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Museum News Mid-October 2020

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Announcing the Membership Exhibit 2020
The exhibition department has decided to try and have a membership exhibit this year. It will be different from those in the past. We will only be able to display one piece of art per member and there is a limit of 60 pieces for the exhibit. Here’s how it will work: Contact the museum and make a reservation to bring in your artwork. We will be able to have two people in the museum every 15 minutes to finalize paperwork and pay the hanging fee. ($20) Dates for art drop off are: November 5 (Thursday) from noon until 3pm November 6 (Friday) from noon until 3pm November 7 (Saturday) from 10am – 1pm You can call and reserve your time slot now. The end of the reservation period is October 23. This is a first come first served situation so don’t delay. CALL 541-479-3290 Leave a message if we are not at the museum to answer – we will call you back. There are still size restrictions as usual – no art can be larger than 36″ wide x 48″ long (outside frame dimensions).
The proposed exhibit dates are from November 12 through December 18. Art pick up will be December 19 (Saturday) and December 20 (Sunday) from noon until 4pm both days.
If you are an artist and you need financial help
The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, has just launched a statewide Artist Relief Program. The Artist Relief Program provides relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals (or other activities with a stipend), events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities. We are making efforts to reach artists across Oregon, and specifically artists from traditionally or currently underserved and under-resourced communities, including communities of color and rural communities. The applications will be reviewed by panels of arts professionals. The application opened October 16 with a deadline of November 10. The grant guidelines and link to the application are on the Arts Commission website. The guidelines include information about the program, the application questions and the criteria that panelists will use to review applications. 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 December 31, 2020. (Supported disciplines: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); Dance (including choreography); Music (composition and music performance); Theatre and Performance Art; Folk & Traditional Arts; Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); Design Arts; and Media Arts.)CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
Almeda Fire Resources for Artists
We all know about the Almeda fire that ravaged our area, particularly the towns of Talent and Phoenix, just a month ago. What not everyone knows is that there were many artists who lived there since they couldn’t afford to rent in Ashland but needed to remain close to the galleries. And when an artist’s home burns down, they not only lose their abode and all their belongings like everyone else, but their tools of trade AND their entire life’s work of art. Click the image to find out more about who needs help and who can help.
A few words from Kristen O’Neill
It was October of 2015 when I first started volunteering for GPMA, and shortly after became the Administrative Assistant. I love my job and being part of the art community. This is a very special place we have here, and its filled with the best people. During my time at the museum I have become a Gallery One artist, taught several thousand students, developed friendships, helped with exhibitions and events, and so much more. When I first brought my daughters to the museum they were only one and six years old. Now my oldest is in middle school, and my youngest is now the six year old!   For the school year, as things currently are, I will be staying at home with my girls to help them with their remote schooling. It is with mixed emotions that I will only be working Saturdays for the museum. I look forward to spending more time with my daughters, Eirin, wants to learn how to cook more (yes!) and Kaitlyn is loving the super-power of learning how to read. I am also glad to continue as the assistant here at the museum. This place truly is a gem. I am so thankful to work in the arts and for an organization that has always been so thoughtful of my needs and has always made me feel valued. I look forward to both the extra time at home, having more time for my own artistic practice, and to then eventually return to working full-time at the museum again.
A small sampling of Kristen’s art – see more in Gallery One and you can find even more on her website:
Heceta Head Oregon Coast Trail Series Starry Night Over Grants Pass
A few family photos with Kristen, Eirin, and Kaitlyn
Eirin, comparing the size of her head with a dahlia Kaitlyn doing homework
Kristen, Eirin, and Kaitlyn at last year’s membership exhibit Kaitlyn showing Nancy Clark her entry in last year’s membership exhibit
Current Exhibition
Our permanent collection has been gathered over many years. It is extremely diverse and totally interesting. Each year we try and show off some of the art. We always have some pieces from the collection in the halls and stairwell.
If you can not come to the museum in person, here’s a link to see the exhibit in a virtual format. You can move the pictures with your mouse. CLICK HERE
A new fundraising idea for the museum
Over time many people have donated art to the museum. Much of the art has been included in the permanent collection but some of the art is available for purchase. We typically offered the art as part of our silent auctions at Black, White, & the Blues. However, we will not be having BWB in 2021, so this is an alternate idea. We have just opened a new eBay account and are offering two unique items – A Bev Doolittle signed print and a hand signed limited edition serigraph by Leroy Neiman. If you are interested and/or curious, click on the eBay logo and you will be transported to the listings.
Huge thanks for monetary help
We have been very fortunate. We have received emergency funding from the following organizations. With their help and the help of many community members, the museum has been “safe” during the pandemic. We do need to continually receive funds for current needs and future programs. Please help if you can. We appreciate your support!
The Red Backpack Fund is managed by Global Giving.
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.
The owners of Shoefly, Sydney and Alan, have been very busy remodeling the interior of their new store. You will not recognize it! They plan on being open 100% by Halloween. Check out some of the shoes that will be available in their window display. They carry shoes for women and girls. This is very exciting news.
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 are 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!
If you get this far….
I was wandering around in YouTube, trying to find a perfect video for this newsletter. There were lots of things about art and hope but they were either too old or too long. Then I stumbled on this one. It is from a long time ago – and some of you may have seen it. It’s worth watching again. And somehow, it has great meaning for our time.
The Power of Words

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