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Save Our Bees Art Exhibit, Edgy in October GoodBean Reception

Save Our Bees!

Oregon Wild Iris with Bees, by Judy Elliott

Oregon Wild Iris with Bees, by Judy Elliott

Curator Hannah West and the ownership, management and staff at GoodBean Cafe in Jacksonville, Oregon are delighted to announce a special artist reception in conjunction with the second annual Edgy in October art event. Our featured art exhibit for October is Judy Elliott’s Save Our Bees, a collection of new works inspired by her concern about the plight of the honey bees. Her delicate and colorful paintings on silk depict bees and other pollinators paired with native Oregon wildflowers. The paintings don’t immediately suggest activist art, but Elliott’s passion to raise awareness of their plight and to share simple and inexpensive things anyone can do to help give bees the edge they need to survive the pressure they’ve been experiencing is anything but passive. As 80% of the food we eat depends on bees, we need them for our own survival, and Judy will share information about our long standing relationship and simple, inexpensive things anyone can do to help them at the reception.

The Honeylicker Angel, by Anna Elkins (book cover)

The Honeylicker Angel, by Anna Elkins (book cover)

We invite you to join us for Judy’s artist reception on Wednesday, October 15, from 5–8pm. She will give a brief artist talk at 6pm, then Jacksonville artist and author Anna Elkins  will read a brief passage about beekeeping from her most recent book The Honeylicker Angel at 6:30pm. Anna will have copies of her book available for purchase, and we’re sure she will be happy to sign them for you, too. Organic Dragon's Blood Braggot by Fire Cirkl Brewery, White City, Oregon

Complementary refreshments include sweet treats made with honey, created with love by the artists and the GoodBean’s in-house bakery, and tastings of organic Braggot, one of seven ancient varieties of honey mead, brewed and served by James Romano of Fire Cirkl Brewery in White City. Fire Cirkl produces 2 types of Braggot: “Dragon’s Blood” Braggot is a a hearty, warming drink, rich ebony in color and infused with juniper berries; “Naughty Heather” Braggot is a drier, copper colored mead with a generous amount of heather tips and flowers. Heather has been used to make meads and ales in Scotland for between 4,000–8,000 years (who knew?). If you like the taste, you can buy a glass!

GoodBean will also have a beautiful honey latte special until 7:30 pm.


Our reception coincides with two other Edgy in October receptions happening the same evening, both within walking distance of our location:

Oregon Tiger Lilies with Bees and Butterfly, by Judy Elliott

Oregon Tiger Lilies with Bees and Butterfly, by Judy Elliott

  • Across the street, our neighbors at the Jacksonville Barn Company are featuring artist Patrick Beste and avant garde watercolors by Mikey Staub. Beste, a member of Jacksonville’s Art Presence Art Center, paints wonderful abstracts. Jacksonville Barn Company’s artist reception, with wine tasting by John Guerrero, winemaker for Valley View Winery and producer of his own fine wines, and hosted canapés by Gogi’s Restaurant, begins at 6:00 pm. Oh, yes, we will be walking across the street to check out their reception for sure!
  • The Britt Festival is featuring photo artist resident Rita Ashley for Edgy in October. Ashley uses her camera to reveal the beauty in ordinary things. Her first camera was a gift from her father when she was 9 and she has never been without one since. Her work finds the art in chaos and reveals the hidden in the apparent. Ashley’s show will be on display for the Britt’s “On the Stage” concert featuring The Quiet American on Wednesday, October 15, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7pm, so come early and take some time to view her show!

Edgy in October is a Rogue Valley-wide art event facilitated by local artist Cammy Davis to promote cultural tourism in southern Oregon by pairing exhibiting artists with local businesses for an “Edgy” themed event. The month-long event is broken down into four weeks, with a different area of the Greater Rogue Valley featured each week. For a complete list of all events and venues visit We hope you will come to our reception for Judy Elliott’s Save Our Bees art exhibit, and will add any further details to this post as they are confirmed.

If you’re sure you won’t be able to make it to the reception, maybe you’d like to buy Anna’s book now? It has 100% five star reviews on and an average of 4.33 stars on Goodreads!

Life Drawing Class – In Session October 1!

It’s that time again – Life Drawing Class Wednesday night, 6-8:30 pm.

Drawing Life Drawing Flyer finished

Registration form found here .

Hone your skills, learn what to do during long poses, learn to capture the weight, character, proportion, placement, structure, form, anatomy, volume, value, texture and expression of the human figure. Ten weeks is enough time to sink your teeth in and make excellent progress.  Male or female nude models are present during each session. This is appropriate for beginners or intermediate art students. Sarah will start students with gestures and work up to long poses that can prepare you for painting. Advanced students may paint with instructor approval.

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 pm for 10 weeks, from October 1 – December 10 (skip 11/26) 
Registration is due by Wednesday, September 24
Class size is limited to 8 so book your spot soon!
(Please note: students do not need vine charcoal or white erasers)
Questions? Email

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CCC Visiting Artist Workshop: “Design and Figure Drawing”

Grace Benedict, originally from Canada, and now residing on the Gulf Coast, will visit Clatsop Community College to present a workshop entitled “Design and Figure Drawing” on March 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Drawing and Painting Studio, Room 112, 1799 Lexington in Astoria, OR. The workshop will overlap the timeframe of the Winter Term life drawing class, but limited spaces are available to the public for a fee of $25.  Please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 for registration information and a materials list.

Selected by juror Clint Brown to exhibit in the 2013 Au Naturel exhibit, Benedict was chosen for a special workshop award. In addition to this workshop, RiverSea Gallery will exhibit recent drawings based on the figure that showcase Benedict’s color and design sensibility. Please join the artist for the gallery reception on Saturday March 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Grace Benedict, Self-Portrait with Ginkgo

Grace Benedict, Self-Portrait with Ginkgo

“Design and the Figure Drawing” will emphasize design principles which can be applied to understanding the underlying energy, structure and vision of any composition. Initial drawing exercises with the live model will lead into a sustained drawing which will explore and build a conception of space: observing, measuring and processing, making visual connections and generating a personal vision. Increasing creative awareness, which includes planning, is a key component to the workshop.  After the morning session, Benedict will share a brief presentation of drawings of figures within design frameworks and discuss how her work has evolved, both unconsciously and intentionally. During the final session of the hands-on workshop, participants will introduce a surprise element, yet continue to use the power of observation and interpretation to add new meaning to their original drawing. Benedict will challenge and encourage each person’s design strategies toward a successful integration and harmony of elements.  A variety of papers, drawing materials, both dry and wet, including color, are encouraged.
Grace Benedict has taught drawing for 35 years and is currently working as an artist in Ocean Springs, MS.  From 2002 to 2013 she served as the Foundations Drawing Coordinator in the Department of Art & Design in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  She holds a BFA degree from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada and an MFA from Tulane University, LA. As an emerging realist artist in the 80s she was a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth T. Greenshields grant. Her life drawings are spontaneous and undisguised, yet hold very conscious conceptions of the figure, the portrait and other thematic constructions.  In addition, she works on highly developed colored pencil drawings.  A focus on historical cemetery figures and statues was supported by an Individual Artist Grant (2005) from the Indiana Arts Commission. Benedict’s drawings have been juried into contemporary figurative national and international exhibitions. As a member of the co-operative gallery Artists Own in Lafayette, IN since 2003 Benedict’s work is widely collected.

Through her work, Grace will show how something that is commonplace can become part of a narrative incorporating new meaning. Ambiguous space as a modern concept – how the surface and the illusion work to create tension – holds the imagery together in a way that makes an impact in the viewer’s mind. “The creative process for me is grounded in realism working from direct observation.   Imagery includes the figure, life in the garden and landscape, pattern and references to myth.  A composition tends to grow, move in a different direction and knit itself together from some point: at the very beginning, in the middle or closer to the end. The history, tension, energy and play between the actual recorded image and what I impose from the repertoire of motifs in my imagination will gravitate toward a final “design” that provokes a response and impacts the viewer.” These combined ideas allow me to express myself as an individual artist in today’s world. Harmonic connections of drawing the figure and drawing from the natural world can be interpreted as an embodiment of self.

Gross Anatomy for Artists Workshop

The workshop I just attended was amazing – we drew a model every morning and in the afternoons we studied cadavers at Standford Medical School.  What an experience.  These photos are from the first day – you can see me in the pink sweater with the face mask – looking frightened.  First day was freaky, mostly because of the formaldehyde smell.  The next day was interesting and then each subsequent day was more and more and more interesting and I’m so glad to have had the experience.  Getting a sense of the physical nature of the  insertions, origins, actions, structure, function of the muscles was so valuable, although really just an intro, I have much to memorize to thoroughly benefit.  I’d like to go back again – hopefully this summer.

FYI – Michael Grimaldi, instructor, pointed out on the first day that these bodies were given by their former inhabitants very consciously – these aren’t coerced or unclaimed bodies or anything.  Dan pointed out that studying them really shows you how that what makes us human is the animating force, and it’s true; it was surprisingly undisturbing – I kept finding myself saying, “it’s so beautiful”.

My drawings from the workshop aren’t much to write home about, so I’ll just show the cell phone photos.  The real value was in the new understanding, the curiosity sparked, the ideas I plan to pursue.

drawings from gross anatomy workshop

Check out BACAA, Michael Grimaldi and Dan Thompson. BACAA – workshop host and location, Michael  and Dan, instructors.

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Life Drawing Class

Woman from Eugene  Beth

I will be teaching a ten-week life drawing class starting mid Feb 2014 on Wed evenings.  Hone your skills, learn what to do during long poses, learn to capture the weight, character, proportion, placement, structure, form, anatomy, volume, value, texture and expression of the human figure.  Ten weeks is enough time to sink your teeth in and make excellent progress.  Plus – it’s so much fun!  Male or female nude models are present during each session.  This is appropriate for beginners or intermediate art students.  We’ll start with gestures and work up to long poses that can prepare you for painting.  Advanced students may paint with instructor approval.  (I’m a tough bird, I believe drawing is vitally important – even to advanced painters-  but if you have experience and understand the principles well then you may paint in addition to drawing.)  Held at the Ashland Art Center – follow this link to a registration form.

  • Life Drawing with Sarah F Burns
  • Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Feb 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, (skip the two weeks of Andy’s workshop), April 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Fee:  $270 for Art Center members, $320 General
  • Held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520
  • Questions?  Contact me at sarahfburns {at} gmail {dot) com

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New Figure Paintings

From the past six months or so.



rachel painting web

Seated Figure JacyA couple of these are at APU during December along with works from the rest of the Painters Union members.

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Portrait Painting with Andrew Ameral

I am working with Ashland Art Center to put on a  Portrait Painting workshop with Andrew Ameral in March 2014.


This gives you enough time to really sink your teeth in.

andrew ameral portrait

Portrait by Andrew Ameral

Andy is widely loved as an artist and teacher.  He is smart, generous and has a vast amount of experience.  A hard worker and a deep thinker, he started out with a promising career as a concept artist (with Dark Horse courting him) but switched to fine art after he visited the Louvre.  He immersed himself in studying classical drawing and painting and when ready, spent six years teaching anatomy and drawing at Florence Academy in Italy.  A few years ago he returned to the States and now has his own school – Golden Gate Atelier in Oakland, CA that quickly filled to capacity with students.

portrait of astrid by andrew ameral

Portrait of Astrid by Andrew Ameral

As you can see from Andy’s portraits, he knows what he is doing.

portrait of eva by andrew ameral

Portrait of Eva by Andrew Ameral

I think his work shows a tenderness that is evident in his teaching as well.  He is firm, certain, confident, but kind and sensitive, dignified.

I have taken two workshops from Andy and after each one I was filled with energy, vigor and inspiration.

portrait of the pugilist by andrew ameral

The Pugilist by Andrew Ameral

Students will spend four days working up a drawing and spend the next four days painting.  The model will be present at all times.  Andrew will demo each day, and always has lots of handouts and as a student, you will take great notes that you will cherish and refer to for years.

portrait of valentina by andrew ameral

Portrait of Valentina by Andrew Ameral

The workshop will be held at the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St, Ashland, OR, 97520 on  March 26 – April 2, 2014. Fee is $850 general, $775 Art Center Members. Click here for the registration form.

Anne Hathaway’s B&B and Garden Suites is sponsoring this workshop.  Contact me if you would like to be a sponsor OR if you need assistance arranging your visit at sarahfburns [at] gmail  dot   com.

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Life Drawing – Long Pose at AAC

Woman From Eugene Graphite on Paper by Sarah F Burns

Woman From Eugene
Graphite on Paper
by Sarah F Burns

I moderate a weekly uninstructed long pose life drawing session.

  • Every Wed from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • $10 AAC Members, $12 General, cash or check only
  • Two weeks in a row (6 hours total) of the same pose.
  • Held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. Ashland, OR 97520
  • Drop-in
  • Bring your own materials, we have easels, chairs etc.  No mineral spirits, painting okay but use distilled or rectified turps.
  • Questions?  sarahfburns   [at] gmail   dot    com
  • I am always looking for models.  No experience necessary.  Just be willing to work hard and hold PERFECTLY still for three hours at a time, with breaks.

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New Figurative Pieces

These two pieces are also featured in my Sept APU show.  Both are graphite on Stonehenge Paper, both are beautifully framed by Ashland Frameworks and are $500 each.  With frame and mat they measure roughly 16″ x 18″.

Beth, graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns

Beth, graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns

Drew's Back Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns

Drew, Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns


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Back Poses

Drew Back Sketch Nude Male Drawing by Sarah F Burns

"Rachel," back pose life drawing by Sarah F Burns Rachel Back Pose web