OCCA's September arts news: Oregon Coast Jazz Party preview, NT Live season starts, arts advocacy, Latino art exhibition, and more...
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Runyan Gallery

Through Nov. 4
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) and Centro de Ayuda are excited to announce “Dos Culturas ~ Una Comunidad,” a special two-month series of events that will highlight Latino art and culture at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). 
Events will include three art exhibits, each focused on Latino art.
 
Through Nov. 3, OCCA hosts an invitational art show celebrating the artwork of Latino artists from Newport and the greater northwest in the Runyan Gallery. Bill Kucha’s show, “Son de Mexico,” is in the Upstairs Gallery through Sept. 29.  “Dia de los Muertos” will feature artwork related to the traditional Day of the Dead celebration, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

Three free movies will be shown at 7 p.m. to give insight into the Latino world. Donations are welcome. Refreshments will be sold. Screenings include "Frida" on Sept. 18, "Love in the Time of Cholera" on Oct. 2, and "Pantaleon" on Oct. 23.
 
The fun continues with a Chocolate Sculpting Workshop for kids ages 8-10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Space is limited, so pre-register by calling Sally Houck at 541-265-6569 or Ruth Kier at 541-265-6540. There is a $10 fee to cover supplies.

Music and dance are also part of this Latino celebration. Dances are scheduled for Sept. 22 and Nov. 3 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and highlighting the new sounds of cumbia sonidera. Admission to the dances is $8 per person (free for children under 10). “Sounds of the Ancient Mexico” is a group of local musicians – Sera Martinez, Eulogio Martinez and Miguel Martinez – who strive to rescue and make known the pre-Columbian music of the Anahuac (Mesoameric).
 
The series of cultural events culminates with the building of a shrine in the Upstairs Gallery during the last week of October and a presentation of Dia de los Muertos traditions by Jorge Hernandez of Centro de Ayuda on Nov. 2 from 6pm – 8pm in the gallery.
 
More information about the events and OCCA is available at www.coastarts.org, or by contacting Sally Houck, OCCA Director/Visual Arts Center, 541-265-6569 or vac@coastarts.org.

Upstairs Gallery

Through Sept. 29: Bill Kucha – "Son de Mexico"
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts features the watercolors of Bill Kucha, through Sept. 29. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Kucha studied at the Cleveland Art Institute when he was a teenager, then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Goston University and a master’s degree in fine art from the City College of New York City, where he studied with Phillip Pearlstein. 

Currently, he spends half the year in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. “With each visit my embrace encompasses more. My arms and eyes open wider. My ear becomes sharper. Ten years ago, my work dealt with surfaces. More recently it has become deeper, removing veils to reveal a hidden Mexico,” reads his artist statement.
 
Kucha now spends his time writing songs which he plays on his guitar and sings, often with his wife, Dorothy. Bill will give an artist’s talk and perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Newport Visual Arts Center. This event is open to the public and free. Donations are always appreciated.

Calls for Proposals

Lincoln, Tillamook and Clatsop County Artists

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), the Regional Arts Council for the Oregon coast, invites mid-career visual artists from Lincoln, Tillamook and Clatsop Counties to submit proposals to exhibit in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS), at the Newport Visual Arts Center. 

Deadlines for proposals are as follows: for Lincoln County artists, Sept. 28; for Tillamook County artists, Oct. 19; and for Clatsop County artists, Nov. 2 (postmark or email date). An artist will be selected from the proposals submitted by the OCCA Exhibition Advisory Committee. All artists will be notified of the committee’s decisions approximately two weeks after the proposal deadline.

The Showcase exhibit for Lincoln County will open in November 2012, for Tillamook County in December 2012 and for Clatsop County in January 2013.
 
Details of eligibility are also available on the website. Artists interested in applying can contact Sally Houck, OCCA Director/Newport Visual Arts Center. Call 541-265-6569 or email shouck@costarts.org

Download the complete Calls for Proposals document on the OCCA website.
Frank Boyden's 2011 etching-and-drypoint piece "Cinnabar Bones" is on display during the Tillamook Biennal through Sept. 30.

Through Sept. 30: Tillamook Biennal On View

The Tillamook County Arts Network (TCAN) hosts Tillamook County Biennial Fine Arts and Craft at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Gallery through Sept. 30. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday in downtown Tillamook. 

This juried exhibition features art from creatives throughout the county. Eleven artists were invited to show and 17 additional artists were juried into the exhibition. Along with 2D & 3D works, fine craft, writers and musicians were also juried in. 

TCAN’s mission is “to strengthen and encourage the visual, performing & literary arts in Tillamook County.” This biennial is supported by the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts in its role as the regional arts council for the 363 miles of the Oregon coast.

2012 Oregon Coast Jazz Party October 5-7

The ninth international jazz event formerly known as Jazz at Newport is now the Oregon Coast Jazz Party (OCJP)! World-class jazz on the central Oregon coast follows the “jazz party” format, which means that visiting musicians will appear in different combinations at different times over the course of the jazz party. OCJP 2012 runs Oct. 5-7 at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is the organizational sponsor of the international event, and partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in the production of the jazz party.

The party’s focus has always been to present world-class jazz in a beautiful coastal setting – and this year is no different: Music Director Holly Hofmann has put together a roster of jazz greats, including Bill Mays, the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Denise Donatelli, and Ken Peplowski. See more about these artists on the Jazz Party website.
  • Jazz Panel: A free, open, interactive question-and-answer session about jazz, jazz artists, and the future of the music. Hosted by OCJP Music Director and renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, the panel features bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, clarinet and tenor sax player Ken Peplowski, and vocalist Kenny Washington, at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the PAC.
  • Jazz Clinics: Jazz students and community musicians will have three unparalleled opportunities to participate directly with jazz artists in jazz clinics. Three workshops have been scheduled during the jazz party; check the website for details and application forms.
  • Jazz For Locals: In an effort to reach more local residents, OCJP offers a number of sets at reduced prices for Lincoln County residents, available for purchase in person Sept. 12-26 only, with residence identification. Ticket prices for Sets 1, 4, and 7 are $38, reduced to $25 for locals.
  • Jazz Photography Exhibit: Nancy Jane Reid, who has been the official Jazz Party photographer for years, will exhibit her candid, up-close-and-personal work in the PAC Lobby.
  • Jazz Artist: Eileen Hearne, a visual artist from Newport, won the competition for this year’s Jazz Party graphics. 
  • Jazz Club and Funders: OCJP 2012 is underwritten by Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith, with support from the City of Newport, Newport News-Times, and North Coast Brewing Co., as well as the 2012 Jazz Club members. OCCA is also grateful for the support of the 2012 Jazz Hotels, which include Hallmark Inn & Resort, La Quinta Inn and Suites, the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, and The Whaler Motel, and many jazz patrons, who also contribute. 

National Theatre Season Starts September 20

OCCA is pleased to announce the showing of National Theatre Live in HD’s production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC), 777 W. Olive St. in Newport. National Theatre Live begins its fourth season with “Curious Incident,” which is based on Mark Haddon’s beloved and award-winning novel and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens. Marianne Elliott (“War Horse”) directs this richly theatrical exploration of Haddon’s touching and bleakly humorous story.
 
Christopher, 15 years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
 
Other series events include “The Last of the Haussmans” at 7 p.m. Nov. 29,  “Timon of Athens” at 7 p.m. Dec. 27 and "The Magistrate," which is TBA.
 
National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. OCCA appreciates the support of the Jeannette Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation and the City of Newport, which makes it possible to show NT Live in HD productions at the PAC.

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Catherine's Cues

Arts Advocacy: Tell Your Story
By Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director

Advocacy for the arts, heritage and humanities is critical. Whether you are an individual member of a nonprofit arts organization, a board member of an arts organization or staff of an arts organization, the arts need your voice and your story. They need it even more in this election year.
Contrary to popular belief, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization has the right and the responsibility to participate in the legislative process, subject to legal regulations.  
  • We can educate elected officials on issues of concern to the arts, culture, and heritage community. 
  • We can participate in and arrange meetings with legislators to learn their views on issues. 
  • We can invite legislators to organization meetings and events, and send them literature on issues.
As Tip O’Neill, former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker, famously said, “All politics is local.”

Remember your relevance: legislators are generalists on a tremendous volume of issues you are a specialist on your particular issue. As a “real person” your effort and involvement in Salem is particularly valued. Once you’ve cultivated a relationship with your own legislator, you become his or her touchstone back to your community. 

What else can you do as a supporter of the arts?  Know your state senator and state representative. Join your legislators’ email newsletter lists. Add your legislators to your email and mailing lists. When your organization receives a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission or Oregon Cultural Trust, write a thank-you to your legislators. Issue a local press release. Other ways to tell your story are to:
  • Invite your legislators for a tour of your facility. Educate them about what you do and how your community benefits. 
  • Invite your legislators to openings and community celebrations and ask them to make a short speech about the importance of the arts to your community.
  • Encourage your board members, staff, and audience members to tell your impact story.
  • Attend your legislator’s open houses and constituent meet & greets and tell your story.
See more about the Oregon Days of Culture online
If you would like help to develop your impact story check the website of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon at OregonCulture.org for tips or contact me. In the meantime, make sure to participate in the Oregon Cultural Trust-sponsored Oregon Days of Culture Oct. 1-8, which celebrates the role arts, heritage and humanities have in our daily lives.
 
Another way to advocate the arts is to participate in the Americans for the Arts' October National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) – the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! NAHM is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.
 
Bottom line: there are many ways to tell your story and advocate for the arts. Thank you for doing your part.

OCCA Seeks Outreach Rep

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is looking for a part-time, temporary (20-24 months) person to serve as an Outreach and Education Representative (OER) to meet with OCCA constituents and train their staff and/or volunteers to use the administrative content management system on the OCCA website.

Candidate must be able to work 20 hours per week (schedule to be determined), have his/her own reliable transportation, and be able to work at a computer and on the phone for extended periods of time at various locations in the Oregon Coast Regional Arts Council area. 

There are other requirements for the job, including technical skills and experience. Interested persons should contact OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at crickbone@coastarts.org for more information.

PAC Landscaping

OCCA invites interested workers to be part of cleaning up the PAC landscape before the performing arts season starts Oct. 1.

Watch for specific work dates. Please contact Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at crickbone@coastarts.org or 541-574-2652. Thanks.

Eckstein Piece Dedicated at VAC

The sculpture “Absence of Emptiness” was dedicated in August at the Newport Visual Arts Center by local artist Juergen Eckstein. Eckstein drew inspiration for the sculpture from Gottfried Benn’s Poem “Two Things.” (Photo by Sally Houck)

OCCA Newsletter Goes Quarterly

In January 2013 OCCA will publish its print newsletter quarterly. Call Polly Ivers at 541-574-2655 or email pivers@coastarts.org with your email address update. Thank you for your continued support of OCCA.

Met Opera Season Starts Oct. 13

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2012-13 season begins with "L'Elisir d'Amore" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC). Look for season details in the October e-newsletter. For tickets, call 541-265-2787. 
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