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Empty Bowls Pizza Party at Ashland Art Center

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Empty Bowls Pizza Party

Wednesday, April 8 at 6 pm

 

Let’s make a difference!


Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls Pizza Party at Ashland Art Center on April 8, 2015! Make you bowl to donate to this year's Empty Bowls event in Ashland!

Twenty-five years ago, an art teacher wanted to organize an event to give artists and art students a way to make a difference in their community.
Ceramic bowls were made in his high school art classes and then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread.
Guests chose a bowl to use that day and then to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
Since then, the idea has spread throughout the country as a way to support organizations who help feed the hungry.
Here in Ashland, the 4th Annual Empty Bowls event will be held on May 8th, with proceeds going to Uncle Foods Diner, Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Food Angels, and Access.
The participation of artists and art students is critical to the success of the event.
To make it fun, the Art Center is hosting a Pizza & Bowls Party this Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00.
We invite you to come and make bowls together while enjoying free pizza and drinks. Admission to the Empty Bowls event is free to all bowl makers. You can help ensure that no person in our valley need ever go to bed hungry.
You can make a difference.
When: Wednesday, April 8 at 6pm
Where: Ashland Art Center
Admission: Free
RSVP before Tuesday, April 7 at [email protected]


All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
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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!

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Tickets now available for GPMA Black White & The Blues 2015 Event

Tlogo for the Grants Pass Museum of Artickets are on sale for next year’s Black, White and the Blues, the annual benefit event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art.
The art auction and dance party is set for Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Wheeler Toyota on Redwood Highway in Grants Pass.
Tickets are $60, or $420 for a table of eight.  Purchase tickets by calling 541-479-3290 or by stopping by the Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 S.W. G St., between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
This year marks the 29th anniversary of the fundraiser, which helps support the museum’s exhibits and educational programs.
Revving up the party this year is the Ashland band LOVEBITE, featuring guitarist Jeff Pevar, who has performed on stage and in the studio with such artists as Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, Joe Cocker and Jefferson Starship.
The 21-and-over-only event also includes light hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Seating is limited.
The live auction will feature more than 30 pieces of artwork donated by area artists.
Art to be sold in the live auction will be on display Jan. 13 through Feb. 13 at the Grants Pass Museum of Art.

With much thanks for your kind support,

Bee Bantug

Volunteer, Black White & The Blues Committee

Grants Pass Museum of Art

 

 

Classes and Workshop at LightGarden Glass Art

 Flowers of Hope Fusing Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
$10 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and noodles, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.
OR
TRY FUSING!  Workshop
The same class only you get to keep it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
January  17                 10-12
February 7                   10-12

 Painting with Frit

January 17
10a-12N
Lunch (by Peruvian Point)
1-3pm
 
Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.
All frit, confetti, stringers, glass and lunch are included.

 

Glass Fusing Basics or equivalent is required.
$125

 Glass Fusing: Basics 

January 24 & 31
1-4pm
Learn one of the fastest growing mediums in glass! In this two week class you’ll complete a 4″ tile and a small fused & slumped plate. Covers firing programs, prepping kiln shelves and ware and much more!All supplies are included.
$85
 

 Fused Glass Switch Plates

February 7
1-4pm
Learn how easy it is to make these very cool fused glass switch plates. All the instructions, materials and firing are included in the $20 fee.  A small amount of 96 glass is required.Basic fusing or equivalent is required.
 

 Fused Glass: Dichroic Jewelry

February 21
1-4pm
Grab attention with beautiful dichroic glass jewelry you make yourself! Cabochons for necklaces or earrings; they all will dazzle your friends!Learn to cut them so they come out perfect every time. Compatible glass and lots of dichroic glass is included.Make several pieces for $55

 
Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private parties.click here to check out our classes

 

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours! 

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

 

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 

  

 Morning Workshops:

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

 LightGarden Glass Art is located at:

1086 Washburn                            December 2014
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm
www.lightgarden.net                 Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.

Light Garden Glass News, Classes

 Flowers of Hope Fusing Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
$10 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and noodles, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.
OR
TRY FUSING!  Workshop
The same class only you get to keep it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
November 15              10-12
December 13              10-12
January  17                 10-12
February 7                   10-12

 Painting with Frit

November 22
10a-12N
Lunch
1-3pm
This class is filled we will be adding another class in January.
 Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.
All frit, confetti, stringers, glass and lunch are included.

 

Glass Fusing Basics or equivalent is required.
$125

 Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments
 
Snowflakes, poinsettia’s, angels and more. Put them together and we’ll fire them for you. Get in the holiday spirit with this fun project class.$30 class fee includes a package of holiday glass, high fire wire, patterns and firing. Make as many as you like

November 1st
1-4pm

 Holiday Plates and Platters…or??
 
 Pick your project and get last minute gifts done before Christmas!   Clocks, switchplates, nightlights, picture frames, barrettes…
Try something new! Let us help you pick out a project.$20 plus materials includes firing charges.

November 8th
1-4pm
Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private parties.

click here to check out our classes

 

 

Free Light Box

One of our customers has a free light box that she would like to find a good home for.  It is roughly 3′ x 2′ x 1′.  First come, first serve.  Send email to:

[email protected]  

 

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!

 

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

 

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 

  

 Morning Workshops: 

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

8th Annual Empty Bowls Event Coming October 13

Empty Bowls Flyer_2014

The 8th Empty Bowls event

in Grants Pass, Oregon will again be held at Parkway Christian Center located at 229 NE Beacon Drive in Grants Pass on Monday, October 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests choose a handcrafted bowl and are then served a simple meal of soup and bread. The handmade bowl is yours to keep as a reminder of hunger in our community.

Options is collaborating with the Josephine County Food Bank and the Gospel Rescue Mission to host the annual Empty Bowls event. The three agencies see a great need to provide food and access to food for an increasing number of people in our community, especially children and their families.

Josephine County is one of the five most food insecure counties in all of Oregon. With the still high unemployment rate and poverty level, the need for access to food is greater than ever. “Many people believe that hunger only affects a small sector in our community and don’t realize many people who struggle with hunger every day are, in fact, their neighbors,” says Ellen Johnson, Development Director at Options for Southern Oregon.

Parkway Christian Center Pastor, Dennis Webber, says that the Empty Bowls Project is core to the values we all live by that bring joy and meaning to life. “People doing things together is better than doing it alone and it is an opportunity for us to partner with the greater community who have life challenges,” says Webber.

“We so appreciate our local restaurants who donate gourmet soups and homemade bread for this special night,” says Johnson. “This is a night to honor those in need in our community. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation or purchase a ticket so that a client might attend.” Casa Amiga, The Laughing Clam, Rosso’s Trattoria, The Bohemian, DASSH Bakery, and MaMosa’s are a few of the soup contributors to Empty Bowls.

Options’ residential clients and local artists join every year to make bowls for this event. “I enjoy watching people choose the bowl that “speaks to them”. It’s a powerful and emotional event,” says Johnson. “With our community’s generous support we do make a difference in people’s lives.”

Options is Josephine County’s Mental Health Program. The nonprofit agency annually serves approximately 5,000 children, adults and families in our community. The Josephine County Food Bank is currently providing food access to about 12,000 individuals each month.

Karla McCafferty, Executive Director of Options says, “All three of our agencies have long been community partners and have been working together to address individual, family and community issues such as poverty and hunger. Empty Bowls is truly an example of our community coming together to address a very real and desperate need.”

This year’s event sponsors are AmericanWest Bank, J. D. Fulwiler Insurance Company, and Bank of the Cascades. Please join us at the annual Empty Bowls event and help alleviate hunger in Josephine County. Our local event is an opportunity to discuss food and hunger in our community. Learn more about how to keep our community healthy.

“Our agencies provide a vital source of hope and support for so many of the vulnerable people in our community,” says McCafferty.

News from Light Garden

The

Flowers of Hope

Artists’ Reception

at Roxy Ann Winery

was amazing!!

Great friends, good food, drink
 and lots of fun!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the artists!
and….
The votes are in!
Melanie Dines’
Fuchsia Panel
won the
$50 gift certificate
  
It was a close call between many panels
 but Melanie’s panel won by one vote.
Congratulations!

Thank you to Brenda

and everyone at Roxy Ann

for being part of our program!

Fall Class Lineup
 
 Fused Glass: Dichroic Jewelry
September 27th
One Saturday Afternoon
1-4pm
Grab attention with beautiful dichroic glass jewelry you make yourself! Cabochons for necklaces or earrings; they all will dazzle your friends!Learn to cut them so they come out perfect every time. Compatible glass and lots of dichroic glass is included.

Make several pieces for $55

 Glass Fusing Basics

October 11th & 18th
Two Saturday Afternoons
1-4pm

Learn one of the fastest growing mediums in glass! In this two week class you’ll complete a 4″ tile and a small fused & slumped plate. Covers firing programs, volumn control, prepping kiln shelves and ware and much more!
All supplies are included.
$85

 Painting with Frit

October 25th
One Saturday

10a-12pm
Lunch
1-4pm

Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.
Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.

All frit, confetti, stringers, glass and lunch are included.

 

Glass Fusing Basics or equivalent is required.

$125

 
 Flowers of Hope Fusing Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
$10 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and noodles, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.
OR
TRY FUSING!  Workshop
The same class only you get to keep it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
October   18               10am-12n
November 15              10am-12n
Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private parties.

click here to check out our classes

 

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!

 

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

 

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 

  

 Morning Workshops: 

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

News from Silvia Trujillo

First of all, the paintings shown are some of my most recent plein air works completed here in Southern Oregon.

I’m looking forward to continuing to paint outdoors for at least the next couple of months while the weather is warm. Also, I’ve just discovered some plein air tips for painting in colder temperatures that I’ll be anxious to try out this winter. I’ll let you know if they work.

Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

If you would like to join me I’m offering private and semi-private sessions for beginners and intermediate painters at the rate of $25 hr. (two or more students per session and that rate can be adjusted). If you’re an advanced painter and don’t need or want instruction I would enjoy your company out on location, so send me an email and we can make arrangements to paint together.

"And the Rocks Remain"Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

“And the Rocks Remain” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

"Cliffhanger" Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

“Cliffhanger” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

On another note, The Rogue Gallery Art Center in Medford is having their annual “Artrageous Benefit Auction” on Satuday, Sept. 27, 2014 at RoxyAnn Winery, where one of my vineyard paintings is the featured image on the label for a Special Reserve wine exclusively bottled for the event. In addition to that, several of my vineyard scenes are being displayed on the wall of the main entrance to the gallery for the month of Sept. Try and stop by to see them.

Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

“Lavender Fields Forever” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

“Lavender Fields Forever” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

I’m still offering private lessons (indoors) in a variety of media and subjects, so let me know if there’s something you’ve been wanting to paint. I may be able to offer you the instruction you need.

"Her Hills" Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

“Her Hills” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

"Sacred Mustard" Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

“Sacred Mustard” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

What a beautiful land we live in here in Southern Oregon! I’m so thankful to be back!

"Bucolic" Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

“Bucolic” Plein air oil painting by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, Oregon 2014

WORLD OF WINE 2014 IS HERE!

The Southern Oregon World of Wine is the premier wine event for Southern Oregon and now it is also the premier fundraising event in support of local medical care at Asante. New this year the funds raised during the Southern Oregon World of Wine will go to Children’s Miracle Network and other programs supported by Asante Foundation to help ensure when your family needs them Asante will be there with the finest medical care in a compassionate manner. The goal is to build the Southern Oregon World of Wine into a destination event celebrating the wine industry and highlighting the culinary, hospitality, natural beauty, cultural and outdoor activities of Southern Oregon.This year’s Southern Oregon World of Wine is set for August 19 – 23 at the historic Bigham Knoll Campus at 525 Bigham Knoll Drive in Jacksonville. The event boasts wines from 50 southern Oregon wineries and offers attendees a rare opportunity to meet the faces of the area’s wine makers.The Wine Competition will feature some of the best wines from participating wineries that will be tasted and judged by a panel of renowned judges, who traveled from all over the country to participate. Blind tastings are done on Thursday and Friday of the event. The winning wines will be showcased at the Medal Dinner and Auction on Friday.

The Southern Oregon Wine Region is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world. The AVA, which was made official in 2004, offers one of the largest collections of handcrafted wineries in the country. Its eclectic and cutting edge winemakers offer old and new world styles of winemaking. Vintners and winemakers will showcase more than 200 of their wines with a variety of classic and traditional varietals including: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. More exotic varietals will include Tempranillo, Viognier and Albarino. The Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival has been one of the Southern Oregon’s premier events for the past 11 years.

Visit www.worldofwinefestival.com for more info.

      

Check out a video from last year’s event

Sensory Classes

Thirsty for more than just a sip? Delve into the ‘World of Wine’ the week of the event with wine sensory, evaluation and education classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 20 through Friday, August 22.

Here’s a list of planned classes, each hosted by a wine expert in the field: Sensory Classes

Medal Dinner

Friday August 22, 6pm

Please join us for an enchanted evening under the stars where the Gold Medal/Best of Show Wines from the World of Wine will be paired with culinary delights. This evening is sure to be the Rogue Valley’s most magical dining experience of the year! Featuring:

Seated five-course Winemaker’s Dinner:

  • Live Auction
  • Silent Auction
  • Wine Barrel Art
  • Raffles

Awards Dinner

Grand Tasting

Saturday August 23, 6pm

Enjoy a fine culinary and wine experience as you sample wines and indulge in a succulent array of tasty treats prepared by local master chefs designed to stimulate and satisfy your palate. The popular Grand Tasting offers a rare opportunity to meet the faces of the Southern Oregon wine industry all in one place! Winemakers and owners from 60-plus wineries will showcase more than 100 of the best wines unique to the region. Enjoy musical entertainment and a silent auction.

Grand Tasting & Silent Auction

www.worldofwinefestival.com