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Rogue Gallery October Exhibits

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

Left to right: Fly, Bear, Peacock, woodcuts by Liv Rainey-Smith

In the Community Gallery:

Beast of Lore Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith

October 17 – November 21, 2014

Reception Friday, October 17, 2014 5:00–8:00pm


Inspired by medieval bestiaries, illustrated volumes from the Middle Ages cataloguing both real and mythical animals, the artist creates images incorporating folklore and traditions from diverse cultures. The images are created using one of the oldest methods of printmaking, woodcuts with oil-based ink on cotton rag paper.


Portland artist Liv Rainey-Smith specializes in hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic styles, folklore, dreams, and esoteric traditions. Rainey-Smith’s woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints her own fine art prints in small editions on both paper and animal parchment. “While I’ve drawn my inspiration from these centuries-old manuscripts, I’ve naturalized more aspects of the animal’s appearance, and incorporated bits of folklore from a diverse array of traditions and cultures” the artist states.


Main Gallery Exhibit:

Transparent Watercolor Paintings of the Watercolor Society of Oregon

October 4 – November 14, 2014

Reception: October 17th, 5:00 – 8:00pm


On display in the Main Gallery are transparent watercolor paintings selected from the Fall 2014 convention of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The exhibit reflects the artistic diversity of the society’s talented members.  Southern Oregon artists represented in the exhibit include Linda Boutacoff, Betty Barrs, Lane Hall, Linda Hagen, Marilyn Hurst, Cecilia Pestlin, Peggy Stermer Cox, and Eve Withrow. “The expertise of the artists using the medium of transparent watercolor is impressive. The range of style and expression is inspiring” says Rogue Gallery Executive Director Kim Hearon.


The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) is a statewide organization and consists of almost 1000 members. WSO’s primary goals are giving members the chance to display their work, and provide education opportunities. The WSO features semi-annual shows, which are juried by nationally recognized artists. Over 320 works were submitted for this exhibit, 80 paintings were chosen.



The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit


Hanging Art Shows: Tips and Plans


My purpose today is to share some tips and ideas about hanging art shows outside the home or studio.  Planning and preparation are key to an efficient and smooth operation.

Recently, I was talking to one of  my sisters about hanging art shows.  My sister has hung art shows in her home, but not in a gallery type venue.  She is getting ready to hang a show of my Father’s artwork in Albuquerque this November.   As I started sharing tips, it occurred to me that this might be something to share with others.

Margaret Stermer-Cox with Paintings

Successful Hanging Day

Hanging Art At Home – v – Not Home

There is a big difference between hanging an art show in your home or studio and hanging in a gallery or non-traditional venue.  Here are some major considerations:

  • Time.  You may have limited access to the gallery space.  The show must be hung within a defined timeframe.
  • Materials.  You may have to bring all the hanging materials with you; do not assume the venue will provide them.
  • Assistance.  The venue may or may not have someone available to assist you.  You may need to bring your own help.

Put another way, when you’re hanging in your studio or home, you control the situation and deadlines.  You can be as efficient as you want to be.  However, in a gallery or non-traditional venue (cafe, coffee house, winery) you will have constraints based on the venue’s daily operations.

Tape measure - essential tool

Tape measure – essential tool


My husband and I have had the pleasure of hanging several shows.  Some of them we have had to travel several hours to; some were in a different state.  In order to accomplish our task of hanging the artwork within the allotted time, we had to get efficient and establish procedures.  We pre-plan the operation and have assigned duties.  My husband hangs; I assist and am the gopher.


  • Think through the hardware that you will need; create a “hanging day” toolbox.  I have such a toolbox and a list of essential ingredients.
  • If possible, get the wall dimensions.  Once you have the wall dimension, you can develop a hanging plan*
  • Create checklists for tools, equipment and documentation.  Please see checklists at the bottom of the page
  • Take extra paintings just in case and changes in situations
  • Preplan and, have a “plan b” with a little redundancy.

Art Plan

* Here a step-by-step outline of how to develop your hanging art plan.

  • Get the dimensions (height & width) of each wall or space available to you.
  • Get the dimensions of the framed artwork you wish to display.
  • Consider the margins, or how much space you want around you
  • Then its a matter of arranging and adding up measurements.

For example:  Wall space equal 70 inches wide.  I have five paintings I am considering.   There widths are 14.5, 22.5,  23, 20 and 14 inches respectively.  If I wanted to hang 22.5+23+20 paintings, I’d have 65.5 inches committed to paintings.  That only leaves me 4.5 inches between the three paintings (two spaces equaling 2.25 inches).  Maybe that’s OK; maybe that’s too crowded.  That will may be an issue decided on hanging day.  Its a matter of style.

I like to come up with two or three options.  I present them to my husband.  The final decision on layout is usually made on hanging day.


In summary, taking the time to plan and prepare before art hanging day may help you have a smooth, efficient operation.

And, what to do when you’re done?  I might go have a nice cup of espresso with a fudge brownie to celebrate a smooth art hanging operation.   How about you?  And, for those of you who have done art hanging operations, suggestions?  Your lessons learned?

Sample Checklists

Equipment Checklist

Equipment Checklist

Sample Document Checklist

Sample Document Checklist


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Wall Script

I often feel that a big difference between art in a museum or gallery and that which might be sighted in a back alley is that the former was done with conscious intent and the latter just showed up over time. I love to discover these latter, “unclaimed” pieces of art wherever they appear.

Weathered Presence

“Weathered Presence” is part of the seemingly otherworldly phenomena of stone lattice at Shore Acres State Park on Oregon’s Cape Arago. These formations are also known as tafoni and honeycomb weathering.

blastedheath:André Masson (French, 1896-1987), Migration X,…


André Masson (French, 1896-1987), Migration X, 1958. Oil on canvas, 112 x 94 cm.

Downtowne Coffee House, Drawing Talent Series

Time To Draw

Yes!  Today was a lovely fall day!  Sky blue, temperatures mild, calm winds.  That means time to go outside and do another “Drawing Talent” piece!

Armed with stool, paint tool box, paper, water, sunscreen, hat…etc, OFF I GO!  It was late morning on a Sunday.  Certainly there will be no one around and I can draw and paint in peace.*  Well, no.  There we a lot of people at the Downtowne Coffee House!

Downtowne Coffee House, Talent OR

Busy At Downtowne Coffee House

Cars, dogs, people everywhere!  The Downtowne Coffee House has outside tables and they were full of patrons.  Judging by the coming and going of cars, I’d say the inside seating was doing pretty good too!  I was pleased to see such a hopping, thriving business on a Sunday morning.

It did make it challenging to draw and paint.  I worked quickly to get the big shapes of the cars before they moved; which they did.  And, others took their place.

I have had coffee here several times.  I particularly like their espresso.  As a matter of fact, I sat at one of their outdoor tables to do one of my previous “Drawing Talent” pieces, “Drawing Talent:  Joe Dunbar Designs & Talent Cafe”.

It was a fun morning.  When I walked home, there were several young people at the skate park.  For what I call a sleepy town, Talent certainly was active today!


* I enjoy interruptions by interested passersby.  That is one of the points of my “Drawing Talent” project.  I get to know Talent; Talent people get to know me.  Win; win!



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Dune Dash

I came across this Vizsla at a roadside pull off along Route 101 on the Southern Oregon Coast. Though a swift breed, this dune proved a challenge to his ordinarily long gait.


These Alders were taking along route 42 South between Bandon and Coquille, one of my favorite roads in Coos County, Oregon.

Going to California – Just Sayin’…

Show Time

YES!  For the first time, one of my paintings is going to California!

My painting “Just Sayin’ V8b” has been accepted into the California Watercolor Association‘s 45th National Exhibition in Pleasanton, CA.

Stermer-CoxMargaret-Just Sayin'… V8b


California Exhibition Details

Exhibition dates are January 15 through February 21st.  The location is the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center.

The Juror of Selection is Mr. Eric Wiegardt.  The Juror of Award is Mr. Gary Bukovnik.

I am thrilled and am thankful!  Two of my art friends are also in the exhibition: Myrna Wacknov and Ruth Armitage. Congratulations Myrna and Ruth!

You may see the complete list of accepted artist’s at the CWA website on the exhibition page.

Just Sayin’…  The Story

This watercolor painting is part of my “Just Sayin’…” series, inspired by our culture, and cell phones in particular.  One of my sisters served as the model.  We were home visiting my Mom.  I went in to the kitchen and found my sister on her cell phone.  Her phone was to one ear and finger to the other.  I thought the gesture was funny and typical of our times.  I’ve been having fun working with it ever since.





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Drawing Talent: The Gas Station

Bus Stop or Gas Station?

Right before Watercolor Society of Oregon convention weekend (see previous post “Painting Size Matters – WSO Conventions Lessons Learned”), I took some time to do another “Drawing Talent” piece.  It was late afternoon.  You could say rush hour, but we don’t have a rush hour in Talent, OR.

I had intended to paint the bus stop that is in front of the gas station (to the left of my drawing), but it was in complete shadow.  Instead, I sat down and examined a view of gas pumps and square pillars.

Talent 76 Gas Station

Drawing Busy Places

Its fun and interesting drawing a place with activity.  Cars came and when.   Employees went about there business.  Oregon is one of the few states remaining that requires gas station attendants to pump gas into customers cars.  The employees were busy.  I didn’t know so many people came by for gas.

With so much activity, I worked fast and looked for big shapes.

Conversation with Brett

An employee named “Brett” noticed me sitting across the street with watercolor sketchbook in hand.  He came over and we had a short chat.

After my session, I went in to talk to Brett and show him what I was up to.   I was treated to some local news.  The owners have purchased the adjacent lot with intentions on expanding.  So, what do you know, I’ve drawn a piece of Talent history.

By the way, it is a “76” station.




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