Something RED: Winners & Reception

Something RED: Winners & Reception

Artist in Action’s (AiA) long awaited “Something RED” show is happening in December at the Elsinore Gallery; you can also see pieces at downtown Salem stores such as the Art Department.

Wednesday, December 5, was the award reception.

  • 1st Place: "Ancestor Spirits in my Garden" (mixed media) by Glenda Goodrich

Congratulations to all our award winners!

Thank you to all the artists who entered and are proudly displaying their work for the world to see!

And finally, thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Something Red exhibit a success!


Cherry Blossom Day Poster Contest

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.

This year, AiA members will participate in two ways. The second event will be a new one: Artists in Action will be pairing with the organizers of the Cherry Blossom Day Festival for a poster contest. The winner of the contest will have their entry featured on the promotional poster for 2020. Artists do not need to worry about putting text on their submission; that will be accomplished digitally on the winning submission.

While we are still working on some details, we wanted to give artists as many details as possible so they could get started on their creations.

Details

Entries will need to be dropped off March 1 at a location to be announced. The show will run through the month of March with the date of art pick up to be announced. There will be no commission from art sales, but artists will be responsible for working with their buyers.

While we do not yet know all the details, we hope to get someone from the Japanese Cultural Society, the Oregon Capitol Foundation, and a member of the community to form the panel of judges.

Jurors will choose the poster winner based on their interpretation of 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.

There will be an entry fee, but we think it will be around $5.00 for each entry. The money will be used to promote the event.

Finally, 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.

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.

Sign up for a Cherry Blossom Parasol Today!

Sign up for a Cherry Blossom Parasol Today!

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

This year, AiA members will participate in two ways. The first event is by decorating rice paper parasols to be installed at various businesses in Downtown Salem.

While artists can decorate their parasol in any method, we are hoping you will be inspired by 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.

Additionally, we are looking for unsold parasols to bring to some businesses that are wanting to do “large” installations.

The tentative deadline for the parasols will be March 1, 2019. We intend to have them all delivered to a site (to be announced) for a photo opportunity, then they will be distributed.

There is no commission for sales on the parasols, and artists can set the price they want; however, most parasols have sold for amounts between $25-50 in previous years.

If you would like to sign up for a parasol, please use the contact form below to let AiA know.

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November Speakers: Chet and Merrilee Zenone

November Speakers: Chet and Merrilee Zenone

Chet and Merrilee Zenone are exhibiting art work in a combined show in the lobby of Building C at Salem Hospital for the months of October, November and December.

Chet will speak at the November meeting of AIA about his intarsia woodwork, pen turning, and children’s rocking horses.

Chet spent 30 years as a glaciologist and a hydrologist reports specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey.  Retirement to Oregon meant that his woodworking hobby could become a full time interest with scroll saw intarsia work as well as bowl making and pen turning.  He also has made over 30 rocking horses for friends and relatives.  Volunteer work with Bush House Gardeners and at the Audubon Wood Shop, creating birdhouse kits as well as owl and bat boxes, keeps him busy.

Merrilee began teaching kindergarten in Anchorage, met Chet after one of his glacier trips,  began studying painting, and then began a family.  Moving to Virginia provided culture shock, new teaching and quilting opportunities.  A local community college offered classes in design and painting.   Finally, retirement to Oregon, leaving kids and their families in the east and midwest, has allowed much more time for acrylic landscape and wildlife painting, quilting, and for volunteer work at Bush Barn and as a docent at Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

November Meeting (Date Change)

November Meeting (Date Change)

NOTE: This month the AiA Meeting is on the Second Tuesday, November 13th in the Mongolia Room 305

The meeting this month has been changed to the second Tuesday so that members can keep the Thanksgiving week for family time and/or vacation.

This is the last meeting of 2018. We have two wonderful speakers at the meeting. See the details below.

Our next meeting will be in January 2019 in the usual place at the usual time, with a special presentation (TBA) along with elections for next years board members.

AiA Meetings are at Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway Street NE  6:00pm Social • 6:30pm Meeting • (usually in the Mexico Room), 3rd Floor (usually on the third Tuesday each month), unless otherwise notified…..

President’s Message

President’s Message

Greeting fellow artists,

This Tuesday is our last meeting of the year and I hope to see you there. Drop in at 6:00 p.m. to mingle with friends, sign in, and write down any announcements you have to share with our group on the white board. We will start our meeting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Here are a few of my notes for the month:

We are very close to being able to disconnect from using Meetup as our online platform. Board member Tara Choate who has become our web-master has now made it possible to use our website to:

  • Pay your membership dues
  • Pay for event fees
  • Upload your images for event submittals

Thank you, Tara, for your hard work. I suspect we will gain many new members and have a better time retaining existing ones now that we will have an easy –to-use portal that’s right on our own website. And it’s less expensive, too!

We are all hopeful that at some point next year we might be able to add a portfolio page for each member that could be viewed by members or non-members depending on each artist’s discretion. Members have been asking for ways to show their work through AiA and we are excited about ways of addressing their needs as an organization.

I’m sure you would agree with me that our newsletter is fantastic thanks to Patricia Young. Our board made a decision early this year to use the newsletter as a way to remind members and non-members alike to announce upcoming events and deadlines, as well as direct them to our website for complete information. I think this was a good strategy since you need to be a member to access the website. We couldn’t do this without her, so thanks again Patricia!

Jim Schaff has been busy these last few months with chairing the last events of the year:

  • Artful Tastings at the Cubanisimo Winery
  • CCTV for November and December
  • Something Red – 2018

Jim is still a somewhat new member, and I appreciate all he has done to help the organization this year. Thanks, Jim!

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Diane Trevett for her important role in keeping our books straight. She’s been doing this for the AiA for a long time, and it’s vital work that happens behind the scenes and deserves our appreciation.

I am also grateful to Pat Fording and Marni Jeffers who have stepped-up to help in many ways this year. You have made a difference.

Last but not least, thank you Jacqui Jenkins for organizing all of our events and for helping to curate and hang the CCTV show. You have been a real trooper, good friend, and your dedication is exemplary.

Indeed, so many of our volunteers and members have made our group great again. (MAGA—Make Art Great Again!) The risk I take in thanking people means that I’m likely to forget someone, and for that I’m sorry. This last board meeting made me realize how well this board is able to put most of our differences aside and get things done. I appreciate each of you greatly.

Thank you,

Jens Lerback, 2018 President

Something RED Call to Artists

Something RED Call to Artists

The submissions for SOMETHING RED this year is online. All submissions are due no later than November 18th. Visit our website for more information: go to the Something Red Call to Artists to find out the details and submit your artwork!

Something Red is one of the longest running events for Artists in Action. The show centers around the color red, with all art needing to have the color present. The high quality of submitted pieces makes this an an excellent opportunity for the public to finish their holiday shopping.

Something Red is open to 2-D and 3-D original art, including drawings, paintings, photography, fiber art, ceramics, and sculpture.

The  Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery will host the main show, The Art Department will showcase the student show, and artists will have additional opportunities to show their work in the businesses of downtown Salem (locations include Roy John Goldsmith Designer, Dave Wilson Jewelers, and more.)

The Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony with refreshments is on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6-8 p.m. at Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery.

Call to Artists: Likeness

Call to Artists: Likeness

UMPQUA VALLEY ARTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS

A Call for Artists!
 

LIKENESS

A juried Art Show

Umpqua Valley Arts Association is proud to present an open call for artists to submit work to our upcoming exhibit titled: LIKENESS. This juried exhibit explores representational artwork. Representational art strives to depict reality. Because representational artists are creative individuals, however, their work need not look precisely like the object they are representing. For example, Impressionist artists such as Renoir and Monet used patches of color to create visually compelling, representative paintings of gardens, people, and locations.
As we enter this time of unimaginable and rapid change, representational artwork offers the possibility of connecting with those parts of us that are most human. For forty thousand years, long before mankind invented written language, we have put down marks that left a living trace of who we are, what we saw, and what we thought. Representational artwork can make us pay attention to our surroundings as well as to ideas and relationships. We all have a story to tell.
Submission Deadline: December 10, 2018
For more information, click here.
EXHIBIT DATES:
January 18  – March 8, 2019
Jurors:
UVAA Gallery Committee:
Renee Couture | Judith Cristo | Clare Matthews | Larry Safley | Jeremy Smith | Jennifer Tarver | Nancy Watterson-Scharf
 
Entry Fee: Non-refundable
$25 fee for non-members and
$10 for members for 1-3 Artwork entries.
Something RED – Call to Artists

Something RED – Call to Artists

Something Red is one of the longest running events for Artists in Action. The show centers around the color red, with all art needing to have the color present. The high quality of submitted pieces makes this an an excellent opportunity for the public to finish their holiday shopping.

Something Red is open to 2-D and 3-D original art, including drawings, paintings, photography, fiber art, ceramics, and sculpture.

The Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery has agreed to host the main show, The Art Department will showcase the student show, and artists will have additional opportunities to show their work in the businesses of downtown Salem (locations to be announced)!

Be sure to mark your calendars for an awards ceremony with refreshments held on December 5, 2018, at Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery.

To find out the details and enter, go to the Something Red Call to Artists page.

Download the flyer here.