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Creative Visions: Empower your Mind to the Beauty of Abstract

Esteemed SOAR member Alx Fox will be teaching a workshop

Creative Visions: Empower your Mind to the Beauty of Abstract

Keep Going, abstract painting in acrylic by Alx Fox

“Keep Going,” by Alx Fox

Saturday and Sunday March 28 and 29; 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Skill Level: All Skill Levels
Unleash your creativity through color, texture and design using acrylics in this abstract painting workshop with Alx Fox. Alx will coach you as you create unique images, using techniques of mark-making and blending that will give your work more depth and impact.
One Day: $70 members, $85 non-members. Both Days: $110 members, $125 non-members.
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PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! In order for us to hold a class or workshop, we must meet the predetermined minimum enrollment requirement one week prior to the first class or workshop meeting. If we do not meet the minimum enrollment, the class or workshop will be cancelled due to low enrollment.

Partial Scholarships are available! Please call (541) 772-8118 for more information.

We add new classes every session so make sure to become a member and receive our class catalogue to stay-up-to-date. View our cancellation refund policy.

Nancy Firetag Clark at GoodBean Jacksonville!

Happiness Is, abstract painting in acrylic and Caran d'Ache by Nancy Firetag Clark, on display at the GoodBean Coffee Company in Jacksonville, Oregon for the month of February 2015

“Happiness Is,” 40″ x 30″ abstract painting in acrylic and Caran d’Ache by Nancy Firetag Clark

The GoodBean is proud to present the works of Nancy Firetag Clark for the month of February! Nancy Clark has been an artist for more than 20 years. A new Applegate Valley resident, previously residing in Southern California, Clark has been selling her paintings privately. She has studied with a number of well-known artists, including Vermont artist Wolf Kahn. Her paintings are in private collections in New York, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

Her paintings are abstract mixed media on canvas: acrylic mixed with French Caran d’Ache and Sennelier pastels.

Secret Place, abstract painting in acrylic and Caran d'Ache by Nancy Firetag Clark

“Secret Place,” 40″ x 30″abstract painting in acrylic and Caran d’Ache by Nancy Firetag Clark

Recently, her artwork was selected by Peter Frank for the Southern California Regional Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute (SDAI). Peter Frank has curated shows for the Guggenheim and is currently an art critic for the Huffington Post.

Nancy Clark is looking forward to meeting other local artists and new clients who are looking for abstract paintings like those in her Happiness Series. She believes people should be surrounded by art that makes them feel happier and inspired. As she was quoted in Forbes, “Thousands of thoughts are going through our minds every hour. If our surroundings can uplift some of these thoughts, we benefit. It is my intention to deliver these optimistic feelings through my abstract paintings. I approach the blank canvas without preconceived ideas or dogma—I am painting in the moment.”

Art Curator for GoodBean Jacksonville Hannah West sat down for lunch with Clark in January and learned much about the artist and her background. A bright and personable woman with a fascinating history, Nancy began her career as a physicist with NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Yes, she was a rocket scientist! After completing her career in what was very much a man’s world, she began consulting with companies on ways to reduce employee attrition rates and improve productivity by advising them on how to keep their employees happy, and with female executives on working effectively with their male counterparts. She also coaches young women entering the workforce on how to maximize their job-seeking efforts. In her spare time, Clark is the Happiness Expert for Forbes WomensMedia. And, of course, a wonderful artist whose lively and colorful paintings we are pleased to share during a month that needs bright colors to break up the winter grey!

If you are interested in Nancy’s paintings and would like to inquire about purchasing one of her original pieces on display, please contact Hannah West at 541-9899-2012 or write her at [email protected] She will be happy to answer your questions and facilitates all art transactions.

“Torsten On Bass” Watermedia Painting Series


Welcome to Day Four of the 3-paintings-per-day-for-five-day (3-4-5) FB challenge!  Today I'm featuring my "Torsten on Bass" series, and for a blog bonus, I'm adding a fourth piece.  (Thank you Myrna Wacknov for inviting me to participate in the challenge).  



The paintings in the series "Torsten on Bass" were inspired by photographs my husband took of some of our musician friends from Germany.  We lived in Germany during the 1990's.  We met and became friend with a local rock and roll band.  They called themselves the "Lunatics United".  I would say they were not "lunatics" but they were a fun, hard rock band.  They had a vocalist, two guitarists, a bassist and drummer.  Torsten played bass.  

Lesson Learned

These paintings were done in 2008.  I learned a lesson during the process of developing the designs that has served me well.  I started by drawing from the photograph.  I became frustrated because the drawing from the photograph did not express what I felt about the band or music.

After a few drawings, I put the photographs away.  I created new drawings from memory, imagination and as a response to how music makes me feel.  Oddly enough, the first "Torsten on Bass" has as much to do with the blues as it does with rock and roll.  I liked the resulting figure and the muted colors.

After successful design number one, I naturally had to do some more.  In designs II (Rock and Roll), III & IV, I thought about going to rock and roll concerts, the heat of the lights, the sound of the music and how it made me feel.  Plus, I took more liberties with the figure.

What did I learn?  By drawing from life or photographs first, I get the feel of the subject.  Then, I let myself loose with memories, imagination and emotion.  I create something that says what I feel about the subject.  Plus, I have a great time.


I have rarely shown these works, although "Torsten on Bass" was exhibited in a juried show in Springfield, OR.  In looking back at the images, I am pleased with the work.  I wonder why I stopped!  

Two of the pieces are in private collections:  "Torsten on Bass – Rock and Roll" and "Torsten on Bass III".  "Torsten on Bass IV" has never been shown, oddly enough.  I did more drawings, but all of them are in sketchbooks put away in storage.

Its wonderful to be able to pull these paintings out and share them with you.  I hope you enjoy them!  Thanks!


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Second Annual Angels Show at GoodBean Jacksonville Opens Monday!

Angel, original painting by Karen O'Brien

Angel, by Karen O’Brien

The GoodBean is proud to announce its second annual Angels show, opening Monday, December 1, at our Jacksonville cafe. Last year’s Angels show made the shop’s owners so happy that we decided to make it an annual event!

This year’s show has all new angels in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and photography. This year’s angels were created by new artists along with several returning artists from last year’s inaugural show. We called out to artists for angels that were not necessarily traditional Christmas or religious archetypes, but the artist’s interpretation of an angel. This has resulted in a wonderfully diverse collection of beautiful and uniquely inspired angelic art that everyone can enjoy.

Come to our Angel reception on Friday, December 12 from 4–7pm to see this beautiful collection of angels and meet the artists who created them! And remember to shop local and shop ART to help support our region’s immense treasure house of artistic talent, many of whom have been struggling since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008.

World Peace Angel, dye on silk by Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West, Grants Pass, Oregon

World Peace Angel,  by Judy Elliott

Participating artists in this year’s exhibition include one or more pieces by these esteemed artists, all members of the southern Oregon art community. There may be more by the time the show is hung up and ready for viewing as well:

  • Wendy Gell
  • Katharine Gracey
  • Lewis Anderson
  • Debby Fischer
  • Judy Elliott
  • Karen O’Brien
  • Sue Bennett
  • Judy Marshall
  • Anna Elkins
  • Eve Margo Withrow
  • Marie Neder

GoodBean Coffee Co. Christmas logoGoodBean Coffee presents a new exhibit of art by local and regional artists each month for the enjoyment of our customers and exposure for outsider, emerging and established artists from Jacksonville, Oregon and surrounding areas. Please be sure to take a moment to appreciate the art on exhibit while enjoying a custom beverage or hot cup of fair-trade, locally roasted organic coffee served by our wonderful barristas. Investing in the work of our local artists supports our local economy, helps young artists get established and rewards the generosity with which these artists donate their work to many charitable causes. Visitors from out of town have the opportunity to take home a unique souvenir created by local talent. Please consider purchasing a piece of fine art or photography while you’re here.

If you are interested in purchasing a work of art you see at the GoodBean or are an artist interested in showing your work with us, please contact Hannah West at 541.899.2012 or [email protected] for more information.

Japanese Garden magic

Japanese Garden magic

blastedheath:André Masson (French, 1896-1987), Migration X,…


André Masson (French, 1896-1987), Migration X, 1958. Oil on canvas, 112 x 94 cm.

“To Market, To Market” Art’Clectic Local Artisans Victorian Christmas Market

Christmas is perhaps the most widely embraced, lovingly anticipated and celebrated annual event for many families in Oregon. In the grand tradition of holiday merriment, the Art’Clectic Local Artisans Group has created a “Pop-Up” event with 12 local artisans, offering an “Authentically Oregon” mix of fine artisan made items including Fine Art, Hand woven Textiles, Quilts, Furniture, and more. There will be a special table with low cost items where children can shop for presents for Mom & Dad (and stay within a small budget). The group will also offer stylish gift wrapping to personalize presents with simple, beautiful papers and ribbon.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Market will be held during the Victorian Christmas Weekends:

Where:  175 S. Oregon Street (IOOF #10)
When:  December 5-7th, December 12-14th, December 19-21st.
Time:  Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturday & Sundays from 10-6pm.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Group started as a social gathering, meeting once a month at the home of one of the artists.  The ongoing meetings are an opportunity to freely discuss changes in the artist community and art market place, upcoming art events, and personal news about family and friends. Artisans include:

  • Patrick Beste – Watercolorist
  • Roberta Coakley-Vargas– Mixed Media Artist
  • Sheri Croy – Mixed Media Decoupage Artist
  • Susan Frank – Pastel Artist
  • Carol Laenen – Textile Artist
  • Tony Laenen – Watercolor/Acrylic Artist
  • Vivian McAleavey – Photographer
  • Tom Ommen – Photographer
  • Lisa St. Arnold – Local Furniture Artisan
  • Zoe West – Encaustic Artist
  • Char Wirfs – Textile Artist
  • Walt Wirfs – Oil Painter & Graphite Artist

For more information:
Susan Frank
(541) 245-2608
[email protected]
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High Tide

High Tide

A painting that has seen the world.

This has been tucked away, but I finally got my act together to list it on eBay. “Old Station Cat” has quite a story to tell.The subject is a very elderly and scruffy cat that investigated me while taking photos of his home. An old country railway station that is now converted into a home, but with a lot of old station features, like a ticket office and more.I painted him in quite fine detail,

Shapes on White Paper – Yachats by Katy Cauker

The poetry of life can be captured in play;
shapes on white paper,
movement through forms,
 dissolve, reappear,
altered space, 
fractured time.
Shapes on white paper
making more of
the time.

Watercolor on BFK paper
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Thank you for visiting, I enjoy hearing your comments,
Katy Cauker