center Members’ Gallery will be accepting submissions gallery hours Nov. 7th (10:00 am – 5:00pm) and 8th (11:00am – 3:00 pm). Artist must be a current member of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Membership can be purchased at the time of submission.
The Annual Members’ Exhibit: “The Sky is the Limit” drop off dates are gallery hours Friday, Nov. 14 (10:00 am – 5:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 15 (11:00am – 3:00 pm). Artist must be a current member of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Membership can be purchased at the time of submission.
Family Art Saturdays
On the second Saturday of the month, the Rogue Studio is open for families to explore together with fun art projects and art hunts. Families are encouraged to create, explore, and enjoy seeing and creating together. Admission is free. All materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required. For more information contact Anna at 541-772-8118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 8th, 12:00-2:00pm: Drawing inspiration from the artist Liv Rainey-Smith’s woodcut art in the Community Gallery, the studio will have printmaking projects available.
December 13th, 12:00-2:00pm: The Rogue Studio will be making handmade holiday cards in celebration of the season.
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 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.
By Anna Elkins, 53 contributed posts View all Anna Elkins's posts. About the author: art + word + spirit: A painter and poet, I play in the crossroads of art & spirit. My paintings are visual stanzas of a poem I will spend my life writing - with brush & pen. I've had the honor to create and exhibit art in the United States, Europe & Micronesia. "As with poetry, painting is either a battle or a dance. Given the choice between music & a sword, I choose music." See Anna's listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource.
“I can read. I can tie my shoes. I have food in the fridge.” These are the kinds of things my down-the-street neighbor tells herself when she’s feeling off or blue—basic, often overlooked things worth giving thanks for.
The other day, I met my up-the-street neighbor. We talked about life, relationship and the pain and joy in both. We were trying to focus on the good stuff and not worry about the bad stuff. As I was leaving, I remembered my other neighbor and her gratitude. I said, “I think gratitude is the anecdote to anxiety. Wait…I mean antidote. Wait…I mean both!”
And there on her doorstep, I had a revelation. When we tell our stories of gratitude—the anecdotes—we create the antidote to the bad stuff: fear, anxiety, annoyance, all the nasty et ceteras.
I can testify: It works.
Try it yourself: Think of something ungood that you felt recently. Feel that feeling. Here’s (one of) mine: annoyance. I was walking in the Woodlands where people ignore the signs requiring dogs to be on leashes. A dog bounded toward me, leashless. His owner yelled out, “Don’t worry, he’s friendly.” Yeah, well, friendly means he’s jumping up on my bare calves after having run off-trail through the poison oak. I wanted to yell out, “Can’t you read the signs? Can’t you take responsibility for your actions?” And in my head the scenario spinned into global proportions where all people were hopeless, and I was a fuming misanthropist.
Now, start listing things you’re grateful for—anything on the spectrum.
I give thanks for my nose.
I give thanks for the fact that I can walk.
I give thanks for the Woodlands someone bequeathed to this town.
I give thanks for trees that give shade, provide homes for birds, and clean the air that I am able to breathe through my nose as I walk in these woods….
I created an anecdote of gratitude that became an antidote to the nasty. Notice that it started with the thing literally in front of me: my nose. The more annoyed I am, the more basic the beginning, but those details inevitably build into a story of gratitude. I also moved from the little problem by reminding myself of the bigger narrative of life. I used a silly example to keep it light, but believe me: I’ve tried it on the Big Bad’s too. It still works.
Sometimes I begin with “I am grateful for…”or “Thank you for….” But I have come to like “I give thanks for…” the best. It makes me an active “thanker.” It tells my inner pouty self: “You are choosingthis good thing over this bad one. No matter what the bad thing is, you can still choose your attitude about it.”
When I practice this gratitude exercise, the annoyance dissolves. I discovered something I’m sure someone else has already discovered: that you can’t be grateful and annoyed (or angry, or anxious) at the same time. You have to let one of them go.
Now, dog paws in the woods are one thing. You might ask: what about divorce? Death? War? I’m not saying that if you drop and give 20 “thank you’s” in the midst of a military campaign that we’ll immediately have world peace. But then again…what if everybody did? What if everyone tried trading in their hurt, pain, and anger for gratitude? What might happen?
I’m grateful for grace, too—even (especially) toward myself. Just this morning, I indulged in frustration as a momentarily spotty Internet connection delayed some research for another essay. So, I gave thanks for my neighbors—those two friends whose anecdotes have become part of my antidote. And then I was in it again: the story of gratitude.
Christmas is perhaps the most widely embraced, lovingly anticipated and celebrated annual event for many families in Oregon. In the grand tradition of holiday merriment, the Art’Clectic Local Artisans Group has created a “Pop-Up” event with 12 local artisans, offering an “Authentically Oregon” mix of fine artisan made items including Fine Art, Hand woven Textiles, Quilts, Furniture, and more. There will be a special table with low cost items where children can shop for presents for Mom & Dad (and stay within a small budget). The group will also offer stylish gift wrapping to personalize presents with simple, beautiful papers and ribbon.
The Art’Clectic Artisans Market will be held during the Victorian Christmas Weekends:
Where: 175 S. Oregon Street (IOOF #10) When: December 5-7th, December 12-14th, December 19-21st. Time: Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturday & Sundays from 10-6pm.
The Art’Clectic Artisans Group started as a social gathering, meeting once a month at the home of one of the artists. The ongoing meetings are an opportunity to freely discuss changes in the artist community and art market place, upcoming art events, and personal news about family and friends. Artisans include:
The filmmakers contacted us yesterday to announce exciting news – “I Remember Better When I Paint” will be airing on Oregon Public Broadcasting TV station on November 19, 2014 at 7 pm. Put it on your calendar so you don’t miss it, particularly if you have a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s! There is hope ~ all is not lost when there is art to step in and help with communication.
Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s.
The inspiration for the documentary was the painter Hilgos, who grew up in Portland, Oregon. In her later years while struggling with Alzheimer’s, she stated “I remember better when I paint.” With art students facilitating, Hilgos began painting again. Painting allowed Hilgos to maintain, and even regain, some of her core identity, and her extraordinary enthusiasm and energy, while living with profound memory loss.
Curator Hannah West and the ownership, management and staff at GoodBean Cafe in Jacksonville, Oregon are delighted to announce a special artist reception in conjunction with the second annual Edgy in October art event. Our featured art exhibit for October is Judy Elliott’s Save Our Bees, a collection of new works inspired by her concern about the plight of the honey bees. Her delicate and colorful paintings on silk depict bees and other pollinators paired with native Oregon wildflowers. The paintings don’t immediately suggest activist art, but Elliott’s passion to raise awareness of their plight and to share simple and inexpensive things anyone can do to help give bees the edge they need to survive the pressure they’ve been experiencing is anything but passive. As 80% of the food we eat depends on bees, we need them for our own survival, and Judy will share information about our long standing relationship and simple, inexpensive things anyone can do to help them at the reception.
The Honeylicker Angel, by Anna Elkins (book cover)
We invite you to join us for Judy’s artist reception on Wednesday, October 15, from 5–8pm. She will give a brief artist talk at 6pm, then Jacksonville artist and author Anna Elkins will read a brief passage about beekeeping from her most recent book The Honeylicker Angel at 6:30pm. Anna will have copies of her book available for purchase, and we’re sure she will be happy to sign them for you, too.
Complementary refreshments include sweet treats made with honey, created with love by the artists and the GoodBean’s in-house bakery, and tastings of organic Braggot, one of seven ancient varieties of honey mead, brewed and served by James Romano of Fire Cirkl Brewery in White City. Fire Cirkl produces 2 types of Braggot: “Dragon’s Blood” Braggot is a a hearty, warming drink, rich ebony in color and infused with juniper berries; “Naughty Heather” Braggot is a drier, copper colored mead with a generous amount of heather tips and flowers. Heather has been used to make meads and ales in Scotland for between 4,000–8,000 years (who knew?). If you like the taste, you can buy a glass!
GoodBean will also have a beautiful honey latte special until 7:30 pm.
Our reception coincides with two other Edgy in October receptions happening the same evening, both within walking distance of our location:
Oregon Tiger Lilies with Bees and Butterfly, by Judy Elliott
Across the street, our neighbors at the Jacksonville Barn Company are featuring artist Patrick Besteand avant garde watercolors by Mikey Staub. Beste, a member of Jacksonville’s Art Presence Art Center, paints wonderful abstracts. Jacksonville Barn Company’s artist reception, with wine tasting by John Guerrero, winemaker for Valley View Winery and producer of his own fine wines, and hosted canapés by Gogi’s Restaurant, begins at 6:00 pm. Oh, yes, we will be walking across the street to check out their reception for sure!
The Britt Festival is featuring photo artist resident Rita Ashley for Edgy in October. Ashley uses her camera to reveal the beauty in ordinary things. Her first camera was a gift from her father when she was 9 and she has never been without one since. Her work finds the art in chaos and reveals the hidden in the apparent. Ashley’s show will be on display for the Britt’s “On the Stage” concert featuring The Quiet American on Wednesday, October 15, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7pm, so come early and take some time to view her show!
Edgy in October is a Rogue Valley-wide art event facilitated by local artist Cammy Davis to promote cultural tourism in southern Oregon by pairing exhibiting artists with local businesses for an “Edgy” themed event. The month-long event is broken down into four weeks, with a different area of the Greater Rogue Valley featured each week. For a complete list of all events and venues visit edgyinoctober.com. We hope you will come to our reception for Judy Elliott’s Save Our Bees art exhibit, and will add any further details to this post as they are confirmed.
If you’re sure you won’t be able to make it to the reception, maybe you’d like to buy Anna’s book now? It has 100% five star reviews on Amazon.com and an average of 4.33 stars on Goodreads!