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Drawing of Shalyn.  For sale here on Etsy.

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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.

Spring Cleaning

The Atelier LaRose classes are on hold as I put more time and energy into making some paintings.  I just created an electronic commerce website for selling my pieces.  Steven LaRose Fine Art is up and running. 

Painting for Jackapalooza

Steven LaRose, Painting for Jack, 2013
Paint on wood, 20 x 16

Video: How to Publicize an Art Class


…found at the wonderful and very informative blog Art History News – by Bendor Grosvenor.

Restoring Lifedrawing and Printmaking for Artists at the Rogue Gallery

Dear Fellow Artists,

I am on a mission to recreate the Lifedrawing Group and the Printmaking Group for artists at the Rogue Gallery.  Brook Nuckles Gentekos and I have met and we’d like to know whether you are interested.

This is my initial fact-finding on who might want to draw and print in a studio setting, which I would facilitate. I’d like to know if you would be interested in a Lifedrawing group with models every Sunday from 4 to 7 pm.  Poses would be determined in a democratic process by those present, and would probably resemble the previous schedule with warm-up drawings then 10, 20 and 40 minute poses. Longer poses could be negotiated by those attending.  The cost for members would be $10 per session, $12 for non-members.  Adults only.

Also I am gathering information in order to recreate a facilitated (not instructed) Printmaking Studio time.  RGAC could accommodate that every Monday from 2 to 5 pm.  The printmaking would be non-toxic inks only.  Artists would need to provide own paper and supplies, although there is some ink to be used up.  Basically we would have use of the press and additional time may be negotiable.  Cost would vary based on number of artists participate.  RGAC would like to re-coup something in the form of studio rent.  With 5 artists attending each week, the cost would be $12 per artist per session, and if we can organize a truly committed group perhaps a better rate in the future.

So please let me know as soon as possible:

1.  Would you like to draw at the Rogue Gallery on Sundays from 4 to 7 pm?  Is there a better time for you?

2.  Would you like to print at the Rogue Gallery on Mondays from 2 to 5 pm?  Is there a better time for you?

Thanks in advance for sharing this with your membership or friends.  Other comments or questions, please email me or call me at 535-1854

Sincerely,  Catie Faryl

CCC Announces the 2013 Opening of Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century

Clatsop Community College is proud to announce that the artwork selected for the seventh annual international competition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century is on display at CCC’s Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR.  The Au Naturel exhibit will run from February 21st through March 28th, 2013.


The CCC Art Center Gallery will host a reception honoring the selected artists on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 pm. This year’s juror, Clint Brown, will be present to give a gallery talk. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2013-2014 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro and Clemente’s Restaurant are generously providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company is generously providing flowers.  A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, at 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception. In addition to the gallery talk he will give during the reception, Mr. Brown will also give a lecture entitled “Nude vs. Naked” on Friday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. in CCC’s Columbia Hall Room 219, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, which is free and open to the public.


The Au Naturel exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. Special thanks to the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, the Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Erikson Floral Company. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria and is ADA accessible. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. Please note that special Spring Break hours from March 25th through March 28th are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Now in its seventh consecutive year, the competition continues to attract hundreds of submissions from across the country and around the world. Juror Clint Brown was “intrigued and pleased to view the high quality and wide variety of artists’ responses among the works submitted.” Over 600 images were submitted by artists from 26 states and Canada, Mexico, China, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. After a great deal of consideration, Mr. Brown selected a total of 54 works of art from the pool of submissions. This year’s show will represent 47 artists from 16 states as well as Canada.


In addition, for the third consecutive year, other venues in downtown Astoria will be exhibiting nudes in a collective show entitled Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel, and several of this year’s Au Naturel artists are participating. A special gallery walk will be held on Saturday, March 9th. The participating venues include Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, Astoria Fine Arts, Dots ‘N Doodles Art Supplies, Imogen Gallery, Kala@hipfish, Light Box Photographic Gallery, Old Town Framing, RiverSea Gallery, and Studio 11.


The CCC Performing Arts Center will also be exhibiting nudes in the lobby during the performances of the Vagina Monologues, which will be held on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m.


Clint Brown, Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University is serving as this year’s juror.  He is an artist who has consistently used the human figure as a means of commenting on the human condition. His work has encompassed painting, drawing, printmaking, bronze and resin casting, and large scale public sculpture. He is the author of two books on art, Drawing from Life and Artist to Artist. He has taught numerous workshops throughout Oregon and also spent four weeks in Rome teaching a drawing class to university students.


In describing his selection process, Mr. Brown explains, “The first thing I considered was the extent to which each work of art employed the nude as its subject and the degree to which it was developed artistically. I also wanted this exhibit to show a diverse range of expressive possibilities. There are works you are sure to admire, some that will amuse, and some that may confront or embarrass. The nude in art is always more than an object or a subject; it is a catalyst for debate: Is the figure nude or is it naked? Is it pornography or is it art? The artists who submitted their work to the Au Naturel exhibit are presenting the body without clothing, but not without bias.”


As in previous years, artists exhibiting in the 2013 exhibit represent a wide range of approaches to the human form.  Canadian artist Brian Smith of Toronto has been “drawing and painting the human form for well over forty years” and continues “to derive an enormous amount of pleasure from it.”  In his own words, he perfectly expresses the spirit of the Au Naturel competition,   “Whether a classical drawing of the nude in sanguine chalk or an abstracted painting of the figure, the thrill of the human form and the challenge of recording and interpreting that form and its gestures and surfaces keeps bringing me back daily. I am an artist because the human form inspires.”


Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century

Brian Smith
(Toronto, Ontario Canada)
Mira reclined, Pastel pencil on midtone paper, 23″ x 35″

Juror Clint Brown describes the nude as “perhaps the most enduring and content-loaded subject in art history,” and the artists in this year’s exhibit draw inspiration from a wide range of sources and themes, often with art historical references.  Hunter Clarke of Ardencroft, DE, who will be exhibiting two paintings in the show, compares her work to medieval bestiaries, which she defines as “compendiums which would have an illustration of each animal accompanied by a moral lesson.”  She creates “characters that are animal/human hybrids,” placing them “in the stage-setting of a background abstracted from historical textile patterns, often with some messiness and hidden blood.”  Through her images, the artist hopes to “reveal the primal, undomesticated nature within our tempered, societal selves.”


Practice of the Blood, by Hunter Clarke

Hunter Clarke
(Ardencroft, DE)
Practice of the Blood, Oil on panel, 16″ x 16″

Kelly Blevins of Pittsburgh, PA, also creates work that is extremely political.  She describes herself as a 2-Dimensional artist working in classical media and techniques to create contemporary drawings with charcoal, expressing human nature, spirit and form.  She explains that her 30” x 22” charcoal drawing that was chosen for the exhibit entitled Prisoner II is “part of a three part series that represents the happenings at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. It is meant to encourage awareness of not just political matters, but mostly to capture what humanity is capable of in a state of panic.”


Lisa Ackerman of Astoria, OR, who will be exhibiting in the Au Naturel for the fourth time, finds great inspiration in the art movement of Surrealism. “Capturing the essence of a subject through identification with a deity and totem or animal daemon has been of great interest to me, as it lays the groundwork for realizing the surreal and fantastical side of life, and opens one to new pathways and exploratory journeys,” she explains. “Surreal visions help us to see the similarities between cultures while enjoying our differences and enabling us to become balanced in this crazy yet brilliant and diverse world.”


Michael Reedy of Ann Arbor, MI will also be exhibiting in the Au Naturel for the fourth time and was selected by Juror Rick Bartow for the first place award in the 2009 show.  He has focused on the human figure as the subject of his artwork for the past twenty years, and explains that his sources of inspiration, while “rooted in depictions of the body,” fall outside the canon of art history. He explains that in his work, “the ongoing references to anatomical illustration, and its benign approach to depicting pain and death, and cartooning serve to both underscore the comedic tragedy of physical existence, as well as the frailties that increasingly define our sense of self as we age. In each instance, the unsettling presence of the open body (removed from its traditional context) presents complex questions of gender, pleasure, pain, interpretation, and reception, and results in works infused with a sense of scientific aura, moral lesson, and morbid entertainment. Consequently, I hope the viewer is seduced into disregarding the boundaries between interior and exterior, between looking and feeling, and between the real and the pictured body.”


Blash, by Michael Reedy

Michael Reedy
(Ann Arbor, MI)
Blash, Mixed media on paper, 42” x 29”

Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472;

Non-Discrimination: It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Lipe, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer in the CCC Library, Suite 108B, 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Christine Riehl, is located in the Student Services Center, 503-338-2474.


Declaración de no-discriminación: Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, o discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Lipe, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Biblioteca oficina número 108, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Christine Riehl, se encuentra en el Centro de Servicios Estudiantiles, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.


Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to  Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.




Learn From Critique with Judy Morris

Rogue Gallery & Art Center: 40 South Bartlett Street, downtown Medford, OR

Take the mystery out of critique and learn what works, what could be improved with Judy Morris as she returns to the Rogue Valley offering insight, feedback and helpful tips.


critique led by Judy Morris
All skill levels welcome
Monday, February 18, 4:00 – 7:00pm

Judy has been a popular juror for more than forty local, state, national, and international watercolor shows. In the past few years, she has juried the National Watercolor Society Show in Los Angeles, the American Watercolor Society Show in New York City, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Now she’s coming to the Rogue Gallery & Art Center to share her critic’s eye with artists in Southern Oregon. All water media welcome.

Judy Morris has been a popular watercolor workshop teacher and juror in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and Japan for the last 25 years. Join her, as she returns to one of her favorite places… the Rogue Gallery & Art Center!

Admission and Critique of one painting: $20

Admission only: $10

Register now
(limit one painting per artist, first 25 to register will have work critiqued for 3-5 minutes) Space is limited!