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The Lie You’ve Been Told – LightGarden Glass Art

1086 Washburn                            February 2016
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.

What’s the lie you’ve been told all your life? 
And it’s probably been told BY you TO you…
” I‘m not artistic!”
I hear this all the time from people in class…and then they go on to tell me that they make exquisite quilts or are a master chef.  Everyone is artistic in some way.  Just because you don’t paint with a brush or can’t draw a straight line…(that’s what they make rulers for)…everyone can create something.
First, you have to
that you can.
We get so busy in our daily lives we forget
that we should also be having fun. 
There are many studies that strongly suggest that making things with your hands actually creates joy, inner peace and well being.  This is why we do more and enjoy less.  We don’t allow ourselves time to create.   Fast food, cell phones, television, modern technology has edged a lot of the creativity out of our lives.   Anything that is worthwhile takes some investment of time. 
You don’t just start out being great. 
You have to practice to be great.
It’s a brand New Year!
What will YOU practice this year?    

Project of the Month!
 For the month of February we are adding two different butterfly casting options to the project.
1 large butterfly    $14
2 dragonflies  $14
2 small butterflies  $10
Use access to our “wall of frit” to color them 
any way you wish.
Covers frit, class and firing.  Wires are included to hang or add them to another fusing or mosaic project!
Any regularly scheduled workshop.
Wednesday & Saturdays 10-12n.
Email or call to reserve your form!

Make a fun project for your spring garden! Learn speedy ways to make lots of tiles from your scrap glass, several techniques for applying mosaics to different surfaces and complete a 10″ bird bath/feeder. Once you finish this class you’ll know how to mosaic almost anything. Several patterns to choose from.

The $75 fee includes all materials and tools. 

 All you provide is the glass.  
February 13 & 20th

 Glass Fusing: Basics
Learn one of the fastest growing mediums in glass! In this two week class you’ll complete a 4″ tile and an 8″ fused & slumped plate. Covers firing programs, prepping kiln shelves and ware and much more!

All supplies are included.

February 27 & March 5th
 Please call or email to reserve your space.

Painting with Frit
Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and scrap glass to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.  We’ll explore different techniques through 3 small panels, focusing on clouds, trees, water and layering backgrounds. We’ll also address combining colors and picture composition.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.

All frit, scrap glass, stringers, and lunch from Peruvian Point is included. 

     Glass fusing: Basics or equivalent is required.

March 19th
10-3pm with an hour lunch break
Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have

 5-6 people we can schedule private parties.

click here to check out our classes



Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!


Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!


Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00



 Morning Workshops:


Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

2016 West Coast Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference – A Faith/Art Fusion

2016 West Coast Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference – A Faith/Art Fusion

You’ve wanted to before… This is your year!
Target the upward trajectory of your art/faith fusion at the 
West Coast Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference
April 28 – May 1st, 2016 
at the beautiful Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon. 
2016 Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference header
Illuminated Manuscript – Calligraphy/Art Fusion
Down by the Riverside (plein air / landscape)
The Fine Art of Food & Music
Portraiture/Figurative/Still Life
conference attendees
And Biblical inspirations with Masterpiece founder
Jeanne Randall and more:
* Tips and commentary from the professionals on marketing your work, gallery representation and social media presence
* The always fascinating Presenting and Attending Artist Exhibit.
* A hosted public event on Saturday night.
(Advance reservations for Sat. evening deadline by April 20th)
Enjoy all this at a true Oregon treasure….
Sunriver Resort adventure
Sunriver Resort
And you could win a discounted tuition package by
submitting a winning entry for the art contest for attending artists
Space in each workshop is limited so register early.
Register by March 15th for early membership or standard guest discounts. Spouse packages too!  Make it a memorable vacation with purpose .
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation| 541.601.7496
 i[email protected] |  www.mcfineartsfoundation.orgLike us on Facebook
Visually Communicating Christ to Culture through Fine Art
“Declaring the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9

Premiere of Student Films about Drugs and Bullying in McCloud Feb 19

“Drugs” and “Bullying”

Premiere Showing in McCloud of 2 Video Shorts by Local Students, February 19th


Complex personal subject matters were the learning theme for Mccloud High School students during their digital workshops with Christina Schmidlin while creating two short videos on “Drugs” and “Bullying” .  Ms Schmidlin is a videographer and film maker in her professional life and was contracted by the Mccloud Resource Center and the Mccloud ARTS Society to work creatively with our high school students.. For the last two years McCloud students had the privilege to work with her in developing the storyline for the two short videos.  Utilizing their input, talent, and their personal experiences these two short videos represent the efforts for over the two years.   Students were enthusiastic participants in all aspects of the project including learning to act with drama coach Bennett Gale. The acting recreates some of their personal experiences regarding these vital social issues which youth everywhere are addressing on almost a daily basis.


In Bullying, “The story focus for this particular project was on the “making of” and “unraveling of” a bully. It is mostly told from the bully’s perspective. Most students in the class experienced bullying both as perpetrators and victims, so we chose this particular, and in my opinion, very effective perspective for the story narrative. There was also one student in the class who experienced a bullying related suicide and ensuing drug use, which lent a powerful story element to the narrative.” said Christina Schmidlin.  She further explained that “all participating students linked the experience of bullying or being bullied to the risk of drug use and teenage suicide. Consequently, all the students wanted to explore this topic in depth in the story sessions.”


The Premiere Video Showing of McCloud High Student’s   2 Video Shorts will be Friday, February 19, 2016,  7 – 8:30 pm upstairs in the Mercantile Building. Admission is free in support of the students.  The event is being organized by the McCloud ARTS Society.  Jeff Wescott and some of the high school band members will provide musical entertainment to showcase their talents.  The community is invited to come to the premiere showing and support the students in the first effort to develop a meaningful video short that may later to useful to other students that may or may not be experiencing similar circumstances.

NVAL 2016 Regional Photography Show

North Valley Art League logoNVAL 2016 Regional Photography Show

February 2 – 27

Carter House Gallery,

48 Quartz Hill Rd, Caldwell Park, Redding, CA 96003


**DATE CHANGE**  NOW SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 6-8pm due to Super Bowl Sunday.

Reception location is still the North Valley Art League’s Carter House Gallery.

Awards will be announced at the reception and our juror, Michael Eichwald, will give a short talk explaining why he chose each of the award winners.

Raffle will be held for a framed print donated by Lu Zhang from the NVAL 2015 International Photography Show.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served making for an enjoyable afternoon.   We hope that you and any guests that you choose to invite will attend.   Directions to the gallery are on our website:, under Contact.

Award winners unable to attend the reception will be contacted February 7 by email.

Hope to see you there at the Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Rd. Caldwell Park.

I hope to see you there!


The online gallery will be active February 1st on the NVAL website —



Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm

Show Opens:  Tuesday, February 2 
Reception and Awards:  Saturday, February 6, 6 to 8pm

Show Closes:  Saturday, February 27  

ANPF Women’s Invitational Winning Playwrights Announced

ANPF Women’s Invitational Winners Announced

Three outstanding plays by noted playwrights selected for presentation.
March 25-27, 2016 festival honors under-represented American playwrights.

Ashland New Plays Festival announces the winners of its ANPF Women’s Invitational. They are Martyna Majok for Cost of Living (formerly Ropes in the Well); Lauren Yee for King of the Yees; and grand prize winner Jiehae Park for Hannah and the Dread Gazebo.

The Women’s Invitational will be held March 25-27, 2016 in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Dramatic readings of each play will be presented in both matinee and evening performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

As an effort to highlight critically acclaimed but unproduced work by leading American playwrights, the Women’s Invitational received 30 works from which ten finalists were selected in blind readings. ANPF Artistic Director Kyle Haden and The Kilroys co-founder Laura Jacqmin, who chairs the festival, chose the winners.

Says Haden, “It was tremendously exciting reading the finalist plays. All of them were truly impressive. I am so excited by our three winners and can’t wait to share these new stories with our audiences. We all know that women are vastly under-represented in theatre today, and have been since the beginning. We want to do our part to change that inequity. The Women’s Invitational will be a meaningful step for us in that direction.”

Additionally, the week will include an opening reception hosted by Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF); and Parity, a roundtable discussion with Jacqmin, host playwright EM Lewis, and the winning playwrights, moderated by Dr. Lue Morgan Douthit, OSF’s director of literary development and dramaturgy. The roundtable is open to the public.

More information is available at

New Show at Shepherd’s Dream!

Pegi Smith - New show at Shepherd's Dream February-March 2016 announcement : Works by Pegi Smith will be on display at Shepherd's Dream in Ashland From Feb 5–March 31, 2016. Opening reception Feb 5 from 5–8pm with live music by Pegi Smith and Greta Gardiner, in conjunction with Ashland's First Friday ArtWalk

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Pastel Painting in a Series, Class with Janis Ellison

Janis Ellison February 2016 Class: Pastel Painting in a Series. Image shown: Winter Blush, pastel painting
Winter Blush, by Janis Ellison

Janis Ellison February 2016 Class: Pastel Painting in a Series

The focus of the next session will be finding what inspires you and creating a series

February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2016

Mondays from 9am-1:00pm, $125.00
Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

Register Now!


Winter’s Poise

Winter’s quiet simplicity along Wagner Creek Road in Talent, OR

Lake Frost

A frosty morning at Agate Lake in Jackson County, OR

DIY – Painting Paper For Heart Cube Box

I wanted to make some Heart Cube Boxes for Valentine gifts, but I didn’t like the colors of papers I had on hand. So, I painted some. Here’s how I painted them.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

First I found the papers I wanted to use. I used two types of paper, neither of which I tried to fold before starting. Big mistake! One of the papers folded perfectly and the other cracked when I folded it. Second, I printed out the template on the back of the paper before I painted the paper. Believe me, it’s much easier that way.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

I started with 4 different acrylic paints in reds, pink and purple. I mixed them half and half with acrylic matte medium. I used discarded plastic jar lids as my paint containers. I put dabs of all the different colors of paint on a rubber roller and started rolling colors around, making what looked like a monster mess.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

After the entire page was covered in paint, I mixed acrylic interference blue with acrylic matte medium (again about half and half) and spread it all over the painted paper. You can see in the photo above how it starts to change the colors on the lower photo. I’ve painted just a little bit of the painted paper with the interference blue.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes. The top photo is before adding the interference blue along with a bit of interference gold.

For my first paper I used acrylic interference blue. My second paper included both interference blue and interference gold. For my third and forth papers, I just used acrylic interference gold. Play around with different acrylic colors and interference colors and see how the colors change. It’s fun. Play!

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

There’s no one right or wrong way to do this. Just play and have fun. I’m including the template for making this box.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

Template: Cube Heart Box Template

Enjoy, Candy