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Sue Bennett Painting Honored with Museum Purchase Award

Plein Air artists completed a successful 3 month period of painting in the Yaquina River Watershed as part of the second annual Toledo Plein Air Event and Open Juried Plein Air Show. The event is sponsored by the Yaquina River Museum of Art. 2015 Jurors were Becky Miller and Michael Gibbons.

Jacksonville artist Sue Bennett recently received an announcement that her painting “Yasek Loop Barn” has been chosen for the Permanent Collection Purchase Award from this year’s exhibit at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Toledo, Oregon.

Sue Bennett is a classically trained artist who lives and works in Jacksonville, Oregon. She and her husband Steve (also an accomplished painter) traveled to Toledo, Oregon to paint during the summer and the result is “Yasek Loop” oil 8 ½” x 11 ½” a brilliant example of the rural landscape in the watershed.

Congratulations, Sue!

Yasek Loop Barn, Oil by Sue Bennett; Sue Bennett Painting Honored with Museum Purchase Award by Yaquina River Museum of Art, 2015

Yasek Loop Barn, Sue Bennett Painting Honored with Museum Purchase Award

Sue Bennett’s Painting Wins Britt Poster Contest!

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource would like to congratulate SOAR member, watercolorist  Sue Bennett of Jacksonville, Oregon, whose painting “Moon Music” was selected by the Britt Festival to illustrate their 2015 concert poster! The poster will be unveiled at the Taste of Summer celebration of the Britt Festival season opening on Saturday, June 6, 2015. You can learn more about Sue’s experience and the painting in an article in the Jacksonville Review, which will be on the streets and their website by the time we publish this notice. Way to go, Sue!

Moon Music by Sue Bennett - 2015 Britt Festival Poster Illustration



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].


CCC Announces Au Naturel People’s Choice Award

Diana, by James McComas, wins Clatsop Community college Au Naturel People's Choice Award

James McComas
(Superior, CO, USA)
Diana, Oil on Linen, 24×18

Voters selected Jim McComas’ oil on linen piece entitled Diana for the People’s Choice Award in this year’s international juried show Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, which was recently on display in the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery.


All gallery visitors were invited to cast a vote for their favorite piece. Upon being notified that his painting Diana received the greatest number of votes, the artist responded, “I felt privileged simply to be juried into this year’s Au Naturel and I feel doubly so to have received the People’s Choice Award.”


This is not the first time that the artist has been selected to exhibit in the Au Naturel; he was also chosen to exhibit two of his paintings in the 2013 exhibit. In describing what he calls “an interesting little back story” about his painting Diana, he explains that “it was inspired by my visit to Astoria for the 2013 Au Naturel show. One of the days we were there, my wife, Lea, and I hiked up a short trail behind or beside the college that led up to some sort of monument. It was a bright sunny day (apparently rare for that time of year in Astoria). All along the trail, sunlight streamed through gaps in the trees to illuminate emerald green vegetation and dew covered spider webs, which sparkled like a million tiny rainbows. It was magical, somehow larger than life, and evoked thoughts of mythological figures hidden behind a shallow veil of reality. Anyway, this painting of Diana, the Huntress came from that experience. Lea and I had such a wonderful time visiting Astoria for the 2013 show.”


In his artist statement McComas states, “Compositionally, I perceive art as a visual melody, which can be as simple as a song, or as complex as a symphony. Somewhere in the music – in the image – is an expression of the human condition, be it narrowly focused or grandly sweeping. Along those lines, I see the role of the figure in my art much as the role a dancer plays in a ballet: profoundly moving in and of itself, yet a cohesive part of a larger story. My ultimate artistic desire is to integrate the human element into expressive compositions that are visually compelling, intellectually stimulating, and which engage the viewer on multiple levels.”


McComas received formal academic training in the classical tradition at the Colorado Academy of Art and has had the good fortune to study under such contemporary masters as Daniel Sprick, Robert Liberace, Michelle Torres, and Ron Hicks. He works in a variety of media, drawing in graphite, charcoal, and chalk, and painting primarily in oil.  McComas is currently based in Superior, CO.  Visit for additional information about McComas and his work.


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Unveiling of New Mural By Denise Baster in Ashland on Sunday!

You are invited to attend a city wide celebration and unveiling of a recently completed mural, Seasons of Gratitude by Denise Baxter, Executive Director of the Ashland Art Center, located at the Emergency Food Bank on 560 Clover Lane in Ashland. If you are in or around Ashland this Sunday, August 3rd at 3pm, stop by to celebrate the new and largest piece in the City of Ashland’s Public Art Collection.
Mural by Denise Baxter to be unveiled at the Ashland Food Bank - flyer
Thank you to our event sponsors:  Caldera Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Winery, Green Springs Inn and Cabins, Maren Faye Catering, and Komac (music).

May News and Events from Cheryl D. Garcia!

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
April 30th, 2014

“Pulse” at Red Lily Vineyards

Experience an awakening of your senses and the renewal of Spring with Cheryl D. Garcia and “Pulse“, a selection of fine metal art debuting at Red Lily Vineyards.  The metamorphic colors and curving metal of the “Pulse” works complement Cheryl’s regal ten foot tall “Bolander’s Lily” sculpture and twelve foot bottle tree both on permanent display on the Red Lily grounds.  The artist will be available to discuss her current work as well as the history of her giant sculptures during this event on Sunday, May 18th 2014 from 11 – 5 PM.

Corresponding with the Applegate Valley Uncorked barrel tasting and food pairing, the artist’s reception will feature appetizers and wine tasting.

Red Lily Vineyards 11777 Highway 238  

Between Ruch and Applegate [Red Lily’s Website]

Tasting Room 541-846-6800 || Artist 541-840-6243

The Great Metal Works at
Ruth Bancroft Garden’s 20th Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Walnut Creek, CA

  Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia has been selected to exhibit sculptures at the Ruth Bancroft Garden during their 20th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit.  For one month every year, the Ruth Bancroft Garden transforms into an outdoor art gallery.  The Garden’s world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works.  Meandering pathways lead to artworks from major Bay Area artists. There will be a kickoff reception and preview party on Friday, June 13th from 5:30 to 8 PM featuring catered food, local wine and live musical entertainment.

  Cheryl will be available to discuss her artwork throughout Saturday. Dads get in free for a special Father’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 15th which includes live music by the Ancenstral Water Band.  Reserve a spot for a unique wine, food and music experience in the garden with Dogbone at the Art & Jazz Sunset Social on Friday, July 11th from 5 – 8  PM.  

For more information or to purchase tickets to the events at the garden please visit the [Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Website]

Southern Oregon Magazine’s
Best Local Artist
2014 award
We were delighted to discover that Cheryl had been recognized as the “Best Local Artist” awarded by the readers of Southern Oregon Magazine for an amazing third consecutive year. Cheryl is honored in their Spring 2014 issue for her innovative designs and monumental public art installations such as the “California Poppies” on South Stage Road outside Jacksonville. We are very touched and honored that Southern Oregonians picked Cheryl and her artworks as outstanding in our region. Thank you so much to our fans who voted! The magazine is available on newsstands and in select business locations through July. Find out more about Southern Oregon and magazine locations at [Southern Oregon Magazine’s Website]


Newsletter Special!

 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 Message

I am humbled when I sit back to reflect on my life and the fortunes of a well developed art career. I am so Blessed to have found a niche where my art is not only accepted, but sought after. I believe that the expertise and relationships forged through my years of metalworking has given me the success I enjoy today.

The results of that success has turned into multiple commissions for private homes and public spaces spanning well into 2015. There is great excitement for me in designing artwork to fit a space in someone’s life. Knowing that my work will be enjoyed for many years to come, keeps me striving to do my best.

Many of my inspirations land in a sketchbook waiting for the time to develop the idea further. Having deadlines to meet doesn’t allow for a whole lot of extra time to create artwork for exhibits. One of the most enriching moments as an artist is to show my work to a wider audience and watch the enjoyment my work creates. This year, with so much work lined up, I am able to have only a couple of public shows. The only local showing this year will be at Red Lily Vineyards on May 18th from 11-5, then off to the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek for the 20th annual sculpture in the garden exhibit running from June 13th through July 13th. Thank you for coming with me on my journey as an artist. I hope to see you at one of the shows this Summer!

Of Interest

Red Lily Vineyards

Ruth Bancroft Gardens

Kaleidoscope Pizzeria

SO Artists Resource

South Stage Cellars

Audubon Society





christina Madden isgoing to ArtExpo New York!!


1st Place in Painting at Red Bluff Western Art Show

"The Drag Rider," Oil painting of a cowboy on his horse bringing home a lagging cow by Stefan Baumann

“The Drag Rider,” Oil painting by Stefan Baumann

I am so excited and delighted to receive a blue ribbon and 1st place prize for my entry called “Drag Rider” in the Red Bluff National Western Art Show today.  There were over 150 entries in the show and my painting of a tired cowboy on horseback who is bringing in the last of the cattle for the day won 1st place in the painting division.

If you want to see my painting in person, the show is open  Friday, January 31 from 9 am – 7 pm  and Saturday, February 1st from 9 am until 2 pm at the Red Bluff Fairgrounds.

For more information, you can go to this link on the web to read about it the art show!

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Honors for Janis Ellison!

Image of painting "Spring Meadow"  Pastel by Janis Ellison, 11 x 14

“Spring Meadow” Pastel by Janis Ellison, 11 x 14

Pastel Journal Honorable Mention Badge for Janis Ellison

This painting won an Honorable Mention in the Landscape category of Pastel Journal 100 competition. It will be published in the April 2014 edition of the magazine. Only 100 paintings selected from over 1500 entries. This image is still available, please contact me to purchase.

Editor’s note: you can find Janis Ellison’s contact information, social networks and website links in her listing at