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Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW

Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW ​presents over 20 women artists for a representation of power found in the feminine mystique and, ultimately, communicates an inspired message that will leave viewers uplifted, hopeful, and with a little joy in their heart.

Center on Contemporary Art Northwest Mystics 2019

From December 5 through 21, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents, “Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW.” CoCA will wrap up their 2019 year of amplifying the voices of women and femme-identified artists with an exhibition, not only of women, but also works from select CoCA members. A 2019 Mayor’s Arts Award recipient, CoCA has been an artistic staple in Seattle since 1981 and continues to challenge the status quo while exploring cultural assumptions and highlighting the essential role of art in a global conversation.

“Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW” will include a wide variety of artists from different backgrounds to include a musical performance, sculpture, painting, and video, as well as lighted animatronic motion-sensitive “flowers” by Sena Clara Creston that engage directly with visitors. Additional artists in the show include Amina Maya, Anya Gudimova, Aramis Hamer, Babs Fulton, Cathy Sarkowsky, Christy Bailey, Eliaichi Kimaro, Jenny Jun Smith, ​Jocelyn Beausire, ​Kree Arvanitas, KT Hancock, Michelle Friars, Minhi Wimplempeck, Ouija Boob, Polly Purvis, Sandi Bransford, Sonya Stockton, Shima Star, ST Rivera, Vian Nguyen, and Victoria Raymond.

This show is inspired in part by the life and work of gallery owner and catalyst for the Northwest School, Zoë Dusanne as she celebrated the ingenuity and unflappable spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Her life, work and dedication to creating and holding space for contemporary art is one that CoCA deeply identifies with. Dusanne was also a trailblazer of her time as the first African-American woman to open her own gallery, a working single mother and, along with her parents, a founding member of the Seattle chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1947, Dusanne built a home in Seattle specifically designed to double as an art space, which she opened to the public in November 1950. Dusanne’s persistence and dedication to presenting artists, who would later be known as the “mystical” painters from Northwest School, resulted in a feature in ​Life ​magazine in 1953 and propelled the Northwest School to national prominence. Unfortunately in 1958, her home and gallery were demolished in order to accommodate the construction of I-5—something Seattleites can still relate to today.

CoCA’s nod to the Northwest School’s history is visible in landscapes such as one with a twist by Jenny Jun Smith or nature-inspired abstracts with a dark misty palette by Cathy Sarkowsky. In contrast to the Northwest School artists, this show displays a visceral sensuality and playfulness of the feminine mystique. Some works speak directly to the current social climate, such as ST Rivera’s ink on paper piece titled “Machismo;” Vian Nguyen’s oil painting, “Torn;” and Victoria Raymond’s 3D mixed media collage, “Grit.” “Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW” is a visual representation of the beautiful struggle of the feminine and, ultimately, communicates an inspired message that will leave viewers uplifted, hopeful, and with a little joy in their heart.

 

Exhibition Runs December 5 – 21, 2019.
Opening Reception, on December 5, 2019, 6-9pm, part of Pioneer Square Art Walk and includes a musical performance by Ouija Boob at 7:30pm.
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
More info: ​cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/northwest-mystics-2019

October 2019 News from Columbia Center for the Arts

First Friday Gallery Opening Reception
October 4, 6-8pm
October Art Exhibitions
Best of the Gorge — Juried show
Ted Olson — the eastern gorge
Claire Dibble — Columbia River Source to Sea
Schedule:
  • Juror’s talk and awards: 6:30pm
  • Claire Dibble artist talk — Columbia River Source to Sea7pm in the Theater
  • Nancy Richardson Fischer book signing — The Speed of Falling Objects: 6-8pm
Best of the Gorge
October 1-26
Opening Reception:
October 4, 6-8pm

Our relationship with this landscape and its people is what the Best of the Gorge exhibition is about, as artists create work that speaks directly to their connection to place.

Ted Olson’s
the eastern gorge

October 1 – 26
Opening Reception:
October 4, 6-8pm
oak savanna, open grassland, fields of wildflowers, broken basalt buttes and, of course, the sky
September – October
Opening Reception:
October 4, 6-8pm (With a talk by the artist!)
A solo paddling expedition and social-engagement art project that will cover all 2000 kilometers of the Columbia River.
Suzy LaRuffa
at Windermere Realty

through October

Portland,OR Mixed Media Artist inspired by nature, in love with texture!

September – October
Enjoy a glass of wine and the bright and whimsical paintings of Charlene Rivers at Cathedral Ridge Winery through the end of September.
Volunteer at CCA! 

As a nonprofit organization, Columbia Center for the Arts depends upon the generous support of our volunteers to sustain a growing array of educational programs, art exhibitions, and performing arts events.

Submit your volunteer application today and receive a complimentary event ticket!

Copyright © 2019 Columbia Center for the Arts. All rights reserved.

CCA’s mailing address is:
215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, Oregon 97031

September 28th is International Rabbit Day!

One of my studio partners, and former shelter bunny, Mr Bean, is a model for the Bun Fund Spay/Neuter Campaign Fundraiser this year. Love this boy!

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Rogue Gallery Special Reception Sept. 27: The Cutting Edge

Rogue Gallery & Art Center Special Reception on September 27, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

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The Cutting Edge: Ceramics by Baba Wagué Diakité & Collages By Penda Diakité

September 27 – November 8, 2019

Main Gallery Exhibit

 

Opening reception to meet artist Baba Wagué Diakité and Penda Diakité, September 27, 5;30 – 8:00 pm

B Wague Diakite bowl

This exhibit features a collaboration of father and daughter artists, Baba Wagué Diakité and Penda Diakité. Ceramic artist Baba Wagué Diakité and collage artist Penda Diakité create vibrant work featuring expressive narratives. Each artists has a unique approach, embracing styles and influences from contemporary to traditional, from Mali, Africa to Portland, Oregon.

Baba Wagué Diakité is an artist, author, illustrator and storyteller. He was raised in Mali, West Africa and is now based in Portland, Oregon. His work is animated with engaging figures, vitalizing the traditional forms he learned from his grandmother in West Africa by bringing them into contemporary times. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has received critical acclaim in numerous international magazines.  He is the founder of the Ko-Falen cultural center in Bamako, Mali, which promotes cultural, artistic, and educational exchange between the United States and Mali.

Cabako 3x2 Penda Diakite

Penda Diakité professional pursuits include art, film, and running her art inspired fashion line PendaWear. She is the daughter of two artists, Baba Wagué Diakité and Ronna Neuenschwander. She grew up between Mali, West Africa and Portland, Oregon. Diakité’s mixed media work meshes the vibrant colors and patterns of her Malian heritage with influences of her American urban upbringing using spray paint, acrylic and paper collage. Her work reflects traditional and contemporary themes, telling stories about identity and humankind.

Penda Diakité will present a workshop on her unique collage process on Saturday, September 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To register, visit www.roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118.

Refreshments from Harry & David will be served at the reception.

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.

Join us for Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk festivities October 4th! 

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, October 4th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Happenings!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the October Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Ashland Gallery Association

October Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Center

Autumn Art in Multiple Mediums

Our theme for October is autumn and all it brings with color, texture, warmth in layering and the merging of foliage with art.  Our featured artists include Jeanne La Rae in our main gallery.  Her show, ” Color Reflected,” showcases Jeanne’s favorite subjects, water and autumn color.  Katherine Dron will be showing her work in the upstairs lounge. Her show, ” Fragmenting Flowers explores our local, natural environment by marking paper with ink and watercolor. In our Photographers Co-op, Diana Standing is featured. Her show, “Autumn Impressions,” is a tribute both to her favorite season, Autumn, and to some of her favorite painters of the impressionist and expressionist traditions. She uses a slow shutter speed, camera motion, rare light, and in some cases an occasional breeze to achieve the desired affect.

 

Finally The Cascade Bonsai Society and local Ikebana artists will be exhibiting a collection of bonsai and art representing nature and the changing of the seasons in their show, “Living Sculpture, Connecting to nature through the art of bonsai.”  The show is in the main classroom at Ashland Art Center. The exhibit is a collection of Bonsai Society member’s finest trees, and is timed to celebrate the fall colors.

To enhance the viewers’ experience, Art Center painters’ and photographers’ work has been paired with the trees to complete each display. From rocky hillsides and mossy forest floors, to urban environments, each respective display tells its own story.

A collection of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), created by local ceramic and Ikebana artists will also be on display. These seasonal works of art will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the Art Center.

 

This is a rare opportunity to view living bonsai sculptures and celebrate the changing seasons.

Jeanne La Rae, “Mirrored Duck” painting

Jeanne La Rae, “Mirrored Duck” painting

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Diana Standing

“Autumn Impressions,” Ashland photographer Diana Standing’s exhibit at the Photographers Gallery at the Ashland Art Center opens on October 4th, the First Friday Art Walk, and continues for the month. Her exhibit is a tribute both to her favorite season, autumn, and to some of her favorite painters of the impressionist and expressionist traditions. She uses a slow shutter speed, camera motion, rare light, and in some cases an occasional breeze to achieve the desired affect.

To Diana, there’s a unique quality to the light of autumn, one that adds a profound depth and vibrancy to nature. It’s a season of many moods and constant motion, with bursts of color and abstract patterns, some bright, some brooding. It’s nature’s final gasp in all its glory as it fades into winter. She hopes to have captured this layered atmosphere in her images, with its correspondences to our deeper senses.

Diana traveled to an exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017 where her series of four still life images were finalists in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She exhibited along with 77 other women photographers from 15 different countries. She felt very fortunate to be among such a diverse, creative, and caring group of women. The trip was a reminder of the gifts the world and its people have to offer.

Diana Standing, “Standing Tall,” photograph

Diana Standing, “Standing Tall,” photograph

Art & Soul Gallery

The Joy of Color

“The Joy of Color” is born of the joy of drawing and painting outdoors. Throughout the spring and summer the Bennetts, husband and wife, have been converting these studies into larger studio paintings. They have been highly energized by new studio spaces adding a spark of color and creativity to their work. Sue Bennett debuts a new path of charmingly colorful and illustrative acrylic paintings designed to bring a smile and lift the heart. In June, 2019, Steve Bennett was awarded Signature membership in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

“We hope our show will bring a smile and a spark of joy to our viewers.” – The Bennetts

Live music of First Friday will be provided by “Sidewalk Café.”  The trio – Beth Martin, violinist and singer, Craig Martin, guitarist, and Todd Ragland, fretless bassist play swing, Gypsy jazz and bossa nova.

On display at Art & Soul Gallery from October 1 – 27.

Meet the artists at our First Friday Reception, Oct. 4th from 5 – 8 pm!

Sue Bennett, “Many Suns Maui,” acrylic painting

Sue Bennett, “Many Suns Maui,” acrylic painting

Ashland Art Works

Paintings and Sculpture

For the month of October, Ashland Artworks will be featuring paintings by Michael Gibson and wire sculptures by George Popa. Meet the artists at the First Friday Artwalk Oct. 4th from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

Michael has a passion for art, travel and photography that is reflected in his art. He is prolific, and works in many mediums, which can be viewed at Ashland Art Works. Michael will also be on the Studio Tour in October.

George’s work expresses a childhood fascination with moving things that he’s never lost. He creates his sculptures using stainless steel wire and silver solder from sketches. His work ranges from airplanes to sharks.

Michael Gibson, painting

Michael Gibson, painting

Shepherd’s Dream

In the Moment

Mixed Media by Pamela Ourshalimian

Pamela Ourshalimian has explored a myriad of mediums, but has expanded into Mixed Media.  Pamela is fascinated by perceptions of self image, and the value placed on the physical form, especially that of women, and explores the driving force behind these perceptions. Her art is an abstracted expression of personal experiences, using distortion and exaggeration of the feminine form, and to evoke a personal connection between the painting and the viewer. Her hope is that her fascination is contagious and intoxicating to the viewers of her work. Pamela is constantly reminded that there is no separation between art and her life. She says of her art, “it leads me to “being in the moment” when it’s all to easy to be thinking about what’s in the future or the past, and reminds me how grateful I am to be an artist.”

Pamela has lived throughout the country in places as varied as Santa Barbara, Michigan and Hawaii, after attending the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan in the 1960’s. She currently resides in southern Oregon, where she has learned and worked with many of the talented and skilled artisans.  Pamela continues to attend workshops in the Pacific NW, continuing to study her craft with nationally acclaimed artists. 

"I'm Considering” mixed media by by Pamela Ourshalimian

“I’m Considering” mixed media by by Pamela Ourshalimian

Please see the October Gallery Tour Map.

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Special Event!

6th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour
Come Into Our Studios…
October 19th & 20th 11 am – 4 pm
Free to public

Ashland Open Studio Tour Oct. 19 and 20 2019

During a weekend in October a group of local artists will open their private studio doors to the public for the Sixth Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is an inspiring self-guided arts tour, brought to you by the Ashland Gallery Association.  The Tour will guide visitors to a variety of artist studios in Ashland and the surrounding communities of Talent and Phoenix, while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.

We invite you to come see the creative processes behind our incredible and diverse arts community. There will be a variety of mediums, as well as demonstrations, presentations, and screenings to reveal each individual’s unique methods.

Pick up a map to the studios at Ashland Art Works on Oak Street or download off the Studio Tour website:

Visit www.ashlandost.com for more information
Facebook : www.facebook.com/ashlandost
Instagram : www.instagram.com/ashlandopenstudiotour

 

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

Art du Jour Gallery- Fall Colors, Jeanne LaRea-Lagano, and More for October 18, 2019 Third Friday

Art du Jour Gallery News October 2019:
Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be featuring Jeanne LaRea-Lagano in our salon for September through November.  Our monthly exhibit on the featured wall we will be offering a mix of work in recognition of the glorious colors of fall. For Third Friday (October 18th, 5pm-8pm) classical guitarist Rod Petrone is scheduled to perform. Please go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery) for updates.

 

"Autumn Casting Color", 24 X 24 oil painting by Jeanne LaRae-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

“Autumn Casting Color”, 24 X 24 oil painting by Jeanne LaRae-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

Guest Artist Jeanne LaRae-Lagano in Salon through November

Jeanne LaRae-Lagano has a resume listing many accomplishments as an exhibiting and published artist.  Her current duties with the Ashland Art Center includes gallery curator and manager, studio artist, window display, and instructor. She is also a board member “Artist Liaison” with the Ashland Gallery Association. In her artists statement she writes:

“I am an artist. I am enthralled with color, value, shapes, design and I can’t seem to let things go by that capture my attention. My opportunities to paint Alla Prima and Plein Air are what I love most… They are loose and fresh, and they portray what I am most excited about with the view in front of me. I began to take a strong liking to landscape painting because of the daily need to show landscaping in my renderings. I escaped outside to paint landscapes and found my love for Plein Air painting.”

“Like a composer conducting a symphony, I am in the middle of it all, I get to orchestrate the bass cello creating the darks and the main shapes, then the violins leading the viewer through the path of color with the final bells and frills of highlights and details making the light dance and the crescendo to fulfill my mission as I step back into the silence of my surroundings.”

“I was born into a family that enabled me to be who I am, as unique, true to myself, individual, creating my own path. Creative thinking was encouraged, and I decided at an early age to take a path leading to an art career. Painting is my spiritual meditation as I am connecting to my subject through my soul using my acquired knowledge to guide me on my adventurous endeavors, always exploring and pushing myself for greater personal achievements. My photography helps me paint in the studio and because it is something I love, I get lost in photographing for future paintings. I am captivated and drawn to people and I photograph their emotions as events take place. My love for photography enhances my art and my love for art enhances my photography.”

For more information on this artist go to her website at: http://www.jeannelarae.com

"Winter Approaching", 9X12 oil painting by Jeanne LaRea-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

“Winter Approaching”, 9X12 oil painting by Jeanne LaRea-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

Featured Wall Celebrating Fall Colors

Occasionally an artist scheduled for the back wall in our beautiful gallery must leave our co-operative for one reason or another before their Featured Artist month arrives. When this happens our board of directors must scramble to fill the open slot. This month we will have a combined exhibit by participating AdJ members built around the theme Celebrating Fall Colors.  We think that our friends and visitors will enjoy this presentation in recognition of the splendor of the autumn season.

Autumn Vineyard, Medford, Oregon.  Roy Musitelli photo 10/12/13

Autumn Vineyard, Medford, Oregon. Roy Musitelli photo 10/12/13

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

Art du Jour is happy to welcome two new artists into our membership ranks, Max Brown and MaryAnn Macey.  We think their work will be complementary to that of our other artists and look forward to their presence. We are still actively seeking new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our co-operative 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.

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

September 20th Rogue Gallery Exhibits for Downtown Medford’s Third Friday

       

 

 

 Rogue Gallery exhibits for Downtown Medford’s Third Friday

Friday, September 20, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

 

In the Community Gallery

Exhibit Reception: Scenes from the City: Paintings by Desmond Serratore

August 30 – October 4, 2019

Rogue Valley artist Desmond Serratore is a plein air painter working in oil, capturing urban and rural landscapes in his impressionistic style. This exhibit showcases familiar scenes from southern Oregon, from around town and out to the coast.

Desmond Serratore learned to paint working as a commercial artist. He is a member of the Artists Workshop, the Southern Oregon Artists Guild, the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Art Presence in Jacksonville, the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and the Ashland Gallery Association. This year he was awarded a Grant from The Haines & Friends Fund. His work elicits feelings of nostalgia and connection. Serratore says his paintings are his record of times past and present, capturing the ever changing landscape of our surroundings. He describes his work and his process, “Utilizing quick, abstract strokes of color, line and texture, I create abstract impressions of concrete images.”

Desmond Serratore, Jacksonville

Desmond Serratore, Jacksonville

In the Members’ Gallery

New Work from Rogue Gallery Members

September 6 – December 19, 2019

 

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center presents new artwork in our Members’ Gallery. Three times a year Rogue Gallery members submit work to be juried for exhibit in the Members’ Gallery. Over 90 works of art by 41 artists are exhibited in this gallery space. Artwork includes watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings, pastels, photography, and collage. Exhibiting artists are John Bullock, Hortense Bullock, Katy Cauker, Val Dann, Nancy Darte, Phyllis Earls, Kim Faucher, Richard Fox, Peggie Foy, Tom Glassman, Phyllis Gustafson, Claire Harkins, Nomeca Hartwell, John Hawkins, Kim Hearon, Linda Henning, Anna Hinkle, Marilyn Hurst, Joan Johnson-Deal, Paul Jorizzo, Susan Krempa, Judy Benson LaNier, Susan Lehman, Shahnaz LeRoy, Mary Ann Schofield-Macey, Jean Mailander, Vivian McAleavey, Linda Meerten, Vera Melnyk, Kathy Morawiec, Charlotte Peterson, Allan M. Rowell, Taffy Shahbozian, Pam Shay, Darlene Southworth, Kim Sterling, Greg Thweatt, Cherri Van Syoc, Zoë West, Charlotte Wirfs, and Eve Margo Withrow.

Greg Thweatt “Distractions”, oil

Greg Thweatt “Distractions”, oil

Wine and Refreshments from Harry & David will be served at the reception.

For more information contact:

Kim Hearon, Executive Director

541-772-8118

[email protected]

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.

Art du Jour September 2019 Third Friday Art Walk

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
OPEN Tues – Sat., 10AM – 4PM
Portrait Slam exhibit at Art du Jour through September.  Roy Musitelli photo 9/10/19

Portrait Slam exhibit at Art du Jour through September. Roy Musitelli photo 9/10/19

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford is currently featuring a black & white exhibit of portraiture from Portrait Slam, a group of local photographers who have collaborated to create “Bridging Generational Perspectives” to be our featured wall exhibit through September.  In our Salon Sheri Dinardi’s two-month exhibit continues to the end of the month.  For Third Friday, September 20th, 5pm-8pm we are happy to welcome back harpist Kathy Yeoman to entertain with some new material a mix of soothing sounds. Snacks and beverage will be served. For further updates go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery).

Featured Exhibit Portrait Slam

Based in Medford, Portrait Slam is an event-based organization fostering creative community, collaboration and creativity, is our featured exhibit for September.  Photographers involved in the exhibit are: Brielle Alden, Aaron Alden, Rachel Lindsey Routh, Tom Pitts, Travis Toll, Debra Thornton Photography & Rebel Louise Photography.

On June 9th, Portrait Slam organized a special photo shoot featuring six photographers, Tiffany Walker of ReFashion Consignment, and residents of Ashland’s Skylark Assisted Living & Memory Care facility. Facilitated by activity director Jeremy Johnson and his staff, the afternoon was spent in creative collaboration, laughter, storytelling, and bridging generational perspectives. Each resident modeled clothing and accessories provided and shared with the photographer’s own unique style, personality and perspective. Portrait Slam chose to present these images in black and white to emphasize that each contribution – both resident and photographer – while beautiful as an individual work of art, is also inextricably connected a more powerful whole.

For more information on this group of artists call: (541) 690-9293.

Guest Artist Sheri Dinardi in Salon through September

"Crystal Earring" by Sheri Dinardi

“Crystal Earring” by Sheri Dinardi… image provided by artist

On her website Sheri writes: “Painting for me is an expression of life. Simple everyday beauty surrounds us. I am especially moved by light, whether it is the rising sun or light spilling across the form of a person. As primarily a painter of people, I enjoy the unique privilege of standing before a beautiful living human being. It is there that you observe the beauty of the colors of light, warm and cool tones spilling over the form. Beyond the imagery is the person hood of the model that seems to emanate into the room. How does one capture it all with mere paint on a blank canvas? There is our challenge… to communicate life and beauty to our viewers. As a artist I desire to paint images that bring joy, inspiration and a sense of hope to the viewer. Most importantly, I hope to express the beauty of creation in such a way as to honor our Creator who gives us life and breath; and inspires me every day with His amazing masterpieces.”

Art du Jour gallery August and September 2019 guest artist Sheri Dinardi.

Art du Jour gallery August and September 2019 guest artist Sheri Dinardi. Photo by Roy Musitelli 8/8/19

It is a distinct honor to have a painter of Sheri’s calibre exhibiting in our Salon. For more information on this artist please go to: http://sheridinardi.fineartstudioonline.com/

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

Art du Jour continues to actively seek new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our co-operative 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.

 

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, September 6, 2019

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

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Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, September 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Venture further to explore out-skirting galleries!  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 September Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

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

 

AGA September Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Works

From the Ground Up – Clay and Wood Artistry

Featuring Bonnie Morgan & John Weston

Our Featured Artists this month are Bonnie Morgan and John Weston, highlighting Bonnie’s beautiful functional and decorative ceramics with John’s luscious wood furniture and cutting boards.

Bonnie has been working in clay for many years. Currently along with her functional work she is exploring Terra Sigillata and smoke patterns that are created during the post firing process. Creating decorative and functional pottery has been the cornerstone of her work. Bonnie enjoys making a full range of functional work including mugs, bowls, serving platters, trays, vases and teapots. Bonnie’s goal is to create pottery that can enrich and celebrate our lives.

John Weston will present his latest custom furniture pieces and assorted craft items utilizing primarily local hardwoods. John has been a member of Ashland Art Works for twelve years. Becoming a part of a cooperative of artists has inspired John to stretch his woodworking and to combine form with function. His work highlights the natural beauty found in wood and is of a quality to provide generations of use and enjoyment.

Meet the artists at First Friday Art Walk Sept 6th – 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Bonnie Morgan, Teapot - Functional ceramics

Bonnie Morgan, Teapot – Functional ceramics

Hanson Howard

Robert Schlegel, painting & Penelope Dews, ceramic sculpture

September 6th – October 1st

Artist Reception: September 6th, 5-8 pm

Bob Schlegel creates images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract. He paints in the studio and plein aire from preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and takes reference photographs as necessary. Drawing is the foundation for his work, he is tenacious with the sketch whether it be life-drawing session or in the field. Through line, contrast, texture, color and composition he explores form and shape where things in the natural world and things that are made by man collide.

Penelope Dews graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984 with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture.  She works in her studio in Ashland, OR and produces work to fire in a large Anagama wood fire kiln in the Umpqua Valley.  An ancient technique, the Anagama kiln produces ash and volatile salts which settle on the pieces and create a natural ash glaze.  Penelope uses the tone and texture unique to this process to create richly earth toned characters and objects.  This gives the pieces an ancient, stone like surface. Ranging from realistic to whimsical, these animals exude peaceful, playful expressions with a touch of the mysterious.

Robert Schlegel, Houses on Water, acrylic on canvas

Robert Schlegel, Houses on Water, acrylic on canvas

Photographers’ Gallery (Ashland Art Center)

The Sentinel of the Forest – Photography by Dan Elster

Local photographer Dan Elster’s new show, The Sentinel of the Forest, opens at The Photographer’s Gallery at the Ashland Art Center on Friday, September 6 for the First Friday Art Walk and continues through the month of September.

Northern Spotted Owls are perhaps the Pacific Northwest’s best-known wildlife species.  In the early 1990’s they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  Logging operations were suddenly curtailed and many even shut down.  To the logging communities, the owl became a symbol for government overreach and economic hardship.  To the environmentalist, spotted owls represented man’s irresponsible stewardship of the environment.  Northern Spotted Owl populations continue to decline and the long-term survival of the species is questionable.

 

In July of 2019, I accompanied a wildlife biologist in southern Oregon.  I was rewarded with a couple of the most memorable encounters to date with Strix occidentalis caurina.  I hope these images will help you see Northern Spotted Owls for what they are, (fascinating, beautiful, majestic creatures), not a symbol of a bitter political argument that has gone on for decades.

 

Dan Elster is a wildlife photographer based in Ashland, Oregon. He hopes his images serve as reminders that we don’t own the earth, we share it.

Dan Elster, Owl photograph

Dan Elster, Owl photograph

Oak Leaf Studio

The Importance of Water, pastel paintings by Leif Trygg

Water, with its reflective light properties, can be a major influence in landscape art and especially so in the pastel paintings of Ashland artist Leif Trygg at Oak Leaf Studio. Trygg’s new work Stone Bridge San Francisco is featured this month along with pictures of rivers, streams, waterfalls and the ocean. The new pastel is of Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park.

 Also on view is a small collection of dramatic Pacific Northwest photographs from Bend photographer Bob Trygg that feature water as well.

Fall Print Sale September is Oak Leaf Studio’s annual Fall print sale with all Leif Trygg prints 25% off their original price. This includes framed and loose prints.

Trygg, “Lagoon” pastel painting

Trygg, “Lagoon” pastel painting

 

Please see attached “Spotlight Exhibits” and the September Gallery Tour Map.

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OAC Update on grant awards, Art in Public Places Roster now open and the first-ever tour of our State Capitol’s art collection!

August 2019

News & Updates

Update on grant awards, Art in Public Places Roster now open and the first-ever tour of our State Capitol’s art collection!

Grant award timeline update

OSG, ALG awards to be announced in September

Due to the new biennium budget process, the announcement of grant awards for the Operating Support and Arts Learning programs is delayed until September.
The Arts Commission is awaiting a final approved budget from the Legislative Fiscal Office and the Business Oregon fiscal office, as well as action by the Arts Commission board, so that grant awards can be finalized and distributed.
Final approval of grant awards is expected at the Arts Commission board meeting in early September. Official notification of application status and funding awards will happen after the Arts Commission board meets.
In recognition of the challenge presented by awards being announced after activity starts, the staff is developing a new timeline for the next funding cycle and may move the activity start period to Oct. 1.

Eric Asakawa plays the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s current production of“Footloose” running through Sept. 1. Broadway Rose received a FY2019 Operating Supporting Grant award. Photo by Craig Mitchelldy.

Call to artists

Oregon Art in Public Places Roster now accepting applications

Regional, national and international artists are invited to submit qualifications for the Oregon Art in Public Places Roster for 2020-2022. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., MDT (Mountain Daylight Time), on Tuesday, Sept. 10. All materials must be submitted through CaFE™.
The Oregon Arts Commission manages the Percent for Art program for the State of Oregon. The Oregon Art in Public Places Roster serves as a resource for Percent for Art selection panels to identify artists most suitable for specific project needs.
The Roster is completely refreshed every three years. Artist who were selected for a previous Oregon Art in Public Places Roster must reapply to be considered for the 2020-2022 Roster.

George Johanson, “Day and Night,” 2012. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Oregon Department of Transportation.

Corvallis artist Greg Pfarr exhibits in Governor’s Office

Corvallis artist Greg Pfarr will exhibit “A Sense of Place: Time, Memory and Imagination in the Pacific Northwest” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through Sept. 26. A “meet the artist” reception is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Place has always been a central focus of Greg’s art. He grew up roaming the woods and creeks of southern Ohio, where he found his first inspiration. Early backpacking experiences in the Smokey and Rocky Mountains convinced him that he had to live near wilderness. A move to Oregon in 1980 made it possible.
An exhibit in the Governor’s office is a “once in a lifetime” honor for selected Oregon artists.

Greg Pfarr, “Three Glaciers, Prince William Sound, Alaska,” 2014. Etching and woodcut. 24 x 36 inches (image). Courtesy the artist.

American Artist Appreciation Month

First-ever tours of State Capitol art offered in August

Explore the vast art collection inside the Oregon State Capitol during American Artist Appreciation Month in August. For the first time, State Capitol visitor services will provide guided tours of the Art of the Time Collection, publicly displayed throughout the building.
Tours will depart from the state seal in the rotunda at noon Monday through Friday,
Aug. 19-30. The collection includes more than 175 American (and many regional) artists, featured on the Percent for Art Collection website.
For a schedule of upcoming events and exhibits at the Capitol, visit www.oregoncapitol.com.

Sally Haley, “Camellias,” before 1979. Acrylic on canvas. Photo: Frank Miller.

At Liberty honors Royal Nebeker

Former Arts Commissioner and beloved Oregon artist Royal Nebeker (1945-2014) is being celebrated in a retrospective of his work on exhibit at At Liberty in Bend through September.
A prominent teacher, Nebeker left a tremendous legacy of work. A broad representation of his life’s work assembled for the tribute show.
Royal once said, “This process of painting resembles looking through a night window. I peer out, observing and at the same time see the reflection of the interior conditions of my own reality. It is my intent that as the viewer peers into my painting, he will not only see a visual record of meaning in my life, but will discover the reflection of meaning in their own, as in a night window.”

Pictured at the Royal Nebeker exhibit opening: (left to right) Kaari Vaughn, a founding partner of At Liberty; Sarah Nebeker, Royal’s widow and a Clatsop County Commissioner; Hannah Nebeker, Royal’s daughter; Rene Mitchell, a founding partner of At Liberty; Jenny Green, a founding partner of At Liberty; and Brian Wagner, Arts Commission community development coordinator. .

Florence public mural celebrates local culture

“Stitching Time, Weaving Cultures,” a public mural celebrating local culture and heritage, was recently dedicated in Florence. Commissioned by The City of Florence and the City’s Public Arts Committee, the mural was created by Portland artist-team Marino-Heidel Studios.
Almost three years in the making, the mural showcases folk arts and speaks to cultural interchange. It also “stitches” together ideas that represent the Florence area. The design incorporates the iconic Siuslaw Bridge and native flora and fauna of our region and pays homage to the Siuslaw people.
The project was a partnership between enthusiastic citizens, members of the PUD, Tribal leaders and City of Florence staff.

(Left to right) Harlan Springer of the Florence Public Arts Committee, Catherine Rickbone of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and Michal Dalton, Oregon Arts Commissioner.

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