A super concert by Richard Johnson. If you missed this one, be sure to make the summer event. And MANY thanks to Richard for donating this concert as a fundraiser for Two Rivers Gallery. Here he is with Happy
Another summer gone, and unfortunately, it was not the best one for the gallery. There were not many tourists about this year, and those that were about kept the purse strings tightly under control. It was even more unfortunate that the Federal budget scare in July, which is usually our best month, resulted in the lowest ever July art sales. However, we are hanging in there and expect to be around for a long time yet. Our fundraising shop, Two Rivers Treasures has made a real difference. We have had several large donations to the shop, and have sold enough of those items to offset some of the losses from reduced art sales. Many thanks go out to those people who have donated their treasures.
We have made some changes to the volunteer commission structure in order to encourage more volunteering, since we definitely can’t sell art if we are not open. It used to be that there was a 5% reduction in commission for each full day worked per month, with a maximum of 4 days, or 20% reduction in commission per month. We have changed that to 2 ½% for each ½ day worked, since many volunteers prefer to work only a ½ day. We have also instituted a policy of ‘banking’ for extra ½ days worked above the 4 day per month limit. That way, if a volunteer will be on vacation and has worked extra hours during other months, they can assign those ‘banked’ hours to the month they will not be here.
We had several thefts of cash in the spring, which did not stop until we installed a camera in the room where the cash is locked away at night. That was very disturbing. Last month some local youths had a rock throwing-battering ram party at the expense of the gallery and the Community Center, doing about $3000 in damage in broken windows and doors. Fortunately that expense was covered by CVIP and not passed on to the gallery. CVIP has not increased our rent in quite some time. However expenses are going up. The cleaners that we’ve had for many years moved out of the area and the new cleaning costs are higher, as are cleaning, office and beading supplies.
The budget committee has just put together a budget for 2012. Since we will definitely have a loss in 2011, and there is no reason to expect a big turnaround in spending next year, we have had to make changes in order to break even in 2012. We will attempt to increase our fundraising but it was agreed that a commission increase will be necessary in order to balance a budget for 2012. There has not been an increase in rates for 8 years, but as art sales go down, so does income to the gallery, while expenses only go up. There will be an increase of 5% across the board in commission rates. Volunteers will still get the same % reduction for hours worked but the minimum rate per month will be 15% instead of the current 10%. This will become effective on Jan 1st, 2012. The membership dues will not change.
This is not a cheerful newsletter, but please don’t get discouraged. We need to pull together if we are to see this recession through to better times. It’s been difficult to convince some newer members, who have had very sparse sales, that it is not the quality of their art at fault, but just a general public malaise, and so we have lost a few members this year. We’re pleased to have also gained a few new members.
The gallery is looking terrific. We were lucky to have the Klamath Vista quilts on display in the spring, followed by the ‘Chiloquilters Country’ quilt, which was made by the Chiloquilters and donated to the Community Center. Early in 2012 we will have the “Fracture Group’ quilts on display. All of these quilts are quite remarkable and bring many people in to view them.
Wishing you all a happy holiday season,
TRVA Board of Directors.
What a gloomy spring it’s been; not one full day of sunshine for the whole month of March. It’s kept the tourists at home, and sales at the gallery have suffered as a result. The first 3 months of the year are usually a very slow time for us, but this year has been one of the slowest. If you haven’t sold any artwork lately, don’t despair—summer is coming, and with it, sunshine and tourists.
We were very fortunate to receive a grant from Pacific Power Foundation to purchase locking display cases, and the cases are now in place and look terrific. We are very grateful to have them. Not only does it help to keep smaller items safe, but is also a super way to display them. We have had lots of positive comments from visitors. Ali Litts, Gail Ragsdale, Kathy Adams and Diane Eldridge did all the hard work on the grant.
For each of the first three months of the year we had a fabulous display of a ‘Slice of Life’ Art Quilt. Twenty quilt artists from Southern Oregon and Northern California participated in an exciting year long project to recreate three photographs by Klamath Falls photographer Jeremy Franklin as fabric “Art Quilts”. Each photo was enlarged to 80” x 60” and divided into eight vertical sections. Each artist then recreated a slice from the original picture using fabric, paints, inks, yarns, thread painting and special embellishments. Although the group met several times over the year, each “slice” was completely the work of an individual artist. The end result is three stunning large wall quilts.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday May 15th this year, from 1 – 3 pm. It will be a potluck, so bring a dish and join us. We will be electing Board members and Officers for the next year. The slate is Joan Rowe (President), Ali Litts (Secretary), Gail Ragsdale (Treasurer). We still have no Vice-President. Continuing Board Members are Mary Kelley, Charlie Matuk, Nicky Biehn, Jan Voyles, and Diane Eldridge. New Board Member is Roxy Barnett. Stepping down is Sandi Selk.
April is when we ask you to renew your membership. The cost is still $35/year, and is due by May 1st. If you had a ‘no fee’ membership for the first year then you will need to join as a paying member this year. The commission rate will drop from the ‘no fee’ rate of 40% down to the regular member rate of 30%. You can mail in a check or drop in to the gallery to renew.
So, saving the worst news for last, the gallery has suffered 3 thefts of cash since last October. Unfortunately it appears to be someone who is familiar with the way we operate, and someone who knows where to find keys. We have been giving the volunteers a bit of a run-around changing key locations, but to no avail. We have been forced to install a motion detector surveillance camera, and hopefully that will be deterrent enough. We have lost $155, and could have lost much more, so the feeling is that the thief is only taking what is needed to pay bills. Trouble is, the gallery also has to pay bills and has to watch every penny, so it’s very hard on us to lose that money.
Here’s hoping for a speedy end to winter, and a busy summer.
Two Rivers Gallery,
Board of Directors
No doubt that it’s fall in Chiloquin. The colors are changing—first the choke cherries and Klamath plums, and then the aspen, willows and cottonwoods. The weather has been gorgeous—so much so that coming inside to write a newsletter has not been easy. However, gray skies and rain are forecast soon.
The gallery did well with art sales over the summer, but most of the sales were of smaller items. People are still not spending for larger items like paintings—or at least in Chiloquin they are not. We also had enough volunteers to keep the gallery open 7 days/week over the summer, but then faced a different dilemma. Since there were more volunteer hours, and volunteers get a reduced commission on their art sales, the overall income to the gallery was reduced, even while sales were higher. Even so, our income from art sales is very close to our budgeted income, so all is well there.
The problem we did have over the summer is that our “Meet the Artists’ fundraiser was not successful. People just didn’t come. It’s very disappointing to put that much work into something and have it flop, and we are going to try and get by without that event next year. We felt badly for the artists, but they have apparently become accustomed to the lack of interest in art that has come with the current economic situation. We have been kicking around ideas for fundraisers, because the unfortunate fact is that the gallery can’t survive yet without fundraiser assistance. If you have any ideas please send them along to us. One possibility is that we have a sale in January. How many artists would be willing to discount their art in January for a sale? Please let us know if you would like to participate.
The yard sale in June was quite successful so we will continue with that fundraiser. Anytime you would like to donate items for next year’s sale just bring them in. It would be very helpful if you could price them before you bring them.
Another thing we have been collecting is used ink cartridges. If you usually just throw yours away, please save them for us. By recycling the cartridges we have been able to offset some of our office supply costs.
Two Rivers Treasures, our permanent fundraising store within the gallery, has been doing quite well.
If you are a member of the gallery and have items you would like to sell in Treasures (especially Christmas treasures) please bring them in. The gallery takes a flat 40% of the sales price. In the gallery we would like to have more holiday items to sell this year and we would like to get them earlier. Please try to get them to us early in November so that there is plenty of time to advertise. Non-members with holiday gifts to display can take advantage of a free Christmas membership in November and December at a commission rate of 40%.
We are going to decorate the gallery for the holidays on Sunday 7th November, starting around 1:30pm. If you would like to help, we would love to have you, and it would be a great time to bring in your Christmas artwork.
Ali Litts, Gail Ragsdale, Kathy Adams and Diane Eldridge did the hard work of applying to Pacific Power for a grant to buy locking display cases for the gallery. We haven’t heard back yet, but we are hopeful.
Lastly, the budget committee met early in October to hash out a budget for 2011 and the resulting budget was approved by the Board at the October Board meeting. The good news for members is that dues and commission rates will stay the same, but we may have to dig into our reserves a little to see the year through. It just did not seem like a good time to increase the costs to our members and after all, that is what reserves are for—to see us through the difficult economic times.
Wishing you all a great holiday season and a warm winter,
TRVA Board of Directors
It’s been a long time coming, but summer is finally here. The long cool spring not only slowed down plants in the garden, but also tourists to this area, so gallery sales have been slow. Hopefully now that the weather is warmer, we’ll see more tourists coming through.
The Annual General Meeting took place in May and new Officers and Board members were elected. Leaving the Board was Kathy Adams. Kathy’s 6 year term was up and she deserves the break, though she is missed. Luckily for us, she is still continuing as our accountant. New Board members are Diane Eldridge, Alison Litts and Jan Voyles. Continuing Board members are Nicky Biehn, Mary Kelley, Charlie Matuk, Gail Ragsdale, Joan Rowe and Sandi Selk. Officers are Joan Rowe (President), Mary Kelley (Treasurer), Alison Litts (Secretary). The Vice-President position is open, but for the first time in some years we have a full Board of 9 members, so that is very encouraging.
With the start of the new membership year, we have gained a few members, and also lost a few, so that membership is remaining fairly constant. With our new members we have been able to add large fused glass pieces and also large stained glass pieces to our display, along with additional watercolor and oil paintings, photographs and beaded pieces.
The gallery is now also an official Oregon ‘Visitor Information’ stop, and quite a few tourists have been in looking for maps and places of interest. We are lucky to have the 30 Mile Club newsletter ‘Now that I’m here’ to hand out to people. It’s packed full of information about this area.
The yard sale in June was a success, raising about $500 to help with the operating expenses for the gallery. Many thanks to those of you who donated items for the sale, and to the volunteers who spent their valuable Saturday time in hauling everything out to the parking lot, sitting at the sale for the day and then carrying all those tables back in again!
Although we have lost a couple of volunteers, we are still keeping the gallery open 7 days/week over the summer. A BIG thank you to those volunteers who have stepped in to fill the gaps!
Don’t forget to check here on the website or our Facebook page for the latest information on events and classes.
Thanks to you all for your support of Two Rivers Gallery, and enjoy your summer!
Despite the mild winter that we’ve had, the gallery has not seen many visitors yet, but that is normal and no cause for concern. We ended 2009 pretty much right on budget, and were happy about that, considering the slow economy, especially in this area.
There are a few events coming up that you should know about:
Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting will be held on Sunday May 2nd in the Gallery classroom from noon to 2pm. It will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share. We will be electing new Officers and Board Members for 2010. If you are interested in participating in the operation of the gallery, please call any of the current Board Members and let us know. (Just call the gallery and the volunteer on duty will be able to give you Board Member names and phone numbers.) Then it will be time for eating and socializing – please join us – we’d love to see you there.
Yard Sale Fundraiser
Our annual yard sale fundraiser will be held on Saturday June 5th 2010, starting around 8:30 a.m. and running into the afternoon. It will be held in the parking lot next to the Gallery in the Chiloquin Community Center at 140 So. 1st St, Chiloquin, Oregon. This is a change from our regular date in August, to the day of the entire town yard sale, making a trip to Chiloquin well worth the trip for yard sale fans. Since this is a fundraiser, items are donated by many people, so there will be lots of variety, and some great bargains.
Please start bringing in your yard sale items now. Donations are needed and greatly appreciated…so please let us know what you can donate. It would be very helpful if you could price the items before you bring them in.
Two Rivers Village Arts presents “Meet the Artists”
Ever visit a gallery and wonder how an artist creates his work or have questions you’d love to ask if only you could talk to the creator of that wonderful piece of art? You will have your chance on Saturday August 28th when Two Rivers Gallery presents artists and their artwork at our Second Annual ‘Meet the Artists’ fundraiser. The event will be held in the Chiloquin Community Center, 140 So. 1st St., from 1 pm ‘til 4 pm. In attendance this year will be a Bead Artist (Diane Eldridge), Woodworker (Wolf Hodgkinson), Origami Expert (Barbara Turner) and award winning Quilt Artist (Joanne Bathe). Returning this year is Gan Ainm, a French Canadian band from Ashland who kept the feet tapping at last year’s event. There will also be a silent auction of artwork donated by Two Rivers Gallery members. And once again a tasty variety of refreshments will be served. You won’t want to miss this fun and informative afternoon. And, your attendance also supports our gallery and many local artists. Tickets are $5 per person.
If you are willing to donate an artwork piece for the silent auction, please contact the Gallery and leave a message for one of the Board Members.
Two Rivers Treasures
Two Rivers Treasures our new fundraising venture, opened last December and we have been selling items from the shop. Gallery members may participate by filling out a Treasures application. We don’t want anything brought in and left to be looked at later but we encourage you to bring in anything of good quality that you would like to sell when a Board member will be present to approve it. If you call in advance you can have the volunteer look at the calendar and tell you when a Board Member will be working. Since this is a fundraiser for the gallery, there is a 40% commission taken on all sales from Treasures, and this is not reduced by volunteer hours. More information and an application are available in the Membership section of the gallery webpage, or come in and pick up an application.
You will notice that the gallery now has a “Tourist Information” sign posted by the door. We have just got the signs after a couple of years of waiting. There will be a display of tourist brochures set up in the gallery and in the library.
In addition to brochures and newspapers on this area there are some great websites that have made an appearance in the last year.
* The 30 Mile Club, which publishes the Newspaper “What Do I Do Now That I’m Here’ has just launched a wonderful website for locals and tourists alike. You’ll find it at http://www.thingstodonearcraterlake.com/
* Jim Litts has a great website http://www.chiloquin.us/ that has comprehensive information on the wetlands and also outdoor activities in the area.
* Pat Lanctot has just redone the http://www.chiloquin.com/ website which includes information on all the businesses in Chiloquin.
* And of course, Two Rivers Gallery has their website at http://www.chiloquinarts.com/ where you will find membership information and a page for every artist who displays artwork in the Gallery.
There are also a number of Facebook fan pages that have come into existence in the last year
You don’t need to be a Facebook member to visit the fan pages and they have lots of interesting information.
Thank you all for the wonderful art you have brought in to the gallery. It speaks wonders for the quality of the work that we are able to meet our budget in such lean times.
And a special thank you to all the volunteers who have made it in to ‘work’ regardless of rain or snow, through the long winter. We have been closed on Mondays because of the lack of volunteers to fill all the hours, but we have had such a good turnout of volunteers that we have decided to open on Mondays for the summer. Remember – summer hours begin in May – Mon-Sat: 10 am to 5 pm, Sun: 11 am to 4 pm.
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We hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season, and is looking forward to another year. The gallery finished the year with rather flat sales in December, but for 2009 as a whole, we came out right about where we expected to be, so no complaints.
We continue to try to develop a social media presence in order to take advantage of the vast potential that offers. In our first small steps, our Facebook page has gathered 57 fans, and we have just had our first sale through the page. We will also continue to feature an artist each month throughout the winter, in hopes of encouraging a few more visitors in these traditionally slow months. If you would like to be featured please let us know.
Two Rivers Treasures our new fundraising venture, has opened its door and we have been selling items from the shop. Gallery members may participate by filling out a Treasures application. We don’t want anything brought in and left to be looked at later but we encourage you to bring in anything of good quality that you would like to sell when a Board member will be present to approve it. Since this is a fundraiser for the gallery, there is a 40% commission taken on all sales from Treasures, and this is not reduced by volunteer hours. An application and more information is available in the Membership section of the gallery webpage, or come in and pick one up.
Diane Eldridge is forming beading classes now in the 3 basic beading stitches – peyote, brick and square stitch. Get more information from our class announcement at http://www.chiloquinarts.com/?p=1917 or call the gallery.
We will hold a yard sale fundraiser again in 2010, but this time it will be in June, so start saving up unwanted ‘stuff’ now!
Some reminders – the computer in the gallery is not to be used for personal work. There are computers in the library that can be used for that. And – please, no dogs in the gallery, even if the gallery is closed at the time.
Usually our Board meetings are pleasant enough affairs, but despite the chocolates from Santa, the December meeting was difficult for all of us. Almost half of the 2 hour meeting was spent revisiting the issue of jurying artwork. This was brought about by the departure of one of our long-time members because some of her Christmas items had not been put on display and other of her items on display for many months, had been removed from display.
We have always had a policy of jurying artwork, and removing old displays. You will find it in our membership literature and in several past newsletters. However, having a policy and enforcing a policy are very different things. No one wants to tell a fellow artist that some of their work does not meet the quality required, and so it’s very easy to let it slide. And when it has slid to the point where it can’t be ignored anymore, then it is far more difficult to remedy. And the Board is guilty of that.
It has been our policy to have three Board members review the work of potential new members before they are accepted into the gallery, but once accepted, the Board has been remiss on continuing to jury that artist. This has meant that some things that should not have been accepted, were, and worse, in the case of Christmas items, if they were not sold the first year then they continued to reappear each Christmas. So this Christmas, some of those items were once again received, but not put on display.
It is Board members who pull work from the display area if it has been out for a long time. In December, two Board members decided that the fabric room was looking too cluttered and removed a number of things, especially small items that were not selling. They also reorganized the displays to freshen it up and give it a new look. They spent a lot of their time on it, and their reason for doing it was to increase the appeal of the room and hopefully along with that, sales too, for all of the artists who had items in that room.
So at our meeting the questions arose – if we’ve accepted these items before how can we refuse them now? And, what criteria do we use to determine whether we will accept an item?
The answer to the first question is that we have to bite the bullet and tell people that we are no longer accepting some items, even if we have done so in the past, and that the reason for that is to improve the appearance of the gallery so that all artists might benefit.
It is written in our Mission Statement that we are to promote and encourage both art and crafts, and so we will display both fine art and crafts. We decided that the jurying has to be based on those elusive values, quality and creativity. A trip by all of us into the fabric room only confirmed the fact that everyone liked different items and for different reasons. So in the end we decided that a consensus opinion by three Board members is still the way to go. We will discuss this further though and if any members have suggestions we would be very happy to hear them.
The end result of that long and difficult conversation was that we decided on the following course of action:
- We will continue to jury new artists as before, by consensus opinion of three Board members.
- We will begin to jury new artwork brought in by existing members if it is different from the artwork that has already been juried (e.g. if a quilter starts to bring in beaded items)
- If any member feels that items displayed are not of good quality or show little creativity, those items will be reviewed by three Board members.
- We will no longer accept painted slip cast pottery; however we will display those that we have already accepted.
Finally, thank you to all the volunteers who spent many of their 2009 hours to keep the gallery open. Our volunteer pool is small and if you have not been a volunteer please know that you would be welcomed with open arms. It’s a great way to meet other artists, learn of local history from Chiloquin residents who stop in, and talk with visitors passing through.
The TRVA Board of Directors
President: Joan Rowe
Vice President: open
Secretary: Kathy Adams
Treasurer: Mary Kelley
Directors: Charlie Matuk
It’s October already and the days are gorgeous and the nights are cold. In view of the fact that the days can turn from brilliant sunshine to blowing snow in an instant, the gallery has gone back to winter hours of 11am to 4pm. That way the volunteers have a chance to avoid the icy roads should one of those storms blow in. Board meetings have also moved to winter hours and will be at 11am on the 4th Wednesday of the month.
September art sales were beyond our wildest dreams. We started this year with the combined sales for January, February and March not even reaching the sales total for one normal winter month. It was dismal, to say the least. Then spring and summer rolled around and sales crept back up to just under what we were seeing last year, so we breathed a sigh of relief and thought we would end the year in the red, but not too badly so. Then came September! Art sales were double any other single month in the last 3 years and possibly longer. It was a struggle to keep the gallery looking full – but a pleasant struggle. Only time will tell, but it’s probable that we’re not looking at that red ink now for 2009.
So if you haven’t already guessed, we need more artwork from all of you. Traditionally sales ease off in the fall, but pick up in December, so we’d like to have lots artwork on hand, and hopefully some of it with a holiday season theme. We are once again going to do ‘free December’ for non-members. If you’re not a member, this is a chance to see whether your work will sell, and only pay 30% commission on sold items.
The gallery now has a Facebook page. If you’re a member of Facebook you can become a ‘fan’ of Two Rivers Gallery, and get more frequent updates and news about gallery happenings. We also have our website and you can get information on upcoming events and see photos of artwork there, at www.chiloquinarts.com. If you haven’t sent in a bio or a photo for your page on the website, please do.
We’re looking for suggestions for better use of the classroom space. It’s a good sized room and only gets used a few times each month. The rest of the time it’s just wasted space and there should be a way to put it to good use. If anyone has any suggestions, please let us know. Would anyone be interested in having studio space at the gallery? Another possibility that has been suggested is to open a small shop in the classroom selling items that are not necessarily handmade or artwork. These items would sell at a fixed commission rate (no volunteer discount available), would be good quality items (no yard sale junk), and would not include clothing.
Enjoy the rest of 2009, and have a good holiday season!
The TRVA Board of Directors
There are clouds in the sky today and it would be wonderful to get a little rain, but it’s probably not likely. Those precious days of summer that we wait months to get, are finally here.The gallery is featuring pine-needle baskets for the first month of summer. Come on in and take a look. There are baskets and gourds by Carolyn Blackmon, Earl Eyre, Gerda Minetti and Elizabeth Brunswick. Each artist has a distinctive style. Earl and his wife are selling their house and taking to the road as full-time RVers so these may be the last baskets we get from him.
Pine needle crafting has existed for as long – and in as many places – as people and pine trees have shared the earth. Because of the material used, the earliest pine needle baskets disintegrated, and because written records of this craft is so sparse, the origin of pine needle basketry may always be shrouded in mystery. We do know that the Seminoles of Florida and the Coushatta of Alabama used pine needles in their baskets years ago. We also know that the slaves from central Africa were gifted artisans in making coiled baskets, and brought their skills with them to North America. Today, some of the finest specimens of these baskets are made by descendants of these slaves. It is not uncommon to see contemporary baskets in fine galleries.
The Master Carver event on May 30th was a definite success, and we would like to thank all those artists who donated items for the silent auction. About 1/3 of the visitors were from outside the Klamath Basin, which was very gratifying. The event was funded by a Tourism Grant from Klamath County, and they particularly wanted to see visitors coming into the county from other areas. The carvings were amazing, the food was wonderful, and the music had a lot of feet tapping. The only disappointment was the lack of attendance by gallery members.
The Annual General Meeting in June saw some changes to the Board of Directors. Gay Jarvinen, a past President and Treasurer and a long history with the gallery, has stepped down. She will be missed, but fortunately for the gallery she is still volunteering her time to staff the gallery. Gail Ragsdale has returned to the Board, and since she also has been a past President and has a vast knowledge of gallery history, we feel lucky to get her back. We are currently two Board Members short, and this seems to be yet another reflection of the lack of interest in their gallery that many members are showing . The meeting was poorly attended. Since Mary and Kathy will be gone for most of the summer, Gail and Joan are making the deposits and calculating commission checks until they return. Nicky has picked up Gay’s former job of Advertising Coordinator and Gerda will help with Artist Liason duties.
The annual yard sale fundraiser will be held on Saturday August 22nd. Please save up your unwanted items to donate to the yard sale. You can bring them into the gallery at any time and we will store them until we hold the sale. And remember, volunteers are able to purchase yard sale items in advance of the sale. This is a special weekend in Chiloquin and features the Klamath Tribes 23rd Annual Restoration Celebration. If you’re coming to any of the events, and would like the chance to eat out, CVIP will be serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
News for Volunteers:
The Board has voted to change the policy on volunteer hours to also give credit for working as follows: Yard Sale volunteers working 3 ½ hours receive ½ day credit and 7 hours receive a full day’s credit, and moving gallery furniture for floor waxing earns a half day’s credit if the volunteer helps with both moving furniture off and on the floor.
If you’re in doubt about an artist’s work – whether it be that the price tag has faded, or you’re not sure whether it’s a print or an original, the first place to look is that thick black Inventory Book that sits out on the desk by the counter. Every artist is listed and all the items should have a complete description, a code and a price. Some artists are a bit lax about filling out the descriptions, but very often you can find what you need to know.
Enjoy your Summer!