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Art Classes at the GP Museum of Art- Nov/ Dec 2017

Art Classes!

Elderhood, Wisdom, and Our Inner Knowing

workshop with

Janet L. Stanley, M. A.

Saturday, Nov. 18

1-4 pm

“We are the Crones, the Wise Women whose truths must be given voice, our spiritual journeys embraced and our sage insights welcomed. Come join me as we celebrate elderhood, our collective wisdom and how this inner knowing will help heal Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.”
$20 per person

How to Paint Snow

 with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, Dec 2

1 – 4 pm

  • All materials provided
  • Create your own painting of a winter scene
  • Learn about color theory (warm & cool colors)
  • Have a fun afternoon!
  • All skill levels are welcome
$30 per person, includes all materials.

 Art Journaling:

Recipe for a

Perfect Holiday

with Karen O’Brien

Saturday, Dec 16

10 am – 1 pm

In this class we will learn how to begin our own art journal* with simple supplies. I will share plenty of ideas and approaches to begin filling your journals. We will create a journal spread in class focusing on the holiday season.
All you need to bring to class is:
  • Blank journal that can handle water media: 90-140 lb paper
  • OR
  • Old book : thin spine, no larger than 9″ x 12″, no shiny, slick or glossy pages
*What is an Art Journal? It’s a place to record your thoughts, memories, and emotions through images, art and words.
Why do it? It is an easy way to use your creativity every day. It can be done with simple tools. It is portable, requiring very little space to do it. It can be used to document life, travels, plan you art, express your feelings, test out new art products and techniques. It can be personal – only for you, or you can share it with others.
$45 per person. Includes some materials. (List on website)
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

New works in oil & photography- November 2017 Spotlight Exhibits with AGA

Ashland Gallery Association

November Spotlight Exhibits

Photographers’ Gallery

“Into the Woods” photography by Julie Bonney

Julie Bonney is the featured artist at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.  Her new show, “Into The Woods” opens during the First Friday Art Walk on November 3rd.

Julie is a local photographer who finds inspiration in the natural beauty of Southern Oregon and Northern California.  John Muir said, “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.  The forest is a beacon for Julie.  It invites her to enter and explore more.   She feels as though there is a great mystery hiding somewhere within. Her photography explores that mystery and creates a deeper relationship between nature and herself.

“Redwoods” photograph by Julie Bonney

“Redwoods” photograph by Julie Bonney

Oak Leaf Studio

Best of 2017- Landscapes by Leif Trygg

For the month of November, Oak Leaf Studio is showing landscapes by artist Leif Trygg completed during the past year. Original paintings in acrylic and pastels will be featured. Prints and cards are also available.

Located in Ashland’s historic Railroad District, Oak Leaf Studio is at 247 Oak Street, between the Ashland Art Works and the Hanson Howard gallery. The studio is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.

“Coming Ashore” acrylic on board by Leaf Trygg

“Coming Ashore” acrylic on board

Hanson Howard Gallery

Photo Cascadia – Seven Photographers on Atmosphere

Photo Cascadia consists of seven photographers: Erin Babnik, Sean Bagshaw, David Cobb, Adrian Klein, Kevin McNeal, Chip Phillips and Zack Schnepf. All are from the Cascadia region of the Pacific Northwest and share the common interest of photographing the beauty of the outdoors around the globe but especially the area they call home. Join us for an artist reception during the Ashland First Friday Art Walk on November 3rd, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs November 1-18. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-5.

For seven years the Photo Cascadia Team has worked together to explore natural beauty in the landscape, promote creative expression through experiences in nature, share images and stories that foster love and respect for the planet and inspire others to become involved in landscape photography. Photo Cascadia is also a resource for outdoor photography enthusiasts of all levels. The group publishes a weekly blog, leads tours and teaches photography workshops around the world.

“Wizards Hat” photograph by Chip Phillips

“Wizards Hat” photograph by Chip Phillips

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

Featured Artist Sandy Cathcart

Join us at the Ashland Pony Espresso/Washington Federal Bank for First Friday Art Walk, November 3rd, from 5pm-8pm, for a beautiful show featuring the work of local artist Sandy Cathcart.

Grab a cup of coffee or some delicious food, meet the artist, and enjoy an inspiring evening of looking at art and talking with other creatives. Plus, we will be showing a teaching video from renowned artist Daniel Gerhartz in the Washington Federal Community Room during the event.   We look forward to seeing you there!

The Pony Espresso is located at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland, OR 97520.

"Warrior King" oil on canvas by Sandy Cathcart

“Warrior King” oil on canvas by Sandy Cathcart

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, November 3rd 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 November Gallery Tour map, please visit:  

A Invitation from Silvia Trujillo to Paint en Plein Air!

Lupines & Poppies by plein air painter Silvia Trujillo

Hello there artist friends,

 Now that summer is coming to an end, here’s a chance to sharpen your painting skills and enjoy the remaining warmth before Fall and Winter set in. Hosted by the Rogue Gallery, a workshop in plein air painting is being offered for beginners to advanced artists who would like to learn more about atmospheric perspective, how light effects color, and how to compare values for accuracy. We will be painting Table Rock and Rogue River at a location near Tou Velle Park in Medford on Sat, Sept 23 from 10am -4pm. I promise a fun and informative time for all… join us if you can ;)

 Also coming up is a plein air workshop hosted by The Lassen Art Center in Shingletown, CA. This location is at the base of Lassen National Park which is a great place to visit during the Fall season for sight seeing, hiking, and just relaxing.The date is set for Oct 21 &22, and if weather permits painting will be conducted outdoors to capture the Fall scenery. In case of rain we can paint indoors while looking out at the lovely grounds of the center.

 I know for many of you in the Rogue Valley it’s been one long, smoky summer. Personally I was unable to get out to paint on location as much as I would’ve liked so now that the smoke has cleared I’m planning on making up for lost opportunities. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join either of these workshops or would like to set up a private session or two.

Wishing you well,


Billings Pond plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Billings Pond plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Paschal's Winery plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Paschal’s Winery plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

New Exhibits, Starry Night Benefit Auction at Rogue Gallery & Art Center Sept. 2017

 August 31 2017 artblast Linda Evans    
Detail of BECKONING by Linda Elesiya Evans
New Exhibit in the Community Gallery

Pastel Vistas:
Linda Elesiya Evans

September 1–October 6, 2017

Mountain Glow
Linda Elesiya Evans, MOUNTAIN GLOW, pastel

Reception: Friday, September 15, 5:00-8:00 pm
With live music by Craig Evans on keyboard

Phoenix Oregon artist Linda Elesiya Evans oil paintings and pastels reflect her love
of the beauty of the Rogue Valley,the coasts, wine country, and mountains.

New Exhibit in the Members’ Gallery

We have all new artwork from over 40 artists in the Members’ Gallery.
Come in and see the art before someone else buys your favorite piece.

Janet Ekholm, CELEBRATION, oil pastel

Janet Ekholm, CELEBRATION, oil pastel

“Starry Night”

A Celebration of Art & Friends

Rogue Gallery’s 2017 Benefit Auction

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm
at the Rogue Valley Country Club
2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford

Our annual auction is our most important fund raiser of the year and a wonderful social occasion. This year we will be holding the auction at the Rogue Valley Country Club with acoustic swing music by local band Gypsy Rogue.

Tickets are $65 per person.


Click HERE>> to see photos from last year’s auction.

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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.

Nature Sketching & Journaling - Table Rock Hike Saturday, May 6

Pastel Landscape Painting with Janis Ellison

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Pastel Landscape Painting with Janis Ellison

at Central Art Supply

Next Class Session; Sept 5 (Labor Day), 26, Oct. 3, 17, 2016


Four Monday sessions 9:30am–1:00pm

Fee: $125.00

Location: Central Art classroom


“Pastel Painting with a Focus on Landscape” with Janis Ellison



*Learn to Paint Elements of the Landscape: Trees, Fields, Distant Mountains in Pastel using simplified techniques.


Are you looking for an experienced instructor who provides plenty of information on technique, value, composition, color, and design in an atmosphere of learning where the student feels supported and valued for their own individual artistic journey? Join Pastel Painting with a Focus on Landscape with Janis Ellison for ongoing 4 week session classes that include demonstration and individual instruction time at your easel.


Class size limited. Register now 541-218-9788

 [email protected]

SOAR Welcomes Artist Carla Griffin!

Carla J Griffin with "Emerald Lake," winner of the 2015 Pastel Society of Oregon Award of Distinction

Carla with “Emerald Lake,” winner of the 2015 Pastel Society of Oregon Award of Distinction

As she continues to make her name known as an important part of the southern Oregon arts community, SOAR welcomes artist Carla J Griffin to the Visual Artist Directory.

An award-winning artist from Grants Pass, Oregon, Griffin works primarily in pastel and oils, skillfully rendering a variety of subjects from still life and portraits of people to landscapes in styles from realism to impressionism. Fearless, she also offers a fine collection of pure abstract paintings. Carla might be considered an emerging artist, yet her work has turned the heads of judges, jurors and critics since she began exhibiting and gains more attention with each new show.

Carla grew up in Eagle Point, Oregon. Her mother was a self-taught artist, and due to her influence Carla has had a lifelong fascination with the shapes, colors, lines, surfaces and reflections she noticed all around her. She wasn’t able to take the time to learn art while raising her family, but was always looking at things, wondering how she would capture their light and beauty. She lived and worked in Texas for 19 years, from where she and her late husband traveled much, visiting the great museums in Europe, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. After she married Burton, they moved to Grants Pass, Oregon. After settling in, she started taking classes with Marshall McDaniel, followed by workshops with Kim Ragsdale, Sue Bennett, Roni Marsh and Jeff Gogue. Jeff introduced her to Ryan Moon at Southern Oregon Art Academy. Her appreciation of the traditional art of Europe made the school a perfect fit. In 2012 Griffin was the first graduate of a three-year program at SOAA.

Bob Maass, oil painting portrait of a man by Carla J Griffin, Grants Pass, Oregon, painted by commission. This painting won a blue ribbon for Best Painting of the Year in a Southern Oregon Society of Artists juried critique in 2015.

Bob Maass, portrait in oil by Carla J Griffin

Griffin’s classical training has provided the strong foundation from which her art continues to grow. She paints in oil and pastel, with abstract works in acrylic. The most recent evidence of her success are two very special awards, 2015 Painting of the Year in the Southern Oregon Society of Artists year-end juried critique for her portrait in oil of Bob Maass and the Pastel Society Award of Distinction in 2015 for her pastel “Emerald Lake,” which went on to win Best in Show at the 2015 Josephine County Artists Association member show. President of the Josephine County Artists Association, Carla’s art hangs at Gallery One in Grants Pass, OR and at Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford, OR.

With these awards and many more to her credit, Carla finally decided it was time to get a professionally created website, and was recently completed. She’s even thinking of starting a blog, though that may take some time due to her busy schedule. Please visit Carla J Griffin’s new listing at SOAR for more links and contact information.

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Carla to the Visual Artists directory and looks forward to sharing many announcements of prestigious shows and awards to come in this very talented woman’s career!




Pastel Painting in a Series, Class with Janis Ellison

Janis Ellison February 2016 Class: Pastel Painting in a Series. Image shown: Winter Blush, pastel painting
Winter Blush, by Janis Ellison

Janis Ellison February 2016 Class: Pastel Painting in a Series

The focus of the next session will be finding what inspires you and creating a series

February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2016

Mondays from 9am-1:00pm, $125.00
Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

Register Now!



Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Rivers and Rocks

Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : "On the River" pastel painting by Janis Ellison. Join me for an exciting 4 week session chock full of painting tips and techniques to improve your paintings or help you get started in Pastel, starting January 4, 2016

Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Join me for an exciting 4 week session chock full of painting tips and techniques to improve your paintings or help you get started in Pastel, starting January 4, 2016Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Rivers and Rocks

Join me for an exciting 4 week session chock full of painting tips and techniques to improve your paintings or help you get started in Pastel! Learn techniques in this pastel landscape painting class with Janis Ellison to make your water paintings come alive with movement and color!

Take this opportunity to follow your passion!

From your original concept, you will be provided with step by step demonstrations and manuals to help you take away the tools you need to complete paintings. Individual Coaching at the easel and weekly demonstrations will set you up for success in a fun, inspiring, creative learning environment!

All Levels Welcome!

Ready to simplify your approach and focus on a direct approach to painting? During this session we will begin with a toned surface using a dry application method in Pastel. This class will provide you with that “bread and butter” technique in pastel that translates wonderfully to Plein Air work when time is of the essence. From your original concept you will be provided with step by step demonstrations and manuals to help you take away the tools you need to complete paintings. Individual Coaching at the easel and weekly demonstrations will set you up for success in a fun, inspiring, creative learning environment.

All levels welcome, a supply list will be provided

Deposit of 50.00 due at registration with the remainder due the first day of class. Feel free to call if you have questions.

Four Monday Sessions; 9:30-1:00 pm, March 2, 9, 16, and 23rd.

Ongoing Four week sessions after this session with a new focus each workshop.

Send Deposit to;

Janis Ellison

400 Rustic Canyon Drive

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Contact Information:
Janis Ellison


Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Rivers and Rocks

Workshop Dates: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, and 1/25, 2016
Time: 9:30-1:00 pm
Location: Central Art Supply Classroom
101 North Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501

Deposit of 50.00 due at registration. Send to Address below.

High Desert Falls

“High Desert Falls” was a demonstration painting for my weekly class on the subject of choosing a warm or cool palette for a painting using the Analogous Color Wheel. The subject was inspired by a hike in the Las Vegas hills to a waterfall (yes! there is nature in Las Vegas). I kept the subject loose and painterly to fit the subject of moving water. This painting is available through




First, I decided to create two small pastel sketches, 6×8 using cool color choices and secondly, warm color choices. The colors you see on the strips to the right of the sketches are the color choices for the under painting.


When choosing these colors I used the Analogous Color Wheel which is based on the Munsell Color Wheel. Munsell used five primary colors; Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple, differing from the traditional triadic color wheel; using the three primary colors of Red, Yellow and Blue.

For example for the warm color palette, I chose Orange as my dominate Hue, then followed the color wheel to choose the complement and discord colors. It is important to remember to use the neutrals and not necessarily the full chroma or intensity of the colors chosen.


This system will automatically create a harmonious color palette and simplify your choices as you paint. Give this system a try today, I think you will find it will expand your color choices beyond attempting to copy the colors of your photographic reference.


If you want to challenge yourself further, create the painting from a black and white version of your reference, as I did in these sketches to free you up from local color and get your creative juices flowing!


6×8 Pastel Sketches with pastel spread with alcohol under painting in both cool and warm color choices

I chose the warm color palette using predominantly Terry Ludwig Shades of Nature Set for the under painting. I further varied my final version of the painting by choosing the composition from the cool sketch and the palette choices from the warm sketch. Does your brain hurt yet?