Friday, September 12, 2014

Fair, Fare Fairs

What:        Artist for Art Fair
When:       Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where:      Old Town Reedsport – Fir Avenue (Also known as Highway 38)
Who:         Coastal Douglas Arts & Business Alliance (CDABA)
Contact:     Kathleen Miller (271-2101)

Announcing Artists for Art Fair

CDABA is pleased to announce that there are more than 20 artists signed up to participate in this year’s 2nd Annual Art FairThe event will be held in old downtown Reedsport, Oregon from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Artists, crafters, authors, photographers, and others with original or hand crafted items were been invited to participate.

The artists scheduled for this year’s event are:  Susan Allison, A`eron Blackman, Bev Jarrett Doane, Kathy Elfers, Tamara Flores, Kelly Froats, Nina Foran Gee, Lois Harris, Sharon Hatter, Sandra Key, Laura Moore, Jay Norton, Liz Nelson, Nicole Piper-Ryan, Kristi Roelle, Rosemary Russell, Beebe Slater, Ronda Smith, Sherry Stein, and Katherine Wilson.  Members of the Dunes Art Club and the Thursday evening library Yarn Group will also be participating.  These artists will be presenting art in a variety of mediums, such as oil and water color paintings; pen & inks; photographs; bird feeders and other items made with glass, wine bottles and Mason jars; felted wool items, including felted bars of soap; handmade dog treats; rainbow colored crayons; beaded jewelry; soapstone sculptures, crocheted items; handmade soaps and lotions; solar light fixtures; knitted doggie sweaters; and hand sewn items, such as aprons and napkins.  The galleries, Mindpower Gallery and ORCA Gallery, and many local businesses along Highway 38 will also be participating by being open and sharing displays.

CDABA is supported through fundraisers and community donations.  If you have a piece of art (new or secondary, in any medium) that you would like to donate for the CDABA booth during the Art Fair, contact Kathleen Miller at 271-2101 or by email at, or just bring it by the booth on September 20th).   

Coastal Douglas Arts & Business Alliance (CDABA) is a 503(c)(1) nonprofit whose programs and events are all coordinated by volunteers.  In addition to the an annual June Art Walk and the September Art Fair, CDABA organizes other art events, including receptions featuring local artists.  The next artist reception, a First Friday. . .Art is for Everyone event will be hosted by the Lower Umpqua Hospital on Friday, November 7, 2014 (5-7 pm) and will feature painter, Rose Burch, and fabric artist, Theresa Chickering.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Changing Changes

Hi everyone,

     There are 3 changes to Carole's email that was sent out last week--an addition, a change of fees for the plein air day, and a cancellation.

Hope to see you at at least one of Carole's offerings this fall.

First:     En Plein Air!  Come paint the the beautiful Florence docks with us!  It is supposed to be fantastic weather this Saturday! Saturday, September 13th is the day to plein air paint on the scenic Florence docks, weather permitting.  We will meet at the docks at 9:30 am. (I will collect fees at that time.)   We will set up either on the boardwalk or dock area to spend the day together. Carole will instruct and demo both in the morning and the afternoon.  She will also walk around and assist/comment/instruct/encourage as long as you're within a close proximity of her. Cost is $50.   Lunch is on your own. Please register by email and if you can't make it that morning, be kind, and please let me know as soon as possible.
Second:  Come Check Me Out!  Announcing an Absolute Beginner's Watercolor Class.  Carole will paint a fun loose watercolor demonstrating the various watercolor techniques and bright beautiful colors she uses.  She will also start with the basics:  what materials to purchase and where, a discussion of what watercolor is all about, terminology, color washes, mixing etc.  It's a relaxed time to ask questions, and take pictures.  The first class is Free and you will not have to paint.  No Pressure!
      Carole has set up Thursday, October 16th  from 1:00 - 3:00 pm for prospective students to come to Carole's home studio to explore this wonderful exciting medium.
     There is a limit of 12 interested people so email Charlene Wilson at or call 541-997-8676 to reserve your space.  Future classes will be held on Thursday afternoons October 30th, November 6th, 13th, and 20th,  from 1:00 - 4:00.  Cost is $100 for 4 sessions.
 Third:  October 4th:  Carole has cancelled  the demonstration at the FRAA's demARTS  due to her watercolor "Barnum and Bailey" acceptance into the WSO show.  She will be in Medford at the Watercolor Society of Oregon's big gathering.
 Fourth:  "Painting the Oregon Coast---Fog, Wind, Waves, and Water" Watercolor Workshop
has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th.  Cost is $150.  Send in your registration early for this wonderful informative and fun workshop.  We live in Oregon so we might as well learn to paint the beautiful moist blue grays of our foggy winter days. Carole will be painting on canvas but you may choose to paint on either your watercolor paper or watercolor canvas.
     Looking ahead:  Painting Watercolor Canvas:  Wet, Wild, and Bold at the Emerald Art Center, Springfield, Oregon, February 10 - 12, 2015.  Write the date on your calendar and more information to come.
     Please "like" Carole on Facebook:  Carole Hillsbery watercolor to see Carole's new artwork, her schedule of classes, student artwork, etc.

     You can view Carole's work at the Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, Backstreet Gallery in Florence, the Mind Power Gallery in Reedsport, or on her website:

      Carole is a national award winning artist and a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Arizona Watercolor Association, and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.   
     Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested in exploring watercolor this summer.  Thank you.  Questions?  Email me at
Cheers, and keep those brushes wet!

On a Sunday Or a Monday ya can't do it right ain't ya glad we got Saturday night

Contra dance this Saturday, Sept. 13
At Greenacres Grange at 7 p.m. Caller: Ron Bell-Roemer of Bend. Band: The Outstanding Open Band. Admission: General $7, students w/ID and seniors over 60 $6, members $5, and supervised children under 6 free.  First-timers who arrive in time for the 7 p.m. lesson will receive a ticket for free admission to their second dance. The dances are alcohol- and fragrance-free. For more information call 541-572-5370 or visit or find the South Coast Folk Society on Facebook. It'll be Rotary Night -- we distributed some discount passes to Rotary Club members, so make them feel welcome.

Second Sunday Sing-Along
Sunday, Aug. 14, 4-6 p.m., at the North Bend Library. We've got the Rise Up Singing songbooks. Singers, guitarists and pianists welcome!

Celtic Session
First and third Wednesdays (Sept. 17) at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave, North Bend. Play or listen!

International Folk Dance Friday, Sept. 26
Starts at 7 p.m., Greenacres Grange. Teaching, followed by requests. Admission is $4, or $3 for members of SCFS. Is there a specific dance you’d like to learn? It’s great fun having a variety of people share in the teaching – is there a specific dance you’d like to teach?

For more information about any of the above events, such as directions to Greenacres Grange, visit

Learn to Folk Dance
A fall semester folk dance class started Tuesday, September 9 with dance instructor Stacy Rose. The class is held at Harding Learning Center, 755 S. 7th, St., Coos Bay, from 7-9 pm. It's a beginning level class, so no experience is needed. Most of the dances are circle or line dances, so no partners are needed. Learning dances from around the world - enjoy very cool music; meet really nice people; it's good for the body and mind. 10 week session is $50, or you can drop in. Looking for a fun, new exercise option? Give it a try - the first class for people new to folk dancing is free. For more information, call 541.808.1002.

South Coast Folk Week Needs Event Coordinators!
Our Country Dance and Song Society tour stop in October 2015 has been christened Folk Week, and it needs your help. Attached is the schedule of events. If an event appears in red, someone has already volunteered to coordinate it. Please pick out an event that appears in black and volunteer to coordinate it by emailing Remember, the events are led by visiting instructors -- you just have to coordinate the event (assigning tasks to volunteers, setting up the room, whatever). For more information about Folk Week, visit On that page, please check out the list of things we need, like ambassadors to speak to community groups, community groups to speak to, and testimonials about how much you like traditional music and dance. 

Other Things
- All acoustic musicians and listeners are welcome to the monthly First Friday Jam at 7 p.m. at the Farwest Hall on Hwy 42S in Bandon. It typically features a mix of old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic tunes. 
- Bandon's session is happening at a private home this Friday to avoid the Cranberry Festival. Find "The Local Session" on Facebook to see where.
- Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers, District 5 — Third Saturday of month: 1-3 p.m. with jam afterward, Winchester Bay Community Center. 541-759-3419.

Gail Elber, Secretary
South Coast Folk Society

Friday, September 5, 2014

Barn to Dance

Our first dance of the new Contra Dance season features a great caller from Bend, OR.  His name is Ron Bell-Roemer and dancers here love the way he calls.
Music will be provided by our own South Coast Outstanding Open Band, This band features some of the most talented musicians from Coos and Curry Counties, and their music is wonderful to dance to.
Thanks for all your help last year. 
Looking forward to another year of lively dancing with your help.
Here is our press release.  A copy is attached in PDF format.
Call me at 541-572-5370 if you have any questions.
Paul Poresky for the South Coast Folk Society.

From: South Coast Folk Society
Subject: South Coast Community Contra Dance
When: Saturday Evening, September 13, from 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Where: Greenacres Grange Hall, 93393 Greenacres Lane, Coos Bay, OR
Guest Caller: Ron Bell-Roemer from Bend, Oregon
Big Contra Dance September 13 in Greenacres
The South Coast Folk Society will host a big public Contra Dance at the Greenacres Grange Hall on Saturday evening, September 13.  Singles, couples and families are all welcome. The fun begins at 7PM with dance instruction.  Ron Bell-Roemer of Bend will teach the simple steps and patterns of this exciting way to dance to live music.  The dances are so easy to learn that all levels of experience will enjoy dancing together, and Ron is a great teacher.  He will go on to call a variety of interesting dances throughout the evening.
Music for our September dance will be provided by The Outstanding Open Band, a vibrant collection of charismatic musicians from the South Coast.  They will play lively, energizing dance tunes until 10PM.  The program includes contras, circle mixers, and a waltz or two.  First timers who arrive in time for the 7PM lesson will receive a ticket for free admission to their second dance.  This event is alcohol and fragrance free.  Put on your dancing shoes and join us.
The Second-Saturday Contra Dance is sponsored by the non-profit Folk Society.   Refreshments are available during the dance.  Doors open at 6:45PM.  Admission: General $7, Students w/ID and Seniors over 60 $6, Members $5, and Supervised Children under 6 are free. For more information call 541-572-5370 or visit  or Facebook.

The South Coast Folk Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment, and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music, and song

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Dear Friends and Members of CAM,
If you want a fun experience, try painting watercolor on Yupo paper.  I am a beginner painter and I really loved the effect of the watercolor and the paper.  You’ll love working with Pat Cink!
Reserve your spot today!
From: Stephanie Donaldson []
Sent: Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:50 AM
To: Stephanie Donaldson
Subject: For Immediate Release: Advanced Techniques for Painting Watercolor on Yupo Paper
For Immediate Release                                              Contact: Stephanie Donaldson
September 4, 2014                                                     Director of Art Education
                                                                                    Coos Art Museum
                                                                                    (541) 267-3901 ext. 105
Advanced Techniques for Painting Watercolor on Yupo Paper
Title:                            Advanced Techniques for Painting Watercolor on Yupo Paper
What:                          watercolor class
Dates:                          Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time:                           1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Age Range:                  adults only
Skill Level:                   all skill levels (*beginners are welcome for an advanced start to painting on Yupo paper)
Media:                         watercolor on Yupo paper
Where:                        Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR
Cost:                            $55 CAM members / $60 non-members
For more info:             call (541) 267-3901 or email

Sharpen your watercolor skills at Coos Art Museum on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Whether you need to loosen up or get control, Advanced Techniques for Painting Watercolor on Yupo Paper will help you move beyond that place where your picture is just not becoming a painting.  An interactive time is planned with Pat Cink.  She will demonstrate some of her own ways of working on Yupo and supervise participants as they play with the media, all the while considering what makes a painting a painting. 
Media: Watercolor on Yupo paper. Skill level: All skill levels. Beginners are welcome for an advanced start to painting on Yupo paper.  Age Range: Adults only. 6 participants min. / 12 max. The fee is $55 for CAM members / $60 non-members. For registration form visit or contact the Art Education Dept. at (541) 267-3901 or

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tasteful Watercolors arrive at Black Market Gourmet

The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) 49th annual aqueous media exhibit Traveling Show will be on exhibit at Black Market Gourmet from September 4th to 30th. The public is invited to the Opening reception on Sunday, September 7th  from 2 to 4 pm. The venue is located at 495 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, and the exhibit is open Tuesday through Friday 11 am to 6 pm, (subject to catering schedules) or by appointment.

This collection of the 20 award-winning works was selected from the 80 works juried into WSO's annual Spring Exhibition by California artist and juror Robert Burridge. The Traveling Show tours Oregon for five months and will conclude at this location.

Co-Owner of Black Market Gourmet, Kristin Hoefer, states, "We're pleased to present this diverse selection of outstanding original water media works, and share them with art lovers, diners, and visitors to our region.

The WSO has a long tradition of featuring many of Oregon's finest water media painters, working in a broad spectrum of styles from traditional themes to semi-abstract visions, from portraits to celebrations of nature. Each artist demonstrates an advanced facility to interpret their subjects in dynamic compositions with highly personalized color palettes and brush strokes".

WSO is a statewide non-profit watercolor organization in its 49th year, with over 900 members.  The society is committed to furthering the interest of aqueous watermedia, which includes watercolor and acrylic paintings, by providing educational opportunities both for its members and others interested in the visual arts. Visit their website at to learn more about WSO exhibitions and activities.

For further viewing information, you may contact Kristin Hoefer at 541 269-0194.