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Zoom Inspired !

My friend and fellow Artist, Pam Hounschild and I have been teaching a Water Media Textures Workshop via Zoom. Pam is a more linear thinker than I am which was essential in pulling this off. Our first online class was through the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. We will teach the class again  October  5,8,12,15 with them also. . In the meantime we are also teaching September 14,17,21, and 24.through the Emerald Art Center in Springfield OR.

Its a quite different experience for all of us to not be in the same space but we are finding our way and everyone had fun and produced some great pieces.

Leading up to this new zoom life, I had decided I was tired of cutting mats, handling heavy glass and framing my work: too labor intensive and the glass made it difficult  to view the work because of the glare. So I have been working smaller and experimenting with adhering images on paper to wood substrates and layering on acrylic medium to seal them and applying a final couple of layers  of UV varnish to make them lightfast. I really like the immediacy of images and the detail preserved.  

Here are some examples of the current works.

Grants Pass Museum of Art August Adult Art Classes

Grants Pass Museum of Art August Adult Art Classes - image of GPMA logoGrants Pass Museum of Art is offering more “Sketch in the Park” August Adult Art Classes by popular demand. We are also trying them out as a weekday morning class. Classes will be held at Reinhart Volunteer Park (All Sports Park).
Each week will have a demo on the chosen theme, followed by plenty of time to draw onsite. Kristen will go around to each student and give one-on-one help throughout the morning. We ask that each student bring their own supplies and a mask (to wear if Kristen needs to get closer than six feet).
Advance registration is required and class size is limited to 9 people. All levels of students are welcome.
Each class is $10 for GPMA members and $15 for non-members.
Grants Pass Museum of Art August Adult Art Classes - Sketch in the Park with Kristen O'Neill
Thursday, August 6
9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Rhythm– using the principal of Rhythm to create cohesiveness and interest.

Thursday, August 13
9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Values – How to turn a colorful world into lights and darks.

When: Thursday, August 20
Time: 9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Composition – How to create a great composition and why it is important.

When: Thursday, August 27
Time: 9 am to Noon

Demo theme: Contrast and Emphasis – How to create a dynamic drawing with a strong focal point.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. We appreciate your support of the arts in our community. To register for an August Adult Art Class, please click on any of the pictures or click here to go directly to our website.
Thank you,
-Grants Pass Museum of Art

More Tangents, More Fun

These three Paintings are part of a series exploring a new painting surface as well as new ways to use the layered painting process . They are on wrapped canvas instead of watercolor paper which alters the way of the interactions of surface and paint. It also nudged me to follow the process with exciting new curiosity and awe; keeping the excitement fresh.


To Be Clear -12×24

Heavy Metal 18×18

Various Tangents

These 3 images are part of an experimental tangent of the serendipitous  following of random threads layered onto paper: layered onto underpainting or by creating a new and vibrant base for further exploration.


Thicketed Moon 24×30

Fog in Sunrise- 6×9

Cracked Foundation- 6×9

Land That I Love: Scenes From the Cascade Siskiyou

Purchase artworks featured in the show here. Artwork can be picked up or delivered locally after July 13. Contact Sarah at [email protected] with questions. Shipping available.

Photograph Bobcat in tree

“Bobcat 23”

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster
Framed dimensions 39” x 27”


“Trying to Help” Gopher Snake

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster Framed size 19” x 23”


“Looking Toward the Light” Northern Spotted Owl

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster
Framed size 19” x 23”



Screen print by Amy Godard
Ready to hang
17” x 20”


Rose Hip

Woodcut Print by Amy Godard
17” x 20”
Ready to hang


Red Cedar

Framed Woodcut Print by Amy Godard

Framed dimensions 12” x 14”


Garry Oak

Framed Silkscreen Print by Amy Godard
Framed dimensions
16” x 18”


Mount Shasta California

Framed Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns
16” x 20”


Vesper Meadow with Mount Pitt

Framed oil painting by Sarah F Burns
20” x 35”


Plant Diversity In the Siskiyou Mountains

Oil Painting by Deb Van Poolen


Spring Buttercups at Vesper Meadow

Oil on Canvas by Jeanine Moy
10” x 10”


Old Juniper

Framed photograph by Matt Witt framed dimensions 13″ x 17″


Flowers at Horseshoe Ranch

Framed Photograph by Matt Witt
13” x 17 “ frames dimensions


View From Soda Mountain Range

Framed Photograph by Matt Witt


View Toward Grizzly Peak

Framed photograph by Matt Witt
Framed dimensions 13” x 17”


“The Sentinels”

Gouache and Varnish on Panel, Framed Painting by Katy Cauker 11″ x 14″


“Rock to Mountain”

Gouache and Varnish on Panel, Framed Oil Painting by Katy Cauker 12″ x 9″


“Peak to Peak”

Acrylic on Canvas Framed Painting by Katy Cauker, 18″ x 36″


“Hi-Lo Country”

Oil Painting by Nikolai Klein 40″ x 60″


“Juniper Along the PCT” Oil Painting by Sarah F. Burns SOLD

New Small Works

These images are just completed. I’m attempting to move away from cutting mats, dealing with heavy glass and framing my work. I’m too old to deal with it. These are lightweight! I like the immediacy of the images. All are acrylic on paper adhered to wood panels.They are sealed and UV treated for easy care. I’m all for easy these days and am loving the exploration.

New Small Works

“Earth Protectors” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Red Flash” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Coral Reef” 15″x11″

New small works

“Eb and Flow” 15″X1″

GPMA June Newsletter

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Grants Pass Museum of Art

GPMA June 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the GPMA June 2020 Newsletter.

I was fortunate in being able to virtually attend the five day American Alliance of Museums annual meeting along with 4000 other museum representatives. It was inspiring and uplifting and a good place to be in times like this. Overall the group is very thoughtful and very mindful of everything that is going on here and around the world.

One of the keynote speakers quoted a Doris Lessing poem that ends with “We are going to go from this to that.” My mother used to say, “this too shall pass.” (We’ve actually been hearing this a lot lately). However, that phrase assumes that we know what “this” is. We are living in the time of “this.” “That,” on the other hand is unknown. As we go from this to that we must be open to change and know that things will never be exactly the same.

A different keynote speaker, Lonnie Bunch, the secretary of the Smithsonian Museums, said “Impossible is only an opinion.”

When we go from this to that – it’s good to keep that inspiration in mind.

Stay safe and well – and hopefully we will be able to see each other soon.


Executive Director

Another quote from Doris Lessing

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And remember that impossible is only an opinion.

Click here to visit our website

A message from Board President, Pam Geye

GPMA June 2020 Newsletter - image of rhododendronsWell this last week let us know that the warm weather is on its way. I’d prefer it to stay in the 70s and 80s but if the last 2 months has taught me nothing else, once again I am reminded that I have very little control over anything.

The Board of Directors, along with Hyla have been discussing when and how to open the museum again. We are doing our best to make wise decisions to protect everyone that enters our doors. As yet we have not come up with a date for when this will happen, but we will let you know when we do. Until then, please enjoy our online art classes and emails.

With all this extra time on our hands it is a great opportunity to be creative.

Thanks to all of you who continue to support the museum.

You are very important to the our continued success.

Stay well –

Pam Geye


[email protected]

Pam is a Master Gardener and enjoys working in her yard!

Even Cowboy the cat helps out now and then.



We have a definite weed patch behind the museum in the alley. We really need help. Would anyone be willing to spend some time pulling weeds and trimming plants. We don’t have any gardening tools – so you would have to bring your own. We would be SO grateful. Please call us at 541-479-3290. Thanks!

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GPMA June 2020 Newsletter - help GMPA tidy up its weed patch!
Since we couldn’t continue the fifth grade field trips to the museum, Kristen created a YouTube video of the presentation she usually gives during the trips. We then sent the link to the teachers and they are very happy. We were able to have about 250 children here before we had to close down. We will resume the field trips (fingers crossed) next year.

If you are curious to see what the presentation of 40,000 years of art history looks like – you can watch it now.

GPMA June 2020 Newsletter - 40,000 Years of Art History

GPMA june 2020 newsletter - link to thank you notes from childrenAnd, if you want a really good feel good smile moment – check out some thank you notes we received by clicking the picture.

GPMA june 2020 newsletter - josephone community website launch announcement
The Josephine Community website just went “live” and it is wonderful. We are especially pleased that under their tab “Arts and Culture” they list the museum.

If you click the picture you can check out their new website.

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In our last eNews we posted the video of our first ever virtual exhibition called Virtually the Best of the Best. The video in its entirety is 24 minutes long and we are very pleased to say it has had over 980 views. For those of you who would rather have a shorter snippet – here is a four minute version which still includes all of the students’ art. Enjoy!

Virtual Art Workshops


How to paint like Monet

We are now offering virtual art classes. The next class is Saturday, June 13, from 1pm – 3pm. The class is taught by Kristen O’Neill. You can sign up on the museum’s website by clicking the picture.
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Virtual Second Friday Poetry Sharing

Second Friday Poetry Sharing is alive and well.

Friday evening, June 12 at 7pm

Choose your own theme

The event is virtual on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 8192 8684

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+12532158782,,85181928684# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)


GPMA June 2020 Newsletter Update on events

Dancing with the Grants Pass Stars:

Cancelled (we hope to have it in 2021)

Art in the Garden:

Postponed until June 12, 13, 2021

Open Studios:


Black, White, & the Blues:

February 20, 2021

Gallery One is now open with a limited schedule.


11:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Come in and shop in a safe and clean environment.


Need a cultural diversion?

Randy Johnson is a long time friend of the museum, an artist, a photographer, and an author. He has a brand new book out about the colors of Florida, where he now resides. It’s based on the color wheel and it is delicious to look at.

You can see more on his website:

The Paintings of Randy Johnson
Since we don’t have an exhibition at the museum right now – perhaps you’d enjoy viewing one of Randy’s exhibits at the museum a few years ago. It’s fun to see “then.” (The museum tour begins at 2:07 minutes but it’s fun to watch the whole video.)

GPMA June 2020 Newsletter

Need an idea for being creative?

The Getty Museum issued a challenge to create art from today’s “stuff” and emulate a previous well known masterpiece.

People are really creative. Why not try one or two of your own “paintings?”

Artist Cindy Kahoun, Gallery One’s manager, created a painting in the style of Frida Kahlo.

Help keep the museum free for all!

The museum does not receive government funding (other than grants from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition). So keeping the doors open depends on grants, donations, memberships, sponsorships, and rent from the street level businesses (Shoefly and Gallery One). You can do one time donations and you can also do monthly donations. It’s easy – and we appreciate you very much!

On additional side benefit – the foundations who offer grants are very pleased to see community involvement. Your donations show your support!

You can DONATE by clicking here
Be a “Monthly Sustainer” and click here!
You can also call us at 541-479-3290 or send mail to us at

Grants Pass Museum of Art, P.O. Box 966, Grants Pass, OR 97528


Do you shop on Amazon?

This quarter, we received $13.87. Every little bit helps a lot.

Thank you!

Did you know that if you go to a special link called Amazon Smile you can choose a nonprofit to benefit from your purchase. Each nonprofit has a unique link. Here’s the portal you can use for the museum. Every little bit helps! CLICK HERE or click the picture to shop and benefit the museum.The best part is that it doesn’t cost you any extra!
amazon smile link for GPMA

GPMA June 2020 Newsletter


If you get this far – looking back….

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

Rogue Gallery Summer Art Classes

Rogue Gallery Summer Art Classes

Rogue Gallery Summer Art Classes

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is pleased to be able to offer classes for adults and youth this summer! Through surveying our community we discovered many people would like to attend classes in person as long as social distancing is observed. Rogue Gallery classes & workshops follow the COVID-19 Guidelines given by the State of Oregon. Indoor class sizes are limited to accommodate social distancing.

You’ll find all the information you need to decide which classes you’d like to take and to register in the pdf file below. Feel free to download it to your own computer for easy reference. If you’re seeing this on our home page, please click the title of this post so you can view the pdf file and all the information it contains.

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Painting One Color Flowers Virtual Art Class

Virtual Art Class

We continue our journey of online art classes on May 2nd.
Our next virtual class is Painting One Color Flowers
When: Saturday, May 2nd
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Taught by: Kristen O’Neill
  • Improve your color shading and mixing with a flower subject.
  • Learn the techniques for a monochromatic painting
  • Explore color mixing & the power of just one or two colors!
  • Improve shading to create form
  • Create a small painting of any flower you like
Suggested materials:
  • Paper, or canvas – recommend smaller rather than larger. A 6″ x 6″ to 9″ x 12″ will work the best
  • A flower to paint! Use a photo or a real flower
  • One color and titanium white, or two colors and white. Class will be taught in acrylic – but you can use another material if you prefer
  • Brushes & water
  • Paper towel to blot your brush
How Classes are Held Virtually:
Kristen will email you a link to Zoom. (You don’t need to sign up for Zoom.)
We have a sign up deadline of 5 pm May 1st. Please sign up in advance! Thank you!
Any questions? Reply to this email and we are happy to help.
-Grants Pass Museum of Art

Art Classes While Social Distancing at GPMA

Art Classes – While Social Distancing

(Getting together while staying apart!)

This is the first offering of art classes while social distancing – a virtual class via Zoom! We hope you are well and safe. We miss you all. Our art community is very important to us, and we want to stay connected with you, especially during this trying time.
If you want to join Kristen for a virtual
“How to Draw Animals” class,
When: Saturday, April 4
Time: 10 am
Cost: Free
How: Kristen will email you a link to Zoom. (You don’t need to sign up for Zoom.) We will send you more info if you sign up
What you will need:
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • A photo of an animal
A few more thoughts about virtual classes:
  1. It would be easier that you already have the supplies on hand,
  2. We could offer friendly critique sessions. Exploring issues of: How do you know you are done? What can you do to improve your artwork? Maybe you are stuck and want help getting unstuck?
  3. Can you stream yourself live? Do you have the bandwidth to do that? (Cell phones work just fine.)
  4. What do you want to learn? Explore? Have fun with?
What are your thoughts? How can we help you? We look forward to hearing from you.
-Grants Pass Museum of Art