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Central Art June/July 2023 Newsletter

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Central Art Newsletter E-Edition JUNE/JULY 2023

I think we can all agree that art materials are seriously cool; they’re fun, exciting, colorful and you can do a whole lot with them! But like anything, the more we know about something, the better we are at using it. For some, the desire is simply to increase the amount of fun and creativity, enhancing the experience during a free time activity. For others, the goal may be to develop and hone specific artistic skills.

No matter what your drive to create is, the common element in learning a new skill is a more positive and successful result that builds self-confidence and promotes creativity. Did you know that the two main chemicals involved in the creative process are serotonin and dopamine, which is also good for your mental health?

At Central Art, learning is at the front of our minds – Our 2023 Classroom Lineup is packed with workshops and classes in a variety of artistic mediums, with focuses ranging from beginner-to-advanced, both project- and technique-based. Taught by some of the Rogue Valley’s top art instructors, the time is now to step up your art skills by signing up for a new class this summer!






Central Art Supply March News

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Pick Up Where You Left Off

“I have a lot of plates spinning right now.”

“I’ve got too many irons in the fire.”

Insert old adage meaning “busy/distracted” here ____. We’ve all been here before – all the excitement at the start of the new year when we were jotting down our ambitious (or even low-key) resolutions or directives, giving way to the long months of just keeping warm. When you glance back at that list, some of these personal promises can feel like they’ve already been broken.

If the muse feels elusive, here’s a friendly reminder: you still have the list within you; you are not bound to a set order or timetable to complete it. Instead of beating yourself up, pick yourself up by doing something creative! Pick your favorite from the lineup and start there.

This month at Central Art we’re encouraging you to pick up where you left off, stop letting those unfulfilled resolutions live rent-free in your head, and get going with your next project! Never tried block printing or carving your own block? Do it. How about playing with encaustic wax? Wax on, my friend.

Now is the time to take those bucket list items out, then use that bucket to wash off those brushes!


*Conquer your “Creative Block” with this EASY Block Printing Project* 

Follow along with the steps below OR carve your own path – just get going!



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Hanging Out in Frame Land at Central Art Supply

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How’s it hanging?

Welcome to “Hanging Out in FrameLand,” a monthly look behind-the-scenes into Central Art’s Custom Framing department!

In this new regular monthly feature, we’ll be giving you a closer look at the inner workings of our frame building shop – showcasing the work of our talented team of professional framers, Alex, Jon and Dan – as well as answering your custom framing questions, tips on selecting the various components to house your art during the design process, industry highlights and more!

But first, let us introduce the expert team of individuals who are responsible for bringing your art full circle and ready to be proudly displayed!

Meet our Framing Posse:

Alex Fisher (Framer)Alex began his framing tenure at Central Art under the guidance and training of his aunt, Peggy Bulebar.During his time here, Alex has amassed more than 8 years of experience and knowledge helping customers one-on-one to design the perfect compliment to the art that will hang in their homes, gallery shows and public spaces. Holding his work to a very high standard, Alex brings a competitive edge to Central Art’s reputation for excellence in custom framing. Jonathan Alim (Framer)Jon has been a fixture at Central Art with over 18 years of framing experience, building all manner of projects, including trickier and oversize frames.He received his BFA from Southern Oregon University in 2004, and is an avid printmaker when he’s not joining corners and cutting mats.Jon’s meticulous attention to detail is a key ingredient in the success of Central Art’s Custom Framing department, and his love of the work is evident in the end product.
Dan Ebert (Owner/Framer)Prior to inheriting Central Art from his father George, Dan bought the next door frame shop, The Bevel Works, in October of 1987. Later the frame shop moved downstairs and adopted the Central Art name.Among the many other hats he wears, Dan is a 27-year veteran of custom framing with a wealth of knowledge and experience to add to the great team that turns your art into a real showstopper! At Central Art, we not only believe in a job well done – we think it should be a celebrated, dressed-up occasion!What better way to showcase your artwork, photos or sports memorabilia than with a frame that’s been carefully selected to perfectly compliment that signature moment?


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AGA January Art Opportunities

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January Visual Arts News
January = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities that are being offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 

Jenay Elder, Oranges in Sunlight, Acrylic on Canvas
Jenay Elder, Oranges in Sunlight, Acrylic on Canvas

Art & Soul Ashland
Backlit Citrus Paint Night with Jenay Elder
Friday, January 20, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join Art & Soul Ashland and Jenay Elder to learn more about acrylic painting techniques while referencing brightly lit citrus. Best known for her textured notes of color, representational quality, and sensitive subject matter, Jenay has developed a sharp eye for depicting subjects that instill insight and familiarity. Registration includes materials, wine, and refreshments. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information. 

Dennis McNett, Good Medicine, Woodblock Print
Dennis McNett, Good Medicine, Woodblock Print

Schneider Museum of Art
Saturday Salon: Pushing the Press
Saturday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join the Schneider Museum of Art, Executive Director Scott Malbaurn, Curator Josef Zimmerman, and Featured Artists Kathryn Polk and Dennis McNett for a private tour of Pushing the Press: Contemporary Printers Redefining the Medium. Following the tour will be an intimate brunch with the opportunity to have lively conversations with both the curator and artists.

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 

Grants Pass Museum of Art, Untitled, Graphite
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Untitled, Graphite

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Drawing and Composition with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, January 28, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Kristen O’Neill to learn more about the basic fundamentals to create a strong composition. Using graphite tools and drawing from a simple scene, individuals will learn how to create a range of values while reviewing the principals of design. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information.

Fiber Arts Collective, Untitled, Mixed Media
Fiber Arts Collective, Untitled, Mixed Media

Fiber Arts Collective
Art Supply Swap!
Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join Fiber Arts Collective for an Art Supply Swap! Artists are encouraged to bring one to five items that they would like to trade in exchange for other items. All supplies should be in good and usable condition. 

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 

Vanessa Jo Bahr at Central Art Gallery

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January Art Show at Central Art Gallery Featuring: Vanessa Jo Bahr
During Medford’s 3rd Friday Art Walk January 20th, 2023 5-8pm

Central Art Gallery announces its January 2023 “3rd Friday” Art Show, spotlighting the works of Vanessa Jo Bahr.

The show is titled “Next of Kin.”

The opening reception will be from 5-8pm during Medford’s Art Walk Friday, January 20th. Exhibition will be on display through 02/8/23. Central Art Gallery is located in downtown Medford at 101 N. Central.

Fri. 01/20 5-8pm – Art Walk (exhibition)

*Exhibit on display through 02/8/23*

“My work exists as an invitation for viewers to examine their ecological interactions and relationships. I aspire to evoke deep reverence for the inherent connection with our plant and animal kin before they fade into distant memories due to human negligence. I create art as a form of activism and land stewardship that fosters mutualism and intimacy facilitated through the reciprocal act of printmaking. My work embraces collective experiences of life and death that promote sustainability while honoring the natural cycles of growth, decay and regeneration.

My most recent work exposes my ritualized obsession with collecting, organizing, illustrating and rearranging my personal archive of found artifacts. The time spent harvesting and working with natural materials bonds me with local ecologies. By reproducing these reclaimed remains in copper, I immortalize and perpetuate their existence through replication via the art of printmaking. A renewal of kinship with our cohabitants is necessary for our shared futures to endure.”

– from Artist’s statement

To see more of Vanessa’s art, you can visit her website here or follow her on Instagram here
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NEW Pastel 101 Workshop!

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Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a NEW
Pastel 101 Workshop with Lara Strazdas!

Instructor: Lara Strazdas

Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
Time: 1PM – 5PM
Fee: $95
Max. 8 students

Classroom at Central Art
101 N. Central
Medford, OR 97501

Registration Required. Click here to register.

In this 4-hour, single session workshop we will explore the different types of soft pastels as well as various pastel supports and mixed media applications.  We will delve into the diversity of pastels and the range of textures and effects that can be achieved with this versatile medium. We will also have a look at some grounds and mediums available that will make just about any surface accept pastel.

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Sustainable Holiday Crafts Sale

10% Off Select Holiday Craft Supplies!

Enjoy 10% off our Natural Earth Paint Kit, Eco-friendly Fine Art Paint Brushes, and Natural Varnish– the perfect combination to get started on your holiday crafts!

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Sustainable Holiday Crafts

What holiday crafts can you do with the items on sale? Check out these sustainable holiday craft tutorials:

Eco-Friendly Christmas Ornaments
DIY Pine Tree Christmas Greeting Cards
Festive Pine Cone Cards Tutorial
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Not sure exactly what to get your loved one for the holidays? Stress no longer – we have created the perfect guide for you!  Read The Holiday Gift Guide Looking for Videography Intern

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Central Art Gallery Welcomes Belinda Moffit to 3rd Friday

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November Art Show at Central Art Gallery
Featuring: Belinda Moffit
During Medford’s 3rd Friday Art Walk
November 18th, 2022 5-8pm

Central Art Gallery is proud to announce our Featured Artist for November, Belinda Moffit. The show will be at Central Art Gallery from 5-8pm on Friday, November 18th during Medford’s 3rd Friday Art Walk.

The exhibition, entitled, “Out West,” will be on display through 11/26. Central Art Gallery is located at 101 N. Central in Medford.

I care, a lot, about everything. I’ve often wished I could turn down the dial or switch it off entirely, however that’s the place from which the art flows. In painting another human being, I get to express this care. When I give detail to my subject’s feelings and experience, it communicates, “I see you. You matter.”

(From artist’s statement)

Through portraiture, Belinda strives to capture the beauty of each face and connect to the story behind it, truly seeing and celebrating every subject.

To see more of Belinda’s art, you can follow her Instagram page here

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3-Day Pastel Workshop with Susan Kuznitsky

Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a 3-Day Pastel Workshop with Susan Kuznitsky!

“Painting the Autumn Colors in Pastel” UART 3-Day Workshop with Susan Kuznitsky PSA, NWPS, CPP, PSWC, IAPS MC

Dates: Friday November 4th, Saturday, November 5th, and Sunday, November 6th 2022

Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

Location: Central Art, 101 N. Central Ave.
Medford, OR 97501

Instructor: Susan Kuznitsky

Medium: Pastels

Skill level: Beginner to advanced

Number of Workshop Days: 3

Price: $375 / Register here (full workshop details at this link)

*UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop.

About this event

Pastels are a wonderful medium for capturing the colors of Autumn. Follow Susan’s step-by-step approach from the underpainting to the finished piece. Several different underpainting techniques will be demonstrated along with plenty of individual attention at the easel. Learn how to make good choices on composition and color when working from a photo reference to create powerful, emotional pastel paintings. All the lessons on color and value will be applicable to any other medium(s) you work in. You will have the option of painting alongside Susan using the same photo reference.

This step-by-step method will provide an organized framework for your future pastel paintings taking the mystery out of where to start, and what type of pastels to use. All levels are welcome. This workshop will be packed with information and fun!

CAS Gallery Welcomes Sumner Brock TODAY!

October Art Show at Central Art Gallery
Featured Artist: SUMNER BROCK

During Medford’s 3rd Friday Art Walk
October 21st, 2022 5-8pm

Central Art Gallery announces its October 2022 Third Friday art show, spotlighting the works of Featured Artist Sumner Brock.

The opening reception will be from 5-8pm during Medford’s Art Walk Friday, October 21st.

Exhibition will be on display through 10/31/22. Central Art Gallery is located in downtown Medford at 101 N. Central.

Fri. 10/21 5-8pm – Art Walk (exhibition)
*Exhibit on display through 10/31*

About the Artist

Sumner Brock is a designer and painter working in Medford, Oregon. He strongly believes in the power of creativity and community. His experience in Colombia with other international artists changed his life.

Recent inspirations include: Dan Eldon, Fernando Botero, Tarot Cards, The Overstory by Richard Powers and Agnes Martin.

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