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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

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Empty Bowls Event!

EMPTY BOWLS EVENT

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WHEN: Online Silent Auction: October 8th-13th, 2021

WHERE: Virtually! Text ‘EmptyBowls2021’ to (406) 302-5086 to get a link to bid or visit https://go.eventgroovefundraising.com/joco-emptybowls-2021 directly.

FUNDRAISER BENEFICIARY: Options for Southern Oregon and Josephine County Food Bank. Proceeds will help food insecure adults, children and families in our community access food.

CONTACT PERSON: Sarah Small, Development and Integrated Health Coordinator at (541) 476-2373 or email at [email protected]

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort led by Options for Southern Oregon in partnership with the Josephine County Food Bank that includes artists and restaurants in our community. This event raises funds to fight hunger in our community.

Empty Bowls has historically been held at the Parkway Christian Center in Grants Pass. Due to the pandemic, last year’s event was held virtually. While we had hoped to return to an in-person event in 2021, unfortunately, our region is experiencing a surge in cases. Because the safety of our community is paramount, we have decided to once again shift to a virtual event to respond to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic.

Our virtual Empty Bowls event will feature an online silent auction featuring unique ceramic bowls and art pieces. Individuals will also have the option to purchase one of the beautifully crafted event bowls, much like our usual Empty Bowl experience. We wanted to bring a bit more of our in-person event to the virtual space, so included with each bowl purchase is a $5 coupon that can be used at one of our participating restaurants.

The auction will begin on Friday, October 8th, and will close on Wednesday, October 13th. Participation in the silent auction will be free and open to all, but individuals will need to register to participate. We will end the virtual experience by hosting a drive-through event at the Josephine County Food Bank (3658 Upper River Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97526) on Friday, October 15th, where individuals will be able to pick up their silent auction items and event bowls.

We want to extend a special thank you to this year’s restaurant sponsors, including Casa Amiga, Climate City Brewing Company, Ma Mosa’s, Taprock Northwest Grill, The Laughing Clam, The Train Depot, The Twisted Cork, The Vine, and Wild River Brewing & Pizza. In the past, these amazing restaurants have donated soup and gift cards to our event. This year, they are partnering with us to provide an opportunity for Empty Bowls supporters who purchase event bowls to get soup. Clayfolk potters and other local artists have generously donated their time and talent to make more than 150 beautifully handcrafted bowls for this year’s event.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors AllCare CCO, AIG Retirement Services, Banner Bank, Clayfolk, Evergreen Federal Bank, and J.D. Fulwiler! These organizations have been supporting Empty Bowls for many years, and their generous donations help make this event a success!

More information can be found at optionsonline.org and the Josephine County Empty Bowls Facebook page (www.facebook.com/emptybowlsjoco)

Can Earth Art Help Us Heal?


Earth Art isn’t just beautiful, it lifts your spirits, strengthens your connections, and even lessens the effects of mental illness. 

At Natural Earth Paint, we’ve always known that earth art making can change your life. But what is the science behind those changes? We’ve done the research for you.

“Humans are a vital part of the Earth’s ecosystems; we’re deeply connected to nature rather than separate from it. Our oldest, most basic bond is to Mother Earth, the environment around us which we rely on, contribute to, and create with.

Because of our connection, creating with earth-based materials ties us to the world around us as well as our natural selves. Earth-based materials are an extension of our organic bodies, heritages, and histories. 

Creating art to ground yourself in the Earth, your heritage, and your environment provides clarity and reduces anxiety. It provides space to explore individual and communal relationships and our impacts on one another, and finding connections between yourself and the environment helps reduce feelings of isolation and depression.”

So indulge in that painting session, take your time hand-mixing those natural paints, and relish your connection with Mother Earth. After all, it’s for your health!

Visit our blog to learn more about the healing power of earth art. Learn More In need of a little healing this season? We’re offering 10% off our Earth & Mineral Pigments so you can take a much-needed moment to care for yourself. 

Just use code EarthArt at checkout. Enjoy! Shop Now

Coupons valid for US customers only. Expires September 30th. Have questions for us? Check out our FAQ page or contact us at [email protected]

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CHAP September 2021 News



Get Your FREE Tickets to the Party!



Watch Parties are going to be all the rage this year! Order a few Party Boxes and invite friends over for a mini CHAPlandia at your house.

Each Party Box includes enough wine, signature drink supplies, decorations, snacks, special anniversary gifts and more for two people to enjoy.


“If I knew how awesome these party boxes were, I would have ordered a hundred!” -Lauren Holden Kilbane, CHAPlandia 2020

Order your Party Box!


Meal options available for CHAPlandia 2021!   We’ve partnered with a few local restaurants who will be donating 15% to CHAP from CHAPlandia attendee purchases!

You’ll be able to order from the menus of Belle Pomme or Epif!




The big 2021 CHAPlandia raffle item is the winner’s choice of 5 different packages! Options are: New York City Getaway with a 3 Night Four Star Hotel Stay and a Cooking Class including a Multi Course Lunch or Dinner for (2) Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa 3 Night Stay with a Merryvale Winery Wine & Cheese Experience for (2) and $150 Budget Gift Card Disney World Resort Adventure with a 3 Night Stay at either the Disney Art of Animation, Disney All Star Music or Disney All Star Sports for (2) with a $500 Disney Gift Card Best of Boston with a 3 Night Stay at The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Samuel Adams Brewery Tour with Dinner and Beer Pairing for (2) Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 3 Night Stay for (2) with a $300 Gift Card for Golf, Spa or Dinner Raffle tickets will be available in the online auction starting October 22nd. Be featured at CHAPlandia 2021!

2021 is the 15th anniversary of CHAP as a nonprofit. Can you believe it? To celebrate, we’re looking to capture stories and memories about CHAP so we can all take a walk down memory lane together. 

Here’s what we’re looking for: Record a video message on your phone (it doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as we can see and hear you) Maximum 1 minute Use landscape format (vs.vertically) Ideally use earbuds with a microphone close to your mouth for better sound Preferably in mov format (for iPhones) Send to [email protected] Last day to send you message is 10/8/21 Include anything you want, whether it’s showing a piece of art you made with CHAP, your favorite thing about CHAP, or a sweet/funny story you’d like to share (be sure not to use children’s names). Have fun with it!
CHAP in a Box Shipment

The studio is filling up with spirit lamps as all our volunteers are pitching in to make the frames for our spirit lamps. These boxes are filled with all the supplies to make these uniquely decorated tea light lamps. CHAP in a Box makes it possible for families outside of the Portland Metro area or those who are unable to come into the studio to experience the healing power of art.


Wall tiles in celebration of our 15th Anniversary

Our commemorative piece is coming together, tile by tile! Do you want to join us in collaboration? Email Faye for details and let us know what CHAP means to you!

Recap of outreach events



We had a team building session with Portland Public School teachers- so fun!



Thanks for coming to our 15th Anniversary Party!
It was so fun to make art and eat the cake! Volunteer opportunities:

We are allowing 4 volunteers at a time into our studio, and request that everyone be vaccinated and remain masked.
We have in-studio and take-home projects available.

Email [email protected] to schedule a shift!
Since 2016, Troy Thom has been doing an annual bike ride supporting CHAP.

This year’s ride will take place in central Oregon and will consist of 50 miles a day for 5 days.

As a bonus, if we are able to raise $2000, he will ride one 100-mile day!

Please donate to this ride and help us reach our $2000 goal.
You can write a check to CHAP with “Troy Thom” in the memo line or give an online donation in his honor – writing his name in the drop down menu on the checkout page.

For more information, please reach out to Faye Pendergrass, Outreach Program Manager at [email protected]. We are offering team building activities for you and your colleagues!

Arrange a remote or outdoor activity with Program Manager Faye Pendergrass and create artwork with your team!
Email [email protected] for more details.
Thank you for supporting CHAP’s mission of bringing the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges. DONATE TODAY AND BRING MORE “CHAP”PY SMILES Stay up to date and follow us on social media! Copyright © 2021 Childrens Healing Art Project, All rights reserved.
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Medford Multicultural Fair Art Contest

The deadline for this year’s Medford Multicultural Fair art contest has been extended again to 9/17. That’s TODAY!! Please submit your art via DropBox: https://www.dropbox.com/request/jRpdeQ3H6R4Gq0fvufgT

We also decided on Tuesday to host a virtual event because of increasing COVID hospitalizations and regular unhealthy air quality. We are seeking videos to share with our diverse audience. We invite your organization and artist members to submit prerecorded or new videos to [email protected]. The live stream celebration will be fun. Join us on Medford Multicultural Fair Facebook on September 25 from 11:00 am to 2 pm.

Medford Multicultural Fair Art Contest Call to Artists
Medford Multicultural Fair Art Contest Call to Artists application form

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

FOTAS Seeks Art Donations for Howl-o-ween & Holiday Fair

The compound challenges of the pandemic and the Almeda Fire stopped Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) from holding in-person fundraisers in 2020, except one – the October crafts fair at the Historic Jacksonville Courthouse. The support of this pet-friendly community was so enthusiastic that FOTAS will reprise the event in 2021 as the Howl-O-Ween & Holidays Fair on October 30-31, 10am-4pm. Animal lovers and those who enjoy the Fall and Winter holidays will have a fun opportunity to shop early for gifts and decor, from “trick or treat” to “Happy New Year!”

The Historic Jacksonville Courthouse grounds provide a wonderful venue, and FOTAS is counting on our community’s artists and crafters to help fill it with their donated creations. Top sellers last year included quilts, ceramics, jewelry and attire. This year, we expect demand for Halloween costumes for both pets and their humans. The season will be right for Harvest decor, and who doesn’t like shopping for something unique to dress the home for the Holidays? Or to get a jump preparing handmade holiday cards for mailing?

Because of the generous support of the City of Jacksonville and Pronto Print, FOTAS will be able to hold this event free of expenses, meaning that every cent of every sale will benefit our community’s animals. Those who give and those who shop will boost not only in-shelter work but the new spay/neuter trailer, Working Cats, Street Dogs and foster programs as well.

Donated handcrafted items can be left at the FOTAS Office at 5595 S. Pacific Highway in Phoenix, or donated by contacting Laura Ahearn at (458) 226-0600 to make other arrangements. For more information, please call Laura or see www.fotas.org/holidays-fair.

Mark October 30-31 on your calendar and start making your shopping list!

CHAP August 2021 Newsletter



Wall Art Installation!

  To celebrate CHAP’s 15th anniversary and over 75,000 healing art experiences, we’re starting the installation of wall tiles hand-designed by you! Soon, the wall just inside the CHAP studio will be covered with tiles created by children, volunteers, donors, staff, Board members…anyone who has been touched by the healing power of art that CHAP provides. If you wish to contribute a tile to the wall, contact Faye at [email protected].

A $15 donation per tile is appreciated.


New Community Partners!  

Thanks to grants from MillsDavis Foundation and the Advantis Community Fund, CHAP will soon begin providing free Healing Art Care Packages full of inspiring art supplies to medical facilities that support historically underserved families and children. Clinics that treat no- and low-income families are prioritized in the selection so that children whose families may not be able to afford art supplies can receive the colorful packets. 



Summer Workshop Recap

CHAP has had such a blast facilitating creativity virtually and in-person this summer! The kids have made some excellent pieces that we’re excited to show you. We’re so grateful to all who participated!

Also, a huge shout-out to Outpatient Program Coordinator, Scarlett Aguilar, who pulled this off so wonderfully, during a pandemic! 
Last but not least, THANK YOU to our volunteers who assisted in the studio and who taught online workshops.




TOPAZ RECAP

On August 1st, CHAP set up at Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island.
Families painted cardboard cutouts of fruit and veggies, and CHAP offered face painting as well as HeART Boxes for sale!
Thank you for hosting us, Topaz, and thank you to everyone who came out!



 

EVENT RECAP: MIGRANT EDUCATION PROGRAM
CHAP had so much fun creating alongside families from the Migrant Education Program! It was an afternoon filled with paint, pizza, and fairy wands! Artists painted fabric “tiles” for CHAP to sew into a mosaic banner, and got to take home art kits!⠀


Click Here to RSVP!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
-Studio Prep
-Community Outreach Events

Questions? Contact Program Manager, Faye Pendergrass, [email protected]

Thank you for supporting CHAP’s mission of bringing the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges.
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The Art Inspector: Saving the Earth by Changing Art

Danielle Siembieda-Gribben

Originally Posted at the Huffington Post: 02/27/2013 3:23 pm…But more relevant than ever today! Originally reposted by SOAR on 2/28/2013.

Creative industries have changed standards and best practices to adopt sustainable and environmental techniques in design and production. Architecture has adopted LEED Performance design into standard practice, and Industrial Design begins with thinking about the end of life of a product and how to leave the least amount of impact on the environment. Both of these industries fought for decades, since the 1970s, against changing habits, systems and academic content. Resistors during the transformation proclaimed they would all go out of business; it was impossible to get all stakeholders on board; and they didn’t want to be creatively strangled.

This shared history of transforming creative industry leads us to a problem we are facing within the Art world. Can artists change the way they create work to make a healthier planet? Personally, I believe so, however, with the inclusion of all key players from the art world, including: art institutions, art media, academia, retailer/manufacturers, collectors and artists. Art seeds culture and influences public behavior. If artists can change their standard of practice then the rest of the world will follow.

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Art Inspector assessing quilters studio. Photo by Wendy Crockett.

How is this transformation possible? Incorporating a triangle approach to such transformation is The Art Inspector, a social practice artwork I founded during my candidacy for a Masters in Fine Arts at San Jose State University, uses a Healthy Art Program (education), Legislative Reform (advocacy) and Third Party Inspections (studio assessments). This project started a few years ago when I noticed fellow studio mates as well as the art school itself seemingly unconsciously teaching and using harmful applications and techniques, disposing of waste, and ineffectively ventilating rooms. I noticed piles of plastic thrown into dumpsters, studio lights left on for what seemed 24 hours at a time, and complete negligence when using harsh chemicals. In my studio, a rusty cabinet labeled “Store Harsh Chemicals Here,” written upon faded masking tape, hosted a dusty plastic binder labeled MSDS Sheets. Taking a closer look, I realized no one had taught me what Material Safety Data Sheets meant and how they might apply to what I do. I asked around to other artists what they might know about these sheets and what they thought about what they were using and how they were disposing of extra material. Many artists noted that they knew someone, or had experienced themselves, long term health problems from misuse of chemicals in the creation of artwork. Most artists intuitively believed that there was a better way to develop their work and acknowledge the harm of some of the materials, but did not know what to do about it or did not see change as a high priority.

Inspired by artworks using methods of Intervention Art which take on the roles and aesthetics of corporations and disrupt systems in unexpected ways, such as the Yes Men and Luther Thie, I decided to become an Art Inspector. Within construction and manufacturing, unaffiliated auditors determine if a building or product can be certified as sustainable. If deemed so, doors open for prospective buyers and subsidies. I wanted to take this method to the Art World.

But how does a third party inspection work? There are at least two inspections to take place. The initial inspection starts with an intake form that asks questions to each artist about their studio environment, materials they are using, and the type of machines or equipment that use power. During this process a series of tests are conducted using similar equipment used for energy audits in residential homes. The Art Inspector tests power outlets, lighting and occupancy, ventilation and Volatile Organic Compounds. Once the inspection process is finished, The Art Inspector will write up a report based on the data collected and make suggestions for alternatives and improvements to artists studios and the working process. If the artist makes the recommended modifications, The Art Inspector will return for a re-inspection and award a Healthy Art Certification if the artist passes.

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Paint waste from inspection of painter’s studio. Photo by Wendy Crockett.

Artists who fail inspection or those who are interested in diving deeper into changing their habits can join the Healthy Art Program. Various workshops ranging from green materials, sustainable wood products, energy efficiency, lighting and safety are available to artists at varying partner institutions. If the artists are supplied with resources and knowledge, they will be empowered to change. The final part of The Art Inspector is to advocate for change in policy and curriculum on both an institutional and government level. Working with academic and museum institutions to adopt new values and requirements for artworks to be created sustainably will create a shift in the resources for production of art. If a major contemporary art museum such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art sets a standard for new works to be exhibited using a significant amount of low impact materials and works with third party agents such as The Art Inspector, then other practitioners will follow. With this same concept, Public Art Programs can adopt LEED standards into creation of artworks in the public realm.

Even today these concepts of change in the Art World are seen as radical and frightening to some. However, many artists are willing to do what they do best, experiment with new ideas. With the vision of The Art Inspector, we will open up the avenues to sustainable living, healthy living, and simultaneously, changing the way we make art.

Follow Danielle Siembieda-Gribben on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Art_Inspector

Visit the Art Inspector website here: http://artinspector.org/