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March 2018 News from SOSA

March 2018 News from SOSA

March 2018 News from SOSA

Louise Slaughter - The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend

Louise Slaughter – The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend

Friday, March 16, 2018

Louise Slaughter - The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend The Americans for the Arts Action Fund mourns the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, who died today in Washington, D.C. at the age of 88. Louise has been a champion of the arts for decades and our organization and its members are profoundly saddened, but still spirited in her honor and grateful for all she has given in service to her constituents at home and nationwide through her passionate support for the value of the arts and arts education.

We will always remember Louise’s kindness, toughness, and effectiveness. She was elected to Congress in 1986 and was a fierce advocate for the arts and arts education and co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus for 23 years.

Passionate about her personal love for the arts, Louise once told an Arts Advocacy Day crowd about a conversation with her husband the night she was first elected to Congress: “My husband swears I told him this…after we’d gotten the results that I’d just won a seat in the House of Representatives, I said to him, ‘Well, all I really wanted to do was be a blues singer.’” Congresswoman Slaughter sang with a big band in college and her husband would often proudly show off a photo of Louise fronting the band.

Our Arts Advocacy Day crowds will miss her spirit, her encouragement, and her vision that the arts should be much better funded in America. Congresswoman Slaughter received the Congressional Arts Leadership Award in 1998 from Americans for the Arts and The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and every year she rallied thousands of arts advocates to speak to their Members of Congress about the value and importance of the arts. With what she described as a fire in her belly, Louise inspired everyone from art students in high school and heads of major cultural institutions to nationally recognized artists, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kerry Washington.

“It has been my honor to stand with Louise Slaughter on over 100 occasions in the last 23 years as she fought for arts support while she chaired the Congressional Arts Caucus,” said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. “I have called her a friend and friend of the arts for the entire 32 years she has been in Washington. I’m not sure there has ever been, or will be, an arts advocate who has more tenacity, fight, humor, and spirit of generosity than Louise Slaughter.

My favorite memory is when she was giving one of her signature passionate rousing talks about the arts and how she feared for young people losing opportunity. She suddenly spied a high school-aged boy in the group, my own 13-year-old nephew Ian. She looked at him and called out, ‘are you reading anything today?’ and he answered back citing a book of poetry and one on political action. Louise was so excited that she ran over to him, hugged him, and turned to crowd and said, ‘There is hope for America.’”

Recently Congresswoman Slaughter co-authored an Arts Advocacy Day letter to her Congressional colleagues calling for support of funding for the arts and arts education at the national level saying, “The American public wants and needs an affordable investment in the arts” and “Federal investment in the arts provides all Americans with expanded opportunities to engage with the arts in each state and district.”

As Louise often stated and lived herself, “the power of the arts transcends our differences, transports our imaginations, and teaches our children.” Her longtime passion and energy for the arts and arts education are also reflected in her dedication to the people she served, and when it came to Congressional debate, Louise was an eloquent advocate who never, ever let up. Americans for the Arts will miss our friend but continue to be inspired by her leadership.

An integral part of Arts Advocacy Day both onsite and offsite, Congresswoman Slaughter composed op-eds to further champion the cause—in 2017, and in 2015 with Congressional Arts Caucus co-chair Leonard Lance (R-NJ). Louise’s rousing speeches to arts advocates at Arts Advocacy Day can be viewed here: Arts Advocacy Day 2013Arts Advocacy Day 2014, and Arts Advocacy Day 2015.

Pictured: Arts Action Fund President and CEO Bob Lynch pictured with Louise Slaughter at her official Congressional portrait dedication ceremony on April 15, 2015, in honor of her serving as Chairman of the Rules Committee. 


Thank you,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director


SOSA February 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Details

SOSA February 2018 Meeting Details and Newsletter

Southern Oregon Society of Artists February Meeting

SOSA February meeting : sosa logo southern oregon society of artistsSouthern Oregon Society of Artists February Meeting

The Southern Oregon Society of Artists will be holding its February meeting a week early. This month’s meeting date is February 19 at the Medford Public Library at 7 p.m. It’s best to be there 10 minutes early as the Library doors close at 7:00 pm.

Guest Artist:

Ryan Moon was born and raised in Medford.  Following his graduation from Southern Oregon Art School, he was recruited to teach there for six years. He currently has a studio in downtown Medford where he gives private lessons, teaches part-time in valley schools, and markets his work on line.

A skilled draftsman working in oil, he prefers the human form, yet is proficient in any subject. His unusual process works an abstract twist over a very accurate under-painting.  It promises to be a fascinating evening.

Questions? Call Judy Grillo at 541-625-3285 or BJ Mathis at 541-414-4993

SOSA January Newsletter – Monthly Meeting Tonight at 7

Please click the image for a larger version of the SOSA January 2018 Newsletter that’s easier to read.
Southern Oregon Society of Artists January 2018 Newsletter with Monthly Meeting date

Kay Myer Illustrates New Book, “Toadface”!

Toadface, cover art by Kay Myer for book by Sandra Phoenix

Kay Myer just sent us the lovely and endearing cover art she created for Sandra Phoenix’s new book, “Toadface.” She has also created illustrations which appear throughout the book. We do not have those illustrations, which does make the book that much more enticing to purchase. Congratulations on a great job, Kay!

Christin Lore Weber Reads from New Book Feb 3

Image of cover art for Widow's Walk, book by Christin Lore Weber

Christin Lore Weber reads from and talks about her newly released novel, WIDOW’S WALK, on Saturday, February 3, at 1 P.M. at the newly renovated ART PRESENCE in Jacksonville, OR.

Weber, the author of many published books, invites you to come with friends who might enjoy that delicious feeling of being read to. Enjoy refreshments in the gallery, the gentle music of guitar, keyboard, and flute by Minstrel Streams, and the works of local artists to appreciate and possibly to add to your collection.

WIDOW’S WALK will be on sale along with the books of other local writers. You can also find her novel at in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Image of cover art for Views of the Moon: Tales for Meditators, by John SackFor a warm-up, you can visit the Widow’s Walk, A Novel page on Facebook where she posted a 3 minute video of herself reading the opening page of the story.

Christin’s husband, John Sack, is also the author of many thoughtful books. His most recent, Views of the Moon: Tales for Meditators, was just published and is now available at and

You can buy Widow’s Walk and Christin’s previously published books locally at Art Presence and online at:

Below is a flyer with reviews. Please click to enlarge for easier reading:
Widows Walk Flyer to promote Christin Lore Weber's new book

Owls by Eva Thiemann at Creekside Pizza in Ashland

I am having oil paintings of Great Grey Owl, Snowy Owl and Great Horned owls and bears at the Creekside Pizza which is part of Ashland Gallery Association. Exhibit from January till beginning of March 2018Artist Eva Thiemann shows her oil paintings of Great Grey Owls, Snowy Owls and Great Horned Owls at Creekside Pizza, an Ashland Gallery Association member. Also on display are her wonderful paintings of bears. Eva’s style is unique and vibrant, born of years of watching bears in Alaska, with her subjects realistically rendered, but with the addition of beautiful colors, and semi-abstract backgrounds of snowy mountain ranges. Her exhibit of paintings is available for viewing from January through the beginning of March 2018.

Reception for New Art Exhibits at Rogue Gallery

Art Reception for new exhibits at the Rogue Gallery on January 19, 2017

Main Gallery exhibit

Human Connection: Figurative Paintings by Karen Staal

Exhibit date: January 5–February 16, 2018

Working in oil and acrylic, Ashland artist Karen Staal creates figurative paintings. She refines the figures to their essence, creating new harmonies with line, shape, and color. By her use of negative space, she evokes a narrative or relationship that expresses unity and joy.

This exhibit spans several decades of figurative paintings by Karen Staal. Each of the paintings presents the figures as connected and one with the canvas. Serene swimmers by the pool, jazz musicians at their instruments, embracing couples, and individuals in quiet contemplation are reverently interpreted, creating paintings of calmness and peace. Karen has exhibited throughout Oregon and California. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Community Gallery Exhibit

Rogue Impressions and Beyond: paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Exhibit date: January 5 – February 2, 2018

Trujillo paints the landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon. Applied in an impasto finish, these paintings communicate mood and a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season. Her work inspires the viewer to see the awe and beauty in their ordinary surroundings.

Applied in an impasto finish, Silvia Trujillo’s paintings communicate mood and a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season. The artist states “I wish to encourage and inspire the viewer to see more; to see the awe and beauty in the ordinary landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon.” Silvia Trujillo is an artist and art instructor in Northern California and Oregon. Her work has been shown in The Crocker Art Museum, California State Capitol/ Office of the Governor, and The Haggin Art Museum. She is a master colorist, emphasizing color relationships and works in both impressionistic and realistic styles. Silvia’s love of the natural world takes her into the realms of landscape, portraiture, animals and botanicals, expressing the sacred connection in all of life.

Refreshments by Harry and David will be served at the reception on January 19 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

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

Art du Jour Pen, Pencil and Ink People's Choice Contest February 2018

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