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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology e-Newsletter

December 2008 - Vol 3, Issue 11


  • End of Year Director's note
  • Confluence: Fall Artist-in-Residence Open House
  • Kim Stafford's Winter Workshop
  • Explore the World of Nature Essays
  • Next Step in becoming a professional artist
  • Creativity for Business Owners
  • Online Photo Sharing
  • Make a Donation to Sitka
  • Donation to the Cultural Trust

End of Year Director's Note

Photo by Jack Doyle

As the weather brings 2008 to a dramatic close, the Solstice tips us back to adding more daylight to each new day. The pounding surf sends a roar across the Salmon River and up the hillside to Sitka. We've been pummeled by wind, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures this month. And through it all, we've been busy planning delicious workshops for you to take and interesting creative events to enjoy in 2009 (including some terrific classes in January listed below). Have a Happy New Year. We'll see you soon!

Director's End- of-Year Letter

Confluence: Fall Artist-in-Residence Open House

Five artists have been at work this fall in the studios and surrounding community of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. A culmination of their work will be on display January 11th during a Sitka Center Open House at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from 1 pm to 5 pm. The Open House will include an exhibition of completed artworks, conversations with the artists, refreshments and a short program of song and readings.

Current resident Kim Stafford observes, "Like the confluence of the tributaries that form the rich life patterns of the Salmon River estuary, the convergence of science and art make the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology a unique local resource." The Sitka Center's Residency Program has provided more than 170 artists, writers, musicians, and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work while deeply engaging with the inspirational Oregon coastal environment of Cascade Head

This fall, the Sitka Center welcomed Louisa Conrad, Dawn Stetzel, Matthew Bower, Kim Stafford, and Mary Ann O'Donnell all working in a variety of media that explore the intersections of art and science. The open house invites viewers to see how 5 different artists connect to the sciences through ecology, ethnobotany, anthropology, fishery sciences, and geophysics and to hear how each artist has gained a 'sense of place' from time spent on the Oregon coast.

January 11, 2009
Lincoln City Cultural Center
540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367
1 pm to 5 pm

For more information or call us at 541.994.5485.

Kim Stafford's Winter Workshop


Inaugural Portfolio
Kim Stafford
01/24/09 to 01/25/09
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join Kim for a weekend of writing.

As the nation turns to a new regime, it's time in your life to manifest your beliefs, your calling, your story as a strand in the work of now. Click here for details

Explore the World of Nature Essays


Writing and Selling Your Nature Essays
Melissa Hart
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Do you have an amazing nature essay inside you waiting to see the light of day?

This workshop will guide you through the steps for successfully writing and selling your nature essay.


Next Step in becoming a professional artist


Next Steps
M.J. Anderson and John Van Dreal
01/17/09 to 01/18/09
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

What does it take to turn your art into a business? This workshop is designed for the artist who is currently a hobbyist but whose skills and goals are moving in the direction of a professional career.


Creativity for Business Owners

business owners

Creativity for Business Owners
Instructor: Eric Vines
01/19/09 - 01/20/09
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$ 445 Tuition (20% discount for non-profit leaders)

In tough economic times, business owners need to learn how to innovate faster. This 2 day class will supercharge innovation in your company and help you grow your profits. Now is the time to think expansively about what is possible so when the economy rebounds, you will be ready to reap the rewards.

Online Photo Sharing

For those of you with an interest in sharing your photos of and around the Sitka Center, please consider joining the recently-created group on Flickr created to connect alumni, staff and instructors of the workshops offered here. You can upload photos, screenshots, art or illustration, video and animation. You can also simply look at uploaded photos.


Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application that is free and easy to use.

To join this group, click on the above link (or copy and paste it into your web browser). You'll see a link to "Join this group." Then you can see what this group is all about!

Once you are logged in as a group member, you can see more pictures. Some current members have set their photos to be visible only to those who are logged in. You can also make comments on the work shared by the other group members.

Donation to the Cultural Trust

Did you know that if you gave money to Sitka this year, you can give an equal amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust and get a 100% tax deduction on the OCT donation?

Donors must first give to any cultural nonprofit - in any amount. They can then make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust and claim a 100% tax credit, up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly and $2,500 for Oregon corporations.

A donation can be mailed to the Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301-1280, made online via the Trust's secure website, www.culturaltrust.org, or by calling the Trust staff at (503) 986-0088.

Oregon's cultural tax credit is one of the nation's most innovative tools to increase philanthropy for culture now - and to build a long term endowment to preserve and protect Oregon's history and heritage, invest in the humanities and support the arts.

See these links for more information:
The East Oregonian

The Oregonian

The Daily Astorian





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