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I stopped to enjoy this lovely view of the confluence of Little Butte Creek and the Rogue River on my way to join family for Thanksgiving dinner in Prospect, Oregon.

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Richard McKinley at Art Du Jour Gallery

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An Afternoon with Richard McKinley

Art du Jour Gallery presents “An Afternoon with Richard McKinley,” nationally and internationally renowned artist/educator, on Saturday, February 28. Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, McKinley is known for his beautiful paintings in oil and pastel, and for the vast amount of artistic knowledge he shares with his students worldwide.

Richard will offer a presentation on his career in contemporary art, including highlights from his forthcoming book on oil painting, as well as from his best selling PASTEL POINTERS.
The afternoon begins at 1:30 PM in the Medford Library ( Adams Room ) with a Power point presentation and a lively question and answer session.

A reception and opportunity to meet the artist follows at 3:30 PM in Art du Jour

Gallery, located at 213 E. Main Street in Medford (2 blocks north of the library).

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (14-21 yrs.) and can be purchased at the gallery, Tue-Sat 10:00 AM–4:00 PM and Third Fridays 5:00-8:00 PM. Only 40 tickets available.
For more information call Linda Evans at 541 324-1437 or visit Art du Jour Gallery in Medford.

“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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Reminder: Steve & Sue Bennett Exhibit & Reception Coming Soon!

South Stage Cellars Art Show announcement illustration with paintings by Sue and STeve Bennett of Jacksonville OregonSouth Stage Cellars announcement: Art exhibit of paintings by Sue and Steve Bennett of Jacksonville Oregon

Steve & Sue Bennett Show at South Stage Cellars

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

Please join us at South Stage Cellars as we celebrate the creativity of artists

Steve Bennett & Sue Bennett

with works in

Oil * Pastel * Watercolor

Reception: Saturday, September 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of ART * WINE * MUSIC

Sue Bennett is a classically trained artist who paints to express beauty. “My intent is to capture the heart of the subject and I get completely caught up in it.” Sue taught art for many years in classes and workshops in several states and Canada. Her paintings have been included in over 45 exhibits around the nation. She works most frequently in transparent watercolor, however she also enjoys opaque watermedia and pastel and has recently returned to oils.

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett



Steve Bennett started painting and drawing when he was in kindergarten. He quit art that same year. He did enjoy art via the view finder of his camera.After many years of photography, Sue encouraged him to join her in painting. He took the chance. Steve enjoys drawing and painting outdoors subject matter the best. He mostly paints with pastels and watercolor. “It is fun to have a new area of life unfold for me each day.” When Steve is not painting, Sue and Steve have an art seminar business that takes them and other artists to many beautiful places in the world to paint, and photograph.

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

“Art has kept me enthralled for 40 years. I studied for 10 years in college classes and national workshops. Drawing led to basic design, which led to oil painting, which led to printmaking, which led to watercolor, and back to oil. Along the way I taught classes and organized workshops across the U.S. and Europe for 25 years; art opened up the world for me. My paintings are portrayed with simplicity of shape and rich color. I get very involved with the medium, and paint to express beauty, mood and heart—to take the viewer to a place of refreshment. I am emotionally caught up from start to finish and like it best when I am slightly surprised by the end result.” ~ Sue Bennett

See more of this talented couple’s work at their website, Oregon Street Gallery, and find all their links and contact information in Sue’s listing at

Show runs from September 20 to October 29


125 S 3rd Street, Jacksonville
Artists: 541-899-1179 
While you are in Jacksonville, see more of Sue Bennett’s paintings in the Naverson Room of the Jacksonville Library! This show begins September 17 and runs through December 17.

Susan Frank at the GoodBean in September

GoodBean Coffee Company is proud to present artworks by Susan Frank, artist & illustrator, for our featured exhibit in September 2014. For this show, Susan will offer a diverse collection of pastel paintings & drawings, casein paintings, and photo collage drawings. Her originals and prints on display range from large 22″x30″ originals priced at $400, prints starting at $250, and smaller originals from $175 to 5″x7″ miniatures for $75.
Susan is a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and teaches Fashion Illustration for the Beginner at Central Art Supply in Medford, Oregon. Her formal training began at the University of Houston, and the Glassell School of Art in Texas, and she also studied at the Art Students League of Denver with Master Pastelist, Doug Dawson, and Plein Air Painter Jay Moore.
Her works are represented by:
Susan now resides in Southern Oregon with her dog and two cats, creating paintings for galleries and illustrations for Advocate Art in the United Kingdom.  Recently her work was licensed through agent in UK for use by New York Graphic Society in New York, and a greeting card image published in Australia. Contact info for UK Agent if you wish to license my art is listed on my website.
I practice every day to improve my skills.  Words I try to live by …’try to see the humor, as well as the beauty, in all things.’
~Susan Frank


Car Talk, watercolor by Susan Frank

Car Talk, pastel by Susan Frank

Fall Day, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Fall Day, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Multnomah Falls, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Multnomah Falls, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Spring Garden, by Susan Frank

Spring Garden, pastel by Susan Frank

Pat Blair ARTIST OF THE MONTH at Art Du Jour Gallery for August

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Art Du Jour Gallery is featuring Pat Blair as ARTIST OF THE MONTH for the month of August

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00 pm.
Pat will be present to talk about her work with visitors attending the gallery’s Third Friday Reception on August 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

About Pat Blair

” I have become forever drawn to pastels and it is exciting to me to be painting in open air.  I love the lure of the landscape and have traveled near and far to view open spaces with expansive sky and dramatic landscapes.

Painting in plein air is like taking a snapshot.  The painter identifies the focal point of the painting and quickly sketches in the scene including the light and shadows before the light changes.  Much like a photographer catches a shot, so does the plein air painter.  The painter can, however,  change the colors and move around a pesky bush or two in order to make the painting more friendly to the viewer.

Southern Oregon abounds in friendly places for a plein air painter.  I can barely drive down a road without feeling the urge to stop and paint!  I do take loads of photographs to bring back to my studio for reference and also to remind me to return to a certain spot.   I am attracted to water and the reflections that may bring color to the picture.  I also love the drama of shadows and light.  Painting is like dancing.  Sometimes the light takes the lead role but at other times the dark shadows demand the viewers attention and leads the painting.”

Contact me about my Fall Class Schedule, which begins on September 16, 2014 at [email protected].

Pat Blair
24 North Keeneway Drive
Medford, OR  97504
Telephone: 541-779-2432

SOAR Welcomes Linda Curtis to!

Rogue Riffles, Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting by Linda Curtis, Shady Cove, Oregon Whitewater rafting and traveling with husband and dogs fuels her inspiration. You can find her on a river bank, in a field, or by the edge of a marsh.  "Being out in nature allows me to study the nuances needed to convey my interpretation of the scene." ~ Linda Curtis

Oil Painting by Linda Curtis landscape artist, plein air artist, lanature artist

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Linda Curtis to the Visual Artists directory! You can find her listing–with social links, a link to her website, and contact information–in the Impressionist Artist directory, the Plein Air Painters directory, the Landscapes and Nature artists directory, Oil Painters directory and Pastel Painters directory, and in the alphabetical listing page here. Another important member of the southern Oregon art community, we are proud to see Linda’s listing in our online representation of southern Oregon’s community of artists and thank Linda for joining forces with us. Please help us give her a warm reception by sharing her listing or this announcement with the art lovers in your network!

Taking watercolor lessons from her customer at an auto dealer service department launched Linda into her art career. As a woman who likes lots of texture, she began applying watercolor with a palette knife soon to discover the richness of oils and the buttery qualities of pastels. Linda takes workshops from well-known artists whose work she admires. Living in the Rogue Valley, she is also fortunate to have Richard McKinley as a friend and mentor.

From a city girl in Providence, RI, to an outdoor adventurer in Shady Cove, OR, the diverse landscape provides ample opportunity and inspiration. Whitewater rafting and traveling with her husband and dogs in their RV fuels her inspiration. She translates her discoveries on canvas or paper through the use of design, color and brushwork. Don’t tell anyone, but every once in awhile, she does sneak in an abstract or two! You can often find her painting on the banks of a river, the edge of a marsh or in the middle of a field.

“Being out in nature allows me to study the nuances of the quality of the light and the color shifts needed to convey my interpretation of the scene.”


Artist’s Workshop 30th Annual Show & Sale



Humbug Creek Road, Watercolor by Dolores Ribal

Humbug Creek Road
Watercolor Painting by Dolores Ribal


You are invited to the Artist’s Workshop’s 30th Annual Art Show and Sale August 1-24 at Art Presence Art Center, located on the corner of 5th and “D” streets in Jacksonville, Oregon. The gallery will be open from 10 am–6 pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from August 1– 24. A “Meet the Artists Reception” will be held on Saturday, August 2nd from 3:00-6:00 PM.

Autumn in the Applegate, oil by Carolyn Roberts

Autumn in the Applegate
Oil by Carolyn Roberts

The show features southern Oregon artists working in a variety of techniques, mediums, and styles. Artists include: Wendy Adler, Raye Aubin, Bruce Barnes, Betty Barss, Steve Bennett, Sue Bennett, Peter Coons, Susan DeRosa, Rick Evans, Georganna Happel, Mae Heideman, Marilyn Hurst, Eleanor Lippman, Katherine Lundgren, Charlotte Peterson, Dolores Ribal, Carolyn Roberts, Janice Rosenberg, and Founder, Elaine Witteveen.

Red Lily Barn, pastel by Peter Coons

Red Lily Barn
Pastel by Peter Coons

Primarily painting “Plein-Air’ (Out-of-doors) and meeting at various locations through out the Rogue Valley, Artist’s Workshop is a group for artists in southern Oregon that meets informally on Mondays to paint, share knowledge and encourage artists in a friendly environment.

If you have any questions or would like more information about Artist’s Workshop, please call Rick Evans at (541) 324-7624.


Mother’s Day was a paint out day for me in Downtown Medford.  I spent all morning doing this pastel

while meeting and greeting people on Main Street in front of Art Du Jour Gallery.  I really was not able to complete this on location and had to work on it in my studio the following week.  My chosen subject was of the vendor canopies that we set up in Vogel Park on the corner of Main and Central which is the very center of Medford’s downtown district.