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Open Studios: How Art is Made - Grants Pass

Get inspired by 23 artists in 18 studio locations throughout Josephine County. Artist’s whose studios are located south of the Rogue River have their studios open on 9/23 & 9/24. The next weekend, 9/30 & 10/1, artists whose studios are north of the Rogue River have their studios open. Both days the studios are open 10 am – 5 pm.
Tickets for the event are $20 per adult. The map of all the studio locations is the ticket. And for the first 150 tickets we have an Artist Guide Book, featuring photos of each artist’s work, and their artist statements. It is a 52 page, 6” x 9” book.  Attendees can visit as many studios as they like, over the course of the 4 days.
We also have a Preview Exhibition in the Grants Pass Museum of Art from 9/20 through 9/28. We have an artist opening (everyone is welcome!!) on Wednesday, September 20th from 5 – 6:30 pm. Admission is always free at the Museum.
 Open Studios How Art is Made Grants Pass and Josephine County this September
Check out the Facebook page with posts about each individual artist. https://www.facebook.com/openstudiosgp/

J. Ellen Austin Memorial Service

The Ashland Community is saddened to learn of J. Ellen’s passing.

Remembering JEGA

J. Ellen Austin Memorial Service

Jane Ellen Gilson Austin
July 1,1925 – November 3, 2015

Join Friends and Family to Celebrate J Ellen Austin’s Life and Legacy

Sunday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ashland Community Center
59 Winburn Way
in Ashland’s Lithia Park

Open a New Window, Open a New Door!

Artist, stone sculptor, JEGA gallery owner, visionary, entrepreneur, pioneer, activist, role model, rebel, debutante, feminist, learned and athletic, traveler, wife, mother of four, grandmother of two – dedicated to learning, growing, giving and laughing.

“Pourquoi Pas?”

For more information please phone
541 488-2474
email [email protected]

J. Ellen’s final installment, Italian Translucent Alabaster, “Passing Through”, can be visited at the Scenic Hills Memorial Park at 2585 E Hills Dr, Ashland, OR 97520.

In lieu of flowers, consider fighting for the ARTS by donating to the JEGA Student Art Fund by contacting the Ashland Gallery Association
P.O. Box 241 | Ashland, Oregon 97520 | 541-488-8430

Remembering J Ellen Austin : Memorial Service January 17

We Take Over the Perceiving Freedom Sculpture in Cape Town

Working with several advocates for the decriminalization of sex work, we took over the controversial sculpture “Perceiving Freedom” in Cape Town. The action was the culmination of our School for Creative Activism workshop in Cape Town.

Selected Press

Press release below

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SELFIES TO PARLIAMENT: SEX AT THE SPECS

The “Perceiving Freedom” glasses sculpture on Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade looking towards Robben Island, commemorates late President Nelson Mandela and the values of freedom and equality. Human rights activists, including from Sonke Gender Justice, Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and SWEAT, will be honouring the lives lost in the “Sizzlers massacre”1 that took place in 2003 when nine men—seven sex workers—were murdered in Sea Point. The activists will erect a three meter mirror in front of the spectacles, symbolically directing the spectator’s gaze westwards towards where the Sizzlers gay massage parlour used to operate from.

The demonstration will raise awareness about the harmful laws used against sex workers in South Africa and the rest of the continent. Twelve years since the Sizzler massacre—and more than 20 years into democracy—South Africa still criminalises sex work and by doing so increases violence, discrimination, and intolerance against sex workers. Furthermore, the criminalisation impedes national responses to HIV. UNAIDS reports that female sex workers are 13.5 times more likely to be living with HIV than other women.

The criminalisation of sex work drives sex workers underground and increases stigma, which creates obstacles for sex workers to access vital health, legal, and social services. Considered criminals, sex workers are vulnerable to human rights violations and even violent death. Just two weeks ago, a sex worker was brutally murdered in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Activists will create a “spectacle at the spectacles”, encouraging passers-by to interact with sex workers and ask them questions. They will be invited to take selfies to tweet government officials demanding the decriminalisation of sex work. Pictures from the day will be available at the hashtags ‪#‎spexxx‬ and ‪#‎decrimsexwork‬.

Media Contacts:
Ruvimbo Tenga – Sisonke Sex Worker Movement – 072 885 6141
Marlise Richter – Sonke Gender Justice – [email protected]
Lesego Tlhwale – SWEAT – 021 448-7875

We Take Over the Perceiving Freedom Sculpture in Cape Town

Working with several advocates for the decriminalization of sex work, we took over the controversial sculpture “Perceiving Freedom” in Cape Town. The action was the culmination of our School for Creative Activism workshop in Cape Town.

Selected Press

Press release below

Images

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SELFIES TO PARLIAMENT: SEX AT THE SPECS

The “Perceiving Freedom” glasses sculpture on Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade looking towards Robben Island, commemorates late President Nelson Mandela and the values of freedom and equality. Human rights activists, including from Sonke Gender Justice, Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and SWEAT, will be honouring the lives lost in the “Sizzlers massacre”1 that took place in 2003 when nine men—seven sex workers—were murdered in Sea Point. The activists will erect a three meter mirror in front of the spectacles, symbolically directing the spectator’s gaze westwards towards where the Sizzlers gay massage parlour used to operate from.

The demonstration will raise awareness about the harmful laws used against sex workers in South Africa and the rest of the continent. Twelve years since the Sizzler massacre—and more than 20 years into democracy—South Africa still criminalises sex work and by doing so increases violence, discrimination, and intolerance against sex workers. Furthermore, the criminalisation impedes national responses to HIV. UNAIDS reports that female sex workers are 13.5 times more likely to be living with HIV than other women.

The criminalisation of sex work drives sex workers underground and increases stigma, which creates obstacles for sex workers to access vital health, legal, and social services. Considered criminals, sex workers are vulnerable to human rights violations and even violent death. Just two weeks ago, a sex worker was brutally murdered in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Activists will create a “spectacle at the spectacles”, encouraging passers-by to interact with sex workers and ask them questions. They will be invited to take selfies to tweet government officials demanding the decriminalisation of sex work. Pictures from the day will be available at the hashtags ‪#‎spexxx‬ and ‪#‎decrimsexwork‬.

Media Contacts:
Ruvimbo Tenga – Sisonke Sex Worker Movement – 072 885 6141
Marlise Richter – Sonke Gender Justice – [email protected]
Lesego Tlhwale – SWEAT – 021 448-7875

Impressions

From March 6th through April 26, the theme for the Art Presence Art Center exhibit is “Impressions.” Members will be using all media to express their impressions of a variety of subjects. Come and meet the artists at a reception on March 7th from 12 to 3.Ships in the mist, Patrick BesteExhibited will be “Ships in the Mist” by Patrick Beste,Golden Horse“Golden Horse” by Ron Moore, and apologies to Gaugin“Apologies to Gaugin” by Anne Brooke.

The gallery is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, located in Jacksonville next to the Courthouse.
We begin an exciting new venture on March 6th as well, featuring local writers, novels, travel guides, cook books, movie histories, memoirs, join us to meet these authors, listen to readings. Most of the books are for sale and will be signed by the authors. The readings will occur at the reception on March 7th from 1 to 3, with Steve Carlson, Diana Coogle and Anna Elkins. Don’t miss this.

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A Visit To It’s A Burl

Monday’s I usually share what I have been doing in my studio for the previous week. This week I’m sort of playing hooky from my studio. For some time now I’ve been taking the last week of January off. Rather than go away, this year I’m staying home and having a staycation.

It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon.

I’m walking the streets of Ashland and Medford and Grants Pass, checking out new and old shops for inspiration. I’m eating out at least one meal a day. I’m visiting friends. And, Saturday I went to visit one of my favorite places, It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. It’s located on Highway 99 between Grants Pass and the Oregon coast, near Cave Junction.

The front doors to the Gallery at It’s A Burl.

It’s a Burl is where I get all the burl wood for the bottoms of my Earth Spirit Vessels. It’s a magical place that reminds me of the feeling I had while reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It’s feels almost like a fantasy with wizards and wood elves.

This burl wood sculpture looks as though it could be from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

There is a Gallery which has incredible carvings by master woodworkers and carvers. There are clocks and bowls and furniture and things only an artist could imagine.

Wouldn’t this burl wood love seat make a spectacular statement in a living room?

Outside there is the yard where you can purchase hunks and slabs of burl wood. There’s a biplane that dangles in midair, an 8 foot wooden rooster and numerous multi story tree houses.

One of the tree houses at It’s A Burl.

Harvey and Joy Shinerock opened It’s A Burl in 1987. Harvey was a woodcarver who started working burls in 1977. Their grandson, Will, is the one who helps me pick just the right burl wood for the bottoms of my vessels. He even slices the slabs for me. My favorite wood is usually maple, but on Saturday I found a beautiful willow burl that I had to purchase.

Here is where I found my latest burl wood purchase.

In addition to the Gallery and the Gardens, there is burl wood that you can purchase. There are buckets full of small pieces of wood, but I just love wandering through the open shed like structures that house slabs and chunks of various types of burl wood. They are organized by wood type.

Daniel ‘s bench will be in the Gallery later this week.

On Saturday’s trip, I watched Daniel as he was finishing his latest creation, a bench. Daniel is a wood carver, but he said that every once in a while he just has to make a piece of furniture. This bench will be finished and in the Gallery later this week.

This bicycle is made out of burl wood. I’m not sure if It really can be ridden.

It’s a Burl is a fun place to visit. It’s easy to get lost wandering through the Gallery, Gardens and The Yard. There’s so much to see.

This wise old owl is in the Gallery at It’s A Burl.

If you would like to see how I make the burl wood into a base for one of my Earth Spirit Vessels, you can check out this Studio Snapshot.

This is a full sized horse made out of burl wood. It’s on the porch outside the Gallery.

Happy staycationing, Candy

May News and Events from Cheryl D. Garcia!

The Great Metal Works
Metal Art by Cheryl D. Garcia   
April 30th, 2014

“Pulse” at Red Lily Vineyards

Experience an awakening of your senses and the renewal of Spring with Cheryl D. Garcia and “Pulse“, a selection of fine metal art debuting at Red Lily Vineyards.  The metamorphic colors and curving metal of the “Pulse” works complement Cheryl’s regal ten foot tall “Bolander’s Lily” sculpture and twelve foot bottle tree both on permanent display on the Red Lily grounds.  The artist will be available to discuss her current work as well as the history of her giant sculptures during this event on Sunday, May 18th 2014 from 11 – 5 PM.

Corresponding with the Applegate Valley Uncorked barrel tasting and food pairing, the artist’s reception will feature appetizers and wine tasting.

Red Lily Vineyards 11777 Highway 238  

Between Ruch and Applegate [Red Lily’s Website]

Tasting Room 541-846-6800 || Artist 541-840-6243


The Great Metal Works at
Ruth Bancroft Garden’s 20th Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Walnut Creek, CA

  Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D. Garcia has been selected to exhibit sculptures at the Ruth Bancroft Garden during their 20th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit.  For one month every year, the Ruth Bancroft Garden transforms into an outdoor art gallery.  The Garden’s world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works.  Meandering pathways lead to artworks from major Bay Area artists. There will be a kickoff reception and preview party on Friday, June 13th from 5:30 to 8 PM featuring catered food, local wine and live musical entertainment.

  Cheryl will be available to discuss her artwork throughout Saturday. Dads get in free for a special Father’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 15th which includes live music by the Ancenstral Water Band.  Reserve a spot for a unique wine, food and music experience in the garden with Dogbone at the Art & Jazz Sunset Social on Friday, July 11th from 5 – 8  PM.  

For more information or to purchase tickets to the events at the garden please visit the [Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Website]


Southern Oregon Magazine’s
Best Local Artist
2014 award
We were delighted to discover that Cheryl had been recognized as the “Best Local Artist” awarded by the readers of Southern Oregon Magazine for an amazing third consecutive year. Cheryl is honored in their Spring 2014 issue for her innovative designs and monumental public art installations such as the “California Poppies” on South Stage Road outside Jacksonville. We are very touched and honored that Southern Oregonians picked Cheryl and her artworks as outstanding in our region. Thank you so much to our fans who voted! The magazine is available on newsstands and in select business locations through July. Find out more about Southern Oregon and magazine locations at [Southern Oregon Magazine’s Website]

 


Newsletter Special!

 Oregon Lifestyles Television’s Terri-Lynn Kalhagen visited the Great Metal Works to interview Cheryl D. Garcia and document her creative process.  Here is the segment they filmed that will be appearing on stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
 
 

 Cheryl’s Message

I am humbled when I sit back to reflect on my life and the fortunes of a well developed art career. I am so Blessed to have found a niche where my art is not only accepted, but sought after. I believe that the expertise and relationships forged through my years of metalworking has given me the success I enjoy today.

The results of that success has turned into multiple commissions for private homes and public spaces spanning well into 2015. There is great excitement for me in designing artwork to fit a space in someone’s life. Knowing that my work will be enjoyed for many years to come, keeps me striving to do my best.

Many of my inspirations land in a sketchbook waiting for the time to develop the idea further. Having deadlines to meet doesn’t allow for a whole lot of extra time to create artwork for exhibits. One of the most enriching moments as an artist is to show my work to a wider audience and watch the enjoyment my work creates. This year, with so much work lined up, I am able to have only a couple of public shows. The only local showing this year will be at Red Lily Vineyards on May 18th from 11-5, then off to the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek for the 20th annual sculpture in the garden exhibit running from June 13th through July 13th. Thank you for coming with me on my journey as an artist. I hope to see you at one of the shows this Summer!
  

Of Interest

Red Lily Vineyards

Ruth Bancroft Gardens

Kaleidoscope Pizzeria

SO Artists Resource

South Stage Cellars


Audubon Society

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

BIRDS, BEASTS AND BEAUTY – THE GENESIS TO REVELATION ALLIANCE WITH ANIMALS

Fine Art traveling exhibit opens October 3rd – 26th  at Pacific Rim Gallery

                Dan Chen The Fall      West Coast tour

 

 

 

2012/2013 6 city tour

Fort Worth, Sedona, San Diego, Ashland, Eugene, Portland

                On October 3rd  the animals of the Bible will once again  “speak” from the walls the compelling story of God’s love and redemption as the elements of the gospel visually unfold.  “Birds, Beasts and Beauty” is a fine art visual journey with the animals of the Bible on this 5th stop of its 6 city tour.   From Genesis to Revelation guests experience their magnificence, their prominence, and their uniquely designed connection with the heart of God and man. Including works by nationally acclaimed artists Dan Chen, Ron DiCianni (the Resurrection Mural), Michael Dudash, Chris Hopkins, Tom duBois, Mick McGinty, Frank Ordaz, Mary Jane Q Cross, with Kara McGhee, Jim Lamb plus historic masters and more.  The show will continue to Concordia University in Portland in February of 2014.

     Raptor for demo

Live painting

and sculpting demo

with birds from

Cascade Raptor Center

Oct. 3rd 7:00 pm

at the Gala Opening

Special events will also include :  
  • Gala Opening, Thursday night, Oct. 3rd  at 7:00
  •  Featured stop and guided tour Friday, October 4th on the Lane Arts Council  first Friday Art Walk at 6:00 p.m. with live music and refreshments.
Regular hours: Open Thursday & Fridays noon to 6 pm
and Saturdays noon to 5pm
The  exhibit is free to the public. Donations welcome

 For more information or to set up a group tour contact

Sandi Grubbs at 541-221-0097

See www.birdsbeastsandbeauty.com or [email protected].

Most original art is for sale and prints are also available of many of the works. Begin a legacy of impacting Biblical art in your home, office or church by purchasing today. Contact us now.

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Enjoy the exhibit via the  Birds, Beasts and Beauty Fine Art publication

 Birds, Beasts and Beauty 

 art exhibit publication 

See and enjoy this art with your children and grandchildren by ordering the  exhibit fine art publication of this exquisite exhibit.  With insightful excepts by author Randy Alcorn and accompanying Scriptures this 44 page publication takes you on a artistic Biblical journey with contemporary artists and historic masters.

 Order now.  $20 and FREE shipping

 

2012/2013 Exhibit locations:

Fort Worth, Texas 

 Aug 3rd – 30th, 2012, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Sedona, Arizona

  October 4th – Nov. 4, 2012

  Wayside Bible Chapel, Uptown Sedona, 401 n. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ

Temecula, California (San Diego) 

      March 25 – April 11, 2013  Rancho Community Church and Schools

Ashland, Oregon  

July 25th – July 31st, 2013,   Pioneer Hall at Lithia Park

    Portland, Oregon (Feb. 2014)

     Concordia University

Rogue Gallery & Art Center exhibit: Tao Duo: Tamae Frame & Annette Gurdjian

taoduo_postcardimageJuly 12 – Aug. 16, Reception: Friday, July 19, 5-8:00pm


Oregon artists Tamae Frame and Annette Gurdjian display artistic interpretations of interpersonal, spiritual experiences. Tamae Frame’s figurative ceramic sculpture embodies the peaceful and timeless nature of inner calm.  Annette Gurdjian’s mixed media works combine photography and painting to depict haunting narratives inspired by her personal experiences.  

The Tao Duo: Tamae Frame and Annette Gurdjian exhibit contrasts two artists who explore deeply personal and spiritual experiences. Working from the base upward, Tamae uses slab-built techniques in constructing her 17 ceramic figurative sculptures. Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian Hindu sculptures, Mesoamerican clay figures, and Japanese Buddhist statues, she seeks to create the subtle impressions of inner life. Annette combines photography with oil painting in the 22 paintings on display. Glimpses of photographic images among the texture of paint create haunting dreamlike images. She works intuitively reflecting on strong influences in her life including her Armenian heritage. Frequently she depicts human conflict and struggles, the beauty and pain of existence.

 

Tamae Frame was born and raised in Japan. She studied fashion drawings and watercolor painting at the Setsu Mode Seminar in Japan. In 1992 she came to American to study at the Penland Scholl of crafts in North Carolina. A successful jewelry artist, she decided to change artistic mediums and began sculpting in clay in 2004. Her work displays the human figure in a fluid, sensuous, and spiritual state. She resides in Gresham, Oregon.

 

Annette Gurdjian graduated with a BFA in Visual design (Photography) from University of Oregon. She has been awarded the Oregon Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship grant on two occasions. Annette has exhibited throughout the northwest. Her paintings create strong images of inner struggles and conflict. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

 

 

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 www.roguegallery.org.

 

Full Time Job Opning for Art Teacher at N. Medford HIgh School!

We received word on Friday from Nance Louise, who teaches drawing and painting full time at 
North Medford High School, that there is a job posting available for a full time art teacher 
specializing in ceramics, sculpture, and/or graphic arts.
For more details and to download an application, click here to visit the employment opportunity 
page for this position at the Medford School District website. (That information and download 
link are reposted below). 

Deadline for application is July 19.
North Medford High School
Job Title: Art Teacher
Closing date: 07/19/2013
Closing time: 4:00 PM
Job Class: Certificated
Job Hours: 186 days
Salary: $33,115 – 64,196 per year
2012-2013 licensed salary schedule (to be updated for the 2013-14 school year)
Description:

Permanent 1.0 FTE to begin with the 2013-14 school year

Must be able to teach one or more the following:

  Ceramics
Graphic Arts (digital)
Sculpture

Valid Oregon teaching license with an Art endorsement – ML/HS level

A complete application package to include the following:

  • Certificated application (attached below)
  • Cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position
  • Resume
  • 500 word writing sample indicating your views on Effective Instruction or  Classroom Management
  • Three letters of reference
  • Valid Oregon teaching license with appropriate endorsement(s)

 The District shall give preference to the employment of bilingual, bicultural candidates who speak English and Spanish in both certified and classified positions, all other qualifications being equal.

 

 

The Medford School District is a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education and to be contributing community members.

 

The Medford School District complies with provisions of the Fair Employment Practices Act and Title IX Regulations in employment, educational programs and activities; and in support of employment practices free of barriers to disabled persons and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, provides reasonable accommodations necessary upon request and appropriate notice. For further information or assistance contact the Director of Human Resources at (541) 842-3625. Speech/hearing impaired person may reach the district via TDD at (541) 842-3625 or through the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 1-800-735-2900.

 

Click here to download a job application in PDF format
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Good Luck!