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March 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery

March 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery

Queen Print by Doug Wallace at Art du Jour Gallery Salon March 2017     middle falls, by Connie Fribance

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.”

Roses by Doug Wallace

Roses by Doug Wallace

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 this March at Art du Jour Gallery in Medford, Oregon

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

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.

Third Friday

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.

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213 E. Main Street

Medford, OR 97540

(541) 770-3190 (Tues.-Sat., 10-4)

Contact:  Susie Lee

(541) 512-9332

“Love Rhymes with Everything” Book Event & Sanctuary One Benefit – Sunday, February 26th at South Stage Cellars

Join us at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville this Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 to celebrate the release of my book “Love Rhymes with Everything: Animal Ruminations Through Poetry and Paintings”, published by Ashland Creek Press. This 126 page, full color, 8 x 8 inch soft cover book features my animal paintings alongside poetry written for the animals by Kat von Cupcake. All proceeds from book sales at this event will benefit Sanctuary One. Can’t make it to the event, but want a signed copy of our book? You can order that here & all proceeds still benefit animal charities.


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Linda Abblett Show at GoodBean in March

linda abblett show at goodbean coffee : Travels Collection : Ready to Roast, Travels Paintings by Linda Abblett : Watercolor painting of baskets filled with chestnuts ready to roast and a gunny sack filled with chestnuts by Linda Abblett. Original 22" x 15" $900; giclee 22" x 14.5" $130

“Ready to Roast,” Original Watercolor Painting
22″ x 15″

I will be showing my original watercolor paintings (and maybe a giclee or two) at GoodBean Coffee this year! My show begins March 1 and continues through March 31. I’m not yet sure which paintings I will bring, but there will be a selection of framed paintings from the pieces you see on my website. I hope you will find time to stop by and enjoy a cup of the GoodBean’s wonderful coffee and a treat from their bakery while you enjoy my work. If one of my paintings captures your heart, please contact Hannah West, the GoodBean’s art curator, at 541-899-2012 or email [email protected] to inquire and to make your purchase.

If you find that one of my paintings captures your heart, please contact Hannah West, the GoodBean’s art curator, at 541-899-2012 or email [email protected] to inquire and to make your purchase. You might be interested to know that one of the things I love about showing at the ‘Bean (as it’s affectionately called) is they do not take a percentage of the sale price! Many galleries charge 40% or even more. However, the owners of the GoodBean have never intended to profit from the art that’s shown in their café, and they leave it to the artist’s discretion as to whether and how much they might want to donate to Mrs. West for her efforts.

The GoodBean is located at 165 South Oregon St. Jacksonville, OR 97530. Currently, their hours are 6am-6pm.

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Medford Sneak Preview Poll – Pegi Smith is Favorite Local Artist

Medford Sneak Preview Choose Pegi Smith favorite local artist

In a recent Medford Sneak Preview poll, their readers named Pegi Smith Favorite Local Artist in the February 2017 issue! She is so grateful to receive this kind of recognition from local art enthusiasts. Smith is in good company too—congratulations to Cheryl D. Garcia and Julie Veronneau, who also made the list.

Medford Sneak Preview Poll : Image of a clipping from the Medford Sneak Peek, declaring Pegi Smith to be Southern Oregons Favorite Artist

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Dana Feagin Art News – February 2017

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This commissioned moth is my first painting of the year,…

This commissioned moth is my first painting of the year, completed last month. Some spiritual breakthroughs occurred in this one…the concepts of raising our vibration so the unseen may become visible. The camouflaged moth will become visible once we train our eyes to focus in this dim earthy light.

Call to Artists - Discovering Southern Oregon Open Show at Art du Jour

Art Du Jour gallery logoArt du Jour Gallery in Medford calls to artists for entries to their “Discovering Southern Oregon” People’s Choice Art Exhibit coming up in March 2017.  The exhibit is open to all artists. Artists may enter one art work. The entry fee is $10.

The art work in this exhibit will be numbered and visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite. A “People’s Choice” ribbon and $50 will be awarded to the winner on Friday March 31 at 10 a.m. The winning artist need not be present to win. When an art work is sold, the artist will receive the sale price less 25% commission. Sold art work may be replaced with the same size work with no additional fee.

The entry should be 22 X 28 inches or smaller including the frame. The work must be for sale and be the artist’s original work. The art work should be framed or have finished or painted edges. The work must have a stable hanging wire across the back.

Please bring your entry in on Friday Feb. 24 or Saturday Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pick up your entry on Friday, March 31 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To enter the exhibit, come by the gallery or mail this completed entry form with a picture of your art work and a check for $10 to Art du Jour Gallery 213 E. Main St. Medford, OR 97501. We will send an email or call you when your entry is registered in the exhibit.

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Dana Feagin Art News – January 2017

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Rainbow Bridge, 12″x12″, oil on wood, Collection of the…

Rainbow Bridge, 12″x12″, oil on wood, Collection of the Artist

Number 7. The Heptad symbolizes the completion of a divine journey. The title
“Rainbow Bridge” refers to the Buddhist term for the path traveled from
the lower path the the higher path through the seven chakras. The
imagery of the painting is mainly drawn from The Pythagorean concept of
the Music of Seven Spheres, the musical vibration of the seven planets
in ancient alchemy.

Dream Symbols, oil on wood, 12″x12″, SOLDNumber six. The …

Dream Symbols, oil on wood, 12″x12″, SOLD

Number six. The
Hexad’s principle indicates efficient structure, function and order.
Every whole event occurs at the intersection of these three aspects.