John Fawcett was one of OMP's Young Soloist winners last year

John Fawcett was one of OMP’s Young Soloist winners last year

Eugene Art Talk will be taking a break for the next two weeks while I enjoy some vacation. I’ll be off in northern Nevada, exploring the Ruby Mountains, an area I’ve wanted to hike in for a while.

If I get time, I want to drop by the Western Folklife Center in Elko — home of the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering each January — and may file a quick report if I do.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of short items of interest to Eugene area arts lovers:

Oregon Mozart Players will once again be holding a Young Soloist Competition to choose young musicians from around the state to perform with OMP at a regular-season concert in May. Last season’s concert was wonderful.

Details from OMP:

The competition, open to standard orchestral instruments including piano, harp, saxophone, and percussion, will have both a Junior Division (age 13 and under) and a Senior Division (Age 14-18). Up to two winners from both the Junior and Senior Divisions will have the chance to perform as a soloist with the Oregon Mozart Players. Applicants must be 18 years or younger, residents of the state of Oregon, and must not have completed high school.

There will be a preliminary video round, with a submission deadline of January 13, 2016. The final round of the competition will be a live performance with piano accompaniment that is open to the public on March 13, 2016 in Room 190 at the University of Oregon School of Music.

Application forms and more details are available here.

The Jacobs Gallery is planning a two-day original art resale in October.  The fundraiser is designed to sell pre-owned art works from around the community.

The gallery is seeking original paintings, signed and editioned prints, sculpture and fine crafts to sell in the show, which will have an invitational day on October 16 and a public day on October 17. Owners of the art will receive 50 percent of proceeds; the rest goes to the non-profit Jacobs Gallery.

Delivery dates to the gallery are 9 a.m. to noon August 31, September 14 and September 28 — all Mondays.

For more information, email Alex Brokaw at

Update: I am reminded that the Eugene Symphony is also doing its Young Artist Competition, which offers young performers the chance of playing with the orchestra next season, though not as a soloist.  Details here.