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Sunshine Fills Final Open Studio of 2012

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012

Sunshine and warmth filled the Hearth Building at Caldera on Saturday, March 25th for the last Open Studios of 2012. Nearly 80 people came to Caldera to enjoy a day of creativity, beauty, and the Caldera community.

Kristin Steele reads (left) and Sean Frenette plays (right) to an audience. Photography by Sisters Country Photography

Artist in Residency presentations started in the Grand Room with musician Sean Frenette of Portland, Oregon who explained how he developed and played his three-string guitar. He then demonstrated the effects of Caldera’s sounds system by using the delay and reverb effects, which allowed him to layer several melodies with different instruments and then play his guitar over the top. He explained to the crowd, “Not only has Caldera offered me space and time this month in this beautiful setting, but I had the opportunity to musically explore and experiment with this terrific sound system.”


After Sean’s performance, the audience moved to the Library for readings by writer, Kristin Steele of Portland, Oregon and writer and poet, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran of East Lansing, Michigan. After the readings, presentations followed by Portland, Oregon filmmaker, photographer, installation artist and one of Caldera’s Ford Family Foundation AiR Prize recipient, Vanessa Renwick and Tualatin, Oregon fiber artist, Jeri Flom.


Steele described arriving for her residency at Caldera with the need to organize her novel in progress. “The Grand Room offered the perfect opportunity to spread out all 200+ pages of my book across the floor,” she explained. “I was able to color code the pages to better visualize the narrative tenses and voices of my novel.” Bodhran read poems from his soon to be published books: Yerbabuena/Mala yerba, All My Roots Need Rain: mixed-blood poetry & prose and Heart of the Nation: Indigenous Womanisms, Queer People of Color, and Native Sovereignties. Renwick spoke about filming jellyfish and showed an excerpt from her installation piece, “Medusa Smack,” which is featured in Portland Biennial (http://disjecta.org/2012/) at the White Stag building from April 1st to May 19th. Before her studio tour, Flom spoke about the themes driving her current work: letters from her grandmother and the landscape of eastern Montana. She spoke to the vastness of landscape, familial connections, and the “miles and miles of thread” used in her works.


Kristin Steele lays out her novel in the Grand Room.


Caldera Students Bring Music Legends to Life with the Blues Portrait Project

Posted on: April 16th, 2012

It all started when local artist and blues musician Joe McMurrian, who has been a part of the Portland music scene for years, wanted something special to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the city’s beloved Waterfront Blues Festival. When he saw the Caldera Self Portrait Project from 2011 (inspired by the Shepard Fairey Obama Poster), he knew what the festival needed: Artwork by the talented Caldera teens.

Work by KitKat (left) and Cheezy (right) are part of the Caldera Blues Portrait Project

Students came together first in Portland and then in Central Oregon to create their posters. Joined by Caldera staffer, Teafly Peterson, McMurrian and Peterson covered the walls with photos of blues legends from Bessie Smith to Blind Boy Fuller. One by one students chose the artist that spoke to them the most. After students explained what drew them to their artist, McMurrian told them more about the lives of these legends.


Creating the Art:
The Caldera Blues Project is part of Caldera’s Spring Intensives, and the goal was to both learn about legendary blues artists and to make art inspired by their stories. After having some time to digest the amazing and sometimes difficult lives of these musicians, the students went to work. First they transferred their musicians’ images to the paper using a graphite transfer technique. Then students filled in the pencil lines using paint, pencils, markers,  and collage. Four hours later, students showed their work to classmates.


Waterfront Blues Festival
Central Oregon students will have the opportunity to go through the same the process of creating Blues portraits at the end of April. The original works from both groups will be framed and sold at two separate events including an exhibition in June at the WK Caldera Gallery and at a secured exhibition space at this years Waterfront Blues Festival. Two posters will be selected and made into main Waterfront Blues Festival banners. The framed originals will be available for purchase for $250 and proceeds will go back to both the student artists who created the work and Caldera.

Make sure to check out May’s newsletter to see the art.

Students Explore Life Through Art with Caldera Spring Intensives

Posted on: April 11th, 2012

It’s Spring in Oregon, which means Caldera Spring Intensives are taking over Portland and Central Oregon. Twice a year Caldera creates a weekend of art intensives for both middle and high school students. With everything from t-shirt design to improv classes, students spend two full days submerged in art.

On March 17th and 18th, over 30 Portland middle and high school students (Central Oregon has their intensives the last weekend of April) gathered at Portland State University for the Intensives. Students can choose between eight workshops over two days.

In Portland, Caldera students worked with artist Erin Rosett to create inspirational banners. Their medium: sample material donated from Columbia Sportswear’s Fabric Library. Students could choose from dozens of patterns and materials and an assortment of feathers, ribbon, yarn, and buttons.

Rosett’s worskhop focused on positive messaging as well as giving students an insight into the fabrics that make the Columbia Sportswear line. (Read more below pictures.)

Students work with materials donated by Columbia Sporswear to create inspirational banners.

Another popular workshop is run by Super Lab Project, an Improv Non Profit. Super Lab Project isn’t new to Caldera. Super Lab Project wowed students during last year’s Fall Intensives and Caldera was excited to have the group back. Super Lab Project uses improv as a way to work with students on basic acting skills but also how to stay in the moment and stay positive. Improv teaches skills applicable to every day life like heightened listening, teamwork and problem solving. All while having a lot of fun.

Learn more about Super Project Lab and their partnership with Portland State University business students here.

Central Oregon students will have their own spring intensive this weekend, April 28 and 29.