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NEW Graphite Workshop at Central Art

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541.773.1444   101 N. Central Ave., Medford, Oregon 97501
MON-FRI: 10-6 | SAT: 10-5

Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a NEW Graphite Workshop with Lara Strazdas!

Dates: Fridays October 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 2022

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (12:30pm – 4:30pm on 10/21)

Location: Central Art, 101 N. Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501

Instructor: Lara Strazdas

Price: $195 (4 sessions)

Registration required. Click here to register.

In this intensive 16 hour, 4-session workshop we will be drawing an up-close and very detailed portrait of a Black Rhino on toned paper. We will be using graphite powder and a variety of graphite pencils, erasers, and a stylus to render the wide range of values and textures of the Rhino’s skin. You will learn techniques that you can apply to drawing other animals in graphite or color. 

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Silvia Trujillo Workshop Updates

Silvia Trujillo Workshop Updates:

There is still time to enroll in one or both of these workshops!

If you’ve never been to Bridgeview Winery, it’s one of the loveliest in the Valley, and well worth the drive.

Date: Saturday September 17 from 10am-5pm
Location: Bridgeview Winery – 4210 Holland Loop Road Cave Junction, OR 97523

All skill levels are welcome! Beginners will get a taste for the process of plein-air, and more advanced artists will get a chance to hone their skills in a beautiful new location.

The workshop fee is $100 and includes a drink ticket that may be redeemed for your choice glass of wine. We have one 50% off scholarship available. If you’d like to apply, please email [email protected] or call 541-592-5019.

 Bridgeview Vineyard & Winery specializes in German varietals such as Riesling. Currently, it has a gold medal award-winning Oregon Pinot Noir that has received an 89-point rating with Wine Spectator. It’s a great value! Wines will be available for tasting and purchase throughout the workshop. Please bring a water bottle and packed lunch.   

Silvia Trujillo Workshop Update: Rescheduled!

Alpacas at Lone Ranch Plein Air Workshop

Sponsored by Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford

 Due to the heat wave last Saturday, the workshop was rescheduled for September 24. All the same info, just a different day : )

 Looking forward to a great outdoor painting day on the 24th! Love to see you there! 

Alpacas at Lone Ranch (in Eagle Point) is another favorite spot for plein air art.

Sign up through the Rogue Gallery to reserve your space. 

Call 541.772.8118 or visit Website:

Suitable for beginner through advanced painters. All media welcome!
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 24, from 9 am–3 pm and painting with you!

Recent plein air scenes by Silvia: vineyard & flower fields





Where I Create

fourth 2022  
Hello, you lovely artists and friends!
May this newsletter find you feeling safe and inspired. I have some fun projects in the works and wanted to update you on what I’m doing these days!

I am featured in the latest issue of Where Women Create! My spread in Where Women Create has me so excited!

Someone once told me that I had a way of creating art that was one with my photographs and studio. I feel that this is true because they are all so connected. When I create, work in my studio, garden, or photograph my work, I am truly working from my soul and my muse is beside me.

The Fall 2022 issue of Where Women Create has a feature on my studio and myself, and all of the photos are taken by me! I am still in awe of how beautiful the article and spreads are, and how supportive you all have been!

It is a gorgeous issue with so many inspirational Studios stories and photos. I’m linking to the magazine here, so if you want to order it you can. It is available at Barnes and Noble if you are there too! But take a look around the wonderful Where Women Create website, and even subscribe while you are there!

Learn Online With Me!

My lovely friend, the artist Zoe Hirson, wrote of me and my art, “Something about this artist. She can put together marks and images and they come together to tell a story [and] show an image that manages to be contemporary with a sense of old, of history, of memory, of fragments, of interest.” I love this description so much!

Have you looked at my online offerings lately? I have fourteen different online workshops available for you to choose from, each with its own unique theme and flavor!

I recently launched two new online workshops that I am so excited to share with you now that the planning and dreaming are complete!

Come create with me in my online workshops!

The Gatheress

Inspired by all of the treasures we gather along the way! Do you have pieces of fabric or paper that are too special to discard? In The Gatheress, we use our sentimental scraps to create a mounted bi-fold book with a scroll attached in the middle as the centerpiece! Learn simple techniques that add rich detail, be inspired by the elements, and reclaim your place on this beautiful planet!

Here is a photo from my feature in Where Women Create. It shows my encaustic station for filming Ring Around the Moon.

Ring Around the Moon My second workshop that just launched, Ring Around the Moon, is my class for Painting with Fire 2022. Painting with Fire is a year-long encaustics masterclass with over 50 hours of lessons and behind-the-scenes from 26 world-renowned encaustics artists.

Create a lush landscape with me and see how wax adds depth and mystery to your creations! Register now for Painting with Fire, and you will gain access to all of the classes that were already released this year, including mine!

Sending you love, light, and magic from River Garden Studio! I hope we create together soon! y® company

September Art Opportunities from the AGA

The Ashland Gallery Association is excited to share a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 

Medford Food Coop, Untitled, Photography

Medford Food Coop
Call for Artists!
No Specific Dates and Times (Ongoing)

The Medford Food Coop is seeking local artists to feature on their Community Art Wall in the Cafe. For those who aren’t familiar, the Community Art Wall offers local artists a space to share their artwork with others while simultaneously giving back to local nonprofit organizations. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information.

Roxanne Evans Stout, Ring Around the Moon, Mixed Media

Roxanne Evans Stout
Ring Around the Moon
No Specific Dates and Times (Online)

Join Roxanne Evans Stout for Ring Around the Moon and learn more about how to create a magical and lush abstract landscape with the beautiful luminous quality that is unique to encaustic painting. In addition to creating layers of wax over a pre-gessoed wood surface, individuals will also create a foreground and background using different hues.

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information. 

Sarah F. Burns, Vesper Meadow Bovine Beach, Oil

Project Space

Paint Out with Your Art Friends!

Friday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join Project Space and Sarah F. Burns to learn more about painting outdoors. Taking place at Rabbit Ears Trailhead at Mt. Ashland, individuals will have the opportunity to observe everything from interesting rock formations, to wonderful wildflowers, amazing views, and more. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information.

Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass, Expressions, Watercolor

Grants Pass Museum of Art

Free Yourself Up! Abstract Layering in Watercolor
With Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass

Saturday, October 1, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass to learn more about intuitive layered abstraction using watercolor. In addition to exploring and experimenting, individuals will also learn how to incorporate textural elements into their own creative style. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information. 

How to heal the world…

…give thanks, take joy

Southern Oregon Guild Plein Air Workshop

Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans presents a Plein Air Workshop with Silvia Trujillo at Bridgeview Vineyards and Winery

An August Nod to Machado

Some Antonio Machado magic for these dog days of summer:

And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

From his poem, “Last Night As I Lay Sleeping,” translated by Robert Bly

Blooming Through

O the courage of yarrow, 

impossibly blooming through 

abandoned asphalt. Yarrow—

meaning healing & love, 

meaning even the thickest lid 

above the wild seed of our hope

cannot contain tenacious life.  


ASCEND 2022 Creatives Conference in Jacksonville

Oil Painting, film making and production, and musical inspiration. Join other creatives from across the West Coast at ASCEND 2022 creatives conference and workshops July 14th (early bird classes), 15, and 16th in Jacksonville, Oregon! And sign up early as some class sizes are limited. Inspiring professional instructors and captivating speakers, with 4 major FOCUS PATHS to choose from. Oil Painting with Frank Ordaz, plus see his original works with Lucas Film and so much more.   Filmmaking with Jeff Bates from The Chosen. Thrive in your craft, impact culture, and confidently forge ahead while being energized by fellow creatives!  Use SOAR coupon for $25 discount. Register at by July 10th.

Quinceañeras & Everyday Unicorns

Fifteen summer solstices ago—give or take a matter of hours—I wrote my first blog post here on Wordbody. There have been many books and paintings since then. Many things lost and a few things won. I’ve shared most all of them here. Some posts are long, considered essays. Others are the equivalent of a photo and caption. Some I think about for weeks. Others pop into my head the day I decide to post, inspired by a word or image. Like this one. 


You can easily guess at my inspiration. I came across this stuffed unicorn on my walk. It was much larger than it looks: almost five feet long, lying right there on the shoulder of our country road. I couldn’t help but wonder who had lost it, dumped it, or left it. 


These days, a unicorn is often a metaphor for a uniquely successful start-up or entrepreneur. But once upon a time—back when the equivalent of television was stained glass and tapestries—it represented qualities like purity, freedom, gentleness. 


I don’t have a grand plan for this post—it’s one of the quick ones. But to honor my blog’s quinceañera, I wanted to give her a gift. Not the dirty stuffed unicorn but what that mythical being once represented. Actually, I’d love for the world to give itself those gifts. Purity doesn’t have to be unique. Freedom doesn’t have to mean a financial boon. Gentleness doesn’t require a horn growing from the middle of our heads. Really, it’s a gift to know we can cultivate these things right where we are. 


Happy birthday, Wordbody. May the next fifteen years be full of everyday magic, too.