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Art Deadlines List – February 2019 Edition
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Public art commissions, art competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, residencies, art festivals, call for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities, in all disciplines, for art students, art teachers, and artists of all ages, all skill levels, in all disciplines, everywhere. A subscription to the Premium list guarantees you will be the first to view announcements and have access to ALL announcements.


April 02, 2019
ARTISTS MAGAZINE ANNUAL ART COMPETITION Artists Magazine’s Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of Artists Magazine, this competition is for you! $24,000 in cash prizes plus publication in Artists Magazine. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2nnyvmA




April 30, 2019 SLOWART PRODUCTIONS | GLOBAL MELTDOWN
 This call is for a thematic exhibition based on the Global Meltdown Crisis, all aspects of the crisis, be it global, local, personal, environmental, financial, psychological, scientific and/or spiritual. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, June 14 – July 13, 2019 . Entry is open to all artists working in any media. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2VrYF6l

March 04, 2019 CAMERA USA® 2019: NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT $5,000 PRIZE Now in its 9th year, Camera USA® 2019 is a national competition created by the Naples Art Association to inspire and encourage photographers of all skill levels and from all regions of the USA. The exhibit program features 3 professional jurors, one prize of $5,000, five $100 honorable mention awards, and culminates with a photography exhibit in Naples, Florida from June 3 through July 5, 2019. Entry Fee. Details: 239-262-6517 OR https://bit.ly/2Pw7Y1L OR [email protected]

 

March 06, 2019ANNMARIE’S SALON DES REFUSES: LAST CHANCE SHOW & SALE Modeled after the Parisian Salon of 1862, Annmarie’s Salon des Refuses, or ’exhibition of rejects’, will include works that have previously been turned down by a gallery or show, or just haven’t sold. Let’s give these rejects, underappreciated, and misunderstood works another chance! Entry Fee. Details: 410-326-4640 OR http://bitly.com/2HIDzyu

 

March 08, 2019TIME JURIED CALL FOR ARTISTS NATIONAL Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition May 4 – June 1, 2019. Juried by James H. Rubin, Time seeks visual works that engage the notion of time on some level, whether relating to the concept, the experience, or the evocation of time. The exhibition will accept all visual art mediums except sound and video. Awards: $800 Best in Show, $500 Second Place, $250 Third Place Entry Fee. Details: 631-862-6575 ORhttps://www.millspondgallery.org/calls-for-entry#/new-page-1 OR [email protected]

 

March 08, 2019THE BIENNIAL OF POSTER BOLIVIA BICEBé® 2019 The Biennial of the Poster Bolivia BICeBé® is the most important international event of design and visual arts in Bolivia and the Southern Cone. More than 15,000 student and professional designers have participated of the activities and from more than 76 countries around the world has been part of the exhibitions, making the BICeBé a true global celebration of design. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2OOrzux

 

March 08, 2019INSIGHT INVESTMENT ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2019 The competition is organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London. There are two competitions: Adult Competition and Young Competition. • The Adult competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over • The Young competition is open to anyone under 16. Entrants may submit up to ten photos. Entries may feature any astronomical subject. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2BfdChn

 

March 11, 20192019 KREFT JURIED NATIONAL EXHIBITION ‘Permanence and Change’ – To be human is to change. We can explore these themes with depictions in the contrast of the spiritual—one’s relationship to the body or to the phenomena of the physical world. With themes ranging from the decay of atoms to the constancy of love, how can we find ways to recognize and reconcile these two elements of human existence and desire within the visual arts? Entry Fee. Details: 734-995-4610 OR https://www.cuaa.edu/life/kreft-arts-program/gallery.html OR [email protected]

 

March 13, 2019 ARCXA: THEME OF ARCHITECTURE IN ART Gallery Ten Seven welcomes two-dimensional submissions that feature architecture (built environment) as a subject matter or theme in a variety of forms including painting, digital imagery and collage. Submissions may feature a variety of architecture elements beyond building as object – built, unbuilt or conceptual. Exhibit runs from March 18 through April 15, 2019. Entry Fee. Details: http://bit.ly/gly107c OR [email protected]

 

March 15, 2019 BOLDPAS: A DAY OF ART & PLAY IN OLD PASADENA Call for Artist Submissions for one-day community art event in Pasadena, CA. Temporary, site-specific installations that utilize upcycled materials and encourage public engagement. Six $750 stipends awarded. Open to LA-area artists, emerging/student artists encouraged to apply. Full Call available on Old Pasadena website. No Entry Fee. Details: 626-356-9725 OR https://www.oldpasadena.org/boldpas OR [email protected]

 

March 15, 2019 2019 CALL FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS Davis Editions is a contemporary print publisher and online sales platform. We collaborate with today’s leading artists to publish and sell unique limited edition prints. We are currently accepting submissions for our annual call for contemporary artists. The selected artist will be invited to publish a print with Davis Editions. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2V0xwHb OR [email protected]

 

March 15, 2019 ART OF ENGRAVING SCHOLARSHIP Course explores traditional methods used in making medals & coins. All disciplines encouraged to apply; no prior experience in sculptural engraving required. Chosen applicants receive full scholarships for 2 consecutive Seminars. June 15-20, 2019 / June TBD, 2020 Course underwritten by Gilroy and Lillian P. Roberts Foundation, in honor of Gilroy Roberts, 9th Chief Engraver of the US Mint. No Entry Fee. Details: 719-482-9810 OR http://bitly.com/2t6hIH4 OR[email protected]

 

March 17, 2019 CALL OUT TO ARTISTS FOR FRINGE ARTS BATH FESTIVAL 2019 Inviting Artists & Creatives from across the globe to respond to 18 exhibition & event proposals for FaB19, a 17 day free festival of contemporary visual arts. Free submission. FaB aims to raise the profile of contemporary visual arts in Bath, providing opportunities for early career/emerging Artists, putting art in unusual places in unexpected ways for people to happen across & interact with. No Entry Fee. Details: https://www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/

 

March 17, 2019 NYC4PA CALL FOR ENTRY MOMENTRUM Though a photograph is a snapshot in time, the world around us is in constant motion. This call is about how you capture the idea of motion/momentum in a single frame; photographs that clearly send a message to the viewer that the subject or the camera/lens is moving. Is the position of the subject the indication – a wave arched to crash, or a ballerina in mid air? See website for complete call Entry Fee. Details: 917-359-2642 OR http://www.nyc4pa.com OR[email protected]

 

March 20, 2019 DRAGONS MAIL ART EXHIBIT CALL FOR ART Send art for exhibit at ETG Book Cafe, 208 Bay St, Staten Island April 6–27, 2019 (Part of the St George Day Festival) Mail to: Day de Dada, 123 Scribner Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301 provide your name & email. optional submission: email jpg at 100% scale 1650 x 1275_150 dpi daydedada at yahoo.com ALL work received will be sold with sales going to support the St George Day Festival NO RETURNS No Entry Fee. Details: http://daydedada.com OR[email protected]

 

March 22, 2019 2019 BIENNALE NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION Art League of Hilton Head invites you to send your best work. $5,000 in cash prizes. All artwork selected by jurors will be exhibited May 7-June 1, 2019 in Art League Gallery, a state of the art gallery with high tourist and community visibility. Judge is artist Alan Flattmann of New Orleans. Notification April 5. Entry Fee. Details: http://bit.ly/Biennale2019 OR [email protected]

 

March 22, 2019 XVIII VIDEOMINUTE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST The competition is organized by the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Each participant may submit up to 5 videos (fiction or animation). The video must be no longer than 1 minute (60 seconds). Video can be on any subject. Film must be subtitled in Spanish or in English. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2Bh5xc2

 

March 25, 2019 DE/COMPOSITION: A NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION Awards $1,000 in cash awards. Best in Show receives $500. A national juried exhibition with a focus on things decomposing, being in a state of decay, deconstructed, or paired down. Both the conceptual side as well as technical/ compositional side of the theme will be encouraged. Open to artists working in all media. This exhibition is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Application Fee. Details: 315-462-0210 ORhttp://www.mainstreetartsgallery.com/submissions.html OR [email protected]

 

March 25, 2019 INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ONLINE ART COMPETITION, ALL CITYSCAPE Contemporary Art Gallery Online announces their 6th Annual International 2019 “ALL Cityscape” Competition. Competition opens February 25, 2019 and closes March 24, 2019. Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition will be held. Awards will be given. Winners announced 4/10/19. Entry Fee. Details: 844-210-7722 OR https://tinyurl.com/2019-cityscape OR [email protected]

 

March 31, 2019 CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR ARTSFEST ’19 FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Join us for our 26th Anniversary – Sept 21 & 22, 10am-5pm both days! Artsfest is an annual juried arts festival held at beautiful Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, in Solomons, Maryland, where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Application Fee. Details: 410-326-4640 OR https://annmariegarden.wufoo.com/forms/26th-annual-artsfest-2019-artist-application OR [email protected]

 

April 01, 2019 2019 WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST The contest is organized by Winning Writers. You may submit one humor poem, in English. Your poem should not exceed 250 lines in length. You may submit published or unpublished work. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2l8f0zu

 

April 02, 2019 CALL FOR ENTRIES EBB & FLOW: THE POWER OF WATER Vital to Earth and all known forms of life, water holds awesome powers of creation, destruction, and transformation. This exhibit invites artists to submit works that explore the power, meaning, and majesty of water, from its chemical composition to its economic importance, to its terror and allure. All media welcome; small to large-scale works; indoor and outdoor works to be included in the show. Application Fee. Details: 410-326-4640 ORhttp://bitly.com/2VgaGvA OR [email protected]

 

April 02, 2019 ARTISTS MAGAZINE ANNUAL ART COMPETITION Artists Magazine’s Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of Artists Magazine, this competition is for you! $24,000 in cash prizes plus publication in Artists Magazine. Entry Fee. Details:http://bitly.com/2nnyvmA

 

April 05, 2019 LGBTQ REGIONAL JURIED ART EXHIBIT Exhibit runs June 1-30 at Erie Art Gallery. Jurors are Sharon Louden, Artistic Director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution and Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. LGBTQ artists 18+ years old who reside within 150 miles of Erie, PA are eligible to submit work. CASH AWARDS. Sponsored by Greater Erie Alliance for Equality. DETAILS: ErieArtGallery.com or GreaterErieAlliance.com. Entry Fee. Details: http://www.ErieArtGallery.com ORhttp://www.GreaterErieAlliance.com

 

April 30, 2019 SLOWART PRODUCTIONS | GLOBAL MELTDOWN This call is for a thematic exhibition based on the Global Meltdown Crisis, all aspects of the crisis, be it global, local, personal, environmental, financial, psychological, scientific and/or spiritual. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, June 14 – July 13, 2019 . Entry is open to all artists working in any media. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2VrYF6l


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2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Program Call for Entries

Teddy Abrams and the Britt Festival Orchestra

CALLING ALL POETS, WRITERS & VISUAL ARTISTS

Britt Music & Arts Festival wants to put your creativity on display in our 2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Souvenir Program. Our 2019 season is built around the theme ‘The Sound of Nature’. We are looking for original poetry, short stories, or visual art that relates to music & nature for our publication. How does music reflect nature? Where do we find music? How does nature inspire the creative process with regards to music? How did smoke from various fires last summer impact the making of music? Explore these topics through your written or visual artistic expressions.

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2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Program Call for Entries

Calling All Poets, Writers & Visual Artists

Britt Music & Arts Festival wants to put your creativity on display in our 2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Souvenir Program. Submit your original work via email by April 1st, 2019 to be considered.

Our 2019 season is built around the theme ‘The Sound of Nature’. We are looking for original poetry, short stories, or visual art that relates to music & nature for our publication, which will go to press in June 2019.  How does music reflect nature? Where do we find music? How does nature inspire the creative process with regards to music? How did smoke from various fires this summer impact the making of music? Explore these topics through your written or visual artistic expressions.

What to consider:

For visual artists: The physical page size will be  6.625”w x 10.125”t and will be printed using CMYK. Please submit a high-res JPG or PDF file for us to consider. All mediums accepted. (Paintings, Illustrations, Comic Art, Photography, Decoupage, etc.) For artists from the Rogue Valley: We will make a high-res scan of the chosen work and return the original to you or you can donate it to be auctioned off to support the BFO. For artists from out of the area (outside the Rogue Valley, Oregon) please be able to supply a high-res print-ready scan or photo of your piece for publication. Any donated work will be auctioned off to support the Britt Festival Orchestra.

Graphic Novel Pages: Using the format of a comic book or graphic novel, express your artistic impressions to be shared with our audience. The focus can be on anything related to orchestral/classical music & nature. From the fire season and how that impacted the making of music to how nature inspires music, to a fictionalized account of our superhero maestro, Teddy Abrams or one of our featured composers. The sky’s the limit!

Poetry: Poems should be a maximum of 250 words (to appear on a half-page of the program)

Prose: Articles or stories should be a maximum of 500 words (to take up a single page of the program)

If your work is selected: you grant Britt the approval to reproduce the artwork in physical and digital format in perpetuity. We will include a byline of your choice and a link to your bio on our website. We will also include featured bios and/or interviews with the winning artists to share on social media. Your work may be published in any the following formats: Physical Program Book, Physically (via ads or souvenir items produced for Britt), Digitally (on our website, our social media channels and through video which will be shared on our social media/Youtube channels & possibly television). Written pieces may be recorded by a narrator and shared via the above digital channels.

Check our website on January 24th for the complete program lineup to pick a composer or work to further your inspiration!

Where to submit your entry AND DEADLINE:

Submit all work to [email protected] in PDF (for written work) or JPG (for visual art) format by April 1st, 2019 to be considered. Selected artists will be notified by email.

Call For Art- Don’t Fence Me In, Rogue Gallery Annual Members Exhibit

www.roguegallery.org 40 South Bartlett Street Medford Oregon 97501 541-772-8118
The Annual Members’ exhibit in the Main Gallery is a favorite for many. You are invited to bring in one piece for this year’s theme “Don’t Fence Me In”. For this year, break through whatever boundaries you like as the title “Don’t Fence Me In” implies. (Though within our constraints of being a current member, and framing and dimensions requirements listed HERE>>) This is one of the few exhibits you can submit a piece that is not for sale.

Annual Members Exhibit – Don’t Fence Me In

Drop-off one piece on the theme “Don’t Fence Me In” on Friday, November 2,10am-5pm and Saturday, November 3, 11:00-3:00 pm. The exhibit runs November 9-December 21, 2018. The reception is Friday, November 16, 2018, 5-8pm. Pick-up is Saturday, December 22, 2018 11am-3pm and Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 10am-5pm.

ELIGIBILITY
•Artists must be current members of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. They may become a member at the time of drop-off.
• Work is your original art (no reproductions) created within the last two years.
• Photographs and hand-pulled prints are signed.
• Work is in excellent condition (clean mats and frames).
• Work is properly framed and wired for hanging. For safety of artwork, we do not allow saw tooth hangers.
• Watercolors and works on paper must be covered by glass or Plexiglas with no exposed edges (closed frames only). Wrapped canvas is ok.
• Outer dimensions (including frame) are 40” x 40”.
• Please do not submit work that has previously been display in any of our galleries.
• Artist receives 60% of sale price: Rogue Gallery receives a 40% commission of retail sale.

Forms: Inventory & Artist Agreement and Art Labels

www.roguegallery.org

Create Art & Celebrate Diversity- Community Art Contest

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As part of our celebration of the fair’s 25th anniversary Sept. 29, 2018, Central Art and the fair are hosting a community art contest.

Consider submitting artwork with the theme “diversity” for the chance to display your artwork at the fair and win prizes!

Contest rules
Artwork will be judged on creativity, style and how well the artwork reflects the contest theme.
Artist may use any medium/format desired (black and white, color, pencil sketch, painting, ink, photograph, etc.).
Artwork must be an original creation, no prints.
Artwork must be created within the past year.
Artwork must be family friendly for viewing by people of all ages, gender, culture and race. Our intent is to emphasize equity, diversity and inclusion.
Artwork must be flat and not exceed 11” x 14” in size.
There is no entry fee. Limit 1 entry per person.
Artwork must be submitted with completed entry form by 4 pm, Friday, August 31, 2018 to Central Art, 101 North Central Ave, Medford.

The selection committee will announce winners at the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at noon.

Immediately after the fair, all artwork will be at Central Art, 101 North Central Ave., for pick up. Artists must pick up their art at Central Art by 4 pm, Tuesday, October 16. It may be disposed of after that date.

Entry forms are available on the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair Facebook page

Prizes: First place winners and honorable mention winners will be selected from age groups: 8 and under, 9-13, 14-17, and 18 and up. Judges will select a winner and honorable mention for each category. The decisions of the judges are final.
1st Prize – $30 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford
Honorable Mention – $15 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford

Thank you for supporting the fair by participating in our art contest!
Download full rules and the application form here:
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March, April 2018 Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Fairy Houses

with Jan Lacy

Saturday, March 17th & 26th

10:30 – 1:30 both days

Join Jan to learn how to make lighthearted and fun fairy houses. The first day is hand-building. She’ll help you with construction and decoration. Then she’ll do the firing, and the second day you get to glaze. Jan provides all the materials. Fairy houses will be ready to take home 1 – 2 weeks after the class (to allow for the glaze firing).
$50. Includes all the materials.

Needlefelting with Armatures

(Sheep theme)

with Corbin Brashear

Saturday, April 7th

12:30 – 4:30 pm

Create your own fun little sheep while learning how to needlefelt with armatures. Beginners welcome.
$45. Includes all materials.

Gelli Printing

with Karen O’Brien

Saturday, April 14th

10:30 am – 1:30 pm

This is a fun exploratory class in printmaking using commercial and homemade gelatin printing plates. We will experiment with color, plant materials, stencils, masks and texturing materials to make complex papers that can be used as collage for mixed media projects or framed as art. I will also cover how to make your own stamps and stencils to use for printing.
$45. Includes all materials.
Recommended by Karen:
Bring along some soft leaves, so they do not dig into the plate surface and any of your favorite stencils and texture materials ex: bubble wrap, lace…
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes!

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes from the Studio of Leah Fanning Mebane and Natural Earth Paints

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Artist Inger Jorgenson, uses Eco-Solve to create beautiful drip effects.

ARTIST FOCUS: ROBERTO PARADA

One Artist Changes His Art and Saves His Life

Artist Roberto Parada

Artist Roberto Parada

Note from the Author: Natural Earth Paint sent Roberto a complimentary bottle of Eco-Solve to try after hearing of his health troubles. We look forward to hearing his feedback!!
Roberto Parada is an internationally known oil painter and illustrator, having been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Huffington Post. Few people know that his art process came close to ending his life in 2004. I had the honor of interviewing him about his journey in discovering which of his art supplies were literally killing him, how it happened and what he did to change his process while continuing to paint very high quality, archival and professional paintings.
Were you ever taught about the toxicity in art supplies in art school?

I went to a very prestigious art school in the late 80’s and early 90’s and was never taught about any hazards in art supplies by my painting and illustration teachers. I did have one sculpture teacher who adamantly forbade the use of fixatives, solvents and chemicals because he had gotten lymphoma from the use of those chemicals. He never really explained why we shouldn’t use them but just told us not use them in his classroom. My painting teachers all used toxic materials themselves and probably just didn’t know the health risks involved.

What was your painting technique throughout your school years and career?

I have always been an oil painter and I’m guilty of never wearing gloves or having adequate ventilation or even thinking that I should. Noone ever taught me the risks and on the warning labels on paint thinners I only saw warnings about difficulty breathing and respiratory issues. There was nothing about the fact that it can get into your bloodstream and cause death risks. The warnings are very ambiguous and limited considering the fact that I can list 5 different types of cancer that come from paint thinners. For example, 3 kinds of leukemia AML, ALL, CLL,  and Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I also used all of the heavy metal based paints – cadmiums and cobalts – and didn’t think much about it. In the 90’s the “Odorless Mineral Spirits” came onto the market and we all thought that this was a healthier alternative. Now I know that Odorless mineral spirits still have petroleum based distillates and benzene which is exactly what brought about my illness.

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Earth Art Show with Leah Mebane May 7

Leah Fanning Mebane’s 

Earth Art Show 
Saturday, May 7th 3-5 pm
 
4pm Artist Talk and Q&A
At Edenvale’s Enoteca on the Plaza (upstairs)
17 N. Main St. Ashland
FREE Wine Tasting & Appetizers
 
Stop by and say Hi, Sip, Munch and enjoy the great view of the mountains and downtown. 
 
This is my first art show in 6 years and I’m so excited to bring my paintings back into the world! They were all made with natural, hand-made oil paints on organic cotton canvas. Hope to see you there!
 
Earth Art Show with Leah Mebane, Saturday May 7, 2016, 3–5pm, ashland, oregon

Leah Fanning Mebane
 
Owner of Natural Earth Paints
541.890.6533

Contemporary Fine Artist

News from Leah Mebane and Natural Earth Paints

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Earth Paint – Leah Fanning Mebane

Dear friends,

I have some super exciting news about my business, Natural Earth Paints! You probably remember 3 years ago when I started this business in my garage with just 2 natural paint kits. We’ve been slowly and steadily growing and have now filled 2 bedrooms, an outdoor workshop and our kitchen and have now created 15 products. We have lots of exciting things happening next year: our first trade shows, new international distributors wanting to take us on and six new eco-friendly art supplies in development! But we’ve reached a kind-of bottle-neck where we don’t have an inch of space left to grow in my home and also not enough income to rent a warehouse or hire employees or develop new products. 
 
It’s so hard to ask for help sometimes but I’m so excited about the upcoming possibilities for Natural Earth Paints that I’ve decided to take the plunge and reach out! I’ve just launched a fundraiser which will last for one month. Check it out and also check out our JUST released new video by Oneal Latimore here….
www.rockethub.com/projects/50141-support-natural-earth-paint-saving-the-earth-one-brush-stroke-at-a-time

GIFTS FOR YOU… For every donation, you can choose from a large variety of gifts in return – everything from original oil paintings, Earth Paints products and private lessons.

If you’re not able to donate, please forward this link on to anyone who you think may want to help support a small, mama-owned, eco-conscious company. Share the love and have a beautiful Fall.
Sending lots of gratitude!
Leah Fanning Mebane
 
Owner of Natural Earth Paints
541.890.6533

Contemporary Fine Artist

Aboriginal Ochre

The Aboriginal Ochre Wars
There was a time when all of Australia was a network of trading posts. And good ochre was one of the most prized items to trade. “Wilga Mia” in Western Australia is one of the most sacred ochre mines on the continent. If

you want to collect any you have to ask permission from the traditional aboriginal owners and also from the sacred beings who live beneath it’s ancient chambers. It was still being mined and traded in the 1980’s, although by the end of the 20th century it was being collected in plastic buckets instead of bark dishes.
In the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, there’s another famous ochre deposit. For thousands of years Aboriginal expeditions (70-80 men) would walk for two months to travel the thousand- mile round trip to collect their red-gold ochre at a place called Parachilna. They would return with 20 kilos of ochre each in possum or kangaroo skin bags, and on their heads they’d carry huge grinding stones from a nearby stone quarry.
Then in 1860, guess what happened, you guessed it, the white guys arrived. Farmers arrived with land and sheep ownership claims and obviously didn’t want the Aboriginals to eat their sheep or walk across their land. But the natives continued to take sheep meat for their journey and walk across their land which soon became punishable by hanging. In 1863 there was an “ochre massacre” when scores of Aboriginals were killed by angry settlers. Then someone from the South Australian administration suggested a solution! They decided to “move the mine to the Aboriginals” so they wouldn’t have to make the journey. But they moved the wrong mine. They removed four tons of ochre from a mine owned by another tribe on the coast and spent weeks hauling it back. It was a completely wasted effort because the Aborigines wanted none of it.
The white settlers missed the point that it was a pilgrimage involving elaborate ceremonies in collecting the ochre and bringing it back. Also, the sacred ochre was essential for trading which happened when one item is seen as equal in value to another. But free ochre had no value. And lastly, the sacred ochre was used for painting ritual designs and this other ochre from the coast was not good enough or sacred enough and didn’t contain the hint of mercury that made it sparkle.
• From “Color” by Victoria Finlay

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