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Oregon Arts Commission News - April 2017

April 2017
Alexis Rockman (American, b. 1962), Evolution, 1992, oil on wood, 96 x 288 in., George R. Stroemple Collection, Lake Oswego, Oregon. Featured in curator and writer Linda Tesner’s essay “Thoughts on a Museum of Wonder,” which was commissioned for the Ecology Project.
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Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation
Launch Visual Arts Ecology Project

The Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project is now live at www.oregonvisualarts.org.

The online magazine and archive attempts to further explore the depth and expand the breadth of Oregon’s visual arts ecology. The Project is a joint effort of the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation to create an accessible, permanent and interactive virtual collection documenting Oregon’s visual arts landscape, and the interconnected realms of artist, institution, patron, curator and arts writer.

The collection is a beginning, with historic and contemporary content drawn from the archives of the Arts Commission and visual arts partners across Oregon.

Read the full release.
Listen to the Jefferson Public Radio interview with Visual Arts Coordinator Meagan Atiyeh.
Watch Live!

Oregon’s Megan Kim to compete
at Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 24-26

Megan Kim, an 18-year-old senior at Medford’s Cascade Christian High School, will represent Oregon in the April 24-26, 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. The competition will be live-streamed here.

Megan is scheduled to compete during the third semifinal, with other upper Northwest and Western states’ contestants, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. If she advances, she also will compete in the finals 4 to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 (Pacific Daylight Time).

Megan, who lives in Ashland, reads poetry for fun and serves as editor of the school’s literary magazine. Her plans are to attend college (she’s considering several) and to major in English.

Enjoy an excerpt of Megan’s performance of Carmen Gimenez Smith’s “Bleeding Heart” and the moment she was named our state champion. Read is a profile of Megan from The Ashland Tidings.
Megan Kim

Breaking news

National report shows Oregon ranks near top
for arts and culture jobs

Oregon is one of seven states- including Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Utah- that exceed the national rate for arts and cultural workers by nine to 17 percent, says a new national study. Only three states (New York, Washington and Wyoming) rank higher.
By Flickr user Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Courtesy of the NEA.

The research was unveiled April 19 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It represents the first authoritative federal data on arts and culture employment and compensation.

The data, gathered in 2014, reveals that overall arts and culture contributed $729.6 billion, or 4.2 percent of the Gross National Product (GDP), to the U.S. economy. Oregon employed 69,712 arts and culture workers earning a total of $3.9 billion that year.

Read the full report.
Upcoming application deadlines 

Arts Learning Grants: June 1

 

Oregon Arts Commission | Oregon Cultural Trust,775 Summer Street NE #200, Salem, OR 97301

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits - News

 

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News: April 5 2017 artblast Kathy Morawiec 2    

Above: Detail of  SAWYER TOOK A CHANCE by Kathy Morawiec

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits – News

Rogue Gallery will be closed Saturday, April 8th for the Pear Blossom Festival.

IN THE MAIN GALLERY

2017 ARTIST TEEN MENTORING PROJECT

April 14– April 28, 2017

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News: 2017 Artist Teen Mentoring Project

Reception: Friday, April 21, 5–8pm

This exhibition is a culmination of Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual Artist Teen Mentoring Project that pairs professional artists with Rogue Valley high school students for intensive study and interaction. On display is the creative work of both teens and mentoring artists, which includes painting in acrylic and oil, assemblage, printmaking, pen and ink, charcoal, and sculpture.

 

Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist. Teen artists had the opportunity to work with an established artist to create art in a variety of media. To be accepted into the program, the teens went through an application process that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. The selected students for the program spent ten weeks with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display. The time, talent, and dedication are evident in the quality of artwork on display that includes abstract, expressionism, impressionism, and realistic styles.

 

Mentor artists are Jenny Calaba, Sheri Dinardi, David Masters, Nancy Jo Mullen, and Silvia Trujillo. Students are from Cascade, Eagle Point, Logos Charter, South Medford, and St. Mary’s high school, and include Emma Bennion, Maia Bierwirth, Christina Cannon, Alyssa Dunham, Brieann Fitch, Matt Hearon, Alyssa Patterson, and Sophia Von Haden.

Sponsored by:

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News : Sponsored by Rogue Disposal & Recycling

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IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY
Elementary Arts Outreach Student Show

April 7–April 21, 2017Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News: Elementary Outreach 2017

Reception: Friday, April 21, 5–8pm

Artwork by local 5th grade students in the Rogue Gallery’s outreach program.

Sponsored by the Lichtenwalner Family

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IN THE BERRYMAN GALLERY

In Full Bloom: Kathy Morawiec

March 30 – May 23, 2017

Rogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News - Kathy Morawiec

Klamath Falls artist Kathy Morawiec’s paintings of flowers
showcase her exuberant colors and brushwork.

The Berryman Gallery is located upstairs at the Craterian Theater.
You may visit the gallery before the Craterian’s performances;
see www.craterian.org/calendar for dates.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES 

Color Theory for Painters with Craig HoneycuttRogue Gallery April 2017 Exhibits and News: color theory for painters with Craig Honeycutt
This fun and informative workshop is perfect for beginning artists who want to gain an understanding of the natural behavior of color. Students will learn the seven characteristics of color through a series of exciting watercolor paintings.
Saturdays April 15 & 22, 10am-2pm

Register here>>

Announcements from other Organizations

CALL TO ARTISTS for ROGUE VALLEY BIENNIAL 2017 June 1—July 27
As is the tradition of long-standing biennial exhibitions the Rogue Valley Biennial will present the “art of our time.” The Rogue Valley Biennial is a forum for the cultivation, understanding, and appreciation of regional contemporary art.
Awards: Three (3) $200 Jurors’ Choice Awards will be given on June 2.
This year the Biennial will be held at the Grants Pass Museum of Art. For information see their website www.gpmuseum.com

 

Call the Gallery for more info: (541) 772-8118

Check out more fun activities at: www.roguegallery.org

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 every third Friday until 8:00pm.

First Friday Art Walk in Ashland- April 2017

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits – April 2017

Art and Soul Gallery

“The Wanderer” Oil Paintings by Diana Wright

Grab your keys and go….from a San Francisco luncheon to sun-drenched Cayucos and then to a cool, mist filled day in Bandon, Oregon, I have marveled at the endless beauty of the world.  The landscape renews us, brings us joy and hope in a time filled with anxious thoughts and feelings.  Yes, we are sorrowful at the shrinking of the natural world.  We stagger at the perils of over civilization, pollution, global warming, the shrinking of animal habitats, the acidification of the oceans, (to name a few), as they loom over our lives in an endless stream of fear.  However, the joy of creating seems to transcend my fear.  As I paint, I am in prayerful reverence for nature and I hope to communicate love, joy, and transcendent hope.

 

Shepherds Dream

“Grape Expectations” Watercolor paintings by Kay Myer

For artist Kay Myer, watercolors have always been her creative source, allowing her to explore the endless possibilities this medium allows. Passionate about the colorful, loose, interpretive styling her brushstrokes achieve, “Grape Expectations,” showcases her vivid watercolor images.

As an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Kay has also won recognition in international art challenges and been taught by world famous watercolorist, Jean Haines.

Kay was born in Denmark and adopted by an American couple and lived her earlier years in Blodget and now the Rogue Valley, Oregon.

She is joined by the Mt. Shasta Artist/Singer/Songwriter, Joshua Jerue on guitar, toffee treats, together with additional surprises.  Join in on the fun, and register for our free monthly drawing.   For more information, see our event’s page and Kay Myer’s listings on Facebook, or call: 541-941-0855.

 

 

Gallerie Karon

Artist as Poet

Who knew that so many artists are also poets (and the other way around!)? This month’s show at Gallerie Karon has more than 10 artist/poets!

We’ll feature Steve Dieffenbacher’s sketchbooks from his trail walks and new photographs paired with his poetry. Johan Bernstein will show his fantastic photographs from their recent trip to Jerusalem. Rebecca Gabriel will show her lovely portraits.  Both artists will incorporate new poetry.  Liz Shepherd presents new Sumi-e ink drawings with her own poems and translations of Zen poetry.

Of course there will be poetry books in our new poetry corner you can purchase and have signed.

“Summer Lake Darkness” photograph by Steve Dieffenbacher

 

Photographers’ Gallery (Ashland Art Center)

“Streets” Featuring Leonard Lee

Leonard Lea is a local Ashland photographer who loves to travel and visits locations away from the beaten path.  His show, Streets, opens April 7th during the First Friday Art Walk at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.  

Streets captures spontaneous images of local people and happenings in the streets of their own Mexican town or village. Leonard shows us a fleeting, un-posed glimpse into everyday life. A world traveler, recent trips have taken him to Japan, France, Italy, Switzerland, England, Wales, and Scotland, as well as Mexico.

The image, “Flower Girl” was taken on a recent trip to Ajijic, Mexico. Please join Leonard, a member of The Photographers Gallery, located in the Ashland Art Center during First Friday Art Walk on April 7, 2017.

Featured Musician: Martin Ball, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Martin Ball is a local Ashland-based musician, performer and multi-instrumentalist who is active both as a solo artist and as the musical half of the duo, Fractal Love Jam, with his wife and vocalist, Jessalynn Jones.

“Flower Girl” photograph by Leonard Lee

Ashland Gallery Association

 Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 7th, from 5 to 8 pm!  

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

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

 “Spotlight Exhibits” and April Gallery Tour Map:

“Spotlight Exhibits” and April Gallery Tour Map:

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Words in Red Art Exhibition

Masterpiece Christina Fine Arts Foundation logo and header image

Never were or will there be again
words like  His…

Words in Red logo for the art exhibition presented by Masterpiece christian Fine Arts Foundation in 2017
The Direct, Uncensored, Provocative Words of Jesus

45+ Paintings and sculptures
19 artists  :   7 Cities

Experience a gallery of inspirational,  soul-enriching fine art in Portland.  Works by 19 contemporary artists from across the country including Ron DiCianni, Tim Botts, Chris Hopkins, Michael Dudash, Frank Ordaz, Glenn Harrington, Mick McGinty, Dan Chen, Melanie Cardinal and more

March 23 – 26th
Lakewood Center for the Arts – Lake Oswego, Oregon
Thurs.,  March 23rd
Opening gala event at  7 pm
$10  Advanced gala tickets online/ $12 at the door
Friday,  Sat. & Sunday admission  is free
Fri., Sat  10- 8 pm,  Sun. 12 – 4

And at
Concordia University Library
April 3rd – 30th.
April 9th – Reception 2 – 4:00 p.m. (free)
Guided Tours available for groups call 503-493-6370
Admission is free
For more information see www.mcfineartsfoundation.org or call 541-601-7496

 

Coming soon to:
Eugene May 5 – 27th at Pacific Rim Gallery
Ashland July 1 – 23rd – Rogue Coworks

And experience the Music!
Listen now to the cinematic-esque original music score for the Words in Red exhibit by international composer Willem Van Wyk

Sanctus takes you on an imaginative journey with a blend of fusion and ethnic world/folk music, rich with haunting vocals (Clara Sorace, Celica Soldream and Victor Sordo) and orchestral grandeur that speaks to the heart. Inspired by the Words of Christ, these musical tracks accompany the Words In Red. Listen now!   And use coupon code: wordsinred and proceeds from the CD sales will help the travels of the Words in Red exhibit on its tour

SOSA April Meeting

SOSA April Meeting

 SOSA February meeting : sosa logo southern oregon society of artists
This month’s meeting of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists will take place on April 25th at 6:30 at the Medford Public Library. This month’s meeting features our quarterly Juried Critiques, judged this time by Linda H. Snodgrass.  Registration and refreshments at 6:30, Program starts at 7 pm.
Artists of all levels are welcome to come, learn and enjoy!
For more information call BJ Mathis at 541 414-4993. Check us out at www.sosa-inc.org

Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit

Rogue Main Gallery: Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit

Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit: "Basilica," Mono print by Alyssa Summers

“Basilica,” Mono print by Alyssa Summers

April 1–April 15, 2016, Reception: Friday, April 15, 5-8pm

Sponsored by Rogue Disposal & Recycling, Inc.

Main Gallery: Artist Teen Mentoring Project  

 

The Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit is a culmination of Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual Artist Teen Mentoring Project that pairs professional artists with Rogue Valley high school students for intensive study and interaction. On display is the creative work of both teens and mentoring artists, which includes photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and comic art.

 

Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist.

Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit: "Bloom," Mixed Media by Jenny Calaba

“Bloom,” Mixed Media by Jenny Calaba

Thirteen aspiring teenage artists had the opportunity to work with one of six established artists to create art in a variety of media. Teens went through an application process last fall that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Teens selected for the program spent over 20 hours with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display. Mentor artists include Jenny Calaba, Georganna Happel, Ted Heleard, Mary Wilkins Kelly, David Masters, and Nancy Jo Mullen.

Refreshments by Harry and David will be served at the Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit artist reception on April 15,  from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

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.

 

 

Rogue Gallery Matching Fund News & Teen-Artist Mentor Exhibit

Teen Artists in the Main Gallery

 
2016 Teen ArtistATMP_2016 2 Mentor Project
April 1– April 15, 2016

Reception: Friday, April 15, 5–8pm

This exhibition is a culmination of Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual project that pairs professional artists with Rogue Valley high school students for intensive study and interaction. Both the teens and their mentors are displaying their work in a variety of media and styles. The exhibit includes photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and sequential art.

Sponsored by:
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Progress on Remodeling the RoguStudio

We asked for help to match a Challenge Gift to remodel the Rogue Gallery art studio. The response has been truly heartwarming. Since March 10 we have received over $6,000!

We have received a Challenge Gift pledge of $10,000 from a Rogue Gallery member to remodel the Rogue Gallery art studio. During this challenge, they will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to maximize your donation. Our plan to remodel the Rogue Gallery art studio includes new storage cabinets, new lighting, window covering, fresh paint, new sinks, and a refinished floor. Remodeling the studio will allow us to offer more classes, present artist lectures, events, and provide a space for community uses.

Please help us meet our $10,000 challenge goal by making a tax deductible gift to remodel the studio and provide more opportunities to experience and create exciting visual art in Southern Oregon.

Donate HERE>>

Here is the “Before” picture. Please help us get to the “After” Picture!

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Columbia Center for the Arts April 2016 Events

Will you be visiting the Hood River area this month? You might want to check out one or more of Columbia Center for the Arts April 2016 Events! Apologies for the lack of images – the lovely pictures in their email did not transfer to our blog.

 

Columbia Center for the Arts April 2016 Events

EARTH WIND FIRE EXHIBITION
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 6-8pm
Exhibition: April 6-30, Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

Blue tributaries lined with sticky red clay, cascading towards the Columbia River, wind whistling through the narrow verdant Gorge, ancient lava flows creating fortress-like cliffs of columnar basalt; the dramatic landscape is what defines the Columbia River Gorge region. CCA’s April invitational Earth Wind Fire exhibition will show work that is created from materials that come from the Earth, interact with Wind, or come into being through Fire.

The Nook Exhibition
Jurgen Hess Photography
April 6-April 30, Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

 

The Nook Gallery will be showing local photographer Jurgen Hess who creates photographs that tell stories, capture a moment in time, or reflect the beauty found in both the ordinary and the awe-inspiring. He looks for the uncommon viewpoint, the light that paints a landscape or the look that says this is the essence of the person. His wildfire photos show the dangerous work of firefighting and the terror and beauty of fire.

The Lobby Exhibition
Laurel Marie Hagner, Glassometry
April 6-30, Wed-Sun 11am-5pm
Laurel’s mission as an artist is to continuously evolve not only as a craftsperson, but also as one who is sharing ideas and opportunities of expression with the community. Her work can be found nationally, spanning public and private sectors. It is her interest that Glassometry Studios play a holistic role in providing artwork, events, and exposure in general to a multitude of creative endeavors.
Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble
Audio Documentaries of Exceptional Oregonians
April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm

 

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble tells the stories of three Oregonians who achieved great things despite racial and gender discrimination through interview-based audio and original music by some of Oregon’s most prominent jazz composers. Live performances to take place in the communities where the stories came from—Hood River, Astoria, and Portland—with radio broadcast to follow in late 2016.

 

poTENtial: Literary Arts
An Evening with THAT Brian Doyle
April 4, 2016 at 7pm (NOTE NEW DATE)
Suitable for mature audiences only
Spend the evening with THAT Brian Doyle, the much beloved award-winning Oregon author. His latest novel, Martin Marten has received rave reviews, as do all of his public appearances. We’ll start the evening with a brief interview with the author, followed by Brian waxing poetic on whatever topics come to mind while interacting with the audience. After the presentation, meet the author at a book signing in the Lobby hosted by Waucoma Bookstore.
Ping & Woof Opera: Così fan tutte
April 15 at 7pm & April 17 at 2pm
Ping & Woof Opera is proud to bring to Hood River their first fully staged production with Mozart’s Così fan tutte. This charming and funny tale of a bet that goes in unexpected directions will be sure to enchant! Presented in Italian with English supertitles. These two programs are presented by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association and generously sponsored through the CCA Partner Project by Dr. Tina Castanares and Doris Castanares.

Please visit the CGOA Website for more information on tickets.

FOR THE LOVE World Premiere
April 19 at 7pm
Mountain Mind Collective is delighted to share their first feature-length whitewater kayaking documentary with residents of and visitors to the Columbia River Gorge. Check out the trailer here.

Join us for an amazing show, drink delicious Ninkasi beer (1 free with purchase of ticket), enter in a raffle for cool whitewater gear (proceeds to help protect the Chuitna River, Alaska), and meet the filmmakers behind the movie. At 10pm, the festivities will migrate to the River City Saloon, where The Barnburners will be rocking out all night! Doors at 6pm, film at 7pm. Tickets available here.

CoHousing In Your Community
Cohousing Presentation featuring Charles Durrett
April 20, 2016 at 7pm

Imagine a Home…where you know all your neighbors; where adults and kids can live in a supportive, healthy environment; with fully-appointed individual homes as well as common facilities such as workshops and open space; in an environmentally-sensitive, pedestrian-friendly community that you helped create…Imagine Cohousing!

poTENtial: Photography
Spirit of the Mustangs with Photographer Melissa Farlow
April 22, 2016 at 7pm
Family-friendly presentation

Melissa Farlow has worked extensively in the American West for National Geographic —driving 20,000 miles for a magazine story and book on public lands—and more recently, documenting mustang herds. Other National Geographic Magazine stories of hers feature varied subjects—one story required four months traveling to many of the national parks for the magazine, and a separate piece on Olympic National Park.

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits – April 2016

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits – April  2016

 

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 1st, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries and take in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

See attached April Art Walk Map, Spotlight Exhibits and Special Event!

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Ashland Gallery Association
April Spotlight Exhibits

Studio A. B.
Nude: Group Exhibit

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Bruce Bayard FILM STILL, 2015

NUDE is a short film created by artist Greeley Wells in which ten artists and models discuss their relationship with the nude in their artwork. Studio A.B presents work created by those artists in response to and inspired by the film.

Featured artists are: Bruce Bayard, Lisa Byrne, Kevin Christman, Ann DiSalvo, Inger Jorgensen, Irene Kai, Gabriel Lipper, Robyn Reitz, Daniel Verner, and Greeley Wells.

Bruce presents a video loop of experimental image collage. Ann displays a drawing from the series recently supported by a grant from the Haines Foundation. The series pairs humans and animals in a pose of mutual respect. Kevin presents a small figurative study in bronze. Inger and Gabriel present paintings, Daniel, Robyn and Greeley, drawings. Lisa and Irene, photography.

There will be a screening and reception of the film April 14, 6:00–9:00pm at the Enclave Studios, 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Photographers’ Gallery
If a Tree Could Speak, photography by John Kirk

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“The Tree of Hope,” photograph by John Kirk

John Kirk’s new photography show, “If A Tree Could Speak…” will be displayed at the Ashland Art Center opening at the First Friday Art Walk, April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.  

John has shown his photography at numerous juried fine art shows throughout the West taking advantage of his extensive travels to photograph the uncommon beauty of the landscape, water and sky.  His photographs have won many professional awards for their painterly appearance and emotional compositions.

“If A Tree Could Speak…” what would it say?  Surprising statements from the trees themselves highlight this extraordinary photographic journey exploring the life of trees.  You will be astonished by the humorous situations trees get themselves into and what they have to say about coping with the environment, and living in harmony with their neighbors.

Schneider Museum of Art
In Scene: The Schneider Museum of Art Collaborates with Ashland Independent Film Festival

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits - April 2016 : “Two Ways Down, “ hand drawn animated installation by Laura Heit

“Two Ways Down, “ hand drawn animated installation by Laura Heit

In Scene is a group exhibition of eight artists who work in a variety of mediums such as video, installation, sculpture and photograms in order to explore the state of the natural world in modern times.

The opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and the exhibition will resume standard museum hours of 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Saturday on Thursday, April 7 until Saturday, June 11, 2016.

In Scene participating artist Laura Heit, who is being co-presented by the Schneider Museum of Art and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, will present her installation Two Ways Down, a hand drawn animated installation and film which takes inspiration from the Hieronymus Bosch work Garden of Heavenly Delights.

In Scene will also feature installation, multimedia, and video works from internationally exhibited and recognized artists such as Rashawn Griffin, Adam Bateman, Jessie Sugarmann and MK Guth who is a grant recipient for the Schneider Museum of Art’s Artist Residency program, funded by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseberg, OR.

Eugene based artist, Tannaz Farsi will present an installation outside of the Museum entitled Territory as the last participant in the Southern Oregon SITE Project that presents new art made in response to the “site” of the landscape, history and culture of the Rogue Valley. The collaborative team, Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis will present Columbia River Water Shadows, a series of large-scale photograms made at ten sites along the Columbia River from the Hanford Reach to its mouth on the Oregon Coast.

In Scene is on view from Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibition is generously supported by Rogue Frameworks, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks program.

SPECIAL EVENT!

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits - April 2016 : A Taste of Ashland 1 A Taste of Ashland

Celebrating its twenty-seventh year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd and 24thfrom noon to 4p.m. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines. For a complete list of pairings go to www.atasteofashland.com

“What makes this wine and food pairing event different for all the others? Each winery and restaurant are painstakingly matched and work together to create unique pairings inside17 colorful galleries all within walking, or trolley ride, distance from one another.” says Jeffery Jones, Event Coordinator for A Taste of Ashland. “This is a rare opportunity to sip seventeen of the region’s best wines, taste food from 23 restaurants, and experience artwork from wonderful galleries that represent hundreds for local, regional and international artists.”

Something different during this year’s A Taste of Ashland is that the Thorndike Gallery at SOU will be hosting Ashland Gallery Association artist members Pop-Up Art Show.  Fifteen artists will show original artwork in a wide range of media, subjects and styles including charcoal figure drawings, abstract geometric acrylic paintings, wearable fiber art, assemblage sculpture, landscape and floral watercolor and more.

Sarah F. Burns, AGA Board President says, “Thank you to the Thorndike Galley at SOU’s Center for the Arts for hosting our pop-up show! The Thorndike is a huge space, light-filled; it will show off the artwork really well.  Ashland has seen some notable gallery owners retire and close their Ashland art galleries recently, so it’s quite welcome to have the opportunity to show off work and meet art lovers and prospective clients.”  There are also several new galleries, wineries and restaurants on the Taste tour this year.

“A Taste of Ashland is the ultimate Ashland experience!” says Jeff Jones, Event Coordinator. “Tasters stroll leisurely through the quaint town of Ashland all afternoon, experiencing the best of Ashland art, food and wine, then have time to relax and attend an Oregon Shakespeare Festival performance in the evening. What could be better!”

Tasters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant, winery and gallery using a ballot for the Taster’s Choice award. By doing so, their name will be entered into a drawing for two weekend passes to A Taste of Ashland 2016.

Tickets for A Taste of Ashland are: $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only and $45 for Sunday only.  Tickets to the Taste remain limited to ensure that it is not over-crowded and the event sells out each year, so get your tickets now! A free shuttle by AllAboard Trolley, will offer rides to all 17 galleries, but most are within walking distance.

For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2016 a complete list of pairings go to: www.atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178.
LOCAL TICKET OUTLET: Ashland Art Center 357 East Main St., Ashland. Tickets can also be purchased and wine glasses picked up prior to A Taste weekend at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from12 noon to 2p.m April 16th through April 22nd. The Kiosk will open at 11a.m. on April 23rd and 24th.

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SOAR Welcomes Artist Mindy Carpenter!

A new resident of Ashland and the southern Oregon arts community, SOAR welcomes artist Mindy Carpenter to the Visual Artists Directory.

Mindy Carpenter loves painting, writing, wonderful stationery, the ocean, all things nautical, funny animals, travel, books, vintage treasures, pastries, and cafés. She especially loves these things at the same time, which is how her business, Carpe Diem Papers, was born. She began painting in 2009 in Sausalito, California. It called to her–the colors, the texture of the paint, the meditative process, and the sweet time she spent on Sunday afternoons hanging out at the ICB building, home of an extraordinary artist’s community on Richardson Bay. she sat on the dock of that bay and though, One day I will do this full time.

SOAR welcomes artist Mindy Carpenter : Home, Sweet Home, original acrylic painting by Mindy Carpenter

Home, Sweet Home, by Mindy Carpenter

Fast forward a little, and Mindy has become a talented and successful illustrator. Her paintings and greeting cards have a childlike innocence, imaginative color palette, and a sweetness, a fondness for the little things in our journey that make us happy. Her recent move to Ashland yielded, among other things, a brilliant view of the Rogue Valley and a studio amidst tall trees where she paints the illustrations for her greeting cards.

We have syndicated Mindy’s fabulous blog so we can share her new posts with you as she writes new ones. Please visit Mindy Carpenter’s new listing at SOAR for contact information and web links so you can see more of her work and learn more about the artist.

Mindy will have an exhibition of her acrylic paintings at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville next month. We are looking forward to meeting the artist and seeing her work in person! Her show begins April 7 and runs through May 19th, with a reception on Saturday, April 30th from 5:30-8pm to include live music, hors d’oeuvres and of course South Stage Cellars’ fabulous wines.

We are blessed that Mindy has made southern Oregon and its art community the most recent stop on her creative journey. A journey charted by following her heart and seeing what’s on the other end of the yellow brick road. Carpe Diem. Welcome to southern Oregon, and to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource, Mindy!