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Poetry in the Neighborhood
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Welcome back to
Poetry in the Neighborhood!
John C. Morrison
$5 suggested donation
Join us for another inspiring series
showcasing the talent of our regional poets!
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IN THE GALLERY THIS MONTH
Choose your blank book beginning next week
It time for our third annual Community Collaborative Book Arts Project.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Come by the gallery and select a unique, hand crafted book made by one of the bookmakers in our free community workshop to be donated to the COMMUNITY PRESS PROJECT.
You may then author your own artist book; write in, draw upon, cut & paste and embellish to your hearts’ content.
Then bring your book back to be a part of a collaborative community exhibition in conjunction with our Fifth Annual Book Arts Show in April. You can choose to put your book up for sale or just to show.
Book Fee is $5.
Return books anytime on or before March 27th, 2014 by 5 p.m. After the show, unsold or NFS books can be picked up at the gallery after April 30th, 2013.
YEAR OF THE HORSE
Eleven artists consider the horse for the Lunar New Year
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215 Fourth Street, Ashland, OR
We invite you to join us for an evening of poetry
7:00 – 8:30 pm
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John Sibley Williams
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Poet and translator Carlos Reyes lives in Portland, Oregon. He is a traveler and whether he journeys to Alaska, Ecuador, France, India, Ireland, Panama or Spain, those travels inform his poetry. In 2012 he was at the Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain. In 2013 he was poet-in-Residence at Acadia National Park and at Devils Tower National Monument. Last spring he gave readings in Ireland at the Mt Shannon Arts Festival, The White House and The Nail in Limerick. Latest publications: Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart (2012), Poemas de amor y locura / Poems of Love and Madness (2013).
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JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS
John Sibley Williams is the author of Controlled Hallucinations and seven poetry chapbooks. He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and co-director of the Walt Whitman 150 project. Previous publishing credits include: ThirdCoast, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, The Chaffin Journal, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Artists pictured left to right:
BACK ROW: Lisa Taylor (Dublin, CA), Andrea Moni (Irvine, CA), Ben Rosenberg (Portland, OR), Deborah Shapiro (Tigard, OR), Patrick Kernan (Portland, OR), Georganne Watters (Rhododendron, OR), Bethany Rowland (Portland, OR), Reed Clarke (Portland, OR), Evan Degenfelder (Lebanon, OR), Joseph Besch (Portland, OR)
MIDDLE ROW: Michael Kelly (Beaverton, OR), V.E. Long (Angwin, CA), Soo Ock Ryu
(Katy, TX), Ellen Soderquist (Dallas, TX), Alexandra Becker-Black (Portland, OR)FRONT ROW: CCC’s Kristin Shauck, Founding Director of the Au Naturel international competition and Charles Froelick, the 2014 Au Naturel juror and owner/director of Froelick Gallery in Portland, OR.
ALSO IN ATTENDANCE: James Archer (not shown, Portland, OR), Annie Heisey (not shown, Portland, OR)
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.
Charles Froelick speaks to a gallery full to capacity of visitors attending the reception.
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!
Still Life: A Moment in Time
Feb. 7th – Mar. 2nd
This month’s gallery show, Still Life: A Moment in Time, celebrates the rich history of still life painting through contemporary artwork.Learn More…
The Nook Gallery presents:
This month’s Nook Gallery artist is acrylic artists,
School’s Out-Art’s In
Exploring Glass Art
Wednesdays & Fridays in February
Kids explore glass etching, pointillism, cutting glass, and frit painting in a fun and lively atmosphere.
Sense of Place Lecture Series presents:
Randy Kiyokawa, One Family of Farmers’ Struggles to succeed in the Hood River Valley.
CAST Theatre production of: ‘ART’
Feb. 13th-15th, 20th-22nd at 7:30pm
and 16th at 2pm
Columbia Center for the Arts presents the CAST Theatre production of ‘ART’. This is a comedy about the true meaning of Art and Friendship.
Gorge Grown Film Series:
Symphony of Soil
Feb. 19th at 6pm
Gorge Grown presents the film Symphony of Soil. Symphony of the Soil is a film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. The film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story.
Feb. 22nd & 23rd
Auditions for the CAST Theatre production of Blackbird
by David Harrower, directed by Judie Hanel are coming soon. This is a soul stirring play that shows the complexity of human emotions and the struggle we have with guilt and being honest with ourselves.
Missoula Children’s Theatre production of
Hansel and Gretel
Feb. 24th – Mar. 1st.
Columbia Center for the Arts is hosting the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Hansel & Gretel. MCT is a fun and focused, week-long theatre experience. Productions are complete with costumes, scenery and makeup.
Mt. Hood Independent Film Series
Feb. 26th at 7:30pm
Congratulations is a heartfelt, voyeuristic examination of two people deciding to move forward after disagreeing over the question of marriage.
Essential alla prima Oil Painting Techniques with Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Would you like to learn how to complete a small oil painting
in just a single session? How to paint quickly, with more confidence, using a simple and direct method?
Having trouble reading the flyer above? Click the image or the following link to download or read the full size pdf online: Chinese New Year activities and presentation for Jacksonville Oregon’s Chinese New Year celebration
12 o Clock High, by Yeh Fei Pai
Community Gallery exhibit February 7 – February 28, 2014
Reception: Friday February 21st, 5-8pm
Community Gallery Exhibition
Courting Under the Phoenix Tree, by Yeh Fei Pai
In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, the Rogue Gallery will be displaying works by artist Chinese artist Yeh Fei Pai from February 7 – February 28, 2014. Yeh Fei Pai uses the traditional technique of Chinese splash ink. His quick, expressive approach of applying ink creates images of horses in complete motion. The opening of the exhibit begins the celebration of the Year of the Horse that will then continue in the city of Jacksonville with a parade and other festivities. Yeh Fei Pai paintings will delight and engage audiences of all ages. The Rogue Gallery is very excited to be part of this celebration and to have an exceptional artist as Yeh Fei Pai exhibiting in our Community Gallery.
Gallery Talk: February 7th, 2:00 pm
Artist Demonstration: February 7th, 3:00 pm
In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association, in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, we present Yeh Fei Pai, who uses the traditional technique of Chinese splash ink to create expressive images of horses. Yeh Fei Pai, who lives in Taiwan, will be at the gallery on February 7th. He will give a gallery talk at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm will demonstrate the Chinese splash ink technique in the Rogue Studio. After the demonstration, materials will be available in the studio for those who would like to try a hands on experience of this technique.
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 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.
Journey of the Heart, watercolor by Crystal Pyren
The GoodBean is pleased to present watercolor paintings by Crystal Rea Pyren in our Jacksonville location during the month of February. After painting theatrical scenery for ten years, Crystal began teaching drawing and painting classes to children. She has recently moved to Southern Oregon with her husband to start a new lavender farm in Williams, Oregon.
Crystal is most passionate about drawing & painting natural scenes in person and creating imaginary scenes inspired by real-life images. She is inspired by colors found in nature, which she enhances in her artwork. She has most recently been using her grandfather’s vintage Prang watercolor set, which has added a personal sentimental quality to her artwork.
As always, we appreciate the work of curator Hannah West in choosing our featured artists each month. If you have questions about the art you see in our Jacksonville shop or would like to inquire about a art purchase, please contact her at 541.899.2012 or soarsoartistscom . Barristas do not handle art transactions, so you’ll need to speak with Hannah about buying the piece of art you love.
Madrone Trees at Applegate Lake, watercolor by Crystal Pyren
We would like artists to know that we do not take a commission on art sales, and our newly renovated back wall has expanded the space we have available to display your work. We have yet to see any art that doesn’t look fabulous on our historic brick walls, and the new wall is an art-friendly pale grey. Please call Hannah to schedule a time to exhibit your paintings and she will give you all the details.
We would also like to announce that we are having a group show of 2D assemblage art in July called “Lost and Found.” In our area there are a number of wonderful mixed media artists incorporating found objects into their work, and we want to highlight this fun and often beautifully sentimental means of creating art. Currently we have three artists who will participate in this show, and we believe there is room for more. We also appreciate the emotional theme that the Lost and Found subject can evoke, and will be happy to consider individual works that address this subject visually, even if they do not use found objects in the artwork itself. We do not have the fixtures to display 3D art to its best advantage, but any southern Oregon artists who have created wall art that would fit into this theme are welcome to contact Hannah about being included in this show.
We hope you will take time to view Crystal’s beautiful paintings when you stop in for a cup of our fair trade imported, locally roasted coffee!
GRANTS PASS — Two new exhibits go on display in February at the Rogue Community College
Glorious Life, painting by Ming Zhou
“Glorious Life,” an exhibit by Ming Zhou, will be on display Feb. 4 – 28 at the FireHouse Gallery, located in RCC Historic City Hall, corner of Fourth and H streets. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Zhou presents a critique of China’s new middle class, its use of Western brands and popular leisure activities, and the subsequent devaluation of deeper spiritual aspects of traditional Chinese culture.
Paintings by Britta Bocala will be on display in the Community Exhibits Room.
A First Friday reception is scheduled 5–8 p.m. Feb. 7 and will feature a meet-and-greet from 7 to 8 p.m. with Japanese ceramic artist Inayoshi Osamu.
The Art of the Grid
In the Wiseman Gallery, which is located on the RCC Redwood Campus, “The Art of the Grid” by Maria Shell will be on display Feb. 5 – 28. Shell uses vintage and contemporary commercial fabrics – both solid and print – as well as hand dyed cotton fabrics to create patchwork textiles with complex, optical grid patterns.
Located at 3345 Redwood Hwy., the Wiseman Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
For more information on either exhibit, call 541-956-7241
The eighth annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century opens January 23rd at Clatsop Community College’s Art Center Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. The show will run through March 20th, 2014. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 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 30th at 6:00 pm. Charles Froelick, owner and director of Froelick Gallery in Portland, was selected as this year’s juror, and will be present to give a gallery talk. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2014-2015 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Dairy Maid are generously providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company is generously providing flowers. This reception is free and open to the public. The College also thanks the Cannery Pier Hotel for its continued support.
A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, at 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception.
This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands submitted nearly 800 images for consideration. The 2014 exhibit will represent 45 artists from 17 states in addition to international artists from Canada and Germany. Juror Charles Froelick says, “I applaud the high quality of works submitted for review – there were so many exceptional artists to choose from. The final edit was difficult – my humble apologies to those not included and a general congratulations and thanks to ALL artists who submitted!”
“I applaud the high quality of works submitted for review – there were so many exceptional artists to choose from. The final edit was difficult – my humble apologies to those not included and a general congratulations and thanks to ALL artists who submitted! I intentionally chose a broad range of media and techniques to present the many profound ways to interpret the human form,” explains Juror Charles Froelick. “The show includes introspective self-portraits, realism, psychologically expressive, social observation, spiritually reflective, sexy, sensual, and a bold stripper. The human form is fascinating- I was honored to have the opportunity to select artists that I think are making great work with what is often considered a very challenging subject.”
The artwork featured in the 2014 exhibit encompasses very diverse approaches to the figure. “I intentionally chose a broad range of media and techniques to present the many profound ways to interpret the human form,” explains Froelick. “The show includes introspective self-portraits, realism, psychologically expressive, social observation, spiritually reflective, sexy, sensual, and a bold stripper. The human form is fascinating- I was honored to have the opportunity to select artists that I think are making great work with what is often considered a very challenging subject.”
Artist: Reed Clarke, Portland, OR
“Artist and Model”
Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 36″
Portland artist Reed Clarke, also a part-time resident in Gearhart, has been selected to exhibit in the Au Naturel multiple times. He is inspired by great artists such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, Degas, Freud, and Fischl. Although Clarke is compelled to paint the human figure, he elevates the actual painting process over subject matter, striving “to have the courage to paint over the early pleasing parts of a painting and arrive at something beyond what I thought was going to be the destination when I began.”
Artist: Annie Heisey, Portland, OR
Mixed Media on Paper, 30″ x 40″
Annie Heisey, also of Portland and first-place winner of the 2012 competition, has been invited to exhibit in the show for the fourth consecutive year. In her painting practice, she continues to explore the theme of self-examination. “Who are you when you are alone?” Heisey wonders. “Technology has given us a world in which we need never be alone. The way you portray yourself becomes less genuine the more aware you are of an audience, and through social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, your audience is in constant attendance. In such a situation, it is difficult not to play to the crowd, and in the process lose sight of who you are when the performance is over and the audience goes home.
Artist: Don Copper, Chicago, IL
Pastel, Charcoal, Graphite, Correction Fluid on Paper, 30″ x 22″
While both Clarke and Heisey work in a more realistic mode, Don Copper of Chicago works in a much more abstract manner, “seeking to eliminate the boundary between the subject and pure image.” Copper, also an award winner in the 2012 exhibit, confesses that he “regularly indulge(s) in figure drawing,” for the challenge. However, Copper feels that the “most profound” effect after a life drawing session is that it transforms how he sees. “Everything becomes extraordinary,” he explains, “—the light, the surfaces, the details – and I feel more engaged with the world around me.”
Further information about the 2014 exhibiting artists will be available online at the Au Naturel website at www.aunaturelart.com after the reception on January 30th.
Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; kshauckclatsopccedu.
Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to requestsclatsopccedu Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.
It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Lipe, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer in the CCC Library, Suite 108B, 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Christine Riehl, is located in the Student Services Center, 503-338-2474.
Declaración de no-discriminación
Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Lipe, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Biblioteca oficina número 108, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Christine Riehl, se encuentra en el Centro de Servicios Estudiantiles, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.
To my surprise, I ended up designing a line of eco-kid-friendly (and grown-up-kid-friendly!) Valentine cards.
“Robots?” I asked Hayley, owner of EcoPiggy, who had the idea and gave me suggestions for images that would appeal to grade-schoolers. I lamented, “I can’t draw a robot!” Well, she proved me wrong, and the Super-Heart set is now the most popular of the three.
All of the cards are printed from my original watercolors on recycled paper with soy-based inks, so the planet will feel your love, too!
And for those of you in the southern Oregon area, you can get the cards at Terra Firma Gift
in Jacksonville starting this weekend. They’ll also be featured there during a special Valentine event on Saturday, February 1st, from 2-4pm; come enjoy samples of sweetness by Lux Cakes and face painting by local artists.
Wishing all a happy Valentine’s Day…and delightful surprises from directions you’d never suspect!
Lots of love,