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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology e-Newsletter

August 2008 - Vol 3, Issue 9


  • Notes from the Director
  • Sitka Equinox Raffle & Harvest Dinner
  • Collector's Dream Project
  • Make Beautiful Music and Beautiful Instruments
  • Second Chance for Sunflower Painting with Patricia Schmidt
  • How Are Objects Affected by Changing Light?
  • Journaling is a Powerful Tool
  • NEW Intergenerational Workshop with Rebecca Wild

Notes from the DirectorStudents in Debra Carus' 2009 jewelry making workshop

This past month has seen us really delving into workshops. Woodcarving, jewelry making, enameling, watercolor and oil painting, sculpting, photographing, woodblock printing, Italic handwriting, sand painting . . . it's been a flurry of energy, activity, and experimentation. As students pull into the small gravel parking lot toting their art supplies, the misty fog swirls and dances overhead. As they walk the short path to the studios, towering Sitka trees drop "tree kisses" welcoming each person to a delicious day of creative discovery. By 11am the fog will lift and send sunlight streaming across our meadow casting highlights on the view of the ocean waves crashing against the rocky outcroppings at the end of Savage Road. A doe and her two spotted fawns eye us carefully before returning to munching on our bushes, offering a flick of their large brown ears and a slight nod of approval as we sip our coffee and return to work.

We are gearing up for our first (hopefully annual) Sitka Equinox Art Raffle & Harvest Dinner on September 20, 2008. Raffle Tickets can be purchased for art from Sitka's art collection. This event is a fundraiser to support Sitka's workshop and residency programs. I invite you to experience an evening in our artful, Sitka-style studio space transformed into an extraordinary environment for our first Sitka Equinox Raffle & Harvest Dinner.

We are also preparing for our Sitka Art Invitational in November (13-16). This event celebrates the work that artists from around the Northwest are doing to engage the public in conversations relating to the natural environment. In addition to a wonderful collection of curator selected artists, this year will also show off the work of many of our past residents. Our goal is to provide a balance of artists new to the Sitka show as well as some long time favorites. We hope you will come and enjoy the enormous collaboration that the Sitka Art Invitational embodies. Mark your calendar for the second weekend in November. The show exists through the contributions of artists, volunteers, and the patrons, sponsors, and collectors. We need your support this year to make the Sitka Art Invitational a success. Patron support ranges from $250 to $2500. Sponsorships start at $2500. To find out how you can contribute please call 541-994-5485 or visit Sitka's website.

The creative environment that makes up the Sitka Center is the result of contributions made by thousands of people with a common dream. Our staff members work hard to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for instructors, students, and resident artists. Our volunteers invest incredible hours to bring the Art Invitational to life and to help out in the office. Many friends provide financial support, without which we would be unable to operate. Together we create a space where individuals can come from all over the world to soak in the creative energy that lives in this place. It's never too late to participate, and we still have a few spaces left in some of our workshops in August and September. Nurture your creative self. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sitka Equinox Raffle & Harvest Dinner Sitka Equinox Raffle logo

The Sitka Center is currently selling raffle tickets for a chance to win work from Sitka's art collection. Works to be raffled were made by artists Frank Boyden, Alex Chitty, Jenny Lind, Lauren Mantecón, Karl Pilato, Kim Stafford, Margot Voorhies-Thompson, Ned Westover & a surprise! View the raffled art and purchase tickets on Sitka's website. We offer three options for purchasing raffle tickets. Purchase one ticket for $20 for one opportunity to win one art piece of your choice. Purchase one ticket for $50 for one opportunity to win each art piece. Purchase four $50 raffle rickets and receive the fifth ticket free.

The raffle drawing will be held on September 20, 2008 at the Sitka Center following a scrumptious Wild Salmon Harvest dinner served on your choice of a uniquely crafted pottery plate made especially for this event. Event tickets are $80 per person or $50 for Sitka members. Enjoy a delightful evening of luscious food, wine, and fine art while supporting Sitka Center for Art and Ecology as we expand the relationship between art, nature, and humanity. For more information please call Sitka at (541) 994-5485 or visit Sitka's website. You need not be present to win.

Collector's Dream ProjectSea Bowls

For a truly cool experience using found materials generated from the Oregon Coast take Judy Vogland's Sea Bowls workshop on August 25-28. While using the dredges and dregs of the ocean and shore, manmade or organic, develop a beautiful series of bowls large and small. You will produce unique bases for vessels made by casting paper, paper mache, and wire mesh, and then develop surfaces that originate from and reflect the rich crust of the Oregon Coast. This four-day workshop costs $255.

Judy Vogland is an Oregon painter who has taught surface building with sand and found materials at the Oregon beaches for over thirty years. In addition to teaching for Portland State University, Haystack, Hillsboro High School, and the Sitka Center, Vogland creates public space artwork, corporate commissions, and work in collage/assemblage for gallery exhibitions.

Make Beautiful Music and Beautiful Instrumentsflute poster

Learn the ancient art of ceramic instrument making in a two-day workshop on August 29-30 with artist and musician Andrew Kail. This workshop will focus on basic flutes, also known as ocarinas, and rattles, with a brief introduction to various other instruments. On August 29 students will create their flute and/or rattle; burnishing and carving as desired. The pieces will then be dried out over night in a kiln. On August 30 the instruments will be loaded into metal bins, fired with sawdust, and allowed to smolder for 6 to 12 hours. During this firing process, other instruments will be explained and demonstrated. Finished pieces will have a smooth black finish and will make beautiful music. This workshop costs $135.

Andrew Kail, an artist and musician, has always sought to bring these two elements of his life together. He acquired his B.F.A. from Northern Michigan University in Pottery. Since Moving to Portland in 2006 he has been working at Georgies Ceramic and Clay Company, producing a new line of raku fired ceramic flutes and Udu drums while at the same time playing in reggae and world beat bands. Andrew also teaches occasional workshops at Georgies and sells work at local art fairs.

Second Chance for Sunflower Painting with Patricia Schmidt

We're pleased to offer a second opportunity to enjoy Patricia Schmidt's popular one-day Watercolor with Watercolor Pencil workshop on September 11. Learn how beautifully and easily the line and staining qualities of watercolor pencils combine with the glow of watercolor washes. Using a sunflower photo as reference, we will do a grisaille technique of building up tonal values through step-by-step instruction. After color testing, you will glaze your sunflower with a variety of watercolor pencils or watercolor washes to create luminous yellow shadows that will complete your painting. This one-day workshop costs $75.

Patricia Schmidt is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her work can be seen at the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery and the Freed Gallery by Siletz Bay

How Are Objects Affected by Changing Light?Spruce tree, Cascade Head

Reach out to the forests surrounding the Sitka Center. Capture the light surrounding the limbs of a Sitka Spruce. Develop your skills, knowledge, and experience in landscape photography using the beautiful Cascade Head area as your playground during Gary Tepfer's Changing Light: Landscape Photography workshop on September 16-18. You will learn to think and see photographically where the emphasis is on the end product, the photograph, rather than the object being photographed. This three-day workshop costs $195

Gary Tepfer is a professional photographer working primarily in color. Besides exhibiting and selling his work, he organizes and teaches workshops each year in the American Southwest. His photographic interests are primarily landscape, portraiture, architecture, archeology, and ethnography

Journaling is a Powerful ToolArtists Journal

Creating an Artist's Journal in the extraordinary environment of Sitka is sure to yield incredible results as you allow your creative mind to intermingle with nature and art. Long time Sitka instructor Andie Thrams is offering three Artist's Journal workshops at Sitka that each have their own unique twist. Andie Thrams is a visual artist and educator whose work is currently focused on wild forests. She holds a B.A. in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work is widely exhibited, published, and collected. She was a Sitka artist-in-residence in 2004.


NEW Intergenerational Workshop with Rebecca Wild

Many people have requested Sitka offer an intergenerational workshop. We have heard your calls and just added an intergenerational workshop to Sitka's 2008 workshop program! Beloved Sitka instructor Rebecca Wild will be teaching Three Perspectives: Yours, Mine and Ours on September 13-14, 2008. The workshop costs $155. Come with your child (child must be age 12-100) for a collaborative art weekend. You will have the opportunity to take bits of your shared experiences and perspectives as parent/child and imbed them into a series that reflects both of your voices and impressions. We will work in a small format on paper using pencils, paints, pastels and graphite. Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques that can be combined to create richly layered pieces. A hand- constructed portfolio will house these little gems that you will treasure long after the "bell rings." All levels welcome! This two-day workshop costs $155.

Rebecca Wild is an artist and calligrapher in Portland. Her work pairs her love of letterforms with drawing and painting. She has a B.A. in Graphic Design and has taught locally at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Portland Community College.


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