The Illinois River Valley Arts Council is a Non-profit Organization in Southern Oregon's Illinois River Valley that supports Artists, Schools, Merchants and Residents through a spectrum of Programs that foster Art and Creativity.
Our Mission – To Enrich the Lives of the Residents of the Illinois River Valley by Fostering Creativity, and Providing Art Education and Art Experiences.
Membership is open to everyone. You need not be an Artist to support the Arts!
Slide Show of the Illinois Valley
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Learning Through Art Upcoming Project:
Native American Dreamcatchers
with guest artist Kay Ekwell
Stay tuned for pictures of student work &
click on the link below to see some of Kay's art on her website!
Just a reminder that we have three big LTA projects coming up the local Middle School this month.
May 17th Latin America: Ojos de Dios 7th grade 12:30-3:30
May 24th Native American: Dream Catchers (8th grade)12:30-3:30
May 30th: Middle Ages: TBA 6th grade 8:30-3:30
We could always use more help, so let me know if you are available on any/all of these dates!
Check the "Learning Through Art" page of our website to learn more about the LTA program & projects.
Thank you all...it is much appreciated!
See you soon!
We have added a section "Special & Ongoing Events" to highlight in more detail events and programs put on or sponsored by IRVAC. Special & Ongoing Events covers all reoccurring events such as ArtWalk and the Artisan's Faire and special events such as dinners and concerts, please click on links below or to the left to find out more.
Below are some quick links to pages:
Our Garden Art Project 2013 is under way. click link for more details and photos.
Second Friday ArtWalk New Dates!
Tomorrow, May 10th is the Second Friday ArtWalk kickoff for 2013! New this year, we’re changing the ArtWalk months to May through August only: May 10th, June 14th, July 12th and August 9th. Our Featured Artist for May ArtWalk is ceramicist and book illustrator Johnnie Walker. Visit the IV Library between 5 and 8 pm to view Johnnie’s work; as well as a photography show by Jim Lettis and special book sales.
Other nearby ArtWalk venues include Northwest Hairlines with an I.V. Fine Artists’ Group Show; Fantasy Dreams behind Century 21 (entrance on Lister).
Visit the Josephine County Building for a Retro Rock Hop between 6 and 8 pm only. ArtWalk Fundraiser: Drop in between 5 and 8 for a Root Beer Float, Ice Cream, Soda or Sundae! Out front, Spiral Living Center’s I.V. Bike Space will offer free bike tune-ups; and across the street, Siskiyou Creations offering art, furniture and organics, celebrates their Grand Opening. “Gallery Row” next to Taylors’ Country Store will also offer wonderful music, art and refreshments. Come celebrate Spring at ArtWalk!
Spotlight on LTA
We’ve had a wonderful year of new personalities and new projects in our “Learning Through Art” school and after-school programs. Both Kristen Whicheloe and Noralene Harland took time off to spend with their families, so Barbara Ford stepped up to the plate as coordinator for the program as well as continuing to run the Evergreen Elementary workshops and ArtWalk.
Brianna Kochick, a metal sculptor and jewelry artist, has joined the LTA team and coordinates the Lorna Byrne Middle School (LBMS) programs. Brianna got her art degree from Humbolt State in Eureka, CA. Like many of us, she was drawn to the beauty of this area and has also joined S.O. Guild as secretary.
Many of you know Roberta Lee as the dynamo volunteer coordinator at Josephine Community Library. Roberta will also be helping Barb and Brianna find volunteers for their various projects.
Over the past few months we’ve also teamed with Kerbyville Museum for Heritage Day, helped the I.V. Safe House Alliance by assisting Evergreen students to make paper mache’ soup bowl holders and Rusk Ranch Nature Center with a sale of student-painted fish at tomorrow’s ArtWalk. Please visit www.irvac.com next week, for a photo round-up of this year’s projects.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
Learn How to Make a Dream Catcher!
Former “Changes” gallery owner and professional artist Kay Ekwall will lead a Dream Catcher workshop at LBMS on Friday May 24th from noon to 3:20. Anyone interested in using authentic materials and techniques will need to be trained in advance. We’re offering a free volunteer training at 5:45 pm this coming Tuesday, May 14th and also Thursday, May 16th . We’ll need 6 volunteers to learn to help teach 8th graders, so please call me at 592-4444 IMMEDIATELY if interested.
Please contact Roberta Lee at: 597-2723 if you can help with any of the following:
- Ojos de Dios (God’s Eye) Workshop – Friday, May 17th from noon to 3:20 at LBMS.
- LBMS Family Fun Night – May 22nd. We’ll need help beginning around 3 pm. Free pizza for volunteers!
- Middle Ages – All Day Project Friday, May 31st. Morning and afternoon shifts.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & POTLUCK – Sunday, May 19th at 5 pm!
Mark your calendars for this fun event. Please phone Gail Weller at 592-3673 to let her know if you’re bringing a salad, main dish or dessert. Please bring your own plate(s) and flatware. Beverages provided. Gail and Paul Weller live at 419 Dick George Road, about 1/2 mile south of Holland Loop near Bridgeview Church.
It’s time to vote in our new board for the 2012-13 fiscal year. We’re seeking new board members and LTA volunteers. Watch for your ballot and membership info in the mail next week.
That’s about it for now. See you soon!
- Judy Hoyle
IRVAC President, 2012-13
June 15 is our outdoor pops concert on
the lawn "From Broadway With Love" at Deer Creek Center in Selma.
We will have Oregon Little Big Band, T.
Lund and his Brass Quintet and more.
It starts at 5 pm. Admission is $10.
Food and wine will be sold by vendors on site.
Second Friday ArtWalk:
May 10, Aug 10 and
Dec 14th, 5 to 8 pm
do you have deals, Jobs, or stuff for artist? Post it in the classifieds.
Visit the Gates Auction page for more information about this event.
The Event is over for now. We thank all who participated and made this such a great event. We are leaving the page up so that you may still make comments or see more details regarding the gates event.
Again thank you all!
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