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SOAR Welcomes Wendy Gell!

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is excited to announce Wendy Gell as our newest member! You can find her listing, which includes a full set of web links, social media sites and contact information, on this page, among others.

Through the 70s and into the 80s, Wendy Gell’s designs appeared on the cover of Vogue and in thousands of editorials in magazines all over the world. Wendy created sequined Disney characters, jeweled Roger Rabbits and his friends, Wizard of Oz jewelry, and masks from The Phantom of the Opera. She designed special pieces for Bill Blass, Oscar de laRenta, and Louis Dell’Olio. Her company specialized in a “different” look that is very whimsical and unique. Wendy’s large “wristy” cuff bracelets became famous. Her worldwide client list includes celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossilini, and Cher. Wendy Gell jewelry can also be found in the private collections of Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John , Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol and Princess Diana.

Now Wendy is back, designing not only jewelry but paintings and various gifts as well. She creatively adorns mirrors, dolls, goblets and more with the same jewel-encrusted pop art style that has made her jewelry such a fashion sensation. Below are the announcements from Wendy’s most recent newsletter, and the many jewelry pieces commissioned by fans as gifts for Judy Collins tell us that her days of a star-studded following are anything but over!

If you would like to subscribe to her newsletter, please visit the online version and click the Subscribe button in the top left corner. Wendy is in the process of redesigning her website. To see more of her available works, check out the Under Construction page she has up to hide the dust with her beautiful creations.

Bridal Cuff by Wendy Gell

Bridal Cuff by Wendy Gell

Bridal Cuff for a New York Bride

I got an exciting order this summer from a beautiful NYC bride who works in a powerful financial firm in NYC. She sent me her mother’s pin for a centerpiece, so it has high sentimental value. Here’s what she wrote after receiving it:

“Goood Morning, Wendy!
I just received the bracelet that you made and the reconstructed earrings!    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!!!   Simply stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!   I cannot wait to wear it!  It is going to look magnificent!   You did not exaggerate, it’s everything you said and more …. Really gorgeous!!!  I am so proud and happy to wear the piece; for sentimental reasons (my mom’s pin) and just because it’s so fantastic!
Thank you so much, Wendy!  I feel like I know you now through this process J
I will send you a picture on the wedding day and I will let everyone know who made my gorgeous bracelet!!!  You are an unbelievable jewelry designer!  I cannot wait to have another occasion to have something else made by you!”

Fan Gifts for Judy Collins  by Wendy Gell

Fan Gifts for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell

Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert

Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert

Pearl and crystal barrettes for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell

Pearl and crystal barrettes for Judy Collins

Fans Buy Wendy Gell gifts for Judy Collins!

Judy Collins first heard of me when she received a Wendy Decorated Mirror for a wedding present years ago. Judy asked people on Facebook if they ever heard of Wendy “Gehl.” Over 100 people responded to her query, and we became Facebook friends. Her fans have purchased gifts to send to her: pearl barrettes, a mirror, cherub goblets, a bracelet and more. We met backstage at a concert in Grants Pass.

American Visions, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

American Visions, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Love Me Tender, by Wendy Gell

Love Me Tender, by Wendy Gell

Be Smart, Buy Art!

Art sales are up! People are loving my Gelastic 3D pop art. Fashion Blogger Shannon Dawn’s custom piece inspired by Elvis, called Love Me Tender (left), and writer BJ Gallagher’s American Visions (pictured above) were shipped in August. Shannon featured the art piece in her blog and showcased a lot of her Wendy Gell Collection. Check out her fabulous post!

Both orders were received through Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, send me a friend request!

Wendy Gell

Wendy Gell


Wendy taught a class of 12 collectors in April at the Seattle public library. She shared her self-made jewelry making technique to the enthusiastic ladies. “The students were amazing and very creative” said Wendy. Here are a couple of comments from participants:

“I’ve been Gell-ized!” Never thought I’d get those creative juices flowing. But I did! WE all did! Is it truly a Wendy Gell? Or an imposter…? You might never know! Great day of creativity. Wendy’s a genius and so easy to follow. Plus she brings parts and pieces that are guaranteed to make you a success.”

“Way too much fun! Under the juicy artistic direction of Wendy Gell, our wristies and necklaces came alive – better than we had ever imagined. We hated for play-day to end and are super interested in booking Wendy again next year. Her mind is always working and creating. She’ll swoop over, make a subtle suggestion or adjustment and voila – the piece is in direct competition to Wendy’s originals! Not really, but we thought so!”

Ornate Museum Cuff by Wendy Gell

Ornate Museum Cuff by Wendy Gell

Costume Jewelry Collectors International Convention Class

On October 24, Wendy presents a jewelry making class to members of the Costume Jewelry Collectors International Club at their convention outside of Chicago. She will teach them techniques to make their own wristies and jewelry, shipping out a ton of fabulous material before the show for participants to work with. The convention members will also be selling to the public on Saturday, October 25. Read more here. There is still room for a few more people in Wendy’s Friday morning class – Register now!

Oh Wendy Saint Go Marching In

Oh Wendy Saint Go Marching In

Lost and Found Show

Wendy’s 3D Gelastic art was featured at the GoodBean Coffee shop in Jacksonville, Oregon with 4 other local women artists in a July show called Lost and Found. Among the works I showed were the pieces pictured above: Oh Wendy Saints Go Marching In (top), Buddha by the Lake (bottom left), and Byzantine Prophet (bottom right).

Blue Buddha, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Blue Buddha, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell

Class at Ashland temple with Wendy GellKids working on giant Hamsa at Temple Emek Shalon in Ashland, Oregon

Bring on the Bling with Wendy Gell!

Birthday Party Activities for Kids

Your kids will make jewelry and gifts, objects like picture frames, bracelets, headbands, or magic wands; creations they can take home.  They will work with Wendy using her self-taught technique. Wendy brings a suitcase of materials collected from her 38 years as a jewelry designer: Swarovski Crystals, stones, toys, pop art icons, flowers and beads.

Wendy’s work was collected by Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Princess Diana and more. Wendy was once featured on Oprah’s show as her favorite jewelry designer, and she held a Walt Disney Jewelry license for 5 years. She has years of teaching experience, including appearing as a guest lecturer at NYU and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, as well as teaching classes locally at the Ashland Art Center and OLLI at SOU.

Wendy’s enthusiasm will bring out the creativity in your guests and perhaps inspire a new hobby.  Her basic charge is $100 for 2 1/2  hours, plus materials fee. Participants are encouraged to bring treasures from their own collections. For further party details, call Wendy at 541-535-1954 or email  See Wendy’s work at

Wendy says “Have Glue Gun, Will Travel!”


Wendy Gell and Hannah West

Wendy Gell and Hannah West

Wendy is so excited to be creating a new website with Hannah West! We’ve put up a temporary page with a sneak preview of several pieces I have available now. Check it out here. When the new website is up and running I will announce it in a newsletter, so if you want to know when it’s ready, please confirm your subscription so you won’t miss the announcement.


News from Cathy DeForest: Al-Mutanabbi Readings and New Work

Twenty seven readings in the US, Europe and the Middle East are scheduled in March to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient bookseller street in Baghdad.

Please join me as I participate in these two readings in SF:
 1. The Great Overland Book Company (Bookstore) San Francisco, California  – 
       Coordinator – Beau Beausoleil and Andrea Hassiba
       March 5, 7:30 – 9:pm – at The Great Overland Book Company, 345 Judah
       Street (at ninth avenue)

2. San Francisco.San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California – Coordinator – Ozlem Ayse
       Ozgur – March 6th, 7-9pm, San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut
       San Francisco, CA.

If you are in Oregon, consider coming to these readings:
1. Portland, Oregon  – Coordinators – Bill Denham and Laura Russell – March 5, 7-9pm,
    Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon
2. Atelier 6000 in Bend, Oregon – Coordinators – Julie Winter and Patricia Clark
       March 6, 4:30 – 7 pm – Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. #120 – Bend, Oregon

For readings in London, Boston, Newfoundland and beyond, check out:–events.html

I will be reading from my book Ink and Blood, created for the al-Mutanabbi Street Project. For more info, check out:

For poetry lovers everywhere:

A beautiful new book of poetry from Kim Stafford, Legacy of Beginning: Poems in Bhutan, has been published by Larkspur Press. The hand-sewn book contains wood engravings by the artist Wesley Bates. Stafford writes in the book’s preface:

“In the winter of 2011 … I gathered a band of ten writers from America and one from Poland for a creative pilgrimage to the kingdom of Bhutan. These poems were written as we sat together around the bukhari, the iron stove where pine crackled and winter kept us close. The poems are informed by the Buddist notion of four dimensions for each encounter, from the visible to the increasingly mysterious and important.”

Centennial Portrait

If you love William Stafford’s poetry, check out the artists’ books Derek and I letterpress printed in honor of his Centennial:

Hidden and Revealed: Stafford Aphorisms

Festival Season

The Fall Season is about to begin, and I am excited to share my new line of silk scarves and wall hangings, as well as my new cotton printed Happi Coats and Kimonos! It was fun participating in the recent Art Presence showing and sale in Jacksonville, and I have many events planned to follow. My next and upcoming event is the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, which will be held right on Labor Day Weekend. This will be the second time that I’ve participated in this event, with the added interest of the silk scarves and wall hangings. I am also going to participate for the first time in Kerby, at the Artoberfest showing and sale in October.  I am going to have a demonstration of my silk painting as well. These events are listed on my website, with a maps, times and dates. Hope to see you there!

Gallery DeForest: Illuminating Artistry and Poetry 2013-07-12 14:34:00

New York City features 250 artists’ books from the Al-Mutanabbi Project! 

I am pleased to announce the opening of the Al-Mutanabbi Project in NYC in 5 venues. Big thanks to The Center for Book Arts’ for organizing this! I will be coming to NYC Sept 14-18 and speaking at the Center for the Book Arts on Sept 18, along with other book artists. Come join in this dialog!

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project assembles artists’ responses to the tragic loss of a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad that occurred on March 5, 2007, by a bomb explosion. Al-Mutanabbi Street had been the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, and the heart of the Baghdad literary community.

The exhibition features approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 prints by artists from around the world, and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK.
A comprehensive catalog accompanies the show. 

Center for Books Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 481-0295

Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (646) 732-3261

International Print Center New York
508 West 26th Street, Room 5A
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 989-5090

Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library

535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: (212) 854-7309

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Telephone: (212) 431-7920

Poets on the loose!

March 28, 2013

It is officially almost April, National Poetry Month, and Poets On The Loose are ready to hit the streets again. We are a band of folks who offer poems to willing strangers on the streets of America. Join us if you can!

Let the merriment begin!

Here are ideas for this year based on our adventures last year. It was so much fun.
1. In order for our Poets on the Loose ideas to spread, we have set up a Facebook Fan page for Jubilation Press featuring Poets on the Loose. This is where we hope to post poems, photos and narrative of our Poet on the Loose adventures. Please consider doing these things:
Please sign up as a fan of Jubilation Press at and do one or all of the following:
* suggest poems for poets on the loose
* post your adventures on our facebook page
* post photographs of your readings on the street

2. Thanks to Kim Rosen, we have a Poets On the Loose website. It is: Please visit it and check out the poems Kim and others have posted there. If you click on the Acts Of  Poetry tab, you can read posts people have made. If you wish to tell your tale or offer a poem, scroll to the end to the “Leave a reply” list. Instructions and other suggestions are listed on the home page. Thank you Kim Rosen and Nancy Bardos.
3. Here are guidelines for anyone who wants to be a poet on the loose:
Keep poems short. Read a 5-8-line excerpt from a longer poem if you wish.
Be welcoming. We want to avoid offensive language, etc. Shower the person with goodness and joy.
Bring a fun kid’s poem with you to read to children. This is a revolution after all and we need the next generation to join in. Consider making copies of your poems to give away. Consider putting this on the bottom of your poem:
Thanks for helping us bring poetry to its feet!
Poets on the Loose- bringing poetry to the streets.


4. Here is a script for you to use if you wish to do so:
“Hi. April is National Poetry Month.
We are Poets on the Loose, reading poems to people all over town.

We would love to read you a short poem….would  you like that?”

If no, walk on.
If yes, give them five or so cards of poems to choose from. (I personally put the blank sides up so they do not see the text of the poem when choosing).

Read the poem they choose.

Say: “Thanks! Would you like a copy of that poem?”

Give them a copy of your poem and include on this card the words:

Thanks for helping us bring poetry to its feet!
Poets on the Loose—bringing poetry to the streets

5. Possible places suggested by last year’s organizers:
Senior Centers, grocery stores, hospitals, bookstores, banks, galleries, libraries, folks on the street, Farmer’s Markets, parks, etc.

6. Please feel free to recruit more people….the more poets popping up everywhere, the merrier!  Have them email me at:  or call me at 541-690-6976 to officially sign up or ask questions, etc.

7. Please write up a short email summary of where you went and what happened. Post it on the Jubilation Press facebook page:  and /or

8. I have poetry pockets for sale designed and made by Cantrell Maryott and myself if any of you wish to purchase one. They are made from beautiful repurposed fabric and come with two pockets—one pocket is for a poem and one pocket is for keys, glasses, phone, etc. Call me at 541-690-6976 or email me at

Have fun!

Cathy DeForest

The Art Inspector: Saving the Earth by Changing Art

Creative industries have changed standards and best practices to adopt sustainable and environmental techniques in design and production. Architecture has adopted LEED Performance design into standard practice, and Industrial Design begins with thinking about the end of life of a product and how to leave the least amount of impact on the environment. Both of these industries fought for decades, since the 1970s, against changing habits, systems and academic content. Resistors during the transformation proclaimed they would all go out of business; it was impossible to get all stakeholders on board; and they didn’t want to be creatively strangled.

This shared history of transforming creative industry leads us to a problem we are facing within the Art world. Can artists change the way they create work to make a healthier planet? Personally, I believe so, however, with the inclusion of all key players from the art world, including: art institutions, art media, academia, retailer/manufacturers, collectors and artists. Art seeds culture and influences public behavior. If artists can change their standard of practice then the rest of the world will follow.

Art Inspector assessing quilters studio. Photo by Wendy Crockett.

How is this transformation possible? Incorporating a triangle approach to such transformation isThe Art Inspector, a social practice artwork I founded during my candidacy for a Masters in Fine Arts at San Jose State University, uses aHealthy Art Program (education), Legislative Reform (advocacy) and Third Party Inspections (studio assessments). This project started a few years ago when I noticed fellow studio mates as well as the art school itself seemingly unconsciously teaching and using harmful applications and techniques, disposing of waste, and ineffectively ventilating rooms. I noticed piles of plastic thrown into dumpsters, studio lights left on for what seemed 24 hours at a time, and complete negligence when using harsh chemicals. In my studio, a rusty cabinet labeled “Store Harsh Chemicals Here” written upon faded masking tape hosted a dusty plastic binder labeled MSDS Sheets. Taking a closer look, I realized no one had taught me whatMaterial Safety Data Sheets meant and how they might apply to what I do. I asked around to other artists what they might know about these sheets and what they thought about what they were using and how they were disposing of extra material. Many artists noted that they knew someone, or had experienced themselves, long term health problems from misuse of chemicals in the creation of artwork. Most artists intuitively believed that there was a better way to develop their work and acknowledge the harm of some of the materials, but did not know what to do about it or did not see change as a high priority.

Inspired by artworks using methods of Intervention Art which take on the roles and aesthetics of corporations and disrupt systems in unexpected ways, such as theYes Men andLuther Thie, I decided to become an Art Inspector. Within construction and manufacturing, unaffiliated auditors determine if a building or product can be certified as sustainable. If deemed so, doors open for prospective buyers and subsidies. I wanted to take this method to the Art World.

But how does a third party inspection work? There are at least two inspections to take place. The initial inspection starts with an intake form that asks questions to each artist about their studio environment, materials they are using, and the type of machines or equipment that use power. During this process a series of tests are conducted using similar equipment used for energy audits in residential homes. The Art Inspector tests power outlets, lighting and occupancy, ventilation and Volatile Organic Compounds. Once the inspection process is finished The Art Inspector will write up a report based on the data collected and make suggestions for alternatives and improvements to artists studios and the working process. If the artist makes the recommended modifications, The Art Inspector will return for a re-inspection and award a Healthy Art Certification if the artist passes.

Paint waste from inspection of painter’s studio. Photo by Wendy Crockett.

Artists who fail inspection or those who are interested in diving deeper into changing their habits can join the Healthy Art Program. Various workshops ranging from green materials, sustainable wood products, energy efficiency, lighting and safety are available to artists at varying partner institutions. If the artists are supplied with resources and knowledge, they will be empowered to change. The final part of The Art Inspector is to advocate for change in policy and curriculum on both an institutional and government level. Working with academic and museum institutions to adopt new values and requirements for artworks to be created sustainably will create a shift in the resources for production of art. If a major contemporary art museum such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art sets a standard for new works to be exhibited using a significant amount of low impact materials and works with third party agents such as The Art Inspector, then other practitioners will follow. With this same concept, Public Art Programs can adopt LEED standards into creation of artworks in the public realm.

Even today these concepts of change in the Art World are seen as radical and frightening to some. However, many artists are willing to do what they do best, experiment with new ideas. With the vision of The Art Inspector, we will open up the avenues to sustainable living, healthy living, and simultaneously, changing the way we make art.


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A Warm Welcome to Mark Hannah of Ink & Oil!

We couldn’t be more pleased to add another innovative artistic endeavor to our directory, and discovering what’s going on in southern Oregon’s creative community is often as much of a surprise to us as it is to anyone else! This time we introduce Mark & Sarah Hannah of Ink & Oil, a design store and gallery based in Grants Pass, OR that offers hard to find design classes and workshops.

Hannah still operates “Thief(it)”  in Pasadena, CA. Why Thief it?” he writes on his Web site, “It is an answer to a question. Next time somebody asks you what to do with an object that would otherwise be thrown away, tell them to Thief It. Create a unique object or product that is your own and save it from the future, which would probably have been a big hole in the ground and, depending on its composition, a very, very long time decaying.” Read the rest of the article from which Mark is quoted at the PasadenaWeekly website to learn more about where he’s come from.

Fortunately for southern Oregon, where Hannahs have come to is here!

Creative Director MARK HANNAH  has a degree in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and teaches Visual Communication at Art Center as well as Product Design and Visual Communication at Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, California. In his words, “We design and build unique things.” Ink & Oil will also host Mark’s Oregon workshops in Industrial, Entertainment and Sustainable Design, and offers a small Gallery space for local and emerging artists in Southern Oregon. Classes and workshops are offered in the evenings and weekends and are a great resource for students of all ages interested in product or transportation design as well as entertainment design.   Future workshops and classes will include a wide range of art and design as well as sustainable processes and design. Visit Ink & Oil’s listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource for links and contact information, then take a look at their online store for a peek at some unique products and artwork.

Currently Mark is announcing three workshops to take place at Ink & Oil on March 1 & 2:


Visual Communications

Friday, March 1, 6pm-10pm​  $35

This four hour workshop will introduce students to the basics of Visual Communication.

Perspective, lineweights, value and shadows will be covered.




Automotive Design 

Saturday, March 2, 9am-2 pm​  $50

​This 5 hour workshop in Automotive Design will focus on the basics of how to set up a proper perspective drawing for vehicles as well as sketching and ideation basics.





Entertainment  Design

Saturday, March 2, 3pm-8pm $50

This 5 hour crash course will introduce the student to the field of Entertainment design and focus on techniques to develop unique and interesting characters and props for the film and gaming industry or just for fun!



For more information and to register, visit!workshops–classes/c241f

​or call 541.632.9104

Mark Hannah Ink & Oil Design Workshops, March 2013





A Warm Solstice Welcome to Artist Roxanne Evans Stout!


The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to introduce our newest member, Roxanne Evans Stout. After reading her lovely piece and an announcement of her upcoming workshops, please visit her listing HERE for links to her website and contact information. Roxanne has also given us permission to syndicate her blog, and you are now able to read a few previously published posts as well as new ones in her column under the “Artist Posts” menu.

Roxanne Evans Stout

As I write this it is the evening of Winter Solstice and outside the snow is pouring down.  The Christmas tree lights are on, the candles are lit and although winter is really just beginning, it has been here for weeks now. I can honestly say that I have been loving it.

Roxanne Stout - bird in winter

It was just last June that I left my job as an elementary school teacher to pursue my life as a full time artist. I knew this was a huge move, but never that it would mean so much to me.  How this season of winter, that I had always dreaded, would now be so beautiful.  For now I have time, time to watch the skies change, time to watch the snow drape and cover the land, and all the extra hours that I never had when I had to drive through the snow and ice to get to my job.
I have been an artist all of my life.  But since those first days in June I have changed, I am finally on the pathway that I was meant to be on, to create, to mentor, to design and teach art workshops, to dream, and to make my dreams come true.
Roxanne Stout - collage and book art
The art I make is textured, scratched and scraped.  It can be on a canvas, a piece of wood, a torn piece of watercolor paper, or in the form of a book.  Always in my art is a connection to nature and wildlife.  And always there is a connectedness to times past and the natural history of the world.  Friends have said that there is also a sense of longing and mystery in my art, and I hope that is true.
I have two workshops coming up in the next month, one is an online workshop called “The Thread That Weaves.” So far, I have people signed up from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand as well as the United States.  I will be teaching a live version of this at The Rogue Gallery in April.
My workshop, Land, Water and Sky will be at The Rogue Gallery on January 19th, 2013.  Join me as I guide you in creating unique paintings and collages of the landscapes that you love.
Thank you Hannah, for welcoming me into Art Matters and SOAR!
Click the images below for more information about the workshops!
Roxanne Stout Jan 2013 online workshop Roxanne Stout Jan 2013land, water and sky workshop - rogue gallery

Update from Cheryl D Garcia's Great Metal Work Studio

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
November 14th, 2012

“Luminescent” at Red Lily

These artworks delve deep into the flamboyant pageant of Autumn color through the inner life and fire of metal. -Cheryl D Garcia

Explore the depth and quality of light through the medium of metal with “Luminescent“, a new collection of fine metal art by Cheryl D Garcia debuting at Red Lily this month.  The rich color and curving metal of these “Luminescent” works complement Cheryl’s ten foot tall “Bolander’s Lily” sculpture and twelve foot bottle tree both on permanent display on the Red Lily grounds.  The artist will be available to discuss her current show and the history of her giant sculptures on Sunday November 18th 2012 from 11 – 5.

Corresponding with the Applegate Valley Uncorked barrel tasting and food pairing, the artist’s reception will feature appetizers, wine tasting and live music by reknowned musician, Jeff Kloetzel. Red Lily, 11777 Hwy 238 between Ruch and Applegate.  [Red Lily's website]



The Great Metal Works
Scavenger Hunt Winner Announced!

Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia has announced Don and Linda DeWald as the winners of her random drawing for a fine art poppy sculpture.  Widely known for the California Poppy sculptures outside of Jacksonville, the metal artist has many artworks in public and private collections throughout the Pacific Northwest. Cheryl has been celebrating twenty years of metalworking by inviting fans of her metalwork to send in picture of themselves with her metalwork.

Having  received hundreds of entries over the summer, a random drawing was made after Labor Day.  Cheryl wished Don and Linda congratulations when she delivered their sculpture.  Asked about the contest she said “Seeing everyone who entered enjoying my metal art has been one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for!”

We have created a gallery of the best scavenger hunt images on Flickr we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!


Autumn at South Stage Cellars

A rotating selection of Cheryl’s latest artworks is always available at South Stage Cellars

Cheryl is doing great things as the resident artist at South Stage Cellars this fall.  If you haven’t been in recently there are new pieces on rotating display in the tasting room and the guest artists have really been striking! Marie Ann Carson, Jim Craven, Bill Stanton, Victoria Christian, Kathleen Hoevet, Dianne Ericksen and Pegi Smith have all had terrific shows this year.  As the next guest artist, local favorite, Katharine Gracey will be exhibiting her latest artworks November 28th through January 9th with a reception November 30th from 5-7 PM.

With delicious Wednesday night dinners by the “C” Street Bistro and local music most evenings, there are plenty or reasons to stop in and see the ever changing art by Cheryl and other talented artists.  Come meet the friendly staff and experience for yourself the winning combination of great art, the latest vintages, delicious food and lively music at South Stage Cellars.

  [South Stage Cellars Website]

Ozone Gallery in Newport


Cheryl will feature “Pelagic” and more in the Ozone Gallery’s November show “Luminary” a show of artists who feature Light in Art or En-lightened art. Reception will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 5-7 with festivities including illuminated performances, luminous interactive art projects, radiant artists, food and wine.

The Ozone’s wonderful bay front location serves as a wonderful space to enjoy great art in the diffuse coastal light and ocean air.  Gallery owner Karen Candelario presents contemporary fine art from regional and national artists in an open and airy bay side setting at the Ozone.  Ozone is located at 669 Bay Blvd. on Newport’s Historic Bayfront.  [Ozone's Website]

 Southern Oregon Magazine’s
Best Local Artist
 2012 award
 We were honored and surprised when we received the news that the readers of Southern Oregon Magazine had awarded Cheryl D. Garcia the distinction of being their “Best Local Artist” for 2012. She is honored in their Winter 2012 issue for her diverse artwork and monumental public art installations such as the “California Poppies” on South Stage Road outside Jacksonville. We are very touched and honored that Southern Oregonians picked Cheryl and her artworks as one of best features of our area.   Thank you so much Southern Oregon!  The magazine is available on newsstands and in select business locations through March.  


 Cheryl’s Message

Looking back over twenty years of metalworking has filled me with gratitude for all who have helped along the way.  The engcouragement from family and friends continues to help me strive for greater feats. The Great Metal Works Scavenger Hunt brought in hundreds of images from all over the country.  Reflecting on the art created years ago and seeing how my style has developed over those years was one of the greatest unexpected gifts which came from having the contest.  Thank You all from the bottom of my heart for giving me that perspective!

As another season comes and goes, my artwork continues to develop and grow.  Please join me on Sunday November 18th from 11-5 at Red Lily Vineyards to see my latest body of work.  May the “Luminescent” quality of this new work fill your heart and soul with the warmth and gratitude I feel from you, my fans.
Of Interest

Red Lily Vineyards
Ozone Gallery
SO Artists Resource
South Stage Cellars
Audubon Society






Afterhours Reception for Copper Artist Randall Grealish at the GoodBean

Curator Hannah West and GoodBean owner Mary Kell are thrilled to present our November exhibition of the beautiful metal art of Randall Grealish in a show named Cyprium #29. This collection of 2D/3D framed works defined by layers of fabricated copper with lovely warm patinas exudes an abstract, industrial feel (yes, industrial with feeling…how does he do that?!) and wonderful compositions. These works range widely in size and price, and we hope you’ll find one of them so fetching you’ll want to take it home ~ It will redefine your decor with refined elegance, so interior designers and those looking for something special to add to your home decor, don’t miss this opportunity to add Randall to your go-to list of artists!

Meet Randall at an artist reception at the iconic GoodBean Cafe on Oregon Street in Jacksonville this Friday. The cafe will close at 6pm, and that’s when the party begins! We’ll be there til 9pm to celebrate his art, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine, and help Randall, who moved to Oregon with his lovely wife Tara only a year ago, become further established in the southern Oregon art community! Please join us!

Here’s a sneak peek of one piece we love…the two views show how the different shades of copper patina change with the light and reveal the subtle dimensionality of the composition’s construction…so difficult to capture effectively, especially in low light, yet exquisite to the eye in person. See you Friday!

Randall Grealish Copper Art, view 1 - Cyprium #29, November 2012Randall Grealish Copper Art, view 2 - Cyprium #29, November 2012