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Prospect Hotel’s Victorian Christmas High Tea and Craft Faire

Prospect Hotel's Victorian Christmas High Tea and Craft Faire 2016

LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo

1086 Washburn                            October 2016
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.

Great Sugar Skull Workshop!

  LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo
Everyone did so well on their Sugar Skulls
and it was a ton of fun too! 

Fall Harvest

  LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo
Fresh out of the kiln! 
 Keeping them warm and running.

Don’t forget that you can see more of what our
students and customers are doing by “liking” our
Facebook page.  It makes it very easy to share with you!
Also tips and ideas from other artists.

  LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo

 This Sunday Only!

October 23rd


  LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo
I am the featured artist at Cliff Creek Cellars at the Vineyard this month.  On Sunday I’ll be doing a free demo of painting with glass enamels in the wine barn.  There’s also some of the best wines in Southern Oregon!  What’s not to love? 
LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo
LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo

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.
$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!

Create Your Own Backgrounds
  LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo
October 29th
1pm – 3pm

Learn to use our Colors for Earth paints to create striking backgrounds for your painted, fritted or pieced glass work. It will give your work incredible depth and beauty.  All materials and firing included.

LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo
Fused Glass Ornaments
November 5th  (2 spaces left)
December 3rd  (second date)

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!        

LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo
Fused Glass Table Lamps
November 12th

Learn how to make these beautiful, easy fused glass table lamps. Use one of our patterns or make one of your own design.

Fee includes a ceramic lighted base; retail value $35. You will need to purchase a small amount of glass and frit. Firing is included.


LightGarden Glass Art New Classes and 10/23 Demo

Painting With Glass Enamels

November 19th

Learn to paint with glass enamels that actually fire shiny like glass. These enamels can be used on any kind of glass, they have no c.o.e. so can be used on 90, 96 or float glass. Use these enamels to step up your frit painting or to create any beautiful image you can imagine.

Mini class includes one 6″ x 6″ clear, and 7 colors of Colors for Earth paint pre-mixed for you. You will learn how to paint these wonderful fall leaves in many combinations. So easy painting on clear glass with your pattern underneath. Anyone can do it! This is a great project to learn on!


Take our “Painted Backgrounds Workshop” to make a backing layer to step up your project.


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.

Truckload of Frames at Central Art - One Day Only!


ONE DAY ONLY! Truck Load of Frames Sale Friday, November 11th!

The Truck Load of Frames is returning to Central Art, but it won’t stay parked for long! For one day only, take advantage of 30-50% off frames from off-the-truck and in-stock! Catch these deals before they drive off!

Visit Central Art!

Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) October Meeting

SOSA February meeting : sosa logo southern oregon society of artistsThe Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) October meeting will be the group’s last regular season meeting of 2016. The meeting takes place on October 24, 2016 at the Medford Public Library at 6:30 pm. This is a critique meeting, which means all members are welcome to bring their completed, gallery-ready works to be critiqued by guest artist Lucy Warnick.

Non-members are welcome to come and observe. The meeting starts at 6:30 with refreshments and social time. Then the critique starts at 7 pm.

Lucy Warnick Bio

Lucy Warnick was born in the Chicago area and began her art education at the University of Illinois before moving to the northwest. 

While studying at Oregon State University under Nelson Sandgren, Warnick was introduced to painting outdoors, which is still the foundation of her work.

Lucy received a BFA in painting from the University of Oregon in 1974. She has worked as a teacher and arts administrator in Southern Oregon and  Houston, Texas, as well as exhibiting her work throughout the country.

Nature is the source of inspiration for Lucy’s paintings and prints. She paints outdoors year-round as well as working from models and painting still life.
Lucy’s work  is currently on display in the showroom of Cabinet Solutions at 315 N. Bartlett in Medford.

For more information please call Judy Grillo at (661 )609-5837 or BJ Mathis at (541) 414-492.

1$ per Capita for the Arts

Did you know that Congress appropriates a mere 46 cents per person to support the arts across the country? Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund doesn’t think that’s enough. In fact, a majority of Americans agree with us that Congress should double funding to 1$ per capita for the Arts.

Before you cast your votes on November 8th, please explore our 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card. This useful tool can help guide you in picking pro-arts candidates that could potentially help us reach our goal of 1$ per capita for the Arts.

1$ per capita for the arts

Please also contribute to the Arts Action Fund PAC so we can financially support the re-election campaigns of key Congressional arts leaders featured in the Congressional Arts Report Card. The Arts Action Fund PAC is exclusively supported by members like you and 100 percent of the contributions are given to pro-arts candidates.

New Christmas Ornament Workshop at LightGarden Glass Art

New Christmas Ornament Workshop at LightGarden Glass Art

Fused Glass Ornaments

November 5th

Snowflakes, poinsettias, 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!        

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

Better Together: Four Playwrights Share Their New Plays with Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — In the basement of Mix Bakeshop, Beth Kander began the first rewrites of her new play, Hazardous Materials. It was fall 2015 and her play The Bottle Tree was one of the four winning plays for Ashland New Plays Festival’s flagship event that year.
ANPF is a non-profit organization celebrating its 25th year of encouraging playwrights in the creation of new works. The organization offers public readings of selected plays and educational forums to the community through discussions and workshops.
ANPF’s Festival Week runs October 19 through 23, with matinee and evening performances each day as well as a playwriting workshop on Saturday, October 22, led by Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient and ANPF Host Playwright EM Lewis.
This year’s winners are Beth Kander for Hazardous Materials, Stephanie Walker for The Madres, Mike Teele for EdanEv, and Michael Erickson for Oberon Springs.
Hundreds of playwrights submit new works to ANPF each year, and the winners are chosen by a cadre of local volunteer readers and ANPF’s Artistic Director, Kyle Haden.
During the festival, the winning plays are presented as dramatic readings, directed and acted by individuals from Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University.
All the winning playwrights agree that the opportunity to share their work with actors, directors, and audiences strengthens their plays.
“My work can only be stronger when working with directors, set designers, actors. We are better together,” says Kander, her sentiments echoed by Walker, Teele, and Erickson.
“Getting a laugh or a question, it’s invaluable,” says Erickson. “That’s why something like ANPF is so great because you get that feedback that’s so hard to come by.”
Our feature, “Better Together,” introduces you to each of the playwrights and their new plays. Click here to download the pdf file.
Learn more about ANPF and see the complete performance schedule at
Additional links:

Artoberfest 2016

artoberfest 2016 art fair announcement

Hacienda Rosa

Hello blog. Oh dear, I am truly terribly inconsistent bloggess…bloggeur? Just checked the date of the last post and the shame! And what to do about it? Update, I suppose. In no particular order, I have been busy and not busy. Being a full-time artist often is a game of Hurry Wait. Hurry to finish a show, wait until sales or orders come through. Hurry to get samples together for customers…wait until they make a decision. Hurry to organize a new catalogue….wait until it is done. And on it goes.

The even more honest answer why there is such a long gap between posts is that work, art, painting, small business life is hard. Hard when it is slow. Hard to hustle when you feel like you’re giving it your all and your all is…not all enough. Really hard to stay upbeat and motivated. There are peaks and valleys with the creative life, I’m the first to write about it, preach about it, celebrate it and commiserate with fellow artists going through it. But when you’re in it? When I’m in it? Ugh. Poo. Yuck. Blah.

And yet I continue. I am painting. I am reaching out to customers. I am keeping the faith. I just returned from a wonderful visit to Mexico, a long planned Christmas/Birthday gift from my mum and step-dad and that was a colorful palette shot in my arm. Every corner, every turn was a new inspiration. A hacienda, topiaries, hand painted frescos of Mary, lanterns, cobblestone streets, hand lettering, tropical greenery, and the color! Oh, the magnificent palette that was Mexico.

Hacienda Rosa, the pink house. Time to get out my rose colored glasses and put them back on. xoxo

“Hacienda Rosa” 8×12″ available for purchase on Etsy at

Ashland Gallery Association October 2016 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association October 2016 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association aga logoCelebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, October 7th, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries and take in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download from the embedded pdf at the bottom of this post. For more information about all of the exhibits please visit:

Ashland Gallery Association October Spotlight Exhibits

Special Event!

Third Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour
October 8th and 9th – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Free arts event sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association!

Join us the second weekend in October when a group of local professional artists open their private studio doors to the public for the Third Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is an inspiring self-guided arts tour brought to you by the Ashland Gallery Association. This year’s tour will guide visitors to 22 professional artist studios in Ashland and surrounding communities of Talent and Phoenix, while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.  

Artists invite you to come see the creative processes behind our incredible and diverse arts community. There will be a variety of mediums from painting and drawing to metal, ceramics, and fiber arts, as well as scheduled demonstrations.

There is no admission fee to any of the studios on the tour. The Open Studio Tour is part of the Ashland Gallery Association’s efforts to promote the visual arts and arts education in Ashland and is made possible in part by grants from the City of Ashland and the Oregon Community Foundation

Pick up a Tour Map at any AGA Member Gallery, Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off the Ashland Studio Tour website (or below):
Visit: or contact: [email protected]

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Center for the Visual Arts – Southern Oregon University
Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Exhibition
September 19 to October 26


Graffiti II, Mosaic by Ilse Cordoni

CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART (CMA) is honored to bring together an international juried exhibition of mosaic art from September 19 to October 26, 2016, at The Center for Visual Arts, Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries, Art Building, Southern Oregon University.  The exhibition will be open to the public 10-4, Monday through Friday September 19 – October 26.

This extraordinary show will be on display for over a month and will coincide with the Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit to be held October 6-9, 2016. The galleries will be open extended hours during the CMA Summit weekend.

This juried exhibition invites us to enter the vast and creative world of both ancient and contemporary mosaic art. The works surprise us as we view traditional and non-traditional executed fine art mosaics which, incorporate innovative subject matter, techniques and material, allowing the mosaic to burst forth with subtle or aggressive movement, drawing us into the subject and illuminating clarity of the art and our own vision.

The mosaicist assembles small bits of stone, glass, pottery, and/or repurposed material and assembles them into an image, a feeling, a spirit, and a representation. Mosaic artists chop, cut, hammer and nip to create beauty out of those bits. It’s a beautiful order, a deliberate order, an order of the heart, of dreams, of unending skill and patience. These artists represent the world in ways that have never before been seen.

The artists represented in this exhibition have discovered their own artistic “voice” and use mosaic art to express their unique vision of the world around them. The mosaics presented in this exhibit are a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the soul.

Come join us for First Friday Art Walk on October 7, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at SOU Art Building for a chance to view this extraordinary show, meet the artists, purchase a piece of original mosaic art to take home and enjoy a little light refreshment.

Hanson Howard Gallery
Élan Chardin Gombart & Cathy Valentine, Abstract in Nature, acrylic and encaustic

Using elements and influence of the natural world around us as well as drawing from states of a more human nature, Cathy Valentine and Élan Chardin Gombart both create abstract work that present layers of floating shapes, colors and lines.  While both artists incorporate hints and clues of objects or landscape, the where/what/how are given over to the reflection and imagination of the viewer.


Cathy Valentine has been working with an encaustic process for several years. She builds up multiple layers of wax while drawing, staining and/or carving each layer to create a depth of transparency. The use of this material combines many disciplines; collage, printmaking imagery and sculptural qualities are seen in the final result.

Ashland Gallery Association October 2016 Art Exhibits : Élan Chardin Gombart, Screen l, acrylic on panel, 36 x 42

Élan Chardin Gombart, Screen l, acrylic on panel, 36″x42″


Élan received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico. Having worked extensively in photography and drawing, Élan has also explored bookbinding, letterpress printing, and currently, primarily works in mixed media painting.
Her most current paintings present colliding layers of colors and textures that hint at elements of landscape or micro/macro worlds existing simultaneously in a positive/negative relationship to each other.
Artist reception: First Friday, October 7th from 5-8 p.m. Show runs October 6th – November 1st

Oak Street Studio
Scenic Southern Oregon


“On Howard’s Prairie Lake,” a new acrylic painting by Leif Trygg is featured at Oak Leaf Studio in October.

Artist Leif Trygg expands both his medium and his viewpoint during First Friday, October 7 from 5pm to 8 pm at Oak Street Studio, 247 Oak Street between Hansen Howard and the Ashland Artworks.

The Studio will exhibit recent acrylic paintings of evocative scenes here in Southern Oregon. For the past year, Trygg has been painting exclusively in pastels, while prior efforts were composed with watercolors. “I like working with the texture of acrylics; the effects are more three-dimensional and the colors are more permanent than pastels,” says Trygg.

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