QUICK TAKES: April 4, 2018

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Murals to be unveiled Friday (pictured above)

BAKER CITY — Two murals by Megan McGuinness were installed at the Royal Building at Court Plaza on March 30, and these works of art will be unveiled at 6 p.m. April 6. The event is open to the public. The artist and members of the Baker City Public Art Commission will be on hand to talk about the project.

McGuinness was born and raised in Portland but has spent most of her adult life in Bend and now Eastern Oregon. She is a full-time student at Eastern Oregon University pursuing a degree in anthropology with a minor in Native American Studies.


“Modes: Making Art, Jazz and History”

A new exhibit, “Modes: Making Art, Jazz and History,” opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 7 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture. The exhibit explores connections between fine art prints, jazz and Oregon’s cultural history. The Center has selected works that complement the premiere performance of “From Maxville to Vanport” (See April 11 Go! for more details).

“Jazz musicians improvise independently but within a particular mode and
structure to create a unified and unique performance. Print artists also
experiment with a variety of modes to express their ideas visually,” said curator
Jane Pagliarulo.

The Center is launching a print arts program. To inspire established and
emerging artists Pagliarulo has chosen broad selection of prints that demonstrate
the many different ways that ink can be applied to paper. Educational material
about how prints are made will be displayed. Lostine print artist Nancy Clarke will
conduct a walk-through of the exhibit for docents and interested people at 6:30
before the reception.

“This show includes works by some of Oregon’s top artists,” said Cheryl
Coughlan, Executive Director. “We have two winners of the Governor’s Arts
Award represented:  Avie Smith and George Johanson. Also winners of Oregon’s
highest award for print artists, the Ray Trayle Prize, will be shown.”

The exhibit will run through May 28. Information about more jazz performances
and  print-making classes can be found on the website, www.josephy.org. The
exhibit is sponsored in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Collins
Foundation.


Nightingale Gallery hosts EOU alumnus Jon Lundak

LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University welcomes alumnus Jon Lundak back to campus to present an exhibition of his sculptural work entitled “Layover.”

The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 6 in the Nightingale Gallery and runs through May 4.

Lundak will present a public talk about his work on April 5 at 6 p.m. in Badgley Hall’s Huber Auditorium.

Lundak’s affinity for material exploration guides his abilities as a maker. He is now exploring the methods, vessels, perception and phenomena of travel.

“I feel a connection to spaces, places and objects that are transitory,” Lundak said in his artist statement. “Yet it’s not only a space in transition I am interested in, but also places of transition, such as hallways, loading docks, desolate stretches of road, marinas and airports. These transitory spaces often briefly live in our minds as places that we forget, or merely want to pass through to get somewhere else. But for me, they often hold important memories, experiences, questions of function and a welcome loneliness.”

Lundak earned his bachelor’s degree in art from EOU in 2006, studied for a short time at Whitman College and received his MFA from Alfred University in 2012. He has taught at Northern Kentucky University and is an assistant professor of sculpture at Towson University in Maryland.

Lundak has participated in exhibitions throughout the U.S., and has been a visiting artist at Western Michigan University, Miami University and the University of Cincinnati.

“It is a joy to welcome Jon back to EOU and to be able to share his work with our current community,” Gallery Director Cory Peeke said. “His thoughtful and meticulously crafted works, along with his insights into the life of a young artist post-graduation, are sure to resonate with our students.”

The gallery, located in Loso Hall, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit eou.edu/art or follow the Nightingale Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.


At-risk youth share artwork with community

LA GRANDE — “Life in Color,” an exhibition of work created by at-risk youth in Union County, will be on display at Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave.

Coordinated and curated by Theo Miller, a diversion counsellor at the Union County Juvenile Department, the exhibit opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 6. It will run through April 30.

Miller teaches weekly art classes at Art Center East, which provides a safe, creative space as well as art supplies for the youth. Some, but not all, of the participants are attending the classes to fulfill various requirements of probation or informal supervision.

This is the third showcase featuring work from Miller’s class, and past exhibits have had immense positive feedback from the community.

“This work is so important because what we anecdotally see in our caseloads, at the Union County Juvenile Department, is around 90 percent of at-risk youth have no participation in extracurricular activities,” Miller said.


Exhibit features women who have served

LA GRANDE — “I Am Not Invisible,” an exhibit featuring portraits of women veterans, will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 at the La Grande American Legion Post 43, 301 Fir St. The exhibit includes 20 portraits of women military veterans from Oregon. The event is free and open to the public.


Student-driven concert raises funds for opera intensive in Italy

LA GRANDE — A handful of Eastern Oregon University students are hoping to take their music education to Italy for a month-long opera intensive this summer. They are holding a
vocal concert to raise funds for the travel and courses, to which they have already been accepted.

Event organizer Avalon Bloodgood will be joined on stage by classmates Jessica Grove, Aubrey Slaughter and Miguel Vasquez, all of whom have been accepted into the program.

Bloodgood said there is no set ticket cost but there is a suggested donation of $20. The funds will be distributed among the performers, except for one whose expenses are already covered.

“She’s singing with us anyway to help us pay for it,” Bloodgood said.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. April 9 at the La Grande United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St. It will feature a variety of pieces from operas and musical theatre.

The month-long intensive program is called Music in the Marche. Bloodgood said several EOU students were accepted into the program but only some are going. Those who do go will take Italian language, diction and acting classes in addition to their opera coursework. There will be four performance opportunities, all in historic Italian theatres.

“They’re all older than our country even,” Bloodgood said. “It’ll be a really great experience.”

She encourages the public to  donate whatever they can.

“We just want to go over and learn something new so we can bring it back to enrich this town,” Bloodgood said.


Bell choirs, GRSA hold joint chamber concert

LA GRANDE — The next concert in the 2017-2018 Chamber Concert series, sponsored by the Grande Ronde Symphony Association, will present two bell choirs, one from each end of the east-west section of Interstate 84. 

This bell choir chamber concert is set for 7 p.m. April 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave., in La Grande. The two choirs will perform individually as well as jointly. 

Concordia University’s bell choir is directed by Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Zeke Fetrow. Alleluia Bells is
directed by Danny Bailey, bassoonist in the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra.

The concert selections will include music dedicated to the victims of the Columbine school shooting and to the victims of the  9/11/2001 attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.

This show is free and open to the public. There will be a basket for donations with proceeds supporting the many programs of the Grande Ronde Symphony Association.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments and punch will be offered following the concert.

For more information, please visit www.GrandeRondeSymphony.org or contact Patty Sandoz at 541-963-7595 or email grsymphony2@gmail.com.


Fishtrap holds Fireside season finale

ENTERPRISE The fifth season of Fishtrap Fireside wraps up with a generational mashup of featured readers including humorist and children’s author Kathy Hunter, poet Nathan Slinker and recent high school graduate Sebastian Hobbs. Find a seat by the fire and enjoy these diverse voices while enjoying light refreshments, starting at
7 p.m. April 6.

An open mic follows where the audience can come up to the podium and take a turn. Fireside is a free monthly event for Wallowa County writers to read and share their work. It takes place at Fishtrap, 400 East Grant St., Enterprise.

April’s Fireside is sponsored by Wild Carrot Herbals and firewood donated by Jay Zee Lumber.

About April’s featured readers:

An award-winning journalist, Kathy Hunter spent 23 years in Alaska writing and editing for newspapers and magazines, teaching and writing life stories.
Since “retiring” to Wallowa County, she has won many hearts as a performing storyteller. She has two self-published books “Tracking the ‘Bear’” and “Alaska Nicknames.”

Sebastian Hobbs has been writing poetry and short essays for the past decade. He grew up on his family’s farm in Lostine where he spends his time nose deep in books, tinkering with cameras and computers and exploring new ideas for his writing. Sebastian has been participating in Fishtrap workshops and classes since 2008 when he first attended Summer Fishtrap.

Nathan Slinker has participated in many Fishtrap workshops and events, and in 2013 he was selected as a Summer Fishtrap Fellow. In 2014 he received an MFA from Arizona State University, where he taught poetry and English composition courses. His poetry has been published in many national journals. A limited-run chapterbook, “Nineteen Windows and a Door: poems from the Black Mountain Fire Lookout,” was published in 2015.


Side A Brewing’s slate of events announced

LA GRANDE — Side A Brewing, 1219 Washington Ave., has announced this month’s events.

  • April 7 Anniversary Party: The entire affair will be held at HQ, 112 Depot St. There will be guest beers along with Side A’s own. Music will be Kory Quinn and Elwood, The Darlin Brothers (Baker City), Bad Assets (Portland), Hillfolk Noir (Boise). Music starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.
  • April 11 Trivia Night
  • April 13 Mrs. E and the Astronauts and Nogero: at HQ
  • April 14th Blue Mt. Spanish Sound: www.bluemtspanishsound.com
  • April 20 Wanderlodge: Longtime Portland roots-rockers weave together folk, country and classic rock. Their music features gritty, soulful vocal harmonies, fierce slide guitar work and dark, vibey songs.
  • April 21 Adam Corig
  • April 25 Trivia Night
  • April 27 Dog Bite Harris
  • April 28 Open Mic Night

For more information, go to www.sideabeer.com.


Area musicians invited to join the Community Symphonic Band

Woodwind, brass and percussion players, ages 14 and older are encouraged to join the Community Symphonic Band, sponsored by Art Center East.

The first rehearsal began this week, but more participants are sought. Registration fees for Art Center East’s Community Symphonic Band start at $45 per term, $10 for High School Students and for EOU students who are not taking it for college credit.

Registration information can be found at www.artcentereast.org/calendar/community-symphonic-band-3/2018-04-02/

The Community Symphonic Band is supported with funding from its band members and by Art Center East. Thanks to a partnership with EOU, musicians can participate in the Community Symphonic Band for college credit.

The band has a nice mixture of 40-50 college and high school students and community members from Union, Baker and Wallowa counties.

The band rehearses once a week and performs fall, winter and spring concerts. All concerts performed by Art Center East’s community-ensemble groups at the end of each term are free and open to the public. Donations are always appreciated and directly benefit Art Center East’s arts education programs.

The band welcomes back retired music educator Keith Van Vickle as Band Director for the Spring 2018 Term.

“Music performance is a lifelong activity,” Van Vickle said. “And I am happy to be able to help this community experience it in a multi-generational setting.”

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