About Golden Road Arts
Golden Road Arts (GRA) is curated by Northwest artists for discriminating collectors. This site includes original art by artists who have exhibited and shared their work here and abroad. Representing a cross- section of Northwestern art in various media and materials, these works are reflective of a rugged country and its people.
Art purchased through this gallery benefits artists, collectors AND underserved school children, with a portion from every sale earmarked for classroom art materials and video or live/hands-on instruction.
Within the scope of Golden Road Arts, we provide lesson plans, instructional videos, lists of associated materials and tools, and cost effective (or cost reduced/donated) sources for those materials.
Our goal is to support artists, enthusiastic art lovers and patrons of the arts as we encourage the creative spirit in children who will be the next generation of artistic creators, patrons and enthusiasts.
“It is my belief art saves lives.”
I still reflect on the power art had for me in school. My self-esteem and grade-point-average were low and I tended to be drawn to the kids who were trouble-makers. When I was on the brink of dropping out of high school in 1974, an art teacher took a piece of my art and hung it in a local shopping mall for others to see. I remember people admiring the piece of art and I realized for the first time in my life that I mattered. The experience turned my life around. When I graduated in 1975 from Cascade High School in Everett, Washington, I was one of the only people from my group of friends that graduated. I went on to college and received a degree in art education. Since that time, I have taught art to a variety of people – including those that are incarcerated. It is my belief that art saves lives.
Data on the Importance of Art
A recent study by the National Endowment for Arts and Humanities found students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.The benefits of art education for children include problem-solving abilities, creativity, literacy, fine and gross motor skills, connection, and understanding.
Unfortunately, many elementary teachers have little or no art training. To meet this challenge, Golden Road Arts, a non-profit, will provide, free-of-charge, videos that a teacher can watch and/or have students watch which will provide fun, inexpensive, and creative art lessons that will meet the Oregon Department of Education Guidelines.
The goal of Golden Road Arts is to provide an avenue for appreciating and sharing the value of art in our daily lives using a web and social media portal featuring Northwest Artists via both an online digital platform and periodic in-person or online digital presentations/demonstrations for students, teachers, parents and art lovers.
The visionary behind Golden Road Arts is arts advocator Barbara Mason. Barbara is an artist, specializing in printmaking and education of art and the importance it holds in a child’s education. “I taught a three-hour night class for many years at a local university for teachers embarking on a career in elementary education. I was their only art class. Teachers need more resources. The program I have created is Golden Road Arts. We are a team of professionals passionate about art education for children.”
“The Arts give life depth, value, passion and meaning.”
Images and music are threads woven throughout my life. Whether as a young student, a broadcaster, a business communicator or simply a fan, I have never been far from creative expression. It surrounds me in my home, it permeates my senses and it fills many of my idle thoughts. I have molded clay, fired pots, drawn charcoal portraits, painted with watercolor and acrylic paints and noodled with colored pencils or crayons. I did none of these things well, but I enjoyed them all. I am a closet musician, singer, and occasional songwriter for projects. I use the arts regularly in my storytelling efforts, because visual and aural components help convey theme, a sense of place and a depth of experience. How I construct projects is fueled by my appreciation for how images and sound convey story and meaning. My appreciation for the arts has given my life depth, passion, value and meaning.