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