In The Arts
At the Emerald Art Center
Join the Community of Artists at Emerald Art Center
500 Main St., Springfield OR 97477 (541) 726-8595
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm
Emerald Art Center is a place where beginning and established artists join together to create and show their art in a historic building in downtown Springfield. And it’s a place for people in the community to view local and national art shows as well as attend classes and other events. Come for a visit today. Enjoy the art. Become a member.
HAPPENINGS AT EMERALD ART CENTER
Members’ Show and “Pressing Matters 2016.” Member artists Barbara Stevens-Newcomb and Kobkaew Carson will show their paintings this month. Our visiting show is the Whiteaker Printmakers‘ first juried printmaking exhibition, opening August 2 and runs through Sept. 2. Traditional printmaking techniques including etching, monotype, mezzotint, woodcut, linocut, screenprinting, and lithography will delight the eye as they express the depths of modern inspiration. Four entries have been selected for cash awards, to be announced at the Opening Reception on August 12, during the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Artwalk.
Springfield Art & Chalk Festival, Saturday April 13th: 10 am – 5 pm at 5th & A St. Free Admission. We are helping sponsor this event and will have an Inside Sidewalk Sale at the center during the event. We are also sponsoring the Family Fun Zone at the festival. Join us to view the amazing chalk art, check out the art for sale, and have some fun. See the link for more information.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION IN SEPTEMBER
First Annual Photography at the Emerald – National Juried Show
From September 6th through 30th, we will feature our first annual fine art photography competition with more than $2,500 in cash awards. This national juried photography exhibition was conceived to recognize and reward excellence in fine art photography from all over the United States, and augments the decades long Emerald Art Center National Juried Spring Exhibition for painters. Jurors are nationally recognized photographers Susie Morrill (Chair – Photography at Oregon, Founding Member – PhotoZone Gallery, and Instructor – LCC), David Turner (Senior Instructor – University of Oregon), and Ron Jude (Associate Professor – University of Oregon), who will select up to 100 finalists for the exhibition. Winners of cash prizes will be chosen from the finalists once the exhibition is installed.
UPCOMING IN OCTOBER
24th Annual Springfield Mayor’s Art Show, October 8 through 28th. Opening Reception on Friday, Oct. 7th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. See the Show Brochure for details about entering your art for the show.
Board of Director’s Meeting: August 16, 10 am-12 pm. Regular meeting of our Board of Directors. Members are always welcome to attend.
Members’ Meeting & Potluck: August 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Join artists/members for a themed potluck with artist demos, lectures and surprises. People who are interested in joining Emerald Art Center are welcome to attend these meetings as well to learn more about the center and get acquainted with other artists.
In Memoriam: It is with a heavy heart that we note the passing of Dotty Light. Dotty was an integral part of our organization and a key member when this organization was founded.
We have been accepting donations for EAC on behalf of the Light family as a memorial to Dotty. Dotty’s legacy will continue to be honored and remembered as the very heart of EAC.
Click the link to read an article about Dotty and view her art (featured in the first story of the “50 Artists: 50 Years of Art” series in the Springfield Beacon in 2007).
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS
Patti McNutt “An Exercise on Supersize,” August 15-17, 2016: 9 am – 4 pm. Have you ever eyed a large canvas in an art gallery and imagined “Someday…”? You will explore supersizing your painting during this 3 day workshop. You will learn about design, materials, preparing a canvas, and painting. See how much fun painting large can be!
Jennifer Evenhus “The Beauty of Imperfection,” August 18-20, 2016: 9 am – 4 pm. We will take mundane subject matter and learn how to turn it into a Masterpiece. Nothing is off-limits – still life, architecture, floral, landscape, figure. Throw perfection out the window, giving you permission to explore, experiment and play with pastel and other materials like ink, markers, graphite, brushes and using a contemporary impressionist/abstract style as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, bold vs neutral color and mark-making. Emphasis will be on composition, movement and values.
Don Andrews “Color Emphasis Landscape,” August 21-23, 2016: 9 am – 4 pm. You will learn to explore the world of landscape in fresh, exciting and personal ways. Each day will focus on a major visual concern: light, color, granulation, organizing nature, and using negative space. There will be lots of demonstrations, individual help, and personal and group critiques.
Jo Toye “Abstract Explorations” August 29 – Sept. 1, 2016: 9 pm – 4 pm. If you approach your art with a playful attitude, the more art you’ll make and the better it will be. Students will create small pieces, which allows more freedom to enjoy the process, learn techniques and move away from your usual way of working. Jo’s embracing style of teaching will ignite your passion for possibility and rekindle your joy in the painting process.
CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Open Figurative Drawing Sessions. Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Weekly sessions with a model who at the end of each session chooses her favorite drawing for display in the gallery for the week. $6 for 2 1/2 hours.
Adult Painting Classes. Thursday evenings 7 – 10 pm. Come join artist, Alan M. Clark, for weekly painting sessions. Alan provides guidance to all artists seeking instruction in acrylic, drawing and illustration. $15 for 3 hours.
Open Studio. Fridays 11 am-4 pm. Bring your favorite painting or other art project to work on in the company of other creatives. Open studio is always FREE.
Upcoming free printmaking class on Saturday, August 6th from 1-3. Eugene Printmakers will be teaching a free class on printmaking. The students will get to hear a bit of the history of letterpress printing from our letterpress guru, Sean O’Reilly. Kids will get to try printing using vintage tabletop Kelsey presses. Kids ranging in age from 6-12 can attend and and print their own bookmark. Space is limited. Call (541) 726-8595 to register.
ARTS IN THE NEWS
Lane Monthly magazine featured a full page article about activities at the art center in their edition on “Celebrating the Arts.” Click the link to read the story.
Thank you to the following sponsors of our 2016 Emerald Spring Exhibition
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