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GPMA November News

November 2020 eNews

It seems like just yesterday I was putting together the eNews for October. Time is mysteriously flying by even though life is still topsy turvy. We are trying to continue some of the usual programs at the museum. Note that we have a new series of classes AND our annual membership exhibit will open on November 12. The open days and hours of the museum are still less than normal. When we are open we are pleased to have visitors. We hope to see you soon!
In the meantime, stay safe.
Enjoy! Hyla Executive Director Click here to visit our website

A message from our president

November is here and we have almost made it through 2020.
I have to admit that it was not what I had expected or hoped for, but instead of dwelling on all the negativity out there I would like to look at some positive things.

November is a time for thanksgiving and I would like to start this month with thankfulness and appreciation in my heart. I am thankful for the beautiful valley that we live in. I am thankful everyone in my family is healthy and happy. I am thankful to be of service to our Museum community and all the great people who are involved with it. I appreciate our supporters for their generosity. I appreciate the artists for their boundless creativity. I appreciate the volunteers who give of their time. I am thankful that even in such scary times we can still appreciate the beauty of nature, of music, of verse, of people, and of art. Please let your hope be bigger than your fear.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Pamela Geye
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If you are an artist and you need financial help

Call for applications!
Individual Artist Relief Program
Oregon artists may now apply to a new Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Please share this information with your networks to spread the word about this important responsive grantmaking program.

The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.10

Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 Supported artistic disciplines: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and music performance); theatre and performance art; folk and traditional arts; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); design arts; and media arts. For more information, including eligibility, review criteria and the application questions see the Grant Guidelines.

Be well,
Jerry Tischleder Program Officer,
Arts and Culture Current Exhibition

The Annual Membership Exhibit opens November 12
2019 Membership Exhibit
This year the membership exhibit is a little different. Because of social distancing guidelines, we did not put up the extra partitions for the exhibit.

We have over fifty different artists exhibiting their work. There is a variety of mediums to enjoy.

The exhibit will open on November 12 and will remain up until December 18. Museum days are Thurs – Sat and hours are 11am – 3pm.
This is a good opportunity to see what wonderful talent we have in Southern Oregon and to see some of your favorite artist’s creations.

We hope to see you!


We are very happy to announce some new classes. Bobbi Baldwin is an artist living in California. She has taught a few classes at the museum in the past and has been Zooming classes for her own students. We are fortunate in having her teach some special classes just for us. In Bobbi’s words: “As a teacher, I must first see my students as individuals and second as a budding artist. Each person I encounter comes to the easel with a different set of learning skills and life lessons. It is my intent to give wings to my students feather by feather. I once heard that the measure of a good teacher is only through the students who surpass them. I look forward to seeing my students inspire the world with their own work.”

This is a series of six classes. You can sign up for one or all. Each class is $25 for members and $30 for non-members AND she will make the class recording available for download for $20 so you can watch it over and over on your own time. The classes are two hours long on certain Fridays in November, December, and January from 10:00am until Noon. The class will consist of a 1.5-hour lecture and demonstration and then discussing your own work. You can use your favorite medium. SIGN UP HERE

Life Drawing sessions are going to begin again. If you are interested in finding out more – please call the museum. 541-479-3290 or email [email protected] We are still working out days and times.


Shoefly Oregon is open! We are so excited. Sydney and Alan have been very busy remodeling the space for their store. Located downstairs from the museum. Be sure and check out the variety. Their hours are Tues – Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 6pm, & Sun 11am – 4pm. Meet Sydney! And Kobi – pet mascot! Shoefly Oregon’s owner.

The Gallery will be open longer hours beginning November 5, 2020. Come in and shop in a safe and clean environment. It’s a fabulous place to buy all sorts of art and great greeting cards. There are more than five dozen artists represented in the gallery.

Help keep the museum free for all!

The museum does not receive government funding (other than grants from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust via JCCC). 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 $12.81. 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!

THANK YOU! If you get this far…. Who doesn’t like chocolate? Here’s a behind the scenes video of a chocolate shop in France.
France chocolate shop visit: Behind the scenes of making French chocolates
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G St, Grants Pass, OR 97528

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