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November 2016 at Art du Jour Gallery

Art Du Jour gallery logoNovember 2016 at Art du Jour Gallery

Pastel Artist Mary Jo Heath Celebrates the National Park Service 100th Birthday

Works by Mary Jo Heath, an acclaimed pastel artist, will be featured at Art du Jour Gallery in downtown Medford, 213 E. Main St., during the month of November.  Her exhibit, to coincide with the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, will feature several of her many renditions of our nation’s loveliest parks.

Heath is well known, having been a public school teacher for 30 years, and later for her landscapes of familiar scenes in the Rogue Valley.  In 1994, Heath began working with pastels winning awards for her work.  Heath says, “Of all the media that I have tried, pastel is the most immediate, the most expressive and the most forgiving.  The pastels become an extension of my hand as I try to interpret what I see and how I feel about a subject matter.  It could be the light, the composition or the challenge of a new subject.”

Several years ago that challenge became depicting scenes from national parks and monuments.  After traveling with friends to the different locations, Heath would use photos for a reference to paint from.  She enjoys using pastels to do this work as there is no brush to separate her from the scene she is producing.  Her work is both accurate in its rendition and aesthetically pleasing.

On August 25, 2016, The National Park Service turned 100!  Heath helps with the celebration by exhibiting her works “The Grand Canyon”, “Arches”, “Yosemite”, “Yellowstone”, “Hurricane Ridge”, and others.  Come to our Third Friday event Nov. 18, 5-8 to speak with Heath about these works and her love for the national parks.

Incredible Wildlife Photography by Dan Elster in the Salon


Crow, photography by Dan Elster

Art du Jour invites you to spend some quality time in our Salon during the month of November to take in the fascinating beauty of Southern Oregon’s wildlife as seen through the lens of fine art photographer Dan Elster.   Dan’s work has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat and in many fine-art exhibits, wildlife venues and shows throughout the Pacific Northwest.   OPB video about Dan  – The segment aired on Southern Oregon Public Television on February 26, 2015.

Dan is mostly self-taught. His subjects are completely wild (no captive or staged shots) and it’s important to him for people to know that. “My photography is my art form, my form of expression,” Dan says.  ”When I’m taking pictures of wild animals, I’m really trying to tell an animal’s story.  It’s the drama in nature that inspires me.  In the wild, every day is a struggle, just to survive.” Dan hopes his work will serve to remind us that we don’t own the Earth, we share it.


King of the Coast, photography by Dan Elster

Dan and his family live in Ashland, a locale that provides a rich source of subjects for his camera. “I want more people to be aware of what’s around them,” he says, and with his camera he shows us the owls that reside in Lithia Park and the river otters that frolic in a pond near his home, a bull elk that he encountered watching the waves break on the Oregon coast, and an osprey catching a surf perch.  His hours of patient waiting and his artist’s eye for dramatic light result in unforgettable images.  We are proud to display Dan’s photography in our Salon through October and November.

Third Friday

Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, Nov.18, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet our featured artist Mary Jo Heath, to see the photographs of Dan Elster and to chat with artists about their work.  The reception will include the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams.  Appetizers, wine and cider will be served.  Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, call (541) 770-3190.

SOAR Welcomes Art 4 Joy!!

Art 4 Joy: Fun Arts Program Opens in Central Point

Create Fun Art!

Central Point, November 18, 2015: “Sip and Paint” classes have been spreading across the U.S. like wild fire, but more often than not these venues are limited to availability in larger cities. “Sip and Paint” classes are a new social scene for adults who enjoy painting in a social atmosphere often served up with alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages while guests are guided through a pre-determined painting project from start to finish in about 2 hours. At these events all supplies are included for the project and guests go home with their finished “masterpieces”.

Kim Samitore, Art Director/Owner of Art 4 Joy, located in Central Point has brought big city fun to small town America in the heart of downtown Central Point! Art 4 Joy, which offers not only “sip and paint” style classes but a full schedule of youth programs, quietly opened their doors Oct. 12, 2015, at 63 S. 4th Street in Central Point. Samitore chose to start her company as a grassroots project,rather than buying into the popular franchises offering similar services so that she could bring arts and crafts to children and adults of all ages within the Rogue Valley with her own unique program plan!

In late November 2015, Samitore moved her business to a larger location just around the corner at 425 Oak Street in Central Point (still located in 4 Oaks Centre) to accommodate for the community’s growing desire of different class offerings. Art 4 Joy has classes for children 5 years old and under that focus on tactile and motor skill development through creative art play, as well as weekly youth painting classes for first grade on up. Other classes offered include classes for Seniors 55+, some of which have never painted before, but are very excited to learn! Jim DeKorte (73), Samitore’s father, has Parkinson’s Disease and enjoys his art classes as his tremors subside and his cognition increases during art class. Other Seniors attend for increased social activity, for relaxation or mood elevation, etc. “Art is very therapeutic for mind, body and spirit,” says Samitore. She feels strongly that art classes can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle no matter what age or experience level you have. “Studies have shown that art is a valuable therapy for stress, anxiety, depression and more. Our classes are very social and always educational in a fun way, so whether a guest is young or young at heart, they leave with very positive feelings,” says Samitore.

Samitore has been fielding calls and emails for work parties, birthday parties, potential partnerships with local schools and non-profits who provide services to foster care children and more. Her goal is the bring art back to the community due to reduced art activities within the schools and to inspire adults to take a night out for social time in a new and fun way that is different and healthy for body, mind and spirit. She wants to help people feel good about themselves through creativity.

Art 4 Joy is currently working with the City of Central Point’s Recreation Department to expand their arts and crafts offerings during Community Christmas, scheduled for Dec. 5th, 2015. Art 4 Joy will be open to the public for free arts and crafts to all kiddos who attend Community Christmas, just 1 block east of City Hall so that families can enjoy the celebration a little longer where they can get out of the cold.

Samitore recently retired from teaching horse back riding lessons at Samitore Stables, also of Central Point, to children and adults with and without disabilities/learning/behavior disorders since 2005, to pursue her other love in life – CREATIVITY! She hopes to keep working with special needs children and adults as well as those without them. “What’s neat about this new learning opportunity is that no level of physical fitness, or experience is required and fees are lower (than horse back riding) so I can work with a larger population within our community,” says Samitore. She loves teaching and sharing the joy of expanding one’s horizons of what’s possible when you give something new a try!

Samitore is planning a Grand Opening/Christmas Open House in December (TBD), as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony (still to be scheduled) with the Central Point Chamber of Commerce.

Photo Opportunity: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 4:30-6:30pm, a promotional free class will be held at Art 4 Joy to introduce the community to our Taste and Create classes.

Mixed Media Works of Pam Haunschild

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces New exhibit in the Community Gallery:

Mixed Media Works of Pam Haunschild

October 30 – November 27, 2015

Reception Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Mixed Media Works of Pam Haunschild: Quail Moon, by Pam Haunschild

Quail Moon, by Pam Haunschild

The Rogue Gallery and Art Center is proud to exhibit the mixed media works of Pam Haunschild in the Community Gallery. Pam Haunschild is inspired by nature’s beauty, and paints with the goal of increasing others’ awareness and appreciation of the textures and colors of creation. The small scale of her works gives it an intimate feel. She creates highly textured surfaces using beeswax and limestone clay mixed with the clear bright hues of watercolor. Her color palate is a pleasing combination of bright and muted tones. Images of birds, flowers, bees, fish and other small animals surface within layered, abstract patterns.

A reception will be held on Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.


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 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit

Art Inspires Ashland

Ashland Art Center

Art Inspires Ashland

November 12-15

The Evening Presentations

Presale $30 and after November 1st $35 

Thursday, November 12th 

The Historic Ashland Armory 

Doors open at 6pm for catered appetizers and a no-host bar reception
Presentations begin at 7:30pm
The highlight of the week, our three featured world-class artists gather together at the Historic Ashland Armory to present in “TED talk” style.
They will speak about their skills, their art, their world and their accomplishments.
Whether you are an artist or not, this year’s Art Inspires Ashland artists are certain to inspire you.
Please join us for this very special occasion at our 4th Annual Art Inspires Ashland Evening Presentations event.
Proceeds from this event benefit Ashland Art Center, a 501(c)(3), and its classes, children’s workshops, arts education, and professional artists support.

The Art of the Still Life and Form in Oil with Gregg Kreutz

General $320 and Art Center Members $280 
Friday through Sunday, November 13th, 14th, & 15th,
 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. 
Briscoe Art Wing, 265 N. Main Street, Studio #1
This workshop will focus on the drama in still life and form. Students will have the option to study either emphasis by learning to turn simple props into compelling compositions or render the human figure in all it’s complexities. The focus will be on manifesting significant form, and modifying or obscuring the less meaningless.
Students will be discovering how to create effect with paint strokes, palette knife, and well as brushes – exploring not only a depiction of observed reality, but also a celebration of abstract qualities.
• Materials list will be provided but are not included.
• Though other mediums are welcome, the workshop will only be    taught with, and demonstrated in, oils.
• Beginners through advanced are welcome.

Sculpting the Human Figure with

Kevin Christman

General $120 and Art Center Members $80 
Saturday and Sunday, November 14th and 15th
5pm to 8pm
Main Classroom at Ashland Art Center 357 East Main Street
This hands-on class will teach students how to sculpt areas of the human figure that are typically challenging to portray such as sculpting the ear, nose, lips, hands and feet.
Renowned sculptor, Kevin Christman, will be sharing his knowledge accumulated over the past 25 years of individual recognition as a figurative sculpture, as well as, working with some of the most noted figurative sculptors in America.
• Materials are included.
• Beginners through advanced are welcome.

You Are a Work of Art

Achieving your goals through creative thinking

General $30 and Art Center Members $25
Day of tickets for all $35 
Friday, November 13th from 6pm to 8:30pm 
Wine and Cheese Bar reception will be available before, during, and after the panel discussion. Hosted and Moderated by Denise Baxter, Founder/Ex. Dir. of Ashland Art Center
Denise Baxter has gathered together respected and prominent individuals in the area of creative manifestation. They have demonstrated their abilities to think outside the box, with creative objectivity, focus, and fierce determination.
Panelists will share how they have been able to attain their goals, using unique methods, beyond mainstream methodology.
You are invited to attend and join in the evolving and dynamic panel discussion.

The following panel members, confirmed to join, are Dr. Zan Nix, Attorney Lloyd Haines, and Artists Shoshana Dubiner, Jack Wiens, and Liz Shepherd.

Get your tickets today at the Ashland Art Center front desk or online at

Ashland Art Center  357 E Main St, Ashland Oregon 97520

Holiday Art Reception and Sale at Rogue Community College

GRANTS PASS – The Rogue Community College Firehouse Gallery will host its annual holiday art sale November 26 to December 11.

This year’s collection includes paintings, pottery, jewelry, fabrics, cards and more from over 20 artists. A first Friday Art Night reception with refreshments and live music is scheduled Dec. 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Art Department’s Study Hall Gallery located in the back of the building will be open during the reception and will include a student ceramics sale.

The Gallery is located at the corner of Fourth and H Streets, in Historic City Hall, Grants Pass. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The Gallery will be open for a special Saturday shopping day from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

For more information contact Heather Green at 541-956-7241 or [email protected]

2014 Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour

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Take advantage of our “Fall Getaway” special! Stay 3 nights for the price of 2! Valid through December 31st, 2014. NOT valid with any other discount rate or special offer! Use promo code “Fall Getaway” when booking reservation. 360-642-4401

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Join us at the Beach for Thanksgiving Weekend and enjoy the 2014 Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour!

One of the very best ways to see the beauty of the peninsula and to discover the many talents our creative members possess. Travel up and down the peninsula through Chinook, Ilwaco, Long Beach, along the bayside, Ocean Park and Surfside…the art you find as you journey will be as different as the villages you travel through. PAA’s office in Long Beach may also hold a few artists and several new artist studios are planned for this year as well. It’s great to see where the artists actually create and have the chance to talk to them about their work. Most stops will be serving refreshments. This is a family friendly outing and the perfect way to start off holiday shopping…what’s better than something handcrafted or one-of-a-kind?

Click here for more info

Art Inspires Ashland 2014

You’re Invited! 


Art Inspires Ashland

November 14 – 16, 2014

Early Bird special for Evening Presentations tickets ends on November 1!
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
Join us for Ashland Art Center‘s third annual Art Inspires Ashland
Three amazing visiting artists will give TED-style presentations on Friday night, November 14, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and then they will lead hands-on workshops and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, at AAC.

This year’s visiting artists are: 
contemporary classical realist master painter, NYC
ground-breaking fiber artist and designer, Berkeley, CA
award-winning body painter, Bend, OR
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 FlyerYou can purchase your event tickets and 
register for the workshops & demonstrations either at 
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. (across from Pasta Piatti)
and join the the event pages for Dan, Jean, and Natalie‘s events. 

Get the Details!



Evening Presentations

Prepare to be entertained, informed, and inspired! 

Our three visiting artists will share stories about who they are, 

what they do, and what inspires them in 18-minute, TED-style talks. 


Friday, November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Doors open at 6 with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction

Presentations start at 7:30

@ Ashland Springs Hotel Ballroom, 212 E Main St, Ashland

$30 early bird sale price, $35 after Nov. 1 

Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Dan Thompson Workshop flyer

Workshops & Demonstrations, November 15 – 16

Click on the class titles below for more information and to register.
NOTE: Need-based scholarships are available for youth and students.
Email [email protected] for more information.

The Portrait in Red Chalk with Dan Thompson 

Create a portrait in red chalk and red crayon on hand-toned paper. 
The workshop includes a demonstration and a hands-on class. 
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$85 Members, $105 General
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Jean Cacicedo Workshop Flyer

Notan: The Dynamics of Design with Jean Cacicedo 

Learn the principles of Notan (the interaction between positive and negative space) step-by-step while we each work on creating several paper collages.
Saturday, November 15, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
$65 Members, $80 General

Body as Canvas: A Demonstration with Natalie Fletcher

Watch award-winning body painter Natalie Fletcher work her magic: painting a camouflage illusion onto a figure to blend them into a background.
Sunday, November 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pmArt Inspires Ashland 2014 Natalie Fletcher Workshop Flyer
$25 Members, $30 General
Thank you to our past and current sponsors:
  • Adroit Construction
  • Anne Hathaway’s B&B
  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce
  • Ashland Gallery Association
  • AZ Catering
  • Bruce Richey, Architect
  • Golden-Fields Construction
  • Grape Street Design Group
  • Grizzly Peak Winery
  • Hearts & Vines
  • Jefferson Public Radio
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Kistler + Small + White
  • Lithia Springs Resort
  • Mercedes Benz of Medford
  • Ram Offset
  • Sam Vierson Family Foundation
  • Smithfields Restaurant
  • Sneak Preview
  • Southern Oregon Media Group
  • Southern Oregon Public Television
  • Spring Life Productions
  • TOT Restaurant
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wendy Seldon 
With Art Inspires Ashland, Ashland Art Center’s mission is to bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational presentations, workshops and discussions. This community event is an important yearly fundraiser for the Art Center. All proceeds go to AAC’s children’s classes, education programs, and professional artist services. The Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the visual arts community of Southern Oregon and supporting local artists. 

Arts & Alzheimer’s documentary to air on Oregon Public Broadcasting

The filmmakers contacted us yesterday to announce exciting news – “I Remember Better When I Paint” will  be airing on Oregon Public Broadcasting TV station on November 19, 2014 at 7 pm. Put it on your calendar so you don’t miss it, particularly if you have a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s! There is hope ~ all is not lost when there is art to step in and help with communication.

Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s.

The inspiration for the documentary was the painter Hilgos, who grew up in Portland, Oregon. In her later years while struggling with Alzheimer’s, she stated “I remember better when I paint.” With art students facilitating, Hilgos began painting again. Painting allowed Hilgos to maintain, and even regain, some of her core identity, and her extraordinary enthusiasm and energy, while living with profound memory loss.

This film, directed by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, is presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation. To learn more, visit our previous post, the film’s website, and the Hilgos Foundation Wikipedia page.

Here’s a trailer:

Eugenia Talbott Exhibit at Aurora Vines

My work is currently being exhibited through the end of the year at Aurora Vines tasting room, located at 2275 Pioneer Rd., Talent, Oregon. The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm, and their phone number is 541-897-0592. The owner, Vicki Nickerson, has one of the top vineyards in our area, producing award winning wines. I hope you will find time to visit, see my work, and enjoy some fine southern Oregon wine!
Zuni Spirit, 20 x 15 oil painting of a Paint horse with Zuni silver and turquoise Conchos and feathers by Eugenia Talbott

Zuni Spirit, by Eugenia Talbott

Red Tailed Hawk, 24 x 20 oil painting of a red tailed hawk in flight by Eugenia Talbott

Red Tailed Hawk, by Eugenia Talbott

SOAR Welcomes Pam Haunschild!

Quail, by Pam Haunschild

Quail, by Pam Haunschild

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Pam Haunschild, who specializes in abstract nature art, to the Visual Artist and Art Education directories! We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at her charming paintings, collages and monotype prints, inspired by natural subjects and sometimes incorporating them. If you don’t know Pam and her work already, we are happy to introduce you to her and hope you will visit her website so you can enjoy becoming a bit more familiar with her wonderful artistic style.

“After a career as a social science Professor, I moved to a wooded property near Ashland and now have time to pursue my lifelong interest in art.  I am inspired by the natural beauty of our region and include flora and/or fauna in all my paintings.  My work is abstract, but the natural elements, e.g., flowers, birds, fish, can be identified.  I try to convey emotion and an appreciation of nature through bright colors and strong design elements.  Much of my work is mixed-media, and I often use fibers, wood, and other natural materials.

“A self-professed ‘workshop junkie,’ I am also taking college art courses and teaching workshops at Ashland Art Center and for OLLI at SOU.  You can see my work at the Ashland Art Center‘s Main Gallery.”

Pam has a number of gallery exhibits and events planned for the remainder of 2014 where you can also see her work in person:

July                      Rogue Valley Manor          Medford
September          Belle Fiore Winery            Ashland
September          Ashland Open Studios Tour
October               ArtOberfest                        Cave Junction
November          Bloomsbury Books            Ashland

Please help us give Pam a warm welcome to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource–see her new listing for a complete set of web links and contact information, visit her Facebook page and show her some love with a “like”! Even better, register for one of her workshops or purchase a piece of her fabulous art!