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New Main Gallery Exhibit Begins this Friday

Sept 11                        2018 artblast
detail of Lewis Anderson’s Is the Map the Territory

NEW EXHIBIT, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

IN THE MAIN GALLERY

What is the Question:
Lewis Anderson & Darcie Sternenberg

September 14–November 2, 2018

Anderson Sternenberg
Left: Lewis Anderson, Does The Boatman Come For You
Right: Darcie Sternenberg, Does Nature Acknowledge Time

Reception:  Friday, September 21, 5:00-8:00 pm

Southern Oregon photography artists Lewis Anderson and Darcie Sternenberg both create dreamlike landscape images. Anderson’s Asian inspired pieces are large multi-paneled images while Sternenberg’s smaller, intimate pieces are in black and white. In this exhibit, each image is titled with a question, which invites the viewer to establish a stronger connection with art.

ROGUE GALLERY’S 2018 ANNUAL AUCTION

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Puttin’ on the Glitz
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5pm

at the Rogue Valley Country Club
2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford
The annual auction is our biggest fund raiser and a great night of fun, food, music and deals! The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner, and live auction with music by “Band du Pays Swing”. It also includes a members’ exhibit with the theme “Puttin’ on the Glitz”- in an Art Deco/Great Gatsby style (see the call to artists HERE).

Tickets available HERE>>

If you are interested in donating items or services to be auctioned at the auction, call (541) 772-8118. Donation Form

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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.

Create Art & Celebrate Diversity- Community Art Contest

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As part of our celebration of the fair’s 25th anniversary Sept. 29, 2018, Central Art and the fair are hosting a community art contest.

Consider submitting artwork with the theme “diversity” for the chance to display your artwork at the fair and win prizes!

Contest rules
Artwork will be judged on creativity, style and how well the artwork reflects the contest theme.
Artist may use any medium/format desired (black and white, color, pencil sketch, painting, ink, photograph, etc.).
Artwork must be an original creation, no prints.
Artwork must be created within the past year.
Artwork must be family friendly for viewing by people of all ages, gender, culture and race. Our intent is to emphasize equity, diversity and inclusion.
Artwork must be flat and not exceed 11” x 14” in size.
There is no entry fee. Limit 1 entry per person.
Artwork must be submitted with completed entry form by 4 pm, Friday, August 31, 2018 to Central Art, 101 North Central Ave, Medford.

The selection committee will announce winners at the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at noon.

Immediately after the fair, all artwork will be at Central Art, 101 North Central Ave., for pick up. Artists must pick up their art at Central Art by 4 pm, Tuesday, October 16. It may be disposed of after that date.

Entry forms are available on the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair Facebook page

Prizes: First place winners and honorable mention winners will be selected from age groups: 8 and under, 9-13, 14-17, and 18 and up. Judges will select a winner and honorable mention for each category. The decisions of the judges are final.
1st Prize – $30 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford
Honorable Mention – $15 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford

Thank you for supporting the fair by participating in our art contest!
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Art du Jour Gallery August 2018 Press Release

Art du Jour AUGUST 2018

Iverson- Afternoon Rest
During the months of August Doug Iverson’s brilliant work will be in the Salon for both August and September, and Roy Musitelli will be filling in on the featured artist wall at Art du Jour Gallery.   The Art du Jour members would like to invite you to our Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on August 17, an informal evening featuring art, snacks and an opportunity to meet the artists. Musical entertainment will be provided by guitarist Rod Petrone.

Guest Artist Doug Iverson

Doug Iverson has always enjoyed ‘good’ art. Since retiring at the end of 2009, he has been devoted to becoming the ‘best’ artist he can be. He took many basic art classes at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass. When he was introduced to painting in watercolor on Yupo paper he found his happy place. He gives special thanks to Pat Enos for not giving up on him.
Iverson- Reflections
When creating abstract pieces, he usually has no clue what he is going to do at the beginning of a project . Typically the first application of paint is done with only cursory thought to colors, textures and overall composition. He will then start manipulating the dried paint by various means. Shapes are created by applying liberal amounts of water; coaxing it into some shape that he finds interesting, and then letting that water evaporate. Basically anything that will have a physical effect on the paint is a potential tool.  He repeats the process of painting and erasing until he sees ‘something’. Then he will put forth a more conscious, thoughtful effort into developing the painting. Currently, he is working on a technique that involves using Halloween spider webbing.
His work has been accepted for the annual Grants Pass Museum of Art fundraising event, Black White and the Blues oral auction.

Featured Artist Roy Musitelli

To most music lovers Ten Years After is a British blues rock band popular in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. For Roy Musitelli it represents the decade since 2007 invested in re-inventing himself after walking away from a 30-year journalism career. The result of his journey brought him back to his first passion for drawing.  He writes; “My entire career I’d been keenly aware of the vast popularity of photography and how many people wanted to make a living at it. I was merely one of the fortunate few who could.  Yet I doubt that I’d be the artist I am today if I hadn’t climbed out of my comfort zone and taken a few risks on this path.”

Bee pollinating lupin. Roy Musitelli photo 3/2016

Roy joined Art du Jour in 2016 and is filling in as featured artist this month after our scheduled member left the cooperative to pursue other opportunities.  He is also slated to have an exhibition in February 2019 that promises to be considerably different than the “Small World” photo exhibit on our back wall till the end of the month.

People’s Choice contest 

Art du Jour Gallery will be holding our next People’s Choice contest in October.  This event will be the theme; “Furry and Feathery Friends”, and will be open media. Look for more announcements to be posted on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ ArtduJourGallery/
Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, August 3, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, August 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 August Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Please scroll down to “Spotlight Exhibits” and August Gallery Tour Map.

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Ashland Gallery Association August Spotlight Exhibits

Gallerie Karon

All Women Artists Invitational

Over 20 artists are represented in this popular annual show. Everything from photography to pastels, collage to mixed media and everything in between is available. Many of the artists will be here at Gallerie Karon to answer questions about your selections.

Raina Bradshaw is one of the jewelers represented. She produces one of a kind, delicate crystal, pearl and semi-precious stone jewelry. Judy Benson le Nier’s African animal photographs and accessories continue to fascinate. Janet Patterson shares her prize-winning pastels, many exploring nearby scenes around Emigrant Lake in all it’s seasons. Our latest artist, Denise Hazelton brought her fabulous baroque pearls and ethnic – themed necklaces and earrings from her studio in California.

As a special feature, Zahara will be dancing Middle Eastern dances accompanied by Shiviti with all female musicians. They will appear from 5:30 – 7:30 during the

First Friday Art Walk August 3rd. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and creativity of the female artist.

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Ashland Art Works

Whimsical Assemblage and Patterned Ceramics

Elin Babcock presents Circles, Cogs and Wheels with her whimsical assemblage sculptures. Repurposing found objects, broken instruments and welded metal, she creates an imaginary world. Lyrical Abstract paintings will also be included in her Featured show. Color is woven and overlaid throughout the canvas as forms appear and blend together.

Marydee Bombick, ceramic artist, will present a wide variety of individually patterned handmade platters and plates, both large and small, for every occasion. Multi-sectioned vases are presented to display your garden’s beauty. Even a single bloom will look lovely in one of the many bud vases – whimsical, carved, or twisted.

First Friday at Ashland Art Works will feature music by the Ashland Taiko Drummers.

Ashland Art Works – local artists, 5 galleries in a garden setting.

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Kate Geary

Kate Geary, an Ashland photographer, opens her new show Where Sea Meets Sand at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center on August 3rd during the 1st Friday Art Walk.  Her show explores the seaside beaches of Bandon and the Oregon Dunes near Reedsport, OR.

The sea creates an ever-changing, often dramatic interface with the land.  It shapes wide sandy beaches, rough rock-cobbled shores strewn with shells and other gifts from the sea, or flat vistas strewn with towering rock formations.  The remote beaches of southern Oregon seems to go on forever and gives one a sense of utter solitude. But upon closer inspection, a multitude of sea-dependent creatures cling to the rocks in multi-colored tenaments exposed by low tide.   Wind is the sea’s partner is shaping the coastal landscape.  Where the sea has created fine particles of sand, the wind spins it into myriad, ever-changing shapes and designs.  At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area one could easily imagine being in an exotic desert in far distant lands.  But glancing down, there are exquisite abstract designs at your feet.  Kate’s new show explores the intersection between sea and land on the dramatic Oregon coast.

Kate has also shown her work at the Illahe Gallery, Liquid Assets and Studio 5 in Ashland, and Rogue Gallery in Medford.

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

Hanson Howard

Outside the Lines: Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll, mixed media painting

Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll are three painters indulging in the freedom of playing outside the lines.

Join us for a reception for the artists during the First Friday Art Walk, August 3rd, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs August 22nd – September 4th.

Robert Koch

Gestural strokes and spontaneous marks collide with color blocks in Robert Koch’s narrative vignettes. Often prompted by found photographs, Koch takes the liberty to make his subjects humans or creatures inhabiting the same world. Having the appearance of quickness and even naiveté, Koch’s deft drawing skills mean each mark is playful and intentional at the same time.

Peter VanFleet

Part painting, part sculpture, Peter Van Fleet‘s work invites us to experience dimensionality, structure, and vibrant color. In this new body of work Peter has reworked paintings appropriated from other artists. He calls these paintings “Cowbirds”, referring to that bird which lays its eggs in another bird’s nest so that fledgling will be raised by the host.

Pamela Kroll

 Influenced by folk art, myth, and cultures from around the world, Pamela works with acrylic on paper, combining collage elements such as wires, beads, sequins, bird bones, and other small found objects. Many of the pieces have an iconographic and sometimes humorous quality and have been described as sophisticated folk art.

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24x24

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24×24

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Art du Jour July 2018

Art du Jour Gallery features Ginny Matheson, Judy Benson LeNier, Cheryl Magellen in Medford this month.

Featured Artist Ginny Matheson

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson.  -Submitted by the artist

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson. -Submitted by the artist

Ginny Matheson presents’’a body of work themed “Mixed Media Landscapes”. Ginny lives and works in Southern Oregon but her earliest art training was in Michigan where she worked primarily in stone and wood carving. After moving to Indiana, Ginny began to focus on two-dimensional media and took more training in drawing, painting, and collage. By 2004 she had begun to exhibit her work at art festivals across the Midwest. Upon arrival in Oregon soon thereafter she began exhibiting at art festivals, galleries, and restaurants across Oregon.  Her work often focuses on the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest and also includes still life, abstracts and figurative pieces.

Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier 

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

A professional photographer specializing in photographing wildlife. Her love of Africa began in 1961 when her family hosted an exchange student from South Africa. The bond continued through the years as the two families visited each other in Africa and the U.S.A. To her the magnetism of Africa is strong and Judy has returned eight times. Her range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaiian Flora and Fauna as well as landscapes.
Judy Benson LaNier writes, ““When I first went to Africa I was amazed that the animals ignored us completely. They went about their business as if nothing extraordinary was happening. Little did they know that something quite extraordinary was happening inside me! I was experiencing a catharsis, a cleansing of my soul. I was being taught what is truly important in life and I was filled with joy by the lessons! I hope that my photographs bring you a taste of life in the Bush.”
 Her photographs capture the essence of the wildlife in amazing detail. For many years Judy led Photographic Safaris to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, teaching photography and holding workshops for participants. Her Photographic work is currently represented in five art galleries in Oregon. Judy has published seven books of her photography, the latest being “Facing Lions”, which recounts an adventure she experienced in Africa.

Selfie Exhibit by Cheryl Magellen

Selfie Exhibit by Cheryl Magellen Running through July 28, Cheryl Magellen will have an exhibition of portrait paintings that were inspired by selfie photo submissions from around the world.

Cheryl Magellen’s selfie show at Art du Jour. – Jan Hartmann photo

Running through July 28, Cheryl Magellen will have an exhibition of portrait paintings that were inspired by selfie photo submissions from around the world. Currently located in an area of Arizona where there is little opportunity to paint from models, Cheryl looked to social media and solicited friends to submit their favorite selfie photos to be made into paintings. She wanted to show that portraits can be more than just a smile and can show people really being themselves.
Originally from Oregon, Cheryl received a BA in art from Chico State University and studied at the Southern Oregon Art Academy, and has been a long-time student of Gabriel Lipper of Ashland. She began teaching weekly classes at Central Art Supply in 2010 and continued to do so until her temporary relocation to southwestern Arizona in 2013. While in Arizona, she began taking workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, continued teaching classes in the Phoenix area, and devotes most of her time to painting in her home studio. Her work has won numerous awards and has been accepted into regional and national shows.
Art du Jour will feature part of this two-gallery exhibition and will be the only gallery to also exhibit some of Cheryl’s paintings that were featured in national exhibitions. The gallery reception will be held during Medford’s Third Friday Artwalk on July 20.
Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)

Art du Jour’s July 2018 Exhibits

During the month of July Ginny Matheson will be the featured artist at Art du Jour Gallery, and Judy Benson LeNier’s work will continue to be featured in the Salon till the end of the month.  In addition, Cheryl Magellen will be bringing her poplular Selfie Show to Medford.  On third Friday music will be provided by the Minstrel Streams.

Featured Artist Ginny Matheson

As the featured artist for the month of June at Art Du Jour Gallery, Ginny Matheson presents’’a body of work themed “Mixed Media Landscapes”.

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson.  -Submitted by the artist

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson. -Submitted by the artist

Ginny lives and works in Southern Oregon, but her earliest art training was in Michigan where she worked primarily in stone and wood carving. After moving to Indiana, Ginny began to focus on two-dimensional media and took more training in drawing, painting, and collage. By 2004 she had begun to exhibit her work at art festivals across the Midwest. Upon her arrival in Oregon soon thereafter she began exhibiting at art festivals, galleries, and restaurants across Oregon.  Her work often focuses on the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest and also includes still life, abstracts and figurative pieces.

Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier

A professional photographer who specializes in photographing wildlife. Judy’s love of Africa began in 1961 when her family hosted an exchange student from South Africa. The bond continued through the years as the two families visited each other in Africa and the U.S.A.. For her the magnetism of Africa is strong and Judy has returned eight times. Her range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaiian Flora and Fauna as well as landscapes.

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

Judy Benson LaNier writes, ““When I first went to Africa I was amazed that the animals ignored us completely. They went about their business as if nothing extraordinary was happening. Little did they know that something quite extraordinary was happening inside me! I was experiencing a catharsis, a cleansing of my soul. I was being taught what is truly important in life and I was filled with joy by the lessons! I hope that my photographs bring you a taste of life in the Bush.”

 Her photographs capture the essence of the wildlife in amazing detail. For many years Judy led Photographic Safaris to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, teaching photography and holding workshops for participants. Her Photographic work is currently represented in five art galleries in Oregon. Judy has published seven books of her photography, the latest being “Facing Lions”, which recounts an adventure she enjoyed in Africa.  

Cheryl Magellan’s Selfie Exhibit

Opening July 3 and running through July 28, Cheryl Magellen will have an exhibition of portrait paintings that were inspired by selfie photo submissions from around the world. Currently located in an area of Arizona where there is little opportunity to paint from models, Cheryl looked to social media and solicited friends to submit their favorite selfie photos to be made into paintings. She wanted to show that portraits can be more than just a smile and can show people really being themselves.

Cheryl Magellan's Selfie Exhibit

Cheryl Magellan’s Selfie Exhibit

Originally from Oregon, Cheryl received a BA in art from Chico State University and studied at the Southern Oregon Art Academy, and has been a long-time student of Gabriel Lipper of Ashland. She began teaching weekly classes at Central Art Supply in 2010 and continued to do so until her temporary relocation to southwestern Arizona in 2013. While in Arizona, she began taking workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, continued teaching classes in the Phoenix area, and devotes most of her time to painting in her home studio. Her work has won numerous awards and has been accepted into regional and national shows.

Art du Jour will feature part of this two-gallery exhibition and will be the only gallery to also exhibit some of Cheryl’s paintings that were featured in national exhibitions. The gallery reception will be held during Medford’s Third Friday Artwalk on July 20.

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

Art du Jour June 2018 Featured Artists

During the month of June, Judy Benson LeNier’s work will be featured in the Salon and Mary Jo Heath will be the featured artist on the back wall at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford. Music on Third Friday will be provided by Minstrel Stream.

A professional photographer who specializes in photographing Wildlife, Judy Benson LaNier

Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier

A professional photographer who specializes in photographing Wildlife, Judy Benson LaNier’s love of Africa began in 1961 when her family hosted Ashland, Oregon’s first Rotary-sponsored exchange student who was from South Africa. The bond forged then has continued through the years as the two families visit each other in Africa and the U.S.A. The magnetism of Africa is strong and Judy has returned there eight times. Her range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaiian Flora and Fauna as well as landscapes.

Judy Benson LaNier says, ““When I first went to Africa I was amazed that the animals ignored us completely. They went about their business as if nothing extraordinary was happening. Little did they know that something quite extraordinary was happening inside me! I was experiencing a catharsis, a cleansing of my soul. I was being taught what is truly important in life and I was filled with joy by the lessons!

I hope that my photographs bring you a taste of life in the Bush.”

Her photographs capture the essence of the wildlife in amazing detail. For many years Judy led Photographic Safaris to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, teaching photography and holding workshops for participants. Her Photographic work is currently represented in five art galleries in Oregon. Judy has published seven books of her photography, the latest being FACING LIONS which recounts an adventure she enjoyed in Africa.

Mary Jo Heath presents a body of work themed “Southern Oregon”

Featured Artist Mary Jo Heath

As the featured artist for the month of June, Mary Jo Heath presents a body of work themed “Southern Oregon”. She was born in Coos Bay, Oregon. At the age of five, she moved to the Rogue Valley with her family and attended school at Central Point and graduated from Medford High School

Mary Jo taught art in public schools for more than 30 years.  The majority of her teaching experience is in Central Point Schools. In 1994, she began working with pastels and has won several awards from the Pastel Society of Oregon National and Membership shows.

When asked about her art, she said, “I have gained experience with a variety of art media during my time teaching art in public schools. Of all the media that I have tried, pastel is the most immediate, the most expressive, and the most forgiving. The pastels become an extension of my hand as I try to interpret what I see and how I feel about a subject matter.  It could be the light, the compositions or the challenge of something I have never painted before. Sometimes the subject matter becomes a vehicle for a more abstract expression. Whatever the inspiration, pastel says it for me.”

Please come and enjoy the wonderful art of both Judy Benson LaNier and Mary Jo Heath at the Art du Jour Gallery. Judy’s photos will bring you closer to wildlife in an exciting way.  Mary Jo Heath’s pastels show her passion for pastels.

New Exhibits at Rogue Gallery May 2018

Main Gallery

Art in Bloom: Darla Baack, Vera Melnyk & Kathy Morawiec

Exhibit date: April 27–June 1, 2018

Reception Date: May 18, 2018

Darla Baack, Sun and Moon, Stained glass

Darla Baack, Sun and Moon, Stained Glass

 

This beautiful exhibit features works from three Northwest artists; Kathy Morawiec, who paints loose, lively, colorful flowers, Vera Melnyk, who produces mosaic of complex textures and patterns and Darla Baack, who creates luminous works in stained glass. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center celebrates Downtown Medford’s annual Art in Bloom Festival with an exhibit that features the beauty of spring. Stained glass by Darla Baack is luminous and meditative in its representation of the nature and the heavens. Vera Melynk’s bold abstract mosaics shimmer and reflect from the varied colors of stone, minerals, and glass she has acquired from her travels.    Kathy Morawiec paints large floral paintings that are as fresh and lively as the flowers they depict.

Community Gallery

Seductive Pathways: Photographs by Vivian McAleavey

Exhibit date: May 4–June 8, 2018

Reception Date: Friday, May 18, 2018

Vivian McAleavey - Seductive Pathways

Vivian McAleavey, Going Home, Photo

 

Southern Oregon artist Vivian McAleavey has wandered the American West finding magical pathways suggesting possibilities and capturing nature’s ability to soothe and inspire. This exhibit includes photographs that are dreamy and mysterious of natural wonders throughout the west.

                                      Refreshments will be served at the reception on May 18, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Ashland Gallery Association May 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association May Spotlight Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery

“Landmarks” – Oil paintings by Jenay Elder

Art sharpens our eyes to the world around us and tugs on our hearts. I have recently used a variety of techniques to create art. I often paint outdoors on the spot and I have started creating compositions in the studio based off plein air studies, photo references, sketches and notes. My motive is to depict different local landmarks and ideas that reflect my experience living in this inspiring area while attempting to convey something that is unseen. I am continually seeking out new experiences where I can form a philosophy to support my picture making while simultaneously honing my abilities and sensitivity. 

Please join us on May 4, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Art & Soul Gallery for a festive opening with Art, music, snacks and lively conversation.  Works will be exhibited through Sunday, May 27th.   For more information, please call Judy Richardson at 541-326-6960.

Image caption:  Jenay Elder, “Ashland Springs Hotel,” oil painting

Plein air painting of Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland Oregon by artist Jenay Elder

Gallerie Karon  

Artist as Poet Part ll

Examples of poetry and artwork by our artists will be on display side by side.

Artists are not often thought of as poets but in fact often are. Our April exhibit features both sides and includes new additions for the May exhibit.

The participating artists include Ken Deveney, Todd Davis, Steve Dieffenbacher and Amy Miller to name a few. Steve Dieffenbacher will lend us some of his wonderful on site sketchbooks with poetic notations as well as photographs. Todd Davis will show his poems with his photography and Amy Miller has origami poetry boxes along with her books. We have poetry books year round at the gallery. Ken Deveney is a true Renaissance Man – painter, poet, photographer and music composer. 

Painter Marc Chagall once said, ” Art seems to me to be a state of Soul more than anything else”, which is a good example of his lyric writing. 

Image caption: Marc Chagall, painting

Marc Chagall, painting

Photographers’ Gallery

John Kirk – photography

Photographer, John Kirk’s new show, “Looking Back” opens at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center Friday, April 6th during the 1st Friday Art Walk.  “Looking Back” is a retrospective of his favorite images from the past five years.

These images represent the painterly style he has developed and are some of his most popular photos.   John’s has numerous awards and his work is widely collected.

Image caption: John Kirk, “Take Me With You,” photograph

John Kirk, “Take Me With You,” photograph

Hanson Howard Gallery

Lewis Anderson, Marly Eidsness & James Hutchinson:  photography, sculpture and works on paper

Lewis AndersonMarly Eidsness and Jamie Hutchinson will be featured in May.  In this exhibit which includes photography, painting and metal sculpture each artist introduces us to new visions of the world through delicate and thoughtful fabrication and invention.  Join us for an artist reception on Friday, May 6th, 5-8 pm.  Show runs May 6th-29th.

Lewis Anderson accurately describes his art as being somewhere between photography and painting, somewhere between East and West, somewhere between contemporary and ancient. The images invite the viewer to explore quiet moments in diverse, invented landscapes full of light and shadow and symbology that emanate a strong sense of peace, solitude and mystery.

James Hutchinson‘s intuitive landscape’s are inspired by Chinese landscape work of the 10th-15th centuries. The compressed space and obsessive lines give the impression of topographic maps yet glimpses of sky and distant mountains brings you back to a sense of environment, though not one that is familiar. These landscapes have the feel of fantasy.

Marly Eidsness‘s wire mesh sculptures of birds assembled into shapes and poses we recognize as the majestic great blue heron or the mischievous raven. The birds appear shiny and reflective in direct light and in contrast, with back lighting, the layers and (intentionally) mysterious interiors of the birds are revealed.  As lighting changes throughout the day, the birds appear to change.

Image caption:  Marly Eidsness, “Problem Solver,” wire mesh

Marly Eidsness, “Problem Solver,” wire mesh

Bee Bantug and Nancy Graham featured at Art du Jour Gallery

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)
Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour.  Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour. Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Advance Release for May 2018:
During the month of May Nancy Graham’s work will again be featured in the Salon and Bee Bantug will be the featured artist on the feature wall at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford.

Guest Artist

Nancy Graham featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May.

Nancy has always been passionate about art in all forms and styles, as evidenced by the variety of subjects she likes to paint, and the varied approach to each. She was always encouraged by her mother, who was a well-known artist in California and an art instructor at Dominican College in San Rafael a number of years ago.

Although her background is painting with oils and acrylic, her current passion is teaching watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, where her classes remain full year-round. She tells us that the real thrill comes from the delight her students find when the composition comes together and there is a sudden spurt of confidence. She pushes strong value shifts of light and dark, telling her students over and over, “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
She teaches that there is more to a successful piece of art than the basic fundamentals of art theory, and she likes to experiment with a variety of styles and approaches as evidenced by the selection of pieces that will be showing at Art du Jour. Florals, landscapes, abstracts, still life’s and even a motorcycles engine are the subjects she’s chosen to show. She’s always excited to try something new and is challenged by the possibilities that watercolor brings to her artwork. However, if one were to ask her what she likes to do best, she would probably reply that she likes to paint “close-ups” where she can use her small brushes to bring out the finest details of her subjects.
Nancy holds a secondary teaching credential and art degree from UC Davis, and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Rogue Gallery, a past President of Josephine County Artists Association and a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Featured Artist for May

Bee Bantug
As the featured artist for the month of May at Art Du Jour Gallery, Bee Bantug presents “As the bee flies’’.   Not quite enigmatically titled, this body of work is part of a series celebrating the beauty and boundless bounty of Mother Earth.  And, in seemingly synchronistic timing, through this work Bee pays homage to her beloved mother and all mothers.
Technically and conceptually, her intention is to create evocative imagery using her camera as her brush and the objects and world around her as her palette. And then, pointedly never manipulating her images after the moment of creation.  Aesthetically, she likes abstracting the real and manifesting ideas that intimate at the dynamics between expressionism and impressionism to deliver a distinctly different perspective.
When asked to share how she feels about her artwork, Bee in a poetic stanza shared how “art-making lights up her inner fire: becoming, being a part of her true essence.” Completely self-taught, her work has been jury-selected at international art competitions, exhibitions and auctions the past 5 years since she began sharing her artwork publicly
Recently, Bee Bantug was featured as a Selected Artist at Artrooms Fair 2018 London, one of only two US artists among 70 international others.  Please come and enjoy creative imagery paying homage to all mothers!

Photography Contest

People's Choice Photography Contest at Art du Jour during Art in Bloom
Art du Jour will begin accepting entries for our second “Peoples Choice” Photography Contest during the last week in April.  Prospective participants should take special note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit, as visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. Top vote getter will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  The contest artists will also be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on May 18.  There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. Space will be limited. Like our Facebook page for more info or contact us at (541) 944-1933.