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I Remember Better When I Paint

Editor’s Note: As an advocate for the arts, it’s important to me that the power of the arts for healing gets the attention it deserves. I have not seen this documentary (though it is not newly released), but it was recommended to me by a fan of one of my clients. The reviews are so impressive, and the memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s is such a concern for so many, that I wanted to share it with you.

I 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. A film by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation. 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 Hilgos Foundation’s mission is to support and encourage the ongoing process of artistic creation with people who have memory problems and/or Alzheimer’s and who require assistance in creating art that is meaningful and enriching. The Hilgos Foundation was created in memory of Hilda Gorenstein, an accomplished painter whose career spanned 75 years. She died at age 93 and left behind her the legacy of an inspired artistic life. Choosing to call herself Hilgos, Ms. Gorenstein was known for her beautiful marine paintings, which are now in collections all over the world. She was such a skillful painter of water vessels she was chosen to paint an enormous mural depicting the history of the U.S. Navy for Chicago’s Century of Progress celebration in 1933. She completed hundreds of paintings in the last three years of her life, while she struggled with profound memory loss. The vestiges of her early, masterful renderings of waves, birds, and boats remain, but have been transformed into a new system of spontaneous, personal gestures, bordering on the abstract. The sophisticated color choices and compositions of these late works reveal how sharp her artistic eye remained up until the very end of her life.

The Hilgos Award provides student funding at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to support and encourage the ongoing process of artistic creation. The award was established by family and friends in memory of the artist Hilgos, who studied at the Chicago Art Institute as a young woman, graduated in the 1920s, and became a well respected painter and sculptor, specializing in marine themes. Hilgos painted well into her 90’s. She returned to painting with several Art Institute students even after suffering memory loss, which almost forced her to stop painting. An award has been created in her spirit and memory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

See a gallery of Hilgos’ watercolors at the Hilgos Foundation website for inspiration and hope for those who struggle with, or who are caring for a loved one who struggles with, Alzheimer’s and/or memory loss.

The website has a link to an article with fascinating insights on the connection between art and a brain failing due to Alzheimer’s, which you can access directly here: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/creative-aging-the-emergence-of-artistic-talents/266799/

I Remember Better When I Paint has been released as part of a DVD package which includes the documentary as well as a series of short supplemental films that further highlight special programs and flesh out the how-tos of organizing an outing, a creative workshop or recreating social bonds between people with Alzheimer’s and their families.

To buy a copy of the DVD package: http://www.amazon.com/REMEMBER-BETTER-WHEN-PAINT/dp/B003UN4CIA

Learn more and read reviews and comments on the film’s website: http://irememberbetterwhenipaint.wordpress.com/about/

Be sure to check out the blog – this film is still touring 4 years after its initial release, and most screenings are free!

2014 Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour

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Take advantage of our “Fall Getaway” special! Stay 3 nights for the price of 2! Valid through December 31st, 2014. NOT valid with any other discount rate or special offer! Use promo code “Fall Getaway” when booking reservation. 360-642-4401

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Join us at the Beach for Thanksgiving Weekend and enjoy the 2014 Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour!

One of the very best ways to see the beauty of the peninsula and to discover the many talents our creative members possess. Travel up and down the peninsula through Chinook, Ilwaco, Long Beach, along the bayside, Ocean Park and Surfside…the art you find as you journey will be as different as the villages you travel through. PAA’s office in Long Beach may also hold a few artists and several new artist studios are planned for this year as well. It’s great to see where the artists actually create and have the chance to talk to them about their work. Most stops will be serving refreshments. This is a family friendly outing and the perfect way to start off holiday shopping…what’s better than something handcrafted or one-of-a-kind?

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Le fruit de l’Espirit

“l’amour” | 8″ x 10″ | Mixed Media on Canvas
Almost a decade ago, I was traveling with friends through the south of France, researching for my novel, The Honeylicker Angel. We stopped at a massive, open-air flea market near the Sea. I could have spent all day there, picking through boxes of photos, running my fingers through bowls of buttons, shrugging on vintage jackets. I still have two of the treasures I bought that day. Well, now just the necklace.
The other treasure was a bit inexplicable at the time: a window valance made of burlap. The bottom edge was scalloped in wine-colored stitching, and the images embroidered across it depicted women circa the 1920s, frolicking in bucolic farmland.
I never hung the valance in a window. Over the years, I kept rediscovering the piece in my basket of fabrics, unsure what to do with it—even whether to keep it.
And then. I bought a set of small canvases and envisioned them with sky-ish blue backgrounds as if they were windowpanes. Maybe with a dash of red the color of Mourvedre—and then I remembered the fabric. I pulled it out and stretched it across the floor. I got out my scissors, cut a knick, and ripped off the first figure. The burlap tore into marvelous, rough edges. All of a sudden, I could see the paintings: the women and animals adhered to the canvases as individual vignettes like windows to history, each with their individual story. Finally, the valance would have not just one window, but many.
I knew words were waiting, too. And they would be in French to honor the fabric’s origins. One day, walking by the almost-finished paintings, I thought of the words we often see during the holiday season: love, joy, peace—some of the “Fruit of the Spirit.”
Voilà. I looked up the translations in French. The paintings had their words, and the series had its title: “Le Fruit de l’Espirit.”
May these fruit and their power extend through all the seasons. May they be the windows through which we see our lives and those of others. 

l’amour, love
la joie, joy
la paix, peace
la patience, patience
la bonté, gentleness
la bénignité, goodness
la fidélité, faith
la douceur, meekness
la temperance, temperance

You can view the full set of paintings at Fine Art America, and they are on exhibit through the end of 2014 at Art Presence in Jacksonville, OR


Le fruit de l’Espirit

“l’amour” | 8″ x 10″ | Mixed Media on Canvas
Almost a decade ago, I was traveling with friends through the south of France, researching for my novel, The Honeylicker Angel. We stopped at a massive, open-air flea market near the Sea. I could have spent all day there, picking through boxes of photos, running my fingers through bowls of buttons, shrugging on vintage jackets. I still have two of the treasures I bought that day. Well, now just the necklace.
The other treasure was a bit inexplicable at the time: a window valance made of burlap. The bottom edge was scalloped in wine-colored stitching, and the images embroidered across it depicted women circa the 1920s, frolicking in bucolic farmland.
I never hung the valance in a window. Over the years, I kept rediscovering the piece in my basket of fabrics, unsure what to do with it—even whether to keep it.
And then. I bought a set of small canvases and envisioned them with sky-ish blue backgrounds as if they were windowpanes. Maybe with a dash of red the color of Mourvedre—and then I remembered the fabric. I pulled it out and stretched it across the floor. I got out my scissors, cut a knick, and ripped off the first figure. The burlap tore into marvelous, rough edges. All of a sudden, I could see the paintings: the women and animals adhered to the canvases as individual vignettes like windows to history, each with their individual story. Finally, the valance would have not just one window, but many.
I knew words were waiting, too. And they would be in French to honor the fabric’s origins. One day, walking by the almost-finished paintings, I thought of the words we often see during the holiday season: love, joy, peace—some of the “Fruit of the Spirit.”
Voilà. I looked up the translations in French. The paintings had their words, and the series had its title: “Le Fruit de l’Espirit.”
May these fruit and their power extend through all the seasons. May they be the windows through which we see our lives and those of others. 

l’amour, love
la joie, joy
la paix, peace
la patience, patience
la bonté, gentleness
la bénignité, goodness
la fidélité, faith
la douceur, meekness
la temperance, temperance

You can view the full set of paintings at Fine Art America, and they are on exhibit through the end of 2014 at Art Presence in Jacksonville, OR


Help Amanda Go To Graduate School with Sotheby's!!

Editor’s Note: Amanda is the daughter of one of our listed artists, photographer Kathleen Hoevet. Please follow the link for contact information if you would like to speak with her about Amanda’s goal and ambitions. Amanda is SO bright and talented, with an amazing intuitive understanding of artists and how they express themselves through their work. According to her mother, she can look at any painting for just a few minutes and proceed to tell you all about the artist, why they painted the work, the challenges they face, and why they painted it AS THEY DID.  Last year she was accepted into Sotheby’s exclusive graduate program, which only accepts 40 students per year, but her funding fell through and she was unable to  begin. Now, in an admirable and courageous move, she seeks to beat the odds with crowd funding for her higher education. We hope you will contribute, no matter how little you can share, to this gifted young woman’s effort to get her Master’s degree in Contemporary Art. We believe the sky is the limit for young Amanda, and that she will be a credit to southern Oregon and a formidable asset to the greater art world. Let’s help her get there!!

Here is Amanda’s story in her own words:

Amanda Hoevet in London

Amanda Hoevet in London

After graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2011 with my BA in art history, I realized graduate school was where I needed to be to achieve a career in the art world. My time at SOU allowed me the opportunity to study abroad in London, England in 2010, and I fell in love with the city. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else to start my career, I mean, what better place than the center of the international art world!

For three years now I have been working my way toward graduate school.  I was finally able to start applying in 2013 and applied with University College London for their MA program in art history. I interviewed with the program but was not accepted. I was devastated, but told myself I was not going to give up.

In the months that passed I found a program that suited my aspirations better than UCL through Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In November 2013, I found out I was accepted into Sotheby’s Institute of Art for the MA program in contemporary art for the 2014/2015 school year. Finally, I would be able to start my career, something I have worked so hard to achieve, in the place I’ve been working so hard to get back to!

The program at Sotheby’s is very small and difficult to get into, I felt honored to have been accepted. I reserved my housing and was starting to get everything in order to go when my funding fell through three months before I was supposed to leave. Once again, I was devastated. To add another blow to the situation a few days after realizing I wouldn’t be able to go, I was awarded a grant from Sotheby’s that would cover about 10% of my tuition costs for the 2014/2015 school year only, and had no choice but to decline it.

I’ve picked myself back up once again, and won’t give up. The institute has luckily deferred my enrollment until the 2015/2016 school year, but my task now is to find funds and not rely on the student loan program, which is going to be a challenge. I am researching grants and scholarships but know I need to try every avenue I can. I am doing this all on my own and am saving as much as I can, while paying on other student loans at the same time.

The total cost of the Contemporary Art program is $46,012. I will once again be applying to the Sotheby’s Institute Grants and Merit Awards, the institute’s financial assistance in the form of partial-tuition awards. To receive an education from Sotheby’s, a name deeply rooted in the international art world, would be a privilege and an immense advantage in furthering my career.

I am hoping for a miracle, but either way I need help. Please take the time to consider me, an opportunity like this does not come easily. The institute believed in me enough, and now I need you to believe in me as well, and I promise to send you a postcard when I get there!

With love and hope,
Amanda Hoevet
To make a contribution to Amanda’s GoFundMe campaign, click here: http://www.gofundme.com/amandahoevet
For more information about the Sotheby’s Institute and their art education programs:
Two-minute video interview with Anthony Downey, Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute in London:

Arts Alliance Update, Oregon Cultural Trust Town Hall Meeting

Arts Alliance of southern Oregon logoGreetings! 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!
Come one, come all! 

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.

For more information to register: http://bit.ly/1yAtiIg
Town Meeting-Medford 

Monday, November 03, 2014 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Rogue Gallery
40 S Bartlett St
Medford, Oregon 97501
United States
 
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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 brian.rogers@oregon.gov or mail to:


OAC / OCT Planning Process
775 Summer Street NE Suite 200
Salem OR 97301

Building Local Economies with the Arts

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!
Cammy Davis

https://www.facebook.com/events/1502237806705266/

Art Inspires Ashland 2014

You’re Invited! 

 

Art Inspires Ashland

November 14 – 16, 2014

 
Early Bird special for Evening Presentations tickets ends on November 1!
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
Join us for Ashland Art Center‘s third annual Art Inspires Ashland
 
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.

This year’s visiting artists are: 
 
contemporary classical realist master painter, NYC
 
ground-breaking fiber artist and designer, Berkeley, CA
 
award-winning body painter, Bend, OR
 
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
 
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 FlyerYou can purchase your event tickets and 
register for the workshops & demonstrations either at 
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. (across from Pasta Piatti)
 
and join the the event pages for Dan, Jean, and Natalie‘s events. 

Get the Details!

 

 

Evening Presentations

Prepare to be entertained, informed, and inspired! 

Our three visiting artists will share stories about who they are, 

what they do, and what inspires them in 18-minute, TED-style talks. 

 

Friday, November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Doors open at 6 with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction

Presentations start at 7:30

@ Ashland Springs Hotel Ballroom, 212 E Main St, Ashland

$30 early bird sale price, $35 after Nov. 1 

Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Dan Thompson Workshop flyer

Workshops & Demonstrations, November 15 – 16

Click on the class titles below for more information and to register.
 
NOTE: Need-based scholarships are available for youth and students.
Email karaQlewis@gmail.com for more information.
 

The Portrait in Red Chalk with Dan Thompson 

Create a portrait in red chalk and red crayon on hand-toned paper. 
The workshop includes a demonstration and a hands-on class. 
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$85 Members, $105 General
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Jean Cacicedo Workshop Flyer

Notan: The Dynamics of Design with Jean Cacicedo 

Learn the principles of Notan (the interaction between positive and negative space) step-by-step while we each work on creating several paper collages.
Saturday, November 15, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
$65 Members, $80 General

Body as Canvas: A Demonstration with Natalie Fletcher

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 pmArt Inspires Ashland 2014 Natalie Fletcher Workshop Flyer
$25 Members, $30 General
Thank you to our past and current sponsors:
 
  • Adroit Construction
  • Anne Hathaway’s B&B
  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce
  • Ashland Gallery Association
  • AZ Catering
  • Bruce Richey, Architect
  • Golden-Fields Construction
  • Grape Street Design Group
  • Grizzly Peak Winery
  • Hearts & Vines
  • Jefferson Public Radio
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Kistler + Small + White
  • Lithia Springs Resort
  • Mercedes Benz of Medford
  • Ram Offset
  • Sam Vierson Family Foundation
  • Smithfields Restaurant
  • Sneak Preview
  • Southern Oregon Media Group
  • Southern Oregon Public Television
  • Spring Life Productions
  • TOT Restaurant
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wendy Seldon 
 
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. 
 

Rogue Gallery Announces Call to Artists, Family Activities

Rogue Gallery and Art center logo Medford OregonCall to 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 anna@roguegallery.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.