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Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, December 6th, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions  First Friday Art Walk, December 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, December 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Venture further to explore out-skirting galleries!  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation! 

December Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Center

Art with a Heart

Ashland Art Center, December’s Spotlight Gallery will be featuring Susanne Petermann, Collage Artist, Marcy Greene, Mixed Media Art and Jo Ann Manzone, Fiber Artist.  Musical guest is Jennifer Davis and Darcy Sternenberg with be featured in the photographers co-op.

Ashland Art Center is the number one spot where the community comes together to meet our local artists, shop in our gallery and studio’s, take classes and enjoy wine and music.  This month we are partnering with CASA and will have a giving tree in the center to help families in need.  Stop by and sponsor a child with a donation or purchase of a gift.

We will also have a Holiday Show in the Classroom, so you can buy local artisan made gifts.  Gift-wrapping is available.

Marcy Greene, mixed media

Marcy Greene, mixed media

Shepherd’s Dream

Rogue Valley and Beyond

Pat Moore has been an avid photographer for 35+ years, and brings his keen eye for the processes of nature to his craft.  His approach reflects two essential aspects of his personal history:  early exposure to urban cultures and architecture, together with two decades as an organic farmer.  This appreciation led him to wilderness areas at home and abroad.  These elements are apparent in the works that Pat shares with the world.

Pat Moore, “Deadfall Lake Reflection,” photograph

Pat Moore, “Deadfall Lake Reflection,” photograph

Studio 151

Featuring Kaho Koinuma – Mandala art

First Friday in December at the studio features a joint show of mixed media figures and wall art by Elizabeth York and works by guest artist, Kaho Koinuma. Kaho is a Mandala artist who draws directly from the heart. Her sacred mandalas are expressions of love filled with prayers for each and every being to awaken to the essence of the heart and for all experiences to be pathways home to love. Many have found inner guidance and healing through meditating and contemplating her mandalas.

Prior to 2006, Kaho had no experience in fine art, but with a sudden inspiration from the universe through a Japanese artist, the mandalas started to appear as answers to her heart’s calling.

Before becoming a mandala artist, Kaho was a competitive figure skater and coach for 30 years. This experience prepared her for the focus and discipline it takes to infuse the dots and shapes that appear in each mandala with universal love.

Her work has been the subject of several articles, including a feature article in Hado magazine in which Kaho was interviewed by Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of the best-selling book “The Hidden Messages in Water.”

Since early 2007, Kaho has been exhibiting her mandalas and offering meditations, workshops and retreats in support of all beings to discover peace, love and true happiness, within the core of his/her own heart.

The studio will be open on First Friday, 12/6 from 5-8.

www.mandalasoftheheart.com
Instagram: @kaho_koinuma

Koinuma, “Bliss,” gel pens on paper

Koinuma, “Bliss,” gel pens on paper

Ashland Custom Frame

Oil Paintings by David William Terry

Artist David William Terry has been a professional artist since 1981. He specializes in oil paintings, particularly portraits. He has won awards for his paintings in a number of national and international juried exhibits.

David’s paintings portray his simple desire to share what he considers beautiful.

He is less concerned with originality or style, than with capturing the essential character of his subjects, whether they are people or waterfalls.

Originally from Texas, David and his partner Francesca came to the Rogue Valley in 2015. They currently live in Jacksonville.

 

David’s paintings will be on display through the end of January

David William Terry, “Gabija,” oil on linen

David William Terry, “Gabija,” oil on linen

 

New AGA Member

Trace West

Trace West Announces New Furniture Series “STATERA”

Grand Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5th, 2019   7:00 -10:00 pm
Design Lab Talk: January 18, 2020 11:00 am -1:00 pm

Andrew Golish, a member of the American Craft Council, is the principle designer and founder of TRACE WEST, a new boutique furniture gallery located in Ashland, Oregon. The showroom will be hosting within the gallery scape a revolving series of contemporary craft guest artisans working in a range of various mediums including textiles, lighting, ceramics and other applied media. The grand opening for TRACE WEST will be held on Thursday, December 5th, 2019.

STATERA SERIES

The opening of the TRACE WEST showroom coincides with the debut of the STATERA series. STATERA, which is Latin for “balance,” is a new contemporary furniture design series featuring fine finish solid walnut custom coffee tables, consoles, benches, and end tables for living spaces and the work environment.

Golish states that the search for “perfect balance” motivates him to create cutting-edge, contemporary designs by integrating traditional hand craft techniques with new technological applications. The STATERA signature series offers clean, sleek lines with intersecting geometric shapes. The sculptural dimension of cascading, rich wood textures are central of these exquisite pieces and elevate them to a high level of quality and design. “Complex simplicity” aptly defines the STATERA series, an elegant balance of functional design and contemporary aesthetic.

DESIGN LAB TALKS

Additionally, TRACE WEST will host and present DESIGN LAB TALKS, an educational guest speaker series featuring contemporary design influencers. Future topics will include the impact of new cutting-edge technology has on design, the convergence of contemporary craft, and the role of contemporary art in the creative marketplace. Join us January 18, 2020 as Golish kicks off the first Design Lab Talk event.

ABOUT TRACE WEST

The TRACE WEST name originated when Golish journeyed from the midwest. Golish states that he “was seeking a more creative, open minded environment and community.” Ashland, Oregon, a cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest, represented the perfect location to bring his creative spirit to fruition. TRACE WEST has been well received by the local community, in no small part due to the company’s focus on locally sourced materials and creating environmentally conscience, sustainable furniture and decor.

Golish has taken a unique approach to the marketing challenge. In what is ever becoming a more and more competitive e-commerce retail environment, Golish has elected to open a brick and mortar gallery which will allow him to interact personally with clients on a daily basis. Simultaneously, TRACE WEST maintains and is growing its own online presence, through its website tracewest.com, as well as industry related associations and community organizations.

Please contact us directly to learn more about TRACE WEST and the debut of STATERA, the perfect balance.

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the December Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

 

Please see attached “Spotlight Exhibits.”

The Ashland Gallery Association is a collection of over thirty galleries and dozens of artists, offering remarkably diverse and high quality works of art.

Ashland has been designated as one of the “Best Small Arts Towns in America.” And while our most famous arts organization is the award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, you really haven’t seen Ashland until you’ve seen the Ashland Galleries.

We’re remarkably user-friendly. Most of our galleries are located within just a few blocks of each other, and every gallery welcomes all comers. We’re proud of the work we produce and offer, and we look forward to showing you what we’re all about.

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Your Approach – Draw Or Paint First?

Approach: Painted Intuitively

What Is Your Approach?

One of my nieces recently asked me the following question (and I paraphrase): “Do you draw the subject first or rather, do you paint first?”  The question was addressing how one approaches watercolor painting in particular.

Easy Answer, Or Is It?

My immediate answer was that my approach is to draw first.  And, that is what I usually do because it suits my way of working with watercolor.

Approach: Draw First
An example of drawing first.

It Is About How You Solve Composition Problems.

To clarify, what we are talking about here is drawing out the composition on your watercolor paper, then painting over top of the drawing.  Or, the other option, painting first and working out the composition as you go.

And, to reiterate, it is generally my practice to draw out major portions of my design before I start painting.

Trying A Different Start Can Enhance Skills.

However, that doesn’t mean that I am against the “just go for it” approach.  That is, painting without an under-drawing or plan.  Besides being fun and challenging, you see, sometimes one needs to do things differently.  Painting first and composing as you go can stretch your skills.  For one thing, you might have to focus intently on what you’re doing in order for the composition to work.

So, from time to time, I have experimented with the more intuitive, un-planned approach to watercolor painting.

Risk Of Failure.

However, I discovered that I have to be prepared for the “failures”.  That is, the paintings that I can not resolve and therefore never finish.   And that is because transparent watercolor paint offers few options for corrections.  So, at least for me, a successful intuitive painting is a challenge.  To put it another way, the difference between the sublime success and stunning not-so-good painting can be a small mis-judgement.

Example Of Artist Who Paints First.

I once took a workshop with the artist and experimental watercolor painter Barbara Nechis.  To explain, I was and still am intrigued by her paintings.  Her approach seems intuitive and natural.  But, and this is the big point for me, she has had years of experience.  And, it was she who helped me understand that you need to be prepared for the failures.

Approach: Paint First
Example of a “just go for it” watercolor painting.

“Bad Paintings” Are Part Of Learning.

On the other hand, one could state that failures are how we learn and a regular part of painting.  As such, I like to remind myself that one has to get through the “bad” ones to get to the successful paintings.   And, that is true for those of us who pre-plan and draw as well as for those of us who just go for it with the paint.

The Answer?  Yes.

So, back to the original question, how ought one start a watercolor painting?  Should one draw first (preplan) or paint first?  Hmmm, the more I think about it, the more my answer is, “Yes!” And “if you want to and it depends on you”.  Also, why not try both approaches?

About the Paintings.

I selected to watercolor paintings that I created in the same year: 2007.  “Rocket Flowers” I pre-planned and drew the layout of the painting first.  Then, I continued with the watercolor paint.  However, the approach for “November Chapel” was done without a preplanning or an underdrawing.

 

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Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, November 1st 2019 from 5 to 8 pm

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, November 1st from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Venture further to explore out-skirting galleries!  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation! 

Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, November 1st 2019 from 5 to 8 pm

November Spotlight Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery

“Color Notes” oil painting on linen by Jenay Elder

Artist Jenay Elder resides in Southern Oregon. Her impressionistic oil paintings are known for their textured notes of color, representational quality and their sensitive subject matter. Jenay sold her first Monet inspired, impressionistic landscape online at the age of fifteen in 2001 and has been making and selling art ever since. Her artwork can be found in regional gallery shows and plein air events as well as in private collections around the world. She is a recent recipient of the Haines Foundation grant and has participated in numerous paint outs and shows, including the UVAA 30 under 30 exhibit. Jenay is also an artist member of Oil Painters of America and Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters associations. 

Live music of First Friday will be provided by “Sidewalk Café.”  The trio – Beth Martin, violinist and singer, Craig Martin, guitarist, and Todd Ragland, fretless bassist play swing, Gypsy jazz and bossa nova.

Jenay Elder, “Reset on Harris Beach" oil on linen

Jenay Elder, “Reset on Harris Beach” oil on linen

Ashland Natural Medicine

“Dream Garden” paintings by Linda Kehoe


Lindy Kehoe paints from a pure place of imagination. Nothing obstructs her vision. She weaves in magical themes of storytelling about nature, animals, Mother Earth, music, dance, childhood, mystical, unconsciousness, joy, divinity, feminine, masculine, peace and prayer just to name a few…

Lindy writes, “My work is inspired by serendipity, a momentary feeling of interconnected magic, that often feels like a dream.  I am motivated to create images that bring peaceful energy to the viewer, a place of remembrance, a place of innocence. The Oracular tendency keeps me fascinated by the mystical process.”

Lindy Kehoe, “Durgalina,” mixed media painting

Lindy Kehoe, “Durgalina,” mixed media painting

Studio 151

Guest Artist Rob Jaffe, photography

November’s First Friday at the studio features a joint show of mixed media figures and wall art by Elizabeth York and works by guest artist, photographer, Rob Jaffe.

In the words of one of his admirers: “Robert Jaffe’s lens and eye are a gateway to a realm of transcendence. The scope of his work ranges from the close-up to expansive vistas. Whether his photographs are the astonishing insides of a raspberry or a full moon over Mount Shasta, you feel that perhaps you are experiencing these worldly wonders for the first time. Jaffe combines his consummate technical skill with the poetry of his vision. The camera captures reality, but Jaffe transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. His work takes you to unforgettable moments and locations – a dove ascending from a monastery’s ledge in Assisi, Italy, or the Oregon Coast – filled with luminous rock and the calligraphic underbelly of driftwood.

Jaffe’s photographs remind me of a line from Rumi: “We are tasting the taste, this minute of eternity.” The viewer will leave Jaffe’s exhibition, with that experience.” ~Rebecca Gabriel

The studio will be open on First Friday from 5-8.  www.robjaffe.com

Ashland Property Management

“Aileron Flares” New & recent works by Jarrett Rex Davidson


Jarrett Rex Davidson is a Southern Oregonian who has returned to paint and teach art practices.  His works are amalgamations of memory and folklore that result in grand depictions of cultural iconography.  Standing before his paintings, the viewer senses an accumulated vocabulary of imagery reflected by life encounters in the Northwest, as well as travels in Mexico and Italy.  Informed by traditions of biological illustration, religious art and pop culture, Davidson navigates depictions of intersecting myths and symbolic narratives.

With a vita that includes a Bachelors of Studio Art from Southern Oregon University, Davidson was the Art Technician for the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, Laura Russo Gallery in Portland and Art Handler for Connect Art International in San Francisco. In addition to painting, Davidson is currently gaining his Master of Arts in Teaching at Southern.  He is presently working with Ashland Middle School students on an exhibit of artwork that will be displayed at the Ashland Public Library for a Dia de los Muertos celebration from October 28th into November.

Selected pieces of the First Friday Reception at Ashland Property Management will be on sale with 100% proceeds going to The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

Jarrett Rex Davidson, “Aileron Flares” watercolor on paper

Jarrett Rex Davidson, “Aileron Flares” watercolor on paper

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the November Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

 

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Remember Me – It’s About Blogging & Leaving Talent OR

Remember: Talent Railroad Depot

Yes, do you remember me?

Remember Me? From the blog login page

Remember Me.

As I logged into my website in preparation to write this blog post, I noticed the small remark at the bottom of the page.  It read “Remember Me”.   Though the statement was about my password, it made me wonder, will you remember me?

 

Blog Slow Down.

This past year has not been one of my better blogging years.  As I remember, things were slow to begin with and, then, I  practically stopped writing for the month of August and September.  Not surprising, these two months coincide with our move.  That is to say, my husband and I have left Talent, OR and moved to Ilwaco, WA.

Hard Getting Started Again.

I thought that when we moved into our new place, it would be easy to pick up the keyboard and start blogging again.  Silly me; there is a lot of work to setting up a household.  And, my studio space, for example, is only about a third of the way unpacked.  I do have my drawing table unpacked.  Pencil and paper are always at the ready, so things are looking up.

All that being said, I have wanted to start writing again.  Here we go then and, I do hope that you remember me.

Farewell Talent, Oregon.

So, I’d like to say a fond farewell to Talent, OR.  I thoroughly enjoyed our seven years there.  And, while there, I did some sketches of some of the places around town.  I have included a few just for fun.

Rail Depot.

One of my favorite buildings in town is the old rail depot.  I did a few sketches and here is my favorite watercolor and ink version.  The forward part of the building as space for a cafe.  Currently, it is the home of “Sweet Beet Station”.

Remembering Talent Rail Depot

“Funky Fashions”.

The old building that used to be the home of “Funky Fashions” is also a favorite.  “Funky Fashions” was owned by our neighbor when we moved in to Talent back in 2012.  Since then it has changed businesses a couple of times.  Now, it’s the home of “Biscuits and Vinyl”.

Remember Funky Fashions

“Downtowne Coffee”

One business that did not change while we were there was “Downtowne Coffee”.  It is situated in what was once a gasoline station.  I recommend the espresso at “Downtowne Coffee”; it tastes so good!

Remember Talent OR

Gas Station.

Come to think of it, I did do a sketch of one of the gas stations that is still a gas station.  The employees were nice and this is one of my favorites.

Remember Talent: 76 Gas Station

Fond Memories.

I will remember Talent and the people who live there with fondness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW

Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW ​presents over 20 women artists for a representation of power found in the feminine mystique and, ultimately, communicates an inspired message that will leave viewers uplifted, hopeful, and with a little joy in their heart.

Center on Contemporary Art Northwest Mystics 2019

From December 5 through 21, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents, “Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW.” CoCA will wrap up their 2019 year of amplifying the voices of women and femme-identified artists with an exhibition, not only of women, but also works from select CoCA members. A 2019 Mayor’s Arts Award recipient, CoCA has been an artistic staple in Seattle since 1981 and continues to challenge the status quo while exploring cultural assumptions and highlighting the essential role of art in a global conversation.

“Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW” will include a wide variety of artists from different backgrounds to include a musical performance, sculpture, painting, and video, as well as lighted animatronic motion-sensitive “flowers” by Sena Clara Creston that engage directly with visitors. Additional artists in the show include Amina Maya, Anya Gudimova, Aramis Hamer, Babs Fulton, Cathy Sarkowsky, Christy Bailey, Eliaichi Kimaro, Jenny Jun Smith, ​Jocelyn Beausire, ​Kree Arvanitas, KT Hancock, Michelle Friars, Minhi Wimplempeck, Ouija Boob, Polly Purvis, Sandi Bransford, Sonya Stockton, Shima Star, ST Rivera, Vian Nguyen, and Victoria Raymond.

This show is inspired in part by the life and work of gallery owner and catalyst for the Northwest School, Zoë Dusanne as she celebrated the ingenuity and unflappable spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Her life, work and dedication to creating and holding space for contemporary art is one that CoCA deeply identifies with. Dusanne was also a trailblazer of her time as the first African-American woman to open her own gallery, a working single mother and, along with her parents, a founding member of the Seattle chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1947, Dusanne built a home in Seattle specifically designed to double as an art space, which she opened to the public in November 1950. Dusanne’s persistence and dedication to presenting artists, who would later be known as the “mystical” painters from Northwest School, resulted in a feature in ​Life ​magazine in 1953 and propelled the Northwest School to national prominence. Unfortunately in 1958, her home and gallery were demolished in order to accommodate the construction of I-5—something Seattleites can still relate to today.

CoCA’s nod to the Northwest School’s history is visible in landscapes such as one with a twist by Jenny Jun Smith or nature-inspired abstracts with a dark misty palette by Cathy Sarkowsky. In contrast to the Northwest School artists, this show displays a visceral sensuality and playfulness of the feminine mystique. Some works speak directly to the current social climate, such as ST Rivera’s ink on paper piece titled “Machismo;” Vian Nguyen’s oil painting, “Torn;” and Victoria Raymond’s 3D mixed media collage, “Grit.” “Northwest Mystics 2019: Women of the PNW” is a visual representation of the beautiful struggle of the feminine and, ultimately, communicates an inspired message that will leave viewers uplifted, hopeful, and with a little joy in their heart.

 

Exhibition Runs December 5 – 21, 2019.
Opening Reception, on December 5, 2019, 6-9pm, part of Pioneer Square Art Walk and includes a musical performance by Ouija Boob at 7:30pm.
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
More info: ​cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/northwest-mystics-2019

October 2019 News from Columbia Center for the Arts

First Friday Gallery Opening Reception
October 4, 6-8pm
October Art Exhibitions
Best of the Gorge — Juried show
Ted Olson — the eastern gorge
Claire Dibble — Columbia River Source to Sea
Schedule:
  • Juror’s talk and awards: 6:30pm
  • Claire Dibble artist talk — Columbia River Source to Sea7pm in the Theater
  • Nancy Richardson Fischer book signing — The Speed of Falling Objects: 6-8pm
Best of the Gorge
October 1-26
Opening Reception:
October 4, 6-8pm

Our relationship with this landscape and its people is what the Best of the Gorge exhibition is about, as artists create work that speaks directly to their connection to place.

Ted Olson’s
the eastern gorge

October 1 – 26
Opening Reception:
October 4, 6-8pm
oak savanna, open grassland, fields of wildflowers, broken basalt buttes and, of course, the sky
September – October
Opening Reception:
October 4, 6-8pm (With a talk by the artist!)
A solo paddling expedition and social-engagement art project that will cover all 2000 kilometers of the Columbia River.
Suzy LaRuffa
at Windermere Realty

through October

Portland,OR Mixed Media Artist inspired by nature, in love with texture!

September – October
Enjoy a glass of wine and the bright and whimsical paintings of Charlene Rivers at Cathedral Ridge Winery through the end of September.
Volunteer at CCA! 

As a nonprofit organization, Columbia Center for the Arts depends upon the generous support of our volunteers to sustain a growing array of educational programs, art exhibitions, and performing arts events.

Submit your volunteer application today and receive a complimentary event ticket!

Copyright © 2019 Columbia Center for the Arts. All rights reserved.

CCA’s mailing address is:
215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, Oregon 97031

Join us for Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk festivities October 4th! 

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, October 4th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Happenings!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the October Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Ashland Gallery Association

October Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Center

Autumn Art in Multiple Mediums

Our theme for October is autumn and all it brings with color, texture, warmth in layering and the merging of foliage with art.  Our featured artists include Jeanne La Rae in our main gallery.  Her show, ” Color Reflected,” showcases Jeanne’s favorite subjects, water and autumn color.  Katherine Dron will be showing her work in the upstairs lounge. Her show, ” Fragmenting Flowers explores our local, natural environment by marking paper with ink and watercolor. In our Photographers Co-op, Diana Standing is featured. Her show, “Autumn Impressions,” is a tribute both to her favorite season, Autumn, and to some of her favorite painters of the impressionist and expressionist traditions. She uses a slow shutter speed, camera motion, rare light, and in some cases an occasional breeze to achieve the desired affect.

 

Finally The Cascade Bonsai Society and local Ikebana artists will be exhibiting a collection of bonsai and art representing nature and the changing of the seasons in their show, “Living Sculpture, Connecting to nature through the art of bonsai.”  The show is in the main classroom at Ashland Art Center. The exhibit is a collection of Bonsai Society member’s finest trees, and is timed to celebrate the fall colors.

To enhance the viewers’ experience, Art Center painters’ and photographers’ work has been paired with the trees to complete each display. From rocky hillsides and mossy forest floors, to urban environments, each respective display tells its own story.

A collection of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), created by local ceramic and Ikebana artists will also be on display. These seasonal works of art will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the Art Center.

 

This is a rare opportunity to view living bonsai sculptures and celebrate the changing seasons.

Jeanne La Rae, “Mirrored Duck” painting

Jeanne La Rae, “Mirrored Duck” painting

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Diana Standing

“Autumn Impressions,” Ashland photographer Diana Standing’s exhibit at the Photographers Gallery at the Ashland Art Center opens on October 4th, the First Friday Art Walk, and continues for the month. Her exhibit is a tribute both to her favorite season, autumn, and to some of her favorite painters of the impressionist and expressionist traditions. She uses a slow shutter speed, camera motion, rare light, and in some cases an occasional breeze to achieve the desired affect.

To Diana, there’s a unique quality to the light of autumn, one that adds a profound depth and vibrancy to nature. It’s a season of many moods and constant motion, with bursts of color and abstract patterns, some bright, some brooding. It’s nature’s final gasp in all its glory as it fades into winter. She hopes to have captured this layered atmosphere in her images, with its correspondences to our deeper senses.

Diana traveled to an exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017 where her series of four still life images were finalists in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She exhibited along with 77 other women photographers from 15 different countries. She felt very fortunate to be among such a diverse, creative, and caring group of women. The trip was a reminder of the gifts the world and its people have to offer.

Diana Standing, “Standing Tall,” photograph

Diana Standing, “Standing Tall,” photograph

Art & Soul Gallery

The Joy of Color

“The Joy of Color” is born of the joy of drawing and painting outdoors. Throughout the spring and summer the Bennetts, husband and wife, have been converting these studies into larger studio paintings. They have been highly energized by new studio spaces adding a spark of color and creativity to their work. Sue Bennett debuts a new path of charmingly colorful and illustrative acrylic paintings designed to bring a smile and lift the heart. In June, 2019, Steve Bennett was awarded Signature membership in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

“We hope our show will bring a smile and a spark of joy to our viewers.” – The Bennetts

Live music of First Friday will be provided by “Sidewalk Café.”  The trio – Beth Martin, violinist and singer, Craig Martin, guitarist, and Todd Ragland, fretless bassist play swing, Gypsy jazz and bossa nova.

On display at Art & Soul Gallery from October 1 – 27.

Meet the artists at our First Friday Reception, Oct. 4th from 5 – 8 pm!

Sue Bennett, “Many Suns Maui,” acrylic painting

Sue Bennett, “Many Suns Maui,” acrylic painting

Ashland Art Works

Paintings and Sculpture

For the month of October, Ashland Artworks will be featuring paintings by Michael Gibson and wire sculptures by George Popa. Meet the artists at the First Friday Artwalk Oct. 4th from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

Michael has a passion for art, travel and photography that is reflected in his art. He is prolific, and works in many mediums, which can be viewed at Ashland Art Works. Michael will also be on the Studio Tour in October.

George’s work expresses a childhood fascination with moving things that he’s never lost. He creates his sculptures using stainless steel wire and silver solder from sketches. His work ranges from airplanes to sharks.

Michael Gibson, painting

Michael Gibson, painting

Shepherd’s Dream

In the Moment

Mixed Media by Pamela Ourshalimian

Pamela Ourshalimian has explored a myriad of mediums, but has expanded into Mixed Media.  Pamela is fascinated by perceptions of self image, and the value placed on the physical form, especially that of women, and explores the driving force behind these perceptions. Her art is an abstracted expression of personal experiences, using distortion and exaggeration of the feminine form, and to evoke a personal connection between the painting and the viewer. Her hope is that her fascination is contagious and intoxicating to the viewers of her work. Pamela is constantly reminded that there is no separation between art and her life. She says of her art, “it leads me to “being in the moment” when it’s all to easy to be thinking about what’s in the future or the past, and reminds me how grateful I am to be an artist.”

Pamela has lived throughout the country in places as varied as Santa Barbara, Michigan and Hawaii, after attending the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan in the 1960’s. She currently resides in southern Oregon, where she has learned and worked with many of the talented and skilled artisans.  Pamela continues to attend workshops in the Pacific NW, continuing to study her craft with nationally acclaimed artists. 

"I'm Considering” mixed media by by Pamela Ourshalimian

“I’m Considering” mixed media by by Pamela Ourshalimian

Please see the October Gallery Tour Map.

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Special Event!

6th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour
Come Into Our Studios…
October 19th & 20th 11 am – 4 pm
Free to public

Ashland Open Studio Tour Oct. 19 and 20 2019

During a weekend in October a group of local artists will open their private studio doors to the public for the Sixth Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is an inspiring self-guided arts tour, brought to you by the Ashland Gallery Association.  The Tour will guide visitors to a variety of artist studios in Ashland and the surrounding communities of Talent and Phoenix, while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.

We invite you to come see the creative processes behind our incredible and diverse arts community. There will be a variety of mediums, as well as demonstrations, presentations, and screenings to reveal each individual’s unique methods.

Pick up a map to the studios at Ashland Art Works on Oak Street or download off the Studio Tour website:

Visit www.ashlandost.com for more information
Facebook : www.facebook.com/ashlandost
Instagram : www.instagram.com/ashlandopenstudiotour

 

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Art du Jour Gallery- Fall Colors, Jeanne LaRea-Lagano, and More for October 18, 2019 Third Friday

Art du Jour Gallery News October 2019:
Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be featuring Jeanne LaRea-Lagano in our salon for September through November.  Our monthly exhibit on the featured wall we will be offering a mix of work in recognition of the glorious colors of fall. For Third Friday (October 18th, 5pm-8pm) classical guitarist Rod Petrone is scheduled to perform. Please go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery) for updates.

 

"Autumn Casting Color", 24 X 24 oil painting by Jeanne LaRae-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

“Autumn Casting Color”, 24 X 24 oil painting by Jeanne LaRae-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

Guest Artist Jeanne LaRae-Lagano in Salon through November

Jeanne LaRae-Lagano has a resume listing many accomplishments as an exhibiting and published artist.  Her current duties with the Ashland Art Center includes gallery curator and manager, studio artist, window display, and instructor. She is also a board member “Artist Liaison” with the Ashland Gallery Association. In her artists statement she writes:

“I am an artist. I am enthralled with color, value, shapes, design and I can’t seem to let things go by that capture my attention. My opportunities to paint Alla Prima and Plein Air are what I love most… They are loose and fresh, and they portray what I am most excited about with the view in front of me. I began to take a strong liking to landscape painting because of the daily need to show landscaping in my renderings. I escaped outside to paint landscapes and found my love for Plein Air painting.”

“Like a composer conducting a symphony, I am in the middle of it all, I get to orchestrate the bass cello creating the darks and the main shapes, then the violins leading the viewer through the path of color with the final bells and frills of highlights and details making the light dance and the crescendo to fulfill my mission as I step back into the silence of my surroundings.”

“I was born into a family that enabled me to be who I am, as unique, true to myself, individual, creating my own path. Creative thinking was encouraged, and I decided at an early age to take a path leading to an art career. Painting is my spiritual meditation as I am connecting to my subject through my soul using my acquired knowledge to guide me on my adventurous endeavors, always exploring and pushing myself for greater personal achievements. My photography helps me paint in the studio and because it is something I love, I get lost in photographing for future paintings. I am captivated and drawn to people and I photograph their emotions as events take place. My love for photography enhances my art and my love for art enhances my photography.”

For more information on this artist go to her website at: http://www.jeannelarae.com

"Winter Approaching", 9X12 oil painting by Jeanne LaRea-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

“Winter Approaching”, 9X12 oil painting by Jeanne LaRea-Lagano. Image provided by the artist

Featured Wall Celebrating Fall Colors

Occasionally an artist scheduled for the back wall in our beautiful gallery must leave our co-operative for one reason or another before their Featured Artist month arrives. When this happens our board of directors must scramble to fill the open slot. This month we will have a combined exhibit by participating AdJ members built around the theme Celebrating Fall Colors.  We think that our friends and visitors will enjoy this presentation in recognition of the splendor of the autumn season.

Autumn Vineyard, Medford, Oregon.  Roy Musitelli photo 10/12/13

Autumn Vineyard, Medford, Oregon. Roy Musitelli photo 10/12/13

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

Art du Jour is happy to welcome two new artists into our membership ranks, Max Brown and MaryAnn Macey.  We think their work will be complementary to that of our other artists and look forward to their presence. We are still actively seeking new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our co-operative and display their work to the Medford community. Membership includes an active role in the Art in Bloom festival in May, as well as our monthly Third Friday event. Media to be juried for membership includes pottery, sculpture, photography and jewelry.  Contact the gallery by email at [email protected], or log into our website (www.artdujourgallery.com) for full membership information.

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
OPEN Tues – Sat., 10AM – 4PM

Southern Society of Artists (SOSA) Meets September 23rd

The  Southern Society of Artists (SOSA) meeting will be held at the Medford Public Library  on September 23, at 7 PM.

Library doors close at 7 so we suggest 6:45 pm.  Our Guest Speaker will be Tony Antonides talking about the Dutch Masters, Camera Obscura and other tools. Refreshments will be served. Guests welcome. Well behaved young people included. 
Questions call Judy Grillo at 541-625-3285 or Mindy Wallace at 541- 423-5122

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, September 6, 2019

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

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Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, September 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Venture further to explore out-skirting galleries!  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation! 

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the September Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

 

AGA September Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Works

From the Ground Up – Clay and Wood Artistry

Featuring Bonnie Morgan & John Weston

Our Featured Artists this month are Bonnie Morgan and John Weston, highlighting Bonnie’s beautiful functional and decorative ceramics with John’s luscious wood furniture and cutting boards.

Bonnie has been working in clay for many years. Currently along with her functional work she is exploring Terra Sigillata and smoke patterns that are created during the post firing process. Creating decorative and functional pottery has been the cornerstone of her work. Bonnie enjoys making a full range of functional work including mugs, bowls, serving platters, trays, vases and teapots. Bonnie’s goal is to create pottery that can enrich and celebrate our lives.

John Weston will present his latest custom furniture pieces and assorted craft items utilizing primarily local hardwoods. John has been a member of Ashland Art Works for twelve years. Becoming a part of a cooperative of artists has inspired John to stretch his woodworking and to combine form with function. His work highlights the natural beauty found in wood and is of a quality to provide generations of use and enjoyment.

Meet the artists at First Friday Art Walk Sept 6th – 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Bonnie Morgan, Teapot - Functional ceramics

Bonnie Morgan, Teapot – Functional ceramics

Hanson Howard

Robert Schlegel, painting & Penelope Dews, ceramic sculpture

September 6th – October 1st

Artist Reception: September 6th, 5-8 pm

Bob Schlegel creates images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract. He paints in the studio and plein aire from preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and takes reference photographs as necessary. Drawing is the foundation for his work, he is tenacious with the sketch whether it be life-drawing session or in the field. Through line, contrast, texture, color and composition he explores form and shape where things in the natural world and things that are made by man collide.

Penelope Dews graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984 with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture.  She works in her studio in Ashland, OR and produces work to fire in a large Anagama wood fire kiln in the Umpqua Valley.  An ancient technique, the Anagama kiln produces ash and volatile salts which settle on the pieces and create a natural ash glaze.  Penelope uses the tone and texture unique to this process to create richly earth toned characters and objects.  This gives the pieces an ancient, stone like surface. Ranging from realistic to whimsical, these animals exude peaceful, playful expressions with a touch of the mysterious.

Robert Schlegel, Houses on Water, acrylic on canvas

Robert Schlegel, Houses on Water, acrylic on canvas

Photographers’ Gallery (Ashland Art Center)

The Sentinel of the Forest – Photography by Dan Elster

Local photographer Dan Elster’s new show, The Sentinel of the Forest, opens at The Photographer’s Gallery at the Ashland Art Center on Friday, September 6 for the First Friday Art Walk and continues through the month of September.

Northern Spotted Owls are perhaps the Pacific Northwest’s best-known wildlife species.  In the early 1990’s they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  Logging operations were suddenly curtailed and many even shut down.  To the logging communities, the owl became a symbol for government overreach and economic hardship.  To the environmentalist, spotted owls represented man’s irresponsible stewardship of the environment.  Northern Spotted Owl populations continue to decline and the long-term survival of the species is questionable.

 

In July of 2019, I accompanied a wildlife biologist in southern Oregon.  I was rewarded with a couple of the most memorable encounters to date with Strix occidentalis caurina.  I hope these images will help you see Northern Spotted Owls for what they are, (fascinating, beautiful, majestic creatures), not a symbol of a bitter political argument that has gone on for decades.

 

Dan Elster is a wildlife photographer based in Ashland, Oregon. He hopes his images serve as reminders that we don’t own the earth, we share it.

Dan Elster, Owl photograph

Dan Elster, Owl photograph

Oak Leaf Studio

The Importance of Water, pastel paintings by Leif Trygg

Water, with its reflective light properties, can be a major influence in landscape art and especially so in the pastel paintings of Ashland artist Leif Trygg at Oak Leaf Studio. Trygg’s new work Stone Bridge San Francisco is featured this month along with pictures of rivers, streams, waterfalls and the ocean. The new pastel is of Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park.

 Also on view is a small collection of dramatic Pacific Northwest photographs from Bend photographer Bob Trygg that feature water as well.

Fall Print Sale September is Oak Leaf Studio’s annual Fall print sale with all Leif Trygg prints 25% off their original price. This includes framed and loose prints.

Trygg, “Lagoon” pastel painting

Trygg, “Lagoon” pastel painting

 

Please see attached “Spotlight Exhibits” and the September Gallery Tour Map.

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