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What will we send out?

When I created the Word-Painting Project, the idea was to do something that could encourage others…and cover my grocery bill while chalet-sitting for friends in Switzerland (I’m a practical poet!). 

Though I thought I was making time for the project, the project made time for me. It gave me time to watch the light on the Alps and the clouds catch on their peaks. It gave me time to listen to the symphony of cowbells on the Holsteins munching wildflowers on the slope of the next-door chalet. And it was a joy to share that time in words and images by creating a word-painting every day for ten days. 

Back home, the prints of those originals already arrived, and I’ve hand-addressed the first of ten batches to go out over the summer. This week, a stack of Word-Painting No. 1 prints began their stamped way through the postal system to their recipients, and I blessed them as I dropped them into the post-office slot.  

This was the last image I created for the Word-Painting Project. It seemed appropriate to end with a question: What will we send out into the bright world beyond us? Some days, the world is bright, as in sunny and good—like this summer solstice day. And some days, the world is bright, as in the harsh glare of a world in need. Regardless of the natural or emotional weather, I choose to send out something encouraging. And with it, a big dose of gratitude. 

So, in each of Switzerland’s three, official languages, thank you for being part of the Word-Painting journey: danke, merci, grazie.

Art du Jour News June 2019

Art du Jour student art show entry. Image provided by Charity Hubbard

June 2019 Third Friday

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford eagerly anticipates a return of Charity Hubbard’s student art exhibit for our Third Friday reception on June 21st, 5-8 pm.  Despite an earlier announcement that our musical entertainment would be held back for this months’ event, due to popular demand we have scheduled classical guitarist Rod Petrone to perform for the evening.

Featured Guest Artist Charity Hubbard in Salon June and July

Frequently painting from life on location “en plein air” and people from life is important to Charity Hubbard.  She feels that the regular exercise of painting from life enables her to better capture life, light and a truer sense of atmosphere, even when painting from life is not possible.

Still life by Charity Hubbard.

Still life by Charity Hubbard. Image provided by the artist.

“It is a joy to find inspiration in the challenge of capturing life as it happens, attempting to be true to the mood and nature of what is in front of me.” Charity states on her website.  “Each moment is a gift and a place in time that will never happen again, it’s a privilege to persevere in portraying the spirit of a moment in visual expression to the best of my ability.”

With a background in commercial art for Pixel Productions Inc. (a commercial art and design company), she is trained in perspective and drafting, has illustrated by commission for architects and builders and rendered technical yet artistic architectural illustrations in a variety of mediums.  Her enjoyment of architectural elements is reflected in many of her paintings as well.  Current art pursuits gravitate towards fine art oil paintings of people, landscape and architecture and teaching.  She is also a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists.

For more information on this artist go to her website at: www.charityhubbard.com

Portrait by Charity Hubbard. Image provided by the artist.

Portrait by Charity Hubbard. Image provided by the artist.

Student Art Show Featured Throughout the Gallery

This is Charity Hubbard’s 11th year of offering small classes that take a classical approach to art.  She has taught in conference workshops and currently offers classes to youth ages 10 and up, teens and adults, rotating in subjects of study.  Her classes are small, 6-10 students each, taught with the aid of an intern assistant, allowing for much individual instruction from Charity.  She also offers a more intensive program where student interns can study with her for 16-18 hours a week and earn a certificate with completion of the program.

Last years’ student art show on Third Friday was the largest turnout AdJ has ever seen, with all indications that the reception this year could be just as popular. We invite the community to stop by on June 21st for the event, or throughout the month during regular gallery hours to see what these gifted students are producing.

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

Art du Jour is still actively seeking new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our co-operative and display their work to the Medford community. Membership includes an active role in the Art in Bloom festival in May, as well as our monthly Third Friday event. Media to be juried for membership includes pottery, sculpture, photography and jewelry.  Contact the gallery by email at [email protected], or log into our website (www.artdujourgallery.com) for full membership information.

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
OPEN Tues – Sat., 10AM – 4PM

Southern Oregon Plein Air Kicks Off 1 Week From Today! Have You Signed Up Yet?

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JUNE 19 – JUNE 22, 2019

$85 registration fee – Register Now!

 

Southern Oregon Plein Air (SOPA) invites artists of all levels to participate in 4 days of plein air painting!

 

Artists can customize their SOPA experience by participating in a vendor fair, attending FREE plein air presentations, joining guest artists for on-location demonstrations, entering art into a juried show, participating in a “quick draw” event, and taking advantage of social events.

 

Paintings entered into the competition will be juried for over $1000 in cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and four honorable mentions. This year’s juror is Cody Bustamante, Professor of Art at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.

 

Check In and registration will be happening on Wed. 6/19 at Central Art during our Vendor Fair, so mark your calendars!

 

Thank you for your interest in SOPA 2019 – we hope that you enjoy your experience!

 

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Exhibits at Rogue Gallery for Third Friday June 21, 2019

Third Friday Downtown Medford Art Walk

Friday, June 21, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

www.roguegallery.org 40 South Bartlett Street Medford Oregon 97501 541-772-8118 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Gallery

Inspired by the East: Annual Art Movement Tribute

June 7 – July 12, 2019

 

Tom                Glassman Mural Detail Tashi Choling

Tom Glassman, Mural Detail of Tashi Choling, Photograph

 Rogue Gallery artists created work with the inspiration of the art of the East. Artists used themes and styles from China, Japan, India, and other countries of the East. The exhibit includes oil, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, Chinese brush painting, pastels, fiber art, photography, and mixed media.

Participating artists include Bruce Allen, Lynn Anderson, Susan Austin, Rachel Barrett, Linda Boutacoff, Hortense J. Bullock, John E. Bullock, Dawna Curler, Phyllis Earls, Cynthia Flowers, Tom Glassman, Jay Gordon, John Hawkins, Kim Hearon, Mary Hills, Zelpha Hutton, Jennifer Ivey, Sheryl Leblanc, Charles Lockridge, Susan Murphey, Janice Rosenberg, Barbara Schack, Pam Shay, Darlene Southworth, Daniel Verner, Walter Wirfs, & Charlotte L. Wirfs.

 

Main Gallery

Surface and Structures: Paintings by Cammy Davis and Sculpture by Nadine Gay

May 10 – June 21, 2019

The last day to view this very popular exhibit is June 21.

 

Cammy Davis Give Me One Reason

Cammy Davis, Give Me One Reason, Acrylic

The Surface and Structures exhibit features abstract artist Cammy Davis and sculptor Nadine Gay. Cammy Davis paints bold large abstract acrylic paintings. Nadine Gay is a multi-media artist who creates whimsical and contemplative ceramic figurative sculptures. The exhibit is a juxtaposition of large, textured, color enriched canvases with sculpture that is figurative, spiritual, and at times delicate. Each artists’ work is beautifully complemented by the other.

 

Cammy Davis is a Jacksonville artist who has been featured at fine art galleries between Seattle and Palm Springs. She has developed art tutorial videos and music art videos. Cammy studied fine art at the University of Idaho and has a degree in Interior Design from Bellevue College in Washington. Cammy has been deeply influenced by her childhood experiences of growing up in the woods. She spent her youth making sword fern teepees and treehouses from material of the land. The lifestyle was simple and creative. Her youth instilled in her a resourceful and creative spirit that is present in her abstract paintings. She resides in Jacksonville.

 

Nadine Gay was born and raised in France and came to the United States in the 1970’s. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Pratt Institute. Nadine has taught art in various programs from kindergarten to college, prisons to psychiatric hospitals, and classes for adults. In 2016, she retired from teaching art and moved to the Rogue Valley to concentrate on her art. She describes her work as a playful conversation between her dreams, images and the materials she uses to create. Her work is often process oriented, as Nadine explains, “Stories emerge, the child in me delights in what comes to life. My work connects me with a fantasy world, a waking dream-space.” She has exhibited in France and throughout the US.

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Take A Peek At Featured Guest Artists Appearing At SOPA 2019!

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Making Small Pictures of Seashells

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup With Broken Seashells

Making pictures, as in to form, shape, bring about or create a picture. 

Small Studies.

It’s the season of “smalls” – that is drawing small studies on a regular basis.

MakingSmall Studies: Broken Seashell With Napkin

Though, truthfully, I am working on a medium size watercolor painting in my “Three Minute Egg” series.  However it is taking a while.  And, when it is drying between layers, I work on other things.

Back to the small studies.  I can get so much enjoyment out of doing the small studies.  Plus, although it may not look it, I do feel as though I’m getting somewhere.  Put a different way, I am making progress on my drawing skills and how I like to compose and think about my art.

Making Small Pictures: Broken Seashells in Ink

And, you might notice, I am using different media: ink on paper; colored pencil on toned paper; and Procreate App with my iPadPro.

The Beauty Of Making Something.

I was recently reminded that when you ask four year olds see things differently.  To explain, when you ask them what they’re doing when they are drawing or painting, more than likely they’ll say they are making something.

And, a child making a picture will probably not be worrying about whether or not their painting will get into a juried show, or sell, or be in a museum, or the myriad of other things grown up artists worry about.

Making Small Studies: Two Broken Seashells and a Box

Making Or Creating.

I think the distinction between “making something” and “creating art” is interesting and revealing.  Think about it.  Sometimes it is just nice to make a picture rather than worry about painting a piece of art.  “Art”, at least to me, is loaded with expectations of creativity, skill and meaning.  Oddly enough, it can be an onerous challenge.

Just making a picture of a broken seashell is more liberating.  I can investigate, play and stop when I want to.  It can come out good or terrible; who cares?  The time spent making the picture is a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavor.

Making Small Studies of broken seashells with ink

Patience And Practice.

Recently, I also remembered that getting good at making something takes practice and patience.  So, these small studies are my way of learning and practicing my craft.

In any case, I hope you enjoy my broken seashells.

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup with Broken Seashells

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Discoveries and Sharing From Karin O’Brien’s Studio

Upcoming workshops and news from the studio.

You can still register for my ONLINE class Fin Folk which begins June 6!

I am so excited to be participating with Artful Gathering again this year and offering my second online class. June 6-July 17, 2019. I poured my heart and soul into this class. I wanted to share with you my painting process from idea to finished piece and that is a tough job, as my mind is a complex web of inspiration! I will be available for live support throughout the class dates. If you click on this link: Artful Gathering. It will take you to all the information on registration, the class description and a short video, I hope you will consider joining me!

Teaching on the Road

I will be teaching in San Diego at
Way Art Yonder Studio,
August 3-4, 2019

This is a wonderful venue in Jamul. You will truly feel like you are going away to a retreat. A wonderful class room on a hill, with views of the surrounding area – all the way to the ocean.

I will be teaching my new class “Soul Narratives,” sharing my painting process.  I will take you on a journey with visualization, story and playful painting techniques

Soul Narratives
Way Art Yonder Studio

August 3-4, 2019
Here is the link to register and get more info: Way Art Yonder Studio

Leaving you with Ellie. I have started to pull out my teddy bear and doll making supplies, so more to come on them in the near future!

BE CURIOUS
and see where it takes you!

Blessings,
Karen
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Ashland Galleries June 2019 Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, June 7th, from 5 to 8 PM

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the June Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

AGA June Spotlight Galleries

Ashland Art Works

Jewelry, Clay, and Garden Art for the Summer

Cheryl Kempner is one of our featured artists throughout the month of June. Come view her new multi-media canvases painted with acrylics, embellished with clay figures, and encased in clear resin. New horizontal metal screens with powder-coated flowers offer another option for garden art. Of course, her signature “Crazy Birds and Friends” will include clay vases, bowls, trays, birdhouses, and 3D birds on steel legs. Enjoy this whimsical work in your home and garden.

Our second featured artist is Elizabeth Ellingson. Elizabeth’s designs are all focused around her own custom-cut stones. She takes interesting rough material to create unique cabochons. Elizabeth hand fabricates all of her jewelry in sterling silver using traditional silversmithing techniques. The jewelry she creates is one of a kind with an earthy and enduring quality.

Come meet the artists and enjoy the music at the First Friday Art Walk on June 7th, provided by Kelly Gordon and Victoria Johnson, members of the “Women with Wings Choir.”

Image caption: Cheryl Kempner, “3 Welcome Birds”, ceramic

Cheryl Kempner, “3 Welcome Birds”, ceramic

Gallerie Karon

Safari!

Part II – Deeper Into Africa

You’ll see artifacts from Ashanti to Yuruba and from areas from Benin to Nigeria in this show. Exotic pieces include masks for ceremonies including face, helmet and shoulder types. (The wearer was host to a sacred being and not to be seen)

Furniture, hand carved and handprinted, some with hammered metal embellishments, are not to be missed! These include stools of all kinds and a carved wood cabinet for sacred herbs and medicines. Our centerpiece is a rare handmade leopard bench made for a very prominent King or Chief. (the leopard is a sign of power and this one is munching on a crocodile )

We love our leopards and have several in bronze from Benin (one is life size!); these are complimented with photographs by Judy Benson LeNeir. Pegi Smith has contributed a striking portrait of an African woman. The late Vernon Lawhorn and his wife Jane, show more portraits and versions of textiles in paintings.

All these exotic pieces will be on display for purchase in our main gallery and in our new special African room in the “The Feathered Wing.”

Image caption: “Dog” artifact

“Dog” artifact

Art & Soul Gallery

“Nature’s Spirit” watercolor and mixed media by Linda Boutacoff

Expressions and Impressions, Up Close & Personal; Exploring Nature’s Hidden Treasures.

Linda’s paintings reflect her love of nature and the Northwest, as well as her background in graphic design.  Her work is recognized for mastery in creating delicate visual statements through bold use of color and design.

“Nature is my sanctuary. It is a source of discovery and inspiration that stimulates my creativity and brings joy to my spirit. These feelings I try to capture in my paintings. I enjoy developing intriguing designs with rich patterns, textures and colors while leaving a bit of mystery to be interpreted by the viewer.”

“Whether walking through the woods or climbing on boulders along a river, I am always observing; fascinated, just taking it all in … nature’s magic.”

Linda works in watercolor, acrylic, collage and mixed media.

First Friday reception June 7 from 5 – 8 pm

With live music by “Sidewalk Cafe” Beth Martin – violin, Craig Martin – guitar & Todd Ragland – bass

Image caption: Linda Boutacoff, “Lakeside Dreams,” watercolor

Linda Boutacoff, “Lakeside Dreams,” watercolor

Photographers’ Gallery

“Flower Portrait” featuring Julie Bonney

Julie Bonney’s new show, Flower Portrait, is a collection of flower photography at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center, which opens at the First Friday Art Walk on June 7, 2019.

Favorite photography subjects for many people are flowers.  They touch us in ways that open us to the natural world.  The photographer is actually creating floral portraits and the challenge is to showcase them in ways that are new and fresh and creates a desire in the viewer to stop and take them in.  Julie use a variety of techniques to create her look including tulle, lace, optic choices, shallow depth of field, multiple exposures and more unusual angles of perspective helps to emphasize the ways in which flowers speak to our hearts as well as showcase them.  Please stop by the Ashland Art Center and immerse yourself in the joy of flower photography.

Image caption: Julie Bonney, “Creamsicle,” photograph

Julie Bonney, “Creamsicle,” photograph


Shepherd’s Dream

Fowler Handwovens

Cindy Fowler is a 30-year “veteran” in the world of weaving.  Her mother worked in a trading post near their Southwest Colorado home, and spent weekends in search of Native American art.  Cindy witnessed (first hand) the Navajo women spinning, dying and preparing yarns to weave incredible, functional, rugs.  Those early years formed her love of cloth design for jackets and/or the dying of yarn for wall hangings.  She is mixing the balance between function, art and the appreciation of the environment’s bounty.  With the addition of the scroll saw and exotic woods, her weavings are hung with a look of puzzle pieces that flow with the yarn.

Image caption: Cindy Fowler, “Tablerock Spring,” hand-dyed cotton yarn weaving

Cindy Fowler, “Tablerock Spring,” hand-dyed cotton yarn weaving

Enclāve Studios

Spring Exhibition 2019

First Friday, June 7th, 5-8 pm

1661 Siskiyou Blvd (above the Ashland Street Shopping Center)

Enclāve Studios & Galleries presents our annual spring exhibition with new works and works-in-progress by our resident artists:

Jay Gordon: origami paintings

Corey Kahn: architectural landscapes

Inger Nova Jorgensen: painting and sculpture

Nicole Wasgatt: abstracted seascapes

Gabriel Mark Lipper: Rogue Valley landscapes

Join us for a glass of wine!

Image caption: Enclave Studios

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Ashland New Plays Festival presents THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis

Taking Aim at the Gun Debate: Can we have a conversation about this?

What: Ashland New Plays Festival presents THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis  When: Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, 2019, at 7:30 pm  Where: Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland  Tickets: $25, available onlineor at the door, subject to availability

A defaced road sign from rural Minnesota.

Ashland New Plays Festival will present a special two-night full production of The Gun Show by award-winning playwright E.M. Lewis at 7:30 pm on June 14 and 15 at the Bellview Grange in Ashland, featuring Andrew William Smith and directed by Lisa Velten Smith. Tickets are $25, available online or at the door, subject to availability. A conversation with the audience about personal experiences with guns will follow the performance.

“I am here to tell a public story and a private story. A story about guns in America and a story about my own experiences with guns in America.”

And so begins the riveting one-hour play. Lewis tells her story with raw honesty and gives audiences important insight into the nuances of America’s gun debate. Since the play’s 2014 Jefferson Award-nominee world premiere in Chicago, it has gone on to receive critical acclaim and sold-out performances across the country and an international premiere in 2017 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In The Gun Show, Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms, from her experiences in a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York. Lewis’s stories are brought to life by Smith, who recently completed a month-long production of The Gun Show at Pittsburgh’s Quantum Theatre.

E.M. Lewis is a former ANPF winning playwright and served as host playwright for eight ANPF Fall Festival seasons. Among her many accolades as a playwright and librettist, she was awarded the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission.

She is currently featured in an episode of Play4Keeps Podcast, an ANPF production, where she discusses her play in conversation with ANPF’s Associate Artistic Director and SOU Theatre professor Jackie Apodaca. The Play4Keeps Podcast is available free on podcast apps.

What: Ashland New Plays Festival presents THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis

When: Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, 2019, at 7:30 pm

Where: Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland

Tickets: $25, available onlineor at the door, subject to availability

For more information, visit www.ashlandnewplays.org.