President’s Message from Chaney Delaire

Hello Members,

As we wind down the year, there are a couple of important business items to take care of and we have an update on the classroom remodel.

First a bit of news . . . We’re happy to announce the Gallery will reopen for October with Art at the Port winners as featured artists. The event was a big success thanks to Nola Range, all the helpers and the participating artists. Also many thanks to the Port, Pithitude, Fred Meyer, Wright’s Gallery and other community members who generously donated time and materials.

Our amazing Manley Art Center gardeners deserve a big round of applause. The garden was awarded Best Commercial Landscape in September by the City of Brookings with a $50 credit on our water bill.

Sharon Guy is our construction manager for the classroom remodel. Paul Viale is our contractor. The work should take about 3 to 4 months starting mid to late November but we all know that many variables come into play meaning the schedule could slip. We will make every effort to keep the classroom open as much as possible. Stay tuned for updates from Sharon. Also, please note that more extensive remodeling may also take place over the next several months to a year. We will keep everyone informed of these plans.

For those of you staying home during this time, we hope you are finding ways to continue your art practices and experiment with other mediums. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is a good online resource. We are working on a number of online or virtual workshops for members. These may simply be referrals to outside workshop providers or scheduling some of our own. We may also schedule a couple of classroom workshops before the remodel starts. Please contact me if you can help with coordinating this, or please consider sharing your skill by presenting a workshop.

Two important business items. First, the nominating committee will present the slate of nominees for the 2022 Board of Directors at the October general meeting. We will vote on the nominees in November.

Second, the 2022 budget will be presented in November and voted on in December. In the budget we will include some funds for a part-time staff person. Having a paid staff will be a huge help and maintaining a consistent presence at the art center. That being said, we will still rely on member involvement and participation to help run our art center.

New members . . . One of the benefits as a member is showing your art (up to three pieces) each month in the gallery. We’d love to see what you’ve been working on. Bring your pieces on change out day on Monday, October 4th from 10am-noon.

Stay safe and sane everyone!

Chaney Delaire, 2021 PBAA President
No Rest for the Talented

Once or twice a year PBAA member Donna Goss travels to Port Orford to deliver new sculptures to the Rick Cook Gallery. Sales were good this summer and eight sculptures needed to be replaced in the gallery. Donna had seven finished pieces so in September she loaded them all up and drove north, thinking that seven would be enough and she could relax for a while. Within a couple of days five more sculptures were sold.

Instead of kicking back, Donna is kicking into overdrive to create more sculptures and make another trip to Port Orford. When that is done, she will be working on a show for Manley Art Center’s Gallery for next September. Donna and Brian Childers (wood turning) will be the September 2022 Featured Artists at Manley.

Donna Goss and Brian Childers show regularly at Manley Art Center and Brian Scott Gallery in Brookings.
Manley Art Center is Alive—With the Sound of Music
By Nola Range
Have you heard the music coming from the direction of Manley Art Center? Long before COVID altered our world in a painful way, Tricia Iverson's "Harmony & Me Music" was improving the world in a delightful way for many in Brookings. Tricia strongly believes in the power of music for therapeutic purposes and was determined that COVID would not stop the music. She worked with children and residents of senior facilities-bringing them together and connecting young and old in the process of making music and thus enriching the lives of everyone involved.
 
COVID made close personal interactions outside of the family unit impossible, but Tricia never waivered from her purpose. She pursued grants that have enabled her to purchase equipment to keep her program alive and thriving. Throughout the pandemic she has taught music to children and families via ZOOM and has created "Care-a-Grams & Gramps" DVDs to hand out at senior facilities.
 
In August Teacher Tricia brought her Harmony & Me Music classes to the lawn at Manley Art Center. Students may now gather in this safe outdoor space to learn music using Music Together. Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program created for children from birth through age eight—and the grownups who love them! First offered in 1987, Tricia says “Our music classes help little ones develop their innate musicality—and much, much more.”
 
Visit Harmony & Me Music (harmonyandmemusic.org) to learn more about Harmony and Me Music and see videos of the musical activities.
  • Life Drawing will not continue, due to lack of interest.

  • We are trying to locate Susan Fowler, of Crescent City, CA, in order to return her artwork. If you have any current contact information for her, please notify Tory at torybowen@hotmail.com.