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What’s the first thing that gets cut when schools face a budget squeeze?

We invite you to support Ruch Outdoor Community School by participating in a Plein Air Quick Paint in the Applegate Valley as part of the Southern Oregon Lavender Festival.

(TIME/PLACE CLARIFICATION – this event has a starting time of 8am but you can start anytime and anywhere – the goal is to show up at our barn (375 Hamilton Road, Jacksonville, OR) sometime between 4pm and 6pm with fresh art for the reception that evening)

There is no cost for artists to participate and you are welcome to join us for food, wine and stories at the Fresh Paint Reception and Silent Auction at 7pm – also at no cost to you.


Please support art programs at RUCH OUTDOOR COMMUNITY SCHOOL

As a “community school”, learning opportunities multiply when students dig into their surrounding environment, repositioned to take a closer look at the social, environmental, and economic issues at play. Ruch Outdoor Community School students embark on local projects that have tangible results and observable outcomes.

Where Do I Paint?

We are encouraging folks to paint in the Applegate Valley, which is just 10 minutes outside of Jacksonville, OR. Here are some great resources.

Wander Applegate
Applegate Connect
The Applegater
Southern Oregon Lavender Trail
The Applegate Valley Wine Trail
PDF Map or Applegate Valley

Here’s how the plein air quick paint for river school works


  • The goal of the Quick Paint is to raise money for Ruch Outdoor Community School by selling plein air paintings (created earlier in the day) at The Fresh Art Reception and Silent Auction. Reception tickets sales also donated to the school.
  • You start when and where you want. We’re encouraging people to paint in the Applegate Valley, but it’s up to you. We want what is most convenient for you.
  • You are very welcome to paint at our lavender farm as many others have in the past. We will also be serving as a “friendly port” for all artists who need a snack, drinks and or to get out of the heat. Please let us know if you plan to paint here so we have sufficient supplies.
  • Stop painting at 4pm and deliver your fresh creations to our barn at 375 Hamilton Road in Ruch by 6pm. (mailing address is Jacksonville).
  • Put your name, contact info, and auction reserve price on the back of each painting.
  • You receive 80% of the auction sale price – 20% is donated to Ruch School.
  • You are welcome to stay and enjoy the reception/auction at no charge.
  • Any unsold works at the auction will continue to be for sale for the rest of the weekend – you can adjust the reserve price if you wish.
  • ALL paintings remain in our barn through Sunday at 5pm.

Artists Must Agree to:

  • Start and finish your painting on the day of the event – finish by 4pm. There is no starting check-in or starting event. You can start where and when you like. There is also no authentication process for validating “same day” status of your work – we trust you.
  • Deliver your completed work to our barn (375 Hamilton Road in Ruch) by 6pm.
  • Help us display the art. The simplest solution is to find a way that it can be hung (we have lots of space to hang on) or bring an easel (standing or table).
  • Write your name and contact information on the back of the painting along with your “reserve” lowest acceptable price.
  • Paintings will then be sold via silent auction during the evening reception. If they do not sell at auction, they will remain on sale for the next two days in our barn during the lavender festival. You can adjust your reserve price for the festival days.
  • 20% of the painting sale will be donated to Ruch School and 80% will go to the artist.
  • Paintings must remain in the barn for the remainder of the Lavender Festival – until 5pm Sunday night.
  • Any paintings that do not sell during the auction will remain on sale during the next two days as thousands of people will be attending the Southern Oregon Lavender Festival.
  • Paintings can be picked up anytime after 5pm Sunday. We can arrange to ship a painting (at cost) if it is a hardship to return to our farm for out of town participants.

Artists are encouraged to:

  • Attend the Fresh Painting Reception and Silent Auction at no charge – you will be guests of honor. The event is VERY casual and attendees showing up with paint on their clothes will be celebrated. There will be hors d’oeuvre and one glass of wine included – cash bar after that.
  • Meet and greet enthusiastic silent auction attendees and members of Ruch school.
  • Price paintings at an “accessible” level to encourage generous bidding. We have purposely set the rates to encourage giving to the school.
  • This is a non-juried, open event and we encourage artists of all levels to participate. There is not really any competitive aspect to the event.
  • While we refer to the event as “plein-air” we are pretty open to any artist that wants to contribute and help Ruch School.
  • Artists are encouraged to paint in the Applegate Valley but again, there are no hard rules for this. FYI, there will be six lavender fields in vibrant bloom on the day of this event. 🙂
  • We will provide snacks and drinks for any artists that want to paint at our farm or to swing by during the day. If you are coming, or think you might, please let us know. Artists will also have access to rest areas and bathrooms in our air conditioned house.
  • If the paintings do not sell, they will remain on sale during the remainder of the Lavender Festival where many people may purchase them.
  • Artists will receive their payment within 7 days of the event but we will do our best process and pay transactions during the reception.

We understand that there are very real expenses for you to participate in this fundraising event and we greatly appreciate your efforts.

Please fill out the form below or call/text Rob Rustad at 831-521-5344 or email [email protected].

I’m Interested in your quick paint event and reception for Ruch School art programs

In the message area (follow this link to original post on the Applegate River Lavender website) please include:

Name, mobile phone, email address

Which date, June 23rd and/or July 14th, do you intend to paint?

Where you intend to paint? Artists at our farm will have food, drink, inside restrooms/rest areas – please let us know if you intend to paint here or stop by so we have enough supplies. 🙂

Can you deliver your painting to our barn from 4pm to 6pm on the day of the event?

Do you plan to attend the reception at 7pm? You (the artist) do not have to buy a ticket. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres and you will you will receive a ticket for a glass of wine – cash bar after that.

Will you have a guest/s with you at the reception?

[reception is a fundraiser for Ruch School, additional guests can order tickets here: June 23rd 7pm-9pm Fresh Paint Reception in the Art Barn Tickets – $25 and/or July 14th 7pm-9pm Fresh Paint Reception in the Art Barn Tickets – $25

Can you please tell us what your approximate reserve price will be for the auction? (artist receives 80% and school receives 20% – many reception ticket buyers have asked how much the paintings will be) NameEmailMessage Send

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    Call to Artists! Respond by May 1

    Celebrating the Siskiyou Crest: A Festival of Art, Culture, and Science

    July 14-16, 2023, at Pacifica Garden, Williams

    To access the form online, go to
    Or go to our website for application and other information:
    If you don’t have access to Google Docs or a gmail address, download an application here.

    All submissions must use as subject matter the wild nature of the Siskiyou Crest.
    See the application form and Facebook page for more details.
    Deadline to apply: May 1, 2023
    On Facebook: “Celebrating the Siskiyou Crest
    For more information or answers to questions, contact
    Diana Coogle at [email protected]

    Festival produced by the Siskiyou Crest Coalition
    to showcase the inspirational beauty and ecological significance of the Siskiyou Crest

    AGA December Art News

    Ashland Galleries
    December Visual Arts News

    December = Art Opportunities

    We’re excited to share a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities that are being offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 

    Michael Lynn Adams
    How To Compose Art Using Harmonic Symmetry
    Ongoing (Online)

    Join Michael Lynn Adams to learn more about the process of incorporating harmonic symmetry. Because creating realist paintings is not always intuitive, Michael often uses harmonic symmetry to develop his compositions both on and off the canvas. 

    For those who are interested in taking a look, please click here for more information. 

    Michael Lynn Adams, Tangerine On Old Books, Oil on Canvas
    Michael Lynn Adams, Tangerine On Old Books, Oil on Canvas

    Grants Pass Museum of Art
    Faux Fun and 6×6
    Deadline: Saturday, January 14

    Support the Grants Pass Museum of Art and display artwork in their Winter Exhibition, taking place from January 20 – February 18.

    Faux Fun:
    Create a copy of a masterwork with your own twist! Masterworks should be well known so that viewers are able to understand the ‘spoof’ of it. The museum has even provided a list of recommendations for inspiration. 

    Create a 6”x6” artwork for auction! Artists can create as many artworks as they wish to donate and both 2D and 3D artwork is welcome. Please do not modify the size or edges or create parts that stick out beyond 6”x6”.  

    For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information. 

    Kristen O'Neill, Starry Night Over Grants Pass, Acrylic
    Kristen O’Neill, Starry Night Over Grants Pass, Acrylic

    Fiber Arts Collective
    Felting Class with Corbin Brashear
    Saturday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Join Fiber Arts Collective and Corbin Brashear to explore and learn more about the technique of needle felting, a dry method using a special needle, loose wool, and a foam surface to create fun and whimsical sculptures. 

    For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information.

    Corbin Brashear, Untitled, Wool Felt
    Corbin Brashear, Untitled, Wool Felt

    Deadline: Sunday, January 15 Renew your membership or become a member of the Ashland Gallery Association! Benefits include everything from an ad listing in the printed Gallery Guide, a listing on the website, eligibility to participate in special events such as A Taste of Ashland and Ashland Open Studio Tour, daily social media promotion, and so much more.

    For more information, to renew your membership, or to become a member, please click here.

    Robert Koch, Neighbourhood News, Acrylic on Panel
    Robert Koch, Neighbourhood News, Acrylic on Panel

    Copyright © 2022 Ashland Gallery Association, All rights reserved.

    SO Guild Open House and CTA

    SO Guild Open House – You’re Invited!

    The Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans announces a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 21 from 2-4pm at the Guild Gallery & Art Center in Kerby, OR.

    Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans announces a Holiday Open House and Gift Certificate Giveaway. Shop Local!

    Call for proposals for 2023 Creative Community Programming!

    Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans (SO Guild) Call to Artists for 2023 Proposals for community programming

    Attached is a square graphic I made to promote this and below is a link where folks can submit proposals to us. We are excited to hear new ideas and schedule classes for 2023 🙂

    Creative Community Proposal Form:

    Oregon Fringe Festival Deadline TODAY

    Apply Now!
    Priority Consideration Deadline: Monday, December 12

    Untitled sculpture by Jessi Eaton Shields
    Untitled sculpture by Jessi Eaton Shields

    The Priority Consideration Deadline to apply and present creative work at the 2023 Oregon Fringe Festival is Monday, December 12, 2022.

    Students, local artists, national artists, and international artists are ALL encouraged to apply! Our roster includes music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word, and MORE. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to present something to a fun and diverse audience, but it’s also an opportunity to experiment with new ideas and concepts. Even more exciting, we will also offer up to three $1,000.00 honoraria to non-student artists whose creative work is boundary-breaking, unconventional, excites discussion, and explores different perspectives of a held position, principle, and/or belief.

    Festival Dates: Wednesday, April 26 – Sunday, April 30, 2023
    Priority Consideration Deadline: Monday, December 12, 2022
    Regular Consideration Deadline: Monday, December 26, 2022
    Late Consideration Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2023

    To be considered for an honorarium, applications must be submitted by the Priority Consideration Deadline. 

    For more information and access to the application, please click here. For questions, please contact us at [email protected]

    Artist Credit: Sculpture/4D Collective
    Image Credit: Marvin Walder

    $550.00 Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers

    *Innovate Grant

    Grants for Artists + Photographers

    DEADLINE Thursday, December 15
    Submit your work by 11:59PM Pacific Time

    The deadline for Innovate Grant’s Fall Cycle is Thursday, December 15, 2022. Have you applied yet? Now is the perfect time to share your work, so why wait?

    Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. We’ve simplified the grant process so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

    How to Apply:

    All media and genres are accepted. All applicants (visual artists and photographers) 18+ years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at

    Explore the work of Past Innovate Grant recipients and Read their Interviews at

    Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
    Deadline: Deadline: December 15, 2022
    Region: US & International
    Awards: $550.00 USD Grants

    Apply Online Today

    Long List of Artist Calls

    Art Deadlines List

    December 2022 List of Artist Calls | Deadlines Through February 2023


    DCIFF’s eclectic, ambitious, much-loved program mixes art, action, experimental, animation and mixed-genre works judged by peers. Our storied history is of cutting edge work on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable. Since our 20th anniversary, we have increased opportunities for artists and audiences to interact, converse and share ideas. DCIFF2023: March 1-5. Application Fee. Details: OR [email protected]

    December 11, 2022 – NYC4PA | BLACK & WHITE

    The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) invites photographers world-wide to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, etc.). Winners will receive $4,000 in cash awards, be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the BLACK and WHITE catalog. The Grand Prize winning image will be posted on the NYC4PA home page. Entry Fee. Details:


    The theme for ART street Monthly Illustration Contest for November is “Anthropomorphism”. This time, you can anthropomorphize anything you would like to! Please try anthropomorphizing things with unique features from the daily use items such as stationeries, cosmetics, foods and electric appliances to living things such as animals and plants! No Entry Fee. Details:


    Photographers are invited to submit their work to this year’s TASTE Food, Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Photography Awards, a juried contest celebrating images of Food, Wine & Spirits, Fashion & Design, Travel, Health & Exercise. Entry Fee. Details:

    December 13, 2022 – SONY FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARDS

    Established by Creo and sponsored by Sony, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is a major new annual awards program for short films devoted to supporting and elevating independent filmmakers and creators from across the globe. No Entry Fee. Details:

    December 15, 2022 – 🍁 CALL FOR ART + PHOTO | $550.00 INNOVATE GRANTS

    FALL 2022 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS — Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit our website. Entry Fee. Details:


    The City of North Charleston is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 40th Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2023 North Charleston Arts Fest (5/3-7), receive a $500 purchase award and a solo exhibition at Park Circle Gallery during May 2023. No Entry Fee. Details: 843-740-5854 OR OR [email protected]


    The competition is sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America. You may submit only one manuscript (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story. Only electronic submissions, uploaded through the online entry form, will be considered. No Entry Fee. Details:


    Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center invites emerging and established artists to submit original artworks to ‘Breaking Ground: Art about the Earth’. All media will be considered, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance, glass, fiber, digital, photography, installation, mixed media, and new genres. This exhibition will be open to the public from February 10 – April 23, 2023. Entry Fee. Details: 410-326-4640 OR OR [email protected]

    January 11, 2023 – LENS 2023 CALL FOR ENTRY

    Perspective Gallery is pleased to announce LENS 2023, our 13th annual, juried, international exhibition of fine art photography. We are honored to have Crista Dix, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, as Juror. Photographers are invited to submit work for possible inclusion in the exhibition. All subject matter and photographic processes are welcome. Entry Fee. Details: 847-372-0734 OR OR [email protected]

    January 12, 2023 – THE FUTURE GENERATION 2023

    Enter the Portrait Society of America’s 3rd annual Future Generation Competition for artists ages 18-25 years old. Top 4 awards receive cash and prizes plus recognition in International Artist magazine, the Portrait Society’s journal, website and social media pages. Entry fee is $25 for up to 3 entries. Subject of the work should focus on the human figure (portrait or figurative). Entry Fee. Details: 850-878-9996 OR OR [email protected]


    The 6th NTD International Figure Painting Competition (NIFPC) , committed to promoting the pure beauty, pure goodness, and pure authenticity of the realism oil painting — calls for entry. The goal of NIFPC is to help artists retrieve the traditional artistic value with compassion. We welcome works that convey traditional values, and positive ideals such as beauty, compassion, and righteousness. Entry Fee. Details: 888-477-9228 OR OR [email protected]


    Submissions of original artworks by U.S. youth drawn on paper (using crayons, colored pencils, ink pens, markers, and/or paint) or drawn digitally are being accepted now through January 31, 2023. Enter online or by mail. For official rules, artwork guidelines, and cash prizes, visit the website. No Entry Fee. Details: 213-537-4483 OR OR [email protected]

    February 13, 2023 – NIKON PHOTO CONTEST 2022 2023

    There are two competitions: Photo Competition and Short Film Competition. • PHOTO COMPETITION Theme: “Beloved”. Entrants may submit single images and photo stories (2-5 images per story). • SHORT FILM COMPETITION Theme: “Next Steps”. Two categories: Short Film Category – 180 to 300 second long video Super Short Film Category – 20 to 40 second long video No Entry Fee. Details:


    World of WearableArt (WOW) is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. There are six section themes: • Aotearoa • Avant-Garde • Open • Gold • Bizarre Bra • Mars & Beyond No Entry Fee. Details:


    The competition is held by Evident Corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. Each participant may submit up to three images taken with a light microscope. Images taken with an electron microscope are not eligible. No Entry Fee. Details:

    Advertise your announcement on this list and reach up to 75,000+ artists and art organizations in one month. First time advertisers have a one-month option for $50.

    Subscribe to the Premium Art Deadlines List and see more than 100 – 200 new announcements every month, at any time. Purchase a one, two, or three year subscription for $12, $22, $30, respectively.

    2023 Oregon Fringe Festival Application is LIVE!

    2023 Oregon Fringe Festival Application is LIVE!
    Artist Credit – Rosemary Kesselring and Into the Unknown Team. Image Credit – Marvin Walder

    <strong>CALL FOR ENTRIES: SEQUENCE</strong>



    Art can be created with order or disorder; a plan or chaos. Technology-based art can embrace or ignore process in new and intriguing methods. Sequence at Touchstone Gallery invites artists or artist teams to submit works that are created with, or influenced by, technology.

    Artists and artist teams are invited to submit film, video, video games, digital works, physical works created from digital processes, sound, light, and time-based pieces, performance pieces, and more. This exhibition welcomes art created with, in part by, or inspired by any digital technology.

    Due to the varied nature of media expected, this exhibition will include a physical gallery show, a series of screenings and performances, and a virtual online exhibition.

    Location: Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
    Application Deadline: Sunday, December 4 11:59 pm EST
    Artists Notified of Acceptance: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 
    Exhibition Dates: Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, February 19, 2023


    Maleke Glee, Director of Art + Programming STABLE
    Lauren Leving, Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
    Roddy Schrock, Executive Director, Eyebeam
    Caroline Sinders, Machine-learning-design researcher and artist
    Additional jurors may be announced


    Arte Laguna Prize Deadline Extended

    Arte Laguna Prize Deadline Extended to November 22, 2022

    New Deadline for Arte Laguna Prize 17! 

    Good news for all the artists! You still have time to apply to the 17th Arte Laguna Prize! The deadline has been POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 22th, 2022 for all the ten categories. 

    Choose your best works and apply now, you could be among the next 120 artists who will exhibit at the Arsenale of Venice in March 2023 for five weeks and win the cash prize of € 10.000. 

    Admitted categories: painting, sculpture and installation, photography, video art, and short films, performance, digital art, cartoon and graphics, environmental art and land art, urban and street art, and art design.

    The international jury will evaluate the works and choose the 120 finalists that will exhibit in the iconic spaces of the Arsenale Nord.

    The jury changes at each edition and is composed of: Mohamed Benhadj, curator for the territories of North Africa and Spain and founder of AlTiba9; Raphael Chikukwa, director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe; Giulia Colletti, digital curator for the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Torino; Paul di Felice, curator, critic and art historian based in Luxembourg;  Chloé Hodge project manager at Tate Britain in London, curator and producer; Dick Spierenburg, creative director of IMM – Cologne International Furniture Fair; Xiaoyu Weng, curator based in New York and Toronto, responsible for Modern and Contemporary Art at AGO, the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

    Each year Arte Laguna Prize collaborates with high-level international partners to offer artists collaborations around the world, and each partner selects their winner.

    Arte Laguna Prize means infinite opportunities!
    With only one application the artists can be selected for:

    • Exhibition at the Venice Arsenal  
    • Participation in festivals, individual and collective exhibitions 
    • Accroître votre visibilité
    • 5000 € for an installation in Siena, Italy 
    • 3000 € for a work that uses steel 
    • 3000 € for the best work that enhances Sustainability 
    • 2000 € for a work with the theme of water 
    • 3000 € for a project that enhances the use of digital art – nft
    • 1000 € each for 3 artists Under 35 
    • 36 days of exhibition at the Venice Arsenal for 240 artists 
    • Circuit of exhibitions in Veneto and Italy in 2023 
    • 1 exhibition in Beijing for video art finalists 
    • 1 exhibition at the Cris Contini Gallery in London for 1 artist 
    • 30 days of exhibition at the Biennale del Mediterraneo for 1 artist 
    • 6 months residency in Treviso, Italy 
    • 6 weeks residency in Barcelona, Spain 
    • 4 weeks residency in Bilpin, Australia 
    • 10 days residency in Favara, Italy 
    • 15 days residency in Lucca, Italy

    Applying is easy and quick > register on Arte Laguna World and create your account

    Check the Terms and Conditions >

    Applications have no restrictions; they are open to all artists. 

    The deadline is November 22, 2022.