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Drawing of Shalyn.  For sale here on Etsy.

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SOAR Welcomes Umpqua Valley Art Center!

Umpqua Valley Arts Association logo

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource welcomes Umpqua Valley Arts Center (UVAC) to the Southern Oregon Artist Groups & Organizations and Roseburg Galleries directories! This is our first listing from the Roseburg area and we’re delighted to see our range expanding to the northern part of southern Oregon.

SOAR recently posted a call to artists from UVAC for their 2015 Summer Arts Festival. If you haven’t seen that yet, please read this post for more information.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s mission is to create and foster a climate that supports arts appreciation, participation and education.

Located at 1624 W. Harvard Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon,  UVAC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to art education, art appreciation, service to artists and art organizations, and to the community. The Association has played a primary role in the cultural development of Douglas County. In 1979, the Arts Association and the City of Roseburg entered into a partnership arrangement to use the buildings in the Fir Grove Section of Stewart Park as a cultural center.

Now this gorgeous historical building houses six art gallery spaces, a workshop studio, a beautifully stocked gift gallery, a fully equipped kitchen, a full-sized pottery studio, and a new outdoor stage, in addition to staff offices. Groups can rent space for meetings, weddings and other special events. Contact the staff at the Arts Center for details or go to the Facility Rental page to see a picture and rates.

Resident artists and festivals provide a multicultural opportunity for county residents, school groups and tourists to experience a variety of programs and activities designed to deepen understanding and expression of the arts. Volunteer support groups assist in the day-to-day general operation, special programs, policy making and public relations.

The Arts Association is supported financially by tuition, sales, rentals, grants, corporate and individual contributions, membership dues and fundraising events like their annual Summer Arts Festival. An endowment program has been established to support and stabilize programs in future years. Support is also provided by the City of Roseburg through outdoor maintenance of buildings as well as numerous in-kind services for activities and programs.

We hope you will consider responding to UVAC’s Call to Artists and checking out their listing to learn more and get contact information, social media links, and of course a link to their website.

Studio Snapshot

Today I finished making 9 red and green lotus flowers for a special order. Soon they will be on their way across the country.

One of my finished lotus flowers.


The folding is done and they are held in place by rubber bands until I tie them with waxed linen thread. I make loops for the bottom by tying the thread around the safety cap on my knife.


All tied and ready to be made into lotus flowers.


One lotus flower completed.


9 lotus flowers completed and ready to be packaged and sent across country.

If you are interested in seeing the actual steps to making a lotus flower, you can check out my post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.

Enjoy, Candy

Arts Alliance Update, Oregon Cultural Trust Town Hall Meeting

Arts Alliance of southern Oregon logoGreetings! We will be announcing the next Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon public meeting soon. It will be held in late November or early December in Grants Pass.
Until then, you are encouraged to attend a town meeting in Medford hosted by the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and presented by the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust: Monday, 11/3 from 1-4pm.
Thank you for supporting arts & culture in our community!
Come one, come all! 

Brian Rogers and the staff of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold 14 statewide town meetings between now and Dec. 12 to hear from Oregonians about arts and culture issues. The information gathered will develop independent plans to guide each organization over the next five years.

“Hearing from our stakeholders, which include every Oregonian, is a vitally important part of the planning process,” said Rogers. “The themes that emerge from these meetings will form the framework of our plans.” 

Each of the three-hour meetings, which kick off in The Dalles Oct. 20 and conclude in Eugene Dec. 12, will be hosted by a local arts and culture partner. Registration is encouraged but not required. The meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information to register:
Town Meeting-Medford 

Monday, November 03, 2014 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Rogue Gallery
40 S Bartlett St
Medford, Oregon 97501
United States
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The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust are pleased to announce a series of 14 town meetings across Oregon to gather information about local, regional and statewide issues in arts and culture. We encourage you to attend, participate, share and learn in this important process.  The Commission and Trust will use the information we gather to develop independent plans that will guide each organization over the next five years.
We also would like you to help spread the word and invite your board members, people you serve and community leaders to these town meetings.
Registration is not required, but encouraged to help us in our logistics.  Each town meeting will be hosted by a local partner who are helping make these important meetings possible.
We also invite you to submit written testimony, especially if you are unable to attend a town meeting.
You may email testimony to or mail to:

OAC / OCT Planning Process
775 Summer Street NE Suite 200
Salem OR 97301

Building Local Economies with the Arts

At an Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon meeting I saw a presentation by Jerry Work about how Appalachia converted poverty to a multi-million dollar economy through the arts. There were so many similarities between that region and the Rogue Valley, I wanted to bring it to the Medford business and arts community as well. I think this short presentation will inspire you and give you insight on how to help build cultural tourism in our area.

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Art Inspires Ashland 2014

Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Flyer

You’re Invited! Art Inspires Ashland Nov 14 – 16, 2014, with evening artist presentations and workshops with Dan Thompson, Jean Cacicedo & Natalie Fletcher. Early Bird special for Evening Presentations tickets ends on November 1!

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Rogue Gallery Announces Call to Artists, Family Activities

RGAC Logo turq on white

Rogue Gallery has several opportunities for artists to submit work for the fall. For more info visit or contact Kate 541-772-8118. On the 2nd Saturday of the month, the Rogue Studio is open for families to explore art together.

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Art du Jour Gallery November Exhibits

Memories of the Millicoma, watercolor by Penny Simmons

Watercolorist Penny Simmons featured Artist of the Month for November at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford, across from Vogel Park. Third Friday reception Nov. 21 from 5–8pm.

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Rogue Gallery October Exhibits

Fly, Bear, Peacock, woodcuts by Liv Rainey-Smith

Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces its October-November art exhibits in the Community and Main Galleries

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Small Treasures in November

Small Treasures, our art exhibit for November and December 2104, will feature small works priced for holiday gift giving and a new artist gift shop! Created by local artists and Art Presence members, all works will fall within the range of 4″ x 6″ to 10″ x 14″ for the perfect gift to make their eyes shine!

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