Thursday, June 22, 2017

Salmon Coquette


Call to Artists for
“All Things Salmon”
October 13, – December 9, 2017
Opening Night Reception & Awards Ceremony
Friday, October 13, 2017, 5-7 p.m.

Coos Art Museum

235 Anderson Ave,

Coos Bay, OR 97420

Deadline for submissions
is a postmark of August 5, 2017.
Open to all artists
painters, sculptors,
photographers and printmakers
over 18 years of age.
Artists are invited to submit up to
three original works of art
on any theme related to
Salmon, folklore, sport fishing
or the Salmon industry.
Works selected by jurors
from submitted entries
will be chosen on the basis of
creative excellence
and quality of execution.
All works must be original and
completed within the last two years.
Coos Art Museum’s
“All Things Salmon” juror
will be the final authority on eligibility.
Accepted works meant for wall hanging
must be ready
with all necessary hardware in place.

Find Prospectus and Entry form
on CAM’s website 

Archi Davenport
Exhibitions / Office Manager
Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson Ave.
Coos Bay, OR  97420
541 267-3901

Trail Mix

Picturing Trails: A Photographic Exploration of the RTS
Deadline July 13, 2017
Stokley Towles, Trails Interviews, 2010. Photo Courtesty of the Artist. (Sammamish River Trail)

Picturing Trails:
A Photographic Exploration of the RTS

Deadline: Thursday, July 13th, 2017, 4:00 p.m. PDT

King County's Regional Trails System (the RTS) is one of the nation's most extensive multi-use off-road networks. Help bring it to life using your unique photographic perspective.

King County Parks, Trails Division, and 4Culture are seeking two fine art photographers to provide greater overall public exposure to King County’s Regional Trail System through contemporary photography.

Selected photographers will explore and photograph the RTS during the course of approximately one year. Resulting imagery will provide a contemporary take on the RTS, with a selected number of images joining the King County Portable Works Collection. The photographers will also help develop Phase 2 of the project—a crowdsourcing campaign to encourage the public to explore the RTS by taking and submitting their own photographs.
The full guidelines for this call are available here.

If you know of any artists who would be interested in this opportunity, please forward this email to them!

BUDGET: $20,000 per photographer

ELIGIBILITY: Open to professional fine art photographers working in a range of photographic styles and conceptual frameworks. Must live in British Columbia, Oregon, or Washington.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Thursday, July 13, 2017 by 4:00 pm PDT


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Champagne Opening

On Friday June 30th at 7pm, So It Goes Coffeehouse hosts a champagne gallery opening featuring the work of Portland artist Aesch Lengstorf with a musical performance of Adirondack Rainbow Freak Folk from the fantastical Sarah Mundy.

There is no charge for this event.

So It Goes Coffeehouse is located at 190 Central in downtown Coos Bay, OR 97420. 541-808-9333.

John Beane

So It Goes Coffeehouse  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Tall Gyps

It is time to have a word about something nasty creeping into our community. It carries a death warrant for all of the things artists hold dear, inspiration, creativity, and freedom. It's cash elitism.

Last week we had a visit from the sailing ships, billed as The Festival of Sail, it should have been an adventure for the family, a unique opportunity for artists and a boon to the was none of these. Instead it was an over-priced, poorly executed, money pit, into which the community poured money, money which could have gone for things which would energize the whole community and not just the fortunate few, the cash elite.

This would be bad enough in a community as small, economically depressed and educationally challenged as ours, but it is unfortunately typical of most of the events in this area.

Let's be frank, there is no future if we do not get the younger folks involved.

Sure the school kids are important but their parents count too. The parents struggling to raise four or five kids on twenty-five thousand a year. Yes, you can make an argument that they should have thought about that before they became a parent, but honestly the process of becoming a parent does not lend itself to time for deep thinking. If we gave it any thought at all before hand we go and buy a BMW. (The cost is about the same as having a child and in five years when you are sick to death of it you can trade it for a Lexus.)

Now maybe the struggling parents have no one to blame, but themselves, but maybe they could use a hand anyway. Just being cash strapped doesn't mean you stop dreaming, hoping, pushing a better life for the kids.

So how do they, trying desperately to keep the lights on, expose their children to things which would open their minds, expand their dreams and make them long for the wider world than just Coos County?

Not with the Tall Gyps charging for parking, then adding a nine dollar admission fee and offering fifty dollar “cruises”.

And if the Tall Gyps were the only villain in the story, it could be overlooked as just a bad moment and we'll move on to better things, but it isn't. Most of the events in the local area which offer a view of vistas wider that the local horizon cost far too much for struggling people to afford. Barbecue Blues and Brews, The Clambake Jazz Festival and The Oregon Coast Music Festival are just a few of the events which economically exclude all, but the cash elite.

As a community artists have an obligation to always seek ways to include all people, but especially those people who may think art is a waste of time. If the classes at the college or at the art museum or at the various gallerys and music venues are too expensive for the least able, then how can we hope to engage the next generation or the generations of working poor who make up so much of this community?

We have no fear the comfortable will support the arts, this community has a rich and long established record of supporting the arts and the cash elite make up a very large part of that and we are most grateful to them for their generous sharing of resources. It is however not enough.

There must be programs, affordable programs, understandable programs, engaging programs for all of the community.

John Beane at So It Goes coffee shop has made a heroic efforts to provide this community with programs which engage all of the community and which can be enjoyed without neglecting the light bill. We should applaud him, support him and encourage him, but it is not enough.

With all of the artists living in Coos Bay and the surrounding cities, there is almost nothing being targeted at the youth market or at the working folks who do not think they have time or understanding enough for some artsy-fartsy crap.

And yes, they do think it is pointless, useless, wasteful CRAP.

And you can never change that if you do not engage them with something they can understand, enjoy and admire.

As an artist we all want to find the lightning and ride that bolt to the unique, unusual, and (modestly) brilliant image we see in our mind. But we could also use that same flash of lightning to make something that the non-artist can find passion and meaning in.

Why is there no annual comic book art show? One look through the Coos Art Museums Biennial Art Exhibit will show you dozens of anime and comic images, but these artists of next year can only show their work every two years and then only as part of a larger show where the traditional often swamps the inspired.

If we, as a community want to grow and replenish the base for arts in our community we must make the best available at prices everyone can afford, at places where everyone can go and in a form that everyone, not just artists and the cash elite can enjoy.

The empty buildings of downtown tell the story of failure to keep the life of the community vital and vibrant.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pieces of Inspiration

Just a preview of the wonders waiting at the Bandon Library. Don't drag your feet, the tall  ships are gone so you have no excuse. Get off the couch and go.

Saturday, June 3, 2017