Friday, April 29, 2016


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Coos Art Museum, the Museum is hosting the 2016 Arts & Culture Rally & Charm Trail. The southern Oregon coast is rich in local Arts & Culture. Join us for a fun adventure as you visit seven coastal communities and 51 participating Arts & Culture venues.
This is a great way to enjoy the Southern Oregon Coast, have an adventure, get inspired, find a one-of-a-kind souvenir, participate in a quest and experience the local culture.
Rally begins April 30, 2016 and runs through December 31, 2016. Participants that visit all 50 sites and get their map stamped can return to Coos Art Museum and get a prize.

April 30, 2016 through December 31, 2016
Here’s how it works:
  • Pick up your bracelet and 2016 charm at Coos Art Museum for $5.00.
  • Visit each stop on the map and add other charms for $1.50 each.
  • Look for Blue Rally door signs at participating venues.
  • You can begin the rally at any stop on the map and progress in any order.
  • At each stop make sure to get your map stamped.
  • No purchase necessary to participate.
  • Rally Maps are a destination guide only and of no monetary value.
  • If you visit 50 stops on the map you can return to Coos Art Museum and get a prize.
  • You have until December 31, 2016 to complete the quest and claim a prize.
  • One prize per person, per map.
  • Share your adventure: #CoosArtMuseum, #ArtRally2016, #OregonCoast
Participating venues:
Pick up list and map at Coos Art Museum

Lead Follow or Get Out Of the Way

Title:    Follow the Leader with Jesse Reno
What:    painting workshop
Dates:    Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time:    10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Age Range:   adults and high school students
Skill Level:  all skill levels welcome
Media:   acrylic/mixed media
Where:   Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Workshop Fee:  $150 CAM members / $175 non-members
Registration Ends: June 11, 2016
For more info:  call (541) 267-3901 or email 

IN MORE DETAIL In this mixed media painting class students are guided through the ideas and process of Jesse Reno through a series of simple open ended instructions. The instructions are basic and the timing is quick for each step, this keeps things moving and fresh. The instruction will engage a variety of techniques using, brushes, marking tools, finger painting, closed eyes, continuous line, etc…Students will learn to understand that any move can be a good move as long as your moving and thinking. They will see that as long as they think in a basic compositional sense things come together in time with little stress. This is a great introduction to ideas and techniques for all skill levels. It's a great class for people who get stuck, don’t know what to paint, or those who just want to learn new open techniques to expand their own process. As in all my classes, the idea is not what you paint but why and how. By following through with a   random list of instructions and techniques, we learn to see how quick we can move when we are free, and how great accidents can be. It easier to make 7 mistakes than 1 perfect plan.  This class is organized in such a way that I give an instruction and then students are left to choose placement, likes and dislikes specific to their own works. So we all start with the same ideas and make them our own by choosing how to utilize or interpret them. Working quickly and freely we learn to see what we have done rather than what we intended to do which is quite often far more interesting then what we had first imagined. This is class is part guide, part lecture, very hands on and full of fun and stimulating ideas for artists of any level. Cost for the one day workshop is $150 for CAM members and $175 for non-members.  Registration ends June 11, 2016.  For online registration visit or contact the Art Education Dept. at (541) 267-3901.

Paint the Park

Subject: FW: Sunset Bay State Park Event
From: joan & rick goodman & fox [
Subject: Sunset Bay State Park Event

                                                                           June 4 2016 Art In The Park

The proposal from the State Parks Department is a  two session instruction / teaching session for  anyone interested in plein air painting.  There will also be  a four scene  presentation from Shakespeare performed in the gardens at Shore Acres by local talented actors.

The park has been a favorite painting spot for the various groups of plein air painters for  over a decade.  There are three groups who sometimes overlap and have all contributed to a history of the changes in the landscape.

Stephanie Miller, Park Ranger, is coordinator for this event.  She has contacted Sally Rolicheck and I agreed to carry this forward on behalf of BAAA.

As Mr Tom Leahy says Art, Tourism and Culture are the mainstays of our economy in the Bay Area.  This type of event showcases the sense of place and community for our area.  I feel this is a very important event that needs to be supported and presented in a well organized enthusiastic way.  This will need the support of everyone who is a member of this organization.

In our initial discussion we covered time and the duration of each session.   This is a  seven hour actual time commitment am/pm on a Saturday.

We need a group of people in the planning and execution of this event.  A group large enough to be able to cover unexpected time issues for other members of the group.  Be  a Sunset Bay Painters in the Park promoter!   Joan 541-217-8242

Pop Goes the Art

May at the Bandon Library Art Gallery features the work of the Bandon High School Art Students. Under the direction of teacher Jen Ells, the grades 9 – 12 students at Bandon High encounter a wide range of historical and contemporary artists. The work of such artists as Pop Art painter Dean Russo become a jumping off point, giving the students great creative freedom while maintaining the discipline of the assignments. They work clay, paint on silk, and of course, draw and paint on paper and canvas realistically and surrealistically. They make portraits and self-portraits; folk art and still life, abstract, and multi-screen, multi-color prints. Their work is interesting, original, often inspired.
There will be a reception for the artists on Monday, May 2nd at 4.00 pm in the Sprague Room. All month there will be a box in the gallery to collect your votes for People's Choice Award. The winner will receive Prismacolor pencils and paper; all participating students will get drawing pencils. The show runs from the 2nd through the 31st of May

Got a Pencil

Title:                            Exploring Colored Pencil Potential with Kristy Kutch
What:                          3-day workshop
Date(s):                       Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, July 19, 20 & 21, 2016
Time:                           9am - 4pm
Age Range:                  teens and adults
Skill Level:                   all skill levels
Media:                         colored pencil
Where:                        Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Fee:                             $300 CAM members / $350 non-members
Registration Ends:       July 7, 2016
For more info:             call (541) 267-3901 or email

This workshop focuses on “painting from a point”, using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic, vividly-drawn paintings. Products used include: watercolor pencils, waxy/oily colored pencils, and even crayon-like wax pastels. Surfaces include papers, boards, and even sanded pastel papers, with techniques that are sure to increase your possibilities. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and related art materials, this workshop is full to the brim with demonstrations and helpful hints on layering, blending, grating and emphasizing a stunning range of values. Some basic drawing experience is helpful, but students of all levels of experience are welcome.
Important notes: Materials required for class are as follows (students will not be required to bring all items listed. The instructor will bring lots of samples of pencils and papers and lots of demonstrator sets to experiment with. A person could come with merely a #2 pencil and still be able well supplied): Bristol board, hot press 140# water color paper, pencil sharpener, drawing pencils, tracing paper, eraser, cloth for buffing, a set of studio quality colored pencils, blending pencil, blender marker, brushes, tape and drawing board.

The fee for the 5-day workshop is $300 for CAM members, $350 for non-members.  6 participants min./12 participants max.  Registration ends July 7, 2016.  For online registration visit or contact the Art Education Dept. at (541) 267-3901 or

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sneak Peeks, Geeks and even Freaks

So get your motor running, head out on the highway looking for beer, burgers and badass music.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Best of the West

Coos Art Museum's photo.

Expressions West 2016 opening Reception this Friday April 22, 2016 5 -7 pm.
This Juried exhibition presents sixty-one paintings by fifty-four artists residing in
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Story Time

Tell Your Story at Coos Art Museum

Coos Bay – Coos Art Museum (CAM) is celebrating 50 years as a center of arts and culture on Oregon’s South Coast. In celebration of this accomplishment the Museum will be hosting CAM Community Days during its 2016 Anniversary year. CAM Community Days are interactive, hands on Saturdays in the art museum.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 will be the second interactive Saturday themed, “Tell Your Story.” For centuries civilizations have utilized art to communicate stories and cultural traditions. Join us at Coos Art Museum and engage in activities and displays that tell “Your” story and “Ours.” Activities will include: a story telling project, “Community Mosaic” and “Can you tell me more about this picture?” quest. We have even pulled out the Museum scrap books for you to enjoy! Please stop by and share your memories about the art museum with us. We are collecting oral and pictorial stories.

This event is open to the public. Coos Art Museum is located in downtown Coos Bay on Anderson and doors open at 10 am. Admission to the Museum is FREE for CAM Community Days thanks to the generous support of local business sponsors: Grami Properties, Honda World, Century 21 Best Realty, Inc. and Spotlight Country Bar & Night Club.

Saturday, April 30th will also mark the official start of the 2016 Coos Art Museum Arts & Culture Rally & Charm Trail. Pick up your rally map and follow it to 50 local arts and culture venues. Each stop on the map has a special collector charm you can purchase for $1.50. If you visit all 50 sites you can return to Coos Art Museum and get a prize. Visit for more details.

Carole Hillsbery Watercolor News

Subject: Exciting Carole Hillsbery Watercolor News

1.  April 1st - April 29th  Siuslaw Public Library, Florence Oregon                  
     Carole Hillsbery Art Show:  Beginning Students through
      Life Long Friends
      You'll be surprised at the quality of the paintings exhibited.  Come see the

2.  Beginner's 2 thru Intermediate and Advanced classes:  $100
     Beginning May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
     1:00 - 4:00 pm
     Email for space available. Registration required.

3.  2 Day Figurative Workshop
     June 10th and 11th, Friday Saturday
     10:00 - 4:00 pm,  $150
     Cross Road Assembly Church, 1380 10th St., Florence
     Registration is required.  Email for more details.

So many artists tighten up and struggle when painting figures in watercolor.  This workshop is designed to teach you to loosen up and explore color while communicating a story or a feeling. Carole encourages each student to discover their own unique painting style.  Her many techniques, demonstrations, and candid conversations with each student will be sure to inspire you! 
We will paint 3/4 or the whole body in motion in an interesting
pose and background. You can either draw or trace your figure.  Some knowledge of watercolor is needed.
Carole is a national award winning artist and a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Western Federation of Watercolor Society, the Arizona Watercolor Association, and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  Check out her website at:

Feel free to forward this email to other friends that might be interested. 

Eugene Biennial

Celebrating Exceptional Art of our Region

Jurors: Roger Saydack, Jon Jay Cruson and Karin Clarke
August 3 - 27, 2016
Reception and Award Ceremony: First Friday, August 5th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Eugene Biennial: Artists 18 years and older from Lane, Lincoln, Benton, Douglas and Coos counties will be invited to submit one or two new (2015-2016) works to be considered for this inaugural Eugene Biennial held at Karin Clarke Gallery in Downtown Eugene. This exhibit will showcases artistic excellence by visual artists in our beautiful region. 
Lead Sponsor: City of Eugene Cultural Services

    There will be a $10 entry fee per artwork (up to two). Checks written to Karin Clarke Gallery.
    1 or 2 digital images emailed or on a CD (will not be returned)
    A short application (on our website)

Important dates:
    Submission dates May 1st - 31st, 2016.
    Selection announced/artists notified by July 1st. 
    Delivery of artwork (framed, presentation-ready) MUST BE HAND-DELIVERED Sunday, July 31, 9 am - 4 pm
    Pick-up of unsold artwork: Saturday, August 26th, 4-6 pm or Sunday,August 27th, 9 am - noon.
All work accepted in the Eugene Biennial MUST be for sale, and the gallery will take a 50% commission. 
​Size limitations:
Due to the small size of the gallery we are limited in what we can show, and want to include as many artists as possible. The maximum size for 2-D wall art is 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall and no more than 50 lbs.. Sculpture must occupy no more than 20 inch square free standing floor space, or fit on a pedestal with a maximum of 16 inches in depth. Please note that works may be excluded if we can't easily and safely handle and display them. We encourage you to visit our gallery to consider the space or email with any questions.
 - $500 Best of Show "Mark Clarke Prize" 
 - $500 Mayors' Award - sponsored by the City of Eugene Cultural Services
 - $250 Jurors Choice Award sponsored by Whiteaker Printmakers
Two more Jurors Choice - SEEKING SPONSORS!
Awards will be announced at the reception on August 5th.
Artist Jon Jay Cruson 
Art Collector and Curator Roger Saydack
Gallery Owner Karin Clarke
All questions and emailed applications to go through
Complete submissions include: payment by check to Karin Clarke Gallery ($10 per piece), application, and one image per piece.  Mail submissions to Eugene Biennial, c/o, Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401.  
Email submissions to  
Deadline: Please note that the deadline for submissions is May 31st!

Juror Photo Credit: Athena Delene

Karin Clarke, Owner/Director
Karin Clarke Gallery
760 Willamette Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Tel 541-684-7963
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday Noon - 5:30