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A Warm Welcome to Artist Karen O’Brien!

Blue Angel, mixed media painting by Karen O'Brien

Blue Angel, mixed media painting by Karen O’Brien

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource extends a warm welcome to artist Karen O’Brien of Grants Pass, who can now be found in the Visual Artists directory and the Art Education section of www.soartists.com. We met Karen last December, when she entered two of her fabulous “Urban Folk” angels in the second annual Angels show at the GoodBean Café in Jacksonville. It was hard to give them back to her after the show! Please help us welcome this talented artist by visiting her listing to find a link to her website, social media sites, and bookmark her Etsy shop in progress.

Karen’s artist statement is an intriguing and beautiful one:

I am an art maker, pathfinder and storyteller.
I use whatever materials inspire me to begin my journey.
My style is a blend of Folk and Fantasy art.
It is a fusion of what I see everyday, dream and imagine.
My paintings evolve over many layers, using paint, marks and intuition to find the
quiet, soulful figures I call my Urban Folk.

Karen has graciously consented to have her blog syndicated to Art Matters!, and we trust you will enjoy getting to know her through her posts. Art Matters! subscribers will be happy to know that they will be among the first to be notified of her art events, classes and workshops via her syndicated posts!

“I am on a journey, exploring the path of intuitive art, listening to the voice within to learn, create and share what I find.”  ~ Karen O’Brien

 

Attraction, painting by Karen O'Brien

Attraction, painting by Karen O’Brien

Workshops by Karen O’Brien

Karen O’Brien teaches workshops for small groups in her studio and various locations throughout the year. To view Karen’s current teaching schedule visit her blog: Urban Folktales

Studio Classes and Workshops:

Acrylic Painting Explorations

Experimentation with acrylic techniques and styles in one day workshops, with ongoing instruction available for all levels.

Art Journaling Techniques

A journey into the world of Art Journaling. Explore and create personal pages with a variety of techniques and materials. These journals can stand alone as an amazing piece of art and serve as an inspiration for other art projects. Classes can be scheduled as individual workshops or an ongoing series for all levels.

Collage: Uncover the Mystery

Experimentation class in Collage. Discover the joy of working spontaneously and quickly to jumpstart your creativity in a half day workshop format for artists of all levels of experience. Collage principals learned can be easily incorporated into any painting style.

Karen also offers an expanded 5 week course in collage techniques.

Karen is away at an art show for the next two weeks, but she has a workshop coming up on June 6 you will want to know about “The Fantastic World of Collage: Mixed Media Techniques.”

Download (PDF, 203KB)

Journaling Retreat ~ Day 1 Afternoon

The aftermath of a frivolous, abundant lunch (where we get to make our own sandwiches and eat as much as we choose) found us pondering our afternoon assignment: Desire Mapping. With a wild collection of collage materials, giant atlases for us to dissect and paintbrushes as well, we each turned inside to depict the elements of what our perfect life and surroundings would look like.

First I had to determine what my priorities were. Like: mountains, rivers, wild, wide vistas, elements of the western United States, being an artist, continued learning and nature and women. Oh – and fearlessness!!! So I cut up a bunch of paper and danced it around my spread out journal pages. I never found an adequate image of an evergreened river’s edge so I watercolored it in first. I decided since I love warm colors, to have that red-orange as a uniting element and then, when I didn’t have those colors where I wanted them, I masked off with artist’s tape the area. Then painted it. Here’s my crazy, delicious Desire Map. I still feel very at “home” just looking at it. You might want to try it!!! T’will make you smile. Promise!!

WSO Award for Painting “Old School, New School”

Honored

Greetings!  I’m pleased to say that my painting “Old School, New School” earned the Fourth Place “High Desert Region Award in the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) Spring Aqueous Media Exhibition.  Artist Ms. Gale Webb was juror.

"Old School, New School", watercolor by Margaret Stermer-Cox, WSO Spring Aqueous Exhibition Fourth Place Award

Award Sponsors

I am thrilled!  The award was sponsored by the Metro Critique Group, WSO 100 Club and Jack Richeson & Co.  The Metro Critique Group are a group of members based in Portland, OR.  Jack Richeson & Co is a family business specializing in fine art materials based in Wisconsin.  Thank you!

Juror Gale Webb

I was pleased with Ms. Webb’s comments about my painting.  She read my intentions and added some of her own interpretation.  She saw the pair of figures as a mother and daughter; the mother “old school”, the daughter “new school”.  I like the interpretation because it fits the story.  Plus, I purposely linked the two figures, suggesting the mother and daughter perhaps sub-conciously.

I was happy that she noticed the cups, the mother with the porcelain coffee cup; the daughter with the paper cup.  Its great fun putting in clues to the story in the painting.

For more about the painting, please see my previous post.

Exhibition Schedule

One thing wonderful that WSO does is take its award winning paintings on the road around the state for six months.  The schedule for the exhibition is listed below.  If you’re in the area, I invite you to drop in.  It is an excellent exhibition!  Thank you!

Full Show for the Spring 2015 Convention

Runyon Gallery at the Newport Visual Art Center – April 10 to May 4

Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Hours: 11am-5pm Tue-Sun

A note of explanation.   “Full Show” refers to all 80 paintings that were selected for the exhibition.  It is a wonderful collection of aqueous media artwork.

Schedule for the Spring 2015 Traveling Show

Elsinore Gallery – May 7 to June 27, 2015
444 Ferry Street, Salem, OR 97301
Hours: Mon to Fri 9 – 6; Sat 10 – 6
Formal Opening: Saturday, May 16, 3-5 pm.

Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing – July 1-29
550 NW Franklin Ave., Bend, OR 97701
Hours: open daily 8 am to 6 pm
Formal Opening: First Friday event, July 3, 5-8 pm

Lake Oswego Public Library – August 2 to 25
706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Hours: Mon to Thur 10 to 9; Fri – Sat 10 – 6; Sun 1-6

Manley Art Center – August 31 to September 28
433 Oak Street, Brookings, OR 97415
Hours: Tues to Sun. 11 to 4;
Art Walk event, September 12, 3 – 6pm

The post WSO Award for Painting “Old School, New School” appeared first on Dancing Clouds Gallery -The Artistry of Margaret Stermer-Cox.

My alchemy series is now on view at True Love Art Gallery in…

My alchemy series is now on view at True Love Art Gallery in Seattle through May 10th.

The fire element is associated with the sun which, in alchemy, influences the heart. Adorning the heart are orange blossoms, a flower governed by the sun.

Studio Snapshot – More Envelopes

While I had planned on making some other things this past week, I just couldn’t stop making envelopes. I even went to my local art store and bought over a dozen markers to play around with and see how they would work on my envelopes.

This envelope (with birthday card and envelope) was hand delivered to a family friend.

This envelope (with birthday card and envelope) was hand delivered to a family friend. The request came from his daughter and was a surprise.

These four envelopes and letters were made from a single sheet of paste paper. The envelope is folded in such a way that when it opens, the letter is on the back of the envelope.

These four envelopes and letters were made from a single sheet of paste paper. The envelope is folded in such a way that when it opens, the letter is on the back of the envelope.

This envelope went to Jennifer.

This envelope, with letter, went to Jennifer.

These two envelopes were inspired by some flower stamps I just purchased. They also highlighted my need for some better markers to make backgrounds. The backgrounds on these were made with a Pentel color brush.

These two envelopes were inspired by some flower stamps I just purchased. They also highlighted my need for some better markers to make backgrounds. The backgrounds on these were made with a Pentel color brush.

I gave this box (which I used to hold a letter, thus making it an envelope) to my neighbor for her birthday. Blog post and template: DIY Triangle Boxes.

I gave this box (which I used to hold a letter, thus making it an envelope) to my neighbor for her birthday. Blog post and template: DIY Triangle Boxes.

Three envelopes made from my original paste papers designed so that the letter is on the inside of the envelope.

Three envelopes made from my original paste papers designed so that the letter is on the inside of the envelope.

Playing with watercolors and gold.

Playing with watercolors and gold.

I bought this Sharpie water based marker and found it wrote wonderfully even over the silver on my paste papers.

I bought this Sharpie water based marker and found it wrote wonderfully even over the silver on my paste papers.

I made this envelope using my new Copic markers. I love how the background doesn't show my strokes like the other two envelopes with flowers.

I made this envelope using my new Copic markers. I love how the background doesn’t show my strokes like the other two envelopes with flowers.

I am having so much fun making envelopes and writing letters for National Letter Writing Month.

Enjoy, Candy

Flowers of Hope Artist Reception & More LightGarden news

1086 Washburn                            April 2015
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm
www.lightgarden.net                 Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.

 
Flowers of Hope
Artist Reception
2015
 
I just received confirmation that our
  Flowers of Hope Artists’ Reception
will be held at
South Stage Cellars
this year!
 
Sunday, September 20th
 
South Stage Cellars has a beautiful patio under shady trees, award winning wines and a great staff!
We are very pleased that they have volunteered their incredible venue for us!
If you’ve never been there, they also have great local musicians, a Wine & Dine Wednesday and a Sip and Supper on Friday night.
 Visit their Facebook page or website for more information.
 
 

 

It’s getting to be that time of year again where time speeds up and there is less available for all the things we want to do.  I’ve found that it’s just too difficult to schedule around everyone else’s schedule, (no small task anytime of year!) so I offer fewer, shorter classes in late spring and summer.  If there is a class that you’d like to take, let me know!  Short classes, such as Dichroic Jewelry, Wind Chimes, etc can be scheduled during workshop hours.  Workshops will continue through the Summer.  Check out our calendar for days we will be closed for special events. 

 

Summer is also the time I have a chance to get out and promote the studio, so I will be closed on a few Saturdays.  A full class line up will resume in fall. 

 

Thank you!

http://www.lightgarden.net/calendar.html

 

We will be closed April 25th!

 

 

 
This Saturday is a Flowers of Hope Workshop!
Come out and make a fused glass panel for a local woman with breast cancer.
There are less than 10 panels left at Women’s Imaging.
Let’s make sure
that those that need one,
get one! 
 
 Flowers of Hope Fusing Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

$10 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and scrap glass, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.
OR
TRY FUSING!  Workshop
The same class only you get to keep it!  Try fusing and see if you like it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
April 11                        10-12
May 9                           10-12
June 13                        10-12
*For 5 or more people we can schedule a private party!

      
Painting with Frit
April 18  
10-12n
Lunch by Peruvian Point
1-3pm
Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.
You will make 3 panels in 4 hours, starting with an easy project stepping you gradually up adding techniques along the way.

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, confetti, stringers, glass and lunch are included.

 

Glass Fusing Basics or equivalent is required.
$125
TWO SPACES LEFT!
I won’t be offering this class again until fall.
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.

Call to Artists – 2015 Nature & Art Festival

Rusk Ranch Nature Center Announces Call to Artists

For the 2015 Nature and Art Festival

Click to download a prospectus and entry form
Call to Artists - 2015 Nature and Art Festival, Cave Junction, Oregon

Event Announcements from Silk Artist Judy Elliott

Judy Elliott announces upcoming events where her work will be on display

Judy, a Grants Pass artist and SOAR member who creates handpainted silk art, has found a new focus in the subjects of her work over the past two years. Having grown up in Hawaii with a father who not only helped develop her eye for design and color but encouraged a healthy lifestyle with respect for Nature, she has been creating activist art works with subjects as diverse as endangered marine life and native Oregon wildflowers with bees. Pictured above are a few of her new works, including pieces from her Save Our Oceans and Save Our Bees collections. Please plan to attend one or more of the following events to view her silk art pieces, handpainted scarves, greeting cards, and handmade kimonos.

Gallery One, Grants Pass:

On First Friday, May 1st, beginning at 6:00pm Judy Elliott will demonstrate hand-painting silk, using dye. Her paintings are a reflection of her love of nature in all forms, with an emphasis on its protection. Her paintings can be viewed at the gallery, Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 5pm, and on Saturday from 11am – 5pm.

Brian Scott Gallery, Brookings:

During the months of April and May, Judy Elliott will have a display of her silk paintings showing Oregon wildflowers, insects and birds. Hand-made greeting cards are available as well. You can visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am – 5pm.

Bloomsbury Coffee Shop (upstairs), Ashland:

Beginning May 1st through 31st, Judy Elliott will have her hand-painted silk wall hangings on display, depicting Hawaiian flowers, birds and papayas! You can visit the coffee shop Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5, Saturday 9 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 5.

Southern Oregon Guild, Kerby:

From May 13th through August 7th, Judy Elliott will have her hand-painted silk wall hangings on display, with the theme of “Inspired by Nature.” Her emphasis will be on protecting our rivers and streams, and will feature Oregon birds and salmon. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am – 4pm. There will be a special reception on Sunday, May 17th, from 2 – 4pm, with a music, wine, food and $5.00 admission fee.

Envelopes Need Addresses

As you may already know, I’m sending out a letter a day for the month of April, which is National Letter Writing Month. I’ve shared two posts about it already. But, as I was recently reminded, the Post Office won’t deliver those envelopes unless they are addressed.

I sent Jan's envelope in the mail, and as you can see it was postmarked. However, it was returned to me because I forgot to put on Jan's address. OOPS!

I sent Jan’s envelope in the mail, and as you can see it was postmarked. However, it was returned to me because I forgot to put on Jan’s address. Apparently the Post Office insists on addresses on envelopes.

I sent Jan’s letter out without putting her address on it. Oops! And guess what. The Post Office was kind enough to cancel the stamp and send it back to me (the return address is on the back). I’m going to try again, but this time I’ll address it correctly.

Just a gentle reminder to those who are as absent minded as I am.

Happy National Letter Writing Month, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making Envelopes

I’ve been having a great time in my studio this week playing with all sorts of ways to make and decorate envelopes.

For this envelope I wrote Jan's name in watercolors and embellished the letters with black and gold.

For this envelope I wrote Jan’s name in watercolors and embellished the letters with black and gold.

With April being National Letter Writing Month, I’ve given myself a challenge to write a letter a day and send it in a handmade or hand decorated envelope. I’ve had so many volunteers to receive my letters and envelopes that I’m going to have to double up and send 2 or 3 letters out some days this month.

This is the beginning of decorating an envelope. I have no preplanned idea other than the address will go in the center.

This is the beginning of decorating an envelope. I have no preplanned idea other than the address will go in the center.

And this is how the envelope looks almost finished. It still needs an address (in the white space in the center) and stamp

And this is how the envelope looks almost finished. It still needs an address (in the white space in the center) and a stamp.

Still, I’m loving the freedom of throwing my perfectionism out the window for this month. I’m trying all sorts of different ideas. I feel I’ve only just begun. Each day brings another idea to try.

Music paper for an envelope for a retired music teacher.

Music paper for an envelope for a retired music teacher. The card was made by Brooke Connor. You can see more of her work at www.bconnordesign.com.

The start of another envelope design. With envelopes being ephemeral, I don't stress about perfection.

The start of another envelope design. With envelopes being ephemeral, I don’t stress about perfection.

This envelope will be going to Christer who is a fan of the Sunday comics.

This envelope will be going to Christer who is a fan of the Sunday comics.

These two envelopes, with the letter on the inside of the envelope, each made from one of my paste papers, will go in the mail today.

These two envelopes, with the letter on the inside of the envelope, each made from one of my paste papers, will go in the mail today.

I am really enjoying playing around with envelopes. It’s going to be another fun month in my studio.

Happy National Letter Writing Month, Candy