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Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Is Coming! Plan Your Life Accordingly.

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Art In The Rough:

A Plein Air Vendor Fair  at Central Art! 

It’s your first plein air “field assignment.” The easel’s packed, brushes are stowed, paints and canvas tucked into the nooks and crannies of your rig – which is now bursting at the seams! “But wait,” you say, “what am I missing? Is there something better I could be using?”

Bring that intrepid spirit to Central Art during our Plein Air Vendor Fair

Wednesday June 20th, 2018,

and expand your artistic horizons with a plethora of the latest and greatest in plein air essentials that will enrich your experience.

Watch live demonstrations and talk with the experts about what’s new and exciting, enjoy great discounts, and enter to win a Grand Prize!

Plus: don’t forget to share your art adventures with us on Instagram! Be sure to tag @centralart1 in your post, and use the hashtag: #rogueartadventures . We look forward to seeing what you create in the places that inspire you!

*For full schedule of events and to Register Online, be sure to visit



Umpqua Plein Air 2018 at the Umpqua Arts Association in Roseburg, Oregon

Call to Artists for Umpqua Plein Air 2018

Umpqua Plein Air 2018 at the Umpqua Arts Association in Roseburg, Oregon
UVAA’s Umpqua Plein Air is a three-day annual painting event and competition for artists working en plein air. During the event, artists will capture Douglas County’s wild and stunning landscapes including the breathtaking, emerald waters of the North Umpqua River and the peaceful, golden hills at Doc Bailey’s Farm.

Cash prizes offered, along with 40 awards of distinction! Learn more here:


Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Is Coming! Plan Your Life Accordingly.

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*For full schedule of events and to Register Online, be sure to visit


A Invitation from Silvia Trujillo to Paint en Plein Air!

Lupines & Poppies by plein air painter Silvia Trujillo

Hello there artist friends,

 Now that summer is coming to an end, here’s a chance to sharpen your painting skills and enjoy the remaining warmth before Fall and Winter set in. Hosted by the Rogue Gallery, a workshop in plein air painting is being offered for beginners to advanced artists who would like to learn more about atmospheric perspective, how light effects color, and how to compare values for accuracy. We will be painting Table Rock and Rogue River at a location near Tou Velle Park in Medford on Sat, Sept 23 from 10am -4pm. I promise a fun and informative time for all… join us if you can ;)

 Also coming up is a plein air workshop hosted by The Lassen Art Center in Shingletown, CA. This location is at the base of Lassen National Park which is a great place to visit during the Fall season for sight seeing, hiking, and just relaxing.The date is set for Oct 21 &22, and if weather permits painting will be conducted outdoors to capture the Fall scenery. In case of rain we can paint indoors while looking out at the lovely grounds of the center.

 I know for many of you in the Rogue Valley it’s been one long, smoky summer. Personally I was unable to get out to paint on location as much as I would’ve liked so now that the smoke has cleared I’m planning on making up for lost opportunities. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join either of these workshops or would like to set up a private session or two.

Wishing you well,


Billings Pond plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Billings Pond plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Paschal's Winery plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Paschal’s Winery plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Artists Workshop Plein Air Event Show and Sale

Artists Workshop Plein Air Event Show and Sale

Coming July 1, 2017

On the front lawn at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, Oregon!

Artists Workshop July 1, 2017 Plein Air Event Show and Sale at ARt Presence ARt Center, Jacksonville, Oregon

The Artists Workshop is holding their 2017 Plein Air Event this year from June 28-July 1, 2017. Participating artists will paint on location for three days, then present their work for judging, a show and sale on the front lawn of the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, Oregon on July 1 from 9 am – 3 pm.

There will be an exciting quick-paint competition from 10 am to noon, and the awards ceremony takes place at 2:30 pm. Over 30 artists are participating in this year’s event, which means there will be a wide range of plein air painting styles available to interested collectors. Jurors are Willo Balfrey and Richard McKinley, so you know the awards will be decided by two of the most highly respected artists in the Valley!

The event takes place side by side with the July reception for the new art exhibit at Art Presence Art Center, so be sure to come inside and view the paintings and other art works in the gallery too!

Southern Oregon Plein Air Event 2017 Last day for Early Registration Monday, May 15

Southern Oregon Plein Air Event 2017

Last day for Early Registration is Monday, May 15th!

Event Takes Place 06/28 – 07/01/17

Quick Paint Competitions!
Art Supply Representatives!
Over $1500 in Cash Awards & Prizes!

Visit or call 541-324-7624 for full details and schedule!

Southern Oregon Plein Air Event 2017, produced by the Artistsworkshop and sponsored by Central Art Supply

The Great Southern Oregon Paint Out 2016

The Great Southern Oregon Paint Out 2016Click the image to visit the Artists Workshop website for more information about the Great Southern Oregon Paint Out and to sign up!

Call to Artists: 3rd Annual “Paint the Town” ‘en Plein air’ McCloud, CA

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3rd Annual “Paint the Town” ‘en Plein air’

an artist’s experience

Cheryl Petty's Winning Plein Air Painting from the 2014 Paint the Town event

McCloud ARTS Society, in partnership with McCloud Local First, is again hosting “Paint the Town” ‘en Plein air’ artist’s experience, on Saturday August 15, 10 am to 6 pm in McCloud, CA.

Paint the Town!This event is based upon the original French impressionist masters who left their classical classroom technical painting approach and moved onto portable easels outdoors, or en plein air, where the influence of the natural light on landscapes affected their painting styles. Many refer to them as “painters of light” and “the impressionists.” Familiar names such as Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Van Gogh are associated with this style of magnificent painting. Local artists are trying to recreate interest in painting our great Shasta outdoors. Dorothea Schoenstein, organizer of Paint the Town, stated “the experience is indeed invigorating and challenging at the same time.  Lighting does play an important role in how the scene is interpreted onto the canvas or paper. For example, one early morning, two of us were painting Lake Siskiyou from different vantage points. Later we stopped for lunch and were surprised to see the similar colors chosen for our paintings.  Lavenders and coral colors were predominant in both compositions! Not a coincidence, but recognition of the influence of natural light on the scenic subject matter.”

Paint the Town!Painting outdoors with a group of painters or alone provides the artist, novice or experienced, with a stimulating, ever-changing experience.  The changing light patterns, the smell of fresh air, the sounds of the forest or river brings an artist to paint outdoors.  There is no confinement, very few interruptions, and concentration begins. The connection to nature is visible on canvas or paper.

Plein air painting has grown across the nation in recognition with participation at all levels of artistry.  McCloud Arts Society is in its third year of offering an opportunity for artists and students to join them for the day.  Locations for subjects have been previewed for good vantage points and compositions; otherwise, an artist can come and select their own location from the McCloud Falls to old garages.  At the end of the painting day, 3:30pm, a wet paint art show will be displayed on the porch of the mercantile building for the public to enjoy.  It will be an informal exhibit with wonderful music and wine.  Music by Allison and Victor will lend support to the day of French style of painting.  The public is invited and asked to vote for their favorite piece.  The winner will receive $50 and the privilege of having their work on next year’s postcard.

Campbell Global has funded our scholarship program that will support participation of up to 10 students under the age of 18.  Each student will receive some instruction and supplies.  Interested students should contact Chairperson Dorothea Schoenstein at 964-2065.

This year on the same Saturday there will be a car show downtown, a quilt show, the melodrama, and our exhibit.  More information is available on the McCloud Arts Society Facebook page, or contact Dorothea Schoenstein 964-2065.  Pre-Registion is $20 thru August 10, and same day registration $30.  A $10 box lunch is available from White Mountain Café, order at morning registration. Canvases and paper for competition must have a registration mark on back.

Watercolor: In Deeper Pursuit with Elaine Frenett

“Watercolor: In Deeper Pursuit” 6 week series

 Watercolor class with Elaine Frenett

Two Brushes One Hand - Watercolor classes with Elaine Frenett

Two Brushes One Hand – Watercolor classes with Elaine Frenett

Want to understand pigments, mixing colors and glowing glazes better?

This beginning-intermediate to intermediate class will travel through value and color wheel reviews, then move into landscape (hopefully a plein air adventure, weather permitting), greens, design and corrections. Come swim in the wet, juicy world of watercolor, demos, homework and silliness included. Basic watercolor and drawing skills suggested.
Your instructor, Elaine Frenett, brings over 20 years of watercolor passion. Her fine art has been collected in museums and her illustrations published from New York to LA. She currently teaches private and group classes and leads annual women’s painting retreats.
  • Fridays, April 24 – May 29
  • 11 – 2pm 
  • Ashland Art Center’s Classroom
  • $180 
For questions and registration contact Elaine Frenett, or email/call [email protected], 541-944-2196

Roguish Affair – WSO Aqueous Convention

October 3-5, 2014

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By Deanna St. Martin, reposted from Watercolor Society of Oregon members can register for the Fall convention from the original post (link at the top of the page) or at the Fall 2014 Convention registration link HERE.


Now is the time to plan your visit to the center of Oregon’s new “Wine Country”, October 3, 4 and 5, 2014. Autumn is so lovely in Southern Oregon; summer weather is still here. There is no better place to come and paint.

Convention Chair Deanna St. Martin has been busy planning a fabulous weekend full of inspiration and educational opportunities.

Downtown Medford will be the center of this convention’s activities; the Rogue Gallery and Art Center and many restaurants and focal points are within easy walking distance from the hotel.

Registration begins Friday afternoon at Inn at the Commons, formerly the Red Lion Inn and continues with the Meet & Greet on Friday night, October 3rd. Members will get a chance to meet Juror Linda Baker and catch up with WSO friends, both new and old. Juror Linda Baker has heard so many good things about WSO and can hardly wait to see and paint our lovely vistas.

The new Lark’s Restaurant at the Inn at the Commons is a local favorite and a sure place to “perk” up your morning before the convention activities.

Saturday Break-Out sessions include many of our local artists presenting classes as well as holding Paint-Outs at the many beautiful locations in the Rogue Valley. Members may choose from many varied events.

Hannah West will hold a session on how to capture your buyer’s attention amidst all the online ads with “How to Create a Fabulous Online Presence.”

Jane Hardgrove will help members to get creative with paintings they wonder should be tossed out or salvaged into something else. As a participant you’ll bring in three paintings that you don’t like and turn them into masterpieces.

Winnie Givot will hold a Paint-In on creating “Out of the Box Backgrounds.” Winnie utilizes underpaintings as a basis of her fabulous artwork. These will be the inspiration for this break-out session.

Kara Pilcher with a panel of fellow artists will hold a critique session on “How to Run a Successful Critique Group.” Artists who participate in critique groups can certainly attest to their value.
In addition to the great break-out sessions, Linda Baker will hold two Juror Critiques. These events are often the best attended during the conventions. They provide valuable feedback for the artists who submit painting images as well those who attend the critiques.

On Saturday, Paints-Outs will be led by members Norm Rossignol, Steve and Sue Bennett, and Sue Eakin, just to name a few. Lithia Park, the Commons, the Rogue River, and Belle Fiore Estate & Winery are some of the fabulous locations chosen by our Paint-Out leaders.

On Saturday afternoon the Artists’ Reception will take place a few blocks from the hotel at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center where the 80 juried paintings will be displayed. Food and beverages will be served, and all who attend will have a chance to vote for the “People’s Choice Award”. Then it’s back to the Inn at the Commons for the Awards and Dinner.

Sunday morning events start at 9:00 a.m. with the Members’ Business Meeting (and raffle) followed by a lecture and demo by Linda Baker. Following the convention, WSO is pleased to present a Linda Baker Workshop to be held October 6-10 at the Rogue Gallery. Registration began in May, with a registration form in the May issue of The Watermark.

For a complete schedule of WSO Fall Convention events, meetings, workshops, paint outs, presentations and more, please click the following link to download a pdf with all the info, dates and times: Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall 2014 Convention Schedule

Congratulations to all the Oregon watercolor artists whose paintings were accepted into the Fall Show!  Accepted artists include Southern Oregon Artists Resource member Margaret Stermer-Cox and friends of Southern Oregon Artists Resource Betty Barss, Lynda Haghan, Marilyn Hurst, Cecilia Pestlin, Charlotte Peterson, and Eve Margo Withrow.  Click here for a complete list of all accepted artists and their paintings