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SOAR Welcomes Artist Amber Martinez!

Orange Bird on Damask, original acrylic on canvas by Amber Martinez

Orange Bird on Damask, original acrylic on canvas by Amber Martinez

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is pleased to welcome contemporary artist Amber Martinez to the Visual Artists directory! Amber is a Southern Oregon artist who has painted on walls from Oregon to Cambodia. She believes in affordable, accessible art and enjoys creating large, bold paintings in contemporary styles, as well as classic portraits, landscapes and drawings. She received her training at Southern Oregon Art School and Rogue Community College, as well as private lessons.

Amber’s contact information and links can be found in her new listing HERE. Please take a moment to check it out and visit her links. We will also be syndicating Amber’s blog here at Art Matters! You can view her previously published posts by finding her under the Contributed Posts menu tab above. We look forward to seeing her new posts come in as she has news to share with Southern Oregon…and the world! When in Medford, you can currrently see her work at the American Mercantile, 1314 Court Street, Booth 19.

 

Let’s get to know what’s behind Amber’s art…in her own words:

I believe strongly in giving back to the community and to the world I live in…as the old saying goes, “We can all eat an elephant if we all take a bite!” Well, I’m not interested in eating any elephants but I AM eager to do my part to make the world a better place to live for all people by sharing a bit of everything I receive with those who need it most.

One of the ways I have done this is by teaching a free community art class for Junior High and High School age students once a week as an after school program. The goal of this class was to offer a place to come for all students after school and participate in something that builds confidence and enriches self-esteem, builds friendship, offers a constructive use of their free time, and in the long run increases art appreciation in our community. This class was free of charge and open to all students of Junior High and High School age, offered one day per week at Joy Christian Fellowship in Medford. This class was  part of Circle Youth Ministries Youth Center Community Outreach program…check out all the great things they are doing at http://www.circleyouth.com/.

Another exciting opportunity to give back through my art is by donating the proceeds from the sales of selected works of art to those in need. I spent almost two years doing volunteer work at a nonprofit organization in Cambodia called New Life Foundation, which is affiliated with New Life Fellowship of Churches. They are making a huge difference in the lives of the Cambodian people in over 50 villages. I was able to spend a lot of time in some of the villages, building relationships with many of the families and children whose lives have been changed by the generosity of individuals like you and I. My work also had me spending much time “behind the scenes” of the organization, and I was able to see firsthand how they handle the financial and administrative side of things which built my trust in their integrity. Check out their website at http://www.cambodiaoutreach.org/.

I will occasionally offer paintings for sale exclusively for raising funds for New Life Foundation in Cambodia, and 100% of the proceeds of  these sales will be donated. Additionally, I have donated artwork in the past to organizations when used for a good cause…in 2010, I donated three original paintings to a group raising funds to send relief to Haiti. They were able to sell the paintings at a benefit auction and donate the funds. Please feel free to contact me if you would like art donated for a good cause!

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