Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE!
ArtistsBillofRights.org reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more.

ASCEND 2022 Creatives Conference in Jacksonville

Oil Painting, film making and production, and musical inspiration. Join other creatives from across the West Coast at ASCEND 2022 creatives conference and workshops July 14th (early bird classes), 15, and 16th in Jacksonville, Oregon! And sign up early as some class sizes are limited. Inspiring professional instructors and captivating speakers, with 4 major FOCUS PATHS to choose from. Oil Painting with Frank Ordaz, plus see his original works with Lucas Film and so much more.   Filmmaking with Jeff Bates from The Chosen. Thrive in your craft, impact culture, and confidently forge ahead while being energized by fellow creatives!  Use SOAR coupon for $25 discount. Register at AscendWestCoast.com by July 10th.

Tribute to a Masterpiece Friend + Beauty From Ashes


Beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

Spectacular fall greetings!


The Creator’s palette of brilliant changing colors carries with it the onset of a new season, even as we’ve enjoyed a great season of events as Masterpiece has been connecting culture to Christ through fine art.

The two pieces of artwork below were featured in our September benefit art exhibit and auction Beauty from Ashes. Prints of both pieces are on sale for a limited time to commemorate the event. Read on below for more information about the event and these and other prints.


Angel Light by Sandy Cathcart.
Prints available for purchase



The Gift by Mera Oliveria.
Prints available for purchase

Tribute to a Great Masterpiece Friend and His Lasting Impact

But first, a tribute to one of our dearest friends and founding artists in our Masterpiece family, Mick McGinty, who passed away from cancer last month. Masterpiece President Jeanne Randall said this in remembrance of him:

Mick’s talents were well-recognized in America throughout the corporate world and Hollywood. We laughed at our art conference where Mick was teaching as he admitted what a great year it was for him financially when he produced the Joe Camel image we ALL recognized. We’ve always preached the power of images! And, with his success that year, he put in a pool in his home in Arizona! But, he was grateful for what he now viewed as part of his higher calling.

Mick produced the very first piece of original art specifically for a Masterpiece exhibit, Let There Be Light, in 2008: the powerful Walk on Water. He believed in our brand new mission. When his piece arrived in my inbox to preview for the show, it was accompanied with Mick’s words to the effect of, “Is this what you had in mind… something like this?” I was stunned and ecstatic. I teared up. It was so poignant, so powerful, and I knew we were among masters. 

We then traveled with Mick’s pieces alongside all the other powerful depictions. He was a masterful visual storyteller. We often laughed in front of Drowning Pigs, “Who would actually want this piece in their church or over the living room mantle?” But, once you saw it, you never forgot it! As we toured, that piece enabled us to speak truth of the reality of demons, the power of Jesus Christ over the demonic realm and possession, and the supernatural ability and love of Jesus to restore a man to new life, sanity, wholeness, and hope.


Drowning Pigs by Mick McGinty.


Sunday’s Ride by Mick McGinty.


Walk on Water by Mick McGinty.
Prints available for purchase



Moses and the Bronze Serpent by Mick McGinty.

I will miss Mick so much as a friend and colleague. The onset of Mick’s cancer was very swift, and within twelve weeks of his diagnosis, he was gone. But, just days before his passing, he was joyously baptized in his pool. 

I wish there were more time for Mick to create Biblically-themed pieces. But those he created will continue speaking and testifying to these truths well beyond Mick’s passing. Through his remembrance, I am reminded of our responsibility to act on the opportunities we have NOW, using our gifts and talents to the glory of God, as one day, any day, we will cross the finish line, and in this realm, we will be no more. Part of Mick’s legacy is preserved through his art that remains with us in Masterpiece’s permanent collection.

In remembrance of Mick’s legacy, Masterpiece is offering for purchase on our website prints of his masterwork Walk on Water. Click here to view the prints.

Beauty from Ashes

This fall, Masterpiece was honored to partner with a number of local artists to host Beauty from Ashes, an art exhibit and auction benefiting victims of the Almeda Fire which raged in our Rogue Valley last year. The event took place on the one-year anniversary of the Almeda Fire, so the setting for our exhibit could not have been more relevant. Empowered Life Church in Talent was miraculously spared from fire damage last year, and the people of the church have played a crucial role in offering aid and comfort to their community.


Standing in the Fire by Charity Hubbard.
Original available for purchase


Phoenix Rising by Jennifer Garrett.
Prints available for purchase

To further commemorate Beauty from Ashes, we would like to offer for purchase four of the pieces that were on display in the exhibit, each of which were created by longtime friends of Masterpiece. Our featured art for the event was Jennifer Garrett’s Phoenix Rising, which was a perfect thematic and stylistic centerpiece. Charity Hubbard told a beautiful story of preservation and perseverance in Standing in the Fire, a piece with which many visitors of the exhibit connected. Mera Oliveria’s The Gift touched many hearts with its enlivening depiction of hope, and Sandy Cathcart fashioned a captivating depiction of heavenly being in Angel Light. If you are interested in purchasing prints of these pieces, please click here. 10% of proceeds go to further help victims recover. To join the growing number of artists and patrons who believe in Masterpiece and our work connecting culture to Christ through fine art, you can give here now.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.
II Timothy 4:22

Visit our website!

Beauty From Ashes


Not forgotten… Commemorating With Hope

On Sept. 8th, 2020, traumatic, life-altering fires swept through the towns of Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix, Oregon, in a catastrophic event known as the Almeda Fire. A bit further north, the Obenchain fires burned in Eagle Point and Trail. Over 2,400 homes were lost, families and individuals and life works in businesses were displaced or lost. Recovery has been a challenge.

You, the survivors, are not forgotten. Inspired by the beautiful passage from Isaiah 61, Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts shares its Beauty From Ashes live art exhibit at Empowered Life Church in Talent, Oregon.  This church survived the fire without damage when everything around it in every direction burned.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8th, come for the art and artist reception at 6:00 p.m. and the commemorative service at 7:00 pm, or visit the exhibit in person from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the 9th and 10th. Sixteen artists have contributed to this compelling remembrance of faith, hope, and love.  Including creations with beautiful repurposed textiles. Come and give/receive comfort and hope.

Our online auction will help families who are still struggling to recover.  Register now and view the online auction page here to register to bid or donate: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/beauty-from-ashes-benefit-exhibit-26253  Auction opens and bidding starts Wednesday,Sept. 8, at noon and goes through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11th.  An please share this email to include your friends and family in the auction opportunity to help.

Visit our website: mcfineartsfoundation.org for more information.

Empowered Life Church is located at 322 S. Pacific Hwy, Talent, Oregon.

Phoenix Rising by Jennifer Garrett
Phoenix Rising by Jennifer Garrett
For Such a Time As This,  gown by Katrina Cheshire
The Gift by Mera Oliveria
Standing In The Fire by Charity Hubbard


Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation · 17575 Highway 66 · Ashland, OR 97520-9406 · USA

December News from Masterpiece Fine Arts Foundation

Masterpiece celebrates Christmas through the eyes of artists! We invite you to celebrate Christ with us this season.  Display the beauty through art in your home and church this month as you share His epic story. And give today for our exciting Magna Deo Cultural Center project as we visually connect culture to Christ through fine art now and enter our Capital Campaign in 2021.  Be a part of launching a new start in 2021.
Watch the Magna Deo vision cast
Peruse the Magna Deo plan
Artists have been gifting the world with marvelous Biblical narratives for centuries.  Enjoy old and new classics from Masterpiece’s collection of masters.  Including our beautiful and affordable “Mini” masters, table top  canvas prints, perfect for your fireplace mantle, library table or Christmas wall cluster.  Declaring the season with art and beauty!
See our collection
Make a donation
Worship and adore Him…Christ the Lord!  From all of us at Masterpiece…Have a joyous and Christ enriched Christmas celebration!

The Exciting Night is Nearing – RSVP by Oct. 21st

A Delicious and Revealing Event
| A NEW DOOR |  |LET’S OPEN IT! |

RSVP BY OCT. 21ST

2019 Masterpiece Benefit Event Saturday, Nov. 2nd
@Ashland Hills Hotel

Enjoy a stellar evening of exhibits, delicious buffet, new Biblically themed art, silent auction, music and most recent updates.  Hear about ways we are reaching culture for Christ through Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation.

Including our exciting Capital Campaign for our Magna Deo project in Ashland.
Come Open this New Door with us!

Saturday, Nov. 2nd6:00 Social and silent auction, inspiring art
( Bid on an epic helicopter adventure over Crater Lake and so much more!)

6:30 Dinner & program
with speaker

Head Pastor @ The Story Ashland

Tickets $35 per person

or introduce others to the work we do to connect culture
to Christ through fine art and

Sponsor a table for 10
$350 

Please reserve your place by Oct. 21st.

Buy my tickets now

For more information email [email protected]
or call 541-601-7496.

I cannot attend but would like to support the work Masterpiece does to bring truth, grace, beauty and nobility to culture through fine art

Donate now
Dan Chen Lucite etching
Dan will be with us Nov. 2nd and  introducing his newest sculpture “Ascension”
Copyright © 2019 Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation
17575 Highway 66
Ashland, OR 97520-9406

2019 Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Benefit Event Saturday, Nov. 2nd

| A NEW DOOR |  |LET’S OPEN IT |

2019 Masterpiece Benefit Event
Saturday, Nov. 2nd
@Ashland Hills Hotel

Enjoy a stellar evening of exhibits, fabulous dinner, new Biblically themed art, silent auction
music and the most recent updates.  Hear about our programs and ways we are reaching our culture for Christ through Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation.

Including our update of our exciting Capital Campaign for our
Magna Deo project in Ashland.
Come Open this New Door with us!

Saturday, Nov. 2nd6:00 Social and silent auction

6:30 Dinner & program
@2525 Ashland Street, just off exit 14 in Ashland

Make it a date night!
Overnight accommodations are also available at the venue for a delightful Ashland get-away

Tickets $35 per person

or introduce others to the work we do to connect culture to Christ through fine art and

Sponsor a table for 10
$350 

Please reserve your place by Oct. 21st.

Buy tickets

For more information email [email protected]
or call 541-601-7496.

I cannot attend but would like to support the work Masterpiece does to bring truth, grace, beauty and nobility to culture through fine art

Donate now
Prodigal Series- by Charlie Mackesy
Copyright © 2019 Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation
17575 Highway 66
Ashland, OR 97520-9406

Ascend 2019

ascend 2019 large logo - masterpiece christian  fine artsAscend 2019

Coming this June 17-21 in Ashland, Oregon is an opportunity for young artists and musicians to be inspired and challenged to develop excellence in their artistic and musical giftings!

Do you have a child or grandchild 15-30 years old who are endeavoring to reach higher heights in their craft? Come and experience moving presentations from a variety of inspiration speakers and in-depth teaching from 12 top professionals in their field, like Frank Ordaz who has years of experience working for Lucas Films on sets such as the original Star Wars. This just may be the perfect opportunity for life-altering inspiration! Sponsored by Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation and hosted at The Story church in Ashland, get in on Ascend 2019, a VERY AFFORDABLE four-day Artist & Musician Conference. Registration deadline is June 1 — visit our event website for details and registration!

Emotional Power in a Figurative Painting Workshop

| FINAL CALL |

Only two openings remaining at…

MAY 16 – 18 IN EUGENE, OREGON

Don’t wait any longer! Registration closes May 1!

Register now to secure one of the final two openings in this

workshop!

What makes a great painting connect so powerfully with the viewer?  And as artists, how can we create works that are increasingly effective and emotionally impacting?

Study with renowned artist Ron DiCianni for this two day hands-on painting workshop in exploration of this fascinating topic. Plus, enjoy an evening (Thurs, May 16) with Ron as he tells his story and expounds on his vast experiences in the role of art and faith in culture spanning four decades.

EMOTIONAL POWER – IN A FIGURATIVE PAINTING 

 Masterpiece and Pacific Rim Guild Members Discount: $295 
Registration Fee: $325

Lodging:
Pacific Rim Art Guild (Eugene faith based art guild) offers host housing
or dorm lodging at New Hope College
Contact Dan Chen (541.461.3735 | [email protected])
or enjoy one of the many other Eugene hotels or inns.

Do you have a spouse, family member, or friend joining you for the weekend? Click here to see how they too can participate in this beauty-filled weekend!

Details & Registration
Copyright © 2019 Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
17575 Hwy. 66, Ashland, Or. 97520, 541.601.7496
[email protected]  www.mcfineartsfoundation.org
Masterpiece is a registered 501(c)3 non -profit corporation registered in Oregon

Art of The Passion Week

PASSION WEEK
with Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts
| THE CROSS | THE RESURRECTION |
|WE BELIEVE |

WELCOMING IN THE EASTER SEASON!
Connect your family and friends to truth by creating a dedicated wall or clusters of inspiration and beauty in your home.
Pieta by Michelangelo, The Believer by Frank Ordaz,
Christ Before His Crucifixion by Henry Thomas Bosdet
Below: Triumphant Entry by Tom duBois
– ART LOVERS –

Is this celebration not the pivotal event in history?
Move over Easter bunny. Let your walls and your home speak to hearts and minds and affirm the truth of this season. Masterpiece is featuring new ways that you can invite the presence of truth through art, both historic and contemporary, into the beauty of your home.  See these beautiful suggestions and more at our online store!

With this selection of both historical and contemporary artworks expressing the powerful message of the Passion week, we are offering several canvas sizes, framed prints, and mounted miniature canvases for each artwork image. Now you have all the options needed to create the perfect custom collection of Passion Week art to enhance your home with beauty and passion!

Start Shopping
| FREE SHIPPING on orders of $100 + |
orders take 6-10 days for shipping.
So order by April 10th for guaranteed delivery by Easter.

Crucifixion
by Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640) was considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens’s highly charged compositions reference many of the highly emotional aspects of Christian history. Perfect for a “Cross” wall or home wall of inspiration. View the multiple framed color options!

Shop this Item »

Ecco Homo
by Antonio Ciseri

This beautiful historic painting, available as a 5×7 inch miniature mounted canvas is sure to carry a passionate presence in your home. The ‘miniature’ size of this piece is excellent for a table top easel or a seasonal addition to your wall of inspiration!.

Shop this Item »

The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection
by Eugene Burnand

The urgency and excitement in the disciples’ eyes as they bolt to see their Lord has risen! Add to your home a breath of refreshment this Easter season with the addition of this passionate piece that speaks new life with its brushstrokes! Available now!

Shop this Item »

He is Risen
by Ruth Heath

The moment Mary observes Christ’s empty tomb–it connects your family and friends to visually declare this pivotal event in history. Perfect for wall cluster art displays, small table top easels, or multiple clipped hanging systems.

Shop this Item »

Copyright © 2019 Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation
17575 Highway 66
Ashland, OR 97520-9406

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation ASCEND 2019

Are you endeavoring to become the best YOU as a young artist or musician? Mark your calendar now for June 17 – 21 and join us at

A West Coast Convergence of Young Artists & Musicians

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation is partnering with The Story church in Ashland, OR to host ASCEND 2019, a four-day artist and musician conference in the heart of Ashland.  Young artists and musicians, ages 15-30, from up and down the West Coast will engage in great vision-building, inspiration, and technical instruction by an incredible team of professionally trained and experienced artists and musicians.  Participants will gather in morning and afternoon sessions in specific learning tracks, plus engage in morning and evening all group devotions and worship, inspiring featured speakers, and lunches and dinners.  This will be a week packed full of inspiring connection and unforgettable community!

(above: Rhaspody in Orange by Frank Ordaz, Jim Wright by Ryan Moon, Chalk Art by Cathy Gallatin)
– STUDY TRACKS –
ENERGIZE THE INTERSECTION OF YOUR GIFTS AND YOUR FAITHENJOY THE CAMARADERIE OF OTHERS PURSUING EXCELLENCE IN THEIR CRAFT

SET YOUR SIGHT ON A NEW AND VIBRANT TRAJECTORY TO BECOME THE NEXT GENERATION OF INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS

     ART       |       MUSIC

art
| Frank Ordaz |

Oil Painting: Figurative| Ryan Moon |
Oil Painting: Portraiture

| Cathy Gallatin
& Mera Oliveria |

Mural & Chalk Art

| Jennifer Garrett |
Digital Drawing/Art

With our team of highly experienced, professional artist instructors, you’ll gain a vast range of in-depth, inspirational teaching as you’re guided through these hands-on workshops and discover  a broad scope of technical skills, a brief history of the impact of Biblical art throughout history, and the impact artists can continue to have  in His story of reconciling people to Himself!

music
| Steve Hopkins & Matt Combe & Jeremy Oliveria |

Worship & Songwriting| Zachary Sprunger |
Keyboard/Piano

| Michael Farley |
Intermediate & Advanced Guitar

| Jennifer Davis |
Vocals

| Jim Abdo |
Recording Studio

Our team of Spirit-filled professional musicians and songwriters are collaborating to bring a rich learning experience to each individual student, as they will venture through the foundations of music, theory, technical skills, and the importance of music in bringing the Kingdom of God!

| SCHEDULE, LODGING, DETAILS |

Activities from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Morning and evenings  devotions, worship, and featured speakers. Morning and afternoon specific track interests (i.e Oil Painting: Portraiture, Keyboard/Piano, etc). All lunches and dinners provided -breakfasts not included.  Ends Friday a.m. at 10:00 a.m.

COST

$260 — Early Registration before April 15
$250 — Register with a group before April 15 ($10 discount per person)
$280 — Registration after April 15
$270 — Register with a group after April 15 ($10 discount per person)

* Registration fee does not include lodging. See lodging recommendations below.

Masterpiece has reserved lodging at the Ashland Commons Hostel, just within walking distance to The Story. This accommodation is $40/night; reserve a place through the ASCEND 2019 registration form.
Alternatively, Masterpiece has also reserved a block of campsites at Emigrant Lake County Recreation Area, just a 15 minute drive from The Story. This accommodation option is $20/night per site for up to 8 guests–group sites are available. Mention group name ‘ASCEND 2019’ when reserving your place. Contact Emigrant Lake County Recreation Area to book a site (541) 774-8183.  Or reserve another fine Ashland lodging establishment of your choosing.

Please visit ascend2019.com for full information and details.
Contact us with any questions:
[email protected]
541.601.7496

SEE IT ALL & REGISTER! @ ASCEND 2019 WEBSITE
We hope to see you this summer at ASCEND 2019!

Sincerely,

JEANNE RANDALL
President & Founder
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

With XAVIER BRASSEUR
Head Pastor @The Story
And the entire Ascend 2019 Team

mcfineartsfoundation.org
[email protected]
541.601.7496