Monday, November 28, 2016


If you have run a business for any length of time, the odd requests start coming just about the same time as you are maybe going to show a profit. This puts you squarely on the horns of a dilemma, turn away a lunatic or toss away a profit opportunity. Hmmmmmmmmm?

Most of the time, if the lunatic is only a little crazy, like artists, and actors and those wackos in Congress you suck it up and take the job.

This assumes it isn't on Black Friday.

But you know what's coming, it has to be on Black Friday cause the lunatics wouldn't come out to play if you weren't up to your ass in alligator with wild-eyed, screaming shoppers destroying your displays, waving money, and slapping each other around like it was a hockey game.

The Ole Trawler having enjoyed the pleasures of business for many seasons strives passionately not to be a lunatic...but every now and then it happens even to the folks who have been knee deep in the trenches.

The Ole Trawler and the Long Sufferin' have a show coming up at the library and are working like dervishes if that isn't politically incorrect and off limits and insensitive and rude and all of the other ins-
which dot the landscape in these strange and curious times and while whirling furiously and doing sixteen different things at the same time while making sure not to duplicate what you just did and still getting everything done and in the proper order so that you do not embarrass yourself or the library of the art community which has so generously embrace you all of the longs and fruitful years and then you turn around and find that you are staring straight into the eyes of a lunatic.

Yeppers, the Ole Trawler had become one of those.

And there was no help for it you just had to go ahead and be a lunatic and force some nice merchant onto those fretful horns and try to do it with enough grace so that after the holiday passes and there is enough passage of time maybe they'll forgive or just forget about what you made then do.

So there I was on the phone, on Black Friday calling one of the more successful merchants in town hoping that they wouldn't hang up on me and might have the seasonal spirit and might just take my crazy request and bail my ass out of this panic filled quagmire.

Now most of you know all about the Art Connection and what they do and sell and how they offer the art community of Coos Bay and surrounds the best products right here in our own town without having to make Jeff Bezos another million and fatten the coffers of UPS or FedEx and stuff like that.

What you may not know is that they do answer their phone on Black Friday and they do listen to lunatics and they do agree, at considerable pain, expense, time and small profit agree to take on a piddly-ass job and keep an Ole Trawler from losing what little mind he has left.

So here's the job, I needed a mat cut, time-consuming, tedious, exacting and not at all high profit-margin and they did it! Or rather Coni did it and with considerable good grace under circumstances where she would have been perfectly justified to use an expression not approve by Tarsus the Good and hang the phone up. Not only did she do the job as requested,but she also included much to my surprise and delight a backboard.

Quick primer, a mat goes around the image to cover up any mistakes the artist made in printing, painting, sizing or mounting the image and of course to help focus the eye on the image which is what the artist wants in the first place. The backboard is a solid mat which allows the image to be mounted and properly place to make all of the magic when the Great Public comes to look at the exhibit.

I had cut a backboard because I didn't expect Coni to clean up all of my mistakes and I can on a good day cut a rectangle without screwing it up so badly that the frame can't hide the ragged, frayed edges.

But when I looked in the bag there it was. I was thunderstruck, flabbergasted, knocked over by a pin feather and all that other stuff. What a deal and on the busiest day of the shopping year!

So Art Connection saved my bacon and you can just come to the library and see the results and see for yourself what a first-rate, top-drawer, high-class merchant can do to make even the rudest, most thoughtless, inconsiderate customer satisfied.

And a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you at Art Connection, you sure as hell deserve one!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday Dance

Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.: Free contra dance at Bay Area Senior Activity Center, 886 S. Fourth St. (at Ingersoll), Coos Bay. Live music by Thyme Travelers, calling by Karen Olsen.

COOS BAY — What's better than contra dancing? How about a free contra dance cosponsored by the South Coast Folk Society and the New Community Coalition. Dancing starts with a beginners' lesson at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Bay Area Senior Activity Center, 886 S. Fourth St. (at Ingersoll), Coos Bay. The Thyme Travelers will play music and Karen Olsen will call. All dances are taught and all ages are welcome. New Community Coalition, an agency that brings people together to share ideas and develop plans of action so we can all be healthier, happier and more vital, is cosponsoring the dance to bring attention to the fun and community-building American pastime of contra dancing. Learn more at and

Gail Elber
1918 N. 14th St.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Contra dance caller Karen Olsen of Myrtle Point will teach every dance on Dec. 3.

The Thyme Travelers are (left to right) Norman Farrell of Ridgefield, Wash. on mandolin, whistle and sax, and Coos Bay residents Jennifer Sordyl on fiddle and Don Berg on guitar.

Into the Third Dimension

Art by the Sea Gallery invites artists to enter 3-dimensional artwork in the upcoming 2017 show.

Please find details and entry form in the attached prospectus.

Drop-off dates are January 29th and 30th.

Show runs February 2 – March 4th

If you have questions after reading the prospectus please contact the gallery.
Thank you.  We look forward to your participation.

Art by the Sea Gallery
125 Chicago Ave SE
Bandon, OR 97411

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Double Dip

Dear Members and Friends of Coos Art Museum,

Are you aware that you can double your donation for free in Oregon.

Oregon is the  only state in the union with this incredible benefit.

Pay your 2017 Membership and/or make a donation to CAM and donate to the Oregon Cultural Trust and receive a tax credit from Oregon.

Go to the website:

for more information  on donations and limits per person, per couple and corporations.

Fuel Oregon Culture with your donations before the end of this year.

Coos Art Museum has the information cards at the front counter.


Earthly Delights

Open Again

November 24-26 Interpretive Center Closed

Interpretive Center will re-open on November 29th following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Trails and waterways will remain open from dawn until dusk.  


Hollering Days Coming

The Holiday Bazaar is just around the corner.  The dates and times are:  Friday, December 2nd (4-8 pm) and Saturday, December 3rd (10am-5pm). 
The Vendor spaces are all (or nearly all) sold.  

This is a great event for our community.  We are now looking for volunteers (no more than 1-2 hour per person).  We have some really fun, really easy, tasks that people can help with.
Do you enjoy wrapping boxes and decorating . . . then Thursday night is for you.  We will start at 5pm on December 1st - to wrap overly large boxes and decorate the gym at the Community Building -- its fun and creative to watch the room come together.  The more volunteers, the faster it will go.
On Friday and Saturday both we could use a few "floaters" -- these volunteers get to enjoy the Bazaar (maybe do a little shopping) and simply ask the Vendors if they need a break from their booth space -- they may need to make a quick phone call, get something to eat, or do a little shopping themselves.
You can find CDABA on Facebook at Cdaba - Coastal Douglas Arts & Business Alliance.  We will begin posting information about Vendors and their items.  Please be sure to "share" the posts so that everyone in your news feed will also see the information.
Email if you can spare an hour or two and if you need any information.

Kathleen K. Miller, RP® 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Colorful Art

The Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center will host an exhibition of artworks reflecting upon the theme of “Color: BIG & small”. Each artist is invited to submit 1-2 pairs of art works celebrating COLOR! They can be contrasting or the same color families. Monochromatic, analogous, or complimentary—all gloriously rich and beguiling! COLOR can be FUN, moody, exciting, serious or playful—share with us your favorites! Let's brighten the hospital walls for the winter season.

Call to Artists:  Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center in Bandon, OR

Show runs January – April, 2017

Theme:  “Color: BIG & small”

Please read the attached prospectus and use the entry form within it.

If you have questions please contact show curators.
Ava Richey          541-297-6118
Susan Lehman  541-347-9888

Get More Fiber

Monday, November 14, 2016

Folkys Dancing

Saturday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.: International folk dancing at Bay Area Senior Activity Center, 886 S. Fourth St. (at Ingersoll), Coos Bay. Teaching followed by requests.

COOS BAY — The South Coast Folk Society will hold its monthly international folk dance at
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Bay Area Senior Activity Center, 886 S. Fourth St. (at Ingersoll), Coos Bay. From 7 to 8 p.m., instructors will teach dances. From 8 to 10 p.m. dancers can request their favorites from our huge music library. Folk dancing is a fun way to experience music and traditions from around the world. Some dances are gentle and others are lively — you’re sure to find something you like. No experience or partner is necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. All ages are welcome. Admission is $4 general and $3 for South Coast Folk Society members. Learn more at

Folkys Acrylic

Personalized Folk Art Painting in Acrylic
Title:                            Personalized Folk Art Painting in Acrylic with Alison O’Donoghue
What:                          painting workshop
Dates:                          Saturday and Sunday, January 28 & 29, 2017
Time:                           10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age Range:                  Teens and adults
Skill Level:                   all skill levels welcome
Media:                         acrylic
Where:                        Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Workshop Fee:            $200 CAM members / $225 non-members
Registration Ends:       January 10, 2017
For more info:             call (541) 267-3901 or email

Create a Personalized Folk Art Painting in Acrylic. Join us in welcoming Portland artist, Alison O’Donoghue to Coos Art Museum, January 28th & 29th for an acrylic painting workshop from 10am to 4pm. Alison will assist participants in creating a painting filled with images of personal significance in a colorful, lively folk art format of stacking, interacting and pattern making. With simple, yet meaningful images such as birds, animals, flowers, plants and other objects, you will create a harmonious and interactive world within the bounds of the painting surface. Through the process of layering with acrylics, your result is a colorful, vibrant painting glowing with light and color.
Media: Acrylics. Skill level: all skill levels welcome. Age Range: 12 and up.

Cost for the two day workshop is $200 for CAM members and $225 for non-members.  Registration ends January 10, 2017.  For online registration visit or contact the Art Education Dept. at (541) 267-3901.

Santa Goes Boating

Coos Bay Boat Building Center Santa’s Workshop
Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Coos Bay Boat Building Center will hold their third annual Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, November 26th from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The workshop is for youth 6 to 12 years of age and the project is a model paddlewheel boat.  Students will learn basic woodworking skills and may keep their boats or donate them to the Bus Jam holiday collection for needy families.  Cost of the project is $10.  Kits to make a boat at home will be available for $10.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be available for attendees and a light lunch of chili and hotdogs will be served from noon until 1:30 p.m.  Donations to help fund youth workshops are welcome.  The boat building center is located at 100 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay.  To RSVP and for more information contact the Tom Leahy at 541-808-2211. 

Joyce Jansen, Secretary
Coos Bay Boat Building Center Board of Directors
541-267-4342 (home)

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