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Discover The Artist In You!

Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

Discover The Artist In You!

Experience The Joy Of Painting with Artist/Instructor James Hartman


Where: Central Art classroom

When: Fridays, 9:30am – 2:00pm


Beginner through Advanced workshop series starting in 2018! All painting instruction is in the oil medium.

– Landscape

– Seascapes

– Florals

– Sea Life

Each series will include at least three different paintings. Note: all materials for the first lesson are provided at no cost.


After twenty-four years in the military, James attended the San Francisco Art Institute and pursued a career in sculpture and oil painting. He has worked and instructed with many other artists and developed a teaching method for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.


Call today for schedule and cost information!



Email: [email protected]

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January Intuitive Painting Class

Capturing Light in the Landscape with Pastels

Don’t miss out on this wonderful pastel landscape series with Janis Ellison!
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Take Control of Capturing  the Light in the Landscape!

with Janis Ellison

Dates: January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Time: (Four Monday sessions) 9:30pm – 1:00pm

Fee: $125.00

Location: Central Art Supply classroom

This session will move beyond the basics of color theory and teach you techniques to capture that fleeting sense of light that inspires us to paint.

Join me for ongoing 4 week session classes that include demonstration and Individual Instruction time at your easel.

All levels welcome!

Register now 541-218-9788

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The Daily & the Doing

I started to write a list of the year’s highlights—a fun gratitude practice. But I discovered that the entire list could—like a good caramel sauce—be reduced down to this one, sweet dollop from Julia Cameron: “Creativity lies not in the done but in doing.”
I first read that line seventeen years ago, and it has taken me all of these years to begin to learn it. In fact, as I was fiddling with the now-defunct list and getting annoyed at my inability to get it to flow, I took a break for gingerbread and cloud-watching. This little post and yours truly are both the better for it. 
And so, in this season of celebration and on this shortest day of the year, here’s to celebrating each short moment of our days—whether writing a to-do list or a cycle of poems, warming leftovers or concocting a five-course feast, sketching a poinsettia or painting a twenty-canvas series, sitting still for five breaths or walking five miles. Even beyond any good outcome, let the daily and the doing be our creative delight.  

Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art Now Through March 2018

Adult Workshops

Paint like Gauguin – Saturday, January 20th


Cost: $30
Taught by Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, January 20th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

  • Learn about Post-Impressionism and Gauguin.
  • Leave with an acrylic painting on canvas of your favorite Gauguin piece.
  • Study a master’s work – a time-honored tradition to improving your art skills.
  • All skill levels are welcome.
All materials are provided! You can bring in a copy of your favorite Gauguin, or use copies provided.

$30 per person.

To sign up, visit GPMA’s website or call 541-479-3290


Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe – Saturday, January 27th

Georgia OKeeffe

Cost: $30
Taught by Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, January 27th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

  • All materials provided. You can bring in a copy of your favorite O’Keeffe, or use copies provided.
  • Leave with an acrylic painting
  • Learn about American Modernism and O’Keeffe
  • Study a master’s work, a time-honored tradition to improving your art skills Have a fun afternoon! All skill levels are welcome
  • To sign up, visit GPMA’s website or call 541-479-3290

Paint like Monet – Saturday, February 3rd


Cost: $30
Taught by Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, February 3rd, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

  • All materials provided. You can bring in a copy of your favorite Monet, or use copies provided.
  • Leave with an acrylic painting
  • Learn about Impressionism and Monet
  • Study a master’s work, a time-honored tradition to improving your art skills
  • Have a fun afternoon! All skill levels are welcome
  • To sign up, visit GPMA’s website or call 541-479-3290


Drawing: Perspective & Composition – Saturday, February 10th

Perspective & Composition

Cost: $30
Taught by Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, February 10th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

  • All materials provided
  • Learn about perspective: 1 point, 2 point & atmospheric
  • Learn different drawing techniques
  • Strengthen your compositions
  • Great for beginners. All levels welcome.
  • To sign up, visit GPMA’s website or call 541-479-3290

Using Color & Value in Landscapes – Saturday, February 24th

Color & Value in Landscapes

Cost: $30
Taught by Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, February 24th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

  • All materials provided
  • Learn about color theory, mixing and values.
  • Learn simple techniques for improving your art.
  • Have a fun afternoon!
  • Great for beginners. All levels welcome.
  • To sign up, visit GPMA’s website or call 541-479-3290


Figures, Color & Light – Friday & Saturday, March 2nd & 3rd

Figures, Color & Light

Cost: $85 for one day, or $150 for both days
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Friday & Saturday, March 2nd & 3rd, 10:00am – 3:00pm.

An in-depth study of how color theory applies to the human form. This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to draw the human form. It will also apply color theory to the way you draw the figure – including how shadow and light can make your work far better. You will go away with a stronger knowledge of how to apply light and shadow, keep them separated, and how to draw anyone in any position.

To sign up, visit GPMA’s website or call 541-479-3290

Fairy Houses – Saturday, March 17th & March 24th


Cost: $50
Instructor: Jan Lacy
Saturday March 17th & 24th, 10:30am – 1:30pm.

Join Jan in learning how to make lighthearted, and fun fairy houses. The first day will be handbuilding. She’ll help you with construction and decoration. Then she’ll do all the firing and the second day you glaze. Jan provides all the materials. Fairy houses will be ready to take home 1-2 weeks after the last class (to allow for the glaze firing).

To sign up, visit GPMA’s website or call 541-479-3290

First Friday Shows and New Works by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo

During the holidays (and all year ’round), do you ever find yourself needing to slow down but you just can’t? I think this is one of the divine purposes of art… to bring us to our senses in the most literal way, and create a sense of awe out of something as simple as oil on canvas.
Whether you are in Southern Oregon, Northern California or someplace beyond, I have some events and suggestions to help you experience that sense of wonder and connection through art. Read on…

Featured artist show at Art & Soul Gallery, Ashland, OR:

“Gazing With Awe: Rogue Impressions and Beyond”

Talented Hills, Oil painting by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo
   We are surrounded by beauty that begs for acknowledgment. It can be blatant as a snow-frosted peak on a spring morning, or as simple as objects on the kitchen counter. These painting communicate mood and a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season, scene, and still life. My aspiration is to invite the viewer to stop for a second look by invoking the awe in the everyday and the commonplace.

  This show features new work in all sizes. Most are en plein air and represent my range of style as well as the extreme conditions a plein air painter must endure! Come down to the grand opening on First Friday, December 1st at Art & Soul Gallery, 247 E Main St, from 5-8 pm. There will be wine, food and live music by a talented local guitarist. If you can’t come to the opening, don’t worry — all the work will stay up through the end of the month.

Photo of the new show at Art & Soul Gallery; including new paintings of local icons “Crater Lake” and “Table Rock”

It’s never too early to think up a new years’ resolution that will truly enhance and enrich your life. How about “Make more art”? 
Indian Memorial, oil painting by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo. New work plein air painted in the hills above Ashland, Oregon.

Indian Memorial, oil painting by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo

These past few months I’ve been expanding my workshop offerings to include techniques like knife painting, and landscape-specific classes for challenging features such as clouds and skies. Plein air classes are always popular — not only is the tradition centuries old, but it’s receiving new acclaim as a way to bathe in nature while keeping the hands busy. Here are a couple of upcoming workshops I’m teaching in the new year; if you don’t see what you are looking for, please drop me a line. I’m always taking suggestions…
5. "Grizzly Peak Reposed" is the first in that series. You can see images of all the Grizzly Peak paintings here, on my blog.

“Grizzly Peak Reposed” is the first in that series. You can see images of all the Grizzly Peak paintings on my blog.

Medford, OR, Rogue Gallery and Art Center: Shadows & Reflections January 27

Shingletown, CA / June 
Sacramento, CA / April 
Also, a demonstration in Grants Pass for the Josephine County Arts Association in March, and one in the Sacramento area for the Lincoln Hills Painters Club in April.

It’s shaping up to be a busy year. This spring, I will once again be participating in the Teen Mentoring Project through Rogue Gallery in Medford. This wonderful program gives talented at-risk teens the opportunity to explore their creativity and refine their skills in their chosen medium under the guidance of an experienced artist. 

If you can’t make it to a workshop, please bring the art to you by purchasing my work online. In this crazy world, we all need more beauty and stillness in our lives, and I humbly believe my paintings do offer that moment of sanity each time you visit them. 
a large commissioned work I created for the Oregon Retina Center. This is just one of a three-part series of this size!

A large commissioned work I created for the Oregon Retina Center. This is just one of a three-part series of this size!

Check out my new listings on eBay and Zatista.

Wishing you a happy, peaceful holiday season….
"Turbulence over Grizzly Peak”oil painting by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo. One of a four-part series of paintings completed spring 2017 from her studio's driveway.

“Turbulence over Grizzly Peak” is one of a four-part series of paintings I did this spring from my studio’s driveway.

Kindred Spirits Winter Workshop Schedule

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Winter Workshop Schedule

Season greetings,
Exciting new classes by Cathy Dorris are now available at Kindred Spirits.  You can come sign-up on location during regular business hours or register  online at our website. Materials will be provided for each person and food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. One glass of red or white house wine will be included with your class sign-up. Cathy makes this experience easy to follow and entertaining for each student. These classes fill up quickly so don’t miss out on the fun.

Sign-Up at Kindred Spirits 4:00pm-9pm Tuesday – Saturday
Register online at
Contact Cathy directly at [email protected]


 Kindred Spirits Flower Floor Mat workshop
Flower Floor mat
Saturday Dec. 9th
1:00 pm – 5:00pm
Sign-Up Here
 Kindred Spirits Heart Reliquary Workshop
Heart Reliquary
Tuesday Dec. 5th
Saturday Dec. 30th1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sign-Up Here
 Kindred Spirits Mixed Media Wall Hanging Bowl workshop
Mixed Media Wall Hanging Bowl
Saturday Dec. 16th 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sign-Up Here
Copyright © 2017 Cathy Dorris Studios, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Cathy Dorris Studios

106 Talent Ave. #2

Talent, OR 97540

New Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Art Classes!

Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page.
How to Paint Snow
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, Dec 2
1 – 4 pm
  • All materials provided
  • Create your own painting of a winter scene
  • Learn about color theory (warm & cool colors)
  • Have a fun afternoon!
  • All skill levels are welcome
$30 per person, includes all materials.
Animal Portraits
with Bobbi Baldwin
Saturday, Dec 9
9:30 – 5
Paint your beloved pet or favorite animal, open to all mediums (exce!
Dogs, cats, horses, tigers, cows, wild animals
Whatever your favorite fur or feather animals are!
We will work on learning the anatomical structure of bodies and faces as well as how to best portray them!
We will also work on composition, color theory, techniques, and painting.
Beginners through advanced artists—all are welcome.
$85 per person. Materials list to be sent to you. (Most materials available for use at the Museum if needed).
Art Journaling:
Recipe for a
Perfect Holiday
with Karen O’Brien
Saturday, Dec 16
In this class we will learn how to begin our own art journal* with simple supplies. I will share plenty of ideas and approaches to begin filling your journals. We will create a journal spread in class focusing on the holiday season.
All you need to bring to class is:
  • Blank journal that can handle water media: 90-140 lb paper
  • OR
  • Old book : thin spine, no larger than 9″ x 12″, no shiny, slick or glossy pages
*What is an Art Journal? It’s a place to record your thoughts, memories, and emotions through images, art and words.
Why do it? It is an easy way to use your creativity every day. It can be done with simple tools. It is portable, requiring very little space to do it. It can be used to document life, travels, plan you art, express your feelings, test out new art products and techniques. It can be personal – only for you, or you can share it with others.
$45 per person. Includes some materials. (List on website)

Open Holiday Studio and New Seasonal Classes at LightGarden Glass Art!

Time to spend together…
This time of year we are especially appreciative of our friends that visit us throughout the year as well as those who will come into our lives in the future.  Join us for a celebration of the holidays with our Holiday Open Studio.  
Four special guest artists will be joining in the festivities and Cliff Creek Vineyards  
will be pouring wine!   
Art does not have to be purchased  
to be enjoyed.
 See You There! 


LightGarden Glass Art
Gift Certificates
can be purchase in house
or online on our website:


These projects can be done during our regularly scheduled workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from
10 – 12n.  Please call or email ahead to reserve your space.

Glass Enamel Painting: Deer

December 9th 

Here’s a great little project for learning to paint with glass enamels.

Make either the spoon rest or the small platter. Place your glass right over the pattern and paint the top layer, watercolor the bottom layer.

Makes a great gift.
All materials and firing included.


 Clip Art Plates, Bowls, Platters and Spoon Rests 
December 16
Learn to make these cute serving pieces with our new  

“clip art” project sheets.

Minimal glass cutting, use up your clear scrap glass. Includes instruction and project sheet, clear base glass and two firings.    

Plates 11″                           $35 plus glass second layer  
Spoon Rests & Platters     $25 plus glass second layer 
Deep Bowl   11″                  $40 plus glass second layer  
 Morning Workshops:


Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

LightGarden Glass Art, 1086 Washburn Lane, Medford, OR 97501-2000

Bells & Angels

The Guardian Angel of Mount Angel Abbey
As I begin to write, the bells begin to ring across the monastery courtyard. Between the bell tower and my window, a statue of a guardian angel stands in the rainy courtyard. I woke to bells ringing at 5:20. They have names, which I’ve already forgotten.
I came here on a mini-retreat, bringing my own bag of coffee and zero expectations. As a Protestant visiting a realm of Catholicism and monasticism, this feels more observational than participatory. I am partly here because I read Kathleen Norris’ book The Cloister Walk, about her seasons spent at a Benedictine monastery in the Midwest. I made this reservation after finishing the book this past summer when I imagined the weather being exactly what it is at this moment: rainy and gray.
Earlier this month, I thought I knew the reason I was coming here, but that morphed to the real reason: to not need a reason. To simply take time away to rest for no other purpose: no multitasking, not even the justification of a tax-deductible tripas most of my freelance artist-writer life is. I logged no miles driving here, even though I will spend this morning in the curvilinear, mid-century library looking through books on Saint Teresa for a current writing project. Therein the happy problem when your work is your love: what does rest look like?
The guardian angel stands, implacable, in the rain. I write like I’m trying to rest: with no purpose. I see the angel. I hear the bells. I drink my coffee. I stare at my socked feet, propped up on the squeaky bed I slept fitfully in. Soon, the library will open. Before long, I’ll start craving not just spirit food but food for this body. Maybe I’ll eat the kale-beet salad I brought. Maybe I’ll walk into town and treat myself to spaetzle at the German restaurant. Maybe I’ll fill myself with bells. I have learned to live with hunger.
The angel keeps watch. The bells will ring again soon.