Art Matters! » Art Matters! http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters Journal of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIY Chocolate Mice From Hershey’s Kisses http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/01/29/diy-chocolate-mice-from-hersheys-kisses/ http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/01/29/diy-chocolate-mice-from-hersheys-kisses/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:00:26 +0000 http://www.mypaperarts.com/?p=2300 Continue reading

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In anticipation of Ashland’s annual Chocolate Festival, I’m sharing how to make these really cute mice made from chocolate kisses (and a little bit of paper, the ears). The Chocolate Festival isn’t until March, but I like to be prepared, especially for chocolate.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper. Perfect favors for Valentine’s Day.

The following quote about chocolate is dedicated to my friend, Sophia.

Chocolate comes from cocoa
which comes out of a tree.
That makes it a plant,
Therefore, chocolate counts as salad.
The end.

Now for the instructions for making your salad.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Steps to making your mice (the numbers below refer to the numbers in the above photo):

1. Get 2 Hershey’s Kisses. I got a package or red, pink and silver kisses and another package of gold kisses.

2. Remove the printed paper message from the kisses.

3. Glue googly eyes on one of the kisses. I suggest using a liquid glue for this step.

4. Cut a 4″ length of bakers twine, put a knot in one end and insert the unknotted end into one of the kisses where you removed the message paper.

5. To make the ears, cut out 2 ovals out of brown paper and two smaller ovals out of pink paper.

6. Glue the pink ovals on the brown ovals. I suggest using stick glue for this step.

7. Glue the paper ears on the kiss with the googly eyes. I suggest a liquid glue for this step.

8. After the glue on the paper ears has dried, glue the two kisses together. I suggest a liquid glue for this step. Hold the two kisses together for a little bit to make sure the glue adheres well. Your mouse is now finished.

Two chocolate kisses mice.

Two mice made from chocolate kisses.

I realize that the ears are the only part of these mice that are made from paper. But, they’re so cute, I couldn’t help but share them with you.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey's kisses.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey’s kisses.

I will be demonstrating how to make these little mice during the First Friday Art Walk on March 6, which is also the first day of Ashland’s annual Chocolate Festival.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine's Day colors too.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine’s Day colors too.

I am making a whole bunch of little mice to share with friends on Valentine’s Day. They will be placed as table decorations on numerous tables where I will be having Valentine’s Dinner.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine's Day.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Happy chocolate, Candy

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LIFE Art – LIVE. INSPIRE. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. at South Stage Cellars http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/life-art-live-inspire-freedom-of-expression-at-south-stage-cellars/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/life-art-live-inspire-freedom-of-expression-at-south-stage-cellars/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:01:45 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?p=96571 “Mulholland Drive,” Brandy Gibbins

Reception Saturday, February 7 from 6–7:30pm

The art exhibit on display at South Stage Cellars right now is a truly special one. Every year the Cellar’s “Rising Stars” music competition benefits a local nonprofit, and this year they chose LIFE Art, a Medford-based program helping Rogue Valley youth overcome a wide range of difficulties by learning to paint with guidance from artist mentors. I had the opportunity to meet Phil Ortega, founder of LIFE Art, when he and several of the program’s mentors and students were hanging their show. I was deeply moved by the story of LIFE Art and impressed not only by the caring and generous heart of this compassionate man, but the overall quality, ingenuity and expression in the youths’ paintings.

In the spring of 2010, Mr. Ortega was working late at night in the shop where he fixes old cars as

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"Mulholland Drive," by Brandy Gibbins

“Mulholland Drive,” Brandy Gibbins

Reception Saturday, February 7 from 6–7:30pm

The art exhibit on display at South Stage Cellars right now is a truly special one. Every year the Cellar’s “Rising Stars” music competition benefits a local nonprofit, and this year they chose LIFE Art, a Medford-based program helping Rogue Valley youth overcome a wide range of difficulties by learning to paint with guidance from artist mentors. I had the opportunity to meet Phil Ortega, founder of LIFE Art, when he and several of the program’s mentors and students were hanging their show. I was deeply moved by the story of LIFE Art and impressed not only by the caring and generous heart of this compassionate man, but the overall quality, ingenuity and expression in the youths’ paintings.

In the spring of 2010, Mr. Ortega was working late at night in the shop where he fixes old cars as a hobby when he heard a sound behind the building. Stepping outside, he discovered a group of teens tagging abandoned rail cars. He asked what they were doing, and they told him they were painting the tag name of a youth who committed suicide in 2009.  Among the taggers were the late youth’s brother and cousin.  Recognizing their genuine need to create a memorial for their deceased relative and friend, as well as some real artistic talent, Mr. Ortega bought the boys blank canvases, brushes and paint that very day to help them channel the memory of their loved one onto something permanent. He then began thinking about how he could develop a program to support kids like these.

Painting by Nicole Paradis

Painting by Nicole Paradis

The LIFE Art program uses visual and creative arts as a means for youth to express their feelings and communicate with others about their experiences. Art projects address the multiplicity of the issues young people are involved in. Factors including difficult family relationships and school experiences, substance use, community risk factors (i.e., gangs, criminality) and cultural pressures are all addressed through guided discussions with caring adults and LIFE Art Mentors.

South Stage Cellars Rising Stars has chosen to donate all the profits from the 2015 music competition to this amazing local nonprofit. We hope you plan to come to Jacksonville on February 7, 2015 to enjoy our Chinese New Year parade and celebration. There will be additional arts and cultural opportunities, including an authentic Origami class at Art Presence Art Center, next to the historic Courthouse. But whatever you do, come to South Stage Cellars at 125 S. Third Street from 6–7:30pm for a reception for the LIFE Art youth artists! Join the teens, mentors and director of LIFE Art, enjoy their work along with live music and complimentary appetizers, and consider helping to empower one of their young artists with a purchase—If there are any left to buy! Paintings were selling as they were placed on the walls. Ortega looks forward to the event, and to highlighting the art and mentorships LIFE Art encourages. “We might even have some poetry or a short story reading by a teen if we can,” he added. The LIFE Art exhibition will continue through the end of March at South Stage Cellars Tasting Room.

YMCA Mural Work, Jose and EMA

YMCA Mural Work, Jose and EMA

SSC Rising Stars, now in its 4th year, was the brainchild of Porscha Schiller, Tasting Room and Marketing Events Manager of South Stage Cellars. The competition has grown every year until it outgrew the tasting room altogether. It will now be held across the street, upstairs in historic Redmen’s Hall. Schiller was quoted in the Jacksonville Review as saying, “Everyone involved in the music competition and LIFE Art is extremely proud of the work these kids are doing and so very grateful to the community for the amazing support this life-changing nonprofit group is getting!”

Tickets for the 4th-annual South Stage Cellars Rising Stars Competition are on sale now at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, the Music Coop in Ashland and online at www.southstagecellars.com. For more information, call 541-899-9120.

Mello Saldivar Anaya Working on Mural

Mello Saldivar Anaya Working on Mural

More About LIFE Art

Mr. Ortega wrote us, saying, “We started with the support of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant and Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coordinator Michelle Morales. Their guidance was instrumental in creating something unique. We started with a few kids and have grown to serving over 200 local kids every month. We help kids cope with a multitude of stresses. Suicide prevention was our starting focus, but we have grown to include any kid with the idea that group art projects create a certain climate so that the kids are not identified as fragile, but as artists.”

The Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Memorial grant was awarded to several counties in the state of Oregon from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2010. The grants became available through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act of 2004, the first federal suicide prevention program targeted towards youth. The Act is named after the son of former Oregon senator Gordon H. Smith, who took his own life in 2003.

 

 

Front (l-r): LIFEArt student Adrian Chavez, student Karla Lopez, mentor Aaron Dykstra, student Mello Saldivar-Anaya who painted the murals in the background of our February 2015 cover photo. Back (l-r): LIFEArt founder Phil Ortega, mentor Caroline Wasick, mentor Nicole Paradis, student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

Front (l-r): LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, student Karla Lopez, mentor Aaron Dykstra, student Mello Saldivar-Anaya. Back (l-r): LIFE Art founder Phil Ortega, mentor Caroline Wasick, mentor Nicole Paradis, student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

 

 

 

“I manage LIFE Art so that kids can learn coping skills through art and guided mentorships. I believe that art tells a story, and when kids can demonstrate their voice through art, it relives a sense of hurt for some, joy for most…but when people admire the art they have created, it Validates Their Feelings! That is the LIFE Art mission in a nutshell.” ~Phil Ortega

 

 

 

LIFE Art Today

Thanks to a grant from The Providence Health Plan Community Benefit Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, LIFE Art in partnership with On Track opened the LIFE Track Youth Center & Art Gallery at 106 S. Grape Street in Medford. This project gives youth a space to express themselves creatively, as well as having a place where they can drop in and find the support of caring mentors. In addition, the center offers FREE art classes every Saturday for youth 10-22 years old. “It’s a cool project, but it is coming to an end this year. LIFE Art is looking for a new place to call home starting this summer. My house served as a place for the kids for a few years, but we are way too big for that anymore!” says Ortega, “Hopefully we will find a place where we can partner with other artists for various art projects and a sharing of experiences and skills can take place. Maybe one of your readers has a space in mind we could lease.”

LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, mentor Aaron Dykstra and student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, mentor Aaron Dykstra and student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

Ortega tells us that new LIFE Art mural projects are underway, in partnership with the Gang Task Force, which is comprised of many Jackson County agencies working to help connect teens to programs that encourage better lifestyle choices. The murals, painted on large scale canvases, will be displayed around our community starting with Central Art Supply in Medford. They will help us display the art on the exterior of their building as a way to encourage teens to create more ART ON Canvas. The art will also be used as the backstage art to SSC Rising Star Events.

“We believe that when artists (teens) see their art displayed in our community they will feel validated and accepted. More artists will seek programs like LIFE Art to join. It is up to the adults in our community to create a caring environment for our youth to connect with and it starts with setting a positive example. We believe the art will stimulate conversation and empower our youth,” Mr. Ortega says.
The funding for these murals are through the YDC and the KEY ( Keep Encouraging Youth) Project in partnership with LIFE Art, Spartan Boxing, Juvenile Justice and Kids Unlimited.
"Bubbles," by Alondra Flores

“Bubbles,” by Alondra Flores

Funding ends October 15, 2015 for LIFE Art’s other programs:

G.E.M.S.

G.E.M.S. (Girls Expressing Many Strengths) is an after school program geared toward helping young teens learn to cope with life stressors through artistic expression and group support. The program is in partnership with Eagle Point School District and Medford School District.

One–2–One Mentorship Program

One-2-One Mentorship is designed to connect with students who need attention beyond group activities. Many of our participants are dealing with real life issues and struggles around poverty, relationships, family, substance abuse, and education. Connecting with certain students on a regular basis establishes a dependable connection with a caring adult role model.

LIFE Art New Logo

LIFE Art New Logo

Art With A Purpose

The Art with a Purpose sessions are about creating art that is focused on social issues that students face daily. Suicide prevention, self-image, anti-bullying campaigns, gang prevention and promoting civility are all topics that can be better addressed by our model: “Marketing for Kids Created by Kids.”

 

 

 

 

 

Now five years old, the LIFE Art program is in partnership with United Way, Jackson County Health and Human Services, Una Voz, Eastburn Photography LLC, Lenart Art Education Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation (Latino Partnership Project). Mr. Ortega and the LIFE Art staff and mentors thank Jackson County School District 9 Leadership and Staff for making it possible to offer their services within our schools and for the partnerships that support our students.

Come to the reception ~ meet Phil Ortega and the LIFE Art youth artists and mentors in person to learn more! You can help…come to the Rising Stars music competition nights, from which 100% of the profits will benefit LIFE Art!

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This studio of mine is humming with work right now, which is why it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. I have a backlog of about a dozen posts I want to write, including a long conversation I had with Jim Mott recently, as well as an assortment of random thoughts, some long overdue praise for a long-gone Thiebaud exhibit I saw at Aquavella,  and hopefully something about the fine new show of quasi-Tonalist contemporary work at Oxford Gallery right now, if I can pull away from painting long enough to focus on this blog. I’m almost done with work for my two-person show in March at Oxford, but still have plenty left to do–slowly and steadily–which generates a bit of anxiety as time grows short and the work proceeds at its own insistently careful pace. I’m loving the work though.

I’m also going to do a series of posts in reaction to my impulse purchase of The Birth of Tragedy, through the Kindle app on my tablet. I’ve been devouring it over the past few days. It’s an incredible book, very short and dense with original thought, and it’s hard to believe it’s so early in Nietzsche’s career, his first published work. The thinking is so subtle and complex, and the compression of his thinking reads like something from late in a philosopher’s career. In it, he questioned the role of science long before it became clear that technology could actually replace human beings, as it appears ready to do, and he went back to Greek tragedy to find a creative focus around which he could cluster glancing insights into art, philosophy and religion–in opposition to the notions of progress and rationality that arose with Socrates. I was softened up for a rereading of something by this German thinker after listening to so many podcasts from Entitled Opinions (whose host regularly revisits Heidegger’s interrogation of Western civilization, a project he inherited directly from Nietzsche, whose name also comes up regularly with guests on that Stanford University program.)

Now that I’ve reread this book, I think Nietzsche might actually have disapproved of the sort of painting I do, and that itself might be worth a post, because I would have something Contra Nietzsche to say on the matter, but he’s making me examine the assumptions underlying what I do. Very little of what’s so powerful in this book relates much to the notions for which Nietzsche eventually came to be known: the ubermensch, eternal recurrence, and so on. He returns again and again to the effect of music in classic Greek tragedy: how it unveils an entire world and obliteration of the self in a kind of cosmic sorrow and wonder that employs the events and characters of the drama as a shield through which that sorrow can be experienced as joy. His thinking strikes me as insightful when it comes to how the cleverness and conceptualism of art in the past century has broken it free of its moorings. The loss of those moorings is what he was lamenting just as modernism was coming to life–without being able to express directly what that central impetus was. So much to write, so little time . . . but I’ll be able to get back to posting soon.

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“In response to stereotypes and intolerance, one man — with a flowing beard and bright blue turban — dashes  around the Big Apple in a Captain America uniform.”

Learn more about the project by visiting:  http://www.redwhiteandbeardfilm.com/ 

 

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January came with sunshine this year.  

After two months of rain I loved this return of the sunshine like a friend I had thought I had lost.  

I've been working on my book for North Light, and am now almost on Chapter Seven.

This is a all consuming job, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

 

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What I have noticed is that when you love a subject, the words and the art pours out. I have also learned how to use my husbands Nikon, especially when I take photographs of my art. But my trusty Cannon is still best for still lifes and outside photographs!

But last weekend I was finally getting over an awful chest cold and I needed a break! Much of the work I do, and like many of you,is alone… being an artist is a solitary life. That is one reason why teaching and taking workshops is so important, to be with like souls and share your passion.

So I called a friend and we went to a workshop I was intrigued by, Shibori Dyeing taught by the beautiful and energy-filled Sharon Kifoyle.

Lorri Scott hosted this workshop in her studio high in the Santa Cruz mountains. Lorri's studio is one of my very favorite places to be.

I love being a student.

 

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Here are some of the things I made using silks and cottons,dyes, discharging and even Indigo dyeing.

 

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And our lovely teacher resting after the second day, with some of her own samples hanging behind her.

 

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This is some of Jan's work,

 

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And Lorri's…

 

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The processes were colorful and exciting to watch.

Bubbling and sizzling,

fizzy and frothy concoctions were brewed.

 

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I'm really excited about my projects.  From the beginning I was thinking of dyeing fabric for my books and my collages, (and to share at my worshops of course!). These will probably be cut up and stitched over…

 

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The process is actually quite complicated, soaking, dyeing, watering down,rinsing, heating, clamping, discharging and re-dyeing.  All repeated until you get the desired effect!

I love working on the vintage velvet and raw silk the best, but cotton, muslin and other silks are wonderful too.

 

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Now I am ready for this new year, and my wish for you is that spring will come soon,in your garden and in your heart!

Vist here to find out about my workshops… and here if you would like to friend me on Facebook!

 

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A Visit To It’s A Burl http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/01/26/a-visit-to-its-a-burl/ http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/01/26/a-visit-to-its-a-burl/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:12:13 +0000 http://www.mypaperarts.com/?p=2296 Continue reading

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Monday’s I usually share what I have been doing in my studio for the previous week. This week I’m sort of playing hooky from my studio. For some time now I’ve been taking the last week of January off. Rather than go away, this year I’m staying home and having a staycation.

It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon.

I’m walking the streets of Ashland and Medford and Grants Pass, checking out new and old shops for inspiration. I’m eating out at least one meal a day. I’m visiting friends. And, Saturday I went to visit one of my favorite places, It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. It’s located on Highway 99 between Grants Pass and the Oregon coast, near Cave Junction.

The front doors to the Gallery at It’s A Burl.

It’s a Burl is where I get all the burl wood for the bottoms of my Earth Spirit Vessels. It’s a magical place that reminds me of the feeling I had while reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It’s feels almost like a fantasy with wizards and wood elves.

This burl wood sculpture looks as though it could be from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

There is a Gallery which has incredible carvings by master woodworkers and carvers. There are clocks and bowls and furniture and things only an artist could imagine.

Wouldn’t this burl wood love seat make a spectacular statement in a living room?

Outside there is the yard where you can purchase hunks and slabs of burl wood. There’s a biplane that dangles in midair, an 8 foot wooden rooster and numerous multi story tree houses.

One of the tree houses at It’s A Burl.

Harvey and Joy Shinerock opened It’s A Burl in 1987. Harvey was a woodcarver who started working burls in 1977. Their grandson, Will, is the one who helps me pick just the right burl wood for the bottoms of my vessels. He even slices the slabs for me. My favorite wood is usually maple, but on Saturday I found a beautiful willow burl that I had to purchase.

Here is where I found my latest burl wood purchase.

In addition to the Gallery and the Gardens, there is burl wood that you can purchase. There are buckets full of small pieces of wood, but I just love wandering through the open shed like structures that house slabs and chunks of various types of burl wood. They are organized by wood type.

Daniel ‘s bench will be in the Gallery later this week.

On Saturday’s trip, I watched Daniel as he was finishing his latest creation, a bench. Daniel is a wood carver, but he said that every once in a while he just has to make a piece of furniture. This bench will be finished and in the Gallery later this week.

This bicycle is made out of burl wood. I’m not sure if It really can be ridden.

It’s a Burl is a fun place to visit. It’s easy to get lost wandering through the Gallery, Gardens and The Yard. There’s so much to see.

This wise old owl is in the Gallery at It’s A Burl.

If you would like to see how I make the burl wood into a base for one of my Earth Spirit Vessels, you can check out this Studio Snapshot.

This is a full sized horse made out of burl wood. It’s on the porch outside the Gallery.

Happy staycationing, Candy

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New Year and a New Look for LightGarden Glass Art! http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/new-year-and-a-new-look-for-lightgarden-glass-art/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/new-year-and-a-new-look-for-lightgarden-glass-art/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:41:44 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?p=96477  
     
LightGarden’s new home page makes it easier
to find what you are looking for!
 
 There is a new video for those who are still having problems programming your kiln! 
Use this video and the printable firing guides to start programming your own schedules. 
 
Look under “Resources/Video” for our first video.
More coming soon!
 
 
 Let us know what you think
about the new website layout.
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Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon UPDATE http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/arts-alliance-of-southern-oregon-update-2/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/arts-alliance-of-southern-oregon-update-2/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:05:53 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?p=96458 Continue reading Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon UPDATE

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Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon 
January 12, 2015, 2:30-4 PM, Rogue Gallery & Art Center Studio
Community Meeting Notes
 
Over 18 community members attended including artists, arts advocates, and representatives from art organizations including Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Art Presence, Edgy Art Events, Southern Oregon Guild, Grants Pass Commission for Public Art, Medford Arts Commission, Art Works, and more. Participants from throughout Southern Oregon  represented both Jackson and Josephine County as we came together to forge and strengthen the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon. 
 
We shared the history of the Arts Alliance:
In Spring 2013, leaders from various arts organizations gathered with a vision to strengthen partnership and improve communication for the benefit of the larger arts community. Since then, we regularly held panel discussions, public, and steering committee meetings to gather input as to what the Arts Alliance should be and came up with mission and vision statements.  Meeting locations varied throughout Southern Oregon in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, and Kerby in order to be accessible, inclusive, and to encourage participation by the regional arts community. 
 
MISSION: Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon is an organization of artists, arts organizations, arts advocates, and the public, dedicated to building a strong, creative and sustainable Southern Oregon arts community.
 
With ongoing input from our arts community, we decided to create an active and robust Arts Alliance to help our arts community thrive. Our vision for the Arts Alliance is to accomplish this mission through:
  • Developing a strong, supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having art as a common interest.
  • Strengthening the economies of Southern Oregon communities by increasing the demand for art and increasing arts advocacy.
  • Supporting activities that raise awareness of the importance of the arts and create opportunities for all to participate in and experience the arts.
2015 is the pilot year for the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon!
Presently, the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon is planning to launch: we are building a website, creating a map and calendar, designing and creating marketing materials, continuing to streamline communication, build membership, and we received a grant for this launch (thank you, OCF!). 
 
Together, we will be:
Inclusive, Positive, Communicative, Creative, Informative, Collaborative, a Resource
 
During the meeting we brainstormed slogans, or a tag line, for the arts marketing campaign. There were many great ideas but we narrowed down the many choices to these top hits (with number of votes):
Its SO Art (7)
A Brush With Art (6) 
SO heart Art (6)
See Art Be Art SO Art (3)
Keep Calm It’s Art (3)
Art For All (3)
One for All and All for Art (3)
 
The steering committee will meet next month to coordinate details for the arts marketing campaign including a logo design, regional coordination, fundraising, and to continue outreach to our blossoming arts community. We look forward to the Arts Alliance Launch in Spring 2015!
 
Thank you for participating and please encourage more artists and arts advocates to get involved in Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon. For now, our facebook page is a great resource for alls to artists, art events and opening receptions, inspiration and more: https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAllianceSO
 
Next Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon community meeting- Tues., April 14th from 2:30-3:30PM, Shield Room, The Bear Hotel, Grants Pass- SAVE THE DATE!
 
Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon
PO Box 24, Jacksonville, OR 97530
(Donations welcome as we prepare to launch!)
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New! Life Drawing Studio at Art Presence Art Center http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/new-life-drawing-studio-at-art-presence-art-center/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/new-life-drawing-studio-at-art-presence-art-center/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:35:28 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?p=96459 Continue reading New! Life Drawing Studio at Art Presence Art Center

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Starting in February, Art Presence Art Center will have life drawing opportunities.  We have hired an experienced  model who will pose on Mondays from 1 to 3 pm.  The cost for the 2 hour studio is $10.  There will be no instruction unless requested.  Bring your own supplies and join Catie Faryl and Anne Brooke in this new venture!

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Paul Cronin’s book of conversations with filmmaker Werner Herzog is called Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed. On the back cover of the book, Herzog offers a list of advice for filmmakers that doubles as general purpose life advice.

  1. Always take the initiative.
  2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
  3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
  4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
  5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
  6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
  7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
  8. There is never an excuse not to finish a film.
  9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
  10. Thwart institutional cowardice.
  11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
  12. Take your fate into your own hands.
  13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
  14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
  15. Walk straight ahead, never detour.
  16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
  17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
  18. Develop your own voice.
  19. Day one is the point of no return.
  20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.
  21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.
  22. Guerrilla tactics are best.
  23. Take revenge if need be.
  24. Get used to the bear behind you.

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