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AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, April 6th 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 April Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

April Spotlight Exhibits

A Taste Of Ashland Pop-up Show

Meyer Memorial Gallery in the Marion Addy Building, Southern Oregon University

Show on display April 24 – 29th

Art Sales during “A Taste of Ashland,” April 28 & 29, 12:00–4:00 PM

As an added attraction to A Taste of Ashland wine, food, and art festival, we have 15 Ashland Gallery Association artists that are participating in a special “Pop-up Art Show!”  There will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pastels from the following artists:

Michael Adams, Patrick Beste, Sarah Burns, Ann DiSalvo, Shoshana Dubiner, Elaine Frenett, Pam Haunschild, Tiffany Hokanson, Robert Koch, Margee Mee, Whitney Rolfe, Desmond Serratore, Denise Souza-Finney, David Terry

“A Taste of Ashland” Food, Wine, and Art Festival

Celebrating its twenty-ninth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event, A Taste of Ashland takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th from noon to 4 PM.

Participants follow a map to 17 galleries discovering Ashland’s culinary delights and regional wines while enjoying the local visual arts.  AllAboard Trolley will offer rides to all galleries, but most are within walking distance. 

For tickets and more information visit: atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178

Denise Souza-Finney, Where Are We Going, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 22 x 30

Schneider Museum of Art

The Animated Image 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 11th, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

On View: April 12th through May 12th, 2018

The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibition The Animated Image is in collaboration with the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The exhibition is co-curated by SMA Director Scott Malbaurn and AIFF Artistic and Executive Director Richard Herskowitz.

This exhibition features artists:

Matt Bollinger

Chris Doyle

Rick Silva

Stacey Steers

RoxyAnn Winery will pour wine at our opening reception for the exhibition

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Score by Jeremy Turner, performed by Flux Quartet. Sound design by Owen O’Neill. Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Ashland Art Works

In April, we’re featuring our Associate Artist members in the main gallery. We’ll have weavings and textile pieces by Angelique Stewart, acrylic paintings by Suzanne Etienne, and hand-dyed scarves by Connie Simonsen. Our member artists will also have lots of new work to show in our other galleries, including outdoor metal pieces that are perfect for your spring garden, along with new paintings, ceramics, photography, woodworking, and jewelry.

Artist Reception – First Friday, April 6, 2018 5 to 8 PM

Come out and meet the artists at First Fridays!  Rodeo Flyer will be playing some great music, and we’ll also have some light refreshments.

April also brings our summer hours:

Wednesday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Shepherd’s Dream

Rogue Impressions and Beyond, paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Silvia Trujillo paints the landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon. Applied in oils, using an impasto technique, her paintings communicate mood with a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season.  

Silvia exclaims, “I live, breathe, and sleep art.  Creating art is a way of life for me, and I consistently produce paintings that express a deep regard for nature.  Landscape painting is a natural extension of this love and it attracts me to the dramatic light that occurs during a storm, or at dawn or dusk, and my goal is to honor land, water, and sky in these works and help to create the need for preserving an area’s natural beauty.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.  As a painting/drawing instructor for over 25 years, it also brings me great joy to know that I’ve inspired and fostered expert work in many others over the years.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.”   

This exposition on display in our new location: 42 East Main Street, Ashland, OR.  For more information, call 541-941-0855, and follow us on Facebook.  Artwork displayed through May 2018.

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

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Free Films This Friday at Rogue Gallery

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Free! FOURTH FRIDAY FILMS

March 23, 2018 7:00 p.m.

 Local artists turned film-makers Bruce Bayard, Larry Lewis and Greeley Wells present the third installment of their Fourth Friday Films series. This Friday’s airing will highlight filrms by Bruce Bayard. In addition there will be short films by Freeley Wells, and works by Larry Lewis. Films will be shown in the Rogue Studio. Attendance is free. 

CELTIC CELEBRATION CONTEST WINNERS

Another Sell-Out Crowd has a fabulous time!
IMG_0299It was a wonderful night, abley MC’ed by volunteer Tom Hearon and graced by the songs of the Blarney Tones and a spirited Irish band, the Roaring Rogues.

From an incredibly talented group of singers, Jena Harris won the “Danny Boy” singing contest as judged by the enthusiastic audience.

The art contest was judged by Georgeanna Happel who chose Best in Show and the Honorable Mention pieces. The Celtic Celebration attendees voted by ballot for Peoples Choice. The entire exhibit is on display until this Friday, March 23rd. The winning pieces will be on view until April 6th.

Best in Show: Joan Kennedy for “The Singing Goddess” watercolor/gauche
People’s Choice: Kristen Beck for “Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands” photography
Honorable Mention:
Silvia Kelly for “Ireland on my Mind” acrylic for most whimsical
Charlotte L. Wirfs for “Celtic Charm” textile
Kristen Beck for “Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands” photo
Rachel Barrett for “Luck of the Irish” watercolor

IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

For Teens
Teen Painting Workshop for ages 13–17 with Linda Dixon
April Series: Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 4:00-6:00 pm
Local artist Linda Dixon will guide students through the process of painting, explaining the importance of color and the principles of design. All materials are provided register now!

For Adults
Mixed Media 3 with Linda Dixon
Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25,1:00–4:00pm
Construct an assemblage by adding unique found objects on your mixed media piece. Completion of Mixed Media I and/or II is not required to attend this class. Register now!

20 Most Important Lessons with Judy Morris Curtain Call
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, April 7, 8 & 9,10:00 am–4:00 pm
Join professional art instructor Judy Morris in this inspiring painting workshop about the most important lessons in watercolor. Judy will share her techniques, knowledge, and experiences with painting from her 50 years in the art world that will inspire you to create fantastic pieces of your own. Register now!

Life Drawing Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm, Next Session, March 27th. $10 per session.
Register or pay at time of drop in.

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RGAC Fall 2017 Catalogue and New Exhibits

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Detail of DARK MOON IN AUTUMN by Alx Fox

NEW EXHIBIT! 

IN THE MAIN GALLERY

Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind:

Eleanor Erskine, Alx Fox, Zelpha Hutton,
Keith Johnson, and Dan Tilden

September 29 – November 10, 2017

Johnson Keith Landscape                  in Transformation and Balance

Keith Johnson, Landscape in Transformation and Balance,

Reception: Friday, October 20, 5:00-8:00 pm

Artists explore the classical idea of the elements: earth, water, fire, and wind. Described as the simplest essential parts of all things, the four elements have fascinated artists throughout history. Printmaker Eleanor Erskine, sculptor Dan Tilden, and abstract painters Alx Fox, Zelpha Hutton, and Keith Johnson creates artwork reflecting this concept of the natural world.

IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

The Fall catalog is out! Also see our Fall classes our website!
Adult Classes and Youth Classes

ADULTS

Instructor Alx Fox’s paintings are currently in our main gallery exhibit!

Intuitive Abstracts with Alx Fox
Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, 10am-2pm
Acrylic – All skill levels are welcome.
Loosen up and have a painting adventure. Join award winning painter and instructor Alx Fox for an exciting workshop that will bring freshness to your art. Create a more vibrant and exciting painting as Alx teaches various blending techniques and use of materials that will add texture and interest to your art. Use outside the box tools and techniques. Learn layering and imbedding methods to create interesting effects.
Register Here >>

Rogue Studio Life Drawing Sessions, Uninstructed life drawing
Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 6-8:30pm
Drop-in Tuesday evenings for two and a half hours of moderated uninstructed life drawing sessions in the Rogue Studio.
Register Here >>

YOUTH

Young Artists’ Studio ages 7-11 with Jenny Calaba
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18,25, November 1,8, 3:30-5pm
In this exciting workshop young artists will get their hands in clay, explore printmaking, create colorful mosaics, and much more!
Register Here >>

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

June 2017 Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast

Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast – June 2017

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Detail of Ascension by Vivian McAleavey
FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS
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As part of the Rogue Gallery’s Impressionism exhibit we are screening documentaries about important Impressionistic painters on Wednesdays at noon. The movies last approximately one hour. Screenings will take place in the newly renovated studio, with new comfortable chairs.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, noon: Edouard Manet​
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, noon: Edgar Degas
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, noon: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, noon: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
June 24, 2017 ALPACA TOUR AND PICNIC
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Visit the alpacas at Lone Ranch
Sunday, June 24 at noon at at Lone Ranch located at 13856 Weowna Way, White City

Rogue Gallery presents a tour and Picnic at Lone Ranch. Participants will meet at the ranch and then experience a tour by long time Rogue Gallery volunteer and Peru native Silvia Kelly. The Latin American inspired picnic will take place on the beautiful Lone Ranch grounds. Directions will be provided.
Tickets are available $35 per person includes lunch, wine and tour.
Call us at 541-772-8118

UPCOMING CAMPS AND CLASSES

FOR YOUTH

Photography Camp
For ages 11-14, Tuesday-Friday, June 20-23 from 9am-12pm
A perfect camp for aspiring young photographers. Students will learn functions of camera features including tips and tricks of the digital photography world. BRING CAMERA AND BATTERIES
Register Here >>

Tie Dye Camp
For ages 7-11, Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30 from 1-4pm
Artists will dive into vibrant colors and learn many fun designs and techniques producing bright and colorful tie dye creations.
Register Here >>

FOR ADULTS

Beginning Life Drawing 
Saturdays, June 17 & 24,10am-2pm
Learn to draw the human figure from life. This workshop will focus on techniques in gesture, contour and tone, using practical ways to study the form, function and essential proportion of the human anatomy. You will also learn processes for continued learning, making this an ideal class to take with the Rogue Studio Drawing Sessions.
Register Here >>
See more upcoming summer camps for youth here>>
See more adult workshops and classes here>>

CALLS TO ARTISTS
Interested in a one person show for your artwork? The Community Gallery in the Rogue Gallery and the Berryman Gallery located upstairs in the Craterian Theater are great places to show your work. The deadline for the 2018 shows is June 15, 2017. Click on the links below for submission guidelines:

Community Submission Guidelines  

Berryman Gallery Submission Guidelines

ASSEMBLAGE MATERIALS

A member of our community donated these materials that were found in the ground of his 100+ year property. If you would like to incorporate these into your art, please come by the Rogue Gallery and pick them up.

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

First Friday Art Walk in Ashland- April 2017

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits – April 2017

Art and Soul Gallery

“The Wanderer” Oil Paintings by Diana Wright

Grab your keys and go….from a San Francisco luncheon to sun-drenched Cayucos and then to a cool, mist filled day in Bandon, Oregon, I have marveled at the endless beauty of the world.  The landscape renews us, brings us joy and hope in a time filled with anxious thoughts and feelings.  Yes, we are sorrowful at the shrinking of the natural world.  We stagger at the perils of over civilization, pollution, global warming, the shrinking of animal habitats, the acidification of the oceans, (to name a few), as they loom over our lives in an endless stream of fear.  However, the joy of creating seems to transcend my fear.  As I paint, I am in prayerful reverence for nature and I hope to communicate love, joy, and transcendent hope.

 

Shepherds Dream

“Grape Expectations” Watercolor paintings by Kay Myer

For artist Kay Myer, watercolors have always been her creative source, allowing her to explore the endless possibilities this medium allows. Passionate about the colorful, loose, interpretive styling her brushstrokes achieve, “Grape Expectations,” showcases her vivid watercolor images.

As an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Kay has also won recognition in international art challenges and been taught by world famous watercolorist, Jean Haines.

Kay was born in Denmark and adopted by an American couple and lived her earlier years in Blodget and now the Rogue Valley, Oregon.

She is joined by the Mt. Shasta Artist/Singer/Songwriter, Joshua Jerue on guitar, toffee treats, together with additional surprises.  Join in on the fun, and register for our free monthly drawing.   For more information, see our event’s page and Kay Myer’s listings on Facebook, or call: 541-941-0855.

 

 

Gallerie Karon

Artist as Poet

Who knew that so many artists are also poets (and the other way around!)? This month’s show at Gallerie Karon has more than 10 artist/poets!

We’ll feature Steve Dieffenbacher’s sketchbooks from his trail walks and new photographs paired with his poetry. Johan Bernstein will show his fantastic photographs from their recent trip to Jerusalem. Rebecca Gabriel will show her lovely portraits.  Both artists will incorporate new poetry.  Liz Shepherd presents new Sumi-e ink drawings with her own poems and translations of Zen poetry.

Of course there will be poetry books in our new poetry corner you can purchase and have signed.

“Summer Lake Darkness” photograph by Steve Dieffenbacher

 

Photographers’ Gallery (Ashland Art Center)

“Streets” Featuring Leonard Lee

Leonard Lea is a local Ashland photographer who loves to travel and visits locations away from the beaten path.  His show, Streets, opens April 7th during the First Friday Art Walk at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.  

Streets captures spontaneous images of local people and happenings in the streets of their own Mexican town or village. Leonard shows us a fleeting, un-posed glimpse into everyday life. A world traveler, recent trips have taken him to Japan, France, Italy, Switzerland, England, Wales, and Scotland, as well as Mexico.

The image, “Flower Girl” was taken on a recent trip to Ajijic, Mexico. Please join Leonard, a member of The Photographers Gallery, located in the Ashland Art Center during First Friday Art Walk on April 7, 2017.

Featured Musician: Martin Ball, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Martin Ball is a local Ashland-based musician, performer and multi-instrumentalist who is active both as a solo artist and as the musical half of the duo, Fractal Love Jam, with his wife and vocalist, Jessalynn Jones.

“Flower Girl” photograph by Leonard Lee

Ashland Gallery Association

 Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 7th, from 5 to 8 pm!  

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

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

 “Spotlight Exhibits” and April Gallery Tour Map:

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Elaine Witteveen Artist Talk - Life Drawing - Show Your Art on an RVTD Bus!!

MAIN GALLERY ARTIST TALK FOR THE SHOW:
WINGS: CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORKS OF ELAINE A. WITTEVEEN
January 10– February 13, 2015

For over six decades Elaine A. Witeveen has been active in the arts. Her rich history is filled with stories of bringing artists together in the Northwest, and many travels at home and abroad. Come hear local artist Elaine A. Witteveen talk about her work and life as an artist next Wednesday, February 4th at 1pm in our Main Gallery.

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Life Drawing: Academic Approach begins this Tuesday!

Only two spots left!
In this ten week class well-known local artist Sarah F. Burns will guide you in developing the skills to capture the expression of the human figure using a live model.Sarah’s extensive training includes study in contemporary art at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, academic realist drawing and painting at Ashland Academy of Art in Ashland, and intensive workshops with Ben Fenske, Michael Grimaldi, Andrew Ameral in contemporary classical painting, drawing and anatomy.

An incredible class with an amazing artist that you will not want to miss!

SIGN UP TODAY! Register here>>

Visit www.roguegallery.org/adult_classes
to see our full list of adult classes, and
www.roguegallery.org/art_kids.html to see our classes for youth.
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A Chance to Exhibit Your Art on a RVTD Bus

A panel of judges will pick up to 10 winners whose art will be applied to one of RVTD’s new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses in the summer of 2015, and remain on the buses for seven years. Submit your work on paper no larger than 11″x17″ and turn it in to RVCOG or RVTD during normal business hours. The theme is what you love about the Rogue Valley and outdoor activities. All submissions must be turned in by the end of March, 2015. Please contact Mike Bowman at [email protected] or 541-608-2420 or Greg Staback at [email protected] for more information. See www.roguevalleycleanair.org for information about their programs.

Compositional Figure Painting Workshop with Sean Forester

Sarah F. Burns is working with Ashland Art Center to bring Sean Forester to Ashland in May to present an awesome intensive Compositional Figure Painting workshop.
TWO LIVE models – playing Ophelia and Hamlet – you can work in grisaille or use the Zorn palette
We’ll look to master paintings of the 19th century for guidance in creating great modern compositions.
Sean is both a very excellent painter and an art historian and humanities lecturer.  He and Andrew Ameral created and run the Golden Gate Atelier in San Francisco.
Sean has a lot of great stuff planned for this workshop, which includes a book he’s written about composition.
And even if you don’t work in a strict classical style (who does?) – the principles in this workshop will carry over for anyone who works with the figure.
May 15 – 18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Ashland Art Center
Cost – $330 AAC member, $380 general

CCC Visiting Artist Workshop: “Design and Figure Drawing”

Grace Benedict, originally from Canada, and now residing on the Gulf Coast, will visit Clatsop Community College to present a workshop entitled “Design and Figure Drawing” on March 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Drawing and Painting Studio, Room 112, 1799 Lexington in Astoria, OR. The workshop will overlap the timeframe of the Winter Term life drawing class, but limited spaces are available to the public for a fee of $25.  Please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 for registration information and a materials list.

Selected by juror Clint Brown to exhibit in the 2013 Au Naturel exhibit, Benedict was chosen for a special workshop award. In addition to this workshop, RiverSea Gallery will exhibit recent drawings based on the figure that showcase Benedict’s color and design sensibility. Please join the artist for the gallery reception on Saturday March 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Grace Benedict, Self-Portrait with Ginkgo

Grace Benedict, Self-Portrait with Ginkgo

“Design and the Figure Drawing” will emphasize design principles which can be applied to understanding the underlying energy, structure and vision of any composition. Initial drawing exercises with the live model will lead into a sustained drawing which will explore and build a conception of space: observing, measuring and processing, making visual connections and generating a personal vision. Increasing creative awareness, which includes planning, is a key component to the workshop.  After the morning session, Benedict will share a brief presentation of drawings of figures within design frameworks and discuss how her work has evolved, both unconsciously and intentionally. During the final session of the hands-on workshop, participants will introduce a surprise element, yet continue to use the power of observation and interpretation to add new meaning to their original drawing. Benedict will challenge and encourage each person’s design strategies toward a successful integration and harmony of elements.  A variety of papers, drawing materials, both dry and wet, including color, are encouraged.
Grace Benedict has taught drawing for 35 years and is currently working as an artist in Ocean Springs, MS.  From 2002 to 2013 she served as the Foundations Drawing Coordinator in the Department of Art & Design in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  She holds a BFA degree from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada and an MFA from Tulane University, LA. As an emerging realist artist in the 80s she was a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth T. Greenshields grant. Her life drawings are spontaneous and undisguised, yet hold very conscious conceptions of the figure, the portrait and other thematic constructions.  In addition, she works on highly developed colored pencil drawings.  A focus on historical cemetery figures and statues was supported by an Individual Artist Grant (2005) from the Indiana Arts Commission. Benedict’s drawings have been juried into contemporary figurative national and international exhibitions. As a member of the co-operative gallery Artists Own in Lafayette, IN since 2003 Benedict’s work is widely collected.

Through her work, Grace will show how something that is commonplace can become part of a narrative incorporating new meaning. Ambiguous space as a modern concept – how the surface and the illusion work to create tension – holds the imagery together in a way that makes an impact in the viewer’s mind. “The creative process for me is grounded in realism working from direct observation.   Imagery includes the figure, life in the garden and landscape, pattern and references to myth.  A composition tends to grow, move in a different direction and knit itself together from some point: at the very beginning, in the middle or closer to the end. The history, tension, energy and play between the actual recorded image and what I impose from the repertoire of motifs in my imagination will gravitate toward a final “design” that provokes a response and impacts the viewer.” These combined ideas allow me to express myself as an individual artist in today’s world. Harmonic connections of drawing the figure and drawing from the natural world can be interpreted as an embodiment of self.

2014 Au Naturel Reception and Awards

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Artists pictured left to right:
BACK ROW: Lisa Taylor (Dublin, CA), Andrea Moni (Irvine, CA), Ben Rosenberg (Portland, OR), Deborah Shapiro (Tigard, OR), Patrick Kernan (Portland, OR), Georganne Watters (Rhododendron, OR), Bethany Rowland (Portland, OR), Reed Clarke (Portland, OR), Evan Degenfelder (Lebanon, OR), Joseph Besch (Portland, OR)
MIDDLE ROW: Michael Kelly (Beaverton, OR), V.E. Long (Angwin, CA), Soo Ock Ryu
(Katy, TX), Ellen Soderquist (Dallas, TX), Alexandra Becker-Black (Portland, OR)FRONT ROW: CCC’s Kristin Shauck, Founding Director of the Au Naturel international competition and Charles Froelick, the 2014 Au Naturel juror and owner/director of Froelick Gallery in Portland, OR.
ALSO IN ATTENDANCE: James Archer (not shown, Portland, OR), Annie Heisey (not shown, Portland, OR)

The opening reception of Clatsop Community College’s eighth annual juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century was held Thursday, January 30, 2014 in the CCC Art Center Gallery.

This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands submitted nearly 800 images for consideration. After careful deliberation, this year’s juror, Charles Froelick chose 57 works of art representing 45 artists from 17 states in addition to artists from Canada and Germany.

Seventeen of the selected artists were present for the reception, including artists who traveled from California and Texas.  During the opening reception, juror Charles Froelick gave a gallery talk and awards were announced, including cash prizes, purchase awards, and three workshop awards, which are supported by submission fees paid by all artists who entered the competition. The Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Dairy Maid generously provided hors d’oeuvres and Erickson Floral Company provided a stunning bouquet for the reception. Thanks also to the Astoria Coffee House and Bistro, the Fort George Brewery & Public House, and the Cannery Pier Hotel for their support.

This year’s Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display in the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington, Astoria, through March 20, 2014. All visitors are invited to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

The Au Naturel exhibit is free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sundays and holidays by appointment only.

Annie Heisey, of Portland, OR, whose work was selected for first place in the 2012 competition, won first place again this year for her mixed media piece Haunted.  As second place, Mr. Froelick selected a graphite drawing entitled Subtle Drama by Susan Boehm of Lake Geneva, WI.   Nick Reszetar of Milan, MI, was awarded third place for his conté on mylar piece entitled Javon Twice.

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Charles Froelick speaks to a gallery full to capacity of visitors attending the reception.

All of the artists selected to participate in the 2014 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for the solo show and workshop awards, which were reviewed by the art faculty. From among these submissions, V.E. Long of Angwin, CA, was chosen for the solo show award as well as a workshop award. V.E. Long’s solo show entitled Cakes, Nudes, and Bowling Balls will open the CCC Art Center’s 2014-2015 exhibition season next fall.

Cynthia Lahti of Portland, OR was also selected to teach a workshop that will focus on the creative process, experimentation, and risk-taking, which will be held during the next academic year (time and date to be announced).  Ellen Soderquist of Dallas, TX was selected to teach a workshop entitled Gesture: The Essence of Figure, which was held Friday, January 31, 2014.

View images of the award-winning artwork as well as those of this year’s exhibit and prior exhibits at www.aunaturelart.com. Visitors to CCC also have the opportunity to view the purchase awards from previous Au Naturel exhibitions in the Dora Badollet Library, 1680 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. Library hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; and Sunday, 12pm-5pm.

CCC Workshop – Gesture Drawing: The Essence of Figure

"Shadow Play: Yvette's Gloves" drawing of a nude woman by Ellen Soderquist

Shadow Play: Yvette’s Gloves
graphite/paper
45″ x 36.5″

Ellen Soderquist of Dallas, Texas, selected to exhibit her large-scale graphite drawings in the 2014 Au Naturel exhibit, will lead a workshop entitled Gesture Drawing: The Essence of Figure on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Drawing and Painting Studio, Room 112, 1799 Lexington in Astoria, OR.  During this workshop, participants will concentrate on gesture drawing techniques designed to sharpen the artist’s ability to see, internalize and express the figure. In describing the process of gesture drawing, Soderquist explains, “A gesture drawing is not a collection of leisurely studied and exactly positioned body parts and details. To create a gesture drawing of the human figure that is captivating, the flurry of charcoal dust or the tangled lines of graphite must coalesce into a palpable being. In this workshop, we will concentrate on various gestural techniques that will sharpen your ability to see, internalize and represent what you see. Our goal: an essence of humanity…a moment frozen.”

 

The workshop will overlap the timeframe of the Winter Term life drawing class, but limited spaces are available to the public for a fee of $25.  Please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 for registration information and a materials list. Space is limited.

"Shadow Play: The Shade" drawing of a nude woman by Ellen Soderquist

Shadow Play: The Shade
graphite/paper
36.5″ x 45″

 

Since 1979, Ellen Soderquist has been a studio artist, a teacher of life drawing and a proponent of the nude in contemporary art. As an artist, Ellen creates intelligent and sensuous graphite drawings of the nude human body. As a teacher of life drawing, she advocates that her students not only learn the techniques of life drawing but that they also understand the role of the nude in the history of art. As a lecturer and an author, Soderquist brings the complex relevance of the unclothed human body to the consciousness of contemporary culture.  In addition to leading her workshop, she will be present for the Au Naturel artist reception January 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery at 1799 Lexington in Astoria, OR, which is free and open to the public.   More information about Ellen Soderquist and her artwork can be found at the artist’s website, http://soderquistart.com/soderquist-art/Home.html.

 

 

Please direct inquiries to:  Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected].