Join us on Saturday October 4th for the Walk for Wellness at Mingus Park where Chef Jardin Kazaar will be the Master of Ceremonies. Registration starts at 9 am, walk starts at 10 am and raffle prizes are given out by noon. I look forward to seeing you there! We encourage you to register early at www.southcoastdiabetes.org
h u e d r o p s d e s i g n s by Pam Dennis
A 58 year resident of Oregon’s bay area (Coos Bay/North Bend), I have dabbled in the arts for decades. As a youngster, I envisioned my future as a commercial artist; sent a Draw Me (you know, the girl’s profile on the matchbook) sketch to an art school and would have been offered a scholarship if I hadn’t been an eighth grader.
Good news is … I worked in window display for eleven years at the south coasts’ premiere department store, The Hub and followed it with another seven years at The Bon Marche’ (now Macy’s). Other than posters, award winning set designs, brochures for Little Theatre on the Bay (where I also sang, danced, acted, and directed) my work in visual merchandising was the closest I would come to being an artist…...UNTIL…..
I switched gears completely beginning my career with South Coast Hospice. It would be my re-awakening. Working with people who are facing their own mortality gave me a new perspective on life altogether. The message I received from them was, “If not now, WHEN?” So, I began to draw suns for a show I loved, CBS Sunday morn-ing news; I always enjoyed the sun designs they popped on the screen between seg-ments. It took me a decade to get up the nerve to actually send my colored pencil drawings to CBS. When I finally saw one of my suns on their show I cried for JOY; I had been validated. I could finally call myself an artist. Since then, they have shown the November sun in this calendar several times, and many more are in their archives for future airing.
It was also my pleasure to design and create, along with staff and countless vol-unteers, the South Coast Hospice Thrift Store. I’m proud of how it serves our communi-ty and thankful it was voted #1 on the south coast six years in a row.
Colored pencil is my medium of choice. I also enjoy acrylics, and play with fabric and beads. It’s all fun. In 2014 my design was chosen to represent the Oregon Coast Music Festival (I’m wearing the t-shirt at left) and that honor, along with more time as a retiree, has spurred me on. I have a renewed energy to paint and draw and consider it my life’s work. Interesting how we often know at a very young age who we are, and then forget as busy-ness gets in the way.
I’ve been asked where it all comes from; the inspiration that is. I don’t know. I just start with a memory, an idea, an experience, something I see, anything, and the pencils or brushes do the rest. I love it … my new/old work. It is a blessing in my life.
To order calendars, blank note cards, original paintings/drawings, or prints, contact me at:
North Bend, OR 97459
Monday October 6th-Friday October 10th Join us for Lunch at the Coos Bay Public Library for “A Little Lunch Music” Noon-1:30
Support the Coos Bay Public Library Foundation by purchasing soup & bread provided by Black Market Gourmet, or bring your own lunch. Coffee is free!
Celebrate Oregon Days of Culture 2014 with musical samplings for lunchtime enjoyment!
Coos Bay Public Library 525 Anderson • 541.269.1101
Sponsored by Coos Bay Public Library Foundation
Nurture by Nourishing Cooking Classes (FREE)
Monday October 27th 6 p.m.
Tuesday October 28th 2 p.m.
Always feel free to e-mail us or call: 541-269-0194.