The Inn at the Commons will host the 2017 furnARTure benefit for The Studio at Living Opportunities
by our friends at the Jacksonville Review
The fun and whimsical work of many local artists will be featured at “furnARTure,” a benefit for The Studio at Living Opportunities. We’ve invited local artists to “recycle” traditional furniture, using their creative skills to turn dozens of pieces into “master” pieces for this signature event. The resulting blend of art and furniture becomes furnARTure, and will be auctioned to support The Studio at Living Opportunities during a lovely afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music, at The Inn at the Commons in downtown Medford.
What: furnARTure, the seventh annual auction to benefit The Studio at Living Opportunities
When: Sunday, September 11th, 2016, from 2-5 p.m.
Where: The Inn at the Commons, 200 North Riverside Ave., Medford
Who: This year’s event will feature furniture artwork by many of the region’s top local artists. Top artists include: Gina Savage, Randall Grealish, Krissy Milner, Cathy Dorris, Anna Elkins, and Dan Mish.
Why: The Studio at Living Opportunities, provides workshops, instruction and
events to promote independence, individuality, creativity and an income for artists with a wide range of disabilities. The Studio strives to share our artists’ unique talents, through the belief that art is a common thread that joins us all.
Living Opportunities is a non-profit organization that has been assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community since 1974.
Event Tickets are available for $50 each, and includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Sponsored tables for eight are also available for $600. You can purchase tickets at www.livingopps.org/furnarture or contact event registration coordinator Rachel Rawlins at (541)772-1503 or [email protected]
Ask about tickets for the Exciting Raffles, and your chance to win fun prizes.
The Chinook Arts Festival
A bit closer to Long Beach, Washington, the Chinook Arts Festival will also be taking place on Labor Day weekend. This festival features blown glass, stained glass, photography, jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, wood sculptures and more. Come witness the work of the many incredibly talented artists who reside on our beautiful peninsula!
|The Poet Sandal-Maker and I: Athens, Greece 2006
(Thank you, Molly, for getting this photo!)
A very hairy man smiled and pointed down another, greasy Athenian street. I had my doubts, but he had great shoes. We must be close.
Molly thanked the man and led the way. Our friendship had spanned Archie comics to eBooks, and we travelled well together—tag teaming who led and who lagged behind…questioning where the other was leading.
It was my turn for the latter: “You sure he understood what you asked?”
Not long later, Molly pointed. There it was: the shop sign I’d been seeking. To a tall poet who has spent years trying to find size-12 shoes I like, the Poet Sandal- Maker of Athens was as intriguing as any myth I had read in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.
I had brought just one pair of walking sandals with me on our ten-day trip to Greece. The weather websites had forecasted sunny delightfulness, and I had decided to bring only a single, carry-on daypack. That spring, I needed to keep my life simple.
Despite spending the winter in a Swiss chalet with a fairy-tale view across the valley to Italy, it had been The Winter of my Discontent: a messy breakup, Gruyère weight gain, and the looming Indeterminate Future after returning to the US.
When Molly had asked if I wanted to join her in Greece before I returned home, my answer had been a rather desperate, “yes!”
It may be more grownup to be able to deal with one’s issues without leaving them behind, but it’s a lot more pleasant to have the change of scenery—especially when the scenery will include Athens and the Peloponnese islands.
The problem was, Athens is not the islands. It is a polluted, gray, treeless city, bearable mostly because of its headline ruins. When I climbed up the Acropolis, I wondered if it were even more magnificent when contrasted with the modern cement buildings in varying hues of sidewalk that sprawled below it into a haze of smog.
We did enjoy the antiquity. We enjoyed having the Parthenon to ourselves at dawn for the briefest of moments before the tour buses crested the hill. We enjoyed playing caryatid, taking pictures of ourselves as if we were holding up the porch of the Erechtheion.
Back in the Archie-comics era of eighth grade, Molly and I had volunteered to illustrate our classroom’s Greek myth binders. We drew Hera with gladiator sandals on ill-proportioned feet, Apollo with a lumpy bow and arrow, and Poseidon with a trident that poked past the three-hole punches. We knew our Greek mythology and our accessories.
But let’s face it: as tourists, we weren’t going to get a glimpse of Poseidon on the docks of Piraeus, and even if we did, he was notoriously aggressive. Who wants to risk encountering a stormy god with a trident and all of the Aegean Sea at his disposal?
The Poet Sandal-Maker, on the other hand….Now here was a legend we could experience.
Molly had already been inside the shop for a few minutes while I continued to stand in silly reverence on the street. She leaned out the doorway and waved at me, “Coming in?”
I stepped in to a parfumerie of leather. A long-haired artisan sat bent over a stack of soles. He smiled when we entered and kept working. The only other person in the shop was a mannequin wearing a sheer red dress in front of a wall of sandals, boxes of sandals, and chairs stacked with sandals.
The man introduced himself as the son of Stavros Melissinos, the poet of the shop’s name. My disappointment at not meeting the legend himself disappeared as soon as the son pointed us toward the wall of shoe design options. Choices spanned leather hues, band widths, strap lengths, and ties. Deciding to stick to my plan of keeping it simple, I opted for a single pair: an elegant variation on the flip-flop called the Minoan.
After measuring my feet, the third-generation sandal maker began to craft my sandals at a worktable invisible beneath strata of soles, Marlboro boxes, knives, and pliers.
Within minutes, I had custom-made sandals. They were smooth as the yogurt and honey we’d had for breakfast and just as sweet. Kneeling before me, the sandal maker adjusted the leather while I asked him questions about poetry. When he was finished, he looked up to see what I thought. I smiled—a genuine, eye-crinkling smile I hadn’t felt across my face in a long time.
Molly was laughing. “I hope my sandals make me look half that happy.”
I pulled off one of my new shoes to examine it. The sandal soles were imprinted with the poet’s trademark: the gestural profile of a face. The image could have been carved on a column at the Acropolis. Or it could have been an illustration from the Odyssey translation I’d read a few years before.
“The leather will stretch. It will get very soft,” the sandal maker said as I slipped the shoe back on and began to walk around the shop.
He was standing now, watching me wiggle my toes. The thongs were tight, but I trusted his advice.
And he was right. They did stretch. They are now so soft they shine. I walked in them later that week on the Peloponnese island of Hydra, later that month through the wine country of the Languedoc, years later to a wedding in Montana, and recently into a serendipitous Market Street encounter on a sunny, San Francisco afternoon.
They are my go-to summer sandals for nicer occasions: flat, lightweight, and easy to pack. When I pull them out of my bag and see the imprint of the Poet Sandal- Maker logo, I am always reminded that there is joy down the most unpromising of streets.
Maybe it was shallow of me to be equally thrilled by leather sandals cut to fit my feet in Zeus’s homeland as by the Parthenon at dawn. Or maybe the things that make the journey possible and pleasant can be just as important as the destinations they bring us to.
IN THE MAIN GALLERY
Jud Turner, BARTHOLOMEW THE RHINO, sculpture
James Deeb, Justin Diggle,
and Jud Turner
August 5 – September 16, 2016
Reception: Friday, August 19, 5–8pm
“Acrophobia,” by James Deeb
This exhibit features Illinois painter James Deeb, Utah printmaker Justin Diggle, and Eugene sculptor Jud Turner. Inspired by German Expressionism, James Deeb’s thickly textured oil paintings provide a dark satirical commentary on everyday life. Modern society’s pervasive use of surveillance is the central theme of the hauntingly stark black and white etchings of Justin Diggle. Jud Turner uses found objects, welded steel, and re-purposed items to create eerily beautiful assemblage sculptures which reflect the exhilarations and anxieties of industrialized society.
Oregon artist Jud Turner has been working with found or repurposed objects and welded steel for over 20 years. His work has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and is in public and private collections around the world including Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Boston Museum of Science, and the University of Oregon. Turner’s sculptures are visually engaging, using symmetry, repetition and intricate detail to balance the darker contemporary themes he explores such as the balance between nature and technology, mortality, the passage of time, and transportation. He resides in Eugene, OR.
James Deeb received an MFA from Western Michigan University in 1994. His paintings are darkly humorous and melancholy. He finds inspiration from artists Philip Guston and James Ensor the philosophical works of Friedrich Nietzsche.
“Controlling Identity,” by Justin Diggle
Justin Diggle currently teaches at the University of Utah. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art from Bristol Polytechnic, UK and an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University. He has exhibited national and internationally. His work is based around the theme of Surveillance and contains a series of etchings and several laser engraved screen-prints.
An exhibit reception will be held on Friday, August 19, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.
“Smoke and Mirrors,” 30″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas by Alx Fox
IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY
Defiance, 30″ x 40″ Abstract Acrylic on Canvas
VISIONS OF THE ABSTRACT
Paintings by Alx Fox
August 12 – September 9, 2016
Reception: Friday, August 19, 5–8pm
On view are abstract acrylic and mixed media paintings by regional artist Alx Fox. The artist uses strong brushwork and bold colors to create emotionally expressive and breathtaking paintings.
Regional artist Alx Fox masterly creates abstract paintings with amazing use of color, movement, and line. Her expression of color in the exhibit is full and varied and includes works in strong warm reds, oranges, and yellows as well as more muted works in grays, soft blues, and gentle pinks. Alx Fox studied photography, art history and design at Barat College, in Lake Forest, Ill. She was President of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists from January 2012 through 2014. Her work is in private collections worldwide and has been showcased in many national shows. She conducts workshops throughout the United States.
An exhibit reception will be held on Friday, August 19, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.
CELEBRATION OF JAY MULLEN’S LIFE SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., August 14, 2016 at the SOU Student Union in Ashland.
Jay Carlton Mullen passed away peacefully July 16, 2016 in Medford with his family nearby. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy Jo Mullen; son, Tobey Mullen; daughter, Molly Jo Mullen; son-in-law, Dan Mullen; daughter, Dinah Mullen Linville; son-in-law, Rich Linville; and five grandchildren, Eleanor Mullen, Devon Linville, Lucille Linville, Grant Linville, and Gyllian Mullen; his sister, Marilyn Snowden; brother, Jack Mullen; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Angelo.
Memorial contributions requested to support The Rogue Gallery Education Fund, 40 S. Bartlett, Medford. Donations can be given online at Roguegallery.org
IN THE ROGUE STUDIO
|Two art classes for adults this month that you will not want to miss!
Matt Board Cutting Sessions with Dan Innes on Thursday August 18th
Session two: 1:00-2:30pm
Session three: 3:30-5:00pm
Become a master of cutting matt boards in this informative and simple session. Only two spots left!
Plein Air with Lane Hall
“Hillcrest Oak” by Lane Hall
Friday August 19th and Saturday August 20th from 11am-2pm
This two day workshop led by award winning artist Lane Hall will inspire you to paint in the style of plein air by guiding you through simple techniques in the Rogue Gallery’s garden. Space is limited!
See class descriptions <<HERE>>
GOODBYE TO KATE MARROCCO
|Gallery & Volunteer Coordinator Kate Marrocco has left the Rogue Gallery to accept a position with Lifetouch as a photographer. We thank her for her time and contributions to Rogue Gallery and wish her the best of luck in her new position.
ROGUE GALLERY CALL TO ARTISTS
|The Members’ Gallery drop-off is coming soon! Drop-off three new pieces to be juried Friday August 26, 10-5pm or Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11-3pm. 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional work welcomed! Two dimensional work must be ready to hang with a wire on the back. Full submission details and forms are available at roguegallery.org/calls_to_artists
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.
SOSA August 2016 Meeting
The Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) holds its regular meeting at the Medford Public Library on August 22nd at 6:30 pm. Margaret Stermer-Cox will be demonstrating. All artists are welcome.
Margaret Stermer-Cox to Demonstrate Watercolors
Margaret Stermer-Cox is a highly trained and recognized watercolor artist. Monday evening will give us a window into her approach of joining ink with layers of watercolor. Her favorite subject is her imagination…taking life images and rearranging them in a new way.
With purpose and color, her success can be traced to her extreme drawing skills. Trained at the arm of her New Mexico artist father, she’s a signature, juried and associate member of several watercolor societies as well as a respected juror and show curator.
Monday we will watch her add a line, a drip, a dot…and a little bit of mystery.
“Shipwrecks and Storm Clouds,” painting by Ryan Moon
Many of Ryan Moon’s paintings focus on one person or object, but the background bears an array of natural colors, like browns, greys and blues, that heighten whatever or whoever is the center of the piece. And in this particular gallery event, on July 29 at the Insurance Lounge in Medford, Moon’s work that is often focused on one person, will help many. The event will benefit CASA—Court Appointed Special Advocates—an organization of volunteers who are matched with neglected and abused children in the justice system and investigate their cases and represent them in court in Jackson County, with the goal of finding a safe, permanent home for each child. Moon hopes viewers will be affected by the authenticity and rawness of his work.
Twenty four original paintings by Moon will be shown, revealing his naturalistic style that blends abstract with realism.
“Really, it’s a lot of exposure for me, but it’s a lot of exposure for CASA,” Moon says.
The event will have wineries, breweries, distilleries, food trucks, and will feature DJ Hope. The building across the way from the Insurance Lounge will also be a part of the event, showing more of Moon’s original and reprinted work that will be for sale. Along with all this, a six foot painting for CASA will be unveiled and auctioned at the event as well.
“It’s showcasing my diversity and what I can paint,” he says. “I mostly paint portrait work, so for me to move outside of that and do figure work or maybe a little bit of landscape or still life, whatever it may be. There’s a lot of pressure to perform.”
Pressure isn’t anything new to Moon, however. Teaching at Southern Oregon Art Academy for six years, he had to constantly meet a standard of work his students could learn from.
Something Moon is very sensitive to is not forgetting why he is doing this, because he loves to paint.
“I always just painted to paint,” he says. “What I’m trying to do with that abstract aspect of it is to bring something that’s recognizable. And once you realize that the whole world is abstract it’s just that we recognize certain bits and pieces of it.”
Ryan Moon Gallery Event
Friday, July 29, 4 pm – 7:30 pm
Insurance Lounge, 625 Medford Center, Medford
This post originally appeared at the Rogue Valley Messenger
FOR EYES TO BURMA: A “SOUL-FULL” BENEFIT CONCERT
Featuring recent NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Jeff Pevar, Inger Nova Jorgensen, & LOVEBITE
Eyes to Burma and LOVEBITE are pleased to announce a benefit concert to raise funds for ETB’s projects in Mae Sot, Thailand.
“The work that Eyes to Burma does is profound, an immeasurable act of kindness that goes beyond the call of everyday humans in this chaotic world. Fred Stockwell and Eyes to Burma are directly helping people to live better and expand their lives in a way that is making a true difference, we applaud and support their efforts with enthusiasm.”
– Jeff Pevar and Inger Jorgensen
This concert is an important collaboration for Eyes to Burma and the band, a result of the strong ties between the direct aid non-profit and the Ashland community. Ashland is the heart of Eyes to Burma, with locals funding more than half of its budget. Founder Fred Stockwell returns to the area annually to share progress with supporters as well as stories of the Burmese community members’ trials and triumphs. Fred will speak at noon on Sunday Sept 18 at the Unitarian Center to share the most recent project updates in a free presentation open to the community.
Guitarist Jeff Pevar and vocalist Inger Jorgensen have been aware of Eyes to Burma over the years, and decided they wanted to help by using their music to raise awareness and funds. Jeff and Inger will be opening with a duet, followed by original music and select covers performed by LOVEBITE.
Jeff Pevar will be performing for the Ray Charles Ultimate Tribute in August at the Hollywood Bowl, and directly following the benefit concert for ETB, Pevar will be performing in California at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Phillip Bailey and members of the original Ray Charles Orchestra including Jeff and friend, Morris Pleasure (Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Michael Jackson).
Eyes to Burma is a community-based, non-profit that works daily with a vibrant community of Burmese migrant workers and economic refugees on the Thai/Myanmar border. The funds raised by this Ashland event and the organization’s online crowd-funding efforts will support ETB’s continued success with its education, basic health, transportation, and emergency assistance projects. ETB was founded by Ashlander Fred Stockwell with help from volunteers who formed its Board of Directors and established it as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
LOVEBITE includes guitarist Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, Marc Cohn, Rickie Lee Jones, David Foster, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, & many more) along with Soul, R&B & Rock vocalist Inger Nova Jorgensen, 10-year veteran “Blue Man Group” drummer Matthew Kriemelman, celebrated guitarist Paul Turnipseed, and Funk/Rock bassist Jacob Ackerman.
Jeff and Inger are available for interviews regarding their careers and interest in supporting Eyes to Burma. Email: [email protected]
Also available at The Music Coop and Hilltop Music Store, Ashland
Eyes to Burma Links:
Jeff Pevar’s Website: http://pevar.com
LOVEBITE Website: https://www.reverbnation.com/LOVEBITEMUSIC
LOVEBITE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lovebiterocks/?fref=ts
Benefit Concert Event Pages:
1086 Washburn July 2016
Medford, OR Tues-Fri 10-5pm
(541) 779-0272 Closed: Sun & Mon.
Flowers of Hope
will be held at
This has been a great year for Flowers of Hope!
We’ve had many people, including large groups, come in and make these beautiful panels for women with breast cancer.
All of the panels will be on display at
September 23-25 11-5pm
Flowers of Hope
1-4pm on Saturday the 24th.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed!
Last year we broke another record
and I’m confident that we can do it again this year
but we’re not there yet!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
It’s been very busy around here with a show at Valley View Vineyard, Taste of Summer, “Celebrate” at Art Presence, the awesomely successful yard sale, and a couple of fun commissions.
One commission was for Westminster Presbyterian Church here in Medford. They wanted two large bowls for the baptismal font in their church. Pastor Barnabas Sprinkle met with me and liked the colors in a set of coasters I had made….and we went from there.
Another adventure I got involved with this year is doing a piece for the Oregon Wine Experience “Art on the Wall”. Proceeds go to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Canvases are given out to local artists and then auctioned off at the event. I haven’t really painted with acrylics in over 20 years but I made a fused glass tile for the center of the canvas then painted the border. Rules say it can be any kind of art as long as it’s attached to the canvas.
So, yes I know, summer is a busy time.
I have some great ideas for classes
and workshops coming up soon!
You can still come in and make Flowers of Hope panels,
or other projects during our
Wednesday and Saturday workshops
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER
It is that time of year when we schedule fewer classes. Summer is such a busy time. I know, it’s hard to fit it all in. It goes so fast! It is also a time when I have the opportunity to go out and promote our glass studio so that we can continue to bring you new classes and techniques.
We will continue to do our Flowers of Hope, Try Fusing! (OUR NEW PAINTING WORKSHOPS!) and open workshops on most regularly scheduled days. You can always go to the website to see if there is a workshop scheduled. If we have special events they will be listed.
Most of our easier classes such as Dichroic Jewelry, Table Lamps, Cabinet Knobs and Fused Glass Switchplates can be scheduled during workshop time as well as the dragonfly, butterfly and daisy dish casting forms. Please email or call for availability.
FLOWERS OF HOPE 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.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
$15 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and scrap glass, 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.
The same class only you get to keep it! Try fusing and see if you like it! Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!
FLOWERS OF HOPE / TRY FUSING! workshops are available during any regularly scheduled Wednesday or Saturday morning 10a-12p Workshop
Please call or email to reserve your space!
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.
When I was in Paris…. Pretty much anything you say after those five words sounds dreamy and cosmopolitan. Croissanty and delicious, images of silk scarves, olive green lawn chairs, majestic architecture and outdoor cross-weave café chairs lined up like little soldiers, or bouquinistres lining the Seine. It doesn’t matter if it’s:
“My hotel reservation was lost and I spent two nights in a broom closet.”
“I ate a bad croque monsieur and had the worst diarrhea of my life.”
It is all good. Your story is already magical because you said When I Was in Paris. It is impossible to feel sorry for any hardship and it’s also impossible for even a mediocre story to sound bad. You sprinkled the fairy dust. Because it happened When You Were in Paris. Chocolate is richer. Tea is spicier. Coffee is stronger. Cream is thicker. Croissants are buttery-er. Weather is moodier. People, clothing, buildings, vehicles and art are sexier and more stylish. The city is je ne sais pas quoi because precisely that, roughly translated, I DON’T KNOW WHY! It just is.
These are a few things I did when I was in Paris.
When I was in Paris, I bought a journal and a good pen. Several pens.
When I was in Paris, I drank coffee in cafes and people watched.
When I was in Paris, I went to many museums and galleries.
When I was in Paris, I walked everywhere.
When I was in Paris, I ate delicious meals. Even the simple things tasted better.
When I was in Paris, I bought a navy blue sweater.
When I was in Paris, I walked the farmers market.
When I was in Paris, I slowed down. I savored. I noticed details.
When I was in Paris, I painted.
When I was in Paris, I wrote.
Simple, lovely. Not all that different from what I do here minus the museum and gallery portion. I can feel this way today. As an artist, I am susceptible to the grass is greener feelings, I could create if I was painting en plein air at Le Palais de Luxembourg. Sitting on a lawn chair. Eating a baguette. Ok, that’s possible. I could. But I could also be painting right here, in my studio, drawing upon my dreams, photos, memories and passion for that city or that feeling that the city gives me. I could be writing in a café. Hemingway style. Drinking in the locals, nodding to the familiar waiter. But today I’m not. But I can still do the writing, the painting, the order packing and the business dreaming.
Because When I was in Paris, I dreamed of doing what I am doing today. xo
The Soul of Nature
Exhibit of Handpainted Silk Art by Judy Elliott
Runs August 1-31, 2016 at GoodBean Cafe, Jacksonville
The GoodBean is delighted to welcome artist Judy Elliott of Grants Pass back to the cafe for The Soul of Nature, an exhibition of new works from her collection of beautiful handpainted silk art. The textile artist also creates handsewn kimonos and Happi coats from her studio. It has been very rewarding to watch Judy’s skill grow through the years since her first show with us. Not only have her subjects become more complex, meaningful, and skilfully rendered, but her wrapping technique has also seen refinements, which make the pieces more durable and helps the colors retain their vibrance when hung on walls of various colors.
Influences and artist statement
Elliott’s primary motivation for creating art is to raise awareness of the need to preserve the world’s threatened wildlife. While paintings she has exhibited with us in the past have covered threatened marine life, pollinators and the flowers that feed them, and more, currently her main focus is on birds. Consequently, the paintings in this month’s show depict threatened and endangered bird species. Noteworthy additions are an abstract of colorful trout skin and a gorgeous painting of salmon for the fishermen who frequent the shop!
“My inspiration for painting on silk is influenced by my experiences while growing up in Hawaii with its Asian and Hawaiian culture, an artistic family, and my observation of nature while hiking throughout Oregon. I’ve always been fascinated with nature and its wonders, from the tiniest insects and wild birds to the night sky. The natural world influences my art directly and pleases my soul.”
Judy has a new website where you can see more of her work: http://judyelliottsilk.com. She also sells her art and kimonos on Etsy.com as Dragonfly Design West. In addition, you can find Elliott’s paintings at Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.
We hope you will take the time to enjoy Judy’s The Soul of Nature show of art up close throughout the month of August. Though photography at the cafe is challenging in the afternoons—which is when we hang our shows—the pictures below will give those who cannot make it this month an idea of the new paintings Judy is exhibiting. If you are interested in more information or want to make a purchase, please contact our art curator Hannah West at 541-899-2012 or [email protected]
The Soul of Nature exhibit of handpainted silk art by Judy Elliott – art displayed on first section with ledge
The Soul of Nature exhibit of handpainted silk art by Judy Elliott – first section of wall 2
The Soul of Nature exhibit of handpainted silk art by Judy Elliott – first section of wall
The Soul of Nature exhibit of handpainted silk art by Judy Elliott – Hummingbird and Columbine
The Soul of Nature exhibit of handpainted silk art by Judy Elliott – panorama of exhibit
The Soul of Nature exhibit of handpainted silk art by Judy Elliott – art displayed on second section with ledge