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Summer Fine Art Camps at Project Space this August!

Summer Fine Art Camps taught by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos
Summer Fine Art Camps taught by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos artist August 6 - 10 ages 3-8 August 13 - 17 ages 9-14 Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30PM  Cost: $100 + $20 materials fee (includes all drawing and painting materials, canvas, wire, etc.)  Young artists will explore foundational visual art skills making original works of art with quality art materials.

August 6 – 10 for ages 3-8
August 13 – 17 for ages 9-14
Each camp runs Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30PM

Young artists will explore foundational visual art skills making original works of art with quality art materials. Inspired by famous artists and their masterpieces, we’ll DRAW still life, PAINT self portraits, SCULPT with wire and found objects, and CREATE collaborative murals, mandalas and installation art. Artist reception on Friday with campers’ artwork on display.

Cost: $100 + $20 materials fee (includes all drawing and painting materials, canvas, wire, etc.)

Register now (limited space available):
https://artprojectspace.com/youth-classes/summer-camp-with-brooke-nuckles/

Public Art workshop presented by Oregon Center for the Arts

GOING PUBLIC: Creating Art for Public Spaces 

Public Art workshop presented by Oregon Center for the Arts with support from the City of Ashland
Saturday, April 21st 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meese Auditorium, located in the Art Building at Southern Oregon University
555 Indiana Street, Ashland OR

GOING PUBLIC: Creating Art for Public Spaces - Public Art workshop presented by Oregon Center for the Arts with support from the City of Ashland

To register:

https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=f9e5783e75b67807d1c01d10e6d130ef&t=tix&vqitq=a9319bb5-ff9f-4588-8f08-4d6bc452f508&vqitp=3c492849-959e-4776-b963-e49bbd9ecb41&vqitts=1519847519&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=a9084c5963597a873a18c51ba842ff31


General Directions:

555 Indiana Street, Ashland, OR 97520. Located at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus. The Art Building and Meese Auditorium at Southern Oregon University are most directly accessible off of Interstate 5 at Exit 14, the southern Ashland exit.

Grants, Winners, Poetry and Exhibit News from OAC February 2018

February 2018

News & Updates

A new Arts Commissioner, lots of grant news and a powerful new exhibition in the Governor’s Office — plus a preview of the 2018 Poetry Out Loud contest!

Matt Stringer appointed to Arts Commission

Matthew Stringer, the executive director of Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum​ in Ontario, Oregon, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown​. Stringer fills the position previously held by Libby Unthank Tower, who completed her second four-year term in December.
Matthew Stringer

Jess Perlitz named 2018 Joan Shipley Fellow

Jess Perlitz, a Portland-based artist working in sculpture, performance and drawing, is the 2018 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award.
Perlitz leads a group of 19 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants from 23 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowships.
Jess Perlitz, That Which is Set Before the Eyes, 2015. Concrete, foam, office furniture, paint.

Motoya Nakamura exhibits in Governor’s Office

Portland artist Motoya Nakamura is exhibiting “Images of the 442nd: Nisei Japanese American WWII Veterans and Their Continuing Legacy” in Governor Kate Brown​’s Office at the Oregon State Capitol​ in Salem now through April 4.
Motoya Nakamura, Kenny Namba, 2009, archival pigment print, 30 x 24 inches.

Poetry Out Loud winners named

Congratulations to Jaden Schiffhaur and Leopold Westrey, the first and second place finishers in the Feb. 12 Poetry Out Loud contest at Lincoln High School!
Jaden will represent Lincoln Saturday, March 3, at the Portland Regional Contest at Lewis and Clark College. Regional contests also are scheduled that day at Rogue Community College in Medford and at Willamette University in Salem.
Jaden Schiffhaur (left) and Leopold Westry (right) took first and second place in the Lincoln High School Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 12.

Arts Learning grants announced

Congratulations to the 20 Oregon arts organizations sharing $193,001 in FY 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants! The grants, ranging from $4,451 to $12,046, support arts education projects now under way across the state.
Teacher Bari Frimkess leads a recorder class for students in the Phoenix/Talent school district as part of an Arts Learning project led by the Rogue Valley Symphony Association.

Small Operating grants announced

Congratulations to the 79 small Oregon arts organizations to receive FY2018 operating support from the Oregon Arts Commission! Awarded to arts organizations in 29 towns and cities across the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000.
A Corvallis Guitar Society event..

Arts Build Communities grants announced

Congratulations to the 33 projects awarded $209,400 in 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities grants! Arts Build Communities projects use the arts as a means of addressing community need. They target broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon. More than half of this year’s awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.
A studnet shows off her ring prowess during a Circus Project workshop.

Conversations with Funders and Partners happening now

More than $5 million in funding will be on the table when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners and other funders for “Conversations with Funders and Partners,” a 14-stop state tour. Attendees will learn about grant programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources also will be presented.
A 2017 Conversations with Funders event in Eugene.

Happy 55th to the Corvallis Art Center

January marked the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Corvallis Art Center. We are proud of your longstanding service to the greater Corvallis community!
Corvallis Art Center.
Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

AGA Spotlight Exhibits February 2018

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits

Gallerie Karon

East Meets East – Part II 

(please note that the title of the show is East Meets East NOT East Meets West)

The exhibit runs from February 2nd through the 28th

Gallerie Karon takes you on a journey to the Near, Far, and Middle East this month.

Exotic jewelry, kimonos, Buddhas and Quan Yins abound. They are joined by ceramics, masks and fascinating accessories. Gallerie Karon now features antique furniture specializing in small interesting pieces that will fit anywhere with versatile uses. 

It’s the lunar Year of the Dog in Chinese Astrology and it’s going to be a good one as the dog is a lucky sign. Prosperity and love are predicted. The dog is watchful and protective and of course, very loyal. 

There will be a special appearance Feb 2nd from 5:30-7pm by Zahara. Zahara is a professional dancer and instructor of Middle Eastern dances. She owns Shiviti Dance Co. and Shiviti Bazaar in Ashland. 

Miniature Samurai horseback warrior - 15th century style

Miniature Samurai horseback warrior – 15th century style

late 1800’s in perfect detail. Museum quality,

Art & Soul Gallery

“In Love with Oregon,” watercolor paintings by Betty Barss

Opening reception First Friday, February 2nd from 5 to 8 PM. 
Show runs through February 25
th.

“My love of Oregon began about fifty years ago when we first experienced Oregon’s coast and lakes.  No matter where we travel in Oregon there are always interesting and beautiful sites that excite me to get out my watercolors and brushes to capture my feelings of inspiration.  My favorite areas in Oregon are the Coast, Southern Oregon and Eastern Oregon.  I also find having four seasons brings new inspiration through out the year.  I hope you find Oregon as interesting and beautiful as I do.”

“Nature’s Statue” watercolor by Betty Barss

“Nature’s Statue” watercolor by Betty Barss

Shepherd’s Dream

A Retrospective

Pat Moore, (patmoorephotography.com) local Fine Art photographer, is constantly observing his surroundings and conceiving images that convey the essence of a place, or topic and tell a story.  He has a plan behind every image, using exposure techniques, careful composition, with special attention to subject matter.  Digital darkroom techniques are especially important to express Pat’s vision to create collages and photographic collections, enabling viewers to experience a moment in time, a particular emotion remembered dearly, or perhaps a place they long to be.

He is joined by the acoustic guitarist Coyote, in our new location: 42 East Main Street.  For more information, call 541-941-0855, and follow us on Facebook.  Artwork displayed throughout March, 2018.

“Tavira Balconies, Portugal” 24x36, photograph by Pat Moore

“Tavira Balconies, Portugal” 24×36, photograph by Pat Moore

Hanson Howard Gallery

Betty LaDuke: Diversity, original painted panels and giclee prints spanning five decades

Betty LaDuke’s career as an artist has spanned the globe focusing on concerns of the human condition. While often speaking to the trials that humans face, there is also a celebration of spirit present in her work. Never centralized or restricted by borders in understanding what it is to be human, LaDuke has traveled the world with an intensity of commitment to her subject. For Diversity, we have selected both original panels and giclee prints spanning five decades and five continents.

Join us in a reception for Betty LaDuke February 2nd, 5-8 p.m. during the Ashland First Friday Artwalk. Show runs January 24th, 2017- February 28th, 2018.

*Winter hours through February will be Wednesday-Saturday 11-5. 

"Catch the Joy as it Flies," painting by Betty La Duke

“Catch the Joy as it Flies,” painting by Betty La Duke

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City of Ashland Call to Artists

City of Ashland Call to Artists - city of Ashland logo

Call for Artists: Theater Corridor RFQ

The City of Ashland, Oregon calls to artists to complete a Request for Qualifications for a site specific art installation. The installation — which incorporates lighting — will cover the length of a concrete paved, exterior corridor.  The project offers an all-inclusive award of $110,000.  The deadline is October 1, 2016.  Find application information and links to more information about Ashland’s public art master plan at www.ashland.or.us/theatercorridor.

2015 Call to Artists for Public Art Installation

St. Johns Main Street in Portland, OR is requesting proposals from established professional artists to create and install an original public art piece(s) that represents and invigorates the St. Johns community. This artwork will achieve a sense of place and wonder; it will speak of our unique identity and history, of our diversity and dreams. It will endure for many years through both its artistic integrity and structural durability, and it will complement the quality of life here.

St. Johns Main Street
2015 Call to Artists

Project Description

The St. Johns Main Street (SJMS) Design Committee is asking for proposals from established professional artists to install an original art piece(s) that reflects the history, diversity, life and aspirations of the St. Johns community. The artist(s) is required to engage the community, through research and dialogue, in the conceptual development phase (Phase I) of the project. The project should be appropriate for outdoor installation, able to withstand weather, foot traffic and curious hands. The area of the installation is the downtown St. Johns corridor (Lombard Street between St. Louis and Richmond), but the specific location will be determined by a) the artist’s final concept and b) the property owner’s approval. Projects by teams will be considered. Projects in multiple locations will be considered. All applicants must be Oregon residents.

Project Objective

Create an original public art piece(s) that represents and invigorates the St. Johns community. This artwork will achieve a sense of place and wonder; it will speak of our unique identity and history, of our diversity and dreams. It will endure for many years through both its artistic integrity and structural durability, and it will complement the quality of life here.

Projected Budget

$5,000 has been secured to fund the artist’s initial design and community engagement phase (Phase I). Once a final design is presented and approved, additional funds ($20,000) must be raised through grants, gifts, and crowd-funding sources (Phase II). While St Johns Main Street will steer the pursuit of these funds, the artist will be needed, and must be willing, to assist and actively participate in this part of the process.

Final design budget may not exceed $25,000 (including materials, installation, and artist time)

Phase I            Design and Community Engagement
Phase II          Fundraising
Phase III         Project Completion

Projected Calendar      (assuming we issued this on March 1, 2015)

April 17, 2015            RFP’s submitted by 5:00 PM
May 9, 2015            Design Committee reviews proposals, selects 3 finalists
May 25, 2015            Finalists give 10-minute presentation to Design Committee
June 1, 2015            Project awarded / Begin Phase I / Design + Community Engagement
October 5, 2015        End Phase I / Present final plan to Design Committee
October-December, 2015    Phase II / Fundraising
January – April 2016        Phase III / Project Completion
May 7, 2016            Installation date

How to Apply

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following BY MAIL:

  • A CD or USB device containing all the below documents and files. All files on this device will be clearly and consistently labeled, and begin with your LAST NAME
  • One page letter of interest
  • Current resume, 2-page maximum
  • 3 professional reference letters with contact information
  • 10 images of recent, relevant work. All image files should be JPEG, a minimum of 300 dpi, and 5” x 7”
    Corresponding Image List. Number and title each JPEG (1-10) and include a description sheet with corresponding numbers. The sheet should list: titles, dates, media, dimensions, locations and sponsors of the works
  • One page general design concept for this project, including a simple sketch, description, size, material (medium), projected budget, and proposed location(s)
  • One page plan for engaging with the community – detailed and achievable
  • Self-addressed Stamped envelope, if you want your CD returned

    Send to:

        St Johns Main Street
8250 N Lombard Street
Portland, OR  97203
        ATTN: Lindsay Jensen

Questions about submission, please email Lindsay Jensen at [email protected]

Unveiling of New Mural By Denise Baster in Ashland on Sunday!

You are invited to attend a city wide celebration and unveiling of a recently completed mural, Seasons of Gratitude by Denise Baxter, Executive Director of the Ashland Art Center, located at the Emergency Food Bank on 560 Clover Lane in Ashland. If you are in or around Ashland this Sunday, August 3rd at 3pm, stop by to celebrate the new and largest piece in the City of Ashland’s Public Art Collection.
Mural by Denise Baxter to be unveiled at the Ashland Food Bank - flyer
Thank you to our event sponsors:  Caldera Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Winery, Green Springs Inn and Cabins, Maren Faye Catering, and Komac (music).

Talent Art Forum

Talent Public Arts - Bringing the Arts to LIfeSponsored by the Talent Public Arts Committee (TPAC)

Share YOUR vision for Public Art in Talent in a 2 minute statement, including thoughts on how to make your vision a reality, i.e. fundraising ideas, grant procurement ideas, etc.

A dinner of Soup & Salad will be provided- donations are appreciated.

All Talent artists and serious supporters of the arts in Talent are welcome to join us.

Sept. 11th, 2013 at 6pm at Downtowne Coffeehouse – corner of Talent Ave. and Wagner Street.

Find out what we’ve been doing, and would like to do, as a committee and how you can participate in making this a better place to live, work, and grow.

Let’s exchange ideas!

RSVP by Saturday Sept. 7th to [email protected] or by calling Karen at 541-621-6239

Yo-Yo Ma Spins an Emotional Tale of “Art for Life’s Sake”

Tim Mikulski

Tim Mikulski

As I have been sitting back at my desk at Americans for the Arts this afternoon, I’ve had a hard time coming up with a way to describe what I experienced last night at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

It could be the lack of sleep, the lack of coffee, or the abundance of Twizzlers and Clif Bars I’ve eaten during and before Arts Advocacy Day 2013; but, I’m not convinced of that.

Watching Yo-Yo Ma’s combined lecture and performance of a speech called “Art for Life’s Sake: A Roadmap from One Citizen Musician” as our 26th annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy last night was priceless.

Not only did it feature eloquent points about the power of arts education and being a citizen musician, but it also featured memorable performances by jooker Lil’ Buck, bagpiper Cristina Pato, MusiCorps, and teaching artist Greg Loman and founder Arthur Bloom—two of which brought tears to the eyes of those around me in the Concert Hall.

Before I get too involved in describing it, I guess I should provide you with a chance to watch the entire event below or you can continue reading and click on the links to see the specific parts I point out as I attempt to capture the night to the best of my ability.

I’ll wait here while you watch…

Speaking of arts education, Ma explained that experts say there are four qualities needed in students and inside the current workforce: collaborative, flexible, imaginative, and innovative.

Ma said, “We know that our present educational system encourages knowledge acquisition and critical thinking, but what about these other qualities? How do we develop them?” He thinks the answers are in the arts through its integration into the entire school curricula.

Bringing a little science to the mix, Ma said that the “edge effect” is the point in ecology where “two eco-systems meet” and “in that transition zone, because of the influence the two ecological communities have on each other, you find the greatest diversity of life, as well as the greatest number of new life forms.”

He then went on to explain that this effect impacted his life as he initially balanced his immigration from Paris to New York City at the age of seven and then again in examples like the fact that he played at one of the first fundraisers for what would eventually become the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a young child, too.

It was at that event that he met Danny Kaye who literally came down to his level in order to speak with the young cellist “in order to be an equal.” Ma said Kaye came to the edge of a child who was probably fairly uncomfortable and won him over.

Ma explained that since then he “subliminally internalized this gesture and attitude today” and has tried to apply that concept to everything he does—to meet people at eye level, at their edge that decides one person from another.”

Ma, Parto, & Lil' Buck perform "The Swan"

Ma, Parto, & Lil’ Buck perform “The Swan”

At this point that he turned to his cello, invited dancer Lil’ Buck and pianist Cristina Pato to the stage for a performance that left the audience smiling and nodding in silence (minus a “wow!” or two that I could hear from my back row orchestra seat…Lil’ Buck formed a swan with his body to end the performance named after the bird!).

Ma returned to the main topic of “Arts for Life’s Sake” as he set up a performance that may stick with me for the rest of my life.

He began by saying that “musicians spend years learning technique, but the point of art is always to transcend technique. That’s when we get to meaning. We transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities—that’s art for life’s sake.”

From there, Ma said he wanted to share with the audience an example of an artist responding to need in the form of Arthur Bloom, who developed MusiCorps which is a program that works with injured service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

I just had a chill even thinking about the stirring rendition of Levon Helm’s “Wide River to Cross” that followed. The song was emotionally performed by Specialist Nathan Kalwicki, Lance Corporal Josh Cawthorn, Sergeant Rex Tharp, Corporal Marcus Dandrea, Lance Corporal Tim Donley, and MusiCorps teaching artists Greg Loman and Arthur Bloom.

Lance Corporal Tim Donley raises his arm to the crowd after singing "Wide River to Cross."

Lance Corporal Tim Donley raises his arm to the crowd after singing “Wide River to Cross.”

After the performance Ma returned to the “edge effect” stating that “as music therapists know, by combining two things many don’t usually associate (music and healthcare), Arthur has discovered a new path for healing for these veterans. And, as Arthur explains, this real work, discipline, and rigor. You can see for yourselves the transformative power of what the veterans are doing when Lance Corporal Tim Donley, who says so beautifully at age 21 that he feels blessed to have found two great loves in his life. First, the marines and now, music.”

Ma went on to discuss his arts education work through his own Silk Road Project and the Turnaround Arts initiative, and the importance of including the arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

He concluded with a performance of Sarabande by Bach from the Sixth Suite for Solo Cello.

While the event came at the end of our training sessions for Arts Advocacy Day the next day, everyone in the Hall felt that the impact of Yo-Yo Ma’s lecture will likely live on well beyond as more of us take the time to appreciate, participate in, and cherish “Art for Life’s Sake.”

Public Art Year in Review Spotlight – “Your Essential Magnificence” in Austin, TX

Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Up to 50 projects are selected annually through an open-call application process and selected by two to three jurors. The projects are available on CD-Rom in our bookstore and include a PowerPoint, data and project list, and hundreds of project photos.

Our 2013 Public Art Year in Review nomination process is open through April 5, so be sure to nominate a project as we continue spotlight former honorees on ARTSblog.

Today’s project is Your Essential Magnificence by James Edward Talbot which was honored in 2012.

"Your Essential Magnificence" by James Edward Talbot

“Your Essential Magnificence” by James Edward Talbot (Photo by Philip Rogers)

 

This sculpture was commissioned as part of a corridor improvement project along historic Congress Avenue through the iconic area of South Austin nicknamed “SOCO.” This district is peppered with unique small business, and has an eclectic and colorful “Keep Austin Weird” aesthetic. It is located along the avenue on a median between two side streets so that pedestrians can stop and safely gather around it.

The sculpture was built in 65 sections and then installed and completed at the site. Hidden inside as part of the ballast are objects and mementos which the artist collected from iconic South Austin places past and present such as Broken Spoken and the Armadillo World Headquarters.

The artist’s stated goal was to make “a colorful, bold, eclectic, tactile, and ‘weird’ icon in the finest South Austin tradition.” His sculpture has succeeded in that regard and is well-suited to its context.

The artist also views the sculpture as a shrine to individuality and to the inherent goodness, majesty and essential magnificence of each human being. He encourages people to use it as a backdrop for photo ops.

Check out more photos of Your Essential Magnificence below and remember to nominate a project in your area for the 2013 Year in Review!

"Your Essential Magnificence" by James Edward Talbot (Photo by Philip Rogers)

“Your Essential Magnificence” by James Edward Talbot (Photo by Philip Rogers)

"Your Essential Magnificence" by James Edward Talbot (Photo by Philip Rogers)

“Your Essential Magnificence” by James Edward Talbot (Photo by Philip Rogers)

"Your Essential Magnificence" by James Edward Talbot (Photo by Philip Rogers)

“Your Essential Magnificence” by James Edward Talbot (Photo by Philip Rogers)