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June 2017 Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast

Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast – June 2017

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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.

 

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“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:

“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
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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
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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].

Au Naturel Opens at CCC Art Center Gallery

The eighth annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century opens January 23rd at Clatsop Community College’s Art Center Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. The show will run through March 20th, 2014. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only.

A reception honoring the selected artists will be held on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 pm. Charles Froelick, owner and director of Froelick Gallery in Portland, was selected as this year’s juror, and will be present to give a gallery talk. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2014-2015 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Dairy Maid are generously providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company is generously providing flowers. This reception is free and open to the public. The College also thanks the Cannery Pier Hotel for its continued support.

A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, at 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception.

This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands submitted nearly 800 images for consideration. The 2014 exhibit will represent 45 artists from 17 states in addition to international artists from Canada and Germany. Juror Charles Froelick says, “I applaud the high quality of works submitted for review – there were so many exceptional artists to choose from. The final edit was difficult – my humble apologies to those not included and a general congratulations and thanks to ALL artists who submitted!”

“I applaud the high quality of works submitted for review – there were so many exceptional artists to choose from. The final edit was difficult – my humble apologies to those not included and a general congratulations and thanks to ALL artists who submitted! I intentionally chose a broad range of media and techniques to present the many profound ways to interpret the human form,” explains Juror Charles Froelick. “The show includes introspective self-portraits, realism, psychologically expressive, social observation, spiritually reflective, sexy, sensual, and a bold stripper. The human form is fascinating- I was honored to have the opportunity to select artists that I think are making great work with what is often considered a very challenging subject.”

The artwork featured in the 2014 exhibit encompasses very diverse approaches to the figure. “I intentionally chose a broad range of media and techniques to present the many profound ways to interpret the human form,” explains Froelick. “The show includes introspective self-portraits, realism, psychologically expressive, social observation, spiritually reflective, sexy, sensual, and a bold stripper. The human form is fascinating- I was honored to have the opportunity to select artists that I think are making great work with what is often considered a very challenging subject.”

Au Naturel 2014 - Image of oil painting by Reed Clarke

Artist: Reed Clarke, Portland, OR
“Artist and Model”
Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 36″

Portland artist Reed Clarke, also a part-time resident in Gearhart, has been selected to exhibit in the Au Naturel multiple times. He is inspired by great artists such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, Degas, Freud, and Fischl. Although Clarke is compelled to paint the human figure, he elevates the actual painting process over subject matter, striving “to have the courage to paint over the early pleasing parts of a painting and arrive at something beyond what I thought was going to be the destination when I began.”

Au Naturel - Image of mixed media Painting by Annie Heisey

Artist: Annie Heisey, Portland, OR
“Haunted”
Mixed Media on Paper, 30″ x 40″

 

 

Annie Heisey, also of Portland and first-place winner of the 2012 competition, has been invited to exhibit in the show for the fourth consecutive year. In her painting practice, she continues to explore the theme of self-examination. “Who are you when you are alone?” Heisey wonders. “Technology has given us a world in which we need never be alone. The way you portray yourself becomes less genuine the more aware you are of an audience, and through social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, your audience is in constant attendance. In such a situation, it is difficult not to play to the crowd, and in the process lose sight of who you are when the performance is over and the audience goes home.

 

Au Naturel 2014 - Image of mixed media Painting by Don Copper

Artist: Don Copper, Chicago, IL
“arabesque”
Pastel, Charcoal, Graphite, Correction Fluid on Paper, 30″ x 22″

 

 

While both Clarke and Heisey work in a more realistic mode, Don Copper of Chicago works in a much more abstract manner, “seeking to eliminate the boundary between the subject and pure image.” Copper, also an award winner in the 2012 exhibit, confesses that he “regularly indulge(s) in figure drawing,” for the challenge. However, Copper feels that the “most profound” effect after a life drawing session is that it transforms how he sees. “Everything becomes extraordinary,” he explains, “—the light, the surfaces, the details – and I feel more engaged with the world around me.”

Further information about the 2014 exhibiting artists will be available online at the Au Naturel website at www.aunaturelart.com after the reception on January 30th.

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

Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to [email protected] Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.

Non-Discrimination
It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Lipe, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer in the CCC Library, Suite 108B, 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Christine Riehl, is located in the Student Services Center, 503-338-2474.

Declaración de no-discriminación
Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Lipe, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Biblioteca oficina número 108, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Christine Riehl, se encuentra en el Centro de Servicios Estudiantiles, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

Bohemia Gallery Returns with Exhibition by Breast Cancer Survivor!

postcard-4inx6in-h-frontThe Jazz Series: Watercolors and Drawings by Jeannie Azzopardi

Rogue Frameworks is proud to announce the return of Bohemia Gallery. The gallery occupies an intimate space within Rogue Frameworks and showcases work by exceptional regional artists.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ashland resident Jeannie Azzopardi has done pen and ink illustration for years, though she never studied art formally. She began painting in March of 2011 after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

"Piano Dancer", pen and watercolor painting by Jeanne Azzopardi

“Piano Dancer” by Jeanne Azzopardi

The Jazz Series came to life following chemotherapy, 9 surgeries, the death of 3 loved ones within a 2 month period, and the end of a four year relationship due to the resulting depression. Although Jeannie holds 2 BS degrees, an MS and MDE, “Education and intelligence is, unfortunately, not a talisman against grief and despair.”

The inspiration she needed came from two Frank Roner prints found at an estate sale. She embraced the freedom and joy in Roner’s Hi-Fi Characters and began the therapeutic journey away from desperate depression.

Sax and Dogs, by Jeannie Azzopardi

Sax and Dogs, by Jeannie Azzopardi

Jeannie’s style exhibits strokes of abandon and delight that charmingly captivate the viewer. As one fan says, “I totally love this art. Your paintings make me nostalgic for a time period I never lived in.”

There will be a reception for the artist on Friday November 1st from 5 – 8 PM. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

For more information visit www.bohemiagallery.com or call 541-488-5227

CCC Announces the 2013 Opening of Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century

Clatsop Community College is proud to announce that the artwork selected for the seventh annual international competition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century is on display at CCC’s Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR.  The Au Naturel exhibit will run from February 21st through March 28th, 2013.

 

The CCC Art Center Gallery will host a reception honoring the selected artists on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 pm. This year’s juror, Clint Brown, will be present to give a gallery talk. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2013-2014 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro and Clemente’s Restaurant are generously providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company is generously providing flowers.  A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, at 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception. In addition to the gallery talk he will give during the reception, Mr. Brown will also give a lecture entitled “Nude vs. Naked” on Friday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. in CCC’s Columbia Hall Room 219, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, which is free and open to the public.

 

The Au Naturel exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. Special thanks to the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, the Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Erikson Floral Company. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria and is ADA accessible. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. Please note that special Spring Break hours from March 25th through March 28th are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the competition continues to attract hundreds of submissions from across the country and around the world. Juror Clint Brown was “intrigued and pleased to view the high quality and wide variety of artists’ responses among the works submitted.” Over 600 images were submitted by artists from 26 states and Canada, Mexico, China, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. After a great deal of consideration, Mr. Brown selected a total of 54 works of art from the pool of submissions. This year’s show will represent 47 artists from 16 states as well as Canada.

 

In addition, for the third consecutive year, other venues in downtown Astoria will be exhibiting nudes in a collective show entitled Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel, and several of this year’s Au Naturel artists are participating. A special gallery walk will be held on Saturday, March 9th. The participating venues include Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, Astoria Fine Arts, Dots ‘N Doodles Art Supplies, Imogen Gallery, [email protected], Light Box Photographic Gallery, Old Town Framing, RiverSea Gallery, and Studio 11.

 

The CCC Performing Arts Center will also be exhibiting nudes in the lobby during the performances of the Vagina Monologues, which will be held on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m.

 

Clint Brown, Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University is serving as this year’s juror.  He is an artist who has consistently used the human figure as a means of commenting on the human condition. His work has encompassed painting, drawing, printmaking, bronze and resin casting, and large scale public sculpture. He is the author of two books on art, Drawing from Life and Artist to Artist. He has taught numerous workshops throughout Oregon and also spent four weeks in Rome teaching a drawing class to university students.

 

In describing his selection process, Mr. Brown explains, “The first thing I considered was the extent to which each work of art employed the nude as its subject and the degree to which it was developed artistically. I also wanted this exhibit to show a diverse range of expressive possibilities. There are works you are sure to admire, some that will amuse, and some that may confront or embarrass. The nude in art is always more than an object or a subject; it is a catalyst for debate: Is the figure nude or is it naked? Is it pornography or is it art? The artists who submitted their work to the Au Naturel exhibit are presenting the body without clothing, but not without bias.”

 

As in previous years, artists exhibiting in the 2013 exhibit represent a wide range of approaches to the human form.  Canadian artist Brian Smith of Toronto has been “drawing and painting the human form for well over forty years” and continues “to derive an enormous amount of pleasure from it.”  In his own words, he perfectly expresses the spirit of the Au Naturel competition,   “Whether a classical drawing of the nude in sanguine chalk or an abstracted painting of the figure, the thrill of the human form and the challenge of recording and interpreting that form and its gestures and surfaces keeps bringing me back daily. I am an artist because the human form inspires.”

 

Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century

Brian Smith
(Toronto, Ontario Canada)
Mira reclined, Pastel pencil on midtone paper, 23″ x 35″

Juror Clint Brown describes the nude as “perhaps the most enduring and content-loaded subject in art history,” and the artists in this year’s exhibit draw inspiration from a wide range of sources and themes, often with art historical references.  Hunter Clarke of Ardencroft, DE, who will be exhibiting two paintings in the show, compares her work to medieval bestiaries, which she defines as “compendiums which would have an illustration of each animal accompanied by a moral lesson.”  She creates “characters that are animal/human hybrids,” placing them “in the stage-setting of a background abstracted from historical textile patterns, often with some messiness and hidden blood.”  Through her images, the artist hopes to “reveal the primal, undomesticated nature within our tempered, societal selves.”

 

Practice of the Blood, by Hunter Clarke

Hunter Clarke
(Ardencroft, DE)
Practice of the Blood, Oil on panel, 16″ x 16″

Kelly Blevins of Pittsburgh, PA, also creates work that is extremely political.  She describes herself as a 2-Dimensional artist working in classical media and techniques to create contemporary drawings with charcoal, expressing human nature, spirit and form.  She explains that her 30” x 22” charcoal drawing that was chosen for the exhibit entitled Prisoner II is “part of a three part series that represents the happenings at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. It is meant to encourage awareness of not just political matters, but mostly to capture what humanity is capable of in a state of panic.”

 

Lisa Ackerman of Astoria, OR, who will be exhibiting in the Au Naturel for the fourth time, finds great inspiration in the art movement of Surrealism. “Capturing the essence of a subject through identification with a deity and totem or animal daemon has been of great interest to me, as it lays the groundwork for realizing the surreal and fantastical side of life, and opens one to new pathways and exploratory journeys,” she explains. “Surreal visions help us to see the similarities between cultures while enjoying our differences and enabling us to become balanced in this crazy yet brilliant and diverse world.”

 

Michael Reedy of Ann Arbor, MI will also be exhibiting in the Au Naturel for the fourth time and was selected by Juror Rick Bartow for the first place award in the 2009 show.  He has focused on the human figure as the subject of his artwork for the past twenty years, and explains that his sources of inspiration, while “rooted in depictions of the body,” fall outside the canon of art history. He explains that in his work, “the ongoing references to anatomical illustration, and its benign approach to depicting pain and death, and cartooning serve to both underscore the comedic tragedy of physical existence, as well as the frailties that increasingly define our sense of self as we age. In each instance, the unsettling presence of the open body (removed from its traditional context) presents complex questions of gender, pleasure, pain, interpretation, and reception, and results in works infused with a sense of scientific aura, moral lesson, and morbid entertainment. Consequently, I hope the viewer is seduced into disregarding the boundaries between interior and exterior, between looking and feeling, and between the real and the pictured body.”

 

Blash, by Michael Reedy

Michael Reedy
(Ann Arbor, MI)
Blash, Mixed media on paper, 42” x 29”

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

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Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to [email protected]  Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.