Cherry Blossom Festival Reminder

Cherry Blossom Festival Reminder

As I sit here typing, winter storm warnings are being broadcast through out the Pacific Northwest. But in just over a month, Artists in Action will be celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival alongside the Oregon State Capitol on March 16!

The first event is our now-traditional (in its third year) parasol decorating. We passed out 48 new parasols at the January meeting and are hoping to get those back plus prior year parasols so we can make a big display of them. Committee members are still working out the details; more to come very soon.

The second event is a new event! This year, artists are invited to submit their best 2-D image interpreting the focus of Cherry  Blossom Day: the blooming cherry trees in the Capitol Mall, Oregon’s cherry  industry, and the importance of the Japanese cultural influence in Oregon.  These elements may be combined in any manner the artist desires. The winner of the contest will have their entry featured on the promotional poster  for the 2020 Cherry Blossom Day Festival.

Entries should be delivered to the State Capitol building on March 8, 2019, between 1pm and 4pm. Accepted entries will be on display at the State Capitol and will need to be picked up by their owner on March 22, 2019, between 1pm and 4pm.

Please keep an eye on our website for more information and updates about both of these events!

– Tara Choate

Keizer Art Association

Keizer Art Association

Annual color show Color: Purple

Submissions are due: February 26
Show: February 28 to March 26,
Enid Joy Mount Gallery, 980 Chemewa Rd. NE, Keizer
Reception: March 2nd 2-4 p.m.
503-390-3010 – for more information – keizerarts.com

First Monday Meet-Up

The March 4th First Monday Meet-Up at Keizer Art Association will feature Patricia Young who will demonstrate (solvent-free) oil painting techniques as a prelude to her class at the association starting later in April or early May (TBA).

There’s also a show-and-tell time, refreshments, announcements about upcoming events and activities, lively conversations with fellow creatives and five ‘artsy’ door prizes will be given out.

Come and join in the fun and feel free to bring a friend, a tasty treat to share, and an art piece you’re currently working on or have just finished.

Abstractions in Pixels

Abstractions in Pixels

Abstractions in Pixels: Digital Works by Lisa Zahler

Chehalem Community Gallery
415 E Sheridan St
Newberg, OR 97132

Now through Saturday, March 23, 2019
Open Tuesday – Saturday
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm

Exhibition Statement:
This body of digital work seeks to turn ordinary photos or image finds into vibrant, visually compelling abstractions thru manipulation and color enhancement. In her virtual studio, the artist heads down an unrestricted path of creative self-indulgence and experimentation.
The resulting abstract art emerges when her mind’s eye is pleased with what it sees and the image no longer resembles the original. Each of these digitally created works is lab-printed on exhibition fiber paper using archival inks.

February Guest Speaker: Dr. Leland Gilsen

February Guest Speaker: Dr. Leland Gilsen

Leland is a member of Artists in Action and is now on the AiA Board for 2019. He will be demonstrating and sharing his unique painting technique and anthropology expertise at the February meeting.

As as an anthropologist I have been fascinated by the Sān or Saan peoples (also, Sākhoen, Sonqua, and in Afrikaans: Boesmans, or in English: Bushmen. The ancestors of the hunter-gatherer Sān are considered to have been the first inhabitants of what is now Botswana and South Africa.  In this area, stone tools and rock art paintings date back over 70,000 years and are by far the oldest known art. A DNA study of fully sequenced genomes, published in September 2016, showed that the ancestors of today’s San hunter-gatherers began to diverge from other human populations in Africa about 200,000 years ago and were fully isolated by 100,000 years ago, well before the first archaeological evidence of modern behavior in humans.They speak the oldest (click) language known.

Their rock art tradition uses dry pigments. My art is an attempt to continue that tradition into a new medium: Bristol board with multiple thin layers of non-toxic natural clay and charcoal ground into a fine powder and applied with my fingers. This is done over an ink sketch from photographs on San people reaching back into the use of cameras in South Africa.

– Dr. Leland Gilsen

President’s Message (February)

President’s Message (February)

Hello fellow artists,

This is a reminder to you that we have a meeting this next Tuesday, February 19that the Broadway Commons, which is located at 1300 Broadway St NE, in Salem.  Drop in at the Mexico Room on the third floor at 6:00 p.m. to mingle with old friends and to introduce yourself to any new members. Please also use this time to sign in at the door and to write down on the white board any announcements you may have for the group prior to the start of the meeting. We will start our meeting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Here are a couple of important notes in advance of our meeting:

Your new board:
The board met earlier this week and it was fantastic to see so many new faces willing to serve in leadership positions.  We are an army of twelve this year, and this will make the burden of responsibility lighter for each of us.  We spent the first meeting determining the roles for each member. And many will be teaming up as a form of mentoring.

As fate would have it, I will remain your president for the year.  I promise to do my best with helping the new board to maintain the things you all love about the AiA, but also guide them with the changes that they see fitting. For our first order of business, we have agreed to schedule a special meeting soon to go over survey results and to create a list of challenges and opportunities that will be addressed this year.  We will look at short- and long-term goals that we think will be worthwhile for the AiA to pursue.  I am hopeful that we can present our results to the membership at the March meeting.

Our Guest Speaker:
Leland Gilsen, our own archeologist, will be demonstrating his technique to create images from non-toxic dry pigments. He will also talk about the history and his fascination with the bushmen of South Africa.

Be sure to join us,
Jens Lerback
2019 President

Salem Reads: Art Exhibit

Salem Reads: Art Exhibit

Good Morning, Midnight inspired Art Exhibit

Artists in Action, in collaboration with Salem Public Library Foundation and the Salem Public Library, will open an art Exhibit on Tuesday, January 29 with a reception at 5:30pm at the Salem Pubic Library.

This exhibit celebrates the third season of Salem Reads, a community reading program, with art inspired by the novel, Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton.

The exhibit of local artists work will be on display through February 28, and has been curated by Artists in Action board member Diane Trevett. Please join us for the reception and tell your friends!

Participating Artists in Action members:

Get more information about Salem Reads at the following links:

Call to Artists: Cherry Blossom Day Poster Contest

Call to Artists: Cherry Blossom Day Poster Contest


Once again, Artists in Action (AiA) is pairing up with the Oregon State Capital to celebrate the cherry in March of 2019.

Overview

Artists are invited to submit their best 2-D image interpreting the focus of Cherry  Blossom Day: the blooming cherry trees in the Capitol Mall, Oregon’s cherry  industry, and the importance of the Japanese cultural influence in Oregon.  These elements may be combined in any manner the artist desires.

The winner of the contest will have their entry featured on the promotional poster  for the 2020 Cherry Blossom Day Festival.

Entry Fee

There will be an entry fee of $5.00 for each entry. The money will be used to promote the event.

Commission

Artists are free to have their pieces for sale at a price of their choosing. No commission will be charged for sales. Artists are in charge of making any arrangements necessary for sale, including collecting monies.

Dates

Bring completed and properly displayed entries to the Oregon State Capitol Building on March 8, 2019, between 1pm and 4pm. Accepted entries will need to be picked up by their owner on March 22, 2019. between 1pm and 4pm.

Size & Presentation Requirements

We are hoping to have all the pieces be the similarly size for the best viewing impact. Any 2D medium is permitted, but finished pieces must be no smaller than 11″ and no larger than 20″ (any orientation). All pieces must be framed in black. If there is a mat, it must be white.

Display Requirements

All images must meet gallery quality standards.

  • Pieces must be ready to hang with wire.
    • The wire must be securely attached to the frame, and fastened so that the wire doesn’t show when hung.
    • Saw-tooth hangers will not be permitted.
  • Mats must be clean
  • Frames must not be broken, damaged, or have loose corners.
    • If you are using a window mat for a drawing or watercolor, it must be behind glass or Plexiglas.

AiA reserves the right to not accept your image or piece for display if it doesn’t meet the criteria.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact event chair, Tara Choate, at tarachoate130@gmail.com.

Home Is Where the HeART Is

Home Is Where the HeART Is

Oregon and SW Washington artists are invited to apply to the 2nd annual juried show presented by Lunaria Gallery in Silverton, Oregon. “Home is Where the Heart Is” is open to all media. Artists are asked to address the idea of ‘HOME.’ We feel that the theme is open to broad interpretation, can be emotionally evocative and visually resonant.

2Dwork must not be larger than 22” x 28”; be professionally presented with hanging wire securely attached – no sawtooth hangers.

3D work must not weigh more than 40 lbs, must be sturdy enough for handling, and fit stably on a pedestal or freestanding.

Submissions & accepted work must be available for sale.

Artwork must be original, artists prints are fine – giclee or other reproductions will not be accepted.

There is no cost to apply, however, a $20 hanging fee will be charged per accepted piece.

A 40% commission will be charged on sales.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for application: January 27
  • Notification of acceptance: February 4
  • Deliver work to gallery: February 23, 11 am – 5 pm
  • Show dates: March 1 – 30
  • Opening reception and Awards ceremony: Friday, March 1, 7pm – 9pm
  • Pick up unsold work: March 31

Apply On-line: http://lunariagallery.com/apply-2/home-is-where-the-heart-is/