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Most often we notice the starting and end points of a journey, not the passages between. This blue gate demands to be noticed, while at the same time it invites us into the sun-dappled world beyond. Seeing it near my house always gives me a smile – who knows where the day may take us?

Price: $575.00 
Media: oil on stretched canvas
Size: 20×16 in
© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art


Ancient Beginnings II

Volcanic action millions of years ago created these red rocks at Diablo Canyon, New Mexico; carved out by water, this landscape is still in formation. Standing among them, I realize how short a human life really is. Luckily, my art will last a lot longer than me – though not as long as the canyons.

Price: $325.00
Media: Oil on stretched canvas
Size: 7×11

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

Ancient Beginnings I

I traveled with a plein air group to Diablo Canyon, just outside of Santa Fe near the Rio Grande. The drama of the rocks and clouds gave us plenty to paint. It’s certainly a change from the rolling hills of Southern Oregon, where I’ve been painting for the past couple of years!

Price: $500.00
Media: Oil on stretched canvas
Size: 16×12 in

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

2014 Season Announcement Party Rocks!

Britt announced its 2014 line up of artists this Wednesday to a packed house of excited Britt Festival subscribers, TV reporters, and local businesses.  Donna Briggs, Britt Festival’s President and CEO, presented the artists creatively, offering patrons the opportunity to guess the band from the song, played with gusto by the Matt Hill Trio.  (All photos were taken by Vicki Rosette).


The stage was absolutely packed with Britt Festival patrons who were wined and dined with a delightful display of local wines and beers and gourmet pizza.  People reconnected, toasted to the upcoming season, and discovered new artists as video played of the headliners gracing our stage this season.


Britt staff member Bow Seltzer (left) and Britt Board member Jim Earley reconnect.


Ken and Linda Reeder look forward to hearing the Season Announcement.


The Matt Hill Trio plays “Kokomo,” while guests play “Guess that Artist,” to win Britt-focused prizes!


Paula and Terry Erdmann enjoy local wines.

Compositional Figure Painting Workshop with Sean Forester

Sarah F. Burns is working with Ashland Art Center to bring Sean Forester to Ashland in May to present an awesome intensive Compositional Figure Painting workshop.
TWO LIVE models – playing Ophelia and Hamlet – you can work in grisaille or use the Zorn palette
We’ll look to master paintings of the 19th century for guidance in creating great modern compositions.
Sean is both a very excellent painter and an art historian and humanities lecturer.  He and Andrew Ameral created and run the Golden Gate Atelier in San Francisco.
Sean has a lot of great stuff planned for this workshop, which includes a book he’s written about composition.
And even if you don’t work in a strict classical style (who does?) – the principles in this workshop will carry over for anyone who works with the figure.
May 15 – 18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Ashland Art Center
Cost – $330 AAC member, $380 general

At Home with Art

One of the benefits of being an artist is that there’s never a lack of art to decorate with! A landscape painting on the wall is the best therapy for those of us who feel more at home in nature than indoors. I’ve also found that a still life can calm and inspire, and a portrait of a pet or animal can be the best companion when the house feels empty. (My husband’s name is Art, so literally, I’m married to it…)

When I moved to Taos, New Mexico a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was hang up my paintings. They looked so nice on the adobe walls that I had to take some photos!

Do you have some empty walls? I sell my work online:  eBay, Daily Paintworks, and Zatista. The Artful Eye gallery in Cloverdale, CA also sells my work – primarily wine country and California scenes.

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

My Southwestern Sabbatical

I’ve temporarily relocated to Taos, New Mexico, primarily to plein air paint somewhere new and different.

It’s a big change for me. I’ve spent all of my life on the west coast and the past seven years in Oregon, and I love those places so much I thought I’d never leave.

But recent visits to New Mexico, where my daughter and step-son also live, have inspired me – the work and life of Georgia O’Keefe, the rich Native American cultural traditions, and the landscape’s breathtaking canyons, charming adobes and wide-open skies. Combine these things with the year-round sunshine, and you can see why New Mexico has been calling me to head outside and paint.

To give you an idea of where I am now, I took some pictures around our new house, near Taos. Scroll down to see them.

Thanks for reading my latest news, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Blessings, Silvia.

PS. To stay posted on my latest endeavors, subscribe to this blog by using the links in the upper-right corner of the page, or connect with me on my Facebook page.

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

We love our adobe house. It’s nice to be surrounded by earthen walls and be so well insulated from the temperature extremes out doors.

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

This is the gate that leads into our “compound”. I can’t wait to paint it when the trees start to green up a little!

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

Here’s where my dog Becky and I plan to take in many doses of Vitamin D!

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

Our house is one of several in a “compound”, all owned by a nice older gentleman. All of the homes are different – there is no “cookie cutter” adobe. The place feels like a community but everyone maintains their own space – just how I like it.


Springtime in Southern Oregon is beautiful.  Being outdoors is so good for the soul. Sun warm on my back a slight breeze and a view to paint keeps me satisfied!  A week ago I spent a lovely time with two of my daughters and their daughters at DanCin Winery off South Stage Road near Jacksonville. We sat on their terrace overlooking a Koi pond and beyond that a perfect view of Roxy Ann and Mt Pitt.  I will return to do some preliminary sketching and take reference photos for yet another vineyard painting  

Performance Garden Update

Progress is being made on Britt’s new Performance Garden—a unique concert venue that will create an intimate setting for approximately 150 people and capture the natural splendor of Britt. From these photos, you can really start to visualize what the final project will look like. This photo is taken from Gate 1. All that dirt and gravel will eventually be pavers.

performance garden

The concrete pad in the forefront will be concessions for the Performance Garden.

performance garden

President & CEO, Donna Briggs points out the tiered seating area.

performance garden

View from new seating area of where the stage will be.

performance garden

New improved and lighted stairs from the lower restrooms.



Ashland Gallery Association April Exhibits + A Taste of Ashland

Taste of Ashland Food Wine and Art Festival Poster 2014Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 4th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this 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 off of our website:

Most exhibits run throughout the month of April!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits:


A Taste of Ashland

Art ~ Food ~ Wine Festival

April 26 & 27

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:


AGA Spotlight Galleries

April 2014

Oil painting by Jenay Elder

Oil painting by Jenay Elder, Ashland Painters Union

Ashland Painters Union


Group Show features artists in many media – including a community interactive piece.

This show is designed to pair with A Taste of Ashland – an AGA event APU is participating in. Meditations range from the big ideas of life to the small pleasures we might over look any day.  Join us for the opening party on First Friday, April 4 from 5 – 8 pm.

The APU is a cooperative gallery, made up of 8 Full Members and many Supporting Members.  The Painters Union shows different work every month, always new or yet unseen in the Rogue Valley in solo, two person or group shows.  The gallery is called the Ashland Painters Union to call to mind the blue-collar hard working nature of making art and although called a painters union, the gallery shows work in all mediums.  It is a place for artists to show whatever they like, to experiment and explore new ideas.

27 1/2 N. Main St #2 – Up the stairs, on the Plaza, across from the fountain
Saturdays and Sundays 1 – 5 pm and First Fridays 5 – 8 pm and by appointment


Pillow by Heidi Schwegler, on display April 2014 at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon

Pillow by Heidi Schwegler

Schneider Museum of Art


Featuring Heidi Schwegler, Avantika Bawa, and Matt McCormick

For its spring exhibitions, the Schneider Museum of Art is presenting the first of a two-part exhibition of the Southern Oregon Site Project, generously supported by The Ford Family Foundation.  The project features two installations created in response to the site: the Museum, Southern Oregon University, and the greater Rogue Valley.

In flood.control, Avantika Bawa uses the history and geography behind the formation of Emigrant Lake as the conceptual parameters from which her installation has been created.

As an artist, Heidi Schwegler states that she “is drawn to the peripheral ruin, modifying discarded objects in order to give them a new sense of purpose.”  Her latest installation, to be premiered at the Schneider Museum of Art, is entitled Visibility Near Zero.

In addition, the Museum is showing The Great Northwest, which includes single-channel video, Chromira prints, and ephemera by Matt McCormick, an “experimental documentary based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip through the Pacific Northwest made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook.”

Please join us on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for the opening reception for 3.  Quady North Wines is generously donating and pouring wine for the reception. The exhibition runs from Friday, April 4 through Saturday, May 31.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Kimono Dance, book art by Diane Lea on display at Illahe Studios & Gallery's 5th Annual Book Art Exhibit, April 2014

Kimono Dance
by Diane Lea

Illahe Studios and Gallery

Fifth Annual Artist Book Show

This will be the fifth year we will host our Book Artists Show combined with a Printmaking Invitational and our community collaborative book arts project, Community Press.
We are proud to be one of the few galleries on the west coast to host such a strong representation of regional and national book artists.  Each year offers inventive ways of approaching the book form as well as remarkable craftsmanship.  It is likely many of us have never held a hand printed, stitched and bound book…you will have the opportunity to experience this! Handmade blank books and portfolios will also be available in this show.

Skilled and inventive book artists include: Cathy DeForest (Jubilation Press),Arini Esarey, Roxanne Evans Stout, Alisa Golden, Michael Holstein, Sarojini Johnson, DianeLea, Susan Lehman, Olivia King, Patricia Freeman Martin, Marsha Matchek
Sabina Nies, Linda Piacentini-Yaple, Kelley Salber, Sabina Nies

Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on April 4th, 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Enjoy an evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Jeff Ramsey.


Blue Band, Watercolor painting by Jeannie Azzopardi

Blue Band
Watercolor by Jeannie Azzopardi

Bohemia Gallery & Rogue Frameworks

Abstract Jazz

This month in our expanded gallery space we’re featuring watercolors from The Jazz Series by Jeannie Azzopardi and abstract nature photography by Zach Ehlert.

Jeannie’s style exhibits strokes of abandon and delight that charmingly captivate the viewer. As one fan says, “I totally love this art! Your paintings make me nostalgic for a time period I never lived in.”

Zach Ehlert attempts to capture the ethereal beauty of the natural world by experimenting with the infinite possibilities of the photographic process.
Bohemia Gallery occupies an intimate space within Rogue Frameworks and showcases a rotating variety of work by regional artists including: photography, painting and ceramics.
Rogue Frameworks is artist owned and operated, and offers a wide variety of quality, custom picture framing solutions.

1644 Ashland St #3
Located in the Ashland Shopping Center next to the cinema.
Tuesday–Friday 10–5:30; Saturday 10–4