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Workshop next month in Sacramento!

If you’re in the Sacramento area, please join me for another fun and interactive workshop!

Silvia Trujillo Workshop Sept 2018

The Adventure of Quiet (Or: Sabbatical with Two Gum Grafts, One Unintentional Fast, and Zero Jet Skis)

In the US, July is the big, shiny, monster car of summer, revving up with lots of sparkly, high-octane adventures involving fireworks, waterproof SPF 50, and lifejackets. But my idea of summer fun has always been the quieter kind: a book in the shade. A swim in the lake. I’m a gear-free seeker of quiet where my thoughts can unspool long enough to hear Spirit speak.

You might say poetry is my jet ski. It’s all the adrenaline rush I need. And this July has been my writing sabbatical, so it’s been a good ride.
At the beginning of the month, I had another gum graft over two teeth, and that has meant soft food only. But for the first few days after the procedure, eating anything more solid than a liquid hurt, so I ended up fasting for a bit. Without much energy, I pretty much just laid on a blanket on the lawn beneath the trees, watching the leaves and clearing my mind and heart to write.
Those three days on the blanket are the highlight of my summer so far (even though one of them was spent with a bag of frozen peas on my swollen face). In that time and quiet, I let a year’s worth of worry dissolve in the breezes, caught up on forgiveness, and recommitted to my quietude. 
Alas, I had reached that point I thought I’d finally grown wise enough to avoid; needing an external circumstance to slow myself down. Without the gum graft, I would have written, sure. But I doubt I would have given myself permission to take the lengthy stretches of silence that exponentially fed my writing for the rest of the month.
As of today, my last day of sabbatical, I have a working manuscript of poetry (as in: the poetry still needs work, but it’s a manuscript!). I am positive that much of its inspiration and creation came from those three days of complete chilling.  
Not everyone gets excited about a quiet month to write poetry—or even about quiet itself. But it might be worth trying the mellow way when the chance arises. In the past, I’ve tried a few of the louder and splashier and gear-laden adventures—not my cup of tea, but glad I tried. Hey, if neoprene and wingsuits float your speedboat, knock yourself out (but not literally!).
It’s great to enjoy adventures of motion, but it’s also great to enjoy adventures of stillness. Quiet doesn’t make much noise, so it doesn’t get much press. But oh, the power of it!
I’ll be in motion again soon—a little journey that I’ve been prepping for, like I do all journeys, big or small. That prepping reminded me to put the same effort into planning times of stillness in the future. May I never need another gum graft to remind me!
We all have our ways of moving through this world. Personally, I’m thrilled to lie still and watch a tree on a summer afternoon—a tree so full of leaves, it would take days just to truly see each one, let alone imagine the story of their growth. I highly recommend it.
Here’s to hearing the quiet things,

Anna

Rogue Gallery July 2018 New exhibit – 3rd Friday, Classes & Grant Deadline

July 18 2018 artblast Julia Janeway

New Exhibit -THIS FRIDAY, JULY 20

3rd FRIDAY ART RECEPTION 5-8pm

IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY

Sanctuary: Ceramics by Julia Janeway
July 20–August 24

Julia Janeway Westcliffe Santo
Julia Janeway,WESTCLIFFE SANTO, ceramic
Reception:  Friday, July 20, 5:00-8:00 pm

Ashland artist, Julia Janeway explores the meaning of “sanctuary” in her new ceramic works. She creates ceramic “retablos” which traditionally are paintings of saints. In her artistic interpretation, the saints are depicted as owls, birds, and other animals. Her inspiration for this exhibit from the time she spent living in Taos, New Mexico where retablos commonly adorn homes and churches. Julia Janeway is known for her colorful and whimsical ceramic art pieces that depict animals, geometric shapes, and botanically images.
Last day to see Heat Wave

IN THE MAIN GALLERY

Heat Wave:
The Works of the High Fiber Diet Artists

June 8 – July 20, 2018

Elizabeth Bamberger Where the City Meets the High Desert
Elizabeth Bamberger WHERE THE CITY MEETS THE HIGH DESERT, fiber

High Fiber Diet is a group of over thirty fiber artists from Western Oregon and Southwestern Washington dedicated to expressing their interpretation of the world and themselves through the use of fiber. This exhibit is focused on the concept of heat wave. “Orange is the color of heat: hot passion, hot jazz, desert heat, tropical heat, the warmth of Mediterranean stone walls or bright flowers. We are basking in its glow.”

IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

Summer Camps for Youth 

Sign up now, classes are filling fast!

Clay Discovery with Shari Craddock
For ages 7-10
Tuesday-Friday, August 7-10 from 9 am -12 pm
Young artists will discover the wonders of creating with clay. They will learn how to make tea cups, mugs and sculptures. They also will learn how to work on the potter’s wheel.
MEMBERS $95, NON-MEMBERS $115 Register HERE>>
Clay Sculpture and the Wheel with Shari Craddock
For ages 11-14
Tuesday-Friday, August 14-17 from 9am-12pm
Enjoy creating with clay & porcelain learning ancient methods of hand building and the wheel as practiced in Mesopotamia beginning in 3000 BC. Learn to build cups with animal handles, a teapot set, hand-painted plates with your original design, wacky sculptures…the possibilities are endless and a lot of fun! Your clay creations will be glazed and fired. Finally, we’ll bring clay art to life by watching a short claymation video at the end of the week.
MEMBERS $95, NON-MEMBERS $115 Register HERE>>
FOR TEENS
Art in Reverse with Samar Dawisha
For ages 12 and up
Tuesday-Friday, July 24-27, 1-4 pm
Create amazing designs in this fun printmaking camp. Students will learn the captivating process of printmaking, producing their own designs and printing on papers and fabrics using a printing press.
MEMBERS $89, NON-MEMBERS $109 Register HERE>>
See more camps here>>
Kids camps are sponsored by:
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Adult Classes
Rogue Studio Figure Drawing Sessions
Series One: Tuesdays, June 26-July 31, 6:00-8:30 pm
Drop-in Tuesday evenings for 2 1/2 hours of moderated, uninstructed figure drawing sessions with a live model in the Rogue Studio. Adults 18 years and older from beginning to advanced levels are welcome. The sessions will include short gestures and longer, sustained poses. Students must provide their own drawing materials. Drawing boards, worktables, and easels are available for use.
$10 FOR EACH SESSION Register HERE>>
Or pay at the class with cash or check.

Series Two: Tuesdays, August 21-September 25 from 6:00-8:30 pm
Only $45 FOR THE SIX SESSION SERIES Register HERE>>

See more classes here>>

DEADLINE JULY 20 FOR GRANTS FOR ARTISTS

The Haines & Friends Fund, A Community Funded Visual Arts Grant Program. This program provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to Southern Oregon artists and arts educators for supplies, equipment and other expenses to create original, new works. The deadline is July 20th. Forms can be picked up at many local galleries, including Rogue Gallery. Or download the 2018 Artist application HERE>> For more information download the 2018 FAQ HERE>>
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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.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The 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. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

Kids Summer 2018 Art Classes at GP MOA

Adult Summer Art Classes!

SoulBook Gathering Experience

with Candy Rosenberg

Saturday, July 21st

10:30 – 4:30

Spend the day creating your own personal Soul Book using a vast variety of crafting goodies, paper, paint, stencils, magazine cutouts, collage print outs, flowers, embellishments, ribbon and so much more. We supply all the tools, adhesive and everything you need to construct your own book. We only ask that you bring a few personal items, such as, printed out photos of yourself, loved ones, favorite quotes, personal items that are fitting for your book.
The Soul Book is all about exploring what your soul needs and to have a place to look back on to remind you of this. Candy Rosenberg is a private life coach and professional artist that will be instructing the class and doing her Soul Works program while you create. We will connect, laugh, share stories and most of all TAKE A DEEP BREATH and just be together. In a harsh world, we need to stop and learn to take a break and connect, to feed our souls.
$65. All materials included.

How to Paint Trees

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, August 4th

1 – 4 pm

Learn tricks and tips to painting trees.
We will cover how to mix green (which many artists can find tricky).
How to add interest to your tree shapes
How to avoid common problems
How to use light to create depth
All materials are provided. Bring in your own source photo of a tree if you like.
$30. All materials provided.

How to Paint Water and Waves

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, August 18

1 – 4 pm

  • Learn how to paint convincing waves
  • Where it the light in the wave?
  • What colors make a convincing wave?
  • How to paint clear water?
  • An expansion of our last “How to Paint Waves” class, will cover those tips, plus to create realistic water in your paintings.
  • We’ll talk about the difference in how to streams verses rivers, and lakes verses oceans.
  • Welcome to take if you attended to “How to Paint Waves”
All materials are provided.
$30. All materials included.

Kids Summer Art Classes!

Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page.
Kids must be at least 7 years old to attend (Photography is 10 & up)
  • Classes are almost every Tuesday & Thursday during the summer
  • Classes are almost always 1 – 3 pm.
  • Classes are $15/day, several classes are a 2 day length.
  • Please preregister whenever possible.
  • Classes include all materials needed (except Photography)
As of Saturday, 7/14 we still have room. Walk-in spaces are expected to be available!
This is a morning class so your kiddos can stay cool on their photo adventure.

Photography

with Martha Gonzi

TWO DAY CLASS

Tuesday, July 17

Thursday, July 19

10 am – 12 pm both days

Required:
  • Bring your own camera (phone is okay)
  • Ability to email the museum the photos taken on Day 1, or bring a thumb drive or CD of the photos taken.
  • Field Trip outside on Day 1.
  • Must be 10 or older
On the first day kids will be led outside the museum on a walking photo-taking expedition. Techniques for taking better pictures, lighting, and composition will be taught. The second day the photos will be reviewed via a slide show format.
$30. (covers both days)

Papermaking

with Amanda Close

TWO DAY CLASS

Tuesday, July 24

Thursday, July 26

1 – 3 pm

On the first day kids learn to create their very own paper.
On the second day simple origami style boxes will be made and kids will write out their dream and place them in their boxes.
$30. (covers both days)

Zentangle

with Cindy Hernandez

Thursday, August 2

1 – 3 pm

Zentangle is a method of creative doodling. Kids will learn how to start a Zentangle, and create several patterns. Kids are always amazed by what they make and love the fact that there are no mistakes! Cindy is a certified Zentangle instructor.
$15.

Creating a Mixed Media Journal

with Karen O’Brien

Tuesday, August 7

1 – 3 pm

In this class we will make a book that you can to draw or write in. We will color the papers for the inside of the book using a fun technique and decorate the covers using collage and paint.
You will learn:
  • How to use watercolor and medium for a surprise finish to the pages
  • How to tear and put together papers to create a book.
  • How to use collage to decorate the cover.
$15.

Paper Bag Journal

with Vicki Cushing

Tuesday, August 14

1- 3 pm

Create a fun journal with a paper bag! Lots of interactive pages to hold TONS of photos, and space to add your own writing or drawings.
$15

Draw from a Photo

with Kristen O’Neill

Thursday, August 16

1 – 3 pm

Learn how to sketch, shade, and create a copy of any photograph. Bring your own photo, or choose from one of ours.
$15.

Perspective (drawing)

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, August 21

1 – 3 pm

Kids learn three types of perspective to help them draw: 1 point, 2 point and atmospheric. Lessons are taught in pencil.
$15.

Kumihimo

with Stephanie Girdlestone

Thursday, August 23

1 – 3 pm

Kumihimo is a Japanese style of braiding, which is about 1500 years old. It bagan as a simple form of fingerloop braiding and grew more complex and intricate as the years went by. Create your own bracelet using a simple pattern. A Kumihimo disk will be provided in each student’s kit.
$15

Paint like Seurat

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, August 28

1 – 3 pm

Pointillism and color! Learn about the basics of color, how to make your colors feel brighter, and have fun. Create a copy of a section of a Seurat, or apply his style to your favorite subject.
$15

Watercolor

with Barbara Burnett

Thursday, August 30

1 – 3 pm

Have fun painting with watercolors, practice different techniques, and create your own painting of a dog or cat.
$15
Advance registration is strongly recommended. Classes have been filling up this summer.
We are disappointed to announce that we cancelled the ceramics class. We hope to be able to offer next summer.

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

Guided Instruction To Make Your Drawing & Painting Skills Stronger!

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JUST PAINT! …and make your efforts count!
2-Day Workshop with Instructor Cheryl Magellen

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm with one hour lunch break
Media/Focus: Oil, acrylic, or pastel • All subjects from realism to abstraction
Fee: $120 for both days
All skill levels • Absolute beginners welcome! • Minimum: 6 Maximum: 12 students
Let’s pay special attention to design and composition, and then we can work together to improve our technical skills, focusing on values, color choices, edge treatments, and personal style to arrive at a suitable degree of finish.
This workshop is meant to be a hands-on event, tailored to the specific needs of each artist. Participants who register early and email Cheryl before July 20 will receive a special program of study geared specifically to their skill level and area of focus. This will be like having a private lesson in a group setting!
Never painted before and would like to try? No problem. Email ahead and the supplies you need will be ready and waiting for you.*
Plan on spending lunch in the classroom on Sunday so you don’t miss the special “Round-Robin” painting experience!
*there may be a fee for supplies, depending on the medium you choose.
Questions? For more information and to register for classes, email Cheryl at [email protected].
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Pie in the Sky

The other day, I was hunting for a file deep in the recesses of my Dropbox folders when I found a document from over twenty years ago. It was a self-assessment essay, written for my senior portfolio as an undergraduate.
At some point, I must have transferred it from a floppy disk, and I hadn’t read it since I wrote it. I winced before clicking “open,” wondering what young Anna had “assessed.” I started to scan the double-spaced, Times New Roman font. Two paragraphs in, and it wasn’t as terrible as I’d thought. I read on. In one section, I detailed the then-highlights of my writing education. One was a seventh-grade project on The Odyssey. Calypso’s fire of the future inspired me, and I wrote an essay musing on my grown-up life.  
I was simultaneously back in my college basement apartment writing that memory and back in the grade-school classroom writing the original. Meta-historical-memory, maybe.
Toward the end of my nine-page self-assessment came this paragraph about my post-graduation dreams: “Once I have the diploma in my hands, I could find myself teaching, working on the staff of a literary magazine, publishing, curating…or even traveling as a freelance artist and poet. I cannot predict what will burn in Calypso’s fire this time, and I do not want to. Through serendipity and grace, the right things come. I am willing to wait.”
I blinked. I hadn’t realized my twenty-year-old self had known all the things she wanted to do. And then I realized I had done them all—including the “or even” of being a traveling freelance artist and poet—the least likely element on the list at the time, especially since I had no role model for that in pre-social-media 1997. It was my pie-in-the-sky dream.
Young me just reminded middle-aged me of serendipity and grace: Thank you, Anna.
Let’s remind ourselves of our dreams, live them, and keep hatching new ones. Apparently, it’s time I hatch some new dreams….

And apparently, there’s pie in the sky after all!

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Is Coming! Plan Your Life Accordingly.

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Art In The Rough:

A Plein Air Vendor Fair  at Central Art! 

It’s your first plein air “field assignment.” The easel’s packed, brushes are stowed, paints and canvas tucked into the nooks and crannies of your rig – which is now bursting at the seams! “But wait,” you say, “what am I missing? Is there something better I could be using?”

Bring that intrepid spirit to Central Art during our Plein Air Vendor Fair

Wednesday June 20th, 2018,

and expand your artistic horizons with a plethora of the latest and greatest in plein air essentials that will enrich your experience.

Watch live demonstrations and talk with the experts about what’s new and exciting, enjoy great discounts, and enter to win a Grand Prize!

Plus: don’t forget to share your art adventures with us on Instagram! Be sure to tag @centralart1 in your post, and use the hashtag: #rogueartadventures . We look forward to seeing what you create in the places that inspire you!

*For full schedule of events and to Register Online, be sure to visit

www.soartistsworkshop.com

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Hello, Summer! Hello, Berries! Hello, Poets & Painters!

Hello, Southern Oregon friends!
Summer’s here. Might I suggest a Saturday afternoon Poets & Painters workshop at Pennington Farms? Their summer berries inspired Mindy Carpenter & me so much, we’re holding a workshop to celebrate the sweet harvest: we’ll eat ’em, we’ll write about ’em, we’ll paint ’em.
Here’s one of Mindy’s berry celebrations:

I’ll help you write a poem (zero pressure!) and Mindy will help you paint a painting (also zero pressure!). No experience needed; this workshop is more like a playshop…it’s all about having fun 🙂
So grab a friend and come play with us:
When: Saturday, June 9 from 11-3 pm
Where: Pennington Farms | 11341 Williams Highway | Grants Pass, OR 97527
Cost: $95 per person (includes all painting & writing supplies, coffee, & berries! Savory treats will be available for purchase)
Register: Email me at [email protected], let me know how many people you’re bringing, & I’ll send you payment info.
You’ll leave the workshop with a finished 8″ x 10″ painting, a poem & berry-stained fingers 😉
Space is limited, so register soon!
Love,
anna elkins
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Growing Roses

I did not inherit my Grandmother’s green thumb. Alas, the extent of my gardening skills is buying basil plants from Trader Joe’s in the spring, plunking them into clay pots filled with soil, and watering them. Somewhat to my surprise, they are bright and abundant and flavorful—often well into October.

My basil’s success (or the fact that it doesn’t shrivel and die) is largely due to good soil from the Grange. The rich, composty stuff that kind of smells when you upend it from its unwieldy bag.  It’s all in the soil. I take zero credit for my basil.
You might be wondering why I called this post “Growing Roses” if I can barely keep a store-bought basil start alive. Well, I grow supernatural roses, if you will. And from seed, no less.
In short—as in short enough to fit on the back of a seed packet: Life is full of shit. You can either sit in and complain about the smell, or you can choose to grow roses in it.
Me? After trying both options through many seasons, I far prefer growing roses. And though I recommend this choice highly, I would add to this “seed packet’s” suggestions for care, along with the proper watering, pruning, et cetera: once you’ve made this choice—once you set your attitude out in full sunshine, don’t be surprised if you encounter people who want to stand over your new start, casting over it the shadow of their own unhappiness.
Years ago, I stood in a kitchen, cooking with a friend and her sister. I shared a story of a lesson I’d learned from a bad circumstance and how it had turned into something beautiful. My friends sister turned to me and said, “Well, don’t you just shit and it comes out roses.”
Nope. But I have learned to grow ‘em. And my secret isn’t Miracle-Gro or Garden Organics. It’s choice.
That moment in my friend’s kitchen, I saw how many connections are established in commiseration. Group lament, even when staked with humorous sarcasm, is stenchy decay at best.
But spend enough time with others who are growing roses, and before you know it, you’ve got a riotous swath of them, and the air begins to fill with their sweet fragrance.
Just as I can learn to keep plants healthy and happy in my garden if I really want to, I can learn to keep my attitude healthy and happy if I really want to. Even when things are shitty—or especially when they are.
May we all choose to cultivate green thumbs in the spirit.
Happy gardening,
Anna

Summer 2018 Kids Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page.
Kids must be at least 7 years old to attend (Photography is 10 & up)
  • Classes are almost every Tuesday & Thursday during the summer
  • Classes are almost always 1 – 3 pm.
  • Classes are $15/day, several classes are a 2 day length.
  • Please preregister whenever possible.
  • Classes include all materials needed (except Photography)

Draw! Materials & Techniques

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, June 26

1 – 3 pm

Discover the wide range of drawing materials and techniques. We’ll have fun creating the same image four different ways to showcase what we’ve learned.
$15.

Paint! Materials & Techniques

with Kristen O’Neill

Thursday, June 28
1 – 3 pm

Learn about brushes, different types of paint, and a variety of techniques. We’ll have fun creating the same image in different styles and learn about painting techniques through art history.

$15.

Draw What You See

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, July 10
1 – 3 pm

Develop drawing skills and learn to turn what you see into a drawing. Lots of great tips!
$15

Paint like Monet

with Kristen O’Neill

Thursday, July 12
1 – 3 pm

Create your own copy of a Monet painting and learn about Impressionism.
$15.

Photography

with Martha Gonzi

TWO DAY CLASS
Tuesday, July 17
Thursday, July 19
10 am – 12 pm both days

Required:
  • Bring your own camera (phone is okay)
  • Ability to email the museum the photos taken on Day 1, or bring a thumb drive or CD of the photos taken.
  • Field Trip outside on Day 1.
  • Must be 10 or older
On the first day kids will be led outside the museum on a walking photo-taking expedition. Techniques for taking better pictures, lighting, and composition will be taught. The second day the photos will be reviewed via a slide show format.
$30.

Papermaking

with Amanda Close

TWO DAY CLASS
Tuesday, July 24
Thursday, July 26
1 – 3 pm

On the first day kids learn to create their very own paper.
On the second day simple origami style boxes will be made and kids will write out their dream and place them in their boxes.
$30.

Zentangle

with Cindy Hernandez

Thursday, August 2
1 – 3 pm

Zentangle is a method of creative doodling. Kids will learn how to start a Zentangle, and create several patterns. Kids are always amazed by what they make and love the fact that there are no mistakes! Cindy is a certified Zentangle instructor.
$15.

Creating a Mixed Media Journal

with Karen O’Brien

Tuesday, August 7
1 – 3 pm
In this class we will make a book that you can to draw or write in. We will color the papers for the inside of the book using a fun technique and decorate the covers using collage and paint.
You will learn:
  • How to use watercolor and medium for a surprise finish to the pages
  • How to tear and put together papers to create a book.
  • How to use collage to decorate the cover.
$15.

Ceramic Fairy Worlds

with Jan Lacy

TWO DAY CLASS
Thursday, August 9 and
Tuesday, August 21
1 – 3 pm
Not only will kids get to create their own fairy house, but they can create their own world! Should there be mushrooms? A cute owl? A river? Plants?
On the first day kids will use hand-building techniques to create their world. Then Jan will take the projects, dry them out and fire them in her kiln. A week and half later everyone returns to glaze! Then Jan will fire the projects. She will have them back in the museum ready for pick up by August 30th. Beginners welcome!
A great opportunity to create a project that most of us cannot do at home!
$30

Paper Bag Journal

with Vicki Cushing

Tuesday, August 14
1- 3 pm
Create a fun journal with a paper bag! Lots of interactive pages to hold TONS of photos, and space to add your own writing or drawings.
$15

Draw from a Photo

with Kristen O’Neill

Thursday, August 16
1 – 3 pm
Learn how to sketch, shade, and create a copy of any photograph. Bring your own photo, or choose from one of ours.
$15.

Kumihimo

with Stephanie Girdlestone

Thursday, August 23
1 – 3 pm
Kumihimo is a Japanese style of braiding, which is about 1500 years old. It bagan as a simple form of fingerloop braiding and grew more complex and intricate as the years went by. Create your own bracelet using a simple pattern. A Kumihimo disk will be provided in each student’s kit.
$15

Paint like Seurat

with Kristen O’Neill

Tuesday, August 28
1 – 3 pm
Pointillism and color! Learn about the basics of color, how to make your colors feel brighter, and have fun. Create a copy of a section of a Seurat, or apply his style to your favorite subject.
$15

Watercolor

with Barbara Burnett

Thursday, August 30
1 – 3 pm
Have fun painting with watercolors, practice different techniques, and create your own painting of a dog or cat.
$15

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528