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Pie in the Sky

The other day, I was hunting for a file deep in the recesses of my Dropbox folders when I found a document from over twenty years ago. It was a self-assessment essay, written for my senior portfolio as an undergraduate.
At some point, I must have transferred it from a floppy disk, and I hadn’t read it since I wrote it. I winced before clicking “open,” wondering what young Anna had “assessed.” I started to scan the double-spaced, Times New Roman font. Two paragraphs in, and it wasn’t as terrible as I’d thought. I read on. In one section, I detailed the then-highlights of my writing education. One was a seventh-grade project on The Odyssey. Calypso’s fire of the future inspired me, and I wrote an essay musing on my grown-up life.  
I was simultaneously back in my college basement apartment writing that memory and back in the grade-school classroom writing the original. Meta-historical-memory, maybe.
Toward the end of my nine-page self-assessment came this paragraph about my post-graduation dreams: “Once I have the diploma in my hands, I could find myself teaching, working on the staff of a literary magazine, publishing, curating…or even traveling as a freelance artist and poet. I cannot predict what will burn in Calypso’s fire this time, and I do not want to. Through serendipity and grace, the right things come. I am willing to wait.”
I blinked. I hadn’t realized my twenty-year-old self had known all the things she wanted to do. And then I realized I had done them all—including the “or even” of being a traveling freelance artist and poet—the least likely element on the list at the time, especially since I had no role model for that in pre-social-media 1997. It was my pie-in-the-sky dream.
Young me just reminded middle-aged me of serendipity and grace: Thank you, Anna.
Let’s remind ourselves of our dreams, live them, and keep hatching new ones. Apparently, it’s time I hatch some new dreams….

And apparently, there’s pie in the sky after all!

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Is Coming! Plan Your Life Accordingly.

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Art In The Rough:

A Plein Air Vendor Fair  at Central Art! 

It’s your first plein air “field assignment.” The easel’s packed, brushes are stowed, paints and canvas tucked into the nooks and crannies of your rig – which is now bursting at the seams! “But wait,” you say, “what am I missing? Is there something better I could be using?”

Bring that intrepid spirit to Central Art during our Plein Air Vendor Fair

Wednesday June 20th, 2018,

and expand your artistic horizons with a plethora of the latest and greatest in plein air essentials that will enrich your experience.

Watch live demonstrations and talk with the experts about what’s new and exciting, enjoy great discounts, and enter to win a Grand Prize!

Plus: don’t forget to share your art adventures with us on Instagram! Be sure to tag @centralart1 in your post, and use the hashtag: #rogueartadventures . We look forward to seeing what you create in the places that inspire you!

*For full schedule of events and to Register Online, be sure to visit

www.soartistsworkshop.com

VISIT CENTRAL ART!

 

Hello, Summer! Hello, Berries! Hello, Poets & Painters!

Hello, Southern Oregon friends!
Summer’s here. Might I suggest a Saturday afternoon Poets & Painters workshop at Pennington Farms? Their summer berries inspired Mindy Carpenter & me so much, we’re holding a workshop to celebrate the sweet harvest: we’ll eat ’em, we’ll write about ’em, we’ll paint ’em.
Here’s one of Mindy’s berry celebrations:

I’ll help you write a poem (zero pressure!) and Mindy will help you paint a painting (also zero pressure!). No experience needed; this workshop is more like a playshop…it’s all about having fun 🙂
So grab a friend and come play with us:
When: Saturday, June 9 from 11-3 pm
Where: Pennington Farms | 11341 Williams Highway | Grants Pass, OR 97527
Cost: $95 per person (includes all painting & writing supplies, coffee, & berries! Savory treats will be available for purchase)
Register: Email me at [email protected], let me know how many people you’re bringing, & I’ll send you payment info.
You’ll leave the workshop with a finished 8″ x 10″ painting, a poem & berry-stained fingers 😉
Space is limited, so register soon!
Love,
anna elkins
art word spirit

Growing Roses

I did not inherit my Grandmother’s green thumb. Alas, the extent of my gardening skills is buying basil plants from Trader Joe’s in the spring, plunking them into clay pots filled with soil, and watering them. Somewhat to my surprise, they are bright and abundant and flavorful—often well into October.

My basil’s success (or the fact that it doesn’t shrivel and die) is largely due to good soil from the Grange. The rich, composty stuff that kind of smells when you upend it from its unwieldy bag.  It’s all in the soil. I take zero credit for my basil.
You might be wondering why I called this post “Growing Roses” if I can barely keep a store-bought basil start alive. Well, I grow supernatural roses, if you will. And from seed, no less.
In short—as in short enough to fit on the back of a seed packet: Life is full of shit. You can either sit in and complain about the smell, or you can choose to grow roses in it.
Me? After trying both options through many seasons, I far prefer growing roses. And though I recommend this choice highly, I would add to this “seed packet’s” suggestions for care, along with the proper watering, pruning, et cetera: once you’ve made this choice—once you set your attitude out in full sunshine, don’t be surprised if you encounter people who want to stand over your new start, casting over it the shadow of their own unhappiness.
Years ago, I stood in a kitchen, cooking with a friend and her sister. I shared a story of a lesson I’d learned from a bad circumstance and how it had turned into something beautiful. My friends sister turned to me and said, “Well, don’t you just shit and it comes out roses.”
Nope. But I have learned to grow ‘em. And my secret isn’t Miracle-Gro or Garden Organics. It’s choice.
That moment in my friend’s kitchen, I saw how many connections are established in commiseration. Group lament, even when staked with humorous sarcasm, is stenchy decay at best.
But spend enough time with others who are growing roses, and before you know it, you’ve got a riotous swath of them, and the air begins to fill with their sweet fragrance.
Just as I can learn to keep plants healthy and happy in my garden if I really want to, I can learn to keep my attitude healthy and happy if I really want to. Even when things are shitty—or especially when they are.
May we all choose to cultivate green thumbs in the spirit.
Happy gardening,
Anna

Summer 2018 Kids Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page.
Kids must be at least 7 years old to attend (Photography is 10 & up)
  • Classes are almost every Tuesday & Thursday during the summer
  • Classes are almost always 1 – 3 pm.
  • Classes are $15/day, several classes are a 2 day length.
  • Please preregister whenever possible.
  • Classes include all materials needed (except Photography)

Draw! Materials & Techniques

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, June 26

1 – 3 pm

Discover the wide range of drawing materials and techniques. We’ll have fun creating the same image four different ways to showcase what we’ve learned.
$15.

Paint! Materials & Techniques

with Kristen O’Neill

Thursday, June 28
1 – 3 pm

Learn about brushes, different types of paint, and a variety of techniques. We’ll have fun creating the same image in different styles and learn about painting techniques through art history.

$15.

Draw What You See

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, July 10
1 – 3 pm

Develop drawing skills and learn to turn what you see into a drawing. Lots of great tips!
$15

Paint like Monet

with Kristen O’Neill

Thursday, July 12
1 – 3 pm

Create your own copy of a Monet painting and learn about Impressionism.
$15.

Photography

with Martha Gonzi

TWO DAY CLASS
Tuesday, July 17
Thursday, July 19
10 am – 12 pm both days

Required:
  • Bring your own camera (phone is okay)
  • Ability to email the museum the photos taken on Day 1, or bring a thumb drive or CD of the photos taken.
  • Field Trip outside on Day 1.
  • Must be 10 or older
On the first day kids will be led outside the museum on a walking photo-taking expedition. Techniques for taking better pictures, lighting, and composition will be taught. The second day the photos will be reviewed via a slide show format.
$30.

Papermaking

with Amanda Close

TWO DAY CLASS
Tuesday, July 24
Thursday, July 26
1 – 3 pm

On the first day kids learn to create their very own paper.
On the second day simple origami style boxes will be made and kids will write out their dream and place them in their boxes.
$30.

Zentangle

with Cindy Hernandez

Thursday, August 2
1 – 3 pm

Zentangle is a method of creative doodling. Kids will learn how to start a Zentangle, and create several patterns. Kids are always amazed by what they make and love the fact that there are no mistakes! Cindy is a certified Zentangle instructor.
$15.

Creating a Mixed Media Journal

with Karen O’Brien

Tuesday, August 7
1 – 3 pm
In this class we will make a book that you can to draw or write in. We will color the papers for the inside of the book using a fun technique and decorate the covers using collage and paint.
You will learn:
  • How to use watercolor and medium for a surprise finish to the pages
  • How to tear and put together papers to create a book.
  • How to use collage to decorate the cover.
$15.

Ceramic Fairy Worlds

with Jan Lacy

TWO DAY CLASS
Thursday, August 9 and
Tuesday, August 21
1 – 3 pm
Not only will kids get to create their own fairy house, but they can create their own world! Should there be mushrooms? A cute owl? A river? Plants?
On the first day kids will use hand-building techniques to create their world. Then Jan will take the projects, dry them out and fire them in her kiln. A week and half later everyone returns to glaze! Then Jan will fire the projects. She will have them back in the museum ready for pick up by August 30th. Beginners welcome!
A great opportunity to create a project that most of us cannot do at home!
$30

Paper Bag Journal

with Vicki Cushing

Tuesday, August 14
1- 3 pm
Create a fun journal with a paper bag! Lots of interactive pages to hold TONS of photos, and space to add your own writing or drawings.
$15

Draw from a Photo

with Kristen O’Neill

Thursday, August 16
1 – 3 pm
Learn how to sketch, shade, and create a copy of any photograph. Bring your own photo, or choose from one of ours.
$15.

Kumihimo

with Stephanie Girdlestone

Thursday, August 23
1 – 3 pm
Kumihimo is a Japanese style of braiding, which is about 1500 years old. It bagan as a simple form of fingerloop braiding and grew more complex and intricate as the years went by. Create your own bracelet using a simple pattern. A Kumihimo disk will be provided in each student’s kit.
$15

Paint like Seurat

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, August 28
1 – 3 pm
Pointillism and color! Learn about the basics of color, how to make your colors feel brighter, and have fun. Create a copy of a section of a Seurat, or apply his style to your favorite subject.
$15

Watercolor

with Barbara Burnett

Thursday, August 30
1 – 3 pm
Have fun painting with watercolors, practice different techniques, and create your own painting of a dog or cat.
$15

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Participants painting in Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon

 

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018

 

 GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Fun with Flowers - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Fun with Flowers - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonSketching from Life: Fun with Flowers
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, May 12th
1 – 4 pm

Learn or develop your skills in drawing from life.
We will sketch fresh flowers
We can use pencils, pens, or charcoal.
Work on creating good values, realistic lighting
Improve composition
All skill levels welcome

$30. All materials provided.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Paint Like Alex Katz - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Paint Like Alex Katz - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonPaint like Alex Katz
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, May 19th
1 – 4 pm

Contemporary painter Alex Katz is a master at simplifying compositions. His artwork has been exhibited over 700 times and he is one of the most famous living painters. In this class we will:

Have fun learning tricks to simplify a painting to make it stronger
Learn to plan our colors ahead of time
Beginning students can copy one of his works, and more intermediate, advanced, or adventurous students can bring in a photo and we will paint it in Katz’s style.
Leave with an acrylic painting

$30. All materials provided.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Animal Drawing - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonAnimal Drawing
with Bobbi Baldwin
Saturday, June 2nd
10:30 – 4

Paint your beloved pet or favorite animal, open to all mediums (except oil). Dogs, cats, horses, tigers, cows, wild animals. Whatever your favorite fur or feather animals are!
We will work on learning the anatomical structure of bodies and faces as well as how to best portray them.
We will also work on composition, color theory, techniques, and painting.
Beginners through advanced artists—all are welcome.

$85. Materials list to be sent to you. (Most materials available for use at the Museum if needed).

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Art Journals with Karen O'Brien - Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonArt Journals
with Karen O’Brien
Saturday, June 16th
10:30 – 3:30

In this class we will learn how to begin our own art journal* with simple supplies. I will share plenty of ideas and approaches to begin filling your journals. We will create a journal spread.
All you need to bring to class is:

Blank journal that can handle water media: 90-140 lb paper
OR
Old book : thin spine, no larger than 9″ x 12″, no shiny, slick or glossy pages

*What is an Art Journal? It’s a place to record your thoughts, memories, and emotions through images, art and words.
Why do it? It is an easy way to use your creativity every day. It can be done with simple tools. It is portable, requiring very little space to do it. It can be used to document life, travels, plan you art, express your feelings, test out new art products and techniques. It can be personal – only for you, or you can share it with others.

$45.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Advanced Figure Drawing - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonAdvanced Figure Drawing
with Bobbi Baldwin
Friday, June 22nd &
Saturday, June 23rd
10:30 – 4

Bobbi returns by popular demand!

An in-depth study of how color theory applies to the human form. This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to draw the human form. It will also apply color theory to the way you draw the figure – including how shadow and light can make your work far better. You will leave with a stronger knowledge of how to apply light and shadow, keep them separated, and how to draw anyone in any position.

$150. Materials list will be sent to you.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonHow to Paint Waves
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, June 30th
1 – 4 pm

Learn how to paint convincing waves
Where it the light in the wave?
What colors make a convincing wave?
Learn about transparent vs opaque colors
Learn about the difference between Mineral Inorganic colors and Modern Organic colors – finally find out what all those crazy paint names are about!
Great color theory class that will apply to other subjects too!

$30. All materials included.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Vision Boards - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonVision Board
with Candy Rosenberg
Saturday, July 14th
10:30 – 4:30

Have you ever wanted to make a vision board?
A vision board is a powerful tool that helps you narrow down your desires through the power of manifestation. This tool helps you to invest the time and energy to visualize your future and consistently remind yourself of your life goals. This workshop is led by Candy Rosenberg of Soulworks. You will be not only be creating a vision board, you will be guided by a life coach to learn what you want in life and how to get it. We will provide everything you need, just bring your smile. This course is normally $125, so be sure to take advantage of this special workshop offering.

$55. All materials included.

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G St, Grants Pass, OR 97528

Natural Painting Workshop in Italy!

NATURAL PAINTING & FRESCO WORKSHOP IN ITALY!

Natural Earth Paint founder and artist, Leah Fanning, will be teaching a Natural Painting & Fresco Workshop in a magical little village in Northern Italy in September!

Based in the foothills of the Dolomites, 30 minuntes from Venice, the workshop will be led by Leah and Alma Ortolan, Italian fresco artist in the ancient / natural techniques.

Lodging & studio will be in the historic and elegantly restored Palazzo Galleti and amazing home-cooked Italian meals will abound!

Find all the workshop details here….
http://www.artinnitaly.com/make-your-natural-paint.html

Spread the word, only 9 OPENINGS for this workshop!

Sunday, September 16th-23rd
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

LOCATION:
Palazzo Galletti B&B Boutique Hotel
Via Roma, 70 -31029 Vittorio Veneto, TV – Italy

For more info, you can contact Leah Fanning at:
www.fanningart.com
[email protected]
541-890-6533

Hope to see you there!

Art Explorations: Fabric Painting Mini Workshop at Central Art

Art Explorations Mini Workshop Leather Painting with Angelus Paints Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

 

Art Explorations: Fabric Painting Mini Workshop

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Fee: $10 per person

 

Explore the exciting realm of textile art! We will be using a variety of water-based paints on various fabrics. Come get hands-on, and be inspired to create something bold and uniquely you!

 

Supplies provided.

 

*Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 10 students total.

Call or stop in and sign up today!

541.773.1444

101 N. Central, Medford

Palette Knife Painting with Silvia Trujillo May 19, 2018

Last year’s palette knife class was such a huge success that I’m offering it again!

If you’ve never tried painting with a knife, it’s a whole new experience. Knife painting is very freeing – particularly for those of you who would like to loosen up a bit with your acrylic or oil paintings. You will achieve a richness of texture and color like no other. It’s a great way to explore your medium, expand your art language, and create something new, fresh, and different.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am–4:00 pm    

Silvia Trujillo teaches knife palette painting

Palette Knife Painting 
Acrylic/Oil
Discover the technique and secrets of applying paint directly onto canvas using a palette knife. With thorough instruction by Silvia Trujillo, you will develop skills that will enhance your work in value, design, and color harmony by adding luscious texture and rich color that will make your piece breathtaking.
MEMBERS $65, NON-MEMBERS $80

To register contact:

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S. Bartlett Street
Medford, OR 97501
phone: 541-772-8118
website: www.roguegallery.org
Rogue Gallery & Art Center in downtown Medford Oregon promotes and provides for the study, development, exhibition, and appreciation of visual art. RGAC is a vital art hub in our community and offers regular exhibits and events, art classes and workshops for adults, teens, and kids. The Rogue Gallery and Art Center features the art work of artist members and offers membership and sponsorship opportunities.

Umpqua Plein Air 2018 at the Umpqua Arts Association in Roseburg, Oregon

Call to Artists for Umpqua Plein Air 2018

Umpqua Plein Air 2018 at the Umpqua Arts Association in Roseburg, Oregon
UVAA’s Umpqua Plein Air is a three-day annual painting event and competition for artists working en plein air. During the event, artists will capture Douglas County’s wild and stunning landscapes including the breathtaking, emerald waters of the North Umpqua River and the peaceful, golden hills at Doc Bailey’s Farm.

Cash prizes offered, along with 40 awards of distinction! Learn more here: http://uvarts.com/umpqua-plein-air/