Tag Archives: Sunburst Awards

Featured Artist: Peggy Ross

12 Nov

Visual artist Peggy Ross with students and their creations.

Textile artist Peggy Ross has been teaching in schools for 18 years and working with Young Audiences for 15. A native of Brookings, OR and a 2005 Sunburst Artist of the Year Award Winner, Peggy has made her way as an artist and teacher through an ever evolving exploration of art media.

In addition to teaching young artists, Peggy offers classes for adults as part of PCC’s Community Education Department. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at weaving, sewing, or “up-cylcing” your old clothes, Peggy is the one for you.

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I create with paint, textiles and collage. I began as a weaver and seamstress. Then I moved to surface design, painting and piecing fabrics to create textiles for interiors: table runners, placemats, pillows, wall hangings, etc. All of this has morphed into recent new work where I‘m painting, printing and piecing papers then using them to create stitched collages. Continue reading


Featured Artist: Will Hornyak

22 Oct

Storyteller Will Hornyak.

Storyteller Will Hornyak, 2004 Sunburst Artist of the Year, has been a staple on our artist roster since 1996, and is this week’s featured artist. Hailing from San Carlos, CA, Will now makes his way in the world teaching through Young Audiences and others, performing at events, and sharing his talents with festival and groups including the Portland Storyteller’s Guild. You can catch some of Will’s spooky stories — just in time for Halloween — this Friday and Saturday at Stonehenge Studios.

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I relate strongly to the wandering, itinerant Irish storytellers known as “shanachies.” They were keepers of the old stories, but they were masters of the craft who adapted those stories to suit any occasion. They threaded their way across the landscape, stitching together as they did town and countryside, public house and private hearth. I am an omnivore of traditional stories and am inspired by everything from Mexican folk-tales and Greek myths to Native American legends and Russian fairy-tales. I am half Hungarian and half Irish and have recently developed a number of Irish myths into hour-long performances for adults during the Samhain (Halloween) and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. I love how stories and storytelling can open the door to work in schools and churches, prisons and pubs and beyond. Continue reading

2012 Sunburst Awards Luncheon

17 May

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is thrilled to announce the winners of the  2012 Sunburst Awards for brilliance in arts education. We are proud to recognize local individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the arts in our community. This year’s winners are:

Mayor Sam Adams (Advocacy)
Deborah Vaughn – Oregon Arts Commission (Advocacy)
Nicole Joanne (Artist)
Pacific Youth Choir (Arts Organization)
Atkinson Elementary School – Portland Public Schools (Education)
Larry Verdoorn (Education)
Far West Fibers (Philanthropy)
Paula Wight (Lifetime Achievement)

Please join Young Audiences for a luncheon on Wednesday May 23rd at 11:30 a.m., at the  Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland to celebrate these local leaders and their exemplary commitment to the arts.

This event is generously sponsored by Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies, Ball Janik,  LLC., Umpqua Bank, Perkins & Company, Albina Community Bank and Boly:Welch Consulting|Recruiting.

Tickets for the event are available at our website: www.ya-or.org, at the door, or by  contacting Christi Crowley at (503)225-5900 ext. 233.

2012 Sunburst Awards Nomination Sought

25 Mar

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington has a long standing tradition of honoring  community members who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to arts education at our Sunburst Awards Luncheon. The awards luncheon is a wonderful event that celebrates honorees and the work they do through the arts to enrich the lives and education of children and youth. The awards event also brings needed community attention to the value of the arts, culture and creativity, and has the potential to engage and inspire others to arts advocacy.

Please tell us about the individual(s) and organization(s) that you feel have made significant contributions to the arts and education this year (nomination form here). The Young Audiences Board of Directors will make the final selections from the slate of nominees submitted. All nominations are due to Young Audiences via email, fax or mail no later than March 30, 2012 (email Christi Crowley).

2011 Sunburst Awards Luncheon

25 Mar

2011 Sunburst Awards LuncheonThe Sunburst Awards focus community attention on the important role of arts and culture in education. The Sunburst Awards Luncheon is a joyful event that celebrates the power of the arts to enrich our children’s lives and education.

Each year Young Audiences Sunburst Awards honors members of our community who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to arts education. Award winners are chosen in the following categories: Education; Artist/Arts Organization; Philanthropy; and Advocacy.

It will be hosted by local TV reporter, Chad Carter. The Keynote Speaker will be the YA Artist of the Year, Gayle Danley.

Guests of the event will be educators, artists, arts organizations, philanthropists, advocates, prominent business/civic leaders, and YA board members.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Registration: 11:30AM
Event: 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Governor Hotel
Heritage Ballroom
614 SW 11th Avenue

Click here for tickets

$65 single ticket / $500 for table of eight

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