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Online Classes with Bobbi Baldwin

Bobbi Baldwin is an artist living in California. She has taught a few classes at the museum in the past and has been Zooming classes for her own students. We are fortunate in having her teach some special classes just for us. In Bobbi’s words: “As a teacher, I must first see my students as individuals and second as a budding artist. Each person I encounter comes to the easel with a different set of learning skills and life lessons. It is my intent to give wings to my students feather by feather. I once heard that the measure of a good teacher is only through the students who surpass them. I look forward to seeing my students inspire the world with their own work.” This is a series of six classes. You can sign up for one or all. Each class is $25 for members and $30 for non-members AND she will make the class recording available for download for $20 so you can watch it over and over on your own time. The classes are two hours long on certain Fridays in November, December, and January from 10:00am until Noon. The class will consist of a 1.5-hour lecture and demonstration and then discussing your own work. You can use your favorite medium.
We hope to “see” you in class. We know you will enjoy your experience. Take care, Hyla Executive Director
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Not What I Expected

Once upon a pre-pandemic time, I heard a famous writer say that when she looked back at her life, nothing had turned out the way she’d thought—and that was good. She said she could summarize what she’d learned about life with this simple statement: Not What I Expected.

I think that would make a great T-shirt. 


This year certainly racked up more than its fair share of unexpected things—good and bad. I was scanning the calendar all the way back to the maskless days when I realized that so many big things I’d anticipated got cancelled, and yet even better things—things I could not have fathomed—happened in their stead.


Exhibit A: This spring, I was going to help lead a workshop in Paris and then begin my poetry book tour there afterward—continuing the tour in New York and San Francisco. It was kinda career-pinnacling stuff. And then, a matter of weeks before departure, the world shut down. But guess what? The day the workshop would have started, my now-husband proposed to me. And as grand as Paris is, if I never return to the world’s most romantic city, I feel no lack; I have actual romance now! 


Exhibit B: I had been invited to give a poetry reading and teach workshops at a college writing conference in Wyoming this fall. One of those all-expenses-paid gigs poets dream of. The event managed to stay on the books all through the summer, but then…it was finally cancelled. The plan had been to drive out there with my husband, teach, and then take our delayed honeymoon road trip from there. We wouldn’t have had as much time to see the national parks and monuments we hoped to visit, but we were going to make the best of it. When the conference was cancelled, we were able to take the entire time together—time that became so precious and relationship-building, I am quite glad we did not have to give up a minute of it. 


Exhibit C: Any moment now, I would have been boarding a plane to Sweden and then on to Latvia for a month-long writing residency. I would have spent all of November writing in a little seaside village. You guessed it: cancelled. But you know what? I’d almost forgotten that was going to happen. My life has taken such a different turn that many of the things I once wanted fiercely now seem like brief apparitions—like glimpsed prisms of light that all but fade by the time you focus on them. 


I have no idea what November will bring instead of Latvia. (And I’m not talking about elections or anything else one might expect.) I’m actually glad to have no idea what specific goodness is on its way—I just know that something is. It always is; Goodness & Mercy are always at our heels. Maybe we just have to stop now and then, turn around, and acknowledge them. Something tells me those two are all the more thrilled to come closer with their surprising gifts when we’re grateful for them. Even when they deliver stuff we never ordered. 


Speaking of ordering, I’m seriously thinking about making that T-shirt. I haven’t figured out what the back would say, but I might borrow a line from another famous Creator:


“And it was good.” 


Museum News Mid-October 2020

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Announcing the Membership Exhibit 2020
The exhibition department has decided to try and have a membership exhibit this year. It will be different from those in the past. We will only be able to display one piece of art per member and there is a limit of 60 pieces for the exhibit. Here’s how it will work: Contact the museum and make a reservation to bring in your artwork. We will be able to have two people in the museum every 15 minutes to finalize paperwork and pay the hanging fee. ($20) Dates for art drop off are: November 5 (Thursday) from noon until 3pm November 6 (Friday) from noon until 3pm November 7 (Saturday) from 10am – 1pm You can call and reserve your time slot now. The end of the reservation period is October 23. This is a first come first served situation so don’t delay. CALL 541-479-3290 Leave a message if we are not at the museum to answer – we will call you back. There are still size restrictions as usual – no art can be larger than 36″ wide x 48″ long (outside frame dimensions).
The proposed exhibit dates are from November 12 through December 18. Art pick up will be December 19 (Saturday) and December 20 (Sunday) from noon until 4pm both days.
If you are an artist and you need financial help
The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, has just launched a statewide Artist Relief Program. The Artist Relief Program provides relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals (or other activities with a stipend), events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities. We are making efforts to reach artists across Oregon, and specifically artists from traditionally or currently underserved and under-resourced communities, including communities of color and rural communities. The applications will be reviewed by panels of arts professionals. The application opened October 16 with a deadline of November 10. The grant guidelines and link to the application are on the Arts Commission website. The guidelines include information about the program, the application questions and the criteria that panelists will use to review applications. The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and December 31, 2020. (Supported disciplines: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); Dance (including choreography); Music (composition and music performance); Theatre and Performance Art; Folk & Traditional Arts; Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); Design Arts; and Media Arts.)CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
Almeda Fire Resources for Artists
We all know about the Almeda fire that ravaged our area, particularly the towns of Talent and Phoenix, just a month ago. What not everyone knows is that there were many artists who lived there since they couldn’t afford to rent in Ashland but needed to remain close to the galleries. And when an artist’s home burns down, they not only lose their abode and all their belongings like everyone else, but their tools of trade AND their entire life’s work of art. Click the image to find out more about who needs help and who can help.
A few words from Kristen O’Neill
It was October of 2015 when I first started volunteering for GPMA, and shortly after became the Administrative Assistant. I love my job and being part of the art community. This is a very special place we have here, and its filled with the best people. During my time at the museum I have become a Gallery One artist, taught several thousand students, developed friendships, helped with exhibitions and events, and so much more. When I first brought my daughters to the museum they were only one and six years old. Now my oldest is in middle school, and my youngest is now the six year old!   For the school year, as things currently are, I will be staying at home with my girls to help them with their remote schooling. It is with mixed emotions that I will only be working Saturdays for the museum. I look forward to spending more time with my daughters, Eirin, wants to learn how to cook more (yes!) and Kaitlyn is loving the super-power of learning how to read. I am also glad to continue as the assistant here at the museum. This place truly is a gem. I am so thankful to work in the arts and for an organization that has always been so thoughtful of my needs and has always made me feel valued. I look forward to both the extra time at home, having more time for my own artistic practice, and to then eventually return to working full-time at the museum again.
A small sampling of Kristen’s art – see more in Gallery One and you can find even more on her website:
Heceta Head Oregon Coast Trail Series Starry Night Over Grants Pass
A few family photos with Kristen, Eirin, and Kaitlyn
Eirin, comparing the size of her head with a dahlia Kaitlyn doing homework
Kristen, Eirin, and Kaitlyn at last year’s membership exhibit Kaitlyn showing Nancy Clark her entry in last year’s membership exhibit
Current Exhibition
Our permanent collection has been gathered over many years. It is extremely diverse and totally interesting. Each year we try and show off some of the art. We always have some pieces from the collection in the halls and stairwell.
If you can not come to the museum in person, here’s a link to see the exhibit in a virtual format. You can move the pictures with your mouse. CLICK HERE
A new fundraising idea for the museum
Over time many people have donated art to the museum. Much of the art has been included in the permanent collection but some of the art is available for purchase. We typically offered the art as part of our silent auctions at Black, White, & the Blues. However, we will not be having BWB in 2021, so this is an alternate idea. We have just opened a new eBay account and are offering two unique items – A Bev Doolittle signed print and a hand signed limited edition serigraph by Leroy Neiman. If you are interested and/or curious, click on the eBay logo and you will be transported to the listings.
Huge thanks for monetary help
We have been very fortunate. We have received emergency funding from the following organizations. With their help and the help of many community members, the museum has been “safe” during the pandemic. We do need to continually receive funds for current needs and future programs. Please help if you can. We appreciate your support!
The Red Backpack Fund is managed by Global Giving.
Come in and shop in a safe and clean environment. It’s a fabulous place to buy all sorts of art and great greeting cards. There are more than five dozen artists represented in the gallery.
The owners of Shoefly, Sydney and Alan, have been very busy remodeling the interior of their new store. You will not recognize it! They plan on being open 100% by Halloween. Check out some of the shoes that will be available in their window display. They carry shoes for women and girls. This is very exciting news.
Help keep the museum free for all!
The museum does not receive government funding (other than grants from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust via JCCC). So keeping the doors open depends on grants, donations, memberships, sponsorships, and rent from the street level businesses (Shoefly and Gallery One). You can do one time donations and you can also do monthly donations. It’s easy – and we appreciate you very much! On additional side benefit – the foundations who offer grants are very pleased to see community involvement. Your donations show your support!
You can DONATE by clicking here
Monthly donations are so amazing. They add up quickly. Just $10 a month means a donation to the museum of $120 for the year. That’s fabulous. Please consider this option. The payments are safely charged to your credit card.
Be a “Monthly Sustainer” and click here!
You can also call us at 541-479-3290 or send mail to us at Grants Pass Museum of Art, P.O. Box 966, Grants Pass, OR 97528
Do you shop on Amazon?
This quarter, we received $12.81. Every little bit helps a lot. Thank you!
Did you know that if you go to a special link called Amazon Smile you can choose a nonprofit to benefit from your purchase. Each nonprofit has a unique link. Here’s the portal you can use for the museum. Every little bit helps! CLICK HERE or click the picture to shop and benefit the museum.The best part is that it doesn’t cost you any extra!
If you get this far….
I was wandering around in YouTube, trying to find a perfect video for this newsletter. There were lots of things about art and hope but they were either too old or too long. Then I stumbled on this one. It is from a long time ago – and some of you may have seen it. It’s worth watching again. And somehow, it has great meaning for our time.
The Power of Words

North West Watercolor Acceptance

Congratulations Eve!


We are thrilled to inform you that your painting has been accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 80th Annual International Open Exhibition! Our first ever online International Open Exhibition has been extremely successful with 324 entrants submitting 674 total paintings, from 38 states and 12 countries. Juror Ron Stocke has selected your painting as one of 75 to be featured in this prestigious exhibition. Well done!

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
22″ X 30″ Mixed water media on paper

Serenity, Anyone?

In the 1980s, my grandmother had the Serenity Prayer decoupaged and hung in her guest bedroom. When my cousins and I had sleepovers as kids, I always marveled at its simple, rhythmic request:  

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 

courage to change the things I can, 

and the wisdom to know the difference.


I typed those lines from childhood memory. That prayer has been with me ever since. Even as a gradeschooler, I knew my life-long goal was serenity in a chaotic world. 


Decades later, I discovered the Enneagram. I know it’s all the rage right now, but for good reason; its pegs humanity’s nine personality types through the core beliefs of the types, the wounds they suffer from, and the healing they seek. 


I’m a number One: The Reformer. I want to make this world a better, more beautiful place. Which is a teensy bit exhausting and mostly impossible. Zero surprise that the life pursuit of a One is serenity. Can we say #challenge?


This year, we need the Serenity Prayer not just as a decoupage over the guest bed, but as cosmic light show illuminating our dark skies.


A few nights after the Oregon fires had ravaged friends’ homes just miles away, and another news cycle featuring Angry Everybody made me want to move to the Yukon Territory without the Internet, I found myself awake in the wee hours, whispering the Serenity Prayer over and over again until—much later—I finally fell back asleep. 


Honestly, the more authentic version of that prayer often sounds like the character George Costanza from Seinfeld screaming, “Serenity Now!” 


We can yell two words. 


We can whisper three lines over and over. 


May we pray the prayers. May we also do the work to heal our own wounds so that we don’t wound others from our unresolved pain and so that we can bring our healthy selves to serve a hurting world from a place of forgiven wholeness seeking to restore instead of retaliatory brokenness seeking to destroy. 


(And may we have a bit of serenity!)



My Favorite Classroom

It’s back-to-school season, but you might say I’ve been in summer school since July 4: the day I got married. I never knew that marriage would be my favorite classroom. I also never knew that no matter how much reading I did ahead of time, nothing would compare to experiential learning!


So-o-o much to learn. Such a variable curriculum, such a huge canon—love languages, personality styles, bathroom habits.


And I’ve never been more excited to study. 


I couldn’t really prepare for it like I did in my student days, by plowing through the required reading list and over-achiever-ing by plotting out the syllabus on my calendar. 


I couldn’t prepare for it like I did in my teacher days, by plotting units and setting assignments all the way till Christmas. 


So even though preparation is my superpower, I find myself releasing the ways I thought I learned best. 


And I am embracing every unplanned moment that arises. This photo is from last Sunday, when I looked up to see my husband smiling as he loaded the car after an afternoon on the lake. We had made a  detour there after an active camping weekend near the Deschutes River. The river was splendid, but he knows I love lakes, so he suggested we find one. 


On the obsidian-rich shore, we read aloud, napped, and played on the stand-up paddleboard. (My play looks more like a wobbly attempt to not to fall off. He can do a handstand on the thing…on a moving river). 

He is learning to enjoy the stillness I love, and I am learning to enjoy the motion he loves.  


It’s actually because of—not in spite of—our differences that we are on the trajectory for a master’s degree in communication someday. 


At this moment in our culture (and at any moment) we might do well to adjust our usual learning styles. We might do well risk wobbling as we try for new balance. To be still when we prefer motionor vice versa. Generally: to push the limits of our personal learning curves.


Here’s to embracing the classrooms of life: marriage and more. 

Zoom Inspired !

My friend and fellow Artist, Pam Hounschild and I have been teaching a Water Media Textures Workshop via Zoom. Pam is a more linear thinker than I am which was essential in pulling this off. Our first online class was through the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. We will teach the class again  October  5,8,12,15 with them also. . In the meantime we are also teaching September 14,17,21, and 24.through the Emerald Art Center in Springfield OR.

Its a quite different experience for all of us to not be in the same space but we are finding our way and everyone had fun and produced some great pieces.

Leading up to this new zoom life, I had decided I was tired of cutting mats, handling heavy glass and framing my work: too labor intensive and the glass made it difficult  to view the work because of the glare. So I have been working smaller and experimenting with adhering images on paper to wood substrates and layering on acrylic medium to seal them and applying a final couple of layers  of UV varnish to make them lightfast. I really like the immediacy of images and the detail preserved.  

Here are some examples of the current works.

Grants Pass Museum of Art August Adult Art Classes

Grants Pass Museum of Art August Adult Art Classes - image of GPMA logoGrants Pass Museum of Art is offering more “Sketch in the Park” August Adult Art Classes by popular demand. We are also trying them out as a weekday morning class. Classes will be held at Reinhart Volunteer Park (All Sports Park).
Each week will have a demo on the chosen theme, followed by plenty of time to draw onsite. Kristen will go around to each student and give one-on-one help throughout the morning. We ask that each student bring their own supplies and a mask (to wear if Kristen needs to get closer than six feet).
Advance registration is required and class size is limited to 9 people. All levels of students are welcome.
Each class is $10 for GPMA members and $15 for non-members.
Grants Pass Museum of Art August Adult Art Classes - Sketch in the Park with Kristen O'Neill
Thursday, August 6
9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Rhythm– using the principal of Rhythm to create cohesiveness and interest.

Thursday, August 13
9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Values – How to turn a colorful world into lights and darks.

When: Thursday, August 20
Time: 9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Composition – How to create a great composition and why it is important.

When: Thursday, August 27
Time: 9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Contrast and Emphasis – How to create a dynamic drawing with a strong focal point.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. We appreciate your support of the arts in our community. To register for an August Adult Art Class, please click on any of the pictures or click here to go directly to our website.
Thank you,
-Grants Pass Museum of Art

The Corndog Compromise

When Jared proposed this spring, he had a wedding date in mind: July 4. Beyond the general delight, I was also delighted he’d already thought of the day. I was game for the holiday wedding—we’d have anniversary fireworks forever! 
The venue that first came to my mind was Plaisance Ranch, a vineyard owned by dear people we both knew. We not only loved the connection to them, I had also written the poetry wine labels for Plaisance’s beautiful vintages. 
Perfect! I thought, we’ll have a wine and cheese reception.
Thing is, my now-husband is more of a beer-and-corndogs guy (though we’ve also shared plenty of cheese and wine). Still, I thought he was joking when he said he’d like corndogs as an appetizer at the reception. Beer in addition to the wine, of course. But corndogs? That would mean renting a deep-fat fryer, and…it kinda clashed with my vision. 
Enter our first compromise. 
Just after the proposal, we were talking with the Pennington’s, who had helped introduce us once upon a time at their bakery farm stand. They make a wow version of pigs-in-a-blanket, complete with honey mustard baked into the crust. Cathy suggested, “How about we make little ones and put them on a stick, and you can call them corndogs?” Wisdom from a woman married for forty years. 
And then, Jared’s parents asked if they could cater a full dinner for the wedding in addition to the planned appetizers. My solo vision expanded into something better when shared. 
There might be a lesson in there somewhere. 
And so, we had “corndogs” at our wedding. One of the moments I asked the photographer to capture was us biting into a compromise—aka corndog—together. It’s more important to me than the traditional feed-each-other-cake thing. This, we made possible together. A symbol of many things to come. May they be sweet—or at least savory.