Decades of Art: “Black, White, and the Blues” at Grants Pass Museum of Art
An art exhibit with 30 years under its belt would be eagerly anticipated within any community, as well as a wonderful constant source of original art. Grants Pass Museum of Art’s annual “Black, White, and the Blues” art exhibit has countless talented artists and generous attendees since its first opening three decades ago.
“It is a wonderful evening that includes a silent auction, live art auction, live music during dinner, a bar, and a featured blues band as the main performance, with dancing,” says committee member Kirsten O’Neill. She says the exhibit “came about 30 years ago when Rogue Community College and the Museum joined forces to do a fundraiser and liked the idea of [a] fancier, more black-tie type of event, but wanted the fun of a blues band.”
This is the 10th year the museum has put on the event without RCC, picking around 30 pieces of work by various artists for the live auction. Mediums of artwork range from ceramics to oil and acrylic to other types of mixed media.
“Other artworks, along with different types of items, also go into the silent auction, so it is usually more like 35-40 artists who help by donating,” she adds.
Those who attend the event will receive a booklet introducing each artist with a bio. While admission to the museum is free, it is $75 admission to the event on Saturday, February 11. With smooth blues melodies by Lloyd Jones and his seven piece band, along with Terry Robb, guests will be put into an art-viewing mood.
“This fundraiser is one of the main ways the Museum is supported financially,” says O’Neill. Donations and purchased artwork go toward the museum every year, keeping it in operation and supporting local artists.
Whether it’s the opening event or a visit during the week, this historic anniversary of art will be a wonderful destination for art lovers of every kind.
“Black, White, and the Blues”
5 pm, Sat., February 11
Exhibit: Jan. 17 – Feb. 9
Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 SW G St., Grants Pass
Admission to museum free; 30th Anniversary event $75