Monday, May 2, 2016

Nessie sightings

COOS BAY — Try something new or connect with your ancient heritage at the South Coast Celtic Fest this Saturday, May 7, in Empire Hall at Southwestern Oregon Community College. It’s a day of culture and fun from the Celtic nations — Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Man, Cornwall, Brittany  (in France) and Galicia (in Spain).

This year’s festival features The Fire Inside, a Celtic band from the Seattle area, and Two Rivers Morris, a group from Eugene that performs Morris dancing, a lively traditional dance form from the British Isles.

Starting at 10 a.m. there’ll be 19 hands-on workshops in music, crafts and history. Bring an instrument and learn some new tunes. Try Scottish dancing, learn to play the bodhran, sing a pub song or write a song of your own. Make a bracelet or learn how to travel off the beaten path in Ireland and Scotland. Kids can listen to stories, learn a dance, make a woolen sheep or bring their violin and learn Irish fiddling. 

The evening concert at 7 p.m. will feature a grand entry by the Oregon Coast Pipe and Drum Band, followed by lively dancing by Two Rivers Morris, singing with Bill Mrkvicka and then the hot Irish and Scottish sounds of The Fire Inside. There’ll also be free Celtic music all day, plus a jam session for all comers at 5 p.m. Enjoy free craft demonstrations all day in the lobby and browse our vendors of CDs, jewelry and musical books and instruments. A Celtic buffet dinner will round out the experience. 

An all-workshops pass is $15 for adults and $5 for children, and tickets to the evening concert are $20. The Celtic buffet, presented by Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, is $7. The Celtic Fest is a benefit for the South Coast Folk Society, Coastal Celtic Society and Soroptimist International of the Coos Bay Area. For complete workshop descriptions and ticket info, visit, find South Coast Celtic Fest on Facebook, or call 541-808-1773. Southwestern Oregon Community College is at 1988 Newmark Ave. in Coos Bay.

But wait -- there's more!

Sunday, May 8: Loch Ness Monster Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre, 229 S. Broadway, Coos Bay. $5. 4 p.m.: Family movie, "The Water Horse." 6 p.m.: Short films about the Loch Ness Monster, one of Scotland’s most intriguing mysteries. Vote on local favorites. Make a film and enter it to win; details at

Editors: More info: Gail Elber, 541-808-1773. Also, here’s a link to a Dropbox with high-res photos:

We also have lots of photos of workshops and whatnot. Call Gail if you need more.

Gail Elber
1918 N. 14th St.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

The Devil You Say

Shake Loose

What's the big Idea

Textile Paintings: A Fusion of Fabric and Paint

Paulette Landers, textile artist, is exhibiting her work


Pacific Park Gallery

Reception Friday, May 6, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Exhibit May 6 to July 25, 2016

Pacific Park Gallery
1957 Thompson Road
Coos Bay, OR  97420
(541) 756-1117
Hours:  Mon-Sat 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Ship Out

Ship of Fools 
An open invitation to exhibit on the Virtual Tart website during June 2016.

Theme "The Ship of Fools" - any interpretation, any medium, any size.

See the Wikipedia description for the origin of the term. I love it!

Just email jpg image(s) of up to 3 works to dale @ (remove spaces)

And a statement about how your work relates to the Ship of Fools theme. Send by mid-May, 2016.

Zero commission on any sales. Buyers will contact artists directly by email.

Fee: $12 per artwork if you can afford it. Less if you can't.

Images from 7 artists already in.
Bonnie Helm-Northover
Victoria, BC, Canada

Carl Fairweather
Hawera, New Zealand
Robert Craig
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mansa K. Mussa
Newark, NJ, USA
Georgie Raulerson
Boynton Beach, FL, USA
Dale Copeland
Puniho, Taranaki, New Zealand
Philippe Lemaire
Villeneuve d'Ascq, France


For payments, click here for
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Or post to:

Dale Copeland
7266 Surf Highway
RD 37 New Plymouth 4381
New Zealand
Or direct credit (if you're in NZ) to 15 3942 0699605 00

Thank you.

Friday, April 29, 2016


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Coos Art Museum, the Museum is hosting the 2016 Arts & Culture Rally & Charm Trail. The southern Oregon coast is rich in local Arts & Culture. Join us for a fun adventure as you visit seven coastal communities and 51 participating Arts & Culture venues.
This is a great way to enjoy the Southern Oregon Coast, have an adventure, get inspired, find a one-of-a-kind souvenir, participate in a quest and experience the local culture.
Rally begins April 30, 2016 and runs through December 31, 2016. Participants that visit all 50 sites and get their map stamped can return to Coos Art Museum and get a prize.

April 30, 2016 through December 31, 2016
Here’s how it works:
  • Pick up your bracelet and 2016 charm at Coos Art Museum for $5.00.
  • Visit each stop on the map and add other charms for $1.50 each.
  • Look for Blue Rally door signs at participating venues.
  • You can begin the rally at any stop on the map and progress in any order.
  • At each stop make sure to get your map stamped.
  • No purchase necessary to participate.
  • Rally Maps are a destination guide only and of no monetary value.
  • If you visit 50 stops on the map you can return to Coos Art Museum and get a prize.
  • You have until December 31, 2016 to complete the quest and claim a prize.
  • One prize per person, per map.
  • Share your adventure: #CoosArtMuseum, #ArtRally2016, #OregonCoast
Participating venues:
Pick up list and map at Coos Art Museum

Lead Follow or Get Out Of the Way

Title:    Follow the Leader with Jesse Reno
What:    painting workshop
Dates:    Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time:    10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Age Range:   adults and high school students
Skill Level:  all skill levels welcome
Media:   acrylic/mixed media
Where:   Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Workshop Fee:  $150 CAM members / $175 non-members
Registration Ends: June 11, 2016
For more info:  call (541) 267-3901 or email 

IN MORE DETAIL In this mixed media painting class students are guided through the ideas and process of Jesse Reno through a series of simple open ended instructions. The instructions are basic and the timing is quick for each step, this keeps things moving and fresh. The instruction will engage a variety of techniques using, brushes, marking tools, finger painting, closed eyes, continuous line, etc…Students will learn to understand that any move can be a good move as long as your moving and thinking. They will see that as long as they think in a basic compositional sense things come together in time with little stress. This is a great introduction to ideas and techniques for all skill levels. It's a great class for people who get stuck, don’t know what to paint, or those who just want to learn new open techniques to expand their own process. As in all my classes, the idea is not what you paint but why and how. By following through with a   random list of instructions and techniques, we learn to see how quick we can move when we are free, and how great accidents can be. It easier to make 7 mistakes than 1 perfect plan.  This class is organized in such a way that I give an instruction and then students are left to choose placement, likes and dislikes specific to their own works. So we all start with the same ideas and make them our own by choosing how to utilize or interpret them. Working quickly and freely we learn to see what we have done rather than what we intended to do which is quite often far more interesting then what we had first imagined. This is class is part guide, part lecture, very hands on and full of fun and stimulating ideas for artists of any level. Cost for the one day workshop is $150 for CAM members and $175 for non-members.  Registration ends June 11, 2016.  For online registration visit or contact the Art Education Dept. at (541) 267-3901.