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Artists Workshop 32nd Annual Show & Sale

Artists Workshop 32nd annual show & sale : "Into the Gloaming," pastel by Artists Workshop member Peter Coons

“Into the Gloaming,” 2016 pastel by Artists Workshop member Peter Coons

Artists Workshop 32nd Annual Show & Sale

Art Presence Art Center is delighted to host the Artists Workshop 32nd Annual Show & Sale in August 2016. The Artist’s Workshop is a Jacksonville-based group of artists who paint together en plein air during fair weather and in the studio during winter months. Each year the group presents the best work of their artists at their annual show and sale.

The Artists Workshop 32nd Annual Show & Sale opens August 5, 2016 and continues through August 28. Art Presence Art Center’s gallery will be open for you to view the exhibition from 11am–5pm every Friday through Sunday…four weekends of fine art to enjoy and select for your own home or office! This year’s show includes works by many strong artists who are seasoned professionals, some who have been painting for forty years.

Poster credits

For each year’s show, the group votes to choose the painting that will grace their promotional poster. This year’s winning painting is “Rogue River,” a contemporary landscape in oil by Laura Kolding. Paintings by long time members Steve Bennett, Kim Faucher, and Sue Bennett placed second and third. Artists Workshop members regard these as the best paintings created by the group during 2016, so come to the gallery and see them all!


Art Presence and the Artists Workshop invite you to a festive reception for the artists on Saturday, August 6 from 3–6pm. This is always a great time to discuss their work with the artists and to meet artists whom you do not yet know. We hope you will join us to celebrate this year’s fine art and the artists who create it!

Perhaps you will recognize some of these fine artists whose work is included in the Artists Workshop 32nd Annual Show & Sale:

  • Wendy Adler
  • Raye Aubin
  • Susan Austin
  • Jennifer Bagwell
  • Steve and Sue Bennett
  • Peter Coons
  • Susan DeRosa
  • Rick Evans
  • Kim Faucher
  • Marilyn Hurst
  • Laura Kolding
  • Jean Mailander
  • Kirsten Meriwether
  • Pamela Ourshalimian
  • Jeanne Quigley
  • Carolyn Roberts
  • Jan Weydemeyer

Southern Oregon Society of Artists July Meeting

southern Oregon Society of Artists July meeting : sosa logo southern oregon society of artistsThe Southern Oregon Society of Artists July Meeting will be held July 25 at the Medford Public Library starting at 6:30 pm.
This is our Membership Art Critique and  all members are invited to bring a piece of their own work for a professional evaluation and critique.  The Artist critiquing will be Alx Fox.  You must have your work there by 6:30 to participate. All works submitted must be original.
For more information contact BJ  Mathis at 541-414-4993

Richard Newman to Exhibit at SOU Center for Visual Art

Richard Newman Exhibit at SOU Center for Visual Art

Richard Newman Show at SOU Center for Visual Art, Thorndike Gallery - Shifting Space/Sliding Planes "Space Oddity"

“Space Oddity” by Richard Newman, from the show Shifting Space/Sliding Planes

Richard Newman will be exhibiting a new suite of paintings at the SOU Center for Visual Art’s Thorndike Gallery.
Newman’s show, titled Shifting Space/Sliding Planes, opens Thursday, August 18, 2016, with a reception from 5–7:00pm. The exhibition remains on display through September 2, 2016.

2016 Ashland Open Studio Tour

The 2016 Ashland Open Studio Tour is coming!

October 8 & 9, 2016

Save the dates and explore the working spaces of your favorite Rogue Valley artists

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2016 Ashland Open Studio tour October 8 & 9, 2016

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is proudly sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association.

Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights

Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights for ANPF 2016

Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights: Artistic Director Kyle Haden (center) and the ANPF 2016 readers.  Image by Chela Sanchez

Artistic Director Kyle Haden (center) and the ANPF 2016 readers.
Image by Chela Sanchez

Ashland, Ore – Ashland New Plays Festival announces winning playwrights whose work will be presented Oct. 19-23 at ANPF 2016. The four winning playwrights are:

Michael Erickson for Oberon Springs

Beth Kander for Hazardous Materials

Mike Teele for EdanEv

Stephanie Walker for The Madres


The winning plays were selected from 400 that were submitted. They were read and scored in blind readings by ANPF’s core of volunteer readers, who reduced the candidates to 12 finalists. From them, artistic director Kyle Haden chose the four winners.

These exceptionally gifted playwrights will travel to Ashland for a week of receptions, rehearsals, a playwriting workshop, and other festivities that will culminate with dramatic readings of their plays. The plays will be performed in both matinee and evening performances at the Unitarian Center by some of our finest actors. Talk backs with Ashland’s famously sophisticated audiences will follow each performance.

Kander returns to Ashland for a second consecutive year, having won in 2015 for her play The Bottle Tree. The other three are first-time winners at ANPF. All of the winners are professional playwrights with numerous awards and honors to their credit. This year, Kander and Walker are both honorable mentions on the Kilroys List 2016, of “excellent unproduced new plays by women and trans playwrights.”

Read further for more information about the playwrights and their plays.

Beth Kander, Hazardous Materialsis a Chicago-based writer of plays, children’s books, and novels who “loves nothing more than a good story.”

In Hazardous Materials, she examines the course of several lives as investigators sort through the detritus left by an unidentified woman in a Chicago apartment.

Kander’s works have been recognized by The Ruckus’ 2016 summer festival; BechdelFest 2016; Ashland New Plays Festival 2015; The Kilroys List (Honorable Mention 2015, 2016); Leapfest 2015; Downstage Left residency 2014-2015; Charles M. Getchell New Play Award 2012; and, three Eudora Welty New Play awards. She studied comedy writing at The Second City and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women.

Michael Erickson, Oberon Springs, has had plays produced by theaters and colleges including the Ensemble Studio Theater, MadLab, Moving Arts, the Imaginary Theater Company, and Tesseract Theater.

Oberon Springs looks at the impact of environment on the increasingly poor health of people in a small Indiana town, and a young physician’s struggle over whether to continue her life and her medical practice there.

Erickson was playwright-in-residence at the Nashville Repertory Theatre and Coe College. His awards include an NEA Fellowship in Playwriting; a California Arts Council Award; and the Mobil International Playwriting Prize (Royal Exchange Theatre, England).  His Alien Hand Syndrome was published in Regional Best 2011, an anthology of new plays. Last Tree, Easter Island, will be published this fall in the Smith and Kraus, Inc. anthology, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. A graduate of the MFA Theater Program at the University of California, San Diego, he teaches playwriting at Webster University in St. Louis.

Mike Teele, EdanEv, lives in New York City. His work has been performed at theaters that include the Theatre for the New City; HERE Performing Arts Center; Abingdon Theatre; John Houseman Theater; Producers Club, Hudson Guild, and Catch a Rising Star.  He has produced more than nine works for the stage and was a Walt Disney Studios /ABC-TV Fellowship finalist.

EdanEv tells the story of four college friends, reunited in mid-life for a family wedding, and the life-altering decisions each makes about the next chapters of their lives.

Teele also created and wrote The Real Friends, a live weekly sitcom that played NYC comedy clubs, and has written dozens of educational films for kindergarten through senior high. He was awarded the Cine’ Golden Bear International Film & Video Award for his work.

Stephanie Walker, The Madres, is a Chicago native who now lives in Los Angeles. Her full-length plays have garnered awards, workshops and productions across the country including the 2015 critically-acclaimed premiere of The Art of Disappearing at Chicago’s 16th Street Theater.

The Madres explores the experiences and activism of the Argentine women whose children disappeared during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. The play has been chosen for a number of awards, including finalist for the 2016 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, for the Source Festival in DC, and for the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize; and, winner of the BETC Generations Prize.

Walker is also author of the book and blog, Love in the Time of Foreclosure, which has been called “a heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

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July First Friday Event

Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon logo imageJuly First Friday Event

JULY First Friday FREE Community Art Event

July 1st @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Featured Gallery Artists: 

Hannah Bremmer- Ceramics & Leah Fanning- Paintings

Featured Gallery Artists: Hannah Bremmer- CeramicsFeatured Gallery Artists: Leah Fanning- Paintings











July Featured Studio Artists: Studio #6

Susanne Petermann’s ‘The Sky Series’– Collage Works, and

Zoe West’s ‘Let’s Party’– Masks & Sculpture 

July Featured Studio Artists: Studio #6 Susanne Petermann's 'The Sky Series'- Collage WorksJuly First Friday Event: July Featured Studio Artists: Studio #6 - Zoe West's 'Let's Party'- Masks & Sculpture











Downstairs Featured Artist:

Lisa Eldredge, “The Woodlands”– Ceramic Sculpture

Downstairs Featured Artist: Lisa Eldredge, "The Woodlands"- Ceramic Sculpture


“I draw heavily from my outings into the woods, to inspire my ceramic design elements. I incorporate natural colors, shapes, and textures to create works that make me feel connected to nature.

“The Woodlands” is the most literal of my work to date. This project  represents my musings on the physical and social relationships between people and wild animals, that take place where urban areas and woodlands interface.”





Featured Photographer:

Debra Rene Harder 

July First Friday Event : Featured Photographer: Debra Rene Harder Debra Rene Harder is an exceptionally skilled local photographer who will be showing a selection of her recent work, “A Method to The Madness” at the Photographers Gallery in the Ashland Art Center during the July First Friday Art Walk.

Debra began her photographic journey studying landscape and portrait photography inspired by the works of Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz, respectively.  In the early years, she focused primarily on honing her technical skills in the field and in the digital darkroom. Knowing what she can do with the skills she has developed has opened the door to many creative possibilities.  Debra enjoys traditional photography, but her true passion is creating ‘story-telling’ images; hence a window into her imagination.  The prints displayed this month at the Ashland Art Center, not only show her unique perspective, but also reflect the years spent refining her technique.

The print ‘My World’ depicts Debra’s dream sanctuary created as a composite using various landscapes captured in the Glencoe, Scotland region.  Additionally, two studio portrait prints, ‘Keeping Time’ and ‘Vegan Dining in Style,’ will be shown. These are character driven and convey a curious mood with a bit of humor.

Featured Musician:

July First Friday Event : Featured Musician: Accapellaré


Accapellaré is a local Ashland duo combining the spectacular voices of Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé Laterreur. Be captivated by pure, rich harmonies and the beauty of two women who have dedicated their lives to the art of singing. Renaissance and Baroque music, Celtic songs, and Opera duets make up their repertoire.


Kukur Tihar Celebration of Dogs

Kukur Tihar Celebration of Dogs

with FOTA and Kindred Spirits

Kukur Tihar Celebration of Dogs : a dog receives a tika and blessing of flowers during the Hindu annual celebration of dogs and their relationship with humans.Kindred Spirits teams up with Friends of the Animal Shelter to host a two day festival this weekend, July 8th and 9th, called “The Nepali Kukur Tihar Celebration of Dogs.”

We’ve based our festival on the yearly celebration honoring dogs and their relationship with humans, which has a rich history in Hindu society and spirituality.

Friday, July 8: Talent Second Friday ArtWalk Theme: The Dog

Friday we open our doors at 4:00 for Talent’s 2nd Friday Art Event. Our theme at Kindred Spirits is, of course, The Dog. Enjoy our fun display of art; 20% of the art sales at Kindred goes to FOTA.

Saturday, July 9: The Blessing of the Dogs at Kindred Spirits

Saturday is “The Blessing of the Dogs” at Kindred Spirits, 106 Talent Ave, from 11:00 to 4:00.  Bring your dog(s).

Bill Turner is a professional speaker and trainer from eastern Oregon. Because he is well known for his healing energy work on people, dogs and competition horses, we chose him to offer the Blessing to the dogs at this ceremony.

Dogs will receive a “Malla,” or garland necklace.  The malla is a mark of respect and dignity and symbolizes the prayers that go with the dog.

A red mark, known as the “Tika,” a temporary red mark, will be applied to the forehead of each dog.  Since the tika marks the dog with an air of sacredness, it acts as a blessing to those who encounter the dog.

Friends of the Animal Shelter will be there both days; on Saturday they bring shelter dogs for this dedication and the opportunity for adoption.

Please join us for this festival as we offer our blessings to each wonderful dog, their owners and potential owners and all participants in the celebration of man’s best friend.

Art & Craft Show at Crescent City Cultural Center

Go to the coast for the holiday and enjoy the Coast Redwoods Art Association’s 2016 Art & Craft Show at Crescent City Cultural Center!

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June 2016 Announcements from Rogue Gallery

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June 2016 Announcements from Rogue Gallery

3rd Friday Reception This Friday, June 17, 5-8 pm

June 2016 Announcements from Rogue Gallery: Blending Poetry and Cloth quilt show

Studio Art Quilt Associates

June 3 – July 29, 2016

Reception: Friday, June 17, 5–8 pm

This exciting fiber exhibit features thirty-eight juried quilts from the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) of the Oregon Region. SAQA member artists use color, texture and motion to blend poetic expression into intricate cloth creations. SAQA began in 1989 to represent fiber artists and to further quilting as an art form.

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June 2016 Announcements from Rogue Gallery : Sierra Fox, woodblock print by Melinda Whipplesmith Plank

Melinda Whipplesmith Plank, Sierra Fox, woodblock print

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Melinda Whipplesmith Plank:
State of Jefferson Impressions of Glacier

June 4 – June 30, 2016

Reception Date:Friday, June 17, 5–8 pm

Woodblock prints by Northern California artist, Melinda Whipplesmith Plank. This artist captures the natural beauty of the State of Jefferson in woodblocks featuring rich colors and textures together with energetic lines.

More June 2016 Announcements from Rogue Gallery

Make Art this Summer!

June 2016 Announcements from Rogue Gallery : summer art camp for youth



Printmaking Extravaganza, June 28-July 1

For a list of all the camps with their descriptions

Register here>>

Rogue Studio Life Drawing Sessions start this month!




Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm
June 21-July 26

Drop-in rate for one session is $10 or sign up for all six sessions for just $45.

Register here>>

For more adult art classes, visit

June 2016 Announcements from Rogue Gallery : Save the date for Rogue Gallery & Art Center's 2016 Auction

Spend a great night with friends enjoying delicious food and wine while supporting the gallery! Our annual fall benefit auction is our largest and most important fundraiser of the year. Check out photos from last year’s auction HERE

Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s 2016 Auction

Le Moulin Rogue

Saturday, September 24, 2016
RoxyAnn Winery
3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford
5:00 pm

Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour
followed byDinner & Live Auction

Dinner prepared by Jacksonville Inn
Serving RoxyAnn Wine
$65 Per Person

Tickets available HERE


Rogue Gallery has extended the submission deadline for our 2017 Community Gallery and Berryman Gallery exhibit series! Priority will be given to those who submitted by June 14, 2016. The new deadline for submissions for both galleries is now July 9, 2016. Click here:  for complete guidelines.

Interested in participating in the members’ exhibit “Celebrating 70 Years of Abstract Expressionism”… Drop-off is June 30, July 1 or 2 during gallery hours. See our calls to artists HERE>> for details.


Thanks for choosing Rogue Gallery as your NonProfit Organization for your Fred Meyer’s Rewards Card. In June, Fred Meyer sent out email requests to all Community Rewards members to re-link their cards to their favorite nonprofit organization. All you have to do is link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card at and select Non Profit Organization 88154 (Rogue Gallery & Art Center) as your organization. Then each time you use your Fred Meyer Rewards Card you will be helping us earn a donation from Fred Meyer, at no extra charge to you!

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Red Sky

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning.

I haven’t sailed for years yet I have an obsession and deep love for all things nautical. It’s part of my genetic makeup being raised on an island, always around sail boats, marinas, water life of all kind. I read a lot of books about creativity and writing and I’ve noticed similarities to the “write what you know” adage. Same goes in painting. Paint what stirs your heart strings. Water. Sailing. West coast. Yacht Clubs and Sailing Flags. Why? Because they do and that’s enough. It’s enough that the muse pokes her head in the door, I don’t dare ask her what is the reason for her visit!

What inspires me, and all of us, I believe, is inexplicable and unrepeatable. We are all unique. And the same. I am part of a paining group and frequently we paint the same subject yet half a dozen completely different paintings emerge from the class, all of us beaming with the unmistakable personality we have all infused in our piece. Hundreds of thousands of millions of paintings of boats and oceans and rowboats and cups of coffee and cafes and croissants are out in this world, but I believe we need all of them.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning.

Saying that out loud, repeating it, is enough to make me happy with this painting. It’s an ancient boating phrase, one I learned from my dad. The memory, the image of a big ship. moody sky and sailing flags, all part of me, all part of the patchwork creative quilt that makes up our language as an artist.

Love. That is the secret ingredient in this painting. I love that I learned that phrase from my dad before I really understood what it meant and I love that boats come through me inexplicably if I allow myself to show up and paint them. I love that a phrase as simple and time worn as this, can trigger such warm and tender emotions. I love that painting what you know, expressing what you love, is the artist’s talisman for navigating our way. xoxoxo