Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bright and Bold At Southern Coos Hospital


Expressions West


The International Collage Exchange Exhibition is up and running for the month of April!!! Some beautiful and inspiring work!!!!

The 13th International Collage Exhibition/Exchange is now online, on the Virtual Tart website.

Collage artwork from 110 artists (108 just now, but two more packages have just arrived and will be added in as soon as I can do it). From 10 different countries.

There's a 'collection' exhibition and a 'selling' exhibition. Some lovely work, do have a look. (And do tell me about mistakes .. it was a lot of webpages to write, there are bound to be some errors).



Cheers
dale

Dale Copeland
Puniho Art

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Advanced Class

You know me, I am big on free things, especially free things for your computer which can help make you a better, more versatile artist while not costing you the Defense budget for fiscal 2011.

And I found one of those things, or rather I got tipped to one from a magazine subscription. You see the nice folks at PC magazine have a Net presence. They have a page and a blog and email alerts all of which is fine and not particularly interesting to a working artists except when one of them leads to a deal which you can't refuse. No, it does not have anything to do with waking up with a horse head in your bed, which you have to admit is pretty disgusting not to mention likely to upset the staff and so we'll just leave that to the ethnic gangs of the last century and move right on.

In one of my emails this week I got a notice of Ten Indispensable Free Downloads. Now even though I asked them to send me the emails I am pretty skeptical about anything people brag on and claim is wonderful and free, not to mention that clicking on unsolicited email links is a really good way to get a virus and nobody wants to wind up with a social disease so I am very careful about casual clicking, but this time, they were right. It is wonderful and amazing and useful and free and that my friends is pretty hard to beat!

What you ask is this wonder and well you might and I will tell you because you are willing to listen, wanting to listen, waiting to listen, it's PhotoScape.

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

This is free photo editing software that is cheap, (That's the free part), easy, powerful, and flexible.

Now I know all of you have gone out and downloaded Faststone Image Viewer, cause I've been harping on it for a while and it's free and fast and good, but it doesn't do everything. You do remember it is free?

PhotoScape is a more powerful editor which does even more than Faststone Image Viewer. Yes, painter I am talking to you. Take a look at this.



Now I am sure your grasp of anatomy and shadow is much more refined than mine. I just started doing this after I moved here and you guys have been doing it for years and years and years, okay not that many years but sometimes even you must wonder where the edges are as you sketch up the base image for a new painting. PhotoScape can do this for you, use the Filter menus, select pictorialization, the colored pencil and there waiting behind the colors is the frame you need to hang your paint on.



It works for things other than people too. Take this blade of grass and using the filters make it into something new and different.



Gives a whole new look to the gas shack at Charleston Boat Basin, but then that's what you need sometimes, a whole new look.

PhotoScape can do a lot of things. I picked some that I find useful but I think you should download your own copy and play around with it. It's free, if you don't like it, uninstall it.

The only flaw I can find in this marvelous program is a small one but pretty annoying, the resize function is not at all user friendly and flexible. You have to know a lot about linear pixels and that is a topic for another day, so let's just say it stinks.

But for those of you who have been struggling to learn GIMP, the powerful Linux rival of the great and powerful Adobe PhotoShop, the learning curve is a bear. Either way you go you're in for a battle and then there's the price, PhotoShop can do anything if you learn to use it and happen to be willing to mortgage your house. But PhotoScape can play with either of the big guys and come out pretty close. The learning curve is flat and the price is right, and for resizing you already have Faststone, right?

One last thing, if you do try it and like it, donate something. The only way this powerful free editor can stay free is if the folks who use it pay the guys who thunk it up and keep thunking. They only ask ten dollars and I can tell you this software is worth two lattes any day.

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/donate.php

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Now You See It

If you are like me, you are always looking for a way to make your pennies stretch until that rainbow's end shows up. Now I've thought about the lottery, but I'm just not lucky and I could go out and find a 9-5 job, but the effects on your Social Security make working a hard pill to swallow, so stretching a penny is about the only way to make ends meet.

That means taking advantage of every resource you can find, like coupons, discounts and thrift stores.

Thrift stores...I lov'em. You can find the most wonderful stuff there that someone else thoughtlessly tossed out and most of the time it is as good as new. Even if it isn't it comes so cheap you can toss it out.

You can get all sorts of things an artist needs, like props for still life, lighting for mood, unusual pots, pans and glassware for just the right touch in your next masterpiece. You can even find discarded computer equipment.

You know me, I am a computer tinker of the worst sort, taking things apart to see what makes them tick and then putting them back together so that I can use them for some dastardly purpose which we won't mention.

That's the lovely thing about electronics, if they work, they work. Just because someone has come up with a new and shiny gizmo, the old one doesn't have to head for the scrap heap, it probably can go on to lead a full and happy life in your house and save you a bunch of bucks at the same time.

I was reminded of this when a pal of mine couldn't send me some vintage pictures this week because the negative scanner had failed the Windows 7 compatibility test and the originals had to be taken to a professional.

Broken scanners are a passion of mine. They are really very simple machines and unless you drop them in water while they are plugged in they are hard to hurt. Sure they won't always co-operate, but that's usually because you've done something wrong.

I did some looking about on the net and after a bit of digging I found the correct drivers, (That's computer speak for the little bit of funny code that tells the computer to make the scanner work.), and passed the information along. And in the process I found out a strange and wonderful thing. Faststone Image Viewer has a direct scanner function embedded in the program which will do the job as well if not better than the drivers you searched for or loaded from the disc which came from the maker which you lost five years ago and worry that if you buy one on Ebay it will have a virus on it and crash your computer and make you pay the Computer-Jedi hundreds of dollars to get your machine back.

Yes, the same Faststone Image Viewer that I have urged you to download because it is wonderful and free, yes, I did say free and you should do it right now because even if you don't want to use a scanner it is great for most quick image handling.

http://www.faststone.org/

You just open Faststone like you normally would, select file, scan board and click. The scan starts immediately and when it is finished if you like the result click okay and the deed is done. You'll have to double click on the image in the preview window so that you can save it, but that's not too hard even for artists.
It even works with scanners which have a troubled history. I have an Epson Perfection 1250 which has been limping along on Windows generic drivers for a coupla year on account of the Epson drivers never would load correctly. Now, Fastone bypassed the generic drivers and gets the Epson drivers to work and my scanner is working like a brand new buggy. Not bad for ten bucks at Goodwill, the scanner, the Fastone app is free.

So if you haven't downloaded Faststone Image Viewer like I have begged you to do here is another reason, it makes using your new scanner a delight and if you want to try for a Goodwill special hook it up and take a chance.

And guys, it is free. That's stretching a penny.

Tomorrow image editing for the advanced class.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Scott Adams

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lighthouses 2.0 Reception



It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop the few, the proud, the intrepid artists of Coos County from attending the reception for Lighthouses 2.0. at Whistling Gallery in Bandon. Valentina Alanso had the Best in Show with “Welcoming Light”. Sheri McGrath placed second for “Lighthouse Collage”, but you can see all of the winners, (There are no losers in a show like this), when you get up off the couch and make the drive to Whistling Gallery. The Gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 12 – 5, on account of it being winter, even though the Spring Equinox has come and gone and the ground hog has ducked back into his den, it is still cold and rainy and if you don’t believe that just try skinny dipping or nekkid streaking and you will know in an instant that it is still winter so don’t show up expecting to get in a 10 AM because its winter and that’s a summer hour.



So while you are waiting for it to get warm and dry enough to get out and do something really dirty and filthy, like planting in your garden, why not head South to Bandon and see the show?

And if you drag your feet and when and complain until April the tenth, on the way back you can stop at the Southern Coos Hospital and have a look the art of S. L. Donaldson, Tim Greathead, Micheal Ousley and Yvonne Ousley, cause by that time their show will be up but if you go today you can stop and have something sweet and neat in Old Town Bandon, now isn’t that better than going to the hospital? No, silly, not the art, going to see the art is a good thing, going to the hospital before April the tenth is a bad thing. Try to keep things straight.



So don’t miss the Lighthouses 2.0 show at Whistling Gallery and what you do after is your decision!

photographs courtsey of S.L. Donaldson

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Clay Place


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Ava Richey's Art News

Hello Everyone,

This coming Monday, March 28th we will travel to the Coos Bay to paint the Tall Ships. There is a somewhat enclosed area overlooking the Coos Bay docks. We will meet there at 10 a.m.

If you want to car pool or caravan, meet me at the north end of the Ray's Food Market parking lot (by Bree's) at 9:15 a.m.

Hope to see you there. My cell phone number is 541-297-6118.

Thanks. Ava
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Art Information:
FYI: New listings have asterisks *** next to the date.
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Plein air artists who are entering work in the Coos Art Museum April/May plein air show: The folks at CAM would like to make up the show labels ahead of time. Will you please e-mail the Title, Medium & Price of each painting you will be entering (and your name) to Susan Lehman at studioblue@mycomspan.com by March 30th. Thanks for helping this go smoothly. :)

Here is the art delivery schedule for the above show: You are asked to bring 1-2 plein-air painted works with subject of landscape, seascape or cityscape. Paintings must be wired and ready to hang. Title, artist's name, price or NFS and contact information a paper, and on the back of the painting.
Bandon area artists-- please bring your paintings to me (Ava)at BAS by Sat. April 2nd. I will pick up the Port Orford area plein air paintings on Monday, April 4th at Port Orford Library. Coos Bay/North Bend area painters --deliver yours to Coos Art Museum on Tues. April 5th.
for questions or delivery arrangements call Susan Lehman 541-347-9888, or Ava Richey 541-297-6118. Thanks!!
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Bandon Library has openings for August and December, 2011 to display art in the locked cases in the lobby. If you have smaller 2-D or 3-D art/craft to show please contact Nancy Stein at stein.nancy4@gmail.com
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High Tide Cafe in Charleston is looking for artists to display work. Artwork must be of the local area, be wired and ready to hang, and be reasonably priced. The contact person is Cheryl Lee Lindmeier, 541-888-2886 or charleston64artist@yahoo.com Please do not contact the restaurant directly.
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Three Rivers Gallery, 77231 US Hwy 101, Gardiner, OR 97441
New gallery looking for artists work to exhibit. Prefers abstract, but will consider all submissions--medium sized pieces for consignment. Send 3-5 digital images to anthonysculpture@charter.net 541-271-2030
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****The Southern Oregon Historical Society in Medford, OR is seeking a curator of special projects. This is a one-year appointment, to be made permanent pending funding. The person will oversee and implement the SOHS Technical Assistance Program; manage the SOHS traveling exhibit-community outreach program; and oversee projects in collections management and care. For more information, call 541-773-6536 ext. 1005, or send an email to director@sohs.org.

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Current Shows:

March 18 - May 6, 2011
Umpqua Valley Arts Association, 1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg
"Printmakers on Paper from the Coos Art Museum Collection"
Artists include Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist and NW artists Glen Alps, Tom Hardy, Lyle Matoush, and Erik & Nelson Sandgren, among others. Curated by Pat Snyder and Del Smith
Additional current exhibits at UVAA are: "eXpressions" by Oregon Fiber Artists; "Explanation Unintended" metal by Jim Lockwood; "Purely Pastel", and in the Student Gallery are Wooley Center and Milo Adventist Academy.
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North Bend Library through March: Oil paintings by Coos County artist F. Gary Ostrom.
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Bandon Library Cases through March: Sue Watkins displays a variety of her beautiful art including watercolor paintings, stained glass, prints from hand carved stamps, jewelry and others.
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through April 29, 2011 Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5 p.m.
Bandon Artist Supply, 175 2nd Street, Bandon
Watercolors by Sharon Jensen
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Saturday, March 26, 2011 5-7:00 p.m.
Opening reception for "Lighthouse 2.0 Juried Art Show" at Whistling Gallery, 5 miles south of Bandon on Hwy 101. Juror Michael William Ousley will be available to discuss the selection process and present the awards.
Show includes local artists Susan Lehman, Valentina Alonso, Ron Miranda, Carol Miranda, Sheri McGrath and Laurel Sweigert as well as artists from as far away as Portland.
Show runs through April 23, 2011. 541-404-7336 whistlinggallery@gmail.com
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Sunday, March 27, 2011 1- 4:00 p.m.
Roaring Sea Arts Open House. Port Orford
Artists are invited to bring whatever they would enjoy sharing to hang or place in the "gallery" for the afternoon. The Kammeroque Ensemble will be joined by other musicians and writers who are willing to perform. Refreshments will be served and pot-luck shared. Please contact Donna 332-4444 or Suzanne at 332-0540 to participate, or for instructions to get to Roaring Sea Studio.
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Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2011 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
North Bend community Center, 2222 Broadway, North Bend
Southcoast Woodcarvers Annual Woodcarving Show & Sale
Over 1000 exhibits by Pacific NW carving artists.
Free admission. Free carving demonstrations. Vendors available with carving supplies and wood. Raffle of fine carved wood & gifts.
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March 26, 2011 Submission Deadline
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay 541-267-3901 Call to Artists: "Thunder at CAM" show--Any theme related to motorcycles. Show will run Friday, June 10 - July 23, 2011. For prospectus and entry form: http://www.coosart.org
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Saturday, March 26, 2011 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coquille Valley Art Association
10144 Hwy 42S, Coquille, OR
"Feel Your Art Before You Think It" painting class
Instructor Ava Richey. Bring your paints (and lunch), surfaces will be supplied. A 'loosen-up' approach to begin your paintings.
yarnfarm@harborside.com 541-297-6118
or Coquille Valley Art Assn, Anna Crosby, 541-396-3294
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March 29, 2011 Submission Deadline
2011 Hallie Ford Fellowship for Oregon Artists
The Ford Family Foundation is taking applications beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 1st for three $25,000 fellowships to be awarded annually to Oregon mid-career visual artists. Other opportunities available.
Application will be accessible at http://www.racc.org
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****Wednesday, March 30, 2011 5- 7:00 p.m.
Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, Old Town Florence.
After Hours Reception featuring Pattie Brooks Anderson, Art, Music, Food & Wine, and Michael Anderson on guitar.
http://www.backstreetgallery.org
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Friday, April 1, 2011 5 - 8:00 p.m.
River Bend Fine Art Gallery www.riverbendfineartgallery.com
844 NW Bond, Bend, OR 97701 541-728-0553
Opening reception for "Painting in the Open" by artist Mitch Baird.
Show runs through May 5, 2011
to see Mitch's work at http://www.mitchbaird.com
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 1-3, 2011
Workshop by Portland area plein air painter Mitch Baird. Takes place indoors in the Bend, Oregon area, and covers the process of working from plein air sketches and photo reference to create a finished studio painting. $300 workshop fee.
For location, registration and details contact Cascade Fine Art Workshops at 541-408-5542, or http://www.cascadefineartworkshops.com
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Sunday, April 3, 2011 1 - 4:00 p.m.
"Collage in a Box" Instructor Susan Lehman. Each artist will turn a cigar box into a visual story using bundles/scrolls and developing a meaningful story reference by integrating text, paint and collaged papers. Sign up deadline March 27. Susan studioblue@mycomspan.com
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Friday, April 8, 2011 5 - 7 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay
Opening Reception for Expressions West 2011
Show runs through May 28, 2011
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Friday, April 8, 2011 5 - 7:00 p.m.
Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg at the Whipple Building
"Collage Centennial Invitational" Jon Leach curates the work of 13 Northwest collage artists including Susan Lehman. Show runs March 28th through May 12, 2011 http://www.susanlehmanartist.com
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****Saturday, April 9, 2011 3 - 5:00 p.m.
Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, Old Town Florence, OR
Opening reception for award winning artist Meredith Draper. "Altered Art"--transforming ordinary objects into pieces of art--recycling at its best.
http://www.backstreetgallery.org
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****Sunday, April 10, 2011 1-3:00 p.m.
Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center, 900 11th St SE, Bandon.
Opening Art Reception for local artists S.L. Donaldson, Tim Greathead, Michael Ousley and Yvonne Ousley. Music, refreshments and lively art!
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Monday and Tuesday, April 11th & 12, 2011
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay
Colored Pencil Workshop with instructor Eileen Sorg
Learn how to use pen & ink, watercolor and colored pencil together to create richly detailed pieces of art. $170 member, $185 non-member http://www.coosart.org 541-267-3901
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****Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Gold Beach Episcopal Church
Easternmost end of Moore Street.
Figure Drawing. For more information contact Alexandra alexandra@portraitsbyalexandra.com
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
"Make It, Print It!" Instructor dorothea tortilla will provide you with fresh ideas for making printing tools from simple objects and methods for applying them. Learn "Faux Silk-Screening" technique and an easy collagraph technique. Beginning thru experienced welcome. $35 includes materials. studioblue@mycomspan.com
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Saturday, May 7, 2011 Postmark Deadline
Call to Artists for "18th Annual Maritime Exhibit"

Coos Art Museum 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97411
541-267-3901 http://www.coosart.org
Show runs July 30 - October 1, 2011
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Call to Artists Deadline June 8, 2011
Umpqua Valley Arts Assn
1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97471
http://uvarts.com/call-to-artists
2011 Umpqua Plein Air "Location, Location, Location"
All artists of all abilities come participate, Thursday and Friday, July 14 and 15, 2011. Check website for prospectus and entry form. Three locations for painting, 30 artists per location, so fill out your entry forms and get them in early.
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Call to Artists for Future Shows, check it out!
Umpqua Valley Arts Association 1625 Harvard Ave, Roseburg http://www.uvarts.com

Thursday, March 24, 2011

CERAMIC SHOWCASE


2011 DATES

April 29th, 30th and May 1st 2011

Oregon Convention Center - Portland OR
On the Max Light Rail Line

-- Free event admission --

Opens 10-9 Friday & Saturday
10-5 on Sunday

The nations largest show and sale of pottery, sculpture, garden art, home accessories and other works in clay exhibited in 150+ booths!

This year's show has new features to delight, inspire and educate.

•Lobby display featuring a “Entertaining the Queen of Cups” theme—a modern take on Renaissance Faire
•Daily demonstrations of clay techniques by nationally-acclaimed artists
•Live MusicFriday, April 29th 6:30-8:30 PM, performed by the Peter Krebs Tiro.
•Oregon Wines featured at the wine bar, Friday, April 29th 4-8:00 PM and Saturday, April 30th 2-8:00 PM.
•Adult clay area equipped with experienced teachers featuring potters’ wheels and tables for hand building
•Children’s clay play area
•Local high school ceramic gallery
•Giveaway of eight $50 gift certificates during the weekend
•High school teacher “Throw-A-Thon"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Play To Win

The current Mega Millions jackpot is 304 million. That’s 193.6 cash value for those who don’t completely trust the government and that guys is a lot of money. Oh sure your chance of winning is 1 in a 175 million, but let’s face it when is a working artist going to have a hundred and ninety-three million dollars waiting at the end of a one buck purchase?

But to get in on this big buck bonanza, you have to buy a ticket. The more folks who play the more the odds work against you, but the bigger the payout becomes so you have to ask yourself one question, “Do you feel lucky, punk?” Okay, you’re not a punk; I got carried away with Dirty Harriease. Still the question is a good one, do you feel lucky?

It’s the same question every artist has to ask themselves when they enter a picture in a show, “Do you feel lucky?”

Not because it takes luck to win but because there are so many variables each time you enter you take a great, big, fat chance. Just take a look at all the lotto outlets today, there are a bunch of folks feeling lucky and the numbers will grow by the hour. They feel lucky.

But with art shows lately artists in the Bay area haven’t been feeling lucky or they have been too distracted, or busy or just indifferent to enter, entries have come slowly, erratically or not at all. Why? Was the focus too different, too unusual or too, (gasp!) creative? There must have been something to keep the coastal artists away.

Finding your particular niche is a wonderful thing, it makes going to work a pleasure because when you face the easel you know what you are going to be doing. There is nothing more frightening than indecision. The best artists in the area have all found that one thing which makes them so noticeable and distinctive. Kim Wurster, Kelle Herrick, Susan and Steve Dimmock do birds, Dutch does boats, Pat Snyder does prints, Susan Lehman does collage, Susan D’Amico does portraits and David Castleberry does, well. I’m not completely sure what David does, but it is distinctive.

All of these artists have a special view of the world they want to create, but they still take time to investigate other worlds and other views. Susan Lehman and Dutch are going to be part of the jury for the motorcycle show and that’s a step away from where they usually stand. It is different, but then a truly great artist can have many skills. Picasso was a master draftsman before he deconstructed the world.

Participation is the key to becoming one of those recognized artists. They didn’t get there by painting in the dark, they went out into the world and used every tool they could lay their hands on to get better acquainted, known, skilled and prepared. They participated.

There will be long lines at the lotto outlets today, People desperate, passionate, fearful and lucky all buying tickets as fast as the machine can print them, because even though the more tickets that get sold the more the odds go up they believe.

Maybe that’s the secret the lotto players need to share so that when a show comes up with a different theme than the usual, the artist community will rush to enter. You have to play to win.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Marshall McLuhan

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

International Art Search Portrait & Figure

2D/3D Competition -- International Art Search announces a call to artists for a juried online exhibition, June 15 - December 31, 2011. $2,550 in cash awards: $1,000 Best of Show, $600 1st Place, $400 2nd Place, $250 3rd Place, $100 Honorable Mention (2), $50 Merit (2). Juror: Marvin Mattelson. Open to all artists 18 yrs and over, all mediums. All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists' work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. $25 for 1st entry, $5 for each additional (6 maximum). Deadline: May 1, 2011. Visit website for prospectus, or send a SASE to: PO Box 188, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Questions? Contact Ona N at info@internationalartsearch.com

Monday, March 21, 2011

LAST CALL FOR MILES


Absolutely, positively, unquestionably the very last, final, no deposit, no return call for entries to the “THUNDER AT CAM” show.

This is your last chance to get your entry in for the show before the deadline March 26. You don’t want to get left behind when the leader of the pack rides away from the candy store to take that magic carpet ride for those born to be wild, do you? No of course not. You may be a mature, settled adult with responsibilities and a mortgage, but you still have a yen for the wind in your hair and a bug in your teeth. Even if you are just a BOB you can ride with the roughest, meanest, wildest riders because you can do it with art. So break of the canvas, work up your pallet and make the deadline!

An artist can find the beauty and wonder in any subject so why turn your nose up just because you don’t ride.

It’s Sturgis time so get your entry in and make your own statement about one of the most American of machines, the motorcycle!

Ava Richey's Art News

Hello Everyone--Happy Spring!!

I really want to paint outdoors on Monday, but it looks like we will just have to wait a while longer.

We will be meeting at Brewed Awakenings from 12 - 3 p.m. this coming Monday, March 21st. (I'm working that day, sorry!)

Thanks. My cell phone number is 541-297-6118.
Ava
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Art Information:
FYI: New listings have asterisks *** next to the date.
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Call to Plein Air Artists-- Coos Art Museum will celebrate the Plein Air Painters of South Oregon Coast. Show will hang April - May 2011 in the Claire Wehrle Community Gallery upstairs.

Each artist is asked to display 1-2 plein-air painted works with subject of landscape, seascape or cityscape. Paintings must be wired and ready to hang. Title, artist's name, price or NFS and contact information a paper, and on the back of the painting.

****for the April Plein Air Show at Coos Art Museum: Bandon area artists-- please bring your paintings to me at BAS by Sat. April 2nd. I will pick up the Port Orford area plein air paintings Monday, April 4th at Port Orford Library. Coos Bay/North Bend area painters --deliver yours to Coos Art Museum on Tues. April 5th.
for questions or delivery arrangements call Susan Lehman 541-347-9888, or Ava Richey 541-297-6118.
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AD:March Sale 15% Off: Full sheet watercolor (and other mediums) papers, single sheet decorative papers and canvases at Bandon Artist Supply. 541-347-4482
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Bandon Library has openings for August, September and December, 2011 to display art in the locked cases in the lobby. If you have smaller 2-D or 3-D art/craft to show please contact Nancy Stein at stein.nancy4@gmail.com
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High Tide Cafe in Charleston is looking for artists to display work. Artwork must be of the local area, be wired and ready to hang, and be reasonably priced. The contact person is Cheryl Lee Lindmeier, 541-888-2886 or charleston64artist@yahoo.com Please do not contact the restaurant directly.
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Three Rivers Gallery, 77231 US Hwy 101, Gardiner, OR 97441
New gallery looking for artists work to exhibit. Prefers abstract, but will consider all submissions--medium sized pieces for consignment. Send 3-5 digital images to anthonysculpture@charter.net 541-271-2030
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Current Shows:

****March 18 - May 6, 2011
Umpqua Valley Arts Association, 1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg
"Printmakers on Paper from the Coos Art Museum Collection"
Artists include Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist and NW artists Glen Alps, Tom Hardy, Lyle Matoush, and Erik & Nelson Sandgren, among others. Curated by Pat Snyder and Del Smith
Additional current exhibits at UVAA are: "eXpressions" by Oregon Fiber Artists; "Explanation Unintended" metal by Jim Lockwood; "Purely Pastel", and in the Student Gallery are Wooley Center and Milo Adventist Academy.
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North Bend Library through March: Oil paintings by Coos County artist F. Gary Ostrom.
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Bandon Library Cases through March: Sue Watkins displays a variety of her beautiful art including watercolor paintings, stained glass, prints from hand carved stamps, jewelry and others.
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through April 29, 2011 Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5 p.m.
Bandon Artist Supply, 175 2nd Street, Bandon
Watercolors by Sharon Jensen
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**** Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Gold Beach Episcopal Church
Easternmost end of Moore Street.
Figure Drawing. For more information contact Alexandra alexandra@portraitsbyalexandra.com
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Saturday, March 26, 2011 5-7:00 p.m.
Opening reception for "Lighthouse 2.0 Juried Art Show" at Whistling Gallery, 5 miles south of Bandon on Hwy 101. Juror Michael William Ousley will be available to discuss the selection process and present the awards.
Show includes local artists Susan Lehman, Valentina Alonso, Ron Miranda, Carol Miranda, Sheri McGrath and Laurel Sweigert as well as artists from as far away as Portland.
Show runs through April 23, 2011. 541-404-7336 whistlinggallery@gmail.com
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****Sunday, March 27, 2011 1- 4:00 p.m.
Roaring Sea Arts Open House. Port Orford
Artists are invited to bring whatever they would enjoy sharing to hang or place in the "gallery" for the afternoon. The Kammeroque Ensemble will be joined by other musicians and writers who are willing to perform. Refreshments will be served and pot-luck shared. Please contact Donna 332-4444 or Suzanne at 332-0540 to participate, or for instructions to get to Roaring Sea Studio.
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Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2011 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
North Bend community Center, 2222 Broadway, North Bend
Southcoast Woodcarvers Annual Woodcarving Show & Sale
Over 1000 exhibits by Pacific NW carving artists.
Free admission. Free carving demonstrations. Vendors available with carving supplies and wood. Raffle of fine carved wood & gifts.
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March 26, 2011 Submission Deadline
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay 541-267-3901 Call to Artists: "Thunder at CAM" show--Any theme related to motorcycles. Show will run Friday, June 10 - July 23, 2011. For prospectus and entry form: http://www.coosart.org
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Saturday, March 26, 2011 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coquille Valley Art Association
10144 Hwy 42S, Coquille, OR
"Feel Your Art Before You Think It" painting class
Instructor Ava Richey. Bring your paints (and lunch), surfaces will be supplied. A 'loosen-up' approach to begin your paintings.
yarnfarm@harborside.com 541-297-6118
or Coquille Valley Art Assn, Anna Crosby, 541-396-3294
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March 29, 2011 Submission Deadline
2011 Hallie Ford Fellowship for Oregon Artists
The Ford Family Foundation is taking applications beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 1st for three $25,000 fellowships to be awarded annually to Oregon mid-career visual artists. Other opportunities available.
Application will be accessible at http://www.racc.org
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****Friday, April 1, 2011 5 - 8:00 p.m.
River Bend Fine Art Gallery www.riverbendfineartgallery.com
844 NW Bond, Bend, OR 97701 541-728-0553
Opening reception for "Painting in the Open" by artist Mitch Baird.
Show runs through May 5, 2011
to see Mitch's work at http://www.mitchbaird.com
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****Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 1-3, 2011
Workshop by Portland area plein air painter Mitch Baird. Takes place indoors in the Bend, Oregon area, and covers the process of working from plein air sketches and photo reference to create a finished studio painting. $300 workshop fee.
For location, registration and details contact Cascade Fine Art Workshops at 541-408-5542, or http://www.cascadefineartworkshops.com
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Sunday, April 3, 2011 1 - 4:00 p.m.
"Collage in a Box" Instructor Susan Lehman. Each artist will turn a cigar box into a visual story using bundles/scrolls and developing a meaningful story reference by integrating text, paint and collaged papers. Sign up deadline March 27. Susan studioblue@mycomspan.com
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Friday, April 8, 2011 5 - 7 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay
Opening Reception for Expressions West 2011
Show runs through May 28, 2011
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Friday, April 8, 2011 5 - 7:00 p.m.
Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg at the Whipple Building
"Collage Centennial Invitational" Jon Leach curates the work of 13 Northwest collage artists including Susan Lehman. Show runs March 28th through May 12, 2011 http://www.susanlehmanartist.com
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Monday and Tuesday, April 11th & 12, 2011
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay
Colored Pencil Workshop with instructor Eileen Sorg
Learn how to use pen & ink, watercolor and colored pencil together to create richly detailed pieces of art. $170 member, $185 non-member http://www.coosart.org 541-267-3901
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
"Make It, Print It!" Instructor dorothea tortilla will provide you with fresh ideas for making printing tools from simple objects and methods for applying them. Learn "Faux Silk-Screening" technique and an easy collagraph technique. Beginning thru experienced welcome. $35 includes materials. studioblue@mycomspan.com
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*****Saturday, May 7, 2011 Postmark Deadline
Call to Artists for "18th Annual Maritime Exhibit"
Coos Art Museum 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97411
541-267-3901 http://www.coosart.org
Show runs July 30 - October 1, 2011
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Call to Artists Deadline June 8, 2011
Umpqua Valley Arts Assn
1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97471
http://uvarts.com/call-to-artists
2011 Umpqua Plein Air "Location, Location, Location"
All artists of all abilities come participate, Thursday and Friday, July 14 and 15, 2011. Check website for prospectus and entry form. Three locations for painting, 30 artists per location, so fill out your entry forms and get them in early.
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Call to Artists for Future Shows, check it out!
Umpqua Valley Arts Association 1625 Harvard Ave, Roseburg http://www.uvarts.com

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Just a Click Away

Not strictly and exclusively art or art related, but since the vast majority of artists are women, (Guy type people are ragged on and called girly-men if they like painting pictures.), this is something you can do to make a difference without giving up time, money or art. Just follow the Link and click. That's all there is to it and it will help so many women. How can you beat that, no cost, no effort and no stress and you can feel like a mover and shaker!

Provides free mammograms to women in need...
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Contest


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March Cooking Class at Black Market Gourmet

Please join us for the FREE Nurture by Nourishing Cooking Class on Wednesday March 23rd at 2:00 p.m. or Monday March 28th at 6:00 p.m.

As always, please pass along this information to those that may not be on the mailing list. Also you can visit www.blackmarketgourmet.com for the upcoming class schedule as well.

Look forward to seeing you next week!

Chef Jardin

Friday, March 18, 2011

Printmakers on Paper


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Coos Bay Library Exhibits Pottery of Shinan Barclay



During the month of April, Shinan Barclay’s pottery will be on display in the lobby of the Coos Bay Library.

A well-published writer, Shinan Barclay discovered the tangible craft of clay-making during the summer of 2000, in a ceramic’s class at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Under the enthusiastic instruction of Sue Scott, Shinan’s ceramic expression blossomed. And over the following years, with additional art teachers, she continues to produce extraordinary, one-of-a-kind art pieces and handmade tiles.



Clay, one of the end products of geologic time, is found on every continent and pottery has been part of every culture and age. Cup, bowl, bottle and vase, each vessel has evolved into a similar, global form. Foot, belly, shoulder, neck and lip are terms that describe the human body and the pottery form. Despite numerous cultures, continents and centuries, pottery’s form and design continue to mimic the human torso.

“As a kid I envied a neighbor woman who made pottery on a kick wheel in her basement,” says Shinan. “I found solace squished in mud in Mom’s garden. Then when I was nine, I made my first and only clay pot in Girl Scouts, but no one was impressed. Years later in graduate school, I wrote my master’s thesis on ‘The Historical Uses of Mud and Clay in Healing.’ Now as a potter, clay nourishes a primal part of me. People say I have a gift for glazing. However, listening to the spirit in clay is something I learned while living in the Arctic with the Inupiat-Inuit. I apply intuitive listening to ceramics and create sailboat tiles and pottery that are both useful and beautiful."



For more information call the library at 541 269-1101 or Shinan at 541 888-0114, email shinan underscore barclay at yahoo dot com.



Shinan Barclay @ Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/shinan.barclay

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Big Book Class



A class being taught by Susan Lehman at dorothea tortilla's studio t.

Remember those big story books we read as kids? Turning those monumental pages to see what was on the next page???

Working intuitively we will spontaneously collage one BIG sheet of paper by layering glazes, images, and words. We will add various types of image transfers, stamping, and page weaving! This background will then be folded into our “Big Books”, the basis for further embellishments and story-telling, creating a “page-turner” that can be a journal, book of poetry, sketchbook, or art book! (Or, as I have done in the past, be finished as a large collage before the folding!)

Suitable for all artists-- this class is especially great for beginners because the big book can be a lasting record of the techniques Susan presents! Maximum 6 students to accommodate the large size of the project! Dress for mess!!!

Cost $35/absolutely all materials are provided Sunday, March 27th, 2011 1-4 PM Sign up deadline: March 20, 2011

A Hand for those who Lend a Hand

It's a damn shame that shows come to an end. After all they do such a good job of keeping all of my junk from backing up in the halls and spare rooms of the house. I could sell them like Dutch or Kellebird or maybe one day be like Ms Kim Worster and be so in demand that I move everything I do out as fast as I can produce it. But that day isn't today.

My pictures came fluttering back not from Capistrano, but from UVARTS and the Expose Yourself show. They'd been gone so long I had forgotten I needed to make room for them. They'll just have to live in the packing materials for a day or so until I can find a place to put them.

But even with the stress of having to rearrange all of my closets and nooks and crannies, there's one thing to be thankful for, I didn't have to go after them!

Yes, one day I will have to venture out of my warm little nest and take the roadway to Roseburg and see the bright lights and sights of the “Big City”. I've been here almost five years and I've been as far from home as Florence, maybe three times. I'm a Texas driver, I've never owned a pair of chains and couldn't put them on if I did.

Besides, Oregon roads leave a lot to be desired. It takes three, maybe three and a half hours to get to Crescent City a hundred and twenty miles away. In Texas a hundred and twenty miles is a two, one and three quarter hour trip. Roseburg says it is an hour and forty minutes away, but I'd have to drive it to believe it. I'm thinking eighty-three miles is close to two hours and change.

But none of that matters, because Pat Snyder and Steven Broocks made the perilous trip for all of us who entered. Off they went on a dark and stormy night, well, afternoon really and pressed on into the fog to pick-up the pictures and lug them back to CAM.

That's a major, big fffing deal. No slow winding roads wondering if you''ll fall off the side of a mountain or have a close encounter of a logging truck variety, no white knuckles wondering if your loved ones will ever see you again or if ODOT will just send a trooper around to notify the survivors, no being lost for hours in a strange town with no sense of where the UVARTS guys are located, they did all of that for us. They went, they saw, they picked up!

So to all of those who entered the UVARTS Expose Yourself show, how 'bout a big hand for Steven and Pat and while you're at it Ava and Susan who did the job on the front end. They saved me a lot of anxiety and fretting and I am happy to have my stuff back and even happier not to have had to go after it, so guys, if you're listening, thanks bunches, ya done good.

And yes, I'm good for gas money, just put the touch on me the next time you're in the museum.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Tale of Two Juried Shows



The End is near! That's right you are smack against two deadlines and one of them is already half gone. The Lighthouse 2.0 Show has made the decision and selected the chosen and awaits only the proof of the pudding. That means for the remedial portion of the class, ya gotta bring your junk in or you'll get left out.

The selected works must be dropped off Thursday and Friday March 24th and 25th, that's this week folks, between 8am and noon. Now Whistling Gallery is 5 miles South of Bandon, down Art 101 way and you must get your works there framed, wired, labeled and ready to go on the walls or else. (Actually the prospectus doesn't say a thing about the "or else" but a bit of urgency and menace has been known to work wonders.)

It was tough enough to get juried into this show, why risk being left out by not complying with all of the rules? Get your labels affixed and get the good stuff down to Whistling Gallery, be there or be square!



And what pray tell do these images have to do with Lighthouses 2.0 at Whistling Gallery? Not a single thing, but I am glad you asked, there's another show in town for this one you still have a chance, a tiny, slim, skinny window of a chance, but it is there. The Thunder at CAM show deadline is March 26, that's just a day after your pictures have to be delivered to Whistling Gallery so don't let time slip away.

Even if you haven't selected your entry or found the right entry there's a chance, You have five days and that can make all of the difference. So get your motor running, head out on the highway, looking for adventure and whatever comes your way and you might just find it in time for the deadline.



And even if you don't want to go adventuring in search of a motorcycle or two, take a look at what you have on hand, maybe there's something that strikes a motorcycle chord with your inner leader of the pack and you should go with it and that Virginia is why the images have been added to this story, they don't look like standard bike photos, they speak of something completely different. Why not think outside the box?

The only way to lose is to not play. "See ya at the Candy Store..."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ava Richey's Art News

Hello Everyone,

There won't be a paintout on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Maybe the weather will be sunny on Mon. March 21st so we can paint outdoors??

Thanks. My cell phone number is 541-297-6118.
Ava
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Art Information:
FYI: New listings have asterisks *** next to the date.
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Call to Plein Air Artists-- Coos Art Museum will celebrate the Plein Air Painters of South Oregon Coast. Show will hang April - May 2011 in the Claire Wehrle Community Gallery upstairs.

Each artist is asked to display 1-2 plein-air painted works with subject of landscape, seascape or cityscape. Paintings must be wired and ready to hang. Title, artist's name, price or NFS and contact information a paper, and on the back of the painting.

Questions or delivery arrangements call Susan Lehman 541-347-9888, or Ava Richey 541-297-6118.
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AD:March Sale 15% Off: Full sheet watercolor (and other mediums) papers, single sheet decorative papers and canvases at Bandon Artist Supply. 541-347-4482
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Bandon Library has openings for August, September and December, 2011 to display art in the locked cases in the lobby. If you have smaller 2-D or 3-D art/craft to show please contact Nancy Stein at stein.nancy4@gmail.com
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****High Tide Cafe in Charleston is looking for artists to display work. Artwork must be of the local area, be wired and ready to hang, and be reasonably priced. The contact person is Cheryl Lee Lindmeier, 541-888-2886 or charleston64artist@yahoo.com Please do not contact the restaurant directly.
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Three Rivers Gallery, 77231 US Hwy 101, Gardiner, OR 97441
New gallery looking for artists work to exhibit. Prefers abstract, but will consider all submissions--medium sized pieces for consignment. Send 3-5 digital images to anthonysculpture@charter.net 541-271-2030
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Current Shows:

****North Bend Library through March: Oil paintings by Coos County artist F. Gary Ostrom.
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Bandon Library Cases through March: Sue Watkins displays a variety of her beautiful art including watercolor paintings, stained glass, prints from hand carved stamps, jewelry and others.
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through April 29, 2011 Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5 p.m.
Bandon Artist Supply, 175 2nd Street, Bandon
Watercolors by Sharon Jensen
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****Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:30 a.m.
Rosie's Art Carnival, 575B Hwy 101, Florence, OR
Artists' Trading Card Swap contact: Rosemary Hill at reallyrosie@oregonfast.net
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Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:00 a.m.
Eden Hall on SOCC Campus, Coos Bay
Monthly meeting of the Bay Area Artists Association
Program presented by Coni Stroud from Art Connection. She will share her expertise on what framing can do (or not do) for your artwork. Public welcome. For more info: Carol (President) at whiteginger2@charter.net
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Monday, March 14, 2011 Submission Deadline
Call to Artists from Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA for "In the Flesh 3: Contemporary Figurative Art", a juried exhibition at the Target Gallery. Show runs May 21 - June 26, 2011. $35 entry fee. http://www.torpedofactory.org (Editorial*** I'm in, so how 'bout all you Plien Air guys, you in or just watching?)
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**** Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Gold Beach Episcopal Church
Easternmost end of Moore Street.
Figure Drawing. For more information contact Alexandra alexandra@portraitsbyalexandra.com
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Sunday, March 20, 2011 1 - 3:00 p.m.
"First Day of Spring Into Art" class. Instructor dorothea tortilla will give a demonstration of an easy paper sculpting technique she devised "dry paper mache". Students will make 3-D birds and a collaged birdhouse, and a variety of paper flowers. Beginners age 12 and up through advanced students welcome. All materials provided. $25 Sign up deadline March 13, 2011. studioblue@mycomspan.com
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****Saturday, March 26, 2011 5-7:00 p.m.
Opening reception for "Lighthouse 2.0 Juried Art Show" at Whistling Gallery, 5 miles south of Bandon on Hwy 101. Juror Michael William Ousley will be available to discuss the selection process and present the awards.
Show includes local artists Susan Lehman, Valentina Alonso, Ron Miranda, Carol Miranda, Sheri McGrath and Laurel Sweigert as well as artists from as far away as Portland.
Show runs through April 23, 2011. 541-404-7336 whistlinggallery@gmail.com
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****Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2011 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
North Bend community Center, 2222Broadway, North Bend
Southcoast Woodcarvers Annual Woodcarving Show & Sale
Over 1000 exhibits by Pacific NW carving artists.
Free admission. Free carving demonstrations. Vendors available with carving supplies and wood. Raffle of fine carved wood & gifts.
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March 26, 2011 Submission Deadline
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay 541-267-3901 Call to Artists: "Thunder at CAM" show--Any theme related to motorcycles. Show will run Friday, June 10 - July 23, 2011. For prospectus and entry form: http://www.coosart.org
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Saturday, March 26, 2011 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coquille Valley Art Association
10144 Hwy 42S, Coquille, OR
"Feel Your Art Before You Think It" painting class
Instructor Ava Richey. Bring your paints (and lunch), surfaces will be supplied. A 'loosen-up' approach to begin your paintings.
yarnfarm@harborside.com 541-297-6118
or Coquille Valley Art Assn, Anna Crosby, 541-396-3294
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Sunday, March 27, 2011 1 - 4:00 p.m.
"Big Book" class Instructor Susan Lehman. Collage one big sheet of paper by layering glazes, images and words. This will be folded into students' "Big Books" for further embellishments and story-telling. Can be a journal, book of poetry, sketchbook or art book. Suitable for all artists--beginners thru experienced. $35 includes materials. sign up deadline March 20. Contact Susan at studioblue@mycomspan.com
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March 29, 2011 Submission Deadline
2011 Hallie Ford Fellowship for Oregon Artists
The Ford Family Foundation is taking applications beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 1st for three $25,000 fellowships to be awarded annually to Oregon mid-career visual artists. Other opportunities available.
Application will be accessible at http://www.racc.org
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RSVP by April 1, 2011: Florence Artists "Green Art" 5th Annual Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Inviting artists to donate "Garden Art" for the silent auction. "You can re-use, re-cycle, and re-invent to create a piece of garden art--a birdhouse, sculpture, pot, bench, chair, a window frame, a painted wooden pole, etc...."
Saturday, June 4, 2011 deadline. Fundraiser will be indoor/outdoor beer/wine garden with a picnic of hotdogs and hamburgers at the Florence Events Center, 2 - 5:00 p.m. Ginny Kelly 541-902-7639 or gvkelly@oregonfast.net
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Sunday, April 3, 2011 1 - 4:00 p.m.
"Collage in a Box" Instructor Susan Lehman. Each artist will turn a cigar box into a visual story using bundles/scrolls and developing a meaningful story reference by integrating text, paint and collaged papers. Sign up deadline March 27. Susan studioblue@mycomspan.com
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Friday, April 8, 2011 5 - 7 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay
Opening Reception for Expressions West 2011
Show runs through May 28, 2011
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Friday, April 8, 2011 5 - 7:00 p.m.
Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg at the Whipple Building
"Collage Centennial Invitational" Jon Leach curates the work of 13 Northwest collage artists including Susan Lehman. Show runs March 28th through May 12, 2011 http://www.susanlehmanartist.com
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Monday and Tuesday, April 11th & 12, 2011
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay
Colored Pencil Workshop with instructor Eileen Sorg
Learn how to use pen & ink, watercolor and colored pencil together to create richly detailed pieces of art. $170 member, $185 non-member http://www.coosart.org 541-267-3901
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
"Make It, Print It!" Instructor dorothea tortilla will provide you with fresh ideas for making printing tools from simple objects and methods for applying them. Learn "Faux Silk-Screening" technique and an easy collagraph technique. Beginning thru experienced welcome. $35 includes materials. studioblue@mycomspan.com
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Call to Artists Deadline June 8, 2011
Umpqua Valley Arts Assn
1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97471
http://uvarts.com/call-to-artists
2011 Umpqua Plein Air "Location, Location, Location"
All artists of all abilities come participate, Thursday and Friday, July 14 and 15, 2011. Check website for prospectus and entry form. Three locations for painting, 30 artists per location, so fill out your entry forms and get them in early.
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Call to Artists for Future Shows, check it out!
Umpqua Valley Arts Association 1625 Harvard Ave, Roseburg http://www.uvarts.com

Thursday, March 10, 2011

POSTCARD SHOW INFORMATION AND ENTRY FORM

"Wish You Were Here" is a small format show with 4 x 6 inch postcard-sized collages. This exhibit gives each participating member a guaranteed opportunity to display the one collage that they select for entry. The is no jury (one Awards Judge) and slides and CDs are not required. The main annual national exhibit in the Fall has become so large in scope that many artists cannot be accepted. The jury selects only an average of 20% from the total entries. For this NCS members postcard show, 100% are accepted. This is a member show, anyone who is a member and enters will be in the show. This exhibition does NOT count toward your Signature Member status. Cash awards and merit certificates will be selected by the awards judge.

The 6th Annual was held in the Lincoln Center on Broadway in New York City. There were 200 artists and 20 award winners. The Awards Judge, Paul Yanko said, "The small format is a challenge... size restriction forces the artists to a more intimate scale with a new response to the format." "Collage is an unexpected juxtaposition of elements."

LOCATION
Downtown Gallery, School of Art, Kent State University : Kent, OH

DATES
Entry Deadline: April 1, 2011
Exhibit Dates: April 8, 2011 to May 14, 2011
Opening Reception: April 8, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00pm

ELIGIBILITY
• “Wish You Were Here” Collage Postcards is a competitive exhibition open to all 2011 members of the NCS, Inc.
• All international collage artists are welcome to enter this exhibit.
• All entries must be original and not have been previously shown in any NCS exhibition.
• Entry must be a collage: any artwork created with another layer glued onto the surface.

SIZE LIMITATIONS
Limited to NO LARGER OR SMALLER THAN 4" x 6" and NO MORE THAN 1/2" IN DEPTH. NO EXCEPTIONS!

ENTRY PREPARATION
All submissions of Collage Postcards are to be mounted, NOT MATTED, and centered on an 8" x 10" white mat board horizontal and vertical. Attach the correctly completed entry form “A” on the back of your entry. Please fill out form“B” and include in your mailing.

HANDLING AND FEES
Please type or print clearly all information on the entry form (especially your e-mail address)! If you have not already done so, enclose your check for your annual dues ($35) PLUS the $15 entry fee. Checks should be made payable to NCS, Inc or National Collage Society, Inc. Payment can also be completed through the website.

Mail payment to:
National Collage Society, Inc.
254 West Streetsboro St.
Hudson, OH 44236

Mail the entries to:
Anderson Turner, Director of Galleries
Kent State University, School of Art
400 Janik Drive
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Entries must be postmarked NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MARCH 28th.

LIABILITY
The Downtown Gallery, KSU School of Art and NCS, Inc. accept no liability for damage or loss of collages during shipping. Insurance is provided by the Downtown Gallery during the exhibit.

Click here to download additional information and entry forms

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Path To Enlightenment

A year ago I re-purposed this blog to an art information/opinion source for artists living and working on the South Coast. I did so, secure in the knowledge that it would never work, that I'd write for a year and when no one had read anything I had written I would quietly shut it down.

Then the strangest thing happened, you read it, in spite of my best efforts. Let's face it I can be pretty obnoxious and cutesy and I have a whole bunch of opinions back by nothing, absolutely nothing.

So here it is a year later and you are still reading the blog.

Guess that means I have to keep going and thanks to so many of you, who contribute the news and information which keeps this blog alive, I can do that.

And for all of you who have read and contributed and spread the Word, thanks. This is mostly your doing, I just organized the copy.

It has been and interesting and exciting year. I have learned a bunch and have met an awfully lot of really nice people. That's what comes of getting out in the art community, you kind of get your head turned around.

So to all of you who have followed the Trawler through think and thin, many thanks and let's do it again. There's a world of great things coming in 2011 and I think we should be a part of them. I'll keep the Trawler newsing and you keep slipping me tips and we'll all meet back here in 2012.

Thoughts Forwarded by Susan Lehman


Waiting for Spring

March 8th, from Archibald Campbell's Journal

When times get rough, when I can’t figure out how to make it all work financially, I tell myself that part of what the world looks to artists for is courage. Financial courage, courage of conviction. Faith. Belief in the value of the work. Sometimes that belief needs to transcend reality. You can’t be foolish. You can’t jump off high cliffs to see if you can fly. But our faith in our work, our willingness to go to extraordinary lengths to manifest our vision, must be outside the ordinary. Our discipline must be outside the ordinary.

People pay lots of money for the creations of van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, because, in part, they are monuments to courage, the belief in oneself. These artists transcended the realities of their lives, they kept at their work, stayed faithful to their vision, despite rejection, despite disappointment. Their works are seen as celebrations of faith in oneself. What makes great artists great in part is that their belief in themselves, in their vision, is great.

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Attention Please

Lighthouses 2.0 Juried Art Show ~ March 26 - April 23, 2011 at
Whistling Gallery. Opening reception Sat., March 26th, 5 to 7pm.
Juror Michael William Ousley will be available to discuss the
selection process and present awards. Show includes local artists:
Susan Lehman, Valentina Alonso, Ron Miranda, Carol Miranda, Sheri
McGrath, and Laurel Sweigert, as well as artists from as far away as
Portland. Whistling Gallery is located five miles south of Bandon on
Hwy 101. Please call Whistling Gallery for more information at (541)
404-7336.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Drums Along the Pacific

Why write a blog about art. Aren't there more important things which need discussion? If art were all that important it would be in the schools.

That's the way a lot of people feel about art. It's just not important enough to justify using space which could be used for something practical. I mean we're in a depression people!

Yeah, I know, it isn't a depression in Washington but it sure is out here where the buffalo roam. And that makes it even more important that we keep banging the drum and screaming out loud so that maybe the folks who spend our money will hear, Art is pretty damned important!

Years ago I was on the set of an international movie. I was playing the villain and I had the luxury of getting killed off before the title, so all I had to do was wait to be killed. Waiting on a movie set is one of the most boring things you can ever do. Everyone else has a job and is in a hell'uva hurry to get it done while you are twiddling your thumbs. They don't look at you, they don't talk to you and the only time they notice you is when you are in the way. Boy is it boring.

While I was being bored to death I spotted one of the grips, (That's a set hand who has a specialty like lighting or electrical or props) doing his job. He was rigging the safety pads on the bed I was going to fall on and you might guess I was very interested in seeing that he did it right. (Yes, falling on a bed takes a whole team of folks to get it right and not send the actor or talent as the crew contemptuously calls the actors, to the hospital. They don't care if you get run over by a bus once the shot is in the can but before you're gold.)

The grip had on a shirt with the slogan, Theater is Life, Film is Art, Television is furniture. That's what most congressmen think about all art. Oh they will tell you that it's just not the sort of thing their constituents understand and they've had too many art projects funded with federal money that are just obscene. Like what they do with our money?

They don't like art or if they do they think it is what they see at craft shows and flea markets by the side of the road. They haven't stared at a blank canvas until beads of blood form on their tiny, little heads. Why should they? They already have a job and it takes all of their time to organize hearings about which program put in by the other guys should get the ax.

So you see, we've got an uphill battle.

That's why it takes everyone to bang the drum. So that the sound never dies.

Have you seen what the students have done for the CAM Student Art Show? Don't go if your latest project didn't work out. It will make you weep and cringe to know that these guys are just a few years away from being out in the world competing against you at the next juried show.

They didn't do all of this because of art classes. Oh sure they have teachers, teachers who work longer hours, with less pay so that the kids can get some exposure to the arts, you know we have a school funding crisis in Oregon. Bang the drum,

We have a wealth of teachers in the art world, Pat Snyder, Jane Snoddy and Anne Sobotta just to scan the surface. They work tirelessly to keep the noise level up.

So why write about art?

It keeps that drum banging, banging, not so loudly, but banging still, banging so that all of the news about the art scene on the South Coast gets out there where it can do some good, to the artists who form this community, to the kids who will be the artists long after the Trawler has sailed away and to the public who doesn't understand art, to the politicians who want to cut funding for art, to the guy who looks at and empty pop bottle and decides to make a candle holder instead of tossing it out the window as he drives down 101.

We have to make a lot of noise or they just won't hear us and they have to hear us so that the Arts get the place and the money they deserve.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines...

Yes, it is that time of the year and the tax deadline is coming up and you know what that means? It means if you don't dig out all of those boxes of receipts and check stubs, credit card statements and tax payments, you won't get your federal return done on time.

“That's okay, I'll just file an extension.”

You can do that, but you do know it is an extension to file not and extension to pay. Yes, even if you get an extension you still have to pay by the fifteenth of April, and this year the due date falls of Friday so there's no last minute reprieve.

So why am I harping about taxes on a blog about artists? Well, for one thing you are a tax payer and you should have all of your ducks in a row so that when you break open that new copy of TurboTax, you'll have everything you need.

“I don't do that, it's too confusing and it is so much easier to just go to Block and pay them for the headache.”

You know it is. But if you bring H & R Block a shoebox full of little slips of paper or your CPA or even AARP, expect them to charge you at least thirty-five bucks an hour for filing services. And they will do it. They can't afford to waste time in a short tax season doing your work. They have six weeks to make a year's income and they won't wait on you.

Besides do you want to just throw up your hands and let some person you hardly know make big decisions about your life? Do you make enough income from art to file a Schedule C or is it just hobby income and if it is can you deduct all of the framing expenses and art supplies or do you just have to think of that like the money you spent at Starbucks? Okay, okay, Dutch Bros, I came from a place where if you got coffee, it was black and the waitress called you, “hon.”

Knowing a little about your own taxes shouldn't be seen as a punishment, it's a gift. Take it and learn what goes on what line. Being a responsible tax payer is all part of being an artist. You wouldn't want someone to tell you how much your work is worth or say you can't be an artist and a business person at the same time.

Owing the IRS is a bad thing. But you want real, nightmare bad in your life, don't file, or claim something so ridiculous that the audit flag pops up. I spent a year fighting an audit and in the end I wound up settling, not because I did anything wrong, but because I couldn't afford to spend everyday in the IRS office. You do not want the IRS on your case. Get your files in order, get down to the tax preparer, buy H & R Block software, (I plugged TurboTax in an earlier paragraph, it only seemed fair to plug Block.), come ready and get it over with and filed and you will live happily ever after.

Whew! That's a load off.

It isn't? No, while we are talking about being responsible artists what have you done about the other deadlines you are facing?

“What are you talking about there ain't no stinking deadlines.”

But there are deadlines coming up and some of them are knocking on your door this very minute and you know what they say about opportunity knocking? That's right it don't wait one bit better than the IRS!

Have you gone to

http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

and clicked on the link to download the prospectus, (You could look back a coupla days on the ole Trawler and get it that way, but in the spirit of being part of the solution and not part of the problem), here's the link

http://www.torpedofactory.org/images/galleries/target/June%202011/ITF3%20prospectus.pdf

And you can apply online, so there's really no excuse for missing the March 14 deadline. Oh? You want that link too? Okay, but just this once.

http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/target_online_form.htm

Now I know there are folks out there who have been sketching nudes, cause both the Monday Plien Air group and Gold Beach folks have been having regular figure study groups. In fact Port Orford is staging a show based on those who go to the Life Drawing class. So why are you dragging your feet? There's a show that wants you and do you want to be any more of a slacker than those who ignore the Uncle Sam wants you posters or do you want to click on the links and sign up right now. That's what I thought, not a slacker in the bunch.

And what about the motorcycle show at CAM?

I know that you can find a motorcycle in Coos Bay or North Bend because I saw
two of'em, right there in the Safeway parking lot. Now bikers may look a bit less like your second grade school teacher, but they have the same weaknesses for kids, puppies and their bikes that every other proud parent has, if you ask they'll let you take those pictures you can paint from, cause they love their motors and will tell you so forever, so do yourself a favor and ask to take a picture and then run like the devil.

You do remember that the deadline is the 26 of March and that you as a responsible artist need to go to the CAM website,

http://www.coosart.org/

And click on the link for Thunder at CAM

http://www.coosart.org/call-to-artists-thunder-at-cam/

Where you can click on the link to download the entry forms and get you motor running!

http://www.coosart.org/pdf/2011-Thunder-At-CAM-Entry-form.pdf

You don't want to be left at the Candy Shoppe when the leader of the pack takes a magic carpet ride and proves it's fun to be born to be wild so long as you stay out of the rain and get to bed at a reasonable hour. Be responsible, get your forms in the mail!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pile-O

What do you do when that project you've been laboring over for weeks turns out to be a big-o pile of carp (or a word with all of the same letters)?

Do you wring your hands, stomp and shout, weep bitter tears or just find a pal and head for the bar?

Or do you take a long, thoughtful look at the masterpiece gone wrong and see if there is anything there worth salvaging?

You know my story, I've been laboring mightily over a high contrast nude for the last three or four weeks and I finished it yesterday. And what a pile-o it is, I don't know where it went wrong, something in the anatomy or perspective, but it just isn't right.

Yes, I haven't been at this very long and I've had no training in anatomy, so there's no reason why I should be upset, except I am. I really do expect everything I do to turn out brilliant.

Except it didn't.

I think it started when I got the poor dear's nose too long. Now the lady in my original had a petite little nose and rather fine features. Not in my drawing, she looks more like a Picasso. (Of course that's just my way of saying bad, distorted, sorry, and it isn't fair to Picasso, because he really was a very fine artist with a complete command of anatomy and perspective. He just didn't want to do it that way and we are probably better because he didn't.)

But back to my sad little drawing, shortly after I gave her the face of a horse, I added Kirk Douglas' chin. I mentioned having to do a Kirkectomy? Yeah I did and she's the better for it. And then I went to work on her body.

Now you would think after fifty-two years of staring at girls, (I make no excuses, I like girls/women/females whatever the non-offensive term is, I like'em. Always have and I find they are devilishly difficult to draw with any accuracy which makes them wonderful subjects for practice because it is almost impossible to get them right and yet they are so charming you can stare at them for hours. (Now of course if you are a lady artist you probably don't share the same fondness for staring at women I do, or perhaps you do which is just fine, so we can move on to actually staring without any further ado.) Back to where I left that poor sentence dangling which is not as bad as dangling a participle, or so I've been told by the masters of the Black Arts, Grammar and Spelling, I like staring at women and have done...okay, more than my share, so you would think I could get their bodies right after all of that, but no, I squished her into some sort of Mezzo-American fertility fetish. And then there's the shading of the background, but I guess you see where I am headed, this did not turn out as I'd planned.

But I like most of it anyway. That's a big surprise, right? But it is true and I have plans for my misshapen lady. See in making her wrong I made her interesting in ways I could never have planned. This is something I learned from photography. The camera takes exactly what you point it at even if that is all wrong and has no light and sometimes that makes for a better picture than you had planned.

So I took my mangled lady and ran her through the computer and made some changes...



And I liked them! But it wasn't quite what I wanted, so back to the computer and diddled some more...



Very Picasso and good but maybe one more try?




Now I really am scr...confused, you see when I finished this drawing I was really unhappy. All I wanted to do with it was stuff it in the shredder and be rid of it, but now, I like my compacted female and I have a much bigger problem.

Which one of the ones I like should I enter in In the Flesh?