August’s First Friday seems like a long time ago, now that “The Funny Farm” paintings have moved to a smaller space at Art & Soul Gallery, absent “Sugar Rush” and “I Smell Cupcakes”, paintings that went to new homes, and a couple paintings that are temporarily in my studio. However, the event drew in a nice animal art loving crowd, with wonderful music by Bread and Jam Jazz, and wine tasting courtesy of Platt Anderson Cellars. The Miyoko’s Kitchen vegan cashew cheeses were a huge hit, with all three flavors gone by 7:30, as were the vegan chocolate chip cookies. I was secretly hoping there would be leftovers. Amelia Sorensen attended the first hour and a half of the opening reception as a roving photographer. Today, I made time to cull through them and pare them down to the collection below. Thank you Amelia!
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Mark your calendar for First Friday, August 7th! My newest collection of animal paintings, “The Funny Farm”, is the featured work at Art & Soul Gallery. The opening reception runs from 5-8PM during Ashland’s Art Walk. In addition to 13-14 new whimsical animal paintings (which I am still working away on!), Platt Anderson Winery will be hosting a wine tasting, and animal friendly appetizers, including Miyoko’s Kitchen Cashew Cheeses will be available. If you can’t make the opening, the show opens on August 4th through August 30th. Ten percent of the sales will be donated to Sanctuary One, a care farm in Jacksonville, OR.
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This Sunday, May 31 from 3-6PM is our first “Artists for Equamore” Event at Equamore Horse Sanctuary in Ashland! Twenty-two local artists, working in various mediums, will be at the sanctuary selling original works, prints, cards, and more, with 20% of the proceeds benefitting horses in our community. Join us and help support this wonderful non-profit. In addition to art, Band Du Pays Swing Band will be playing, local wine & finger food will be served, and you can mingle with the horses on a beautiful day in the country! The event is free, but we hope you will purchase something while you are there.
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Pearl on Basic Black, Painting of an Andalusian horse by artist Linda Cruz
Tracks in the Snow, Painting of a coyote in snow at Yellowstone National Park by artist Linda Cruz
Moccasin Still Life, Acrylic still life painting with beaded moccasins, carved turquoise buffalo fetish, native American pottery and chile peppers, by artist Linda Cruz
Moving Day, Painting of a cougar carrying her cub by artist Linda Cruz
Seeing Red, Oil painting of a buffalo with red background by artist Linda Cruz
The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome wildlife and animal artist Linda Cruz of White City to the artist directories at www.soartists.com! Cruz is a fine artist working primarily in acrylic, oil and graphite. She has also created sculptures, pen and ink drawings, pastels and some watercolors. She has been drawing since before kindergarten and first considered herself an artist when in grade school after receiving many encouraging comments on her work. She is one of those rare students who, after drawing borders around the surface of her desk in elementary school, would return the next day to find that the janitor had left them instead of cleaning them off.
In addition to some art classes in college, Linda pursued her education in art through workshops with Simon Combes, John Banovich, Terry Isaac, Daniel Smith, Paco Young, and Matthew Hillier. She fell in love with horses as a young girl and has spent hours drawing them nearly every day since early childhood, so one could also consider horses to have been her teachers, as well as the original inspiration for her to become an artist.
Linda finds inspiration in the beauty she sees around her every day—in the ordinary things that surround us all, the textures of mundane surfaces, the angle and pattern of light, and unusual shapes that catch her eye. Animals of every description from amoebas to elephants, and everything in between, are also primary inspirations and primary subjects of her work, which ranges from portraits of domestic animals to plein air paintings of wildlife and even insects in their natural surroundings.
Linda has painted in Wyoming and Montana, eastern Oregon, and mountain areas throughout the West, capturing many wild animals in their natural surroundings in western National Parks. She has yet to paint an ocean scene, but with a deep love of the ocean, that’s on her bucket list.
Her love for animals has instilled in Cruz a heartfelt concern for threatened and endangered species, and she plans to paint more of these in the future. Also on her bucket list is to carve and paint a full sized carousel horse.
Linda is a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and Wind River Valley Artists Guild in Wyoming, and was past President of the Josephine County Artists Association. She just spiffed up her online presence to get ready for listing at SOAR – Find contact information and links to online galleries and social media in Linda’s new listing at www.soartists.com!
Two of my paintings (Sweet Cheeks and Blue Bunny) are part of the BUNNYMANIA fundraising art show curated by celebrated Los Angeles art critic, Peter Frank, and exhibit producer, Delia Cabral. The show opens tonight at 6PM at Chungking Studio, 975 Chung King Road, Los Angeles (China Town Area) and remains at that location over the weekend. On April 4th, the show opens again at Wilding Cran Gallery, 939 South Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles (Arts District), and remains at that location through April 18th.
This show raises awareness about our relationship to rabbits, both the animals, and what they’ve come to symbolize in our human experience. Inspiration for this show stems from the pure awesomeness of bunnies, but also from the curators’ shared penchant for rabbit-themed art, and their exchanges of all things ‘bun over many years. Proceeds from Bunnymania benefit the National Museum of Animals & Society.
This 501(c)(3) non-profit museum is the first of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals & people by exploring our shared experience. The musem focuses on animal studies (where people and animals intersect in culture), the history of animal protection, and humane education in their collection, exhibitions, public programming, and educational efforts.
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Painting of a coyote in snow at Yellowstone National Park by artist Linda Cruz
Painting of a bull moose in Jackson, Wyoming by artist Linda Cruz.
Painting of a cowboy on horseback with a border collie herding cattle in Lakeview, Oregon by artist Linda Cruz
Painting of an Andalusian horse by artist Linda Cruz
Plein air painting of a mute swan swimming on Klamath Lake by artist Linda Cruz