|A poem inspired by reading Octavio Paz beneath the palm trees in Mexico|
Yelapa: En Edible Poem
poem is coconut
poem is sea salt
poem is margarita salt
poem is sunscreen
poem is dinner two hours from the now
of sun and blue & bird
& ocean licking beach
in a tidal hunger
poem is hunger
poem has nothing to do with the tongue
poem has everything to do with the tongue
(poem tastes like luz y luna)
poem eats itself and is also called “poem”
poem climbs the palm three
cuts its green fruit
throws them to the ground
lets gravity & distance break them open
releasing milk & meat
& both are sweet
poem is coconut
March 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery
Doug Wallace’s Eclectic Art, Connie Fribance’s Oils, and “Discovering Southern Oregon” Contest Art on Display!
During March 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery, we continue our presentation of guest artist Doug Wallace’s eclectic realm of Byzantine queens and mythical maidens. “Looking back down the tunnel of time,” Doug says, “scrolling through the historical archives of what has interested me artistically for most of my life, I always find a bit of the fantastic in all that I do…and nothing is ever completely realistic.”
His art eludes conventional description. “The inspirational references for my paintings are many: Gothic, Pre-Raphaelite, Byzantine, religious icons, mythology, fairytales, book illustrators, and dreams. Surrealism has also played a part in my creative thinking.” He says, however, that if he were forced to categorize his paintings, he might call them “Eclectic Romanticism, or Theatrical Gothic.”
Doug prefers to work in oils, and it’s the human form that fuels his passion. He studied art at the Atlanta School of Arts for a year, and after attending Georgia State University, he worked briefly as a psychotherapist. The compelling call of art led him to Hollywood where he became an actor, screen writer and novelist. He studied film making at UCLA and LA City College. After nearly two decades of show biz, he moved to Ashland and began to paint professionally. “I didn’t leave my writing completely behind,” he explains. “I have written two published novels since arriving in Ashland [five years ago], A Force of Will, A Shakespearean Fantasy Adventure, and Phase Out, a futuristic thriller. But painting remains one of the great loves of my life.”
Oil Painter Connie Fribance is Featured Artist
Seven oil paintings by Art du Jour Gallery member Connie Fribance grace our feature wall this month. Connie has always enjoyed creating art with pencil, charcoal and stained glass, and after her retirement, she enrolled in formal art classes in Medford. She most enjoys oil painting, inspired by the colors and illuminations that she can create with her brush.
Connie draws her ideas from the natural beauty of the places she has visited. “I see beauty in things that are common. My goal is to put this on my canvas to share with others. I want the viewers of my work to experience a visual emotion and a connection where they can see and realize the beauty in life that surrounds them.”
Connie did her painting “Middle Falls” along the McCloud River in Northern California while she was taking a plein air workshop with PBS artist Stefan Baumann. “Louie’s Meadow,” another of her oils on the gallery’s feature wall, was also painted on site. “I was looking for a stream or a pond to paint, but I couldn’t find that perfect spot. When I turned the car around to head home, there was this meadow. The late summer colors and long shadows were beautiful, so I set up my easel and painted this lovely scene.” More paintings can be seen on Connie’s website at http://conniesbrush.com.
We invite you to visit Art du Jour during March to delight in Connie’s beautiful artwork.
Vote for Your Favorite “Discover Southern Oregon” Artwork!
A $50 prize and a “People’s Choice” ribbon await the winner of our “Discovering Southern Oregon” art contest and the winner is up to you! Contest artwork will be on display during March and we encourage you to drop by the gallery and vote for your favorite!
New Artist-Members Welcome!
Art du Jour Gallery welcomes artists of any medium to apply for membership in our artists’ cooperative. We have display space for you in our fine art gallery and invite you to visit Art du Jour at 213 E. Main Street in Medford and fill out an application. Bring in three or four gallery-ready examples of your work for jurying. Come join us! (541) 770-3190.
Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, March 17th, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet special guest artist Doug Wallace, featured Art du Jour artist Connie Fribance and other gallery artists as well. Our reception will include the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams. Appetizers, wine and cider will be served. Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, call (541) 770-3190.
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97540
(541) 770-3190 (Tues.-Sat., 10-4)
Contact: Susie Lee
Art du Jour Gallery in Medford calls to artists for entries to their “Discovering Southern Oregon” People’s Choice Art Exhibit coming up in March 2017. The exhibit is open to all artists. Artists may enter one art work. The entry fee is $10.
The art work in this exhibit will be numbered and visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite. A “People’s Choice” ribbon and $50 will be awarded to the winner on Friday March 31 at 10 a.m. The winning artist need not be present to win. When an art work is sold, the artist will receive the sale price less 25% commission. Sold art work may be replaced with the same size work with no additional fee.
The entry should be 22 X 28 inches or smaller including the frame. The work must be for sale and be the artist’s original work. The art work should be framed or have finished or painted edges. The work must have a stable hanging wire across the back.
Please bring your entry in on Friday Feb. 24 or Saturday Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pick up your entry on Friday, March 31 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
To enter the exhibit, come by the gallery or mail this completed entry form with a picture of your art work and a check for $10 to Art du Jour Gallery 213 E. Main St. Medford, OR 97501. We will send an email or call you when your entry is registered in the exhibit.
I often write these posts n the morning, coffee hot, still dark outside. I’m an early bird. Always have been. I like this quiet hour because all is fresh. No plans, no jolting out of bed, nothing frantic, no to-do lists yet. Just possibility of the day. To paint or not to paint. To write or not to write. Work is rarely an option, must do that, but those “extras”, those creative paths that we trick ourselves into thinking our luxury paths, are really the essential fuel that keep me going. If I didn’t paint, I couldn’t work. If I didn’t write, I couldn’t express. So really, these stolen hours at the crack of dawn, aren’t stolen at all. They are the log on the campfire that keep me warm.
There is a lot going on right now. More than usual. Just home from a string of trade shows, the order packing and follow up that comes after, an art show at a local winery, a reception, a commission for a series of paintings for a local shop tied into the Shakespeare Festival. All good. And. And the time to take extra special care of my creative hours. This is when it is so easy to slip into more of a “business” role, an administrator-sales-organizer-marketer girl and less of an artist. Because making art is luxury! Right? Wrong. At least for me, it’s a little white lie I tell myself. I can paint tomorrow. I can write next week. I can sketch tonight. True, I can do all those things. But I need to do it today. The business of my business will only get done if I show up for the art. What a topsy turvy concept for someone like myself who has subtly been brainwashed into thinking art is frivolous, the thing you do on the weekend, or at a workshop or an afternoon. Even now, or maybe especially now, when other parts of my business are calling me, I have to remind myself that it’s ok, no permission slip needed to go and create.
So here’s to a fresh 24 hours to show up for our art, our “thing”, whatever that looks like. Cooking, writing, painting, sailing, running, sculpting, drawing, weaving, rowing, gardening, baking…all of it. xo
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent Van Gogh
SOSA January 2017 Meeting – The Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) will start the 2017 Season on January 23, at 6:30 pm at the Medford Public Library.
The SOSA January 2017 Meeting opening program is a Membership Art Critique with Kim Hearon, Executive Director of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, acting as Juror.
Also at the SOSA January 2017 Meeting, the President’s Challenge will be B&W drawings, no bigger than 8×10 and hopefully incorporating “SOSA” and “2017” but not required. The winner will be used for the 2017 Directory/yearbook cover.
Questions? Call BJ at 541-414-4993
I’m back from a week long of travel for work, wonderful inspiring exhausting community building, week of travel in Atlanta where it was unseasonably warm, low 70’s and the air, when I was outside a building, already smelled like spring. Pure delight.
The Rogue Valley, on the other hand, is knee deep in wet cold winter and deplaning last night was anything but fresh and dewy. But it is home and there’s nothing like unpacking and doing those back from a trip life chores that settle you back in. For me, one of those things is fresh flowers. Trader Joe’s had an electric colored assortment of roses a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t pass up. Most have gone bye-bye in the second week but there was a small arrangement on my kitchen window sill I had put in an old glass milk jar, a color combo of watermelon, tangerine and butter yellow that were alive and well, greeting me as I walked in the door. A beautiful splash of color against the stark wintery landscape. Three stems. That’s all. But that’s all I needed. xo
“Amber Floral” 8×10″ Sold
As I worked to finish updating my website, I saw that my tagline is a kind of ligature, too: art + word + spirit. And the thing that binds them together? Joy.
I’d like to share the joy, so I invite you to visit annaelkins.com. I’m especially happy to offer bespoke poetry and art!
PS: You’ll get a free print digital when you sign up for my mailing list 🙂
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