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Living Large on Little: Part 3

And one more installation from my forthcoming mini book: Living Large on Little: How to See the Invitation in Limitation. This vignette is from the section on patience….

When I taught high school on a tiny, Micronesian island, far, far away, I learned to make weekends sacred. I tried to get out and enjoy the ocean, which was my favorite thing to do there. 

One Saturday morning, I stopped at the local outdoor market and bought a coconut to take to Wings Beach. With any luck, I’d have that northern nook of the island to myself. It was an  unprotected beach, as in: no coral reef to create a lagoon and keep the sharks out. I was always a bit afraid of swimming in those waters, and I would force myself to do it.

My car lurched down the pocked, coral road, and I arrived to—delight!—a deserted beach. 

I laid out my sarong on the sand and sipped the coconut juice through the straw sticking from the hole that the man at the market had machete’d open for me. When I finished the juice, I thought: I want to eat the coconut meat inside. But this was the entire coconut—thick, green outer casing and all.

Limitation: I had no machete. 

Invitation: How else can I open it?

I will not admit how long it took me to break that thing open. It involved much hefting and not a few rounds of bashing against rocks. I’m glad there were no witnesses but the coconut crabs, scuttling for cover. 

When I finally heard that shell crack in half, I felt an ancient thrill that no modern equipment of convenience can give. 

I sat on my sarong and scooped out the coconut meat. I ate it with revelry, facing the sea and sky in their many hues of blue. 

When I had scraped out the last of the sweet fruit, I stacked the two shells and ran my hands through the sand—sand that had once been stone or coral and was now soft enough to comfortably sit on. 

So much is worth waiting for. 

Sometimes, that waiting is passive, but many times, it’s a muscle’d waiting, filled with sweat and repetition like the tides. Or the sound of continuous thudding of coconut on stone. 

PS: The official book launch is November 9 at The Miners’ Bazaar in Jacksonville, Oregon, from 5-7 PM.  More info here. 

Living Large on Little: Part 3

And one more installation from my forthcoming mini book: Living Large on Little: How to See the Invitation in Limitation. This vignette is from the section on patience….

When I taught high school on a tiny, Micronesian island, far, far away, I learned to make weekends sacred. I tried to get out and enjoy the ocean, which was my favorite thing to do there. 

One Saturday morning, I stopped at the local outdoor market and bought a coconut to take to Wings Beach. With any luck, I’d have that northern nook of the island to myself. It was an  unprotected beach, as in: no coral reef to create a lagoon and keep the sharks out. I was always a bit afraid of swimming in those waters, and I would force myself to do it.

My car lurched down the pocked, coral road, and I arrived to—delight!—a deserted beach. 

I laid out my sarong on the sand and sipped the coconut juice through the straw sticking from the hole that the man at the market had machete’d open for me. When I finished the juice, I thought: I want to eat the coconut meat inside. But this was the entire coconut—thick, green outer casing and all.

Limitation: I had no machete. 

Invitation: How else can I open it?

I will not admit how long it took me to break that thing open. It involved much hefting and not a few rounds of bashing against rocks. I’m glad there were no witnesses but the coconut crabs, scuttling for cover. 

When I finally heard that shell crack in half, I felt an ancient thrill that no modern equipment of convenience can give. 

I sat on my sarong and scooped out the coconut meat. I ate it with revelry, facing the sea and sky in their many hues of blue. 

When I had scraped out the last of the sweet fruit, I stacked the two shells and ran my hands through the sand—sand that had once been stone or coral and was now soft enough to comfortably sit on. 

So much is worth waiting for. 

Sometimes, that waiting is passive, but many times, it’s a muscle’d waiting, filled with sweat and repetition like the tides. Or the sound of continuous thudding of coconut on stone. 

PS: The official book launch is November 9 at The Miners’ Bazaar in Jacksonville, Oregon, from 5-7 PM.  More info here. 

The Exciting Night is Nearing – RSVP by Oct. 21st

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2019 Masterpiece Benefit Event Saturday, Nov. 2nd
@Ashland Hills Hotel

Enjoy a stellar evening of exhibits, delicious buffet, new Biblically themed art, silent auction, music and most recent updates.  Hear about ways we are reaching culture for Christ through Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation.

Including our exciting Capital Campaign for our Magna Deo project in Ashland.
Come Open this New Door with us!

Saturday, Nov. 2nd6:00 Social and silent auction, inspiring art
( Bid on an epic helicopter adventure over Crater Lake and so much more!)

6:30 Dinner & program
with speaker

Head Pastor @ The Story Ashland

Tickets $35 per person

or introduce others to the work we do to connect culture
to Christ through fine art and

Sponsor a table for 10
$350 

Please reserve your place by Oct. 21st.

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For more information email [email protected]
or call 541-601-7496.

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Dan will be with us Nov. 2nd and  introducing his newest sculpture “Ascension”
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October Third Friday at Art du Jour

Art du Jour’s featured wall for October 2019 is a collaboration of participating member’s work focused on the theme “Celebrating Fall Colors”. -Roy Musitelli photo 10/2/19

October Third Friday:

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford is 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 see our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery) for updates.

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

"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

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.

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

Get Your Tickets for RGAC’s 2019 Auction and Fundraiser and See New Art

October 9 artblast Stefan Wolf
Detail of Home Invasion, woodblock print by Stefan Wolf
NEW EXHIBIT BEGINNING FRIDAY
IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY

Deep Impressions:
Handmade Prints by Stefan Wolf

October 11 – November 22, 2019

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Reception: Friday, October 18, 5:30-8:00 pm

Stefan Wolf demonstrates his passion for relief printing with his striking hand carved linoleum and woodblock prints. His work reflects on universal themes inspired by orthodox Christianity and Western tradition.
TIME TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!
Front Save the Date 2019 auction Roman HolidayThe annual auction is our most important fundraiser of the year.
Please join us.

Rogue Valley Country Club
2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford
5:00 p.m.
Evening includes silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner,
live auction, and live music by “Band du Pays Swing”

Dinner Menu
Mixed Greens Salad with Assorted Toppings and Dressings
Artisan Bread Rolls
Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
(Vegetarian) Pasta Salad
Seasonal Vegetables
Herb Roasted Petite Pearl Potatoes
Chicken Chasseur
Gluten Free Spinach Florentine Ravioli
Chocolate Mousse Parfait
New York Style Cheesecake
Roxy Ann Claret and Pinot Gris Wine

Tickets $65 per person

Purchase tickets HERE>>

UPCOMING CLASSES IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

Rogue Studio Figure Drawing Sessions
All media welcome
All skill levels welcome
Six Sessions, Fall Series: Tuesdays, October 15–November 19, 6 pm–8:30 pm

Six Tuesday evenings for 2 1/2 hours of moderated, uninstructed figure drawing sessions with a live model in the Rogue Studio. Adults 18 years and older from beginning to advanced levels are welcome. The sessions will include short gestures and longer, sustained poses. Students must provide their own drawing materials. Drawing boards, worktables and easels are available for use.
$45 FOR THE SIX SESSION SERIES, $15 PER SESSION
Register Here >>

Figure Painting with Ilene Gienger-Stanfield
All skill levels welcome
Oil or pastel media
Friday-Sunday, October 25–27,
9 am–4 pm

The human figure is an elegant and detailed subject. In this workshop Ilene gives you the tools to successfully address the figure, including fundamentals of drawing, value, edges, and color theory. Using live models and photo references, she will help students with their individual goals and challenges.
MEMBERS $300,
NON-MEMBERS $325
 Materials List
Register Here >>

Woodblock Print Making:
Traditional and Modern Methods with Walt Padgett
All skill levels welcome
Woodblock Print Making
Optional after class
open studio 3 pm–5 pm
4 Sessions, Thursdays,
October 24–November 14, 11 am–3 pm

Japanese woodblock prints have been created for centuries to capture a variety of subject matter. Using influences from cultures of the West and the East this class will explore various techniques for creating timeless woodblock prints. Learn a variety of methods to streamline and simplify centuries-old, time-proven, traditional Japanese techniques with world-class printmaker Walt Padgett.
MEMBERS $275, NON-MEMBERS $300 Materials List
Register Here >>

CALLS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Habitat ReStores is looking for artists interested in volunteering their skills in designing beautiful designs and painting on their walls, floors, and windows. Contact Alex Jones, ReStore Director at (571) 773-9095 or [email protected]

Habitat ReStores is also taking donation of donations of artwork and furniture.

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The 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. We are open third Friday 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Dive Into Another Watercolor Odyssey with Katrina Meister & Central Art!

Dive Into Another Watercolor Odyssey with Katrina Meister & Central Art!
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Watercolor Exploration Workshop Series “Autumn Pears”

with Katrina Meister

 

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Where: Central Art

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Fee: $45 – Supplies are included

*Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Payment is required at time of registration.

 

Katrina has teamed up with Central Art to create the Watercolor Exploration Workshop Series!

Each class is focused on supplies or techniques, all materials are included in the cost of the class, and you will have some to take home to continue on your own!

For our next installment, we will be drawing and painting Pears using Daniel Smith Primatek paints to create wonderful granulation effects.

 

Call 541-773-1444 or visit Central Art to register!

 

To see more of Katrina’s work, visit www.katrinascards.com

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Adult Art Classes at GPMA October, November, December 2019

Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page.
We now have two levels of pricing for classes.
 Museum members receive a $5 discount on all adult art classes.
To become a member or to renew a membership:

Elements of Art – Texture, Form, & Shape

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, October 12

1 – 4 pm

Part of the series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
We will explore texture and how it creates the quality of an object, how form is created in 2D & 3D artworks, and how artworks have used shape.
Class includes:
  •  An art history exploration of works that focused on texture, form, and shape.
  • Art projects to explore all three: texture, form, & shape.
  • Looking at art in person and applying what we have learned.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Folk Art Dolls
with Karen O’Brien
Saturday, October 19
1 – 4 pm
In this workshop you will learn primitive doll making techniques to create a simple doll. Karen will share her mixed media tips and techniques to create amazing, whimsical faces using a variety of media. In this class you will make a simple “stump” doll. The term “stump doll” refers to an early design made from a single continuous shape, often without arms or legs with stitched or drawn features. She will provide a pre-sewn “body,” so you can forgo sewing machines and cover each step in creating your doll. You will cover pattern design, hand sewing, antiquing, clothing, drawing the face and options for adding “ears” for a black cat? – Halloween is just around the corner! No painting or sewing experience is required. This class is for all skill levels.
$35/Members
$40/Non-Members
All supplies included

Mini Books

with Cindy Hernandez

Saturday, October 26

1 -4 pm

Students will create a mini-book and will also receive supplies to make an additional book. These mini-books are ideal for sketchbooks and are made with watercolor paper.
$45/Members
$50/Non-Members
All supplies included

Needlefelting Birds

with Corbin Brashear

Saturday, November 2

12:30 – 4 pm

Needlefelting is a fun way to create small, soft sculptures out of wool. Corbin will teach you how to create the body shape, then add lots of exciting details. They always come out great. No experience is necessary. All the supplies are provided.
$40/Members
$45/Non-Members
All supplies included

Get Social Media Fit!

with Kelli Matthews

Friday, November 8

1 – 5 pm

Join us for an interaction workshop to build your social media muscles! Building healthy social media for your business or non-profit doesn’t have to take a lot of time. With a good plan, a practical calendar, and some simple tools, you can be social media fit in 10 minutes a day (or less). Learn how!
Kelli Matthews, Sr. Instructor, University of Oregon & Managing Director, Verve Northwest Communications
Kelli has worked in public relations for nearly two decades. She’s a strategic communications professional with extensive experience providing counsel, researching, planning, implementing and evaluating communication initiatives. Her 15 years of teaching experience at the University of Oregon keeps her on the cutting edge of research and practice. Particular areas of focus include: digital strategy, media relations and crisis communications.
$50/Everyone
$40/Non-Profits
All supplies included

Origami Card Holders

with Linda Dunn

Saturday, November 9

1 -4 pm

Join fabric artist Linda Dunn for a fun filled afternoon learning how to dress up those holiday gift cards with origami card holders using both paper and fabric variations…no sewing required!
Class instruction will walk you through the entire process from paper/fabric selection & preparation to simple origami construction and finally creative embellishing ideas for that artistic touch. The fabric cards holders are very durable, suitable for everyday use and are perfect for credit cards/store cards and business cards.
Class fee includes all material and supplies to complete 2 paper card holders plus 1 fabric card holder. Additional prepared fabric may be available for purchase.
$25/Members
$30/Non-Members
All supplies included

Elements of Art – Space, Balance, & Composition

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, November 23

1 – 4 pm

How do artists create space, and use balance and composition in their artwork?
Class includes:
  • An art history exploration of works that focused on space, balance, & composition
  •  Art projects to explore all three: space, balance, composition
  • Techniques for problem solving works in progress (you can bring in your own work in progress if you want)
  • Looking at art in person, with a focus of applying what we have learned.
$30/Members
$35/Non-Members
All supplies included

Origami Fabric Boxes

with Linda Dunn

Thursday, Dec. 5

1 – 4 pm

Fabric artist Linda Dunn returns for another fun filled afternoon creating fabric origami boxes…no sewing required! This class will feature holiday themed boxes which are perfect for gift giving, stowing away small treasures or display as a unique decorating accent.
Class instruction will walk you through the entire process from fabric selection & preparation to simple box construction progressing to more complex variations and finally creative embellishing ideas for that artistic touch.
Class fee includes all material and supplies to complete paper “mock ups” plus 1 fabric box.
Additional prepared fabric sets will be available for purchase.
$35/Members
$40/Non-Members
All supplies included

Elements of Art – Emphasis & Movement

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, December 7

1 – 4 pm

Final class of the series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
Emphasis and movement can be key elements of art that help create interest and drama. Explore this concept in an art history presentation and learn how to:
  • Create a strong center of interest or focal point
  • Move the viewers eye through a piece in the way
  • Explore the illusion of action
  • Create a suspenseful moment and how to have use tension in your composition.
  • How to use emphasis and movement to finalize an artwork.
$30/Members
$35/Non-Members
All supplies included

All class sign ups are considered final and refunds are not given. The Museum will give a full refund in the case of a class being cancelled.
Unsure if your membership is active? Check in with the Museum staff by calling 541-479-3290, or email [email protected].
Thank you for supporting the arts!

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

Rogue Gallery Special Reception Sept. 27: The Cutting Edge

Rogue Gallery & Art Center Special Reception on September 27, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

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The Cutting Edge: Ceramics by Baba Wagué Diakité & Collages By Penda Diakité

September 27 – November 8, 2019

Main Gallery Exhibit

 

Opening reception to meet artist Baba Wagué Diakité and Penda Diakité, September 27, 5;30 – 8:00 pm

B Wague Diakite bowl

This exhibit features a collaboration of father and daughter artists, Baba Wagué Diakité and Penda Diakité. Ceramic artist Baba Wagué Diakité and collage artist Penda Diakité create vibrant work featuring expressive narratives. Each artists has a unique approach, embracing styles and influences from contemporary to traditional, from Mali, Africa to Portland, Oregon.

Baba Wagué Diakité is an artist, author, illustrator and storyteller. He was raised in Mali, West Africa and is now based in Portland, Oregon. His work is animated with engaging figures, vitalizing the traditional forms he learned from his grandmother in West Africa by bringing them into contemporary times. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has received critical acclaim in numerous international magazines.  He is the founder of the Ko-Falen cultural center in Bamako, Mali, which promotes cultural, artistic, and educational exchange between the United States and Mali.

Cabako 3x2 Penda Diakite

Penda Diakité professional pursuits include art, film, and running her art inspired fashion line PendaWear. She is the daughter of two artists, Baba Wagué Diakité and Ronna Neuenschwander. She grew up between Mali, West Africa and Portland, Oregon. Diakité’s mixed media work meshes the vibrant colors and patterns of her Malian heritage with influences of her American urban upbringing using spray paint, acrylic and paper collage. Her work reflects traditional and contemporary themes, telling stories about identity and humankind.

Penda Diakité will present a workshop on her unique collage process on Saturday, September 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To register, visit www.roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118.

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.

Living Large on Little: Part 2

This month, a second installation from my forthcoming mini book: Living Large on Little: How to See the Invitation in Limitation. It is divided into sections of vignettes, and the following bit appears in the “Joy” section….

The idea that an apple a day keeps the doctor away only works if we choose to eat the apple.

Joy is an active choice we make. 

I like to distinguish happiness from joy. To me, happiness depends on a certain outcome or circumstance, but joy is independent of any externals—it’s a heart-set. A choice. 

This means I can still have joy in the midst of grief, but I probably can’t be happy. I can be happy when I buy a new pair of boots, but not necessarily when I splatter paint all over them—and joy doesn’t require any specific footwear.

But then, I sometimes forget my own theory and use happiness and joy interchangeably. 

Sometimes, joy is taking a moment to laugh at ourselves and all of our theories.

(PS: If youre in Southern Oregon, save the date for the book launch on the evening of November 9…more info soon!)

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