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COMMENTARY from artist/art teacher Jenny Burrows:
Po***ck Genius 8/3/2021
I can't wait to work with some children on some Po***ck inspired works of art later this year!
"The work of Jackson Po***ck had never impressed me much until I actually saw one at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The painting was imposingly large, well lit, and very impressive. I was able to get right up on the painting to examine what was really there and it was amazing. I realize now I have been misinterpreting his work all these years.
The painting was a web of paint strings, for lack of a better word, intermingled and overlaid. He had dribbled, dabbed, and thrown the paint onto the canvas but with conscious thought for what he was doing. Po***ck had this incredible eye for color even when it was half buried with layers of paint. His canvas was layer upon layer of paint in these amazing overlaps of color, some thin, some thicker. . .
Po***ck used several different kinds of paint – house paint, enamel and car paint, and even parts were tempera. It sounds like Po***ck would just use whatever paint was handy that he had. Interesting.
There were nails and even a bee embedded into the painting. The conservator suspected the bee was there by accident having flown into the wet paint. But the nails were not an accident and were added for texture. So, this work was truly a mixed media.
Po***ck was a head of his time with his style of abstract expressionism. His work is still in style and in demand after all of these years. My opinion of his work shot up after getting a close-up view of his painting. True genius."
from artist Jenny Burrows:
COMMENTARY: Art Retreat – A Gift 8/12/2020
Artists are probably some of the most giving, forgiving, and passionate people around. Most are very empathetic and loving of other people. No where else have I seen such evidence of this as at an art retreat. If you have never been on an art retreat you should go if the opportunity presents itself. Here is a little story of ours six years ago.
Our good friend in the group Kristen Geritz Weigand made a public post for CAEA (California Art Educators Association) calling for members to join her in an art retreat in Paso Robles. At the time, I didn’t know Kristen, it was only at this retreat did we meet and become friends.
I can’t exactly recall for sure if the retreat was three days, I think it was. Everyone was given an address in Paso Robles to meet and stay for those three days. The house was enormous with a detached guest house as well. A beautiful home at the top of the rolling hills with a magnificent view of the sunrise to the east, rather isolated which was nice and quiet except for the birds. Leigh and I went. When we arrived, we didn’t know anyone really, but were met with warm welcomes and hellos. We could tell right off this was a very congenial, warm group. We were assigned a bedroom and unloaded our luggage and art supplies and set out to meet and greet.
Kristen had gone to great measures to make sure we had a lot of delicious food for those three days. We all helped a bit with the preparation and clean-up which was nice. We were free to do what we wanted for those days. Kristen had arranged for some of the visiting artists to do little workshops which were great fun. We did everything from paper napkin collages to clay sculpting.
I will never forget getting up just at daybreak and going out onto the patio with my morning coffee. There Kristen was painting the sunrise as it happened. I watched her in amazement at her use of color and spontaneous application of paint on her large canvas. What a masterpiece! Such talent!!
Here is some interesting analysis which shows the key role the arts play in innovation and economic growth in rural areas:
Who knew Andy and Linda Barrett were such trendsetters -- they''ve been hosting Oklahoma House Concerts in rural OK for over five years!
House concerts are definitely a different and unique live music experience and attract a variety of musicians/singers/songwriters and an awesome audience. OKLAHOMA HOUSE CONCERTS(c) was even featured in the Nov/Dec issue of OKLAHOMA TODAY state tourism magazine.! They are a great tourism draw for music lovers from all over our state and beyond.
Follow OKLAHOMA HOUSE CONCERTS and PHOENIX CIRCLE FOUNDATION (a nonprofit supporting the arts) on Facebook and on the website www.chaparralbb.com.
Other venues we'll be hosting shows at this coming year are the Whirlwind Winery and the Watonga ArtWorks on Main St. Watonga OK
COMMENTARY by artist Jenny Burrows:
Outsider Art 1/31/19
Don’t know if any of you have heard of Outsider Art. I hadn’t until I ran across this information in research for something else. I found it fascinating and wanted to share this with you.
Most of us here who are artists are trained at the very least minimally, some with a lot more. That is the beauty of our group, we have people of all levels of experience in the art world. A lot of us are art teachers and it is those of you whom I thought would especially enjoy hearing about Outsider Art. This is something we can share with our students.
Outsider Art by definition originally meant art work done by those outside the realm of society such as prisoners and psychotics. The term in recent history has been broadened to include artists who are self-taught or naïve artists. There is one thread of commonality here however, all of these artists are passionate about their work and usually produce huge volumes of work. Looking at the artwork done by these people they appear as child-like and non-conventional. But the fact is most of them borrow from art history in the compositional arrangements and techniques to add to their own work. Many of them maintain a consistent level of quality.
Consistent with the Outsider style most of the work consists of very bright colors, exceeding detail, and flat space (perspective). There are also Outside sculpture artists who normally use cast-off materials and junk yard finds. Two good examples of this type of art, both in Los Angeles, are Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers and Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village. You can google both and find pictures.
Most of these artists are outside the perimeters of the Arts circles and go unnoticed unless someone picks up their stories and advertises them. The seem not to have the means or knowledge to support their own publicity to gain access to having a presentation or showing. Most galleries won’t even give them the time of day, let alone a showing.
The artwork done by these artists is raw and untouched by the flow of present-day art trends. Most of them work from the cultural norm they know, strictly from the cuff of their own experiences in life. Personally, this is what I find to be the beauty of the work. It is inspired totally by the artist’s own experience with a touch of art history blended in. These pieces reflect the artists cultural influences totally outside the realm of society and art society. Unfortunately for the artists most of their work goes unnoticed until they pass, at which time even then the work goes unheeded.
Thinking about the style of the work I my thoughts direct me to the work of the young Haitian and Puerto Rican artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was one of the graffiti artists in the 1980’s. His swift rise to fame also led to a swift death from a drug over-dose. But Basquiat’s style resonates in the Outsider Art and could very well be classified in that group of people. Using the example of this type of art with students may be a great way to inspire them to forge ahead with their own style. Not worrying about conventions or realms of expected artwork but draw from their own heads and hearts what they feel. The purpose is to make art by whichever means you can, and these Outside artists have proven it can be done. Kuddos to them and their intestinal fortitude to even try.

An art gallery space to exhibit works from artists across the state, and work spaces for creating and teaching art in its many forms.

Operating as usual

10/15/2021

Stop by WATONGA ARTWORKS at 111 E. Main this weekend at 11:00 a.m. to get a coloring page of a calavera to take home or paint/color at the art studio. We'll be there from 11:00 to noon. FREE activity!

Stop by WATONGA ARTWORKS at 111 E. Main this weekend at 11:00 a.m. to get a coloring page of a calavera to take home or paint/color at the art studio. We'll be there from 11:00 to noon. FREE activity!

Timeline Photos 09/27/2021

Timeline Photos

Photos from Watonga ArtWorks's post 08/27/2021

Art made by youth during our 2019 Community Art Club at the Watonga ArtWorks center and by 4H students. I try to tie in the art with current events or history, sometimes math, literature, or other topics. This summer we talked about the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing but the broader subject was space, sun, moon, sky, stars, earth. These were exhibited at the Blaine County Free Fair this past weekend. Congrats to all who participated in our "open art" sessions! I love working with all of you!! /Linda Barrett

08/27/2021
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Amazon Is Selling A Kit That Lets You Turn A Pumpkin Into A Giant Spider

Why buy a kit when we can make our own at Watonga ArtWorks -- an October project along with other art work

Amazon Is Selling A Kit That Lets You Turn A Pumpkin Into A Giant Spider Spiders are one of the spookiest creatures to display at Halloween. Now, on Amazon you can buy a kit that lets you take your pumpkin decorating to the next level, with very little work, to create the Spider Pumpkin! This easy decorating kit includes enough pieces to decorate one pumpkin: two sets of...

07/17/2021

I had a great visit with a young lady from a nearby town who is interested in art lessons at Watonga ArtWorks. I am so excited to share my knowledge with her and see where she runs with it!!

I had a great visit with a young lady from a nearby town who is interested in art lessons at Watonga ArtWorks. I am so excited to share my knowledge with her and see where she runs with it!!

07/16/2021

Here we go -- singer/songwriter IAN LEITH (based in Chicago) h is scheduled to come to Watonga for a house concert on Sept. 16 2021! MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! Watch our fb pages for details!
Check out his music at:
facebook.com/ianleith
https://www.reddit.com/u/sockswinger...
Instagram / leithalian
Youtube.com/lenhaiti
ianleith.bandcamp.com

07/01/2021

JOIN US AT WATONGA ARTWORKS
111 E. MAIN ST., WATONGA OK
FOR A FREE FAMILY ART PROJECT on

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2021 -- 10:00 am – 11:00 am

CHILDREN UNDER AGE 9 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. ALL MINORS MUST BE SIGNED IN BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

ALL SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED.

Sponsored by Phoenix Circle Foundation (a nonprofit organization supporting arts education),
Watonga ArtWorks, and donations from the public and local businesses.

Call 940-735-1065 for questions or more information

JOIN US AT WATONGA ARTWORKS
111 E. MAIN ST., WATONGA OK
FOR A FREE FAMILY ART PROJECT on

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2021 -- 10:00 am – 11:00 am

CHILDREN UNDER AGE 9 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. ALL MINORS MUST BE SIGNED IN BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

ALL SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED.

Sponsored by Phoenix Circle Foundation (a nonprofit organization supporting arts education),
Watonga ArtWorks, and donations from the public and local businesses.

Call 940-735-1065 for questions or more information

Photos from Blaine County OK  Community's post 06/06/2021

Photos from Blaine County OK Community's post

05/17/2021

I am working on several art projects for children to do as part of the Kiwanis Summer Program. We'll be doing a self-portrait, making a mobile, some print making, and if the weather permits we'll do some chalk art on the sidewalk. I'm looking forward to these art projects and opening the Watonga ArtWorks for other art activities in July -- Check in on our pages for more information!

05/11/2021

We will be opening the Watonga ArtWorks (at 111 E. Main St. next to the Liberty Theater) this summer, for kids and adults. We're working on programs for children and for adults and kids. Check in at this page to see what's going on, or to give us suggestions, ask questions, etc.

We will be opening the Watonga ArtWorks (at 111 E. Main St. next to the Liberty Theater) this summer, for kids and adults. We're working on programs for children and for adults and kids. Check in at this page to see what's going on, or to give us suggestions, ask questions, etc.

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okhumanities.org 09/25/2020

Program Details - Oklahoma Humanities

Our application to bring a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition about rural Oklahoma to Watonga is ready to be submitted! Thanks to all who have shown support for this effort. We'll keep you posted as we hear from OK Humanities, the sponsor of the exhibition. www.okhumanities.org/programs/museum-on-main-street

okhumanities.org Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Oklahoma Humanities, and cultural organizations in small, rural communities.  

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Program Details - Oklahoma Humanities

Sending out a big THANK YOU to all of the businesses, civic groups, and individuals who have sent a Letter of Support to help us bring a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition about rural Oklahoma to our town! I received a call from the City Clerk and he is sending a letter of support from the Mayor on behalf of the City. I'm still working on getting letters from the Chamber, Main Street organization, the Lions Club, the C&A Tribe, management at Roman Nose State Park, the Watonga School Superintendent, the Watonga Theater group, and several local businesses. [I apologize if anyone or group didn't get my email or FB message -- give me a call or text if you did not and I'll drop off the information this week.]
I'm issuing a challenge to all of the above and any local business owner to provide a Letter of Support to us by SEPT 10, by mail to Phoenix Circle Foundation, 111 E. Main St., Watonga, OK 73772, or by email to [email protected]. Any questions? Contact Linda Barrett at 940-735-1065. THANKS AGAIN for all of the community support!

okhumanities.org Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Oklahoma Humanities, and cultural organizations in small, rural communities.  

08/19/2020

My latest effort at an art project. Andy built the bench, I tried to achieve a "Monet flower garden" look with the paint job

okhumanities.org 08/14/2020

Home Page

Here is a sample "Letter of Support" each of our friends (individuals and businesses and civic organizations) can copy on your own letterhead or stationery and send it to Phoenix Circle Foundation, 111 E. Main St., Watonga, OK 73772:

"Date: _____________________
I am writing to express support of PHOENIX CIRCLE FOUNDATION’s grant application for the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition through the Oklahoma Humanities.

Blaine County and Watonga in particular has a long and rich story with historical and cultural significance that we believe would complement the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition. Our region’s story continues to evolve and change. Watonga would be an excellent location for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition because of its geographical location, its varied cultural history, and a strong community interest in enhancing the lives of the people and businesses located here. Watonga and other towns in Blaine County continue to identify new opportunities for growth and development, and for the need of services and experiences not always available in rural Oklahoma. The Smithsonian Institution Exhibition can help expand awareness among local residents and persons from across the region of the needs and challenges of living in rural Oklahoma. There are sites in Watonga and throughout Blaine County for auxiliary programs, activities, and exhibits, and a strong base of volunteers willing to help to make the Exhibition a success if Watonga is chosen as one of the exhibit sites. I/we are willing to work with the Phoenix Circle Foundation and community partners to host and facilitate programs that complement the main exhibition. I/we would appreciate an opportunity to host the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition and work as a partner in sharing our area’s unique story in conjunction with the Traveling Exhibition.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
_____________________________________________
Signature
Print name and title _____________________________
Telephone # ___________________________________
Email: ________________________________________ "

If you would like us to email this letter template to you, please send us a message by email at [email protected]. We'd like to have all letters of support by August 31, 2020.
For any questions, contact Linda at Phoenix Circle Foundation, cell #: 940-735-1065
THANK YOU.

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07/19/2020

COMMENTARY: Good Literature for All! 7/19/2020
If you would like something to rest your mind, relax you, and take you into a different world, read a young person’s book. Children’s literature is some of the finest literature around. You don’t have to be in the younger group to read books like The Giver, Where the Wild Things Are, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or anything by Dr. Seuss.
A lot of books I acquired purely for the illustrations, although they have wonderful stories with them too. A couple of my favorites are "The Rainbow Goblins" and "The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle."
So, don’t underestimate the power of children’s literature for some very relaxing and enjoyable reading. There is no stress with vocabulary or plot, just straight forward stories. Try it !!!

07/13/2020

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07/10/2020

OMMENTARY: Something Old, Something Wonderful 7/10/2020
A lot of people love reading. Writing is a form of art - Language Arts. Reading can take you anywhere you want to go and you never have to leave home to get there. You can pick up a book and get so involved with the story and characters it seems like you are right there with them. Of course, that is also just good writing and why we keep reading.
There was a used book store in Bisbee, AZ, we went into once during a visit there. The windows were dingy looking and they had books and papers piled up against them street side. The door looked like it had been on that shop since the turn of the 19th century. There were windows on the door also which were the same dingy grey as the storefront windows. I had some quandaries about going in the first time;
since the crooked sign in the doorway said open, I took the chance and went inside. It was like stepping back in time to enter that book store. The moment of entry I was met with a musty old book smell that only happens with age. The whole of the shop was dingy and old like the store front. Of course, that was expected, it wouldn’t be any different.
The shelves in the shoop were labeled with handwritten signs to direct our attention to the category of books on that shelf. Most of the books in that store were vintage, I mean really vintage. Many had notes penned inside the front cover revealing to whom the book was gifted and for what occasion. It became clear all of those books had incredible history and had owners who at one time cared a lot for that book. It felt almost like looking into someone’s past to peruse the books reading the inscriptions. There was even a book with pressed flowers between a small piece of paper. Someone many years ago was pressing those flowers for a reason. A testament to the owner. It was there in that store that I bought an old copy of "Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.The old copy of that book still sits on my bookshelf at home, thought I have since read the paperback edition of the book several times over the years. Every time I pull out the vintage copy of the book, just handling it and smelling the musty pages brings back the memory of that trip to Bisbee.

I hope that what this commentary shows is the magic of writing and of books in print.

07/06/2020

Phoenix Circle Foundation

Due to COVID19 and the summer heat, we will not hold our Summer Community Art Club at Watonga ArtWorks this year. But don't let that stop your kiddos from making art while they are at home or at the Library this summer.

06/23/2020

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06/23/2020

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06/21/2020

MANY HANDS ART SPACE

Dear friends,
Our art space is still in need of funds to put in an HVAC system. We have been operating on a generator for electricity and fans for air conditioning.
We've been looking for a grant and have found that grants specifically exclude that funds be used for "capital improvements or construction," so grant money is not an option. We have to rely on the generosity of arts patrons for donations.
You can help us reach our goal of getting an HVAC system this year with a donation to Phoenix Circle Foundation, via Paypal at '[email protected]' or mail a check to 111 E. Main St., watonga, OK 73772. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a receipt for your donation will be provided. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

06/14/2020

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06/08/2020

Check out the exhibit in the windows of the Watonga ArtWorks building

05/29/2020

Phoenix Circle Foundation received $280 in donations this week, to go toward the solar electric system at the Watonga ArtWorks building. At this rate we may be able to get the system installed by the end of the year but we sure would like to get it done this summer in time for the annual Summer Youth Program. Thanks to our donors !!

05/20/2020

Blaine County OK Community

We have received $75 in response to our PAYPAL FUNDRAISER for a solar electric system at the Watonga Artworks building (GOAL is $2,500 by June 15).

Though this effort benefits the people and town of Watonga and Blaine County,surprisingly those donations have come from out of state from people who believe in our mission. Donations from local individuals and businesses are needed and appreciated.

Donate via paypal at '[email protected]' or by check to 111 E. Main St., Watonga, OK 73772. A receipt for your tax-deductible donation will be provided. Every penny received by PCF between now and June 15 will go toward the solar electric system. We have no other expenses pending at this time.
Thanks to all who are supporting our work in Watonga, OK!

Please send this post to anyone you know is a charitable giver, and anyone who believes in the arts as a significant part of a child's education. We want the kids to have a great experience with art this summer! THANKS!!

05/15/2020

YOU CAN SUPPORT the arts and art education in rural Oklahoma by designating Phoenix Circle Foundation as a charitable organization you support when you shop on Amazon through the Amazon Smile program. We depend on donations from the public to bring arts opportunities to our area, and you can help without anything coming out of your pocket!! THANKS!

05/01/2020

It was so exciting to see our local library and newspaper take the 'Scissortail Arts Day" idea and inspire kids to do sidewalk chalk art while we are all under quarantine and are social-distancing. We have held three sidewalk chalk art days in the past few years, including a time for kids to draw outside of the Watonga ArtWorks building during last year's Cheese Festival. What a great way for homebound kids to be creative and get some fresh air outdoors!!

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OUR VISION

OUR VISION:
In cities and urban areas, youth and adults have many opportunities to experience Visual Arts, Theater, Music, Poetry, Language Arts,and Dance education through school sponsored classes or local cultural organizations. In many rural parts of Oklahoma, those opportunities and experiences are not easily accessible to small communities. In this era where arts education in schools is being cut, families must look to the private sector to provide arts experiences and educational opportunities.

PHOENIX CIRCLE FOUNDATION is a charitable and educational nonprofit organization that is working to provide arts opportunities and experiences locally, by collaborating with local civil groups, churches, and county extension services, and musicians from around the country. We are in the process of recapturing a long-abandoned building on Watonga's Main St. to use as a center for arts activities of all types. In 2018 Phoenix Circle Foundation received a roadside beautification Grant from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (funded by DEQ and ODOT) to refurbish the storefront. Hours of volunteer work and donations to the nonprofit organization have been put toward the continuing refurbishing of the art space.

Phoenix Circle Foundation is publicly-funded. We rely on the generosity of philanthropists (individuals and businesses) who recognize the importance of the arts in a child's education and in contributing to a healthy community. Any donation made to PHOENIX CIRCLE FOUNDATION is appreciated and tax-deductible under IRS Code 501(c)(3).

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111 E Main St
Watonga, OK
73772

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A project of PHOENIX CIRCLE FOUNDATION, a nonprofit organization bringing arts experiences and educational opportunities to an underserved rural community.
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