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A train is also just a train

J.M.W. Turner, Rain Steam and Speed

From My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s phenomenological angle on Turner’s painting: 

. . . the eye that puts aside all it knows, that puts aside all preexisting insight, is the eye that can see the world anew, as if it were emerging before it for the very first time. Turner was interested in the relationship between the inconstant and the immutable, the solid and the fluid, and in that way the train becomes an expression not of anything else, one of the many categories into which it might be placed to do with modernity, industrialism, civilization, and the man-made, but only of what it is in itself, in pure physical terms, an enormous iron object proceeding along an iron track, almost obliterated by the snow, which would obliterate almost any other object in the same way: a sailing ship, a horse-drawn carriage, a funeral procession, a bear.

—Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Volume 6

The painting shows how dwarfed this massive iron horse appears in the context of a nature overpowering and sublime. Our view of nature now is both the same and the opposite: in the “anthropocene,” we constantly tell ourselves that we are changing everything around us, spoiling it and twisting it into a state of imbalance and disorder, and we makers of engines are going to incite nature to violent storms and deadly droughts and massive, hostile phenomena akin to what Turner was depicting. The difference is that now we think our little engines, our technological and chemical footprints, cause the storm that envelopes them and threatens their and our disappearance. Now the engine in the painting, as it were, creates what dwarfs and erases it from view–we are the storm. As usual with human beings, it’s all about us. 

Knausgaard glosses over Turner’s awe and passion for nature’s beauty and power, no matter how hostile it becomes to human life, his Romantic devotion to nature as a new sort of God, a source of mystery, if not meaning. He’s right that Turner wasn’t trying to illustrate an idea, but convey through perception and intuition the relationship between human life and a larger, implacable world–the way Chinese scroll paintings juxtaposed tiny human figures against beautiful, craggy mountains, putting us into proper perspective within the whole. (It’s nice that the Sung Dynasty had no locomotives to include.) Man isn’t the measure of all things, in those paintings, except as a unit for judging the scale of a world infinitely more extensive than the human body and human concerns. 

 

Call to Artists Deadline Extended for Southern Oregon Artists Show & Sale

Call to Artists Deadline Extended

Georganna Happel is organizing a special show and sale of works by premier southern Oregon artists. The call to artists was first announced on January 15, 2019 with a deadline of January 30. Currently 18 artists are already slated to exhibit, however there is room for more. Therefore the call to artists deadline has been extended to March 8 for the March 15–17 show. Medford First Christian Church sponsors the exhibition, which takes place at 1900 Crater Lake Ave. in Medford. For more information and to submit your entry, please download and print the pdf file below. Please note that the pdf is not updated with the new deadline but is still valid.

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Kindred Spirits Spring 2019 Art Classes and Workshops

        Spring Art Classes and Workshops

Spring is approaching! Well, it’s snowing here and there but I did see a bush in beautiful pink blossoms the other day.
The students in the last several workshops have created some amazing and really inspiring art pieces and I feel even more excited to post this new series of workshops!

Also, remember, every Thursday evening is, “Random Acts of Art,” where you can drop in  and play in a, “candy store, ” of art all evening for just $10.

You can join in the Asian art of Sumi-e and Tea Tasting on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 and Wednesday evenings at 7:00, called, Sake and Sumi-e.

All materials are provided in any and every class I teach.
You can register for a class on-line at our website:
www.kindredspiritsartalewine.com. Go to Class Registration and sign up there.
Looking for to creating with you!

 

Sumi-e
Translated, ‘Black Ink-Painting,” is where art and art of living come together.  In these classes, you will explore the simplicity and spontaneity of the essence of nature.  In this painting-method, as in Zen practice, reality is expressed by reducing it to its pure bare form.  You will find this practice extremely therapeutic and heart calming.
All materials provided.
Every Tuesday Mornings with Tea:
Every Wednesday Evening at 7:00- -Sake and Sumi-e
Cost: $25 per class
“Random Acts of Art”
THURSDAY EVENINGS
Open Studio Drop In and different projects every week.
This photo ( milagros), is just one example.
Cost: $10
“More Random Acts of Art”
THURSDAY EVENINGS
Open Studio Drop In and different projects every week.
Another example: Matchbox reliquaries.
Cost: $10
Henna Garden Painting
Mixed Media on Canvas

This may look difficult but it is Not, and you will find it quite freeing and really fun!!.  As always I walk you through these creations step by step so it is easy and you CAN do it.
Saturday, February 23rd
1:00 – 4:00
Cost: $50
The Acrylic Pour
This is one of THE most addicting art forms EVER!
There have been so many requests for this class that I put it on this series again.  Many of you have maybe even tried this and been frustrated.  I am happy to lead you through the process, step by step and show you the ,”secrets,” to a successful piece.
Saturday, March 9th,
1:00-4:00
Cost $55
House of Blues
Just what it looks like, a house of birds.  Blue birds actually, but you can make any style of bird you want. (I know who you are out there who love blackbirds and crows!)
Saturday, March 2nd
11:00 – 4:00
Cost: $50
Abstract Figure Sculptures
For those of you who have begged for this class, here it is!!
The mother of mixed media creations.
There is limited space so you may want to register early.
Saturday, March 16th
10:30 – 4:00
Cost $65
106 Talent Ave. – Talent, OR

Wednesday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thursday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Spring hours start March 2nd

Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass Guest At SOSA Meeting February 25, 2019

The Southern Oregon Society of Artists ( SOSA)

will be hosting it’s regular meeting at the Medford Public Library at 7PM Feb. 25th with Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass as our Guest Artist

Hawaiian Sunrise, watercolor by Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass

A resident of the Rogue Valley since 1972, Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass received her BS in Art from SOSC in 1978.
A third generation Artist, she was encouraged to explore and express her creativity from an early age.
Predominately a watercolorist, Lynda  works in many water-based mediums and is known for her use of color with a strong emphasis on design.
The focus of her current body of artwork is nonrepresentational and abstraction in water media on watercolor paper.
An award winning artist, Lynda’s most recent awards include an “Award of Distinction” from the Fall 2018 Watercolor Society of Oregon Exhibition and “4th Place” from the 27th Annual Juried Exhibition of the International Society of Experimental Artists.  Lynda’s artworks hang in private collections around the world, locally she is represented by Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland, Oregon.
Doors open at 6:30, everyone welcome, including quiet, well-behaved children.
For more information call Judy Grillo at 541-625-3285  or BJ Mathis at 541-414-4993.

Congress Responded to Your Advocacy to Save Cultural Arts Agencies!

Americans for the Arts

Dear Arts Advocate,

The Democratically-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate have finally resolved with the President the details for the Omnibus Appropriations bill for FY’19 (4.5 months late) to avoid another partial government shutdown tomorrow. It’s expected that the President will sign the bill passed by both chambers into law by midnight tonight. As anticipated, both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) each received a $2 increase to bring their annual budget up to $155 million. Several other federal cultural agencies and programs (see chart below) received healthy increases as well.

Congress responded to your advocacy calls, emails, and visits to save these vital cultural agencies and took it a step further by actually increasing their annual budgets by $2 million each, despite President Trump’s attempt to terminate them. The NEA and NEH administer thousands of arts and humanities grants to state

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March 2019 at Art du Jour in Medford Features Mary Jo Heath and Guest Artist Carl Seyboldt

Mary Jo Heat "Blue Collar" exhibit

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be exhibiting the pastel work of Mary Jo Heath, in addition to the fine art paintings and illustration work of Carl Seyboldt continuing to be on display in the Salon through the end of March, Plan on joining us for our Third Friday reception 3/15/19, 5:00-8:00 pm. Musical entertainment will be announced on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery) prior to the event.

Featured Artist Mary Jo Heath

Mary Jo Heat “Blue Collar” exhibit. Image provided by the artist. 2/19

Mary Jo Heath was born in Coos Bay, Oregon and moved to the Rogue Valley with her family when she was five. After attending school in Central Point and Medford High School, she went on to earn two bachelor degrees from Southern Oregon College and the University of Oregon. Now retired after teaching art in public schools for

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Visions of the unbuilt

When I was growing up, in both East St. Louis and then in Idaho, my family lived at the edge of undeveloped land. These havens for my imagination weren’t protected, just overlooked or privately owned—undisturbed stretches of wildlife and undergrowth, a mix of grassy slopes, streams, and wooded paths. In a suburb at the edge […]

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Betty Barss Exhibit at Rogue Gallery: An Oregon Love Story

Night Watchers_Betty Barrs_Watercolor

In the Community Gallery Exhibit Reception: An Oregon Love Story: Watercolors by Betty Barss January 18 – March 1, 2019

Rogue Valley artist Betty Barss is an accomplished and versatile watercolor artist. This exhibit showcases a wide range of subjects from her beloved state of Oregon.

Betty Barss has been painting for close to five decades. She taught fifth and sixth grade art in the Medford schools for twenty-five years. Her painting expertise is with watercolor paint. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, and the Artists’ Workshop. She has received several awards and has exhibited throughput the Northwest. Her work is exuberant in color. Barss describes her use of color in her work, “Color is an element I can’t live without. For that reason, many of my paintings are vivid

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Seeing for the first time

My next post will be about the current, marvelous exhibition at ROCO: a group of artists showing work that celebrates a particular place worthy of preservation in this region. But first I wanted to catch up on Jim Mott, whose own work would have found a place into that show if only he hadn’t had […]

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March 2019 Press Release

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be exhibiting the pastel work of Mary Jo Heath, in addition to the fine art paintings and illustration work of Carl Seyboldt continuing to be on display in the Salon through the end of March,…

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