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2016 West Coast Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference – A Faith/Art Fusion

2016 West Coast Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference – A Faith/Art Fusion

You’ve wanted to before… This is your year!
Target the upward trajectory of your art/faith fusion at the 
West Coast Masterpiece Christian Artist Conference
April 28 – May 1st, 2016 
at the beautiful Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon. 
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Illuminated Manuscript – Calligraphy/Art Fusion
Down by the Riverside (plein air / landscape)
The Fine Art of Food & Music
Portraiture/Figurative/Still Life
conference attendees
And Biblical inspirations with Masterpiece founder
Jeanne Randall and more:
* Tips and commentary from the professionals on marketing your work, gallery representation and social media presence
* The always fascinating Presenting and Attending Artist Exhibit.
* A hosted public event on Saturday night.
(Advance reservations for Sat. evening deadline by April 20th)
Enjoy all this at a true Oregon treasure….
Sunriver Resort adventure
Sunriver Resort
And you could win a discounted tuition package by
submitting a winning entry for the art contest for attending artists
Space in each workshop is limited so register early.
Register by March 15th for early membership or standard guest discounts. Spouse packages too!  Make it a memorable vacation with purpose .
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation| 541.601.7496
 i[email protected] |  www.mcfineartsfoundation.orgLike us on Facebook
Visually Communicating Christ to Culture through Fine Art
“Declaring the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9

Premiere of Student Films about Drugs and Bullying in McCloud Feb 19

“Drugs” and “Bullying”

Premiere Showing in McCloud of 2 Video Shorts by Local Students, February 19th


Complex personal subject matters were the learning theme for Mccloud High School students during their digital workshops with Christina Schmidlin while creating two short videos on “Drugs” and “Bullying” .  Ms Schmidlin is a videographer and film maker in her professional life and was contracted by the Mccloud Resource Center and the Mccloud ARTS Society to work creatively with our high school students.. For the last two years McCloud students had the privilege to work with her in developing the storyline for the two short videos.  Utilizing their input, talent, and their personal experiences these two short videos represent the efforts for over the two years.   Students were enthusiastic participants in all aspects of the project including learning to act with drama coach Bennett Gale. The acting recreates some of their personal experiences regarding these vital social issues which youth everywhere are addressing on almost a daily basis.


In Bullying, “The story focus for this particular project was on the “making of” and “unraveling of” a bully. It is mostly told from the bully’s perspective. Most students in the class experienced bullying both as perpetrators and victims, so we chose this particular, and in my opinion, very effective perspective for the story narrative. There was also one student in the class who experienced a bullying related suicide and ensuing drug use, which lent a powerful story element to the narrative.” said Christina Schmidlin.  She further explained that “all participating students linked the experience of bullying or being bullied to the risk of drug use and teenage suicide. Consequently, all the students wanted to explore this topic in depth in the story sessions.”


The Premiere Video Showing of McCloud High Student’s   2 Video Shorts will be Friday, February 19, 2016,  7 – 8:30 pm upstairs in the Mercantile Building. Admission is free in support of the students.  The event is being organized by the McCloud ARTS Society.  Jeff Wescott and some of the high school band members will provide musical entertainment to showcase their talents.  The community is invited to come to the premiere showing and support the students in the first effort to develop a meaningful video short that may later to useful to other students that may or may not be experiencing similar circumstances.

NVAL 2016 Regional Photography Show

North Valley Art League logoNVAL 2016 Regional Photography Show

February 2 – 27

Carter House Gallery,

48 Quartz Hill Rd, Caldwell Park, Redding, CA 96003


**DATE CHANGE**  NOW SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 6-8pm due to Super Bowl Sunday.

Reception location is still the North Valley Art League’s Carter House Gallery.

Awards will be announced at the reception and our juror, Michael Eichwald, will give a short talk explaining why he chose each of the award winners.

Raffle will be held for a framed print donated by Lu Zhang from the NVAL 2015 International Photography Show.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served making for an enjoyable afternoon.   We hope that you and any guests that you choose to invite will attend.   Directions to the gallery are on our website:, under Contact.

Award winners unable to attend the reception will be contacted February 7 by email.

Hope to see you there at the Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Rd. Caldwell Park.

I hope to see you there!


The online gallery will be active February 1st on the NVAL website —



Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm

Show Opens:  Tuesday, February 2 
Reception and Awards:  Saturday, February 6, 6 to 8pm

Show Closes:  Saturday, February 27  

ANPF Women’s Invitational Winning Playwrights Announced

ANPF Women’s Invitational Winners Announced

Three outstanding plays by noted playwrights selected for presentation.
March 25-27, 2016 festival honors under-represented American playwrights.

Ashland New Plays Festival announces the winners of its ANPF Women’s Invitational. They are Martyna Majok for Cost of Living (formerly Ropes in the Well); Lauren Yee for King of the Yees; and grand prize winner Jiehae Park for Hannah and the Dread Gazebo.

The Women’s Invitational will be held March 25-27, 2016 in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Dramatic readings of each play will be presented in both matinee and evening performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

As an effort to highlight critically acclaimed but unproduced work by leading American playwrights, the Women’s Invitational received 30 works from which ten finalists were selected in blind readings. ANPF Artistic Director Kyle Haden and The Kilroys co-founder Laura Jacqmin, who chairs the festival, chose the winners.

Says Haden, “It was tremendously exciting reading the finalist plays. All of them were truly impressive. I am so excited by our three winners and can’t wait to share these new stories with our audiences. We all know that women are vastly under-represented in theatre today, and have been since the beginning. We want to do our part to change that inequity. The Women’s Invitational will be a meaningful step for us in that direction.”

Additionally, the week will include an opening reception hosted by Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF); and Parity, a roundtable discussion with Jacqmin, host playwright EM Lewis, and the winning playwrights, moderated by Dr. Lue Morgan Douthit, OSF’s director of literary development and dramaturgy. The roundtable is open to the public.

More information is available at

Free Carbon Footprint Reduction Class

Free Carbon Footprint Reduction Class

Southern Oregon Artists Resource artist member and prolific activist artist Catie Faryl announces a series of 5 biweekly classes beginning February 11, 2016 with information about how individuals and families can reduce their carbon footprints. The classes are free and sponsored by the Southern Oregon Climate Action Now.

We don’t have to wait for the large corporations and/or governments to eventually start significant reductions.  We, as residents of the planet Earth, can start NOW through our own individual actions.  The more of us who participate in this, the better and faster will we make the needed changes to reduce the rate of increasing temperatures and thus save the earth’s ecosystem and all its members. ~ Catie Faryl


According to the conclusions of 97% of the qualified scientists addressing the impact of global warming on the planet Earth, the consequences of not rapidly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions are going to be disastrous.  Although it is not common knowledge, we as individuals can help reduce the rate of warming, thus allowing more time for the largest contributors to take significant actions before we reach the tipping point, after which it will be impossible to prevent the anticipated terrible changes.

We can reduce our Carbon Footprint (CF) by taking actions relating to our own creation of greenhouse gas emissions.  The CF is a measure of the amount of carbon we individually produce through our actions as an individual or as a family.  Carbon is a key factor in the production of greenhouse gases, which in turn act to keep heat derived from solar radiation trapped within our atmosphere around the Earth.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now is creating a sequence of free Carbon Footprint Reduction classes, the first of which takes place on February 11th in the Naversen Room at the Jacksonville Library from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. Related classes will be held there on February 25, March 10 and 31 and April 14.  These classes will inform you of the causes and solutions of global warming resulting from our collective actions.  We’ll learn how to use the online Oregon CF calculator and we will investigate the many techniques we can use to reduce our individual and family CF.  We will all share our techniques so that we all can learn from the actions of our neighbors in the Rogue Valley.

We will consider the many actions each of us take and evaluate their carbon production impacts.  We will discuss and analyze our uses of various energy sources, such as electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels, etc. We will consider actions such as driving to work or flying to a vacation resort or heating our homes and the many more things we do that we can modify to help reduce our Carbon Footprints.

The five classes in our sequence will include contributions by local experts in various CF reduction techniques.  They will be able to help us in many different ways and answer specific questions related to their presentations.  Our organizer is Seldom, a former aerospace engineer who utilizes local solar energy. He can be contacted at [email protected]

In conclusion we will share our planned actions to reduce our Carbon Footprints so that all of us in the class will know and understand the great impact that we as a group can make on carbon reduction in our local environment.  Our hope is that this sequence of classes is just the first step in creating a huge impact from our repetition of many more classes in the Rogue Valley.

Free Carbon Footprint Reduction Class on how individuals and families can reduce their carbon footprint, facilitated by artist Catie Faryl, at the Naversen Room in the Jacksonville Oregon Public Library


J. Ellen Austin Memorial Service

The Ashland Community is saddened to learn of J. Ellen’s passing.

Remembering JEGA

J. Ellen Austin Memorial Service

Jane Ellen Gilson Austin
July 1,1925 – November 3, 2015

Join Friends and Family to Celebrate J Ellen Austin’s Life and Legacy

Sunday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ashland Community Center
59 Winburn Way
in Ashland’s Lithia Park

Open a New Window, Open a New Door!

Artist, stone sculptor, JEGA gallery owner, visionary, entrepreneur, pioneer, activist, role model, rebel, debutante, feminist, learned and athletic, traveler, wife, mother of four, grandmother of two – dedicated to learning, growing, giving and laughing.

“Pourquoi Pas?”

For more information please phone
541 488-2474
email [email protected]

J. Ellen’s final installment, Italian Translucent Alabaster, “Passing Through”, can be visited at the Scenic Hills Memorial Park at 2585 E Hills Dr, Ashland, OR 97520.

In lieu of flowers, consider fighting for the ARTS by donating to the JEGA Student Art Fund by contacting the Ashland Gallery Association
P.O. Box 241 | Ashland, Oregon 97520 | 541-488-8430

Remembering J Ellen Austin : Memorial Service January 17

LightGarden Glass Art January 2016 Workshops

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

LightGarden Glass Art January 2016 Workshops


Project of the Month!

 Come in and fill up our casting form with your choice of frit colors and make two of these gorgeous dragonflies to use as hangers or as decoration for other fused glass work. $14 covers frit, firing and use of form. Call or email ahead to reserve your spot.


New Year Sale!

15% off Kokomo Glass
lots of new glass in discount bin
15% off 96 Dichroic
20% off all books
through January 23rd


U.S. Cellular group does team building…

by Making Flowers of Hope!

 A group from U.S. Cellular came in on Wednesday evening and  made 14 Flowers of Hope panels as a company team building exercise. 
  Thank you all so much!! 
You all did a great job! 
 I’ll be firing for a couple more days

Fused Glass Switchplates
Learn how easy it is to make these very cool fused glass switch plates. All the instructions, materials and firing are included in the $20 fee.  All you need is a

small amount of  glass.

Basic fusing or equivalent is required.

January 16
 Please call or email to reserve your space.

Painting with Frit

Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and scrap glass to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.  We’ll explore different techniques through 3 small panels, focusing on clouds, trees, water and layering backgrounds. We’ll also address combining colors and picture composition.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.

All frit, scrap glass, stringers, and lunch from Peruvian Point is included. 

     Glass fusing: Basics or equivalent is required.
January 30th
10-3pm with an hour lunch break


Make a fun project for your spring garden! Learn speedy ways to make lots of tiles from your scrap glass, several techniques for applying mosaics to different surfaces and complete a 10″ bird bath/feeder. Once you finish this class you’ll know how to mosaic almost anything. Several patterns to choose from.

The $75 fee includes all materials and tools.

 All you provide is the glass.  
February 13 & 20th
Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private parties.

click here to check out our classes



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.

Reminder: Shrine Making Workshop Jan 17

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No Other

The Great Wall of China, painting (study) by Anna Elkins, originally published with her essay at Perceptive Travel, Beyond the Fear of Other in China
Happy to have my first essay up on Perceptive Travel: “Beyond the Fear of Other in China” (originally titled “No Other”). And happy to have this sketch of The Great Wall included!

January at Art du Jour Gallery

January at Art du Jour Gallery:

Antique Quilts, Wearable Art and Hamilton Watercolors! And…

A special talk by Charlotte Wirfs on January 23rd at 1:00pm about antique quilts and quilting techniques.  Guests are invited to bring their own vintage or antique quilts to show or to get advice on mending them. Please note that Charlotte is not an appraiser,  however. We’ll serve mulled cider and cookies!

Yes, indeed!  January at Art du Jour is going to be exciting and very special!

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken, Art du Jour Gallery, Medford, Oregon, January 2016

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken

Through the end of January, our three special guest artists are quilters Charlotte Wirfs and Karen Hanken and wearable knits fabric artist Laura Lawrence.  Their uniquely beautiful work will be on display in our Salon and the main gallery in January.  Featured gallery artist during January is our own Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, renowned watercolorist and beloved art teacher here in the Rogue Valley for the past 33 years.

Charlotte Wirfs is a talented contemporary quilter and an authority on antique and vintage quilts.  She is displaying several of these priceless antique quilts along with her own work in the Salon.  On January 23, she will give a talk on antique quilts at the gallery.  Wirfs is a fifth generation Oregonian who learned sewing through 4H programs in Tillamook County.  She has displayed her work in many Oregon art galleries and other venues and has won numerous awards in quilt shows around the Western U.S.

Karen Hanken first experimented with using textiles in her art while in college in Pennsylvania.  She also studied at Sir John Cass School of Art in London.  The attraction of textures and prints has been a lifelong love and it has been her goal to unite them with paints, inks, dyes, and pastels.  Her quilts have appeared in numerous special exhibits and have won many awards at major competitions.  She is displaying four of her award-winning pictorial quilts in our Salon.  Hanken and her husband own and operate Top Stitch Bernina in Medford.

Laura Lawrence is the creator of My Dancing Threads, a one-woman business she characterizes as “painting with yarn.”  She knits exquisite wearable art fabrics and fashions them into capes, skirts, scarves, caps, legwarmers, soft jewelry and other one-of-a-kind creations in soft, luscious colors.  By using a technique called short-rowing, she makes garments that move with the body and have a flattering line with no extraneous bulk from sewn-in darts, pleats, puckers, and seams.  See her alpaca hats, uniquely crafted scarves, and her “soft-jewelry” beaded and felt alpaca flower pins on our center table.  She is self-taught and has been selling her work in select galleries and high-end boutiques since 2002.
Dodie Hamilton-Brandon has been an Art du Jour member for several years and is also a founding member of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.  She exhibits in several other Oregon galleries and her paintings hang in private homes, offices and commercial establishments across America and abroad.  The long list of awards and honors she has accumulated over many years of painting is truly impressive.  Her work is noted for vibrant color and the fluid, sparkling quality of her watercolor medium. Her subjects range from realistic florals and landscapes to mixed media abstracts, but she is best known for her renditions of iris, her favorite flower.
Until she retired a few years ago, Dodie taught her watercolor techniques to countless eager students here in the Rogue Valley and is beloved by all.  She enjoys traveling and still takes workshops with other well-known artists.

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Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97540
(541) 770-3190 (Tues.-Sat., 10-4)