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GPMA August 2020 News


GPMA August 2020 eNews

Grants Pass Museum of Art

We had our very first “live” class in the museum on Saturday. It was so good to see people – even if we weren’t “up close and personal.” We hope to do more, but in the meantime we are holding some classes at Reinhart Park.

We heard some really sad news from the American Alliance of Museums:

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, warned that one out of every three museums may shutter forever as funding sources and financial reserves run dry. Without near-term assistance from governments and private donors, hundreds of directors reported their museums may not survive the financial crisis brought on by the pandemic.

We feel very fortunate that our museum is relatively stable. We have a small footprint, only two paid staff, and fairly low overhead. What is really important though, is you. We have strong supporters and appreciate every one of you for your help in keeping the museum alive and vibrant even during these trying times. We will open sometime in the future when we know it is safe.

In the meantime – stay well. We miss you all!


Executive Director

Here is a wonderful short video about the importance of art.

Art Creates Hope from the Americans for the Arts organization

Click here to visit our website


A message from Board President Pam Geye

August is here and my tomatoes are finally starting to ripen. I hope everyone is staying healthy.

Last month I told you about our newly elected officers, this month I’d like to tell you about the rest of the important people on the Board.

Cal Kenney has been a board director for quite a long time. He is the creative mind and director of the 2nd Friday Poetry Sharing, which has been going for over 10 years. We appreciate that Cal continues to give his time and energy to the board.

Nancy Yonally-Coleman, has also served the on the board for a long time. She is our past-president and I look to her to help give me advice and guidance on many topics. She is very involved in the community and we are happy that she still finds time to help out the Museum.

Laura Acosta has been on the board for a couple of years and she is the Chairman of the Membership Committee. She is always a delight to have around and has great ideas on how to make the museum a better place for our community. We appreciate her time and energy.

Kate Bortells is one of our newer board members and we are so excited that she choose to join the board. She is the chairman for the Art in the Garden Committee and brings us such great energy and enthusiasm. She is a complete delight to be around and we look forward to all the great ideas she will bring to the Board.

All of these people are so valuable to the museum. They give of their time to help make sure the Museum stays a great place for our community to gather and enjoy all sorts of arts.

We are currently working on new fundraising ideas, as most of our events had to be cancelled this spring. If you have any ideas we’d love to hear about them. Also if you or any one you know might add value to our board or Museum, please let us know.

Thank you as always for support, you are an important part of our continued success.

Take care.

Pam Geye

[email protected]


More views from Pam’s garden
It’s always good to have a guard dog watching over your freshly picked beans!


Many foundations and businesses have recently helped support the museum and our programs. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank them. AND we are truly grateful for individual donors who help make everything we do possible. We feel very fortunate. Thank you.

From the Heart of an Artist

“When I bake for you, I am showing you I love you, letting you know your happiness is important to me, and it is a way for me to say, “I can’t fix everything, but I can give you a tiny bit of joy.”

“When I do small things for you, bring you a glass of water, a snack while you work, or a new sketch book and pencil, I am trying to lighten your load and make sure the basics are taken care of.

“When I make jewelry or paint a picture, I am focusing that same energy into humanity, knowing full well that most will never feel the ripple that my art is making….but for those that do feel it, for you I am grateful. For you, it is worth it, and you will carry that ripple a tiny bit farther out.

“I am grateful to have a voice through my art, it has helped immensely through this pandemic, through the horrors we are seeing, experiencing, and hearing about around the world, but most especially, here in our own country. It soothes in that it reminds me I can help others. Even though it is not an essential service like being a medic or a farm worker, as an artist I can feed and shelter your heart and spirit. I can bring things into focus and educate with beauty.” ~ Courtney Jensen

(Image: Strawberry Moon – a collaboration of Scott and Courtney Jensen)



Painting in the museum with Kristen O’Neill and six masked attendees! Everyone said they had a really good time.

Artists Susan Burnes and Janet Higgins have a special exhibit at the Rogue Gallery in Medford. Susan is the head of our exhibition department and Janet is the chair of Black, White, & the Blues.

The Josephine Community Library is offering free “Do it Yourself” kits for children.


Live Art Workshops (in the park)


Second Friday Poetry Sharing Live in the Park

It’s time to get together!

This month, Poetry Sharing will be in Reinhart Park on August 14 from

7pm – 9pm. The optional theme for the evening is “Social Distancing.”

Here’s a clever short video showing the merits of social distancing.


Virtual Events and Things

This is the presentation given to Fifth Graders on their field trips.It’s a really interesting overview of 40,000 + years of art history presented by Kristen O’Neill. Kristen’s own art can be found in Gallery One.
This is a short version of the Best of the Best virtual exhibition.

A look back at some past exhibits.

If you haven’t taken a virtual walk through Art in the Garden, you can click the picture below and open a booklet full of gardens and art.

Update on Future Events

Dancing with the Grants Pass Stars:

Cancelled (we hope to have it in 2021)

Art in the Garden:

Postponed until June 12, 13, 2021

Open Studios:


Black, White, & the Blues:

February 20, 2021

Gallery One is now open with a limited schedule.


11:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Come in and shop in a safe and clean environment.


Help keep the museum free for all!

The museum does not receive government funding (other than grants from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition). So keeping the doors open depends on grants, donations, memberships, sponsorships, and rent from the street level businesses (Shoefly and Gallery One). You can do one time donations and you can also do monthly donations. It’s easy – and we appreciate you very much!

On additional side benefit – the foundations who offer grants are very pleased to see community involvement. Your donations show your support!

You can DONATE by clicking here
Monthly donations are so amazing. They add up quickly. Just $10 a month means a donation to the museum of $120 for the year. That’s fabulous. Please consider this option. The payments safely charged to your credit card.
Be a “Monthly Sustainer” and click here!
You can also call us at 541-479-3290 or send mail to us at

Grants Pass Museum of Art, P.O. Box 966, Grants Pass, OR 97528


Do you shop on Amazon?
This quarter, we received $13.87. Every little bit helps a lot. Thank you!
Did you know that if you go to a special link called Amazon Smile you can choose a nonprofit to benefit from your purchase. Each nonprofit has a unique link. Here’s the portal you can use for the museum. Every little bit helps! CLICK HERE or click the picture to shop and benefit the museum.The best part is that it doesn’t cost you any extra!

If you get this far …
Here is an armchair visit to the Vatican Museum.
Here’s an interesting video about Vincent Van Gogh.
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G St, Grants Pass, OR 97528

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