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Notes from the Publisher - Pamela Hulse Andrews

Let’s Get This Party Started

Read more: Let’s Get This Party Startedby PAMELA HULSE ANDREWS Cascade A&E Publisher

 

When I borrowed the song title Let’s Get This Party Started to help kick off Cascade A&E’s 20th birthday party I thought I had picked a country-western song about good times and celebrations. I hadn’t realized that The Black Eyed Peas, a hip hop group, wrote the song suggesting that you ‘free your inner soul and break away from tradition.’ What might be troubling is that it originally appeared on the album under the title Let’s Get Retarded....seemingly very inappropriate.

 

The song was remixed for The Black Eyed Peas’ fifth studio album The E.N.D. as Let’s Get Re-Started, which won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2005 Grammy Awards and was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song.

 

Regardless of its origin, its messaging and my brief education on hip hop, we’re sticking with it and our first party is planned for March (we hope to have one every month throughout the year recognizing and honoring various art forms).

 

Combining the visual art of paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and wearables with music we are kicking off the celebration during Bend’s First Friday, March 6 at both Red Chair Gallery and Ranch Records (who recently moved to Oregon Street a couple doors down from the gallery).

 

Sounds like a party to me when you combine the creative arts with a superb collection of vinyls and CDs.

 

As I mentioned in my January editorial we are in the process of designing an exciting, inventive and state-of-the-arts website by partnering with a gifted local web firm, Five Talent. The website will help launch another aspect of Cascade A&E...a statewide arts calendar scattered with editorial content. Today we are proud to say that we are Oregon’s only arts magazine.

 

I hope you’ll be able to take some time to join us in celebrating Cascade A&E that continues to recognize and highlight the creativity that embodies Central Oregon.

Oregon’s Only Arts Magazine Turns 20

by PAMELA HULSE ANDREWS Cascade A&E Publisher

 

2015 will mark the twentieth year that Cascade Arts & Entertainment has been published in Central Oregon. I created the magazine in Bend, Oregon in 1995 as a special addition to Cascade Business News.

 

It began as a newsprint tabloid, but the arts and cultural amenities emerging in our region were no less significant than they are today. With the help of local gallery owners such as Steve and Sandy Miller of Sunbird Gallery and Pamela Claflin of the Mockingbird Gallery and our most sincere advocate of the arts, Cate O’Hagan, we created a publication totally devoted to the arts.

 

The vision was to expose the region and our visitors to the varied and numerous artistic endeavors occurring all around us.

 

We highlighted local painters, sculptors, potters, musicians, poets, writers, actors and producers. We partnered with Cascade Festival of Music, the Sisters Folk Festival & Quilt Show, Sunriver Music Festival, Museum at Warm Springs, Art in Public Places and the High Desert Museum and as new opportunities came along, the Tower Theatre, BendFilm, Atelier 6000, Scalehouse and Art in the High Desert, we championed the many arts and culture prospects our area has created.

 

The magazine emerged from the newsprint to electrobrite from tabloid to magazine format. We added a gloss cover (it’s hard to properly display original artwork even on high-bright paper).

 

Over the twenty years we have seen the ebbs and flow of the economy as it grew and prospered only to be defeated, at least temporarily, as we struggled to make ends meet. The art world around us suffered, our publication company suffered, but not once did we consider ceasing the publication of the arts magazine.

 

All along we encouraged and advocated for the arts to be considered a value-added part of our economy. It worked as we helped approve a notable room tax proposal that has created the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund slated to help advance local arts organizations.

 

We are in the process of designing an exciting, inventive and state-of-the-arts website by partnering with a gifted local web firm, Five Talent. The website will help launch another aspect of Cascade A&E...a statewide arts calendar scattered with editorial content. Today we are proud to say that we are Oregon’s only arts magazine.

 

Creativity is alive and blossoming in Central Oregon. We are proud to be part of this amazing community of artists and arts enthusiasts who bring innovative thinking to our mix.


This year in celebration we plan to honor our arts partners and to collaborate with them over the course of the year on variety of commemorations. Sisters Folk Festival will be one of our partners as they too will celebrate twenty years in 2015.

 

I cannot possibly articulate my admiration of all the artists, volunteers and organizations we have worked with over the years. There are no words that can express the appreciation of those who make Central Oregon such a creative and inspiring place through art. I am so proud that we have been able to sustain and create an arts magazine just for our community....and thank you so very very much for being a part of it.

 

Let’s celebrate!

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by PAMELA HULSE ANDREWS Cascade A&E Publisher

 

I’m one of those guys that is still a bit afraid of the telephone, its implications for conversation. I still wonder if the jukebox might be the death of live music. ~ Tom Waits

 

The luxury of the internet, if you put it in the extravagance column, has undeniably opened up the art world to a wider audience. It’s easy to pop open a visual artist’s website and view their work. If you know the artist and want to procure or custom order a piece, the internet is a savvy way to do so.

 

The performance artist has a rather incredible opportunity to go viral with all the places for listeners to tap into their music from Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Spotify. It’s especially appealing when you want to hear a song or musician instantly and all you have to do is pop up the tune on your phone, iPad or computer. No waiting or searching in a store, just instant music.

 

However, it’s hard to experience the art of our Roundabouts by looking at them online or appreciate the texture, quality and ambience of an original piece of art without viewing it in person. The internet has afforded us an opportunity to not miss anything, even a gallery opening, when you can go online and take a look at the exhibit. It doesn’t, however, provide the experience of the casual perusal of real art nor a personal conversation about the creative enrichment the artist looks to employ.

 

The New York Times Sunday magazine went a little further on the internet phenomenon last month when it penned All the World’s a Gallery. It noted that the internet has “for years allowed aspiring stars a way to circumvent the industry machine in order to hit it big” all through social media. This innovative marketing tool has successful artists posting their work on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram. It may not sound like a viable outlet for the art world but social media is helping to bridge geographic distances. How? When a celebrated player (i.e. a famous movie, musician or sports star) happens to see an artist’s work, and likes it, they can tweet it to their 13,000 or so fans and it goes viral.

 

Still I have to go back to the you had to be there. I am a big fan of Tom Waits, but little did I know how really amazing this iconic songwriter, storyteller, musician is until I saw him up close and personal. I had to pinch myself and my friend, Joanne, to make sure we were really there. And I couldn’t believe the excitement of seeing a Beatle (Ringo) perform right here in a little ole Bend, Oregon. You could not replicate that memory in an online experience.

 

Hunting for CDs and old vinyl records can be an entertaining way to pass the time on Amazon, but there’s something poetic about dropping into Ranch Records or Recycle Music and scavenging through the music selections.

 

I’m touched by instant access to the art world, both performance and visual, but I hope you’ll still join me on occasion and visit our galleries, the theatres and the stages in Central Oregon.

 

Enjoy the sounds over the holidays, nothing beats Christmas music (in my view)!