Southern Oregon Society of Artists Members Critique
Odessa Lake, Pastel by Steve Bennett
Autumn Treasure, Pastel by Steve Bennett
Tulips Aglow, Pastel by Steve Bennett
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
Mynah Bird in Papaya Tree, hand painted silk by Judy Elliott
Save Our Oceans – Sea Turtles, hand painted silk by Judy Elliott
Save Our Bees – Camas Lilies and Bees, hand painted silk by Judy Elliott
Columbine and Hummingbird, hand painted silk by 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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: http://www.artsalliancesouthernoregon.org/ and keep up with our events, news, and latest developments on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAllianceSO
Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon
P.O. Box 24
Jacksonville, OR 97530
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Empty Bowls Pizza Party
Wednesday, April 8 at 6 pm
Let’s make a difference!
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
All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
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].
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 Times, Rolling 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.
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: www.ashlandgalleries.com
Pick up the new complimentary 2015 Gallery Guide in member galleries now!
Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits
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 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.
Cathy Schoenberg: “Transition”
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.
Electronic Collage Prints by Bruce Bayard
SCREEN CAPTURE / TRANSMISSIONS I, 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
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” 6 week series
Watercolor class 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
For questions and registration
contact Elaine Frenett, or email/call [email protected]
Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 4th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!
Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website: ashlandgalleries.com
Most exhibits run throughout the month of April!
Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: ashlandgalleries.com
A Taste of Ashland
Art ~ Food ~ Wine Festival
April 26 & 27
For more information and to purchase tickets visit:
AGA Spotlight Galleries
Oil painting by Jenay Elder, Ashland Painters Union
Ashland Painters Union
Group Show features artists in many media – including a community interactive piece.
This show is designed to pair with A Taste of Ashland – an AGA event APU is participating in. Meditations range from the big ideas of life to the small pleasures we might over look any day. Join us for the opening party on First Friday, April 4 from 5 – 8 pm.
The APU is a cooperative gallery, made up of 8 Full Members and many Supporting Members. The Painters Union shows different work every month, always new or yet unseen in the Rogue Valley in solo, two person or group shows. The gallery is called the Ashland Painters Union to call to mind the blue-collar hard working nature of making art and although called a painters union, the gallery shows work in all mediums. It is a place for artists to show whatever they like, to experiment and explore new ideas.
27 1/2 N. Main St #2 – Up the stairs, on the Plaza, across from the fountain
Saturdays and Sundays 1 – 5 pm and First Fridays 5 – 8 pm and by appointment
Pillow by Heidi Schwegler
Schneider Museum of Art
Featuring Heidi Schwegler, Avantika Bawa, and Matt McCormick
For its spring exhibitions, the Schneider Museum of Art is presenting the first of a two-part exhibition of the Southern Oregon Site Project, generously supported by The Ford Family Foundation. The project features two installations created in response to the site: the Museum, Southern Oregon University, and the greater Rogue Valley.
In flood.control, Avantika Bawa uses the history and geography behind the formation of Emigrant Lake as the conceptual parameters from which her installation has been created.
As an artist, Heidi Schwegler states that she “is drawn to the peripheral ruin, modifying discarded objects in order to give them a new sense of purpose.” Her latest installation, to be premiered at the Schneider Museum of Art, is entitled Visibility Near Zero.
In addition, the Museum is showing The Great Northwest, which includes single-channel video, Chromira prints, and ephemera by Matt McCormick, an “experimental documentary based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip through the Pacific Northwest made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook.”
Please join us on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for the opening reception for 3. Quady North Wines is generously donating and pouring wine for the reception. The exhibition runs from Friday, April 4 through Saturday, May 31. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.
by Diane Lea
Illahe Studios and Gallery
Fifth Annual Artist Book Show
This will be the fifth year we will host our Book Artists Show combined with a Printmaking Invitational and our community collaborative book arts project, Community Press.
We are proud to be one of the few galleries on the west coast to host such a strong representation of regional and national book artists. Each year offers inventive ways of approaching the book form as well as remarkable craftsmanship. It is likely many of us have never held a hand printed, stitched and bound book…you will have the opportunity to experience this! Handmade blank books and portfolios will also be available in this show.
Skilled and inventive book artists include: Cathy DeForest (Jubilation Press),Arini Esarey, Roxanne Evans Stout, Alisa Golden, Michael Holstein, Sarojini Johnson, DianeLea, Susan Lehman, Olivia King, Patricia Freeman Martin, Marsha Matchek
Sabina Nies, Linda Piacentini-Yaple, Kelley Salber, Sabina Nies
Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on April 4th, 5 ~ 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Jeff Ramsey.
Watercolor by Jeannie Azzopardi
Bohemia Gallery & Rogue Frameworks
This month in our expanded gallery space we’re featuring watercolors from The Jazz Series by Jeannie Azzopardi and abstract nature photography by Zach Ehlert.
Jeannie’s style exhibits strokes of abandon and delight that charmingly captivate the viewer. As one fan says, “I totally love this art! Your paintings make me nostalgic for a time period I never lived in.”
Zach Ehlert attempts to capture the ethereal beauty of the natural world by experimenting with the infinite possibilities of the photographic process.
Bohemia Gallery occupies an intimate space within Rogue Frameworks and showcases a rotating variety of work by regional artists including: photography, painting and ceramics.
Rogue Frameworks is artist owned and operated, and offers a wide variety of quality, custom picture framing solutions.
1644 Ashland St #3
Located in the Ashland Shopping Center next to the cinema.
Tuesday–Friday 10–5:30; Saturday 10–4