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 mika@artseast.org or the Art Center at 541-624-2800 or e-mail ucartctr@eoni.com

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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 artcenterlagrande.org 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 http://artcenterlagrande.org/classes/class-registration/

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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ArtsEast Biennial 2014 Announces HONORED ARTISTS

Biennial Honored Artists 2014ArtsEast Biennial 2014 opened with a well-attended and festive reception on August 1 at the Art Center at the Old Library in La Grande.

ArtsEast Interim Executive Director Mika Morton and Art Center Executive Director Annie Eskelin presented “Honored Artist” awards to Kathy Benson (La Grande), Jaime Gustavson (La Grande), Tammy Kinney (Ontario), and Debbie McIntosh (Pendleton).

“Honored Artists” were selected by this year’s Juror, Douglas Russell (Oregon State University Art Faculty). In addition to the $250 cash award, award recipients are invited for a group show at the Art Center in the Summer of 2015.

Other artists selected for the show include: Steve Antell, Wendy Bull, Antonia Carriere, Jack Coelho, Tom Dimond, Darcy Dolge, Mona Dinger, James Dumble, Karen Erickson, Michael Gove, Denise Gravener, Janet Hume-Schwarz, Hillery Lay, Austin McDonald, Zaq Mendenhall, Kendrick Moholt, Linda Peterson, Connie Robbins, Cindy Sitz, and Stephen Wadner.

This year, we received 109 entries from 38 artists from across the region, but only 35 entries from 24 artists were selected. In selecting works for the Biennial Show, Douglas Russell was looking for work that “sparked a response in me, regardless of style, through things like originality, imagination, emotional depth, design, and technical achievement.”

Special thanks to the Wildhorse Foundation for their support of the ArtsEast Biennial 2014 show. We would also like to recognize local support from J. Hume CPA, Northwind Associates, and Dr. and Mrs. Matt Cooper.

The show will run through September 27 at the Art Center at the Old Library. The Art Center at the Old Library is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm. For additional information, call ArtsEast 541-962-3629 or the Art Center at the Old Library 541-624-2800.

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“Monotype Printing” with Frank Janzen, Master Printmaker at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts

Frank Janzen at work

Photo credit: Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton OR

ArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library is pleased to offer Professional Development Workshops during the ArtsEast Biennial 2014 show for any who wish to attend.

The first in a series of four Professional Development Workshops is led by Frank Janzen, Master Printmaker at Crow’s Shadow Instituite of the Arts in Pendleton. “Monotype Printing” will be on August 2, from 10am – 4pm at the Art Center at the Old Library. The fee for this workshop with Frank Janzen is $75. Space is limited to 12 participants. To register, call ArtsEast 541-962-3629 or the Art Center 541-624-2800. You can also register for “Monotype Printing” and other workshops online at http://artseast.org/artseast-biennial-2014/

ABOUT “MONOTYPE PRINTING” All materials and equipment will be supplied by Crow’s Shadow including paper. Participants will be using a small etching press so all of the paper will be torn to 11” x 15” as well as being registered. Participants will be able to create a print that has been printed edge to edge (bleed print) or one with a pristine border. There will not be any particular theme; participants are invited to create anything they wish from realistic landscape to abstract or anything in between. Due to the limited amount of time, the initial demonstration will be about mixing and modifying inks and using a roller or a brush to achieve a consistent layer of ink on a Plexiglass plate. Frank will also explain the various mark-making techniques as well as discussing signing, documentation, and preservation of prints.

ABOUT FRANK JANZEN: Frank moved to the Pendleton area from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to become Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art’s first full-time resident Master Printer in 2001. He is an artist in his own right, working mainly in printmaking and painting, and has collaborated with numerous artists in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa in the creation of limited edition lithographs. A gifted instructor, Frank collaborates with artists of all ages and skill levels. Whether working one-on-one with professional artist of guiding a classroom of high school students through the technically challenging medium of fin-art printmaking, Frank has demonstrated an ability to help translate the artist’s vision onto paper.


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