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Notes from the Publisher - Pamela Hulse Andrews

Salute to Arts Groups

Read more: Salute to Arts GroupsWhen I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it’s you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.
Steven Spielberg (American film director, screenwriter, producer and business magnate)

 

Collaborative efforts pay off for arts organizations that band together with similar goals of marketing their respective art entities and cultural tourism as well as generally promoting the arts.


Renewed efforts in Central Oregon are creating a myriad of new organizations that have emerged through the vision of the region’s arts leaders. The economic vitality of our arts communities is only beginning to become apparent to the general public. Yet Bend’s creative economy [currently] supports 160 plus jobs, generates $16 million per year in local spending and provides nearly two million cultural experiences per year.


The Arts & Culture Alliance (ACA) realizes the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy and was formed to create collaboration and networking opportunities for local arts and cultural organizations. Their shared purpose in working together to promote the arts and supporting each other is establishing a collective voice for the arts.


ScaleHouse has been percolating in our community over the couple of years to create an arts and culture space that would harness our creativity through educational programs, workshops and exhibits. Spearheaded by the ever inventive Pat Clark of Atelier 6000 the arts center, named ScaleHouse, would be a catalyst for expanding and engaging our community into the inspiring world of art.


The Arts, Beautification and Culture Commission was created by the Bend City Council in January 2002 to make recommendations on the appropriate role for the City to take in supporting art, beautification and culture, to annually identify appropriate City involvement in arts, community beautification and culture with emphasis on community gatherings, events, cultural tourism and the arts. The volunteer group has been instrumental in creating art exhibits at city hall and providing awards enhancing the arts and beautification in Bend.


A recent voter approved measure to create a public fund for the arts in Bend is now in the formation process with numerous arts organizations providing input into the nearly $200,000 annually that will provide a granting program dedicated to promoting arts and cultural programs that will enhance Bend’s tourism economy. The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund (BCTF) is a grant program that will allow local arts groups to expand their scope and market their projects and programs to visitors to the City of Bend.
Redmond is finding a great appreciation for art and culture and is playing a role in the city’s revitalization. Redmond’s foray into public art began with two very generous donations to the City of Redmond from Nike’s founder, Phil Knight and his wife Penny. Their contribution set in motion the creation of two art-focused groups, the Redmond Art Commission and Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places (RCAPP).


The high plains and long horizons of Central Oregon have inspired creative expression for centuries.  With that vision in mind the Art Adventure Gallery in Madras was created to capture the breadth and character of these works and bring them to residents and visitors of Central Oregon.


All of these ideas and more are creating an incredible vision for arts in our communities. Enhancing our creative world and tapping our economic potential requires teamwork, partnerships and collaboration but the outcome will only be as good as the agreements between the artists, organizations, local businesses, philanthropists and volunteers who help make it happen.

Looking for Cultural Icons

Read more: Looking for Cultural IconsCreating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, ‘I’m stupid, isn’t it cute?’ makes me want to throw daggers. I want to say to them, ‘My grandma did not fight for what she fought for just so you can start telling women it’s fun to be stupid. Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter? It’s not OK.’
~ Reese Witherspoon  (American Actress, b.1976)

 

You can quote them in an instant. You know them by just one name. You can dress like them on Halloween. Something they said or did not only changed your life, but affected American life as a whole. Who are they?


The 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons include Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, James Dean, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Ellen Degeneres, Katie Couric, Jay Leno, John F. Kennedy, Hemmingway, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley and, yes, Hugh Hefner. The divas, the visionaries, the sex symbols, the shocking and divine influence what we eat, the way we dress, think and react.


VH1 developed the list based on their view of America’s most outstanding and outrageous personalities -- the individuals who have significantly inspired and impacted American society.


These representatives of popular culture have the power to captivate our imagination: music we listen to, movies we watch, books we read. The internet has made it possible for one person to have a farther reaching impact than the days before such extensive cyberspace connections.


They’ve not only affected people personally, but also have mass societal impact, affecting millions of people around the world. They’re part of a universal vocabulary. They’ve become brands in their own right... great writers, dazzling filmmakers and musicians, brilliant philosophers and scientists, influential political leaders.

Happy Valentine’s from Frank Sinatra & Rickie Lee Jones

Read more: Happy Valentine’s from Frank Sinatra & Rickie Lee JonesAlone or surrounded in love on Valentine’s Day it’s essential (well, at least appealing) to make a list of your all time favorite love songs. They might just inspire your inner romantic. L-O-V-E is still the most popular subject title for songs and lyrics, so it’s fairly easy to pick out a handful of tunes to put together your Valentine’s Day Playlist.


In a quick survey of a few savvy, sentimental friends, at the top of the list is Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley who recorded the song first in 1956. The song puts new words to the music of the Civil War song Aura Lee, published in 1861 with music by George R. Poulton and words by W. W. Fosdick. Elvis performed Love Me Tender on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956, shortly before the single’s release and about a month before the movie, Love Me Tender opened. On the following day, RCA received one million advance orders, making it a gold record before it was even released.


Many love songs are crafted with such intense emotion, you know the songwriters knew exactly was they were writing about such as When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge, also Michael Bolton. Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright wrote the song recorded by Percy in 1966. It made number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. It was listed 54th in the list of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time.


If you want sexually suggestive lyrics you can’t beat Marvin Gaye’s plea to Let’s Get It On. Quite possibly the granddaddy of all songs for lovers the world over.


Some songs you can get very messy over: Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers. Crazy by Patsy Cline (written by Willie Nelson) and The First Time I Ever Saw your Face by Roberta Flack.


Kenny Rogers forgets his country roots for a few minutes to deliver an impressively soulful vocal with Lady written by Lionel Richie. Willie Nelson inspires us with Valentine and To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before written by Hal David and Albert Hammond. Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson made it famous in their 1984 recording.


Lost love fills these remorseful songs: What’s Love Got to Do with It by Tina Turner (originally written for Cliff Richard), Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers in 1956 and Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland and performed by the supremely talented Jennifer Nettles.