MEETING UPDATE: OPA General Meeting has been postponed to January 20,2017 + Potluck + Elections + Panel Presentation: The Enduring Vitality of Ceramics in Japan

  • Fri, January 20, 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Multnomah Arts Center

This is a free event no registration required. 

Where: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 Southwest Capitol Highway,Portland,OR,United States, Auditorium (map) @ 6:30pm.

Description: Due to inclement weather our General Meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, January 20,2017. All OPA members and those interested in becoming a member are cordially invited to the first OPA General Meeting of 2017 in the main auditorium at the Multnomah Arts Center. The Potluck begins at 6:30,meeting starting shortly thereafter,followed by a panel presentation from Maribeth Graybill,PhD at 7:30.

OPA ELECTIONS! Download the ballot now
The OPA needs your help filling positions for 2017 on our Executive Board,Board of Directors,Program Directors and Advisory positions. A full list of all jobs with description is available on this website in the Operations Manual.

All positions excluding President,Past President and Treasurer are open for members to run either against incumbents or other eager folks looking to play an important role in the future of the OPA. There is something for everybody - find a job that plays to your strengths or give yourself a new challenge in 2017! Some positions work in a training capacity the first year,becoming full responsibility the following year. A few key jobs that we are especially looking to fill are listed below:

  • Vice President 
  • Board Secretary
  • Coordinators Secretary
  • Exhibitions Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Picnic Coordinator
  • Finance Coordinator
  • Presentations (Deb Shapiro is happy to chat with anyone about the ins and out of this positions)
  • Photographer
  • Justice Center Windows
  • Member at Large
  • Member Outreach 
  • Workshops Chair
  • Video Librarian
  • Voting Coordinator

If you have questions and/or would like to get your name on the January Ballot email Brenda Scott at:
or call/text 503-789-2339. 

The OPA welcomes special guest Dr Maribeth Graybill for our January General Meeting Panel Presentation: 
The Enduring Vitality of Ceramics in Japan 

Maribeth Graybill, PhD is the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian art at the Portland Art Museum. Previous to Maribeth's arrival to Portland in 2007,Dr. Graybill served as Senior Curator of Asian art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art,and taught Japanese and Asian art at UC Berkeley and Swarthmore College. 

Among the great ceramic traditions of the world,the Japanese alone sustain a thriving studio potter industry on a grand scale. It is often said that more than 10,000 Japanese potters make a living crafting ceramics. Most of these are craftsmen designing wares for everyday life or for the tea ceremony.  Whether made from rough,unglazed stoneware or refined porcelain,these intimately scaled art works are an indispensable part of Japanese rituals of dining and hospitality. The high demand of domestic consumers for functional vessels – while somewhat diminished from the recent past – underlies the commercial success of Japanese studio ceramics. By contrast,artists working in more experimental forms find their principal audience in museums in Japan and abroad and private collectors in the West. The Portland Art Museum has amassed a significant collection of Japanese ceramics dating from the 1950s to the present day. This talk will touch briefly on historical trends that have dramatically changed clay art in Japan since the Pacific war and explore the wide range of aesthetics and techniques flourishing today.

Dr. Graybill will accompany her talk with images from the Museum collection.

Please join us for this exciting talk on January 20,2017 at 7:30 pm in the MAC main auditorium. 

6:30pm: potluck + meeting; Multnomah Art Center - Auditorium,doors open @ 6:00pm!


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