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Christin Lore Weber Reads from New Book Feb 3

Image of cover art for Widow's Walk, book by Christin Lore Weber

Christin Lore Weber reads from and talks about her newly released novel, WIDOW’S WALK, on Saturday, February 3, at 1 P.M. at the newly renovated ART PRESENCE in Jacksonville, OR.

Weber, the author of many published books, invites you to come with friends who might enjoy that delicious feeling of being read to. Enjoy refreshments in the gallery, the gentle music of guitar, keyboard, and flute by Minstrel Streams, and the works of local artists to appreciate and possibly to add to your collection.

WIDOW’S WALK will be on sale along with the books of other local writers. You can also find her novel at in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Image of cover art for Views of the Moon: Tales for Meditators, by John SackFor a warm-up, you can visit the Widow’s Walk, A Novel page on Facebook where she posted a 3 minute video of herself reading the opening page of the story.

Christin’s husband, John Sack, is also the author of many thoughtful books. His most recent, Views of the Moon: Tales for Meditators, was just published and is now available at and

You can buy Widow’s Walk and Christin’s previously published books locally at Art Presence and online at:

Below is a flyer with reviews. Please click to enlarge for easier reading:
Widows Walk Flyer to promote Christin Lore Weber's new book

Owls by Eva Thiemann at Creekside Pizza in Ashland

I am having oil paintings of Great Grey Owl, Snowy Owl and Great Horned owls and bears at the Creekside Pizza which is part of Ashland Gallery Association. Exhibit from January till beginning of March 2018Artist Eva Thiemann shows her oil paintings of Great Grey Owls, Snowy Owls and Great Horned Owls at Creekside Pizza, an Ashland Gallery Association member. Also on display are her wonderful paintings of bears. Eva’s style is unique and vibrant, born of years of watching bears in Alaska, with her subjects realistically rendered, but with the addition of beautiful colors, and semi-abstract backgrounds of snowy mountain ranges. Her exhibit of paintings is available for viewing from January through the beginning of March 2018.

Naked Art 2018 ~ No Mats, No Frames, Big Savings!

Naked Art 2018 : Naked Art 2017: No Mats, No Frames ~ Great Deals! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art: No Mats, No Frames ~ Big Savings! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art 2018

2018 marks our fourth annual Naked Art show exhibit of unmounted, unframed works of fine art at more affordable prices. Take your art finds home when you purchase them & use the money you’ve saved to frame your new art your way.

Say it in Six

In our front gallery, the Calligraphers’ Guild presents 28 pieces that tell a story in six words and vibrant visuals. Reception

This month’s artist reception takes place Saturday, February 3, from 1-3 pm, with live music by Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Stream. Author reading by Christin Lore Weber from her newly published book “Widow’s Walk.” This is the first opportunity to purchase Christin’s book locally!

Both shows continue through Sunday, Feb. 25.

New Art Presence Boutique

In this newly opened section of the Main Gallery our artists present unique handcrafted pieces by Art Presence members, including small fine art, jewelry, greeting cards, and a variety of 3D works. These small to medium-size artworks will make great gifts for any occasion, any time of the year.

Painted fan - Alexey Huanchong

Painted fan by Alexey Huanchong

Welcome, Year of the Dog!

We have more going on this month with special activities, talks, and an artist demonstration on the art of Chinese brush painting as part of the City of Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year Celebration happening on February 17!


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Reception for New Art Exhibits at Rogue Gallery

Art Reception for new exhibits at the Rogue Gallery on January 19, 2017

Main Gallery exhibit

Human Connection: Figurative Paintings by Karen Staal

Exhibit date: January 5–February 16, 2018

Working in oil and acrylic, Ashland artist Karen Staal creates figurative paintings. She refines the figures to their essence, creating new harmonies with line, shape, and color. By her use of negative space, she evokes a narrative or relationship that expresses unity and joy.

This exhibit spans several decades of figurative paintings by Karen Staal. Each of the paintings presents the figures as connected and one with the canvas. Serene swimmers by the pool, jazz musicians at their instruments, embracing couples, and individuals in quiet contemplation are reverently interpreted, creating paintings of calmness and peace. Karen has exhibited throughout Oregon and California. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Community Gallery Exhibit

Rogue Impressions and Beyond: paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Exhibit date: January 5 – February 2, 2018

Trujillo paints the landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon. Applied in an impasto finish, these paintings communicate mood and a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season. Her work inspires the viewer to see the awe and beauty in their ordinary surroundings.

Applied in an impasto finish, Silvia Trujillo’s paintings communicate mood and a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season. The artist states “I wish to encourage and inspire the viewer to see more; to see the awe and beauty in the ordinary landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon.” Silvia Trujillo is an artist and art instructor in Northern California and Oregon. Her work has been shown in The Crocker Art Museum, California State Capitol/ Office of the Governor, and The Haggin Art Museum. She is a master colorist, emphasizing color relationships and works in both impressionistic and realistic styles. Silvia’s love of the natural world takes her into the realms of landscape, portraiture, animals and botanicals, expressing the sacred connection in all of life.

Refreshments by Harry and David will be served at the reception on January 19 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

Art du Jour Pen, Pencil and Ink People's Choice Contest February 2018

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Ashland Gallery Association January 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Natural Medicine

“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

ANM Gallery of Contemporary Art is thrilled to host local Ashland artist, Jennifer Jensen’s newest works of art titled: Africa, Fashion & Photography  

This exceptional show is a beautiful combination of creative expression and inspiration from her travels to Selous Game Reserve, in South West Tanzania where she photographed wildlife in the bush and then onto Zanzibar where Jensen purchased African fabrics to bring home and design her clothing.

Line, color, shape and texture are just some of the strong art elements that weave together her clothing design choices and carefully selected compositions in each safari image.  The care and attention to detail in creating each clothing and photograph clearly makes a statement of her devotion and passion to her crafts.

Each dress, each skirt each jacket, are wearable individual art pieces that are truly stunning.  These garments purposefully are hung on the gallery walls side by side with the photographs.  Together these two different mediums emulate a uniquely original show that ignites the true essence of Africa’s wildlife, geography, textiles and culture.

Please join us and meet the artist during our First Friday Art Opening:

January 5th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

180 Lithia Way, Suite 103, 541-414-7230

“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

Image: Diamond Polka Skirt, Jennifer Jensen

Photographers’ Gallery

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

Bobbi Murphy’s new show, Public Land Grab, opens at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center on Friday, January 5th.

For the first time in U.S. history, the government is shrinking federally protected parklands.  In December, 2,000,000 acres lost their National Monument status and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge may be opened to drilling.  And this is just the beginning. The administration has signaled it will continue the attack on federal lands and either lease them to the extractive industries or sell them off in return for political favors.   Bobbi’s images show some of the incredible beauty of our public lands and encourages the viewer to imagine their loss.

At Glacier National Park in Montana, a German visitor stood admiring the vast landscape.  He turned to Bobbi and said; “You Americans are so lucky to have this.  In Europe this would be privately owned and off limits”.  All proceeds from her show will be donated to The Nature Conversancy and The Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

Image:  Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills, California, photograph by Bobbi Murphy

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

“Tales and Dreams” – Featuring Art by J.N. Garrett

First Friday, December 5th at Ashland Pony Espresso

Join us at the Ashland Pony Espresso/Washington Federal Bank for First Friday Art Walk, January 5th, from 5pm-8pm, for our first show of 2018, featuring the story and imagination focused work of local artist Jennifer Garrett. Grab a cup of coffee or some delicious food, meet the artist, and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening of looking at art and talking with other creatives.

Jennifer completed the four-year fine arts program with Semyon Bilmes at Atelier Maui (formerly Ashland Academy of Art) in 2011. Since then, she has continued to study through various avenues, including the Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation artist conferences, and courses at Jennifer works as an art instructor and part time freelancer, and serves as the art walk coordinator for the artists of the Masterpiece Artist Guild.

Jennifer enjoys exploring a wide range of artistic media in her pursuit to create art that conveys emotions and stories. She works in pencil, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and mixed media, and she also loves to take what she has learned from more traditional methods of painting into cutting edge digital art programs, working on a computer or iPad in ways that are very similar to her approaches to drawing and painting on paper and canvas. There’s a thrill of discovery for her in trying different ways of working, in seeing what sticks around to become part of her process for the long haul, and in exploring the different ways media can be combined to create new results and approaches.

You can see more of Jennifer Garrett’s work at

The Pony Espresso is located at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland, OR 97520. We look forward to seeing you there!”

"Puck" by J.N. Garrett 

Image:  “Puck” by J.N. Garrett 

Schneider Museum

Winter Exhibitions at the Schneider Museum of Art

Exhibitions on View: January 19th – March 17th 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18th 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Anna Gray & Ryan Paulsen, Between the Beginning and the Middle 

Maria de Los Angeles, Transcending Myths 

Betty LaDuke, Social Justice Continued 

Storm Tharp, Fierce Last Stand

Maria de Los Angeles, installation at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, 201

Image: Maria de Los Angeles, installation at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, 201

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January 2018 Press Release

NEWEST GALLERY ARTIST: Oil Painter John Acosta Medford artist John Acosta, Art du Jour Gallery’s newest member, is an oil painter whose work is bold, exciting, masculine, and often spiritual in theme. His style is entirely his own. John is self-taught and has been painting in oils for only four years, yet his work shows the passion and innate talent of… Read more →

Call to Artists for Artworks Northwest 2018

Call to Artists for Artworks Northwest 2018 : image of Umpqua Valley Arts Association Entrance

Call to Artists for Artworks Northwest 2018

The Umpqua Valley Arts Association (UVAA) invites artists of all media to submit artworks to the annual Artworks Northwest Juried Art Show and Competition. Artworks Northwest is a regional juried art show of work by artists from the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, Western Montana, and Western Wyoming).

Open to all media, themes and genres.  Exhibit runs May 4 – June 24, 2018

Submission deadline is March 9, 2018; entries can be submitted Online through Café ( Go to for more information.

This year’s juror is Andries Fourie. Fourie is a South African-born curator, artist and teacher. He has a Masters in Art from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters of Fine Art from The University of California, Davis.

Cash Awards:

  • $1,000 1st Place
  • $500 2nd Place
  • $300 3rd Place
  • $200 J. Lynn Peterson – Hundred Valleys Award.

View and download the prospectus here:

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Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.

January 2018 at Art du Jour Gallery

January 2018 at Art du Jour Gallery


Oil Painter John Acosta

January 2018 at Art du Jour :

Hope and Despair, by John Acosta

Medford artist John Acosta, Art du Jour Gallery’s newest member, is an oil painter whose work is bold, exciting, masculine, and often spiritual in theme.  His style is entirely his own.  John is self-taught and has been painting in oils for only four years, yet his work shows the passion and innate talent of a painter destined to become a fine artist.  We hope you will visit Art du Jour in January and view John’s work.  “My Defender” is a dream-like but unmistakable vision of Jesus, Travertino Façade” is a beautiful and detailed rendering of Rome’s Colosseum, and “Brenda” is a saucy feline with mischief in her eyes.  Of the three other oil paintings that complete John’s current display, “Hope and Despair” is the most emotionally engaging.  It takes you into a glistening, cave-like darkness rendered in thick, strong strokes of oil paint, giving you the perspective of someone striving toward the brilliant light ahead at the mouth of the cavern.  The effect is deeply stirring.


Versatile Multi-Media Artist Kim Faucher

January 2018 at Art du Jour : Anthurium with Mangos, Kim Faucher

Anthurium with Mangos, by Kim Faucher

In our Salon until the end of January is special guest artist Kim Faucher.  Kim enjoys drawing and working in oils, acylics, watercolor and mixed media.  Her theme for her Salon exhibit is Experimentation.  “Observation and experimentation are the guides I follow on my art path,” she says“I am forever developing the ability to observe.  Experimentation brings freedom and joy to my art process.  The joy she feels in creating her art is obvious.  She enjoys the transparency and watery movement of watercolor, but is moved by the buttery smoothness and drama of oils. 

Kim Faucher (pronounced “Foh-shay”) was born in Paynes Creek, a tiny community west of Mt. Lassen in Northern California, and lived with her family in a converted chicken house with dirt floor, no electricity and no running water. Kim developed her deep appreciation of nature running wild through the remote volcanic terrain. Then, sitting on a small stool in her father’s small sawmill, surrounded by piles of mill ends, she would draw on the smooth planed wood with a thick carpenter’s pencil. Kim has since taken classes locally and all over the United States as well as in Italy.  

Kim belongs to several professional art organizations including Watercolor Society of Oregon, Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon, and Southern Oregon Association of Artists.  In 2012, she was selected as Artist in Residence at Crater Lake National Park. Her project “The Bluest Blue” combined watercolor with poetry to address climate change.  Tuesday mornings in her studio, Leaping Turtle, Kim hosts a group of artists for the sharing of art space, ideas, feedback, and support.

Included in Kim’s Salon exhibit are “Sunflower Symphony” and Anthurium with Mangos,paintings that represent her love of nature. The painting “Storm Coming” displays her skill with looseness of brush strokes and brilliant use of color.  Come into the gallery to see her lovely pieces.


“Black & White and a Touch of Color”

Our challenging Feature Wall theme for December and January is “Black and White and a Touch of Color” and exhibits paintings, drawings and photography by our Art du Jour member artists.  The display features unusually creative artwork by artists Millie Clarke, Dick Woods, Roy Rusitelli, Judy Hubler, Virginia Doak, Ruth Heath, Kay Myer and John Acosta.  


More “People’s Choice” Art contests

Our “People’s Choice” Contests will begin again in February.  Entry forms and information will be sent out in early January and will be available at the gallery.  We hope you will enter and come in and vote for your favorite!

February    –    Pastel and Colored Pencil

March         –    Oil and Acrylic Paintings

April            –     Mixed Media and Collage

May            –      Photography


Artists!  Join Art du Jour Gallery!

Art du Jour Gallery welcomes artists of any medium to apply for membership in our artists’ cooperative.  We have display space for you in our fine art gallery and invite you to visit Art du Jour at 213 E. Main Street in Medford and fill out an application.  Bring in three or four gallery-ready examples of your work for jurying.  Come join us!  (541) 770-3190.

Third Friday

As always, you are invited to our Third Friday Art Walk, December 15th and January 19th from 5 to 8 p.m. Unwind in our lovely gallery to refresh your mind and senses.  Meet special guest artist Kim Faucher and many Art du Jour Gallery artists.  Enjoy appetizers and wine along with theguitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams.  Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, call (541) 770-3190.  Closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and happiness in the New Year!



ARTifACTs We Almost Didn’t Make It January 2018 Exhibition at CoCA in Seattle

  CoCA January 2018 exhibit ARTifACTs We Almost Didn't Make It featured image of a doormat with text: When Will this Nightmare Be Over?

ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn’t Make It addresses fears, despair and grief surrounding climate change, and other ecocide assaults on the psyche of humanity

From January 20 to February 24, Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will feature the activist art collective ARTifACTs with the interactive and generative gallery installation, We Almost Didn’t Make It. The exhibit focuses on the outcome of our choices in a time where the effects of our participation in the destruction of our planet seems so short-sighted. In a game-like installation, visitors will be presented with work tables covered with “ingredients” and “recipes” that make an artifact which represents aspects of our current world that may not exist in the next 150 years. Each participant will place a commitment to an action into that artifact that will help future generations not only exist, but thrive.


The lead artist on this project is Beverly Naidus, installation artist and Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Other ARTifACTs members include Carol Rashawna Williams, Ed Mast, Camella Cooper and Matthew Hamilton. The show endeavors to foster a continual dialog about ways to move past dystopian thinking and continue to be resilient activists. As visitors create and explore artifacts and read the commitments to actions, there is an opportunity to transform rage, frustration, grief and despair into fuel for creative activism. Two workshops will be facilitated to more deeply address these issues on Saturday, January 20 and February 3.

The ARTifACTs collective emerged from a series of “Arts for Social Change” discussion groups held in Beverly Naidus’ Seattle studio. The collective was formed to respond to a variety of social issues from the perspective of our descendants. While a first exhibition for this ideation, We Almost Didn’t Make It has been in development over the past three years since the group’s inception. Previous projects include “The Healing Forest” for Seattle Design Festival 2017 and “Where Once There Were Cages”, a walking performance and art event around Seattle’s Youth Prison.


The public opening reception is on Thursday, February 1 from 6-9pm. Exhibition and events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104.

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