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Umpqua Valley Arts Call to Artists

Umpqua Valley Arts Call to Artists


ArtWorks NW 2016: a juried art show

This event began in 2007. It was originally titled “Hundred Valleys” to showcase the local pride in the beautiful Umpqua Valley area of Oregon. In 2012 the name changed to reflect the broader regional outreach and impact of this increasingly important venue; ArtWorks NW’s sister show PhotoWorks NW was also began in 2012. In 2015, UVAA married ArtWorks NW and PhotoWorks NW into one exhibition. We are excited to offer this call to artists from the Pacific Northwest as an opportunity to have their work recognized and enjoyed by the viewing public. Open to all media. Cash awards! Exhibit dates for the 2016 show are May 6–June 27. Entry deadline is March 4, 2016. Full, downloadable prospectus and entry form below:

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Umpqua Valley Arts Call to Photographers

Umpqua Valley Arts Call to Photographers

UVAA calls to photographers for May 6-June 27, 2016 “Photography Now!”open show juried by Laura Valenti, photographer and director of Photolucida. Cash awards!

Submission deadline March 4; online application available here.

For questions and additional information contact: Arts Center, Gallery Manager, 541-672-2532

About Juror Laura Valenti

Laura Valenti is a photographer, curator, educator, and arts director based in Portland, Oregon. She works as Outreach Director at Photolucida, a nonprofit that works to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds. Previously, she worked as Program Director and co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography. Laura curates photography exhibitions around the country and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Center for Fine-Art Photography, Photographic Resource Center, and RayKo Photo Center. She also recently curated a major northwest landscape photography exhibition for the Oregon Historical Society. “Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape” was on display at OHS November 2014 through May 2015. A documentary portraiture exhibition Laura curated was just shown at the Lishui International Photography Festival (China) in November 2015.

Laura frequently serves as a juror for photography competitions. She has juried for Center’s Director’s Choice Awards, Photo District News, The Oregonian, Critical Mass, Rangefinder Magazine, LightBox Photographic, and more. She has also served as a reviewer at various portfolio review events, such as Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and Photolucida.

Laura loves to help photographers clarify their vision and produce stronger work. She teaches online courses that focus on helping photographers identify sources of inspiration and reach photographic goals. She also lectures about photography and the creative practice and teaches immersive weekend photography retreats. As a long-time photographer, she has an intimate perspective on the creative process and can work with emerging photographers to develop their skills as well as their creative voice. Her degree is from Reed College.

Full prospectus follows:

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Zegers Raffle Tickets

A-North-Umpqua-Morning-thumbTen Dollars for a Zegers??

That’s right, you can buy a raffle ticket with the chance to own Paul Zegers’ beautiful A North Umpqua Morning (above) for only $10. Raffle tickets can be purchased at UVAA, over the phone, or online, with the drawing taking place December 19th.


Wednesday Night Special

 August 20th

Our galleries will be open from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m. so that you can enjoy the stunning artwork created by UVAA members, and the joyful pieces from our summer art camp students.

From 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. you are invited to participate
in a community conversation on the topic:

What does it mean to be a member of UVAA?

This topic is especially vital since UVAA is a member-based organization. We will reflect upon and discuss such questions as:

  • Who does UVAA serve? And how?
  • What should motivate/inspire someone to be a member of UVAA?
  • What is a member’s responsibility to UVAA?
  • What is a member organization and why did UVAA choose this organizational structure?

Everyone is invited to participate, whether you are a UVAA member or not.

Local Arts In Action

UVAA Gets a Fish Out Front

Artist Kim Blodgett created a mosaic-covered salmon to grace the entryway of the UVAA building! Come by and check it out! Sculpture design was done by Dean Allison.

The Oregon Birthday Banner Project was a success!

Thanks to Marie Rasmussen and many dedicated volunteers, the art of 39 artists (many of them UVAA members) made this project possible! All the art on the banners depicted subjects from Oregon to celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150 year anniversary) of Oregon statehood.

The banners were exhibited on the outside entryway during the 21st Annual UVAA Summer Arts Festival and then moved to the streets of the Roseburg Town Center for Graffiti Days (July 8-12) and continued to hang until the conclusion of the celebration on September 26.

All of the banners were for sale and the proceeds helped to support the Umpqua Valley Arts Center.

The original funding for the Banner Project was provided by the City of Roseburg through funds that promote tourism.

UVAA partners with local artist Renee Richardson to beautify and inspire!    April 2008

  This mural was created by the students of Eastwood Elementary School, under the supervision of Artist Renee Richardson. Cindy Towers, a third grade teacher at Eastwood, was determined to bring a project to the school that would reflect the unique attributes of Eastwood. Renee was commissioned with funds from a grant from the Umpqua Valley Art Center, the Parent Teacher Organization of Eastwood School and the Student Council.

The children were asked to draw pictures of what they envisioned when given the three themes of the mural: The Fish Hatchery, the Nature Trail, and the Duck Pond.  Renee took all the ideas and put them together depicting the themes.  Every child broke tiles of different colors and glued them on a fiberglass mesh.  The Student Council, which consists of  two representatives from each intermediate class, made all the clay pieces.  Renee attached the mesh onto the frame and grouted it.

Fish Hatchery – The students of Eastwood School raise salmon from fry and release them into Deer Creek each year to stimulate the return of the salmon run.

Nature Trail – There is an extensive trail system around the  school where students learn in open classrooms about the special ecosystem in the area, including wildlife and plants.  By using an authentic Native American house on the grounds the students also absorb Indian culture.

Duck Pond – Children learn about aquatic life, insects and the water cycle through activities at the pond.  Scooping up buckets of water, the children examine their collections through microscopes to understand the balance of nature.

Kudos to Renee Richardson for having the ambition and creativity to see this project through for our local children.  There may be more to come, too!

Welcome Back Hebe! Honoring our past…..1908-2007

  The original Hebe Fountain was a joint project of the 1895 Mental Culture Club (now known as the Roseburg Woman’s Club and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union). Providing water for horses, dogs and people, the fountain stood in the intersection of Cass and Main Streets. The dedication of the fountain took place on September 30, 1908. On April 3, 1912, a runaway team of horses struck the fountain flinging the statue on to the street.

As part of a Roseburg Town Center historic restoration it was decided to replace the Hebe Fountain and put it in Eagles Park, a site that had been considered in 1908.

The original sculpture was created by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). The contemporary Hebe sculpture was cast from molds made from the original figure which now stands in the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Hebe Fountain was re-dedicated in Roseburg on September 30, 2007.

Our eternal gratitude goes to Marie Rasmussen for sharing her knowledge, time, effort, labor, dedication and unending perseverance to see this project through to its completion.  The following artists are credited for literally “giving of their hands and hearts” in the reconstruction of this beautiful statue: Marie Rasmussen, Ted Isto, Dick Worthey and Tom Pappas.

Clay Place Winter Session…

Winter Session starting up at the Clay Place!

Want to join in the fun?  see more …


Here are some links to articles from local news publications relating to the Arts Center or our members. Whenever we show up in the news, we will post links to the articles here. (Please note that to access the News Review articles, you must have a subscription account.)

Conceptual Artist Renee Couture, OPB Oregon Art Beat

Summer Arts Festival 2012, News Review, June 2012

Summer Arts Festival Volunteers, News Review, June 2012

Making History, News Review, June 2012

ArtWorks NW, News Review, June 2012

Days of Art Field Trips for Schools, KPIC, May 2012

1 for All Fundraiser, News Review, May 2012

UVC Students Beautify UVAA Grounds, KPIC, April 2012

UVAA Building Named to Historic Register, News Review, March 2012

Member Artist Barbara Tannewitz, News Review, March 2012

Art Classes for Women Veterans, News Review, March 2012

Student Art Show Showcases Local Student Art, News Review,February 2012

Miwako Bagley’s Art to Be Displayed at OSU, News Review, February 2012

Window Renovation Editorial, News Review, January 2012

Art Express Brings Art to Schools, News Review, January 2012

Energy Efficient Window Renovation, News Review, January 2012

The Arts Scene in Douglas County, News Review, December 2011

Santa’s Unique Boutique at UVAA, News Review, December 2011

Oksana’s Art in Gallery II, News Review, December 2011

Updated Message from the UVAA regarding the name change

Message from the UVAA regarding the name change of the Hundred Valleys Show

Roseburg Seeks Historic Status for UVAA Building, News Review, August 2011

Ed Moorin Trust Scholarship, Press Release, August 2011

Metal Artist Jim Lockwood, News Review, July 2011

Plein Air Painters in Roseburg, News Review, July, 2011

43rd Annual Summer Arts Festival, News Review, June 2011

Printmakers on Paper Exhibit, News Review, March 2011