OCCA's January e-newsletter: 2012 Visual Arts Center shows, "Leonardo Live!" event, Community Legends, Oregon Coast Jazz Festival 2012 art.
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Geoffrey McCormack's "RockPaperString+Tape" shows in the Runyan Gallery in January.

Runyan Gallery

Jan. 6-29

Watercolors and wall sculptures by award-winning Eugene watercolor artist Geoffrey McCormack shows in the Runyan Gallery in January. McCormack works in series “to explore an idea fully and express it clearly.  On one level a series can be about common objects placed in fresh relationships and attitudes that beg a new response. On another level, they are about reconciling that common object with the standard art issues: composition, form, mass, value, color, light to create space and material presence.” 

Drawing and designing directly on Arches 300 lb. cold press paper, he paints with transparent watercolor and usually has at least four paintings in progress, completing one large and several small paintings every two weeks. His mixed-media sculptural pieces work together with his paintings to form a thought or concept. Today he is producing more fine art and less illustration, but plans to continue both. 

See the current Now Playing for more about Geoffrey McCormack.
"Art Deco Dreams" featuring work by Stephan shows in the Upstairs Gallery in January.

Upstairs Gallery

Jan. 6-28
STEPHAN: Art Deco Dreams

Art Deco Dreams sums up paintings and drawings executed in the art deco style by local artist Stephan, who sketches with pencil first on vellum and then transfers the image to watercolor paper or illustration board. He paints with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint, sometimes accented with gold and silver metallic inks. He likes to work in series because he enjoys researching a particular design or concept.

Stephan started designing sets for theater in high school and in college was influenced by Aubrey Beardsley, Alphonse Mucha and Erté. Most recently he created the set for the Porthole Players production, “The Apple Tree.” As a freelance graphic artist, he designed fashions, Christmas cards and sets and costumes for many plays, musicals, operas and ballets. See more about Stephan in the current Now Playing.
Stephan will give a lecture about Erté on Jan. 13.

Erté Lecture

Local artist Stephan will present “Erté – Artist, Genius, Drag Queen,” a lecture on the life and artistic career of the designer Erté, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the Conference Room at the Newport Visual Arts Center. 
Stephan became acquainted with Erté and corresponded with him for ten years. The lecture will be followed by a slide show of Stephan’s work. A donation at the door will help OCCA bring other art lectures to the VAC. For more information, call OCCA VAC Director Sally Houck 541-265-6569.
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Banner Auction A Success

The third annual Nye Beach Merchants Banner project concluded recently with a banner auction and benefit at the Visual Arts Center. Jovi owner Veronica Willemin cut, stitched and primed canvas banners that then were designed by over 35 local artists, and Jody George and Mar Lehrman installed them throughout Nye Beach last spring.

Entertainment was donated by Rick Bartow and the Backseat Drivers and refreshments were provided by Nye Beach restaurants, including Nye Beach Market, Savory Café, Panini Bakery, and Nana’s Irish Pub. Jennifer Larson created a banner booklet. After start-up costs for next year, about $1500 was donated to OCCA for arts learning programs at the Visual Arts Center. OCCA thanks everyone for their generous participation of their time and talents and contribution to the art scene in Nye Beach!

Community Legends

Excerpt from full story by Mark and Cindy McConnell

Burt and Bobbie Lippman are the 2012 Community Legends.On Saturday, Mar. 10 at the Agate Beach Best Western, Newport will be celebrating two remarkable citizens. The story of how they discovered the Oregon coast is as interesting and entertaining as the Lippmans themselves.

One might wonder why a couple would leave what many would consider a glamorous Hollywood lifestyle to live on the Oregon Coast. Well… in 1980, an adventurous woman was following her “Bucket List” dream to bicycle from Canada to Mexico with a gal-pal friend. This plan was met with serious concern on the part of their families, but especially a certain husband who made his wife promise to call five times each day to check in.  

This intrepid cyclist was Bobbie Lippman. As she bicycled over Cape Foulweather, she experienced what she calls "a magical pull." The beauty of the coast astounded her, and when she called Burt (from Newport) he agreed to come and see it for himself, but “NOT on a bike.” Later, when Burt also felt the magic of the Oregon coast, he took early retirement. They bought a house on the beach and moved here in 1983.

Between the two of them, Burt and Bobbie have been involved with almost every volunteer opportunity in Newport. When they first moved here, Bobbie’s leadership and past experience helped lead to the formation of a local hospice organization which has been serving families ever since. When asked why volunteering is so important, they both said they like to help people and see others take a chance and grow. They believe people need to feel comfortable with what they choose to participate in, and that it is important to be involved.
Join the OCCA for the official celebration to honor Burt & Bobbie Lippman at the Agate Beach Best Western on Saturday, Mar. 10, beginning at 5:30 with a no-host bar. Tickets are $40 per person, and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center or by calling 541-265-ARTS (2787).

'Leonardo Live' shows at PAC on Feb. 21

'Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' will show in HD at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Performing Arts Center.

Experience the U.K. National Gallery’s sold-out, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” at the Newport Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Check out the OCCA website to read more about this remarkable show and see a video.

“Leonardo Live” gives art lovers the world over the opportunity to share in the excitement of viewing this unprecedented and historic exhibition. The exhibition brings together the largest ever number of da Vinci’s paintings, including a new, never-before-seen Leonardo painting. 

“Leonardo Live” is presented by art historian Tim Marlow and presenter Mariella Frostrup, who will explore the exhibition and feature detailed examinations of the paintings and interviews with special guests and experts. See the paintings revealed in astonishing detail through close-up footage on the big screen. Call 541-265 ARTS (2787) for tickets.

OCCA seeks 2012 jazz artwork

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), as the regional arts council for the 363 miles of the Oregon coast, is seeking jazz images from coastal Oregon artists, for OCCA’s 9th annual international jazz festival in Newport, Oregon. OCCA invites all Oregon Coast visual artists to submit concepts for the 2012 Jazz poster and related promotional pieces. The images should represent jazz scenes, jazz instruments, etc. (log on to the website for an example of the 2011 event artwork).
Original artwork may be in any two-dimensional medium and MUST BE suitable for reproduction in a variety of media. In working with a variety of media, including print, web, video and screen printing, OCCA often has to size or crop the artwork, use only details, convert the artwork to black-and-white, superimpose text and photographs over the artwork, animate the image for web-based advertising and video, etc. Submission deadline is January 16, 2012. Only digital submissions will be considered in a PDF or JPEG not exceeding 2 megabytes in size. Please email your submissions to Catherine Rickbone.

Visit the Jazz at Newport website for more details and complete image specifications.

Catherine's Cues

The Art of Community, Part 1 of 2
By Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director

Recently I gave a talk to the American Association of University Women’s Lincoln City branch titled “Art Builds Community: The Relevancy of the Arts Today.” You might wonder, “Well, what else would the executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts talk about? Isn’t that a natural?” Yes, it’s true. But it’s also true that people need to be reminded of the efficacy of the arts time and time again. Below are excerpts from my presentation.

All too often the arts are marginalized, pilloried as the cause of the evils in society or, worse, the arts are eviscerated by lack of funding, rendering them impotent (for example, witness what is happening in my home state of Kansas and the current governor’s elimination, by line-item veto in the state budget, of the Kansas Arts Commission – hence extinguishing that agency). However, this column is not a rant about what is going on elsewhere, but rather a thoughtful reminder of what we all know: the arts are relevant in our lives and in our culture and are vital to us and our children. 

Let’s reflect together. And be prepared for poetry, because I am a poet and a former English teacher. Without a doubt, our communities are in a state of change and transition. Some observe that culture is slowly “disintegrating,” that we are losing our center and losing touch with core values that keep us together. Everything is happening so fast; how can we possibly keep up? 

Current conditions remind me of a portion of Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” that he wrote in 1919 in the aftermath of the first World War:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst 
Are full of passionate intensity.

The more polarized we become, the less we seem to be able to communicate with each other (we are probably too busy convincing people to think the way we do).

In spite of globalization of news and instant communications, I believe we are in danger of becoming more and more isolated into what I call cell phone silos, full of sound and fury and tweets. A friend shared with me a Sherman Alexie poem, “The Facebook Sonnet,” that illustrates this concept. Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian who is a writer, poet, filmmaker and occasional comedian.
Welcome to the endless high-school
Reunion. Welcome to past friends
And lovers, however, kind or cruel
Let’s undervalue and unmend
The present. Why can’t we pretend
Every stage of life is the same?
Let’s exhume, resume, and extend
Childhood. Let’s play all the games
That occupy the young. Let fame
And shame intertwine. Let one’s search
For God become public domain.
Let church.com become our church
Let’s sign up, sign in, and confess
Here on the altar of loneliness.
So where do the arts fit in to our shifting landscapes, our uncertain futures? How do they build community?  We need plenty of people to agree as George Bernard Shaw said, “I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by beauty ever lasting, and the message of art that has made these hands blessed.” 
Part II will appear in the March e-newsletter.
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