“Spiral Gyre #2” In Montana Watercolor Society Online Show

Greetings! I am happy to announce that my painting Spiral Gyre#2 is showing in the Montana Watercolor Society Signature Membership Online Show. The Details. This is the first time the Montana Watercolor Society (MTWS) is holding an online show of works by its signature members.  It is an honor and a pleasure to participate.  The show […]

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The Bliss of Is

Last year, I finished up a Very Big Project that won’t get out into the world for a while, so I decided to create a little passion project for fun…. 

And now I am delighted to announce my first hardback book: The Bliss of Is.


Inside this book, you’ll find little poems and paintings. The poems mostly emerged over several years of writing daily for National Poetry Month. I selected thirty favorites and—in keeping with the quick-spirited writing—painted one watercolor a day for a month for each poem. All in celebration of the daily practice of presence. 


I invite you to that practice. Take a moment to meditate on a poem-painting each day for thirty days, or read them all in thirty minutes, or both! May you enjoy playing in the realm of art + word + spirit. 


Here’s one of the poems:


I spot a scrap of fallen paper,

& as I bend to pick it up, I see

it is not trash but a square of light.

I pick it up anyway. 


If you’d like to enjoy the full gathering of meditative poems & paintings, you can order yourself a copy here. Do note that this particular book has very long ship times; think of it as a surprise when it finally arrivesa gift to your future self in time for this year’s National Poetry Month!

If you’d like a copy sooner, I still have a few left of a limited run of signed books. More info in my newsletter. Contact me if interested.


May we know the bliss of is—of being right here, right now.





Of Green Fuses and Flowers


The force that through the green fuse drives the flower… 

               Dylan Thomas 

The first month of the year makes for great hibernation—for hunkering down into the soil of the creative work. For me, January is like the Monday of the year; it gets the “green fuse” going. This month, I sent out a big project into the world (here’s hoping!) and prepared to announce a little one (soon!). 


Big or small, all the work happens day by day until one day, what was the bud of an idea finally blossoms. Not unlike the amaryllis above. Though I took the second photo only two weeks after the first, this can be what a year looks like. Or a decade. Or a life. 

Oall the planting and tending that precede the beauty of bloom!


Blessings on all the things flowering in your life this year.




Practice Calligraphy with Anne Brooke

Practice Calligraphy with Anne Brooke

Practice Calligraphy with Anne Brooke, artist and member of the Calligrapher’s Guild, starting in February. Six weeks on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Workbook and pen provided. Register with Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057. $150 covers it all!

SO Guild January News

January 2024 Palette Newsletter

Happy New Year from all of us at the Southern Oregon Guild! This month, we find ourselves in the process of yearly planning, budgeting, getting ready for our Annual Membership Meeting, and electing a new Board of Directors for 2024! In this month’s palette newsletter you’ll find information about:

  • Upcoming Class: Wet Felted Ruffle Scarves on February 3
  • Kinship: A Winter Member Exhibit Opens January 28 2024
  • Programming Proposal Campaign
  • Local Art Events & Resources
  • How to support us: Reviews, Rewards Programs, & Donations

Please give a warm welcome to our newest Guild Members: Orah Tipton, Mixed Media Artist Elaine Barker, Painter Danji Isthmus, and Glass Artist Forest Whiting. If you or someone you know would like to become a Guild Member or learn more about what we do, please forward this newsletter to them or email [email protected]. Don’t forget to “follow” us on Facebook or Instagram via the social media links at the bottom of this newsletter!

Join us at the Guild Gallery & Art Center in Kerby, OR on Saturday February 3 from 12am-3pm to learn the art of wet felting with local fiber artist, Kate Dwyer. During this 3-hour lively workshop, Kate will share how to create a wet-felted ruffle scarf with wool roving in a process that is simple enough for a beginner, yet intriguing enough for an experienced felter to enjoy. Class is suitable for anyone who can move their arms a lot and is 10+ years old (any children should be accompanied by an adult.) Each participant will walk away with a completed scarf to take home and the skills to make more on their own!

Kate will lead you through:
Learning about the nature of wool, sourcing materials, understanding why the layout of the wool will affect the finished product, mixing colors, and creating wool ruffles using this principle. Come prepared to get wet! You will be covering a table with a towel and sheets of plastic, and then be invited to select your supply of wool from weighed wool “kits,” or you may select some separate colors (scale provided by Kate.) Participants will learn how to divide their wool for a balanced layout. We will “tease out” and place wool on the plastic sheeting in layers. We will then cover a layout with netting and use squirt bottles of warm water and bars of ivory soap to wet and soap the wool. We will rub, massage, and shape the scarf. Eventually we will rinse and roll the scarves in towels to blot them and they will be ready to take home to dry!

All felting materials will be provided and included in the class fee of $45, however please bring your own large and small towels. Kate will bring a few extra felting “kits” (with wool and netting) to sell so that students who’ve “got the bug” can continue making scarves at home. SPOTS ARE LIMITED: Please register via the blue button below to save your spot today.

Kate Dwyer (she/her) lives in Takilma, OR. She has been working with wool for 30 years and discovered wet felting only three years ago. She makes scarves, bags, slippers, and pillows with this endlessly interesting technique. Kate is also an accomplished baker, willow basket maker, and food-and-flower gardener. She is the Executive Director of the Four Way Community Foundation.
CLICK HERE to regiser for Wet Felted Scarves!

“True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings.” ~ Pema Chodron

Kicking off our 2024 exhibit season, Kinship, opens on Sunday January 28 from 2-4pm at the Guild Gallery & Art Center. Featuring new artwork from current Guild Members, Kinship explores the definitions and explorations of various connections between humans and the more-than-human world. Join us at the opening celebration for a chance to meet the artists, hear their interpretations our seasonal theme, and listen to live jazz music from Terry D. Davis. Appetizers and Refreshments will be provided. FREE Admission. Kinship will be on display to April 13, 2024. Our current hours for viewing are: Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-4pm. The Guild Gallery & Art Center is located in the historic Kerby Belt Building at 24353 Redwood Hwy Kerby, OR 97531.

Featured Artwork above: Spirits by Caitlin Brigid Rice.

Seeking 2024 Class Proposals for the
“Growing Creative Community” Program

Our communities are bursting with folks we call Creatives – people doing unique things, thinking unusual ways, and doing things that generate beauty, ideas, and other kinds of contributions to the local worlds we live in. We are seeking proposals from creative people in Southern Oregon and beyond to facilitate workshops as part of our Growing Creative Community program for 2024. We use the term “arts” and “artists” in a broad sense, encompassing all forms of creative practice and thinking. And, you don’t have to be an expert! We are looking for workshops that can happen in-person or online that are interactive, engaging, and encourage connection among participants. Your idea might involve just one class or a series of several. We aim to create opportunities for exploration and to strengthen the creative community in Southern Oregon’s Josephine County, especially the Illinois Valley.   Offerings could take the form of a: workshop, guided activity, discussion, collective performance, skills demonstration, or another format! This is a paid opportunity and Guild staff is available to support YOU by helping you develop your idea, providing technical assistance, hosting, and promoting your offering. Got an idea? Share your idea with us today by clicking the blue button below! Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout 2024. Submit A Class Proposal HERE

Save the Dates: 2024 Exhibits & Events

January 28, 2-4pm: Kinship, Winter Member Exhibit Opening @ Guild

February 3, 12-3pm: Wet Felted Ruffle Scarves with Kate Dwyer @ Guild

April 13: 6th Annual Let’s Write! – A Daylong Writer’s Event @ Guild

April 28, 3-5pm: The Art of Balance, Spring Member Exhibit Opening @ Guild

May 11: Creating Textures in Watermedia w/ Pam Haunschild & Jen Eufusia

July 28, 4-6pm: Transformation, Summer Member Exhibit Opening @ Guild

August 3 & 4: Go Ahead, Play With Your Fabric with Caryne Mount @ Guild

Oct 27, 3-5pm: Friction & Freedom, Fall Member Exhibit Opening @ Guild
  View the Southern Oregon Guild Event Calendar

Local Events & Artist Resources

HAVE YOU LEFT US A REVIEW YET? As the Guild continues to grow, we want to make sure our neighbors AND tourists alike know where we are located and what we have to offer! Our Gallery & Art Center is located on the Redwood Highway 199, a popular thoroughfare to the Oregon Coast & the many Redwood State and National Parks. We are 17 miles away from the Oregon Caves National Monument. One of the best ways to help us spread the word about the Guild is by leaving a review on Google Maps, TripAdvisor, or Yelp. Share photos or kind words & let folks know about your experience.

Did you know there is an easy way to support our organization through the Kroger Community Rewards Program?  The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods we call home. This rewards program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to the Southern Oregon Guild, all you have to do is shop at Fred Meyer or other Kroger-owned stores and swipe your Shopper’s Card. The more you shop, the more money we will earn! New enrollments are accepted at any time during the year. To learn more and link your card to us, click: https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards

Guild Board of Directors
President, Joyce Abrams
Treasurer, Donna Parrish
Secretary, Ryan Forsythe
Bonnie Campanoli
Angela Franklin
Maelagh Baker
Terry D. Davis
Miri Admoni
Kiana Stiles

Staff: Managing Director, Caitlin Deane
Website: Wendy Huber

Donate to the Southern Oregon Guild!  

Winter Gallery Hours & Location Wednesday-Saturday • 12pm to 4pm
Gallery & Art Center • Kerby Belt Building
24353 Redwood Hwy Kerby, OR 97531
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1596 • Cave Junction • Oregon 97523 (541) 592-5019

Questions for Advent


Each day of Advent, I created a little bit of art + word + spirit and shared them in social media land. Here are a few for you. May your coming year be filled with good answers!

Can we see the lovingkindness in the darkness? 

Can we be the lovingkindness, lifting darkness?

What love within us 
lifts us from our losses? 
What name will we 
give this win?

Instead of being jaded
by the gravity of our world,
can we shift the ellipsis of our hearts?
Can we “be aware” from the anagram 
galaxy of “bare awe”?


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or maybe even advance the skills you already have?


When: First TWO Thursdays of December (12/7 & 12/14)

Time: 1pm-4pm

Location: Central Art classroom

Fee: $70 per 2-week session

Max. capacity: 10 students

*Registration required.

Learn how to get started with oils and take your skills to the next level in this ongoing series of 3-week classes, taught by Artist Veronica Thomas.

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Join my Creative Writing Workshop!

Have you been waiting for the right time to get back to work on that novel or short story that’s started collecting dust? Or maybe you just need some inspiration to kickstart a new writing project? Join us at the Ashland library for our biweekly peer support creative writing workshop! Each participant chooses an excerpt from their project to read aloud and receives feedback from the rest of the group. Improve your work in a positive and collaborative environment!

Creative Writing Workshop takes place from 2:30–3:30 pm in the Ashland Library’s Guanajuato room on 12/4/2023, 12/18/2023, 1/08/2024, 1/22/2024, 2/05/2024, 3/04/2024, 3/18/2024, 4/01/2024, 4/15/2024, 4/29/2024, 5/13/2024, and 5/27/2024.

Advance registration is requested but not required. Please bring a copy of your work to the library ahead of time if you need assistance printing extra copies. Click here to register!

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Three Poems

This photo by Sergey N. is paired with my poem, “On Meeting Strangers.” 

In the manner of lovely, inexplicable things, three of my poems appeared this month in three lovely places. A month of gratitude, for sure. Enjoy! 


“The Light Inside” in Rust + Moth


“On Meeting Strangers” in Ekstasis

“Then” in Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality & the Arts 

The Meaning Question

“What is the meaning of your art?” That was the question posed to me a couple of months ago during a conversation about my paintings. Not A Good Answer. My answer?  Well, I would say nothing illuminating or noteworthy.  Indeed, I was a bit perplexed because I did not have a simple or straightforward answer. […]

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