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Marketing for Creatives FREE Workshop TOMORROW at 10AM!

Medford Arts Commission logoMedford Arts Commission: Connecting people with art.

The City of Medford Arts Commission is the sponsor of a free, two hour presentation: Marketing for Creatives and Artrepreneurs on Friday, June 23rd 10AM – NOON in room 129 of the Higher Education Center at 101 S Bartlett Street in downtown Medford.

Learn tools and techniques of media and promotion to draw larger audiences to your events, increase press coverage of your creations, and reach new audiences for your art.

“This is a community event: all ages and skill levels are welcome.

You aren’t just an artist or maker or a performer, you’re a small business, an Artreprenuer, and you deserve the opportunity to present yourself as such. If you want to learn how to get the word out, this is the workshop for you.” says Presenter Josh Gross

About the Presenter

Josh Gross is an author, music editor for The Rogue Valley Messenger, and creative entrepreneur, Josh Gross, and cover tools and tactics for musicians, performance and visual artists, writers, makers, filmmakers, and more.

About the Medford Arts Commission

The Medford Arts Commission (MAC) is comprised of nine volunteer residents of Medford, a City Council liaison and a Parks and Recreation Commission liaison. Currently, the Medford Parks and Recreation Department provides a staff liaison whose responsibility is to facilitate meetings, support programs/projects and manage budgets.

Medford Arts Commission Mission Statement

The mission of the Medford Arts Commission is to enhance the quality of life in our community by supporting public art, programs, awareness and education to enable all of Medford’s citizens to enjoy

and appreciate the arts.

Upcoming Workshops with Silvia Trujillo

Upcoming Workshops with Silvia Trujillo

I’ve been at the drawing board (literally) working on three large commissions for the new Oregon Retina Center in Medford, getting work ready for my solo exhibit at The Berryman Gallery (located in the Craterian Theater), acted as juror for a member show, finished up the teen mentor project, and  recently taught a ‘Clouds & Skies’ workshop. Besides all this I’ve managed to get a bit of plein air work in and attend some open model sessions. Whew, it’s been a busy Spring, but I’m grateful for all of the opportunities! And of course I’m still showing new work at the Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.

If you’d like to keep up with my latest works and offerings, please visit my blog (link at bottom) and subscribe …

Upcoming workshops:

Oil painting of a landscape with clouds by Silvia trujillo, Ashland, OregonPlein Aire

Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 8:30am-12pm
All painting media and skill levels welcome

Location TBA

The tradition of Plein Aire (open air) painting began with the impressionists. In this class you will develop a deeper understanding of how to create a successful landscape painting. You will learn principles of composition, light/shadows, atmospheric perspective, and color temperature while working on location. Working directly from nature will help you gain a new understanding and confidence in your landscape painting.

Painting of a tree in oil by Silvia Trujillo, Ashland, OregonFix and Finish 

Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20,10am-2pm
All painting media and skill levels welcome

“Fix and/or Finish” a painting by figuring out what will benefit those pieces that are not quite working, or start a new project! The instructor will help with composition, color, and techniques to guide viewers’ eyes through your painting. Silvia has a wide range of experience with different styles and media, and will help you in mastering yours.

Hope you can make it to one or both of these!

Registration:

Summer Classes and Workshops at Rogue Gallery & Art Center

UPCOMING SUMMER CAMPS AND CLASSES

FOR YOUTH
Tie Dye Camp 
For ages 7-11, Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30 from 1-4pm
Artists will dive into vibrant colors and learn many fun designs and techniques producing bright and colorful tie dye creations.
Register Here >>

Space, Time and the Universe Painting Camp
For ages 7-11 Tuesday-Friday, July 11-14 from 9am-12pm
Students will use their imaginations to create strange new life forms including animals, plants, humans and aliens using traditional drawing techniques with demonstrations, practice, and still life supports.
Register Here >>

Manga Camp with Craig Honeycutt
For ages 11-14 Tuesday-Friday, July 11-14 from 1-4pm
Young illustrators will bring manga characters to life with helpful tips and tricks in creating anatomy, postures, hands, and hair using their favorite characters and other popular images for inspiration.
Register Here >>

See more upcoming summer camps for youth here>>

FOR ADULTS

Plein Aire Painting with Silvia Trujillo
Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 8:30am-12pm
Working directly from nature will help you gain a new understanding and confidence in your landscape painting.
Register Here >>

Go Abstract! With George Shively
Saturday, July 22,10am-2pm and Sunday, July 23, 1pm-3pm 
Create a painting in a different way and focus on pure design, as beautiful texture and dynamic light and shadow, as elegant linear patterns.
Register Here >>

See more adult workshops and classes here>>

Poets & Painters Workshop with Mindy Carpenter & Anna Elkins

poets and painters workshop with Mindy Carpenter and Anna Elkins 6/24/17 at South Stage Cellars

My talented friend Anna Elkins and I are hosting an upcoming workshop on Saturday, June 24th! It’s called Poets & Painters and will combine our love of writing, painting, words, color and imagery. We will paint an 8″x10″ very simple, loose still life, write freestyle prose poetry around the piece, paint the words into the painting, around or underneath so only you know they are there or a combination of both. Still life objects and “mise en scene” will be provided. The class will be fun, nurturing, a creative jumping off to both your writing and your art.

ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED, including light snacks. Wine available for purchase as it will be held in the lovely outdoor patio at South Stage Cellars. Class size limited. No experience necessary. This is an expressive fun workshop with no rules, just showing up for yourself.

 

The Wordbody Blog Turns Ten

Sunrise, Sunset:

Today also happens to be summer solstice—
a great reason to watch the sun set!
Ten years ago today, I started the Wordbody blog before flying off to a tiny island in Micronesia. To celebrate, I compiled an entirely random assortment of things I learned between then and now.  

1) Earplugging fear. Might as well start with the main event. Ten years ago, I flew to Saipan to teach public high school because I was afraid of public speaking. I decided it was time to face that ol’ fear. A wise man once said, “The dogs of doom bark at the door of your destiny. But when you step through the door, you usually find a Chihuahua with a megaphone.” Truth. Today, I teach locally and globally. And I do love it. It is part of my destiny. When those dogs start barking, plug your ears and keep walking.

2) Own compassion. We’ve all heard it before: we can only be as compassionate (or honoring, or respectful, etc.) to others as we are to ourselves. But it’s really, really true. We can’t give what we don’t have. Speaking of giving….

3) Give like a river. I read this somewhere, once upon a time. What you put in from where you stand on a river’s shore will likely be carried downstream. And what you receive may come to you from upriver—from an entirely unexpected, unseen source. As I continually learn this, I’m getting better at releasing the illusion of reciprocity (bonus: this is a great antidote to bitterness).

4) Some reflexes & assumptions can kill you: While driving over the Siskyou Pass in sub-zero winter behind mud-spraying semi trucks, don’t reflexively squirt the cleaner fluid on your windshield. (If you do, you have about two inches of visibility beneath the wiper line to see enough to pull over!) Assumption scenarios with fellow humans can be equally dangerous.

5) Happy day. Years ago, while traveling in Asia, I read Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Bliss. By that point, I had lived and worked on several continents, and all but North America knew to take more than two weeks of vacation a year. In Weiner’s search for what makes people happy in Thailand, he found that the Thai people are less likely to take big, long vacations. Instead, they have learned how to build breaks and rest into their everyday lives. I loved that idea. Since reading that, I’m constantly reminding myself to intersperse my freelance work day with hammock time, cups of tea, reading poetry, or just staring out the window. Happier (and more productive) me.

6) Metaphors for the “Big Lessons.As a writer, I love metaphors. As an artist, I also love visual ones. You know the adage about giving people a clean slate? I remind myself of that figurative clean slate by keeping a literal slate (aka a mini chalkboard) above my door. It’s clean—nothin’ on it. A nice reminder.

7) Low fat! Low carb! Paleo! No! While standing in a wedding buffet line in my early thirties, I picked up a piece of bread. One of the women across from me noticed and pointedly said to her friend how great she felt when she avoided bread. That comment felt like a slap on two levels: it felt shaming, and it showed me how my own “didactic diet” had likely annoyed or even hurt others. Sure, if a person has a serious disease or food intolerance, it’s wise to let people know. Otherwise, food trends come and go. Unless someone asks, it’s probably better to figure out what works for ourselves and eat it—not preach it.

8) We are spirit, mind, and body—in that order. I wrote about that in a 2011 post called “Bikini Season for the Spirit.” Reading it again was a good reminder. 

9) The best investment. As a poet/painter, I’m not exactly a Fortune-500-level investor. But a couple of years ago, I decided to give up financial insecurity for Lent. For 2-3 hours a day after work, I read books, watched instructional videos, and navigated websites to figure out how to build a nestegg. When friends asked me what I was up do, I would tell them, and we’d end up sharing our good and bad financial adventures. Over those 40 days, I realized something. The best investments are relationships. My Roth IRA may fluctuate, and the few stocks I bought certainly will, but investing in people—regardless of reciprocity (see #3)—is always savvy.


10) Mistakes are often creativity in disguise. When I first returned home from the island of Saipan, I missed the 180-degree views of sea and sky. I had watched most sunrises and sunsets. One afternoon back in Oregon, I wanted to paint with some leftover red wine. I made myself a cup of coffee but bumped into something as I went to set it down. I splashed just enough over the rim to leave a coffee ring on my paper. At first, I was annoyed. I wanted to use that sheet of watercolor paper to paint! But then, as I looked at the common “mistake” of the ring, I saw the beauty in it. I dipped the cup in wine, and voilà: a tribute to watching sunrise with one beverage and sunset with another. Here’s to seeing coffee rings and other mistakes with new eyes.
 

July Intuitive Painting Class

Reminder for Intuitive Painting Class

Watchful Eyes

Intuitive Painting With Eve

Are you ready to explore the edges of your creativity; Play with and follow the threads of visual expression; laugh with the joy available when you trust your intuition to guide you?

 

Experience and experiment with a variety of non-threatening painting processes. Artists who want to create with renewed enthusiasm as well as inexperienced artists will be delighted.

 

 

Join me for a playful afternoon on Sunday, July 9th from 12pm to 4pm. Classes are small and comfortable. Price is $50 including materials. Contact me at 541-772-6888 for more information and registration. www.evemargowithrow.com

June 2017 Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast

Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast – June 2017

June 7 2017  artblast Vivian McAleavey
Detail of Ascension by Vivian McAleavey
FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS
documentaries 2

As part of the Rogue Gallery’s Impressionism exhibit we are screening documentaries about important Impressionistic painters on Wednesdays at noon. The movies last approximately one hour. Screenings will take place in the newly renovated studio, with new comfortable chairs.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, noon: Edouard Manet​
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, noon: Edgar Degas
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, noon: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, noon: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
June 24, 2017 ALPACA TOUR AND PICNIC
alpacas

Visit the alpacas at Lone Ranch
Sunday, June 24 at noon at at Lone Ranch located at 13856 Weowna Way, White City

Rogue Gallery presents a tour and Picnic at Lone Ranch. Participants will meet at the ranch and then experience a tour by long time Rogue Gallery volunteer and Peru native Silvia Kelly. The Latin American inspired picnic will take place on the beautiful Lone Ranch grounds. Directions will be provided.
Tickets are available $35 per person includes lunch, wine and tour.
Call us at 541-772-8118

UPCOMING CAMPS AND CLASSES

FOR YOUTH

Photography Camp
For ages 11-14, Tuesday-Friday, June 20-23 from 9am-12pm
A perfect camp for aspiring young photographers. Students will learn functions of camera features including tips and tricks of the digital photography world. BRING CAMERA AND BATTERIES
Register Here >>

Tie Dye Camp
For ages 7-11, Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30 from 1-4pm
Artists will dive into vibrant colors and learn many fun designs and techniques producing bright and colorful tie dye creations.
Register Here >>

FOR ADULTS

Beginning Life Drawing 
Saturdays, June 17 & 24,10am-2pm
Learn to draw the human figure from life. This workshop will focus on techniques in gesture, contour and tone, using practical ways to study the form, function and essential proportion of the human anatomy. You will also learn processes for continued learning, making this an ideal class to take with the Rogue Studio Drawing Sessions.
Register Here >>
See more upcoming summer camps for youth here>>
See more adult workshops and classes here>>

CALLS TO ARTISTS
Interested in a one person show for your artwork? The Community Gallery in the Rogue Gallery and the Berryman Gallery located upstairs in the Craterian Theater are great places to show your work. The deadline for the 2018 shows is June 15, 2017. Click on the links below for submission guidelines:

Community Submission Guidelines  

Berryman Gallery Submission Guidelines

ASSEMBLAGE MATERIALS

A member of our community donated these materials that were found in the ground of his 100+ year property. If you would like to incorporate these into your art, please come by the Rogue Gallery and pick them up.

assemblage glass
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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.

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Summer Workshops with Karen O’Brien

Artful Gathering begins on June 6th!

 Stuff of Dreams, online class with Karen O'Brien

I would love for you to join me in my first Online class, through Artful Gathering.
Class begins on June 6th, but registration is open until June 22nd.
I will be available for live support during class.
All registered students will be entered to win an original painting at the close of class on July 17.
I hope you will consider joining me!

Stuff of Dreams, by Karen O'Brien, Grants Pass, Oregon

Artful Gathering Summer Session 2017

New Studio Workshops

I have added some new workshops at my studio in Grants Pass, Oregon. We will be diving in to expressive acrylic painting.

July 15, Paint With Abandon
August 19, Mixed Media Expressive Flowers
10 am – 3 pm

You can get all the details on my blog: karenobrien.blogspot.com

Have a wonderful summer,

Karen O’Brien

Skies and Clouds with Silvia Trujillo at Rogue Gallery THIS SATURDAY!!

Skies and Clouds with Silvia Trujillo
Saturday, June 3,10am-4pm
All painting media and skill levels welcome

Discover the importance of skies in a landscape painting. In this class you will explore ways to impart luminosity to skies, strengthen compositions through effective placement of cloud shapes, handle the edges of a cloud, and enhance a mood with the creative use of color.

Silvia Trujillo has over 20 years of teaching experience in painting and drawing. Her work is featured in galleries throughout the west coast and is collected internationally.

silviatrujillo.com

MEMBERS $85 NON-MEMBERS $100 MATERIALS LIST Register Here >>

 

Six Celebrations of Poetry

“A poem is not simply words on a page but a way of touching the stars and having the stars that have fallen into the sea touch us.”—Sawnie Morris
“I don’t think that art or poetry needs to set out to change the world but I think that it can change the world and make us more compassionate, more just, more aware.” —Michael Wiegers
“The struggle of the poet is to reach the natural sensations, emotions, and feelings that are often concealed or hidden by the mechanisms of civilization.”—Donald Hall
“My feeling is that poetry is also a healing process, and then when a person tries to write poetry with depth or beauty, he will find himself guided along paths which will heal him, and this is more important, actually, than any of the poetry he writes.”—Robert Bly
“A poem, like an oar, extends inner life into the waters of story and things, of language and music. There we in turn are changed, moved by the encounter’s supporting buoyancy, and also its useful resistance.”—Jane Hirshfield

“Poems are really messages to me whispering, Be calm, go deep, go slow.”—Susan Goldsmith Woldridge