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July Exhibits at Rogue Gallery - Third Friday ArtWalk Reception Tonight!

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will have opening receptions for two exhibitions from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on this Third Friday’s Art Walk. Wine from Weissinger Winery, food from Harry and David, and cheese from Rogue Creamery will be served.

Main Gallery exhibit: Bodies for Billions: The Work of Miguel Aragón

July 11 – August 15, Opening Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

The Rogue Gallery presents works of artist Miguel Aragon. Miguel Aragon uses his own method of layered hand drilled prints to create a series of works that address the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars. The large scale works on partially destroyed paper depict violent imagery of death. The affect reflects the fragile nature of life and the deeply spiritual process of exploring perception and memory while coping with images of profound violence.

As a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Texas artist Miguel Aragón grew up surrounded by the fallout of Mexico’s ongoing drug war. In his work, he seeks to deal with violent acts through violent processes. For this exhibit, Aragón enlarged newspaper portraits of victims of narcotics-related violence, mounted them on sheetrock panels, and used a power drill to create precise patterns of holes in the prints, partially destroying them. The resulting pointillist images are displayed in an unsettling juxtaposition that speaks to the nature of traumatic memories and seemingly random bloodshed. Oregon Humanities Magazine – spring issue

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

“I am drawing literal connections between the mediums I use and the idea by making connections such as the lack of ink or color to the absence of life, the absence of moral by the perpetrators and the coldness in which these events are carried on. The original source image gets abstracted due to both, the process and my manipulation of it; through this fragmentation and decomposition of the original, I am pursuing an ambiguity in the image to better demonstrate these ideas of perception and memory and how the mind changes its perception of reality in order to cope with stress…I feel this is the reflection of Mexican society at the moment; we cannot avoid seeing these events but try to continue living a purposeful life; therefore, blurring, breaking up, and trying to erase those unwanted memories.” ~Miguel Aragon

Miguel Aragon is a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He holds a M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan, Romania, and Slovakia. He teaches printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently is a resident artist at the Till Richter Museum in Buggenhagen, Germany.

Sponsored by Rogue Gallery and Art Center Board of Directors

Community Gallery: Sarah F. Burns, Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

July 18 – August 29, 2014, Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

Sarah Burns uses the process of traditional oil painting to create works that are meditative and sublime. With an uncompromising eye, she depicts familiar landmarks and landscapes of Southern Oregon. The paintings reflect the beauty of the region while maintaining a naturalistic quality.

Kim's Medford, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns“I have lived in the Rogue Valley for most of my life. I have a strong connection to this land and place which grows even deeper for me through the act of painting. It’s a beautiful area and I attempt to make paintings that are beautiful, that people will want to live with in their homes, but the beauty I seek is a truthful, not romanticized one. I do not edit out the power lines, the aging infrastructure, the history and marks we make on this place, for better or worse.” ~ Sarah Burns

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 p.m.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit

Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport Unveils New Art Display in Terminal

The Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport is pleased to announce a new art display in the terminal. On July 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm, the Airport will hold an Open House to unveil new photographic art work created by Brian Pechtel, a respected local professional photographer who lives in the Rogue Valley.

Hunter Communications, a local fiber optic internet and voice provider, assisted in purchasing the art and seeing the project through to completion. Hunter CEO Rich Ryan commented, “We have been investing in the Southern Oregon community since 1994 and always jump at the opportunity to share our love of this area with others. The Airport often provides our first impression to travelers and visitors of all kinds, and we believe it is important to ensure this is a memorable impression by faithfully representing the beautiful, amazing region in which we reside.”

Hunter Communications has built over 1,000 miles of fiber optic network in Southern Oregon; provides networking and voice services for businesses, schools, municipalities, and emergency services; and continues to invest in our local economy.

“We’re very excited to see this display installed.” stated Bern Case, Airport Director. “To showcase scenic photography of the beautiful area we live in has been a goal since the terminal was completed. We’re appreciative of Hunter Communication and the commitment they’ve made to make this project such a success.”

There will be a total of nine 60 x 90 inch panels spanning the area over the ticketing counters in the lobby. The photographic images represent a variety of scenic locations in the Rogue Valley as well as beautiful Crater Lake. Throughout the year, the images will be rotated with nine additional panels.

For further information on the Open House, please contact Bern Case, Airport Director, at (541) 776-7222. Parking tickets will be validated for the event.

Sarah F. Burns PLein Air Landscape Show at Rogue Gallery

Kim's Medford, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

I’m having an art show – this time it’s plein air landscape at Rogue Gallery in Medford.
The show opens Friday, July 18 from 5 – 8 pm.
Mostly new work, all Rogue Valley, and it’s geographically arranged in the gallery.
Hope to see you at the party!

Upcoming Plein Air Workshop in the Applegate Valley

Applegate ON SITE: Two Workshops, Two Sites & Two Instructors

July 26th, 2014

Silvia Trujillo (yes, she’s back!), oil & acrylics, and Elaine Frenett, watercolor, will lead these two special plein-air classes. Silvia and Elaine, with over 40 years combined experienced as professional artists and art instructors in Oregon and California, delight in leading others along the creative path.

These workshops will begin at the picturesque “Lavender Fields Forever” farm, with the lavender at its brilliant peak, and continue at the dazzling vistas of Valley View Winery. Each session will include an outdoor painting introduction, demonstrations by both instructors in their media and ample time for individuals to develop their own unique paintings. A friendly share will close the gathering. Optional and additional activities include lavender distillation, vintage car viewing and wine sampling. Won’t you come celebrate summer in the Applegate Valley with us?

Copyright 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Lavender Fields Forever” painted at workshop site by Silvia Trujillo



Workshop flyer

Artist Silvia Trujillo Seeks Living Accommodations

After a productive hiatus in new Mexico, respected plein air artist Silvia Trujillo and her husband have returned to southern Oregon and are now looking for living accommodations.

After three and a half months in the Southwest it sure feels good to be back in Oregon. Some folks adore the desert, but I found out quickly that it’s a nice place for me to visit but not a place for me to live.

We welcome Silvia and her husband home! They are open as far as the area but would prefer a rural place – something in the Applegate Valley would be ideal. They are flexible as to the type of arrangements, too: they have excellent credit and references and would be happy to rent a place on a long-term basis, but are also willing to house sit or to rent a place that’s for sale.

If anyone has a lead she can pursue, please email soaratsoartistsdotcom or silviaatsilviatrujillodotcom. Let’s give Silvia a warm Welcome Home and help one of southern Oregon’s artist treasures find a place to settle back in! Thanks!

View more of Silvia’s work at her website:

Find a complete collection of Silvia’s web links (website, blog and social networks) and contact information in her listing at the Southern Oregon Artist’s Resource: Silvia Trujillo

Below, some of Silvia’s new works:

Silvia Trujillo and watercolorist Elaine Frenett are presenting a plein air painting workshop, Applegate ON SITE! ~ two workshops, two sites & two instructors!

Silvia Trujillo (yes, she’s back!), oil & acrylics, and Elaine Frenett, watercolor, will lead these two classes. Both Silvia and Elaine have over 40 yrs. combined professional/teaching experience as Oregon/California artists and delight in sharing along the creative path. Paint the picturesque “Lavender Fields Forever” farm, with lavender at it’s brilliant peak and then, the rolling hills with the dazzling vistas of Valley View Winery. Each session will guide you gently through an outdoor painting intro, separate demos by each instructor in their media and then, ample time for individuals to develop their own unique paintings. A friendly share will close the gathering. There are optional and additional lavender distillation, vintage car viewing and wine sampling possibilities for you too. Won’t you come celebrate summer in the Applegate Valley with us?
Where: Lavender Fields Forever Farm, Saturday, July 19th and next, Valley View Winery, Saturday, July 26th
When: 8am – 1pm
Fees: $60 per session, $110 for both Saturdays
Questions: silviastudio1athotmaildotcom, 541-301-0906 and/or elainefrenettatlivedotcom, 541-944-2196.
Materials List: Upon registration


A Glassy Event at Caprice Vineyards

A Glassy Event at Caprice Vineyards Featuring local glass artists Jessica Carrara of LightGarden Glass Art and Dawn Lucero of Glass Village August 8, 9 & 10 12-5pm, Glass Art Available for Purchase, Saturday Live glass demonstrations of torch working and fusing techniques, Wine tastings, Sunday Live music by Phil King and more wine tasting! 970 Old Stage Road, Central Point 541-499-0449

Her Hills

Painted entirely with a palette knife, this is a copy of a plein air work I did of Billings Pond in Ashland during June last year. I enjoyed the challenge of recreating the scene in a contemporary/abstract style – in the end, it feels much more personal.

Price: $300
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8″ x 10″

© Copyright 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

Sacred Mustard

Scenic Hills Cemetery in Ashland lives up to its name. Stunning views of the surrounding Southern Oregon hills bring a sense of perspective and serenity. With the wild mustard flowers in bloom, this hidden treasure gives off a golden aura.

Price: $300
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8″x10″

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art


I painted this and the previous painting (“Bucolic”) during a plein air painters’ gathering at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon. It was a fine summer’s day; after a recent rain, everything is very green at the moment. Using a palette knife, I was able to bring both detail and a sense of movement to the piece.

Price: $425
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 16″x 12″

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art


After my Southwestern hiatus, I am back in Oregon with a new approach to my work.
I’ve realized that thin oil paintings, no matter how lovely they are, leave me cold. Sculpting with paint is what has always attracted me to oils. By using a palette knife, I can create textures that capture the richness of the landscape, with an abstract character that makes my heart sing.

Price: $300
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 10″ x 8″

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art