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A total of $2.75 million was awarded to 485 artists across the state in Artist Resiliency Recovery grants

COURTESY JANA CHARL - Charl works on a mixed media painting called Sixpack for an exhibition 
that was held in Zurich, Switzerland.

Five local artists have been awarded recovery grants from the Oregon Arts Commission Artist Resiliency program.

Local artists Luis Baez, Jana Charl, Carlos Calica, Rosetta Fuentes and Aurolyn Stwyer were awarded a total of $21,000 in grants.

The local artists who were chosen range in their mediums from videography to sculpture to beadwork. These artists represent traditional folk-art practices, as well as media and visual arts. COURTESY OREGON ARTS COMISSION - Aurolyn Stwyer creates lots of mixed media art following traditional art methods and mixing mediums, such as the combination of bead work 
and painting seen above. Stwyer produces a variety of beaded objects, from hide art, shown above, to jewelry and regalia.

"This grant means to be basically two words, validation and gratitude," said Madras multimedia artist Jana Charl. "Receiving the Artist Resiliency funding provides validation as a professional artist in Oregon. I'm especially grateful for being recognized as an artist who is part of a small rural community because we are often overlooked in the greater art scene. This award to Oregon artists, in general, is a significant acknowledgment of the fact we need to make a living because creating, exhibiting, and selling art is our career."

The artist resiliency fund recovery grant is a program of the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation. Its goal is to provide funding for Oregon artists that have been impacted in some way by the pandemic. Artists were given grants to cover lost income, lost opportunity and unanticipated costs, allowing them to sustain their professional artistic practice.

Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission, said, "In reaching Oregon's artists, we know we are not only supporting these individuals financially, but also enabling them to continue their creative careers and enliven the cultural environments of Oregon."COURTESY OREGON ARTS COMMISSION  - Rosetta Fuentes focuses on traditional bead work and shares motifs 
like the one above across a variety of mediums, like the bag pictured.

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