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Monday, January 30, 2012

First Friday Art Walk - February 3rd

Join DIVA welcoming an installation exhibit by University of Oregon art students opening on February 3rd at 5:30 PM during the First Friday Art Walk. This is an on-going project involving the public during the month with the final installation completed in March. Come and watch it develop over the month. Click2Read about this exhibit online.

Also check out the recently announced award winning films in DIVA's OpenLens Festival. See the top films now online. Click2See.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

OpenLens Festival - This Week!

The 2012 OpenLens Festival celebrates the spirit of Oregon’s independent filmmaking community on Saturday, January 28th. This eighth annual event has become known for its outstanding juried short films of 15-minutes or less.

The one-day festival includes an informative and entertaining afternoon:

1:00 PM Seminar: How to watch a movie like a film critic: with film reviewer Doug Hennessy. Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium at 325 E. 10th Street in Eugene. Admission: Free. First come first seated.

4:00 PM Meet and Greet The Filmmaker: an opportunity to meet this year's filmmakers in an informal and relaxing setting at Davis’ Restaurant & Bar, 94 W. Broadway. Eugene. Free. No Host Bar available.

7:30 PM OpenLens Festival Screening, Awards, and Receptio:. Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium at 325 E. 10th Street in Eugene. Admission: $8 includes reception with refreshments following the festival program and awards. Click2See a synopsis of the Jury selected films to be screened.

The 2012 festival competition includes the awarding of Jury Best Of Show ($500), Jury Honorable Mention ($250), and Audience Choice Award ($100). This year a new screen writing competition has been added and is sponsored by Eugene based Rubicon Film Productions Ltd. A special $250 best screenplay prize for a short narrative film will be awarded.

The OpenLens festival is hosted by DIVA (The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts) with support in part by a grant from the Lane Arts Council.

A full festival schedule including description of this year’s film selections is online: :

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Call For Artists - LCC David Joyce Gallery

Spring/Summer 2012 Exhibit Schedule

Green, Green the Color of New will be installed on
 Thursday, March 29 and run until Monday, August 27, 2012 (take-down date tentative).

Please send the following materials required for submission images by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22.  We will review your submission materials and images, and notify you of acceptance by phone and email.

Please submit the following:

1.     Request for Proposals Entry Form  Contact for copy

2.     General Artist’s Statement (Description of artist’s works and context)

3.     Exhibit Artist’s Statement (Description of artist’s vision for this exhibit)

4.     Resumé

5.     Digital Images on CD-Rom: As many images as you like.  For accurate and best viewing files should be high quality jpeg files if possible.  Label each image with artist’s last name and a number, or letter A, B, C, etc. that corresponds with your image list, and an identification title.  

6.     List of Images – On an 8½” X 11” sheet, list your full name(s), followed by a list with: art medium, image identification number or letter, title, dimensions & size, and the year piece was completed.  This list should correspond with the digital images. 

7.     Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope – For return of CD and accompanying information.

8.     Please send your submissions to:

Green, Green the Color of New
            c/o Julie Fether, Special Projects Coordinator
            The Center for Meeting and Learning
            Building 19, room 204
            Lane Community College
            4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405

9.      You are also welcome to submit your images and document information electronically.  Please include all the above written materials in a Microsoft word format, and images that are clear and of high quality.  Please submit to:

10.      If you would like to drop-off your submission here at the Center for Meeting and Learning, please visit us in Building 19, room 202 and our Center staff will accept your submission. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Italian Plein Air Painting Workshop

Please consider joining me for a 13-day plein air painting workshop in Seggiano, Italy (Tuscany).  My name is Jerry Ross and I have exhibited widely in Italy and am known for my "verismo" school of painting that promotes the painting theories of the I Macchiaioli (Tuscan School) who stressed "dal vero", painting from life, and the establishment of the foundational "macchia" (stain) as the compositional structure of a painting.  The cost $2950 covers transportation to Seggiano from Rome airport and all ground transportation to Tuscan hilltowns, room and board at a Tuscan B&B, and instruction.  Students are welcome at any level, using any media although instruction will be in oil paints.  Daily demos will inform students of how to begin a painting using the ideas of the I Macchiaioli school.  The workshop will be limited to 17 students.  Groups are welcome.  Details:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Read more about this exhibit and artists Youngemee Nah and Marshall McFarland.