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SOSA January 2017 Meeting

SOSA January 2017 Meeting - The Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) will be starting the 2017 Season on January 23, at 6:30 pm at the Medford Public Library. : sosa logo southern oregon society of artistsSOSA January 2017 Meeting – The Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) will start the 2017 Season on January 23, at 6:30 pm at the Medford Public Library.
The SOSA January 2017 Meeting opening program is a Membership Art Critique with Kim Hearon, Executive Director of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, acting as Juror.
Also at the SOSA January 2017 Meeting, the President’s Challenge will be B&W drawings, no bigger than 8×10 and hopefully incorporating “SOSA” and “2017” but not required. The winner will be used for the 2017 Directory/yearbook cover.
Questions? Call BJ at 541-414-4993

J. Ellen Austin Memorial Service

The Ashland Community is saddened to learn of J. Ellen’s passing.

Remembering JEGA

J. Ellen Austin Memorial Service

Jane Ellen Gilson Austin
July 1,1925 – November 3, 2015

Join Friends and Family to Celebrate J Ellen Austin’s Life and Legacy

Sunday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ashland Community Center
59 Winburn Way
in Ashland’s Lithia Park

Open a New Window, Open a New Door!

Artist, stone sculptor, JEGA gallery owner, visionary, entrepreneur, pioneer, activist, role model, rebel, debutante, feminist, learned and athletic, traveler, wife, mother of four, grandmother of two – dedicated to learning, growing, giving and laughing.

“Pourquoi Pas?”

For more information please phone
541 488-2474
email [email protected]

J. Ellen’s final installment, Italian Translucent Alabaster, “Passing Through”, can be visited at the Scenic Hills Memorial Park at 2585 E Hills Dr, Ashland, OR 97520.

In lieu of flowers, consider fighting for the ARTS by donating to the JEGA Student Art Fund by contacting the Ashland Gallery Association
P.O. Box 241 | Ashland, Oregon 97520 | 541-488-8430

Remembering J Ellen Austin : Memorial Service January 17

LightGarden Glass Art January 2016 Workshops

1086 Washburn                            January 2016
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm
www.lightgarden.net                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.

LightGarden Glass Art January 2016 Workshops

 

Project of the Month!

 
 
 Come in and fill up our casting form with your choice of frit colors and make two of these gorgeous dragonflies to use as hangers or as decoration for other fused glass work. $14 covers frit, firing and use of form. Call or email ahead to reserve your spot.

 

New Year Sale!

 
15% off Kokomo Glass
lots of new glass in discount bin
 
15% off 96 Dichroic
 
20% off all books
through January 23rd
 

 

U.S. Cellular group does team building…

by Making Flowers of Hope!

 
 
 A group from U.S. Cellular came in on Wednesday evening and  made 14 Flowers of Hope panels as a company team building exercise. 
  Thank you all so much!! 
You all did a great job! 
 I’ll be firing for a couple more days
 
 

 
Fused Glass Switchplates
 
 
Learn how easy it is to make these very cool fused glass switch plates. All the instructions, materials and firing are included in the $20 fee.  All you need is a

small amount of  glass.

Basic fusing or equivalent is required.

January 16
1-4pm
 Please call or email to reserve your space.
 

 
Painting with Frit
 
 

Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and scrap glass to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.  We’ll explore different techniques through 3 small panels, focusing on clouds, trees, water and layering backgrounds. We’ll also address combining colors and picture composition.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.


All frit, scrap glass, stringers, and lunch from Peruvian Point is included. 

     Glass fusing: Basics or equivalent is required.
January 30th
10-3pm with an hour lunch break
 
$125   

 
 
 

Make a fun project for your spring garden! Learn speedy ways to make lots of tiles from your scrap glass, several techniques for applying mosaics to different surfaces and complete a 10″ bird bath/feeder. Once you finish this class you’ll know how to mosaic almost anything. Several patterns to choose from.

The $75 fee includes all materials and tools.

 All you provide is the glass.  
 
February 13 & 20th
1-4pm 
Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private parties.

click here to check out our classes

 

 

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!

 

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

 

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 

  

 Morning Workshops:

 

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

Reminder: Shrine Making Workshop Jan 17

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January at Art du Jour Gallery

January at Art du Jour Gallery:

Antique Quilts, Wearable Art and Hamilton Watercolors! And…

A special talk by Charlotte Wirfs on January 23rd at 1:00pm about antique quilts and quilting techniques.  Guests are invited to bring their own vintage or antique quilts to show or to get advice on mending them. Please note that Charlotte is not an appraiser,  however. We’ll serve mulled cider and cookies!

Yes, indeed!  January at Art du Jour is going to be exciting and very special!

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken, Art du Jour Gallery, Medford, Oregon, January 2016

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken

Through the end of January, our three special guest artists are quilters Charlotte Wirfs and Karen Hanken and wearable knits fabric artist Laura Lawrence.  Their uniquely beautiful work will be on display in our Salon and the main gallery in January.  Featured gallery artist during January is our own Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, renowned watercolorist and beloved art teacher here in the Rogue Valley for the past 33 years.

Charlotte Wirfs is a talented contemporary quilter and an authority on antique and vintage quilts.  She is displaying several of these priceless antique quilts along with her own work in the Salon.  On January 23, she will give a talk on antique quilts at the gallery.  Wirfs is a fifth generation Oregonian who learned sewing through 4H programs in Tillamook County.  She has displayed her work in many Oregon art galleries and other venues and has won numerous awards in quilt shows around the Western U.S.

Karen Hanken first experimented with using textiles in her art while in college in Pennsylvania.  She also studied at Sir John Cass School of Art in London.  The attraction of textures and prints has been a lifelong love and it has been her goal to unite them with paints, inks, dyes, and pastels.  Her quilts have appeared in numerous special exhibits and have won many awards at major competitions.  She is displaying four of her award-winning pictorial quilts in our Salon.  Hanken and her husband own and operate Top Stitch Bernina in Medford.

Laura Lawrence is the creator of My Dancing Threads, a one-woman business she characterizes as “painting with yarn.”  She knits exquisite wearable art fabrics and fashions them into capes, skirts, scarves, caps, legwarmers, soft jewelry and other one-of-a-kind creations in soft, luscious colors.  By using a technique called short-rowing, she makes garments that move with the body and have a flattering line with no extraneous bulk from sewn-in darts, pleats, puckers, and seams.  See her alpaca hats, uniquely crafted scarves, and her “soft-jewelry” beaded and felt alpaca flower pins on our center table.  She is self-taught and has been selling her work in select galleries and high-end boutiques since 2002.
Dodie Hamilton-Brandon has been an Art du Jour member for several years and is also a founding member of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.  She exhibits in several other Oregon galleries and her paintings hang in private homes, offices and commercial establishments across America and abroad.  The long list of awards and honors she has accumulated over many years of painting is truly impressive.  Her work is noted for vibrant color and the fluid, sparkling quality of her watercolor medium. Her subjects range from realistic florals and landscapes to mixed media abstracts, but she is best known for her renditions of iris, her favorite flower.
Until she retired a few years ago, Dodie taught her watercolor techniques to countless eager students here in the Rogue Valley and is beloved by all.  She enjoys traveling and still takes workshops with other well-known artists.

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213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97540
(541) 770-3190 (Tues.-Sat., 10-4)

Call to Artists: 10th Annual 2016 Au Naturel Exhibition at Clatsop Community College

Clatsop Community College LogoClatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, announces the 2016 International Juried Exhibition, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, and invites entries. This special tenth anniversary show will be held in honor and memory of Royal Nebeker, internationally renowned artist and beloved instructor who taught at CCC for over 30 years and who served as the first juror for the competition. The 2016 Au Naturel exhibit will open on Thursday, January 21, 2016 and continues through March 10, 2016.

The Au Naturel competition is open to all artists working in any two dimensional drawing, painting, or printmaking medium with a focus on the nude human figure as subject matter in any form from representational to abstract, and in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making. Entrants must be 18 years or older, and submitted artwork must have been executed in the last three years and available for the duration of the exhibit.  Due to the special focus of the exhibit, any artwork reproduced by photomechanical processes (including giclée prints) will not be accepted. Visit the exhibit website, www.aunaturelart.com, to view artwork from previous Au Naturel exhibitions and for further information about the show.

Applications are now being accepted online using the CaFÉ™ website, www.callforentry.org.

Applications must be received on CaFÉ™ by Midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time, Saturday, November 7, 2015.  There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Enter and register a username and password. Navigate to Apply to Calls, and search the list for Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century. The site also provides detailed instructions for use. There is a $40 fee for the submission of up to three images, and $5 for each additional image submitted.

2016 exhibit awards will include $1,000 in cash prizes and up to $2,000 in purchase awards. A select number of Visiting Artist Workshop awards will also be granted. Additionally, one artist will be chosen to be featured in a solo show for the following exhibition season (2016-2017) at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery.

For a prospectus, send a SASE to Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition c/o Kristin Shauck, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103 or download it from the Au Naturel website, www.aunaturelart.com.

Lisa Harris, juror of the 2016 Au Naturel Exhibition at clatsop Community College, Astoria, Oregon.

Lisa Harris, owner and director of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, is the juror for Clatsop Community College’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.

Serving as juror for the 2016 exhibit is Lisa Harris, the Director and Owner of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA. The gallery, which represents thirty Northwest and West Coast contemporary artists including Royal Nebeker, has been presenting rotating exhibitions for the past 31 years. Harris is a founding member of the Seattle Art Dealers Association and a member of Art Table, the national organization of women in the visual arts.

Harris received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with Highest Honors from Williams College in 1975 and studied at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) from 1973 to 1974. She earned an M.B.A. in Arts Management from the University of California at Los Angeles (now the Anderson School at UCLA), and during that time did an internship at the Oakland Museum where she focused on strategic planning. From 1979 to 1980 she was Assistant to the President of Cornish Institute (now Cornish College of the Arts) for which she curated an historic American-Soviet exhibition. Faculty at Cornish and a similar art institute in Vladivostok (then a “closed” city) provided work for joint exhibitions that took place in Nakhodka and Seattle.

Before founding her own gallery in 1984, Harris served as Director of Pioneer Square Gallery where she collaborated with other galleries to firmly establish Seattle’s First Thursdays. She has served as a juror for organizations such as Gage Academy, Women Painters of Washington, Edmonds Art Festival, Eastside Fine Art Association, and Artist Trust (The Artist Innovator Award). Last year, Harris co-curated the exhibition, John Cole: A Historical Perspective, at the Museum of Northwest Art.

For more information, contact Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472 or [email protected].

Attached Image: Lisa Harris, owner and director of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, is the juror for Clatsop Community College’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.

 

Au Naturel Opens at CCC Art Center Gallery


The ninth annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century will be on display from January 22 through March 5, 2015 at Clatsop Community College’s Art Center Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. A reception honoring the selected artists will be held on Thursday, January 29, at 6:00 pm.

 

This year’s juror, Barbara Shaiman, an independent curator and art consultant based in Seattle, will be present to give a gallery talk.  Barbara Shaiman was the artistic and managing Director of the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Gallery for 24 years. She left a year ago to spend more time on personal curatorial projects and art consulting as well as doing her own artwork. Among other projects, she currently is Curator at the Alexis Hotel.  Barbara also devotes time to jurying community art exhibits, participating in public art panels, advising local arts organizations and helping clients with collection management. Before joining the SAM staff, Barbara taught studio art classes in NYC at Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Museum Art School, at Hawthorne Studio in Montana, and in the Seattle area at Seward Park Arts Center and Bellevue College. She was also a working ceramic artist and the owner/director of Shaiman Gallery, a local contemporary fine crafts and design gallery.

Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2015-2016 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro and Dairy Maid are providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company and Bloomin’ Crazy Floral are providing flowers. This reception is free and open to the public. The College also thanks the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Commodore Hotel, and the Ft. George Brewery for their support.

A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception.

This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Turkey, New Zealand, and South Africa submitted over 500 images for consideration. The 2015 exhibit will represent 41 artists from 14 states in addition to an international artist from South Africa. Please note that the artist from South Africa will be represented in the online 2015 gallery only at www.aunaturelart.com.

Juror Barbara Shaiman states, “It was a great pleasure to serve as the juror for 2015 Au Naturel competition and to see such a variety of compelling and high quality work interpreting the theme of the nude.  It was difficult to narrow down such a large group to the 56 pieces I eventually chose in order to create a coherent exhibit.  My task as I saw it was to choose work that was both excellent and representative rather than to attempt to create an exhibit with a particular point of view.”

Paring down the artwork from among the hundreds of images is an extremely difficult task.   Each year, a different juror is invited to select the work for the show, and each juror brings his or her own unique perspective and approach to the selection process.  “My curatorial approach is affected by my background as a working studio artist and instructor of studio courses, as well as the many years I have worked as a gallery director.  For me the visual is primary, and then comes attention to concept and execution. When I choose artists for an exhibit or jury a show, I look for artwork that has strong visual appeal and is rooted in ideas I find compelling, stimulating and challenging,” explains Shaiman. “I also look for work that in some way pushes boundaries, reflects a unique vision, or pushes the medium in different areas. The work should be technically proficient, experimental and passionate about its subject matter. None of the works chosen fit all of these criteria of course, but they all meet at least a few.”

Cynthia Yatchman, Seattle, WA: Carapaces, Mixed Media, 12x12

Cynthia Yatchman, Seattle, WA: Carapaces, Mixed Media, 12×12

 

Seattle artist Cynthia Yatchman

who typically works with various combinations of acrylic paint, ink, papers, charcoal and canvas, was invited to exhibit her mixed-media piece called Carapaces. Yatchman enjoys the process of “creating a rich sensual surface by making layer upon layer of marks,” and describes her work as possessing “an unseen history within these layers as images are obscured and revealed.”  While the subject matter of her work references her “experience with nature,” she explains that the content of her work often “speaks to issues of social justice, revelation and connection and how we are all one.”

 

 

Reed Clarke, Portland, OR: Apparition Number Four, Oil on Canvas, 42x42

Reed Clarke, Portland, OR: Apparition Number Four, Oil on Canvas, 42×42

Portland artist Reed Clarke

also a part-time resident in Gearhart, has been invited for the fifth time to exhibit his work in the Au Naturel. Clarke points out that while his two oil paintings selected for the show entitled Apparition Number Four and Woman Standing With Man may be considered by some to be portraits, the design elements such as line, tone, color, shape, and form are equally as important as the subject matter in any work of art.  “It took me a long time to become aware of how painting people/figures sets up the need to solve certain types of problems encountered in the act of painting,” he admits.  “I hope to find some solutions to these problems that I can feel are authentically mine. What I hope to achieve is work that transcends the fact that the painting has a subject and exists simply as a good painting.”

 

 

 

James McComas, Superior, CO: Diana, Oil on Linen, 24x18

James McComas, Superior, CO: Diana, Oil on Linen, 24×18

James McComas of Superior Colorado

who has exhibited in the Au Naturel several times, explores design concepts in his paintings from the standpoint of the fascinating relationship between visual art and music. “I perceive art as a visual melody, which can be as simple as a song, or as complex as a symphony,” he states.  “Somewhere in the music – in the image – is an expression of the human condition, be it narrowly focused or grandly sweeping. Along those lines, I see the role of the figure in my art much as the role a dancer plays in a ballet: profoundly moving in and of itself, yet a cohesive part of a larger story.”

Seattle artist Chris Sheridan looks to the past for inspiration in “early myths, traditional folklore, the histories, and the classics.” At the very heart of his work is storytelling, which he describes as “the foundation upon which my paintings are built,” and further explains that in every one of his paintings that he creates, “every element has symbolic meaning that supports that story.”

 

Patrick Kernan, Portland, OR: Amanda, Watercolor and Pastel Pencil, 21x14

Patrick Kernan, Portland, OR: Amanda, Watercolor and Pastel Pencil, 21×14

Portland artist Patrick Kernan

Portland artist Patrick Kernan has also been selected to exhibit his artwork in the Au Naturel multiple times.  Kernan creates all of his work from observation directly from life, and counts painting the human figure among one of his greatest passions.  Rather than focusing on accuracy as his main goal, he believes his work is successful if the artwork “becomes a journal of my observations, emotions and reactions to the model, at the specific, shared, moment in time.”  The rigorous discipline of drawing and painting from figure models in the studio directly from life has also been a passion of artist Patrick Deshaye of Hillsboro, Oregon.  Deshaye maintains that for him this practice embodies everything worthwhile about the process of art-making, which includes “centuries of tradition, an endless array of media and techniques, a subject of overwhelming expressive potential…what’s not to love?” He describes his oil painting entitled The Model, Death and the Inferno as a “playful hommage to the figure studio model and her inevitably ironic environment.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Jeffords, Austin, TX: Arden, Oil on Canvas, 28x22

Nicole Jeffords, Austin, TX: Arden, Oil on Canvas, 28×22

Nicole Jeffords of Austin, TX

, on the other hand, works from a photographic reference since for her, “a live sitter’s energy would be too much.” She describes her process as a slow and silent dialogue that progresses “until bit by bit a picture emerges, almost as if a channel opens and the person steps forward, allowing me to see some part of them that is real and true. In that way, hopefully, the painting becomes revelation.”

Further information about the 2015 exhibiting artists will be available online at the Au Naturel website at www.aunaturelart.com after January 22nd.

In addition to the CCC Art Center Gallery exhibit, for the fifth consecutive year, other venues in downtown Astoria will be exhibiting nudes in a collective show entitled Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel. A gallery walk will be held on Saturday, February 14th. Among the galleries and venues hosting this year’s event are RiverSea Gallery, Imogen Gallery, Tempo Gallery and Artist Collective, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Old Town Framing, and [email protected]

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Ashland Gallery Association January Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk

January 2, 2015

Ring in the New Year and celebrate Ashland’s visual arts scene during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, January 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

David Bithell, The Place of Whispers, 2014, interactive and networked sound sculptures, 3' x 3' x 5' to 3' x 3' x 7’ Brooks Dierdorff, Schneider Museum of Art exhibit, january 2015Schneider Museum of Art
Baker’s Dozen: SOU Creative Art Faculty 2015 and New Works: SMA Collection 2012-2014

Baker’s Dozen will showcase the diverse and engaging works of the Southern Oregon University Creative Arts faculty. New Works: SMA Collection 2012-2014 will feature works by national and international artists newly represented in the Museum’s collection.  The exhibitions will be on view from January 12 through March 14, 2015.  Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A special opening reception with the artists featured in Baker’s Dozen will be held on Thursday, January 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Revealing a wide range of approaches and disciplines, Baker’s Dozen includes recent works by David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Miles Inada, Peg Sjogren, Robin Strangfeld and visiting professors Rene Allen, Brooks Dierdorff, Summer Ventis, and Ben Waterman. A series of talks by the artists, readings by Creative Writing faculty Kasey Mohammed, Robert Arellano, and Craig Wright, and lectures by Professors Melissa Geppert and Warren Hedges will enrich the exhibition.

The dates for the free presentations are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 22, 5:30 PM, Brooks Dierdorff
  • Thursday, January 29, 5:30 PM, Summer Ventis
  • Thursday, February 5, 5:30 PM, Melissa Geppert
  • Thursday, February 12, 5:30 PM, Cody Bustamante
  • Thursday, February 19, 5:30 PM, Craig Wright, Kasey Mohammad, Bobby Arellano
  • Thursday, February 26, 5:30 PM, Warren Hedges
  • Thursday, March 5, 5:30 PM, Rene AllenNew Works: SMA Collection 2012-2014 features many works donated by individual patrons, as well as works purchased with Art Acquisition grant funding from The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission.  Oregon artists represented include Arnold Kemp, Evan LaLonde, Ellen Lesperance, and Akihiko Miyoshi.  These additions are an important educational resource for our patrons.
    Two FREE Family Days accompanying this exhibition are scheduled for Saturday, January 24 and Saturday, February 21, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The Museum will also hold Tuesday Tours – weekly docent-led educational tours for the public on Tuesdays at noon. Please call to schedule a special tour for your group. The Schneider Museum of Art winter exhibitions are generously supported by Del Rio Vineyards, Market of Choice, Rogue Frameworks, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks program.

Au Naturel Opens at CCC Art Center Gallery

The eighth annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century opens January 23rd at Clatsop Community College’s Art Center Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. The show will run through March 20th, 2014. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only.

A reception honoring the selected artists will be held on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 pm. Charles Froelick, owner and director of Froelick Gallery in Portland, was selected as this year’s juror, and will be present to give a gallery talk. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2014-2015 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Dairy Maid are generously providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company is generously providing flowers. This reception is free and open to the public. The College also thanks the Cannery Pier Hotel for its continued support.

A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, at 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception.

This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands submitted nearly 800 images for consideration. The 2014 exhibit will represent 45 artists from 17 states in addition to international artists from Canada and Germany. Juror Charles Froelick says, “I applaud the high quality of works submitted for review – there were so many exceptional artists to choose from. The final edit was difficult – my humble apologies to those not included and a general congratulations and thanks to ALL artists who submitted!”

“I applaud the high quality of works submitted for review – there were so many exceptional artists to choose from. The final edit was difficult – my humble apologies to those not included and a general congratulations and thanks to ALL artists who submitted! I intentionally chose a broad range of media and techniques to present the many profound ways to interpret the human form,” explains Juror Charles Froelick. “The show includes introspective self-portraits, realism, psychologically expressive, social observation, spiritually reflective, sexy, sensual, and a bold stripper. The human form is fascinating- I was honored to have the opportunity to select artists that I think are making great work with what is often considered a very challenging subject.”

The artwork featured in the 2014 exhibit encompasses very diverse approaches to the figure. “I intentionally chose a broad range of media and techniques to present the many profound ways to interpret the human form,” explains Froelick. “The show includes introspective self-portraits, realism, psychologically expressive, social observation, spiritually reflective, sexy, sensual, and a bold stripper. The human form is fascinating- I was honored to have the opportunity to select artists that I think are making great work with what is often considered a very challenging subject.”

Au Naturel 2014 - Image of oil painting by Reed Clarke

Artist: Reed Clarke, Portland, OR
“Artist and Model”
Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 36″

Portland artist Reed Clarke, also a part-time resident in Gearhart, has been selected to exhibit in the Au Naturel multiple times. He is inspired by great artists such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, Degas, Freud, and Fischl. Although Clarke is compelled to paint the human figure, he elevates the actual painting process over subject matter, striving “to have the courage to paint over the early pleasing parts of a painting and arrive at something beyond what I thought was going to be the destination when I began.”

Au Naturel - Image of mixed media Painting by Annie Heisey

Artist: Annie Heisey, Portland, OR
“Haunted”
Mixed Media on Paper, 30″ x 40″

 

 

Annie Heisey, also of Portland and first-place winner of the 2012 competition, has been invited to exhibit in the show for the fourth consecutive year. In her painting practice, she continues to explore the theme of self-examination. “Who are you when you are alone?” Heisey wonders. “Technology has given us a world in which we need never be alone. The way you portray yourself becomes less genuine the more aware you are of an audience, and through social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, your audience is in constant attendance. In such a situation, it is difficult not to play to the crowd, and in the process lose sight of who you are when the performance is over and the audience goes home.

 

Au Naturel 2014 - Image of mixed media Painting by Don Copper

Artist: Don Copper, Chicago, IL
“arabesque”
Pastel, Charcoal, Graphite, Correction Fluid on Paper, 30″ x 22″

 

 

While both Clarke and Heisey work in a more realistic mode, Don Copper of Chicago works in a much more abstract manner, “seeking to eliminate the boundary between the subject and pure image.” Copper, also an award winner in the 2012 exhibit, confesses that he “regularly indulge(s) in figure drawing,” for the challenge. However, Copper feels that the “most profound” effect after a life drawing session is that it transforms how he sees. “Everything becomes extraordinary,” he explains, “—the light, the surfaces, the details – and I feel more engaged with the world around me.”

Further information about the 2014 exhibiting artists will be available online at the Au Naturel website at www.aunaturelart.com after the reception on January 30th.

Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected]

Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to [email protected] Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.

Non-Discrimination
It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Lipe, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer in the CCC Library, Suite 108B, 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Christine Riehl, is located in the Student Services Center, 503-338-2474.

Declaración de no-discriminación
Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Lipe, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Biblioteca oficina número 108, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Christine Riehl, se encuentra en el Centro de Servicios Estudiantiles, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.