ArtsEast Biennial 2014 – Opening Reception August 1, 6 – 9PM

ArtsEast Biennial 2014 POSTER_updated information

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ArtsEast names Mika Morton Interim Executive Director

Mika MortonLA GRANDE, Oregon -The Board of Directors of ArtsEast welcomes long-time staff member Mika Morton as Interim Executive Director. In this position, Morton will oversee all ArtsEast functions including arts education opportunities in Eastern Oregon schools and local community-based programs through ArtsEast’s Community School of the Arts program, a partnership between ArtsEast and Eastern Oregon University.

Morton brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked for ArtsEast since 2009. Most recently, she served as Programs Coordinator, managing the Artist-in-Residence and Community School for the Arts programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art (Art History) from Oregon State University and has worked in art galleries in Portland and Corvallis. She has worked as a technical writer for a software company and serves currently as president of the Central Elementary PTA, where she also teaches art classes as a volunteer.

Morton replaces Kelly Richards, who held the Executive Director position since November 2013. During her tenure, Richards stewarded the organization and supported arts in the community by reaching out to community members and organizations and bringing them together for collaboration and conversation. Morton plans to maintain the high quality of ArtsEast programs. She comments, “I am extremely excited with the opportunity to represent an organization that advocates for the arts by providing arts learning opportunities in the schools and in our local and regional communities. I look forward to engaging our community members and our local and regional partners to fully realize our shared vision for a vibrant community that supports the arts.”

Since its founding 1977 as a 501(c)3, ArtsEast has inspired interest and participation in the arts across Eastern Oregon. Based on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande, ArtsEast provides Artist-in-Residence programs in regional schools and oversees the Community School of the Arts, which hosts music lessons, the Community African Drumming Group, the EOU Community Symphonic Band, and the Union County Children’s Choir. In addition, ArtsEast supports regional artists through the ArtsEast Bienneial Show, a juried show open to all artists in the region.

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Collaboration with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (La Grande)

Ladd Marsh Bird Festival - Artists at workWe were delighted to have been asked back to participate in the 9th Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival this year. We will once again be collaborating with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to help promote and celebrate birds, birding, and the natural beauty of the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.

The Bird Festival is May 16, 17, & 18 this year and the Plein Air painting event is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 from 9am – Noon.

There are six “Host Sites” throughout the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area (see map below) that are designated for bird watching. Each Host Site will be staffed with an experienced birder to point out birds/wildlife and answer questions from the public.

Ladd Marsh Bird Festival - Plein Air Sites MAP

We are looking for artists who would like to spend a few hours Saturday morning painting and visiting with birders and the public at these designated Host Sites. Each site can host several artists and most of them are located near restrooms. Parking is free to visitors all day. Please plan to bring a snack, plenty of water, and be prepared for spring weather in May (rain, sun, or maybe snow showers!?).

Last year, visitors enjoyed the company of 12 artists. If you would like to participate in this year’s Plein Air even at the Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, please contact ArtsEast as soon as possible. The Plein Air stations are numbered  1 – 6 on the map — please note that Site 5 has already been reserved.

For more information on the Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, please visit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Please feel free to contact ArtsEast if you have any questions about the Plein Air event at this year’s Ladd Marsh Bird Festival.

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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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Art Happens!

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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