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Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild (SWG) 40th Annual Show of Fine Woodworking

40th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Harvest Show of Fine Woodworking 2019 

At OSF’s Hay-Patton Rehearsal Center at #30 South First Street, across First Street from the Ashland Springs Hotel, in downtown Ashland, Oregon. The entrance is on Enders Alley.  See the map below, and click “View larger map” for specific directions.

  • Fri Nov. 29th – 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sat Nov 30th – 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sun Dec 1st – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Find out more!

Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild (SWG) is an association of fine woodworkers in Southern Oregon and Northern California interested in advancing the craft and the craftspeople of our region. SWG encompasses a wide range of skills, knowledge, and interests. Members include professional, hobby and others interested in woodworking.

Our members build a wide variety of fine wood products, quality furniture, and custom woodworking. Member interests cover a wide range of wood technologies; furniture design, joinery, veneering, carving, turning, musical instrument building, wood boat building, tool maintenance, and finishing.

“To Market, To Market” Art’Clectic Local Artisans Victorian Christmas Market

Christmas is perhaps the most widely embraced, lovingly anticipated and celebrated annual event for many families in Oregon. In the grand tradition of holiday merriment, the Art’Clectic Local Artisans Group has created a “Pop-Up” event with 12 local artisans, offering an “Authentically Oregon” mix of fine artisan made items including Fine Art, Hand woven Textiles, Quilts, Furniture, and more. There will be a special table with low cost items where children can shop for presents for Mom & Dad (and stay within a small budget). The group will also offer stylish gift wrapping to personalize presents with simple, beautiful papers and ribbon.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Market will be held during the Victorian Christmas Weekends:

Where:  175 S. Oregon Street (IOOF #10)
When:  December 5-7th, December 12-14th, December 19-21st.
Time:  Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturday & Sundays from 10-6pm.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Group started as a social gathering, meeting once a month at the home of one of the artists.  The ongoing meetings are an opportunity to freely discuss changes in the artist community and art market place, upcoming art events, and personal news about family and friends. Artisans include:

  • Patrick Beste – Watercolorist
  • Roberta Coakley-Vargas– Mixed Media Artist
  • Sheri Croy – Mixed Media Decoupage Artist
  • Susan Frank – Pastel Artist
  • Carol Laenen – Textile Artist
  • Tony Laenen – Watercolor/Acrylic Artist
  • Vivian McAleavey – Photographer
  • Tom Ommen – Photographer
  • Lisa St. Arnold – Local Furniture Artisan
  • Zoe West – Encaustic Artist
  • Char Wirfs – Textile Artist
  • Walt Wirfs – Oil Painter & Graphite Artist

For more information:
Susan Frank
(541) 245-2608
[email protected]
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Studio at Living Opportunities Announces 2012 furnARTure Benefit Event

Artisan Recycled Pillow for Third Annual furnARTure Benefit Event

Artisan Recycled Throw Pillow for Third Annual furnARTure Benefit Event

On Sunday, October 7th, the fun and whimsical work of local and regional artists will be featured at the Third annual furnArture event, a benefit auction which supports the Studio at Living Opportunities. Enjoy a lovely afternoon of art, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live music. This signature event turns the ”ordinary into the extraordinary” by transforming recycled furniture and treasures into functional pieces that double as beautiful objects of art.

Included will be a wide selection of artwork created by artists of the Studio at Living Opportunities. Pieces will be on display for you to preview at Terra Firma Home in downtown Medford, beginning the week of September 24th.

furnARTure will feature creations by over 20 of the region’s top artists including: Mieke Ryneal, Noo Cook, Andy Atalla, Pegi Smith, Holly Herrick, Dan Mish, Cathy Dorris, and Susan Kramer-Pope. Among them is up and coming young artist Gabriel Mark Lipper, who is contributing a special piece for the live auction. Lipper, who works out of his studio in Talent, has shown in galleries in Portland, Nashville, and Santa Barbara.

Artist Upcycled bench for furnARTure Benefit Event

Artist Upcycled Bench for furnARTure Benefit Event

The Studio’s mission is unique in our community in its strong emphasis on inclusion and integration. Particularly, this event allows artists and community members to support each other and the arts. Proceeds from this event will provide workshops, instruction, and events to promote independence, individuality, creativity, and an income for artists with a wide range of disabilities. Through this incredible program, the Studio’s artists discover that art is not simply about refining techniques, but the magic of expression.

Please add your support to this wonderful program that in turn benefits some of the most vulnerable in our community!

Event Details: Sunday, October 7th from 2-5pm at 525 Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville.
Tickets:  $25 each, available online or visit Terra Firma Home in Medford and Terra Firma in Jacksonville

For more information, contact: Baylee LaVoie,  541-772-1503

Call to Artists- Elvis Emporium at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center!












Elvis Emporium Exhibition
January 10 — January 27, 2012

In celebration of Elvis Presley’s 77th birthday, and in conjunction with the Heart of Medford “Elvis Week,” the Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host a non-juried art show of work inspired by “The King.” Artists of all ages are invited to bring in one work for display in our Community Gallery.
Open to all 2 & 3-dimensional media. Display space is limited, however, so only the first 35 works to be dropped-off will be included in the display. Installation work will be considered with prior approval. NO work larger than 24” in any direction will be accepted. NO work with a sale price more than $250 will be accepted due to insurance considerations. Contact Jules Masterjohn at [email protected] or 541-772-8118 for more information.
Artwork must be dropped off in person on Saturday, January 7th from 12 – 2PM at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 South Bartlett Street in Medford. All artwork must be picked up on Saturday, January 28th from 12 – 2PM.

For an Elvis Emporium entry form, visit our website:

The ABC’s of Shabby Chic with Andrea Jansen

Andrea and Friend

Shelf by Andrea Jansen

The ABC’s of Shabby Chic with Andrea Jansen

Enjoy combing through flea markets and garage sales? Have some interesting pieces of your own? Creating today’s popular Shabby Chic is easy, it’s forgiving and kids can help!  Demonstrations and samples teach you not only what to do, but what not to do.  As a bonus, you’ll receive printed instructions with photos to keep as a reference.  Decorative Artist, Andrea Jansen, The Painted Lady of Eagle Point has been revamping furniture and other finds for over 20 years, developing uncomplicated techniques for transforming junk into gems.

July 16, 2011  10am – 1 pm  /  Ages 10 and up  /  Attendance Fee $35  /  Seniors and Ashland Art Center Members $25  /  Materials Included – No experience necessary, just bring your enthusiasm

Contact Andrea Jansen to sign up at [email protected] or 732-789-9744
This class is held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St, Ashland (across the street from Pasta Piatti and next door to Cripple Creek).  For more classes and events at Ashland Art Center visit



Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Exhibit Dates: December 3 – December 24, 2010

(Medford, OR) – November 10, 2010 – It’s all about the expression of form and space when it comes to the artwork featured in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s newest exhibition. On display will be fine art furniture and vessels by Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild members Don DeDobbeleer, Julian Hamer, Dan Tilden, and Alec Williamson, along with the abstract expressionist paintings by Medford artist Arthur Roskofsky. “Elegant Forms/Expressionistic Space” opens December 3, 2010 at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center with a free celebratory Opening Reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Guests will also have the opportunity to shop the “Spirit in Hand” Holiday Art Boutique, featuring one-of-a-kind hand-made craft items, such as ceramics, wood, glass, wearables, jewelry, and book arts, which continues through Christmas Eve.

Roskofsky’s oil paintings, with their vibrant curvilinear shapes set amidst airy backgrounds, echo the wood inlays, fine edges, and elegant forms of the handcrafted furniture and vessels. This visual interplay highlights the dynamic relationships between three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional space.



DeDobbeleer coffee table

Coffee Table by Don DeDobbeleer

As a High School woodshop student, Don DeDobbeleer developed a love for the endless variety of figure, texture, and grain variations found in fine hardwoods. Learning to bring together the natural beauty of woods and fine design has been a lifelong passion for him. After 25 years spent as a firefighter for the city of San Jose, he apprenticed with a Guild Master for a full year. He was already an accomplished furniture maker, but was lacking design skills. “I never realized design was a learned science, not just a gifted eye. Typically, I spend nearly a third of the time for a given project on design considerations, full scale drawings and wood selection.” He has won Best of Show in Portland for his Demi-lune table, and received various awards and accolades at the American Craft Association in San Francisco, Best of the West Show in Portland, and the Ceramics Showcase/Fine Arts Show in Portland. He has been the featured artist in Wood Worker West Magazine, and is also featured in Todays Leading Woodworkers, a book by Tina Shinner. His work has been shown for almost thirty years at Gallery M in Half Moon Bay, California.


Beveled Glass Wall Mirror by Julian Hamer

Beveled Glass Wall Mirror by Julian Hamer

Julian Hamer is a lifelong furniture designer trained in both England and Austria. Beginning in 1968 in the rural Tyrolean Alps, he had the opportunity to learn from old world artisans who taught him the unwritten code according to which beautiful houses are built with pride to endure through centuries. Hamer then returned to England to study with shipwrights during the restoration of a three masted schooner. He studied sculpture at Emerson College in England, and afterwards went on to a sister college in New Zealand where he learned to teach fine art including clay modeling and woodwork.

For five years he worked as a theater properties artisan at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Of this experience he says, “Generally when we usually think of stage props we imagine fake and flimsy items that only have to last through a couple of shows. This is not the case at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where the season lasts for nine months with eleven shows in repertory. The furniture we made in the prop shop had to be even better constructed than usual and stronger so that it could be moved about and stored after each show. The versatility I developed while working with theater and with theater designers was phenomenal. I probably made fifty different styles of chairs and settees as well as ornate beds, tables and elaborate chandeliers. As a regular woodworker I would never have had all that technical exposure and the enormous variety and range of projects to work on.”

Turned Madrone Burl Vessel by Dan Tilden

Turned Madrone Burl Vessel by Dan Tilden

Dan Tilden is known for his native wood turned vases. Artist’s biographical information not available at this time.






Chest of Drawers by Alec Williamson

Chest of Drawers by Alec Williamson

“I began woodworking on a dare from my bride. We needed a coffee table and I bragged that I could make one better than that which we could buy in a store and for less money. She challenged me to do so. What I made was a real piece of junk, but I had fun and continued woodworking. That was 40 years ago.” Born and raised in Hawaii, Williamson’s work has been influenced by Pacific and Asian styles and designs. He utilizes traditional woodworking techniques and joinery in all his pieces and strives to achieve a simple grace and elegance of design that praises the incomparable beauty of nature’s woods. Each piece has a warmth and character which compliments today’s lifestyle and will become tomorrow’s heirloom. Each is handmade and is therefore unique and will last for lifetimes to come


Oil Painting by Arthur Roskofsky

Oil Painting by Arthur Roskofsky

Arthur Roskofsky studied with John Ferren at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York from 1948-1952. “My work is inevitably disposed to those Abstract Expressionist years in New York,” he says, “but oriental art which was much discussed then, remains an important part of my approach today.” Other interests, as in children’s art and the psychology of form and space as characterized by graphology, have become instrumental to his perceptions of space. “My intention is to render space as volume, as the forms of space. It is inherent in virtually any contained space. An example includes the apparent binocularization of an object when peering through a tunneled fist.” Roskofsky served as a member of the art selection committee for the Oregon Arts Commission from 1996-1997. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions from New York to California to Oregon beginning in 1950.

Mark your calendars for another festive Rogue Gallery & Art Center (RGAC) Opening Reception—Friday, December 3 from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Elegant Forms/Expressionistic Space continues through December 24, 2010. For more information, contact RGAC at 541-772-8118 or visit

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The Gallery offers local artists an opportunity to display their work, and because of its non-profit status can display a wide range of artistic styles and mediums not seen in commercial galleries. Aspiring artists, both children and adults, take classes from local artists and are exposed to a wide variety of artistic mediums. RGAC is located in 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.

Rogue Gallery and Art Center Workshop: Intro to Woodworking for Artists

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is pleased to host a unique workshop experience, with master woodworker and fine art furniture maker Nick Clark.

Intro to Woodworking for Artists

November 12, 13, & 14 Fri, Sat, & Sun 10-4
Instructor: Nick Clark

If you are an artist and want to explore working with wood, this class is a great introduction to wood, its properties, and its uses, as well as the tools to work with it. In this workshop, students will create a small bench to learn the use of hand tools, wood consideration, finishing techniques, principles of machine use, safety, joinery, and maintenance of tools. This class will be held off-site in the private studio of fine art furniture-maker Nick Clark, and will allow for a intimate experience with lots of one-on-one attention and instruction by limiting the number of students. COST: $230/members $255 non-members (+$30 materials fee and list) Ages 18+ All Skill Levels

Nick Clark has been creating with wood for more than 25 years. Nick began as a Master Joiner in Sheffield, England. He then attended the prestigious two-year fine woodworking program at The College of the Redwoods. Nick Clark Design was founded in 1998 as a vehicle for creating distinctive, contemporary cabinetry and fine furniture.

For registration or more information, please contact us at (541)772-8118 (Tues- Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 11-3). Please find further contact and location information in our listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource!