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Immerse Yourself In Central Art’s Brand-New Watercolor Sampler July 25th

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NEW! “Take The Plunge” Watercolor Sampler Thursday, July 25th

with Instructor Katrina Meister

 

When: Thursday, July 25

Where: Central Art

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $45 (includes supplies)

 

Attention watercolor enthusiasts and newcomers! As part of World Watercolor Month, local watercolorist Katrina Meister will be presenting an exciting new Watercolor Sampler Thursday, July 25th from 2pm – 5pm at Central Art, starting with a beautiful Koi painting featuring 5 new Winsor Newton colors and 8 new Cad-Free colors! Take the plunge and give these gorgeous new colors a whirl!

 

Pre-registration is required. Payment required at time of reservation, no multiple reservations accepted. 15 person max.

 

Sign up by contacting us at 541-773-1444, or stop by Central Art today!

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“Hang Up & Read Me A Story” at Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit

Biennial: Hang Up & Read Me A Story

Greetings!  I’m pleased to say that my watercolor painting Hang Up & Read Me A Story was juried into the Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit!

Biennial: Hang Up & Read Me A Story

Details About the Exhibit.

The exhibition is hosted by the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford OR.  It opened Friday, June 28th and runs through to August 2nd, 2019.  There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, July 19th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.  The art center is located at 40 South Bartlett St. in Medford.

The artworks are hung in the Main Gallery of the art center.  The exhibition is free to the public and all are invited to come view the works during gallery business hours.  Hours are as follows:

    • 10am to 5pm  Tuesday thru Friday
    • 11am to 3pm   Saturdays
    • 5pm to 8pm    Third Fridays

Show Statement for “A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art”

Per the Gallery, “this biennial exhibit features juried artwork from local and regional artists in various media.  These new works present innovative, insightful and thoughtful expressions of current events, art movements or political issues”.

The Painting and Current Culture.

This painting is one of a series of paintings our cell phone culture.  I attempt to make a gentle statement about how pervasive the cell phones are.  So much so, that we forget to do without the constant companion on the other end of the phone.  It’s like an extra person is invited to so many of our personal encounters.

As such, this particular painting was inspired by a conversation I had with one of my second cousins, Anne Shelton.  She happens to be a librarian.  Anne mentioned the distractions caused by the mobile phones in the libraries.  And, thus, an idea was born.  Within a short time, I had a concept drawing.

Biennial: Hang Up & Read Me A Story

 

On Experimentation.

For me, creating a painting it is a process of experimentation from start to finish.  And, the start point is the concept drawing.  This is one of two drawings I created using this idea of cell phones in the library.

In any case, the value of starting out with a concept drawing is that I start to realize my idea.  That being said, though, I give myself room to change.

As I start to build the painting, layer by layer, I allow myself to change the design.  This may be a risky approach.  However, I find that a small 5×7 inch drawing is quite a bit different from a 14×21 inch watercolor painting.  That is, what looks good in graphite might not work just right for me in watercolor.  Also, I like how the act of painting itself generates ideas.

I did say “risky approach”, though, you might notice.  Such practices can go so wrong.  But, it’s just a piece of paper with some paint on it.  At least, that is what I tell myself when I am creating the artworks!

So, to reiterate then, I see my approach as being “experimental” in that I allow myself to explore or experiment the “what if” ideas that pop into my head.

Invitation To See The Exhibition!

To summarize, then, I am pleased to announce that I have been included in the Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit this summer.  If you are in the area, please do stop by and see the wonderful art works by my fellow local and regional artists!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Classes Summer 2019 – Grants Pass Museum of Art

We now have two levels of pricing for classes.
 Museum members receive a $5 discount on all classes this year.
To become a member or to renew a membership:

Traditional Painting Techniques

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, June 29

1 – 4 pm

This class we will explore traditional painting techniques. We will start our paintings with an underpainting, then learn how to block in your painting, and add texture. Then we can use glazing, scumbling, and sgraffito. These will be taught in acrylic. Students will leave with a painting that uses all these techniques. We will be using a Renaissance palette of color. All levels are welcome!
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Basics of Watercolor

with Terri Regotti

Saturday, July 6

1 – 4 pm

The transparent quality and the illusion of light created by the artist with watercolors makes it a seductive and popular medium to work with. There are very specific techniques that one must learn and practice to become proficient with them. Through exploring watercolor exercises this class will introduce the student to the various techniques and possibilities of this versatile and beloved medium. At a later date, this workshop will have a follow up class in which students will paint a landscape of their choosing. Come and explore the delicate dance between paper, water and pigment.
$50/Members,
$55/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

More summer classes coming soon!

All class sign ups are considered final and refunds are not given. The Museum will give a full refund in the case of a class being cancelled.
Unsure if your membership is active? Check in with the Museum staff by calling 541-479-3290, or email [email protected].

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

Making Small Pictures of Seashells

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup With Broken Seashells

Making pictures, as in to form, shape, bring about or create a picture. 

Small Studies.

It’s the season of “smalls” – that is drawing small studies on a regular basis.

MakingSmall Studies: Broken Seashell With Napkin

Though, truthfully, I am working on a medium size watercolor painting in my “Three Minute Egg” series.  However it is taking a while.  And, when it is drying between layers, I work on other things.

Back to the small studies.  I can get so much enjoyment out of doing the small studies.  Plus, although it may not look it, I do feel as though I’m getting somewhere.  Put a different way, I am making progress on my drawing skills and how I like to compose and think about my art.

Making Small Pictures: Broken Seashells in Ink

And, you might notice, I am using different media: ink on paper; colored pencil on toned paper; and Procreate App with my iPadPro.

The Beauty Of Making Something.

I was recently reminded that when you ask four year olds see things differently.  To explain, when you ask them what they’re doing when they are drawing or painting, more than likely they’ll say they are making something.

And, a child making a picture will probably not be worrying about whether or not their painting will get into a juried show, or sell, or be in a museum, or the myriad of other things grown up artists worry about.

Making Small Studies: Two Broken Seashells and a Box

Making Or Creating.

I think the distinction between “making something” and “creating art” is interesting and revealing.  Think about it.  Sometimes it is just nice to make a picture rather than worry about painting a piece of art.  “Art”, at least to me, is loaded with expectations of creativity, skill and meaning.  Oddly enough, it can be an onerous challenge.

Just making a picture of a broken seashell is more liberating.  I can investigate, play and stop when I want to.  It can come out good or terrible; who cares?  The time spent making the picture is a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavor.

Making Small Studies of broken seashells with ink

Patience And Practice.

Recently, I also remembered that getting good at making something takes practice and patience.  So, these small studies are my way of learning and practicing my craft.

In any case, I hope you enjoy my broken seashells.

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup with Broken Seashells

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Goats: Father & Daughter

Billy Goat, Watercolor, M. Stermer-Cox

Hi! Recently, my younger sister Dorothy sent me some images of artwork by my Dad, artist John Stermer.  And, the drawings and painting included goats.

Artist John Stermer: Barn with Dueling Goats

So, on my Father’s Facebook page (John Stermer Fine Art), I shared some of the goats.  They are so much fun to look at.  And, one of my friends thought it would be fun to see what I might do with goats.

John Stermer Goat Study

 

Well, lo and behold, I do have a “goat” painting and some drawings of goats.  Naturally, it occurred to me that I ought to do a “father and daughter” post and include some of these goats.

Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

And, so, here we are: goats my Dad; and a goat by me.  Why goats?  They’re just fun.  And, they have attitude!

 

Drawing, Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

PS.  I included a similar posting on my Father’s blog; just keeping it all in the family!

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Painting Classes with Jeanne LaRae at Central Art!

 

Acrylics or Watercolor? You Decide! NEW 4-week Class Sessions with Jeanne LaRae

 

 

New painting classes at Central Art Supply taught by Janne Larae of Sacramento, CA! Starting April 15. New painting classes at Central Art Supply taught by Janne Larae of Sacramento, CA! Starting April 15. New painting classes at Central Art Supply taught by Janne Larae of Sacramento, CA! Starting April 15.

Painting Classes with Jeanne LaRae at Central Art

NEW Ongoing Acrylic & Watercolor Classes

Mondays, Starting April 15th!

Instructed by Jeanne LaRae

 

Acrylic Class (4-week session begins 04/15/19) – 10am-1pm

Fee: $120

 

Watercolor Class (4-week session begins 04/15/19) – 2pm-5pm

Fee: $120

 

Where: Central Art

 

*Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. Call or visit Central Art to reserve (One reservation per individual, please. No group reservations will be accepted). 541.773.1444

 

Jeanne LaRae uses light and shadow to create and tell a story she relates throughout her paintings of nature, landscapes, architecture, people, and animals.

 

Organizations –

American Impressionists Society, California Art Club, Intermountain Society of Artists, Oil Painters of America, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association – Artist Members

 

For more information on demos and upcoming classes, contact:

Jeanne LaRae

(714)743-3622

www.jeannelarae.com

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Small Business Saturday November 24 2018 Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acrylics or Watercolor? Choose Your Own Art-venture with 2 FREE Art Demos this April!

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2 FREE Painting Demos this April!

Presented by Jeanne LaRae

 

Acrylic Demo – Monday, April 8th – 10am-Noon

Watercolor Demo – Wednesday, April 10th – 2pm-4pm

 

Where: Central Art

Fee: Both Demos are FREE (limit 20 participants per day)

*Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. Call or visit Central Art to reserve (One reservation per individual, please. No group reservations will be accepted). 541.773.1444

 

Jeanne LaRae uses light and shadow to create and tell a story she relates throughout her paintings of nature, landscapes, architecture, people, and animals.

 

Organizations –

American Impressionists Society, California Art Club, Intermountain Society of Artists, Oil Painters of America, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association – Artist Members

 

For more information on demos and upcoming classes, contact:

Jeanne LaRae

(714)743-3622

www.jeannelarae.com

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Painting in Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Exhibition

Three Minute Egg #12 Showing in WSO Spring Exhibition; Portland OR

An invitation to see painting “Three Minute Egg #12” as one of 80 water-media paintings in the WSO Spring 2019 Experimental Exhibition!

About the Exhibition.

Greetings!  I am happy to say that my painting “Three Minute Egg #12” is showing in the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Spring 2019 Experimental Exhibition.   My painting is one of 80 stunning water-media works accepted by Juror Jean Pederson.

What makes this show particularly special is that the rules accept works from a variety of watermedia and supports.  That is to say, artists can include acrylic paint or use clayboard panels, for example.  There might be a bit of pastel or colored pencil worked in too, as long as the painting is primarily watercolor.

WSO Spring Water-media Exhibition: Three Minute Egg #12

Location and Hours.

The WSO Exhibition will held at the Oregon Society of Artists (OSA), 2185 SW Park Ave, Portland OR from April 8th to 30th. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 1 – 4 pm.

The opening reception is Saturday, April 6th from 4 to 5 pm.

About the Painting.

Some of my favorite things: egg cups, espresso cups, a timer and a spoon.  I am reminded of special family breakfasts we had when I was young.  It just seemed exotic to have an egg served in an egg cup.  I loved dunking my toast in the egg yolk.  The design of the painting perhaps emphasizes the idea of remembering the past.  The items are simplified and expressive rather than realistic.  It is about experimenting with shape and color to create something joyful.

The colors of the painting refer to an early morning, perhaps.  In other words, dawn; the time of day when the sun is just starting to peak into the breakfast room.  The darks of night have yet to disappear for the day.

This is one of 13 paintings created to date in my “Three Minute Egg” series of paintings.

If you would like, I wrote an article about creating the design for this painting and published almost a year ago.  You might enjoy the extra insight about the painting.

Invitation.

If you are in the area, I invite you to stop by and enjoy the show!

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Busy But Still Drawing My Favorite Things

Drawing of a coffee cup with four broken seashells

It has been a busy year so far!  I have been doing some volunteer work with the Watercolor Society of Oregon, for example.  Plus, I took artist Sarah F. Burns‘ “Anatomy for Artists” drawing class.  The class was intense, challenge and wonderful; a good learning experience.

Busy But Still Drawing: Coffee Cup With Broken Seashells

But, no matter how busy I get, I keep drawing.  You see, it’s absolutely essential for me to continue to do so.  In part, drawing keeps my skills honed and improving. Also, I draw for the fun of it.  And, I get grumpy if I don’t draw.

So, out come my favorite items, like these broken seashells, coffee cups, brandy snifters.  It is interesting that I never tire of them and I continue to learn.

Busy but still drawing: Brandy Snifter

So, I may be busy, but I can still find time to draw.  Thank you and please enjoy!

 

 

 

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Watercolor Artists, Third Friday News, Live Music at Art du Jour

Art du Jour April 2019:

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be devoted to watercolor in April with Marianne Nielsen and Marilyn Zupan. Third Friday will be on April 19, 5-8 pm with musical entertainment by classical guitarist Rod Petrone. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery) for updates.

Guest Artist Marianne Nielsen

Marianne Nielsen's watercolor paintings

With a passion for watercolor, Marianne Nielsen say it is her favorite media because of its versatility regarding techniques and textures. While enjoying all styles and subjects, her inspiration comes from all things in nature, especially animals and flowers.

After 5 years learning from the late Marshal McDaniels, he literally changed the way she looks at everyday things like clouds, trees, water and life.   Soon after she became a watercolor instructor herself with 6 to 8 students, which has since grown to 4 weekly classes with more than 50 students.  Since 2007, many of her students have also gone on to become teachers themselves as well as having their work in local galleries.

Marianne is a former Art du Jour member and active participant with the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  She also gives workshops in Grants Pass, as well as recent workshop in Tucson, Arizona. She has shown and sold artwork at 7 Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort, and is currently a member of the Grants Pass Museum of Art. She has also been showing work at Gallery One in Grants Pass and will be their featured in July.

Marianne’s website is: www.nielsenwatercolors.com.

Featured Artist Marilyn Zupan

Featured Artist Marilyn Zupan

Church Lane by Marylin Zupan. Digital image provided by the artist 3/2019

Marilyn Zupan has always had a deep love for England’s gentle country landscapes and rustic stone homes and bridges. Her father was English and she spent three years in England falling in love with her ancestral land.  “Being able to recreate those memories in watercolor is pure joy.”, she writes.

Having taught calligraphy in the Rogue Valley for more than 20 years, Marilyn began taking watercolor classes in 2009 and has been painting ever since. In 2011 Marilyn was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

As an added attraction to our featured wall, Marilyn will be teaming up with potter Susan Paul Williams for the entire month of April.

Pottery by Susan Paul-Williams. Photo provided by the artist 3/2019

Pottery by Susan Paul-Williams. Photo provided by the artist 3/2019

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

As one of downtown Medford’s premiere art galleries, we are pleased to introduce our newest member Winnifred Liang. We are still actively seeking new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our cooperative and display their work to the Medford community. Membership includes an active role in the Art in Bloom festival in May, as well as our monthly Third Friday event.  Media to be juried for membership includes pottery, sculpture, photography and jewelry.  Contact the gallery by email at [email protected], or log into our website: www.artdujourgallery.com for full membership information.

May will be our 3rd annual “People’s Choice” photography contest with the theme being “My Favorite Photo”.  As in the past the popular photography contest will be on display and voted on during Art in Bloom on Mother’s Day weekend. In August the People’s Choice theme will be “Summer Fun” to include all mediums, and October the theme will be “Changing Seasons” also to include all mediums. In the event of a large turnout for the “all medium” contests, we may divide the judging into two separate categories between photography and painting.  See our website for entry rules and entry form, or stop by the gallery during our regular open hours. As in the past these exhibits are dependent on the number of participants and the gallery reserves to right to cancel the contest with full refund if turnout is minimal.

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
OPEN Tues – Sat., 10AM – 4PM