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City of Newport RFP for Mural Restoration and Renewal

City of Newport RFP for Mural Restoration Renewal ProjectCITY OF NEWPORT, OREGON REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS



Peggy Hawker, City Recorder/Special Projects Director

City of Newport

169 SW Coast Highway

Newport, Oregon 97365

Due Date: October 27, 2017 by 3:00 P.M., PDT

A. Proposer Entity

The City of Newport (“City”) is seeking an artist, or artist team, to restore various murals on public and private buildings in the city.This opportunity is open to artists with public art experience, with preference given to local artists, and those with verifiable mural creation or restoration experience.

The majority of the murals are located on Newport’s Historic Bayfront on private buildings. The city will enter into agreements with the private property owners to effect the restoration of murals on private buildings.

B. Intent

The murals that dot the city, and particularly Newport’s Historic Bayfront, are viewed and enjoyed by residents and visitors, and represent a part of the cultural history of the city. Some of the murals are showing the effects of coastal weather and age, and the goal is to restore the murals as time, funding, and artist availability permits.

C. Overview

The City of Newport is a prime tourist destination and the population center of the Central Oregon Coast. Newport is the county seat of Lincoln County, and houses the offices of several federal and state agencies, including a major Coast Guard station, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, NOAA’s Pacific Marine Operations Center, the Oregon State Police, Oregon DMV, and Oregon Employment Division offices. The city is home to the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, and the main campus of the Oregon Coast Community College. OCCC is a premier educational institution and unique in its aquarist program. Its aquarist graduates are working in aquarium and research facilities throughout the country. Newport has a population of more than 10,000.

The Yaquina River flows into the Pacific Ocean through Newport’s Yaquina Bay. Newport is home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of the country’s premier aquariums. A substantial commercial fishing fleet calls Newport home, as do several marine research vessels and a large number of private boats docked in marinas around the Bayfront. Newport is one of three deep-water ports on the Oregon Coast. Tonnage of shipping is second behind Coos Bay.

Newport has often been described as the most authentic city on the entire Oregon Coast. The city boasts numerous fine shops, restaurants, galleries, lodging establishments, and endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

Proximity to Portland and the Willamette Valley provides a strong tourism base, and the mid-latitude of Oregon provides moderate rainfall during the winter and spring months, and mild temperatures.

D. Source of Funds and Budget

The City of Newport has budgeted funds for mural restoration. There is currently approximately $10,000 in the mural restoration budget. Budgets are adopted each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30), but no guarantees are made for funding in subsequent years.

E. Scope of Work

The Public Arts Committee will determine the order in which the murals will be restored.

F. Application Process

The application is a three phase process.

1. Phase One: Application

The Percent for the Arts Committee will review the proposals from mural artists. The artists selected for Phase Two will be chosen based on the selection criteria delineated in H. of this document. Artists or artist teams selected to continue the process will be notified by e-mail.

2. Phase Two: Interview of Proposers

The Public Arts Committee will conduct formal interviews with the mural artists selected in Phase One. The artist or artist team is required to attend the formal interviews in person or via Skype.

3. Phase Three: Final Notification of Selection

The Public Arts Committee will recommend a proposer to the City Council. The successful proposer will be commissioned to restore selected murals. The proposer will be required to enter into a contract with the city for the restoration work.

G. Eligibility

Public Arts Committee, members of the Percent for the Arts Committee, and employees of the City of Newport, are ineligible.

It is preferred that artists have experience working within the public process in public settings, and have specific mural experience.

The selected artist, or artist team, will be required to provide liability, property damage, and workers compensation insurance while working on the murals.

The selected artist, or artist team, will be required to obtain a City of Newport business license.

If the selected artist, or artist team, does business, provides services, or operates as a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, or under an assumed business name, satisfactory evidence of such status must be supplied to the City of Newport.

H. Selection Criteria

1. Professional qualifications

2. Proven artistic merit

3. Body of work

4. Experience working within the public process

5. Demonstrated muralist work

6. Prior mural restoration work helpful

7. Proven capacity to deliver the project requirements on time and within budget

8. Budget detail

9. Geographic preference, in this order: Lincoln County in Oregon, State of Oregon, the NW Coastal area (including Oregon, Washington and Northern California). The artist, or artist team, reside, have artwork in or use fabricators from these areas.

I. Additional Information

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Peggy Hawker, City Recorder/Special Projects Director, City of Newport, 541.574.0613 or [email protected].

1. The Public Arts Committee reserve the right to accept or reject any and all proposals or re-open the selection process or commission an artist, or artist team, through another process.

2. Artists submitting qualifications and subsequent concept proposals for review will receive electronic notification of the results of the selection process.

3. Submitting an application does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

4. Materials submitted will not be returned to the artist/s.

5. The final approval of the commission for art will be made by the Newport City Council.

K. How to Apply

All submittal requirements must contain page numbers and include the following items in the order listed below. The qualifications package will not be considered if incomplete.

1. Letter of interest: no more than one page in length, which explains your interest in the project. Include your name, address, phone number(s) and web site, if available.

2. Artist’s Statement: no more than one page in length, describing your work.

3. Current Resume: if submitting as a team, an individual resume must be submitted for each team member. Resume/s should reflect artist/s’ experience in designing, fabricating, and installing artwork in outdoor and public settings.

4. References: at least three professional references with a familiar knowledge of your work and working methods in public settings. The list must include the reference’s name, title, agency/business, complete address, e-mail address, and phone numbers.

5. Images of work: no more than ten images of relevant work samples must be included in the pdf document (no separate jpeg images). Artists applying as a team must submit work samples from each individual artist’s work.

6. The artist may include up to three selections of supportive materials such as reviews, news articles, and other related information.

7. Submit one copy of the proposal via e-mail to Peggy Hawker, at [email protected], by 3:00 P.M., PDT, on October 27, 2017. The subject line of the e-mail should read, “Mural Restoration Proposal.”All submitters will receive an e-mail confirmation of the receipt. Late applications will not be considered.

L. Contract Term

The term of the contract with the successful proposer shall be negotiated based upon the amount of time that the artist/artist team believes is needed for completion of the proposed artwork.

M. Deadline for Submission of Proposals

The proposals must be received by 3:00 P.M., PDT, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Proposals must be e-mailed to: Peggy Hawker, at [email protected].

Timely submission of proposals is the sole responsibility of the proposer. The city reserves the right to determine the timeliness of all submissions. Late proposals will not be accepted. All proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

N. General RFP and City Contract Information

The following terms and conditions apply to the agreement entered into between the successful artist/artist team and the City of Newport:

1. Budget


The award amount for all the artwork shall not exceed the budgeted funds of approximately $10,000, and will include artist fees, travel, and all costs associated with the restoration of the murals (e.g., scaffolding, ladders, or apparatuses).

2. Laws and Policies

In the performance of the creation of the artwork, the selected successful proposer shall abide by and conform to all applicable laws and rules of the United States, State of Oregon, and the City of Newport.

3. Costs Incurred by Proposers

All costs of proposal preparation shall be the responsibility of the proposer. The city shall not, in any event, be liable for any pre-contractual expenses incurred by proposers in the preparation and/or submission of the proposals. Proposals shall not include any such expenses as part of the proposed budget.

4. General City Reservations

City reserves the right to extend the submission deadline should this be in the best interest of the city. Proposers have the right to revise their proposals in the event that the deadline is extended.

The city reserves the right to withdraw this RFP at any time, and will notify proposers that the solicitation has been canceled. The city makes no representation that any contract will be awarded to any proposer responding to the RFP. The city reserves the right to reject any or all submissions.

If in city’s judgment, an inadequate number of proposals are received or the proposals received are deemed non-responsive, not qualified, or not cost effective, the city may, at its sole discretion, reissue the RFP, or to cancel this solicitation.

City reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any minor informality when to do so would be advantageous to the city.

5. Termination

Any contract awarded pursuant to this RFP may be terminated by the city, with or without cause, upon 60 days prior written notification by the city to the successful proposer.

6. Proposer’s Contact for Information

Proposers may contact Peggy Hawker, City Recorder/Special Projects Director, with any questions regarding this RFP at:

Peggy Hawker, City Recorder/Special Projects Director

City of Newport

169 SW Coast Highway

Newport, Oregon 97365


[email protected]

8/20/17 Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann

8/20/17 Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann

Developing a Style of Painting

While talking about my upcoming workshop in October with a group of students around the campfire after a day of Plein Air painting at The Grand View Ranch, one of the students asked, “How do you find your own style of painting?”  Developing a style of painting is not something that you set out to do. It is something that develops over time. Usually, an “artist’s style” begins with you being interested in other artists’ style, brushstrokes and color harmony. Or it may be the subject matter or mood that influences the development of your artistic style,
Location has a lot to do with a style. Many artists join groups who share similar interests and they develop a style based on the environment. For example, there is a style of painting that can be found in Pasadena that focuses on warm Southern California scenes, and other groups in Maine who focus on the rocky shores of the Atlantic. Even Northern California where are The Grand View is located has a style. The natural scenes that are available to paint influence the works of the artists painting there. The truth is style partly is autobiographical and has a lot to do with where you live, what your parents were like, the school you went to, and the people you hang with.

The Art Market

Often artists paint a location for a gallery because they want clients and want to make sales. They take workshops from artists who are popular to learn how to paint in their style.  Often, artists who teach can only teach the way they paint, and students end up surrendering their own style and genius.
Sex has a lot to do with a style. Men often chose a different way of painting than woman. Men paint subjects like flowers and little girls seem unique to the historic iconic way men painted in the past. When we think of men painting we think of cowboys or bold imagery that make up the male stereotype. Although there are many women that dominate and thrive as masculine artists, most are pigeonholed in painting feminine paintings. These stereotypes also often have artists choosing a style as opposed to developing there own unique way of painting.
Choosing a style is limiting, When a talk with artists they say they want to paint like Monet or Picasso. Why would you want to paint like them? Their style was developed not chosen, so painting like them is impossible, and why would you? You are unique and the way you paint should be too.


To successfully develop your own style, it’s essential to paint from life. Painting from life allows you to experience your reactions to a subject in the moment.  The value of setting up a still life or choosing a location to paint is that you are painting purely what inspires you in the moment including subject matter, composition, color and value. You are arranging, choosing, and molding an idea, arranging the format and the media along with the colors. You choose your brushstrokes and paint colors as you react to what is in front of you.  And then you paint something and you say, “WOW, I like that” and discover something that you may repeat in future paintings. All you need is about 10,000 more moments like this and you will have developed your own style
I have coached many students over the years. My goal as a coach is to help students discover their own style by instructing with a method that allows them to grow as they are. If you want increase your knowledge and skill to bring your art to the next level, I invite you to watch my YouTube videos, consider phone coaching with me, or attend a workshop in Mt. Shasta where we discuss art, passion and life with other artists around the campfire. All the information is on my website,

Call me for information on workshops or coaching 415-606-9074

SOSA Meeting on August 28

Watercolor painting of a cat by Marianne Nielsen of Grants Pass. Nielsen speaks about painting in watercolor at the monthly meeting of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists on August 28, 2017.The Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) will be meeting August 28th  at 7 pm at the Medford Public Library.   The guest speaker will be  Watercolor by  Marianne Nielsen from Grants Pass.  She will be teaching her techniques  for painting pet faces, especially dogs and cats eyes whiskers and noses..   Anyone interested in Art is welcome to attend.

Marianne teaches watercolor classes four times a week in Grants Pass.  She is currently  displaying her art at Gallery One in Grants Pass.
For more  information call BJ Mathis at 541-414-4993 or Judy Grillo at 541-625-3285 ( or,  catch-up with Judy at Exit 24 in front of McDonalds  between 6:30-8:30 A.M. as she is painting and  overseeing the Bee Mural being painted there. Come prepared to add a flower or bee! )

La Vía Poética

How is poem born on a pilgrimage to the homeland of Pablo Neruda? I’m happy to say you can find out in the inaugural issue of Hidden Compass, where my essay & illustrations await you!

Fix & Finish with Silvia Trujillo

Fix & Finish with Silvia Trujillo

Rogue Gallery & Art Ctr is hosting a new class this Sat & Sun: it’s somewhere in between a workshop and an art evaluation. Bring your previous works which might need a bit of improvement for completion, or maybe just add a few finishing touches to make that painting sing!

Fix and Finish with Silvia Trujillo
Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20,10am-2pm

All painting media and skill levels welcome!
“Fix and/or Finish” a painting by figuring out what will benefit those pieces that are not quite working, or start a new project. The instructor will help with composition, color, and techniques to guide viewers’ eyes through your painting. Silvia has a wide range of experience with different styles and media, and will help you in mastering yours.

MEMBERS $75 NON-MEMBERS $90 Students to bring pieces to be fixed and finished and the materials they used. Register Here >>

Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann – Fear of Judgment

 Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann - title image of Baumann talking with a group of artists around a campfire

The Artist’s Greatest Fear 

Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann - image of painting of a rocky mountain goat by Stefan BaumannThis week we were sitting around the campfire after a day of Plein Air painting and the question came up “What is the greatest fear that all artists have?” I thought for a moment and said “The Fear of judgment.” “Judgment from others, from peers, and from themselves.  And, for a good reason, because all artists are impostors.”

Artists prefer showing what worked and only what they want you to see. They will seldom show you the stack of paintings that did not turn out well and they have hidden under the bed.

Children have a natural attraction to drawing. They’re fearless when they use crayons and paper. In fact, when asked to draw anything, they will spontaneously burst into joyful creative activity. There is no end to the multitude of colors and creative compositions that flow effortlessly from their imaginations. But sadly, this all comes to an end for most people.   Why? At an early age around 3 or 4 when this burst of creative genus begins, it is so natural to make a mark on paper or even on walls.  Just like the drawings that the first cavemen drew in caves art has always been a way to communicate. This free expression has lead to some of most fantastic art ever created thousands of years ago.

Children create freely and endlessly the moment they see paper and any device that can make a mark.    When I ask students In high school “Why don’t you create art?” they most often say, “I’m not taking an art class.” Students in College say, “Its not my major.” Later in life the excuse is “I have to focus on a real career.” Then later, working people say, “I don’t have the time” and then finally, retired people say, “I don’t have talent.”

What happened to the Child, the free-thinking, creative spirit that inspired thousands of drawings and pictures? Art is one of the first things that children can do freely that they own.  In a world of “NO! Be Quiet! Sit-down!” art is something they can do that has no rules.  You can make a purple cow and a sun that looks like a star as long as it is yellow, until some day, Mom shows up and says “Billy, There is no such thing as a purple cow. And, by the way, that cow looks more like a dog. Let me show you how.” This critique is given as a learning opportunity by the parent, but the child experiences that he or she has done something is wrong. The free flowing creative moment is gone, replaced by rules and expectations.

I have coached many people over the years who long to be creative and learn how to paint. And very often, overcoming the fear of failing again as they felt at the age of 3 is as important as painting itself.

If you are interested in exploring your creative child or if you want to take your art to he next level, I invite you to go to my YouTube channel, consider phone coaching with me, and attend a workshop here in Mt. Shasta where we discuss life, art, and creative passion with other artists around the campfire.

Please visit my website at for more information.

Call me for information on workshops or coaching 415-606-9074

September 2017 Workshops at Central Art Supply

Creative to the Qor Art Contest at Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

(including hands and feet)

Friday, September 8, 2017


*Demo and Lecture will be done in charcoal & oil paint

Where: Central Art Classroom

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00

Fee: $20 per person

(Please bring a snack if you need one)


Have you ever wondered how artists measure out the human form and what the easiest way is to draw it correctly? Is the structure of hands and feet challenging you as well? This workshop will look in depth at the measurements of the body, limbs, head, hands, and feet.


Bobbi will work in Charcoal and Oil (for color) while she adds to your knowledge base on structure, negative space, and an introduction into her color theories. There will be handouts and the opportunity to ask that question you have been looking for the right answer to! There are so many tips that you can get from a seasoned artist. Be sure not to miss this one! Portrait Artist Bobbi Baldwin has been selling her portraits & teaching for over 32 years and has a great common sense approach to art and drawing.



Class is limited in size, so register soon.

REGISTER NOW by sending your check to:

Bobbi Baldwin 7850 Winding Way Fair Oaks, CA 95628



**Saturdays In September!** Artist/Instructor Deborah Ann Dawson presents

Expressive Drawing Workshops


Where: Central Art Classroom

When: Sept. 16, 23 & 30, 12:30 to 3:30pm

Fee: $120 for all 3 Workshops $50 each if not attending all 3. Workshops must be paid for by September 7th.


All levels, Beginner to Experienced These workshops will help us unlock the mundane chains that fetter our imaginations. There are no failures just lessons to help us grow as visual artists. My goal is to help free our inner artist in a safe, supportive environment.


3 Workshops to Develop Fearless Creativity


9/16 Workshop 1: “ Finding the Courage to Explore ”

We will be working with a various mediums, design elements and subjects to nurture and free our inner artistic voice.


9/23 Workshop 2: “ Visual Poetry ”

Dancing with Repetition, Rhythm and Movement. Courage to Imagine, Express and Embrace.


9/30 Workshop 3: “ Balance and Focus ”

Using various mediums and subjects to explore Symmetry, Asymmetry and Emphasis.


Minimum capacity is 5 students per workshop, maximum is 12. To register, contact Deborah at:

(541) 415-1191

[email protected]

Checks can be made out to:

Deborah Ann Dawson

P.O. BOX 629
Selma, OR 97538

Lessons from Utopia

Adapted from the C4AA’s upcoming book, this is an article by Co-Directors Duncombe and Lambert about how Artistic Activists can use the idea and ideal of Utopia.

You can get it here.

Call to Textile Artists from Woman Made Gallery

Join WMG


Between the Seams
Jan. 19 – Feb. 16, 2018 | Opening Reception: Jan. 19, 2018 | 6-8pm
Entry Deadline: November 3, 2017
Juror: Nnenna OkoreCLICK HERE TO SUBMIT WORK to all artists worldwide to submit artwork for this exhibition.Textiles, one of the oldest forms of production, connect us to history and human experience. How do practices, beliefs and knowledge shape self-identity and cultural fabric?

Artists are invited to submit work that places emphasis on the concept of cloth through broad definition and use of materials. Traditional or uncommon approaches to weaving, stitching, knitting, dyeing, felting, crochet, layering, surface embellishment and patterns as well as digital interpretation may be applied.  All materials and techniques will be considered.

The application fee for our juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. A limited number of artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; please send us an email to request a fee waiver: [email protected] All applicants should submit an artist’s statement about their body of work. Accepted artworks must not exceed 72″ horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG.About the Juror: Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore is an artist who works both in Nigeria and the United States. Her largely abstract sculptures are inspired by textures, colors and forms within her immediate milieu. Finding reusable value in discarded materials, Okore enriches her work with layers of meaning through familiar and painstaking processes. She sometimes relies on the use of flotsam or discarded objects, which are transformed into intricate sculpture and installations through repetitive and labor-intensive techniques. Some of her processes including weaving, sewing, rolling, twisting and dyeing were learned by watching local Nigerians perform daily tasks. Most of Okore’s works explore detailed surfaces and biomorphic formations.

Okore is a Professor of Art at North Park University, Chicago, where she teaches Sculpture. She earned her BA degree in Painting from the University of Nigeria in 1999, and an MA and MFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2004 and 2005. She has received several national and international awards and been shown in numerous prestigious galleries and museums within and outside the United States. She was a 2012/13 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award, which resulted in a year-long project in Nigeria.

For more information visit

Banner Image: ‘Artwork by Nnenna Okore’
Lower Image: ‘Artwork by Shenequa Brooks’


Creative to the Qor Art Contest at Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

Abstract Workshop with Alx Fox

Join Alx Fox for an Abstract Workshop

at Central Art Supply

Friday  & Saturday  August  25 &  26

From 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Participate on any day or both days

Fees: $65 per day, $110 for 2 days


Explore new ways of applying and using texture on canvas or watercolor papers for increased focal point interest. Sample new media and sharpen your compositional skills in a relaxed informal atmosphere using acrylic paints and medias.

Call or email for materials list and/ or questions:

(541) 450-7092   [email protected]

Visit Central Art!