Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book a Challenge

The annual event happens in hundreds of locations around the world as creators try to create a full comic book in one day.

So It Goes Coffeehouse will host the 24 Hour Comic Book Challenge on Saturday October 1st beginning at 8am, at the shop. Participants have 24 hours to complete an all-original 24 page comic book. Those that complete the challenge by 8am on Sunday morning will have their work published in an anthology by So It Goes.

Created by Scott McCloud (Zot! and Understanding Comics), the first 24 hour comic challenges included the likes of Neil Gaiman (Sandman etc), Dave SIm (Cerebus) and Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). 

For more information on origins of the challenge:

Your 24  page comic must be complete in 24 hours. Story, art, lettering, proofreading, etc. Digital comics are allowed.

No sketches, designs, plot summaries or any other kind of direct preparation can precede the 24 hour period. Indirect preparation such as assembling tools, reference materials, music, etc. is fine.

The comic must contain over 100 panels, 

To assist with the improvisational nature of the challenge, So It Goes will have a suggestion box at the shop and online through the end of September where you can drop in the an item name or an exclamation that must be included in the comic. We will draw those pieces right before the clock begins.

Please bring your materials with you. We will have basic tools and paper, but you would do best to bring tools you prefer. Paper size, type of materials does not matter. Coffee and food specials and giveaways will be on hand with special surprises throughout the challenge for the participants.

Would be participants need not be proven artists. An RSVP is required, please sign up by calling 541-808-9333,, or messaging us on Facebook. You must be 18 years of age.

You can read the first 24 hour comic, by Scott McCloud, here:

John Beane

So It Goes Coffeehouse  

Acrylic Gold

The Golden “A to Z” of Acrylics Lecture
Title:                           The Golden “A to Z” of Acrylics
What:                        lecture
Dates:                        Friday, November 11, 2016
Time:                          7 pm
Age Range:               all ages welcome
Skill Level:                 all skill levels welcome
Media:                       acrylic
Where:                      Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR
Lecture Fee:             Free to all
For more info:         call (541) 267-3901 or email

This lecture by Corrine Loomis Dietz. Certified GOLDEN Working Artist, packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how this relates to clean color missing, glazing and the creation of fabulous new colors. Learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body, OPEN and High Flow Acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a comprehensive overview on the many Gels & Mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color, be used for sculptural effects and more. The lecture includes a review of Grounds that create truly contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. Each lecture includes an array of examples of these materials to put to use.

The lecture also includes a brief introduction to our non-acrylic products, Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors and QoR Watercolor.

Attendees will leave the lecture enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting!

Important notes: Because of the size of our venue, lecture size will be limited to 30 attendees.

Landscape Escape

The Watercolor Landscape with John Hewitt
Title:                           The Watercolor Landscape with John Hewitt
What:                        watercolor workshop (plein air, weather permitting)
Dates:                        Fri - Sun, May 19 - 21, 2017
Time:                          10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Age Range:               adults only (one child may be permitted)
Skill Level:                 all skill levels welcome
Media:                       watercolor
Where:                      Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR
Workshop Fee:       $300 CAM members/$350 non-members
For more info:         call (541) 267-3901 or email

Coos Art Museum is thrilled to welcome artist John Hewitt back to the Bay Area for a three-day watercolor workshop Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. Join us as Hewitt explains and demonstrates advanced watercolor techniques on a beginner level. He will demonstrate with detailed advice wet on wet, dry brush and many brush strokes to achieve any effect you need to paint a landscape. He will, also, provide design and color theory tips. Students can’t paint along with his demo or take notes and paint later and he will offer as much assistance as desired. There will be a class critique where he will offer positive and constructive feedback, which is very important to the art making process.

Important notes: This will be a plein air workshop, weather permitting. Media: Watercolor. Skill Level: All skill levels welcome. Age Range: Adults only (one child may be permitted.) 12 students max. The workshop fee is $300 for CAM members/$350 non-members. For registration form visit or contact the Art Education Dept. at (541) 267-3901 or

Just the Essentials

Essential Acrylic Techniques
Title:                            Essential Acrylic Techniques with Corrine Dietz
What:                          painting workshop
Dates:                          Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time:                           10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age Range:                  adults and high school students
Skill Level:                   all skill levels welcome
Media:                         acrylic
Where:                        Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Workshop Fee:            $95 CAM members / $105 non-members
Registration Ends:       November 1, 2016
For more info:             call (541) 267-3901 or email

Have you ever wanted to paint, but were not sure where to start? Do you paint in acrylics but think you could have better control of your materials? Join Corrine Loomis Dietz, Certified GOLDEN Working Artist, for this intense, 5 hour workshop geared toward making sense of the technical aspects of acrylics and finding your groove. Learn tips to control the brush, palette, color mixing and drying times. We will explore a triad of Fluid Acrylics, mixing with polymer mediums to develop an understanding of modern color mixing. Utilizing a series of exercises, we will discover the beautiful versatility of fluids as we pursue layers of washes and glazes. In the second half of the workshop, we use Heavy Body acrylic to extend the color with Gels to develop textures and alter luminosity. With this thicker viscosity of paint, we will explore the mineral (inorganic pigments) to examine opacity, color mixing and impasto techniques. Expect loads of information, money saving tips and new reference for your work. I recommend this hands-on event for any artists needing a refresher or a full jump start into acrylics.
Media: Acrylics. Skill level: all skill levels welcome. Age Range: 15 and up.

Cost for the one day workshop is $95 for CAM members and $105 for non-members. Class size: min. 6/max. 12. Registration ends November 1, 2016.  For online registration visit or contact the Art Education Dept. at (541) 267-3901.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wear Your Art

Swedish Knitting, Crocheting & Felting Fairy!

Second Street Gallery will join with Art By The Sea in a Friday evening Art Walk 5 - 7pm, September16, 2016 welcoming Eva Subias, our knit, felt & crochet expert while the Co-op Gallery will host a reception for Diana K. Morton, photographer and the opening of the Collage Community show. Susan Lehman, has judged the show and will be announcing the winners of the exhibit and awarding prizes the evening of the reception.

Eva Subias will also be our Meet and Greet Artist at Second Street Gallery both Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th. We look forward to her vivacious personality as she shows her fashions and demonstrates how she creates them with lush, high quality yarns. Eva has been a regular at Second Street Gallery for many years and her cloches, flappers, scarves, mittens and felted hats continue their extreme popularity. She will be bringing along a broader range of work that we can’t regularly carry at the gallery.
Eva is a native of Sweden, where her love of knitting started when she was only about 7 years old.  She knits the continental way and will be happy to show you how fast that can be. Nowadays she switches between knitting and crocheting and enjoys both forms of creating beautiful garments.  She loves sharing her love of the art, so take this opportunity to come in and talk to her and see all the creations she will bring for this special weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quick Pick Up

Hi Artists,

Saturday, September 24th is the date to pick up your art at Southern Coos Hospital in Bandon, from 2 – 6 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                        

If you are unable to pick up your work at this time, please let me know.

The information and entry form for the upcoming Fall Show: Paws, Claws, Feathers and Beyond (Animals: Wild or Domestic) is attached.

Contact me at this email, or by phone  541-297-6118 if you have questions.
Or contact Susan Lehman  541-347-9888.

Thank you.

Ava Richey

Have a Fling


YOU are invited
to the Coos Art Museum
Annual Fundraiser

For 2017 Operations

Saturday, October 1, 2016
5 – 8 pm

Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson Ave. Coos Bay, OR 97420

4 Course Sit-Down Dinner
Catered by Benetti’s

Ballet Performance “Land and Sea” by Dance Umbrella

All Tickets

Wine choices - Provided at no host bar

Contact museum for discounts – Groups of 8

Please RSVP by Sept. 26, 2016