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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
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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

Southern Oregon Society of Artists Members Critique

Southern Oregon Society of Artists Members Critique

Steve Bennett, well-known artist from Jacksonville will be the critique juror for Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) on Monday, April 27. Steve, who has studied with many of the finest instructors in the United States, has been painting for nearly 30 years. Having worked in most media, he now chooses the immediacy of pastel, saying, “The pigment is right here in my hand.” His strong designs and colors add to the excitement of each piece. He will look for good composition created by the use of the basic Elements of Design to convey each artist initial concept. Art will be accepted from 6:15 to 6:45 from paid members.  Guests are welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held Monday, April 27, at the Medford Library, 205, S. Central, Medford at 7 pm. Free for guests. Contact 520-471-5046

Event Announcements from Silk Artist Judy Elliott

Judy Elliott announces upcoming events where her work will be on display

Judy, a Grants Pass artist and SOAR member who creates handpainted silk art, has found a new focus in the subjects of her work over the past two years. Having grown up in Hawaii with a father who not only helped develop her eye for design and color but encouraged a healthy lifestyle with respect for Nature, she has been creating activist art works with subjects as diverse as endangered marine life and native Oregon wildflowers with bees. Pictured above are a few of her new works, including pieces from her Save Our Oceans and Save Our Bees collections. Please plan to attend one or more of the following events to view her silk art pieces, handpainted scarves, greeting cards, and handmade kimonos.

Gallery One, Grants Pass:

On First Friday, May 1st, beginning at 6:00pm Judy Elliott will demonstrate hand-painting silk, using dye. Her paintings are a reflection of her love of nature in all forms, with an emphasis on its protection. Her paintings can be viewed at the gallery, Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 5pm, and on Saturday from 11am – 5pm.

Brian Scott Gallery, Brookings:

During the months of April and May, Judy Elliott will have a display of her silk paintings showing Oregon wildflowers, insects and birds. Hand-made greeting cards are available as well. You can visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am – 5pm.

Bloomsbury Coffee Shop (upstairs), Ashland:

Beginning May 1st through 31st, Judy Elliott will have her hand-painted silk wall hangings on display, depicting Hawaiian flowers, birds and papayas! You can visit the coffee shop Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5, Saturday 9 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 5.

Southern Oregon Guild, Kerby:

From May 13th through August 7th, Judy Elliott will have her hand-painted silk wall hangings on display, with the theme of “Inspired by Nature.” Her emphasis will be on protecting our rivers and streams, and will feature Oregon birds and salmon. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am – 4pm. There will be a special reception on Sunday, May 17th, from 2 – 4pm, with a music, wine, food and $5.00 admission fee.

Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon Spring Community Meeting

Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon invites all arts enthusiasts to our Spring Community Meeting on Tues., April 14th from 2:30–3:30PM in the Shield Room at The Bear Hotel, 2101 NE Spalding, Grants Pass, OR 97526. All attending will have the opportunity to sign up for an Arts Alliance Charter Membership for just $20!

The Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon is an organization of artists, arts organizations, arts advocates, and the public, dedicated to building a strong, creative and sustainable arts community in southern Oregon.

In the spring of 2013, leaders from various arts organizations gathered with a vision to strengthen partnership and improve communication for the benefit of the greater arts community. Since then, we have regularly held panel discussions, public, and steering committee meetings to gather input as to what the Arts Alliance should be, and created mission and vision statements. Meeting locations vary throughout Southern Oregon in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, and Kerby in order to be accessible, to encourage participation by the regional arts community, and to demonstrate our commitment to being an inclusive, positive, communicative, creative, informative, collaborative, and valuable resource to the arts community and the public.

Participants in a Community Meeting take part in a discussion about the Arts Alliance

Participants in a Community Meeting take part in a discussion about the Arts Alliance

With ongoing input from our arts community, we decided to create an active and robust Arts Alliance to help our arts community thrive. Our vision for the Arts Alliance is to accomplish this mission through:

  • Developing a strong, supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having art as a common interest.
  • Strengthening the economies of Southern Oregon communities by increasing the demand for art and increasing arts advocacy.
  • Supporting activities that raise awareness of the importance of the arts and create opportunities for all to participate in and experience the arts.

It is our goal to connect Jackson and Josephine County together through culture.  We realize this can have a significant economic impact on everyone who lives in the area, as well as benefitting tourists here for a short stay.

Our current steering committee include:

  • Brooke Nuckles Gentekos, artist, arts advocate, and Executive Director of Sanctuary One in the Applegate Valley
  • Susan Burnes, President of the board of directors Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass
  • Joyce Abrams, President of the Southern Oregon Guild of Artists in Kerby
  • Anne Brooke, artist and founder/director of Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville
  • Hannah West, artist, arts advocate, web designer, Art Presence Board member and founder of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource in Jacksonville
  • Denise Baxter, Executive Director of the Ashland Art Center in Ashland
  • Cammy Davis of It’s All About Art and southern Oregon art advocate in Jacksonville
  • Hyla Lipson, co-founder and chair of Artworks in Grants Pass
  • Kim Hearon, Executive Director of the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford.

2015 is the pilot year for the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon. Presently we are planning its launch and preparing for this by building a website, creating a map and calendar, designing and creating marketing materials, continuing to streamline communication, and building membership. We would like to express our gratitude to the Oregon Community Foundation for the grant that is helping us accomplish the Arts Alliance Launch in Spring 2015.

Participants in the last Community Meeting contribute ideas for the Arts Alliance slogan

Participants in the last Community Meeting contribute ideas for the Arts Alliance slogan

During our last community meeting we brainstormed slogans for the arts marketing campaign, narrowing the candidates down from a huge list of contributed ideas. The steering committee is coordinating details for the arts marketing campaign including a logo design, regional coordination, fundraising, and continued outreach to our blossoming arts community and arts enthusiasts throughout southern Oregon. We hope you will be among the artists, regional arts leaders, gallery representatives, and art enthusiasts who join us on April 14 to make their voices heard and continue working toward the fulfillment of our collective goals!

Learn more about the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon at our website: and keep up with our events, news, and latest developments on Facebook:

Contact Us!
Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon
P.O. Box 24
Jacksonville, OR 97530
[email protected]

Empty Bowls Pizza Party at Ashland Art Center

We are grateful for your presence at our<

Empty Bowls Pizza Party

Wednesday, April 8 at 6 pm


Let’s make a difference!

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls Pizza Party at Ashland Art Center on April 8, 2015! Make you bowl to donate to this year's Empty Bowls event in Ashland!

Twenty-five years ago, an art teacher wanted to organize an event to give artists and art students a way to make a difference in their community.
Ceramic bowls were made in his high school art classes and then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread.
Guests chose a bowl to use that day and then to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
Since then, the idea has spread throughout the country as a way to support organizations who help feed the hungry.
Here in Ashland, the 4th Annual Empty Bowls event will be held on May 8th, with proceeds going to Uncle Foods Diner, Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Food Angels, and Access.
The participation of artists and art students is critical to the success of the event.
To make it fun, the Art Center is hosting a Pizza & Bowls Party this Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00.
We invite you to come and make bowls together while enjoying free pizza and drinks. Admission to the Empty Bowls event is free to all bowl makers. You can help ensure that no person in our valley need ever go to bed hungry.
You can make a difference.
When: Wednesday, April 8 at 6pm
Where: Ashland Art Center
Admission: Free
RSVP before Tuesday, April 7 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
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News from Cheryl D Garcia's Great Metal Works

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
April 1st, 2015

“Brittilaria” at Britt Festival Grounds

Cheryl has been working on one of the most ambitious and inspired sculptures of her career.  Ten years ago during the first Spring after she moved to Jacksonville from Ashland she was hiking in the hills around town when she first happened across a small clan of the lily family, the Frittilaria.  With a half dozen or so members in Southern Oregon, they each share a brilliant red bell like flower.  None of them stand more than a foot high and one of them only occurs in the Jacksonville Woodlands around the Britt Festival.

When Cheryl returned to her studio instead of picking up her grinder and getting back to the artwork she was working on she pulled out her sketchbook and sketched the blossomed subject with colored pencils.  Years went by and lots of poppies came and went.  Each year when Spring came around and the Frittilaria would bloom, Cheryl would revisit the sketch in her notebook.   It was truly an idea waiting for it’s time and place to come.

While working on one of her larger California Poppy installations, Cheryl’s clients Sean & Sonya asked her what other flowers she had created.  She mentioned the sunflower, thistle, columbine and corn stalk at Walker Elementary School in Ashland, the Bolander’s Lily at Red Lily Vineyards, the Perrier Jouet flower at C St Bistro in Jacksonville and the one flower she had always wanted to create. That frittilaria from her sketchbook.   Without hestitation Sean said “We want the first one if you ever create it!”, and the idea was starting to become reality.

When Sean and Sonya moved to Texas, it seemed like that the idea was destined to remain a dream.  Until one evening last year while Cheryl was attending a concert up at the Britt Festival Grounds and saw the perfect place.  A place where art, music and natural beauty could all meet in combined harmony!

Sean and Sonya loved the idea of giving back something so beautiful to their second home of Jacksonville and asked Cheryl to approach the Britt.  Thanks to the leadership and vision of Donna Briggs and the entire Board of the Britt Festival this dream is about to come true!

You are invited to the dedication of the latest public artwork by Cheryl D. Garcia on Friday, April 10th 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM on the Britt Festival Grounds in Jacksonville, Oregon. Jeff Kloetzel will welcome everyone with music, celebratory miniature cupcakes and cava will be served.  We hope to see you there!


“Eternal Spring” Spiral Staircase Sculptural Profile 

Three years ago a couple stopped by the Jacksonville studio of metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia and requested she design a spiral staircase for their home. Cheryl recommended that they purchase and install a kit but they insisted on her being the artist and persisted in their request.  After a long patient wait the sculptural piece “Eternal Spring” was installed in their airy and light filled home in February.

St. Mary’s School
Art Mentorship Program 

As a girl Cheryl always dreamed of assembling the pieces of metal she discovered in the desert canyonlands.  Thanks to the support and encouragement of her family and teachers she was able to develop her inner vision into the metal artist she is today.  Cheryl cares deeply about giving back that support and encouragement through mentorship programs that inspire the next generation of artists.
Of course Cheryl said “yes” when the faculty at St. Mary’s School in Medford asked her to demonstrate her cold steel methods to their art students as part of an “Artist on Campus” Spring student workshop series.  St. Mary’s students will have the opportunity to see Cheryl work and ask her questions about her art.  Faculty, parents and the entire student body will also have the opportunity to interact with Cheryl’s selected sculptural works exhibited in the campus community garden through May.

A Farewell to Louis Colisimo 
The well loved and respected Rogue Valley Glass Artist Louis Colisimo passed away in December.  Many of you will know Louis from his Red Oak Glass in Central Point or will have seen his exquisite work at Kaleidoscope Pizza in Medford. Louis’ students knew him through his infinite enthusiasm, patience and constant encouragement.  Cheryl and Louis were longtime friends and collaborated on the artistic floor lamp below.  The world has lost a passionate and caring artist, he will be missed by our community.

Interview Insight

 Oregon Lifestyles Television’s Terri-Lynn Kalhagen visited the Great Metal Works to interview Cheryl D. Garcia and document her creative process.  Here is the segment they filmed that will be appearing on stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
 Cheryl’s MessageThere was a time when I felt compelled to finish an art project the same day.  Today my projects take weeks and sometimes months to complete.  The growth and development I have felt on every project leads me to reflect to the returning Spring.  Since my most recent show at Red Lily in May 2014 I have been creating two amazingly huge projects which have taken all of my time and attention.

“Spring Eternal” was my first ever sculptural spiral staircase.  At a story and a half the assemblage consisted of 46 separately hand made precision fitted pieces.  An enormous effort that combined serious fabrication and artistic vision, the functional artwork astounded even me when I finally saw it fully assembled for the first time.

My second Winter project was “Brittilaria”. This sculptural installation is one of my largest yet and closest to my heart.  The project again challenged me to create, build and explore new tools, methods and techniques.  The completed multi-element work will be installed at the renown music venue at the Britt Festival Grounds here in Jacksonville.  I hope all of you will attend this very special public dedication ceremony on April 10th as we celebrate the natural, cultural and historic treasures of Jacksonville.
Of Interest

Britt Festival

St. Mary’s School

Jeff Kloetzel

Kaleidoscope Pizzeria

SO Artists Resource

South Stage Cellars

Audubon Society





2015 Annual Art Student Exhibit Opens April 9

The 2015 Clatsop Community College Art Student Exhibit will be on display at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, April 9 through Thursday, April 30. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 9 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. This year’s juror, Eleanor H. Erskine, will be present at the reception to give a juror’s talk. Clatsop Community College thanks the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for this year’s student awards.

The CCC Art Center Gallery is ADA accessible, free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

The Annual Art Student Exhibit is a juried event that showcases the talents and creativity of the college’s art students. Art students are invited to submit up to three pieces of work created in the art classes in which they have been enrolled during the past year. The show will feature a range of disciplines taught at Clatsop Community College, including graphic arts, basic design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking.

Juror Eleanor H. Erskine attended the Chicago Art Institute, received a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, and earned her MFA in Printmaking, with a special focus in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988. She has taught at the Maine College of Art; the Kansas City Art Institute; The Chautauqua Institution; Penland School of Crafts; and Portland State University. Her works have been exhibited at the Mark Woolley Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington D.C; Nelson Atkins Museum; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); and the Marylhurst Art Gym. Erskine is recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is held in major private and public collections including the California State University Museum; Portland Art Museum; Spencer Museum of Art; Hallmark Corporation; New York Public Library; Downey Museum of Art; University of Iowa Museum of Art; and in various collections in Canada, Africa, Japan and South Korea.


Please direct inquiries to:  Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected].


An Afternoon with Peter Sears, Oregon’s Poet Laureate

Image of Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears

Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears

Peter Sears, Oregon’s Poet Laureate, will read his poetry and conduct a poetry writing demonstration, Sat. April 25, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., in the Adams Room at the Medford Library.  Participants should bring paper and pencils or a pen.  

A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Sears’ work has appeared in many national periodicals and newspapers such as Saturday Review, The New York TimesRolling Stone and others.  He has been published in literary magazines such as Field, New Letters, Iowa Review, and Poetry Northwest.  He has authored three full-length collections of poetry.  In 2009, The Brink, was named one of Oregon’s 150 best books by the Oregon State Library.  
After the workshop, a reception for Sears will be held at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., 5:15-6:00 p.m..   Refreshments will be served.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Sears and to join a poetry contest to win a painting.  The winner will be announced at Third Friday, May 15.
Tickets, limited to 40 guests, are $15 for adults and $10 for students 14-21 or for Art du Jour members.  Tickets must be purchased at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 Main St. Medford, which is hosting the afternoon events.  Gallery hours are 10-4, Tues.-Sat. and 5-8 on Third Friday.  For information, call (541) 770-3190 or check Facebook.

Ashland Gallery Association April Exhibits

Come out and celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Download the Gallery Tour Map here:

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. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

Pick up the new complimentary 2015 Gallery Guide in member galleries now!

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits
April 2015

A Taste of Ashland

17 Galleries + Wine + Food = One delicious art experience!

Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th from noon to 4 p.m.

A Taste of Ashland 2015 Festival Poster art by Kevin Christman

A Taste of Ashland Poster art by Kevin Christman

Celebrating its twenty-sixth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event is A Taste of Ashland. This annual walking tour of Ashland galleries pairs local restaurants and regional wineries to create Ashland’s most delicious art experience.

This year’s A Taste of Ashland takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th from noon to 4 p.m.  Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines.

For a complete list of pairings and to purchase tickets, visit:

A Taste of Ashland is HOSTED by: Ashland Gallery Association and SPONSORED BY: Southern Oregon Public Television, Jefferson Public Radio, Ashland Chamber, Southern Oregon Media Group, Ram Offset Lithographers, Mountain Meadows, and Southern Oregon Magazine.

Hill Station

Cathy Schoenberg: “Transition”

Floral by Cathy Schoenberg

Floral by Cathy Schoenberg

Cathy Schoenberg, a painter of some 35 years, lives in the Skagit Valley, 60 miles north of Seattle, on Guemes Island, a short ferry ride from Anacortes, where her studio is located.  The work in this exhibition indicates transition: from the figurative to the almost abstraction of flowers, both following a path of complex, vibrant color, patterns, rhythm and vibration.
” I started sketching with fervor 4 or 5 years ago, not as a precursor to painting, just for my own enrichment, like a daily practice, as in yoga!   But Alas! That is exactly where it led me, to a new frontier: deep onto the texture, shapes, and lush wildness of flowers. ”

Schoenberg was born in Spokane, WA and obtained a BFA in fine art from Fort Wright College in 1975.  Schoenberg’s work has been shown in Skagit Valley area, Seattle, Bellingham, San Juan Island, in various Galleries and venues since 1980.

Studio AB

Electronic Collage Prints by Bruce Bayard



Studio A.B will be open for the first Friday Art Walk, and again on Friday April 17, from 5 to 8 pm, which is the opening reception of the new series of “screen captures” by Bruce Bayard. Screen captures are still images derived from the video collage projections as part of a mixed media performance. One such performance occurs the following night, Saturday, April 18 at the Dancespace in Ashland. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited.
Todd Barton, Bruce Bayard and Darrell Bluhm present an evening of improvisational multimedia performance. The event includes quadraphonic sound, music on two Buchla Easels, video projections, and three martial arts forms including Tai Chi Sword.

Oak Leaf Studio

image submitted by Oak Leaf Studio

Image submitted by Oak Leaf Studio

New Artist Joins Oak Leaf Studio Contemporary artist Diana Trygg is now sharing exhibit space at Oak Leaf Studio with fine artist Leif Trygg. Diana calls her pieces “Curated Art.”  Each image, texture, and object has been personally culled from a collection created over the past 15 or more years. Odd items, unusual shapes, textures and colors, or old memorabilia, as well as found objects are used to create unique images.

In addition to Diana’s work, Oak Leaf Studio is proud to announce three new large paintings by Leif are completed and ready for viewing. The first is a large pastel of Ashland Creek with an exciting viewpoint of the stream. The second, also a pastel picture, is a beautiful scene from Lithia Park in the spring. The third captures an Ashland winter sunset against bare trees. All are rich, vibrant illustrations of different parts of our town.

Watercolor: In Deeper Pursuit with Elaine Frenett

“Watercolor: In Deeper Pursuit” 6 week series

 Watercolor class with Elaine Frenett

Two Brushes One Hand - Watercolor classes with Elaine Frenett

Two Brushes One Hand – Watercolor classes with Elaine Frenett

Want to understand pigments, mixing colors and glowing glazes better?

This beginning-intermediate to intermediate class will travel through value and color wheel reviews, then move into landscape (hopefully a plein air adventure, weather permitting), greens, design and corrections. Come swim in the wet, juicy world of watercolor, demos, homework and silliness included. Basic watercolor and drawing skills suggested.
Your instructor, Elaine Frenett, brings over 20 years of watercolor passion. Her fine art has been collected in museums and her illustrations published from New York to LA. She currently teaches private and group classes and leads annual women’s painting retreats.
  • Fridays, April 24 – May 29
  • 11 – 2pm 
  • Ashland Art Center’s Classroom
  • $180 
For questions and registration contact Elaine Frenett, or email/call [email protected], 541-944-2196