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Monthly Archives: March 2016

“Line It Out” featured in gallery

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

The line is a fundamental aspect of all forms of artistic expression, and the Gretchen Schuette Art Galley is presenting a quarter of artists in an exhibit focusing on the line.

“Line It Out” features works from Kate Simmons, Gigi Conot, Heather Goodwind and Deborah Bouchette, and is intended to highlight the importance of line as an artistic tool.

The exhibit is showing now through May 4. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the gallery, with an artist talk at 1:30.

The works include sculpture, painting and sewing. The artists twist and reshape the basic element of line into unique forms, demonstrating the diversity and quality of line utilized in modern art. Their artwork pushes line beyond its foundational uses and in doing so emphasizes its higher potential.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Galley is located on the ground floor of Building 3 on Chemeketa’s Salem Campus. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.


Listen to Her Town Hall April 12

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Did you know laws affecting women are being recommended and passed based on 20 year old reports?

The Women’s Foundation of Oregon knows you’re more than an outdated statistic and invites you to join Listen to Her, an interactive town hall meeting discussing the challenges and issues facing area women and girls today.

On a statewide tour, Chemeketa is proud to host the Salem-area Listen to Her stop on Tuesday, April 12 at Winema (Bldg. 48, Salem).

“Your voice matters,” says event volunteer Lynn Irvin. “This is our chance to make sure leaders across the state know what matters to women and girls in our community.”

Listen to Her aims to hear from hundreds of women and girls on topics such as—

  • Health
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Wages and assets
  • Discrimination
  • Childcare and caregiving

Input will be compiled into a comprehensive statewide review of the status of women and girls in Oregon and will be released in September 2016.

Listen to Her Town Hall
Tuesday, April 12, 6-7:30 pm
Winema Bldg 48, Rm. 210
4001 Winema Pl, Salem, OR 97305
Dinner and Spanish translation provided

For more information click here.

Chemeketa hosts first Winter Music Concert

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter Music ConcertThe evening was introduced as a historical event, an event of collaboration between Chemeketa Community College, Salem-Keizer public schools and the Salem community.

They called it historical because it was the first concert at Chemeketa that included an orchestra, a band and a choir on the same stage in one event.

They called it collaboration because somebody had an idea and shared it with President Julie Huckestein. Salem-Keizer schools graciously opened their doors for instruction and rehearsal. The result was a musical community of ages ranging from high school to retirement came to together to celebrate their love for music.

The choir, now in it’s third season is directed by Dr. Kerry Burtis. By day, he is the choral director at North Salem High School. In addition to weekly rehearsals for the Chemeketa choir, at North Salem High, Burtis also teaches Music Theory at Chemeketa.

A promising young student in class said that he had composed a piece for the cello and asked if Burtis had time to listen to it. Both impressed and amazed at the talent, he asked the student to perform a solo at the Chemeketa Winter Concert, mentioning that Surprised to hear that Chemeketa had an orchestra, it wasn’t long before he was introduced to Stephen Nelson, director of the Chemeketa orchestra. Thomas Leinonen, a budding cellist and composer, now joins community members, credit and non-credit students from Chemeketa and Salem’s high school students as they rehearse weekly at Sprague High School.

At Todd Zimbelman’s first Chemeketa band practice, he had four students attend. He looked at his four students and said “Let’s practice.” Their weekly rehearsals take place at West Salem High School.

The reoccurring theme throughout the historical winter concert was community. Each director of each discipline urged community members to join it.

“If you sang in the choir or played a musical instrument in high school or college, come to Chemeketa to play and have some fun.”


Salem Sleeping Bag Project branch opens at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

One man’s trash is another man’s dignity.

That’s the concept behind the Salem Sleeping Bag Project, the local faction backing the national movement to make simple sleeping bags and mats from recycled fabrics and distribute them free to people who need them.

The newest branch opened this March at Chemeketa’s Salem campus and has ambitiously dived into processing thousands of plastics bags into plarn, or plastic yarn.

Student organizer, Eric Duvall-Winscher has been participating in the Salem Sleeping Bag Project for more than two years. “It started as a spring break activity at a DIY crocheting studio. I fell in love and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Chemeketa’s branch is seeking a steady group of volunteers to process all current donations so the college can transition to a full service branch, taking on crocheting mats and handing them out to people in need.

“Because of the amount of extra bags we process, we will quickly back up the Salem Branch,” says Eric. “It is important for us to be able to process bags from donations to handing out actual sleeping mats.”

How you can help

  • Five volunteers each week to make plarn from bag donations
  • Additional bag donations once all the current bags are processed
    • It takes 800-900 bags to make one mat

“We’re helping the homeless and the environment at the same time,” says Eric. “We don’t care why they are homeless, but we hope this one act of kindness can change their life.”

Salem Sleeping Bag Project
Meets Thursdays from 6-8 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)