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Art’s permission to stare

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Wallace Shawn

“I have an enormous appetite to see life as I know it presented in front of my eyes.

That seems strange—after all, why don’t I just walk out into the street? But the thing is that you can’t really look at things out in the street, much less in your own apartment or in your friends’ apartments. You can look in the theater in a completely different way from the way you can look in life. You’re allowed to really look at a play—even stare.

In life, you are a character in the scene. When you’re a character in the scene, you can’t really look at the scene. If someone’s talking to you, you must respond appropriately. You can’t just stare at the person. You can’t look at life with the degree of attention and focus that you can employ when you look at a play, because you have to participate. And the people you’re staring at would find it rude. But if you’re sitting in an audience watching a scene, you can focus your entire being on looking at that scene. It’s a very special privilege.

In . . .  Les Éphémères, they had a scene where a fisherman and his wife and some other people have taken their children on an outing, and they come home, and they put the kids to bed. The kids are already asleep—they’re very young children—and they carry them in asleep, and they put them to bed. It takes probably fifteen minutes, or at least ten. No talking. Now, I have very little interest in family life, in children, et cetera. If you said, We’re now going to do a ten-minute scene about putting children to bed, I would be bored before you even finished the sentence. But it was so true and so real and so interesting. It was beautiful, and I was moved by it.”

–Wallace Shawn, The Paris Review

gathering grace




A few weeks ago I and some friends 

speant some hot summer days

in my garden 

gathering grace.



 lorri scott pages 

I brought out all my art supplies, 

and Lorri brought out her 

hand dyed fabrics from Kauai 

and we created.


roxanne evans stout pages


 roxanne evans stout pages


 lorri scott pages


Lorri's lovely sister Jan joined us, 

and then Susan



susan woodridge word tickets 


 And we made books, 

samplings for our 2015 

retreat in Kauai.


lorri scott pages 

During this retreat we will gather all your senses, 

you colors, your textures, your words

your grace…


And put it all together

in your own hand made books, 

all the while immersing yourself in 

island magic.


 susan wooldridge pages


roxanne evans stout pages 


jan brown pages


lorri scott pages


jan brown pages


Contact Lorri for more information

or to register early

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Thank You!

Big thanks to everyone who came out to my show opening last Friday, or sent notes etc! It’s a high like no other, I have to admit.

Anyway, party is over, back to work!


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Leonardo was a loser


difficult yearsGreat short video on working in obscurity. Leonardo: fail, fail, fail, fail, fail . . . success. “John Coltrane practiced the saxophone feverishly every single day for seventeen years before he got his first big hit . . . ” A previous video shows you a whole rogue’s gallery of losers in their twenties who eventually quit losing. “Leonardo got his big break when he was 46.”

Lyda Rose

I’ve written about Rogue Valley Roses before – and I’m still such a big fan.  Mrs. Janet Inada graciously hosted myself and two other artists for an afternoon of painting on her A M A Z I N G rose farm in late May of this year.  She grows and sells roses on their own […]

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RCC Seeking Entries for 66th Southern Oregon Art Show

GRANTS PASS – Artists are invited to enter the Rogue Community College 66th Southern Oregon Art Show.

Entries will be accepted at the Gallery July 25-26, 12 to 4 p.m. at the FireHouse Gallery, located in RCC Historic City Hall, corner of Fourth and H streets. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

The show will feature over 100 entries in youth (18 and under) and adult divisions. Categories include wa- tercolor, drawing and pastels, oil and acrylics, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber art, and mixed media.

An artists’ reception and judges’ talk will be held Thursday, July 31, 5 to 6:30 p.m. A First Friday reception will take place August 1, 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

Artists are limited to one entry per person. Entry fees are $15 for adults and $5 for youth. Entries must be labeled on the back with title, artist’s name, and

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July Exhibits at Rogue Gallery - Third Friday ArtWalk Reception Tonight!

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will have opening receptions for two exhibitions from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on this Third Friday’s Art Walk. Wine from Weissinger Winery, food from Harry and David, and cheese from Rogue Creamery will be served.

Main Gallery exhibit: Bodies for Billions: The Work of Miguel Aragón July 11 – August 15, Opening Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

The Rogue Gallery presents works of artist Miguel Aragon. Miguel Aragon uses his own method of layered hand drilled prints to create a series of works that address the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars. The large scale works on partially destroyed paper depict violent imagery of death. The affect reflects the fragile nature of life and the deeply spiritual process of exploring perception and memory while coping with images of profound violence.

As a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Texas artist Miguel Aragón grew up surrounded by the fallout

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Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport Unveils New Art Display in Terminal

The Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport is pleased to announce a new art display in the terminal. On July 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm, the Airport will hold an Open House to unveil new photographic art work created by Brian Pechtel, a respected local professional photographer who lives in the Rogue Valley.

Hunter Communications, a local fiber optic internet and voice provider, assisted in purchasing the art and seeing the project through to completion. Hunter CEO Rich Ryan commented, “We have been investing in the Southern Oregon community since 1994 and always jump at the opportunity to share our love of this area with others. The Airport often provides our first impression to travelers and visitors of all kinds, and we believe it is important to ensure this is a memorable impression by faithfully representing the beautiful, amazing region in which we reside.”

Hunter Communications has built over 1,000

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Charitable Tax Update

The House of Representatives passed a bill 277-130 to make permanent a series of charitable tax provisions.

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Pickleball Prowess

I competed in pickleball at The State Games of Oregon last weekend. Much of the fun was observing some of the best pickleball players in the country including Chris Miller (above) whose speed and deft footwork were impressive.

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