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Create Art & Celebrate Diversity- Community Art Contest

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As part of our celebration of the fair’s 25th anniversary Sept. 29, 2018, Central Art and the fair are hosting a community art contest.

Consider submitting artwork with the theme “diversity” for the chance to display your artwork at the fair and win prizes!

Contest rules
Artwork will be judged on creativity, style and how well the artwork reflects the contest theme.
Artist may use any medium/format desired (black and white, color, pencil sketch, painting, ink, photograph, etc.).
Artwork must be an original creation, no prints.
Artwork must be created within the past year.
Artwork must be family friendly for viewing by people of all ages, gender, culture and race. Our intent is to emphasize equity, diversity and inclusion.
Artwork must be flat and not exceed 11” x 14” in size.
There is no entry fee. Limit 1 entry per person.
Artwork must be submitted with completed entry form by 4 pm, Friday, August 31, 2018 to Central Art, 101 North Central Ave, Medford.

The selection committee will announce winners at the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at noon.

Immediately after the fair, all artwork will be at Central Art, 101 North Central Ave., for pick up. Artists must pick up their art at Central Art by 4 pm, Tuesday, October 16. It may be disposed of after that date.

Entry forms are available on the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair Facebook page

Prizes: First place winners and honorable mention winners will be selected from age groups: 8 and under, 9-13, 14-17, and 18 and up. Judges will select a winner and honorable mention for each category. The decisions of the judges are final.
1st Prize – $30 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford
Honorable Mention – $15 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford

Thank you for supporting the fair by participating in our art contest!
Download full rules and the application form here:
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Prepare For Plein Air This Summer with Incredible Savings!

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Over the river, through the woods, or right here at home in the beautiful Rogue Valley, inspiration is sure to follow wherever you may roam.

Whether it’s sketching the daily grind of a local coffee shop or capturing the highlights of your camping trip on canvas, Central Art has your best artistic interests at heart. Maybe you’re just getting started, and don’t know your palette knife from your pochade box; we’ll help you climb that mountain.

Taking your act on the road? The possibilities for portable art essentials are endless, but never fear – we’ve thought of everything, and can prepare a “survival kit” just for you!

Take the stress out of planning a plein air getaway knowing Central Art has your creative challenges covered, from street lights to state parks!

-Adam

P.S. Feeling social? There’s an app for that! Share your art adventures with us on Instagram! Be sure to tag @centralart1 in your post, and use the hashtag: #rogueartadventures . We look forward to seeing what you create in the places that inspire you!

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Schmincke Watercolor

12 Half-Pan Set

Schmincke has been developing and manufacturing its Horadam line of watercolors since 1881, and the company is now owned by the fourth generation of the original family.

They are the only watercolor manufacturer in the world that uses the exact same formula for their tube and pan colors. The pan colors are consistent all the way to the bottom, and they last and last!

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New Wave Palette Paper

New Wave Grey and TIMBr Pad Disposable Palettes feature neutral toned sheets that make it easier to mix accurate colors and gauge values. The sheets are glued on three sides, so they won’t blow away while you’re painting outdoors. Plus, the covers are scored, which makes it easier to tear them off or fold them back without messing up the rest of the pad.
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Rembrandt Soft Pastels
Rembrandt pastels are made from the purest pigments and mixed with the finest quality kaolin clay binder. No pigments containing heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, and cobalt, are used in production which ensures that the pastels have no hard bits or sharp edges. These pastels are harder in consistency than many soft pastels, allowing for more control and definition in your painting.
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Ampersand Floater Frames
Every detail of the Ampersand FloaterFrame has been designed and engineered to deliver a simple, all-in-one framing solution that protects your artwork while giving it the finished look it deserves. Made with premium hardwood, the Ampersand FloaterFrame features precisely constructed reinforced corners, a wider drill base, and pre-drilled countersunk mounting holes. All mounting and hanging hardware is provided to quickly and easily attach your artwork to the frame, including mounting screws, screw eyes, a hanger, picture wire, and bumper pads.

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PanPastel

Loaded with the highest quality artists’ pigments, PanPastel colors are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in a rich, ultra soft, low-dust formulation. These professional quality colors are highly pigmented and have excellent lightfastness. They are erasable and fully compatible with traditional pastel sticks, pastel surfaces, and conventional fixatives. They can be mixed, blended, layered, and applied like paint for an infinite palette of colors.
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Portable Painter Palette

The Portable Painter Watercolor Palette is the perfect hands-free travel palette for watercolor painting. With a unique design created by an experienced watercolor artist, it’s packed with special features optimized for plein air painting. It’s compact, too — when folded, the palette is about the size of a smartphone (6″ × 3¼” × 1½”).
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Central Art’s SIDEWALK SALE! Fri & Sat, July 13 & 14, 2018

Scoot on over to Central Art for our annual Sidewalk Sale this summer and find unbelievable deals on overstock, discontinued items and even storage and fixtures! Word on the street is that you won’t want to miss this sale event!
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Central Art's 37th Anniversary Sale

March Madness! Save BIG During Our 37th Anniversary Sale!

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A New Year, A New Journey Begins…

No matter where the muse takes you in 2018 – from the familiar confines of the studio to the beauty of nature and beyond – let Central Art be your creative passport!

When fresh inspiration is needed, look no further than our wide selection of art instruction and technique books to give you a head start. Brushes on your bucket list? Choose just the right fit for your suitcase with a beautiful assortment of brushes in a variety of styles and travel options. If journaling is your jam, you can never have too many sketchbooks! Fortunately we have all sizes, formats and weights of paper to suit whatever medium makes you happiest. Adding a few words of wisdom to your work is an art form in itself – why not go “old-school” with some dip pens and a bit of ink and rediscover the lost art of calligraphy? Central Art is your Hand Lettering Headquarters!

The list goes on and on, and so does your drive to create! Nobody knows that better than us.

Now is the time to seize the canvas and voyage fearlessly into an artistic adventure, so what are you waiting for? Come see us and begin charting a course today!

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Ampersand Clayboard

In 1994, Ampersand Art Supply began their mission of reviving the time-honored tradition of panel painting with the creation of Claybord, the very first coated painting panel. Over the years, Ampersand has added many wonderful painting panels with unique surface coatings suitable for all media.
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Caran d’Ache Open Stock & Sets

Caran d’Ache is the pen name by which French illustrator, Emmanuel Poire’, achieved worldwide renown in the 19th century. The choice turned out to be a salient one, since “karandash” is the Russian term for “pencil” and in turn comes from the Turkish root “karat ash” which refers to black stone – the origins of graphite. In 1924, Arnold Schweitzer, the founder of a Swiss pencil factory, decided to use the name of the famous illustrator, Caran d’Ache for his business.
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Crescent Mat Board

Crescent is headquartered in Wheeling, Illinois, and is a private, 5th generation family-owned company founded over 100 years ago. Crescent continues to innovate and develop new, on-trend products to meet the changing needs and interests of artists and framers globally. Crescent art material products have been selected by students and professionals alike for decades.
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Holbein Artist Paints

In Osaka Japan, the company was formed just before the turn of the last century, and took the name of European artist Hans Holbein in the 1930’s. From that time, Holbein’s presence has been significant in Southeast Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. Holbein is unique in the art material trade because they do not produce any entry student quality color products. Each of the color lines is adapted to meet the special requirements of the professional artist.
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Pentel Products

For over 70 years, Pentel has supplied the world with the highest quality products. Pentel is the only writing instrument company to receive the Deming Award for recognition of the highest standard of quality. Some of Pentel’s industry-leading products have been in production for many years, and remain in demand today, such as roller ball pens, graphite leads and mechanical pencils. Many new Pentel products will no doubt possess equally distinguished longevity.
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Stabilo Open Stock & Sets

Stabilo is a family run company that has been making writing products for more than 160 years creating pens that are trend-conscious, inspiring and visionary. The diverse products from Stabilo make the lives of people a little more colorful each and every day by delivering quality and implementing innovative designs into each and every pen.
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3-Day UArt Pastels Workshop Starting Friday, April 27th, 2018!

Location: Central Art Supply, Medford, OR   Date: Friday April 27 – Sunday April 29 2018
Time: Friday April 27 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday April 28 10:00 am -4:00pm, Sunday April 29 10:00 am -4:00pm   Price: $350.00   Students: 6-12There are many benefits of using an underpainting on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. The type of underpainting depends on the subject and desired end effect. In this workshop we will explore several options.

There will be a demo each morning using a different medium as an underpainting. There will also be an option to ‘paint-a-long’ from the same reference photo as Susan to really get a step-by-step approach of her technique from beginning to end. You will receive individual instruction tailored to your specific needs, level and goals as well as a constructive critique of work done in the workshop as well as any work you bring along.

Register Online at: https://www.uartpastelpaper.com/uart-workshops-susan-kuznitsky/ 

UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop. Check out Susan’s website at www.susankuznitsky.com

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Ashland Gallery Association's May 2017 Spotlight Exhibits

Bruce Bayard: Video Projections

Bruce Bayard continues his exploration into time-based imagery with video collages created for installations and performances. The video compositing process he uses is similar to that of the Photoshop process used in all his still images, interjecting stressed surfaces and multiple layers of interacting images. The resulting video clips are further combined in a program that randomly selects and runs portions of the clips in constantly changing sequence.

This batch of work contrasts trains, airplanes, forests and calm water surfaces. No soundtrack exists for the videos, but are created improvisationally in the moment using a Buchla Music Easel, and additional modular electronic sound sources.

During the First Friday Artwalk the projections will run continuously, with a combination of pre-recorded and improvisational soundscapes.

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Image caption: “Airplane,” video still by Bruce Bayard

Ashland Art Works

Michael Gibson’s Paintings 

This month Ashland Art Works features new work by Michael Gibson: Surrealistic “Winescapes” with homage to Dali and Chirico. “I had fun with this series,” says Gibson. “I got into their heads, appreciating the originality of their compositions, use of color and love of life.

Michael’s style is unique and at the same time inspired by works of post-impressionist artists. He received his BFA from Houston Museum of Fine Arts and has worked as a designer, art director, and taught life drawing, illustration, painting, graphic design and photography at Art Institute of Houston and the Art Institute of Seattle.

5 GALLERIES AND THE SCULPTURE GARDEN:

As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts.

  • AAW is home to these outstanding local artists…
  • Elin Babcock’s assemblage, jewelry, & paintings
  • Marydee Bombick’s functional and garden pottery
  • Suzanne Etienne’s joyful paintings
  • Michael Gibson’s painting in post impressionists’ style
  • Cheryl Kempner’s jewelry, garden art & Crazy Clay Birds
  • Claudia Law’s textile creations
  • Daniel Loch’s photography
  • Bonnie Morgan’s decorative and functional pottery
  • George Popa’s dimensional wire sculptures
  • Lorene Senesac’s raku sculpture & wall reliefs
  • Connie Simonsen’s handpainted silk scarves
  • Angelique Stewarts functional and stylish weavings
  • John Weston’s fine woodwork & cutting boards

Surrealistic Winescapes

Image caption: “Surrealistic Winescapes” by Michael Gibson

American Trails

Alebrije or Animalistas

In May, American Trails Gallery we will be featuring the woodcarving folk art out of Oaxaca, Mexico. Fanciful carvings called alebrije or were first done by artist Pedro Linares Lopez in Mexico City in the 1930’s. He made elaborate piñata’s, carnival masks and religious figures out of paper mache and cardboard. This caught the attention of prominent gallery owners who began to market the pieces. Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo began commissioning the fanciful alebrijes, which means monsters. Linares returned to Arrazola in Oaxaca and began sharing his designs with fellow artisans. Manuel Jimenez Ramirez was the first to carve the colorful creatures out of copal wood in the 1970’s. The art form exploded in the 1980’s with folk art galleries in the US becoming more and more interested. Today, there are three main villages that the carvers reside; Arrazola, the pueblo of Manuel, San Martin Tilcajete, and La Union Tejalapam. We are proud to have over 80 families represented in our gallery.

American Trails Gallery proudly features the art and crafts of the indigenous peoples of the America’s. Weavings from the Navajo’s and Zapotec’s, carvings from the Hopi, Zuni, Haida, Kwakiutl, Inuit and Oaxaca, ceramics from many of the pueblos in the Southwest, Acoma, San Ildefonso, Zuni, Cochiti and the Mata Ortiz of Mexico, handmade historic and contemporary jewelry from the Pueblos, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Navajos as well as from Taxco. The largest selection of Historic Basketry in the Pacific Northwest including Pomo, Maidu, Hoopa, Karok, Wintun, Shasta, Modoc and many more. We also feature Regional artists depicting the Wildlife and Landscapes of the area. When you purchase a gift from American Trails you are helping to support hundreds of families who are working hard to keep the traditional Arts and Crafts of their communities alive and well.

The American Trails Gallery which for 23 years was located at 250 East Main Street on the Plaza in Ashland is being reopened at a new location 250 East Main street.

Open 10 am to 6 pm everyday excluding holidays

“Animalistas” woodcarving folk art

Image caption: “Animalistas” woodcarving folk art

Hanson Howard Gallery

Wataru Sugiyama & Lewis Anderson, ceramic sculptures & digital photography

The influence of the aesthetics and imagery of Asian art will be strong in our May exhibition.  Wataru Sugiyama slyly infuses a contemporary charm and, at times, humor into what we recognize as traditional Japanese motifs in his ceramic sculptures.  Lewis Anderson digitally blends photographs of the Pacific Northwest into landscapes that exist in a world of his own invention but have distinctive undercurrents of traditional woodblock landscapes.  Large in scale, at times up to 80” wide, these landscapes have the ability to draw you in and hold you. Show runs May 4th-30th.  Join us for an artist reception on First Friday, May 5th, 5-8 p.m.

Wataru Sugiyama has cultivated an appreciative audience for the Haniwa type imagery in his sculpture. Elements of Japanese history and mythology are almost the exclusive focus of Wataru’s creations.  He interprets imaginary and existing objects and gives them a modern twist by bringing his personal vision to these subjects.  His sculptures are truly inspirational, have a powerful presence, sense of humor, and make a strong impression on his viewers.  Besides historical elements, extremely fine detail and exquisite facial expressions are featured on his sculptures.

Lewis Anderson accurately describes his art as being somewhere between photography and painting, somewhere between East and West, somewhere between contemporary and ancient. The images invite the viewer to explore quiet moments in diverse landscapes full of light and shadow and symbology.  An ancient river winds through tall foreign mountains, full of soft golden light and blue fog. A single silhouetted figure in a small boat appears to be slowly rowing into the unknown in one of the three scroll-like panels of Boatman. This timeless image, like the others in Lewis Anderson’s Dynasty collection, emanates a strong sense of peace, solitude and mystery.

Boatman by Lewis Anderson

Image caption: “Boatman,” digital print on aluminum by Lewis Anderson

LACDA Call for Digital Art

LACDA Call for Digital Art

“TOP 40” INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION

Curating Jurors:
Kathryn Poindexter, California Museum of Photography
Mat Gleason, Coagula Curatorial

 LACDA Call for Digital Art Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery.  The exhibit will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24×36 inches ($150-$200 in value) to be included in the winners’ exhibits and opening.

Deadline for Entries: May 23, 2016
Winners Announced: May 30, 2016
Exhibit Dates: June 9-July 2, 2016

LACDA Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 11, 6-9pm
Artwalk preview: Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm

Complete information: http://lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html

Online registration only.
For questions email us at [email protected]
No phone calls please.