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Judy Elliott Featured Artist at Gallery One

Judy Elliott Featured Artist at Gallery One

Silk artist Judy Elliott will be the featured artist at Gallery One in Grants Pass and will demonstrate her process for painting on silk on First Friday, July 7th, from 6-7pm.

Crabbing, painting on silk by Judy Elliott, Grants Pass, Oregon

“Crabbing”

Judy Elliott’s artwork relates to traditional painting. However, instead of painting on canvas, she uses dye and resist on silk, with an emphasis on wildlife and its preservation. Watch a demonstration of her work on July 7th, 6-7pm at Gallery One in Grants Pass.

 

Reflection, paintig on silk by Judy Elliott, Grants Pass, Oregon

“Reflection”

“My inspiration for painting on silk is influenced by my experience while growing up in Hawaii with a family who appreciated art, music, exotic cultures and a love of nature, as well as my observations while hiking throughout Oregon. After reading countless articles about the perils of nature and it’s wildlife, I chose to express the urgency of man’s awareness and accountability for his role in this degradation. My work attempts to reflect this.

My work relates to traditional painting; instead of paint on canvas, I use dye and resist on silk. As I developed my imagery, I created my own technique as a pictorial expression. Usually, I focus on a particular area with endangered species as a subject matter, as in the ocean and its sea life, rivers and streams with wild birds and fish, Hawaiian wildlife or bees with wildflowers.

The beauty of our natural world and its preservation pleases my soul and inspires me to create.”

Judy Elliott
[email protected]
www.etsy.com/shop/dragonflydesignwest
(541) 291-2121

The Soul of Nature at GoodBean Cafe

The Soul of Nature

Exhibit of Handpainted Silk Art by Judy Elliott

Runs August 1-31, 2016 at GoodBean Cafe, Jacksonville

 The GoodBean is delighted to welcome artist Judy Elliott of Grants Pass back to the cafe for The Soul of Nature, an exhibition of new works from her collection of beautiful handpainted silk art. The textile artist also creates handsewn kimonos and Happi coats from her studio. It has been very rewarding to watch Judy’s skill grow through the years since her first show with us. Not only have her subjects become more complex, meaningful, and skilfully rendered, but her wrapping technique has also seen refinements, which make the pieces more durable and helps the colors retain their vibrance when hung on walls of various colors.

Influences and artist statement

Elliott’s primary motivation for creating art is to raise awareness of the need to preserve the world’s threatened wildlife. While paintings she has exhibited with us in the past have covered threatened marine life, pollinators and the flowers that feed them, and more, currently her main focus is on birds. Consequently, the paintings in this month’s show depict threatened and endangered bird species. Noteworthy additions are an abstract of colorful trout skin and a gorgeous painting of salmon for the fishermen who frequent the shop!

“My inspiration for painting on silk is influenced by my experiences while growing up in Hawaii with its Asian and Hawaiian culture, an artistic family, and my observation of nature while hiking throughout Oregon.  I’ve always been fascinated with nature and its wonders, from the tiniest insects and wild birds to the night sky. The natural world influences my art directly and pleases my soul.”

~Judy Elliott

New website

Judy has a new website where you can see more of her work: http://judyelliottsilk.com. She also sells her art and kimonos on Etsy.com as Dragonfly Design West. In addition, you can find Elliott’s paintings at Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.

We hope you will take the time to enjoy Judy’s The Soul of Nature show of art up close throughout the month of August. Though photography at the cafe is challenging in the afternoons—which is when we hang our shows—the pictures below will give those who cannot make it this month an idea of the new paintings Judy is exhibiting. If you are interested in more information or want to make a purchase, please contact our art curator Hannah West at 541-899-2012 or [email protected]

Event Announcements from Silk Artist Judy Elliott

Judy Elliott announces upcoming events where her work will be on display

Judy, a Grants Pass artist and SOAR member who creates handpainted silk art, has found a new focus in the subjects of her work over the past two years. Having grown up in Hawaii with a father who not only helped develop her eye for design and color but encouraged a healthy lifestyle with respect for Nature, she has been creating activist art works with subjects as diverse as endangered marine life and native Oregon wildflowers with bees. Pictured above are a few of her new works, including pieces from her Save Our Oceans and Save Our Bees collections. Please plan to attend one or more of the following events to view her silk art pieces, handpainted scarves, greeting cards, and handmade kimonos.

Gallery One, Grants Pass:

On First Friday, May 1st, beginning at 6:00pm Judy Elliott will demonstrate hand-painting silk, using dye. Her paintings are a reflection of her love of nature in all forms, with an emphasis on its protection. Her paintings can be viewed at the gallery, Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 5pm, and on Saturday from 11am – 5pm.

Brian Scott Gallery, Brookings:

During the months of April and May, Judy Elliott will have a display of her silk paintings showing Oregon wildflowers, insects and birds. Hand-made greeting cards are available as well. You can visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am – 5pm.

Bloomsbury Coffee Shop (upstairs), Ashland:

Beginning May 1st through 31st, Judy Elliott will have her hand-painted silk wall hangings on display, depicting Hawaiian flowers, birds and papayas! You can visit the coffee shop Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5, Saturday 9 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 5.

Southern Oregon Guild, Kerby:

From May 13th through August 7th, Judy Elliott will have her hand-painted silk wall hangings on display, with the theme of “Inspired by Nature.” Her emphasis will be on protecting our rivers and streams, and will feature Oregon birds and salmon. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am – 4pm. There will be a special reception on Sunday, May 17th, from 2 – 4pm, with a music, wine, food and $5.00 admission fee.

Second Annual Angels Show at GoodBean Jacksonville Opens Monday!

Angel, original painting by Karen O'Brien

Angel, by Karen O’Brien

The GoodBean is proud to announce its second annual Angels show, opening Monday, December 1, at our Jacksonville cafe. Last year’s Angels show made the shop’s owners so happy that we decided to make it an annual event!

This year’s show has all new angels in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and photography. This year’s angels were created by new artists along with several returning artists from last year’s inaugural show. We called out to artists for angels that were not necessarily traditional Christmas or religious archetypes, but the artist’s interpretation of an angel. This has resulted in a wonderfully diverse collection of beautiful and uniquely inspired angelic art that everyone can enjoy.

Come to our Angel reception on Friday, December 12 from 4–7pm to see this beautiful collection of angels and meet the artists who created them! And remember to shop local and shop ART to help support our region’s immense treasure house of artistic talent, many of whom have been struggling since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008.

World Peace Angel, dye on silk by Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West, Grants Pass, Oregon

World Peace Angel,  by Judy Elliott

Participating artists in this year’s exhibition include one or more pieces by these esteemed artists, all members of the southern Oregon art community. There may be more by the time the show is hung up and ready for viewing as well:

  • Wendy Gell
  • Katharine Gracey
  • Lewis Anderson
  • Debby Fischer
  • Judy Elliott
  • Karen O’Brien
  • Sue Bennett
  • Judy Marshall
  • Anna Elkins
  • Eve Margo Withrow
  • Marie Neder

GoodBean Coffee Co. Christmas logoGoodBean Coffee presents a new exhibit of art by local and regional artists each month for the enjoyment of our customers and exposure for outsider, emerging and established artists from Jacksonville, Oregon and surrounding areas. Please be sure to take a moment to appreciate the art on exhibit while enjoying a custom beverage or hot cup of fair-trade, locally roasted organic coffee served by our wonderful barristas. Investing in the work of our local artists supports our local economy, helps young artists get established and rewards the generosity with which these artists donate their work to many charitable causes. Visitors from out of town have the opportunity to take home a unique souvenir created by local talent. Please consider purchasing a piece of fine art or photography while you’re here.

If you are interested in purchasing a work of art you see at the GoodBean or are an artist interested in showing your work with us, please contact Hannah West at 541.899.2012 or [email protected] for more information.

Art Reception at Goodbean Cafe

Flyer for Save Our Bees Reception for Grants Pass artist Judy Elliott at GoodBean Cafe Jacksonville Oregon October 15, 2014 from 5-8pm. Part of the Edgy in October Rogue Valley-wide art event.

Save Our Bees Art Exhibit, Edgy in October GoodBean Reception

Save Our Bees!

Oregon Wild Iris with Bees, by Judy Elliott

Oregon Wild Iris with Bees, by Judy Elliott

Curator Hannah West and the ownership, management and staff at GoodBean Cafe in Jacksonville, Oregon are delighted to announce a special artist reception in conjunction with the second annual Edgy in October art event. Our featured art exhibit for October is Judy Elliott’s Save Our Bees, a collection of new works inspired by her concern about the plight of the honey bees. Her delicate and colorful paintings on silk depict bees and other pollinators paired with native Oregon wildflowers. The paintings don’t immediately suggest activist art, but Elliott’s passion to raise awareness of their plight and to share simple and inexpensive things anyone can do to help give bees the edge they need to survive the pressure they’ve been experiencing is anything but passive. As 80% of the food we eat depends on bees, we need them for our own survival, and Judy will share information about our long standing relationship and simple, inexpensive things anyone can do to help them at the reception.

The Honeylicker Angel, by Anna Elkins (book cover)

The Honeylicker Angel, by Anna Elkins (book cover)

We invite you to join us for Judy’s artist reception on Wednesday, October 15, from 5–8pm. She will give a brief artist talk at 6pm, then Jacksonville artist and author Anna Elkins  will read a brief passage about beekeeping from her most recent book The Honeylicker Angel at 6:30pm. Anna will have copies of her book available for purchase, and we’re sure she will be happy to sign them for you, too. Organic Dragon's Blood Braggot by Fire Cirkl Brewery, White City, Oregon

Complementary refreshments include sweet treats made with honey, created with love by the artists and the GoodBean’s in-house bakery, and tastings of organic Braggot, one of seven ancient varieties of honey mead, brewed and served by James Romano of Fire Cirkl Brewery in White City. Fire Cirkl produces 2 types of Braggot: “Dragon’s Blood” Braggot is a a hearty, warming drink, rich ebony in color and infused with juniper berries; “Naughty Heather” Braggot is a drier, copper colored mead with a generous amount of heather tips and flowers. Heather has been used to make meads and ales in Scotland for between 4,000–8,000 years (who knew?). If you like the taste, you can buy a glass!

GoodBean will also have a beautiful honey latte special until 7:30 pm.

 

Our reception coincides with two other Edgy in October receptions happening the same evening, both within walking distance of our location:

Oregon Tiger Lilies with Bees and Butterfly, by Judy Elliott

Oregon Tiger Lilies with Bees and Butterfly, by Judy Elliott

  • Across the street, our neighbors at the Jacksonville Barn Company are featuring artist Patrick Beste and avant garde watercolors by Mikey Staub. Beste, a member of Jacksonville’s Art Presence Art Center, paints wonderful abstracts. Jacksonville Barn Company’s artist reception, with wine tasting by John Guerrero, winemaker for Valley View Winery and producer of his own fine wines, and hosted canapés by Gogi’s Restaurant, begins at 6:00 pm. Oh, yes, we will be walking across the street to check out their reception for sure!
  • The Britt Festival is featuring photo artist resident Rita Ashley for Edgy in October. Ashley uses her camera to reveal the beauty in ordinary things. Her first camera was a gift from her father when she was 9 and she has never been without one since. Her work finds the art in chaos and reveals the hidden in the apparent. Ashley’s show will be on display for the Britt’s “On the Stage” concert featuring The Quiet American on Wednesday, October 15, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7pm, so come early and take some time to view her show!

Edgy in October is a Rogue Valley-wide art event facilitated by local artist Cammy Davis to promote cultural tourism in southern Oregon by pairing exhibiting artists with local businesses for an “Edgy” themed event. The month-long event is broken down into four weeks, with a different area of the Greater Rogue Valley featured each week. For a complete list of all events and venues visit edgyinoctober.com. We hope you will come to our reception for Judy Elliott’s Save Our Bees art exhibit, and will add any further details to this post as they are confirmed.

If you’re sure you won’t be able to make it to the reception, maybe you’d like to buy Anna’s book now? It has 100% five star reviews on Amazon.com and an average of 4.33 stars on Goodreads!

Two Day Silk Painting Workshop in Art Presence’ New Classroom this July!

Silk Painting Class offered (Two Sessions) Wednesday July 2nd & 9th from 9am – 1pm each at the Art Presence Upstairs Workshop, 206 North Fifth St. in Jacksonville.

Japanese Cranes, Silk Painting by Judy Elliott of Grants Pass, Oregon

Japanese Cranes, Silk Painting by Judy Elliott of Grants Pass, Oregon

Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West demonstrates silk painting at the 2013 Taste of Summer celebration of the opening of the Britt Music Festival season in Jacksonville, Oregon

Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West demonstrates silk painting at the 2013 Taste of Summer celebration of the opening of the Britt Music Festival season in Jacksonville, Oregon

The cost is $65 per person, including supplies. Each person registering must be at least 14 years of age. Please bring a simple drawing of your own choice to class, keeping in mind that it should fit on an 8wide X 52long scarf. She will need a minimum of at least 10 registered participants.

Judy will be demonstrating silk painting at The Taste of Summer festival on Saturday, June 7 from 12 – 4pm. You can view her work at her website Dragonfly Designs West, her Etsy site, and on Facebook.

To register, send an email to [email protected], or call Judy Elliott at 541-291-2121. You can also register at Art Presence Art Center any Friday Sunday from 11am – 5pm.

Dragonfly Designs West

“Save Our Oceans” Series of Paintings on Silk Depict Endangered Marine Species

Judy Elliott, the talented Grants Pass silk artist behind Dragonfly Designs West, responded to Art Presence Art Center‘s call for member art in May 2014’s “The Sea, the Ocean” theme with a new series of gorgeous handpainted silk wall art depicting endangered marine life. We’ve watched her work undergo several evolutions over that past few years, and this could be the most detailed and artistic work we’ve seen from her yet!

Elliott, a native of Hawaii, is a natural to step forward as a voice for the world’s oceans. Growing up with many of the species of marine life she has showcased in her paintings, she has witnessed the ocean’s decline in her lifetime. This series of paintings reflects her deep concerns about the pollution contributing to loss of habitat and other life threatening issues arising primarily from the vast amount of plastic refuse found all the way into the ocean’s deepest canyons.

Judy is also showing more new silk paintings from her studio, including traditionally rendered Japanese cranes, koi pond scenes and moths…and as always, dragonflies. Stop in to view these beautiful pieces and more outstanding works by Art Presence member artists in person any Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 11am – 5pm through the month of May. There will be a reception for the artists on May 9 from 5-7pm.

 

World’s Ocean Floor Is Now a Vast Garbage Dump: Study (Found at EarthWeek.com)

Examples of trash flound littering the ocean floor.

Examples of debris found littering the ocean floor.

Litter from modern civilization has become so pervasive that scientists conducting the first comprehensive study of its undersea distribution couldn’t find any place they looked, including in some of the deepest oceans, where it didn’t exist. Using video from underwater drones and samples dredged off the seabed, researchers from 16 European organizations say they found rubbish everywhere from the Mediterranean to the mid-Atlantic ridge, about 1,250 miles from land.

They found that plastic was the most common type of litter found, with items associated with fishing coming in second. But an extensive distribution of glass, metal, wood, paper and cardboard was also observed.

Writing in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers said the most dense accumulations of litter were found in deep underwater canyons.

“Submarine canyons form the main connection between shallow coastal waters and the deep sea,” said mapping team leader Veerle Huvenne.

“Canyons that are located close to major coastal towns and cities … can funnel litter straight to water depths of 4,500 meters (14,800 feet) or more,” he added.

He added that the accumulation of marine litter is now a worldwide problem.

Photo: Hermione Project – Plymouth University

Here is Judy’s 2014 gallery exhibit and art festival schedule – catch her at one of these fine southern Oregon venues and take home one of her exquisite silk paintings! You can purchase in advance at her Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonflyDesignWest or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyDesignsWest

Hi everyone! I’ve been very busy getting the word out about my new displays at various galleries in southern Oregon. Come to see my recent works!

May 2-June 1 Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville: Seashore and ocean themed paintings on silk, with an emphasis on preservation of endangered marine life.

May 1 – 31 Gallery One in Grants Pass: display of paintings on silk of egrets, cranes, blue heron and dragonflies, luna moths and butterflies. I will be the featured artist for June 2014, when I will be displaying my hand-painted silk jackets!

June 1 – August 31 Southern Oregon Guild in Kerby: “Wild Blue Yonder” with an emphasis on the ocean.

April 11 – July 11 Thomas Lee Gallery in Ashland: Display of hand-painted silk scarves and wall hangings.

August 2014 Artist Alley in Brookings: I will be the featured artist for August!

Upcoming Art Festivals:

South Park, Brookings: Saturday August 2 from 10am – 5pm and Sunday August 3 from 10 am – 4pm

Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, Jacksonville: Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 from 10am – 5pm (both days)

ARToberfest, Kerby: Third weekend in October, details and times TBA

GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville: Solo show of silk wall hangings during the month of October and an “Angel” silk wall hanging in a group show during the month of December.

Dec 1-31: “Angels” Group Show at GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville

Dec 1 – 31, 7am – 6pm M-F
My large “Angel” hand-painted silk wall hanging will be part of a group show of angel art at the GoodBean Coffee Company for the month of December. This 45″ x 45″ piece will be available for purchase – Contact Hannah West at
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GoodBean Coffee
155 S Oregon Street
Jacksonville, OR
 

Nov 29-30: “Wine Dine & Shop” Benefit for HOPE Equestrian Center

Nov 29 from 11-4, Nov 30 from 10-4
Wine, Dine and Shop for holiday gift items! I will be there to display and sell my hand-sewn, cotton happi coats and kimonos, hand-painted silk wall hangings and scarves at Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery, to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center, a Medford therapeutic horsebackriding program for the disabled.
 
Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford, OR