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H.K. Freeman’s husbandry of her medium

I collect spoors, molds and fugus. —Egon Spengler In the fungus among us, H.K. Freeman sees a world suffused with seemingly chaotic but purposeful mystery. That alone marks her as someone worthy of attention. Fascination with things almost everyone else ignores or shuns, for me, is a springboard for originality in visual art. She is […]

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7th annual Angels Show 2019 Coming Soon!

2019 Angels show poster

Southern Oregon Artists Resource and Art Presence Art Center announce the 7th Annual Angels Show coming soon!

Originally the brainchild of Mary Kell, co-owner of the GoodBean Coffee Company, and curated by Hannah West, founder of Southern Oregon Artists Resource, the Angels show has become a beloved part of the Victorian Christmas celebration in Jacksonville, Oregon. Some have even said it’s become their FAVORITE part of Christmas in Jacksonville! The first-ever exhibition of angel art in southern Oregon got its start at the GoodBean Cafe and was displayed there for 5 consecutive years.

Things change, and we have to change with them. The GoodBean’s management decided to fall back to a permanent installation of historical photos, augmented with seasonally updated mural-size photography by David Gibb. That left no room for the angels, so we had to find them a new home. Fortunately, Art Presence Art Center was in the process

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Free Art Presentation to Benefit Climate Action

Catie Faryl: Painting from the Digging out from the Dirty Decade collection, by Catie Faryl

Babel and Blood Moons, 2015 Painting from the Digging Out from the Dirty Decades collection, by Catie Faryl

Digging Out From the Dirty Decades 1999–2019 Art Presentation to Benefit Climate Action Featuring an inspiring art slide show with humorous observations by West Coast Artist Catie Faryl. Sunday November 17th two free shows – 3 pm & 5 pm (30 minutes each) Bellview Grange 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland, Oregon Artwork will be for sale at discount prices to benefit Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance & Project Drawdown Climate Actions On Sunday November 17th, West Coast Artist Catie Faryl will be sharing her recent art collection, “Digging Out from the Dirty Decades,” at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland, Oregon. There will be two half-hour art slide presentations, one at 3 pm and one at 5 pm, during which Catie will discuss her art and commentary on

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Ed Clark, 1926-Oct. 18, 2019

I discovered this magnificent painting at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum on a visit late last month to Detroit. I recognized the artist when I saw it from a distance only because I’d recently discovered him after news of his death. I felt like Art Brut singing about their ignorance about The Replacements: “How […]

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Arts Action Alert! Please take two minutes to send your message to your U.S. Senators

As negotiations are ongoing to finish up FY 2020 funding, it is vital to call on U.S. Senate appropriators to include these remaining pro-arts funding levels in the final legislation. This includes: Bipartisan Senate passage of FY 2020 spending package that included the Interior Appropriations bill. Education bill—includes arts education grant funds and a provision calling for maintaining a federal "report card" in arts education Defense Department bill—includes language supporting creative arts therapies for service members Veterans Department bill—includes language supporting creative arts therapies and $5 million for veterans Justice Department bill—includes a provision supporting inclusion of arts-specific intervention strategies for juvenile justice programs Please take two minutes to send your message to your U.S. Senators. Thank you for taking action to support these end-of-year funding priorities.

Hello Arts Advocate,

While fiscal year (FY) 2020 began on Oct. 1, the U.S. Congress must still pass the 12 appropriation bills to fund the government through Sept. 30, 2020 (the government is currently operating under a continuing resolution [CR] through Nov. 21). At least one of your U.S. Senators sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee. They need to hear from you now about your support for robust federal arts funding and how it supports your community and state.

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed their version of the Interior Appropriations bill by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 84 – 9, that included $2 million in increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)! You may recall that the U.S. House bill, approved earlier this summer, provided a $12.5 million increase in funding to those agencies.

These positive results

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NAMI SO Announces Poster Contest for annual Mental Health Film Fest

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) would like to announce an art contest for our poster for the next annual Mental Health Film Fest:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Artists:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon (NAMI SO) would like to announce an art contest for our poster for the next annual Mental Health Film Fest:

NAMI SO Film Fest Poster artwork competition: as a fun way to involve the artists in our community, the NAMI SO Film Fest Committee wants to invite you to submit two-dimensional art pieces for consideration for the 2020 film fest poster! The winner will get to see their artwork all over Jackson and Josephine counties and will receive special mention in the programs and two tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Season!

This is a great way to show how art is relevant to mental health. The composition should be easy-to-identify, somehow connecting with the theme of mental health, and it should be a positive message of hope, help and recovery. A big ask? Maybe. But

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Do you like croissants? In Paris? 💌🐩

Christina and Anna, founders of Deep Travel Workshops, have taken groups around the world on art and writing tours and are experienced travelers, guides, sense of humorians and lovely people. You are in good hands. I am your art guide. Painting, art supplies, sketching, anything at all around visually documenting this journey. We'll be using gouache and/or watercolor on this trip (easy, portable, great results perfect for all levels. No experience necessary!) Please email me if you have any art supply questions. The preview mini guide is here with details, cost, dates and more.

Carpe Diem Papers News! November at home….but April in Paris?

I hope this finds you very well and enjoying the season. It’s been a particularly beautiful autumn here in southern Oregon. Before the holiday hustle really takes hold…imagine this.

Springtime in Paris. Specifically, April 4-10 2020…in Paris. Cafés, museums, galleries, boat ride along the Seine, eclectic Parisian shops, French food, vintage book stalls, cafés , la patisserie, staying in the Marais and…painting your journey as you go. Sound merveilleux? My friends at Deep Travel Workshops are hosting this unique one week trip next April. My role in this incredible journey? Art instructor, guide, painting enthusiast, cheerleader and all round biggest fan of giving yourself this gift of art, time, creativity and community.

The itinerary is taking shape, the group is small and we are so excited to share this trip! Tell me more s’il vous plaît….?

During our week

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Paris in April: An Artist Life Workshop

I’m not sure what is more exciting, painting in Paris, sitting in a café in Paris, roaming the gorgeous streets with no other purpose than experiencing beauty and architecture, sitting in a park absorbing life and culture, visiting world renowned galleries, shops and museums or….visually documenting all this in the beauty and comfort of a […]

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Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, November 1st 2019 from 5 to 8 pm

Lindy Kehoe, “Durgalina,” mixed media painting

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions First Friday Art Walk, November 1st from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Venture further to explore out-skirting galleries! Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

November Spotlight Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery “Color Notes” oil painting on linen by Jenay Elder

Artist Jenay Elder resides in Southern Oregon. Her impressionistic oil paintings are known for their textured notes of color, representational quality and their sensitive subject matter. Jenay sold her first Monet inspired, impressionistic landscape online at the age of fifteen in 2001 and has been making and selling art ever since. Her artwork can be found

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2020 A Taste of Ashland Poster Art Competition

2019 a taste of ashland poster, 2020 A Taste of Ashland Poster Art Competition

Ashland Gallery Association 2020 A Taste of Ashland Poster Art Competition

The Ashland Gallery Association is seeking artwork for its 2020 A TASTE OF ASHLAND event. All southern Oregon artists are encouraged to submit images of their work. AGA Gallery, Associate, and Neighboring Arts Organization members may also submit images for artists they represent. Artists are not required to be AGA Members to submit artwork.

The winner will be publicized in the 2020 Ashland Gallery Guide, the ‘Taste’ Event Guide, on the AGA website, and on ‘Taste’ promotional materials including the poster, postcard, and social media. The Ashland Gallery Guide is distributed to about10,000 patrons of the arts each year. The Event Guide is distributed to about 1,000.

The winning poster artist will receive 2 weekend tickets to 2020 A Taste of Ashland.

Submission deadline: December 5, 2019. The poster

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