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January Press Release

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford is exhibiting the watercolor work of Bruce Barnes as guest artist in the Salon through January.  Outgoing AdJ member Linda Meerten is fulfilling her commitment to being January’s featured artist.  We are also looking ahead to February when renown illustrator and RCC art instructor Carl Seyboldt has confirmed plans to be our guest… Read more →

Henry Miller

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.  —Henry Miller

Announcing Porscha’s Musician’s Fund

Ukulele Music Camp for Kids at the Art Center.
Porscha’s Musician’s Fund
will be administered through Ashland Art Center and will provide opportunities for children in our community to learn to play a musical instrument. Scholarships will be available for families needing assistance. The first program, a Ukulele Music Camp, will be offered in early 2019. The camp series will culminate with a student performance and reception at Ashland Art Center.

Porscha’s love for music, the arts, wine, family and friends will always be remembered. In the spirit of holiday giving, please consider a donation in Porscha’s memory to create and expand music programs for children. Tax deductible donations can be made to Ashland Art Center, please include: Porscha’s Musician’s Fund in the memo line. Mail your check or drop off to Ashland Art Center, 357 East Main St. Ashland OR 97520

A reception celebrating the launch of Porscha’s Musician’s Fund will be held Sunday, December 16 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Ashland Art Center.
Appetizers, wine.
A special musical performance by Danielle Kelly & Paul Turnipseed.

Suggested donation: $25

For more information about Porscha’s Musician’s Fund:
[email protected]

Pattern And Watercolor Painting “Lighthouse, D9”

Pattern: it is about repeating lines, colors, shapes, values and sizes in a painting.

Reviewing Work For A Portfolio.

I have been preparing a portfolio of my work for submission to the print literary magazine Cascadia Subduction Zone.  In the process, I was looking at some of my works that I haven’t thought about in awhile.

It’s Like Looking At Pictures Of Friends.

Take, for instance, the watercolor Lighthouse D9 (or Design 9).  I am delighted to reacquaint myself with this painting.  The Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Point Chehalis, West Port, WA, inspired me to create this series of work.  You see, for a time I lived nearby and have always loved lighthouses.

Pattern: As Used in Lighthouse D9; Watercolor

Playing With Pattern.

When I created the design for Lighthouse D9 I was interested in exploring pattern.  When I say pattern, I am referring to a specific use of the term.  That is, I repeated and clustered smaller shapes in such a way that they “read” visually as one larger shape.

Examples:  Grass & Clouds.

Take, for example, the cloud shapes or the “v” grass clump shapes. Together, the smaller “v” shapes and the greenish color add up visually to tell you that I’m describing a grassy area.  The same goes for cloud shapes against a blue background on the upper portions of the painting.  I’m signaling “sky”.

OH!  A Way To Simplify!

Put another way, I’m using pattern to simplify my design.  Plus, add meaning.  And, it was fun!

What About Meaning?

The meaning?  For me, I’ve always liked lighthouses.  I grew up looking at lighthouse paintings by my father, artist John Stermer.  My feelings were pretty simple; I liked them.  They looked like remote places, but also beacons to the traveler.

This painting, with its festive colors and simple patterns, alludes to the brighter side of lighthouse symbolism.  That is the beacon that guides the navigator through rough seas.

Enjoy!

In closing, I hope that you enjoy my Lighthouse, D9.  Furthermore, you might want to keep a look out for pattern next time you go to an art show.

Thank you!

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Pattern And Watercolor Painting “Lighthouse, D9”

Pattern: it is about repeating lines, colors, shapes, values and sizes in a painting. Reviewing Work For A Portfolio. I have been preparing a portfolio of my work for submission to the online literary magazine Cascadia Subduction Zone.  In the process, I was looking at some of my works that I haven’t thought about in […]

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Rare Porter

This work by Fairfield Porter is startling in its bold freedom, the almost arbitrary way he represented the flowers, the saturated tones, the almost splattered looking petals in contrast to that marvel of a jar used as a vase. I’ve never seen this painting through any channel other than this page eight years ago from […]

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The perfect flow of paint

Mark Tennant posted this painting on Instagram a little while back, and I’ve since gone back to it many times with pleasure. At first, it suggests an almost clinical distance from his subject, a hauteur about a fragment of past American culture, which he’s isolated for observation. In this case, he seems to be looking […]

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Support the Arts This Holiday Season

Dear Arts Advocate,

Let’s Celebrate This Holiday Season.

We #SavedtheNEA. Thanks to members, like you, who supported our

View real-time results of the campaign by clicking on the thermometer.

advocacy campaign, signed petitions, sent emails to and met with Members of Congress, and supported pro-arts candidates through the Arts Action Fund PAC, we were able to save (and even increase) public funding for nonprofit arts organizations across America. Let’s now begin 2019 strong.

Would you contribute to our Year-End Campaign with a financial gift?Help us reach our goal of $30,000 by December 31st.

Continue to Be an Arts Champion!

You are essential to the grassroots movement to advance public funding for the arts and arts education. Your contributions allow us to:

Financially support those candidates who demonstrate support and leadership for the arts. Produce our biennial Congressional Arts Report Card. Generate ArtsVote campaigns to build political clout and

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Find Elfonse Mucha the Painterly Elf, Enter To WIN Artsy Loot Right Off the Shelf!!!

Find The Elf In The Basement & Enter To WIN Prizes!!!

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We have hidden an elf in our redesigned basement that is packed full of canvas, boards, portfolios, storage boxes, albums, frames, tables, lights, projectors & so much more!!!!

 

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Over $2,000 worth of prizes will be given away –

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Brownstein Client Conversations: Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund join Brownstein Policy Advisor David Reid for a discussion moderated by Drew Littman on how they advocate for the arts in Washington.

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