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Central Art Supply 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza

Central Art Supply 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza
& 36th Anniversary Sale

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Central Art’s Mini Workshop Extravaganza 2017! Full Schedule (updated 2/11/17)*

Set your artistic “playdate” and enjoy 2 days of hands-on fun during our

6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza!

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

10:00am – ALCOHOL INKS

11:30am –MAKE YOUR MARK!

1:00pm – STRATHMORE PLAYGROUND HANDBOOKBLE!

2:30pm – PAINT, SPRAY, MARBLE!

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

10:00am – INTRO TO SUMI PAINTING

11:30am –WIDE WORLD OF WATERCOLOR

1:00pm – COPIC COMIC ART

2:30pm – STARTING FROM SCRATCH

 

*Visit Central Art’s website and click the “Events & Classes” tab for

full mini workshop descriptions.

 

Fee: $5 per workshop. Pre-registration required for all workshops.

Must pay $5 fee at time of registration.

Stop in or call 541-773-1444 to reserve your spot, seats are limited to 12 per workshop!

central art supply 36th anniversary sale 2017

36 years ago George and Winnie Ebert set out on a new adventure, expanding their art supply business from Coos Bay to Medford, Oregon. Because of their hard work and dedication to the fine art industry, Central Art has been the creative destination for artists throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond.

 

We are committed to supporting and providing materials to the strong art community we have here. To celebrate that commitment, we are turning back the clock to products that stood the test of time in the art materials industry – and here at Central Art – some going back as far as 1557!

 

With history as our foundation, we will continue to bring you the best and latest products to support your creative endeavors. With that in mind we are hosting our 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza on February 17th and 18th, where vendors will showcase over 50 of the finest our industry has to offer. Adding to the hoopla, there will be opportunities like entering to win prizes and signing up for one of our mini workshops!

 

Thank you for being a part of Central Art’s rich history!

 

Visit Central Art!

Christin Lore Weber to Read at Feb 4 Reception

Christin Lore Weber Author Reading and Reception at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon on February 4, 2017 at 1:00pm. This revelatory memoir probes the mystical origins of an intimate relationship between a priest and nun during the turbulent era of Catholic church renewal. Both of them had dedicated their lives to God in Christian prayer and service. They shared the same ideals, but as the church's vision expanded, they found themselves on a sharp edge of paradox, never knowing if the next choice would be spiritually heroic or a fall into delusion. Wanting to be faithful to the divine call, they felt caught between the laws of the institutional church and the drawing of the spirit within. Some stories require decades in the telling. This is one. For over thirty years the author revealed only snippets. Some understandings require a remembering so deep and stark it might seem preferable to bury even the snippets beyond retrieval, not because they are despised or feared, but because each fragment of the story is finally loved too much. Join us in welcoming author Christin Lore Weber, who will read from her newly published book, 'The Root of Beauty: A Spiritual Memoir' during our artist reception on Saturday, February 4, 2017, beginning at 1pm. The reception begins at noon and runs through 3pm, with refreshments, wine, and live music my Minstrel Streams.
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Art Extravaganza at Central Art!

5th annual Art Extravaganza at Central Art Supply Feb 19 & 20, 2016!

In addition to this weekend’s Art Extravaganza at Central Art Supply, the Rogue Valley’s essential source for everything art offers its 35th anniversary sale now through March 31! Please don’t download/print this pdf just for the coupon…you can go to Central Art’s website to download and print the coupon you see below and more…and to subscribe to their newsletter so future discounts and coupons will be delivered to your mailbox. Visit Central Art Supply now!

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SOSA February meeting

The SOSA February meeting (Southern Oregon Society of Artists) will be Feb.22  starting at a new time:

6:30-8:30pm at the Medford Public Library. Refreshments at 6:30, Meeting at 7:00

Central Art Supply will share their  instructors:
Lara Strazdas will demo General Graphite, Charcoal and Watercolor pencils.
Dan Ebert will demonstrate Brusho Watercolor Crystals.
Ann Ebert will demonstrate Gelli Arts Printing Plates and
Adam Bunch will demonstrate new Zig Clean Color Real Brush.
Meeting to adjourn at 8:30
Visitors are welcome. Questions? Call Lori at 541-773-3258

Around the World with South Stage Cellars

Saturday, Feb 27 - Saturday, Apr 02, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at South Stage Cellars Tasting Room Take a trip around the world with South Stage Cellars.

Around the World with South Stage Cellars

ssc logo south stage cellarsYou don’t have to pack any bags for this trip. You don’t have to be concerned about loading or unloading zones, or excess baggage charges.

Some of the countries you will be visiting include Portugal, South of France, Southern Italy, Chili, Germany, Australia, South Africa, and the list continues. We will be offering tastes from around the world along with food pairings from local restaurants.

All 28 different varietals are grown exclusively from our Quail Run Vineyards estate-grown grapes. You will taste Carmenere, Dolcetto, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, and Mouvedre, just to name a few. For the next 6 weeks treat your palette, learn about the different varietals, enjoy the food pairings from some of your favorite restaurants while you take trip around the world with South Stage Cellars.

$25.00 per person includes 3-4 tastings along with food pairings.

Limited space available.

Starts February 27, every Saturday from 2-4pm until April 2.

February 27

South America, South Africa, New Zealand

  • Carmenere
  • Malbec
  • Pinotage
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Food pairing by Jacksonville Inn

March 5

France – Burgundy Region

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Sparkling Early Muscat

Food Pairing  (TBA) 

March 12

Spain and Portugal

  • Albarinho
  • Tempranillo
  • Garnacha (Grenache)
  • Port  (I think Jonathan has a port from our grapes)

Food pairing  by Elements Tapas Bar & Lounge

March 19

France – Bordeaux Region

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Bliss (Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc)

Food Pairing by Arbor House

March 26

Italy & Germany

  • Dolcetto
  • Sangiovese
  • Pinot Gris
  • Late Harvest Riesling

Food Pairing by Pomodori Bistro & Wine Bar

April 2

France – Rhone region

  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Marsanne/Rousanne
  • GSM
  • Sparkling Muscat

Food Pairing  (TBA) 

$25.00 per person per class includes 3-4 tastings along with food pairings.

  • You can buy one country or all 6 countries.
  • You receive a $25.00 gift certificate if you buy all 6 classes.
  • Limited space available. (50 people)
  • Starts February 27, April 2, 2016. Every Saturday, from 2-4

Make your reservations soon!
541-899-9120

Ashland Art Center Additional Class Offerings

Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon logo imageAdditions to February 2016 & beyond…

Ashland Art Center Adds More Class Offerings in February and March 2016

www.ashlandartcenter.org/classes-events/

Additional Class Offerings in February and March

 

 

Ashland Art Center Additional Class Offerings, February 2016 : Portrait Drawing and Painting with Jenay ElderPortrait Drawing and Painting with Jenay Elder

$260 (8 sessions), $35 day-rate

Mondays, Feb 1- March 14 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

 

This workshop is designed for artists who require guided, in-depth study with a portrait model. Welcoming beginner to advanced artists, Jenay will teach drawing and oil painting fundamentals. This class will focus on structure, proportion, color principles and composition. Every Monday will begin with three hour poses and proceed into longer themed poses/compositions. Students are encouraged to bring in costumes and participate in creating a story with the model. Please arrive on time.
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Ashland Art Center Additional Class Offerings, February 2016 : Academic Life Drawing with Sarah F Burns

Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns

Academic Life Drawing with Sarah F Burns

$300 (11 Sessions) Plus $85 Model Fee

Wednesdays @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

March 30- June 8 (11 Sessions)

 

This class will guide students through each stage of drawing the human figure. Learn to capture the gesture, proportion, character, volume, light effect, anatomy and spark of life. Through demos, handouts and individual guidance, students will gain a clear method and set of tools to approach long pose drawing the human form. Held in the AAC main classroom, class size 8. Visit online for materials list and to register for workshop. Questions? Contact Sarah at [email protected], 541-621-7767

Find out more »

 

Ashland Art Center Additional Class Offerings, March 2016 : Painting: Oil Painting Techniques with Jenay ElderPainting: Oil Painting Techniques with Jenay Elder

$150.00 (two-day intensive) Supplies list available online

March 19 & 20th 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Discover the joy of working with oil paints. Learn different painting techniques, palettes and approaches to approaching oil painting. This mini-series will be full of fun and rewarding exercises, demonstrations and one on one instruction. Students will complete two color block studies with a full palette, in both natural and artificial light. Students will also create a color chart based on the “Zorn Palette”. The final day we will create a small finished painting applying learned techniques.

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Ashland Art Center Additional Class Offerings, March 2016 :  Art Matters – Panel Discussions with Rebecca GabrielArt Matters – Panel Discussions with Rebecca Gabriel

FREE

Thursday March 17 @ 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm


Art Matters – A Series of Panel Discussions about Art

Please join us for this exciting series which explores vital issues and topics concerning today’s art and artists. The panels will feature prominent artists, gallerists, collectors, educators, and art activists; and will incorporate audience participation. Topics will range from the creative process and education, to success in the art market, and beyond.

The panels will be moderated by artist Rebecca Gabriel who holds a Master of Science in Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Come to these dynamic and interactive discussions to be informed and inspired.
Panel Topics:

By the Seat of Their Pants – Those Who Make a Living with Their Art & How They Did It”
Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., March 17, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center.

The Evolution of Style-Putting the Cart before the Horse
Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., April 21, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center.

Modalities of Education in the Visual Arts: Atelier, University, Workshops, or Outsider Art?
Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., May 19, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center.

Panel participants to be announced.

Find out more »

 

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All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.

Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520

www.ashlandartcenter.org 

[email protected]

Premiere of Student Films about Drugs and Bullying in McCloud Feb 19

“Drugs” and “Bullying”

Premiere Showing in McCloud of 2 Video Shorts by Local Students, February 19th

 

Complex personal subject matters were the learning theme for Mccloud High School students during their digital workshops with Christina Schmidlin while creating two short videos on “Drugs” and “Bullying” .  Ms Schmidlin is a videographer and film maker in her professional life and was contracted by the Mccloud Resource Center and the Mccloud ARTS Society to work creatively with our high school students.. For the last two years McCloud students had the privilege to work with her in developing the storyline for the two short videos.  Utilizing their input, talent, and their personal experiences these two short videos represent the efforts for over the two years.   Students were enthusiastic participants in all aspects of the project including learning to act with drama coach Bennett Gale. The acting recreates some of their personal experiences regarding these vital social issues which youth everywhere are addressing on almost a daily basis.

 

In Bullying, “The story focus for this particular project was on the “making of” and “unraveling of” a bully. It is mostly told from the bully’s perspective. Most students in the class experienced bullying both as perpetrators and victims, so we chose this particular, and in my opinion, very effective perspective for the story narrative. There was also one student in the class who experienced a bullying related suicide and ensuing drug use, which lent a powerful story element to the narrative.” said Christina Schmidlin.  She further explained that “all participating students linked the experience of bullying or being bullied to the risk of drug use and teenage suicide. Consequently, all the students wanted to explore this topic in depth in the story sessions.”

 

The Premiere Video Showing of McCloud High Student’s   2 Video Shorts will be Friday, February 19, 2016,  7 – 8:30 pm upstairs in the Mercantile Building. Admission is free in support of the students.  The event is being organized by the McCloud ARTS Society.  Jeff Wescott and some of the high school band members will provide musical entertainment to showcase their talents.  The community is invited to come to the premiere showing and support the students in the first effort to develop a meaningful video short that may later to useful to other students that may or may not be experiencing similar circumstances.

NVAL 2016 Regional Photography Show

North Valley Art League logoNVAL 2016 Regional Photography Show

February 2 – 27

Carter House Gallery,

48 Quartz Hill Rd, Caldwell Park, Redding, CA 96003


RECEPTION and AWARDS

**DATE CHANGE**  NOW SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 6-8pm due to Super Bowl Sunday.

Reception location is still the North Valley Art League’s Carter House Gallery.

Awards will be announced at the reception and our juror, Michael Eichwald, will give a short talk explaining why he chose each of the award winners.

Raffle will be held for a framed print donated by Lu Zhang from the NVAL 2015 International Photography Show.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served making for an enjoyable afternoon.   We hope that you and any guests that you choose to invite will attend.   Directions to the gallery are on our website:  www.nval.org, under Contact.

Award winners unable to attend the reception will be contacted February 7 by email.

Hope to see you there at the Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Rd. Caldwell Park.

I hope to see you there!

ONLINE GALLERY

The online gallery will be active February 1st on the NVAL website — www.nval.org

 

NVAL CARTER HOUSE EXHIBIT OPENS FEB 2nd

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm

 
SHOW CALENDAR 
Show Opens:  Tuesday, February 2 
Reception and Awards:  Saturday, February 6, 6 to 8pm

Show Closes:  Saturday, February 27  

Call to Artists: 10th Annual 2016 Au Naturel Exhibition at Clatsop Community College

Clatsop Community College LogoClatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, announces the 2016 International Juried Exhibition, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, and invites entries. This special tenth anniversary show will be held in honor and memory of Royal Nebeker, internationally renowned artist and beloved instructor who taught at CCC for over 30 years and who served as the first juror for the competition. The 2016 Au Naturel exhibit will open on Thursday, January 21, 2016 and continues through March 10, 2016.

The Au Naturel competition is open to all artists working in any two dimensional drawing, painting, or printmaking medium with a focus on the nude human figure as subject matter in any form from representational to abstract, and in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making. Entrants must be 18 years or older, and submitted artwork must have been executed in the last three years and available for the duration of the exhibit.  Due to the special focus of the exhibit, any artwork reproduced by photomechanical processes (including giclée prints) will not be accepted. Visit the exhibit website, www.aunaturelart.com, to view artwork from previous Au Naturel exhibitions and for further information about the show.

Applications are now being accepted online using the CaFÉ™ website, www.callforentry.org.

Applications must be received on CaFÉ™ by Midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time, Saturday, November 7, 2015.  There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Enter and register a username and password. Navigate to Apply to Calls, and search the list for Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century. The site also provides detailed instructions for use. There is a $40 fee for the submission of up to three images, and $5 for each additional image submitted.

2016 exhibit awards will include $1,000 in cash prizes and up to $2,000 in purchase awards. A select number of Visiting Artist Workshop awards will also be granted. Additionally, one artist will be chosen to be featured in a solo show for the following exhibition season (2016-2017) at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery.

For a prospectus, send a SASE to Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition c/o Kristin Shauck, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103 or download it from the Au Naturel website, www.aunaturelart.com.

Lisa Harris, juror of the 2016 Au Naturel Exhibition at clatsop Community College, Astoria, Oregon.

Lisa Harris, owner and director of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, is the juror for Clatsop Community College’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.

Serving as juror for the 2016 exhibit is Lisa Harris, the Director and Owner of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA. The gallery, which represents thirty Northwest and West Coast contemporary artists including Royal Nebeker, has been presenting rotating exhibitions for the past 31 years. Harris is a founding member of the Seattle Art Dealers Association and a member of Art Table, the national organization of women in the visual arts.

Harris received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with Highest Honors from Williams College in 1975 and studied at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) from 1973 to 1974. She earned an M.B.A. in Arts Management from the University of California at Los Angeles (now the Anderson School at UCLA), and during that time did an internship at the Oakland Museum where she focused on strategic planning. From 1979 to 1980 she was Assistant to the President of Cornish Institute (now Cornish College of the Arts) for which she curated an historic American-Soviet exhibition. Faculty at Cornish and a similar art institute in Vladivostok (then a “closed” city) provided work for joint exhibitions that took place in Nakhodka and Seattle.

Before founding her own gallery in 1984, Harris served as Director of Pioneer Square Gallery where she collaborated with other galleries to firmly establish Seattle’s First Thursdays. She has served as a juror for organizations such as Gage Academy, Women Painters of Washington, Edmonds Art Festival, Eastside Fine Art Association, and Artist Trust (The Artist Innovator Award). Last year, Harris co-curated the exhibition, John Cole: A Historical Perspective, at the Museum of Northwest Art.

For more information, contact Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472 or [email protected].

Attached Image: Lisa Harris, owner and director of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, is the juror for Clatsop Community College’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.

 

Au Naturel Opens at CCC Art Center Gallery


The ninth annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century will be on display from January 22 through March 5, 2015 at Clatsop Community College’s Art Center Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. A reception honoring the selected artists will be held on Thursday, January 29, at 6:00 pm.

 

This year’s juror, Barbara Shaiman, an independent curator and art consultant based in Seattle, will be present to give a gallery talk.  Barbara Shaiman was the artistic and managing Director of the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Gallery for 24 years. She left a year ago to spend more time on personal curatorial projects and art consulting as well as doing her own artwork. Among other projects, she currently is Curator at the Alexis Hotel.  Barbara also devotes time to jurying community art exhibits, participating in public art panels, advising local arts organizations and helping clients with collection management. Before joining the SAM staff, Barbara taught studio art classes in NYC at Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Museum Art School, at Hawthorne Studio in Montana, and in the Seattle area at Seward Park Arts Center and Bellevue College. She was also a working ceramic artist and the owner/director of Shaiman Gallery, a local contemporary fine crafts and design gallery.

Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2015-2016 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro and Dairy Maid are providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company and Bloomin’ Crazy Floral are providing flowers. This reception is free and open to the public. The College also thanks the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Commodore Hotel, and the Ft. George Brewery for their support.

A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, 243 11th Street in downtown Astoria, will immediately follow the reception.

This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Turkey, New Zealand, and South Africa submitted over 500 images for consideration. The 2015 exhibit will represent 41 artists from 14 states in addition to an international artist from South Africa. Please note that the artist from South Africa will be represented in the online 2015 gallery only at www.aunaturelart.com.

Juror Barbara Shaiman states, “It was a great pleasure to serve as the juror for 2015 Au Naturel competition and to see such a variety of compelling and high quality work interpreting the theme of the nude.  It was difficult to narrow down such a large group to the 56 pieces I eventually chose in order to create a coherent exhibit.  My task as I saw it was to choose work that was both excellent and representative rather than to attempt to create an exhibit with a particular point of view.”

Paring down the artwork from among the hundreds of images is an extremely difficult task.   Each year, a different juror is invited to select the work for the show, and each juror brings his or her own unique perspective and approach to the selection process.  “My curatorial approach is affected by my background as a working studio artist and instructor of studio courses, as well as the many years I have worked as a gallery director.  For me the visual is primary, and then comes attention to concept and execution. When I choose artists for an exhibit or jury a show, I look for artwork that has strong visual appeal and is rooted in ideas I find compelling, stimulating and challenging,” explains Shaiman. “I also look for work that in some way pushes boundaries, reflects a unique vision, or pushes the medium in different areas. The work should be technically proficient, experimental and passionate about its subject matter. None of the works chosen fit all of these criteria of course, but they all meet at least a few.”

Cynthia Yatchman, Seattle, WA: Carapaces, Mixed Media, 12x12

Cynthia Yatchman, Seattle, WA: Carapaces, Mixed Media, 12×12

 

Seattle artist Cynthia Yatchman

who typically works with various combinations of acrylic paint, ink, papers, charcoal and canvas, was invited to exhibit her mixed-media piece called Carapaces. Yatchman enjoys the process of “creating a rich sensual surface by making layer upon layer of marks,” and describes her work as possessing “an unseen history within these layers as images are obscured and revealed.”  While the subject matter of her work references her “experience with nature,” she explains that the content of her work often “speaks to issues of social justice, revelation and connection and how we are all one.”

 

 

Reed Clarke, Portland, OR: Apparition Number Four, Oil on Canvas, 42x42

Reed Clarke, Portland, OR: Apparition Number Four, Oil on Canvas, 42×42

Portland artist Reed Clarke

also a part-time resident in Gearhart, has been invited for the fifth time to exhibit his work in the Au Naturel. Clarke points out that while his two oil paintings selected for the show entitled Apparition Number Four and Woman Standing With Man may be considered by some to be portraits, the design elements such as line, tone, color, shape, and form are equally as important as the subject matter in any work of art.  “It took me a long time to become aware of how painting people/figures sets up the need to solve certain types of problems encountered in the act of painting,” he admits.  “I hope to find some solutions to these problems that I can feel are authentically mine. What I hope to achieve is work that transcends the fact that the painting has a subject and exists simply as a good painting.”

 

 

 

James McComas, Superior, CO: Diana, Oil on Linen, 24x18

James McComas, Superior, CO: Diana, Oil on Linen, 24×18

James McComas of Superior Colorado

who has exhibited in the Au Naturel several times, explores design concepts in his paintings from the standpoint of the fascinating relationship between visual art and music. “I perceive art as a visual melody, which can be as simple as a song, or as complex as a symphony,” he states.  “Somewhere in the music – in the image – is an expression of the human condition, be it narrowly focused or grandly sweeping. Along those lines, I see the role of the figure in my art much as the role a dancer plays in a ballet: profoundly moving in and of itself, yet a cohesive part of a larger story.”

Seattle artist Chris Sheridan looks to the past for inspiration in “early myths, traditional folklore, the histories, and the classics.” At the very heart of his work is storytelling, which he describes as “the foundation upon which my paintings are built,” and further explains that in every one of his paintings that he creates, “every element has symbolic meaning that supports that story.”

 

Patrick Kernan, Portland, OR: Amanda, Watercolor and Pastel Pencil, 21x14

Patrick Kernan, Portland, OR: Amanda, Watercolor and Pastel Pencil, 21×14

Portland artist Patrick Kernan

Portland artist Patrick Kernan has also been selected to exhibit his artwork in the Au Naturel multiple times.  Kernan creates all of his work from observation directly from life, and counts painting the human figure among one of his greatest passions.  Rather than focusing on accuracy as his main goal, he believes his work is successful if the artwork “becomes a journal of my observations, emotions and reactions to the model, at the specific, shared, moment in time.”  The rigorous discipline of drawing and painting from figure models in the studio directly from life has also been a passion of artist Patrick Deshaye of Hillsboro, Oregon.  Deshaye maintains that for him this practice embodies everything worthwhile about the process of art-making, which includes “centuries of tradition, an endless array of media and techniques, a subject of overwhelming expressive potential…what’s not to love?” He describes his oil painting entitled The Model, Death and the Inferno as a “playful hommage to the figure studio model and her inevitably ironic environment.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Jeffords, Austin, TX: Arden, Oil on Canvas, 28x22

Nicole Jeffords, Austin, TX: Arden, Oil on Canvas, 28×22

Nicole Jeffords of Austin, TX

, on the other hand, works from a photographic reference since for her, “a live sitter’s energy would be too much.” She describes her process as a slow and silent dialogue that progresses “until bit by bit a picture emerges, almost as if a channel opens and the person steps forward, allowing me to see some part of them that is real and true. In that way, hopefully, the painting becomes revelation.”

Further information about the 2015 exhibiting artists will be available online at the Au Naturel website at www.aunaturelart.com after January 22nd.

In addition to the CCC Art Center Gallery exhibit, for the fifth consecutive year, other venues in downtown Astoria will be exhibiting nudes in a collective show entitled Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel. A gallery walk will be held on Saturday, February 14th. Among the galleries and venues hosting this year’s event are RiverSea Gallery, Imogen Gallery, Tempo Gallery and Artist Collective, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Old Town Framing, and [email protected]