Friday, August 31, 2012

Ava Richey's Art News

Hello Everyone,

On Monday, September 3rd--NO Paintout due to the Labor Day Holiday.

Our theme this summer is "Iconic Trees of the South Coast".  So if you have a favorite tree or two that you think we would like to set up and paint, please let me know.  We will have a show with our trees later on.

My phone number 541-297-6118.


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.

This newsletter can be viewed online, along with entertaining and informative art observations by a real live art maker, appreciator, and humorist.  Go to:


Wanted: Large studio "H" frame easel, under $100.  Call Bob at 541-297-7586.

30% off all art supplies at Bandon Artist Supply     Starting September 5th, all art supplies 40% off.
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 -5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  541-347-4482 or call 541-297-6118
Art by the Sea  Studio and Gallery, in the Continuum Building/Old Town
Bandon.  Open every day 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  541-347-5355 
Wall art, prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, etc. of local South Coast artists.
Come in and check it out!!  We have a variety of art classes scheduled--see listing below in the classes section.


Artists' Accomplishments:We want to honor the achievements of all you artists, so don't be shy about
sending the highlights of your art lives, or those of your artist friends.
****Congratulations to Susan Lehman who has a new show-- "Beyond Words--Lyrical Collages of Susan Lehman" at Fisher's Flowers & Fine Art, 638 W. Harrison St., Roseburg, OR.  The opening reception is September 14th, 5 -7 p.m.  The show runs Sept. 14th through Nov. 12th.  Gallery hours are Mon.- Friday-- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
****Congratulations to Angela Pozzi of Artula Institute for Arts & Environmental Education for receiving the title of "Woman of the Year" by Oregon Women's Report in July in Portland.  She earned the award for her work in raising awareness of marine debris through her Washed Ashore sculptures.

Art Announcements:
*****Vickie Affatati is requesting donations of framed or nicely wrapped prints, or a few handsome originals that can sell for a good price to be donated for the fundraising event that will be held September 30th in conjunction with the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Class golf scramble/casino night event to support the YES Project.  The YES project with work with county schools to prepare them to recycle more and educate students on why it is important.  Contact Vicki at 541-252-1626 or email at
Deadline Sept. 21st.
The Port Orford Arts Council is looking for volunteers for the Childrens' Art Program this fall.  Please contact Mittie Hellmich at
Current Shows:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio,  175 2nd Street, Old Town Bandon, In the Continuum Center

Includes work by Kathleen Morey Bailey, Joanne Drapkin, Rosemary Franyi, Robin Hanna, Sharon Jensen, Susan Lehman, Ava Richey, Sandy Schroeder, Jean Stephenson, Shawn Tempesta, Arlene Tinsley, Connie Zane.  Signage and promotional design work by Robert Graham/Robert Graham Graphics

Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, Florence

PamelaVosseller and Denise DeKemper are the featured artists during July.
Vosseller will be exhibiting her new mixed-media series "The Beach Life" as well as several handmade art/road journals from her 100 Journal Challenge.  DeKemper will show her painted silk scarves, wall hangings and other silk pieces.
Bandon Coffee Cafe, Old Town Bandon
Bandon Public Library   Aug. 2012
Cabinets:  Alex Linke--features Marine Mobiles and Pieces in Time Jewelry
Wall Gallery: 
 Kathleen Morey Bailey's "One Artist's View of Her World", Expressionism to Impressionism.   
 Show runs through August.
*****September 4 - 28th
Cabinets: Shawn Tempesta  "Steampunk Art"
Wall Gallery:  Michael W. Ousley  Acrylic Paintings "In"
Opening Reception: September 15th, 2 - 5 p.m.
Black Market Gourmet,  495 Central Ave, Coos Bay. Open Tuesday - Friday,
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  541-269-0194
Brian Scott Gallery, 515 Chetco Ave, Brookings 541-412-8687
Shawnie Wells, Pete Chasar, Loarraine Filippone, Kathleen Kresa, Christina Ohlsen, Horst Wolf, Elio Camacho, Randall Tillery, Dale Wells, Donna Goss, Manuel Lopez, Nancy Tuttle, Jewell Johnson, Jane Opiat, Dan Sawyer, Craig Barnes. 
Chetco Community Library, Brookings    September
"Cherish the Chetco", part of a community wide event sponsored by (among others) US Forest Service and South Coast Watersheds.   
Coos Art Museum  235 Anderson Ave. Coos Bay    541-267-3901

19th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition.  In the Perkins Room is art by Harold W. Johnson; in the Uno E. Richter Atrium are "Rarely Seen Works" from the permanant collection, and Pat Snyder's new works in the Mabel Hansen Gallery; Claire Wherle Community Gallery features 34 years of Oregon Coast Music Festival posters..
Show runs through September 22nd.
BAAA Artist of the Month/Sept.
CDABA (Coastal Douglas Arts & Business Alliance) Art Academy, Reedsport
Sue Bridston   541-271-4608
Coos Bay Library  525 West Anderson, Coos Bay
September:  Walls:  Jerry Baron, Drawings
                    Lobby Cases:  Bob Hergert, scrimshaw
Coquille Valley Art Center   10144 Hwy 42, Coquille 541-396-3294

Coquille Valley Hospital, 940 E. 5th Street, Coquille, OR
Crystal Dolphin Gallery1901 Sherman Ave, North Bend,  541-756-1989   
Easy Lane Frames & Select Gallery3440 Broadway, North Bend, 541-756-7638
Features a variety of artists painting to the theme of "Feelings."
Emerald Art Center
500 Main Street, Springfield  11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Joan Myers Photography: "The Jungle at the Door: A Glimpse of India"; Featured Members--"Top Drawers on Tour"; and new work from Members.
Evergreen Court, Baycrest Village, 451 O'Connell St., North Bend, OR
Fairbanks Gallery  located on campus at OSU in Corvallis.  Free, open to the
public Mon.- Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fridays 8 - 12 noon.  Contact Douglas
Russell at 541-737-5009, or
Florence Events Center715 Quince Street, Florence  Call for more info at 541-997-1994   --------------------------------------------
Freshwater Gallery  236-B, HWY 101, Port Orford  541-332-8019
Features oil paintings of Geoffrey Rhoads as well as new work by Mittie Helmich and Darren Evans.  
Gallery by the Bay   2100 Union Ave, North Bend
Regular gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13th, ArtWalk 5 - 8 p.m., features 
Gallery on the Bay  541-888-3771 
Oils & Pastels of Birds & Animals  Open by appointment.
Hawthorne Gallery, 517 Jefferson St., Port Orford
High Tide Cafe, CharlestonFeatures Photographs by Matthew Hanna, Carollee Tucker's paintings, in addition to Jean Boynton, Rod Sullens, Michael W. Ousley and Mike Holm.
Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.
Langlois Public Library  48234 Hwy 101, Langlois, OR 97450
Hours: Mon. 11a.m.-2 p.m., Tues-Fri. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Features watercolors and collages of Connie Zane.  Show runs through December.
Manley Art Center  433 Oak Street, Brookings, OR  541-469-1807
Link to the calendar:

****September  Features Nancy Moore watercolors; Gallery theme is "Dreams & Memories"; classroom panels: Don Christiano, Heike Domel, Mudslingers Pottery Group, Ralph Wolfe, Christina Olsen, Richard Leathers.
Maude Kerns Gallery 1910 East 15th Ave, Eugene, OR    541-345-1571
Nature: Jodie Garrison-Raborn, Dorothy McGuineess & April Richardson
Show runs July 20 through August 24th.
MECCA (Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts), 449 Willamette Street,
Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach Turnaround, Newport, Oregon  541-265-6569
"The Mark Series" featuring Victoria Tierney.  Show runs through September 1, 2012.   If you are in the Newport area be sure to stop in and see this show!
North Bend Library, Conference Room    541-756-0400  Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thu-Fri. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.;Sat. 12 - 5 p.m.

*****Sept. 2012:  
Conference Room:  Fantasy Drawings by Lyndee Dexter
ArtWalk Reception September 13th, 5 - 8:00 p.m.

Old City Hall--  99 E. Second Street, Corner of Second & Adams, Coquille

"Impressions of Old City Hall" 

Contact Nella Abbott at 541-824-0779 for information.

Oregon Bay Properties, 1992 Sherman Ave, North Bend  Located in the Hotel North Bend

Artists with new work featured are Clayton Redwood, Paulette Landers, Jerry Baron, Michael Ousley, Yvonne Ousley, Sarita Southgate and S L Donaldson, and others.

Pony Village Mall:
Artists' Loft, 541-756-4088
ArtWalk:  All Things Marine Exhibit.

Cone 9  Local artists featured

East Wing Art Wall (by JoAnn's)  
ArtWalk: Photographs by Patricia Davidson

Sterling Savings Bank
features watercolor and mixed media paintings by Sherry Howk.

Harry Ritchie's Jewelers:  

Turner Art Studio & Gallery, Ste 128, 541-290-7858   
Gallery hours are Monday, 4 - 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 1 - 7:00 p.m.
Joan Goodman Fox has several pieces of artwork in the Turner Gallery.

Port Orford Library  

Raincoast GalleryFeaturing work of many local artists.
Gallery is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
Second Street Gallery, 210 2nd Street, Old Town Bandon  541-347-4133 or e-mail at


Signatures Gallery, 515 Chetco Avenue, Brookings,  OR   541-469-1085 or

Features The Star Wars and Indiana Jones artwork of Drew Struzan.
Sandy Bonney (pastels), Kevin Roeckl (mixed media), Albert Handell (New Mexico), Karon Walstad (Huntington Beach), Thomas Sheets (Brookings), Duncan Regehr (Canada), Jan Kunz (San Francisco).
Siuslaw Library, 1460 9th Street, Florence, OR  541-997-3132

The Brubaker Wall Gallery features Earl Mason's rich oils.  And in the glass display cases are Steve Skidmore's shot glass collection. 
South Slough Interpretive Center, Charleston -- in the William Q. Wick
Auditorium   541-888-5558  61907 Seven Devils Rd., Charleston  Hours 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.


Southern Coos Hospital & Health Care   

"Games People Play"    Show runs through September.  Board games, invented games, psychological games, paintings about games, quilted and woven entries...check it out....a fun show!

Triangle Square Gallery  343 6th Avenue, Port Orford, OR

Oleh Lysiak  See his fabulous mobile sculptures
and "Reasonably Unruly"

Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1625 W. Harvard, Roseburg


*******Umpqua Valley Arts Association "Umpqua Plein Air Competition & Exhibition"
Opening Reception Friday, September 7th, 5-7 p.m.

U.S. Bank--Coquille
Works by Joanne Drapkin; Victoria Tierney's paintings of Coos County Parks
for the 30 Parks by 30 Artists Show; selected works from "TIME" - A
Statewide Traveling Show of Oregon Prison Art.

Whistling Gallery87456 Ste. A, Whistling Drive, Bandon (located in Laurel Grove, 5 miles
south of Bandon.)  A variety of artists showing 2-d and 3-d work.
Also in charge of showing work at Billy Smoothboar's and other venues for
those artists interested in showing their work, contact Vickie.
541-404-7336, or
Your Space Designs
2082 Sherman Ave, North Bend (next door to Ciccarellis) 541-808-2788

Currently showing paintings by SL Donaldson

Cinema Therapy

Beginning September 6, every two weeks, for twelve weeks, we will watch movies with the specific purpose for personal growth, healing and exploring emotions.  --
Gina Allison, LPC  Inner Active Wellness, LLC  541.329.0555
390 First St. SW Suite 2C  PO Box 1387  Bandon, OR 97411
Carol Pallesen, nationally-known calligrapher from Reno, Nevada, will present a 2-day calligraphy & paper arts workshop from 9:00-4:00 on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 28th & 29th, entitled Cards to Dye For.  It will be held at the North Bend Housing Authority at 1700 Monroe in North Bend.  The cost of the 2-day workshop is $125. 
   If you have any questions, please contact Janell Conner at (541) 756-4619 or via the Internet at 

 Art 101/ Washed Ashore    The Purple Yurt, 5 miles south of Bandon on Hwy 101, 541-250-1140

New Workshop Hours:  Thursdays, 5 - 8 p.m. and  Sundays  2 - 5:00 p.m.

Volunteer Workshops to build "Leo the Leopard Shark"  Have a hand in
constructing the newest member of the Washed Ashore family.  This work is
designed to permanently reside at the Chula Vista Nataure Center in San
Diego, CA.  The sculpture consists of 100% ocean going debris (plastics and
more).  Help inspire others to do something about this problem by building
this eye-catching sculpture.

Art by the Sea, Gallery & Studio  175 2nd St, Continuum Bldg., Old Town
Bandon,    541-347-5355
Sign up now for classes--- $5.00 holds your spot, pay the remainder when you come to class.

--Wed. Sept. 5th   "Making Stamps Play Day", Connie Zane,  11 - 2, $10
--Tues. Sept. 11th  "Rocks!", Connie Zane, 10 - 1 p.m.  $25
--Wed. Sept. 12th  "Oil Painting", Kathleen Morey Bailey,   11 - 3 p.m.  $25
--Sat. Sept. 15th  "Mat Cutting Play Day"  Sandy Schroeder, $10
--Tues. Sept. 18th "Planning a Painting-- Playday"  Connie Zane  11-2 p.m.  $10
--Wed. Sept 19th  "Basic Jewelry Construction"  Shawn Tempesta  11 - 3 p.m.  $35
--Fri. Sept 21st  "Doodle-Art Playday"  Kathleen Morey Bailey  11 - 2 p.m.  $10
--Tues. Sept 25th  "Monoprint Playday"  Ava Richey  11 - 2 p.m.  $10
--Sat. Sept. 29th  "Fall Theme Playday"  Susan Lehman  1 - 4 p.m.  $10
Some classes have materials lists--call or drop by for more information.
Artist Loft Gallery, Pony Village Mall, North Bend.  Call for Class
Information at 541-756-4088
Bay Be, located in Charleston, next door to High Tide Cafe is now open and
offers licensed childcare for kids 3 yrs & up with a focus on nature and art
projects.  ALSO offer workshops for adults--making lip balm, jewelry,
knitting and yoga.

Drop-in Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with only $5 and 5 minutes we can
help you create a craft such as paper, a candle, a willow basket, driftwood
sculpture or bird feeder.      541-888-3265,   Find us on Facebook.
Brookings Area and more:
various classes are listed at
CDABA (Coastal Douglas Arts & Business Alliance) Art Academy, Reedsport
Sue Bridston   541-271-4608
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay   541-267-4877 for more information.
Coquille Valley Art Association   10144 Hwy 42, Coquille, OR  541-396-3294

Painting with Pat Weaver 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Painting with Anna Crosby 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Thursdays & Fridays
Painting/Drawing  10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mondays
Painting with Bunny Upton  12 - 3 p.m.  Mondays
Pottery/ Open Studio   Thursdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Anyone can come & try out clay.
Pottery Classes available by appointment and will work around your schedule as much as possible.  Non-members welcome too.
Quilting  10 a.m. on Wednesdays
Appliqué  10 a.m.  Tuesdays
Stained Glass 2:30 - 5:00  and another at 6 - 9 p.m. Mondays   and  Fridays
9:30 - 12:30
Fiber Arts  10 a.m. on Fridays
Yoga  6 p.m.  Mondays 
Easy Lane Frames, 3440 Broadway, North Bend, 541-756-7638Contact for information on a variety of classes.

Florence''s Art Workshops by the Sea
FreshWater Gallery, 236B Hwy 101, Port Orford (next to Paula's Bistro)
For information: 541-332-8019 or 541-236-8077, or
Gallery on the Bay658 S. Empire Blvd, Empire  541-888-3771
Lessons in painting pastel by Darrell Sanders.
Heritage Textile Arts Guild157#A, Pony Village Mall, North Bend
Lessons available in wearables, kitchen linens and gift items.
Manley Art Center, BrookingsCall for class and workshop schedules. 541-469-1807
Rosie's Art Carnival,  575 B  Hwy 101, Florence           

2nd Wednesdays 2 p.m.    Artist Trading Cards Swap.  --meet, swap, then stay to work on more.
Friday card classes each week... 10 a.m. and again at 12:30  Sign up ahead so you can get a materials packet.
Sage Place, 11th & Elmira, Bandon  541-329-0303
For a schedule of classes offered go to: 
Classes include:  Open studio Glass Fusing;  Open Studio Metals.  Ask about custom art classes and parties.  
Check out the calendar for lots of fun classes in a variety of mediums.
SIGN UP NOW for upcoming SAS COLBY workshop "Art as Improvisation II" on Sept 21st and 22nd.  new things different than last year.  deposit now...class fee will be $225--A great price for this nationally known artist.
Southwestern Community CollegeGold Beach SWOCC Center (on the fairgrounds) 541-247-2741
Turners' Art Studio, Pony Village Mall, North Bend, OR.  541-297-8703
Oil Painting, $20 per class.  Mondays, 6 - 9:00 p.m.; Fridays, 2 - 5:00 p.m.
Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Roseburg1624 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97471  541-672-2532
Wright's Custom Framing  910 Chetco Ave, Brookings  541-469-7625
Drop in Art Workshop every Friday Afternoon  1 - 4 p.m.
Individual instruction in any medium; demonstrations in various mediums;
critiques of completed work and works in progress.  $12 per session.  Just
drop in and bring something you would like to work on, or need help with.
Each week something new is presented during demonstrations.

Dateline Events:-------------------------------------------------------
*******Saturday, September 1, 2012   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
8.5 miles up the Sixes River Rd at Chris Hawthorne's Studio
The public is invited to view Chris blowing glass at his studio.  If you are unable to make it on Saturday, he will be in his studio for the next two weeks and you are welcome to come up.  Just give him a call: 541-332-7635.
Saturday thru Monday, September 1st-Sept. 3rd
Port Orford Arts, Wine & Seafood Festival Labor Day weekend.  Artists, crafters and food & wine vendors will gather on East 11th Street.  Parade begins near Crazy Norwegian at 11 a.m. Sat.; Noon fish fry, Other activities
Saturday 5-7:00 p.m. ARTWALK.  Sunday: classic car show, albacore barbeque, talent show; Monday talent show and music.
  ******Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012  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
******Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9, 2012
HarborTown Events Center, Old Town Bandon
2nd Annual Cranberry Festival photo competition and exhibit.
(See Call to Artists below for information on entering photographs in the competition.)
*******Saturday, September 8, 2012    Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Event Center, Curry County Fairgrounds, Gold Beach, OR.  Annual Fundraiser for Curry Arts Inc.
Gold Beach 5th Annual Brew & Art Fest.  Art & Artisans, Great Food, Classic Cars, sample microbrews,
Music starts on two stages at Noon, the on one stage inside the events center at 7 p.m.
Tickets availabe for purchase at the door on the day of the event for $15, includes a complimentary festival beer glass and two tickets to test your craft beer selection and live music all day long.  (Must be 21 to purchase an adult entry ticket). Advance tickets until Sept. 7th for $10. Doreen at 541-490-1593.
*****Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th, 2012   10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat and 3 - 6 p.m. Sunday
Winchester Bay--Bay Front Loop
Art by the Bay 2012 celebrates it's 9th annual Arts, Crafts & Food, and Art Auction.  New to the event this year will be an Art & Craft Supplies--Buy/Sell/Trade Fair.  Anyone interested in participating email: or call 541-297-6073.
*****Saturday, September 8, 2012    4 - 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Brookings, OR
Second Saturday Art Walk  Tons of Venues, Art/Food/Fun
(Tod Steele will have paintings at WildBird & Backyard General Store)
******Saturday, September 15, 2012      2 - 5:00 p.m.
Bandon Public Library, Bandon
Artists' Reception: Mike Ousley and Shawn Tempesta
Paintings, Jewelry, Food and Fun!!  Don't miss it!
Show runs September 4th - September 28th.
********Saturday, September 15, 2012   11 a.m.
Bay Area Artists Association monthly meeting.
Pony Village Mall, across from Maurice's, near Macy's.
Calls to Artists:

*****2nd Annual Cranberry Festival photo competition & Exhibit
Deadline to enter:  Entries must be delivered to HarborTown Event Center, 325 2nd Street in Old Town Bandon by Thursday, September 6th, 5 - 8 p.m.  Sponsored by Young Photography.  Must be resident of Oregon, limit 4 entries per person.  All entries must be ready to hang. 
Categories include: Youth/children (under age 13); adult novice (over 18 with little experience); adult intermediate (over 18 more knowledge); adult professional.  All ages--Bandon related; all ages Cranberry Festival Theme (Castaway to Cranberry Island).  Professional exhibit is by invitation only and is non-competitive.  Ribbons will be given out to the winners in each category as grand, first, second, third, and honorable mention.  Grand prize winners in each category will receive a free canvas print of their winning image.  Peoples' Choice winner will receive a large ribbon and trophy.  entry forms and specific details for entry are available for download at
Opportunity for artists to sell work at an art auction in Port Orford during Labor Day Weekend.  Art Auction in front of the community building on Saturday, September 2nd, 12:30 - 1:30.  Experienced live auctioneer.  Seeking art work (paintings, sculpture, framed photographs, unusual craft items, etc) to auction at the well advertised event.  Two ways to price the work:
We offer two artist compensation plans:
Plan A. Artist informs the Chamber of Commerce of minimum price. Auction price exceeds minimum. Artist and Chamber split actual SELLING price 50/50.
Plan B. Artist sets minimum price. Chamber adds 15% to minimum. Selling price exceeds increased minimum. Artist receives their minimum. Chamber receives the 15% and any additional above that.
Auctioneer won't sell below minimum price.  Please send me an email: to let me know what works of Art you would like to sell under which plan; or call me at 541-332-4003 land line, 541-373-0971 Cell Phone. 
Ed Mc Quade
Call to Oregon Artists From: Celebrate Arts
Submission Deadline: October 5th
Contact: for more information and to register for the show visit or call 541-997-1994
Friends of the Florence Events Center, announces its call to artists for the 2012 show which will open on Friday, November 2.   
The show will feature both two and three-dimensional art, including painting, photography, sculpture, and more. There will be a special category for young artists as well.
Awards include Best of Show, Young Artist Awards, and People's Choice Award. First, Second & Third place ribbons will be awarded in the three categories.

From: The Jacobs GallerySubmission Deadline: Saturday, October 7th
Contact: phone- 541-684-5635; email-
The Jacobs Gallery, located at the Hult Center in Eugene, OR, is now accepting proposals from artists and organizations for 2013-2014. Artists may apply for individual or group shows. The cost to apply is $40.00. Please see for details and the application form.
From: The Southern Oregon Art GuildSubmission Deadline: September 1st
Contact: The Guild phone number is 541-670-9689 and their email is

The Southern Oregon Art Guild is seeking artists and artisans to show their art and fine crafts for sale in the third annual Southern Oregon Festival of Arts. The show is open to all Oregon artists, but Douglas County artists are especially encouraged to apply soon. The Festival takes place on October 6, 2012, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Seven Feathers Casino Resort Convention Center. For more information and a printable application, please visit and click on Artist Opportunities. 
From: Southern Oregon Guild  
What: Artoberfest 2012
Submission Deadline: September 7, 2012

For Prospectus and Application go to :  or call or email 541-592-5019.

For questions-- call 541-659-3858  
You are cordially invited to submit your application for the first Southern Oregon Guild Artoberfest, a new art fair to be held in the Illinois River Valley, October 20 and 21 in conjunction with the 5th Annual Valley Girls Quilt Show. Hours: Saturday 12:00-6:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Call to Oregon Artists From: Celebrate Arts
Submission Deadline: October 5th
Contact: for more information and to register for the show visit or call 541-997-1994
Friends of the Florence Events Center, announces its call to artists for the 2012 show which will open on Friday, November 2.   
The show will feature both two and three-dimensional art, including painting, photography, sculpture, and more. There will be a special category for young artists as well.
Awards include Best of Show, Young Artist Awards, and People's Choice Award. First, Second & Third place ribbons will be awarded in the three categories.
Jurors are Pat Snyder and Donna Gilhousen
Deadline Wednesday, November 11, 2012
Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century is an international juried competition hosted annually by the Art Center of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, with a focus on the time-honored tradition of the nude human figure, an art form that continues to inspire and challenge many artists today as one of the most potentially rewarding subjects to explore. This exhibit represents a wide range of interpretations of the human figure from representational to abstract, and is open to all artists from around the world working in any drawing, painting, and printmaking media in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making.
CAM Biennial 2012  Oct.12 - Nov. 24, 2012
Non-juried show--Deliver up to three pieces of work to Coos Art Museum on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, October 2nd, 3rd or 4th, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Reception will be Friday, Oct. 12th, 5 - 7 p.m. 
Winner of Peoples' Choice Award will be given a solo exhibition at CAM in 2013.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, WY 97420 541-267-3901,

The Fall Show: (October, November, December) “WHAT I DID ON MY VACATION”
Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon

Paintings and Journals created by the travelers amongst us.  We already have
some folks in mind but if you have some work you think might fit in….please
let us know.

Thursday, August 30, 2012


 Linus Galleries seeks entries for an online exhibition. Submit your best art with shadows for this future exhibition. All international artists, professional and amateur and all art mediums will be considered in this call for entries from photography, wall sculpture, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. It must be able to be hung on a wall to be considered. Sizes up to 12 feet are acceptable. Accepted entries will be judged again for our collective live exhibition at one of our art galleries. The artists will be asked if they wish to submit their artwork for the collective exhibition, which is not a requirement to being a part of the online exhibition. For more information, please view the prospectus. $35 for 3 entries, $5 for additional entries. Deadline: October 1, 2012. Questions? Contact Linus Galleries at or 310-491-0269.

Firmly Rooted

MS Rezny Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky announces a call to artists for an international juried exhibition, November 16 - December 21, 2012. $500 First Place, 3 - $100 Honorable Mentions. Juror: Douglas Stapleton, Asst. Curator of Illinois State Museum, Chicago. The exhibition addresses our ongoing, symbiotic relationship with plants. This is an open call for works in any medium including painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, video, fiber, and any type of non-traditional art. Artists are encouraged but not limited to submit work that address some aspect of our connection with the plant world --topics such as consumption, environmental reclamation, invasive species, extinction, healing and medicine, stories and myth. Artists are also encouraged to submit work that adheres to their personal aesthetic and formal styles of botanical representation. $20 for first 3 images, $5 for each additional up to 5. Deadline: October 1, 2012. Visit website for prospectus, or send a SASE to: MS Rezny Studio, 903 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY 40508. Questions? Please contact Mary Rezny at or call 859-252-4647.

Call for submissions: Man Made Spaces- Photographers/Digital Artists

 Exhibitions Without Walls for Photographers and Digital Artists seeks entries for an online juried competition & exhibition. Finalist exhibition starts: 10/16/12; 1st Place Solo: starts 11/16/12. 1st Place $250 plus additional prizes; 2nd Place $150 plus additional prizes; 3rd Place $100 plus additional prize. Jurors: Becky Najafi, Tim Broughton, Ralph Winn, Dawn Kowalewski. Artists 18 or older. Deadline: September 30, 2012. $20 for up to 5 images. Visit website for more information. Questions? Contact Ed Wedman at or call 503-799-7849.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Just Scan It

There is no more infuriating experience than when you desperately need a machine you rely on to work, it doesn't!

Okay, there is one more infuriating experience, when that same machine doesn't work and you discover that your child or animal has destroyed it.

In that moment, when your heart is hammering in your chest, your head is trying to explode and your throat is choked off with blind fury, if you could kill the little devils, you'd live happily ever after.

You can't of course and in truth when they do something later, trying to make up for destroying your world and they are so earnest and genuine you just fall in love with them all over again and you're glad you didn't hang the little swine up by their collective toenails.

So it happens and there's precious little you can do to prevent it and you cant kill them even though they richly deserve it, so what do you do? You replace whatever they destroyed with whatever you can lay your hands on or afford at the moment and pray that they let it alone until at least you've recovered from this last insult to your pride, dignity and possession.

Guess what. My darling little furball did just that a coupla days ago. Yes, the mighty Marlow chewed through the electrical chord on my flatbed scanner and left me with a beautiful scanner which would not work. Sure, I did all of the trouble shooting tricks, it was plugged in, plugged in to an outlet which was not a switched outlet so it did have power and it was happily running other stuff so I knew that the juice was flowing and I had the right USB line and the right software and it had always worked before so after all of that I started tracing the lines looking for a break, or where it had been pulled free from the outlet. I found it, a perfect set of cat fang marks just behind the power plug on the scanner side of the power line.

Why didn't he chew on the USB line? The answer is of course he did, about a week and a half ago and that shut down the scanner too. But I've been at this a while and I have a coupla USB chords in backup so when I found the chewed spot it was a simple matter to unplug the chewed line and plug in a good line and I was back in business.

But not this time. This time he attacked the power line which can't be spliced nor repaired and is almost impossible to find, cause this is an old scanner and there are so many models and makes of scanner that finding just the right identical one is like discovering gold, you are so happy until the prospectors move in and shove you off your claim.

So there I was with an old scanner and a chewed power chord and no way to fix it.

Like so many computer problems they are wonderful while they are working but when they go down they make you want to scream and commit bloody murder.

Now if I were a candidate running for office I could dip into my campaign funds violating two or three dozen Federal laws, committing a serious crime and hopefully getting caught so I could confess publicly, get appearances on Leno and Letterman, write a book and live happily ever after.

But I am not. I have never yearned for public office and would if nominated refuse to serve. So I have no campaign fund to dip into.

And if I had to have a state of the art scanner then I would be in even more trouble cause it would cost several hundred dollars and I would have to replace it with something even newer and more costly but I subscribe to the “Buying a Nikon” school of thought and I don't buy state of the art, I buy used and obsolete and old and discarded...and I sure am glad cause when the darling chewed through my power line he didn't scrap my three thousand dollar scanner.

In fact I bought the scanner from the Salvation Army a coupla years ago, downloaded the drivers and have enjoyed it ever since. No, it wasn't the fastest or the newest nor did I buy Silverlight to run it and it still did everything I wanted.

Now some of you are by this time asking “Why have a stand alone scanner?” Because children it will do things your multitasking full-throttle, golly-gee, whiz-bangs never thought f doing. Try to get a descent scan of an old photograph which has been stored in a Prince Albert can in the bilge tank of a crab trawler for the last twenty years only that boat went down on its last voyage out and even though no lives were lost the entire boat was a loss except for the Prince Albert can which was salvaged by a Japanese fisherman and sent by the U.S Embassy from Tokyo to Portland by air express so that you could have the only existing picture of your great Aunt Grimildah. Most of the new multi-job do-it-all-badly machine have a maximum setting of 300 DPI, but an old beaten up Epson can scan all the way out to 1600 DPI and maybe a bit more and the more DPI you have, the better chance you can get an editing program to clean and brighten that old snapshot.

And there's more but you don't really need to know unless you are looking for a scanner, right?

So I was still sitting there with a dead scanner and no time to go searching the various resale outlets for a newish one when today I went downtown, (Yes,beautiful, downtown Coos Bay, the garden spot of the Pacific coast) and because the Long Sufferin wanted some tomatoes stopped at the Green Spot where they did have tomatoes, two for a single US dollar and just about the size of a softball and red and delicious and the Long Sufferin was mighty pleased I can tell you and then we decided to cut through the Green Spot to get back to the car with our prize tomatoes when out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of an Epson scanner.

I noticed it was just ten dollars a price even I can afford and one that the Long Sufferin will allow me to pay and so I bought it and brought it home without knowing for sure if it would work.

I plugged it in and switched it on and the nice little green power on light came on and I knew that half of the battle was won, so I downloaded the proper software from your friendly neighborhood Epson site and fire it up.

The instant the software was loaded it came to life and ran perfectly, better than the cat snack and even better it ran faster and brighter and has a built in slide scanner and I frantically searched the room for something to scan and came across this picture of our own US Olympic Gold Medal winning Women's beach volley ball ace Misty May. Half of the team of Walsh and May and I stuffed it in the tray and scanned.

You be the judge, I did nothing to it but crop it a bit for the sake of space on the site and no retouch at all and this looks pretty good to me.

My cost? Ten dollars, again. It is costing me five dollars a year to keep a flatbed scanner working. At that price I would be nuts not to have one attached to every computer, no wait, I do have one attached to every computer.

This is what the new cat snack looks like and I have to say that for something picked up off the table at a flea market it looks pretty good. But that's not why I bought it, I bought it to scan and boy does it.

So you don't have a scanner? How come?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Handwriting on the Wall

Yesterday I told you about the sinister plans Microcrafty has for Windows XP. Today I want to caution you about more of their plans.

When Microshifty end support for Windows XP it will also end support for Office 2003. Now you probably don't know what I am talking about. Most people never learn what word processing system they are using because the software is so good that it has become invisible. Microsoft Word is the industry standard and if you ain't using it you ain't working with the rest of the world.

So you probably use whatever came loaded on your machine, some form of Office 2003 or maybe even an old copy of Microsoft Works. If you have a fairly new machine, you will have Word 2007 or Office 2007 and will be happy and question not so long as it opens every time you click the icon.

And that is a perfectly reasonable way to deal with a word processing program unless you happen to be a writer and then the whole picture changes.

First and foremost things have to be compatible across platform and they have to be able to snyc-up with the publisher's type setting program or their publishing app.

That means Word.

Or it did until just a few years ago.

A few years back the clever Europeans got tired of Micrograsping's constant upgrading and virus attacks and bug fixes and not being tied to the platform like we are they came up with an alternative, Star Office. Now Star Office did all of the same things that the high-priced spread did and was fully compatible with all of its programs and it was free and so they used it and liked it and it grew and grew until some sharp-eyed businessman noticed that a bunch of folks were using this open sourced software and they weren't using Microplunder's softare and things were going alright for them so he said, "Self, you should buy this thing and see if it can be used to turn a profit in the americas." And he did.

But the problems with making it a money-maker was that it was open source and could be altered or changed by anyone and that meant you couldn't get a lock on it and so it could stay wild and free and continue to grow and so he sold off the whole project and made a quick getaway.

By now old Star Office had gone through a name change or two and could be found on your friendly neighborhood Internet as OpenOffice.

I've used this for a coupla years now and can't find anything which Microsnotty does better. In fact I am writing this post on OpenOffice and it is completely compatible with the blog and anything else I need to use it for so I don't depend on Microlofty anymore.

You see I sort of got my nose bent out of shape when I discovered that Office 2003 and Office 2007 are not natively compatible. You can make them play nice together but you have to download a new bit of software and install the compatibility pack and that seems to me like a lot of extra work just to make one word processing program talk to a program written by the same company.

Then there's the constant barrage of bug fixes and virus alerts and when you combine all of those things staying with Microdufuss just seems like a lot of work for something they want you to pay for all over again every three years.

Now this is not to say everything is perfect with OpenOffice. Far from it. Seems that with all of the wheeling and dealing that went on when the big guy was trying to turn it into a cash cow they sort of screwed things up and some parts of the open source software are now propriety and you have to pay to use them and if you are going to have to pay through the nose just to write out a Dear John letter or maybe if you've just been rejected by the Grand and Ancient Order of The Charcoal Pencil and Quill Pen for their 42nd annual invitational show and cake walk maybe you need to dash off a suicide note or a mash note or a poisoned pen note so there isn't really any reason to not use the high-priced spread and there you are back using the same old program and paying for a new and improved copy every eighteen months.

So maybe LibreOffice is for you. Now if you took my advice yesterday and are out there experimenting with Ubuntu you already have LibreOffice cause it is the default word processor for Gnome which is the default desktop GUI for Ubuntu and so you have it and can start using it and won't have to download it and that will make things much quicker.

But if you didn't and don't want to and are trying hard not to listen to me then here is the link so that when you come to your sense you can still download it and be free from Microuniversal forever.

And why would I try another off brand program when I could just stick with ole tried and true? First it isn't an off brand, it's OpenOffice just like before but designed by some pretty smart folks who got annoyed when the big guy started trying to take their work and make a buck off it and close the source code so that only his minions could write it and make themselves over in the image of Microobelisk.

So the base code is solid. Now I've just been using LibreOffice for about three weeks ever since I downloaded Ubuntu onto my laptop, so my experience with it isn't as track-tested as OpenOffice, but from a quick three week look it seems every bit as good and it is free and open sourced and that means you can get your work done without paying half of your year's profits to the folks in Redmond.

Sure you are an artist and don't spend much time or thought about computers and the programs that run them and that is exactly as it shroud be; artists should be working at art and not slaving over a computer.

But in April of 2014 when the lights go out for Windows XP and Office 2003, don't let your work grind to a halt because you don't have working programs or a working computer. You've been told and warned and advised and begged and I hope some of you will take a look and see if this is a solution which might work for you.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Different Flavor

“Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler

Way back in time, when dinosaurs walked the earth, Walter Cronkite gave the nightly news, and gas was thirty-five cents a gallon we used to type on a typewriter.

Now I know some of you have never seen one or if you have it was one of the early word processors and it did all sorts of nifty, neat and cool things, but way back then it just sat and typed.

Of course you had to do all sorts of arcane rituals, rolling in sheets of paper, if you wanted copies you had to put carbon paper between the sheets and try to get the roller to pull them through without separating the paper from the carbon.

Assuming you managed to get the paper on the roller then you had to remember to do a carriage return at the end of every line, if you set the margins properly so that the end of page warning would ring.

If you did all of that the there was the usual problem, getting the keyboard to type in what you want instead of what you type. (That’s still a problem for me).

It is amazing all of those pre-computer books got written at all.

Now some writers dictated and had a professional typist do the margin setting, or some poor beleaguered secretary. Every pre-computer writer wanted to be successful enough to hire a private secretary, some one who could type ninety words a minute with less than 5% mistakes and do it all day for weeks at an end. That would be real success.

It seldom happened. Most writers had to do the dirty work themselves and they struggled with all of the mechanics and the rituals like the sorcerer’s apprentice.

The truly Black Arts, grammar and spelling were the province of black practitioners and never done by folks who care anything for their own immortal souls. There is nothing as terrifying to a pre-tech person as the dream of a spelling bee with everyone watching and you there against the blackboard like a spy awaiting the final shot while the warden, teacher paced and called out words no human could possibly spell like quiet. (You know the terrible trio, quiet, quite, quit?) If you were really traumatized this dream came in the advanced Technicolor version, all of the previous elements except this time you were standing there naked. The shakes and sweats were awful.

Then along came the Boys of Cyber and all was well. Sure, the first computers used a language so bizarre and complex that it wasn’t worth learning it just to get out of spelling. Better to fake a stomach ache and spend an hour in the nurse’s office. No ianythings to cup in the palm of your hand while you surreptitiously peeked using your opposable thumb to Google the answer.

So now we have coffee makers which are smarter than the average fifth grader and phones so complex that a NASA engineer would take three years and an advanced computer course to dial the Cape and ieverythings which sing and dance and come in pads, so long as they are genuine Microsnotty and not an evil, dark side, Valdemort Korean Samsung copy.

Which brings me to the subject of this little post, Microsleazy; you are aware that Microgrubby is going to stop supporting Windows XP in less than two years?

Who cares?

You do if you are a typical home user. Windows XP is still installed on a third of all computers and all of those computers are going to have to do something before April 8. 2014. That’s when Microvillian will turn off the lights for XP.

So what I heard you say. A whole bunch of what, that’s what. You won’t get any patches for what is even at the most generous a leaky operating system, you won’t have any program updates, you won’t get the new software from third party vendors to run on XP, you will be a target for every nasty little hacker and virus writer in the whole ether and MicroIndifferent does not care.

In fact they care so little about you and the work that you do on your computer that they write their new OS, that’s operating systems, so that they cannot run on older equipment making sure you not only have to buy new software from them, but you have to go buy new hardware from Intel and their buddies.

So even if you want to use the machine you have become so friendly with over the last few years, you can’t. They’ll tell you that you’ll benefit from all of their new bells and whistles, that things will be so much faster and easier and that you’ll be more productive…

Will you? I wonder. I do a lot on my computer. I like computers and I have spent a lot of time with my Windows box and am pretty comfortable with crawling around in the innards. But the truth is I do not need nor use anything Microflabby has come up with in the last four system changes.

I know heresy. But that is the truth. I do all of the usual stuff, I write, check email, play music, make CDs and DVDs and fiddle with my photographs, but I do not do all of the other stuff, which costs a bunch of money and doesn’t do anything for me and so I’m not burning with a white-hot passion for the new stuff, in fact I’m indifferent.

So what am I going to do?

This is a two parter so take your time and read all of it before you move on to that cat video on YouTube.

You do remember me urging you not to blow your Christmas loot on a shiny new igizmo? That’s right I said, buy a cheap, older laptop and you’ll get more use from it and be able to do more stuff and you’ll have a bunch more money in your pockets. And that’s true.

So if you did that no I can tell you something else you should do. Download Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an operating system based on Linux and it is free and this distribution is so easy that you may just be able to install it and not even notice that Windows is gone.

Now I would never suggest you do this to a mission critical machine until you have thought it over long and hard, but if you bought that laptop there is no reason not to install it there. If you didn’t maybe now you will think about buying a cheap used laptop and installing Ubuntu on it so that when Microblind pulls the plug you will have lost of experience and can install it on your mission critical computer cause you know all about how to use it.

And yes, I have done it thank you. I did about three weeks ago and have everything working to my satisfaction, except Skype. If you Skype you know what that is and if you don’t you probably don’t care that I haven’t got it working.

Here is the thing; I have almost eighteen months to work with Ubuntu before I have to make a decision about my desktop. By then I should know if a FREE operating system with no virus problems and updates every six months and a new FREE version every two years can do the job for me.

So when the lights go out on XP I might just not care at all.