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Grants Pass Museum of Art December News

December 2020 eNews

Wow – I can’t believe it’s really almost the end of the year. I think, (and I think most people think) that it’s time to be rid of the year 2020. So many trying things happened and so many people have been impacted.
We are grateful to be here. The museum has stayed relatively stable during this weird time – thanks to many generous people and foundations. Sadly we were unable to have the majority of our programs this year. We DO have great plans for next year. The exhibition department has the 2021 exhibit schedule lined up. Art in the Garden is slated to happen – it’s in June and it’s outdoors – so we think it will be okay.

Our biggest fundraiser, Black, White, & the Blues is going virtual in February so stay tuned for more exciting information about that.
And, the best news of all is that we are going to open on December 3 with limited days and hours. We will be open Thursdays through Saturday from 11am – 3pm and will stay open on Fridays until 6pm. The membership exhibit is up and really worth seeing. Over 50 member artists are represented. Do come and visit. We require masks and there is plenty of room to social distance. I consider us one of the safest public spaces in town!

We look forward to seeing many of you.

In the meantime, stay safe.

Enjoy! Hyla Executive Director Click here to visit our website Current Exhibition 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 are all kinds of art to enjoy.

Open days and hours through December 19 Thursday & Saturday 11am – 3pm Fridays 11am – 6pm Then – starting January 7 open days and hours through January 22 Thursday through Saturday 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! Here’s a virtual tour of the Membership Exhibit using the new camera we purchased with money from a Josephine County Cultural Coalition grant. We haven’t totally excelled in its use – but this will give you an idea of what you should come and see in person! Click the picture to take a tour.
“A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts,” according to artist Sir Joshua Reynolds  (The Membership Exhibit includes other art forms besides pictures!) Giving Tuesday We have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. On December 1 we’ll unite for a worldwide celebration of generosity. People around the globe will come together in unity and showing kindness and generosity in all its forms by giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes.  If the museum is one of your choices – CLICK HERE TO DONATE! 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 was a series of six classes. Four are left. 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 Happenings 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 – 6pm, Sat 10am – 6pm, & Sun 10am – 3pm.
Meet Sydney and Kobi! If you would like to have a private shopping experience – we are happy to open the gallery just for you. We are offering private shopping for customers limiting going out in public. They may make an appointment by calling, 541 476 3220.

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.
Some end of year information
There are a couple of really good options for donations to the museum that will benefit your tax situation. It’s best to consult your accountant – but here are two really good ideas: Note, a special measure in the CARES Act (the coronavirus relief bill) allows taxpayers to take an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations beginning in 2020. This means, even if you take the standard deduction, you can still claim up to $300 in donations for 2020 when you file your taxes in 2021. AND If you donated to any arts, heritage or humanities nonprofits in Oregon this year, you can double your impact for FREE through the Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit. More information on their website. CLICK HERE! This short video can explain the system – it’s from last year but it’s still the same information for 2019.
How to: The Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit
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 $24.29. 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…. Cooking is an art. Cooking can be art. See for yourself!
Pie art: One baker's delicious designs
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G St, Grants Pass, OR 97528

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