Glass Mosaic Workshop at the Tualatin Public Library

Hi everyone!

Our colleague at WCCLS (our library consortium) wanted me to spread the word about the Glass Mosaic Workshop taking place at the Tualatin Public Library

When: July 22nd, 23rd & 24th (10am-4pm)
Where: Brown’s Ferry Community Center (18880 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin OR 97062   503.692.2000)
Cost: $165

In this three day workshop, broken mosaic pieces will be attached to a piece of glass that is ready to hang. Teacher Mark Brody is the author of the new book, Mosaic Garden Projects. All materials are provided in the price of the class. Registration is required. Call 503.691.3069 to sign up or visit\library.

OCAC Library Summer Hours Adjustment

For the remainder of the summer, the library will be open from 12-5:00pm Monday-Thursday.

We’ll be back to our regular schedule of Monday-Friday 9-5 once Fall Semester commences August 31.
Seriously, though, when we’re open, you should come down! It’s air conditioned! Get your summer reading going!


Featured Periodical: Modern Painters

From Amazon: “Modern Painters is the definitive international source for analysis of contemporary art and culture — from painting and sculpture to photography, film, architecture, design and performance. Visually dynamic artwork with fresh, incisive writing that is above all accessible.”

1332408492_modernpaintersThe July/August issue focuses on Marc Quinn, and also has an interview with Phil Collins (the visual artist, not the singer…my mistake!). This issue also spotlights Tara Donovan’s sculptures with slinkys! Yes! Come to the library, where, yes, it’s air-conditioned, and have a read!

The Lives of the Muses : Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired


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From Publishers Weekly:

“I have never seen you without thinking that I should like to pray to you,” says the poet Rilke. The object of his devotion is the astonishing Lou Andreas-Salomé—the woman who played muse not only to Rilke, but also to Nietzsche and Freud. The idea of the muse seems an initially quaint, if not flatly sexist charge. Acclaimed novelist Prose (Blue Angel, etc.) confronts that honestly when she asks: “Doesn’t the idea of the Muse reinforce the destructive stereotype of the creative, productive, active male and of the passive female?” Politically incorrect or not, the muses, as Prose presents them, genuinely “illumine and deepen the mysteries of Eros and creativity, as each Muse redraws the border between the human and the divine.” In nine biographical narratives, Prose examines a range of relationships between artists and the women who gave them their divine spark. Though the artists, among them Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dalí and John Lennon, can easily be viewed through the lens of obsessional pathology, Prose makes a remarkable case for the exceptionality of these women in their own right. Lee Miller for example was not merely the muse to Man Ray, but an accomplished photographer, and Suzanne Farrell, Balanchine’s muse, a virtuosic ballerina. Prose’s project is to probe the mystery of inspiration, not to solve it once and for all: “one difference between magic and art is that magic can be explained.” From Samuel Johnson’s caretaker and trusted friend Hester Thrale to Dalí’s wife, Gala, Prose demonstrates the strength and unique quality of influence each muse had on her artist.

Deadline extended: Become a student Artstor Ambassador!


OCAC students: This is a great opportunity to add to your skill set and represent a really cool art resource. We love Artstor; if you haven’t used it yet, don’t worry — you will. For help with this database or for more information, come on by! If you’d like to learn more, look here or go to

Originally posted on The Artstor Blog:

Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ('The Ambassadors') | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (‘The Ambassadors’) | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London

We are looking for students in all concentrations to become the voice of Artstor on their campus for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, and we’ve extended the deadline until June 30th!

The selected participants will get to work with professionals from Artstor’s New York office to develop valuable business skills; learn how to create effective social media campaigns with campus-wide and international exposure; network at Artstor events with peers from institutions across the country; and add Artstor to their resume and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Plus they get to take part in special events and win prizes!

To apply, fill out this questionnaire by June 30, 2015. We will reach out to selected candidates for…

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Featured Periodical: PAJ


PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (formerly called Performing Arts Journal) is a triannual periodical now in its 34th year, under the editorship of Bonnie Marranca. PAJ offers expanded coverage of performance, video, dance, drama, film, music, photography, installations and media. Issues feature artists’ writings, critical essays, historical documentation, interviews, performance texts and plays, reports on international festivals and events, and book reviews. A special section entitled “Art & Performance Notes” includes articles and reviews of current performance and museum/gallery shows. The journal is published for PAJ by special arrangement with MIT Press Journals and is distributed worldwide in a print version and online in color on this web site. Back volumes 1-26 can be accessed online from JSTOR for an additional annual fee.

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design


Focusing on some of the most interesting conceptual technical trends in wood working today, Against the Grain includes approximately 65 vessels, sculptures, furniture, and installations, created since 2000, which provocatively defy categories and celebrate the visual dynamics of wood. The book demonstrates how contemporary creators have engaged the medium of wood in strategies that might be described as “postmodern,” employing mimicry, assemblage, virtuosity, and whimsy (with a serious purpose). Environmental issues also are prominently addressed. Artists represented include Derek Bencomo, Gary Carsley, Hunt Clark, Piet Hein Eek, David Ellsworth, Sebastian Errazuriz, Bud Latven, Mark Lindquist, Thomas Loeser, Sarah Oppenheimer, William Pope.L, Martin Puryear, Marc Andre Robinson, Laurel Roth, Betye Saar, Courtney Smith, Elisa Strozyk, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. (

Click the cover image above to find this title on, or come into the library to find it on our New Books shelf!