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frank Gathering 2020

The Center for Artistic Activism’s Rebecca Bray and Steve Lambert will be speaking and doing a workshop at the frank Gathering, February 4-7 in Gainsville Florida.

Other invitees this year include Center for Artistic Activism alumnus Debbie Almontaser, and comedian and creator of the Daily Show, Lizz Winstead.

frank is more than just a gathering. It is an essential community for movement builders and change makers – the people who use communications to drive positive social, institutional and behavioral change. A part of the University of Florida Center for Public Interest Communications, frank gathering informs and drives the field of public interest communications through research, insights and news.

Now in its seventh year, frank is bringing changemakers together from across the earth. Our community is made up of strategists, researchers, artists, journalists, students, activists and more. From corporate advocacy to the research lab, to the grassroots on the street activist, the frank community believes in using evidence-based strategies to drive social change. If you see yourself in our mission, then we welcome you into our community.

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And if you want to watch some talks from years past here’s a selection:

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. on Audiences

Roy Wood Jr. does his own form of audience testing. In this interview for the Good One Podcast, Wood talks about how he developed a hilarious bit called “Black Patriotism?” for his special, Father Figure.

In the interview Wood talks about testing his jokes on different kinds of audiences in different parts of the country to make sure they will reach the most people. This could sound like pandering, or working to the lowest common denominator, but not in this case. Roy Wood Jr. is refining his message and making it accessible without dialing back any of the underlying message.

Listen and see if you agree.

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. on Audiences

Roy Wood Jr. does his own form of audience testing. In this interview for the Good One Podcast, Wood talks about how he developed a hilarious bit called “Black Patriotism?” for his special, Father Figure.

In the interview Wood talks about testing his jokes on different kinds of audiences in different parts of the country to make sure they will reach the most people. This could sound like pandering, or working to the lowest common denominator, but not in this case. Roy Wood Jr. is refining his message and making it accessible without dialing back any of the underlying message.

Listen and see if you agree.

Let’s Step it Up! Workshop handout

What is this? We wanted a clear, concise list of prompts to remind us of important things to remember when planning an action. We offer this to you and hope it helps.

A Strengthening Tonic for Stronger, Leaner, More Æffective Creative Actions

The Foundation

Dream

Have you wandered through your imagined utopia lately?

First Steps

Which path will get you to your objective the fastest: Individual change, policy change, or advocacy?

What’s your objective? Is it SMART?

Audiences

Who is the primary audience? This is the audience that has the most power to achieve your objective. What do you want them to Think, Feel and Do? Ideally, what is the physical, visible behavior audiences will do as a result of your work? What is the old behavior? What is the new behavior?

Who is the secondary audience? (An audience who may support the effort and become allies.)What do you want them to Think, Feel and Do?

Are you taking into account the cultural, moral, and demographic backgrounds of your audience? And communicating in ways they can understand?


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The Action

The Creative Process

To get to a good idea, first requires multiple ideas. Did you come up with more than 5 ideas? More than 10? More than 30? More than 50? Were some of those ideas impossible? (They should be) Did you choose the safest one, or are you taking some creative risks?

Have you created drafts, versions, or iterations? Have you rehearsed, reflected and made changes? Have you done this more than once? More than 5 times? More than…

Surprise, Spectacle, and Story

How will your action capture attention and get people thinking differently? Could it be more surprising? Weirder? Funnier? Could it involve a storyworld with characters, heroes, villains, conflict, resolution? How is it different from ordinary protests or street art?

Engagement

How does your action engage people? (spectating doesn’t count)

Is there something they can do? Can they have meaningful involvement in the action? Can they see the impact of their involvement?

Can you give your audience something they will want? Physically? Metaphorically? Both?

  • What can your audience take away?
  • What will your audience think about later?
  • How can they share their experience with friends and family?
  • What can they do to take action?
  • Does all of the above lead to achieving your objective and point toward your goal?

First Friday of 2020! Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

Join us for the January First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

January 3rd from 5 to 8 pm

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Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Venture further to explore out-skirting galleries!  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation! 

January Spotlight Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery

What a Difference a Frame Makes!

The gallery’s First Friday show also features wine and light refreshments; live music by pianist Anthony Bock, and will be on display from December 31 – February 2.

Peter Stone has been a professional picture framer for more than twenty-three years. He owned the popular Arrowhead Framing shop in Half Moon Bay, CA before moving to Ashland and Art & Soul Gallery.  He has long enjoyed the interpretive creative process and the constant creative problem solving which are custom picture framing. Peter loves the unique design opportunity that comes with each new artistic challenge.

“Every custom picture framing project comes with a story,” Peter has discovered. People only choose custom framing when the artwork has special meaning, he said. “And what is more special than our family memories!”

Pianist, Anthony Bock, a senior at SOU and a student of Dr. Tutunov, returns to Art & Soul for the third time. He effortlessly combines classical and non-classical piano music in a free and bright style, which captivates everyone listening.

Peter Stone, "sivo'ham, sivo'ham" (I am Shiva, I am Shiva)

Peter Stone, “sivo’ham, sivo’ham” (I am Shiva, I am Shiva)

Schneider Museum of Art

TWO GENERATIONS: JOE FEDDERSEN & WENDY RED STAR

On View: January 16 – March 14, 2020
Opening Reception: January 16th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

This exhibition presents the work of two Northwest Indigenous artists who work across media and whose work responds, on their own terms, to historic and contemporary misrepresentations of Native Americans. Joe Feddersen, born in 1953, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and has exhibited internationally since the early 1980’s. As a printmaker, basket maker, ceramicist and glass artist, Feddersen combines contemporary materials with Native iconography to create powerful and evocative works that explore the interrelationships between urban symbols and Indigenous landscapes.

Wendy Red Star, born in 1981, was raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star incorporates and recasts her research through photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance, offering new and unexpected perspectives on past, present, and future life. Her work is humorous, surreal, and often abrasive, yet deeply rooted in a celebration for Crow life.

JOE FEDDERSEN BIO:

Joe Feddersen, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, lives and works in Omak, WA and was a faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA from 1989 until his retirement in 2009. His work was included in Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking at the International Print Center, New York, Autumn 2015. He has been featured in numerous national exhibitions, including Continuum 12 Artists: Joe Feddersen, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution at the George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY, curated by Truman Lowe; Land Mark, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA; and was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition and monograph, Vital Signs, organized in conjunction with Froelick Gallery and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, OR

WENDY RED STAR BIO:

Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.

Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Portland Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, CalArts, Flagler College, and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs. In 2017, Red Star was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2018 she received a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. In 2019 Red Star will have her first career survey exhibition at the Newark Museum in Newark New Jersey.

Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

CURATOR MACK MCFARLAND BIO:

Mack McFarland is a cultural producer and has worked as Curator for Pacific Northwest College of Art since 2006. Currently McFarland is the Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA. His exhibitions at PNCA have included commissioned projects of new works from tactical media practitioners Critical Art Ensemble, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Disorientalism.  He has also curated a review of Luc Tuymans’s printed works, a group exhibit marking the centennial of John Cage’s birth, and a comprehensive look at the process of the comic journalist Joe Sacco.  McFarland’s current question is how exhibitions and artworks can meaningfully link to our shared experience of existing together within the ongoing process of history.

Wendy Red Star, "Winter", from "The Four Seasons", Archival pigment print on Museo silver rag, 35.5 X 40 inches, Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR

Wendy Red Star, “Winter”, from “The Four Seasons”, Archival pigment print on Museo silver rag, 35.5 X 40 inches, Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR

Photographers’ Gallery (Ashland Art Center)

Kate Geary – “In the Woods”

Kate Geary’s new show, “In the Woods”, opens on Friday, January 3, 2020, at The Photographer’s Gallery at the Ashland Art Center and runs through the end of February.  

Kate’s focus in this show is on the amazing beauty and even humor in the small details of the natural world in the forest.  So often the small is obscured by the magnificence of the scene, the towering redwood or roaring waterfall.  To pause, to look downward and notice the patterns in decaying bark, the sensuous texture of exposed wood; the beauty of seed pods lying in verdant ground cover, reflections of fall color in a meandering stream, brings a new appreciation to the beauty of detail.

Kate Geary, “Reflections of Season Past,” photograph

Kate Geary, “Reflections of Season Past,” photograph

Creekside Pizza

Featuring Justin Gordon

Justin Gordon is an artist and musician living in Ashland Oregon who enjoys traditional processes that harken back to the twentieth century before the digital world inundated us with images and sounds and facsimiles of real objects. He can be found driving around in a yellow seventies pick up snapping photos or playing his original songs with his band The Holy Mackerels around town when he is not at work as a carpenter and painter.

Show runs December through January.

Justin Gordon, photograph

Justin Gordon, photograph

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the January Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

 

Please see “Spotlight Exhibits” and the January Gallery Tour Map.

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Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Start With Yes – 2019 thank you print

For the third year running I’ve made a risograph print to thank our donors. This year we took a little phrase we use around the Center for Artistic Activism to share with you.

Why start with yes?

“Start with Yes” is a shared philosophy around collaboration at the Center for Artistic Activism. It means start in agreement, start with acceptance, start with trust. It means saying yes to wild ideas. Yes to the world we want. Yes to love. Yes to working together. Yes to sharing. Yes to successes. Yes to aiming higher. Yes to making it weirder. Yes to the unexpected. Yes to Utopian dreams. Yes to odd combos.

Yes and. Yes to the future. Yes to everyone. Yes to big risks. Yes to possibly, probably looking like a fool. Yes to talking. Yes to listening. Yes to dreaming. Yes to pushing it a step further. Yes to thinking. Yes to feeling. Yes to doing. Yes we will do the impossible. Yes we will win.

We hope a reminder to “Start with Yes” can help your collaborations also!

About the print

11×17 Risograph
Edition of 100

Created in edition of 100 as thank you when you support our end of year fundraising campaign.

The print is made with a Risograph printer. Similar to silkscreening, Riso printing enables a layering technique to produce multi-colored prints. It’s printed on high-quality Speckletone paper, the first-ever recycled sheet with flecks and “shives” created in 1955 by the French Paper Co.

Each print has slight variations. All are signed and editioned by Steve Lambert.

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Free Art Presentation to Benefit Climate Action

Babel and Blood Moons, 2015 Painting from the Digging out from the Dirty Decade collection, by Catie Faryl

Babel and Blood Moons, 2015 Painting from the Digging Out from the Dirty Decades collection, by Catie Faryl

Digging Out From the Dirty Decades

1999–2019

Art Presentation to Benefit Climate Action

Featuring an inspiring art slide show with humorous observations by West Coast Artist Catie Faryl.

Sunday November 17th
two free shows – 3 pm & 5 pm
(30 minutes each)
Bellview Grange 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland, Oregon

Artwork will be for sale at discount prices to benefit Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance & Project Drawdown Climate Actions

On Sunday November 17th, West Coast Artist Catie Faryl will be sharing her recent art collection, “Digging Out from the Dirty Decades,” at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland, Oregon.  There will be two half-hour art slide presentations, one at 3 pm and one at 5 pm, during which Catie will discuss her art and commentary on events beginning with Y2K in 1999 through the past 20 years, ending with our current situations in 2019.
Faryl is launching her Digging out from the Dirty Decades Card Deck, which is 72 art cards in chronological order along with ironic political satire and revealing environmental commentary.
Sales of Catie’s greeting cards, her popular Balance Deck Art Cards, matted prints, framed and matted originals will benefit climate crisis actions and education programs of Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance. Also Catie will offer a sneak preview of her next project called “2020 – The Year of Living Frugally”.
For more information please contact Catie Faryl at 541 535-1854 or by email.
Catie’s greeting cards and Art Card Decks are for sale locally at Bloomsbury Books.  If you can’t attend, donations can be mailed to Bellview Grange, P.O. Box 3372, Ashland Oregon 97520    www.catiefaryl.net
For more information contact Catie Faryl at 541 535-1854 or by email at [email protected], and please visit The Gentle Rebellion – a plan to reduce energy use and waste on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/The-Gentle-Rebellion-a-plan-to-reduce-energy-use-and-waste-2456972324539793/

 

The Revellers, New Years 1999 painting from the Digging out from the Dirty Decades collection by Catie Faryl

The Revellers, New Years 1999 painting from the Digging out from the Dirty Decades collection by Catie Faryl

NAMI SO Announces Poster Contest for annual Mental Health Film Fest

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) would like to announce an art contest for our poster for the next annual Mental Health Film Fest:
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Dear Artists:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) would like to announce an art contest for our poster for the next annual Mental Health Film Fest:

NAMI SO Film Fest Poster artwork competition: as a fun way to involve the artists in our community, the NAMI SO Film Fest Committee wants to invite you to submit two-dimensional art pieces for consideration for the 2020 film fest poster! The winner will get to see their artwork all over Jackson and Josephine counties and will receive special mention in the programs and two tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Season!

This is a great way to show how art is relevant to mental health. The composition should be easy-to-identify, somehow connecting with the theme of mental health, and it should be a positive message of hope, help and recovery. A big ask? Maybe. But so very important!

Artists who don’t make it onto the poster will still have the opportunity to display their artwork at the Film Fest event, May 2nd (in Ashland) and 3rd (Grants Pass)! This year, we will display art depicting anything to do with mental health, emotions, or images inspired by our mental health…stay tuned here for more on that as we get closer, but be thinking about what you want to submit…

Bring original artwork submissions for the poster (signed but unframed, as it will need to be scanned if it wins) to the NAMI Library at 140 S. Holly, Medford, Rm 1300 by January 31st, 2020, or contact Meesha Blair at [email protected]. We will notify you of the winner within the week following. All artwork should have your contact information attached, so we can notify you and return your artwork. Contest is not limited to NAMI members (although membership is a great way to support our work in the community. See www.namisouthernoregon.org for more). There is no entry fee.

We look forward to seeing your art!

Good luck!
Meesha Blair, NAMI SO Advocacy Committee

541.512.0047

Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW

Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW ​presents over 20 women artists for a representation of power found in the feminine mystique and, ultimately, communicates an inspired message that will leave viewers uplifted, hopeful, and with a little joy in their heart.

Center on Contemporary Art Northwest Mystics 2019

From December 5 through 21, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents, “Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW.” CoCA will wrap up their 2019 year of amplifying the voices of women and femme-identified artists with an exhibition, not only of women, but also works from select CoCA members. A 2019 Mayor’s Arts Award recipient, CoCA has been an artistic staple in Seattle since 1981 and continues to challenge the status quo while exploring cultural assumptions and highlighting the essential role of art in a global conversation.

“Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW” will include a wide variety of artists from different backgrounds to include a musical performance, sculpture, painting, and video, as well as lighted animatronic motion-sensitive “flowers” by Sena Clara Creston that engage directly with visitors. Additional artists in the show include Amina Maya, Anya Gudimova, Aramis Hamer, Babs Fulton, Cathy Sarkowsky, Christy Bailey, Eliaichi Kimaro, Jenny Jun Smith, ​Jocelyn Beausire, ​Kree Arvanitas, KT Hancock, Michelle Friars, Minhi Wimplempeck, Ouija Boob, Polly Purvis, Sandi Bransford, Sonya Stockton, Shima Star, ST Rivera, Vian Nguyen, and Victoria Raymond.

This show is inspired in part by the life and work of gallery owner and catalyst for the Northwest School, Zoë Dusanne as she celebrated the ingenuity and unflappable spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Her life, work and dedication to creating and holding space for contemporary art is one that CoCA deeply identifies with. Dusanne was also a trailblazer of her time as the first African-American woman to open her own gallery, a working single mother and, along with her parents, a founding member of the Seattle chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1947, Dusanne built a home in Seattle specifically designed to double as an art space, which she opened to the public in November 1950. Dusanne’s persistence and dedication to presenting artists, who would later be known as the “mystical” painters from Northwest School, resulted in a feature in ​Life ​magazine in 1953 and propelled the Northwest School to national prominence. Unfortunately in 1958, her home and gallery were demolished in order to accommodate the construction of I-5—something Seattleites can still relate to today.

CoCA’s nod to the Northwest School’s history is visible in landscapes such as one with a twist by Jenny Jun Smith or nature-inspired abstracts with a dark misty palette by Cathy Sarkowsky. In contrast to the Northwest School artists, this show displays a visceral sensuality and playfulness of the feminine mystique. Some works speak directly to the current social climate, such as ST Rivera’s ink on paper piece titled “Machismo;” Vian Nguyen’s oil painting, “Torn;” and Victoria Raymond’s 3D mixed media collage, “Grit.” “Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW” is a visual representation of the beautiful struggle of the feminine and, ultimately, communicates an inspired message that will leave viewers uplifted, hopeful, and with a little joy in their heart.

 

Exhibition Runs December 5 – 21, 2019.
Opening Reception, on December 5, 2019, 6-9pm, part of Pioneer Square Art Walk and includes a musical performance by Ouija Boob at 7:30pm.
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
More info: ​cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/northwest-mystics-2019

The Copenhagen Experiment: The Report

The past decade has witnessed a surge in “artistic activism,” both in practice and its study. Whether it actually works, however, is still a matter of faith more than fact. What has not been done is an evidence-based, empirical comparative study of the variable impact of creative versus more conventional forms of activism on a public audience in terms of ideas, ideals and actions. Until now.

Over the course of three days in May of 2018, Stephen Duncombe, Silas Harrebye and their research team mounted activist interventions on a popular and well-traveled bridge in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark. Each day we paired a conventional activist intervention — public speaking, petitioning, flyering — with a creative way of accomplishing the same task, in a classic A/B experimental model.

After a year of analysis of 108 interviews, 30 observation sheets, petition and pamphlet tallies, hours of film footage of the events, and 25 follow-up survey responses, we are pleased to present our findings. You can read and download the full report, or a short 2 page summary below.

Download pdf Summary: The Copenhagen Experiment (Summary)

Download pdf Full Version: The Copenhagen Experiment

Contact the authors of this report

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