ArtsEast Biennial 2014 – CALL FOR ENTRIES

biennial call for entries posterArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library invites Eastern Oregon artists to submit entries for the 2014 Artists of Eastern Oregon Biennial Show.  The Artists of Eastern Oregon Biennial show is a juried art competition open to all artists, 18 and over, residing in the following counties in Eastern Oregon: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler.

This year, we are pleased to be collaborating with the Art Center at the Old Library in La Grande. The Biennial show will be juried by Doug Russell, the gallery director at Fairbanks Gallery and curator of the Fine Art Collection in the School of Arts and Communications at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The Biennial show will open August 1st and run through September 27 at the Art Center at the Old Library.

Frank Janzen, Master Printer from Crow’s Shadow Institute Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, will be our keynote guest speaker during the Opening Reception on August 1st. He will also lead a Printmaking Workshop on Saturday, August 2, at the Art Center.

Artists may submit up to three digital images with a $35 entry fee by April 25.  The work must have been created in the last two years. Artwork previously exhibited in an Artists of Eastern Oregon Biennial show is not eligible. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by June 2 – 7, 2014.  Accepted pieces must arrive at the the Art Center July 21 & 22.

Up to four artists will be selected as “Honored Artists” and each will receive a $250 cash award.  The four artists will be featured in exclusive exhibits at the Art Center at the Old Library in 2015 and their work will be featured on the ArtsEast and Art Center web sites and in materials promoting the organizations.

For submission details and general specifications, download the Application Packet. Please mail your application, submissions, and entry fee to:

ArtsEast – Biennial 2014
P.O. Box 541
La Grande, OR  97850

Special thanks to the Wildhorse Foundation in Pendleton for helping to fund this regional art exhibit.

For additional information, please contact Mika Morton, Assistant Director, at 541-962-3629 or send an e-mail.

ArtsEast Biennial 2012 information.


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paintUnfortunately … we lost our e-mail notification list during one of those common Eastern Oregon earthquakes.  No, no, just kidding.  But our server did crash, and we (sorry, groan) will need to ask you to resubmit your e-mail address.

Just enter your address in the Signup For News Updates form in the right side panel of almost any of our site pages and follow the simple instructions you will receive shortly in your e-mail inbox.

Stay calm and make art.


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“Tri-County Trio : An Abstract Art Exhibit” Opening reception 9/13, 5-7PM

ArtsEast’s first exhibit of the “new year” will feature three abstract artists from the tri-county area.  The community is invited to an opening reception in their honor on September 13 from 5 – 7 PM.  The exhibit will also be open for Art Walk on September 19, from 5 – 7 PM.   Featured artists are: Shari Dallas (Umatilla), Jennifer Godwin (Baker), and Katherine Treffinger (Union).

The exhibit runs through November 1 The ArtsEast Gallery is located in the Community School of the Arts Building, 6th Street & “L” AVE, across from the La Grande Police Station.  Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4PM.

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ArtsEast offers Kindermusik classes for children

Joanne and students_Keys for kidsArtsEast will offer three Kindermusik classes this fall.  The classes, taught by Joanne Bump are an excellent opportunity for parents to introduce their young children to music.

Two classes, Wiggle & Grow and Laugh & Learn, will begin Monday, September 9.  Sessions are held in the Community School of the Arts Building, 6th Street and “L” Avenue across from the La Grande Police Station.

Wiggle & Grow will be from 10 – 10:45 AM.  It’s for ages 1 – 2 and parent participation is required.  Along with singing, dancing and playing musical instruments, children will develop abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn taking, social skills, and active listening.

Laugh & Learn is for ages 2-4 and will be held from 11 AM – Noon.  It will include age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control.  Parents may stay for the class or join for the final 10 minutes.

Tuition for Wiggle & Grow and Laugh & Learn are $49.95 a month, materials included.

Keys for Kids is for 5 – 7 year olds and will be held on Mondays from 3:45 – 4:00 PM, September 16 – November 18.  Children will be introduced to the piano through musical games and exercises including rhythm, musicality, and note reading.  Tuition is $120 for returning students and $140 for new students, materials included.

Parents may register the first day of class or at the ArtsEast office located in the Community School of the Arts Building.  Find additional information and a class application here. 

Questions? Please call 541-962-3629 or send an e-mail.

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