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April Exhibits at Rogue Gallery!

Rogue Gallery and Art center logo Medford OregonMain Gallery exhibit: Artist Teen Mentoring Project  

Community and Members’ Gallery: Best of the Best High School Art

April 17 – April 30, 2015, Reception: Friday, April 17, 4-8pm

Main Gallery: Artist Teen Mentoring Project  

This exhibition is a culmination of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual program the Artist Teen Mentoring Project. On display is the creative work of both teens and mentoring artists. This program pairs professional Rogue Valley artists with local high school students for intensive study and interaction. Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist. On display are a variety of materials and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, comic art, and sculpture.

Seven aspiring teenaged artists had the opportunity to work with one of five established artists to create art in a variety of media. Teens went through an application process last fall that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Selected teens selected for the program spent over 20 hours with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display.

Community and Members’ Gallery: Best of the Best High School Art

On display is over 100 works of art by local high school students. Artwork from 14 local high schools was submitted for in-district screening, and then presented for jurying by professional artists. The artwork includes paintings, drawings, collage, illustrations, sculpture, photography, prints, and ceramics. Best of the Best was started in 1985 by members of the Southern Oregon Research and Development Committee to showcase and encourage artistically gifted high school students throughout the Rogue Valley. This idea has grown and now far exceeds original expectations, as it has become an annual enriching and exciting event each spring for Rogue Valley high school students, parents, and teachers.

Refreshments will be served at the reception on April 17, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. 

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

2015 Annual Art Student Exhibit Opens April 9

The 2015 Clatsop Community College Art Student Exhibit will be on display at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, April 9 through Thursday, April 30. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 9 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. This year’s juror, Eleanor H. Erskine, will be present at the reception to give a juror’s talk. Clatsop Community College thanks the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for this year’s student awards.

The CCC Art Center Gallery is ADA accessible, free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

The Annual Art Student Exhibit is a juried event that showcases the talents and creativity of the college’s art students. Art students are invited to submit up to three pieces of work created in the art classes in which they have been enrolled during the past year. The show will feature a range of disciplines taught at Clatsop Community College, including graphic arts, basic design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking.

Juror Eleanor H. Erskine attended the Chicago Art Institute, received a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, and earned her MFA in Printmaking, with a special focus in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988. She has taught at the Maine College of Art; the Kansas City Art Institute; The Chautauqua Institution; Penland School of Crafts; and Portland State University. Her works have been exhibited at the Mark Woolley Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington D.C; Nelson Atkins Museum; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); and the Marylhurst Art Gym. Erskine is recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is held in major private and public collections including the California State University Museum; Portland Art Museum; Spencer Museum of Art; Hallmark Corporation; New York Public Library; Downey Museum of Art; University of Iowa Museum of Art; and in various collections in Canada, Africa, Japan and South Korea.

 

Please direct inquiries to:  Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected].

 

LIFE Art - LIVE. INSPIRE. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. at South Stage Cellars

"Mulholland Drive," by Brandy Gibbins

“Mulholland Drive,” Brandy Gibbins

Reception Saturday, February 7 from 6–7:30pm

The art exhibit on display at South Stage Cellars right now is a truly special one. Every year the Cellar’s “Rising Stars” music competition benefits a local nonprofit, and this year they chose LIFE Art, a Medford-based program helping Rogue Valley youth overcome a wide range of difficulties by learning to paint with guidance from artist mentors. I had the opportunity to meet Phil Ortega, founder of LIFE Art, when he and several of the program’s mentors and students were hanging their show. I was deeply moved by the story of LIFE Art and impressed not only by the caring and generous heart of this compassionate man, but the overall quality, ingenuity and expression in the youths’ paintings.

In the spring of 2010, Mr. Ortega was working late at night in the shop where he fixes old cars as a hobby when he heard a sound behind the building. Stepping outside, he discovered a group of teens tagging abandoned rail cars. He asked what they were doing, and they told him they were painting the tag name of a youth who committed suicide in 2009.  Among the taggers were the late youth’s brother and cousin.  Recognizing their genuine need to create a memorial for their deceased relative and friend, as well as some real artistic talent, Mr. Ortega bought the boys blank canvases, brushes and paint that very day to help them channel the memory of their loved one onto something permanent. He then began thinking about how he could develop a program to support kids like these.

Painting by Nicole Paradis

Painting by Nicole Paradis

The LIFE Art program uses visual and creative arts as a means for youth to express their feelings and communicate with others about their experiences. Art projects address the multiplicity of the issues young people are involved in. Factors including difficult family relationships and school experiences, substance use, community risk factors (i.e., gangs, criminality) and cultural pressures are all addressed through guided discussions with caring adults and LIFE Art Mentors.

South Stage Cellars Rising Stars has chosen to donate all the profits from the 2015 music competition to this amazing local nonprofit. We hope you plan to come to Jacksonville on February 7, 2015 to enjoy our Chinese New Year parade and celebration. There will be additional arts and cultural opportunities, including an authentic Origami class at Art Presence Art Center, next to the historic Courthouse. But whatever you do, come to South Stage Cellars at 125 S. Third Street from 6–7:30pm for a reception for the LIFE Art youth artists! Join the teens, mentors and director of LIFE Art, enjoy their work along with live music and complimentary appetizers, and consider helping to empower one of their young artists with a purchase—If there are any left to buy! Paintings were selling as they were placed on the walls. Ortega looks forward to the event, and to highlighting the art and mentorships LIFE Art encourages. “We might even have some poetry or a short story reading by a teen if we can,” he added. The LIFE Art exhibition will continue through the end of March at South Stage Cellars Tasting Room.

YMCA Mural Work, Jose and EMA

YMCA Mural Work, Jose and EMA

SSC Rising Stars, now in its 4th year, was the brainchild of Porscha Schiller, Tasting Room and Marketing Events Manager of South Stage Cellars. The competition has grown every year until it outgrew the tasting room altogether. It will now be held across the street, upstairs in historic Redmen’s Hall. Schiller was quoted in the Jacksonville Review as saying, “Everyone involved in the music competition and LIFE Art is extremely proud of the work these kids are doing and so very grateful to the community for the amazing support this life-changing nonprofit group is getting!”

Tickets for the 4th-annual South Stage Cellars Rising Stars Competition are on sale now at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, the Music Coop in Ashland and online at www.southstagecellars.com. For more information, call 541-899-9120.

Mello Saldivar Anaya Working on Mural

Mello Saldivar Anaya Working on Mural

More About LIFE Art

Mr. Ortega wrote us, saying, “We started with the support of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant and Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coordinator Michelle Morales. Their guidance was instrumental in creating something unique. We started with a few kids and have grown to serving over 200 local kids every month. We help kids cope with a multitude of stresses. Suicide prevention was our starting focus, but we have grown to include any kid with the idea that group art projects create a certain climate so that the kids are not identified as fragile, but as artists.”

The Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Memorial grant was awarded to several counties in the state of Oregon from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2010. The grants became available through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act of 2004, the first federal suicide prevention program targeted towards youth. The Act is named after the son of former Oregon senator Gordon H. Smith, who took his own life in 2003.

 

 

Front (l-r): LIFEArt student Adrian Chavez, student Karla Lopez, mentor Aaron Dykstra, student Mello Saldivar-Anaya who painted the murals in the background of our February 2015 cover photo. Back (l-r): LIFEArt founder Phil Ortega, mentor Caroline Wasick, mentor Nicole Paradis, student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

Front (l-r): LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, student Karla Lopez, mentor Aaron Dykstra, student Mello Saldivar-Anaya. Back (l-r): LIFE Art founder Phil Ortega, mentor Caroline Wasick, mentor Nicole Paradis, student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

 

 

 

“I manage LIFE Art so that kids can learn coping skills through art and guided mentorships. I believe that art tells a story, and when kids can demonstrate their voice through art, it relives a sense of hurt for some, joy for most…but when people admire the art they have created, it Validates Their Feelings! That is the LIFE Art mission in a nutshell.” ~Phil Ortega

 

 

 

LIFE Art Today

Thanks to a grant from The Providence Health Plan Community Benefit Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, LIFE Art in partnership with On Track opened the LIFE Track Youth Center & Art Gallery at 106 S. Grape Street in Medford. This project gives youth a space to express themselves creatively, as well as having a place where they can drop in and find the support of caring mentors. In addition, the center offers FREE art classes every Saturday for youth 10-22 years old. “It’s a cool project, but it is coming to an end this year. LIFE Art is looking for a new place to call home starting this summer. My house served as a place for the kids for a few years, but we are way too big for that anymore!” says Ortega, “Hopefully we will find a place where we can partner with other artists for various art projects and a sharing of experiences and skills can take place. Maybe one of your readers has a space in mind we could lease.”

LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, mentor Aaron Dykstra and student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

LIFE Art student Adrian Chavez, mentor Aaron Dykstra and student Luis Rodriguez. Photo by Ezra Marcos.

Ortega tells us that new LIFE Art mural projects are underway, in partnership with the Gang Task Force, which is comprised of many Jackson County agencies working to help connect teens to programs that encourage better lifestyle choices. The murals, painted on large scale canvases, will be displayed around our community starting with Central Art Supply in Medford. They will help us display the art on the exterior of their building as a way to encourage teens to create more ART ON Canvas. The art will also be used as the backstage art to SSC Rising Star Events.

“We believe that when artists (teens) see their art displayed in our community they will feel validated and accepted. More artists will seek programs like LIFE Art to join. It is up to the adults in our community to create a caring environment for our youth to connect with and it starts with setting a positive example. We believe the art will stimulate conversation and empower our youth,” Mr. Ortega says.
The funding for these murals are through the YDC and the KEY ( Keep Encouraging Youth) Project in partnership with LIFE Art, Spartan Boxing, Juvenile Justice and Kids Unlimited.
"Bubbles," by Alondra Flores

“Bubbles,” by Alondra Flores

Funding ends October 15, 2015 for LIFE Art’s other programs:

G.E.M.S.

G.E.M.S. (Girls Expressing Many Strengths) is an after school program geared toward helping young teens learn to cope with life stressors through artistic expression and group support. The program is in partnership with Eagle Point School District and Medford School District.

One–2–One Mentorship Program

One-2-One Mentorship is designed to connect with students who need attention beyond group activities. Many of our participants are dealing with real life issues and struggles around poverty, relationships, family, substance abuse, and education. Connecting with certain students on a regular basis establishes a dependable connection with a caring adult role model.

LIFE Art New Logo

LIFE Art New Logo

Art With A Purpose

The Art with a Purpose sessions are about creating art that is focused on social issues that students face daily. Suicide prevention, self-image, anti-bullying campaigns, gang prevention and promoting civility are all topics that can be better addressed by our model: “Marketing for Kids Created by Kids.”

 

 

 

 

 

Now five years old, the LIFE Art program is in partnership with United Way, Jackson County Health and Human Services, Una Voz, Eastburn Photography LLC, Lenart Art Education Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation (Latino Partnership Project). Mr. Ortega and the LIFE Art staff and mentors thank Jackson County School District 9 Leadership and Staff for making it possible to offer their services within our schools and for the partnerships that support our students.

Come to the reception ~ meet Phil Ortega and the LIFE Art youth artists and mentors in person to learn more! You can help…come to the Rising Stars music competition nights, from which 100% of the profits will benefit LIFE Art!

The President Presents the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

When presenting the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities in July, President Obama remarked: “The arts and humanities aren’t there to be consumed when we have a free moment. We need them like medicine. They help us live.” We couldn’t agree more!

Annual CCC Art Student Show Opens May 15

The 2014 Clatsop Community College Art Student Show will be on display at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, May 15 through Friday, June 6. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. Thanks to the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for the student awards. This year’s juror, William M. Ittmann, Jr., will be present at the reception to give a juror’s talk.

The CCC Art Student Show is free and open to the public. CCC Art Center Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

The CCC Art Student Show is an annual juried event that showcases the talents and creativity of the college’s art students. Art students are invited to submit up to three pieces of work created in the art classes in which they have been enrolled during the past year. The show will feature a range of disciplines taught at Clatsop Community College, including graphic arts, basic design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking.

Juror William M. Ittmann, Jr. was born in 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts and throughout his early life lived in Cincinnati, Ohio; Havana, Cuba and England. Ittmann received a B.F.A. in Art History at the University of Kansas, and worked as a student curatorial assistant at the University of Kansas Museum of Art. He pursued graduate level courses at the Courtauld Institute at the University of London in 1964. In St. Louis, he studied at Washington University, worked as a curatorial assistant, and produced a catalog of lithographs by Edgar Degas as his M.A. thesis. Between 1967 and 1971, he taught at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 1968, he traveled to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Cambodia and studied Asian art. In 1970, Ittmann participated in a travel course in Italy, which focused on the art of Giotto and Piero Della Francesca.

Moving to Portland, Oregon in 1974, Ittmann attended the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts (OCAC) and the Oregon Art Institute (now PNCA). In 1978 he received a C.E.T.A. grant as fine arts editor for Spectrum Magazine of the Arts, covering the Portland art scene. Ittmann moved to Cannon Beach in 1978 and has lived there ever since. He was involved in the Cannon Beach Arts Association, served on the Design Review Board for 10 years, and chaired the board for three years. He taught classes in Cannon Beach between 1979 and 1982 through the extension service of Clatsop Community College. Ittmann taught a Survey of 20th Century Visual Arts course at CCC between 1998 and 2006 and was Director of the CCC Art Center Gallery from 1999 to 2006. He has curated numerous exhibitions of regional and local contemporary art and has juried several exhibitions over the years. He is an enthusiastic collector of regional and local contemporary art.

Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected]

Rogue Gallery Celebrates Art in Bloom Festival

Rogue Gallery and Art center logo Medford Oregon

May 10, 10:00 – 5:00 pm

May 11, 11:00 – 4:00 pm

 

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will feature a variety of activities during downtown Medford’s Art in Bloom festival, including art projects for children and adults, art contests, and an exciting exhibit.

 

“Eugene Bennett and Friends: His Personal Art Collection”, opens the weekend of the festival. This exhibit includes the work of other artists that Bennett collected, as well as favorites of his own work. Works include paintings, drawings, monoprints, and sculptures.

 

Southern Oregon Subaru will display a new Subaru in front of the Rogue Gallery to inspire attendees to create art based on the theme of “Where would you take this Subaru?” Art supplies will be available for participants to paint or draw wherever their imagination takes them. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: children (up to 10 years old), youth (11 – 15 years old), and adults (15+). Jurors will choose the best work in each category and winners will receive free tuition for a Summer Art Camp of their choice in the children’s and youth categories, and a gift certificate in the adult division.

 

Children can make their mothers a special gift of paper flowers in the Rogue Gallery garden. Instructors will be there to assist children in creating these colorful, delightful works. The art studio will also be open for creating art. Rogue Gallery will provide all needed supplies.

 

All activities are free to the public.

 

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

 

 

Preview Exhibit of Selected Art at Old Town Framing

Clatsop Community College LogoOld Town Framing, 1287 Commercial Street in Astoria, will host a Preview Exhibit of selected artwork to be presented at the 2014 Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction to benefit Clatsop Community College. The exhibit opened at 5pm on March 8 as part of the Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk and continues through April 6. Viewers will be able to register and begin bidding on the works presented.

 

The 2014 Preview Exhibit features approximately 15 of the more than 60 artists who will be presented at the Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction on April 12 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. Participating artists include, for example, Roger Dorband, Stirling Gorsuch, Carol Riley, Charles Schweigert, Gin Laughery, David Lee Myers, Neal Maine and Christi Payne. A wide range of media will be represented. In addition to stunning original artwork, the Auction highlights opportunities to participate in activities including classes, outdoor experiences, arts and cultural events and gourmet meals.

 

Tickets for the 2014 Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction are on sale now at 503-338-2306 for $75. Sponsorship opportunities also remain available.

LifeTrack Youth Center and Art Gallery Opens Tomorrow!!

 

LifeTrack Youth Center and Art Gallery March 1 2014 Grand Opening Announcement

Tickets still available for “Masqued Moon” ~ This Saturday, October 5!

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Detail from “Masqued Moon” by Katharine Gracey
Saturday, October 5, 2013
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at Kids Unlimited
821 North Riverside Drive, Medford

5:00 pm Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour
followed by
Dinner  & Live Auction

Dinner prepared by Jacksonville Inn Catering
Wine donated by Weisinger’s of Ashland
Music by Pat O’Scannell &
Kevin Carr
Entertainment by Le Cirque Center’s Levity

$60 Per Person

RAFFLE TICKETS!!!
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Civil War Tickets
Two phenomenally good seats –
only 35 rows up on the 40 yard line – for the Civil War, Ducks vs Beavers game at the Autzen Stadium, Nov. 29th, 4:00 pm

Instant Wine Cellar
Win over 75 bottles of wine, each bottle *valued at $20 or more. Over $1500 value

$20 for one raffle ticket
$100 for 6 raffle tickets

Drawings held Oct.5
at the Rogue Gallery’s Auction Fundraiser
No need to be present to win.

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All proceeds support the Rogue Gallery & Art Center exhibits and educational programs

Tickets Available at
Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S. Bartlett St. –  downtown Medford
hours: Tues-Fri 10-5 & Sat 11-3
541-772-8118 –  www.roguegallery.org

Rogue Gallery & Art Center will be closed
Saturday, October 5
for the auction.

Full Time Job Opning for Art Teacher at N. Medford HIgh School!

We received word on Friday from Nance Louise, who teaches drawing and painting full time at 
North Medford High School, that there is a job posting available for a full time art teacher 
specializing in ceramics, sculpture, and/or graphic arts.
For more details and to download an application, click here to visit the employment opportunity 
page for this position at the Medford School District website. (That information and download 
link are reposted below). 

Deadline for application is July 19.
North Medford High School
Job Title:Art Teacher
Closing date:07/19/2013
Closing time:4:00 PM
Job Class:Certificated
Job Hours:186 days
Salary:$33,115 – 64,196 per year
2012-2013 licensed salary schedule (to be updated for the 2013-14 school year)
Description:

Permanent 1.0 FTE to begin with the 2013-14 school year

Must be able to teach one or more the following:

  Ceramics
Graphic Arts (digital)
Sculpture

Valid Oregon teaching license with an Art endorsement – ML/HS level

A complete application package to include the following:

  • Certificated application (attached below)
  • Cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position
  • Resume
  • 500 word writing sample indicating your views on Effective Instruction or  Classroom Management
  • Three letters of reference
  • Valid Oregon teaching license with appropriate endorsement(s)

 The District shall give preference to the employment of bilingual, bicultural candidates who speak English and Spanish in both certified and classified positions, all other qualifications being equal.

 

 

The Medford School District is a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education and to be contributing community members.

 

The Medford School District complies with provisions of the Fair Employment Practices Act and Title IX Regulations in employment, educational programs and activities; and in support of employment practices free of barriers to disabled persons and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, provides reasonable accommodations necessary upon request and appropriate notice. For further information or assistance contact the Director of Human Resources at (541) 842-3625. Speech/hearing impaired person may reach the district via TDD at (541) 842-3625 or through the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 1-800-735-2900.

 

Click here to download a job application in PDF format
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Good Luck!