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Southern Oregon Plein Air Kicks Off 1 Week From Today! Have You Signed Up Yet?

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southern oregon plein air june 2019

JUNE 19 – JUNE 22, 2019

$85 registration fee – Register Now!

 

Southern Oregon Plein Air (SOPA) invites artists of all levels to participate in 4 days of plein air painting!

 

Artists can customize their SOPA experience by participating in a vendor fair, attending FREE plein air presentations, joining guest artists for on-location demonstrations, entering art into a juried show, participating in a “quick draw” event, and taking advantage of social events.

 

Paintings entered into the competition will be juried for over $1000 in cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and four honorable mentions. This year’s juror is Cody Bustamante, Professor of Art at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.

 

Check In and registration will be happening on Wed. 6/19 at Central Art during our Vendor Fair, so mark your calendars!

 

Thank you for your interest in SOPA 2019 – we hope that you enjoy your experience!

 

*You can PRE-REGISTER NOW by calling 541-773-1444, or by stopping in-store at Central Art and signing up. Payment is required at time of registration to secure a spot. For full event details, click below to visit Central Art’s Official Blog!

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Making Small Pictures of Seashells

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup With Broken Seashells

Making pictures, as in to form, shape, bring about or create a picture. 

Small Studies.

It’s the season of “smalls” – that is drawing small studies on a regular basis.

MakingSmall Studies: Broken Seashell With Napkin

Though, truthfully, I am working on a medium size watercolor painting in my “Three Minute Egg” series.  However it is taking a while.  And, when it is drying between layers, I work on other things.

Back to the small studies.  I can get so much enjoyment out of doing the small studies.  Plus, although it may not look it, I do feel as though I’m getting somewhere.  Put a different way, I am making progress on my drawing skills and how I like to compose and think about my art.

Making Small Pictures: Broken Seashells in Ink

And, you might notice, I am using different media: ink on paper; colored pencil on toned paper; and Procreate App with my iPadPro.

The Beauty Of Making Something.

I was recently reminded that when you ask four year olds see things differently.  To explain, when you ask them what they’re doing when they are drawing or painting, more than likely they’ll say they are making something.

And, a child making a picture will probably not be worrying about whether or not their painting will get into a juried show, or sell, or be in a museum, or the myriad of other things grown up artists worry about.

Making Small Studies: Two Broken Seashells and a Box

Making Or Creating.

I think the distinction between “making something” and “creating art” is interesting and revealing.  Think about it.  Sometimes it is just nice to make a picture rather than worry about painting a piece of art.  “Art”, at least to me, is loaded with expectations of creativity, skill and meaning.  Oddly enough, it can be an onerous challenge.

Just making a picture of a broken seashell is more liberating.  I can investigate, play and stop when I want to.  It can come out good or terrible; who cares?  The time spent making the picture is a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavor.

Making Small Studies of broken seashells with ink

Patience And Practice.

Recently, I also remembered that getting good at making something takes practice and patience.  So, these small studies are my way of learning and practicing my craft.

In any case, I hope you enjoy my broken seashells.

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup with Broken Seashells

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Haines & Friends Fund & “Where’s William?”

Hello friends and art appreciators,
 This Friday in Downtown Ashland is bound to be a happening event!  Not only is it 1st Friday Art Walk, but the Haines & Friends Fund show at the Ashland Springs Hotel will be a unique and insightful exhibit. You will get to see the results of the funds in physical form. So many great artists who were awarded for their artistic visions !
Here is the brochure:
***That’s my painting on the lower left… ‘Suddenly Blue” (40″x30″ oil, with lots of impasto work)
After you view the Haines & Friends Fund show, head over across the street to the Art & Soul Gallery and play ‘Where’s William” for a chance to win art gifts and more!
details here:

ART & SOUL GALLERY CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF OSF’S OUTDOOR SEASON WITH “WHERE’S WILLIAM?” AN ART DISCOVERY GAME!

 

All of the 27 artists at the Art & Soul Gallery have titled one or two of their paintings to relate to William Shakespeare. Throughout the month of June visitors to the gallery who are able to find the paintings will win prizes.

“There is something for everyone,” says the gallery’s new managing director/owner, Peter Stone. “Where’s William” is designed to be a fun way to discover art while looking for Shakespeare themes in the paintings and their titles.” 

Prizes:

~Kids aged twelve and under who find ten or more titles get to choose a super hero or Star Wars lapel pin.

~Seekers who find twenty or more titles get to choose one notecard from an Art & Soul Gallery artist and receive a free pass to Chanting and Chai.

~More ambitious “art snoops” who find 25 or more titles and answer three or more bonus questions will receive a CD, a free pass to Chanting and Chai, get to choose a notecard from an Art & Soul Gallery Artist, a 25% off coupon for custom picture framing from Art & Soul Framing and will be entered into a weekly drawing to win their choice of a painting lesson, a music lesson or an matted/unframed print.

~And anyone who finds thirty or more titles and answers five or more bonus questions will receive the above prizes and be entered into a drawing (at 4 pm on June 30) to win a Judy Richardson original oil painting.

Prizes are available for participants every day at all times when the gallery is open and there will be “art snoops” drawings every Friday in June at 5 pm. (7:30 on First Friday)

You do not need to be present to win at any of the drawings.

For more information about Art & Soul Gallery and “Where’s William” call (541) 488-9006, visit artandsoulgallery.com email: [email protected].

I look forward to seeing you at either of these exhibits! It will be a fun night ….
cheers,
silvia

Goats: Father & Daughter

Billy Goat, Watercolor, M. Stermer-Cox

Hi! Recently, my younger sister Dorothy sent me some images of artwork by my Dad, artist John Stermer.  And, the drawings and painting included goats.

Artist John Stermer: Barn with Dueling Goats

So, on my Father’s Facebook page (John Stermer Fine Art), I shared some of the goats.  They are so much fun to look at.  And, one of my friends thought it would be fun to see what I might do with goats.

John Stermer Goat Study

 

Well, lo and behold, I do have a “goat” painting and some drawings of goats.  Naturally, it occurred to me that I ought to do a “father and daughter” post and include some of these goats.

Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

And, so, here we are: goats my Dad; and a goat by me.  Why goats?  They’re just fun.  And, they have attitude!

 

Drawing, Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

PS.  I included a similar posting on my Father’s blog; just keeping it all in the family!

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Saturday Campfire Chat – The Artist Inspiration with Stefan Baumann

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist”
-Oscar Wilde
Inspiration
After one of coldest winters that we have ever experienced at The Grand View
Ranch, the snow has finally melted. The days are getting longer and the sunsets
are brighter than ever. We have spent all day gathering the fallen wood that broke
off the trees when the snow fell. It is the perfect size of wood for burning when we
have our first weekly gathering around the campfire and my friends, some artists,
and some art collectors get together to discuss art and the meaning of life.
It’s Time
The evening sky turns from cadmium yellow to magenta with a magnificent display
of spring light that transitions our day into darkness. A blanket of stars begins to
appear behind the silhouette of the Trinity Alps. As the warm spring sun disappears,
the temperature drops. My guests and I all huddle together under our Hudson Bay
Blankets sipping homemade cocoa with marshmallows. The fire burns bright and
illuminates the dark forest around us. I suggested that it’s time to get our prochade
boxes out of winter storage and defrost our paints tubes so that we can enjoy the
spring weather and do some Plein Air painting.
The Question
Jan, one of the artists that was in the campfire group said, “Why do I even bother to
paint? Everything has been painted! There are no new ideas and there are so many
artists who paint so many things. Does the world need any more paintings? With
the internet bombarding our senses, why do we even bother?” At that moment all
my guests turned their heads in my direction with anticipation, as they sat pensively
waited for my reply. “Jan,” I said, You lack Inspiration!
Inspiration Is a Gift
I thought for a moment, took a sip of my cocoa and placed it down on a stump near
the fire to keep it warm. Then I stood up to address my campfire audience.
“Inspiration is a gift that must be given back to exist,” I replied. “In order for
inspiration to be present, one must have desire. It’s the combination of ideas,
images and desire that have to be present before inspiration can exist. Yes,
there are many artists, but you are unique. We all experience the world differently,
and being able to connect the world with your ideas is what makes your experience
unique. It’s your history from birth that provides you with a perspective that is
completely your own. The uniqueness of your ideas connects to images that you
experienced growing up. And living your life becomes something that no one else
has ever experienced before. You are able to contribute a new Idea to others that
they can attach to their images to. This enriches their experience of living by
allowing them to see beauty that they have never seen before. And this inspires
them to inspire others;
Desire to Share
When we choose to be an artist, we experience a desire to share beauty with
others. Inspiration is worthless without the desire to share it. Whether artists choose
to create music, drama, or paintings, they are driven to share, to communicate the
personal beauty they experience, and to give it back to others. This inspiration
comes to us like a whisper, a glimmer and then explodes into a whirlwind of ideas.
These ideas stir our minds and linger in our hearts and souls until we pick up a
brush and push it onto the canvas for the world to see. This connection leads the
artist to explode into passionate moments of creativity that are truly theirs and truly
inspired.
Inner Compass
You have to be at your easel to create when inspiration hits. When we sit down
each day at our easels and paint, we become a lightning rod for inspiration that
motivates the creativity within us. Being in a car or at a restaurant gives us no
opportunity to create. But when we are at the easel, we channel the energy of
inspiration and focus it on our paintings. Inspiration is an inner compass that points
us in a direction that our creative energy wants us to go. Creativity relies on
everything you are and everything you have ever experienced to connect to the
idea you have now. Then, with desire, you transform this idea into art that inspires
others.
The Best
There are always more people buying art than those who create it, experience that
with the Internet, some target marketing, and a little time, you will soon find an
audience that connects with your message and will eagerly be there to acquire an
original painting. There are millions of people looking for inspiration. The trick is to do it well and do it the very best that you can. Then you will just like you and they will find it in what you paint today, or tomorrow when you go out to paint your very first Plein Air painting in the spring!
Get It Now
Information about coaching is located under the heading Coaching on my website www.StefanBaumann.com. If you are interested in coaching, give me a call at 415-606-9074 (my personal cell number) and we can talk more about how coaching will enhance your knowledge, capabilities, and growth as an artist.
“The eyes of the world are waiting to see what you have to say.”
I have coached many students over the years. My goal as a coach is to help students discover their own style by instructing with a method that allows them to grow as they are. If you want increase your knowledge and skill to bring your art to the next level, I invite you to watch my YouTube videos, consider phone coaching with me, or attend a workshop in Mt. Shasta where we discuss art, passion and life with other artists around the campfire. All the information is on my website, www.stefanbaumann.com.
Call me for information on workshops or coaching 415-606-9074

For the Last time Stop Painting Things
In this video Stefan Baumann discusses with his students How to stop painting things

For The
                                                          Last Time Stop
                                                          Painting
                                                          Things! -
                                                          Luscious
                                                          Brushstrokes

Spring Workshop
at
The Grand View Ranch
Wonderful things are happening at
The Grand View Ranch this spring.
There are just a few weeks until our
Spring Workshop at the Ranch begins with plein air painting at many inspiring vistas and locations that this place has to offer! It looks like the Dogwood blossoms will be extraordinary this year.
The Spring Workshop takes place on the weekend of May 17,18, and 19. I invite you to register at my website
Be part of a three-day experience that will change the way you paint forever.
But, hurry! There are only a few spots open for the Spring workshop where you will learn the secrets of how to infuse light in your paintings! This workshop will also help you to understand how light and shadow can work together to make a painting go from ordinary to extraordinary.

The Grand View | 1151 Maple St.Hammond Ranch, CA 96069

Special Art Reception at Rogue Gallery Friday, April 26, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Special Art Reception Friday, April 26, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Artist talk by Katy Cauker at 7:00 pm

 

Main Gallery

Artist Teen Mentoring Project Exhibit

April 19 – May 3, 2019

Matt Hearon_Chauvet_Acrylic

This exhibit is a culmination of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual Artist Teen Mentoring Project. Through this program, students receive art instruction and insight on being a professional artist. On display is the artwork of nine students and four mentors who participated in the program. Media includes drawing, painting, pastels, printmaking, and photography. Mentors include Kristen Beck, Amy Godard, Charity Hubbard, and Silvia Trujillo. Students include Brieann Fitch, Morgan Godard, Matt Hearon, Lenah Hong, Grace Jarrett, Merwin Nikad, Cassie Penn, Azana Prout, and Lakaia Thornton.

Brieann Fitch_A Day at the Louvre

This program is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Rogue Disposal and Recycling, and the artist mentors and volunteers who give their time and knowledge to inspire young artists every year to create and grow in this unique artistic experience.

Community Gallery

Finding Form: Paintings by Katy Cauker

April 19 – May 31, 2019

painting by Katy Cauker_A Favorite Place

Katy Cauker’s paintings explore the shape and form of water and the farmlands that surround her home in the Rogue Valley. Katy has expressionistic, lively, vigorous brushstrokes in her paintings of waterways and open fields. She paints in acrylic, oil, and gouache.

Refreshments from Harry & David will be served at the reception.

         

 

 

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. 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. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, May 3rd, from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, May 3rd, from 5 to 8 PM

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

May Spotlight Exhibits

Hanson Howard

Sue Springer, ceramic sculpture & Robert Koch, paintings

Sue Springer creates quirky ceramic sculptures, which are mostly figurative, with a whimsy and freedom of unexpected combinations. Dreams, imagination and wonder combine with a response to the current world to tell the stories of these figures.  Sue, founder of the former Illahe Studios and Gallery now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Gestural strokes and spontaneous marks collide with color blocks in Robert Koch’s narrative vignettes. Often prompted by found photographs, Koch takes the liberty to make his subjects humans or creatures inhabiting the same world. Having the appearance of quickness and even naiveté, Koch’s deft drawing skills mean each mark is playful and intentional at the same time

CVA Galleries (SOU)

Spring Exhibitions at the CVA Galleries

Opening Reception:  Friday, May 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments provided

Exhibition Dates:  May 3rd – May 24th, 2019

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Retzlaff Gallery (Art Building):

When I Live My Dream, Anna McGrath, BFA Thesis Exhibition  

Thorndike Gallery (Art Building):

The Company I Keep, Thomas Fisher, Capstone Exhibition  

Meyer Memorial Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Home Away from Home, Hayley Weak, Solo Exhibition

Art Department Chairs Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Beautiful View, Magnificent Desolation, Patrick Vogel, Solo Exhibition

Boise-Cascade Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

On Form and Function, Rafael Ordorica, Solo Exhibition

JELD WEN Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

The Voice of the Art Students, Contemporary Drawing & Painting Art Class, Group Exhibition

Rafael Ordorica,Three Sisters, Ceramic  

Rafael Ordorica,Three Sisters, Ceramic

Anna McGrath, Untitled, Bead-embroidered cyanotype on denim

Thomas Fisher, Jeff, Oil Paint on canvas

Hayley WeakSouthwest, Linoleum Reduction Print

Rafael Ordorica,Three Sisters, Ceramic  

Hayley Weak, Southwest, Linoleum Reduction Print

Hayley Weak, Southwest, Linoleum Reduction Print

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring John Christer Petersen

John Christer Petersen’s new show, Bouquet of Pink Tulips, opens on Friday, May 3rd at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.

 

John Christer Petersen, a local fine art photographer, primarily exhibits landscapes, seascapes and architecture from his worldly travels.  Occasionally he focuses on floral and macro photography.  John will exhibit a trilogy of macro images from a bouquet of pink tulips.

Studio 151

Guest Artist Jane Sterling

May at the studio features a joint show of mixed media figures and wall art by Elizabeth York and works by guest artist, Jane Sterling. Jane’s “Evolutionary Art” consists of antique Chinese wall panels renovated and embellished with collected jewels, gold glass beads, wood from Oregon and broken colored glass to enhance the black lacquer panels. Additional items in the show are mixed medium clay sculptures with bead adornments and custom earrings.

The Studio will be open on First Fridays 5:00 – 8:00 and Friday through Sunday from 11:00 – 2:30 through June.

Jane Sterling, Amethyst Dragon, mixed media

Jane Sterling, Amethyst Dragon, mixed media

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

 

Please see “Spotlight Exhibits” and May Gallery Tour Map:

Download (PDF, Unknown)

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

Table Rock Plein Air Hike!

 Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK OAK LOOP TRAIL Plein Air Paintout @ the Rocks: Join Darlene Southworth, botanist and artist, for an outdoor painting session along the Lower Table Rock Oak Loop Trail (1/2 mile accessible trail) Bring your sketchpads, painting materials (any medium) and easel and chair, if you desire. Limited to 15 individuals.

The Nature Conservancy and Medford District BLM annually sponsor a series of free guided hikes at the Table Rocks led by local specialists in different fields. This year’s list of spring hikes – Find Your Nature on the Rocks! – includes one of special interest to artists. Hikes are free but online registration is required due to limited space.

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK OAK LOOP TRAIL

Plein Air Paintout @ the Rocks:  Join Darlene Southworth, botanist and artist, for an outdoor painting session along the Lower Table Rock Oak Loop Trail (1/2 mile accessible trail) Bring your sketchpads, painting materials (any medium) and easel and chair, if you desire. Limited to 15 individuals. (https://paintout-hike-2019.eventbrite.com)

View the complete list of hikes at https://table-rock-hikes-2019.eventbrite.com

Table Rock Plein Air Hike

MAY  04  Plein Air Paintout @ the Rocks by The Nature Conservancy & Bureau of Land Management, Medford District

The Nature Conservancy and Medford District BLM annually sponsor a series of free guided hikes at the Table Rocks led by local specialists in different fields. This year’s list of spring hikes – Find Your Nature on the Rocks! – includes one that we thought might be of special interest to your organization. Hikes are free but online registration is required due to limited space.

 Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., LOWER TABLE ROCK OAK LOOP TRAIL          

Plein Air Paintout @ the Rocks:  Join Darlene Southworth, botanist and artist, for an outdoor painting session along the Lower Table Rock Oak Loop Trail (1/2 mile accessible trail) Bring your sketchpads, painting materials (any medium) and easel and chair, if you desire. Limited to 15 individuals. (https://paintout-hike-2019.eventbrite.com)

 If you have any questions or need more info, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Kathy Kudo (TNC Volunteer Hike Coordinator)

  P.S. You can view the complete list of hikes at https://table-rock-hikes-2019.eventbrite.com

2019 Annual Medford Open Studio Tour

Annual Medford Open Studio Tour

June 8-9, 2019

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Annual free event. Local artists open their studios to the public for viewing and shopping. Learn how artists create their “magic”. 2nd weekend in June.

Medford Open Studio Tour June 8-9 2019

We are happy to announce the following artists (to date) will be participating in this year’s popular studio tour.

Charles Anderson, watercolor
Betty Barss, watercolor
Len and Violet Burton,sculptured wood items, photography, acrylic
Lisa Case, “Mad Hatter
Kim Faucher, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed medi
Karen Gilsdorf, decorative gourds
Tom Glassman, photography
Claire Harkins, oil, funky birdhouses
Cathy Nicholson, acrylic in, watercolor, jewelry
Charlotte Peterson, watercolor
Teri Sutton, acrylic, oil, paper mache
Ben Wood, pottery

Martin Steele, watercolor ink on metallic paper

Roy Musitelli, photo illustration, and Gail O’Dell, silversmith will be showing with Roy.

We have 12 locations and 16 participating artists.

More info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Annual-Medford-Open-Studio-Tour-538995009857874/