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My Experience at the 2016 Political Conventions

Americans for the Arts Action Fund President & CEO Robert L. Lynch shares his personal experience at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

My Experience at the 2016 Political Conventions

Americans for the Arts Action Fund President & CEO Robert L. Lynch shares his personal experience at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

SOSA August 2016 Meeting

SOSA August 2016 Meeting : sosa logo southern oregon society of artistsSOSA August 2016 Meeting

The Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) holds its regular meeting at the Medford Public Library on August 22nd at 6:30 pm.  Margaret Stermer-Cox will be demonstrating. All artists are welcome.

Margaret Stermer-Cox to Demonstrate Watercolors

Margaret Stermer-Cox is a highly trained and recognized watercolor artist. Monday evening will give us a window into her approach of joining ink with layers of watercolor. Her favorite subject is her imagination…taking life images and rearranging them in a new way.
With purpose and color, her success can be traced to her extreme drawing skills.  Trained at the arm of her New Mexico artist father, she’s a signature, juried and associate member of several watercolor societies as well as a respected juror and show curator.

Monday we will watch her add a line, a drip, a dot…and a little bit of mystery.

Ryan Moon and Insurance Lounge Team Up For CASA Benefit

Image of Shipwrecks and Storm Clouds, painting of a man with a dark abstract background by Ryan Moon

“Shipwrecks and Storm Clouds,” painting by Ryan Moon

Many of Ryan Moon’s paintings focus on one person or object, but the background bears an array of natural colors, like browns, greys and blues, that heighten whatever or whoever is the center of the piece. And in this particular gallery event, on July 29 at the Insurance Lounge in Medford, Moon’s work that is often focused on one person, will help many. The event will benefit CASA—Court Appointed Special Advocates—an organization of volunteers who are matched with neglected and abused children in the justice system and investigate their cases and represent them in court in Jackson County, with the goal of finding a safe, permanent home for each child. Moon hopes viewers will be affected by the authenticity and rawness of his work.

Twenty four original paintings by Moon will be shown, revealing his naturalistic style that blends abstract with realism.

“Really, it’s a lot of exposure for me, but it’s a lot of exposure for CASA,” Moon says.

The event will have wineries, breweries, distilleries, food trucks, and will feature DJ Hope. The building across the way from the Insurance Lounge will also be a part of the event, showing more of Moon’s original and reprinted work that will be for sale. Along with all this, a six foot painting for CASA will be unveiled and auctioned at the event as well.

“It’s showcasing my diversity and what I can paint,” he says. “I mostly paint portrait work, so for me to move outside of that and do figure work or maybe a little bit of landscape or still life, whatever it may be. There’s a lot of pressure to perform.”

Pressure isn’t anything new to Moon, however. Teaching at Southern Oregon Art Academy for six years, he had to constantly meet a standard of work his students could learn from.

Something Moon is very sensitive to is not forgetting why he is doing this, because he loves to paint.

“I always just painted to paint,” he says. “What I’m trying to do with that abstract aspect of it is to bring something that’s recognizable. And once you realize that the whole world is abstract it’s just that we recognize certain bits and pieces of it.”


Ryan Moon Gallery Event

Friday, July 29, 4 pm – 7:30 pm

Insurance Lounge, 625 Medford Center, Medford


This post originally appeared at the Rogue Valley Messenger

Eyes to Burma Benefit Concert


Featuring recent NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Jeff Pevar, Inger Nova Jorgensen, & LOVEBITE

Eyes to Burma and LOVEBITE are pleased to announce a benefit concert to raise funds for ETB’s projects in Mae Sot, Thailand.


Eyes to Burma Benefit Concert, Featuring LoveBite“The work that Eyes to Burma does is profound, an immeasurable act of kindness that goes beyond the call of everyday humans in this chaotic world. Fred Stockwell and Eyes to Burma are directly helping people to live better and expand their lives in a way that is making a true difference, we applaud and support their efforts with enthusiasm.”

– Jeff Pevar and Inger Jorgensen


This concert is an important collaboration for Eyes to Burma and the band, a result of the strong ties between the direct aid non-profit and the Ashland community. Ashland is the heart of Eyes to Burma, with locals funding more than half of its budget. Founder Fred Stockwell returns to the area annually to share progress with supporters as well as stories of the Burmese community members’ trials and triumphs. Fred will speak at noon on Sunday Sept 18 at the Unitarian Center to share the most recent project updates in a free presentation open to the community.

Flyer for Eyes to Burma Q&A with Fred Stockwell, September 18, 2016Guitarist Jeff Pevar and vocalist Inger Jorgensen have been aware of Eyes to Burma over the years, and decided they wanted to help by using their music to raise awareness and funds. Jeff and Inger will be opening with a duet, followed by original music and select covers performed by LOVEBITE.

Jeff Pevar will be performing for the Ray Charles Ultimate Tribute in August at the Hollywood Bowl, and directly following the benefit concert for ETB, Pevar will be performing in California at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Phillip Bailey and members of the original Ray Charles Orchestra including Jeff and friend, Morris Pleasure (Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Michael Jackson).

Eyes to Burma is a community-based, non-profit that works daily with a vibrant community of Burmese migrant workers and economic refugees on the Thai/Myanmar border. The funds raised by this Ashland event and the organization’s online crowd-funding efforts will support ETB’s continued success with its education, basic health, transportation, and emergency assistance projects. ETB was founded by Ashlander Fred Stockwell with help from volunteers who formed its Board of Directors and established it as a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Image showing members of the band LoveBite

LOVEBITE includes guitarist Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, Marc Cohn, Rickie Lee Jones, David Foster, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, & many more) along with Soul, R&B & Rock vocalist Inger Nova Jorgensen, 10-year veteran “Blue Man Group” drummer Matthew Kriemelman, celebrated guitarist Paul Turnipseed, and Funk/Rock bassist Jacob Ackerman.


Jeff and Inger are available for interviews regarding their careers and interest in supporting Eyes to Burma. Email: [email protected]



Also available at The Music Coop and Hilltop Music Store, Ashland



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[email protected] Livestream

On July 20th, you can watch our [email protected] panel here!

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