An intensive... No nonsense...
Roll up your sleeves and get to work
Drawing Workshop by
Saturday Dec 7
Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies
You will complete eight finished drawings
Material List at Front Desk
Class size limited to 12
The musical panoply that is her 30-year body of work as a solo vocalist includes songs by a wide variety of songwriters, and encompasses multiple styles -- including but not limited to acoustic pop, contemporary folk and traditional Irish. She will cut a broad swath across this repertoire when she performs as DNACA's first artist of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 19) in Crescent Elk Auditorium.
During her early years in County Clare, she heard and sang music all the time. There, "singing is the same as breathing," commented O'Connell. Her mother loved to listen to parlor tunes and light opera, and so those styles infused her early years, as did traditional Irish music, which had a rebirth in Ireland in the 1970s. "It was the pop music of the times," she said. "My reaction to all the traditional Irish music was I was turned off of it," she reflected, "it was too much." Her favored music was that of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and The Band.
She sang in choirs throughout her school years, and when she was 18 or so, she started singing in folk clubs, and went out on the road sometimes to do sessions. "I had no intention of making music my business," she said, noting that she intended to go into her family's business, running a retail/wholesale fish market. "If I had gone to college, I would have studied accounting," she added.
Serendipity played a role in her solo musical career. She had a friend who went off to join a band to become a "professional" artist; "I'd never even seen one then," she said. Six months later, after singing at an "English wake" (basically a going-away party for someone moving to England), she was approached by two members of the Galway-based De Dannan. She toured in the U.S. and recorded with the band -- when "Star Spangled Molly" came out in 1981 it was a huge success --- "but I never really joined De Dannan. In the beginning of 1982, I told them I'd be gone at the end of the year."
O'Connell's musical interests and connections had turned towards Tennessee, having met many Nashville-based artists at festivals in the U.S. Among collaborators were banjo player Bela Fleck, then with NewGrass, and acclaimed dobro player Jerry Douglas, whom she worked with "in that tiny window of time when an alternative version" of country music developed. She spent much of the 1980s in Nashville -- where she still lives -- finally getting her green card in 1991.
Over a thirty-year solo career she has recorded 12 CDs, on the Third Floor Music, Philo, Warner Brothers and Sugar Hill labels, among others. "Helpless Heart, " produced in 1989 by Fleck, was nominated for a Grammy award; "Blue is the Colour of Hope" (1992) was O'Connell's first CD produced by Douglas, and "Walls and Windows" (2001) was produced by Ray Kennedy. Her most recent album, "Naked with Friends" (2009), is unique in that it is sung entirely a cappella -- with help from guest vocalists Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, Kate Rusby, Mary Black, Douglas, Tim O'Brien and Aoife O'Donovan (of Crooked Still) among others -- and includes a good deal of traditional Irish music, with three songs sung in Irish.
Don’t miss seeing O’Connell now, before she retires from solo touring. When asked about her decision, she talked about how the music industry has changed. "I don't want to ask people I don't know for money to make an album," she said. She will still participate in collaborations, but, as it was early in her life, music will go back to being a hobby. O'Connell will have come full circle.
"Maura O'Connell brings great songs to passionate life with her voice: a sturdy, melodic, from-the-soul-instrument. Her interpretive powers are near-perfect, as is her ability to make someone else's personal lyrics universal," noted the Dallas Morning News.
Tickets cost $20 general, $15 for seniors 65 and older and $12 for full-time students, K-college, and are available at Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City, Wright's Custom Framing in Brookings, and at the door at 6:45 p.m. the night of the show. Also at the door will be season tickets, which provide deep discounts, make great gifts and are transferable and replaceable.
For more information, contact DNACA at (707) 464-1336 or visit www.dnaca.net # =========================
Holly O. Austin
Executive Director Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA)
A Local Arts Agency Serving Del Norte County
P.O. Box 1480 Crescent City, CA 95531
707.464.1336 (for faxing call first)
The Watercolor Society of Oregon's Traveling Show includes 20 award-winning works from the WSO 48th Annual Transparent Watercolor Exhibition. This show will be on exhibit at Manley Art Center during the month of November. Below are several examples of what you will see at Manley this month. Come see the show Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.
Buzz Stewart and Rob Decker at Wright's Custom Framing during the Art Walk. On Sat., Dec. 7 from 10 to 3 at Wright's, Rob is offering a DRAWING BOOT CAMP - An intensive, No nonsense, Roll up your sleeves and get to work, drawing workshop. The fee is $30 and you will complete 8 drawings.
Floral by Elio Camacho at Brian Scott Gallery. Elio is offering an oil painting workshop at Wright's on November 23. Call Wright's Custom Framing at 541-469-7900 to see if there are any openings left.
Don't forget to visit Manley Art Center this month to see the Watercolor Society of Oregon's traveling show. All of the paintings are award winners. In addition, the work of local artists can be seen in the classroom.
Many thanks to Ann Ostrowski for photographing the November Brookings Second Saturday Art Walk!
Angela Ewing has done a wonderful job of growing this event from a handful of people attending in April, to a roomfull. As Angela's schedule won't allow her to continue through the winter, the event will be suspended until spring. We're looking forward to the next Artistic License in 2014!
Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio, LLC
Class Schedule - 2013
In the Continuum Building, Old Town Bandon
Wed. Oct. 23 – Doodle Art Play Day with Kathleen Morey Bailey 11 – 3 $16
Sat. Oct. 26 – Colored Pencil Play Day with Robin Hanna 1 – 4 $16
Sun. Oct. 27 – Collage Play Day with Susan Lehman 1 – 4 $16
Tues. Oct. 29 – Figure Drawing Play Day w/Model with Carol Casmier 11 – 12:30 $16
+ Model fee of $1 - 2
Wed. Oct. 30 – Card Making Play Day with Kathleen Morey Bailey 11 – 3 $16
Thurs. Oct. 31 – Yupo Play Day with Ava Richey 1 - 4 $16
Wed. Nov. 6 – Watercolor: Experimenting with Design with Hyon Fielding 1 – 4 $25
Sun. Nov. 17 – Wire Wrapping Pendants with Shawn Tempesta 1 – 4 $25
Contact the Gallery at 541-347-5355 for more information. Most classes have a materials list of what to bring with you.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), as the regional arts council for the Oregon coast, invites you to a special training for visual, literary or performing artists on the Oregon Coast. I am the Outreach and Education Representative for the Coastal Arts Network Design & Optimization (CAN DO) for the OCCA. We are excited to offer you, as an independent artist, arts promoter, gallery promoter, or humanities or heritage organization, free listings on our new website coastarts.org created by the OCCA. The new website allows you to post your listings directly, with complete control of the content.
We offer a free 2 hour introduction and learning session and that is all you will need to freely start posting your art related events, activities, functions, and performances as well as listing yourself as an artist, presenter or venue.
Visit the site, coastarts.org, and see how you will fit in. The following free sessions are now scheduled in Coos County and Douglas County, and are currently open for enrollment. Space is limited and you must sign up before Tuesday, October 22nd.
Umpqua Discovery Center Reedsport, Oregon Monday, October 28, 2013 1 pm - 3 pm
Coos Bay Library Coos Bay, Oregon Monday, October 28, 2013 6 pm - 8 pm
Coos Bay Library Coos Bay, Oregon Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10 am - 12 noon
Bandon Conference and Community Center, Bandon Oregon Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6 pm - 8 pm
Bandon Conference and Community Center, Bandon Oregon Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1 pm - 3 pm
Winchester Bay Community Center Winchester Bay, Oregon Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6 pm - 8 pm
If you would like to register for any one of these sessions please respond by email to email@example.com or telephone 541-574-2650 with your contact information and the session you would like to attend.
For more information about this free service, call or email me. Also tell anyone in the arts community of this invitation and have them contact us.
Outreach Education Representative
Coastal Art Network – Design and Optimization (CAN DO) Oregon Coast Council for the Arts P.O. Box 1315, Newport. OR 97365 (541) 574-2650 or 541-351-1624(cell) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.coastarts.org