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Taffy #1

Taffy #1, oil on linen, 46″ x 46″

From Hushed Reverberations, my two-person exhibition with Karl Heerdt at Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, from March 17 through April 21. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on March 24.

“En Plein Air” Workshop with Aimee Erickson

Artist’s Workshop of Southern Oregon & Central Art Present “En Plein Air” Workshop!

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Teal Bowl with Popcorn Popper

Teal Bowl with Popcorn Popper, oil on linen, 18” x 26″

From Hushed Reverberations, my two-person exhibition with Karl Heerdt at Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, from March 17 through April 21. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on March 24.

Earth Day DIY Crafts & Eco Tips for Artists


We Love Earth Day! Thank you for being a part of the solution and using natural art supplies that don’t poison our water supply, our bodies or the Earth! We encourage all of our supporters to pick one environmental organization to donate to this week! Our favorites are listed at the end of this email.

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Enter for a chance to win one Earth Flags Craft Kit!
CONTEST will run from April 16th – 19th!

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Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Is Coming! Plan Your Life Accordingly.

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Summer Twilight

Summer Twilight, oil on linen, 12″ x 16″

From Hushed Reverberations, my two-person exhibition with Karl Heerdt at Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, from March 17 through April 21. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on March 24.

Sugar Bowl #2

Sugar Bowl #2, oil on linen 10″ x 16″

From Hushed Reverberations, my two-person exhibition with Karl Heerdt at Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, from March 17 through April 21. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on March 24.

Award at Watercolor Society Of Oregon’s Spring Experimental Exhibition

Award, that is to say a special recognition of achievement. 

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Greetings!  I am pleased to say that my painting Three Minute Egg V11 earned the Fourth Place “High Desert” award in the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) Spring Experimental Exhibition, Florence OR. (Yay!). The exhibition opened on Saturday, April 7th at the Florence Events Center, (715 Quince St) and you may view the show during business hours through the 23rd of April.

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Award Donors.

I would like to send my deepest thanks to the sponsors of the Fourth Place “High Desert” Award:  Jack Richeson & Co and the WSO 100 Club, Inc.

Jack Richeson & Co is one of the few family run art supply manufacturing companies remaining.  Located in Wisconsin, their company “is based on a belief in the Importance of Art, its relevence, its necessity in life”, (quote from their Facebook page).  I think its wonderful that they have nine full time working family members and the occasional seasonal member.  Thank you Jack Richeson & Co!

The WSO 100 Club is a non-profit corporation established by WSO in 1984 as an endowment fund.  The purpose of the fund is to subsidize member education and the WSO Awards Program.  Thank you WSO 100 Club!

Award-Winning Paintings.

My watercolor is one of twenty award-winning paintings. The paintings will continue on in a traveling show through the end of September, including galleries in Florence, Newport and Carlton, (please see the schedule below).

Award Ceremony: WSO Spring 2018 Convention

WSO Spring Juried Exhibition.

The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) hosts two juried exhibitions per year: one in the fall and one in the spring. To explain the process for the show, artists submit paintings for consideration into a juried show.  The submitted painting must past an initial jury to be accepted into the show. Then a juror (or jurors) selects award winners.

In the case of this particular juried show, the juror accepted 80 paintings from 279 entered by 163 artists.  And, from the shows 80 paintings, she selected 20 award winners.

This spring’s Juror was artist Ms. Fran Larsen of Santa Fe NM. She is a nationally recognized artist and instructor.

What’s special about the Spring show is that artists can be experimental.  That is to say, while the paintings are primarily water media, they may incorporate elements of other media, like colored pencil, ink, pastel, etc.

About the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

The Watercolor Society of Oregon was started in 1966. The society currently has over 800 members from around the state. Its purpose is to promote the interest of watercolor paintings. The Spring Experimental Exhibition is one of two shows held annually in the state of Oregon.

Award Winning Painting: 3 Minute Egg V11

About the Painting, Three Minute Egg V11.

This is the eleventh painting in a series of works exploring a still life setup.  For background information, the set up includes eggs, egg cup, timer, spoon and napkin.  With each new painting, I allow myself the freedom to explore composition, color, meaning and whatever else strikes my fancy.  Incidentally, you may notice that in this painting I was playing with angles.

So, what’s the meaning, you might ask.  Well, three minute eggs were one of my favorite childhood breakfasts.  Strangely enough, I didn’t particularly enjoy the taste of eggs.  Instead, what I liked was being able to dunk my toast into the egg.  Plus, we had egg cups from Spain which made the eggs ever more exotic.

With that in mind, you might say this painting is about the memory of exotic breakfasts.  Or, the breakfast where Peggy was allowed to play with eggs and toast!

Exhibition Details.

April 7 – 23. Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence OR.  Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am to 4:30pm.

April 24 – May 31. Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, Florence OR.  Opening reception Saturday, May 12 from 3-5 pm.  Hours: 10am to 6pm daily.

May 31st – July 31st.  Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Dr., Newport OR.  Hours:  Tue – Sun: 12 noon to 4pm.

August 1st – September 31st.  Wallow Gallery, 125 W Main St., Carlton OR.  Hours: Fri – Sun: 12 noon to 5pm.


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Spiral Bowl with Flat Screen

Spiral Bowl with Flat Screen, oil on linen, 16” x 24”

From Hushed Reverberations, my two-person exhibition with Karl Heerdt at Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, from March 17 through April 21. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on March 24.

Bee Bantug and Nancy Graham featured at Art du Jour Gallery

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)
Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour.  Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour. Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Advance Release for May 2018:
During the month of May Nancy Graham’s work will again be featured in the Salon and Bee Bantug will be the featured artist on the feature wall at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford.

Guest Artist

Nancy Graham featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May.

Nancy has always been passionate about art in all forms and styles, as evidenced by the variety of subjects she likes to paint, and the varied approach to each. She was always encouraged by her mother, who was a well-known artist in California and an art instructor at Dominican College in San Rafael a number of years ago.

Although her background is painting with oils and acrylic, her current passion is teaching watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, where her classes remain full year-round. She tells us that the real thrill comes from the delight her students find when the composition comes together and there is a sudden spurt of confidence. She pushes strong value shifts of light and dark, telling her students over and over, “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
She teaches that there is more to a successful piece of art than the basic fundamentals of art theory, and she likes to experiment with a variety of styles and approaches as evidenced by the selection of pieces that will be showing at Art du Jour. Florals, landscapes, abstracts, still life’s and even a motorcycles engine are the subjects she’s chosen to show. She’s always excited to try something new and is challenged by the possibilities that watercolor brings to her artwork. However, if one were to ask her what she likes to do best, she would probably reply that she likes to paint “close-ups” where she can use her small brushes to bring out the finest details of her subjects.
Nancy holds a secondary teaching credential and art degree from UC Davis, and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Rogue Gallery, a past President of Josephine County Artists Association and a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Featured Artist for May

Bee Bantug
As the featured artist for the month of May at Art Du Jour Gallery, Bee Bantug presents “As the bee flies’’.   Not quite enigmatically titled, this body of work is part of a series celebrating the beauty and boundless bounty of Mother Earth.  And, in seemingly synchronistic timing, through this work Bee pays homage to her beloved mother and all mothers.
Technically and conceptually, her intention is to create evocative imagery using her camera as her brush and the objects and world around her as her palette. And then, pointedly never manipulating her images after the moment of creation.  Aesthetically, she likes abstracting the real and manifesting ideas that intimate at the dynamics between expressionism and impressionism to deliver a distinctly different perspective.
When asked to share how she feels about her artwork, Bee in a poetic stanza shared how “art-making lights up her inner fire: becoming, being a part of her true essence.” Completely self-taught, her work has been jury-selected at international art competitions, exhibitions and auctions the past 5 years since she began sharing her artwork publicly
Recently, Bee Bantug was featured as a Selected Artist at Artrooms Fair 2018 London, one of only two US artists among 70 international others.  Please come and enjoy creative imagery paying homage to all mothers!

Photography Contest

People's Choice Photography Contest at Art du Jour during Art in Bloom
Art du Jour will begin accepting entries for our second “Peoples Choice” Photography Contest during the last week in April.  Prospective participants should take special note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit, as visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. Top vote getter will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  The contest artists will also be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on May 18.  There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. Space will be limited. Like our Facebook page for more info or contact us at (541) 944-1933.