Community Events on The North Coast

Workshops on the North Coast
The Writer’s Guild, Astoria
May 19: Finding Your Voice. Join author Marianne Monson fr a workshop on finding and for steering your own unique voice  as a writer. Voice can be difficult to define, much less foster in our own work. Come explore texts that are rich in this elusive element and learn how to enhance its presence in your own writing.
June 9th: Creative Writing workshop for ages 12 to 17. Do you know a teenager that loves to write? This workshop is just for them. Join authors Marianne Monson and Heather Douglas for a workshop of writing prompts, improv writing games, and read aloud. Learn real skills for improving your written work and maybe even getting published. Special youth rate: $35 

The Writer’s Guild of Astoria is thrilled to host poet Neil Aitken Saturday July 21st, 10 am to 1 pm at Fort George Brewery, Lovell Showroom for

Fire in the Mind: Writing Memorable Images with Neil Aitken

a writing workshop focused on helping writers formulate memorable images to bring new power to their work. $65, discount for Guild Members.

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Country of Sight, which won the Philip Levine Prize, and Babbage’s Dream, as well as a chapbook of poetry, Leviathan, which won an Elgin Award for sci fi poetry. A past Kundiman poetry fellow, he is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, curator of Have Book Will Travel, and co-director of De-Canon: A Visibility Project. He lives in Vancouver, WA where he works as a creative writing coach and consultant. 
How can the images we create as writers rise above flat description and become surprising, evocative, and deeply compelling presences in our work? Where do our most powerful images come from? How can we best capture them in writing?  Great images carry weight and exert force on our imagination, bringing us back to critical turns in the poem or narrative, and haunting us long after we’ve set aside the text.  In this generative writing workshop, participants will write in response to a series of exercises and prompts designed to help them discover and create fresh, unexpected, and personally meaningful images.

The Writer’s Guild is an Astoria based non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy in our community. We meet the third Tuesday of every month at Winekraft from 6-8 pm for writing prompts and an Open Mic. Join us for our July meeting on the 17th.
Trail’s End Art Association

The Trail’s End Art Association’s 68th Annual Judged Show is open to all artists. The show takes place from August 4-August 31. 
The Gala Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the Award Ceremony starting at 3:00 p.m.

There are cash prizes for Best in Show and the Mayor’s Award. The show has had great success with providing exposure and sales for local artists. 

Submission and Pick-up Dates: 
Submit artwork at Trail’s End Art Gallery on Sunday and Monday, July 29 and 30, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Gallery is located at 656 A Street in Gearhart, Oregon. After the show, art must be picked up on Saturday or Sunday, September 1 or 2, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Note that is Labor Day weekend so it is permissible to retrieve your art the last week in August, if necessary.) 

Age Categories: 
Adult (over 16); Youth (13-16); Children (12 and under) 
Artwork Categories:
WET: Oil, Watercolor, and Other (ink, monoprint, lithograph, serigraph, sepia, etc.
DRY: Pastel and Other (charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, etc.)
MIXED MEDIA: Collage, Multi-media, Citrisolv, etc.
3-D: Sculpture, Fine Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Woodburning, Fused Glass, etc.

Size Limits and Number of Entries: 
Artists may submit TWO pieces not to exceed 24” x 30” each (720 sq. in.). If a piece exceeds 720 sq. in., then only one piece will be accepted. 
Entry Fees and Commissions: 
TEAA members: Free entry and 15% commission to Trail’s End
Non-members: $20 per piece or two pieces for $30 and 30% commission to Trail’s End 

Two-dimensional artwork must be professionally mounted, framed or presented appropriately. No glass edges or saw-tooth hangers allowed. All wires should be at least 1” below the top of the frame when hanging.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Longview Civic Center
ART IN THE PARK will be held in conjunction with SQUIRREL FEST again this year. We will be located in the Longview Civic Center, across form the historic Monticello Hotel. The streets around the Civic Center will be closed to car traffic during the events. SQUIRREL FEST draws several thousand people to their event and we had more customer/sales for our artists last year. A map and loading/set up directions will be sent prior to show.
Download your application at or stop into the Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce Ave. Longview, WA  to pick up a copy
Thank you,
Mary Fortner-Smith
Vicki Brigden
Art Talk
Stephen Hayes
Saturday, June 16th | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Suggested (not required) donation: $5
The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita invites you to hear nationally recognized painter Stephen Hayes share his art and what it’s like to make one’s living and life from art.
This is an ideal event for those who wonder about making this choice (either ahead of you or behind you). But also for anyone that enjoys fine art- Stephen will be sharing his artwork images digitally. Refreshments will be served.  For more information visit
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