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The Artist's Voice, Winter 2015

Life Needs Art!


Dear Artists and Art Enthusiasts!

Cozy up with all the arts-related articles and news in this season’s The Artist’s Voice, Ashland Art Center‘s quarterly newsletter. We thank all of the Art Center artists and members who contributed to this edition, and an especially big thanks goes to our volunteer Editor, Ingrid Karazincir, who continues to create the newsletter from out-of-state.

And, thank you for reading our newsletter and supporting Ashland Art Center, its artists, and the visual arts in our community.\

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Ashland Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting the arts in our community through education, art experience, and artist support for all ages. Visit us today! We are open seven days a week, 10 – 6. You can also check out our classes, workshops, and events on our website, and we have many fun updates from our community of artists on our Facebook page ~ Like us today!

Ashland Art Center
357 E Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-2772
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Tickets now available for GPMA Black White & The Blues 2015 Event

Tlogo for the Grants Pass Museum of Artickets are on sale for next year’s Black, White and the Blues, the annual benefit event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art.
The art auction and dance party is set for Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Wheeler Toyota on Redwood Highway in Grants Pass.
Tickets are $60, or $420 for a table of eight.  Purchase tickets by calling 541-479-3290 or by stopping by the Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 S.W. G St., between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
This year marks the 29th anniversary of the fundraiser, which helps support the museum’s exhibits and educational programs.
Revving up the party this year is the Ashland band LOVEBITE, featuring guitarist Jeff Pevar, who has performed on stage and in the studio with such artists as Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, Joe Cocker and Jefferson Starship.
The 21-and-over-only event also includes light hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Seating is limited.
The live auction will feature more than 30 pieces of artwork donated by area artists.
Art to be sold in the live auction will be on display Jan. 13 through Feb. 13 at the Grants Pass Museum of Art.

With much thanks for your kind support,

Bee Bantug

Volunteer, Black White & The Blues Committee

Grants Pass Museum of Art



Why are the arts important to you?

Our friends at Columbia Center for the Arts recently asked that question and these were a few of the answers they received.


Art is important – Support your local artists, art teachers and art centers!

Oregon Arts Commission News

Strategic planning update:

Town meetings conclude, draft plan in progress


When the last idea was discussed on Dec. 12 in Eugene, Brian Rogers and staff had concluded 14 town meetings on a statewide tour to guide the future of the Oregon Arts Commission. They traveled more than 2,000 miles and heard from more than 500 people – including artists, arts administrators, legislators, mayors, teachers, advocates, supporters, business owners and parents. Commissioners also attended the meetings.


A small group brainstorms ideas during the Dec. 4 town meeting in Portland. All groups addressed the same question: How  can we  find new ways to expand the resources available to artists and cultural institutions?
“We had great turnouts and people really participated in the discussion,” says Rogers. “They took the time to share their ideas, now we need to compile them and develop a plan that reflects common themes and how the Commission might address them.”


The notes from each town meeting have been emailed to participants and all will soon be posted on the Commission website. Staff is reviewing the reports to identify similarities between town meetings and commissioners will hold a retreat in January to review and discuss. The goal is to have a draft plan finished in the spring.

“Some of what we heard was expected and some was surprising. All the input was incredibly valuable,” says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland, who attended five town meetings. “I know we have some lively discussions ahead of us and we are committed to getting this right.”

Alyssa Macy and Anne Taylor terms renewed;

Julie Vigeland and Libby Tower to extend leadership

Anne Taylor
Two recently appointed commissioners, Alyssa Macy of Warm Springs and Anne Taylor of La Grande, have had their terms renewed by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Macy and Taylor were both appointed mid-term for positions that expired in October. Their new four-year terms expire Oct. 31, 2018.

Alyssa Macy


“Alyssa and Anne bring strong and distinct voices to our work,” says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland. “We are excited to have them continue.”


In addition, commissioners voted unanimously at their

Dec. 5 meeting that Vigeland would continue as chair for a third year and that Libby Tower would serve a second year as vice chair.

Alyssa Macy named indigenous studies fellow


Alyssa Macy
Commissioner Alyssa Macy has been appointed Fellow for International Policy under the Center for World Indigenous Studies Forum for Global Relations program. Macy is a resident of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation (home to Wasco, Tenino and Paiute) and recently participated in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. She will function within the Center’s education program under the Graduate Certificate Program as a member of the faculty designing and developing online courses she will teach through web conferences and digital courses.


Save the date: 2015 Arts Summit in Southern Oregon Oct. 2


Positive feedback from October’s Regional Summit in Bend and a Commission commitment to engaging all parts of the state led to scheduling the next Arts Summit in Southern Oregon on Oct. 2, 2015. The summit, to be held in Ashland, will address both statewide and regional issues. All are welcome. Stay tuned for location and schedule details.

Grant news: Upcoming deadlines


Two Commission grant programs have spring deadlines: Arts Recognition and Career Opportunity grants. Arts Recognition Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Career Opportunity Grant applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31.


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Local Calls to Artists – Medford Installation and Redding, CA Photography Exhibit

The Medford Arts Commission invites artists to provide proposals for art and art installation on, around or between a select number or all of the Interstate 5 pillars adjacent to Hawthorne Park in downtown Medford, Oregon. The Commission encourages a diversity of ideas. Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015.  For more information, please visit

Now open for entries, Carter House Gallery, Redding Exhibit “Photography: The Full Spectrum.”  The exhibit will be April 28 – May 30, 2015. The show is open to all photographers and all forms of photographic expression are encouraged.  Total awards:  $3250 –  First Place $1500.For further details and to enter:  Go to select Photography Shows, then 2015 International Show to view the Prospectus. The entry link is at the bottom of the Prospectus.

The Best of Medford Ballot was published in the Medford Sneak Preview December issue. Voting is open through December 31. Vote by mail, or online at  Sneak Preview’s Best of Medford Ballot.
Please vote for Rogue Gallery as your favorite store downtown!

100% Tax Credit for Donations to Oregon Cultural Trust

Donate to The Oregon Cultural Trust for a 100% Tax Credit!
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President Obama Signs Tax Extenders

Three provisions provide retroactive tax breaks for charitable giving

President Obama Signs “CRomnibus”

$1.1 trillion spending bill keeps arts funding stable


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Massive Spending Bill Awaits President’s Signature

Arts funding remains stable in $1.1 trillion Cromnibus