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SOSA January News

Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) January 2023 Newsletter

Art Excursion and Collaborative Workshop with Dan Chen – Register by November 6!!

More about Dan Chen…
More info and Register here


Sponsored by Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation
Connecting to Culture to Christ through Fine Arts since 2007

and hosted at the Studio of Dan Chen
and Pacific Rim Art Guild Gallery

Copyright © Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation 2022.
All rights reserved.

https://www.mcfineartsfoundation.org

SOSA October Newsletter

SOSA October Newsletter

SOSA Year-End Banquet Invitation!

This year, the Southern Oregon Society of Artists (SOSA) year-end banquet is open to the public. After two years of being unable to gather to celebrate each other’s art and accomplishments, the organization invites all art enthusiasts to join them. View the showcase of SOSAs winning paintings from 2020 and 2022 art critiques. Vote for the People’s Choice Award and be there as they announce their 2022 Painting of the Year award winners. Enjoy a no-host bar and buffet lunch at Rogue Valley Country Club. Support scholarships for local art students with their silent auction and raffle. All for the modest price of $30, which includes a gratuity. Sign up now! Or before the October 28 deadline.

SOSA News September 2022

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Here are corrections to the September 2022 Newsletter above:

  1. Please note that the correct dates for Art Along the Rogue are Oct. 7-9, 2022
  2. The banquet deadline is Oct. 28, so this meeting is not the last chance to purchase tickets to the Nov. 5 banquet.
  3. Ashland’s First Friday ArtWalk takes place on Friday, Oct. 7.

SOSA August 2022 Newsletter

SOSA August 2022 Newsletter

ASCEND 2022 Creatives Conference in Jacksonville

Oil Painting, film making and production, and musical inspiration. Join other creatives from across the West Coast at ASCEND 2022 creatives conference and workshops July 14th (early bird classes), 15, and 16th in Jacksonville, Oregon! And sign up early as some class sizes are limited. Inspiring professional instructors and captivating speakers, with 4 major FOCUS PATHS to choose from. Oil Painting with Frank Ordaz, plus see his original works with Lucas Film and so much more.   Filmmaking with Jeff Bates from The Chosen. Thrive in your craft, impact culture, and confidently forge ahead while being energized by fellow creatives!  Use SOAR coupon for $25 discount. Register at AscendWestCoast.com by July 10th.

Tribute to a Masterpiece Friend + Beauty From Ashes


Beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

Spectacular fall greetings!


The Creator’s palette of brilliant changing colors carries with it the onset of a new season, even as we’ve enjoyed a great season of events as Masterpiece has been connecting culture to Christ through fine art.

The two pieces of artwork below were featured in our September benefit art exhibit and auction Beauty from Ashes. Prints of both pieces are on sale for a limited time to commemorate the event. Read on below for more information about the event and these and other prints.


Angel Light by Sandy Cathcart.
Prints available for purchase



The Gift by Mera Oliveria.
Prints available for purchase

Tribute to a Great Masterpiece Friend and His Lasting Impact

But first, a tribute to one of our dearest friends and founding artists in our Masterpiece family, Mick McGinty, who passed away from cancer last month. Masterpiece President Jeanne Randall said this in remembrance of him:

Mick’s talents were well-recognized in America throughout the corporate world and Hollywood. We laughed at our art conference where Mick was teaching as he admitted what a great year it was for him financially when he produced the Joe Camel image we ALL recognized. We’ve always preached the power of images! And, with his success that year, he put in a pool in his home in Arizona! But, he was grateful for what he now viewed as part of his higher calling.

Mick produced the very first piece of original art specifically for a Masterpiece exhibit, Let There Be Light, in 2008: the powerful Walk on Water. He believed in our brand new mission. When his piece arrived in my inbox to preview for the show, it was accompanied with Mick’s words to the effect of, “Is this what you had in mind… something like this?” I was stunned and ecstatic. I teared up. It was so poignant, so powerful, and I knew we were among masters. 

We then traveled with Mick’s pieces alongside all the other powerful depictions. He was a masterful visual storyteller. We often laughed in front of Drowning Pigs, “Who would actually want this piece in their church or over the living room mantle?” But, once you saw it, you never forgot it! As we toured, that piece enabled us to speak truth of the reality of demons, the power of Jesus Christ over the demonic realm and possession, and the supernatural ability and love of Jesus to restore a man to new life, sanity, wholeness, and hope.


Drowning Pigs by Mick McGinty.


Sunday’s Ride by Mick McGinty.


Walk on Water by Mick McGinty.
Prints available for purchase



Moses and the Bronze Serpent by Mick McGinty.

I will miss Mick so much as a friend and colleague. The onset of Mick’s cancer was very swift, and within twelve weeks of his diagnosis, he was gone. But, just days before his passing, he was joyously baptized in his pool. 

I wish there were more time for Mick to create Biblically-themed pieces. But those he created will continue speaking and testifying to these truths well beyond Mick’s passing. Through his remembrance, I am reminded of our responsibility to act on the opportunities we have NOW, using our gifts and talents to the glory of God, as one day, any day, we will cross the finish line, and in this realm, we will be no more. Part of Mick’s legacy is preserved through his art that remains with us in Masterpiece’s permanent collection.

In remembrance of Mick’s legacy, Masterpiece is offering for purchase on our website prints of his masterwork Walk on Water. Click here to view the prints.

Beauty from Ashes

This fall, Masterpiece was honored to partner with a number of local artists to host Beauty from Ashes, an art exhibit and auction benefiting victims of the Almeda Fire which raged in our Rogue Valley last year. The event took place on the one-year anniversary of the Almeda Fire, so the setting for our exhibit could not have been more relevant. Empowered Life Church in Talent was miraculously spared from fire damage last year, and the people of the church have played a crucial role in offering aid and comfort to their community.


Standing in the Fire by Charity Hubbard.
Original available for purchase


Phoenix Rising by Jennifer Garrett.
Prints available for purchase

To further commemorate Beauty from Ashes, we would like to offer for purchase four of the pieces that were on display in the exhibit, each of which were created by longtime friends of Masterpiece. Our featured art for the event was Jennifer Garrett’s Phoenix Rising, which was a perfect thematic and stylistic centerpiece. Charity Hubbard told a beautiful story of preservation and perseverance in Standing in the Fire, a piece with which many visitors of the exhibit connected. Mera Oliveria’s The Gift touched many hearts with its enlivening depiction of hope, and Sandy Cathcart fashioned a captivating depiction of heavenly being in Angel Light. If you are interested in purchasing prints of these pieces, please click here. 10% of proceeds go to further help victims recover. To join the growing number of artists and patrons who believe in Masterpiece and our work connecting culture to Christ through fine art, you can give here now.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.
II Timothy 4:22

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Beauty From Ashes


Not forgotten… Commemorating With Hope

On Sept. 8th, 2020, traumatic, life-altering fires swept through the towns of Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix, Oregon, in a catastrophic event known as the Almeda Fire. A bit further north, the Obenchain fires burned in Eagle Point and Trail. Over 2,400 homes were lost, families and individuals and life works in businesses were displaced or lost. Recovery has been a challenge.

You, the survivors, are not forgotten. Inspired by the beautiful passage from Isaiah 61, Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts shares its Beauty From Ashes live art exhibit at Empowered Life Church in Talent, Oregon.  This church survived the fire without damage when everything around it in every direction burned.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8th, come for the art and artist reception at 6:00 p.m. and the commemorative service at 7:00 pm, or visit the exhibit in person from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the 9th and 10th. Sixteen artists have contributed to this compelling remembrance of faith, hope, and love.  Including creations with beautiful repurposed textiles. Come and give/receive comfort and hope.

Our online auction will help families who are still struggling to recover.  Register now and view the online auction page here to register to bid or donate: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/beauty-from-ashes-benefit-exhibit-26253  Auction opens and bidding starts Wednesday,Sept. 8, at noon and goes through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11th.  An please share this email to include your friends and family in the auction opportunity to help.

Visit our website: mcfineartsfoundation.org for more information.

Empowered Life Church is located at 322 S. Pacific Hwy, Talent, Oregon.

Phoenix Rising by Jennifer Garrett
Phoenix Rising by Jennifer Garrett
For Such a Time As This,  gown by Katrina Cheshire
The Gift by Mera Oliveria
Standing In The Fire by Charity Hubbard


Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation · 17575 Highway 66 · Ashland, OR 97520-9406 · USA

SOSA Meetings Resume!

SOSA Meetings Resume Next Month

Our first SOSA meeting in over a year will be August 23rd, 7 pm, at the Medford Public Library!  Central Art Supply will come to show us some of the new products we may have missed during our hiatus.

Please note the library doors lock at 7pm.