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A Case of Curiosities

 

A Case of Curiosities

Mixed Media Retreat

In The Land of Enchantment

 

 

March 13th – March 19th 2016

Five days and six nights

 

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Join Seth Apter and Roxanne Evans Stout

For a magical retreat in Taos, New Mexico

At the

Mabel Dodge Lodge Luhan House

 

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House

 

Imagine… each day awakening to a gourmet breakfast with creative souls and art lovers like yourself, and then immersing yourself into creating, playing, exploring and art making to your heart's content.

 

 

Our projects begin with a simple wooden case, a box measuring 12" by 15". This case will have many compartments, or niches, of all different sizes that will house unique art pieces including hand made books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, shrines and tapestries.

 

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Artwork by Seth Apter 

We will stitch and weave, connect and construct, assemble and build, all the while creating our own Case of Curiosities!

 

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 Won't you join Roxanne and Seth for this once in a lifetime experience of discovery, exploration and inspiration and most of all

nourishment for your artistic spirit.

 

Celebrating the artist book and art journaling! roxanne evans stout
 
 

Please email either one of us for details

and registration information:

Roxanne… [email protected]

Seth… [email protected]

There is a special deal if you register soon!

 

Artwork by Seth Apter

A Case of Curiosities

 

A Case of Curiosities

Mixed Media Retreat

In The Land of Enchantment

 

 

March 13th – March 19th 2016

Five days and six nights

 

book bundle, roxanne evans stout
 

Join Seth Apter and Roxanne Evans Stout

For a magical retreat in Taos, New Mexico

At the

Mabel Dodge Lodge Luhan House

 

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House

 

Imagine… each day awakening to a gourmet breakfast with creative souls and art lovers like yourself, and then immersing yourself into creating, playing, exploring and art making to your heart's content.

 

 

Our projects begin with a simple wooden case, a box measuring 12" by 15". This case will have many compartments, or niches, of all different sizes that will house unique art pieces including hand made books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, shrines and tapestries.

 

Seth Apter

 

We will stitch and weave, connect and construct, assemble and build, all the while creating our own Case of Curiosities!

 

Photo

 

 Won't you join Roxanne and Seth for this once in a lifetime experience of discovery, exploration and inspiration and most of all

nourishment for your artistic spirit.

 

Celebrating the artist book and art journaling! roxanne evans stout
 
 

Please email either one of us for details

and registration information:

Roxanne… [email protected]

Seth… [email protected]

There is a special deal if you register soon!

 

By the Light of Spring

 

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My world has been ablaze with color.

Warm rainy days

have watered the gardens and my soul.

  

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I've been quiet, 

relishing my moments, touched by my workshops,

and always touched by art.

 

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First came the flowers

then the green

Our home is a shady refuge.

 

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Just like many of you,

I love to find beauty in unlikely places

and savor it 

making it stay with me and last with 

my camera.

 

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The return of the snowgeese

fills the sky with wonder

-filling me with wonderment too.

 

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And the daffodil

wears her crown

for she is the queen of the garden.

  

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 This is my world.

A bird bath, a flower

…a garden,

And the corner of my worktable.

 

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Each day the light

moves around our house,

the sun rises and the moon shines over the river

and my art grows 

I am grateful.

 

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Nature and wildlife

are major sources of inspiration to me.

I just got my copy

of Painted Blossoms by Carrie Schmitt

 

and if you love flowers and inspiration

You should get yourself a copy!

 

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Click the image below

to see my Newsletter,

and email me if

you would like to receive it!

And may your June be filled

with wonderment and

simple beauty.

 

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when the ocean calls

 

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When the ocean calls

you need to listen.

She will tell you the story of your heart.

She will guide you in walking gracefully

as you move towards your next destination. 

When the ocean calls she will say

Listen to your dreams.

Live with intention.

Embrace your life.

Never forget who you want to be,

for that is who you really are.

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Artwork by Molly Dufort

She will teach you about the vastness of the sea,

the ever-changing colors of each day

and the landscapes of your heart.

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When the ocean calls, 

Listen.

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Artwork by Heather Pearlstein Sha 

This last weekend the ocean called. We went camping together, my husband and I. Spending time with family,  and friends, teaching a workshop and walking on the beach with our dogs were just what I needed.

 

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Artwork by Susan Lehman

I have wonderful news about my book with North Light. Not only will it be out before spring in 2016 (advanced copies may be available in late December!) but my editor Tonia and the team have chosen a title for it!

Storytelling with Collage:

Techniques for Layering Color and Texture

I can't wait to see my first proofs!

About a week ago now, I finished the writing, projects and the photographs for my final chapter deadline! Since then I have been in a kind of daze, knowing that the hardest part of my book is finished (I think!) and thinking that now I have time… but what direction should I go in?

The ocean said be patient,

soon your path will be clear…

 

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In my studio I am easing slowly into new projects, organizing and making space… and getting ready for my next workshop that you can read about here

 

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Please visit my River Garden Studio Facebook page

and if you are inclined LIKE it,

and check out my Workshop Schedule!

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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)

Nature’s Gatherings

Today I am very excited to share my newest stencil designs with you! As I carefully sketched and laid out each page I  hoped that they can be wonderful additions to your journal pages and collages. You will see how I used these stencils in the photographs below, and where some of my ideas came from.

 

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My new nature inspired stencils are from my own sketches of things that I love, birds, insects and flowers.

My inspiration for this little bird and my stencil "In The Garden" came from a sweet little stone bird I have outside in my brick patio, and the beautiful flowers of English Phlox.

 

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I demonstrated this drawing and much more in my Nature Journaling online workshop that you can read more about here!

 

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I also love using symbols in my work. My Earth Song Symbols began when I cut them out as stamps, which you can read about here.

Then I drew smaller versions and designed the stencils you see below. I used these images in a book as a tryptich, using shades of black and white and gray.

I enjoy stenciling on different papers and fabrics and I especially like to apply them with pan pastels.

 

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This is how they began…

 

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This stencil "Under The Sun" portrays my favorite bird, the Great White Egret that thrives along our river and marsh lands. These graceful birds never fails to bring a smile to my face.

 

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What do you see out of your windows today… is it almost spring time like it is here? 

 

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Here is my Earth Symbol book all folded up… I've discovered symbols are everywhere, carved on the sides of old churches in France or doorways in England, symbols representing the letters in alphabets from other cultures and especially symbols on walls of caves from times long ago.

 

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And here is another project where I used some of my stencil designs. 

 

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For more about my new stencils… Nature Gatherings or Earth Song Symbols hop on over and visit StencilGirl!

And to order these, to be shipped today go to the Stencil Girl Website here!

 

 

Let me tell you a story of stones and shells and seed pods…

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 This is a chest we have in our living room. It is against a wall that you see when you walk into the home from the front door, and because the floor plan of this part of the house is open, you can see it from everywhere. 

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I have to thank Seth for his challenge on his blog, "Living With Art" for these photographs to happen." Seth made me look at this arrangement with new eyes.  To find my own connections and make me wonder why different things have found a place here.

This arrangement is featured on his new post, as well as many other corners and walls and displays from amazing artists that will inspire you and make you want you to visit again and again.

After I took my first photograph that you will see on his blog I had to take more, to give you a closer look.

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Before, I used to put my collections in my studio on shelves to inspire me when I worked.  

But my studio had become more and more crowded and soon I wanted to spread out to the rest of the house.  

This is where my love for science and art are entwined.

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Here there are things from the ocean and the desert…

 from my own findings or gifts from friends or family. 

Things from far far away and objects from my own gardens.

Some made from my own hands.

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Each object begs for examination, each carved or molded surface, each smooth stone and piece of rough wood. They all call to be noticed. Some things here are very simple and some have intricate patterns.

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 My arrangement here speaks of my love for old and new, 

for handmade and nature made objects.

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When I walk by,

I have to touch and examine… 

a seashell, 

a waterworn stone, 

a seedpod. 

Time… 

memories, 

my world 

are all in front of me

to know, 

to love.

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Let me tell you a story 

of stones and shells 

and seed pods…

 

Let me tell you a story of stones and shells and seed pods…

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 This is a chest we have in our living room. It is against a wall that you see when you walk into the home from the front door, and because the floor plan of this part of the house is open, you can see it from everywhere. 

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I have to thank Seth for his challenge on his blog, "Living With Art" for these photographs to happen." Seth made me look at this arrangement with new eyes.  To find my own connections and make me wonder why different things have found a place here.

This arrangement is featured on his new post, as well as many other corners and walls and displays from amazing artists that will inspire you and make you want you to visit again and again.

After I took my first photograph that you will see on his blog I had to take more, to give you a closer look.

IMG_1874

Before, I used to put my collections in my studio on shelves to inspire me when I worked.  

But my studio had become more and more crowded and soon I wanted to spread out to the rest of the house.  

This is where my love for science and art are entwined.

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Here there are things from the ocean and the desert…

 from my own findings or gifts from friends or family. 

Things from far far away and objects from my own gardens.

Some made from my own hands.

IMG_1857

Each object begs for examination, each carved or molded surface, each smooth stone and piece of rough wood. They all call to be noticed. Some things here are very simple and some have intricate patterns.

IMG_1862

 

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 My arrangement here speaks of my love for old and new, 

for handmade and nature made objects.

IMG_1871

When I walk by,

I have to touch and examine… 

a seashell, 

a waterworn stone, 

a seedpod. 

Time… 

memories, 

my world 

are all in front of me

to know, 

to love.

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Let me tell you a story 

of stones and shells 

and seed pods…

 

Elaine Witteveen Artist Talk - Life Drawing - Show Your Art on an RVTD Bus!!

MAIN GALLERY ARTIST TALK FOR THE SHOW:
WINGS: CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORKS OF ELAINE A. WITTEVEEN
January 10– February 13, 2015

For over six decades Elaine A. Witeveen has been active in the arts. Her rich history is filled with stories of bringing artists together in the Northwest, and many travels at home and abroad. Come hear local artist Elaine A. Witteveen talk about her work and life as an artist next Wednesday, February 4th at 1pm in our Main Gallery.

Learn More About The Exhibit >>>

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Life Drawing: Academic Approach begins this Tuesday!

Only two spots left!
In this ten week class well-known local artist Sarah F. Burns will guide you in developing the skills to capture the expression of the human figure using a live model.Sarah’s extensive training includes study in contemporary art at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, academic realist drawing and painting at Ashland Academy of Art in Ashland, and intensive workshops with Ben Fenske, Michael Grimaldi, Andrew Ameral in contemporary classical painting, drawing and anatomy.

An incredible class with an amazing artist that you will not want to miss!

SIGN UP TODAY! Register here>>

Visit www.roguegallery.org/adult_classes
to see our full list of adult classes, and
www.roguegallery.org/art_kids.html to see our classes for youth.
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A Chance to Exhibit Your Art on a RVTD Bus

A panel of judges will pick up to 10 winners whose art will be applied to one of RVTD’s new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses in the summer of 2015, and remain on the buses for seven years. Submit your work on paper no larger than 11″x17″ and turn it in to RVCOG or RVTD during normal business hours. The theme is what you love about the Rogue Valley and outdoor activities. All submissions must be turned in by the end of March, 2015. Please contact Mike Bowman at [email protected] or 541-608-2420 or Greg Staback at [email protected] for more information. See www.roguevalleycleanair.org for information about their programs.

a new day

January came with sunshine this year.  

After two months of rain I loved this return of the sunshine like a friend I had thought I had lost.  

I've been working on my book for North Light, and am now almost on Chapter Seven.

This is a all consuming job, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

 

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What I have noticed is that when you love a subject, the words and the art pours out. I have also learned how to use my husbands Nikon, especially when I take photographs of my art. But my trusty Cannon is still best for still lifes and outside photographs!

But last weekend I was finally getting over an awful chest cold and I needed a break! Much of the work I do, and like many of you,is alone… being an artist is a solitary life. That is one reason why teaching and taking workshops is so important, to be with like souls and share your passion.

So I called a friend and we went to a workshop I was intrigued by, Shibori Dyeing taught by the beautiful and energy-filled Sharon Kifoyle.

Lorri Scott hosted this workshop in her studio high in the Santa Cruz mountains. Lorri's studio is one of my very favorite places to be.

I love being a student.

 

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Here are some of the things I made using silks and cottons,dyes, discharging and even Indigo dyeing.

 

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And our lovely teacher resting after the second day, with some of her own samples hanging behind her.

 

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This is some of Jan's work,

 

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And Lorri's…

 

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The processes were colorful and exciting to watch.

Bubbling and sizzling,

fizzy and frothy concoctions were brewed.

 

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I'm really excited about my projects.  From the beginning I was thinking of dyeing fabric for my books and my collages, (and to share at my worshops of course!). These will probably be cut up and stitched over…

 

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The process is actually quite complicated, soaking, dyeing, watering down,rinsing, heating, clamping, discharging and re-dyeing.  All repeated until you get the desired effect!

I love working on the vintage velvet and raw silk the best, but cotton, muslin and other silks are wonderful too.

 

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Now I am ready for this new year, and my wish for you is that spring will come soon,in your garden and in your heart!

Vist here to find out about my workshops… and here if you would like to friend me on Facebook!

 

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