The April 22 Open Mic at YoTime Frozen Yogurt in downtown Tillamook thrilled a standing room only house with enthusiastic readers, singers, and musicians. It was our biggest bill of entertainers and our largest crowd.
Five elementary school students from Tillamook’s East School brought their talented voices, sharing music they had performed at their school lunch program. Thank you, Jim Nelson, for encouraging these energetic singers.
A visiting trio, Wanderlust, entertained with cello, guitar, and harmonica, including several songs in French.
Denise Harrington, Bev Buffington, Penny Eberle, Josi Mizee, and Joan Cutuly read from their poems, essays, and books. Thanks, Denise and Josi, for premiering with Art Accelerated! We want to hear more from you.
The popular local band, The Associates, returned with several rock ‘n roll songs, and Miguel Santos brought us to our feet with his rendition of “LaBamba”.
Eric Sappington, one of our county’s most popular entertainers, brought the evening to a close with three original guitar songs, including the debut of his latest composition, much to the delight of the standing room only crowd. His 12 string guitar and his mellow voice rounded out two full hours of local talent and fun.
Donations help support our children’s art education classes starting this summer and our continuing work on our downtown cooperative art gallery. Help us support local artists and provide them a showcase for their amazing talents. Look for more pop up art shows and art events later this summer.
By popular demand, we are returning to YoTime on Saturday, May 20 for what is now our monthly Open Mic. See you at 6:30 for an evening of fun and local talent. We hope to host these fun events every month.
And, mark your calendars. The Fairview Grange is having their annual Open Mic fundraiser on Saturday, June 30. We will be there and hope you will be, too, to support the Grange and all of its many community activities.
Art Accelerated has brought open mics to downtown Tillamook.
An open mic is a public forum, where artists can publicly express their creativity in front of a welcoming, friendly crowd.
At its essence, an open mic is a microphone and an audience. It is a friendly place to express yourself, and to share your creative work with others.
Our open mics have featured musicians, poets, authors of books, and essayists.
Say what you need to say and share it with your community!
We don’t focus on the political; we focus on the creative!! Express yourself and get your work out there for others to hear. Be heard!
It’s easy to be a reader, a performer. There’s a sign up sheet, there’s an emcee, there’s a microphone, and there’s an appreciative audience.
The emcee is usually me – Neal Lemery: Board member of Art Accelerated, writer, poet, musician, a real local. I’m interested in focusing on local talent and giving people an audience, so that they can share their work, be heard, and find a friendly, welcoming audience who appreciates your courage in coming, in sharing, and in speaking from your creative heart.
By sharing our art, our creativity, we are sharing our souls, and we are truly building community. We are building a creative, caring, and soulful community.
By reading our writings, singing, playing music, expressing our souls, we are making a healthier, more engaged community. We all benefit from that. And, we build ourselves and we build each other.
So, come. Read, sing, play, spill your guts, and be loved by your friends and neighbors, your fellow artists, your soul-mates.
Almost nothing compares to the energy of children finding their way on a blank piece of paper, holding a bulging paintbrush ripe with possibilities. Whether at the kitchen table on an 8 1/2”x11” white sheet of paper and a plastic dime store set of watercolors, or out in the field with that paper masking-taped to a primitive cedar easel facing a sunflower audience-wherever it happens-captivated energy emerges and children “go forth.” No hesitating; no looking around to see what the other guy’s doing; no waiting; no holding back-just pick up the brush, swish it around in the water and paint (the more–the-better). Get the paint to the paper swishing, skittering, glopping and glopping until, according to the artist with face beaming, the composition is finished.
Providing a place for that energy to come together and emerge is my dream-my hope-for Art Accelerated in downtown Tillamook. We have an opportunity RIGHT NOW to create a vibrant place where Tillamook County’s children (and adults) are welcome to dive right into art in all kinds of forms full speed ahead! Exploring. Discovering themselves and their worlds.
We’re at the very beginnings of creating that vibrant space, but hopefully one day soon, open and ready for art in downtown Tillamook. We hope you join us.
Below are pictures of Cindy's grandchildren from the past and from the 2016 Tillamook County Fair.
Art is happening in downtown Tillamook, and Art Accelerated is on the move!
Our latest pop-up art showing on President’s Day weekend was a smashing success. Local artists displayed (and sold!!) their beautiful art work, and over a hundred visitors enjoyed the show.
We are now occupying a retail store location at 302 Main, on the corner of Tillamook’s busiest intersection. With lots of window space, our art work remains on display for all to enjoy.
Our children’s after school art education program is being organized. We received a generous grant from the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition, funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, to provide an enriching experience for elementary school kids this spring and summer. Scholarships will be available, as well.
We have many hopes and dreams, and hope to continue our presence at 302 Main, make improvements, and establish classroom space for a variety of educational and cultural offerings. It would be a great space for our art education program, as well as for artists, musicians, and educators to teach classes and workshops, as well as hold a variety of events for the community.
We are developing a cooperative art gallery for this space, and hope to attract even more local artists to share their work with the public and have the gallery open during regular hours three days a week. Other special shows are in the plans, as well, making this space a vibrant center for the arts in our community.
Our board of directors is hard at work exploring all of these possibilities. Christine Harrison, Dennis Worrel, Cindy Gardner, Linda Werner, and Neal Lemery are moving ahead with our plans. Our amazing army of volunteers brought our pop up art show to life on President’s Day weekend, and we are very grateful for their enthusiasm and hard work.
Fund raising is a huge part of this effort, and we are asking the community to continue to support us.
We have a new website, http://artaccelerated.org , and you can make a donation through a secure portal there. Of course, you can also send us a check, Art Accelerated, 4185 Westwood Dr., Tillamook, Oregon 97141. We have obtained 503(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS, so your donations are tax deductible.
You can also make a donation with the Oregon Cultural Trust and us, and receive a generous Oregon income tax credit. We are listed on the Oregon Cultural Trust’s website, as a cooperating non-profit art organization.
We’ve applied for a gallery lighting installation grant from the Tillamook Public Utility District, and are making plans for a busy year.
We’ve joined the Tillamook area Chamber of Commerce and are an active part of the downtown business community.
Our open mic nights continue: February 25 and March 25, at YoTime Frozen Yogurt, 316 Main Avenue, Tillamook, starting at 6:30 p.m. We have musicians, poets, comedians, essayists, and other creative folks sharing their works with us. Join us for a Saturday night in downtown Tillamook filled with cultural life and delicious frozen yogurt.
Join us on this journey, and share your creativity with the community.