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Sanctuary One Summer Soiree – July 19th at the Ashland Springs Hotel – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

Sanctuary One’s Summer Soiree and Benefit is July 19th at the Ashland Springs Hotel! This event replaces the Annual Bachelor Auction, which was very popular, but not completely in line with the mission of the Sanctuary. As with that event, I am also on the planning committee for the Summer Soiree.

We kick off the evening with cocktail hour & appetizers, along with shopping for farm-related items like dog cookies & bird houses made at the Sanctuary, and farm stays, tours & birthday parties complete with cupcakes from Kat von Cupcake, who donates all of her proceeds to the Sanctuary  - Yay Kat! (She makes excellent vegan cookies and cakes as well!).  My painting of Sanctuary One Rooster “Captain Morgan” (below) is for sale as well, with all of the money benefiting the Sanctuary. Larks is catering the gourmet vegetarian or vegan dinner served with wine, and dessert. There is a brief presentation about the Sanctuary, a raffle drawing for a stay at Villa de Poema, in Sayulita, Mexico (tickets for the raffle are just $10) and dancing to East Main Band until 10:30PM. Tickets to the event are $75, but our ticketing deadline is Friday, June 11th at 11AM.

If you are a big supporter of Sanctuary One, or if you just want to know more about what they do, come celebrate with us on July 19th! Click here for more information – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sanctuary-one-summer-soiree-benefit-tickets-10286560379

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I’ve Moved to Art and Soul Gallery – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

Yesterday was the big move out of my studio at the Ashland Art Center, and down the street to Art and Soul Gallery. Laura and I shared a studio for 3 years, which was great, but it felt like time for a change. Now that I am running the air conditioner in my home studio to keep the bunnies comfy, it makes sense to spend more time painting there – and the dogs get to hang out with me more too. I just need to spend some time getting a bit more organized and tidy – with three dogs (Riley is too much of a couch potato to join us), the bunnies and me, all out in the studio together, I need to get some of my things off the floor!  I will still be part of First Fridays, but at Art and Soul – and for this month, First Friday has been moved to July 11th since the 4th of July holiday is the first Friday of the month. Hope to see you at Art and Soul on July 11th from 5-8PM! 

 

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Friends of the Animal Shelter Fundraiser – Paws for Celebration, June 20, 2014

“Flower Girl”, my painting of Sophie Connor, makes an appearance again on this invitation to the Friends of the Animal Shelter “Paws to Celebrate” fundraiser. It is the first formal event to benefit our local animal shelter and is expected to become an annual event, similar to the PussNBoots Ball, a Halloween masquerade party. Paws to Celebrate is tonight at the Ashland Springs Hotel and the live auction includes one of my custom pet portraits, up to 16 x 20 inches in size. I think there are a few tickets still left, so maybe I will see you there!EPSON MFP image

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“Save Our Oceans” Series of Paintings on Silk Depict Endangered Marine Species

Judy Elliott, the talented Grants Pass silk artist behind Dragonfly Designs West, responded to Art Presence Art Center‘s call for member art in May 2014′s “The Sea, the Ocean” theme with a new series of gorgeous handpainted silk wall art depicting endangered marine life. We’ve watched her work undergo several evolutions over that past few years, and this could be the most detailed and artistic work we’ve seen from her yet!

Elliott, a native of Hawaii, is a natural to step forward as a voice for the world’s oceans. Growing up with many of the species of marine life she has showcased in her paintings, she has witnessed the ocean’s decline in her lifetime. This series of paintings reflects her deep concerns about the pollution contributing to loss of habitat and other life threatening issues arising primarily from the vast amount of plastic refuse found all the way into the ocean’s deepest canyons.

Judy is also showing more new silk paintings from her studio, including traditionally rendered Japanese cranes, koi pond scenes and moths…and as always, dragonflies. Stop in to view these beautiful pieces and more outstanding works by Art Presence member artists in person any Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 11am – 5pm through the month of May. There will be a reception for the artists on May 9 from 5-7pm.

 

World’s Ocean Floor Is Now a Vast Garbage Dump: Study (Found at EarthWeek.com)

Examples of trash flound littering the ocean floor.

Examples of debris found littering the ocean floor.

Litter from modern civilization has become so pervasive that scientists conducting the first comprehensive study of its undersea distribution couldn’t find any place they looked, including in some of the deepest oceans, where it didn’t exist. Using video from underwater drones and samples dredged off the seabed, researchers from 16 European organizations say they found rubbish everywhere from the Mediterranean to the mid-Atlantic ridge, about 1,250 miles from land.

They found that plastic was the most common type of litter found, with items associated with fishing coming in second. But an extensive distribution of glass, metal, wood, paper and cardboard was also observed.

Writing in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers said the most dense accumulations of litter were found in deep underwater canyons.

“Submarine canyons form the main connection between shallow coastal waters and the deep sea,” said mapping team leader Veerle Huvenne.

“Canyons that are located close to major coastal towns and cities … can funnel litter straight to water depths of 4,500 meters (14,800 feet) or more,” he added.

He added that the accumulation of marine litter is now a worldwide problem.

Photo: Hermione Project – Plymouth University

Here is Judy’s 2014 gallery exhibit and art festival schedule – catch her at one of these fine southern Oregon venues and take home one of her exquisite silk paintings! You can purchase in advance at her Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonflyDesignWest or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyDesignsWest

Hi everyone! I’ve been very busy getting the word out about my new displays at various galleries in southern Oregon. Come to see my recent works!

May 2-June 1 Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville: Seashore and ocean themed paintings on silk, with an emphasis on preservation of endangered marine life.

May 1 – 31 Gallery One in Grants Pass: display of paintings on silk of egrets, cranes, blue heron and dragonflies, luna moths and butterflies. I will be the featured artist for June 2014, when I will be displaying my hand-painted silk jackets!

June 1 – August 31 Southern Oregon Guild in Kerby: “Wild Blue Yonder” with an emphasis on the ocean.

April 11 – July 11 Thomas Lee Gallery in Ashland: Display of hand-painted silk scarves and wall hangings.

August 2014 Artist Alley in Brookings: I will be the featured artist for August!

Upcoming Art Festivals:

South Park, Brookings: Saturday August 2 from 10am – 5pm and Sunday August 3 from 10 am – 4pm

Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, Jacksonville: Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 from 10am – 5pm (both days)

ARToberfest, Kerby: Third weekend in October, details and times TBA

GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville: Solo show of silk wall hangings during the month of October and an “Angel” silk wall hanging in a group show during the month of December.

Denise Kester & Dana Feagin – Whimsical Animal Art Show at Grants Pass Museum of Art – April 29 – May 30, 2014

This weekend Denise and I dropped off our work at the Grants Pass Museum of Art (229 SW “G” Street) for the show which opens on Tuesday. The space will be filled with our whimsical animal art until May 30th,  with the opening reception this Friday, May 2nd from 5-9PM.  Normal operating hours for the museum are Tuesday through Saturday 12-4PM.EPSON MFP image

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Featured Artist Southern Oregon Magazine, Spring 2014 – Dana Feagin, Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings

I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by the editor of Southern Oregon Magazine saying I would have a small feature article in their spring issue! I submitted four images and they selected Flower Girl, the Boxer dog painting below, which is also the same painting that will be featured on the Friends of the Animal Shelter invitation for their fundraiser this spring. Then, this morning, the painting sold to a collector from New York, who now owns four of my paintings. All in all, it’s been a good week!

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The Many Faces of Pookie, Zeus and Zena – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

This commission will be my biggest challenge to date  -  a series of nine paintings capturing the sweet quirkiness of Zena, Zeus and Pookie. They were such an important part of their owner’s life, that he is commissioning a large number of pieces, from different artists, in commemoration of their lives. Over the last few weeks, we have culled through a large number of pictures, some a bit blurry, and finally settled on these images. Today I finished drawing them out on gallery wrapped canvas, and hung them on my studio wall so I could see them all together.  We are thinking each dog will have a different colored background, so I am still mulling over the possibilities. Let the painting begin!LandonsDrawings  

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Jacksonville Barn Company Open House and Sanctuary One Benefit – April 14th, 2014 at 6PM

I am so excited to be part of this fun benefit night for Sanctuary One – and look, there’s Ferdinand on the invitation! The Jacksonville Barn Company is hosting their annual open house on Thursday, April 17th at 6PM, and 10% of all sales benefit the Sanctuary. My artwork will be featured (and also for sale), along with sweets by Kat von Cupcake, hosted champagne and appetizers, music by Christine Anderson, and of course shopping at the Barn. If you haven’t been there, they have some really fun and interesting things – lots of vintage finds as well as newer, unique items.  I found the perfect polka dot scarf during my last visit. All guests attending this event will also receive a raffle ticket for a free gift. Join us at 150 South Oregon Street in Jacksonville – and bring your friends. Thank you to Erin and John Buda for organizing such a great event for the Sanctuary!

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Chaps Appears for the Year of the Horse and National Horse Protection Day – March 1, 2014

A writer friend, Evanne Delaporte, posted this image of Chaps, from Equamore Horse Sanctuary here in Ashland, on her website for the month of March, and I am now just finding time to post it!  This is the year of the Horse, and National Horse Protection Day was on March 1st.  Evanne just started a new blog – be sure to take a look. Chaps may no longer be on the first page, but something else of interest will be! http://www.evannedelaporte.com.

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Completed Portraits of Dodger, Chewie and Chance

Today, these paintings of Dodger, Chewie and Chance are going to their new home! After struggling with a very long dry time with quinacridone rose paint, I rediscovered cobol blue dryer. It’s now back on my painting table. The background color on all three of these is the same – it’s my novice camera skills that makes one of them look a bit different.

 

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