Kudos Korner – April 2020

This month’s Kudos Korner contribution was given by multiple members of our Board:

Yelena Shabrova   has been a colored pencil artist for over 10 years. Although her love of drawing impassions her to draw horses, landscapes, and flowers, her art reaches out to any number of subjects. You can find her incredibly beautiful artwork on her website at https://www.shabrova.com/.

Although Yelena has been with the Three Rivers Artist Guild only a few short years, she has recently become an integral part of our organization. Yelena’s vast and excellent computer skills are changing the TRAG website before our eyes. Connecting our artists to opportunities, updating our pages, creating an event calendar, posting events, and helping the Guild acquire the best financial bookkeeping system are only some of the tasks Yelena has undertaken since January. Additionally, she regularly takes on extra Gallery shifts if needed, and you will often meet Yelena and her husband attending many of the Guild members’ art shows – just to show their support. Kudos to Yelena for the small and large changes she has suggested, developed and executed for the board, the website, and TRAG’s members. If you see a post from Yelena on Facebook or Instagram, make sure you like or comment on her posting, and help support her as she has done for us!

National Emergency Relief Fund Announced

Today, a consortium of funders (see list below*) announced the creation of the Artist Relief, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Artists or creative workers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis should visit the Artist Relief webpage and funding application, which includes a COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers designed by Americans for the Arts.

*The $10 million fund created by Artist Relief is comprised of a $5 million matching gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as contributions from 7|G Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arison Arts Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Jerome Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Salomon Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

Stay up-to-date on the latest updates by visiting WESTAF’s COVID-19 Resources and Information page.

Sincerely,
The CaFE Team

Sewing for Life – Free Fabric Mask Covers for Medical Professionals and 1st Responders

Have you been hoarding fabric… and you sew. Are you bored  and worried about the Covid 19 crisis. 

Can you make a difference? Yes.  Sew for Lives. We made free, fabric, reusable, washable masks for all Health care givers. MD, RN CNA, MA Housekeeping, firemen, police, Home Health Our mask help protect the precious N95 masks that are in such short supply. 

If you sew and want to make mask Sign up easily at sewingforlives.com. Click that you want to sew.

If you are a healthcare giver: sign up to have masks sewn for your facility / agency. Health care providers can easily ask for masks to be make and sent to them. Free masks!

I signed up to sew and clicked the wrong button. I am now the Outreach Coordinator for Oregon for Sewing for Lives. We have over 10,000 seamstresses and have sewn over 40,000 masks. 

As part of the volunteer team, I am reaching out because the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and media outlets have informed the public that medical personnel may have only a limited supply of medical masks. Our group was created in response to the CDC’s new last-resort face mask recommendation and the stories of medical professionals resorting to office supplies to limit their exposure. Since then, our volunteers have made tens of thousands of mask covers, which have been distributed to healthcare and other support facilities across the U.S. and many more continue to be made.

Keep in mind that the mask covers our volunteer sewers create are not intended to prevent infection, or to replace personal protective equipment, but rather cover the medical grade masks.  However, they are constructed in a way that can hold up through the disinfectant process and repeated use.

The CDC guidelines we reference can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html.

Sign up to sew or order masks for health care providers…. very easy to do. 

Sue Woodworth   
503-807-0353

Website: sewingforlives.com
Facebook: facebook.com/groups/Sewingforlives

New Emergency Fund for Individual Artists

Thousands of individual creative professionals have lost contracts, gigs, and teaching work. Performance cancellations, closures and physical distancing requirements are having a devastating impact on greater Portland’s arts community.  In Multnomah County alone, more than 900 individual artists responding to a recent survey estimated nearly $9 million in lost income just for March through May, 2020. 

This is where you can give – and get – help.

RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports individual creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the global pandemic. The fund is open to artists at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines. Applicants will be asked to share evidence of their artistic practice, household income and financial loss in the application. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds. Technical support and translation services are available.

Give, so artists can survive economically in Oregon.
Apply, so creativity can thrive and lead our collective healing through this critical time. 


Oregon City Festival of the Arts – Deadline Extended!

Oregon City Festival of the Arts logo

Although we have received a great response for the Oregon City Festival of the Arts, we have decided to extend the date of Application to May 1st, and the acceptance announcement to May 15th.

If you have been thinking of applying – please do! We are particularly looking for unique genres to ensure the balance of mediums.

If you or anyone you know works in the realm of Woodworking, 3D Metal Working, Sculpting or any kind of unique expression, we urge you to apply.

This is a fun and exciting annual event that takes place each year during the second weekend of August. The Festival typically draws 2500-3000 people over the weekend with over 60 artists’ booths, food vendors, local theatrical and musical performances, an Emerging Artists’ Exhibit, a Children’s Craft Corner, and so much more.

Go to https://www.threeriversartistguild.com/call-for-artists-2020-oregon-city-festival-of-the-arts/ for details and application.

Virtual Guild Meeting – the Use of Instagram and Facebook for the Artist

by Kristina Browning
Monday April 13th 7:00 pm

If you’ve noticed some wonderful updates and changes to TRAG’s Facebook and membership Group Facebook lately, that is the work of Kristina Browning. In addition to a degree from the Art Institute of Seattle plus a successful Real Estate business and a podcast about home aesthetics, Kristina is highly knowledgeable in all kinds of social media marketing. You may also be familiar with Kristina’s own website, Facebook page and Instagram feed called Oregon City Guide which she created to promote and enhance all things about Oregon City.

TRAG is extremely fortunate to have Kristina give a Virtual Presentation through Zoom regarding the use of Instagram and Facebook and how to use this to promote your Art. Kristina plans to start from the basics and then open up the presentation for questions. If you have not used Zoom before, it is the leading app for on-line and virtual meetings. You will be able to see yourself and all attendees. You will automatically be on mute once you link in. By a raise of hands, the presenter will be able to call your name, which at that time you can unmute yourself and ask your questions. No worries – it is actually very simple and user-friendly. Here’s a great video on how to join a ZOOM call and use it for the first time: https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E. Watch this video BEFORE the scheduled call below so you’ll feel comfortable with what is happening.

HOW
You will need the following information to join on April 13 th –

Here is the link to Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2208495102

Here is the Meeting ID which you will need once you click the link: 220 849 5102

Click on the link (or copy it into your browser bar) at least 15 minutes BEFORE THE MEETING STARTS so you can work out the download part (reference video above for how) – downloading zoom only has to be done the first time you use it.

See you at the meeting!

Did you take the Oregon Arts & Artists COVID-19 impact survey?

COVID-19 Arts Organizations & Artists Impact Survey

We all know the power of arts and culture to bring us together and we know that we need the arts – and artists – now more than ever to weather this challenging time.It’s difficult to predict how colleagues and friends will be affected by the coronavirus, so we are joining together to get a snapshot of the impact of what arts organizations and all the different types of artists in Oregon are facing. This will help funders be responsive, and also help all of us make the case for support to leaders in government, business and philanthropy.

Thank you in advance for taking a minute and for sharing information to help build our case. We understand there are many surveys circulating right now.

If you haven’t yet, fill out this survey being used by a consortium of regional and state-wide funders; working in partnership including the Miller Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Tualatin Valley Creates and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Survey closes 5 p.m., Sunday, March 22 (PDT).

Additionally, Congress is making big decisions NOW about federal aid funding for the country’s nonprofit arts sector – as much as $4 billion being requested! Please ensure Oregon’s arts community is a priority by filling out a national survey from Americans for the Arts. 

Please share widely among all of your contacts and networks!Follow this link to the AFTA survey: bit.ly/nationalCOVID-19survey

Follow this link to the Oregon survey:
https://racc.org/covid19impact
Questions? Contact:Heather Nelson Kent, RACC Communications Manager, hnkent@racc.org
411 NW Park Ave Suite 101 | Portland, OR 97209 US

COVID-19 update

Due to the health issues surrounding the COVID 19 virus, and in order to protect both our members and customers, the TRAG Gallery will be closed until further notice. Additionally, the April 13th public Guild meeting at the Pioneer Center will also be cancelled. Instead, there will be a virtual Guild meeting about the use of Instagram and Facebook for the artist. All other meetings are subject to further notice. Please take care of yourselves and stay well. Let’s take this opportunity to delve into our passions and do what we love – create art and bring some much needed joy in a time we need it most. 

Trieste Andrews
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild

Call for artists: Oregon City Festival of the Arts – one more month left until the submission deadline

Oregon City Festival of the Arts logo

One more month until the Call for Artists closes for this annual event.

The Oregon City Festival of the Arts takes place on August 8th and 9th outdoors at the beautiful End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

We are especially looking for artists in the genres of Woodworking, 3D Metalworking, Sculpture, Textiles, and Unique Mediums.

The Festival attracts 2500-3000 over the weekend. It includes over 60 Artists’ booths, all day entertainment on 2 stages, a free children’s craft corner, an emerging artist exhibit, a silent auction, and so much more.

For details and application go to:  https://www.threeriversartistguild.com/call-for-artists-2020-oregon-city-festival-of-the-arts/

TRAG Gallery Closed

Updated  3/16 11:25 pm

I am glad to hear from so many of you with questions and  concerns. The choice that Trieste and I made for short hours for the gallery weighted heavily on us. We have NOW decided to keep the gallery closed. No one needs more potential close contacts at this time. Stay home, stay healthy and enjoy the time with your loved ones.  We will be closed at least though  April 1st.      

We will not have Art in/out on the March 28th / 29th as that would bring too many people together. If someone is in need of their art at the end of the month that certainly can be arranged. So sorry to cause more worry and concerns earlier.  

We care about all of you. It is important to us to be part of the solution.

Sue Woodworth
Gallery Co-chair Coordinator
New Artist Jury Coordinator

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