ArtsEast receives $5,000 from Umpqua Charitable Foundation for Arts Education

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“Fred Hill: Soldier, Artist, Native Son” – January 9 – February 28, 2015

fred hillArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library presents “Fred Hill: Soldier, Artist, Native Son” as its first exhibit of 2015. The exhibit features over 70 photographs by one of La Grande’s finest photographers, Fred Hill. The photographs on display are drawn from Hill’s vast collection of images taken during his service as a photography lab chief in the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fifth Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, along with images taken around the Grande Ronde Valley during the 1930s – present.

There will be an Opening Reception on January 9th, from 6-8pm, at the Art Center at the Old Library (1006 Penn Ave.) in La Grande. At 6:30, Hill will give a presentation and talk about his life, his experiences during World War II capturing crucial intelligence, what it was like working with internationally acclaimed photographer Ansel Adams, and he will also share stories of his life in the Grande Ronde Valley in the 1930s – present.

“Fred Hill: Soldier, Artist, Native Son” will be on display through February 28th, 2015. Art Center at the Old Library is open Tuesday – Saturday, from 10am – 4pm.

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End-of-Year Giving : ArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library

annual appeal 2014

Help us continue building arts within our community! Consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Art Center or ArtsEast–soon to be one in the same–before December 31, 2014!

Your contribution helps enable ArtsEast and Art Center’s classes for children and adults, exhibits, and cultural activities. It also supports our community’s Artists-in-Residence program in K-12 schools in rural Eastern Oregon, community choir, and symphonic band! We look forward to an excellent new year with lots more to come!


Want to maximize your tax-credit through a match to the Oregon Cultural Trust? You can learn more about this exciting option here!

Your contribution will support these programs, activities and events in 2015!

  • Artists-in-Residence in K-12 schools across Eastern Oregon
  • Community Arts Classes for Kids, Youth and Adults
  • Bringing a minimum of 10 art exhibits
  • Music Lessons for all ages
  • Missoula Children’s Theatre
  • Union County Children’s Choir
  • Community Symphonic Band
  • Grand Ronde Community Choir
  • Music Performances
  • Cultural Heritage Activities
  • Building Restoration of the Carnegie Library
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“The Art of Giving” presented by ArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library

HolidayArtShow Poster_2014ArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library are pleased to present The Art of Giving, an annual holiday gift show. The Art of Giving will open with a reception on December 5 (Fri.) from 6 – 8pm at the Art Center at the Old Library (1006 Penn Ave. in La Grande) and will be on display through December 18, 2014.

This annual holiday show is also an important fund raising event as proceeds are used to support arts education projects in our communities. This first-class show features a wide array of one-of-a-kind handcrafted items for those special people on your gift list so don’t miss it! If you can’t decide, gift certificates are also available. Everything is priced under $200 so your special gift will be affordable as well as unique.

The Art Center at the Old Library is located on the corner of 4th St. and Penn Ave. in La Grande. Art Center hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm. For more information about The Art of Giving, please contact ArtsEast at 541-962-3629 or e-mail or the Art Center at 541-624-2800 or e-mail

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The Art of Giving – at the Art Center at the Old Library

Call For Entry - Art of Giving 2014Download an ENTRY FORM here.

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ArtsEast receives grant from the Juan Young Trust

Juan Young TrustHeartfelt thanks to the Juan Young Trust for their continued financial support of our arts learning programs. We are truly grateful for their commitment in promoting the health, education and welfare of children in Oregon.

We received a letter from the Trust yesterday, announcing that our grant application has been awarded $7,500, the full amount we requested, to help fund our Artist-in-Residency and other arts learning programs in 2014-15. The letter stated they received 39 applications requesting over $311,000 and their grant budget was $187,500.

The grant money we will receive from them will directly impact students (K-12) in our local and regional communities.

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ArtsEast and Art Center at the Old Library NEWS

Merger Committee - Staff and Board of Directors from ArtsEast and the Art Center

Merger Committee – Staff and Board of Directors from ArtsEast and the Art Center

On behalf of the ArtsEast Board of Directors, I’d like to share some exciting news! The ArtsEast Board of Directors recently signed a letter of intent to begin formal preparations to pursue a merger with the Union County Arts and Culture Center (DBA Art Center at the Old Library) in La Grande.

We recently reached another milestone in the merger process. On October 2, 2014, the La Grande City Council formally voted to approve the transfer of the Lease Agreement of the Carnegie Library held between the Art Center and the City to ArtsEast. We are one step closer!

Our Board of Directors recognize that combining our two organizations will allow us to provide the best arts programming not only for our members, but also for the communities we serve. Together, our nonprofit organizations share 44 years of history and commitment to providing quality arts programming in our local and regional communities. Our goal is to combine resources and integrate programs and services to better meet the needs of our growing communities. Through this merger, we look forward to leveraging strengths and expertise we each bring to more effectively serve our communities. Merging with the Art Center will not significantly change the operation of ArtsEast programs—we will maintain both locations, current programs (Union County Children’s Choir, EOU Community Symphonic Band, and others), and annual events.

If you are not familiar with the Art Center at the Old Library, they were established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2005. Their mission is “…to provide Union County with enriching arts experiences through classes, exhibits, and cultural activities.” Their programming focuses on arts education through classes offered at their facility for children and adults, supporting local and regional artists by hosting bi-monthly art exhibits in their gallery space, and hosting various cultural activities (music, dance, theater, and film events). Annually, they service over 7,500 patrons through their various programs.

Please know that we truly value your membership and support of our programs here at ArtsEast. We expect that this merger will only strengthen and further our vision of providing quality arts learning opportunities for our communities in our local and regional service areas.

As always, you are welcome to stop by the ArtsEast office, send an e-mail, or give me a call with your feedback.

All the best,

Mika Morton
ArtsEast Executive Director



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ArtsEast & Art Center Member Appreciation Event

Speakeasy flyer for members

You should join us at the SPEAKEASY, this Saturday from 8-11pm down at the Art Center and have a little whiskey, nibble on some delectable desserts provided by our local and regional chocolatiers, AND help support the arts in our community! This event is free for current ArtsEast and Art Center members. Not a member? That’s okay – you can get yours at the door for $25.

Individual membership is $25 and may be purchased online at or in person at the Art Center Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.  Entry will include tasting of region chocolates from and $15 to be used toward food, beer, wine, bourbon samples, and games!  Prizes for best costumes or come as you are! All members will be entered into a drawing for 2 glass blowing ornament workshops with Dimond Art Glass studio in Cove.

Questions?  Please contact the Art Center at 541-624-2800, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Thank you!

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More Professional Development Workshops Opportunities!

In conjunction with the ArtsEast Biennial 2014 show, ArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library will present Professional Development Workshops for any who wish to attend.

Topics for the remaining two workshops include:

Finding Exhibition Opportunities with Robert Tomlinson (Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30pm, $35) at ArtsEast

Presenting Your Portfolio/Portfolio Peer Review with Robert Tomlinson (Sept. 23, 6 – 7:30pm, $35) at ArtsEast.

ArtsEast is located on the corner of 6th St. & ‘L’ Avenue in La Grande.

To register for any of these workshops, you can either call ArtsEast 541-962-3629 or the Art Center 541-624-2800. You can also register online at

About Robert Tomlinson: Robert has been the executive director and curator for four art non-profit organizations: the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Jupiter Arts Center and the Oregon Arts Alliance. He also had his own contemporary art gallery in New Mexico for 4 years. He was also the director and organizer for the first two annual citywide exhibitions for the city of Emeryville, selecting and installing works by 120 artists each year. Collectively, he has curated and installed over 100 exhibitions.

He has also been an active teacher – designing and implementing an art & architecture curriculum for the first through sixth grades in San Francisco public schools, beginning drawing classes for high school aged students and a middle school art curriculum for the Thorp Unified School District. He also set-up programs for people with developmental disabilities. As executive director for the Oregon Arts Alliance, he developed and taught a series of workshops based on best business practices for artists called, “The Art Of Doing Business”.

The ArtsEast Biennial 2014 show will run through September 27 at the Art Center at the Old Library. The ArtsEast Biennial 2014 is made possible in part due to the generous support of the Wildhorse Foundation in Pendleton, OR.

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New partnership with Grande Ronde Community Choir

GRCC 2013We are excited to announce a new collaboration between ArtsEast and the Grande Ronde Community Choir! Starting this year, ArtsEast will take on administering the Grande Ronde Community Choir and help with registrations and marketing. Mike Frasier will still lead the choir as the director with accompanist Lanetta Paul.

With this new collaboration, comes a new opportunity for participants to invest not only their time and talents to the choir but also to contribute additional funds to help sustain this unique community-based choral program. These additional funds will go straight back into the Grande Ronde Community Choir.

The fee structure is as follows: Friend $25 (participation fee); Patron $50 ($25 participation fee plus $25 tax-deductible donation); Encore $100 ($25 participation fee plus $75 tax-deductible donation); and Maestro $125 ($25 participation fee plus one-year membership to ArtsEast/Art Center at the Old Library). Members at the Patron level and above will receive name recognition in our programs.

Download a registration form and bring it with you to the first day of rehearsal on September 18th from 7-9pm in Loso Hall 123 on EOU in La Grande. For more information, contact ArtsEast at 541-962-3629 / email or Mike Frasier at 541-910-1149 / email.


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