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AGA January Art Opportunities

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Ashland Galleries
January Visual Arts News
January = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities that are being offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 

Jenay Elder, Oranges in Sunlight, Acrylic on Canvas
Jenay Elder, Oranges in Sunlight, Acrylic on Canvas

Art & Soul Ashland
Backlit Citrus Paint Night with Jenay Elder
Friday, January 20, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join Art & Soul Ashland and Jenay Elder to learn more about acrylic painting techniques while referencing brightly lit citrus. Best known for her textured notes of color, representational quality, and sensitive subject matter, Jenay has developed a sharp eye for depicting subjects that instill insight and familiarity. Registration includes materials, wine, and refreshments. 

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

Dennis McNett, Good Medicine, Woodblock Print
Dennis McNett, Good Medicine, Woodblock Print

Schneider Museum of Art
Saturday Salon: Pushing the Press
Saturday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join the Schneider Museum of Art, Executive Director Scott Malbaurn, Curator Josef Zimmerman, and Featured Artists Kathryn Polk and Dennis McNett for a private tour of Pushing the Press: Contemporary Printers Redefining the Medium. Following the tour will be an intimate brunch with the opportunity to have lively conversations with both the curator and artists.

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

Grants Pass Museum of Art, Untitled, Graphite
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Untitled, Graphite

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Drawing and Composition with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, January 28, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Kristen O’Neill to learn more about the basic fundamentals to create a strong composition. Using graphite tools and drawing from a simple scene, individuals will learn how to create a range of values while reviewing the principals of design. 

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

Fiber Arts Collective, Untitled, Mixed Media
Fiber Arts Collective, Untitled, Mixed Media

Fiber Arts Collective
Art Supply Swap!
Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join Fiber Arts Collective for an Art Supply Swap! Artists are encouraged to bring one to five items that they would like to trade in exchange for other items. All supplies should be in good and usable condition. 

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

NEW Pastel 101 Workshop!

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Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a NEW
Pastel 101 Workshop with Lara Strazdas!


Instructor: Lara Strazdas

Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
Time: 1PM – 5PM
Fee: $95
Max. 8 students

Location:
Classroom at Central Art
101 N. Central
Medford, OR 97501

Registration Required. Click here to register.

In this 4-hour, single session workshop we will explore the different types of soft pastels as well as various pastel supports and mixed media applications.  We will delve into the diversity of pastels and the range of textures and effects that can be achieved with this versatile medium. We will also have a look at some grounds and mediums available that will make just about any surface accept pastel.

*For more information, including a complete supplies list and class registration, visit centralartsupply.com

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Solstice Song

Inspired by reading Wintering
this Solstice morning…



Solstice Song


Winter comes, kind & slow—

unseen behind the glitter of other gifts.

Outside, the trees root deeper.

Inside, the fire glows brighter.

And further inside, the spirit asks to rest—

asks for fewer shoulds & more stillness.

For less noise & more silence

 

& more silence

 

 

& more silence

 

 

& the winter lovers listen.

 

AGA December Art News

Ashland Galleries
December Visual Arts News

December = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities that are being offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 

Michael Lynn Adams
How To Compose Art Using Harmonic Symmetry
Ongoing (Online)

Join Michael Lynn Adams to learn more about the process of incorporating harmonic symmetry. Because creating realist paintings is not always intuitive, Michael often uses harmonic symmetry to develop his compositions both on and off the canvas. 

For those who are interested in taking a look, please click here for more information. 

Michael Lynn Adams, Tangerine On Old Books, Oil on Canvas
Michael Lynn Adams, Tangerine On Old Books, Oil on Canvas

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Faux Fun and 6×6
Deadline: Saturday, January 14

Support the Grants Pass Museum of Art and display artwork in their Winter Exhibition, taking place from January 20 – February 18.

Faux Fun:
Create a copy of a masterwork with your own twist! Masterworks should be well known so that viewers are able to understand the ‘spoof’ of it. The museum has even provided a list of recommendations for inspiration. 

6×6:
Create a 6”x6” artwork for auction! Artists can create as many artworks as they wish to donate and both 2D and 3D artwork is welcome. Please do not modify the size or edges or create parts that stick out beyond 6”x6”.  

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

Kristen O'Neill, Starry Night Over Grants Pass, Acrylic
Kristen O’Neill, Starry Night Over Grants Pass, Acrylic

Fiber Arts Collective
Felting Class with Corbin Brashear
Saturday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join Fiber Arts Collective and Corbin Brashear to explore and learn more about the technique of needle felting, a dry method using a special needle, loose wool, and a foam surface to create fun and whimsical sculptures. 

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

Corbin Brashear, Untitled, Wool Felt
Corbin Brashear, Untitled, Wool Felt

Deadline: Sunday, January 15 Renew your membership or become a member of the Ashland Gallery Association! Benefits include everything from an ad listing in the printed Gallery Guide, a listing on the website, eligibility to participate in special events such as A Taste of Ashland and Ashland Open Studio Tour, daily social media promotion, and so much more.

For more information, to renew your membership, or to become a member, please click here.

Robert Koch, Neighbourhood News, Acrylic on Panel
Robert Koch, Neighbourhood News, Acrylic on Panel

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Mixed Media Magic in Scotland!

nov 2022


Hello you wonderful friends and artists! Sending you love and light from the Pacific Northwest! It is a wintery day here at River Garden Studio! The sun is shining between snowfalls. I have been enjoying time in my studio, but I’m also making some exciting plans for next year that I want to tell you all about!

Immerse yourself in Scotland in the Autumn with me!

I can hardly believe I get to teach…a Mixed Media Workshop in Scotland!

I am so excited to teach twice in Europe next year, in the hilltops of Italy September 16-23, 2023, then in the Highlands of Scotland September 28-October 6, 2023!

Mixed Media Magic, my mixed media workshop in Scotland, is a Wandering Craft Retreat, artfully curated so we get the most enjoyable experience as artists, from private tours to mixed media classes to Scottish Hospitality, with time to soak in all of the beauty around us factored in, too.

We will visit Edinburgh, the Highlands, and the Isle of Skye, while we stay in an 1880’s-era lodge perched on the edge of a remote Scottish loch and enjoy delicious, seasonal meals.

I am so looking forward to finding Home in the Highlands with you!
Won’t you join me for Mixed Media Magic in Scotland?!

To where are you drawn?

I have realized I am drawn to small villages and countrysides. I love experiencing local customs, food, and the people in a new place. I recently discovered much of my ancestry is Scottish, so that is a special tie for me on this adventure. My workshops in Europe are spaced enough that I have time to travel, rest and explore between them. Both venues are absolutely enchanting and have charmed me into having adventures with them! It would be so special if you would join me at either magical location!

Draw inspiration from our majestic surroundings as we make Mixed Media Magic in Scotland!

Won’t you join me?!

I would love to share these magical adventures with you in Scotland and Italy next year!

Which of these places beckon to you for the new year?

Storytelling with Collage: An Art Journey, September 16-23, 2023, in Montelparo Italy!

Mixed Media Magic in Scotland September 28-October 6!

The Long Game of Joy

I am delighted to announce the release of my new book on the first year of marriage!


The Long Game of Joy is the book I wish I could have read before I said “I do.” It’s a blend of memoir, manual, and meditation; interwoven within the story of our first year of marriage, you’ll find practical advice from savvy relationship experts and bits of poetry for those moments when no practicalities will do. You’ll encounter a wild mix of the sacred and mundane—the Enneagram, rivers, the wound-that-heals-us, RITZ-cracker communion, the True Self, corn dogs, and a key thing called zimzum. This is a playbook for couples looking to up their game by practicing grace to live in gratitude, faith to trust, and forgiveness to love. May we celebrate marriage in all its mud and wonder, all its stains and stars. Here’s to the learning curve of love for the win. 

Below you’ll find a bit of the first chapter, “We Fought About What?” 

 

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I titled this book The Long Game of Joythough I’m not a huge fan of games—there’s usually just one winner. But I discovered that on the playing field of marriage, both players can win. On this Unified Field of Love, two can become one and know joy. 

 

Which might sound sweet…. 

 

But it’s also a marvelous-hard healing process! 

 

I confess: the first year of marriage was rough for me. And I’m pretty sure it would have been rough regardless of whom I’d married; I had too much of my own unlearning and learning to do—even though I thought I’d done it. 

 

That’s one of the many things I wish I’d known but discovered only after talking with people who’d been married 10, 20, 30, 40+ years. And after reading poems to help with mystery. And after reading books on marriage to help with practicalities. All of which I’ll reference often in these pages. Like this bit of wisdom from Winifred Reilly: 

 

I thought of how helpful it would have been to have learned, early on in my marriage, that not every problem can be solved and not every irritant can be negotiated away, that a good marriage is a mixture of delight and disgruntlement, that unhappiness comes from expecting it to be otherwise.*

 

That’s good advice for the long game.

 

And what is the long game? 

 

A long-term endeavor. 

 

A marriage…. 

 

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You can read the rest in the book (both as paperback and eBook).

 

My gratitude to Bo Stern-Brady for her lovely endorsement:   

 

Anna Elkins has the ability to capture a world of emotion, turmoil, joy, and hope in just one sentence. In her newest book, The Long Game of Joy, she tells the story of her first year of marriage with a mix of disarming transparency and delightful self-awareness that only serves to elevate the magic and mystery of love. This is the book for those who suspect that true love still exists, but it is messier, sturdier, and yet more beautiful than the fairytales have led us to believe.Bo Stern-Brady, author of Beautiful Battlefields 

 

Here’s to grace, faith, and forgiveness in all realms of life,

 

Anna (pictured here with my husband, Jared, at the start of our long game)

 


PS: If you enjoy The Long Game of Joy, please do leave a review!


PPS: And do share it in social-media-land: #TheLongGameOfJoy


 

* Winifred M. Reilly, It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help from My Spouse—and How You Can, Too (Gallery Books, 2017), 236.

3-Day Pastel Workshop with Susan Kuznitsky



Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a 3-Day Pastel Workshop with Susan Kuznitsky!

“Painting the Autumn Colors in Pastel” UART 3-Day Workshop with Susan Kuznitsky PSA, NWPS, CPP, PSWC, IAPS MC

Dates: Friday November 4th, Saturday, November 5th, and Sunday, November 6th 2022

Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

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

Instructor: Susan Kuznitsky

Medium: Pastels

Skill level: Beginner to advanced

Number of Workshop Days: 3

Price: $375 / Register here (full workshop details at this link)

*UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop.


About this event

Pastels are a wonderful medium for capturing the colors of Autumn. Follow Susan’s step-by-step approach from the underpainting to the finished piece. Several different underpainting techniques will be demonstrated along with plenty of individual attention at the easel. Learn how to make good choices on composition and color when working from a photo reference to create powerful, emotional pastel paintings. All the lessons on color and value will be applicable to any other medium(s) you work in. You will have the option of painting alongside Susan using the same photo reference.

This step-by-step method will provide an organized framework for your future pastel paintings taking the mystery out of where to start, and what type of pastels to use. All levels are welcome. This workshop will be packed with information and fun!

Art Excursion and Collaborative Workshop with Dan Chen – Register by November 6!!

More about Dan Chen…
More info and Register here


Sponsored by Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation
Connecting to Culture to Christ through Fine Arts since 2007

and hosted at the Studio of Dan Chen
and Pacific Rim Art Guild Gallery

Copyright © Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation 2022.
All rights reserved.

https://www.mcfineartsfoundation.org

Book Brinking

It’s almost that time…publication time! My newest book has a November due date, and as I wrap up all the pre-pub stuff, I remember all of the resources that helped me write my own. 

This photo shows a fraction of the (way-too-many!) books I read and quoted in my own upcoming book about the first year of marriage. I am immensely grateful to the authors who shared their wisdom on relationships and communication, and I hope that my writing will be helpful to others, too. 

And so, on this brink of a new book, I thank the brave souls who write about the hard things. My already-deep respect for you has grown!

Here’s to forging joy….

NEW Graphite Workshop at Central Art

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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. 

*For more information, including a complete supplies list and class registration, visit centralartsupply.com

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