We believe in starting early. The Deadline is March 1, 2016.
If you start now before you know it March will be only days away. The Entry Form can be found here. Yes, its right here on this website. Print it, put it on the wall next to your desk. When those poems are done or that story is polished to perfection, take down the entry from and send it to: PO Box 1334, McMinnville, Or. 97128.
Arts Alliance awards $2000.00 for college scholarships to promising artist who are graduating from high school
Newberg High School senior Violet Fox received the $1000 Marg Johansen Scholarship. She is planning on attending University of Oregon this fall majoring in art, studying to be a medical illustrator. She is a member of National Honors Society. She has been artistic director of high school productions of two Shakespeare plays. She was featured in Youth Arts program and an art show at the Portland Art Museum (2011-2012)
McMinnville High School senior Ashley Lavender received the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County Scholarship of $1000. She will be studying film at Portland State this fall. Her plan is to become a director. During her time at Mac High she has been on the dance team and student of the month at the Media Arts and Communication Academy. She has been active in the theatre department in both Gallery Theatre and Mac High.
Chehalem Cultural Center's Jessi Rich wants to meet working local Artists.
Jessi Rich, who is a writer and Education Coordinator for the Chehalem Cultural Center, talked with Lynda Phillippi host of the Arts Alive TV show about the Center's Summer Programs. The programs for children 4 and up run July to August. There are also adult programs like the watercolor class taught by Gary Buhler.
The Lavender Festival July 11-12 will be at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.
Former Chehalem Cultural Center Board Chair, current Center Board member, and Arts Alliance of Yamhill County President, Kris Horne talked with Lynda Phillippi on Arts Alive about the new and improved Lavender Festival and the associated Paint Out and Art Show.
The Lavender Festival has been going in Yamhill County for 10 years. This year it will move from the town of Yamhill to Newberg at the Chehalem Cultural Center. There will be craft venders, food venders Wine and Beer providers, and even Lavender product vendors. There will be the usual self guided tour of the Yamhill County lavender farms.
As part of the Lavender Festival, local artist Susan Day created a lavender fields paint out with an art show during the Festival itself. The Chehalem Cultural Center's ballroom will be used for the Art Show. The Paint out will begin on June 25th. There will be two classes for the show, professional and emerging artists.
Watch the Arts Alive interview. Kris explains the details.
Edwina Castle's Gallery Ballet and Tap production of Cappellia and its summer programs
Recently Edwina Castle who is on the Board of the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County and who moving force behind Gallery Ballet and Tap talked with Lynda Phillippi on Arts Alive TV. Gallery Ballet and Tap is putting on a production of Cappellia May 29th and 30th on the main stage at the Gallery Theater in McMinnville.
This will be the third time Gallery Ballet has produced Cappellia, which is a beautiful love story set in an old German village. It is an old ballet first produced in Paris in 1870. Gallery Ballet produced the ballet in 1998, 2007 and now in 2015. For this production there will be a number of new dances and several male dancers.
Edwina also talked with Lynda about the extensive summer programs that Gallery Ballet and Tap will be offering.
Award Celebration Friday 4/17/15 at 7 PM at Chemeketa Community College McMinnville Campus
The Arts Alliance of Yamhill County is excited to announce the winners of the 2015 Paper Gardens Creative Writing Contest. The 2015 Poetry Judge, recent Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, the Prose Judge novelist Samuel Snoek-Brown, and the Art Judge graphic designer Phyllice Bradner have made their winning selections. Judges’ selections will be published in the 2015 Paper Gardens Chapbook. Along with the adults, youth and children from 15 different Yamhill County Schools will be honored at the Awards Celebration on Friday, April 17th at 7PM at Chemeketa Community College McMinnville.
The Winners are:
Poetry - Youth Free Verse
1) Ashes Given To the Sea Peter Van Horn
2) Rainbows Mikayla Reck
3) To Dance in the Rain Anna Wiard
Spring Kara LaVeine
City Rakhi Grant
Wormholes Gabriel Hornback
We Build Walls Aubrey Koskela
Sprocket Madison Brumbaugh
Poetry - Youth Traditional (3 Awards)
Why We Have Life Troy Pigman
Summer Addisyn Hendrickson
Two Houses Down Elizabeth Warren
The Night Olivia Brodeur
For Spring We Cheer Ashton Schimmel
Poetry - Youth Haiku (3 Awards)
A Little Taste of Oregon Christopher Martinez-Geronimo
The Willow Tree Olivia Dredge
Softness of the Hill Wrenna Lindsley
Poetry - Youth Poetry of Place
New Girl Nickole Babikoff
Prose - Youth Short Story
1) In Flew Enza Cassidy Malick
2) Painted Silence Rebecca Long
3) Peter and Pan Emily Adams
ART - Youth
1) Bad Kitty Nakia Moore
2) Untitled Isaac Risseeuw
3) Tiger Ashlyn Wolfe
4) Untitled Jennifer Garcia-Guzman
Poetry - Children’s Free Verse (3 Awards)
Classroom Sophia James
Time Coralyn Reinker
I Used To Be But Now Kade Weeks
Could You Would You Margaret Bowman
And Nothing Was Impossible Hannah Simmons
The Mountain Coralyn Reinker
Finishing Katherine Castro
Day and Night Mystique May
History Cali Willius
Poetry - Children’s Limericks
Eyeless Silas Blake Harris
Poetry - Children’s Diamantes / Diamond Poems (3 Awards)
Aliens and Humans Quincy Reuter
School/Home Anna Gerber
Dogs and Cats Morgan Gerhart
Poetry - Children’s Traditional (3 Awards)
If Fairies Paint the Butterflies Lillie Spencer
Winter Fun Cole Harper
Beach Britney Fischer CVMS, Newberg
A Simple Pencil Katherine Castro
Boys and Girls Isabella Warden
Arguing with Dad Lillie Spencer
Boys and Girls Lillie Spencer
Ocean Allie Macartney
Poetry - Children’s Haiku (3 Awards)
Airplane Nicholas Nyburg
Trees Sierra Savage
The Wind William Nice
Getting UP in the Morning Ellen Dong
Refrigerator Cole Harper
Poetry - Children’s Poetry of Place
1) Yamhill County Aanya Bhatia
2) Space to Earth Sydney Berkey
3) Memorial’s Playground Peyton Scales
Prose - Children Short Story
1) The Mortal God Logan Ferry
2) Edward the Elf Olivia Jaczko
3) When I Remember Annika Selke
Oscar the Dog Kaia Brantner
Prose - Children Creative Non-fiction
1) The Claim of Strange Sophia Elaine Morris Arias
2) My Friend, Samson Mikenzie Paskewich
Prose - Children Essay of Place
1) The Craziest River Trip Ever Adeline Rich
Poetry - Adult Free Verse
1) Eda Flourine Baslee Pat Angland
2) Our Minds Have All the Neurons… Linda Hoard
3) My People Come from Dirt Lucinda Hultine
Thoughts Are Constant Travelers Rachel Lanieg
No Aubade Thea Evenstad
Stone Carin in the Woods Fran Hunter
Observations of Dementia Pat Angland
Poetry - Adult Traditional
1) Halloween Linda Hoard
2) Meditation on Alpha-Naught Thea Evenstad
3) An Earthen Praise Sonnet Jeff Strobel
Summer Tanka Lucinda Hultine
An Oak Tree’s Enchantment Jeff Strobel
The Chief Mike Paull
Poetry - Adult Haiku
1) Spines Bernice Owens
2) Haiku Quinn Riesenmay
Poetry - Adult Poems of Place
1) Nirvana Susan Easterly
2) In This Place Margaret Cross
3) Matthew’s Creed Mike Paull
Prose - Adult Short Story
1) Between Two Bodies David Woolen
2) Carla’s Serious Problem Loren Wilbur
Prose - Adult Creative Non-fiction
1) Under the Dogwood Tree Jeanne Drevas
2) What Love Looks Like, As I Recall Gary Tandy
3) Along the Way Chris Hoover
Prose - Adult Essay of Place
1) Fall Equinox Fran Hunter
ART – Adult
Welcome to Our Garden Marcine (Marcy) Dillon
Young Poet in Overalls Christa Brandenburg
The winning and honorable mention authors will receive a free chapbook, a one year family membership in Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, and a certificate of recognition. First place winners will be invited to read their work at the Awards Celebration April 17th at 7PM at Chemeketa Community College, McMinnville campus.
Writing for YA Audiences: Finding the Emotional Truth Inside the Lie of Fiction
No matter what genre you intend to write, when writing for a young adult audience, it’s critical that you write as honestly as possible about the characters’ emotions. Novelist Adam Gallardo will explore how to maintain this emotional truth as you write. His workshop the the Terroir Creative Writing Festival is at 11:30 to 12:30 on Saturday, April 18th at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville campus.
Gallardo is a writer who lives and works in Oregon. He's mostly known for writing comics (Star Wars: Infinities -- Return of the Jedi, 100 Girls and Gear School volumes one & two).
His debut novel, Zomburbia, published August 2014. It's sequel, Zombified, will publish January 2015.
Getting the Details Right: Research and Setting in Fiction
“The devil is in the details” the saying goes and it is as true in writing fiction as it is in rolling out a grand policy decision.
In this workshop Samuel Snoek-Brown will help you learn how to make any fictional settings, objects, or people come to life through careful and accurate details. This will be a popular workshop, space is limited, registering early will assure you a chair. The workshop will be from 2 PM to 3 PM at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville campus.
Sam is the author of two books: flash-fiction chapbook, Box Cutters, from sunnyoutside press; and his novel, Hagridden, from Columbus Press. He is a recipient of a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship. He has been shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition, twice for short fiction and once for a novella, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award.
Sam teaches writing for Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Chemeketa Community College. He is the production editor for Jersey Devil Press and has served as the fiction judge for local literary contests in Oregon and Indiana. This year Samuel is Judging the Prose for the Paper Gardens Creative Writing Contest for adults, youth, and children in Yamhill County, Oregon.l.
He was raised mostly in Texas; I’ve also lived in Oregon and Wisconsin, and he loves to travel: in addition to driving much of the US, I’ve visited Mexico, Turkey, Canada, Scotland, Austria, The Netherlands, and Thailand. I recently spent two years living in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. He lives in Portland, Oregon
How to be your own Editor
John Sibley Williams will be presenting a workshop that provides authors with all the tools and guidance necessary to become their own successful publishers. Including aspects of professional editing and design, logistics and distribution, and publicity and marketing, the goal for this presentation is to offer enough details to make writers “publishing professionals,” with an insider’s knowledge of the business and marketplace. This is a workshop will be from 3 PM to 4:10 Pm on Saturday April 18th at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville Campus.
John Sibley Williams is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Controlled Hallucinations (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and The End of Mythology (Virgogray Press, 2013), and has served as editor of the recent Northwest poetry anthologies Alive at the Center (Ooligan Press, 2013) and Motionless from the Iron Bridge (barebones books, 2013). He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. A few previous publishing credits include: American Literary Review, Third Coast, Nimrod International Journal, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, RHINO, and various anthologies.
John co-founded the Inflectionist poetry movement, edits its journal, The Inflectionist Review, and serves as Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford and Co-Director of the Walt Whitman 150 organization. He also co-founded the Moonlit Poetry Caravan, a Portland-based critique group.
John holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University, where he served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and Marketing Manager of Three Muses Press.
Currently John works as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press and as a freelance literary agent and publicist, representing poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon
Professional Critiques of Nonfiction
Listening to Lisa Ohlen Harris talk about memoir begins to infuse your life with story. Those who have shared your life take on the luster and patina of a well-loved landscape. It is a gift to the spirit.
Lisa Ohlen Harris will be the featured writer at the Prose Night sponsored by the McMinnville Public Library. The evening of April 2nd at 406 NE 3rd Street, McMinnville beginning at 6:30 PM, Lisa read excerpts from her work. It is a wonderful open mic opportunity. If you have something to share you can come up and read an excerpt of your work.
Lisa is the author of two memoirs; the Middle East memoir “Through the Veil” and most recently “The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving” She has an MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She was the Creative Nonfiction Editor of “Relief Journal” (LINK) from 2007 through 2010. She is a free lance editor who offers critique services which will look for strengths and potentials, look for what is effective and how writing can be enhanced. Not forgetting the details, her critiques include editorial corrections in grammar, punctuation, and usage as well as writing craft guidance to help shape and polish a specific essay and to improve tools for future writing projects. She has worked with authors to develop editing skills, to improve a literary essay, to polish an essay collection, to fine tune college application essays, and to edit and strengthen book-length manuscripts.
The Terroir Creative Writing Festival sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County is on Saturday, April 18th, at the Chemeketa Community College McMinnville Campus. Lisa Ohlen Harris will be offering four 20 minute one-on-one critiques and feedback on a nonfiction article, essay, or memoir excerpt up to 3000 words. She will review the writing ahead of time. During her critique she will point out strengths, weaknesses, and the potential of the work. Since Lisa will review work before the Festival, it is important to register early.