Winter Concert – March 5, 2015

Winter concert flyerThe Grande Ronde Community Chorus along with the Eastern Oregon University Chamber Choir will be in concert on Thursday March 5, 2015 at 7:30PM in McKenzie Theatre. The choirs, under the direction of J. Michael Frasier and Peter Wordelman, will be assisted by accompanists, Dr. Mio Aoike and Lanetta Paul along with a number or guest instrumentals. This concert culminates the musical activities of the Grande Ronde Community Chorus for the 2014-2015 season, and is the final concert of winter term for the Eastern Oregon University Chamber Choir.

Sponsored by ArtsEast, the 55 voice Grande Ronde Community Chorus will open the concert with a stirring arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner, accompanied on Trumpet by Dr. Peter Wordelman. That piece will be followed by Homeward Bound, a contemporary choral work that has become a theme song for soldiers returning from war.

The Chamber choir will perform a mix of pieces from previous concerts including Season’s of Love from the Musical “Rent,” a piece by Dolly Parton entitled, Light in the Blue Morning, Requiem, by Eliza Gilkyson, and She Walks in Beauty, by Kevin Memley.

The concert will close with the Grande Ronde Community Chorus performing a set of Americana songs chosen in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of town of La Grande. This incorporation was made official by an act of the legislature and approved on December 18, 1865.  Skip to My Lou, a rousing arrangement for four hand piano accompaniment, will be followed by The Water Is Wide, with accompaniment provided by piano and an instrumental ensemble consisting of faculty members Steve Tanner and Katherine Fetz, along with Eastern Oregon University student Rachel Kecskes. They will then perform Shenandoah, and close the concert with an arrangement of Cindy, joined on stage by the EOU Chamber Choir and Dr. Teun Fetz on Xylophone.

The concert promises to be both fun and diverse and the community is invited to attend. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted at the door with proceeds used to support choral programs provided by ArtsEast in partnership with Eastern Oregon University. The Grande Ronde Community Chorus is made possible in part by support from its members and Red Cross Drugs in La Grande.


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CASE SENSITIVE, an art exhibit featuring the works of Eastern Oregon University art students

Case Sensitive posterPlease make plans to attend an exhibition featuring the works of Eastern Oregon University’s “Junior Theory and Practice” students. An opening reception for CASE SENSITIVE will be held on Friday, March 6th, from 6-8pm at the Art Center at the Old Library in La Grande (1006 Penn Ave.).

The show explores the myriad approaches to the artistic process and highlights that an artwork’s meaning is sensitive to each case, whether work is inspired by popular culture, material exploration, or a reflection on one’s past.

The exhibition runs from March 6th-28th, 2015. For more information about the Fine Arts Program at Eastern Oregon University, please contact Susan Murrell, Associate Professor of Art, at 541-962-3467.

The Art Center at the Old Library is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

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A Gatsby Gala – an Annual Fundraising Event

“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

– The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gatsy GalaArtsEast and the Art Center at the Old Library cordially invite you to our annual spring Gala Dinner and Fundraising Auction. Silver and Glitz…Champagne and Cocktails… Art and Auction… Music and an amazing dinner!

Only 100 dinner tickets will be available for our guests. Tickets will soon be available at the Art Center (1006 Penn Ave.) in La Grande as well as online. — Stay tuned!

Please call ArtsEast at 541-962-3629 or the Art Center 541-624-2800 for details.

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Kupenga Marimba – workshop + concert

kupenga marimbaKupenga Marimba are donating their time and talent for a 4th year in a row–playing authentic and lively, tap-your-toes, get-you-in-the-groove Zimbabwean Marimba and mbira music! Craft beer and wine will be also available to purchase as well as hearty soup and sandwiches. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, but if you are able, donations will be gladly accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit ArtsEast and Art Center programs!
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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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