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Poem is Coconut

A poem inspired by reading Octavio Paz beneath the palm trees in Mexico
Yelapa: En Edible Poem
poem is coconut
poem is sea salt
poem is margarita salt
poem is sunscreen
poem is dinner two hours from the now
            of sun and blue & bird
            & ocean licking beach
            in a tidal hunger
poem is hunger
poem has nothing to do with the tongue
poem has everything to do with the tongue
(poem tastes like luz y luna)
poem eats itself and is also called “poem”
poem climbs the palm three
            cuts its green fruit
            throws them to the ground
            lets gravity & distance break them open
            releasing milk & meat
            & both are sweet
poem is coconut

New Exhibit in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center's Main Gallery PLUS Lots of Calls to Artists!

January 23 2017 artblast Barbara Mason   
Barbara Mason, DISCREPANCY (detail), solarplate intaglio


Solar Plate Intaglios of Barbara Mason

and Poetry of Paulann Petersen
February 24  – March 31, 2017RECEPTION: Friday, March 3rd, 5-8pm

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Barbara Mason, Poem by Paulann Petersen, Voluptuaries, Solarplate Intaglio
Portland, Oregon artist Barbara Mason has created intaglio prints inspired by and
infused with the poetry of former Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen. The bold
lines and expressive shapes in Barbara’s prints meld with Paulann’s poetic verse in a
rhythmic, musical cadence.


Support the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the art, music, food, beer, and friendship of the Emerald Isle, Friday, March 17, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
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The evening will include:
  • Irish food and beer
  • Musicians performing traditional Irish music
  • An Irish-themed art show
  • A singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” with the winner receiving a $100 award
  • The Irish tradition of good cheer and laughter
Cost: $35.00 ($15.00 is tax deductible).
Buy Tickets online HERE>>
or call Rogue Gallery at 541-772-8118


We invite Rogue Gallery members to submit a work of art for this event that is inspired by Celtic art and/or by Ireland. All styles and media are welcome. Maximum dimensions (including frame) are 40” x 40” and 35 lbs.

Drop off artwork during gallery hours on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. There will be awards for contest winners! Pickup will be on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Winning pieces will remain on display until Tuesday, April 4, 2017.


Rogue Studio Life Drawing Sessions
Tuesdays, February 28, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6-8:30pm
$10 per session
Drop-in Tuesday evenings for two and a half hours of moderated uninstructed life drawing sessions in the Rogue Studio. Adults 18 years and older from beginner to advanced level are welcome. The sessions will include short gestures to longer, sustained poses. Students must provide their own drawing materials. Drawing boards, worktables, and easels are available for use.


Fix and Finish with Silvia Trujillo
Saturdays and Sundays March 4, 5, 11 & 12, 3-5pm
For all skill levels, Members $75, Non-Members $90

Do you have a painting that you don’t know how to finish? Let local artist Silvia Trujillo help revive your art! In this workshop, Silvia will lead an evaluation on students’ work then give individual guidance in improving and completing the artwork throughout the sessions.


The Oregon Garden is soliciting submissions for the opportunity to display at Art in the Garden 2017. Piece(s) must withstand the outdoors, be personally installed, with staff guidance, display for up to 12 weeks, and display in a freestanding format. Proposals must be submitted by March 26, 2017. Event Link: Art in the Garden Submission Form: Submit Here Questions: [email protected]

Submission Deadline:
Friday March 10, 2017

Exhibit Dates: May 5 – June 25, 2017

Entry Fee (Non-Refundable):
$20 UVAA Members | $30 Non UVAA Members

Artworks Northwest is a regional juried art show of work by artists from the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, Western Montana, and Western Wyoming). Open to all media.

Juror Scott Malbaurn

Cash Awards:
$1000 1st Place
$500 2nd Place
$300 3rd Place
$200 J. Lynn Peterson – Hundred Valleys Award

Application process takes place through Cafe ( an Online web tool that assist artists and art vendors locating venues for their work, and to apply and compete in shows across the country.

 Apply Now!
Umpqua Valley Arts Association is proud to present an open call for artists to submit work to our upcoming exhibit: Printmaking NOW!
This juried exhibition will explore ideas and various modes of contemporary printmaking.Printmaking is the technique of making prints, especially as practiced in engraving, etching, drypoint, woodcut, serigraphy or by digital process.
Submission Deadline:
Friday March 10, 2017Exhibit Dates:
May 5 – June 25, 2017

Entry Fee (Non-Refundable):
$20 UVAA Members
$30 Non UVAA Members

Juror Charlene Liu

Cash Awards:
$300 1st Place,
$200 2nd Place,
$100 3rd Place

Application process takes place through Cafe ( an Online web tool that assist artists and art vendors locating venues for their work, and to apply and compete in shows across the country.

 Apply Now!

UVAA Exhibit Proposal 2018

Submission Deadline: April 28, 2017

The Corridor, Gallery II, and Hallie Brown Ford Gallery at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association offer exhibit venues for contemporary artists focusing on regional, national and international solo and group exhibitions.We welcome all exhibit proposals from all artists, creative approaches and content are always valued.

Submission Guidelines

Red Door Gallery
Exhibit Proposal for UVAA Members

Submission Deadline: April 28, 2017

We invite UVAA Artist Members to apply for an exhibit in the Red Door Gallery. The Door Red Gallery, measuring 150 square feet, exhibits help promote emerging, mid-career, and established Artist Members of UVAA. Exhibits usually rotate every six to seven weeks.

Submission Guidelines
 Silverton Arts Association
April Gallery Show: A Look through the Lens – April 3-30, Photography Only, Any Subject Matter
Submissions Accepted: Friday, March 17: 8am-7pm and Saturday, March 18: 12pm-4pm
For guidelines, submission forms, and art tags go to: & Gallery Tour Applications Application Deadline: March 30, 2017, Saturday June 3rd – Sunday June 4th 2017. Times to be determined. Application to participate can be found here
This is designed to spotlight the artists in Silverton. Your studio can be inside or outside, a shed, or garage, or a kitchen table. You should be well stocked with examples of your work, business cards and even class information. 100% of all sales belong to the artist/business. Your fee allows the Silverton Arts Association to promote the tour, make Passport brochures of the tour, and to create additional signage for the artists. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 503-873-2480 or [email protected]

April Bike Rack Art Submission: There are 10 new bike racks in the city that have been made to fit Art. We are looking for 10 pieces to make prints of that will be weather proofed and mounted to the bike racks as a tourism piece and an art installation. The guidelines for the art is outlined below. If you have any questions email us at [email protected] or call at 503-873-2480
Submission Guidelines: Must be able to be enlarged or reduced to fit a landscape orientation measuring 18” long by 12” high.Any Media or Subject matter welcome (no nudes).New or Old pieces welcome
10 Bike racks = 10 pieces of art chosen. Installation by June 1, 2017 and annually there after.
Originals must be available for sale and must remain at the Silverton Arts Association until June 1, 2018. Submission Jurying Deadline: April 1, 2017, To the Silverton Arts Association: M,T,TH,F: 8am-12pm W: 9am-12pm

June Gallery Show: Summer in the Valley, Any Medium, Outdoor Themed
Submissions Accepted: Friday, May 12: 8am-7pm and Saturday, May 13: 12pm-4pm
For guidelines, submission forms, and art tags go to:

July Gallery Show: Physique Explored, Any Medium
Some part of the human body must be in each submission, nude or clothed accepted.
Submissions Accepted: Friday, June  16: 8am-7pm and Saturday, June 17: 12pm-4pm
For guidelines, submission forms, and art tags go to:

Contact Meghan McIntire at 503-873-2480 or [email protected] with any questions.

for Free Winter Artist & Writer’s Residency in Central Mexico
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist and writer’s residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency Dec 14, 2017 – Jan 13, 2018.
Winter applications are due July 30, 2017 thru CAFÉ  www.callforentry.orgWe also have a personal residency program for artists and writers who need longer periods of creative time (1 – 6 months). For more information visit:

More information on our new website:
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Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal

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March 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery

March 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery

Queen Print by Doug Wallace at Art du Jour Gallery Salon March 2017     middle falls, by Connie Fribance

Doug Wallace’s Eclectic Art, Connie Fribance’s Oils, and “Discovering Southern Oregon” Contest Art on Display!

During March 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery, we continue our presentation of guest artist Doug Wallace’s eclectic realm of Byzantine queens and mythical maidens.  “Looking back down the tunnel of time,” Doug says, “scrolling through the historical archives of what has interested me artistically for most of my life, I always find a bit of the fantastic in all that I do…and nothing is ever completely realistic.”

His art eludes conventional description.  “The inspirational references for my paintings are many: Gothic, Pre-Raphaelite, Byzantine, religious icons, mythology, fairytales, book illustrators, and dreams.  Surrealism has also played a part in my creative thinking.”  He says, however, that if he were forced to categorize his paintings, he might call them “Eclectic Romanticism, or Theatrical Gothic.”

Roses by Doug Wallace

Roses by Doug Wallace

Doug prefers to work in oils, and it’s the human form that fuels his passion.  He studied art at the Atlanta School of Arts for a year, and after attending Georgia State University, he worked briefly as a psychotherapist.  The compelling call of art led him to Hollywood where he became an actor, screen writer and novelist.  He studied film making at UCLA and LA City College.  After nearly two decades of show biz, he moved to Ashland and began to paint professionally.  “I didn’t leave my writing completely behind,” he explains.  “I have written two published novels since arriving in Ashland [five years ago], A Force of Will, A Shakespearean Fantasy Adventure, and Phase Out, a futuristic thriller.  But painting remains one of the great loves of my life.”

Oil Painter Connie Fribance is Featured Artist this March at Art du Jour Gallery in Medford, Oregon

Oil Painter Connie Fribance is Featured Artist

Seven oil paintings by Art du Jour Gallery member Connie Fribance grace our feature wall this month.  Connie has always enjoyed creating art with pencil, charcoal and stained glass, and after her retirement, she enrolled in formal art classes in Medford.  She most enjoys oil painting, inspired by the colors and illuminations that she can create with her brush.

Connie draws her ideas from the natural beauty of the places she has visited.  “I see beauty in things that are common.  My goal is to put this on my canvas to share with others.  I want the viewers of my work to experience a visual emotion and a connection where they can see and realize the beauty in life that surrounds them.”

Connie did her painting “Middle Falls” along the McCloud River in Northern California while she was taking a plein air workshop with PBS artist Stefan Baumann.  “Louie’s Meadow,” another of her oils on the gallery’s feature wall, was also painted on site.  “I was looking for a stream or a pond to paint, but I couldn’t find that perfect spot.  When I turned the car around to head home, there was this meadow.  The late summer colors and long shadows were beautiful, so I set up my easel and painted this lovely scene.”  More paintings can be seen on Connie’s website at

We invite you to visit Art du Jour during March to delight in Connie’s beautiful artwork.

Vote for Your Favorite “Discover Southern Oregon” Artwork! 

A $50 prize and a “People’s Choice” ribbon await the winner of our “Discovering Southern Oregon” art contest and the winner is up to you!  Contest artwork will be on display during March and we encourage you to drop by the gallery and vote for your favorite!

New Artist-Members Welcome!

Art du Jour Gallery welcomes artists of any medium to apply for membership in our artists’ cooperative.  We have display space for you in our fine art gallery and invite you to visit Art du Jour at 213 E. Main Street in Medford and fill out an application.  Bring in three or four gallery-ready examples of your work for jurying.  Come join us!  (541) 770-3190.

Third Friday

Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, March 17th, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet special guest artist Doug Wallace, featured Art du Jour artist Connie Fribance and other gallery artists as well.  Our reception will include the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams.  Appetizers, wine and cider will be served.  Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, call (541) 770-3190.

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213 E. Main Street

Medford, OR 97540

(541) 770-3190 (Tues.-Sat., 10-4)

Contact:  Susie Lee

(541) 512-9332

People's Choice Exhibit at Art du Jour Gallery

discover Oregon People's Choice Exhibit at Art duJour gallery, Medford, Oregon, March 2017

Art Trivia Quiz at Smithfield’s

Sarah Burns, Lamb Chops for Smithfields Restaurant

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“Love Rhymes with Everything” Book Event & Sanctuary One Benefit – Sunday, February 26th at South Stage Cellars

Join us at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville this Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 to celebrate the release of my […]

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Net Collapse

The weight of a winter snowstorm snapped the supports bracing this batting cage netting.

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Winter Route

Hoarfrost transforms nearly everything in its path along this Jackson County Oregon road.

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Art On The Go – What I Learned While Traveling For Two Months

I’m just back from traveling for two months. I enjoyed it, but things did not go as I anticipated. I’m not complaining. I met wonderful people, formed new friendships and enjoyed numerous activities. It’s been great! I packed expecting one set … Continue reading

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How to Win #13: Learn from South Africa

Coming soon: This webinar will be on Friday, March 17th, 2017, 12:00 – 12:50 PM EST. Sign up for the webinar here. Even if you can’t be there live, still sign up so you can get the video recording afterwards. While having an autocratic, erratic and narcissistic madman as a president might be new to […]

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