Join us this August for our 3rd annual Arts Alive!
Arts Alive is the premiere community arts event dedicated to raising the visibility of working artists in our city and region. Each summer we bring together creative artists, writers, performers, and musicians from all over the area to share their studio processes and art with the larger community. They have included ceramicists, jazz musicians, printmakers, glass artists, jewelers, poets, storytellers, and MORE.
Arts Alive 2020 is a virtual festival held on August 14 &15. Join us online to discover new artists, music, poetry, and new mediums. This is a great opportunity to engage with the arts while staying safe. As always Arts Alive encourages the public to watch, make, and participate!
Women in The Arts Panel
The Maude Kerns Art Center invites artists to submit to the 27th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Exhibit, October 9 – November 2, featuring two- and three-dimensional work related to the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead.
The Día de los Muertos celebration blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls days. The celebration honors the dead and acknowledges the link between the communities of the living and the dead.
Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, August 3. Artists are invited to submit up to five pieces for consideration by the jury. Digital images should be submitted on CD or flash drive in jpeg format (medium-sized at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). One image per piece. There is a $15 submission fee.
For an application form, visit the Art Center’s website at www.mkartcenter.org or contact Sarah Ciampa at the Maude Kerns Art Center at 541-345-1571.
Oregon State seeks artists for 37th annual Art About Agriculture competition and exhibition
Art About Agriculture, an annual exhibition of agriculture-themed artwork by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is holding an open call for artists to participate in the 2020 exhibition.
The theme for the 2020 exhibition and tour is “Tension/Harmony.” Artists from the Pacific Northwest are invited to explore the future of agriculture through consideration of the relationship between the conservation of natural resources and agricultural production.
We are collectively experiencing isolation at a scale that was unimaginable weeks ago. Billions of people have been asked to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the rapidly spreading coronavirus. As we shelter in place, not only are we are cut off from the people we love, we are also cut off from the natural places we love. Beaches, forests, and parks are closed. Warning signs are posted at trailheads, and caution tape is wrapped around playgrounds.
Yet we need to connect with nature now more than ever as a respite from the headlines, as a place to breathe deeply and process grief, and as inspiration as we imagine post-pandemic society, among many other things.
Spring Creek Project is launching a call for submissions, The Nature of Isolation, that invites writers and artists to explore their home ecosystems and reflect on the nature of isolation during the pandemic: What are you learning from the shelter of your place? What do house plants know about quarantine? What does your garden offer about mortality? What are you learning about renewal from the wilderness of sunlight and rain out your window? How is this microscopic virus changing the biome of your body and mind?
We welcome writers and artists of all experience levels to submit work to The Nature of Isolation in five categories by Monday, May 18.
Poetry (up to 3 poems)
Creative nonfiction (1 piece, 1,000 word limit)
Fiction (1 piece, 1,000 word limit)
Photography (up to 3 photos)
Visual art (up to 3 pieces)
You are welcome to submit a piece in more than one category (e.g., you may submit a non-fiction piece and photography). If you submit in more than one category, please use separate forms for each submission.
Please include a short (2-4 sentence) third-person bio with your submission.
A panel of judges will select submissions for inclusion in an online reading and exhibit.
Arts Alive is a community arts event dedicated to raising the visibility of working artists in our city and region. Each summer we bring together creative types like artists, writers, performers, and musicians from all over the area to share their studio process and art with the larger community. In the past, we’ve had ceramicists, jazz musicians, printmakers, glass artists, jewelers, poets, and more participate in Arts Alive!
For our 3rd Annual Arts Alive, we are planning a bigger and better event on August 15, 2020, from 1-7 PM. Join us in discovering more artists, more music, more poems, and more art. This is a great opportunity to grab a drink, eat some food and of course, watch, make, and participate!
Date: August 15, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: The Arts Center & Arts Center Plaza, 700 SW Madison Ave. Corvallis, OR
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation
2020 Participating Artists: TBD
2019 Participating Artists:
Sharon Rackham King
2019 Participating Orgs:
Corvallis Public Library
Maxtivity Arts & Crafts Creative Space
Tacos Al Machin
2 Towns Ciderhouse
A View of Rome
What you can’t see is
how hard it is to get to Tiber Island,
locked as it is between two streets
that remind you of America—
busy, multi-lane death traps
Vespas zoom down,
weaving & beeping
the length of Lungotevere
or the art on the river wall—
power washed figures dancing.
giant like old gods,
their shadow shapes wavering
at the bottom of steps hued
into rock, leading down to banks
covered in garbage & dog shit
where people jog,
where you are warned not to go at night,
& the Tiber herself, moving slowly
away from Vatican City—
the color like water after painting,
a silver sludge from centuries of dipping,
brush to canvas, brush to water
the whisper of a drowned history.
If you squint, you might just make out
a gelato shop— the one near the piazza
where Ubers will pick you up
when the taxis are striking again —
that has rose as a flavor,
lets you get a taste of petals.
The Arts Center Poetry Intern
What: Six Women Printing
Where: The Arts Center, Main Gallery
When: Oct 22 – Nov 21, 2020; Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 PM
Lunchbox Art Talk: TBA
“Six Women Printing” celebrates the work of women artists and also illuminates the differences between art printing techniques and reproduction printing (giclee). Six female artists hailing from Corvallis, Portland, and Eugene each have a unique approach to their chosen technique. Although they are all printmakers, these artists utilize different printing techniques including lino and woodcut, drypoint in plexiglass plates, letterpress, a mixture of techniques combined with collage and cyanotype, and a hybrid photographic technique.
Gail Owen (Portland) specializes in linocut reduction prints. The same plate is used for all colors, each time cutting away more material. It requires careful planning and analyzing how the colors will overlap. This approach is something called “suicide printing”. Owen ups the planning requirements by using the same plate in a repeating grid, having the images go seamlessly from one square in the grid to the next.
Jessica Billey (Corvallis) works in woodcuts and created smaller pieces specifically for this exhibit. She recently exhibited work at The Arts Center which was created for The Big Ink. Billey enjoys the process of carving wood, even if it takes a physical toll. After a design is decided on, she feels the carving itself has a meditative element. As a musician, she appreciated the rhythm.
Edith Wolfe (Corvallis) uses a traditional technique in a new material: drypoint in Plexiglas. In drypoint, the artist scratches directly into the plate and the burr will give a soft line.
Julia Lont (Corvallis) works in letterpress, developed to be able to print text, combined with images. Lont is mostly focusing on images but combines text as well. Her Farmers Market poster is a collectible!
Suzanne Ponsioen (Eugene) uses a technique that is strictly speaking not a printing technique, but photography. She builds small still lives of transparent objects and then uses cyanotype printing to create abstracted images from these objects.
Marcy Baker (Portland) makes collages or chine-colle prints with parts of her own prints and uses all kinds of hybrid printing methods.
These techniques set themselves apart from reproduction printing such as giclee, and are called “hand-pulled prints”. Printing techniques are intended for multiple copies, but they require so much handwork that from one print to the next, small nuanced differences are possible and even likely. Real reproduction technology, such as offset and giclee, can make either 2 or 2000 prints, all of the same nuances. It does not matter how many are printed. “Hand-pulled prints,” can be identical, but most have subtle differences between each other. When printed in “editions” of limited numbers, each work still stands on its own.
This year’s Artist Accelerator Artists in Residence are Kristie Potwora, Shagufta Mulla, Margot Dedrick, and Sabra Comins. The public is invited to hear more about their experiences during a “Lunch Talk” on March 5, at 12 -1 pm at The Arts Center. This year’s artists in residence come from a wide range of backgrounds, each bringing a unique perspective to their creative businesses and art practices.
Residents spent three months preparing for the exhibit with The Arts Center and Downtown Corvallis Association hosted studio spaces. They also completed the Artist Accelerator program which focuses on professional and business development.
An artist talk, led by The Arts Center’s Curator, Hester Coucke, will feature all four artists, Thursday, March 5, 12-1 pm.