Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Begin at the Beginning

2015 Absolute Beginner’s Supply list

Simply Simmons Brushes- 1” flat, #8 and #12 round - $4.50 each or other inexpensive brushes that Beaux Art Supply has.

Koi Watercolor palette with paint, 24 colors - $30.00 or bring your own watercolors and palette  If you purchase the Koi palette, also buy a small tube of burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue.

Drawing pencil or mechanical pencil, kneaded eraser, sketch book or sketch paper

Water container, spray bottle, paper towels, masking tape

1 Thick foam core board  (18”x24”)  About $18.00

1 large sheet of watercolor paper 140 lb D’Arches cold press. (bright white)

Pebeo masking fluid and a small #6 Simply Simmons/inexpensive brush

You can purchase supplies from Beaux Arts located next to Frames of Florence in the Coastal Fitness plaza.  If Jil and Jo don’t have some of the supplies they will order them for you.   

We will be painting and drawing from a still life and photos which I will supply.

Absolute Beginners Class with Carole Hillsbery

When:  Thursdays, Oct 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Time:    10am-1pm
Cost:    $100 for 4 for classes
Where:  Creekside Gallery and Studio
             4020 Munsel Creek Dr., Florence

Good Morning,
Carole Hillsbery gave a free "Come check Me Out" watercolor demonstration in mid-August.  We had a great response and Carole had many people sign up for the September series of her Absolute Beginner's classes.  As a matter of fact, we had so many interested that we've opened up another session beginning October 8th and continuing for 3 more Thursdays.  We've got a couple of spots open if you or a friend are interested in this beginning watercolor class.  I've included a registration form and a supply list just in case.
Let me know if you are interested.  Questions?  Call me at 541-997-8676 or email me.

Absolute Beginners Watercolor Class
Florence, Oregon

 Registration Form
Name ____________________________________________________________
Phone (_____)____________________________E‐Mail____________________

Date:   Thursdays, Oct. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Time:   10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost:    $100
Location:  Creekside Gallery and Studio, 4020 Munsel Creek Dr.,  Florence, Or.

Send the completed registration form and check to:
Charlene Wilson, P O Box 1173, Florence, Oregon  97439

Questions:  email Charlene at: or call 541-997-8676.

Check out Carole’s website:

View her work at:

Mind Power Gallery, Reedsport, Or
Backstreet Gallery, Florence, Or
Earthworks Gallery, Yachats, Or
Artist Co-op, Lincoln City, Or


Calling, Calling, Calling


After its summer hiatus (and a SurveyMonkey poll to find out what people wanted), traditional music sessions are back at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave., North Bend, on Wednesdays. The sessions have been divided into an Irish session and a contra session.

Irish Session – First Wednesday 7-9 pm
Contra Session – Third Wednesday 7-9 pm
Old-Time Session – Fifth Wednesday 7-9 pm (there's a fifth Wednesday four times a year)

All held at Liberty Pub, these will be open sessions for intermediate to advanced musicians with experience playing traditional dance music. The pace will be lively, and melody players will lead tunes or tune sets from their own repertoires. Musicians play from memory or by ear and over time a common repertoire will be fostered. Because the chord structure of many tunes can be ambiguous, chances of two backup players picking the same chords is very small. For this reason, we limit to only one strummed backup instrument playing at a time. [String players can pick a melody along with the fiddles/flutes etc.) One drummer/rhythm percussion player at a time.

If you go here: you will find the sheet music and audio files to build up your repertoire for these sessions. There's a primer on how sessions work, too.

These are instrumental sessions. Got a pub song? Come to the sing-along on second Sundays, 4-6 p.m., at the North Bend Library, and teach it to us!

Daunted by the prospect of playing by ear or from memory? After Folk Week, we're going to start yet another session for those who like to play from music. Best of all, it'll be at a non-pub location so people under 21 can attend.

Our first dance of the season is 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at Greenacres Grange. Caller is Ron Bell-Roemer of Bend; band is the lively and talented Rhy and Jackleen Thornton, yay! Want to learn more about contra dancing? Go to

Our first international folk dance of the season is 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at Greenacres Grange. Want to learn more about international folk dancing? Go to

4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, North Bend Public Library. More info about the sing-along:

Seriously, if you don't know about South Coast Folk Week by now, where have you been? Go here to learn all about it: Then mark your calendar for Oct. 4-10. There are workshops for song leaders, dancers, musicians, and aspiring callers. There are also public sing-alongs and contra dances. Admission to everything is by donation, but we'll soon open Eventbrite registration for the workshops so that we have an idea of how many people are coming. But really, just showing up is fine. Who are you bringing? Because if you bring a friend who has never been to a contra dance to a Folk Week event, you'll both get a free ticket to the October or November contra dance.

You can renew your membership at any Folk Society event, but why not do it online and avoid the line? Go here:

Believe it or not, I try to make the newsletter as short as possible. See you at an event!

Gail Elber

Turned Inside Out

Self-referential, socially conscious, powerfully expressive, the art by Oregon's state prisoners is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the incarcerated and newly paroled. The men whose work is on display see and comment on the society as well as their own condition, and find a way to communicate with the outside world through their work. Beautiful and tough, complex, challenging and referencing a wide variety of styles and themes, their paintings and drawings are voices from a place most of us never see. Guest curated by Victoria Tierney, “Inside/Outside: Oregon State Prison Artists” runs from September 1st - 30th at the Bandon Library Art Gallery. There will be a reception in the Sprague Room on September 3rd 5-8 pm; music by Mark Tierney and Pete Radabaugh

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Plus Sign

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Stephanie Donaldson
August 31, 2015                                                                     Director of Art Education
                                                                                                Coos Art Museum
                                                                                                (541) 267-3901 ext. 105

Title:                            “Watercolors Plus!” with Liv Drahos
What:                          watercolor classes
Dates:                          Thursdays, October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2015
Time:                           10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Age Range:                 adults only
Skill Level:                  some watercolor experience to advanced
Media:                         mixed media (primary focus on watercolor)
Where:                         Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Cost:                           $90 CAM members / $115 non-members
Materials Included?    No
Registration Ends:      October 14, 2015
For more info:             call (541) 267-3901 or email

Join Liv Drahos for a five-week session of watercolor classes titled “Watercolors Plus!” taking place at Coos Art Museum Thursdays, October 22 through November 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Through the incorporation of various media and applied surface textures, participants will explore new ways to enhance areas of interest in their watercolor paintings. Instruction provided to intermediate and advanced watercolorists includes techniques to add excitement and mystery to artwork.

The cost is $90 for CAM members or $115 for non-members (materials not included). Class size is limited to 12 participants. Registration ends October 14, 2015. For registration go to or visit Coos Art Museum at 235 Anderson in Downtown Coos Bay.


Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie Donaldson
Director of Art Education
p. (541) 267-3901 ext. 105

Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson
Coos Bay, OR 97420
p. (541) 267-3901
f. (541) 267-4877
Hours of Operation:
Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Museum Admission:
$5 general admission
$2 for students (K-12), seniors (60 & above) and veterans
Free to CAM Members

Friday, August 28, 2015

Get Real

A showing and studio sale of the paintings, photographs and collages of Gan Martin and his daughter Ferne Martin on August 30th at Black Market Gourmet.  A public reception will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday August 30th.  The show will remain hanging at Black Market Gourmet through the end of October. 

Gan Martin (1937-2004) was born and raised in Buhl. Idaho.  He lived and worked in Coos Bay for over 40 years where he was the visual merchandiser for "The Hub" department store, owner and operator of the GEM Sign Company and eventually focused on his art full time.  His education in the arts included study at the Chicago Art Academy, Willamette University and Portland Art Museum School as well as workshops and mentor relationships in the art community.  Martin's understanding of composition and his fascination with detail and expressive color makes his works both vibrant and timeless.

Ferne Martin was born and raised in Coos Bay.  She left the area to attend college in Alaska and remained there, teaching for approximately 15 years.  She now lives in Northern California where she teaches math and science to middle school students.  While many of her photos  are printed directly from their raw images, her greatest enjoyment comes from the manipulation and layering of images to create collage-type images that emphasize contrasts both physically and conceptually.  

Please plan to join us on Sunday August 30th for complimentary hors d'eouvre and no-host bar.  

Jardin Kazaar
Kristin Hoefer
Black Market Gourmet
495 Central Ave. 
Coos Bay, OR 97520
Fax: 541.269.0195

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