The Southern Oregon Artists Resource would like to congratulate SOAR member, watercolorist Sue Bennett of Jacksonville, Oregon, whose painting “Moon Music” was selected by the Britt Festival to illustrate their 2015 concert poster! The poster will be unveiled at the Taste of Summer celebration of the Britt Festival season opening on Saturday, June 6, 2015. You can learn more about Sue’s experience and the painting in an article in the Jacksonville Review, which will be on the streets and their website by the time we publish this notice. Way to go, Sue!
The 2015 Clatsop Community College Art Student Exhibit will be on display at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, April 9 through Thursday, April 30. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 9 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. This year’s juror, Eleanor H. Erskine, will be present at the reception to give a juror’s talk. Clatsop Community College thanks the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for this year’s student awards.
The CCC Art Center Gallery is ADA accessible, free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.
The Annual Art Student Exhibit is a juried event that showcases the talents and creativity of the college’s art students. Art students are invited to submit up to three pieces of work created in the art classes in which they have been enrolled during the past year. The show will feature a range of disciplines taught at Clatsop Community College, including graphic arts, basic design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking.
Juror Eleanor H. Erskine attended the Chicago Art Institute, received a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, and earned her MFA in Printmaking, with a special focus in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988. She has taught at the Maine College of Art; the Kansas City Art Institute; The Chautauqua Institution; Penland School of Crafts; and Portland State University. Her works have been exhibited at the Mark Woolley Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington D.C; Nelson Atkins Museum; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); and the Marylhurst Art Gym. Erskine is recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is held in major private and public collections including the California State University Museum; Portland Art Museum; Spencer Museum of Art; Hallmark Corporation; New York Public Library; Downey Museum of Art; University of Iowa Museum of Art; and in various collections in Canada, Africa, Japan and South Korea.
Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected].
(Superior, CO, USA)
Diana, Oil on Linen, 24×18
Voters selected Jim McComas’ oil on linen piece entitled Diana for the People’s Choice Award in this year’s international juried show Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, which was recently on display in the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery.
All gallery visitors were invited to cast a vote for their favorite piece. Upon being notified that his painting Diana received the greatest number of votes, the artist responded, “I felt privileged simply to be juried into this year’s Au Naturel and I feel doubly so to have received the People’s Choice Award.”
This is not the first time that the artist has been selected to exhibit in the Au Naturel; he was also chosen to exhibit two of his paintings in the 2013 exhibit. In describing what he calls “an interesting little back story” about his painting Diana, he explains that “it was inspired by my visit to Astoria for the 2013 Au Naturel show. One of the days we were there, my wife, Lea, and I hiked up a short trail behind or beside the college that led up to some sort of monument. It was a bright sunny day (apparently rare for that time of year in Astoria). All along the trail, sunlight streamed through gaps in the trees to illuminate emerald green vegetation and dew covered spider webs, which sparkled like a million tiny rainbows. It was magical, somehow larger than life, and evoked thoughts of mythological figures hidden behind a shallow veil of reality. Anyway, this painting of Diana, the Huntress came from that experience. Lea and I had such a wonderful time visiting Astoria for the 2013 show.”
In his artist statement McComas states, “Compositionally, I perceive art as a visual melody, which can be as simple as a song, or as complex as a symphony. 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. My ultimate artistic desire is to integrate the human element into expressive compositions that are visually compelling, intellectually stimulating, and which engage the viewer on multiple levels.”
McComas received formal academic training in the classical tradition at the Colorado Academy of Art and has had the good fortune to study under such contemporary masters as Daniel Sprick, Robert Liberace, Michelle Torres, and Ron Hicks. He works in a variety of media, drawing in graphite, charcoal, and chalk, and painting primarily in oil. McComas is currently based in Superior, CO. Visit www.jimmccomas.com for additional information about McComas and his work.
Thanks to everyone’s generous donations, I have surpassed $1000, and cannot thank you all enough!Going to graduate school means the world to me, and I am grateful for your support in this journey! Please continue to share my story with friends and family, with your help I will get there!
If you’re going to dream, dream big!
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. The Student loan program will not work because I need a co-signer, which I don’t have. 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. http://www.sothebysinstitute.com/Programmes/PLondon.aspx
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,
You are invited to attend a city wide celebration and unveiling of a recently completed mural, Seasons of Gratitude by Denise Baxter, Executive Director of the Ashland Art Center, located at the Emergency Food Bank on 560 Clover Lane in Ashland. If you are in or around Ashland this Sunday, August 3rd at 3pm, stop by to celebrate the new and largest piece in the City of Ashland’s Public Art Collection.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Caldera Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Winery, Green Springs Inn and Cabins, Maren Faye Catering, and Komac (music).
“The Drag Rider,” Oil painting by Stefan Baumann
I am so excited and delighted to receive a blue ribbon and 1st place prize for my entry called “Drag Rider” in the Red Bluff National Western Art Show today. There were over 150 entries in the show and my painting of a tired cowboy on horseback who is bringing in the last of the cattle for the day won 1st place in the painting division.
If you want to see my painting in person, the show is open Friday, January 31 from 9 am – 7 pm and Saturday, February 1st from 9 am until 2 pm at the Red Bluff Fairgrounds.
For more information, you can go to this link on the web http://www.redbluffbullsale.com to read about it the art show!
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“Spring Meadow” Pastel by Janis Ellison, 11 x 14
This painting won an Honorable Mention in the Landscape category of Pastel Journal 100 competition. It will be published in the April 2014 edition of the magazine. Only 100 paintings selected from over 1500 entries. This image is still available, please contact me to purchase.
Editor’s note: you can find Janis Ellison’s contact information, social networks and website links in her listing at www.soartists.com
Rogue Gallery & Art Center receives a grant from Fred W. Fields Fund and Butch & Richard Fraley Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the recipient of an $11,500 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to fund their Elementary Arts Outreach Program Expansion. The Elementary Arts Outreach Program will benefit seven fifth grade classes from Jackson, Kennedy, Wilson and Washington Elementary Schools throughout the 2013-2014 school year with visual arts education including classroom visits by an artist educator and field trips to the Rogue Gallery & Art Center.
The Program began five years ago with one fifth grade class at Jackson Elementary in response to the lack of formal visual arts education in the elementary school curriculum. With the generous support of foundations and in partnership with the Medford Public School District, the Rogue Gallery & Art Center expanded the program in 2011 to impact three fifth grades, or 100 children. This fall, the non-profit arts center will expand the Elementary Arts Outreach further to reach over 200 children, teaching foundational art skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, and art appreciation. The fifth grade students will learn a visual arts vocabulary to express feelings, ideas, and opinions about art presented during classroom visits and field trip art lessons throughout the school year.
Kennedy Elementary School Principal, Tom Etell, said, “We are thrilled that the arts outreach grant has been funded. The pressure on teachers to ensure students are proficient in reading and math continues to increase every year, so the arts, especially visual arts, are rarely taught in elementary schools in Oregon. Through this grant, our fifth graders are guaranteed to receive high quality arts instruction! Thank you so much!”
The Elementary Arts Outreach Program is a success thanks to the quality artist educators who teach the program. The program is directed by Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s Education Director, Brooke Nuckles Gentekos and art lessons are taught by Amy Godard Navickas or “Miss Amy” as she is referred to by the fifth graders. Gentekos says, “Miss Amy is the heart of Elementary Arts Outreach. She helped develop the wonderful curriculum and brings years of experience as an artist educator to the classrooms and the Rogue Studio. Seeing her introduce the world of art to the Elementary Arts Outreach students each year is like pure magic!”
“Rogue Gallery & Art Center is helping to increase arts literacy throughout Jackson County by offering in-school arts education and field trips for elementary school students. OCF is impressed by Rogue Gallery’s commitment to arts education and is excited by the growth of this important program,” said Kathleen Cornett, Vice President of Grants & Programs, Oregon Community Foundation.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established regional artists in three gallery spaces, presents fine local crafts in the Artisan Boutique, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages in the Rogue Studio. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The 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. and they stay open late every Third Friday until 8:00pm.For more information about the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, please visit www.roguegallery.org.