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Bee Bantug and Nancy Graham featured at Art du Jour Gallery

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)
Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour.  Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour. Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Advance Release for May 2018:
During the month of May Nancy Graham’s work will again be featured in the Salon and Bee Bantug will be the featured artist on the feature wall at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford.

Guest Artist

Nancy Graham featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May.

Nancy has always been passionate about art in all forms and styles, as evidenced by the variety of subjects she likes to paint, and the varied approach to each. She was always encouraged by her mother, who was a well-known artist in California and an art instructor at Dominican College in San Rafael a number of years ago.

Although her background is painting with oils and acrylic, her current passion is teaching watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, where her classes remain full year-round. She tells us that the real thrill comes from the delight her students find when the composition comes together and there is a sudden spurt of confidence. She pushes strong value shifts of light and dark, telling her students over and over, “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
She teaches that there is more to a successful piece of art than the basic fundamentals of art theory, and she likes to experiment with a variety of styles and approaches as evidenced by the selection of pieces that will be showing at Art du Jour. Florals, landscapes, abstracts, still life’s and even a motorcycles engine are the subjects she’s chosen to show. She’s always excited to try something new and is challenged by the possibilities that watercolor brings to her artwork. However, if one were to ask her what she likes to do best, she would probably reply that she likes to paint “close-ups” where she can use her small brushes to bring out the finest details of her subjects.
Nancy holds a secondary teaching credential and art degree from UC Davis, and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Rogue Gallery, a past President of Josephine County Artists Association and a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Featured Artist for May

Bee Bantug
As the featured artist for the month of May at Art Du Jour Gallery, Bee Bantug presents “As the bee flies’’.   Not quite enigmatically titled, this body of work is part of a series celebrating the beauty and boundless bounty of Mother Earth.  And, in seemingly synchronistic timing, through this work Bee pays homage to her beloved mother and all mothers.
Technically and conceptually, her intention is to create evocative imagery using her camera as her brush and the objects and world around her as her palette. And then, pointedly never manipulating her images after the moment of creation.  Aesthetically, she likes abstracting the real and manifesting ideas that intimate at the dynamics between expressionism and impressionism to deliver a distinctly different perspective.
When asked to share how she feels about her artwork, Bee in a poetic stanza shared how “art-making lights up her inner fire: becoming, being a part of her true essence.” Completely self-taught, her work has been jury-selected at international art competitions, exhibitions and auctions the past 5 years since she began sharing her artwork publicly
Recently, Bee Bantug was featured as a Selected Artist at Artrooms Fair 2018 London, one of only two US artists among 70 international others.  Please come and enjoy creative imagery paying homage to all mothers!

Photography Contest

People's Choice Photography Contest at Art du Jour during Art in Bloom
Art du Jour will begin accepting entries for our second “Peoples Choice” Photography Contest during the last week in April.  Prospective participants should take special note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit, as visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. Top vote getter will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  The contest artists will also be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on May 18.  There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. Space will be limited. Like our Facebook page for more info or contact us at (541) 944-1933.

Life is Hard, Clay is Soft – New Chapter!

Life is Hard, Clay is Soft

Picture of Jeck Gell, father of fashion jewelry designer Wendy Gell.

Jack Gell

My father Jack was an artist.

When I was little, my room had murals of nursery rhymes on all the walls. Jack jumping over the candle stick. Mary and her little lamb. The cow jumped over the moon. And a little mouse running up a clock. I still remember them. Dad painted them for me. But we moved from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Long Island when I was 5 years old, leaving the painted walls behind.

 

The coolest place in our new house was the basement. Going down the stairs was a stained glass window my Mom had found covered in dust in an antique store. For some reason they had it installed going down the dark staircase to the basement instead of a window. It was a beautiful reclining lady, her face and hands were hand-painted and illuminated in a garden with butterflies and flowers around her, and round glass circles above and below.

picture of stained glass window in Wendy Gell's childhood home

marilynWhen I grew up the window resided at my lake house in Connecticut for 18 years, enjoying the western light passing through. Now she lives at my brother’s ranch on Pioneer Road only five miles from me above a fireplace well lit from behind. It is our Family’s Treasure.

There was a bar downstairs and above it was a nude picture of Marilyn Monroe with her elbow up above her head, turned aside, posing all pink and blonde and pretty. It wasn’t this one but this was the closest I could find.

The best part was the Art Table, a large piece of plywood always filled with projects on it. My father had made a life-size bust of my face and head out of a plastic clay. I wanted to make something too. My father had used up all the clay. He was a generous-spirited man. Out of the back of the head—the clay one of course, all curly hair—he took a handful of the cool gray clay and gave it to me. It felt wonderful as it squished through my small fingers.picture of Wendy Gell as a child

Day after day Daddy would give me more and more clay, and the figurine of Wendy’s head went hollow as the clay became giraffes and tigers and snakes. Soon the clay replica went limp and was gone.

Now thinking about, it a sadness flows through me, tinged with great joy, that Dad gave me a wondrous adventure as we cannibalized his own sculpture  creation of his daughter—allowing my wild creative energy to grow and flow like the raging river it is.

Sometimes when I paint now, I hear his voice…Alizarin Crimson…Rose Madder Light…Ultramarine Blue…In life he never taught me the painting colors (that I recall), but somewhere in the Akashic record, my father Who Art in Heaven tells me the colors to use and I am filled with a Cadmium Yellow joy to hear his voice. Over and over again.

Creativity and Duality, painting by Wendy Gell,1974.

Creativity and Duality, painting by Wendy Gell,1974.

“Thanks Daddy,” I say in my head.” Thanks again.”

He answers back, tenderly, “Of course, Wen.”

Years later I made a plaque of clay and jewels, it says My Truth. ” Life is Hard – Clay is Soft. ”

It stands outside my front door now, beaming a welcome to all my visitors who come by.

Life is Hard, Clay is Soft - picture of clay wall art with this saying on it by Wendy Gell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

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

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

April Spotlight Exhibits

A Taste Of Ashland Pop-up Show

Meyer Memorial Gallery in the Marion Addy Building, Southern Oregon University

Show on display April 24 – 29th

Art Sales during “A Taste of Ashland,” April 28 & 29, 12:00–4:00 PM

As an added attraction to A Taste of Ashland wine, food, and art festival, we have 15 Ashland Gallery Association artists that are participating in a special “Pop-up Art Show!”  There will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pastels from the following artists:

Michael Adams, Patrick Beste, Sarah Burns, Ann DiSalvo, Shoshana Dubiner, Elaine Frenett, Pam Haunschild, Tiffany Hokanson, Robert Koch, Margee Mee, Whitney Rolfe, Desmond Serratore, Denise Souza-Finney, David Terry

“A Taste of Ashland” Food, Wine, and Art Festival

Celebrating its twenty-ninth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event, A Taste of Ashland takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th from noon to 4 PM.

Participants follow a map to 17 galleries discovering Ashland’s culinary delights and regional wines while enjoying the local visual arts.  AllAboard Trolley will offer rides to all galleries, but most are within walking distance. 

For tickets and more information visit: atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178

Denise Souza-Finney, Where Are We Going, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 22 x 30

Schneider Museum of Art

The Animated Image 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 11th, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

On View: April 12th through May 12th, 2018

The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibition The Animated Image is in collaboration with the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The exhibition is co-curated by SMA Director Scott Malbaurn and AIFF Artistic and Executive Director Richard Herskowitz.

This exhibition features artists:

Matt Bollinger

Chris Doyle

Rick Silva

Stacey Steers

RoxyAnn Winery will pour wine at our opening reception for the exhibition

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Score by Jeremy Turner, performed by Flux Quartet. Sound design by Owen O’Neill. Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Ashland Art Works

In April, we’re featuring our Associate Artist members in the main gallery. We’ll have weavings and textile pieces by Angelique Stewart, acrylic paintings by Suzanne Etienne, and hand-dyed scarves by Connie Simonsen. Our member artists will also have lots of new work to show in our other galleries, including outdoor metal pieces that are perfect for your spring garden, along with new paintings, ceramics, photography, woodworking, and jewelry.

Artist Reception – First Friday, April 6, 2018 5 to 8 PM

Come out and meet the artists at First Fridays!  Rodeo Flyer will be playing some great music, and we’ll also have some light refreshments.

April also brings our summer hours:

Wednesday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Shepherd’s Dream

Rogue Impressions and Beyond, paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Silvia Trujillo paints the landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon. Applied in oils, using an impasto technique, her paintings communicate mood with a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season.  

Silvia exclaims, “I live, breathe, and sleep art.  Creating art is a way of life for me, and I consistently produce paintings that express a deep regard for nature.  Landscape painting is a natural extension of this love and it attracts me to the dramatic light that occurs during a storm, or at dawn or dusk, and my goal is to honor land, water, and sky in these works and help to create the need for preserving an area’s natural beauty.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.  As a painting/drawing instructor for over 25 years, it also brings me great joy to know that I’ve inspired and fostered expert work in many others over the years.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.”   

This exposition on display in our new location: 42 East Main Street, Ashland, OR.  For more information, call 541-941-0855, and follow us on Facebook.  Artwork displayed through May 2018.

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

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Student Featured Artists, Nancy Graham and People’s Choice Contest

Art du Jour Gallery Medford, OR April 2018

Nancy Graham's painting Duke of the Desert

People’s Choice- Mixed Media

Art du Jour is now accepting entries for the “People’s Choice” mixed media contest. March 31 is the deadline.  Visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. The winning art work will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Please call for further information.   The contest artists will be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on April 20, 5 to 8 pm.  Due to a light turnout, the Oil and Acrylic contest schedule for March had to be canceled.
May will be our popular photography “People’s Choice”  and potential contestants should take special note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit. Space will be limited. Like our Facebook page for updates on entry rules and guidelines.

Student Featured Artists

April’s featured wall at Art du Jour will be a presentation of area student artists. The show will exhibit students (ages 10-19) of professional artist Charity Hubbard.  It promises to be impressive and inspiring. The reception will be a unique opportunity to encourage young and budding artists.
This is Charity’s 10th year of offering classes, rotating in subjects of study. These classes are offered to youth and adults. Her philosophy and teaching methods take a classical approach as it builds study and skill upon each other, beginning with foundational concepts.
Plan to drop by our gallery in April and enjoy this unique show featuring so many accomplished, passionate and dedicated young artists!  Most artwork will be for sale.

Nancy Graham is the featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May.

Nancy Graham at Art du Jour
Nancy has always been passionate about art in all forms and styles, as evidenced by the variety of subjects she likes to paint, and the varied approach to each. She was always encouraged by her mother, who was a well-known artist in California and an art instructor at Dominican College in San Rafael a number of years ago. Although her background is painting with oils and acrylic, her current passion is teaching watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, where her classes remain full year-round. She tells us that the real thrill comes from the delight her students find when the composition comes together and there is a sudden spurt of confidence. She pushes strong value shifts of light and dark, telling her students over and over, “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
She teaches that there is more to a successful piece of art than the basic fundamentals of art theory, and she likes to experiment with a variety of styles and approaches as evidenced by the selection of pieces that will be showing at Art du Jour. Florals, landscapes, abstracts, still life’s and even a motorcycles engine are the subjects she’s chosen to show. She’s always excited to try something new and is challenged by the possibilities that watercolor brings to her artwork. However, if one were to ask her what she likes to do best, she would probably reply that she likes to paint “close-ups” where she can use her small brushes to bring out the finest details of her subjects.
Nancy holds a secondary teaching credential and art degree from UC Davis, and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Rogue Gallery, a past President of Josephine County Artists Association and a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

People’s Choice Pen, Pencil & Pastel Contest Award

This Third Friday, Art du Jour Gallery Presents People’s Choice Award 

March brings new featured artists at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford. During the month of March Peter Coons work will again be the featured in the Salon and Carol and Bob Sharp will be the featured artists on the feature wall. This Third Friday we have booked classical guitarist Rod Petrone March 16th.
The artists of Art du Jour are pleased to announce that the winner of our People’s Choice Pen, Pencil & Pastel contest, which also included scratchboard, is Cara Morgan’s stunning entry titled “The King”. Second place in the voting went to Norm Rossignol (left in pic), and third to Margaret Braburn. We would like to thank all who participated.
People’s Choice Pen, Pencil & Pastel contest

Cara Morgan’s stunning scratchboard entry took to prize in Art du Jour’s “People’s Choice” Pen. Pencil, and pastel contest. ~ photo by Roy Musitelli

Due to a light response, the Oil and Acrylic contest schedule for March has been cancelled, We will accept entries for mixed media for April during the last week of the month.  Please call for more information at (541) 770-3190, or stop by the gallery at 213 East Main Street.  The contest artists will be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on April 20, 2018 5 to 8 pm.
May will be the popular photography “People’s Choice”  and potential contestants should take note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit.  Space will be limited. We will be posting more information, so like Art du Jour’s Facebook page.

“The Occupant” at Ashland’s Bellview Grange

“The Occupant” Comes to Theatre Convivio, Starring Rogue Valley Legend Brandy Carson 

Theatre Convivio, a small but mighty Ashland-based theatre company, is planning a staged reading of Edward Albee’s 2001 play, “The Occupant,” based on the life of famous American sculptor and “living work of art” Louise Nevelson. 

During her life, Nevelson was famous for her striking 3-D, monochromatic sculptures, often made out of found materials and discarded furniture. She passed away in 1988 of poor health, leaving behind a large legacy of original artwork that had been featured at exhibits all over the world. Legend has it that due to her fame and prominence in the art world, Nevelson requested her name be removed from the door of her hospital room, replaced with the word “Occupant” to avoid unwanted visitors.

Albee’s play imagines an interview between a deceased Nevelson and an unnamed interviewer, exploring her early life as the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, her failed marriage, and her eventual career and death. Reality and illusion intermingle, leaving the audience to question what is real and what is a false recollection. 

This staged reading will star longtime Ashland actress Brandy Carson as Nevelson. Carson has a long history of film and theatre experience, and has appeared at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Camelot Theatre, and countless other venues over the years. The reading will be directed by Brady Rubin (who directed Convivio’s production of “A Doll House” in 2016 and will direct their upcoming production of “An Inspector Calls.”) Rubin specifically chose Carson for the role of Nevelson, believing that she has a voice that will truly capture the spirit of this vivacious, inspirational, and talented woman. Theatre Convivio’s Artistic Director, Richard Heller, will be playing the role of the interviewer and is producing. 

 “The Occupant” will be coming to Ashland’s Bellview Grange (1050 Siskiyou Boulevard) on March 12th and 13th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or on Theatre Convivio’s website at www.theatreconvivio.com.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Rogue Gallery

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Rogue Gallery will host a special evening event featuring Celtic art, music, and Irish food.

Musicians and choral groups will perform traditional Irish music. The evening also includes a singing competition of the best rendition of the song “Danny Boy”. A special Celtic themed art show by Rogue Gallery artists’ members will be on display from March 14 through March 22, 2018.

The Celtic culture has a long and rich tradition in music and art. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center celebrates the art of the Celts with music and art. Music performers include Pat O’Scannell and the choral group Blarney Tones. On display will be an Irish themed art show that includes acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings as well as photography and collages. Realistic interpretations and abstraction of Celtic themes are reflected in the diverse work. The evening also includes a singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic, “Danny Boy” with the winner receiving a $100 award. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and Irish soda bread will be served.

Tickets cost $35.00 and are limited. For tickets, please call 541-772-8118, visit the Rogue Gallery at 40 S. Bartlett St., or purchase online at www.roguegallery.org .

Margaret Stermer_Cox_Watercolor_Irish Breakfast                Tea

Margaret Stermer-Cox, Watercolor, Irish Breakfast Tea

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, March 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association March Spotlight Exhibits

Annual Student Art Show

March First Friday will celebrate student art during the AGA Annual Student Art Show! Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, galleries and businesses will feature works by budding young student artists from Ashland High School Art Department.

Join us for the Student Artist Receptions during the Friday Art Walk on March 2nd  from 5 to 8 PM.  There will be a variety of media on display by these creative young artists including:  paintings, drawings, mixed media, jewelry pieces, woodwork, and photography. Most exhibits will be on display throughout the month of March. 

Participating galleries and student artists:

American Trails:  Ginny Cotton, Grace Jack

Ashland Art Center:  Jade Bromley, Izzy Duval, Taylor Monroe, Curtis Jones

Ashland Art Works:  Gemti Loewenstein, Enya Cochran Harrison Romney, Kai Cheval, Vincent Forster, Joah Margul, Olivia Mellon, Dane Reynolds, Riley Gaston, Maddi Shumway, Nolan Rinefort

Art & Soul Gallery:  Indi Reynolds, Nicole Mullen, Sierrah Kelly

Ashland Natural Medicine:  Indigo Magana, Cruz McNamara, Meridith Granger, Reuben Fellman, Aanisah Clark, Claren Shields

Hanson Howard Gallery:  Ian Rinefort

Nimbus:  Rachel Feinberg, Sasha Aazami, Eliana Olsen

Liquid Assets Wine Bar:  Olivia Gower

Mountain Provisions:  Charlie Burr, Althea Moyer

Student artist, Rachel Feinberg, jewelry making

Student artist, Rachel Feinberg, jewelry making

Houston’s Custom Framing & Fine Art

“Chalk and Water” Plein air chalk pastel and watercolor paintings by Ashland artist, Thomas M. Houston

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art presents the plein air chalk pastels and watercolor paintings by Thomas M. Houston. The pastels are mostly from areas in northern California and southern Oregon while the watercolors are created on the island of Kauai.  In Hawaii I set up on the beach and work using ocean water to paint with.

I’ve been working with chalk pastels out doors in the early 80s. I was originally drawn to them for their simplicity and portability in terms of taking them outside with a pad of paper to work. Of course their vibrancy, subtlety and velvety qualities cannot be overstated. I like the directness and immediacy of working with the pastels…it’s very much like an extension of my hand…much more so that working with paint and a brush which I do as well. Frequently I will have a small container of water and a brush to work the pastel with. This basically turns the chalk to liquid – a sort of hybrid watercolor.

They are very much an artifact of the moment, as is all of my work, actually.  My pastels are a bit of another story…some of them I work on for may days, months or sometimes years. The goal is to have them not look or feel that way.

This current exhibit is a large group of work it’s nearly like having an open studio.

Photographers’ Gallery

“In Search of Bali Ha’I” featuring Darcie Sternenberg

Darcie Sternenberg opens her new show,  “ In Search of Bali Ha’i”, at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center at the 1st Friday Art Walk on March 2nd. Darcie is a local fine art photographer who specializes in black and white photography.

Bali Ha’i is the elusive island in the famed 1950’s musical and movie, South Pacific, which was filmed on the Na Pali coast of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. The storm pattern present when these images were made somehow managed to create both alluring and intriguing glimpses of this place that are as haunting as the song that bears its name.

Photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Ashland Art Center

Rust Obsessions:  Using Found Objects to create Art

Ashland Art Center is a Featured Gallery this month.  Meet our artists, see new and interesting shows.

Featured Studio Artists:  Darlene Southworth, Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone, Tiffany Hokanson & Susanne Petermann

Show:  Rust Obsessions

Ashland Art Center Artists, Darlene Southworth, Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone Susanne Petermann & Tiffany Hokanson use found rusty objects to print on textiles and to create works in encaustic, assemblage and collage

Student Show Featured Artist

High School Student, Curtis Jones will be displaying his art work in the Main Classroom on First Friday as part of his Senior Project. 

Featured Gallery Artist:  Marcy Greene, Acrylic & Mixed Media

Show:  Chasing Time

First Friday Musicians:  Blades of Grass

” . . . and so it begins again,” etching with rust by Tiffany Hokanson

” . . . and so it begins again,” etching with rust by Tiffany Hokanson

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Grants, Winners, Poetry and Exhibit News from OAC February 2018

February 2018

News & Updates

A new Arts Commissioner, lots of grant news and a powerful new exhibition in the Governor’s Office — plus a preview of the 2018 Poetry Out Loud contest!

Matt Stringer appointed to Arts Commission

Matthew Stringer, the executive director of Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum​ in Ontario, Oregon, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown​. Stringer fills the position previously held by Libby Unthank Tower, who completed her second four-year term in December.
Matthew Stringer

Jess Perlitz named 2018 Joan Shipley Fellow

Jess Perlitz, a Portland-based artist working in sculpture, performance and drawing, is the 2018 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award.
Perlitz leads a group of 19 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants from 23 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowships.
Jess Perlitz, That Which is Set Before the Eyes, 2015. Concrete, foam, office furniture, paint.

Motoya Nakamura exhibits in Governor’s Office

Portland artist Motoya Nakamura is exhibiting “Images of the 442nd: Nisei Japanese American WWII Veterans and Their Continuing Legacy” in Governor Kate Brown​’s Office at the Oregon State Capitol​ in Salem now through April 4.
Motoya Nakamura, Kenny Namba, 2009, archival pigment print, 30 x 24 inches.

Poetry Out Loud winners named

Congratulations to Jaden Schiffhaur and Leopold Westrey, the first and second place finishers in the Feb. 12 Poetry Out Loud contest at Lincoln High School!
Jaden will represent Lincoln Saturday, March 3, at the Portland Regional Contest at Lewis and Clark College. Regional contests also are scheduled that day at Rogue Community College in Medford and at Willamette University in Salem.
Jaden Schiffhaur (left) and Leopold Westry (right) took first and second place in the Lincoln High School Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 12.

Arts Learning grants announced

Congratulations to the 20 Oregon arts organizations sharing $193,001 in FY 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants! The grants, ranging from $4,451 to $12,046, support arts education projects now under way across the state.
Teacher Bari Frimkess leads a recorder class for students in the Phoenix/Talent school district as part of an Arts Learning project led by the Rogue Valley Symphony Association.

Small Operating grants announced

Congratulations to the 79 small Oregon arts organizations to receive FY2018 operating support from the Oregon Arts Commission! Awarded to arts organizations in 29 towns and cities across the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000.
A Corvallis Guitar Society event..

Arts Build Communities grants announced

Congratulations to the 33 projects awarded $209,400 in 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities grants! Arts Build Communities projects use the arts as a means of addressing community need. They target broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon. More than half of this year’s awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.
A studnet shows off her ring prowess during a Circus Project workshop.

Conversations with Funders and Partners happening now

More than $5 million in funding will be on the table when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners and other funders for “Conversations with Funders and Partners,” a 14-stop state tour. Attendees will learn about grant programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources also will be presented.
A 2017 Conversations with Funders event in Eugene.

Happy 55th to the Corvallis Art Center

January marked the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Corvallis Art Center. We are proud of your longstanding service to the greater Corvallis community!
Corvallis Art Center.
Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org