Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, announces the 2016 International Juried Exhibition, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, and invites entries. This special tenth anniversary show will be held in honor and memory of Royal Nebeker, internationally renowned artist and beloved instructor who taught at CCC for over 30 years and who served as the first juror for the competition. The 2016 Au Naturel exhibit will open on Thursday, January 21, 2016 and continues through March 10, 2016.
The Au Naturel competition is open to all artists working in any two dimensional drawing, painting, or printmaking medium with a focus on the nude human figure as subject matter in any form from representational to abstract, and in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making. Entrants must be 18 years or older, and submitted artwork must have been executed in the last three years and available for the duration of the exhibit. Due to the special focus of the exhibit, any artwork reproduced by photomechanical processes (including giclée prints) will not be accepted. Visit the exhibit website, www.aunaturelart.com, to view artwork from previous Au Naturel exhibitions and for further information about the show.
Applications must be received on CaFÉ™ by Midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time, Saturday, November 7, 2015. There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Enter and register a username and password. Navigate to Apply to Calls, and search the list for Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century. The site also provides detailed instructions for use. There is a $40 fee for the submission of up to three images, and $5 for each additional image submitted.
2016 exhibit awards will include $1,000 in cash prizes and up to $2,000 in purchase awards. A select number of Visiting Artist Workshop awards will also be granted. Additionally, one artist will be chosen to be featured in a solo show for the following exhibition season (2016-2017) at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery.
For a prospectus, send a SASE to Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition c/o Kristin Shauck, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103 or download it from the Au Naturel website, www.aunaturelart.com.
Serving as juror for the 2016 exhibit is Lisa Harris, the Director and Owner of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA. The gallery, which represents thirty Northwest and West Coast contemporary artists including Royal Nebeker, has been presenting rotating exhibitions for the past 31 years. Harris is a founding member of the Seattle Art Dealers Association and a member of Art Table, the national organization of women in the visual arts.
Harris received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with Highest Honors from Williams College in 1975 and studied at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) from 1973 to 1974. She earned an M.B.A. in Arts Management from the University of California at Los Angeles (now the Anderson School at UCLA), and during that time did an internship at the Oakland Museum where she focused on strategic planning. From 1979 to 1980 she was Assistant to the President of Cornish Institute (now Cornish College of the Arts) for which she curated an historic American-Soviet exhibition. Faculty at Cornish and a similar art institute in Vladivostok (then a “closed” city) provided work for joint exhibitions that took place in Nakhodka and Seattle.
Before founding her own gallery in 1984, Harris served as Director of Pioneer Square Gallery where she collaborated with other galleries to firmly establish Seattle’s First Thursdays. She has served as a juror for organizations such as Gage Academy, Women Painters of Washington, Edmonds Art Festival, Eastside Fine Art Association, and Artist Trust (The Artist Innovator Award). Last year, Harris co-curated the exhibition, John Cole: A Historical Perspective, at the Museum of Northwest Art.
For more information, contact Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472 or [email protected].
Attached Image: Lisa Harris, owner and director of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, is the juror for Clatsop Community College’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.
The ninth annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century will be on display from January 22 through March 5, 2015 at Clatsop Community College’s Art Center Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. A reception honoring the selected artists will be held on Thursday, January 29, at 6:00 pm.
This year’s juror, Barbara Shaiman, an independent curator and art consultant based in Seattle, will be present to give a gallery talk. Barbara Shaiman was the artistic and managing Director of the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Gallery for 24 years. She left a year ago to spend more time on personal curatorial projects and art consulting as well as doing her own artwork. Among other projects, she currently is Curator at the Alexis Hotel. Barbara also devotes time to jurying community art exhibits, participating in public art panels, advising local arts organizations and helping clients with collection management. Before joining the SAM staff, Barbara taught studio art classes in NYC at Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Museum Art School, at Hawthorne Studio in Montana, and in the Seattle area at Seward Park Arts Center and Bellevue College. She was also a working ceramic artist and the owner/director of Shaiman Gallery, a local contemporary fine crafts and design gallery.
Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2015-2016 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro and Dairy Maid are providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company and Bloomin’ Crazy Floral are providing flowers. This reception is free and open to the public. The College also thanks the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Commodore Hotel, and the Ft. George Brewery for their support.
A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception.
This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Turkey, New Zealand, and South Africa submitted over 500 images for consideration. The 2015 exhibit will represent 41 artists from 14 states in addition to an international artist from South Africa. Please note that the artist from South Africa will be represented in the online 2015 gallery only at www.aunaturelart.com.
Juror Barbara Shaiman states, “It was a great pleasure to serve as the juror for 2015 Au Naturel competition and to see such a variety of compelling and high quality work interpreting the theme of the nude. It was difficult to narrow down such a large group to the 56 pieces I eventually chose in order to create a coherent exhibit. My task as I saw it was to choose work that was both excellent and representative rather than to attempt to create an exhibit with a particular point of view.”
Paring down the artwork from among the hundreds of images is an extremely difficult task. Each year, a different juror is invited to select the work for the show, and each juror brings his or her own unique perspective and approach to the selection process. “My curatorial approach is affected by my background as a working studio artist and instructor of studio courses, as well as the many years I have worked as a gallery director. For me the visual is primary, and then comes attention to concept and execution. When I choose artists for an exhibit or jury a show, I look for artwork that has strong visual appeal and is rooted in ideas I find compelling, stimulating and challenging,” explains Shaiman. “I also look for work that in some way pushes boundaries, reflects a unique vision, or pushes the medium in different areas. The work should be technically proficient, experimental and passionate about its subject matter. None of the works chosen fit all of these criteria of course, but they all meet at least a few.”
Seattle artist Cynthia Yatchman
who typically works with various combinations of acrylic paint, ink, papers, charcoal and canvas, was invited to exhibit her mixed-media piece called Carapaces. Yatchman enjoys the process of “creating a rich sensual surface by making layer upon layer of marks,” and describes her work as possessing “an unseen history within these layers as images are obscured and revealed.” While the subject matter of her work references her “experience with nature,” she explains that the content of her work often “speaks to issues of social justice, revelation and connection and how we are all one.”
Portland artist Reed Clarke
also a part-time resident in Gearhart, has been invited for the fifth time to exhibit his work in the Au Naturel. Clarke points out that while his two oil paintings selected for the show entitled Apparition Number Four and Woman Standing With Man may be considered by some to be portraits, the design elements such as line, tone, color, shape, and form are equally as important as the subject matter in any work of art. “It took me a long time to become aware of how painting people/figures sets up the need to solve certain types of problems encountered in the act of painting,” he admits. “I hope to find some solutions to these problems that I can feel are authentically mine. What I hope to achieve is work that transcends the fact that the painting has a subject and exists simply as a good painting.”
James McComas of Superior Colorado
who has exhibited in the Au Naturel several times, explores design concepts in his paintings from the standpoint of the fascinating relationship between visual art and music. “I perceive art as a visual melody, which can be as simple as a song, or as complex as a symphony,” he states. “Somewhere in the music – in the image – is an expression of the human condition, be it narrowly focused or grandly sweeping. Along those lines, I see the role of the figure in my art much as the role a dancer plays in a ballet: profoundly moving in and of itself, yet a cohesive part of a larger story.”
Seattle artist Chris Sheridan looks to the past for inspiration in “early myths, traditional folklore, the histories, and the classics.” At the very heart of his work is storytelling, which he describes as “the foundation upon which my paintings are built,” and further explains that in every one of his paintings that he creates, “every element has symbolic meaning that supports that story.”
Portland artist Patrick Kernan
Portland artist Patrick Kernan has also been selected to exhibit his artwork in the Au Naturel multiple times. Kernan creates all of his work from observation directly from life, and counts painting the human figure among one of his greatest passions. Rather than focusing on accuracy as his main goal, he believes his work is successful if the artwork “becomes a journal of my observations, emotions and reactions to the model, at the specific, shared, moment in time.” The rigorous discipline of drawing and painting from figure models in the studio directly from life has also been a passion of artist Patrick Deshaye of Hillsboro, Oregon. Deshaye maintains that for him this practice embodies everything worthwhile about the process of art-making, which includes “centuries of tradition, an endless array of media and techniques, a subject of overwhelming expressive potential…what’s not to love?” He describes his oil painting entitled The Model, Death and the Inferno as a “playful hommage to the figure studio model and her inevitably ironic environment.”
Nicole Jeffords of Austin, TX
, on the other hand, works from a photographic reference since for her, “a live sitter’s energy would be too much.” She describes her process as a slow and silent dialogue that progresses “until bit by bit a picture emerges, almost as if a channel opens and the person steps forward, allowing me to see some part of them that is real and true. In that way, hopefully, the painting becomes revelation.”
Further information about the 2015 exhibiting artists will be available online at the Au Naturel website at www.aunaturelart.com after January 22nd.
In addition to the CCC Art Center Gallery exhibit, for the fifth consecutive year, other venues in downtown Astoria will be exhibiting nudes in a collective show entitled Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel. A gallery walk will be held on Saturday, February 14th. Among the galleries and venues hosting this year’s event are RiverSea Gallery, Imogen Gallery, Tempo Gallery and Artist Collective, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Old Town Framing, and KALA@Hipfish.
An Afternoon with Richard McKinley
Art du Jour Gallery presents “An Afternoon with Richard McKinley,” nationally and internationally renowned artist/educator, on Saturday, February 28. Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, McKinley is known for his beautiful paintings in oil and pastel, and for the vast amount of artistic knowledge he shares with his students worldwide.
Richard will offer a presentation on his career in contemporary art, including highlights from his forthcoming book on oil painting, as well as from his best selling PASTEL POINTERS.
A reception and opportunity to meet the artist follows at 3:30 PM in Art du Jour
Gallery, located at 213 E. Main Street in Medford (2 blocks north of the library).
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (14-21 yrs.) and can be purchased at the gallery, Tue-Sat 10:00 AM–4:00 PM and Third Fridays 5:00-8:00 PM. Only 40 tickets available.
Tickets are on sale for next year’s Black, White and the Blues, the annual benefit event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art.
With much thanks for your kind support,
Volunteer, Black White & The Blues Committee
Grants Pass Museum of Art
The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is proud to welcome John Dodero and his popular raku pottery to the Visual Artists directory! A friend of SOAR and fellow board member of the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, his works sell across the country and around the world, so it’s a special pleasure to see his work represented in the context of the southern Oregon arts community. You can see his work in person at Art Presence nearly every month.
When starting pottery in 1970, most potters were following the Asian or European tradition of design, but John’s inspiration came from the many fine examples of Native American ceramic design: Mimbres, Sikyatki and Pre Columbian were his primary departure points. His focus has been to combine, distill and contemporize these styles and to define the archetypes from which they evolved. John has spent the last 25 years exploring Asian motifs and finding a fusion/commonality with the West, developing techniques and materials employed for surface decoration to achieve a classic yet natural appearance. The hope is to produce works that will not be clichés and thus withstand the test of time. The archetypes and designs in the works are meaningful to him, but he feels the viewer should derive their own meaning. “I feel each piece is made for someone; I just have to wait for him or her to claim it.”
John Dodero has developed a simple and powerful design style to complement any décor. The strong ceremonial style and natural gourd shapes developed over many years of Native American-inspired work have been blended with a distinctly Asian look. The fusion of Asian and Native American design has proven to be traditional, yet contemporary. The calm presence satisfies practical décor needs without being cliché or appearing as ethno kitsch.
Dodero’s many choices of pottery styles include Raku Cachepots and planters for orchids, Raku decorative ceramic urns, urns for cremation ashes, and decorative pieces. His Raku urns were developed in the late 80s and are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Raku Cachepots are intended to be used a decorative container for a potted plant. They are sized to fit standard planter sizes and are the perfect home for orchids or indoor plants. These Raku planters can also be referred to as Jardinières.
The Raku process was brought to the West coast from Japan in the late 1960s, and over the years it has diverged quite a bit from its Japanese origin. The U.S. approach has revolved around a post fire reduction, as opposed to the Japanese style of plunging the ware in water after being removed from the kiln. This difference in firing technique gives the Western style a distinctive crackle pattern when carbon is trapped in the crazing, giving the bare clay a carbon luster.
The approach taken by Dodero Studio is the use of thick or fat glazes, striving for a random crazing pattern over a simple refined form. A wide range of coloring oxides are used in the glazes to meet the many décor needs. “We want to match your couch.” As odd as this might sound, he understands you have to live with his pots and wants to produce ware to complement your décor and create a harmonious environment.
John also offers workshops for those interested in learning from his decades of experience. Two recent hands-on workshops, one on raku pottery creation and another on slipcasting, were presented at his Jacksonville studio, but all is not lost! He will be sharing his knowledge on these topics again in a retreat setting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in February! Click here to learn more and register to attend – what a great call for a winter break!
Please visit the Dodero Studio Ceramics listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource to find a complete set of links and contact information so you can learn why John’s work is popular the world over! Or take a shortcut straight to his website, Dodero Studio Ceramics at raku-ceramic-pottery.com
The opening reception of Clatsop Community College’s eighth annual juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century was held Thursday, January 30, 2014 in the CCC Art Center Gallery.
This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands submitted nearly 800 images for consideration. After careful deliberation, this year’s juror, Charles Froelick chose 57 works of art representing 45 artists from 17 states in addition to artists from Canada and Germany.
Seventeen of the selected artists were present for the reception, including artists who traveled from California and Texas. During the opening reception, juror Charles Froelick gave a gallery talk and awards were announced, including cash prizes, purchase awards, and three workshop awards, which are supported by submission fees paid by all artists who entered the competition. The Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Dairy Maid generously provided hors d’oeuvres and Erickson Floral Company provided a stunning bouquet for the reception. Thanks also to the Astoria Coffee House and Bistro, the Fort George Brewery & Public House, and the Cannery Pier Hotel for their support.
This year’s Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display in the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington, Astoria, through March 20, 2014. All visitors are invited to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.
The Au Naturel exhibit is free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sundays and holidays by appointment only.
Annie Heisey, of Portland, OR, whose work was selected for first place in the 2012 competition, won first place again this year for her mixed media piece Haunted. As second place, Mr. Froelick selected a graphite drawing entitled Subtle Drama by Susan Boehm of Lake Geneva, WI. Nick Reszetar of Milan, MI, was awarded third place for his conté on mylar piece entitled Javon Twice.
All of the artists selected to participate in the 2014 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for the solo show and workshop awards, which were reviewed by the art faculty. From among these submissions, V.E. Long of Angwin, CA, was chosen for the solo show award as well as a workshop award. V.E. Long’s solo show entitled Cakes, Nudes, and Bowling Balls will open the CCC Art Center’s 2014-2015 exhibition season next fall.
Cynthia Lahti of Portland, OR was also selected to teach a workshop that will focus on the creative process, experimentation, and risk-taking, which will be held during the next academic year (time and date to be announced). Ellen Soderquist of Dallas, TX was selected to teach a workshop entitled Gesture: The Essence of Figure, which was held Friday, January 31, 2014.
View images of the award-winning artwork as well as those of this year’s exhibit and prior exhibits at www.aunaturelart.com. Visitors to CCC also have the opportunity to view the purchase awards from previous Au Naturel exhibitions in the Dora Badollet Library, 1680 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. Library hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; and Sunday, 12pm-5pm.
Will you be in Hood River this month? Be sure to reserve some time for these February art events from our neighbors up North!
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