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SOAR Welcomes John Dodero of Dodero Studio Ceramics!

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Exhibit of Dodero Studio Ceramics at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville

Exhibit of Dodero Studio Ceramics at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is proud to welcome John Dodero and his popular raku pottery to the Visual Artists directory! A friend of SOAR and fellow board member of the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, his works sell across the country and around the world, so it’s a special pleasure to see his work represented in the context of the southern Oregon arts community. You can see his work in person at Art Presence nearly every month.

When starting pottery in 1970, most potters were following the Asian or European tradition of design, but John’s inspiration came from the many fine examples of Native American ceramic design: Mimbres, Sikyatki and Pre Columbian were his primary departure points. His focus has been to combine, distill and contemporize these styles and to define the archetypes from which they evolved. John has spent the last 25 years exploring Asian motifs and finding a fusion/commonality with the West, developing techniques and materials employed for surface decoration to achieve a classic yet natural appearance. The hope is to produce works that will not be clichés and thus withstand the test of time. The archetypes and designs in the works are meaningful to him, but he feels the viewer should derive their own meaning. “I feel each piece is made for someone; I just have to wait for him or her to claim it.”

John Dodero has developed a simple and powerful design style to complement any décor. The strong ceremonial style and natural gourd shapes developed over many years of Native American-inspired work have been blended with a distinctly Asian look. The fusion of Asian and Native American design has proven to be traditional, yet contemporary. The calm presence satisfies practical décor needs without being cliché or appearing as ethno kitsch.

Dodero’s many choices of pottery styles include Raku Cachepots and planters for orchids, Raku decorative ceramic urns, urns for cremation ashes, and decorative pieces. His Raku urns were developed in the late 80s and are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Raku Cachepots are intended to be used a decorative container for a potted plant. They are sized to fit standard planter sizes and are the perfect home for orchids or indoor plants. These Raku planters can also be referred to as Jardinières.

Red Cremation Urn by John Dodero

Red Cremation Urn by John Dodero

The Raku process was brought to the West coast from Japan in the late 1960s, and over the years it has diverged quite a bit from its Japanese origin. The U.S. approach has revolved around a post fire reduction, as opposed to the Japanese style of plunging the ware in water after being removed from the kiln. This difference in firing technique gives the Western style a distinctive crackle pattern when carbon is trapped in the crazing, giving the bare clay a carbon luster.

The approach taken by Dodero Studio is the use of thick or fat glazes, striving for a random crazing pattern over a simple refined form. A wide range of coloring oxides are used in the glazes to meet the many décor needs. “We want to match your couch.” As odd as this might sound, he understands you have to live with his pots and wants to produce ware to complement your décor and create a harmonious environment.

John also offers workshops for those interested in learning from his decades of experience. Two recent hands-on workshops, one on raku pottery creation and another on slipcasting, were presented at his Jacksonville studio, but all is not lost! He will be sharing his knowledge on these topics again in a retreat setting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in February! Click here to learn more and register to attend – what a great call for a winter break!

Please visit the Dodero Studio Ceramics listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource to find a complete set of links and contact information so you can learn why John’s work is popular the world over! Or take a shortcut straight to his website, Dodero Studio Ceramics at

Carole Karemera – healing social trauma through the arts

Carole Karemera – healing social trauma through the arts


“It’s a fantastic experimental place to live…”

“It was a hard wake-up call…!”

“We need to educate all of us…”

“We need to keep Rwanda as a laboratory…”

“We need to play the role of the bridge…”

I caught up with Carole Karemera during the “hellwach” (bright-awake) 6th International Theatre Festival for young audiences at the Helios Theater in Hamm, later also witnessed one of their performances of “Little Hill”, a theatre play for people from 4 years old, and recorded the after-performance talk with Carole and her team. Carol pursued a successful career as a saxophone player, film and theatre actress and contemporary dancer. She is the director and founding member of the Ishyo Art Centre in Kigale.

link to playlist 1 of interview and further intro

The main part of our conversation is dedicated to Carole’s description of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and especially, the role that women played in the genocide. Carole then recounts for us the courageous journey of women in the arts in Rwanda, who picked up the task of listening carefully to the needs of their society and the daunting process of reworking their historical “heritage”, the social trauma of genocide together with perpetrators and victims and the new generations.

link to playlist 2 of interview and further intro

In 2005, together with eight other women, they founded a cultural initiative to respond to the needs of their country and society through arts and creative projects, beginning with storytelling in schools, later in bars. The initiative became “Ishyo Art Centre”, a vibrant cultural centre in Kigale. The centre offers space and opportunities for artists to develop and produce new work as well as a varied programme of events and workshops, which seeks to make arts and culture available for everyone.

Carole emphasizes the heightened awareness of women in the arts in Rwanda for the troubles and needs of societies elsewhere on the continent and their wish, hope and willingness to share their valuable experiences widely, and especially with their sistaz in Africa.

link to playlist of clips from Carole’s interview

link to playlist of the after-performance talk with the team of Ishyo Art Centre Kigali

imageWith this post, we are opening a new additional page of Contributions “from the far sides of the Zambezi” in our audio-library of the stories of African women. The posts will be on the blog for 10 days, then they will move to the special page of contributions with a small reference and link remaining on the front page.


Carole Karemera on the All Africa Sound Map. Contribute your recordings and place African arts and culture on the global map!

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

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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 [email protected] 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