August 2023

Oh, my gosh! Just when I think we couldn't get busier - we do. It's been an awesome time here with Gabriel's exhibit and all of the other events. Gabriel was here taking down his exhibit when I started writing this and guess what - I collated the signatures in the guest book, and of those who actually signed it - we had visitors from five different countries, fifteen different states, and 21 different cities in Oregon.

The next exhibit, Grayscale in Fiber will open next Friday - August 3. Each new exhibit brings with it a different viewpoint and a new adventure. Be sure and visit.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Executive Director
We Remember
Judy Weiner
1931 - 2023
Judy Weiner was one of the founders of the Grants Pass Museum of Art. Her name is on our Articles of Incorporation along with Charles Hill and Gary Ackerman from 1979. She was very active with the museum and wore many hats - among them being part of the Acquisition Committee and the Exhibition Department. She had a good eye and was always interested in taking part.

A bit about Judy's life - When she lived in Los Angeles, she was married to Art Seidenbaum who was an author and editor for the LA Times. Her next marriage was to David McCoy, a jazz sax player and house painter. She and David purchased a bus to live in and moved to Oregon. They settled in a shack and she purchased the land surrounding it. Her third husband was Peter. The two of them were serious about farming and raising herbs. She had learned about organic agriculture in the Venice Canals while in LA.

She was involved in print making at RCC and according to her daughter Kerry, became serious about painting at the age of 60. She had studied at one time learning how to paint using the Rembrandt technique of the old master. Her paintings are reminiscent of that look. Gorgeous.

Judy had two children and is survived only by her daughter Kerry. For those wanting to own one of her masterpieces, they will be available at a silent auction taking place in Ashland on First Friday in September and also Saturday, September 2 at KS Wild (562 A Street) and Gallery 151 (151 N. Pioneer St).
This painting is called Frog Chorus and is part of the museum's permanent collection. It hangs in my office. Everyone comments about it!
Current Exhibit
The compositions that are planned ahead are inspired from the natural world and the people in it. Curiously, when I start without a plan, I instinctively flesh out shapes that convey a sense of natural place and life. In the final phases of the stitched work I am compelled to add small details--inhabitants or words--that invite the viewer to closer inspection and to engage with the piece in a hunt for secrets. I am successful if I have remained interactive with the materials (fiber has such inherent qualities of expression), stepping back to study and respond to the evolution I am coaxing. Ultimately it is the fiber which determines the outcome.
I believe it is important to re-use whenever possible. The Folks Art, and the scrunched, stripped, and scrapped fabric pieces are made almost entirely from re-purposed materials, but nearly all the fiber work is made with pieces of fabric that had previous lives. 

Transitioning between the painted fabric work and other fiber manipulations renews my energy. My art continues to evolve, there are no rules and I exercise the right to try anything new. All doors are open, I can go through. 
The choice of cloth as medium sometimes sets me in the midst of the never ending argument about what is art, and what is craft. So many opinions. I am clear that my work is art, but I can resolve to say that if the viewer also decides my work is “Art”, it is well-crafted. If chosen to be seen as “Craft” pieces, they are artful, designed and executed by me to provoke an aesthetic or emotional response. If an original work has integrity and can touch someone's sensibilities - is the distinction critical?
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way -- things I had no words for". - Georgia O'Keefe
The artist is in and of the world - we reflect what we see, champion what we must. Everything that is pretty isn't necessarily art, and everything that is art is not necessarily pretty.
Sandra arrived to deliver her art. She lives in Grass Valley.
Sandra and Susan talk about how to hang one of the pieces.

The installation crew is always up for a challenge. Sometimes they hang paintings and sometimes they hang fiber art. They are versatile and dedicated. Pictured here are Mark Simonds, Alyson Dal Ponte, Michael Bird, and Caitlin Rice.
Introducing Kanye Campbell
I’m Kanye Campbell; I’m seventeen and, for the summer, I am an intern at the museum. Since I’m going into my senior year at Grants Pass High School soon, I’ve started seriously thinking about what I want to do after graduation. I’ve been interested in art since I was a child, and I got hired here through Project Youth+ to learn more about jobs and skills in artistic career fields. I’ve been here for a little over a month so far and have already learned so much about what goes into running a museum. From setting up art classes and exhibits to designing graphics for social media posts and flyers. I’m learning many skills and gaining real-life experience.
(As an aside - Kanye was a job shadow at the museum last year from the High School. We are pleased to have him here helping and learning.)
Thank You Nancy Yonally
Nancy Yonally has been a part of the museum for many years. She was president of the board twice and in charge of volunteers. She is an artist and an author and a ready volunteer. She is up for fun and can also be very serious. She is retiring from the board but not from the museum.
She is currently very involved with Hope Home which is a project of Grace Roots. She calls herself a Change Agent. We are very grateful for her years of service, her humor, and her leadership. We will miss her. (In the picture you can see she fit in well at the museum. We were amazed that she was dressed in the same color as one of Gabriel's paintings.)
New Event (Fundraiser) Coming
World Class Talent Show
September 16
at the GPHS Performing Arts Center

This is a fundraising event for the museum. We are looking for great talent from Southern Oregon!

Auditions will be at Barnstormers Theater on August 6 from noon - 4pm
If you have talent of any kind - DO sign up for an audition. Just call us and we'll give you a time slot - or you can even email.
Phone: 541-479-3290

Community Gallery Happenings
David Renton has been a member and volunteer for the museum for a long time. He has a passion for LEGOs. We thought it would be exciting to have his LEGO sculptures in the Community Gallery during the month of August. In total, David brought 25 of his treasures to be featured. He has more but we ran out of space. And in case you are curious, there are 59,498 individual LEGO pieces in this exhibit. (But who's counting).
LEGO sculptures are in, by the way. There is an immersive exhibit traveling around right now in various cities. Here's a link:
On Saturday, August 5, we are holding an adventure day for all. Misti King and David Renton will be here for First Friday AND Saturday afternoon.
Workshops for "Grown Ups"
Summer Workshops For Kids
Author Talk in August
Leslie Compton is the author of three previous published books; Dearest Minnie, A Sailor’s Story, during Teddy Roosevelt’s historic Great White Fleet tour around the world, That’s Just the Way Life Is, a memoir about her father, and The Forgotten Artist, a biography of her great-aunt, Evylena Nunn Miller. She gains great pleasure in presenting her books as a way to enlighten others to new information and ideas.
Leslie has spent her life as an educator; an elementary teacher, a childbirth instructor and a teacher of memoir writing and music. 
Leslie moved to Southern Oregon from Massachusetts in 2001 and is currently working on her fourth book, Windows of Deception which will be out in 2024. When not working on her writing you can find her with a good book in hand or walking the trails in our area.
Follow Leslie through Instagram or contact her through her email address,
Evylena Nunn Miller’s Story
Much of the evidence of women’s struggle for recognition in the arts has disappeared and so have those who have taken part in them. Now in the 21st Century with women as 50% of the professional artists, we can not afford to neglect the achievement of this segment of the population.
Leslie Compton will introduce you to one of those women, her Great-Aunt, Evylena Nunn Miller through her new book, The Forgotten Artist.
Evylena Nunn Miller, was born on July 4, 1888, in Mayfield, Kansas relocating to Santa Ana, California with her family in 1903. Maturing as an accomplished painter, she became a leader among her contemporaries, eager to help artists by establishing scholarships, creating new venues for exhibitions, lecturing, teaching and lending impetus to women’s organizations so they would be recognized among the male dominated artistic community. Evylena among her many achievements became the youngest artist to have a painting accepted by the Smithsonian Institute.
Evylena’s landscapes were her view of the world. Her life force was her faith and her paintings were acts of faith as you will see through the many photographs of her art in The Forgotten Artist.
Sunday, August 20 at 2pm
It's free
Happenings In July (Last Month)
Kim and Nancy Sterling are seen here with Diana Coogle at Pacifica. Diana was the originator of the event. The event was honoring the Siskiyou Crest. There were many components of the event - art being one of them. I was asked to be a judge along with Mabrie Ormes, an artist from Ashland. We were also asked to hang the exhibit. It was quite an adventure.
David Hill brought his mother Faye to see the museum. Faye was married to Charles Hill when the museum was founded. In fact, it was Faye who named the original space Gallery One.
Tamara Archibald is one of our long time volunteers. At one time she was actually the administrative assistant here. In this picture she is sitting in the brand new chair she donated for the Greeter's Desk. Thank you!
Eli Doyle is one of our instructors. Seen here on the left he is teaching kiddos about the basics of drawing. Seen on the right he is teaching adults about the art of portraiture. All ages enjoy his teachings.
Kristen O'Neill has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford. We will miss having her teach classes here. Both of these classes are part of her Paint Like a Famous Artist series. On the left she is teaching adults all about Emily Carr and on the right she is teaching youth all about Van Gogh. If you are in Medford, stop by and say hi!
Gabriel Lipper provided a demonstration of his painting and knowledge of "How to See".
Kray Van Kirk was the concert for July and provided much musical entertainment and stories.
A new addition to our Permanent Collection donated by Don Rice. This watercolor painting was part of the 2010 Watercolor Exhibit held at the museum. It's by Carla O'Connor and was featured in a few magazines about watercolor art. We are always grateful for wonderful donations of fine art for our collection.
Roger Dorband, author of The Rogue, Portrait of a River and Out There, a collaboration with Ursula LeGuin, has been a long time supporter of the museum. He donated a number of matted images and a set of the images from his Rogue River book. We are honored to have them.
Concert Coming Up August 10
We have one concert almost every month. You can purchase tickets for any of them on the website by clicking the image below. We are happy to announce that Weekend Beer Company will be providing wine and beer to purchase at each of our concerts. And thanks to the Welch Investment Group for sponsoring the concerts.
A preview of an exhibit for September, 2024
The museum's exhibition department works hard to create a schedule of exciting exhibits for the future. Currently, the museum is booked through 2025 with many exhibits planned for 2026 as well. This article which just appeared in an international art magazine, is about Amy Nelder. Amy's art will be exhibited starting in September, 2024. Click the image to read the article.
Could you volunteer some of your time?
There are lots of different things a volunteer can do at the museum. One of the biggest needs we have right now is for greeters. These are people who act as a host when people visit the museum. The "shift" is four hours from 1pm - 5pm or noon - 4 Tuesday through Saturday. Click the pix on the left to sign up! It's really fun.
Gallery One News
A great place to shop for gifts of all kinds - all original art creations by Southern Oregon artists. The best place for one of a kind ornaments and cards too.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

A perfect place to find gifts!
Featured Artist for August - Dara Daniel
In 2020 I began developing a series of small and large abstracts about color, shapes, tonal values, and textures with no subjects in mind. Relative to my animal, bird, and landscape paintings, it is sometimes refreshing not to consider references.
In many ways, my abstracts are similar to my semi-abstract/representational artwork. All my paintings are predominately warm or cool and have accent colors and focal points. For everything I create, I combine negative and positive shapes and employ all the available elements, color, line, texture, and form, to express moods and emotions, especially joy. While I paint, I focus on the interactions of shapes and forms of different sizes, contrasting color combinations, and soft and hard edges. I make intuitive choices, play, and get lost in the process. Gradually, my thoughts became lighter and my mind calmer, achieving a meditative state.
To begin an abstract painting, I layer a coat of color on my canvases. Then, I often apply layers of colorful, handmade paper precut into squares and rectangles to create a textured, grid-like pattern to give structure and stability to the backgrounds. Once the layers of paper dry, I roll on colors or apply colors with bold brushstrokes in response to the colors and shapes already present, continuing to layer paints and pieces of paper until I achieve a pleasing visual balance. Sometimes I include sacred and universal circles in juxtaposition to the squares.
For each abstract, I compile a list of possible titles and, from there, choose the title that rings most true. Sometimes the title can affect the outcome of a piece. Occasionally I will rotate the canvas, which helps me solve problems and ensure that each abstract painting can work in all directions, and I sign the canvases' backs so that they can be hung in any direction. My abstracts are finished when I cannot add or take away or add anything to improve on it while leaving spaces on the canvas for the eye to rest.
I love my tools and the mediums and paints I use, and I will demonstrate my painting techniques on First Friday in August at Gallery One.
Balancing Act
Time Passing
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If you get this far....
CBS Sunday Morning never disappoints! This report is about Ansel Adams.