Our informal Zoom conversations are open to all. These Zoom Conversations are on the second Wednesday each month at 7pm. Follow this link to participate. Check in with other sculptors to share latest work, ask questions, and stay connected.
Display Your Work at Oregon Society of Artists
OSA Outdoor Sculpture Display Guidelines
PNWS has installed a concrete sculpture display pad in the garden at OSA to feature individual sculptures for 3-month intervals.
The pad measures 24”H x 30”W x 30”D. A steel pipe is centered in the concrete pad. If additional anchors are necessary, details should be part of your application. We want to limit the number of anchors drilled into the pad.
— Sculpture submissions must be by active member of PNWS.
— Art must be suitable for outdoor exhibition in a public space.
— Art must be a minimum of 2’ and no taller than 8’.
— Art will be installed and removed at the artist’s expense in coordination with OSA groundskeeper.
— Art will remain on display for the entire 3-month period.
— Art must be installed with sufficient anchoring to prevent the sculpture from being removed, tipped, broken or overturned.
— Art must be maintenance free for the duration of the exhibition period.
— All art must be an original creation by the artist.
— Works of art shall not create inordinate safety problems or liability problems for OSA visitors.
— OSA is located in a residential area. Sound or light components are discouraged.
— Appropriateness of kinetic elements will be at the discretion of the jurors.
Jury process: Jury will consist of the PNWS Show Committee Chair and at least one additional PNWS Board member plus one representative of OSA. The Gallery reserves the right to reject artwork that fails to meet the above requirements or crosses acceptable boundaries. This would include misogynistic and/or racist imagery, depiction of extreme violence or graphic sexuality, and objectionable political or religious imagery.
Insurance: Insurance for artwork while on OSA property will be the responsibility of the artist.
Sale/Commission: Works in the exhibit may be offered for sale, but it is not a requirement. OSA’s commission rate is 30 percent of all sales. Funds will be collected by OSA from buyers and then dispersed to artists within 30 days of the end of the exhibition. The artist and buyer must arrange artwork delivery and shipping costs.
Artist identification: OSA will display a one-page description of the artist/artwork near the entrance to the gallery. Information will be gleaned from the submission documentation.
— Submissions are due 30 days before the end of each calendar quarter. Reminders will be included in the PNWS newsletters.
— Submission shall include artist name, art title, date created, material, size, (height, width, depth), weight, special installation considerations, selling price, and an artist’s statement (300 character limit).
— Images and information will be submitted via email to email@example.com.
PNWS Launches the NEWS PNWS for Member Conversation and Information Sharing
Bob Deasy proposed we develop a text-based forum for members to share thoughts, ideas, and discuss topics, pose questions, and seek advice. It’s a great way to stay connected and informed. This month, we launch our new NEWS PNWS. All members have access. Conversation topics will be member-driven. In addition to improved communications we will also be able to document knowledge for future reference.
Conversations for our upcoming Creative Collaborations should be visible soon so everyone can follow the progress and contribute to the development of these pieces.
— Here are the key features of the Idea Exchange.
— Your forum tab is accessed through our website
— See your topics and replies under the forums tab
— See a count of topics and replies from your profile
— Control subscriptions and favorites from your profile
To access the NEWS PNWS conversations, choose the “Visit Forums” tab on your profile page. It’s just below your photo and description.
Creative Collaborations Virtual Show Entries Close March 15
If you plan to participate in our Creative Collaborations virtual show, please register now. You don’t have to know what you will be creating. We do need to know who’s participating so we can communicate with everyone. If you don’t have a partner, register anyway and we’ll try to match you up. You can partner with several others at once. You can participate in more than one partnership.
The show will be posted to our website by September 1. Work should be completed by mid August. Crossovers between media are encouraged. Mostly, it’s the creative energy generated by collaborations that we’re most interested in seeing.
Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00pm
Bob Deasy speaks with Dan Fine about the world of crypto, blockchain and how that makes NFTs (non-fungible tokens) possible. We will be exploring the functions of NFTs, and how it will change the future. We will talk about how to get started and how to mint your first NFT, as well as the marketplaces available to list them. It’s also important to have a strategy to promote your work, and where to market them and how others have done so successfully.
Queen Nefertari’s Egypt at The Portland Art Museum
Oct 16, 2021 – Jan 16, 2022
Nefertari’s tomb had been raided. The “good” stuff was gone. The sarcophagus lid was smashed and the mummy gone. Remaining were small sculptures, a few stela, reed sandals and a pair of knees. These goods and other objects from the reign of Ramses II and later are now on exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. This was to be a history field trip wherein the main object was to see 3500 year old footwear. I did not expect to be blown ‘/;[away by the art. These are finely rendered sensitive pieces. That is, the expressions on the faces are not from some papyrus that says this is how to do such and such expression but rather direct from the heart. This is how it feels to be the person portrayed. If an expression is sculpted from the heart then it is felt in the heart of the viewer. There is a direct communication between the sculptor and the viewer. Nevermind the 3500 years between.
The Bastet piece is from a later period, 664-332 BCE. It is bronze. There is a long history of this form in this posture. This one is perfect.
Stela of Nakhi
The Stela of Nakhi is from the tomb. It shows the craftsman Nakhi making an offering to Osiris and Anubis. The middle register show offerings being presented to Nakhi and his wife from their children. The bottom shows other of their children presenting them with lotus blossoms. Stylized yes but the way the elements are arranged make this thing dance.
The Unguent Jar was meant to hold a soothing perhaps medicinal oil. I am soothed just looking at it. Here is kindness and relief. I would let that woman tend to my ills if all she had was a jar of spiders.
I do not have a picture of the label so I know no details about this little sculpture of a Young Woman. I recall it being about 9 – 10 inches high. It too conforms to stylistic rules but there is no stiffness here. She has assumed the stance but in her own way that speaks volumes.
Egyptian beer was more of a meal than an alcoholic beverage. Made from crumbled bread, spices and perhaps malt it was consumed by both royalty and common folk. It was alcoholic enough to stave off waterborne disease but it took some doing to get drunk. That said there were festivals dedicated to that purpose. Perhaps for those events a stronger version was made.
Lastly, the sandals. These were found in the burial chamber. Were they worn by Nefertari herself or were they meant for her afterlife? Probably the later. She would need new sandals for the afterlife. The weaving is very tight. Worth the price of admission right there.
The tomb itself has been called the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.
A detailed model of the tomb is part of the exhibit. The entire exhibition covers most of the museum’s ground floor. There are large granite statues, humble everyday items, and art. Wonderful art, wonderful things. It is not to be missed.
Inside the Tomb of Queen Nefertari – A Photo Tour
The tomb of Queen Nefertari, which is located in the Valley of the Queens on the west bank of Luxor, is one of the most spectacular tombs that you can visit in Egypt. This tomb has a big “wow” factor. The level of detail is amazing and the colors are more vibrant than what we saw in any of the … Continue readingInside the Tomb of Queen Nefertari – A Photo TourEarth Trekkers 24Comment
PNWS at Art in the Pearl
Our members have become an annual attraction at Art in the Pearl. This year included a few new faces. Demonstrators included Tony Furtado, Russ Ford, Phil Seder, Jerry Woodbury, Dave Cole and organizer Andy Kennedy. Also participating as an exhibitor, Chas Martin.
Thanks to everyone who demonstrated sculpting. I’m certain Art in the Pearl will invite us back next year.
Walk the Tight Rope
Our board is doing an incredible job managing challenges. But, our situation is an ongoing balancing act. We are an eclectic group of creative people. Ideas for new activities that create network opportunities are essential to keep our organizational balance.
We are relaunching our monthly informal Zoom conversations the second Wednesday each month at 7pm via Zoom. Alisa Looney is our host. There’s no agenda. Show up. Introduce yourself. Ask questions. Offer a topic. Share a work in progress. Share ideas to engage more members.
We are dependent on each other for information, support, growth and encouragement. Don’t’ underestimate your value to the group. Don’t be content to sit and watch. The adrenaline and stimulation come when you join the others walking the wire.
Contact Andy Kennedy or me with your ideas to improve networking and connections. And, we always have room for more volunteers. Thanks! Chas Martin