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September Opportunities for Art from AGA

Ashland Galleries
September Visual Arts News
September = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of fun art opportunities that are being offered to foster your inner creativity, whether it’s getting out and about or enjoying from the comfort of your own home. 

Art & Soul Gallery
Image Credit:
Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass, Sprites, Watercolor

Art & Soul Gallery
Give-Away Photo Contest! 

September 15 – 30, Anytime 

To celebrate Art & Soul Gallery’s newly featured wall, they are hosting a giveaway and photo contest. To enter, visit Art & Soul Gallery, take a photo of the wall displaying a splash, post on Instagram and/or Facebook, tag Art & Soul Gallery, and use the hashtag #SplashOnTheWall. 

1st Prize: Best Overall Photo, $75 Gallery/Framing Credit 
2nd Prize: Most Artsie Photo, $50, Gallery/Framing Credit 
3rd Prize: Most Original Photo, $25 Gallery/Framing Credit 

Winners will be notified during the first week of October. 

Fiber Arts Collective
Image Credit: 
Tanya Bemis, Untitled, Pop-Out Book

Fiber Arts Collective
Miniature Pop-Out Book Workshop with Tanya Bemis
Sunday, September 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join Fiber Arts Collective and Tanya Bemis for an afternoon of miniature bookmaking. Learn how to make a pie-shaped pop-out book with a secondary secret function. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to create one book in class while receiving materials to make an additional book at home. 

Space is limited. For those who are interested in attending, please click here

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Image Credit: 
Marianne Nielsen, Daisy, Watercolor 

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Watercolor Pet Portrait Workshop
Saturday, September 18, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Marianne Nielsen to learn how to paint your favorite animal and/or pet using watercolor and your own reference photo. This is a wonderful workshop if you’re someone who loves animals. Watercolor experience is required and registration is $50.00. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here

Dews
Image Credit: 
Dews, Untitled, Ceramic

Dews
Making Sculptures with Modified Coils, the Magic in Details
October 1 – 3, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. / 9:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. / 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


  Join Dews for a ceramic sculpture workshop at Bloom Pottery. The workshop will focus on making sculptures using modified coils. Ideas include making animals, people, urns, planters, abstracts, and more. Beginners are welcome. Don’t forget to stop by Hanson Howard Gallery to view some of Dews’ work for inspiration. 

For more information, please click here.

Art Meditations Using Color Therapy

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Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a 5-Week Acrylic Pouring Intensive with Taffy Shahbozian

Art Meditations Using Color Therapy – An Acrylic Pouring Intensive
Instructor: Taffy Shahbozian
When: Saturdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Where: Central Art Classroom
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $250 (For all 5 sessions)

Class Size: 6 to 10 students (10 max.)
Registration Required. Click here to register.

Presenting a perspective of art that is beautiful and unique. With proper instruction anyone can accomplish beautiful works of art.

This 5-week series is an introduction to the basics of pouring paint, for beginners and intermediate painters. This is a fun and creative adventure, with many styles and technics to explore.

Course Outline

Week 1 – October 2
Preparing the canvas, working with colors and mixing the paints
Different swiping technics – 3 paintings

Week 2 – October 9
Color therapy, how it affects us. Swiping Sunflowers -3 paintings

Week 3 – October 16
Sun Burst paintings -3 paintings

Week 4 – October 23
Flip cup and tilt -3 paintings

Week 5 – October 30
Finish work and varnishing
Bring: Large black plastic bag, tweezers, & a paper bag for soiled paper towels

*For more information, including a complete supplies list and class registration, visit centralartsupply.com

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Art Classes by Charity Hubbard Coming To Central Art!

Central Art Welcomes Art Classes
by Charity Hubbard Into Our Classroom!

Central Art is pleased to welcome art instructor Charity Hubbard’s art education program into our classroom space this fall! Charity is a classically-trained artist in the Rogue Valley who has been teaching youth and adults to hone and improve their artistic skills for the past 14 years.

Classes will be offered Monday afternoons (youth) and evenings (adults). Inquiries and sign-ups can be directed to Charity via email. You may also visit her website, charityhubbard.com for more information.

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Peace Like That

 

I’m a metaphorical girl—I see connections everywhere. This year, I learned the word apophenia: the tendency to look for connections among unrelated things. I’m pretty sure I have a not-so-mild case of it. Whether through simile or metaphor, I am constantly comparing unlike things to better understand abstractions. 

 

In fact, here’s a metaphor: our marriage is a fascinating case of apophenia!

 

Which brings me to rivers. I spend A LOT of time on rivers since I married a man who loves them. And this spring, I’ve wondered about that metaphorical comparison of “peace like a river” in Scripture (Isaiah 48:18, 66:12).  Spend time on even a single river, and you realize that rivers are varied: once section might be placid as a pond. The next might be a white-water “boulder garden” your husband inexplicably wants to kayak through. 

 

Peace like which part of the river?

 

Like all of it. Like: peace in all the river sections, from frog water to Class V rapids. 

 

And peace in the snags—the fallen trees and root masses that accumulate along a shore. They can impede progress. But they can also create little eddies of stillness out of the fast current and give you a place to pause before you continue your journey. I kid you not, I had that snag realization by a river one morning, and that same afternoon, Jared and I got into a massive snag-fight. We got caught on the jagged edges of stuff we’d let accumulate along our shore, but once we pressed through, we found a pool of peace. Someday, we may even remember that there can be peace in the snags, too. 

 

I have an old hymn stuck on repeat in my heart: “When Peace, Like a River.” That song has always held power for me. It was originally titled, “It Is Well With My Soul” for its famous refrain: “It is well, it is well, with my soul.” But I didn’t learn why it was so powerful until last fall, when our friend came for dinner and played us the song on his guitar, telling the back story. 

 

Horatio G. Spafford wrote the hymn in the nineteenth century. He was a prosperous businessman in Chicago. He and his wife had a son and four daughters. Things were going well—until they weren’t. They lost their son to scarlet fever. Then, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed all of Horatio’s real estate, wiping out his life savings. He decided to take his family to England to try and start over. Right before he planned to leave, a business deal arose that could help his family, so he decided to send his wife ahead of him with their daughters. 

 

The boat carrying his family shipwrecked. His wife survived, but all of their daughters died. As soon as he received the news, Horatio took the next ship to be with his wife. At one point on the voyage, the captain told him they had reached the spot where his children had drown. And there—in the place of deep loss and sorrow—he wrote a hymn of peace. Here are the first lines:

 

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

Refrain

It is well, (it is well),

With my soul, (with my soul)

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

That man’s understanding of grace takes my breath away. It makes me game to learn the currents of peace like a river. 

 

I want peace like that. 

Lara Strazdas Mini-Workshop at Central Art!

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Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a Mini Workshop with Lara Strazdas (plus watch for a 4-week intensive)

Mini Workshop – Colored Pencil 101: Introduction
Instructor: Lara Strazdas
When: Friday, October 1
Where: Central Art Classroom
Time: 1-3pm
Fee: $20
Class Size: 6-10 students (10 max.)
Registration Required.


In this mini-workshop we’ll explore: Types of pencils, their differences and similarities; good, better, best. We’ll also find out which pencils work best for various techniques, and uncover different surfaces that work well with colored pencil (some may surprise you). You’ll learn blending techniques to get rid of the dreaded graininess, as well as layers and color mixing, plus: tips for creating bokeh backgrounds, how to create realistic textures, incorporating mixed media, and much more!


But wait, there’s more! Can’t get enough colored pencils? Want to learn more? Lara will ALSO be offering a 4-week Colored Pencil Intensive held on Fridays, Oct. 8-29 from 1-4! This series will take you through a colored pencil project from start-to-finish, learning and applying even more awesome techniques. Check out our Events & Classes tab on our website for all upcoming classes and workshops, including this one! (Registration opens soon)

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Flower it Forward

 

The thoughtful Del Rio Vineyards offers our little valley a big gift: rows of U-pick zinnias below their hillsides of vines. 

The only catch? For each bouquet you pick for yourself, you pick two for others. “Flower it forward.” 

I like this double-happiness approach to “pay it forward.” Not just singly, but doubly. 

Thank you, Del Rio, for reminding us to give more than we get. I’m excited to deliver these bright gifts. 

August = Art Opportunities



Ashland Galleries
August Visual Arts News

August = Art Opportunities (And September, too!)

We’re excited to share a handful of fun art opportunities that are being offered to foster your inner creativity whether it be getting out and about or enjoying from the comfort of your own home. 

Sunset at Harris Beach
Image Credit:
Jenay Elder, Sunset on Harris, Oil on Canvas

Art & Soul Gallery
Paint Night! Sunsets


Thursday, August 19, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join Art & Soul Gallery and Jenay Elder in Paint Night! Sip wine and refreshments with your friends and learn painting techniques in a relaxed, small group setting. All materials will be provided and tickets include wine and light refreshments. Space is limited to eight people and registration is $45.00. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here

Flowers
Image Credit: 
Michael Gibson, Untitled, Acrylic 

Ashland Art Works
Figurative Drawing Demonstration with Michael Gibson

Saturday, September 11, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join Ashland Art Works and Michael Gibson for an afternoon of figurative drawing. Michael received a BFA from Houston Museum of Fine Arts. He has worked as a designer, art director, and taught life drawing, illustration, painting, graphic design, and photography at the Art Institute of Houston and the Art Institute of Seattle. His passion for art, travel, and photography continues and is reflected in his art, which can be viewed at Ashland Art Works and Pomodori Bistro & Wine Bar in Medford. 

For those who are interested in attending, please click here

Daisy
Image Credit: 
Marianne Nielsen, Daisy, Watercolor 

Grants Pass Museum of Art

Watercolor Pet Portrait Workshop

Saturday, September 18, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Marianne Nielsen to learn how to paint your favorite animal and/or pet using watercolor and your own reference photo. This is a wonderful workshop if you’re someone who loves animals. Watercolor experience is required and registration is $50.00. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here

Gardenia with Chardin
Image Credit: 
Michael Lynn Adams, Gardenia with Chardin, Oil

Michael Lynn Adams
Gardenia with Chardin Oil Painting Demonstration 



Ongoing 

Join Michael Lynn Adams from the comfort of your own home to learn more about oil painting and his creative process. Michael provides step-by-step instructions to recreate one of his paintings in addition to a time-lapse video of his process from start to finish. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here




Silvia Trujillo August Classes & New Works

At the end of the month, I’ll be resuming teaching at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, OR with a mini-workshop called “Improve Your Paintings – 101”. The class is for anyone who wants to advance their painting and drawing skills with me- a teacher who has loads of experience, and a knack for personal coaching. The class is Thursday, August 26 from 1-4 pm / $25 cash, PayPal, or checks only. Contact me directly to reserve your spot.


 On August 28, 10am- 5pm, Rogue Gallery in Medford is hosting my all-day workshop ( see attached flyer) “ Composing the Landscape”.  There is still time for you to sign up!  Call or email them directly to sign up. If you have questions email me here, but enrollment is through the gallery only.


I’m pleased to say that 3 of my works were accepted in the “Haystack Rock” show in the Cannon Beach Gallery! The show is up and running until August 29.  If you’re in the area be sure and stop by to see the many artistic variations of that awe-inspiring Haystack!


And here are some of my recent works done en plein air. 

All of the Above


On one of the rare weekends this summer we weren’t camping, my husband and I attended our church’s outdoor service. We sat beneath an umbrella on a beautiful morning, the sky broad above us. Our friend, Niesje was leading worship. Before beginning a song about bringing Heaven to Earth, she reminded the congregation that, with God, anything can happen. 


God often speaks to me in wordplay (I like to call Him the Wordsmith). As Niesje spoke, I heard in my heart the phrase “all of the above.” Such words and phrases usually arrive simultaneously with layers of meaning, and it can take me a moment to unfurl them. One layer to “all of the above” was Heaven, as in: all of what is higher, all of what is possible. At that moment, beneath the expansive sky, I was reminded of the vastness of possibility. 


But “all of the above” also referred to that pesky option on multiple-choice tests. 


I was never a good test taker. I could study, and I did—hard. But because I didn’t have the knack of knowing what test makers expected, I spent way too much time trying to memorize things instead of learning their context and how they worked together. 


When required to answer essay questions, I could “show” my work and explain nuances, which helped. But for multiple choice tests, there is just one right answer. Pretty black and white. Unless there is the shades-of-gray option D: All of the above. 


In school, I loved and hated “all of the above.” It meant there was more than one correct answer (which I secretly believed about most everything). But it also meant I’d have to know the subject well enough to know that A, B, and C were all correct, too. 


That Sunday beneath the Heavens, I recognized that I’d been slipping back into old patterns of limited, either/or thinking—of believing I’d have to choose just A, B, or C. I was reminded that God is big enough to be both/and—even big enough to offer an alphabet-length set of options and for all of them to be possible! He is big enough to offer all of the above.


I was recently reading about dialectics, which is basically a fancy way to say “both/and” thinking. It’s the paradox of seemingly contradictory things being true, like feeling sad and hopeful at the same time. In other words, there is usually more than one “correct” answer—or at least more than one way to arrive at it. 


Life will throw tests at us—both essay and multiple choice. But it helps to remember that God offers more answers than any test key. It also helps to remember that He is not sitting around in Heaven with a big red pen, waiting to tally our mistakes and write a low score across our lives. In fact, I have a feeling God isn’t really into tests. Humans? For some reason, we seem to like them. So here’s a test on subject matter I’m trying not to memorize but to learn, to embody: 


A. God is not a test maker, waiting to fail us


B. God is love, and love is BIG: bigger than our closed either/or thinking and bigger than our most open and noble imaginings


C. He invites us to dream with Him and Heaven—to get to know Him well and to embrace the mystery of what we do not know


D. All of the above

 

 

Ted Nuttle Workshop

Ted Nuttall Workshop Painting Faces from Photographs

Ted is a graduate of Colorado Institute of Art, a figurative artist whose painting expression was born out of his observation of people. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, San Diego Watercolor Society and enjoys Master Signature Status with both the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Watercolor West.

His paintings continue to win awards in juried exhibits throughout the country and his work is featured in numerous national and international art publications.

Artist Statement


For as long as I can remember, I have been a fascinated spectator of human behavior-the quintessential people watcher. I naturally seek the unique character in everyone I encounter. Often, as I observe someone in his or her everyday environment, I am rewarded with a moment when a gesture or expression combined with the play of light and shadow. My paintings are an attempt to compose and thoughtfully record the nuances that transfixed these moments, these stories in my mind.

Objective


My passion is painting people, I paint from photographs. In the demonstration portion of my workshops, I discuss anatomy, expression, emotion, light, color, composition – and the benefits of working from a photographic reference. Naturally, I employ my experience as a watercolorist in my instruction.

More important though is my intent to cultivate, in each workshop participant, an awakening to how and what an artist might be thinking as they approach a painting. My desire is for each class member to discover enriched thinking and seeing skills that can translate to any medium or subject. And, I believe ardently that these lessons apply, regardless of the skill level of the student.


Format


Through a balance of demonstration, presentation, and one on one instruction, I share my philosophical approach – plus I introduce other artists’ work for the purpose of exploring what they may have been thinking in their use of color, composition and light. My goal is to provide, in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, an enjoyable hands-on learning experience-and to facilitate a heightened awareness that each participant can use in his or her work and in their daily lives.

Ted will be teaching a 4 day workshop in Jacksonville Oregon from September 20th to the 23rd from 10 to 4 each day.

His knowledge and exceptional care and support of his students makes these workshops, much more than time well spent. You will leave with a greater sense of the medium that you love and the tools to create images, portraits and more. The environment with Ted is always comfortable, conversations, discussions, slide shows and music encompass each day, plus individual time with Ted that is always productive. Anne Brooke, student for 3 of Ted’s classes, [email protected]

As a long term student of Ted’s I have learned to see, think and paint in
a much more creative way. His ability to make students feel comfortable and enthusiastic makes his classes so worthwhile. Any of us will benefit from his expertise. Susan Kelling, four time class student, [email protected]

Please plan to join us, a deposit of $295 must be made by August 2nd to secure your space. $300 is due by September 1st. More information is on the registration form.