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Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces New Exhibit

Rogue Gallery & Art Center Announces
New Exhibit in the Community Gallery

Mosaic Works of Vera Melynk
Friday, July 17 – August 14, 2015
Reception: Friday, July 17, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Autumn Sun, mosaic by Vera Melnyk

Autumn Sun, by Vera Melnyk

The Rogue Gallery and Art Center is proud to exhibit the mosaic works of Vera Melynk. Vera uses materials that include include stained glass, smalti, ceramic, marble, slate and Venetian glass to create elegant, organic mosiac that are rich in color and depth.

Describing her artistic process, she says “When I started painting in 2005, I never imagined that I would trade in my paints and brushes for hammer and hardie, nippers, tile cutters and glass grinders.  But that is exactly what happened. My first mosaics were typical garden tables and vases, but somewhere along the way they ended up on cradled boards and hanging on the wall.  The possibilities opened up, and I realized that mixing materials such as stained glass, smalti, ceramic, marble, slate and Venetian glass gave me a myriad of options.”

Movement I, mosaic by Vera Melnyk

Movement I, mosaic by Vera Melnyk

A reception will be held on Friday, July 17, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.

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 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit

40 S. Bartlett Street, Medford, Oregon 97501, 541-772-8118,


A pet portrait I did on commission.

Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 10″x8″


© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art


A pet portrait I did on commission.

Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8″x8″


© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

In Search Of

I hop in my car in the morning gung ho to paint outdoors, but finding the right place to set up my easel becomes a challenge. Finally, this place at the confluence of the river and sea calls me in. As I paint, I realize that the river had also been in search of the ocean ever since its journey began — driven, like the artist, no so much by an external goal but by a need that stems from its very nature.

Price: $575
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 12”x16″

In Search Of

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Volcanic Coast

Another composition/color harmony/design experiment. Though conceptual, it is influenced by my time here on the Oregon coast, where black volcanic rock can often be seen tumbling away from the land and into the ocean surf. This piece was recently selected as the “pick of the day” on Daily Paintworks and is also showing at KB Gallery.

Price: $250
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8”x8″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Teacher and Student

Mother nature doesn’t think in terms of composition, color harmony or design values, but go on a hike in Oregon and you’ll find these artistic principles all around you. So, I try to learn from the master. This is one experiment I loved well enough to hang at my spot at the KB Gallery in Florence, OR.

Price: $250
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8”x8″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Three You Are

The subtle ripples of paint created by the palette knife really bring an oil painting to life, whether it’s a shimmering landscape or a fruit bursting with ripeness. I did this demonstration for a workshop I led at the Rogue Art Center last month.

Price: $250
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8”x8″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Arts and Business Partnerships

Throughout the United States, today’s most innovative businesses are using the arts to help them meet some of their most difficult and vital objectives.

In 2012, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, created The pARTnership Movement to help businesses understand the strategic value of partnering with the arts and build their own successful partnerships.

I am excited to share that The pARTnership Movement’s newly launched essay series provides an insider look at how some of the most prominent businesses in America profit by partnering with the arts. Each of the eight essays illustrates one of The pARTnership Movement’s 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts.

Download the Essay!
Download Recruit and Retain Talent, the first of eight essays

With insights culled from some of the most celebrated business leaders in the United States, the essays, which will be released throughout 2015 and 2016, provide real-world examples of how partnering with the arts can help businesses of all sizes and industries tell their story, recruit talent, advance corporate objectives, develop a wider consumer-base, engage employees, and build stronger communities.

I hope you will take a look at the first essay in this new series, Recruit and Retain Talent. This essay provides insight about how by partnering with the arts, businesses can attract and retain the talented, motivated people they need in order to gain a competitive edge and outperform the competition.

If you’d like to be notified when new essays are posted on The pARTnership Movement website, sign up for BCAnoteworthy, our monthly arts and business newsletter.

Do you have your own successful arts and business partnership story to share? We want to hear from you! Tell us about it on Twitter using #ArtsandBiz or email us at [email protected].

Ashland Art Center Classes and Workshops – July and Beyond

Ashland Art Center


July and Beyond 2015


5pm to 8 pm
Featured Artists:Natalie Stawsky and Jo Ann Viola Manzone
Music by Garrett Baxter
New works by recent Oregon transplant Margaret Hazel Wilson in the Print Studio. Free.  More info


Ceramics with Garry Price Garry

Garry Price

5:00 – 7:00 pm
$10, plus clay and firing
Drop in. Ages 13+

Ceramics with Alissa Clark

Alissa Clark

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
$10, plus clay and firing
Drop In. Ages 13+

Ceramics with Lisa Eldredge


Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
$10 plus clay and firing
Drop in.

New ~ Wheel Throwing with Kami Carlson

Kami Carlson

4 Monday in July (6, 13, 20, 27)
5  to 7:30 pm
Pre Registration required by Wednesday July 1
$80 + clay and firing


Get Your Artwork Professionally Photographed by Judith Pavlik

Judith Pavlik

Tuesday, July 7
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$20 per image for Members, $25 General

NEW ~ Art Therapy Assessment and How Not to Commit Image-Icide with Delaine Due

art therapy

Saturday, July 18

1 pm to 3 pm Pre registration required
$25 members $30 General
More Info

Collage Dreams with Susanne Petermann

Geisha rose

Friday, July 17
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$25, materials included
Register with instructor [email protected]

Meditation, Art and Yoga Retreat for Women with Natalie Stawsky


August 27 – 30
Meals, Accommodations,  Yoga, Meditation and Art classes included in the fee
More Info Register with Instructor [email protected]


Portrait Drawing with Jenay Elder


8 week intensive workshop

Mondays 3pm to 6 pm
June 22nd through August 8th
Drop-in $35  More Info

Watercolor Birds, Katrina Style

ChickadeeJuly 9

12:30 to 2:30 pm
$30 Members, $35 General
More Info Pre Registration required

Unistructed Short-Pose with Ann DiSalvo


Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
$9 Members, $10 General
Drop In Adults only

The Artist Within with Jack Wiens

Jack Wiens The Artist Within

Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
$10 Members, $12 General
Drop In. All materials provided
No class July 7th More info

Visual Art Journaling “Clinic” with Elaine Frenett


Friday, July 17

3-5 pm
$20 Register with Instructor at [email protected]

Women’s “Art Discoveries” Retreat with Elaine Frenett


September 13-18
Two prices available
Lake Alpine Resort, California Sierras
More Info Register with Instructor at [email protected]


Copper Etching with Tiffany Hokanson

Tiffany Hokanson

1st and 3rd Mondays 10 am to 12 pm
July 6 and 20

$20. Drop In.
Ages 15+


Kids Beginning Ceramics


Mondays 3 pm to 4:30 pm
$10 Drop in + clay and firing
Ages 5 to 17

Kids clay with Keeley Bitner

Kids Clay
Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 pm
$10 plus firing. Drop in.

Preschool Art-School with Jenay M Elder

Preschool Art School

Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
$8 Drop in. Discounts available
Ages 1 to 5 years old

FREE ~ Cartooning with Curt Evans

curt evans cartoons

Saturday, July 11

10:30 – 12
Free. All Ages. Drop in

FREE ~ Get your Art On with Jennifer Alexander

jennifer alexander

Saturday, July 18
10:30 am to 12 noon
Free. All Ages. Drop in

Summer Camps at AAC with Natalie Stawsky


JULY 27-31  (3 spaces left)
AUGUST 17-21 (4 spaces left)
$ 200 per camp
More info Register with Instructor [email protected]

Postponed until the Fall ~ Free expressions with Jo Ann Manzone

Free Expressions @ Ashland Art Center

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm
For kids and adults

Contact us


Please let us know what classes do you want to see happen at the Ashland Art Center.
Give us feedback, comments and ideas at [email protected]

All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
[email protected]

Congress Considers Level Funding for NEA

It’s been a fast-paced appropriations season so far! On June 16, the U.S. Senate approved legislation (for the first time in six years!) in subcommittee to level fund the National Endowment for the Arts.The U.S. House also kept its pace for rapid consideration, approving its NEA funding bill in full committee today as well. Tomorrow, the bill that funds the federal museum agency and arts education is on tap for consideration (first time in three years!) in another House subcommittee. And on Thursday, the Senate returns to consider its bill to fund the NEA in full committee.Despite the substantial effort in Congress to advance bills in a timely way, the Administration last night issued a veto threat to the bill because of its numerous policy riders, thwarting any expected advancement.

What you need to know

Last week, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill providing sustained funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. All the cultural institutions, like the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution, also were proposed at level funding.

June 16, the full committee reported out this legislation on a 30-21 vote, enabling it to next be considered on the House floor.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) offering amendment to increase funding for NEA by $2 million to full committee
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) offers amendment to increase funding for NEA by $2 million to full committee

During full committee consideration, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) offered an amendment to boost funding for both the NEA and the NEH to the President’s request. This is roughly a $2 million increase to $148 million. Although his amendment did not receive a vote, Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), David Price (D-NC), and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) all spoke favorably on his amendment. Rep. Pingree noted the work of the Maine Humanities Council in her district; Rep. Israel spoke about Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, a publication of the NEA. A writer himself, Rep. Israel shared his interest to scale up healing arts therapy work with veterans going forward and in more areas across the country. Rep. Price shared with his colleagues another publication, the Heart of the Matter, tucking it in also as recommended reading. Rep. Price also shared with all appropriators that NEA and NEH are funded well below their historical levels. He compared funds to 1992 and said with just inflation, we’d be investing nearly double had we just retained those levels. You can watch the June 16 proceedings at this webcast link, in which Rep. Israel’s amendment can be found at the 2:57 timestamp.

The Senate subcommittee also considered their version on June 16. Both NEA and NEH are also proposed for level funding. The subcommittee’s statement can be found here. The full committee considered the bill June 16.

What’s next

House floor votes could occur as soon as the last week in June, prior to the 4th of July congressional recess. As the process moves forward, the NEA and other cultural agencies may be prime targets for proposed cuts, if history is any lesson. We will keep you posted on any harmful amendments as the bills head toward the House or Senate floor.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today—it’s free and easy to join.

Thank you for your support of the arts!

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Editor’s Note: Yesterday we sent a message to Oregon House Representative Greg Walden via an ArtsUSA petition. It began with the petition text written by ArtsUSA advocates, but we wanted to add more. We hope you will also send your own message to our representatives about why level or increased funding for NEA programs—which fund Oregon state arts programs—before Congress votes on the proposed budget next week. Feel free to copy ours (below) if it resonates with you. We received a message back from Rep. Walden this morning indicating that he will keep our priorities in mind throughout the budget and appropriations process, but if he needs to hear from more of us. In his words, “At the end of the day, it’s your money that we’re talking about—you ought to have a say in how it’s being spent.” If hears from many, many more of us, we may actually get a $2 million increase in funding as proposed by Rep. Steve Israel of New York last week, but you need to know that continued efforts to cut funding to the National Endowment completely are still threatening this agency so vital to arts funding across the country and in our own home state.
“As your constituent, I urge you to increase or support a budget of $146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the FY 2016 Interior Appropriations bill to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and to advance creativity and innovation here at home.

The arts mean jobs for our district! The nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion annually in economic activity, supports 4.13 million full-time equivalent jobs in the arts and related industries, and returns $9.59 billion in federal income taxes.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the NEA announced the latest figures on the arts and cultural sector’s contributions to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), proving that the arts are a significant part of the GDP. Arts and culture activity produced $698.7 billion in goods and services annually or 4.32% of GDP – more than both the construction or transportation sectors.

Grants through the NEA are widely distributed to strengthen arts infrastructures and to ensure broad access to the arts. The NEA makes grants in every congressional district. Furthermore, the NEA distributes 40 percent of its program dollars to state arts agencies, on the condition that each state devotes its own appropriated funds as well. In partnership with the NEA, state arts agencies have awarded 22,000 grants to more than 18,300 organizations, schools, and artists in nearly 4,800 communities across the United States.

With funding for the arts having been cut from most of our schools, I am very concerned that our children are not getting enough exposure to the arts to help them achieve their goals and become productive member of society. I heard a parent recently tell me that her son, who is studying a pre-med curriculum in high school, was having trouble getting decent grades in biology classes because he couldn’t draw an accurate line drawing of an anatomical feature! That’s of grave concern, and this example makes a case for supporting availability and access to the arts outside of the school system. The NEA improves access to the arts, supports artistic excellence and fosters lifelong learning through grants, partnerships, research and national initiatives. The current level funding of $146 million amounts to just 45 cents per capita, as compared to 70 cents per capita in 1992. I am counting on you as my Representative to support at least level funding of $146 million for the NEA.

On a side note, I urge you to support the NEA’s STEAM educational model for our schools. This would add steam to the STEM program and improve student’s ability to learn, retain, and effectively apply information in a broad range of subjects by incorporating the arts into the curriculum. A society that does not value the arts beyond pretty pictures on the walls is NOT a world I want to live in! Numerous studies have proven that including the arts in education does far more than teach kids how to draw or paint or play the piano, but results in important enhancements to executive function and neurological development during a child’s formative and educational years, not to mention creative/collaborative problem solving (and oh do we need more people with those abilities active in our society!), and the fact that high school students with four years of art classes average 100 points higher on their SAT scores than those whose studies included one semester or less of art. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the many ways art can contribute tangibly to our lives. We should respect the truth these studies have discovered and give our kids every opportunity possible to excel in school and in their professional lives after school by reintroducing funding for the arts in education. It is deeply troubling, embarrassing and a poor reflection on the priorities of our society that they were ever cut to begin with.

Approving level funding for the NEA right now is a healthy start. Please commit to continuing funding for the NEA right now, and make it a part of your fight for preserving the quality of life in our country and our ability to complete on the global stage with creative innovations and solutions that only come when kids learn how to think creatively and effectively express their ideas by increasing the NEA’s funding from flat to being up-to-date with the increases in inflation and on par with historical levels at a minimum, and restoring funding for the arts in our schools.”