Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE! reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more</a>.

SOAR Welcomes Linda Curtis to!

Rogue Riffles, Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting by Linda Curtis, Shady Cove, Oregon Whitewater rafting and traveling with husband and dogs fuels her inspiration. You can find her on a river bank, in a field, or by the edge of a marsh.  "Being out in nature allows me to study the nuances needed to convey my interpretation of the scene." ~ Linda Curtis

Oil Painting by Linda Curtis landscape artist, plein air artist, lanature artist

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Linda Curtis to the Visual Artists directory! You can find her listing–with social links, a link to her website, and contact information–in the Impressionist Artist directory, the Plein Air Painters directory, the Landscapes and Nature artists directory, Oil Painters directory and Pastel Painters directory, and in the alphabetical listing page here. Another important member of the southern Oregon art community, we are proud to see Linda’s listing in our online representation of southern Oregon’s community of artists and thank Linda for joining forces with us. Please help us give her a warm reception by sharing her listing or this announcement with the art lovers in your network!

Taking watercolor lessons from her customer at an auto dealer service department launched Linda into her art career. As a woman who likes lots of texture, she began applying watercolor with a palette knife soon to discover the richness of oils and the buttery qualities of pastels. Linda takes workshops from well-known artists whose work she admires. Living in the Rogue Valley, she is also fortunate to have Richard McKinley as a friend and mentor.

From a city girl in Providence, RI, to an outdoor adventurer in Shady Cove, OR, the diverse landscape provides ample opportunity and inspiration. Whitewater rafting and traveling with her husband and dogs in their RV fuels her inspiration. She translates her discoveries on canvas or paper through the use of design, color and brushwork. Don’t tell anyone, but every once in awhile, she does sneak in an abstract or two! You can often find her painting on the banks of a river, the edge of a marsh or in the middle of a field.

“Being out in nature allows me to study the nuances of the quality of the light and the color shifts needed to convey my interpretation of the scene.”


Southern Oregon Society of Artists Show at Hilltop Gallery

Southern Oregon Society of Artists Exhibit at Hilltop Gallery, Ashland, OR

August 4- September 15, 2014 Reception for the artists Sunday, August 10th 1:00-4:00pmSpiritual Sources, osouthern Oregon Society of Artists Exhibit at HIlltop Gallery, Ashland, Oreogn


Ashland Gallery Assn August Spotlight Exhibits

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, August 1st, 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 HERE

Most exhibits run throughout the month of August!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits:

Studio A.B.

Ann DiSalvo, CAT TOTEM, 2014, pastel

Ann DiSalvo, CAT TOTEM, 2014, pastel

Ann DiSalvo Figurative Drawings

As a winner of the RV Biennial 2013 Juror’s Choice Award, Ann DiSalvo exhibited 15 classical nudes in pastel at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in March, 2014. These drawings are now on exhibit in Ashland, at Studio A.B.
“Study of the figure has been part of my art education from the beginning, as it is the most challenging subject to learn with. It’s easy to see errors and the rewards are self evident. Living, moving forms reflect light in unique ways for value study. Skin, hair (or fur) and eyes hold colors that surprise. The shapes of humans and animals are ever-changing. They can express and evoke thought.
I have always felt the kinship between humans and animals. Each have a niche in their ecosystem. Sharing resources preserves harmony. Some of my drawings pair a human and an animal, evoking a totemic tradition – another way to link species and imagine wordless communication.
These drawings were made in Wednesday evening figure study sessions at the Ashland Art Center. Each weekly session was a single pose. We worked for three hours and repeated in the following week for a six-hour drawing. Most were finished at my home, Studio A.B. The sessions with artists sharing models, humans drawing humans, taught as much about humans as it did about art. It is a good alternative to solitary studio work. As an artist, my subject matter explorations change between genres, but I will always follow a fascination with figure study.”

Art and Soul Gallery

Carla Palmese CANAL WITH DUCK NEAR ELLESMERE oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

Carla Palmese CANAL WITH DUCK NEAR ELLESMERE oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

“Travels in North Wales” paintings by Carla Palmese

Carla’s paintings for the August show are from a trip she and her husband Bob took to North Wales, United Kingdom.  They had 2 goals; to cruise the Llangollen Canal, from the English/Welsh border at Chirk, to it’s end at the town of Llangollen.  The second goal was to volunteer for 2 weeks for the historic Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog.  The skies were usually cloudy, the month was October.  The views of the canal are mostly seen from the center as her views were taken from the prow of the boat. The other landscapes were taken from their travels on foot and by local bus on their days off (track crew) as they explored the Welsh countryside, which included a climb to the abandoned slate mine at Blaneau.



Gallery Karon

The Female of the Species

Over 20 artists in a show all their own!

Our Third Annual invitational exhibit; all women, all media

Hanson Howard Gallery

image by Jon Jay Cruson, supplied by Hanson Howard Gallery

image by Jon Jay Cruson, supplied by Hanson Howard Gallery

Jon Jay Cruson

JON JAY CRUSON”S remarkable career makes his work highly collectable not only nationally but internationally as well. He has works in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England and in private collections from Italy to Japan. He is represented in many corporate collections within the United States such as the Ford Collection and Chrysler Collection in Michigan.
“Life events– my visual and emotional environments– have guided my work over the last 40 years. I did not always know where I was going, but simply went where the road led me. The metaphor of traveling along a road has been my constant approach to work and life and has led me through many varied environments. I have not jumped on artistic bandwagons, doing what was currently popular. Instead I have followed my own changing interests by studying both the nature of the subject and the ways in which I could best express my understanding of it.
Time and again I find myself ‘where the road leads me’, not knowing exactly what I will discover yet finding the inspiration from what comes over the horizon. The open country, patterns, shapes, and colors, they are all there. Back in the studio, it all comes together with the play of the elements, transferring, assembling, and incorporating into my own landscape.”

August News from Illahe Studios & Gallery

Six inspirational artists will be featured in our Tenth Annual Sculpture Invitational.  Annabel Allen, Penelope Dews and Sue Springer each work in ceramic arts in a uniquely individual way with exceptional skill, inspired by the nature of flora, fauna and the human form.  Holly Kilpatrick sources found materials, reinventing them into bold, enigmatic pieces that are much more than the sum of their recognizable parts. Laurie Brown uses paper to create abstract relief wall sculptures with texture, color and depth.  Cheryl William’s refined, minimalist sculptures are echoed in her rich, bold abstract paintings which will also be featured.

Join us for the Artists Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on August 1st, 5 – 8 p.m.  Celebrate the warm summer evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the cello music of Daniel Sperry.


Annabel Allen, "Urchin with Tail" porcelain

Urchin with Tail, porcelain by Annabel Allen

When I was 14 I went to boarding school in Bath, Maine.  It was in this giant mansion that historically had been a home for children suffering with Polio.  At night some of us would play hide and seek.  We discovered a laundry chute that ended in the basement near a sunken pool.  There were antique wooden wheelchairs in stacks, and a dusty room for ceramics.  I was intrigued by the giant kilns in that room.  I decided to clean it and ordered a bunch of clay, and began teaching myself how to throw by following picture tutorials on the wall.  I loved the sense of discovery!  Eventually I was teaching the other kids.

I went on to Bennington College in Vermont where I studied ceramics further and eventually I found my way to SOU where I spent five years learning from John Romberg. My life took me to Chicago for Second City Improv where I was a member of Lill Street Gallery for 5 years and then moved to L.A. where I showed in a few galleries.  Finally, I made my way back to Ashland, where I live with my husband and two beautiful sons, along with a variety of eccentric pets.

Cheryl Williams, "Revealing" acrylic on canvas

Cheryl Williams, “Revealing” acrylic on canvas


I took a pottery class in High School and fell in love instantly. I think I knew right then that this was what I wanted to do in my life. To this day I still enjoy the feeling of making large pieces on the potter’s wheel.

I love to create. It doesn’t matter the medium. Over the years I’ve played in stone carving, painting, clay, metal; sometimes in combinations.

Many people ask me where my ideas come from. They come from living life. Being open to that which shows itself to me.

I love to make the ordinary appear extraordinary. My work is simple and elegant. It gives me great pleasure to share this with you.



is a sculptor, printmaker, and an encaustic artist. Primarily a self-taught artist, she has gleaned instruction over the years from kindred artists who have shared their expertise with her, as well as her own research and experimentations. She is currently attending SOU with the goal of completing her BFA in printmaking and sculpture. Over the last 10 years, she has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in the Rogue Valley and throughout Oregon. While pursuing her own path to formal art education, Holly has become an arts education specialist and advocate. Holly is currently the Coordinator of Education Outreach at the Schneider Museum of Art.


Dews was raised on the southern coasts of California and England.  She started pottery at age 4, continued with a circuitous art education and received a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 1984.  A 5th generation Oregonian, she moved permanently to the RogueValley in 1995.  After moving to the valley, she became a member of Thrown Stone Studio – now known as Ashland Art Works on Oak Street for 7 years before setting up her own studio in Phoenix.  Dews joined the Clayfolk group in 1996 and was a co-owner of Foray Gallery (which closed in 2003).  She has been teaching since 1997, both in the studio and as a demonstrator at shows and workshops.  Aside from pottery she is also an avid gardener, outdoorswoman and traveler.


Laurie Brown, "Magnetic" paper wall sculpture

Laurie Brown, “Magnetic” paper wall sculpture


Brown dreamed of being an artist from the time she could hold a crayon, and in 1994 she received her B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, Ohio.  Although her area of focus was Illustration, she never felt a true passion for her work until she began working with handmade paper during her final year of college.  It was then that she began combining beautiful papers with paint and thread.  Over the years, Brown’s work has evolved from sewing together pieces of torn and painted handmade paper, to cutting, staining and tying together paper spools, forming the finished images you see today.

Brown has exhibited in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Oregon.  Her art hangs in private collections from New York to Saskatchewan.

Brown has recently relocated to Oregon, currently residing in Grants Pass with her family.  She has previously lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, as well as several states along the East Coast.


Susan Springer has been drawn to the ceramic arts, including tile, sculpture, pottery and mosaics since the early 1970’s. Expanding the form and surface, creating unexpected combinations of edge, form and texture, continue to intrigue her as she works in her studio at the gallery.

It is always a mystery where ideas come from.  Themes emerge from seemingly unrelated forms.  Currently, my sculptural forms have become more figurative, for years, the forms were purely a torso, the heads and arms and legs didn’t seem to be important.  The work took the form of dancers, figures in the act of movement.  Now my recent series of female figures are resting, settling down, taking a moment to readjust the heavy loads of fruits and dreams.  They emerge from the wet clay slabs.  Each piece suggests the next.

Currently, at Illahe Studios and Gallery, she designs and produces works for installations and sculptural murals for public, as well as private commissions.  She has completed numerous installations, donor recognition, private and public commissioned projects, including, “Rio Amistad,” the mosaic placed at the Calle Guanajuato Overlook at Lithia Park in Ashland.   Recently, Sue designed and installed the mosaic details in the Ashland Plaza Renovation.

66th Annual Southern Oregon Art Show Call to Artists and Workshop Series

Call to Artists for the 66th Annual Southern Oregon Art Show

August 1-28, 2014


Announcing a concurrent series of workshops on topics from creating Fairy Doors in clay to 3D Printing!

Find all the details below:
Call to Artists for the 66th Annual Southern Oregon Art ShowCall to Artists for the 66th Annual Southern Oregon Art Show - Details

Call to Artists for the 66th Annual Southern Oregon Art Show - information and agreement

Call to Artists for the 66th Annual Southern Oregon Art Show - Workshop Series

July Exhibits at Rogue Gallery - Third Friday ArtWalk Reception Tonight!

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will have opening receptions for two exhibitions from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on this Third Friday’s Art Walk. Wine from Weissinger Winery, food from Harry and David, and cheese from Rogue Creamery will be served.

Main Gallery exhibit: Bodies for Billions: The Work of Miguel Aragón

July 11 – August 15, Opening Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

The Rogue Gallery presents works of artist Miguel Aragon. Miguel Aragon uses his own method of layered hand drilled prints to create a series of works that address the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars. The large scale works on partially destroyed paper depict violent imagery of death. The affect reflects the fragile nature of life and the deeply spiritual process of exploring perception and memory while coping with images of profound violence.

As a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Texas artist Miguel Aragón grew up surrounded by the fallout of Mexico’s ongoing drug war. In his work, he seeks to deal with violent acts through violent processes. For this exhibit, Aragón enlarged newspaper portraits of victims of narcotics-related violence, mounted them on sheetrock panels, and used a power drill to create precise patterns of holes in the prints, partially destroying them. The resulting pointillist images are displayed in an unsettling juxtaposition that speaks to the nature of traumatic memories and seemingly random bloodshed. Oregon Humanities Magazine – spring issue

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

“I am drawing literal connections between the mediums I use and the idea by making connections such as the lack of ink or color to the absence of life, the absence of moral by the perpetrators and the coldness in which these events are carried on. The original source image gets abstracted due to both, the process and my manipulation of it; through this fragmentation and decomposition of the original, I am pursuing an ambiguity in the image to better demonstrate these ideas of perception and memory and how the mind changes its perception of reality in order to cope with stress…I feel this is the reflection of Mexican society at the moment; we cannot avoid seeing these events but try to continue living a purposeful life; therefore, blurring, breaking up, and trying to erase those unwanted memories.” ~Miguel Aragon

Miguel Aragon is a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He holds a M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan, Romania, and Slovakia. He teaches printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently is a resident artist at the Till Richter Museum in Buggenhagen, Germany.

Sponsored by Rogue Gallery and Art Center Board of Directors

Community Gallery: Sarah F. Burns, Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

July 18 – August 29, 2014, Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

Sarah Burns uses the process of traditional oil painting to create works that are meditative and sublime. With an uncompromising eye, she depicts familiar landmarks and landscapes of Southern Oregon. The paintings reflect the beauty of the region while maintaining a naturalistic quality.

Kim's Medford, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns“I have lived in the Rogue Valley for most of my life. I have a strong connection to this land and place which grows even deeper for me through the act of painting. It’s a beautiful area and I attempt to make paintings that are beautiful, that people will want to live with in their homes, but the beauty I seek is a truthful, not romanticized one. I do not edit out the power lines, the aging infrastructure, the history and marks we make on this place, for better or worse.” ~ Sarah Burns

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. 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.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit

Sarah F. Burns PLein Air Landscape Show at Rogue Gallery

Kim's Medford, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

I’m having an art show – this time it’s plein air landscape at Rogue Gallery in Medford.
The show opens Friday, July 18 from 5 – 8 pm.
Mostly new work, all Rogue Valley, and it’s geographically arranged in the gallery.
Hope to see you at the party!

Upcoming Plein Air Workshop in the Applegate Valley

Applegate ON SITE: Two Workshops, Two Sites & Two Instructors

July 26th, 2014

Silvia Trujillo (yes, she’s back!), oil & acrylics, and Elaine Frenett, watercolor, will lead these two special plein-air classes. Silvia and Elaine, with over 40 years combined experienced as professional artists and art instructors in Oregon and California, delight in leading others along the creative path.

These workshops will begin at the picturesque “Lavender Fields Forever” farm, with the lavender at its brilliant peak, and continue at the dazzling vistas of Valley View Winery. Each session will include an outdoor painting introduction, demonstrations by both instructors in their media and ample time for individuals to develop their own unique paintings. A friendly share will close the gathering. Optional and additional activities include lavender distillation, vintage car viewing and wine sampling. Won’t you come celebrate summer in the Applegate Valley with us?

Copyright 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Lavender Fields Forever” painted at workshop site by Silvia Trujillo



Workshop flyer

Maybe it’s time to hang it up.

Maybe it’s time to hang it up.

Sanctuary One Summer Soiree – July 19th at the Ashland Springs Hotel – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

Sanctuary One’s Summer Soiree and Benefit is July 19th at the Ashland Springs Hotel! This event replaces the Annual Bachelor Auction, which was very popular, but not completely in line with the mission of the Sanctuary. As with that event, I am also on the planning committee for the Summer Soiree.

We kick off the evening with cocktail hour & appetizers, along with shopping for farm-related items like dog cookies & bird houses made at the Sanctuary, and farm stays, tours & birthday parties complete with cupcakes from Kat von Cupcake, who donates all of her proceeds to the Sanctuary  - Yay Kat! (She makes excellent vegan cookies and cakes as well!).  My painting of Sanctuary One Rooster “Captain Morgan” (below) is for sale as well, with all of the money benefiting the Sanctuary. Larks is catering the gourmet vegetarian or vegan dinner served with wine, and dessert. There is a brief presentation about the Sanctuary, a raffle drawing for a stay at Villa de Poema, in Sayulita, Mexico (tickets for the raffle are just $10) and dancing to East Main Band until 10:30PM. Tickets to the event are $75, but our ticketing deadline is Friday, June 11th at 11AM.

If you are a big supporter of Sanctuary One, or if you just want to know more about what they do, come celebrate with us on July 19th! Click here for more information –


Share on Facebook