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GPMA June Newsletter

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Grants Pass Museum of Art

GPMA June 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the GPMA June 2020 Newsletter.

I was fortunate in being able to virtually attend the five day American Alliance of Museums annual meeting along with 4000 other museum representatives. It was inspiring and uplifting and a good place to be in times like this. Overall the group is very thoughtful and very mindful of everything that is going on here and around the world.

One of the keynote speakers quoted a Doris Lessing poem that ends with “We are going to go from this to that.” My mother used to say, “this too shall pass.” (We’ve actually been hearing this a lot lately). However, that phrase assumes that we know what “this” is. We are living in the time of “this.” “That,” on the other hand is unknown. As we go from this to that we must be open to change and know that things will never be exactly the same.

A different keynote speaker, Lonnie Bunch, the secretary of the Smithsonian Museums, said “Impossible is only an opinion.”

When we go from this to that – it’s good to keep that inspiration in mind.

Stay safe and well – and hopefully we will be able to see each other soon.


Executive Director

Another quote from Doris Lessing

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And remember that impossible is only an opinion.

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A message from Board President, Pam Geye

GPMA June 2020 Newsletter - image of rhododendronsWell this last week let us know that the warm weather is on its way. I’d prefer it to stay in the 70s and 80s but if the last 2 months has taught me nothing else, once again I am reminded that I have very little control over anything.

The Board of Directors, along with Hyla have been discussing when and how to open the museum again. We are doing our best to make wise decisions to protect everyone that enters our doors. As yet we have not come up with a date for when this will happen, but we will let you know when we do. Until then, please enjoy our online art classes and emails.

With all this extra time on our hands it is a great opportunity to be creative.

Thanks to all of you who continue to support the museum.

You are very important to the our continued success.

Stay well –

Pam Geye


[email protected]

Pam is a Master Gardener and enjoys working in her yard!

Even Cowboy the cat helps out now and then.



We have a definite weed patch behind the museum in the alley. We really need help. Would anyone be willing to spend some time pulling weeds and trimming plants. We don’t have any gardening tools – so you would have to bring your own. We would be SO grateful. Please call us at 541-479-3290. Thanks!

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Since we couldn’t continue the fifth grade field trips to the museum, Kristen created a YouTube video of the presentation she usually gives during the trips. We then sent the link to the teachers and they are very happy. We were able to have about 250 children here before we had to close down. We will resume the field trips (fingers crossed) next year.

If you are curious to see what the presentation of 40,000 years of art history looks like – you can watch it now.

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GPMA june 2020 newsletter - link to thank you notes from childrenAnd, if you want a really good feel good smile moment – check out some thank you notes we received by clicking the picture.

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The Josephine Community website just went “live” and it is wonderful. We are especially pleased that under their tab “Arts and Culture” they list the museum.

If you click the picture you can check out their new website.

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In our last eNews we posted the video of our first ever virtual exhibition called Virtually the Best of the Best. The video in its entirety is 24 minutes long and we are very pleased to say it has had over 980 views. For those of you who would rather have a shorter snippet – here is a four minute version which still includes all of the students’ art. Enjoy!

Virtual Art Workshops


How to paint like Monet

We are now offering virtual art classes. The next class is Saturday, June 13, from 1pm – 3pm. The class is taught by Kristen O’Neill. You can sign up on the museum’s website by clicking the picture.
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Virtual Second Friday Poetry Sharing

Second Friday Poetry Sharing is alive and well.

Friday evening, June 12 at 7pm

Choose your own theme

The event is virtual on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 8192 8684

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GPMA June 2020 Newsletter Update on 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.


Need a cultural diversion?

Randy Johnson is a long time friend of the museum, an artist, a photographer, and an author. He has a brand new book out about the colors of Florida, where he now resides. It’s based on the color wheel and it is delicious to look at.

You can see more on his website:

The Paintings of Randy Johnson
Since we don’t have an exhibition at the museum right now – perhaps you’d enjoy viewing one of Randy’s exhibits at the museum a few years ago. It’s fun to see “then.” (The museum tour begins at 2:07 minutes but it’s fun to watch the whole video.)

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Need an idea for being creative?

The Getty Museum issued a challenge to create art from today’s “stuff” and emulate a previous well known masterpiece.

People are really creative. Why not try one or two of your own “paintings?”

Artist Cindy Kahoun, Gallery One’s manager, created a painting in the style of Frida Kahlo.

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
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!
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If you get this far – looking back….

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

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