Whit Deschner stands in the middle of a pasture outside of Baker,
Ore., probably 30 or 40 feet away from a black cow licking a white salt
To most of us, this may look like a bucolic scene from
ranch country, a smattering of black cattle on a vast field that spreads
toward distant mountains. But, for Deshner, it's art in the making.
is probably the world's foremost connoisseur of salt block art. These
sculptures start out as 50-pound cubes of salt, about a foot long on
each side. Ranchers give them to their livestock as nutritional
supplements. Six years ago, Deschner was visiting a buddy who had put a
block out in front of his cabin. It caught their eye.
a couple of beers, and it just started looking more and more like art
to us," Deschner says. "Could be outside a federal building."
the deer left behind looked like a swirling sculpture of grooves,
pinnacles and even a small porthole. To Deschner, there was only one
thing to do.
An Angus cow licks a salt block in a field near Baker City, Ore.
"Why not have a salt lick art contest?" he says. Licking For A Cause
we all thought he was crazy," says Martin Aritola of Oregon Trail
Livestock Supply, "but it turns out we were the crazy ones." Aritola's
is one of many businesses who were dubious at first, but now support the
Great Salt Lick Contest.
It's just a couple days before this
year's event, and this is one of several locations where ranchers are
dropping off sculptures for the contest.
Kim Jacobs has just
come off the range with two sculptures to enter in the contest. Her
licks join about 20 others on a long table in the center of the store,
each with paperwork that includes the title and species of artist. Some
animals lick sculptures that look like vertebrae from prehistoric
creatures, others like windswept sandstone formations you might see in
"I think my cows do an OK job, but I really feel my sheep have brought it home for me," Jacobs says.
all the tongue-in-cheek humor, there is a serious side to the Great
Salt Lick: It's an auction and fundraiser to support Parkinson's disease
research. Deschner himself has Parkinson's. He walks with a stoop and
trembles. He says living with the disease has taught him that "you have
to follow your folly."
"To tie the Parkinson's into the salt licks, into the auction, maybe was a foolish idea. But what the heck," he says.
And over the years, Deschner's folly has raised more than $30,000. Bringing Community Together
on the Great Salt Lick is a community effort, and on the night of the
auction, the mayor and his band kick things off with some cowboy tunes.
It's not long before the hall is packed with the most unusual collection
Organizer Whit Deschner examines four licks left for him by a local rancher.
"Cowboys with cow manure clear to their knees and beat-up old
hats, and wine sippin' hippies, and some of the more elite, high-dollar
people around town, you know," says Mib Daley, a local rancher, and the
official auctioneer for the Great Salt Lick. "They don't normally get
along that well, you know. And when they get in a situation like this
with the salt lick auction, they just all get along. It's weird!"
by one, the salt licks are brought to the stage and Daley takes off
with the bidding. Blocks sell for about $5 at the feed store, but here
most sell for $200 or $300. And a few of the more unusual pieces hit
In the end, the auction raises well over $12,000,
shattering last year's record. Everybody leaves the hall with smiles on
their faces, including Beth and Fred Phillips, who raise Angus cattle
and entered four salt licks in the contest.
"We'd like to think our cows are more artistic than they used to be, but, to be honest, they probably aren't," Beth says.
"They're definitely more artistic than our neighbors,' " Fred says.
So how do they nurture their artists?
"We breed for it now," Fred says. This story was made possible with support from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation.
Friday, December 7, 6-9pm
Where:Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St (12th St. Bart Exit)
Oakland, Ca. 94612
Balza, Chukes, Samantha Chundur, Linda Fong, James
Gayles, Renata Gray, Monjett Graham, Gerald
Griffin, Anthony J. Hall, April Hankins, Penny
Harncharnvej, Woody Johnson, Virginia Jourdan, Eric Murphy, John
Neary, Gabriel Navar, Patricia Patterson, Lordy Rodriguez, Karen
Senefuru, Malik Senefuru, Saska, Karin Turner, Takeshi
Nakayoshi, Tomye and more.
Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “The Holiday A.R.T. Salon
Exhibit”, featuring works by more than 15 bay area artists for this holiday
It's that time of year; Joyce Gordon Gallery is hosting a
Holiday A.R.T. Salon Exhibit. We have asked our beloved artists both past
and present to share their access to real treasures for this holiday
season. In the tradition of the French ‘salon-style’ art exhibition, this
show will fill the gallery with beautiful hand made treasures to dazzle the
eyes and warm the heart.
There is no better shopping than supporting small businesses
and galleries in our communities and the artists we serve. Opening
night will feature refreshments and drinks, and an opportunity to meet
with artists showing their work. The gallery will start this holiday art
sale on First Friday, December 7th. In addition to the beautiful artwork
our artists will provide, we will have a selection of specially marked artworks
from Joyce Gordon's collection for sale. We will also sale raffle tickets
for prizes. Free raffle tickets will go to the first 15 guests to arrive on
First Friday, December 7th.
We look forward to seeing you on opening night!
Joyce Gordon Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery
located in the downtown district of Oakland California. It exhibits art that
reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international
artists. The aim of the gallery is to respect the creative pursuits of the
individual and seeks to make such work accessible to a broad audience.
The Jingletown Arts & Business
Community is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Winter Art Walk,
Saturday and Sunday, December 1 – 2, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Winter ArtWalk will hold an opening
reception on Friday, November 30, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 4:20 Gallery, 420 Peterson
Street, between Ford and Glascock Streets, Oakland, 94601.
These events are free and open to
The annual winter open studio event
will highlight the work of more than 35 artists who live and/or work in the
area known as Jingletown, which is situated between the Park and Fruitvale
Street bridges bordered by the estuary separating Oakland from the island of
Among other notable artistic
enterprises, it is the location of the Gray Loft Gallery, the Institute of
Mosaic Art, Apples & Oranges Gallery and Float Gallery, as well as studios
of many other notable artists who are living and working in one of the most
established arts districts in the Bay Area.
For a complete listing of Jingletown
artists, businesses and upcoming events in the area, please visit our website
Jingletown acquired its name from Portuguese cannery workers whose earnings
would "jingle" in their pockets at the end of the day as they walked
home from the factories in the area.As
time went on the neighborhood went into disuse, but in the early 1980’s artists
realized the potential and converted many of the neglected warehouses into
functioning live/work spaces.It is now
a thriving artist community and one of the fastest growing arts districts in
the Bay Area.
a time when our neighborhood has been changing dramatically, the goal of the
Jingletown Arts and Business Community is to heighten awareness about the rich
and diverse population of working and exhibiting artists and the creative
opportunities in the Jingletown Arts District.
Dharma Talk by the Nuns of Aloka Vihara On Sunday, December 2nd, Alameda Sangha will be hosting and welcoming two Theravada Buddhist nuns from San Francisco. 7-9pm
Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Anandabodhi will speak to us on the Dharma. These nuns practice in the traditions of the Thai Forest Monastery and offer regular opportunities to hear the dharma and practice at their monastaryin the Sunset District. They are very important in the local Bay area Theravada Buddhist world.
For more information about their order please visit their website http://www.saranaloka.org Buena Vista United Methodist 2311 Buena Vista Ave Alameda, CA 94501 email@example.com https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/home
Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), vocals
Ben Flint, keyboards
Fred Randolph, bass
Alan Hall, drums
Jazz and pop
singer and poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) and her Holiday Trio will perform a
diverse mix of songs celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, and the Solstice at this
special concert on the first night of Chanukah. The performance will feature
songs from Lisa B's 2011 holiday CD, including the Jewish traditional song
"Hine Ma Tov," Matisyahu's Chanukah song "Miracle," the
standards "Let It Snow," "Have Yourself A Merry Little
Christmas," and "Christmas Time Is Here," Donny Hathaway's soul
holiday song "This Christmas," a special version of Cole Porter's
"Night and Day" celebrating the Solstice, and Lisa B's new originals
"Holiday in Oakland" and "The Flame."
Singer-songwriter-poet Lisa B (Lisa
Bernstein) performs jazz, jazz-soul, and pop standards and original songs,
often incorporating her unique spoken word and poetic rap. Her five CDs
received radio play and charting on hundreds of trade-reporter stations and
excellent reviews in All Music Guide, Jazz Times, and many other
Of Lisa’s 2011 holiday CD, critics wrote
“Vibrant, diverse... courageous… [with] an energy that is enchanting” (Seattle
Post-Intelligencer); “Should be playing in hipper households over the next few
months. Tasty throughout” (Midwest Record); “An ambitious undertaking… Ms.
Bernstein’s energy is so palpable –- you can’t help but be drawn in… highly
recommended.” – Girlsingers.org.
Lisa B has performed 80+ gigs in the Bay Area
and beyond, including the Elbo Room, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco State,
Stanford University, 2009 Harmony Festival, La Pena, Paradise Lounge, and 2nd
Annual Bay Area JazzPoetry Festival. She is the author of the poetry books The
Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press) and Anorexia (Five
Fingers Poetry), and her poems have appeared in 60+ anthologies and
periodicals. Lisa B is a former Associate Director of the Poetry Center at SFSU
and received creative writing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts,
Headlands Center for the Arts, and elsewhere. She also volunteers as a poetry-writing
teacher to youth in Oakland and Emeryville. (www.lisabmusic.com)
Ben Flint, pianist, performed for many years
with Isaac Hayes’s band and has also performed with Ledisi, Mary Stallings, and
Nicolas Bearde. He studied at the Berklee College of Music, has a
master’s degree in music from USC, and teaches at Berkeley Community College
and the Jazzschool. Ben is a regular member of Lisa B’s trio and has cowritten
one song with her.
Bassist Fred Randolph leads The Fred Randolph
Quintet and performs with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Sandy Cressman’s
Homenagem Brasileira, Michael Smolens’s Kriya, Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap,
Kenny Washington, Marcos Silva, and many others. He leads the jazz program at
Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland.
Drummer Alan Hall has performed and/or
recorded with Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Ratzo Harris, Stuart
Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Rebecca Parris, Cirque du
Soleil and many others. He is featured on Lisa B’s 2011 holiday CD. He teaches
at Cal State University East Bay, the Jazzschool, Musically Minded Academy, and
Blue Planet Network Benefit and Photography Exhibit
Friday, December 7, 2012, 7-10pm
WixLounge San Francisco, 2601 Mission
Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94110
Wix Lounge San Francisco presents a benefit for Blue Planet Network on
Friday, December 7th, 2012 from 7-10pm.
Join photographers Rudi
Dundas and Christine Krieg as they talk about their experiences and show their
work for Blue Planet Network in rural areas of Kenya, India, Cambodia and
Vietnam.Special guest, Sabore, a
traditional Masaii warrior from the Samburu region, will also be attending.
Today nearly one billion
people live without access to clean water. BPN'sgoal is to increase the impact of safe
drinking water programs for people worldwide.
A photography exhibit of the
work of Ms. Dundas and Ms. Krieg will be on display during the month of
December. All prints will be available for sale.
Christine Krieg, Christine Krieg Photography
Rudi Dundas, Rudi Dundas Photography
Lisa Nash, Blue Planet Network
Silke Knebel, Blue Planet Network
Jackie Goneconti, Blue Planetwork
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