Each year the Watercolor Society of Oregon holds a spring and fall convention with a juried show and always in a different location. Members submit nearly 400 paintings and 80 are chosen for inclusion in each show. Entries for the Spring Aqueous Media Show can be painted with any water-based media. The fall show accepts only transparent watercolor. There are approximately 800 members of WSO, and 18 of them live in Curry County.
Janeen Vick with her juried entry.
Congratulations to local members Buzz Stewart and Janeen Vick of Brookings, and Pat Renner and Shelly Wierzba from Gold Beach who have had work juried into the show.
PBAA President, Lorelei Hanna, and Mr. Art Walk, Horst Wolf, co-chaired this event with the help of many of the local members of WSO and members of PBAA. The event has inspired an acceleration of the planned renovations and face lift for Manley Art Center. PBAA Vice President, George Cady, had the Manley Gallery repainted in February, with lots of help from members. In March, past PBAA President Bobbie Geney’s husband Dick designed and installed new landscaping for the entrance of Manley Art Center and again, many members labored to improve the rest of the landscaping. MAC is ready for this long awaited big event.
Local artists and WSO Members, Dale Wells of Brookings and Paul Renner of Gold Beach, will supervise the hanging of the show. Stephen Quiller will judge the show and 20 winners will be unveiled at the Artists Reception on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile on Saturday WSO members will take part in workshops all over Brookings, led by local artists Audi Stanton and Sara Broderick from Brookings, and Duana Roberts, Alexandra Eyer, and Pat Renner from Gold Beach. Member Linda Rothschild Ellis will hold a Photoshop Workshop for artists. Member’s guests are encouraged to see the sights, take a chartered bus tour of the coast, go on a guided coastal photo or redwoods hike, book a chartered fishing trip or helicopter ride, or play a round of golf.
Several events taking place during the convention will be open to non-members of WSO as space permits, and you may sign up at Manley Art Center. Events to sign up for include two critique sessions with Stephen Quiller on Saturday, a photoshop workshop Saturday morning, and a demo/lecture by Stephen Quiller on Sunday morning. To be admitted you need to sign up at Manley and pay the $10 per event fee by April 2.
The WSO Saturday Night Banquet at the Elks Club also has space for a few art lovers who are not WSO members. If you’d like to join in, stop by Manley Art Center before April 2 to make your menu choice and pay in advance for your meal.
The Pelican Bay Arts Association (PBAA) meets at 11 am the second Thursday of every month at Manley Art Center (MAC) in Brookings. The General Meeting is always open to guests from the community and includes a potluck at noon and an art demonstration by a different artist each month.
At the March meeting of PBAA at MAC, BJ Bremer talked about Japanese Sumie Painting and demonstrated how she makes her ink and applies it to rice paper using a sumie brush. A sumie composition reflects the perfection, harmony, and strength of nature. It requires years of practice to master the brush strokes that develop shape, form and shade and create realistic images in monochromatic tones. Above BJ demonstrates brush strokes and Abby Pettinger follows along.
Who knew that tucked away in a quiet Brookings oceanfront neighborhood this week, women were "painting their passion". Audi Stanton, who offers watercolor classes of all levels throughout the year, put on an acrylic workshop that covered the various ways of using the medium - from thin to thick, using water or a medium, on paper, board, and canvas, using a brush or palette knife, painted over modeling paste relief, traditional realism to abstract. Here's a sample of what was created on day 4 of the 5-day workshop.
GO FOR IT LADIES!
Stephen Quiller is a celebrity in the world of aqueous media. The Watercolor Society of Oregon is honored that Quiller has agreed to serve as juror for their annual Spring Show which will be held at Manley Art Center during April.
Quiller’s books on color are used by both art instructors and learn-it-yourselfers. His round palette, based on his version of the color wheel called the “Quiller Wheel”, is popular with artists who are learning to create analogous, complementary and triad color mixes. He has developed a line of professional quality watercolor paint that is pure, extremely lightfast and the colors correspond with the Stephen Quiller color system.
Quiller’s nationwide workshops fill up quickly. Gloria Sevey of Gold Beach, the coordinator for the workshop in Brookings, says, “I’ve hosted several workshops and this is, by far, the largest response I’ve had. In retrospect, WSO could have filled two workshops. We are very fortunate to have an artist and instructor of Stephen Quiller’s caliber, talent and popularity come to our area. It’s going to be a great workshop!” Eight Curry County artists, including several art instructors, will participate in the workshop.
Though the workshop is full, Quiller will also be giving a talk and painting demonstration in Brookings on Sunday, April 11. The public is invited to attend as space permits. Anyone interested may sign up before April 2 at Manley Art Center for $10. After the demo, Quiller will be signing copies of his recently published book, “Water Media Painting with Stephen Quiller”.
Talking about his new book, Quiller says, “I feel it is an important text for any painter. There is vital information on transparent watercolor, gouache, acrylic and casein, as well as how to use them in combination. There is information on how to work outdoors and how to work large in water media. There are important thoughts on composition and developing your eye to see abstractly. Finally, there are excerpts from my journals that make this work more personal.”
Stephen Quiller has written five books, produced twelve videos, and won numerous awards for his paintings. He summed up his philosophy of life and painting thus, “To create harmony on this earth we all need to adopt an approach similar to how I develop a painting. We must have a vision and a plan but be open and flexible to what might occur along the way.”
If only I could be everywhere at once during the Brookings Art Walks! I sometimes miss really great photo oportunities...
Brian Scott Gallery was, as usual, bustling with activity, music, and demonstrations. That's my "excuse" for missing the entire back wall where the gallery's featured artist of the month, Valerie Tucker, is showing some of her recent work. Today I went back to see her work and share it with you.
You can see Valerie's work at Brian Scott Gallery during the entire month of March. Beginning in April, Valerie will be listed on the "Brookings Artists Page" on wildriverscoastart.com with a link to her new website. Valerie recently moved to Brookings from the Seattle area. She is currently showing at Sage Gallery in Bandon and The Gallery of Arts and Culture in Crescent City. We look forward to seeing much more of her work.
If you take photos at any Brookings Art Walk and would like to share them, please email the images to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a description and names if possible. A picture is usually worth more than a thousand words, so if you don't know the names and have no description... please send your photo anyway.
Manley Art Center is always a good place to begin the Art Walk. This month Vi and Len Burton are Artists of the Month. Vi is showing her beautiful local photographs, and Len is showing some of his smaller oils of local places. Here Vi is discussing the show with a visitor while Marshall Thompson performs with guitar and vocals.
The Wild Rivers Coast Photography Club is having it's first show ever at the Chetco Community Library during the month of March.
There are numerous more beautiful photographs by Wild Rivers Coast Photography Club members that will be on display during the month of March.
Billie Ruth Furuichi entertained at Wright's Gallery Down Under where Janis Parker and Donna Bush are showing watercolors and Sharon Guinn is showing mixed media paintings. Also showing is photography by Susie Wright and Vicki Evans (100% of the proceeds from sales go towards Haiti relief funds). Upstairs at Wright's Custom Framing, Bette Sherbourne is showing a collection of very upbeat and fun mixed media paintings.
Buzz Stewart with one of his impressionistic watercolors. Buzz has been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 1972. Another of his latest watercolors was juried into the statewide WSO Show that will be held at Manley Art Center next month.
Taste O'Honey entertained at Brian Scott Gallery (paintings by Horst Wolf in the background).
Audi's talk "The Positive Things about Negative Painting" was entertaining and informative. She promised that negative painting is not difficult and is fun to do. She showed examples of completed paintings and a painting in progress that employs the negative painting technique. Audi is a popular watercolor instructor in Brookings. You can reach her at 541-412-7948 if you'd like to discuss taking a watercolor class.
Sea Stacks - Photo by Pete Chasar
Apart from miles of breathtaking coastal rock formations, Brookings may look like a lot of other seaside towns. The signpost on the highway says population 6,000. But if you even slow down as you pass through you'll see several art galleries. If you stop in at local businesses you're likely to find an abundance of art on the walls. This is a town of artists. Artists determined to the be best they can be. Many have retired from a successful career in another arena and are thrilled that they now have the time to devote to painting. Others are juggling a job and painting. A few are full time, professional artists. Most are enthusiastic about taking painting workshops. Some are willing to travel to study with artists they admire. Some like to stick nearer to home and lately the opportunities for workshops in Brookings have been outstanding. Aspiring artists from as far away as Portland, Oregon and Fortuna, California have come to Brookings for the workshops offered.
During 2009 The Manley Art Center offered workshops by watercolor artists Larry Johnson, Keith Sluder, and Jay Mosby, sculpture artist DJ Garrity, and oil painters Elio Camacho and Ernest Principato. 2010 will not disappoint.
Keith Sluder has already completed two water media workshops in Brookings in 2010. The first workshop covered painting the sea and rocks and the second focused on lighthouses. In April Keith will offer a third workshop at Southwestern Oregon Community College. This 2-day water media workshop is titled "The Changing Seasons". It will be held April 16-17, 2010 and the cost is $175. Keith Suder teaches the techniques that make his work unique - and also emphasizes the principles of design to his students. For information call Aleta Mankamyer at 541-469-5017.
Frank "Gus" Gustafson taught an oil painting workshop at Manley that met every Monday for four weeks in February/March. The students painted primarily seascapes and florals. Gus reviewed the principles of design and composition and encouraged students to make value studies and to be aware of values as they paint.
Audi Stanton, who regularly teaches watercolor classes for beginners and advanced students, has also offered a schedule of workshops this year, including collage, handmade books, and mat cutting. Her March week-long acrylics workshop filled up with such a waiting list that she added a second session. The second session will be held March 22-26 and there MAY be a spot left. Phone Audi at 541-412-7948. More about Audi Stanton.
The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) will hold their Spring Convention and Aqueous Media Show in Brookings. The show will hang at Manley Art Center. During the convention there will be workshops for members held all over Brookings, led by local professionals including Audi Stanton and the artists below:
More about Sara Broderick
More about Alexandra Eyer
The WSO show at Manley will be judged by internationally known artist, author, and instructor, Stephen Quiller. After the convention Stephen Quiller will hold a week long workshop in Brookings. This workshop was filled long ago, and has a very long waiting list of artists from several states. Check with Manley Art Center if you are interested in attending a lecture/demo by Stephen Quiller on the morning of Sunday, April 11 ($10). More about Stephen Quiller.
During the April Brookings Second Saturday Art Walk (April 10 at 4 pm) the WSO show at Manley will open to the public and will be open Tues through Sunday 11am to 4 pm for the remainder of April. Also during the Art Walk on April 10 there will be a water media demonstration at the Chetco Community Library (4:30-6:30) by Keith Sluder and a plein air oil demo somewhere along the Art Walk route by Bay Area oil painter Elio Camacho. Elio will set up his easel in a location that inspires him at that moment. For the past two years Elio has held a week long plein air oil painting workshop in Brookings. This year's Brookings workshop will be held September 6 - 10. Sign up for the workshop on Elio's Website. More about Elio Camacho.
In July, Manley Art Center is offering two 3-day workshops by another internationally known artist, author, and instructor - Ron Ranson. Sign up at Manley for either July 9-10-11 (Fri-Sun) or July 13-14-15 Tues - Thurs). $300 for PBAA members and $350 for non-members. Non-members may join PBAA for $25 for the year of 2010 and get the member price. More about Ron Ranson.
This is far from a complete list of 2010 workshops in Brookings. More will be announced when information becomes available. Ongoing art classes are held at Manley Art Center (for adults and children) and SWOCC.
Just a few miles north of the Wild Rivers Coast is the charming coastal town of Bandon, Oregon. There are several wonderful galleries to visit as well as shopping for handmade crafts, jewelry, and other unique items.
For an update on what's happening in Bandon, here's a letter from Sage Gallery:
Hello SAGE friends
I hope you have been enjoying the wonderful spring weather and the brilliant blossoms on Bandon's favorite shrub (well, weed actually), gorse, of course!
We have a fantastic view for you, on the inside of the Gallery this time! Yes, the 44th Annual Transparent Watercolor Traveling Exhibit is up through the first week of April and we are so greateful to Victoria Tierney who arranged, with the Watercolor Society of Oregon, to make SAGE the final destination for these fantastic works!
Just in case you forgot to save the date last month, here's your reminder: You are invited to join us for a reception this Sunday, March 7th, 2-5pm. Beginning at 3pm, SAGE is delighted to have Coos Bay artist, Donna Wright, demonstrating her unique watercolor "pouring" technique.
Donna's work is currently on exhibit at the Women's Imaging Center in Coos Bay, as well as at SAGE. Donna also teaches at SOCC; you won't want to miss her demo. Send your friends, too, our address is 390 First St. SW, Suite 2D, Bandon; just tell them to look for the big white building with the red roof, at the river's edge in Old Town.
SO, HERE'S WHAT ELSE WE'VE BEEN UP TO...
Most of you know that we don't sit still very well over here and this month has been no different, although we always think it will be.
WITH THE LITTLE ARTISTS...
We have been busy bringing arts and crafts activities to the Youth Center, twice a month and the kids are really beginning to anticipate our visits. Last week one of Bandon's bright young elementary students, David, lead the lesson and we created frogs birds and other wonderful "alien critters"
from walnut shells, feathers and similar funny stuff. David is incredibly creative and a true role model for the other kids! SAGE is very appreciative of the opportunity to participate with the Youth Center; we thank Director Harv Schubothe who works so hard to bring all kinds of support and experiences to Bandon's youth.
AND THE BIG ARTISTS...
have also been having the most delightful time on Tuesday evenings participating after hours with Angela Pozzi and many wonderful volunteers who come together for the "Washed Ashore" project at Art 101. I recently had a moment to communicate with Angela about the incredible social, cultural and artistic impact of her community recycling art project and I'm in awe of her abilities, not only an artist, but also an organizer and visionary. For at least a decade, while I taught Art History, I told my students the next major movement in art would be purpose-driven. By that I mean art that demands of its audience, not only reflection upon the human condition and our impact upon the world around us, but also action in re-defining human purpose and creating art that motivates us to live purposefully, as individuals and collective society. Angela Pozzi and "Washed Ashore" bring exactly those concepts to life; if you haven't participated yet, you're missing out!
ON THE TOPIC OF ART HISOTRY...
The Coos Art Museum has invited me back as a guest lecturer next Thursday, March 11, at 7 pm. This time the topic is "Five Symbols, Five Thousand Years". I hope you will join me as we explore art and symbolic representations that exemplify commonalities across cultural boundaries. Last month Steven Broocks, CAM's Director, gave a fabulous talk on the art and culture of ancient Egypt. I will again be jumping in where Steven left off and bringing you all the way into art of the 21st century, including the art of recent film releases.
On the topic of CAM, you won't want to miss the incredible work that has just gone up; the museum is, again alive with the creative talents of children in its biennial exhibit.
Thanks to Steven, Karen Hammer, Emily Ashworth, and all of CAM's wonderful volunteers for their hard work and dedication to our young artists.
SO, HOW'S THAT BUILDING COMING ALONG?
Transformed is the word that comes to mind! Everyday is a new direction; Ralph Leshin and his non-stop teams of sub-contractors are truly amazing...we're aiming for mid summer. The building is bathed in light, with the addition of many new windows, and Cheryl Franich, SAGE's stained glass instructor, has been busy building my designs into glass realities that will capture the full spectrum of color!
BY THE WAY, WHAT IS UP WITH THOSE CLASSES?
Well, our 4=5 program has really been taking off! We've had several private workshops arranged by friends who want to get together for a creative, right-brained day or night out and we are loving it! You bring the group, four friends plus yourself, and get your own tuition free. We can provide workshops in almost any media, just give us a call (541) 329-0103
And for those who just want to drop in and join us to meet new creative friends, we have some great classes this month.
We are also busily working with teachers to develop a HUGE range of workshops to launch this summer in our new classroom, located at 525 11th St.SE.
Keep an eye out for flameworking, fusing, metalsmithing, digital imaging, mosaic, print making, textile, and alternative technique classes to arrive this summer and early fall. In the mean time...
MARCH JEWELRY CLASSES...
ARE YOU JUST A LITTLE BIT IRISH? "Go for the Green", wire wrapping with Sharon Martin will take place at SAGE on March 17th; aye, it's St Patty's, and we will be celebrating our luck and living it up with a green theme. Cost is $35 with a $3 materials fee. Call to reserve your space.
OLD WORLD PEARLS Saturday March 27th, 12-3 pm, with Patrice Quinn. Cost $35, bring your own supplies, or purchase at SAGE; Patrice will capture your beading heart with her beautifully simple, elegant pearl bracelet design. Great for beginners, or advanced, call to reserve your space.
"Pour It On" with Donna Wright, Saturday, March 20th, 12-3 pm. Cost $35 plus $5 materials fee.
Pick up where Donna's reception demo leaves off. Explore watercolors in a way you never thought possible, pour on the paint, pull out the details. Reserve early!
ADVENTURES IN GLASS...
STAINED GLASS with CHERYL begins again on March 23rd.
Cheryl's classes meet for 6 weeks on Tuesdays and you can sign up for either the 2-5pm afternoon class, or the 5:30-8:30 evening class. Tuition is $105. Supplies are available in the SAGE Giftshop.
MICROWAVE GLASS FUSING FUN NEVER ENDS, in this SAGE favorite.
Spend the day playing with color, glass and good friends.
$20 Thursday, March 25th, 12-4 pm.
COMING IN APRIL...LOOM BEADING, DRAWING ON HISTORY, MOSAIC MADNESS and much much MORE!!!
BEFORE I SAY GOODBYE...
I just want to thank the artists of Bandon who come together so wonderfully to support the community and each other all throughout the year. Many local artists, Victoria Tierney, Susan Lehman, Kirk Day, Kelle Herrick, Susan and Steve Dimock, Joann Drapkin, Ava Richey, Marli Durgan, Angela Pozzi, and Vicki Affatati, to name just a few, generously donate their work and time throughout the year to fundraisers such as those recently held to help support programs like the Bandon Community Youth Center, and individuals facing challenges, such as Carol Adams and Frannie Toon. The arts are truly a unifying force, locally and worldwide and to see such a concentration of that spirit in Bandon is what inspires us here at SAGE.
Hope to see you Sunday,
390 First ST SW Suite 2D
Bandon, OR 97411
On April 9, 10 and 11 Brookings, Oregon will experience a first; The Watercolor Society of Oregon will hold their Spring Convention and Show in this art loving coastal town. About 150 members and guests are expected.
The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) has more than 800 members, but only 18 of them live in Curry County. Members submit paintings for each show, and out of approximately 380 entries, 80 are chosen to be shown. The winners are chosen by a different juror during each convention. The juror for the Brookings Convention will be internationally known artist, writer, and teacher, Stephen Quiller. Mr. Quiller is known for his innovative water media painting and his use of color.
Curry County members who have had work chosen for the show include Janeen Vick and Buzz Stewart from Brookings, and Pat Renner and Shelly Wierzba from Gold Beach. The show will be held at Manley Art Center with an artists' reception on the afternoon of Saturday, April 10. At 4 pm on Saturday the Art Walk begins, and the public is invited to view the WSO show at Manley for the first time. The show will remain at Manley during the month of April, and then travel around Oregon in the following months.
In addition to this very special juried watercolor show at Manley, the April Art Walk will feature a wonderful show at the Chetco Library by Curry County Members of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Bend artist Keith Sluder will be doing a demonstration at the library during the Art Walk and Bay Area Oil Painter Elio Camacho will choose an outdoor location on the Art Walk Route to paint a large oil.
A banquet at the Elks Lodge follows the Manley Reception and Art Walk. Stephen Quiller will be holding a workshop at the Best Western Beachfront Inn during the following week. It was sold out long ago with a waiting list that includes artists from several other states.
Ron’s watercolors are impressionistic and representational. Using his signature hake brush, his aim is to produce strong and colorful paintings with economy of stroke and a limited palette. He not only does several demos each day, painting as he explains, but works with each student on a one to one basis every day. Strong design principles are emphasized, as they are the foundation of every good painting. Sound painting techniques are put forth, but students quickly relax with his friendly English sense of humor. Ron is a seemingly tireless watercolorist with a worldwide teaching reputation, having written 25 books on painting, and countless articles for art magazines throughout the U.K., Europe, Australia, South Africa, Scandinavia and the USA. These are translated into many languages, as are his instructional videos. You can see his work on the website at www.ronranson.com.
RON RANSON WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS
AT MANLEY ART CENTER, BROOKINGS, OR
Session One: July 9-10-11, 2010
Session Two: July 13-14-15, 2010
$300 per session for PBAA Members
$350 per session for Non-Members
Sign up at Manley Art Center 541-469-1807