Saturday, July 30, 2011

Causes; Great and Small

If you didn't read Ava's newsletter, and why precisely didn't you, tonight is the big-time, star-studded, can't-be-missed 18th Annual Maritime Opening and dinner. So get out your tux, dust off your white tie and come dancing in your tails. Hey, eats provided by The Coach House and if that isn't enough to get you out of the chair, it's time for remotectomy before it permanently joins your hand!

http://rising.blackstar.com/dont-buy-into-the-model-release-myth.html

Take this link to read more about the model release issue. Now I have mentioned I am not a lawyer and do not give legal advice, but this item might settle your concerns. If you don't have concerns don't pay any attention.

I continue to wonder why with an art community so large and active, Coos Bay//North Bend does not have a figure drawing class/group. Why do artists have to travel to Gold Beach and Port Orford? Can it be that with SWOCC in our own backyard, there are no students interested in picking up a buck or two by modeling for a bunch of artists?

UVARTS Text Me show deadline is coming up fast. Time to get your entry completed and sent off and this time you can do it on the Net so you can drag this out to the very last minute.

Look for you at the Maritime Opening.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ava Rickey's Art News

Hi Everyone,

This coming Monday, August 1st, plein air painters will be taking a break from painting the county parks and will join the Port Orford First Monday Painters at Elk River Fish Hatchery. (It's a state park.) We will meet there at 12:00 noon.

Bring your lunch and beverage, and enjoy the afternoon painting on the beautiful Elk River.

Take Highway 101 to Elk River Road (3 miles north of Port Orford). Turn East and travel 7.5 miles to the Elk River Fish Hatchery. It will be on the left hand side. Turn in and park in the lot toward the right and follow the lane to the river.

See you there! My phone is 541-347-4643 or cell is 541-297-6118.
Ava

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Art Information:

FYI: New listings have asterisks ***** next to the date.

If any of the web links below in blue are not "live", meaning if you click on it and it doesn't take you to the website,--- right click on it and choose copy, then open your internet web browser, left click on the web address window at the top to highlight it, then right click and paste the web link into your browser and hit enter. The site should open.


August Sale: 15% off all paint brushes at Bandon Artist Supply 541-347-4482. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except closed Sun. & Mon.
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Current Shows:

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****Now through August 6th
Clayton Redwood showing paintings at Pony Village Mall in the windows by Joanne's Fabric.
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****Through August
Coos Bay Library features Monte Rogers' "Painted Ladies", paintings of the wonderful women who have been his models over the years. Steve Laird's driftwood art on display in the lobby.

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*****Now through September 17th
Billy Smoothboars Restaurant, Hwy 101 & Seabird, Bandon
"Dunes of the Pacific Northwest"
For information contact Vickie Eichelberger whistlinggallery@gmail.com
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Now through September
Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon
"Sit/ Stay. Roll Over.", an invitational show of paintings and photographs of dogs. Participating artists include Judy North, Lloyd Ziff, Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass, Tod & Jeannie Steele, Kelle Herrick, Kent Holloway, Peggy Knox, Susan Lehman and Barry LaVoie, and Ava Richey. Show runs through September.
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Now through August
Black Market Gourmet, 495 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR. 541-269-0194 http://www.blackmarketgourmet.com
Features work of local artist and watercolor instructor Josie Reed.
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now through July
Mike Ousley is the featured artist at Harry Ritchie's Jewelry in Pony Village Mall, North Bend, OR. A 1960's themed hexaptych is displayed in concert with the 50th Anniversary of Pony Village Mall.
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now through July 31st Closes Sunday the 31st! Don't miss it. :)
Sage Gallery, 390 1st St. SW Ste 2, Old Town Bandon (upstairs in the Port of Bandon Bldg). Features Etch - a - Sketch artist Jeannie Hemming, and South Coast Collage artists Donna Cox, Molly Dufort, Sharon Jensen, Susan Lehman, Ava Richey, Pat Snyder, Arlene Tinsley, dorothea tortilla.
Show runs June 24th thru July 31, 2011 Gallery open Fridays 4 - 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 - 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.
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currently showing at Sage Place, 525 11th St SE, Bandon 541-329-0303
Works by Carolene Doss, Anne Sobbota, Kimberly Wurster, Donna Wright, Pat Snyder, dorthea tortilla, and Sherry Carpenter.

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now through July
Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport 541-867-FISH or http://www.aquarium.org
Passages of the Deep Gallery----"Beauty and the Birds" features Bandon's husband and wife team Susan & Steve Dimock. Their photography includes Oregon coast landscapes and birds, including acquarium puffins.
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now through September
Boardwalk Bunnies Show in Old Town Bandon.
Rabbits, hares and bunnies of all kinds. What a fun show! Vote for your favorite.
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Sarita Southgate, S.L. Donaldson, Yvonne Ramirez Ousley, and Michael William Ousley will be exhibiting their art at Brooke and Herb Yussim's Oregon Bay Properties site at 1992 Sherman Avenue, North Bend (Hotel North Bend). http://www.obpre.com/LocalArtists Call 541-808-2010 to confirm showing artists, and hours available for visiting.
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Classes
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Easy Lane Frames, 3440 Broadway, North Bend, 541-756-7638
Contact for information on a variety of classes.

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Rose Palette, Pony Village Mall, North Bend. Landscapes in Oil, $20 per class.
Instructor Carol Turner.
541-396-5373
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Artist Loft Gallery, Pony Village Mall, North Bend. Call for Class Information
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August 3, 2011 deadline to register for Sas Colby "Art as Improvisation" class at Sage Gallery. 541-329-0303 http://www.sascolby.com
September 30 and October 1, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm
$190 + $10 materials fee, includes lunch
$50 non-refundable registration fee due by August 3
Balance of non-refundable fee due by September 3rd
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Coquille Valley Art Association offers classes in art painting (all mediums), quilting, woodcarving, woodburning, pottery, and beading. 10144 Hwy 42, Coquille, OR 541-396-3294
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Schedule of Classes offered at Second Street Gallery, Old Town Bandon
Accepting registration now for classes in August on photography, watercolor, colored pencil, felting, leatherwork, basketry, Navajo tapestry weaving, oil painting and collage.
Apply in person at 210 Second Street, or visit http://www.secondstreetgallery.net
For more information call 541-347-4133.
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Schedule of Classes offered at Sage Place
go to: http://www.sagegallerybandon.com
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Beginning Pastel Classes...Mondays 2 - 4:00 p.m.
Darrell Sanders, owner of Gallery On The Bay, 658 South Empire Blvd. (Cape Arago Hwy.), Coos Bay, OR 541-888-3771, galleryonthebay@gmail.com
website is http://www.galleryonthebay.org cost of class: $20
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Dateline Events:
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Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2011 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Second Street Gallery, 210 Second St. Old Town Bandon 541-347-4133 http://www.secondstreetgallery.net
Featured artist for the Meet & Greet Program is Mike Ousley. Stop by and see what Mike has been up to, and check out his dynamic and colorful paintings.
Also visit with Yvonne Ousley who will be giving a preview of the tapestry weaving class she is scheduled to teach at Second Street Gallery in August.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011 5 - 8:00 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 541-267-3901 http://www.coosart.org
18th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit opens...featured maritime artist is Don McMichael, showing in the Perkins Gallery. Other shows: "Frames Around Oregon Acriculture" in the Uno E. Richter Atrium; and "Inspirations of the Coast" in the Mable Hansen Gallery. Shows runs July 30th through October 1, 2011.
Contact Museum for information on July 30, 2011 Plein Air Paintout.
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18th Annual Maritime Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser
Dinner provided by The Coach House Restaurant. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m., Silent Auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30 for CAM members and $35 for non-members. Half-year memberships available that night.
It's a good time to show support for our local Coos Art Museum, and all of the folks that work and volunteer their time working.
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*****Sunday, July 31, 2011 2 - 5:00 p.m.
Raincoast Arts Gallery, 48358 Hwy 101, Langlois
20th Year Anniversary Celebration for Raincoast Arts Gallery. Come join us for an artists reception. Current show features works by Georganne White, Carol Waxham, Barry LaVoie, Wood Sabold, Victoria Tierney, Susan Lehman and Ava Richey.
Gallery is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
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*****Sunday, July 31, 2011 1 - 4:00 p.m.
Roaring Sea Arts Sunday Open House, Port Orford. Music, poetry, and prose, with potluck snacks. For information to attend, and/or participate contact Donna at 541-332-4444, or Suzanne at 541-332-0540.
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*****Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Gold Beach Episcopal Church
Easternmost end of Moore Street.
Figure Drawing. To confirm & for more information contact Alexandra alexandra@portraitsbyalexandra.com
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*****Friday, August 5, 2011 5 - 7 p.m.
The Wine Walk starts at Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay.
Cost is $10 to participate and proceeds benefit the Museum. CAM will be open that evening with no admition. The event will include an informal reception for the OSU and CAM exhibitions. Also, upstairs in the Clare Wehrle Community Gallery, a selection of photographs by Carol Knapp depicting maritime themes will be on view and for sale (donated by Carol Knapp to benefit the Museum). http://www.coosart.org 541-257-3901
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*****Thursday, August 11, 2011 5 - 8:00 p.m.
ArtWalk! Coos Bay, North Bend area. Pony Village Mall, South Wing; Artists Loft opening reception for "All Things Marine". Vote for People's Choice at Easy Lane Frames; Gallery by the Bay (5 - 7 p.m.) features Donna Wright, Vanessa Jorgensen, Jean Boynton, Ron Wright and Catherine Walworth. Other venues too.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011 9 - 11:30 a.m.
"Landscapes and Negative Painting" Watercolor Class, instructor Connie Zane.
Cost $30 and students bring watercolors, brushes, paper and rags, or purchase materials there and pay $5 materials fee.
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******Saturday, August 13, 2011 11:00 a.m.
Bay Area Artists Assn. (BAAA) monthly meeting at Eden Hall on SOCC campus, Coos Bay. Meet at 11:00 a.m. then Jean Adamson will lead people on a plein air painting session. Map to be handed out at Eden Hall. Contact Jean at 541-294-3403.
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*****Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:30 a.m.
Rosie's Art Carnival, Florence, OR reallyrosie@oregonfast.net
Everyone welcome to bring your Artists Trading Cards to exchange at the ATC trade event.
Join in the fun.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011 3 - 5:00 p.m.
Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, Florence, OR 541-997-8980 http://www.backstreetgallery.org
Opening Reception featuring artwork by Susan Weathers.
Complimentary refreshments provided.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Bandon Public Library, Sprague Room (presented by Sage Place).
Geneva Miller writing workshop "Professional Writing for Artists"-- ARTIST STATEMENT.
A 1-day intensive session: Explore the compositional elements and symbolism in your work to communicate your personal interaction with art and the impact your work has on the public. For more information contact Sage Place 541-329-0303
Deadline to register is Saturday, July 30, 2011
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*****Sat. & Sun., September 3 & 4, 2011
(Annual Labor Day Festival at Winchester Bay) Art by the Bay Festival 2011
Invites artists to sell their art while actively engaging in making their art. A small, free space will be provided under huge tents. They also provide a free lunch (sandwich, chips and beverage). Artists making one of a kind paintings, jewelry, photographs, pottery, stained glass, rustic furniture, metal art, glass blowing, etc. are welcome.
They will be looking for artwork for the 2012 Festival Poster, and will pay $100 for it, and will retain all rights to the painting.
So go make a weekend of it and maybe make some money too. Pre-register at least two weeks in advance with Phyllis Dever 541-297-6073 winchesterbayrentals@yahoo.com http://www.wbmerchants.com

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Calls to Artists:
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*** Wed., Thurs., Fri., August 3, 4 & 5, 2001 Submission Del. Dates 12 - 6 p.m.
The Artists Loft, Pony Village Mall, North Bend
Third Annual "All Things Marine" juried show. 2-D & 3 -D Marine related art. (No computer generated or enhanced photography). $5 for one piece, $8 for two pieces, two piece maximum. Contact Barbara Mahon 541-756-2481, or Sharon Backues 541-756-9792.
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Call to Artists for WindFest 2011 Sat. & Sun. August 6th & 7th, 2011
The Port of Bandon is hosting WindFest again this year to celebrate WIND because "Ya gotta love it cause we got it!" So let's celebrate it!! They are looking for sculpture and paintings that portray kinetic art or wind to add to the festive waterfront for that weekend.
Contact Gina at 541-347-3206 Anyone out there making wind interactive sculpture???
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Submission Deadline
Umpqua Valley Arts Association,
1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97471 http://www.uvarts.com
"Symbols, Letters, Words--Text Us!"
Create a work of art in which some element of written or symbolic language or text is an integral visual part of the composition. Actual meaning may be superfluous--or it may be vital--but it's the visual aspect that will be considered most import. Think of text as mark-making....letters, words, phrases, symbols, etc.used at the visual structure of the composition.They could provide balance, focal point, or be used as pattern, but your art must contain a form of symbol, letter, word or text. Juror: John Olbrantz. For up to 3 entries fee is $25.
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August 22, 2011 Submission Deadline
Maude Kerns Art Center
, 1910 E. 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
"Dia de los Muertos Exhibit" calling for 2-d and 3- dimensional work related to the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead. $10 submission. http://www.mkartcenter.org or 541-345-1571
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******Tues. & Wed., August 30 & 31, 2011 Submission Delivery Deadline
Easy Lane Frames & Select Gallery, 3440 Broadway, North Bend,
541-756-7638
Is calling for entries for their September/October show titled "All Mixed Up". You may submit up to 2 works (2-D or 3-D) each work consisting of at least two distinct art mediums. No size limit, no entry fee. Call for more information.
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Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest Deadline Sept. 15, 2011
Oregon Wild is eeking amateur and professional photographers work. Color images only, submit up to 5 images, entry fee is $5 per person.
Before submitting your images, please review the contest Rules & Submission Guidelines for complete contest details, including an explanation of the categories, as well as downloading an entry form on the website below. Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland Oregon 97217.
http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/photo-contest

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Delivery Deadline Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Call to Digital Artists: "The Digital Eye" runs October/November/December 2011
Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon, OR
Artworks to be produced using the computer and "Painter", "Photoshop", "Corel", digitally created and manipulated photography, a Wacom tablet, and IPAD or any combination of these. Requires original digital artwork produced on the computer. Please respect copyright laws. We are looking for art that goes beyond common color and/or filter enhanced photography.
Enter 1 - 3 pieces per artist, framed and ready to hang, or matted and ready to hang.
Minimum size 8" x 10" excluding frame & mat. No maximum size (within reason).
Entry Fee: None. Theme: Open, your choice--no nudity or morbidity will be accepted.
Deliver art to Hospital at 9:00 a.m. on October 5, 2011.
There is no commission fee charged on sales. We reserve the right to refuse submitted artwork due to presentation, subject or space. Please have your name, address, e-mail, title and sales price on the back of your each piece you submit.
If you have questions please contact Ava Richey yarnfarm@harborside.com or Victoria Tierney victory7777@hughes.net
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*****Friday, October 7, 2011 Submission deadline
Celebrate Arts 2011!
Juried Show, Florence Events Center, Florence, OR
Up to four works of art per person at $10 each.
http://www.eventcenter.org/celebrate-arts/
Show runs November 4 - 16, 2011
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October 31st sign up deadline
for the national sketchbook project...
http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject?utm_source=Art+House+Co-op+List&utm_campaign=958e8382b2-notefromstevenenmail&utm_medium=email

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Opportunity to Sell your Work:
Kathy from "Katherine's" in Pony Village Mall
(south wing) is seeking artists to display art on Art Walk Thursdays from 5 - 8:00 p.m. each month. The upcoming one is Aug. 11th. The Mall will provide easels and tables. Other stores will be doing music and appetizers. There is no fee, no commission...it's FREE. Contact Kathy at 541-808-2248.
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Celebrate Arts! 2011
Competition Goes Digital This Year
Register Now for September Digital Workshops
The Friends of the Florence Events Center are proud to present our annual juried art show, “Celebrate Arts! 2011.” We are excited to bring a juried art show to the community once a year for the many benefits it provides the gallery, the artists and the gallery audience.
Celebrate Arts! will celebrate FEC’s 15th year in 2011 by having all art work submitted to the competition in digital form. For complete show information and instructions for submitting your art, click here: http://www.eventcenter.org/celebrate-arts/
To help artists prepare for the digital submission process, workshops will be held at FEC on September 11 and 12. Workshop registration runs through August 26. Space is limited so please register early. Click here to download the online registration form. Registration forms are also available at the Florence Events Center, Digital Dunes Photography, and the Siuslaw Library. Cost is $25.
The workshop session is two hours long. Scheduled times are 9 - 11 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m., and 4 - 6 p.m. on both days.
The workshops will provide details of how to take and upload digital images. Local photographers Curt Peters, Rob Welles, and Stephanie Ames will photograph art, burn it to a CD and teach workshop participants how to upload it.
Work to be photographed must be for entry in Celebrate Arts! 2011 and is limited to four pieces. All work should be unframed.
In addition to photographing art work for the 2011 show, there will be a workshop on how to photograph artwork for future shows and exhibits. This workshop will focus on how to use a “point and shoot” camera to get the best possible results. Attendees must bring their camera and user’s manual.
For more information about the workshops and this year's Celebrate Arts competition, call 541.997.1994. www.eventcenter.org/celebrate.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

All About Emily Carr



Sunday 31 at 2:pm
Gallery by the Bay
Unity Church

A 30 minute or so Program about EMILY CARR




Presented by Jean Adamson and Serita Southgate

Sunday 31 at 2:pm
Gallery by the Bay
Unity Church

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Painted Ladies

If you have been living under a rock for the last century or so you don't know who Monte Rogers is. That's sad, but being as how the Ole Trawler is in the busines of making you sharper than you really are, take this link...

http://nasonartreview.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html

that'll larnya. So now you know but you are wondering why you should and that too is a very good question. And once again, the Ole Trawler leaps into the breech and provides an answer. Monte Rogers will be displaying his work at the Coos Bay library next month, August if you've lost count, and that is easy to do if you don't have kids around to ground you in time, so take a look at the calender and make a note, Monte Rogers at the Coos Bay Public Library.

The show is called Painted Ladies and if you know anything about Monte's work you know that these ladies will please the eye, tease the mind and bring a smile or even two. So don't miss Painted Ladies at the Coos Bay Public Library.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Let there be light.

Let there be light. Jeanie with the light brown hair. Fight for the light. Light, light, light it's all around us and what are we going to do about it?

This time of the year the South Coast comes alive with light. The forests and the shores dazzle with the many colors the sun brings to stone, sand and tree. Eat at Benneli's and watch the blue of the bay change color as the sun sets. Portside and the High Tide Cafe let the sun play on the snad banks and flats of the estuary. Shore Acres is aglow with the blooms brought out by the light, even the humble weeds and wild flowers rejoice at the coming of summer light.

So what are you doing about it?

This is where I think painters have it all over photographers, a painter can take wht light offers and use it or change it as the subject or his mood requires. A photographer has to take what the light offers him and hope like the devil he can change it in Photoshop.

What? You listened and you didn't spend six hundred dollars on the high priced spread? That's okay, we'll change it and say what GIMP or PhotoScape offers. That better?

Back if the dark and distant days when slide film was all a working guy could afford, I loved Ektachrome, I started with 64 and worked my way up to High Speed Ektachrome, even pushed it a time or two. Boy was that living, ASA 320, course it was a little grainy but you gotta make compromises, (unless you are the U.S. Congress.)

Now the digital revolution gives us camera which can take a candle and make it light a room. Course that magic means when you are shooting in bright sunlight you have to make some decisions. The sun out here is just a wee bit brighter that a candle.

An overcast day will bring back those soft blue and green tones Ektachrome gave, but that's not really dealing with the light. No to deal with it you have to be a painter or know a little bit about your camera. Even if you are a painter you need to know a bit about your camera unless you are only a Plein air guy.

Photography had its birth in France which explains why so many of the controls are screwed like crazy. The lens opening is called an F/stop. (Don't get me started on why that doesn't tell you a thing about what it actually does.) Small F/Stops like F1.2 are big openings of the iris, lots of light getting in, big F/stops like F22 are tiny iris openings, not much light getting through, so to start we have a big problem understanding. To close the iris down, make it a smaller opening, is called stopping down. Which means in true French fashion, clicking on a bigger number. Digital cameras make all of this stopping and starting much easier by doing it for you and most of the time they do it right.

But they can't always get it right. That's where you step in. The light we get here on the South Coast is so intense it takes a tiny amount to get a good exposure. Most of the time your camera will pick a smaller F/stop because smaller means bigger opening which means faster shutter speed which means less chance for you to shake the camera. It also means not so dramatic light. But you don't have to take what the camera gives you. Each and every one of these technological marvels has a button on the back which allows you to change the exposure value.


It will look something like this and it will allow you to quickly change the setting on your camera to get the best from the light.

Painters can change their minds, their view, their ideas and do it on the same canvas. Photographers have to work with the light they are given. Might want to drag out that camera manual and give it another read.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The King of Cool

Who is the coolest guy around, the Fonz, Steve McQueen or George Clooney? No it’s the King of Cool, the Sultan of Smooth, the Thrill of Chill, Joe Cool!

Come-on you’re not THAT old, Snoopy, you know the world’s greatest World War One fighter pilot ace? That’s right, Sparky created the emblem of what every pet owner truly feels, my pet is the best. And Snoopy is America’s pet. Garfield may eat lasagna, but Snoopy has a Picasso over his pool table. How can you not love that?

And you know we all feel that way about our kids. Just ask a pet owner about their animals and stand back; a filibustering Congressman doesn’t stand a chance. People love their pets.

Which is good news for all us artists, you might not get a sensible person to shell out hard cold cash for a brilliant landscape of a meticulously accurate scale drawing of a dreadnaught class battle ship, but Fluffy? Fluffy wins everytime.

And fortunately for artists our pets love us back. They sit for hours allowing even the most painstaking craftsman to get it right. They play, scuffle, chase, fall, stumble and, race around the house creating more scenes of artistic merit in a day than a master could dream up in a decade.

So what are you doing about those little, furry art makers living in your very house? Have you tried your hand at making them part of your artistic life?

They’re not very lofty and serious; nothing a dedicated artist would sacrifice their precious time for. Okay, but don’t expect to sell out at the next show. Oh, you don’t work for money. Art is not for the frivolous.

Okay, but you are passing up a wonderful source of ideas and they’re right there in your home, every day, churning out new stunts just for you. And catching their energy and zest isn’t all that easy. You can do a landscape without rushing; you can even take a picture and work on it at home. But for one of those fast moving, clever little guys, them you have to work fast, take a picture or have a great memory. Pet art ain’t for amateurs.

So the next time you are stuck for a theme, an idea, an inspiration, take a look at Fluffy.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Come Rain or Come Shine

So have you gotten your entry ready for the UVARTs Symbols, Letters, Words ----------- Text Us! Show? How come, you know the deadline is fast approaching. Do you want to be left out?

You don’t have anything that will fit the show requirements. Why not?

That’s an important part of being an artist, being ready. Sure you have things that fire you up everytime, every day, but they won’t always fit the prospectus. You have to expand your vision, take in a new subject and make sure that you don’t work yourself into a rut.

Plants, landscapes and maritime subjects are really cooperative, They don’t move. That’s really helpful when you are doing a painting. Things that don’t move make it much easier to mix paint and compose your image.

But they really don’t challenge you. You want to find out how good you are paint something that moves. No, husbands watching a ball game do not qualify. You have to take their pulse every now and then just to make sure they’re still alive. No asking for beer and snoring are cheats, they make it too easy to be sure. No I was thinking about something with a bit more life. Kids and pets.

Kids make any kind of composition a nightmare and keeping them still without hot glue and a stun gun is something that the Geneva Convention has under study.

That leaves our favorite guys, come rain or come shine our pets love us and will to please us do just about anything.

But pets can be like kids, they move, they twitch they get distracted, How do you tie them down so you can make art and not just a smear on the canvas? (You could do that and call it impressionistic art, but that’s not a way to challenge your skills)

Pets are always willing to be part of your life, even if it involves standing still. This is an area where cats have it all over dogs. Cats will be still for hours at a time plotting new depravations for later. They just manage to do it like Jennifer Anniston with great beauty and grace and when they don’t they do it hysterically.

So here’s your chance, try capturing that expression as your terrier eyes the ball across the room. Got a cat with a crooked grin? What about puppies or kittens? If you can’t make them cute you should take up plastering.

Our pets are there come rain or come shine and it seems a shame not to take advantage of someone who will pose for hours without a word of complaint. The trick is to capture them without making them a cliché. Yeah, it is hard to do but then you’re an artist, right?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ava Richey's Art News

Hi Everyone,

This coming Monday, July 25th, plein air painters will meet at Riverton Boat Ramp at 12:00 to paint, then go to Judah Park after that.

I will be working so won't be there...

Riverton Boat Ramp is just west of Riverton, on Hwy 42S between Bandon and Coquille.

Judah Park: Go approx.3.5 miles east of Bandon on HWY 42S. Look for the green sign that says Judah Park. The park is approx. one mile north off HWY 42S on Parkersburg Road. Go past the old dog kennel with the dog statue by the road. The park is after that on the left, next to two homes, (one on the road with a wooden salmon hanging over the door, and one directly behind it up the hill).

Happy painting,
Ava

*****Looking for a new fun challenge? Check out this sketchbook project...two or three local artists participated in it last year, and enjoyed doing it. Sign up by October 31st.

http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject?utm_source=Art+House+Co-op+List&utm_campaign=958e8382b2-notefromstevenenmail&utm_medium=email
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******Art Supplies Garage Sale: !!!
Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.

42355 Parkwood Drive, Port Orford--off Paradise Point Rd. between Garrison Lake and Pacific Ocean.

Deeply discounted, almost give-away prices on painting supplies including paints, canvas, watercolor blocks, oils, acrylics, watercolors, drawing, mats, easels, etc.

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Art Information:

FYI: New listings have asterisks ***** next to the date.

If any of the web links below in blue are not "live", meaning if you click on it and it doesn't take you to the website,--- right click on it and choose copy, then open your internet web browser, left click on the web address window at the top to highlight it, then right click and paste the web link into your browser and hit enter. The site should open.

July Sale: 15% off stretched canvases and canvas boards at Bandon Artist Supply 541-347-4482. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except closed Sun. & Mon.

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Current Shows:

Now through September
Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon

"Sot/ Stay. Roll Over.", an invitational show of paintings and photographs of dogs. Participating artists include Judy North, Lloyd Ziff, Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass, Tod & Jeannie Steele, Kelle Herrick, Kent Holloway, Peggy Knox, Susan Lehman and Barry LaVoie, and Ava Richey. Show runs through September.

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Now through August

Black Market Gourmet, 495 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR. 541-269-0194 http://www.blackmarketgourmet.com/
Features work of local artist and watercolor instructor Josie Reed.

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now through July

Mike Ousley is the featured artist at Harry Ritchie's Jewelry in Pony Village Mall, North Bend, OR. A 1960's themed hexaptych is displayed in concert with the 50th Anniversary of Pony Village Mall.

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now through July 31st

Sage Gallery, 390 1st St. SW Ste 2, Old Town Bandon (upstairs in the Port of Bandon Bldg). Features Etch - a - Sketch artist Jeannie Hemming, and South Coast Collage artists Donna Cox, Molly Dufort, Sharon Jensen, Susan Lehman, Ava Richey, Pat Snyder, Arlene Tinsley, dorothea tortilla.
Show runs June 24th thru July 31, 2011 Gallery open Fridays 4 - 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 - 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.

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****currently showing at Sage Place, 525 11th St SE, Bandon 541-329-0303

Works by Carolene Doss, Anne Sobbota, Kimberly Wurster, Donna Wright, Pat Snyder, dorthea tortilla, and Sherry Carpenter.
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now through July

Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport 541-867-FISH or http://www.aquarium.org
Passages of the Deep Gallery----"Beauty and the Birds" features Bandon's husband and wife team Susan & Steve Dimock. Their photography includes Oregon coast landscapes and birds, including acquarium puffins.

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now through July 24, 2011 Artists pick up your paintings Mon., July 25th through Thurs., July 28th.
Second Street Gallery, 210 Second Street, Old Town Bandon 541-347-4133 http://www.secondstreetgallery.net
"Miniature and Small Works Open Exhibition" Includes works by approximately 30 artists.

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now through September

Boardwalk Bunnies Show in Old Town Bandon.
Rabbits, hares and bunnies of all kinds. What a fun show! Vote for your favorite.

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Sarita Southgate, S.L. Donaldson, Yvonne Ramirez Ousley, and Michael William Ousley will be exhibiting their art at Brooke and Herb Yussim's Oregon Bay Properties site at 1992 Sherman Avenue, North Bend (Hotel North Bend). http://www.obpre.com/LocalArtists Call 541-808-2010 to confirm showing artists, and hours available for visiting.

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Classes

Easy Lane Frames, 3440 Broadway, North Bend, 541-756-7638

Contact for information on a variety of classes.
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Rose Palette, Pony Village Mall, North Bend. Landscapes in Oil, $20 per class.

Instructor Carol Turner. 541-396-5373

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Artist Loft Gallery, Pony Village Mall, North Bend. Call for Class Information

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August 3, 2011 deadline to register for Sas Colby "Art as Improvisation" class at Sage Gallery. 541-329-0303 http://www.sascolby.com
September 30 and October 1, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm

$190 + $10 materials fee, includes lunch

$50 non-refundable registration fee due by August 3

Balance of non-refundable fee due by September 3rd

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Coquille Valley Art Association offers classes in art painting (all mediums), quilting, woodcarving, woodburning, pottery, and beading. 10144 Hwy 42, Coquille, OR 541-396-3294

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Schedule of Classes offered at Second Street Gallery, Old Town Bandon
Accepting registration now for classes in August on photography, watercolor, colored pencil, felting, leatherwork, basketry, Navajo tapestry weaving, oil painting and collage.
Apply in person at 210 Second Street, or visit http://www.secondstreetgallery.net/

For more information call 541-347-4133.

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Schedule of Classes offered at Sage Place
go to: http://www.sagegallerybandon.com
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Beginning Pastel Classes...Mondays 2 - 4:00 p.m.

Darrell Sanders, owner of Gallery On The Bay, 658 South Empire Blvd. (Cape Arago Hwy.), Coos Bay, OR 541-888-3771, galleryonthebay@gmail.com

website is http://www.galleryonthebay.org/ cost of class: $20

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Dateline Events:

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********Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2011 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Second Street Gallery, 210 Second St. Old Town Bandon 541-347-4133 http://www.secondstreetgallery.net
Featured artist for the Meet & Greet Program is Jo Romero. Come visit this talented jewelry artist to learn more about her beautiful work with wire and stones.

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Saturday & Sunday, July 23 and 24, 2011 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Coos County Fair
Deliver your paintings, photography etc. that you plan to enter in the Coos County Fair to the Fairgrounds in Myrtle Point.

Fair runs June 26th - 30th. http://www.co.coos.or.us

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******Wednesday, July 27, 2011 5 - 7:00 p.m.

Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, Florence, OR 541-997-8980 http://www.backstreetgallery.org
After Hours Mixer featuring Coup d'Bop. Fabulous music, refreshments, and meet & greet the artists and art lovers in town.
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*****July 28, 2011 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Gold Beach Episcopal Church

Easternmost end of Moore Street.

Figure Drawing. To confirm & for more information contact Alexandra alexandra@portraitsbyalexandra.com

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Saturday, July 30, 2011 5 - 8:00 p.m.

Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 541-267-3901 http://www.coosart.org
18th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit opens...featured maritime artist is Don McMichael, showing in the Perkins Gallery. Other shows: "Frames Around Oregon Acriculture" in the Uno E. Richter Atrium; and "Inspirations of the Coast" in the Mable Hansen Gallery. Shows runs July 30th through October 1, 2011.

Contact Museum for information on July 30, 2011 Plein Air Paintout.

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18th Annual Maritime Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser
Dinner provided by The Coach House Restaurant. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m., Silent Auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30 for CAM members and $35 for non-members. Half-year memberships available that night.

It's a good time to show support for our local Coos Art Museum, and all of the folks that work and volunteer their time working.

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*****Thursday, August 11, 2011 9 - 11:30 a.m.

"Landscapes and Negative Painting" Watercolor Class, instructor Connie Zane.

Cost $30 and students bring watercolors, brushes, paper and rags, or purchase materials there and pay $5 materials fee.

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*****Saturday, August 13, 2011 3 - 5:00 p.m.

Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, Florence, OR 541-997-8980 http://www.backstreetgallery.org
Opening Reception featuring artwork by Susan Weathers.
Complimentary refreshments provided.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011 9 a.m - 5 p.m.

Bandon Public Library, Sprague Room (presented by Sage Place).

Geneva Miller writing workshop "Professional Writing for Artists"-- ARTIST STATEMENT.
A 1-day intensive session: Explore the compositional elements and symbolism in your work to communicate your personal interaction with art and the impact your work has on the public. For more information contact Sage Place 541-329-0303

Deadline to register is Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Calls to Artists:

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Call to Artists for WindFest 2011 Sat. & Sun. August 6th & 7th, 2011
The Port of Bandon is hosting WindFest again this year to celebrate WIND because "Ya gotta love it cause we got it!" So let's celebrate it!! They are looking for sculpture and paintings that portray kinetic art or wind to add to the festive waterfront for that weekend.

Contact Gina at 541-347-3206 Anyone out there making wind interactive sculpture???

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Submission Deadline
Umpqua Valley Arts Association, 1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97471 http://www.uvarts.com
"Symbols, Letters, Words--Text Us!"

Create a work of art in which some element of written or symbolic language or text is an integral visual part of the composition. Actual meaning may be superfluous--or it may be vital--but it's the visual aspect that will be considered most import. Think of text as mark-making....letters, words, phrases, symbols, etc.used at the visual structure of the composition.They could provide balance, focal point, or be used as pattern, but your art must contain a form of symbol, letter, word or text. Juror: John Olbrantz. For up to 3 entries fee is $25.

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August 22, 2011 Submission Deadline
Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403

"Dia de los Muertos Exhibit" calling for 2-d and 3- dimensional work related to the theme of the Mixican Day of the Dead. $10 submission. http://www.mkartcenter.org/ or 541-345-1571

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Currently looking for new, talented artists to exhibit at Shearwater Gallery, Seaside, OR., as well as for permanent representation. Submit portfolio (4 to 6 images) by e-mail or by regular mail on CD or slides. For more information see http://www.shearwatergallery.com/submissions.htm
They are also inviting artists with websites that display their work to submite site address for review. Send an e-mail to introduce yourself...include artist statement, artist resume, or bio, contact information and website address to info@shearwatergallery.com

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Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest Deadline Sept. 15, 2011
Oregon Wild is eeking amateur and professional photographers work. Color images only, submit up to 5 images, entry fee is $5 per person.

Before submitting your images, please review the contest Rules & Submission Guidelines for complete contest details, including an explanation of the categories, as well as downloading an entry form on the website below. Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland Oregon 97217.

http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/photo-contest
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Scheduling Artists to Hang Work at Coquille Valley Hospital

for July, August, September and October. Three to six paintings (or giclee' prints) per artist nicely framed, ready to hang with wire (no sawtooths). 25% commission is charged on sales so please price accordingly. Please contact Sharon Orchard, 541-396-3873, or e-mail arago.sharon@gmail.com .

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Opportunity to Sell your Work:

Kathy from "Katherine's" in Pony Village Mall (south wing) is seeking artists to display art on Art Walk Thursdays from 5 - 8:00 p.m. each month.
The upcoming one is Aug. 11th. The Mall will provide easels and tables. Other stores will be doing music and appetizers. There is no fee, no commission...it's FREE. Contact Kathy at 541-808-2248.

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Call to Digital Artists: "The Digital Eye" runs October/November/December 2011

Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon, OR

Artworks to be produced using the computer and "Painter", "Photoshop", "Corel", digitally created and manipulated photography, a Wacom tablet, and IPAD or any combination of these. Requires original digital artwork produced on the computer. Please respect copyright laws. We are looking for art that goes beyond common color and/or filter enhanced photography.

Enter 1 - 3 pieces per artist, framed and ready to hang, or matted and ready to hang.

Minimum size 8" x 10" excluding frame & mat. No maximum size (within reason).

Entry Fee: None. Theme: Open, your choice--no nudity or morbidity will be accepted.

Deliver art to Hospital at 9:00 a.m. on October 5, 2011.

There is no commission fee charged on sales. We reserve the right to refuse submitted artwork due to presentation, subject or space. Please have your name, address, e-mail, title and sales price on the back of your each piece you submit.

If you have questions please contact Ava Richey yarnfarm@harborside.com or Victoria Tierney victory7777@hughes.net

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Make Hay

The sun is out.
What are you doing about it., have you picked up your palette, opened the windows of your studio, grabbed a camera and left the TV and the computer far behind?

If you haven’t you ought to be ashamed. Now if this were Texas I could have some sympathy for your hiding in the house huddling under the air conditioner vent weeping and praying for fall. But this is Oregon, summer here means wearing a heavier shirt of a light jacket, not seeing home many times you can watch Harry Potter before they throw you out.

The variety we enjoy here in the Nay Area is beyond wonder, left we have the ocean, right the mountains and in-between the rivers and forests and all manner of adventures just waiting for an artist to freeze in film or on canvas.

Okay, it is probably hard to Plein air from a kayak, but don’t let that stop you and if you do take the kayak out where is your camera? Yes, I had one too; way back around 1999 I paid one of those numbers that have more than two zeros in it for my first digital camera. But it ain’t that way now. You can get a 14 megapixels camera for less than two hundred dollars and if it happens to die the death from being plunged in the water when your kayak tips over or you get mistaken for a seal and dumped by a great white shark, you can afford to go buy another one.

“Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner.” So why buy the high priced spread? Think you can impress Kelle Herrick with your expensive camera? Ms Kelle could take winning pictures with a box camera so don’t think you can skip the part about getting up at two AM and squatting in a freezing bog waiting for the sun to come along and wake up the birds. Nope the price of the camera won’t make much difference if you aren’t going after wild ninja cranes.

So get a good cheap camera and take it with you, even if you are a painter. That camera can go where you’re canvas can’t and even better it will take pictures for you so that when you do face the blank canvas you have something to paint!

But canvas or camera won’t do you a bit of good if you don’t get out and enjoy this beautiful weather. Gardener, do plant still-lives. Sportsman, do baseball, soccer, bicycling, kayaking, motorcycling, yak wrestling, just do it. Don’t like any of those? Come up with your own. The Little Ole Opry by the Bay is working right now and I’ll bet, performers being performers they’d love a painter or photographer immortalizing their work, Live performance is hard to brag about because it requires you to be there. Ask permission, you’ll be surprised by the answer.
So why are you still reading this drivel?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Take a Lesson

Our U. S Women have set a standard which will be hard to live up to, both for those who love and play the game, and for those of us who merely watch, with trembling anticipation and doubts, waiting for the final whistle. But they have also given us in the art world a set of memories which can be worked into brilliant art with just a little imagination.

And even if you don't find the choices the AP guys made, in that heated moment when the ball was in the air and the goal was in the balance, appealing, remember there are hundreds of Abbys, Megans, Laurens and Hopes, playing near you every week. Take a camera, take an easel, take yourself and go, they will one day play for the world and this is your chance to get them while they are so young they won't even look up from the pitch to see what you are doing.

Sports photography has long been a cherished part of the American popular culture and Leroy Neiman made a buck or two painting sports. Head out to the nearest futbol field and see if you can't catch the next Abby before she sprouts wings and flies.

Art is what you make of it, and our U. S. Women made some pretty spectacular images.

Monday, July 18, 2011

August at Easy Lane Frames & Select Art Gallery

Our current show, “Water, the Substance of Life”, represents what is important and sets our area apart from many others. Water, in all of its forms, plays a vital role in all of our lives. We may complain about the rain, but our area would not be so beautiful and lush without it. Why do people vacation to the Oregon Coast?...to see our powerful ocean, lush forests, beautiful rivers and waterfalls. Now some of those most precious images are part of our featured show. This open show was judged by Carolyn Le Grand and Georg (Ike) Kistenmacher. A big thank you goes to these art professionals who pulled together their expertise to select images for ribbons in the show. Their criteria was: 1-Creativity, 2-Design, 3-Mastery of the medium. Make a point of visiting the gallery this month to check out the beautiful entries and to make your own selection for the “People’s Choice” Best of Show ribbon. The work is varied in mediums, design and subjects. It would be a great show to bring any of your visiting company to view. This show will remain on display until the end of August.

Our show for September-October will be “All Mixed Up!”. All art pieces submitted to the show must include at least two distinct art mediums. Get your creative ideas flowing and create a mixed media piece for the show. There is no limit set on the size of an entry and there is never a entry fee charged. Two-Dimensional pieces must be ready to hang and three-dimensional pieces are welcomed. You may enter up to two pieces. Your art entries should be delivered to the gallery on either August 30 or 31 between the hours of 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This should prove to be an exciting show and we hope that you will plan to be a part of this show.

We can help you frame your work to enhance its strong points. Has your work been juried into an upcoming show? We can show you many options and have it ready for the show. We are happy to give you an estimate on any framing job. BAAA members, students and military always receive 10% off any framing or matting order. Our computerized mat cutter can do exciting decorative cuts to dress up any mat. Do you want a special gift for someone? We can cut out their name letters in a mat that you can then fill with photos for that personal gift.

Upcoming classes and workshops at Easy Lane Frames: Summer is a great time to take a class; call the gallery for details 541-756-7638.

-Palette Knife Class taught by Carolyn Le Grand. Carolyn will teach techniques for using a palette knife with acrylic paint. This three class series will begin on Monday, Aug 8 and continue on Aug. 15 and Aug 22. It will be at the gallery from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The cost for the series is $45.

-Intermediate Watercolor Studio workshop lead by Jane Snoddy will be added on Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00PM. Participants will be working on projects of their own choice. There will be group critiquing and assistance where needed. This workshop will start on August 5th and continue through the month of August. Participants will pay $10 for the sessions that they attend.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Second Look

So I've spent a lot of time talking about reviewing what you have done to see if you can find a hidden gem among the dross.

No, you won't always find something. Most of what you've done is an expression of your creative passions and has a specific unity, which cannot be altered without destroying the whole. But there will be some pieces which you can take and fiddle and make into something new.

For instance...

You didn't think I was just going to flap my gums didja? No of course not. So for illustration purposes let's take a look at the moon.1 like looking at the moon and take pictures of it often. Sometimes it is a huge red ball in the sky and sometimes it is a hazy blue ghost stealing across the heavens.

To make matters even more interesting I don't always use a tripod. I take a lot of moons pictures hand-held. What a stupid thing to do, the images will come out all fuzzy and distorted. That's just what I hope for sometimes, distorted and fuzzy can be really interesting.



So here's a shot I took a few months back. It's nice, even fairly stable for a hand held night shot. (Back in the day, when film was still a new idea and we thought Ektachrome 64 was blazing fast, the mark of a real photographer was being able to shoot in available darkness, hand held with an 85 mm lens cranked open to F1.4 or better and still get a clear shot. I can't do that nay more, even if I could do it back then and probably I couldn't and am just remembering being young and brilliant and capable through rose-colored glasses.)

But even I think it's nothing special. So I ran it through the software a coupla times. Yeah, I have four photo-editing programs on my computer so I can take a look at a lot of different things.



This is what came of all that looking. And no, I still don't think it is anything special, but it is more interesting and it is something that one day I might find a specialized show which want just such a strange and wonderful not so special thing.

So by dredging through my old files I came up with something I could take a second look at and find a treasure or at least enough fool's gold to make my old heart beat a bit faster.

I did the same thing with the UVARTs Symbols, Letters, Words ----------- Text Us!

I wasn't going to enter until I went back through my files and there it was, just what the doctor ordered, or at least the Call to Artists.

What is it? Oh no, I'm not telling. I want to enter it in the show and if I told you, I'd jinx the whole deal.

That's what I did to the US Women's World Cup Team, I raved, I bragged, I shouted how good they were, (And don't misunderstand, they are) and look what happened, they lost to a very deserving Japanese team. They are still as good as a team can be, but this year they won't be World Cup champions. And you see I am not nearly as good so, mums the word!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

This weekend at Sage


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Friday, July 15, 2011

OCMA Alert

It's July on the Oregon Coast! Due to the forecast of rain tomorrow, Saturday, July 16th, the Bay Area Concert Band performance has been moved from Mingus Park to the Coast Guard Hangar near the North Bend Airport. Come kick off the 33rd Oregon Coast Music Festival at our "new" place and time -

Coast Guard Station near the Airport on Maple Street in North Bend at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16th,

This event will also celebrate with the U. S. Coast Guard their Centennial of Aviation from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Change is good

When last we spoke, I was ranting on about going through your files to find something you could update to make an interesting entry in a show. It just didn't seem fair to winge at you and not share some of my own experiences.

I was doing some research on the Net looking for an inexpensive way to scan slides without spending money. Money is for framing, right? And I did find an article which showed a simple and inexpensive way to use a flatbed scanner to scan in old slides. Voile! I said. I made the little bugger and low and behold it does work. The resulting scans are nothing to write home about, but they do get the old slide out of the shoebox and into the computer where some good can come of it.

So here is a picture I took about 1973...



Beautiful, but somewhat less than prefect after all of this time in a slide box being banged about all over the country. I told you the process was cheap and could be done in your very own home so no snickering about the quality of the result.

I could have just cleaned up the image and run it through a scratch and dust filter and made some adjustments to the color spectrum, but that wouldn't really do for making something new so I didn't do that I did do some tweaking to the image and this is what I came up with...



Not so aesthetically pleasing, but totally new and different.

And this is what I meant about searching through the work you have already done. I didn't even have this in the computer when I started. I had to find a way to scan in the slide and then make some decisions about how I wanted to clean it up so that it could work for some show in the near or distant future.

You won't know what you have until you take a look. Maybe there's a Picasso lurking in your storage room?

Deadlines

The deadline is tomorrow!

That's right, if you haven't prepared your entry for the Western Oregon Regional, you are...okay, not completely out of luck, but close.

Why haven't you? I know the motorcycle show at the Coos Art Museum has taken up all of your time. (It certainly has mine) I know you've got to get down to Bandon to see the new show at Sage Gallery, the Meet and Greet at Second Street, the Boardwalk Bunnies and the Sit Stay show. So what else is your excuse?

All of those things are important, (Me, I'm glued to the television to see if Megan Rapinoe, the Wizard of WOW can spark one more win for the U. S. Women's World Cup team. {Sunday 11:00 AM Pacific on ESPN2}) , but so are keeping up your opportunities.

I'm not ready, I don't have anything, I'm too rushed, all good excuses. Here's the problem with good excuses, they don't get awards. You get noticed, noticed by people with money in their pockets, people who buy art, people who know people who buy art, by entering and sometimes winning these art shows. It is sad. An artist should be accorded fame, fortune, and a lifestyle of the rich and shameless on the basis of vision, creativity, their own personal style.

Unfortunately, as much as I love our U.S. Women, (And will follow them win or lose, sweet success or bitter disappointment), if they don't win Sunday, they'll be just a window history has closed as it races on through time. That's what happens when you don't enter a show, especially a show like the Western regional. You become a closed window.

Have you been taking your art to Easy Lane Frames and Select Gallery and having Ken Snoody make Giclee prints so that you have a permanent record of what you have created even if it sells? Have you been loading the pictures you take of your own art on to the computer so that you can email them to out of state clients? Have you kept a record of what files you have or don't?

Then why haven't you gone through those records to see if there is something you've already done that could qualify for the Regional? You don't always have to create something absolutely new for a show. Okay, something like the motorcycle show calls for a new image for most of us, not being riders or Bobs or even paying much attention to bikes. But most shows, especially shows with no fixed theme, like the Regional, that's your chance!

Sure you're a painter and would never touch a photograph for love nor money. What's that, you would for money? Then what about all of the work you've done. Is there something that a program like PhotoScape or GIMP or even the high-priced spread PhotoShop could make new and shiny? If there is then why haven't you done it? There is no shame in taking your own work and making it a new image for a show. It's all part of the game in the digital age.

Deadlines never come at the RIGHT time. That's why they are deadlines. They're like jury summons, no one wants to see one, everyone wants to get out of one and it is never the right time for one, but try to sell that to the judge if you don't show up. You just have to put on your game face and do it.

Did you watch the U.S. Women against Brazil? They were one man down, one goal down and out of time...but they found a way to win. That's what winners do, they find a way when there's no time left and no one believes it can be done. That's how you face a deadline, you make it happen.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ava Richey's Art News

Hi Everyone,

This coming Monday, July 18th, we will continue painting the Coos County Parks. We will meet at 12:00 noon at the LaVerne Park (61217 Fairview Rd). We will start painting there, then go to W. LaVerne Park, then Rock Prairie Park.

Directions to LaVerne Park: Take Central Blvd. from Hwy 42 to Fairview Rd. Turn onto Central Blvd either by the log pond shake mill NW of Coquille, or by turning left onto Central at the traffic light in Coquille, then stay on it until you see Fairview and turn right. Drive 8.6 miles. Bear left on Coquille/Fairview Rd for another 4.8 miles, according to the Yahoo map. :) They have a phone number listed at LaVerne Park so you can call them: 541-396-2344.

If anyone would like to carpool or caravan, meet me at the north end of the Ray's parking lot by Bree's by 11:00. Please let me know if you're coming so I don't leave you. :)
My phone is 541-347-4643 and the cell 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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July Sale: 15% off stretched canvases and canvas boards at Bandon Artist Supply 541-347-4482. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except closed Sun. & Mon.
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Current Shows:
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now through July 17th
HarborTown Events Center, Old Town Bandon
The Grand Salon art show features works by 25 top south coast artists to be on display daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Now through September
Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon
"Sit/ Stay. Roll Over.", an invitational show of paintings and photographs of dogs. Participating artists include Judy North, Lloyd Ziff, Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass, Tod & Jeannie Steele, Kelle Herrick, Kent Holloway, Peggy Knox, Susan Lehman and Barry LaVoie, and Ava Richey. Show runs through September.
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Now through August
Black Market Gourmet, 495 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR. 541-269-0194 http://www.blackmarketgourmet.com
Features work of local artist and watercolor instructor Josie Reed.
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now through July
Mike Ousley is the featured artist at Harry Ritchie's Jewelry in Pony Village Mall, North Bend, OR. A 1960's themed hexaptych is displayed in concert with the 50th Anniversary of Pony Village Mall.
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now through July 31st
Sage Gallery, 390 1st St. SW Ste 2, Old Town Bandon (upstairs in the Port of Bandon Bldg). Features Etch - a - Sketch artist Jeannie Hemming, and South Coast Collage artists Donna Cox, Molly Dufort, Sharon Jensen, Susan Lehman, Ava Richey, Pat Snyder, Arlene Tinsley, dorothea tortilla.Show runs June 24th thru July 31, 2011 Gallery open Fridays 4 - 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 - 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.
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Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport 541-867-FISH or http://www.aquarium.org Passages of the Deep Gallery----"Beauty and the Birds" features Bandon's husband and wife team Susan & Steve Dimock. Their photography includes Oregon coast landscapes and birds, including acquarium puffins.
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Second Street Gallery, 210 Second Street, Old Town Bandon 541-347-4133 "Mhttp://www.secondstreetgallery.net
"Miniature and Small Works Open Exhibition" Includes works by approximately 30 artists.
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now through September
Boardwalk Bunnies Show in Old Town Bandon.
Rabbits, hares and bunnies of all kinds. What a fun show! Vote for your favorite.
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Sarita Southgate, S.L. Donaldson, Yvonne Ramirez Ousley, and Michael William Ousley will be exhibiting their art at Brooke and Herb Yussim's Oregon Bay Properties site at 1992 Sherman Avenue, North Bend (Hotel North Bend). http://www.obpre.com/LocalArtists Call 541-808-2010 to confirm showing artists, and hours available for visiting.
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Classes
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Easy Lane Frames, 3440 Broadway, North Bend, 541-756-7638
Contact for information on a variety of classes.
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Rose Palette, Pony Village Mall, North Bend. Landscapes in Oil, $20 per class.
Instructor Carol Turner. 541-396-5373
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Artist Loft Gallery, Pony Village Mall, North Bend. Call for Class Information
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August 3, 2011 deadline to register for Sas Colby "Art as Improvisation" class at Sage Gallery. 541-329-0303 http://www.sascolby.com September 30 and October 1, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm
$190 + $10 materials fee, includes lunch
$50 non-refundable registration fee due by August 3
Balance of non-refundable fee due by September 3rd
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Coquille Valley Art Association offers classes in art painting (all mediums), quilting, woodcarving, woodburning, pottery, and beading. 10144 Hwy 42, Coquille, OR 541-396-3294
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Schedule of Classes offered at Second Street Gallery, Old Town Bandon
Accepting registration now for classes in August on photography, watercolor, colored pencil, felting, leatherwork, basketry, Navajo tapestry weaving, oil painting and collage.Apply in person at 210 Second Street, or visit http://www.secondstreetgallery.net
For more information call 541-347-4133.
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Schedule of Classes offered at Sage Place
go to: http://www.sagegallerybandon.com
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Beginning Pastel Classes...Mondays 2 - 4:00 p.m.
Darrell Sanders, owner of Gallery On The Bay, 658 South Empire Blvd. (Cape Arago Hwy.), Coos Bay, OR 541-888-3771, galleryonthebay@gmail.com
website is http://www.galleryonthebay.org cost of class: $20
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Dateline Events:
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****Thursdays, July 14 and July 21, 2011 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Gold Beach Episcopal Church
Easternmost end of Moore Street.
Figure Drawing. To confirm & for more information contact Alexandra alexandra@portraitsbyalexandra.com
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Thursday, July 14, 2011 5 - 8:00 p.m.
Oregon's Bay Area Art Walk...includes various locations...Pony Village Mall, Easy Lane Frames and others. Gallery by the Bay (5 - 7:00 p.m.) will feature Sally Rolicheck, Nan Forsberg-Hammond, and Ruben & Sandy Kretzschmar. Sally will be showing some experimental pieces she calls abstract-realism. Nan will show a series of local places she calls "where land meets the sea". The Kretzschmars will display functional art pottery pieces.
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****Thursday, July 14th Art Walk Event
Opening for "Water: The Substance of Life" show at Easy Lane Frames/Select Gallery, 3440 Broadway, North Bend.
Ribbon winners announced at 7:00 p.m. Attend and help select the Peoples' Choice Award. Show runs through August. Gallery hours Mon - Thurs 10 - 5 p.m, Friday 10 - 1
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******Friday, July 15, 2011 5 - 7:00 p.m.
Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave, Roseburg, OR 97471
541-672-2532 http://www.uvarts.com
Opening reception for "Location, Location, Location", the Umpqua Plein Air Show.
Meet the artists! Juried by Mitch Baird. Reception sponsored by Creative Catering.
Show to include work by local artists Susan Lehman, Joan Madden, Ava Richey, Sandy Schroeder, Arlene Tinsley and Connie Zane.

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*****Saturday & Sunday, July 16th 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meet & Greet the Artists at Second Street Gallery, Old Town Bandon
Tod Steele will be the featured artist this weekend. Come see his art and meet the man behind it. Wonderfully humorous and colorful!
http://secondstreetgallery.net for more information, or 541-347-4133
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Sat. & Sun. July 16th & 17th and continuing weekends through October 1st & 2nd: Whistling Gallery Art Fairs Saturdays, and Superswap Sundays. Gallery offers outside space for artists and vendors at a cost of $18 per day or $50 per month. Saturdays are for artists and crafters (if you make it you can sell it), Sundays for Swapmeet Sales (you own it you can sell it). Vickie Eichelberger, 541-404-7336 whistlinggallery@gmail.com
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*****Saturday, July 16, 2011 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sage Place, 525 11th St, Bandon 541-329-0303
Bead & Button Trunk Show featuring J-ME and Guy's Czech Fire Polish, pressed glass beads, vintage Buttons, precious & semi-precious stones,seed beads, pearls and more.
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Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:00 a.m.
Art Connection, 165 S. 5th St., Coos Bay Demonstration showing the proper way to stretch canvas over stretcher bars. Will show building the frame from stretcher bars, squaring it up, the use of canvas pliers and stapler. 541-267-0186 http://www.coosartconnection.com
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Saturday, July 16, 2011 1 - 4:00 p.m.
Plein Air Paint Out, Brookings, OR at Lone Ranch Beach & Scenic Overlook. Located 2 miles north of Brookings. Optional critique afterward from 4 - 5 p.m.
contact Rob Decker robdeckerstudio@yahoo.com
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Saturday & Sunday, July 23 and 24, 2011 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Coos County Fair
Deliver your paintings, photography etc. that you plan to enter in the Coos County Fair to the Fairgrounds in Myrtle Point.

Fair runs June 26th - 30th. http://www.co.coos.or.us
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*****Saturday, July 30, 2011 5 - 8:00 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 541-267-3901 http://www.coosart.org 18th Annual Maritime Dinner and Silent Auction FundraiserDinner provided by The Coach House Restaurant. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m., Silent Auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30 for CAM members and $35 for non-members. Half-year memberships available that night.
It's a good time to show support for our local Coos Art Museum, and all of the folks that work and volunteer their time working.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Bandon Public Library, Sprague Room (presented by Sage Place).
Geneva Miller writing workshop "Professional Writing for Artists"-- ARTIST STATEMENT.A 1-day intensive session: Explore the compositional elements and symbolism in your work to communicate your personal interaction with art and the impact your work has on the public. For more information contact Sage Place 541-329-0303
Deadline to register is Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Calls to Artists:
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Saturday, July 16, 2011 Submission deadline Cash Awards!! Get your entries in now!! :)
Western Oregon Regional ExhibitionCoos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay 541-267-3901 http://www.coosart.orgArtists over 18 invited to enter 1-3 paintings for this juried show. Juror: Scott Berger of Bend, OR. Paintings must be original and completed within the last 2 years. Categories include Paintings, Drawings, Hand pulled prints/etchings/serigraphs, Photography (film or digital), Mixed Media, Fiber & Textiles --Wall Hangings, Fiber & Textiles--Wearable, Small sculptures, Glass-blown/fused/or leaded stained, Turned and carved wood, Jewelry--only if ALL elements were created by the artist.
Not Included: Video, motion picture film, audio, computer generated digital works, giclee prints of fine art, furniture.
Show runs October 14th - December 3rd, 2011.
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Call to Artists for WindFest 2011 Sat. & Sun. August 6th & 7th, 2011
The Port of Bandon is hosting WindFest again this year to celebrate WIND because "Ya gotta love it cause we got it!" So let's celebrate it!! They are looking for sculpture and paintings that portray kinetic art or wind to add to the festive waterfront for that weekend.
Contact Gina at 541-347-3206 Anyone out there making wind interactive sculpture???
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Submission Deadline
Umpqua Valley Arts Association, 1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97471 http://www.uvarts.com >"Symbols, Letters, Words--Text Us!" Create a work of art in which some element of written or symbolic language or text is an integral visual part of the composition. Actual meaning may be superfluous--or it may be vital--but it's the visual aspect that will be considered most import. Think of text as mark-making....letters, words, phrases, symbols, etc.used at the visual structure of the composition.They could provide balance, focal point, or be used as pattern, but your art must contain a form of symbol, letter, word or text. Juror: John Olbrantz. For up to 3 entries fee is $25.
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August 22, 2011 Submission Deadline
Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
"Dia de los Muertos Exhibit" calling for 2-d and 3- dimensional work related to the theme of the Mixican Day of the Dead. $10 submission. http://www.mkartcenter.org or 541-345-1571
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Currently looking for new, talented artists to exhibit at Shearwater Gallery, Seaside, OR., as well as for permanent representation. Submit portfolio (4 to 6 images) by e-mail or by regular mail on CD or slides. For more information see http://www.shearwatergallery.com/submissions.htm
They are also inviting artists with websites that display their work to submite site address for review. Send an e-mail to introduce yourself...include artist statement, artist resume, or bio, contact information and website address to info@shearwatergallery.com
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Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest Deadline Sept. 15, 2011
Oregon Wild is eeking amateur and professional photographers work. Color images only, submit up to 5 images, entry fee is $5 per person.
Before submitting your images, please review the contest Rules & Submission Guidelines for complete contest details, including an explanation of the categories, as well as downloading an entry form on the website below. Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland Oregon 97217.
http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/photo-contest
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Scheduling Artists to Hang Work at Coquille Valley Hospitalfor July, August, September and October. Three to six paintings (or giclee' prints) per artist nicely framed, ready to hang with wire (no sawtooths). 25% commission is charged on sales so please price accordingly. Please contact Sharon Orchard, 541-396-3873, or e-mail arago.sharon@gmail.com .
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Opportunity to Sell your Work:
Kathy from "Katherine's" in Pony Village Mall (south wing) is seeking artists to display art on Art Walk Thursdays from 5 - 8:00 p.m. each month.
The upcoming one is July 14th. The Mall will provide easels and tables. Other stores will be doing music and appetizers. There is no fee, no commission...it's FREE. Contact Kathy at 541-808-2248.
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Call to Digital Artists: "The Digital Eye" runs October/November/December 2011
Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon, OR
Artworks to be produced using the computer and "Painter", "Photoshop", "Corel", digitally created and manipulated photography, a Wacom tablet, and IPAD or any combination of these. Requires original digital artwork produced on the computer. Please respect copyright laws. We are looking for art that goes beyond common color and/or filter enhanced photography.
Enter 1 - 3 pieces per artist, framed and ready to hang, or matted and ready to hang.
Minimum size 8" x 10" excluding frame & mat. No maximum size (within reason).
Entry Fee: None. Theme: Open, your choice--no nudity or morbidity will be accepted.
Deliver art to Hospital at 9:00 a.m. on October 5, 2011.
There is no commission fee charged on sales. We reserve the right to refuse submitted artwork due to presentation, subject or space. Please have your name, address, e-mail, title and sales price on the back of your each piece you submit.
If you have questions please contact Ava Richey yarnfarm@harborside.com or Victoria Tierney victory7777@hughes.net

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

THE END is Near

Hello "Thunder at CAM Motorcycles and Art Exhibition "Artists;
Just wanted to drop you a note to remind you that the Coos Art Museum's Thunder at CAM Motorcycles and Art Exhibition will close in less than 2 weeks. CAM has your "prepaid return Label" or have you down as hand delivering and picking up your work which will be ready for your courier to pick up during the week of July 25 - July 29, 2011. Those who will picking up their work by hand can do so on Saturday July 23, 2011, 4pm -6pm or Sunday May 29, 2011 1:00pm-4:00pm or . If you can't pick up on those days, please call the office to let us know. 541 267-3901 or email Archi at adavenport@coosart.org

This was a very well attended exhibition!
Again this is only a reminder so you won't forget to pick up your work or you can be looking for your work to arrive back to you during the week of July 26-July 29 if it was shipped.

Thank you so much!

Archi Davenport

Last Call

Just a reminder that the deadline for submissions to Coos Art Museum's Western Oregon Regional exhibition is coming up soon, July 16th, 2011.
Western Oregon Regional will open October 14, 2011 and run through December 3, 2011. You can go to CAM's website for guidelines and entry form. Or you can call or email the CAM office and we will be happy to email or mail you the guidelines and entry form.

Thanks
Archi