The tour is presented by the Curry County Master Gardener's Association and is their primary fund raiser for the year. Proceeds are used to support Master Gardener educational projects throughout the year - including the new Kalmiopsis School Garden Project in Brookings. The Kalmiopsis School Garden will be included on the tour this year, along with the private gardens, so you can see first hand what the Master Gardeners are doing for our kids.
Master Gardeners are trained by OSU Extension Service faculty and industry professionals, and in turn pass on sustainable, science-based gardening information to the community through clinics and other educational programs.
In each of seven private gardens on the August 1 tour, local PBAA Artists will be demonstrating their craft and offering art for sale.
Here's a sneak preview of a couple of scenes you'll see on this year's Coastal Garden and Art Tour. Tour Tickets are only $10 and include a map to all gardens.
TICKETS FOR THE TOUR ARE AVAILABLE AT:
Manley Art Center
Words and Pictures
Wildbird and Backyard Store
Tickets in Crescent City at Wrights
Tickets in Gold Beach at Gold Beach Books and Cape Cafe
Tickets in Port Orford at Fun Zone
By Jack Sheid
The Wild Coast Photography Club came into existence out of necessity. After moving to Brookings in April, I discovered there wasn’t an active photography club within a hundred miles. Therefore, being reluctant to face life without a photo club. . .I set out to start one.
Primary elements in getting the club started were the Chetco Activity Center and Manley Art Center, each allowing use of their facility for club meetings. The Manley Art Center also put me in touch with Sam Scherf. Sam and I became club co-founders.
We figured with so much natural beauty in the surrounding country, there had to be photographers wanting to share their pics and learn to take even better pics. And there was the assurance that a photo club was wanted here. Sam and I plotted a course of action, got equipment together and set a schedule for our first meetings at both Centers. Bill Schlichting (Curry Coastal Pilot Assistant Editor) wrote a very nice article for the Pilot, which got local notice. Then Sam and I “papered” the local community with photo-club flyers, handed out business cards, bugged people on the street and made the rounds at Second Saturday Art Walk venues. Then we initiated our club meeting schedule.
First club meeting at the Checto Activity Center: Full house. First club meeting at the Manley Art Center: Full house. The Wild Coast Photography Club is now a fact. Over 80 people are now club-meeting attendees across the two Centers. There are meeting schedules, “Favorite” photos and lots of stuff on our website (wildcoastphotoclub.com) that keeps people in touch with club news and
We’ve begun inviting noted local photographers as guest speakers at our meetings. The first was Jo Mochulski, with her “Follow Your Passion” presentation. Her perspectives and beautiful photographs were truly inspirational and gratefully appreciated.
We are abundantly thankful for continuing support given by the Checto Activity Center and Manley Art Center. Now our club has a forum; now we’re going to make it better.
Jo Mochulski making a presentation titled "Follow Your Passion" at a meeting of the Wild Coast Photography club held on July 22 at Manley Art Center.
Wild Coast Photography Club meeting times:
The Art Studio Tour is a great value in summer entertainment. The tickets cost $10 and include admission to the Black Tie and Tennis Shoe Auction/Reception for the Artists on Friday night -- then two days of touring local artists' studios. The reception was catered by Noel Hanna of C & K Markets and the food was scrumptuous - free engraved champagne flutes included refills. Did we have fun!
Bette Sherbourne received guests on her patio in a setting that looked like a painting of summer itself. Here Brookings Artists Nola Range and Ann Ostrowski greet Bette before touring her "galleries" of acrylic, collage, pastel, watercolor and mixed media work.
Gold Beach Artist, Sharon Guinn, also showed her work at Bette's. Both are such versatile, experimental and creative artists that you want to spend hours looking at their work and asking "How did you do that?"
Claudia Mach, who is known for her painting, is now showing her baskets. Gorgeous. I felt a little guilty for ruining her display, but I had to take one home. One of Claudia's baskets took a Blue Ribbon in 3-D Art at this year's Azalea Festival.
Jim Liatti showed us his finely crafted wood work. Each piece of wood is carefully chosen and the wildlife creatures he carves out of the exotic woods each have a natural knot for an eye. He does not stain the woods, but uses woods that are naturally diverse colors.
Mike Roberts (Kara's father) is also showing his work at Village Express... including many coastal scenes. He showed us a battered, very old photograph that he had just digitally restored. It was a work of art.
Also showing at the Burtons:
Mureen Walker with her gorgeous Curry Coastal sunsets and beach photography. The image on Mureen's left took two ribbons at the recent Azalea Festival, the Festival Theme Award and the Pioneer's Award.
Audi Stanton's studio is always a fun place to visit! Amid her realistic watercolors, abstract acrylics, jewlery, crafts, and handmade books, there is always a new surprise; some new "art" that she is experimenting with. This time she had a series of collages that incorporate shells and stones along with paint, tiles, fabric, and who knows what she will use next.
Confession -- we missed a couple of studios on the tour due to stopping by the Snug and having lunch on the 2nd floor, outdoor patio. Yes, the food was excellent! The beverages were relaxing, the chairs were comfortable, the sun felt good... we stayed too long. It was a wonderful day.
Martians landed in Florence, Oregon this week...coincidentally, Brookings Artist Horst Wolf was present.
"The Martians," a Horst Wolf exhibit at the Florence Events Center (FEC), July/August 2009
This is the largest exhibit of "Martians" I ever had: 70 feet of wall space of nothing but Martians, in many cases stacked on top of each other.
I transported the paintings in my pick-up from Brookings to Florence on June 25. At GALLERY FIVE, Liz Johnson, my artist coordinator, and her hanging team were already waiting. The high-class hanging system made the job easy. The show was up in less than an hour and a half, including the limericks that went with each painting.
The artist reception was planned for Sunday, July 12. Liz asked me to come a day early, for the 2nd Saturday Florence Art Walk (Yes, same day as ours in Brookings). Except theirs isn't really a Walk. A tour bus takes off from FEC at 3 PM, loaded with "Art Walkers," hits a half dozen or so galleries in town, and returns at 5 PM. This means I had a good number of visitors just before 3 and again after 5, with hardly anybody showing up in between.
The artist reception on the following day, Sunday, from 4 PM to 7 PM, was a different story. There were lots of visitors most of the time.
Local photographer Curt Peters, who showed his work in GALLERY ONE, had his reception at the same time. We had coordinated the two events such that the visitors started in GALLERY ONE, took advantage of the delicious "main course hors d'oeuvres" prepared by Toni, the FEC chef, and then Curt sent 'em over to me for dessert, coffee, and live music.
By the way: Galleries #2, 3 and 4 don't exist!?
There was a lot of giggling and outright laughter as the art lover went down my row of Martians and read the limericks. "That's really different from everything I've seen here," said one lady who bought four of my booklets. I had a great time too: talking to people, telling them that most of the ideas for my Martians come from viewers like them. As a result I received three new suggestions. "Why don't you paint a Martian computer scientist next? A Martian lawyer? A Martian proctologist?" Why not, indeed.
The exhibit will remain until September 3. FEC is located at 715 Quincy Street in Florence, OR. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM and during Center events. Call 1-888-968-4086 for more details.
ET's beyond Mars
With 17 venues to see at at the Brookings Art Walk, where do you start? I took a cue from Pete Chasar who leads a guided tour of the Art Walk and started at Signatures Gallery. Pete's tour included all ages this month.
Signatures Gallery (now at their new location at 656 Chetco) is featuring Spencer Reynolds, Keith Sluder, and Christina Olsen's pottery. Jerry Moffit and Tom Broderick entertained on the key board during the Art Walk.
Is this Brookings? The Eclectic Gallery and Happy Days Ice Cream Parlor was packed with guests lured in by the shiny vintage cars and Marilyn Monroe's billowing skirt -- plus hoola hoops and lots of other memorabilia.
Brian Scott Gallery featured "The Art of Personal Makeup" demonstrated by Debra Coyle. Taste O'Honey preformed as guests watched the demo and enjoyed the art of Bob Ward, Richard Hinger, Christina Olsen, Dale Wells, and Horst Wolf.
Upstairs from Brian Scott's Gallery, at The Snug, Bob Ward showed us his photography and oils, and offered free cassette tapes of his big band music to anyone who still has the equipment to play them. If you haven't tried the "new" Snug for Lunch yet, DO IT.
Susie and Dennis Wright were caught having a silly moment at the celebration of the First Anniversary of Wrights Custom Framing in Brookings. As usual, Lon Goddard and Aura Wright entertained. This month the art of Trude Zmoelnig is featured at Wrights.
At last, here is Bette Sherbourne -- at Manley Art Center and Gallery showing some of her most recent work. Bette is the July Artist of the Month at MAC. There is no end to her creativity and ingeniousness.
Dorothy Power, local thespian extraordinaire and member of the Curry County Master Gardeners Association, was at MAC selling tickets for the upcoming Coastal Garden and Art Tour. The tour takes place on August 1, from 10 am to 4 pm. There are eight Brookings gardens on the self guided tour and nineteen local artists showing and demonstrating in the gardens. The Tour Ticket and Map is only $10 and is the primary annual fund raiser for the Curry County Master Gardeners. Proceeds enable the Master Gardeners to provide sustainable, science-based gardening education for both adults and schools in our community. A visit to the new Kalmiopsis School's educational garden (designed and built by Master Gardeners) will be included on this year's tour along with the beautiful, private gardens.
At Chetco Library, Jo Mochulski and Audi Stanton teamed up to demonstrate how to create wall sculptures from recycled watercolor paper and old stretched canvases. Audi began with a "serious" comedy routine based on art tools, and Jo filled us in on the upcoming Festival of the Arts at the Port (August 15 and 16).
Also at the Library this month is art by Former Late Bloomer Grant Winners. This year's winners include Lorelei Hanna, Joyce Speas, Claudia Mach, Delores Maillet, and Cheri Merkley. Their awards will be presented at the Festival of the Arts.
Marilyn Hibler was showing her wildlife art at A Wild Bird and Backyard General Store. What a great store. I always find something I'm sure I can't live without... this time it was a hat for plein air painting.
Truly impressive photography by Brookings Harbor High School Students is featured at Dewey's Digs this month. The work represents student photographs from Mr. Stephen Kucharski's photography class students grades 9-12 (ages 14 to 18). Sadly, all of Mr. Kucharksi's high school classes; Architecture, Industrial Engineering (metals), and photography have been cut.
At Words and Pictures: The beautiful Peggy Mory is visiting from Arizona with her most recent paintings. A former owner of Mory's office and art supply store, Peggy was one of the early Brookings-Harbor artists who helped organize the Brookings art community. Her recent paintings (painted in 2009) are based on her photographs of the Brookings area.
Brookings Pastel Artist, Rob Decker, took a whopping 52% of the 483 votes at the Plein Air Fest "Quick Draw" competition on June 13, 2009 in Lincoln City, Oregon. The competition was an event sponsored by Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO).
You've probably seen Rob painting at the Port or the local beaches. He started a program called "Painters in Paradise" to provide local plein air painters a place at Manley Art Center to show their latest work and a brochure to hand out to the public. On Tuesdays Rob moves indoors to paint with the Tuesday Painters at Manley Art Center. The rest of the week you'll find him somewhere along the coast with his easel, pastels, and umbrella.
Rob left Brookings on June 11 on a plein air painting trip around Oregon. His first stop was Lincoln City where he definitively won the POPULAR VOTE AWARD. Artists were allowed two hours to complete a painting, which was then displayed the rest of Saturday and Sunday for the public to vote on.
As the winning artist, Rob was asked to show his work in the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City for three weeks. He was also featured in the June-July Newsletter of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon.
Rob spent another three weeks in the Bend area, painting on Mondays with the PAPO group and the rest of the week on his own. He completed three paintings every day.
The Pelican Bay Arts Association will have a booth at the upcoming Festival of the Arts which will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., August 15th and 16th, on the boardwalk at the Port of Brookings Harbor. This year’s festival promises to once again be a major regional event, and we are excited to be a part of it.
PBAA members are invited to submit artwork to be displayed in the PBAA booth. If you are not a member and would like to participate, phone Manley Art Center at 469-1807 to join PBAA.
Click here to print an Artwork Consignment Agreement describing the specifics of presenting and entering your artwork. The maximum outside dimensions of art submitted may not exceed 24 inches x 28 inches. Depending upon how many artists submit artwork, it may be necessary to limit the number of pieces submitted by each artist.
Participating artists are encouraged to volunteer to be a booth sitter. There will be three two and a half hour shifts each day of the festival. To sign up for a shift please contact Emily Grimes at 541-412-8187.
Please submit your entry form by August 6th to ensure inclusion in this popular event. We look forward to hearing from you!
The PBAA Festival of the Arts Committee
Note: Please mail your Artwork Consignment Agreement to
P.O. Box 2568, Harbor, OR 97415,
or drop it by the Manley Art Center and Gallery and leave it in the Festival of the Arts folder on the office desk.
Request for Proposals
Crescent City, CA
Redwoods Mural Society
P.O. Box 1504
Crescent City, CA 95531
Summary of Project
A30’ x 32’ mural is proposed on the north wall of the Hiouchi Motel facing Highway 199.
The theme of the work is to be natural resources of the surrounding area. Proposals should respond to this theme. If desired, an artwork by Evelyn Wright in the motel office reflects the desired topic. The work depicts a fisherman in the river with deer, bear, a cabin, and trees. The Owner loves the style of the Jedediah Smith Mural on the Ace Hardware Building.
Adjacent to the wall will be a sign by Ray Ramey depicting a jumping fish.
Realism is desired, no cartoon styling. Very realistic depicting of the river and fishing perhaps with a historic view is desired. Please call Sholia at the motel office for more ideas (707 954-3558).
Work will all be done on scaffolding provided by the Owner of the Motel.
Budget: No budget has been set at this time. We will be interested in the proposals quality and cost.
Please respond by Aug. 5, 2009 to the Redwoods Mural Society, P.O. Box 1504, Crescent City, CA 95531.
Your response should include:
a. a budget for your services (include your proposal about how many people will be working on the mural e.g. just you, or a chosen crew, or _____)
b. a maquette of your vision for the mural
c. a time line of completion
d. method of work
e. paint and supply costs.
Contact Mary Foote at Rural Human Services, 707 464-7441 or 707 951-0095 for questions pertaining to this proposal.
There is a short turn around time on this proposal because the desire is that the mural be painted in the good weather of fall.
The Proposals will be reviewed by a committee including the Owner and members of the RMS. At the RMS meeting on Aug. 11, 2009 a decision will be made on the proposals.
The mission of the Mural Society is: To capture the natural beauty and augment the economic growth of Del Norte County by bringing together community members to plan, create and support murals that celebrate the heritage and document the unique features of our area.
“The Story” of the Hiouchi Motel -- from their brochure
The Hiouchi is located in the Heart of the Redwood National and State Parks along the Smith River. Locals know “Hiouchi” to be the Talowa phrase meaning ‘clear blue water’.
As the local area grew into a community, pioneer families were drawn to the climate it is famous for. The old stage road over Howland Hill is still the back way to Crescent City through Stout Grove.
Mining diminished and the gold that had been sought for in the ground soon changed into the commercial netting of salmon. Drifting gill-nets in a wooden row boat, a man could fill the boat in one pass through Cable Hole. The precious silver, proved elusive, and over harvest led to rapid decline. Today “gold” comes in the form of sunshine and the “silver” still swims in the river.
Summer recreation is booming Hiouchi and in the fall the state’s largest King Salmon find their way back to the Smith River. Like Robert Haley’s 27 ¼ lb. state record fish, the salmon await your winter angling vacation. With every cast into the Smith River you have the chance to beat the California State record.
The Hiouchi Motel is in the center of an outdoor lover’s paradise were hiking, kayaking and fishing opportunities are plentiful.
Bay Area Artist, Elio Camacho, who will be holding a week long workshop in Brookings from July 20 to 24, has just been named "Artist to Watch" by Southwest Art Magazaine. Click here to read the Article in Southwest Art Magazine's online edition.
For information about the upcoming workshop in Brookings, email: email@example.com
If you haven't yet tried dinners at the Art Alley Grille, you are in for a wonderful surprise! Scrumptious entrées, individually prepared by Chef George Rhodes, with a tasty soup and salad, at amazingly reasonable prices. And it's right here in Brookings! OK, it's in Art Walk Alley, but that's not hard to find (it's behind the Pilot building).
Art Alley Grille is OPEN Wednesday through Saturday evenings, 5-9 PM.
The menu includes seafood, meats, and vegetarian dishes, all priced at $20 or below. House wines are $5 or less, and desserts are under $4!
These are amazing prices for top-quality dinners in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere. Horst plays background music on Friday evenings, and the artwork changes every month.
Prepare to be delighted!
Thank you Leslie! We tried it and it was wonderful, a surprise, and we were delighted. Can't wait to go back.