OCCA's June e-newsletter: Summer theater camps... Catherine's Cues, June exhibitions, Coastal Profile, Coalition grant applications due.
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"Virga," oil, by Jim McCarten.

COVAS Gallery

Through June 23: "Coastal Artscapes"
Last year, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) was invited by the Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program to submit a capital improvement project. 
OCCA proposed to construct a special showcase on the second floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC) focusing on mid-career Oregon coast visual artists. The result of this capital improvement is the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists’ Showcase (COVAS).

As the regional arts council for the coast, OCCA can now expand exhibition space for its coastal visual artists from Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Coos, Curry counties and the coastal towns of Lane and Douglas counties.
The first COVAS artist is Jim McCarten from Brookings in Curry County. Using oils, McCarten’s techniques of layering, curing and applying thinner contribute to unique textural and transparent compositions. 
Nature's varied texture and light are the main source of inspiration.

A resident of Brookings, McCarten began formal art lessons at the age of 10 and earned a BA from the University of California, Davis; he's been an active member of the Manley Art Center since 2005.

To read more about this ongoing project, please visit the OCCA website.
"Cat," painting on cedar board by Amy Pattison.

Runyan Gallery

Through July 1: IN THE FLOW
The June show features 10 young artists from Newport and surrounding areas. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in 1990, "flow" is defined as completely focused motivation: emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task. 
The exhibition features fish prints by Leighton Blackwell, photography by Bradley Case, wood sculpture by Michael Clark, paintings by Mario Danna, handcrafted and painted skateboards by Luke LaMont, glass art by Jon Paden, paintings by Amy Pattison, a new series of metal and mixed-media masks and paintings by Evan, art from Roseena Robinson, sculptural installation by Jacob Schaeperkoetter-Cochran, and a video project in process by Isai Dale, Josh Dale and Devin Robinson.
"Mending the Net" is one of many silk paintings by Le trung Chinh on display in the Upstairs Gallery through June 30.

Upstairs Gallery

June 1-30: "Imagery in Silk," Silk Paintings by Le trung Chinh
OCCA is delighted to present Chính’s show, “Imagery in Silk,” a series of lovely, lyrical paintings  on silk that exemplify the work that people do both here and in Viêt Nam, his birth country. 
In 1995, a good friend showed Chính the technique of silk painting. “Like bright kites flying across the foggy coastal sky, the gutta lines swirled and the bright color inks flowed to my delight, bringing out joy to the fine but otherwise lifeless white silk.” Since that time he has taken it on as a medium for his artistic expression. 

Gutta is the resist he applies with a fine tipped squeeze bottle to outline the shapes as he follows the lines of his preliminary sketch. He works with a limited palette of silk dyes, mixing the many shades he uses from the primary colors of red, yellow and blue plus black.
Newport Visual Arts Center monthly exhibition coffees are open to anyone, especially those who are interested in volunteering.

Monthly Coffee set for June 14

The June OCCA Exhibition Coffee starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, Room 302 at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). “In the Flow” artists will discuss their art; the coffee is open to anyone interested in exploring volunteering opportunities at the VAC, OCCA volunteers and docents. For more information, call OCCA VAC Director Sally Houck at 541-265-6569 or email shouck@coastarts.org.

Grant applications for the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition are due July 31.

LCCC grant applications due July 31

The Lincoln County Cultural Coalition (LCCC) announces its grant deadline of July 31, 2012 for projects occurring between September 15, 2012 and August 15, 2013.  Visit the website for grant details. All applications are completed online. For information: Blythe Jorgensen, Grants Chairman, 541-444-2218, blythej16@gmail.com, or Catherine Rickbone, LCCC Treasurer, at 541-574-2652, or by email at 

OSF Trip Set

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), along with Frank Geltner, is planning a theatre trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland Aug. 20-24, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the remodel of the Newport Performing Arts Center. A deposit of $100 to reserve your spot is required by June 15; call Frank Geltner at 541-961-1482 for info.

Spend 5 days and 4 nights, from Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24. Stay at the Plaza Inn & Suites, within convenient walking distance to the festival. Eat at some of Ashland’s finest rest-aurants. Plan to join this limited group of 20 in Ashland when it is truly meant to be enjoyed – at the peak of the season! 

Theatre Camps offer summer fun

Chris Graamans photographed the 2011 Shakespeare Camp production.Get ready for great summer fun with Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) 2012 Theatre Camps! OCCA provides three types of summer theatre experiences. Theatre Camp Advanced and Theatre Camp are available for students who would like to write, produce, and perform in their own production. Instructors for Theatre Camp Advanced and Theatre Camp are long-time Theatre Camp participants and instructors, under the direction of camp founder Deborah Zirin. 

This year, Shakespeare Camp will take the abridged work of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and present it, along with an appearance from William Shakespeare, persona provided by Rod Molzahn, production director and Shakespeare scholar.

We hope one of the following sessions will work for you:
  • Theatre Camp Advanced is 20 days of film production June 18 – July 15. This camp is for high school (school year 2011-2012) age students and older only.
  • Theatre Camp dates are July 16-27, 2012. This session is for students ages nine through high school and older.
  • Shakespeare Camp dates are August 6-17. 
  • Theatre Camp and Shakespeare Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day except: PERFORMANCE DAYS (Thursdays, June 25, July 23, August 13) from 9 a.m. to about 7:30 p.m. and FRIDAYS (June 26, July 24, August 14) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Theatre Camp Advanced students will set their days and hours depending on writing, filming and production needs. 
The fee for each ten-day (Theatre Camp and Shakespeare Camp) session is $275 for non-OCCA members and $250 for OCCA members. The fee for Theatre Camp Advanced is $400. Partial scholarships are available. 

Registration forms and more information are available from Jan Eastman at 541-574-2653, or at the OCCA office at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Catherine's Cues

"Art Builds Community," Part 3 of 3 
By Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director

OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone's regular column "Catherine's Cues" will appear in the June e-newsletter.
Last issue we were talking about how community arts keep the commonality of our humanness alive and gives a venue for our dreams. Dreams must be nurtured. I’d like to share with you a quote from one of my favorite novelists and see if you can identify it:

“Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts. Nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!”

In case you’re not sure yet, these are the words of Thomas Gradgrind to a new schoolmaster in the opening scene of Dickens’s “Hard Times.” Dickens, of course, was poking fun at a form of education new in 1854, grounded in the relatively new philosophy of Utilitarianism. This reductive educational approach relied on definitions and formulas and certainly left little room for the imagination.  Sadly, this still has a familiar ring in today’s educational landscape.
Self-expression is the one inalienable right that cannot be taken away from us - the freedom of our imagination. It’s through the power of imagination we can solve problems – protect the environment, purify water, and preserve the food supply.

My friend Patrick Overton says, “We help individuals to discover their own creativity by offering them opportunities to express themselves and celebrate the art of their lives.”  Some observe that there is a deep hunger that people have to become “makers” again, not just consumers, where we have little relationship between the things we use/consume and the people who make them. Telling our stories through writing is one such way to become “makers” again.

I am reminded of a story by a local Lincoln county girl who now is a well-known opera singer. Erica Brookhyser looks back on the Newport Performing Arts Center and says, “It was the center of my life growing up. It provided me with my social circle, my after-school activities, and a variety of important life lessons.” Erica continues, “When people tell me that I look like a natural on stage, I owe the compliment to the arts community in Newport, since without them, I wouldn’t have had a stage to stand on.”

Sounds to me like this is a powerful example of how art builds community. A similar story can be found, or should be found, in every community along the Oregon coast, no matter whether it is a cultural or performing arts center, a theatre, or a visual art center.

I am reminded of an observation by Robert E. Gard, professor emeritus of community theatre, University of Wisconsin, Madison who believes that the American spirit lies in its grass roots: “In terms of American democracy, the arts are for everyone. As America emerges into a different understanding of her strength, it becomes clear that her strength is in the people and in the places where the people live. The people, if shown the way, can create art in and of themselves.”

In case you think this too touchy-feely, just know that without the arts, your soul, your life is and will be impoverished. It’s not just about bringing art from outside the community for people to see and enjoy, which is important. It is also about bringing out the art that is in the community, inside the people who make the community what it is. 

We can all build community through the arts. Attend a performance and view an exhibit. However, until you hold a paint brush, write and tell your story, get your hands in the clay, or stand up on a stage to act, sing or dance will you know what your soul yearns for.

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Coastal Profile:
Florence Events Center

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the continuing membership of coastal arts partner, Florence Events Center, a 21,000 square foot facility that annually hosts events ranging from ballet to blues and everything in between.

In 2011, the Events Center celebrated its 15th anniversary with a series of concerts and special events designed to showcase the many ways that this unique facility serves Florence and the surrounding region. It’s the go-to place for fundraisers, celebrations and parties of every kind. You dream it, and the Events Center can do it. It is home to the Last Resort Players theater company, as well as Seacoast Entertainment Association’s annual concert series. The 457-seat theatre is mid-sized with a warm atmosphere. Many events are booked in this space.

The Center also houses Gallery One that features local and regional artists on a monthly basis. For more information, see the center's website

Arts Leadership Exchange Update

OCCA Board member Sandi Williams (left) and OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone (right), visit with the Oregon Arts Leadership Exchange presenter Cec Koontz. (Courtesy Photo)
“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.” – Robert Jarvik

For the second year Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) has been selected, through a competitive process, to participate in the Oregon Arts Commission’s (OAC) “Oregon Arts Leadership Exchange.” OAC holds these four-session trainings in several locations throughout the state. OCCA is paired with arts organizations in the valley. 

This initiative is aimed at capacity building. The requirements are that a staff person be paired with a board member from the same organization. This year the day-long session topics covered Leadership Succession, and all kinds of succession from staff to board to volunteer; Sustainability and making strategic financial decisions; Evaluation methods, including Bennett’s Hierarchy and logic models, data collection and measurable objectives; and Governance, which focused on all aspects of board engagement and diversity. 

These trainings dramatically impact how an organization thinks, functions, plans and evaluates and have been seminal to OCCA’s continuing capacity development. Thank you, OAC, for this complimentary enrichment. 

OCCA, as the regional arts council for the 363 miles of the Oregon coast, in turn provides a variety of technical assistance to any of it coastal arts partners. For more information contact Catherine Rickbone

HD Events End on High Note

Jeannette Hofer's fund at the Oregon Community Foundation underwrites the Met Opera Live in HD series.The founder of all the HD events is opera lover Jeannette Hofer (pictured) and her fund at the Oregon Community Foundation. Four years ago she approached OCCA about her idea to help bring Met Opera Live in HD to the Newport Performing Arts Center. Then followed extensive negotiations with the Met about equipment, funding and programming – but it all became an HD reality. 
Met Opera Live in HD
OCCA’s third full Met Opera Live in HD season concluded on a high note with a toast and applause. This season’s benefactors were an anonymous opera lover and Bill and JoAnn Barton. In addition, each opera is “hosted.” We thank the following hosts: “Anna Bolena” – Kathie Finney; “Don Giovanni” – Catherine Rickbone; “Satyagraha” – Dianne & Juergen Eckstein; “Siegfried” – anonymous; “Rodelina” –  Sandi & Ron Williams; “Faust” – Bob Hermanson; “The Enchanted Island” – Paul & Evelyn Brookhyser;  “Gotterdammerung” – Alex del Vecchio; “Ernani” –  Kay Moxness; “Manon” –  Patty Olmsted; and “La Traviata” – Pat Lewis & Lavern Weber. 

The financial support from our benefactors and hosts makes possible additional marketing of the events and reduced tickets for youth and other individuals. 
National Theatre Live 
A newer HD initiative by OCCA is the excellent drama series by the National Theatre London.  This past season audiences enjoyed “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Kitchen,” “The Collaborators,” “Traveling Light” hosted by Gary Lehman, “A Comedy of Errors” hosted by Sandra Litt, and “She Stoops To Conquer.” We thank Gary and Sandra for their hosting support.
Leonardo Live
OCCA expanded its HD programs this past season by offering the “Leonardo Live” event, which was a groundbreaking live tour of London’s National Gallery exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.” A record crowd attended the screening at the PAC this winter.
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