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The Summer Arts Festival
The Summer Arts Festival is the Arts Center’s largest, longest-running fundraiser with over 16,000 visitors, guests, volunteers and artists wandering through The Arts Center’s grounds and enjoying juried art from over 115 art vendors, tasting cuisine from over a dozen different food vendors, lingering on the lawns and listening to local and regional musicians on two stages while sampling local wine and beer.
The Summer Arts Festival always runs during the last full weekend in June. Artists from around Oregon and the region come to this Festival to show their work. Don’t miss it! This year’s 45th Summer Arts Festival will be June 28-30. Applications are now available online.
Umpqua Plein Air Paint Out Competition and Exhibition
Always the week following Labor Day weekend.
The Umpqua Plein Air competition and exhibition features the works of participating artists from around the country who gather together annually each fall to paint “in open air”, a tradition that was first popularized by the Barbizon School and the Impressionists.
The Arts Centers “Plein Air Painters of the Umpqua” help in hosting this anticipated gathering of artists. Save the Date! The Third Annual Umpqua Plein Air begins September 4th and opens September 6th. You can find out more information here.
Join the fun this summer!
Annual Membership Show
Each year the Arts Center opens every wall to hang one art piece from every current member. This show is a community favorite since this is often the one time that many bring in an artful offering. The only requirement is to be a member of the Arts Center, bring a piece done within the past two years ready to hang or display, and get it through the door. Click here for detailed registration information. Click here to register.
UVAA’s Annual Creative Castoffs Sale
The Creative Castoffs sale is an annual tradition held during October. The Arts Center collects donated “artful items” from area artists in order to “clean out the studio”, providing an abundance of art-related things to choose from at bargain prices for those who want it, need it, use it or can hang it.
Donations of useable artful supplies, books, artwork and tools are accepted and stored during the year by the Arts Center and letters of donation for tax purposes are issued upon request.
If you have “creative castoffs” to donate, we can take them anytime. Just call the Arts Center and talk to the Operations Manager at 541-672-2532.
Douglas County All-Students’ Art Show
Area schools are invited to participate by bringing in student artwork from the classroom. The entire Arts Center facility exhibits one piece per student in this successful, colorful and unique opportunity for the young, up-and-coming creator.
If you are a teacher and would like to get more information, contact the AIE Manager at 541-672-2532.
Expose Yourself – a Public Hanging of Art
This “Call to Artists” happens every other year and benefits both the Arts Center and the exhibitor. Anyone is free to participate (guidelines are listed on an application) in this “Public Hanging” of artwork. No jury, no theme and no membership is required. A fee to hang up to three pieces of artwork is collected. This is a wonderful opportunity to “Expose Yourself” to the eyes of those who visit while supporting the Arts Center.
This biennial “Public Hanging” event will takes place once again beginning in January 2013.