Art Matters! Journal of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:10:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Another ‘garden’ series ACEO. Fall garden with pumpkin. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Continue reading Another ‘garden’ series ACEO. Fall garden with pumpkin.

My 2nd to last listing for this month, on eBay. ACEO (2.5×3.5″) original painting pumpkin fall garden porch birdhouse ink watercolor CRIDER on eBay.

Pen & wash, art journal style sketch/painting. Porch is a historic early 1800s house in the Rogue Valley, Oregon.

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Drawing Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:42:05 +0000

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Drawing of Shalyn.  For sale here on Etsy.

Filed under: Drawing, figure, Portrait Tagged: 2013, art, Ashland Art Center, drawing, etsy, female nude drawing, figurative, figure, fine art, life drawing, nude, nude drawing, nude female, portrait, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, work of sarah f burns

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Just Sayin’… Series Spin Offs Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:13:27 +0000 I’m starting to work on a couple of new series. They are spin offs of the “Just Sayin’…” series. Sort of reminds me of TV series spin offs.   I’m still looking at our culture’s love affair with cell phones. I know we have a “love affair” because I have a smart phone too. I […]

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I’m starting to work on a couple of new series. They are spin offs of the “Just Sayin’…” series. Sort of reminds me of TV series spin offs.  

I’m still looking at our culture’s love affair with cell phones. I know we have a “love affair” because I have a smart phone too. I like it.

The new series I’m calling “Checking Messages” and “Coffee Date”.

As is my process, the first steps in a new series include ideas and drawing.  Lots of drawing.

This short post is just a preview of more to come!

“Checking Messages v2″


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SOAR Welcomes Umpqua Valley Art Center! Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:57:28 +0000 Continue reading SOAR Welcomes Umpqua Valley Art Center!

Umpqua Valley Arts Association logo

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource welcomes Umpqua Valley Arts Center (UVAC) to the Southern Oregon Artist Groups & Organizations and Roseburg Galleries directories! This is our first listing from the Roseburg area and we’re delighted to see our range expanding to the northern part of southern Oregon.

SOAR recently posted a call to artists from UVAC for their 2015 Summer Arts Festival. If you haven’t seen that yet, please read this post for more information.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s mission is to create and foster a climate that supports arts appreciation, participation and education.

Located at 1624 W. Harvard Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon,  UVAC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to art education, art appreciation, service to artists and art organizations, and to the community. The Association has played a primary role in the cultural development of Douglas County. In 1979, the Arts Association and the City of Roseburg entered into a partnership arrangement to use the buildings in the Fir Grove Section of Stewart Park as a cultural center.

Now this gorgeous historical building houses six art gallery spaces, a workshop studio, a beautifully stocked gift gallery, a fully equipped kitchen, a full-sized pottery studio, and a new outdoor stage, in addition to staff offices. Groups can rent space for meetings, weddings and other special events. Contact the staff at the Arts Center for details or go to the Facility Rental page to see a picture and rates.

Resident artists and festivals provide a multicultural opportunity for county residents, school groups and tourists to experience a variety of programs and activities designed to deepen understanding and expression of the arts. Volunteer support groups assist in the day-to-day general operation, special programs, policy making and public relations.

The Arts Association is supported financially by tuition, sales, rentals, grants, corporate and individual contributions, membership dues and fundraising events like their annual Summer Arts Festival. An endowment program has been established to support and stabilize programs in future years. Support is also provided by the City of Roseburg through outdoor maintenance of buildings as well as numerous in-kind services for activities and programs.

We hope you will consider responding to UVAC’s Call to Artists and checking out their listing to learn more and get contact information, social media links, and of course a link to their website.

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Studio Snapshot Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:37:35 +0000 Continue reading

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Today I finished making 9 red and green lotus flowers for a special order. Soon they will be on their way across the country.

One of my finished lotus flowers.


The folding is done and they are held in place by rubber bands until I tie them with waxed linen thread. I make loops for the bottom by tying the thread around the safety cap on my knife.


All tied and ready to be made into lotus flowers.


One lotus flower completed.


9 lotus flowers completed and ready to be packaged and sent across country.

If you are interested in seeing the actual steps to making a lotus flower, you can check out my post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.

Enjoy, Candy

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Arts Alliance Update, Oregon Cultural Trust Town Hall Meeting Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:21:37 +0000 Continue reading Arts Alliance Update, Oregon Cultural Trust Town Hall Meeting

Arts Alliance of southern Oregon logoGreetings! We will be announcing the next Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon public meeting soon. It will be held in late November or early December in Grants Pass.
Until then, you are encouraged to attend a town meeting in Medford hosted by the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and presented by the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust: Monday, 11/3 from 1-4pm.
Thank you for supporting arts & culture in our community!
Come one, come all! 

Brian Rogers and the staff of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold 14 statewide town meetings between now and Dec. 12 to hear from Oregonians about arts and culture issues. The information gathered will develop independent plans to guide each organization over the next five years.

“Hearing from our stakeholders, which include every Oregonian, is a vitally important part of the planning process,” said Rogers. “The themes that emerge from these meetings will form the framework of our plans.” 

Each of the three-hour meetings, which kick off in The Dalles Oct. 20 and conclude in Eugene Dec. 12, will be hosted by a local arts and culture partner. Registration is encouraged but not required. The meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information to register:
Town Meeting-Medford 

Monday, November 03, 2014 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Rogue Gallery
40 S Bartlett St
Medford, Oregon 97501
United States
Map and Directions
The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust are pleased to announce a series of 14 town meetings across Oregon to gather information about local, regional and statewide issues in arts and culture. We encourage you to attend, participate, share and learn in this important process.  The Commission and Trust will use the information we gather to develop independent plans that will guide each organization over the next five years.
We also would like you to help spread the word and invite your board members, people you serve and community leaders to these town meetings.
Registration is not required, but encouraged to help us in our logistics.  Each town meeting will be hosted by a local partner who are helping make these important meetings possible.
We also invite you to submit written testimony, especially if you are unable to attend a town meeting.
You may email testimony to or mail to:

OAC / OCT Planning Process
775 Summer Street NE Suite 200
Salem OR 97301

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Building Local Economies with the Arts Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:27:19 +0000 Continue reading Building Local Economies with the Arts

Recently at an Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon meeting, I saw a presentation by Jerry Work about how Appalachia converted poverty to a multi-million dollar economy through the arts.  There were so many similarities between that region and the Rogue Valley, I wanted to bring it to the Medford business and arts community as well.  I think this short presentation will inspire you and give you insight on how to help build cultural tourism in our area.  I feel like Medford is on the brink of vibrancy, let’s make it happen!

Please join us on Thursday, Nov 6th from Noon to 1:00 at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center for this informative presentation by Jerry Works.
Please pass this invite to others interested in building our local economy.  See you then!
Cammy Davis

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Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:22:15 +0000 Continue reading Art Inspires Ashland 2014


You’re Invited! 


Art Inspires Ashland

November 14 – 16, 2014

Early Bird special for Evening Presentations tickets ends on November 1!
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
Join us for Ashland Art Center‘s third annual Art Inspires Ashland
Three amazing visiting artists will give TED-style presentations on Friday night, November 14, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and then they will lead hands-on workshops and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, at AAC.

This year’s visiting artists are: 
contemporary classical realist master painter, NYC
ground-breaking fiber artist and designer, Berkeley, CA
award-winning body painter, Bend, OR
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 FlyerYou can purchase your event tickets and 
register for the workshops & demonstrations either at 
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. (across from Pasta Piatti)
and join the the event pages for Dan, Jean, and Natalie‘s events. 

Get the Details!



Evening Presentations

Prepare to be entertained, informed, and inspired! 

Our three visiting artists will share stories about who they are, 

what they do, and what inspires them in 18-minute, TED-style talks. 


Friday, November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Doors open at 6 with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction

Presentations start at 7:30

@ Ashland Springs Hotel Ballroom, 212 E Main St, Ashland

$30 early bird sale price, $35 after Nov. 1 

Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Dan Thompson Workshop flyer

Workshops & Demonstrations, November 15 – 16

Click on the class titles below for more information and to register.
NOTE: Need-based scholarships are available for youth and students.
Email for more information.

The Portrait in Red Chalk with Dan Thompson 

Create a portrait in red chalk and red crayon on hand-toned paper. 
The workshop includes a demonstration and a hands-on class. 
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$85 Members, $105 General
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Jean Cacicedo Workshop Flyer

Notan: The Dynamics of Design with Jean Cacicedo 

Learn the principles of Notan (the interaction between positive and negative space) step-by-step while we each work on creating several paper collages.
Saturday, November 15, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
$65 Members, $80 General

Body as Canvas: A Demonstration with Natalie Fletcher

Watch award-winning body painter Natalie Fletcher work her magic: painting a camouflage illusion onto a figure to blend them into a background.
Sunday, November 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pmArt Inspires Ashland 2014 Natalie Fletcher Workshop Flyer
$25 Members, $30 General
Thank you to our past and current sponsors:
  • Adroit Construction
  • Anne Hathaway’s B&B
  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce
  • Ashland Gallery Association
  • AZ Catering
  • Bruce Richey, Architect
  • Golden-Fields Construction
  • Grape Street Design Group
  • Grizzly Peak Winery
  • Hearts & Vines
  • Jefferson Public Radio
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Kistler + Small + White
  • Lithia Springs Resort
  • Mercedes Benz of Medford
  • Ram Offset
  • Sam Vierson Family Foundation
  • Smithfields Restaurant
  • Sneak Preview
  • Southern Oregon Media Group
  • Southern Oregon Public Television
  • Spring Life Productions
  • TOT Restaurant
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wendy Seldon 
With Art Inspires Ashland, Ashland Art Center’s mission is to bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational presentations, workshops and discussions. This community event is an important yearly fundraiser for the Art Center. All proceeds go to AAC’s children’s classes, education programs, and professional artist services. The Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the visual arts community of Southern Oregon and supporting local artists. 
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Rogue Gallery Announces Call to Artists, Family Activities Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:02:06 +0000 Continue reading Rogue Gallery Announces Call to Artists, Family Activities

Rogue Gallery and Art center logo Medford OregonCall to Artists

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center has several opportunities for artists to submit work for the fall. For more information visit or contact Kate 541-772-8118.

  • Holiday and gift items wanted for the Artisan Gift Shop. Specializing in local handcrafted items, the Artisan Gift Shops features gifts such as pottery, scarves, jewelry, candles, and handmade soaps.
  • The Rogue Gallery invites artists and artist groups to submit a portfolio of work for the 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition Series. Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Reserved for work of the highest quality, the Main Gallery features emerging, mid-career, and established artists from the region and beyond. The submission deadline is December 2, 2014.
  • The Rogue Gallery & Art Center Members’ Gallery will be accepting submissions gallery hours  Nov. 7th (10:00 am – 5:00pm) and 8th (11:00am – 3:00 pm). Artist must be a current member of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Membership can be purchased at the time of submission.
  • The Annual Members’ Exhibit: “The Sky is the Limit” drop off dates are gallery hours Friday, Nov. 14 (10:00 am – 5:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 15 (11:00am – 3:00 pm). Artist must be a current member of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Membership can be purchased at the time of submission.

Family Art Saturdays

On the second Saturday of the month, the Rogue Studio is open for families to explore together with fun art projects and art hunts. Families are encouraged to create, explore, and enjoy seeing and creating together. Admission is free. All materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required. For more information contact Anna at 541-772-8118 or

  • November 8th, 12:00-2:00pm: Drawing inspiration from the artist Liv Rainey-Smith’s woodcut art in the Community Gallery, the studio will have printmaking projects available.
  • December 13th, 12:00-2:00pm: The Rogue Studio will be making handmade holiday cards in celebration of the season.



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 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit



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Art du Jour Gallery November Exhibits Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:53:09 +0000 Continue reading Art du Jour Gallery November Exhibits

Watercolor Paintings by Penny Simmons Memories of the Millicoma, watercolor by Penny Simmons Rivers Edge, watercolor by Penny Simmons Summer of 61, watercolor by Penny Simmons

Watercolorist Penny Simmons, one of Art du Jour’s newest members, will be featured Artist of the Month for November at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford.   Simmon’s use of gentle brush strokes and soft hues in limited palettes make her landscapes and seascapes peaceful and inviting, causing the viewer to be entranced by their serenity.


Simmons’ first painting experiences were spent on the sun-drenched porch of her parent’s home in upstate New York.  After dipping the tip of her watercolor brush into the pan of paints, she would barely touch the rim of a glass and then watch the paint drop into the water, seeing the colors flow together down to the bottom like a magic rock garden.   Over the years, Simmon’s has kept her love for the vibrancy of watercolor and has developed her skills with Anne Brooke, Doddie Hamilton, Judy Morris, Ted Nettel and Mary Whyte.  In 2007 she attended the “Intensive Studies Seminar” in Taos, NM, studying with some of the most celebrated American artists including Skip Lawrence, Fran Larsen, Katherine Liu, Alex Powers, and Christopher Schink.  Simmon’s states, “…I painted from my core, pulling joy and pain, sorrow and grief, all which is evident in the paintings that resulted.”


Simmons is a member of the Oregon Watercolor Society, and an Associate member of both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.


Martin Ball’s fractal flame artwork will continue to be shown in the Salon.  His work has an amazing vibrancy due to his selection of colors and his use of layer upon layer of patterns.  Ball’s artistic work extends to his musical abilities.  He is adept at playing various instruments from different cultures.


Meet the artists on Third Friday, Nov. 21st at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford, across from Vogel Park.  Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Third Friday.  Regular gallery hours are 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.  For more information, call (541) 770-3190.

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