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Southern Oregon Society of Arts meets January 21st

Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Arts first meeting of 2019 will be the THIRD Monday.

Just a heads-up!  Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Artists first meeting of 2019 will be the THIRD Monday.

Don’t forget this will be a juried critique and the President’s challenge will be black and white drawings for the 2019 directory.  All SOSA members are invited to submit entries and all attendees will be asked to vote for their favorite.  Number one drawing will be used for the front of the directory and number two will be used for the back.

Southern Oregon Society of Artists

SOSA invites all two-dimensional visual artists to attend meetings held on the fourth* Monday of each month, January – October at the Medford Public Library at 7:00 pm. Be early – library doors lock at 7:00 pm!

*Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Arts January 2019 meeting will be the THIRD Monday.

Meaning in Painting? Regarding Still Life With Rabbit and Egg

The “Meaning” Question.

A fellow artist, Sandra Neary, asked me about the meaning of this still life composition.  In particular, why is the egg larger than the rabbit?

Meaning: Drawing with Rabbit and Egg

Dinosaur Egg & Pygmy Rabbit?

Well, all sorts of silly responses bounced around my head.  For instance, what if the egg were a dinosaur egg and the rabbit was a pygmy rabbit?  All birds are dinosaurs so it could be true.  Alright; it is a chicken egg and a replica of a rabbit netsuke.

Short Term Answer.

However, the question was put forward. And, I thought I’d quote part of the answer I gave.

“I chose them because they were all white objects..I was studying light and form. But, the incongruity of the rabbit and egg amused me. However, the narrative is sending me places I don’t want to go. It was the form that I was after. Sometimes you can’t escape narrative. Though, I like the ambiguity.”

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And, What About Meaning?

However, I did start thinking about the meaning of this composition and, perhaps two dimensional art in general.

And, I came to the conclusion that it is reasonable to ask about the meaning of a painting or drawing.  After all, the arts, including the visual arts, are a means of communication.  Therefore, it would be natural to want to understand a piece of art.

Meaning: Painting of Rabbit and Egg

How I Select Items For This Still Life.

That being said, this artist, (ahem, yes, I mean me), is prone to selecting subjects for reasons other than symbolic or iconic meaning.

Shape and Value.  For example, when I selected items for this particular still life set up, I chose them for their shapes and tonal value. To explain, I was interested in studying form free from the distracting influence of color. So, I selected the items because they were a neutral, light or white color.

Geometry.  Furthermore, I was interested in the basic geometric shapes depicted here.  The egg cup, for example, is a modified column.  The egg is like an elongated sphere.  The rabbit has similar rounded forms.

Personal Interest.  And, I liked each of the items.  They’re from my personal collection of knick-knacks.

Still Life Set Up.

So, once I selected the items for my still life study, I had to arrange them.  Keeping in mind composition, I set about placing my knick-knacks.  You will notice that clustered the three together in a sort of triangular shape.  It is like they are in huddle over to the left.

By clustering the items to the left, I set up a problem of how to balance the right side.  My response was to see if line and small shifts in tone will be enough to achieve balance.

Meaning: Still Life with Rabbit & Egg. Reference Photo
I am including a photo of the still life set up so that you may get an idea of what I was studying. However, I drew and painted from the life; not the photo.

Academic; No Spontaneity?

Hmmm, you might think, this all sounds academic.  Well, I think it is at this stage of the process.  That is to say, I am purposeful in my set up; not spontaneous.  In other words, I’m experimenting and teaching myself by doing.  I take the rules and principles of composition, apply them and then see what happens.  The process is like an informed trial and error.

Learn By Studying & Doing.

You see, one reads the books, studies the demos, and takes the workshops, in an effort  to learn how to draw and paint. But, along the way, one needs to do the work.  So, I start with the principles and then go about the process of learning how to use them.

That is, I need to try out ideas using pencil or brush on paper.  At such times, I feel compelled to ask the “what if” questions and see what happens.  In other words, I’m studying the art of drawing and painting by doing.

The Concept of “Meaning” Deserves More Study.

So, let us go back to this idea of meaning in drawing and painting.   As I am writing and considering this question, I realize that meaning might need to be studied just as form, value or color.  So, with that, I think I will close with the thought that this ought to be the beginning of a series of articles about meaning in paintings.

What Does It Mean To You?

And, a final word about this particular still life.  Could it mean more than my intentions?  Well, as the viewer or receiver of the visual message, you bring your own experience to the conversation.  So, yes, it could mean something entirely different to you.  And, that is just fine with me!

PS.  Note with the variation below, I changed a couple of things.  Does meaning change as well?  What do you think?

Meaning: Drawing of Rabbit and Egg

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Call For Art- Don’t Fence Me In, Rogue Gallery Annual Members Exhibit 40 South Bartlett Street Medford Oregon 97501 541-772-8118
The Annual Members’ exhibit in the Main Gallery is a favorite for many. You are invited to bring in one piece for this year’s theme “Don’t Fence Me In”. For this year, break through whatever boundaries you like as the title “Don’t Fence Me In” implies. (Though within our constraints of being a current member, and framing and dimensions requirements listed HERE>>) This is one of the few exhibits you can submit a piece that is not for sale.

Annual Members Exhibit – Don’t Fence Me In

Drop-off one piece on the theme “Don’t Fence Me In” on Friday, November 2,10am-5pm and Saturday, November 3, 11:00-3:00 pm. The exhibit runs November 9-December 21, 2018. The reception is Friday, November 16, 2018, 5-8pm. Pick-up is Saturday, December 22, 2018 11am-3pm and Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 10am-5pm.

•Artists must be current members of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. They may become a member at the time of drop-off.
• Work is your original art (no reproductions) created within the last two years.
• Photographs and hand-pulled prints are signed.
• Work is in excellent condition (clean mats and frames).
• Work is properly framed and wired for hanging. For safety of artwork, we do not allow saw tooth hangers.
• Watercolors and works on paper must be covered by glass or Plexiglas with no exposed edges (closed frames only). Wrapped canvas is ok.
• Outer dimensions (including frame) are 40” x 40”.
• Please do not submit work that has previously been display in any of our galleries.
• Artist receives 60% of sale price: Rogue Gallery receives a 40% commission of retail sale.

Forms: Inventory & Artist Agreement and Art Labels

Summer Fine Art Camps at Project Space this August!

Summer Fine Art Camps taught by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos
Summer Fine Art Camps taught by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos artist August 6 - 10 ages 3-8 August 13 - 17 ages 9-14 Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30PM  Cost: $100 + $20 materials fee (includes all drawing and painting materials, canvas, wire, etc.)  Young artists will explore foundational visual art skills making original works of art with quality art materials.

August 6 – 10 for ages 3-8
August 13 – 17 for ages 9-14
Each camp runs Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30PM

Young artists will explore foundational visual art skills making original works of art with quality art materials. Inspired by famous artists and their masterpieces, we’ll DRAW still life, PAINT self portraits, SCULPT with wire and found objects, and CREATE collaborative murals, mandalas and installation art. Artist reception on Friday with campers’ artwork on display.

Cost: $100 + $20 materials fee (includes all drawing and painting materials, canvas, wire, etc.)

Register now (limited space available):

Guided Instruction To Make Your Drawing & Painting Skills Stronger!

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JUST PAINT! …and make your efforts count!
2-Day Workshop with Instructor Cheryl Magellen

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm with one hour lunch break
Media/Focus: Oil, acrylic, or pastel • All subjects from realism to abstraction
Fee: $120 for both days
All skill levels • Absolute beginners welcome! • Minimum: 6 Maximum: 12 students
Let’s pay special attention to design and composition, and then we can work together to improve our technical skills, focusing on values, color choices, edge treatments, and personal style to arrive at a suitable degree of finish.
This workshop is meant to be a hands-on event, tailored to the specific needs of each artist. Participants who register early and email Cheryl before July 20 will receive a special program of study geared specifically to their skill level and area of focus. This will be like having a private lesson in a group setting!
Never painted before and would like to try? No problem. Email ahead and the supplies you need will be ready and waiting for you.*
Plan on spending lunch in the classroom on Sunday so you don’t miss the special “Round-Robin” painting experience!
*there may be a fee for supplies, depending on the medium you choose.
Questions? For more information and to register for classes, email Cheryl at [email protected].
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Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Is Coming! Plan Your Life Accordingly.

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Art In The Rough:

A Plein Air Vendor Fair  at Central Art! 

It’s your first plein air “field assignment.” The easel’s packed, brushes are stowed, paints and canvas tucked into the nooks and crannies of your rig – which is now bursting at the seams! “But wait,” you say, “what am I missing? Is there something better I could be using?”

Bring that intrepid spirit to Central Art during our Plein Air Vendor Fair

Wednesday June 20th, 2018,

and expand your artistic horizons with a plethora of the latest and greatest in plein air essentials that will enrich your experience.

Watch live demonstrations and talk with the experts about what’s new and exciting, enjoy great discounts, and enter to win a Grand Prize!

Plus: don’t forget to 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!

*For full schedule of events and to Register Online, be sure to visit



Michael’s is Hiring Art Teachers

Acrylic Painting and/or Watercolor Instructor Wanted

Job Description: Acrylic Painting, Drawing and/or Watercolor Instructor wanted to teach art classes at the Michaels store in Roseburg and Medford, OR.

This is a part-time, permanent position. This is a great opportunity for an artist who would like to be able to offer classes, but does not have their own studio space to do so.

 We are looking for instructors who:

-have the ability to paint and/or draw realistically

-have the ability to teach realistic acrylic painting, watercolor and/or drawing classes

-have the willingness to market their classes and build their own student base


FREE Basics: MAKE A Project Classes: Scheduled up to one time per month

o   Hourly rate plus $3 per student

Instructor’s Choice: Acrylic Painting, Watercolor and Drawing Classes:

o   Hourly rate plus $7 per student for 6 students in attendance or less

o   Hourly rate plus $10 per student for 7 students in attendance or more

*All schedules to be determined between instructor and Michaels store management.

 Duration: Classes are two hours in length.

The goal of each class is for students to leave with a finished painting or drawing.

Certification: All Grumbacher art instructors who teach classes at Michaels must become certified through Grumbacher.

TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION (free of charge)Visit to start the process

o   Find the store that you would like to apply for by choosing your state from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

o   Click on the store that you would like to apply for certification

o   Read the official job description (at

o   Submit your application

You will be contacted regarding the next step after we receive and review your online application. If you have questions or require assistance, please respond directly to this ad.

 Please note: Certification through Grumbacher is completely independent of the Michaels hiring process. Once certified, you must complete the Michaels employment application

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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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

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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: 

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

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Art Teachers & Five Tips About Workshops. Its About Being A Student!

Teachers, as in people who help others learn and acquire knowledge.

Teachers: Its About Being A Student

Famous Artists As Teachers.

Hi!  Recently, Daniel Smith Art Materials asked the following question on their Facebook page’s “Sunday Salon Art Question”:

“If you could learn from, and paint with any artists in history, who would you choose?”

Hmmm.  Oddly enough, I had to think a minute.  And,  you might say, I’m still thinking!

In any case, a list of my favorite artists scrolled through my head like Picasso, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Velasquez, Miro, Singer Sargent, etc.  Not as easy a question as it looks to be.

Me As Art Student.

And, then I started to think about my own experience as an art student.  What do I value as an art student?  That is to say, what kind of instructor do I respond to?  Who has been most helpful?

Before I delve in to the issue of types of art instructors, I think I ought to say a word or two about being a student.  To explain, we have a role to play in our own education.  This is a point driven home to me by my father and artist John Stermer.

Story Time: Lesson From Dad.

You see once upon a time I was chattering on about going to school and the quality of teachers and on and on.  And, I babbled about art instructors and asked my Dad how to know if instructors were any good.  My father quietly reminded me that my role was to listen to the instructor and learn everything I could.  It is only later, after I have gained experience, that I can gage the quality of the instruction.

You might imagine an “oops” bubble floating over my head; the type that happens when I notice I’ve been totally clueless.  Dad was absolutely right.  Furthermore, as a rank beginner, it was a bit misguided and ridiculous for me to worry about the quality of teachers.

Teachers: From Sarah F. Burns Still Life Class

Tip One.  Be The Student!

That is to say, you, as the student, are there to learn from the teacher.  For many people, that may not be a problem.  However, if you’re like me, there are times when its helpful to remember!

Tip Two.  Be Open Minded.

Building on tip one, students ought to approach class with an open mind.  Yes, even though this is supposed to be about the teacher, students need an open mind in order to learn.

Case in point.  A few years ago I signed up for a workshop from one of my favorite watercolor artists.  I had read his book and thought it was great.  I could hardly wait for the class.  Then, workshop day came and I had to force myself to stay in class.

You see, the workshop was not as I imagined it would be.  That is to say, I had built up the class in my mind and there were things I expected to learn from the instructor.  But, the workshop was something different.  It took me a little while to let go and, then, open my mind to what the instructor was trying to say and do.

Teachers: Gabriel M. Lipper

Tip Three.  Go Local.

You can learn a ton from art classes in your local community.  I have had several excellent instructors and they were just down the street.  The instruction was first rate and just what I needed.

Later, if you want to go take a workshop from your favorite artist, you will be ready with a strong foundation.

And, you can always (still) go local!

Tip Four.  Learn From Your Fellow Students.

Its kind of a “we are all in this together” attitude.  We all have something to share, something we have learned that is useful.   Think of it as a total learning experience.

Wait a minute, when am I going to get around to the teachers…what do I value?

Tip Five.  Match Skill Level With Class Intention.

No, this is not about the teacher yet.  However, when I thought of value I was reminded about one of the classes I took.  I wanted to take the workshop because I loved the artist’s work.  I wanted to learn how to do what she does.  So, the workshop sponsor had an opening and I signed up.

But, there was a little qualification from the workshop teacher.  She said her class was meant for intermediate and advanced watercolor artists.  What does that mean?  I had been painting for a year to 18 months.  Was I an intermediate?  Certainly, I wasn’t still a beginner.  (Little did I know…and that’s the point!)

I asked – how do I know if I’m an intermediate or advanced student?  Oddly enough, I never received an answer.  Maybe its one of those cases where if you have to ask, maybe you’re a beginner.

In any case, it was probably not the best workshop for my skill level but I enjoyed it anyway.

Back To Art Teachers.

So, after five tips I’m no where near to what I value in an instructor…or am I?

I love to have teachers who are approachable and knowledgeable.  Beyond that, I’m not certain there is such a thing as the perfect instructor.  As I look back, I’ve learned something valuable from all my instructors!

Still, it would be fun and work to take a workshop from John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt Van Rijn.  I just hope I could be a good enough student!


Websites for two of my local art teachers.  They are first class instructors.

Gabriel Mark Lipper.

Sarah F. Burns.

Art teachers: Gabriel Mark Lipper


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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Rogue Gallery

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Rogue Gallery will host a special evening event featuring Celtic art, music, and Irish food.

Musicians and choral groups will perform traditional Irish music. The evening also includes a singing competition of the best rendition of the song “Danny Boy”. A special Celtic themed art show by Rogue Gallery artists’ members will be on display from March 14 through March 22, 2018.

The Celtic culture has a long and rich tradition in music and art. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center celebrates the art of the Celts with music and art. Music performers include Pat O’Scannell and the choral group Blarney Tones. On display will be an Irish themed art show that includes acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings as well as photography and collages. Realistic interpretations and abstraction of Celtic themes are reflected in the diverse work. The evening also includes a singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic, “Danny Boy” with the winner receiving a $100 award. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and Irish soda bread will be served.

Tickets cost $35.00 and are limited. For tickets, please call 541-772-8118, visit the Rogue Gallery at 40 S. Bartlett St., or purchase online at .

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. 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. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit