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LifeTrack Youth Center and Art Gallery Opens Tomorrow!!


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

Chinese New Year Activities to Look Forward to in Jacksonville

Chinese New Year activities and presentations for Jacksonville Oregon's February 8th celebration of Chinese New Year
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Celestial Horses by artist Yeh Fei Pai

12 o Clock High, Chinese splash ink painting by Yeh Fei Pai

12 o Clock High, by Yeh Fei Pai

Community Gallery exhibit February 7 – February 28, 2014

Reception: Friday February 21st, 5-8pm

Community Gallery Exhibition

Courting Under the Phoenix Tree, Chinese splash ink painting byby Yeh Fei Pai

Courting Under the Phoenix Tree, by Yeh Fei Pai

In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, the Rogue Gallery will be displaying works by artist Chinese artist Yeh Fei Pai from February 7 – February 28, 2014. Yeh Fei Pai uses the traditional technique of Chinese splash ink. His quick, expressive approach of applying ink creates images of horses in complete motion. The opening of the exhibit begins the celebration of the Year of the Horse that will then continue in the city of Jacksonville with a parade and other festivities. Yeh Fei Pai paintings will delight and engage audiences of all ages. The Rogue Gallery is very excited to be part of this celebration and to have an exceptional artist as Yeh Fei Pai exhibiting in our Community Gallery.


Gallery Talk: February 7th, 2:00 pm
Artist Demonstration: February 7th, 3:00 pm

In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association, in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, we present Yeh Fei Pai, who uses the traditional technique of Chinese splash ink to create expressive images of horses. Yeh Fei Pai, who lives in Taiwan, will be at the gallery on February 7th. He will give a gallery talk at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm will demonstrate the Chinese splash ink technique in the Rogue Studio. After the demonstration, materials will be available in the studio for those who would like to try a hands on experience of this technique.

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

New exhibits scheduled at RCC art galleries

GRANTS PASS — Two new exhibits go on display in February at the Rogue Community College
art galleries.
Glorious Life, painting by Ming Zhou

Glorious Life, painting by Ming Zhou


“Glorious Life,” an exhibit by Ming Zhou, will be on display Feb. 4 – 28 at the FireHouse Gallery, located in RCC Historic City Hall, corner of Fourth and H streets. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Zhou presents a critique of China’s new middle class, its use of Western brands and popular leisure activities, and the subsequent devaluation of deeper spiritual aspects of traditional Chinese culture.
Paintings by Britta Bocala will be on display in the Community Exhibits Room.
A First Friday reception is scheduled 5–8 p.m. Feb. 7 and will feature a meet-and-greet from 7 to 8 p.m. with Japanese ceramic artist Inayoshi Osamu.



The Art of the Grid, painting by  Maria Shell

The Art of the Grid



In the Wiseman Gallery, which is located on the RCC Redwood Campus, “The Art of the Grid” by Maria Shell will be on display Feb. 5 – 28. Shell uses vintage and contemporary commercial fabrics – both solid and print – as well as hand dyed cotton fabrics to create patchwork textiles with complex, optical grid patterns.

Located at 3345 Redwood Hwy., the Wiseman Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information on either exhibit, call 541-956-7241

GoodBean Cafe Jacksonville Presents Eugenia Talbott in September


Polar Willows, watercolor painting by Eugenia Talbott

Polar Willows, watercolor painting by Eugenia Talbott

Can you imagine painting watercolors of Polar bears in the Arctic chill of Canada?  Eugenia Talbott, a native of Mississippi, has bred, trained and shown Arabian horses, helped curb the illegal transport of exotic animals across borders, traveled the world, written books, taught art to at-risk youth and even raised children, painting all the while.  Now settled in southern Oregon, she’s still creating amazing oils, watercolors and graphite drawings of her beloved animal subjects.  It’s the GoodBean’s privilege to show prints of Genie’s African big cats along with original equine art, dog portraits and more, in watercolor, oil and graphite in our Jacksonville cafe through the end of September.

Genie also has a show of the original oil paintings of her big cats and more African art at the Berryman Gallery at the Craterian Theater through September.

See more of Talbott’s work at her website:

Connect with her on Facebook:

See her listing at SOAR for contacct information and more web links!

Here’s more about the artist from her recently updated bio:


Portrait of artist Eugenia Talbott

Eugenia Talbott

“Painting is life and breath to me.”

Mei Spacho, original oil painting by Eugenia Talbott

“Mei Spacho,” original oil by Eugenia Talbott

-Eugenia Talbott

Painting has been the motivating force in this artist’s life since she was a young girl growing up in southern Mississippi. Through her art, she overcame her childhood shyness and embarked on a journey of creativity that has never lost momentum.  Talbott’s work is displayed in collections around the world. One of her larger pieces graces the entrance to the private Polo Club of His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of Johar, Malaysia.
With travels to South America, Europe, North Africa, the wilds of Alaska, to the Canadian Arctic, she has continually sought new subjects for her portraiture, both human and animal. Whether native people of Canada, polar bears, majestic Arabian horses, zebras, a cougar named Zack, the family dog, or a beloved grandson sleeping with his toy bear–all have come to life under Talbott’s brush.

"Zebra II," Original oil by Eugenia Talbott

“Zebra II,” Original oil by Eugenia Talbott

A commissioned portraitist, muralist, and interior designer, Talbott is equally adept at oil, watercolor, and graphite. She is also adventurous in the size and character of her work as seen in her exquisite screens used as room dividers, with subjects varying from leopards, to horses and zebras…and more. Her original designs painted in oil on wood are now available in limited edition reproductions.

Cheetahs at Sunset, original oil painting by Eugenia Talbott

Cheetahs at Sunset, original oil painting by Eugenia Talbott

Talbott earned a Degree in Fine Art from Mississippi University for Women, with advanced studies in the U.S. and Europe. Her full and varied life experience has contributed greatly to the dramatic impact of her work. She bred Arabian horses, taught art to children in the Canadian Arctic, and developed art programs for juvenile detention centers in her home state, providing dimension to the lives of troubled youths. Most recently she served on the Board of Directors for the Magdalene Home in Medford, Oregon.


“I guess it would be best to describe my art as a body of work reflecting people and animals of the world that I have seen and cared for deeply.”

"Siberian Majesty," original oil painting of a Siberian Tiger by Eugenia Talbott

“Siberian Majesty,” original oil by Eugenia Talbott

Talbott also worked for Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary, located in Caledonia, Mississippi, lecturing frequently on the abuses imposed upon exotic animals by those who purchase them for pets–her book Exotic Calls, a stunning account of the horrors that exist in the exotic animal world. The proceeds of her new print titled, Siberian Majesty, is dedicated to Big Al, one of the twenty tigers rescued by the sanctuary.  When asked to define her career as an artist thus far, “I guess it would be best to describe my art as a body of work reflecting people and animals of the world that I have seen and cared for deeply.”
The artist lives in southern Oregon with her husband Wayne Adderson, a writer who shares her passion for adventure and art. “Oregon has become my new home and is glorious to explore. It is truly a wonderful place to live, though a part of my heart will always be with my sons and their precious families, my friends, and the mythical and mysterious land and legends of the Deep South.”
Eugenia “Genie” Talbott Adderson      541-944-3962  &  541-512-1899


Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Seeks New Executive Director

Crow's Shadow Institute for the Arts logo

Position Announcement

Title: Executive Director, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts

48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, Oregon 97801

CSIA is searching for an ED who can embrace and fulfill the mission and vision of CSIA, and who can bring energy, experience and intellect to the task of moving CSIA into its next decade of growth.

Crow’s Shadow’s mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. CSIA’s programs focus on the fine art of printmaking and traditional Native arts education.

CSIA envisions being a creative center for contemporary Native and non-Native artists locally, nationally and internationally through the medium of fine-art printmaking.

Experience with fine-art printmaking and its marketing, knowledge of the contemporary art world, skill in grant writing and building a donor base, and the ability to imagine future programming for CSIA are all desired qualities.

CSIA will give preference to those who have experience working in cross-cultural settings, who have knowledge and interest in contemporary indigenous art, who have knowledge of tribal culture, and who have had capital campaign experience.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of CSIA in accordance with the operating policies as approved by the Board of Directors. In addition to general administration, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to–day management of the facilities, coordinating with staff in program planning and fundraising for CSIA.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Salary: $60,000 – 65,000 annual salary, DOE

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Benefits: Annually: 12 days paid vacation leave; 8 days paid sick leave; 11 paid holidays

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, any field
  • Three years increasingly responsible non-profit work experience
  • Excellent speaking, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft applications, QuickBooks
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team

Position open until filled; first review August 28, 2013.

For the complete job description, please refer to the Crow’s Shadow website. To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: CSIA, 48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, OR 97801

For further information, contact James Lavadour, Board President at jlavadouratoregontraildotnet Or phone (541) 276-3954

Catie Faryl “Luminosity” Art Talk

July 13, 1-2pm at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, activist/artist Catie Faryl will talk about “luminosity” in light of the need for transparency and truth and what art and satire can reveal.

"Afterglow," by Catie Faryl

“Afterglow,” by Catie Faryl

The aspect of creating art as political and social satire is one of many paths to truth since it can reveal hidden or unacknowledged aspects of society and what is communicated or not, as well as what we need to consider and change.  Art can also serve as a relief to the stress of political and economic anxieties by reducing the grandiosity of our problems and looking at things with fresh eyes and light.

Two of the paintings Catie will exhibit in the July “Luminosity” show at Art Presence are from her short written piece – “A Trip to Cynbalta: A Story of Community.” After a presentation of this body of work, she will facilitate a group discussion about our community cultures and the limitations of mainstream media, with particular focus on reclaiming the leadership voices for artists and their unique views – using “luminosity” as a metaphor for enhanced truth.

Please save the date: July 13, 2013 from 1-2pm.

Learn more about Catie and her work at

Learn more about Art Presence at

Art in the Parks: Celebrating Folk Art in Oregon with a Special Presentation of “The Art of Fly-Tying”

At Joseph Stewart Park Recreation Area on June 15th there will be a demonstration of “The Art of Fly-Tying,” by fly fisher and fly-tier Sherry Steele and folklorist Riki Saltzman, in collaboration with the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford. Steele will demonstrate fly-tying and discuss fly-tying’s significance in Oregon fishing traditions and folk art and also showcase the many types of materials used to make flies.

First Session 10AM-12 noon:

Kick start your family fun summer with tying your first fly and learning the basics of Fly Tying.

Welcome Kids and Adults that have still have the kid in us. All tools and materials will be provided.

Second Session 7PM-9PM:

This presentation will be about the history, cultural significance and traditions of the craft of fly tying – when, where and how it all started. Take close up look at the materials that create these fishing flies and classic art beauties. Learn how this art of fly tying can reach far into the lives of families that live and visit Oregon.

“Art in the Parks” is sponsored by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) along with the University of Oregon’s Oregon Folklife Network (OFN), the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Oregon Cultural Trust. “The program is a great opportunity to work with heritage and arts organizations to showcase cultural traditions in Oregon while also bringing people out to enjoy scenic state parks,” said Roger Roper, deputy state historic preservation officer with OPRD.

All events are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome—no registration is required. For more information about the Oregon Folklife Network, visit For directions to the parks, visit For more information on the Rogue Gallery & Art Center visit

The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Upper level of Basilica with Equestrian statue of St FrancisThe Basilica di San Francesco is a distinctive landmark that can be seen from miles away as you approach Assisi.  As you draw nearer you can appreciate the huge supporting arcades.  The Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe, as well as one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in the world.  It is definitely a ‘must see’ while visiting or on pilgrimage as it continues to be a powerful place both for believers and art-lovers alike.  The basilica is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor more commonly known as the Franciscan Order.The Basilica of St Francis, early dawn

Brother Francis died in October of 1226 and less than two years later his disciple and fellow-worker Brother Elias (of Cortona) had plans underway for construction of a church in his honor.  The Friars Minor, Pope Gregory IX (who, as a cardinal, enjoyed a close friendship with Francis), and the people of Assisi were all involved in supporting the early construction of what became an incongruously grandiose and beautifully embellished memorial to a profoundly converse man who preached and lived a simple life of poverty, abstinence, and renunciation of worldly goods in search of a greater spirituality.

It is believed that Brother Elias, although devout, was more worldly that Francis, and the popularity of the Franciscan order through the ages owes a great deal to Elias’ marketing skills.Side-hill view of Basilica St Francis, Assisi

Construction began in 1228.  The basilica was built into the side of a hill and actually consists of two churches known as the Upper Church and Lower Church, and the saint’s tomb which is yet below the Lower Church.  A site for the church was donated to Pope Gregory by Simone di Pucciarello on the western tip of Asio hill outside the Assisi city walls on what was known as the “Hill of Hell” where criminals were put to death.  It is now called the “Hill of Paradise”.

Francis was declared a saint on July 16, 1228 and the following day the pope laid the first stone of the Church of St. Francis.  The Lower Church was quickly finished by 1230, and on Pentecost May 25, 1230 the body of St. Francis was taken from its temporary burial place St. George, now the Basilica of Saint Clare of Assisi, to the Lower Church (or Lower Basilica).  The actual burial place was hidden in the earth beneath the high alter and sealed up with stone to protect St. Francis’ remains.  It was not till 1818 that the tomb of St. Francis was rediscovered beneath the high altar.  After being hidden for nearly 600 years the coffin was opened and Francis’ skeleton was found completely intact.  A new crypt was built first in neo-Classical style then later in a simpler neo-Romanesque style.  Thus modern pilgrims are able to approach the very tomb of St. Francis, which no medieval pilgrims were ever able to do.  (Notes from Sacred Destinations)

Construction was begun on the Upper Church in 1239 and completed in 1253.  Both churches were consecrated by Pope Innocent IV in 1253 and designated a Major Basilica in 1288.  On September 26, 1997 two earthquakes hit this region of Italy damaging many ancient buildings.  The Lower Church walls are nearly nine feet thick and were unscathed while the Upper Church with larger windows and walls only three feet thick were damaged.  An aftershock killed two Franciscan friars and two specialists while they were inspecting the damage to the Basilica.   Many of the frescoes of the life of St. Francis by Giotto in the Upper Church were destroyed in the collapse.  The basilica was closed for two years for restoration.The Basilica of St Francis and lower piazza, early morning


The photo above shows the lower piazza and the side entrance to the Lower Church in the early morning before the activity of the day.  The alternating striped colors of the street almost seem like an escalator drawing you toward the grand side entrance.The lower piazza of the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi before the days activity

Below, a pilgrim is enjoying a time of reflection in the quiet of the early morning under the arched colonnade lining the sides of the Piazza Inferiore.  The colonnades were added in the 15th century.Under the colonade of the lower piazza of the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

An example of more recent artwork under the colonnade of the lower piazza.Metal art by Silvio Amelio under the colonade of lower piazza of Basilica of St Francis of Assisi


By mid day the piazza becomes a hub of activity with tourists and pilgrims.  Here are a couple of young art students on an “art venture”.Young artists on the piazza of the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

The side entrance to the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi from the lower piazza

This is the grand side entrance to the Lower Church showing the stairway to the Upper Piazza and Upper Church and the benediction loggia on the left side of the facade and supporting curtain wall which was added in 1754.Side tower, Basilica St Francis of Assisi

the pediment over the side entrance to the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

Above the doors is an ornate pediment containing a large rose window, flanked by two smaller ones, called by some “the eye of the most beautiful church in the world.”rose-detail-side-entrance-basilica


Wooden decorations on the doors by Ugolinuccio da Gubbio done circa 1550.wood-panel-door-basilica-sr-francis-assisiThe upper piazza joining the lower of the Basilica of St FrancisThe Umbian view from the upper piazza of the Basilica of St Francis

Since the Basilica is located on the far western end of the hill it offers wonderful views overlooking the valley below.The view from upper entrance of the Basilica of St Francis

This is the view from the portico of the Upper Church showing the Franciscan Tau, PAX, and the equestrian statue of St. Francis.Front entrance to the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

The Upper Church has white-washed brick facade and a Gothic doorway with a Romanesque rose window.Detail of front Rose to Basilica St FrancisSt Francis-Equestrian statue; b&wBell tower  Campanile of Basilica St Francis of Assisibasilica-tower-w-valley-view

This equestrian statue is one of my favorites showing Francis with his head hung low as he slinks back home after God has told him to “let go” of his dream of becoming a heroic “knight in shining armor” and to instead follow the way of Jesus.As much as the outside architecture of the basilica is interesting and beautiful, the inside of the basilica is even more so.  It is frescoed from top to bottom by the leading artists of the day with works from Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti.  Unfortunately photography was not permitted inside.  But taking time to experience the inside will convince you that it is as spectacular as the Vatican or St. Peter’s Cathedral in a simpler beauty.  Discovery Venture Tours has scheduled another Spirit Venture – “Chasing Francis” next year from March 19th to the 29th.  We will be spending 6 nights in Assisi and 4 nights in Rome.  Below is the brochure.    It was such an amazing experience many of us are going back.  Let us know if you are interested in joining us.2014-9x12-assisi-broch-inside-prophotorgb-8-bit-350dpi-edit2014-9x12-assisi-brochure-outer


(Notes from Rick Steves, Sacred Destinations, and Wikipedia)

MOCAtv Series Features Palestinian Street Art


Global Street Art, the newest MOCAtv series to hit YouTube, turns to the world of Palestinian graffiti in its latest episode. Featuring the work of artists Hafez Omar, Areej Mawasi, Majd Abdel Hamid and Hamza Abu Ayash, the five-minute clip explores the use of street art as a means of communication in Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority, and beyond.

The street artists take turns explaining their own struggles with freedom of expression and how the expanding medium has helped them to establish their political beliefs and showcase their artistic talents in the public realm.

“In the first Intifada it was more about conveying political messages than being aesthetically pleasing,” says artist Hafez Omar. “Today, however, there is more aesthetic quality to the murals.”

Watch the video above and let us know what you think of the shift in the Palestinian street art movement in the comments. Want more? Check out last week’s episode on Libya’s graffiti scene here.

Read the original post at Huffington Post Arts for a great slideshow of Palestinian street art.