The Kalmiopsis Collection

The youth-centered art show “The Kalmiopsis Collection” is the first collaboration between KCA and The Southern Oregon Guild of Artists and Artisans. Between March-May 2022 participants attended “An Introduction to the Kalmiopsis” educational webinar on the art and science of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness; young artists submitted Kalmiopsis-related artwork to the exhibit; and we celebrated their creativity with an Opening Party on May 22. The Kalmiopsis Collection exhibit was on display through July 5, 2022 at The Guild Gallery & Art Center (24353 Redwood Highway in Kerby, OR).

Part I
“Introduction to the Kalmiopsis” Educational Workshop
(Wednesday March 2, 2022, online from 6-7:30pm)

Explore the science and art of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness with local artists Pam Haunschild and Christie Fairchild and local scientist Justin Rohde. Free and open to everyone. Youth artists who plan to submit to The Kalmiopsis Collection (see below) are especially encouraged to register for this online workshop!

The online workshop is part of “Growing Creative Community,” a ground-breaking initiative of The Southern Oregon Guild, who created the endeavor in February 2021 as “Our communities are bursting with folks we call Creatives – people doing unique things, thinking unusual ways, and doing things that generate beauty, ideas, and other kinds of contributions to the local worlds we live in. Many of these folks don’t think of themselves as ‘artists’ or ‘craftspeople.’ They just do what they love…” This approach to creativity complements our style at KCA: we are all creatives, even when we don’t see it.

Part II
Submit to The Kalmiopsis Collection
(Deadline May 1, 2022)

Every Illinois Valley youth artist (age 12-20) who submits artwork* will be accepted into The Kalmiopsis Collection as long as they put some serious effort into their submission. Artwork needs to be connected to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, which you can learn about HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE!

The first 10 artists will be paid for their work! Everyone will be paid equally (between $100-$250, depending on the number of artists, with a maximum number of 10 paid artists).

To register, start by writing down these dates:
May 1 – deadline to submit your artwork
May 22 – gallery opening

Then complete…
(a) the registration form HERE.
(b) the self-assessment form (after your artwork is done) HERE.
(c) your artwork (after you submit the self-assessment form, we’ll contact you to collect your artwork)

*What constitutes art? Art for “The Kalmiopsis Collection” can come in the form of photography, paintings, drawings, poems, stories, sculpture, collage, comedy skits, and multi-media related to the natural ecology of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. “Art” is a big category and we’re open to all of it.

Part III
Opening Party!
(Sunday May 22, 3-5pm)



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Opening Party!

Funded in part by the Josephine County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust,
together investing in Oregon’s arts, heritage, and humanities.