Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Check Your Figures

Pacific Park Gallery – Located in Pacific Coast Medical Park
1957 Thompson Rd
Coos Bay, OR 97420
February 22, 2015
1 – 3
Figuratively Speaking
W.M. Ralston-Burger
Oil Paintings, sketches and Plein Air Works

Friday, February 13, 2015

Schooled Figures

MISA February Newsletter
Dear Susan,

If you're a photographer looking for a new adventure, then consider Madeline Island.  One amazing part of our workshops, is the opportunity for a sunset photo shoot of the world famous Apostle Island sea caves.  Centuries of freezing, thawing and wave action have sculpted these vaulted chambers and honeycombed passageways. 

Our unique Island destination with its nature scenes and quality of light, draws some of the most experienced instructors from major photography schools like Maine Media Photography Workshops and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Once you're back on campus, correct and enhance your photos in our photo lab which we keep open 24/7 for your use, and our private lodging is only steps away.

Below are a few workshops that you don't want to miss!  Check out our full schedule of 2015 Photography Workshops on our website.
Alison Shaw
June 22-26
2 spaces available

Vincent Versace
July 20-24

Dan Burkholder

Tony Sweet
August 24-28

If you have any questions we'd be delighted to help you find the photography workshop of your choice! You can contact us via email or call, 715.747.2054.

Be Inspired by Our Island Magic,

Madeline Island School of the Arts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Romance Dance


Here is our Public Service Announcement for our special Valentine Contra Dance on Saturday, February 14, at the Greenacres Grange Hall.
We have a fantastic caller for this dance, Stacy Rose, who loves to call interesting and lively dances, and the Mad Robin Band from Eugene is incredibly danceable.  It should be a wonderful evening for dancers of all ages.
Thank you for informing the public of this special Valentine's Day dance opportunity.
Paul Poresky for the South Coast Folk Society.
Please note that a PDF copy of our PSA is attached.

From: South Coast Folk Society
Subject: Coos County CONTRA DANCE
When: Saturday Evening, February 14, from 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Where: Greenacres Grange Hall, 93393 Greenacres Lane, Coos Bay, OR
Live Music by: MAD ROBIN  from Eugene
Guest Caller: Stacy Rose from Coos Bay

Valentine Contra Dance in Greenacres February 14
Experience the fun of a Valentine Contra Dance at the Greenacres Grange Hall on Saturday evening, February 14. There will be live music and a caller for three hours of dancing pleasure starting at 7PM.  Dancers of all ages are welcome at this public event sponsored by the South Coast Folk Society.  New dancers can learn the easy steps and figures of Contra Dancing at 7PM when instruction will be given by our guest caller Stacy Rose of Coos Bay.  The dances are so easy to learn that all levels of experience will enjoy dancing together.  Stacy will call a variety of interesting dances throughout the evening.
Music for our February dance will be provided by the Mad Robin Band from Eugene,  Mad Robin consists of Victor Fiore on fiddle, Cecily Morris on piano, and Art Morris on upright bass.  They have been providing lively and eclectic contra dance music in Oregon since 2011, and have performed to enthusiastic audiences throughout Oregon and Washington.
Contra dancing is appropriate for singles couples and families. The evening’s program includes contras, circle mixers, and a waltz or two.   First timers who arrive for the 7PM lesson will receive a ticket for free admission to their next dance.  This event is alcohol and fragrance free.  Put on your dancing shoes and a smile and join us.  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

Interior Life

Submission Deadline:  April 3, 2015
For more information
Contact Michael Fisher at the Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 East 15th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
Tel: 541-345-1571; Fax: 541-345-6248


Public Service Announcement
Maude Kerns Art Center

Call to Artists

Oregon Made for Interiors

The 15th Biennial Exhibition

May 29 – June 26, 2015

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015

The Maude Kerns Art Center invites Oregon artists to submit to the 15th biennial “Oregon Made for Interiors” exhibit,” featuring high quality, handmade furniture, light fixtures, wall hangings, and other artistic furnishings.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3, 2015. Artists are invited to submit up to five pieces for consideration. Those interested in applying are requested to supply (1) digital image per piece at 300 dpi on CD in jpeg format. There is a $15 submission fee. For an application, visit the Art Center’s website at or contact the Art Center at 541-345-1571.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Getting Out in the Rain

I know you saw an old man in a big boat taking two of everything in and then the dreaded rodent saw his shadow and you knew that winter was going to be hanging around for a whole lot longer and then your fuzzy slippers called your name and you checked the fridge and there was plenty of beer and wine and there were half a dozen new programs you didn't get to see because of the Stupid Bowl game and you said “I'm not moving again until that delayed spring gets here.”

But then you'd miss the reception for Art by the Sea's Eye on Photography Saturday, February 7, from 2-4 PM at the beautiful Art by the Sea gallery in Old Town Bandon, where the Ole Trawler and the Long Sufferin' will be putting in an appearance and will be waiting for you to arrive and if you don't arrive then we will have to wait and then Art by the Sea will start charging us rent because we have stayed so long and we won't have the money to pay our income taxes and the FBI will come or the United States Marshals will issue a warrant for our arrest and the the black helicopters will circle Art by the Sea gallery and you don't want that to happen so you will just have to get dressed and get in the car and come to Old Town Bandon, you were going to stop at the Creamery anyway and then you will be in Bandon already so you might just as well stay until Sunday or even if you do weasel out and want to sleep in your own bed you can still come back on Sunday for the opening of Paula Reis' show at the Bandon Library.

That show is from 11-1 on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday at beautiful Green Valley that was a flashback but it is Sunday from 11-1 at the Bandon library where you will get to see what a real photography can do with something you have lurking around your house all of the time but don't take a moment to stop and really look and that is why Paula get her own show and you have nothing to do on a Sunday cause football season is over and you never really got into soccer or hockey and over-tall men in boxer shorts running up and down is kinda silly so you have no excuse not to go to the opening and that's why you will be in Bandon two days this weekend in spite of the groundhog!

Any rodent who takes a bite out of a politician is a rodent for me, but I hope they got him immediate treatment. Biting a politician is toxic to living things.

All the News

As always, more information about events and locations can be found at
Second Sunday Sing-Along
Sunday, Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m., at the North Bend Library. We've got the Rise Up Singing songbooks.
Contra Dance Saturday, Feb. 14
At Greenacres Grange at 7 p.m. Caller: Stacy Rose of Coos Bay. Band: Mad Robin (they're hot!). 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. Bring your Valentine, find a new one or just have fun being your own Valentine.
Celtic Session
First and third Wednesdays (Feb. 18, March 4) 7-9 p.m. at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave, North Bend. Play or listen!
International Folk Dance 
Friday, Feb. 27. Starts at 7 p.m., Greenacres Grange. Teaching, followed by requests. Admission is $4, or $3 for members of SCFS
Want more folk dancing? Take lessons with Stacy Rose on Tuesday nights: visit
Celtic Fest is coming!
The fifth South Coast Celtic Fest is coming May 2. It's growing into a multi-day event -- check out the growing list of "fringe events" before and after at But the main event is still Saturday May 2 at SWOCC. There will be workshops all day; free entertainment on the Hales Center Stage all day; and an evening concert with The Stomptowners (Maldon Meehan, Andrea Wild, Sean Earnest and Preston Howard) and Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block and Chris Lewis. Visit our website for ticket locations, or get them on Eventbrite.
We love Celtic Fest because it's the Folk Society's biggest fundraiser of the year. It subsidizes the contra dance. So bring your friends and make a day and a night of it!
Crafty? Share your talent
Craft workshops have been popular at Celtic Fest, and we still have a couple of slots to fill in the daytime workshop schedule. If you think you could teach a 45-minute craft workshop, check out the attached flyer.
Folk Week update from coordinator Stacy Rose
Plans continue to take shape for South Coast Folk Week – a week-long series of activities scheduled for October 4-10. Mark your calendars – you don’t want to miss any of the wonderful activities we are planning for musicians, singers, and dancers in the community!
We’ll kick off the opening evening, Sunday, October 4, with a concert featuring Firefly Family Band. Coming to us from North Carolina, members of Firefly have been making music together for 20 years. Firefly specializes in reinterpreting  older music of the rural and urban south: Appalachian fiddle tunes, gospel, blues, swing, and old time country. In addition all four members are accomplished percussive dancers and often incorporate traditional step-dancing  at live shows. A short sound clip (Ragtime Annie/Greasy Coat) to whet your appetite is attached. Plan to come out and welcome our band to Coos Bay!
Immediately following a short concert, renowned dance caller Bob Dalsemer will join the band and call an opening night contra/square dance. Here’s a short video of Bob calling a dance at an event last year.  
 As plans continue to develop, the entire schedule of activities will continue to unfold. Thank you to the many friends of SCFS who have already volunteered to participate in South Coast Folk Week! More help is needed. Reply to this email to let us know we can call on you for help! For more information about South Coast Folk Week, “like” and follow us on Facebook or ask any of the members of the steering committee: Gail Elber, Jennifer Sordyl, Karen Olsen, Lynn Danner or Stacy Rose.
 It’s going to be a week to remember! -- Stacy Rose,
Not a Folk Society event but fun anyway
Coastal Celtic Society presents Burns Night at The Mill, Saturday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Tickets $35 at Ko-Kwel Gift Shop. A celebration of the poetry of Robert Burns and all things Scottish.