(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.
Gypsy Prince of Springfield named Poetry Out Loud champion
|Gypsy Prince, a senior from Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics, is Oregon’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud state champion.|
Prince, who won the state contest March 14 at Willamette University, is a three-time school champion who was making her second appearance at state. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.
“Gypsy’s performances were so beautiful, powerful and heartfelt,” says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland. “We are very proud of her and will be rooting for her to bring home the national championship!”
Prince’s winning performance was a recitation of “Mrs. Caldera’s House of Things” by Gregory Djanikian.
|Gypsy and fellow finalist Mitchell Lenneville react as she is named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud state champion. Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens.|
(left to right) Commissioner Alyssa Macy, Gypsy Prince, Commission Chair Julie Vigeland and Executive Director Brian Rogers at the Poetry Out Loud State Contest. Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens.
|Riley Knowles, a sophomore from West Linn High School, was named Oregon’s runner up; if for any reason Prince is unable to participate in the national competition, Knowles will represent Oregon. |
Nine students who won their school contests and placed at regional events advanced to the state contest.
Read Prince’s profile in the Eugene Register Guard.
Commission joins “Conversations with Funders’ tour
Arts Commission grant managers will join Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner and colleagues from Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for “Conversations with Funders,” a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.
|This work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard is part of the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture’s Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust.||Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. |
“Conversations with Funders” begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay (April 1), Bend (April 2) and Oregon City (April 7).
Click the links for details and to register.
$89,375 awarded for three new ‘World of Work’ projects
Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington will train students to be concert sound technicians; Caldera will teach Warm Springs Academy students about transmedia storytelling – or telling a single story via multiple media. And Arts in Education of the Gorge will lead 20 Wy’East Middle School students in partnering with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.
|Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new “Connecting Students to the World of Work” projects announced this week by the Arts Commission. |
The three new awards bring the total number of “World of Work” projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program’s funding cycle.
Read the full release.
|The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 PEEPS (Professional Educational Experience Program students) prepare to run sound for the Festival’s Green Show as part of a 2014 WoW project. Photo by Jenny Graham.|
PAM Young Patrons to host arts ecology discussion
Meagan Atiyeh, visual arts coordinator, will moderate a conversation about collecting and patronage in Portland at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Portland Art Museum. The event is hosted by the museum’s Young Patrons.
The conversation is part of an ongoing series organized by the Arts Commission with support from The Ford Family Foundation. Future discussions will be held at Portland State University and in Astoria, Eugene, Pendleton and Ashland. It also begins a series of talks organized by PADA, Portland Art Dealers Association.
Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected]
Fellow Jayanthi Raman releases two books
|The public is invited to attend a free book release celebration for 2015 Arts Commission performing arts Fellow Jayanthi Raman from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4, in the rotunda lobby of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts in Portland.|
Brian Rogers, Arts Commission executive director, is a chief guest. Rogers wrote the foreword for Raman’s first book, “Bharatha natyam: The Dance of India.”
“It was the fellowship award that gave me the boost to publish after years of dormancy!” says Raman.
Raman’s career spans over three decades as an award-winning performer, choreographer, master artist/educator, speaker, writer, promoter and producer. She is profiled on the Arts Commission website.
|Performing arts Fellow Jayanthi Raman will celebrate the release of two book on Indian dance May 4.|
|Grant news: Upcoming deadlines |
Three Commission grant deadlines are fast approaching. Arts Learning grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Operating Support and Arts Services grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1.
Friends of the Arts Action Fund testify for a $155 million allocation for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat
TITLE: Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat
DATE: September 13-18, 2015
TIME: Six day, ALL-inclusive (meals, lodging and instruction) retreat
PRICE: Two prices available, depending upon chosen lodging (see website
LOCATION: Lake Alpine Resort, California Sierras (between Ebbets Pass and Bear Valley)
Dreaming of an artist’s escape? Envision the air autumn-crisp, with golden leaves reflected in the sparkling lake, pine scent weaving through the trees and thoughts turning to introspection. Such is the setting for the sixth annual Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat, September 13-18 at Lake Alpine Resort near Bear Valley California. These experienced professionals, Jean Warren and Elaine Frenett, have reshaped this year’s format to weave paints, mixed media and words together to expand our creativity using collaboration, abstraction and exploration. This all-inclusive (meals, lodging and workshop) retreat is for the spirited woman who loves painting, journaling and the energy of other women (2 scholarships available). For more information: https://visualartjournaling.wordpress.com/objectives-and-summary-2015-retreat/ feel free to contact Elaine Frenett your retreat leader at 541-944-2196.
Women’s “Cross Train Your Creativity” Retreat
ALL inclusive retreat in NE Oregon, near Joseph, June 7 – 12. The tandem teacher has had an emergency, allowing this first-year Women’s “Cross Train Your Creativity” retreat to be ALL about watercolor!!
Looking for a unique retreat experience? Come, be guided by the gentle, playful direction of diverse watercolorist Elaine Frenett. We will dance between fine art design, visual journaling invention and plein air quickness (and some silliness in there too). Savor the beauty of sweeping open country, mystical quiet of ghost towns, historic depth of Nez Perce people and majesty of the Eagle Cap mountain range. You can sleep in a tepee or the Rim Rock Inn’s modern apartment. Personal attention and plenty of individual creative time.
Details: www.VisualArtJournaling.Wordpress.com, “Wallowa Retreat”
Questions: Elaine, 541/944-2196.
|Dear Arts Advocate:We want to keep you updated on last week’s widely anticipated net neutrality ruling at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and what it means for artists and arts organizations.|
What is “net neutrality?”
It’s the idea that your Internet service provider (ISP), like Verizon or Comcast, doesn’t discriminate when it comes to Internet traffic-meaning throttling or blocking legal content that you want to access or share. A company also can’t pay your ISP to speed up service for certain sites.
A lot is at stake. At the heart of the issue is how to ensure an open Internet that preserves everyone’s ability to communicate freely online to learn, engage, express themselves, innovate, and be entrepreneurial. The open architecture of the Internet has created unprecedented opportunities for artists, cultural organizations, and entrepreneurs.
How did we get here?
As you know, we have been tracking developments. In July, we encouraged arts advocates to take action and submit a comment to the FCC. We took our own advice and were one of the more than 4 million Americans who submitted comments to the FCC as they were considering what to do in light of the lawsuit that threw out the previous net neutrality rule. The topic was prominent during some of our arts & technology national policy roundtables and emerged as a clear grassroots movement – boosted further by John Oliver’s amusing coverage of the topic.
For several years, net neutrality concerns have been a part of our annual message to Congress, as part of Arts Advocacy Day. Moreover, in the days right before last week’s FCC ruling, more than 85 artists, organized by the Future of Music Coalition, weighed in showing support for the FCC Chairman’s anticipated plan, including members of R.E.M., Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and OK Go. Artists also united together before there even was an official public comment period, including Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe, Neko Case, Erin McKeown, Fugazi, Mark Ruffalo and Evangeline Lilly, who wrote to support protecting the open Internet as a vehicle for free expression and collaboration.
Last week’s ruling
In a widely anticipated ruling on February 26, the FCC ruled – in a split (3-2) vote and along party lines - to reclassify broadband as a utility, which would give the commission more regulatory power over Internet providers. It would be regulated like your water or electricity. Here is an FCC fact sheet.
What happens now?
As mentioned, the FCC vote was divisive and has resulted in some members of Congress looking for a legislative solution. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Greg Walden (R-OR) are working on their own alternative plan for net-neutrality policy. Members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee also have penned sharp opposition to the FCC rule. Legal action is expected. Plus, there are different opinions on whether new state and local fees might come to your service bills.
On Arts Advocacy Day – March 24th, Americans for the Arts, along with 85 national cosponsors and 400+ arts advocates will share their message of support for net neutrality with members of Congress. Throughout the year, we will continue tracking the legislative response to this net neutrality ruling, and make sure you know when your voice needs to be heard so that artists and creative entrepreneurs can continue to reach audiences, build businesses, and share their work.
Thank you for your support of the arts.
The House will begin today on a series of education reform amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.
An argument for funding the arts and arts education from Arts Action Fund member, Camellia Termini.
Featuring Arts Advocacy Days in Maryland and Kentucky.
What can we learn from advocates outside of the arts?