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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

Rogue Gallery Receives Grant to Fund Elementary Arts Outreach Program Expansion

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Rogue Gallery & Art Center receives a grant from Fred W. Fields Fund and Butch & Richard Fraley Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the recipient of an $11,500 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to fund their Elementary Arts Outreach Program Expansion. The Elementary Arts Outreach Program will benefit seven fifth grade classes from Jackson, Kennedy, Wilson and Washington Elementary Schools throughout the 2013-2014 school year with visual arts education including classroom visits by an artist educator and field trips to the Rogue Gallery & Art Center.


IMG_6269The Program began five years ago with one fifth grade class at Jackson Elementary in response to the lack of formal visual arts education in the elementary school curriculum. With the generous support of foundations and in partnership with the Medford Public School District, the Rogue Gallery & Art Center expanded the program in 2011 to impact three fifth grades, or 100 children. This fall, the non-profit arts center will expand the Elementary Arts Outreach further to reach over 200 children, teaching foundational art skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, and art appreciation. The fifth grade students will learn a visual arts vocabulary to express feelings, ideas, and opinions about art presented during classroom visits and field trip art lessons throughout the school year.


Kennedy Elementary School Principal, Tom Etell, said, “We are thrilled that the arts outreach grant has been funded. The pressure on teachers to ensure students are proficient in reading and math continues to increase every year, so the arts, especially visual arts, are rarely taught in elementary schools in Oregon. Through this grant, our fifth graders are guaranteed to receive high quality arts instruction! Thank you so much!”


090The Elementary Arts Outreach Program is a success thanks to the quality artist educators who teach the program. The program is directed by Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s Education Director, Brooke Nuckles Gentekos and art lessons are taught by Amy Godard Navickas or “Miss Amy” as she is referred to by the fifth graders. Gentekos says, “Miss Amy is the heart of Elementary Arts Outreach. She helped develop the wonderful curriculum and brings years of experience as an artist educator to the classrooms and the Rogue Studio. Seeing her introduce the world of art to the Elementary Arts Outreach students each year is like pure magic!”


“Rogue Gallery & Art Center is helping to increase arts literacy throughout Jackson County by offering in-school arts education and field trips for elementary school students. OCF is impressed by Rogue Gallery’s commitment to arts education and is excited by the growth of this important program,” said Kathleen Cornett, Vice President of Grants & Programs, Oregon Community Foundation.


The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established regional artists in three gallery spaces, presents fine local crafts in the Artisan Boutique, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages in the Rogue Studio. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The 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. and they stay open late every Third Friday until 8:00pm.For more information about the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, please visit

June Updates from Eve Margo Withrow

Eve Margo Withrow

It’s official!

I am now part owner/director of Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland!  I am honored to be a part of a group with so much talent and integrity in leadership.  We have several new artists added to the already outstanding group showing at the gallery.  The energy there is vibrant and sales are spectacular.  Stop in and see for yourself.  The address is 247 East Main St. and the hours are 10 to 6 Tuesday through Sunday.

Yesterday I taught “Intuitive Painting” in the studio of a fellow artist in Eagle Point.  This is my second class in this wonderful venue.  I am always astounded at what creative solutions the participants come up with when they get out of their own way and let the creative juices flow.  It was so much fun and the results magnificent!The month of June, I will be showing 20 of my large paintings at the Rogue Valley Manor Gallery.  There is a “meet the artist” reception on Wednesday, June 5th from 5-6pm.

The weekend of June 7-9 I will be showing my garden “sparklers”, fountains, and sculpture at the Art for the Home and Garden show in Ashland.  This show is in the home and gardens of two artists a block apart.  The settings are gorgeous, the artwork superb.  It is a very fun show to attend.  The two locations are at 447 Pape St. and 421 Prim St. in Ashland. Hours are Friday, 10 am -5pm,  Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 10 am- 3pm.  I’ll post the flyer on my website and send it attached to an email.  I seem not to be able to attach it here….argh.The monthly ‘Intuitive Painting” class on Saturday, June 1st is here in my home studio.  This class is an exploration of techniques and possibilities to loosen your painting style and enjoy the freedom of playful, authentic expression.  Call now to reserve your place.  Class is from 1-4 pm. And cost is $45.  All materials provided.  If you’d like to bring a piece or two of your own that you don’t know what to do with next, please do.  We will find it.

On Saturday June 22nd I will be teaching “Intuitive Painting” in Grants Pass at Major Art and Framing.  The class is from 10am to 4pm.  We will be exploring many textural techniques and I will show my own techniques for you to experience.  The paint needs time to dry between layers. This is why we will meet all day. The studio space is large and open so there is lots of room to explore our creative souls.  Let me know soon if you are interested in joining in the fun. Cost is $90 including all materials. You may bring some of your own paintings if you’d like to explore possibilities for completing them.  This class is great for beginners and more experienced artists alike.

You can register and pay with PayPal by using the “playdates “ page on my website at or call me at 541-772-688



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Announcements from Metal Artist Cheryl D. Garcia ~ Congrats for winning Southern Oregon Magazine's

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
May 15th, 2013

“Awakening” at Red Lily

Explore the depth and quality of light through the medium of metal with “Awakening“, a new collection of fine metal art by Cheryl D. Garcia debuting at Red Lily for one day only.  The rich color and curving metal of these “Awakening” works complement Cheryl’s 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 19th 2013 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, 11777 Hwy 238 between Ruch and Applegate.  [Red Lily's website]



Southern Oregon Magazine’s
Best Local Artist
 2013 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 a second consecutive year. Cheryl is honored in their Spring 2013 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]

The Great Metal Works at
Ruth Bancroft Garden’s 18th Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Walnut Creek, CA

Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia has been invited to display selected sculptures at the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s 18th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit.  Works from major Bay Area Artists will be exhibited  with a kickoff reception and preview party on Friday, June 14th from 5:30 to 8 PM featuring some of the best food, wine and musical entertainment from the Bay Area.

Cheryl will be available to discuss her artwork at the opening weekend and Father’s Day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th from 10-4 PM.  The show concludes with a special agave and tequila Sunset Social on Sunday, July 7th from 4-8 PM.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the events at the garden please visit the [Ruth Bancroft Gardens' Website]

What’s at South Stage Cellars

A rotating selection of Cheryl’s latest artworks is always available at South Stage Cellars

Visit South Stage this month for an incredible show of two observant birders showing the passions together through the photography and metalwork.  Resident artist Cheryl D. Garcia will continue to showcase some new creations in the tasting room and wine garden. Her latest presentation of Betty LaDuke‘s work during the Rising Stars competition was a creative display of form and color highlighting “Local Farms and Farm Workers”

Cheryl and South Stage Cellars are pleased to see the photography of Dan Elster in the tasting room.  Dan is known for capturing amazing imagery of birds and other wildlife through the art of photography.  His work will be on display from May 8th through June 12th, with an artist’s reception Saturday, May 18th from 1-3 PM.

With delicious Wednesday night dinners by the “C” Street Bistro and local music most evenings, there are plenty or reasons to stop in and see the ever changing art by Cheryl and other talented artists.  Come meet the friendly staff and experience for yourself the winning combination of great art, the latest vintages, delicious food and lively music at South Stage Cellars.

  [South Stage Cellars Website]

Newsletter Exclusive!

The careful reader will notice the prismatic design that keystones our newsletter this time around.  It is a preview of new metalworks that have recently been installed at Kaleidoscope Pizza in Medford. Check it out if you are hungry for great food and art!

eARTh Day News from Leah Mebane!

eARTh day 2013 news from Leah Mebane

Landscape Images by Adam Bickel at GoodBean Coffee through April!

Be good...Not Bitter! Goodbean Coffee


Curator Hannah West has displayed beautiful photographic works – mainly Oregon landscapes and scenery – captured by Adam Bickel in the past, but with new works to add to his portfolio, a reprise was in order for 2013. Though the framed works he is exhibiting in the cafe this month are not for sale, prints of each piece are available in a range of sizes.

“In celebration of two charities that I have a bond with, I am donating an equal share of 20% of my sales, during my show, to Autism Speaks and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation! Please help out a local artist and these two important charities!”

Among his new works is a dreamy macro shot of a dandelion Bickel calls “The Little Bang,” which changed the way one GoodBean customer sees “weeds” within moments of seeing it for the first time.

The Little Bang, image ©2013 Adam Bickel

The Little Bang, image ©2013 Adam Bickel

“I am proud to say that ‘The Little Bang’ was submitted to Popular Photography Magazine and it has won as a finalist in their monthly contest – Your Best Shot. It will be featured in the magazine sometime within the year. It is my hope that it will win 1st prize, but even an Honorable Mention will be reward enough.”

Au Naturel Exhibit: People’s Choice Award

Blash, by Michael Reedy

Blash by Michael Reedy was selected to receive the People’s Choice Award during this year’s Au Naturel exhibit at CCC’s Art Center Gallery. Submitted photo.

Voters selected Michael Reedy’s mixed media piece entitled Blash for the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century exhibit.

Throughout the duration of the exhibit, February 21st through March 28th, all visitors were invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award. After the close of the exhibit, all votes were tallied and Michael Reedy’s Blash received the greatest number of votes.

Mr. Reedy explains the focus of his work on the human form stems from his “ongoing curiosity regarding the physical limits of the body, and its ultimate failing (both outwardly and inwardly).”  These interests have been “paired with prior interests long rooted in depictions of the body that fall outside the canon of art history (medical imaging and cartooning).”

This is the fourth year that Mr. Reedy has participated in the Au Naturel exhibit, and he has received recognition for his work in this competition multiple times.  His work was selected for a Purchase Award by the CCC art faculty in the first Au Naturel exhibit in 2007, and chosen for first place in the 2009 exhibit by juror Rick Bartow.  In addition to winning this year’s People’s Choice Award for Blash, Mr. Reedy also received the first place award from juror Clint Brown for his piece Expulsion.  This is the first time in the history of the Au Naturel competition that an artist has been awarded first place for the second time.

Michael Reedy was born in Galesburg, Illinois and received a BFA in Drawing from North Central College, and an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University. He began teaching at Eastern Michigan University in 2005, where he continues to serve as Associate Professor of Art.  Additional information about the artist and his work can be found at

Art enthusiasts can view the rest of works in this show, as well as additional award winners, at

Artists who are interested in submitting work for the 2014 Au Naturel competition may contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 or kshauckatclatsopccdotedu  (kshauckatclatsopccdotedu)  


First Place Award

Michael Reedy
(Ann Arbor, MI)
Artist Website

Expulsion (e.), Mixed media on paper, 46″ x 46″

The human figure has been central to my studies and explorations as a practicing artist for the last twenty years. My ongoing curiosity regarding the physical limits of the body, and its ultimate failing (both outwardly and inwardly), has been paired with prior interests long rooted in depictions of the body that fall outside the canon of art history (medical imaging and cartooning). Here, the ongoing references to anatomical illustration, and its benign approach to depicting pain and death, and cartooning serve to both underscore the comedic tragedy of physical existence, as well as the frailties that increasingly define our sense of self as we age. In each instance, the unsettling presence of the open body (removed from its traditional context) presents complex questions of gender, pleasure, pain, interpretation, and reception, and results in works infused with a sense of scientific aura, moral lesson, and morbid entertainment. Consequently, I hope the viewer is seduced into disregarding the boundaries between interior and exterior, between looking and feeling, and between the real and the pictured body.



Au Naturel Awards Highlight Artists’ Reception

The opening reception of Clatsop Community College’s seventh annual juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, was held Thursday, March 7, in the CCC Art Center Gallery.


2013 Au Naturel Artists

Artists pictured left to right: Denise Weir (Edmonds, WA), Jim McComas (Superior, CO), John Whitehouse (West Linn, OR), Bethany Rowland (Portland, OR), Sebastian Hyde (Oakland, CA), Lisa Ackerman (Astoria, OR), Jessica Marshall (Corvallis, OR), Paul Rutz (Portland, OR), Alexandra Eyer (Gold Beach, OR), Rhoda Draws (Mill Valley, CA), Ted Chilles (Portland, OR), Patrick Kernan (Portland, OR), Jessica McCoy (Claremont, CA), Rob Bibler (Salem, OR) with CCC’s Kristin Shauck, Founding Director of the Au Naturel international competition. Photo by David Homer.

This year, over 600 images were submitted for consideration by artists from 26 states and Canada, Mexico, China, Morocco and the United Kingdom. The 2013 show includes 52 works by 47 artists from 16 states and Canada.


Fourteen of the selected artists were present for the reception, including artists who traveled from as far away as San Francisco and Claremont, California, and Superior, Colorado. This year’s juror Clint Brown, Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University, gave a gallery talk. During the opening reception, awards were announced including cash prizes, a purchase award, a combined solo show and workshop award, and four additional workshop awards. Awards for this competition are supported by submission fees paid by all participating artists. Bridgewater Bistro and Clemente’s Restaurant generously provided hors d’oeuvres and Erickson Floral Company provided flowers for the reception. Thanks also to the Astoria Coffee House and Bistro and the Cannery Pier Hotel for their support. A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffee House and Bistro was held immediately following, and on Friday, March 8, Mr. Brown gave a presentation titled “Nude vs. Naked” to an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members.


This year’s Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display in the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington, Astoria, through March 28. All visitors are invited to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.


For the first time in the history of the Au Naturel competition, an artist has been awarded first place for the second time.  Michael Reedy, of Ann Arbor, MI, whose work was selected for first place in the 2009 competition, won first place again this year for his mixed media piece Expulsion. As second place, Mr. Brown selected a conté, pastel and charcoal drawing entitled The Source by Robert Bibler of Salem, OR. Grace Benedict of Lafayette, IN was awarded third place for her colored pencil drawing entitled Cradle. All of the artists selected to participate in the 2013 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for a solo show award. From among these submissions, Paul Rutz of Portland, OR was selected by the art faculty. In conjunction with his solo show, scheduled to open the 2013-2014 exhibition season, Dr. Rutz will also lead a workshop instructing participants in his unique approach to artmaking.


In addition to cash prizes and the solo show award, multiple workshop awards were announced. Jessica McCoy, Assistant Professor at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA was chosen to lead a workshop on color theory, and Jennifer Cutshall, an accomplished mural painter in Portland, was chosen to lead a workshop that will deal with abstraction of the figure. Grace Benedict, who teaches at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and Cathy Locke, who teaches in the graduate department at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, were both invited to teach workshops in the coming academic year. Cathy Locke’s graphite drawing on mylar titled Torso 4 was selected for this year’s purchase award by art department faculty and will become part of the College’s growing permanent collection.


To view images of the award winning artwork as well as those of this year’s exhibit and prior exhibits, visit Visitors to CCC also have the opportunity to view the purchase awards from previous Au Naturel exhibitions in the Dora Badollet Library. For library hours, call 503-338-2466.


The Au Naturel exhibit is free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The gallery is open M-F, 8am-6pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sundays and holidays by appointment only. Please note special Spring Break hours from March 25 through March 28 of 11am-4pm.


Please direct inquiries to Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; kshauckatclatsopccdotedu  (kshauckatclatsopccdotedu)  .