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May 2019 Press Release

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford is going to hold over our exquisite display featuring the works of Marilyn Zupan and potter Susan Paul Williams, while Marianne Nielsen’s guest exhibit in the salon will also continue to the end of the month. Third Friday will be on May 17, 5-8 pm with musical entertainment by classical guitarist… Read more →

Gene Black & Bret Levick at Platt Anderson Cellars

Saturday, April 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Platt Anderson Cellars (located in Ashland Art Center). Gene and Bret will be playing some of your fave tunes, including orignals. Great Music/Great Wine… see you there!

GPMA Spring 2019 Art Classes

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

LAST CHANCE!

This is the last chance to sign up for Bobbi Baldwin’s Animal Painting class. Bobbi comes up from Sacramento to teach, so we need to make sure we have registered her minimum to hold this class.
Bobbi is an excellent teacher with lots of technical tips about proper values, colors, anatomy of animals. Past students of this class have learn a lot and enjoyed it.
(If you have already signed up, thank you. We will call you on the 11th and let you know if we are holding the class.)

Animal Painting

with Bobbi Baldwin
Saturday, April 13
10:30 am – 4 pm
Dogs, cats, horses, tigers, cows, wild animals… Whatever your favorite animal is, we will work on learning the structure of faces as well as how to best portray them! Learn new techniques to make your artwork stand out! Artist Bobbi Baldwin will begin with a demonstration in pastel or watercolor. Then… Work on your own subject with the help of the instructor – Beginners to advanced, all are welcome! You can paint or draw in any medium (bring your own supplies). Open to all mediums except oils.
(Please register in advance. Bobbi comes from out of state to teach here.)
$80/Members,
$85/Non-Members.

Impressionism

with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, April 20
1 – 4 pm
Learn about Impressionism. A beautiful visual lecture of Monet, Renoir, Sargent, and Cassatt will be given. Then you can copy your favorite Impressionist painting. We will use acrylic paint and 8” x 10” canvases. An afternoon of inspiration and fun! All supplies included.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Paint like Matisse

with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, May 4
1 – 4 pm
Learn about Matisse, and Fauvism. Create your own copy of your favorite Matisse on an 8” x 10” canvas.
Explore bright color, flat surfaces, bold patterns, and a change of perspective.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Figure Painting

with Bobbi Baldwin

Saturday, May 18
10:30 am – 4 pm
Join Bobbi Baldwin for a day of investigating the techniques of masters in the art of figure drawing! Take your figure drawing to another level following the techniques offered by this workshop. Learn the easiest concepts that will help your anatomy understanding. Work from a live (clothed) model. This workshop will teach you how to understand light, shadow, composition, human structure, and how to make your work outstanding! Bring your own supplies. Open to all mediums except oil.
$85/Members,
$90/Non-Members.

Creative Idea Generator

with Karen O’Brien
Saturday, June 1
10:30 am – 1 pm
Play generates ideas and constraints make things interesting. They send you in new directions and bypass inhibitions. The assignment is to make a figure. Any kind of figure. Or more than one! The more you do, the more ideas you will generate for bigger projects like dolls, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This is a chance to engage deeply and freely with your imagination and embrace real play.
All materials will be provided. We will use paper, cardboard, fabric, sticks, moss, feathers, buttons, metal, wood…basically whatever is around including tools – glue sticks, tape, paint, thread, string…. You are welcome to bring a Ziploc bag full of your own bits to use or share and add a nice element of surprise.
$40/Members,
$45/Non-Members.

How to Paint Vegetables

with Terri Regotti
Saturday, June 15
1 – 4 pm
This workshop is a continuation of painting in acrylic where students will expand on the study of the acrylic medium and their subject matter. A finished painting will be completed. All supplies provided.
$50/Members,
$55/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Traditional Painting Techniques

with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, June 29
1 – 4 pm
This class we will explore traditional painting techniques. We will start our paintings with an underpainting, then learn how to block in your painting, and add texture. Then we can use glazing, scumbling, and sgraffito. These will be taught in acrylic. Students will leave with a painting that uses all these techniques. We will be using a Renaissance palette of color. All levels are welcome!
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.
All class sign ups are considered final and refunds are not given. The Museum will give a full refund in the case of a class being cancelled.
Unsure if your membership is active? Check in with the Museum staff by calling 541-479-3290, or email [email protected]

Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd 2019, from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

April 5th, from 5 to 8 PM

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

A Taste of Ashland, Art Food & Wine Festival is April 27th & 28th. Also featuring a “Pop-up” Art Show at Ashland Springs Hotel Crystal Room. Please see attached information & visit: www.atasteofashland.com

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

A Taste Of Ashland Pop-up Art Show

Ashland Springs Hotel – Crystal Room

Art Sales during “A Taste of Ashland,” April 27 & 28, 12:00–4:00 PM

As an added attraction to A Taste of Ashland wine, food, and art festival, we will have a group of Ashland Gallery Association artist members participating in a special “Pop-up Art Show!”  On display will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pastels. 

Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd: Jeanne LaRae Lagano, “Chef's Love of the Flame,” oil painting

Jeanne LaRae Lagano, “Chef’s Love of the Flame,” oil painting

“A Taste of Ashland” Food, Wine, and Art Festival

Celebrating its 30th Year Anniversary!

The Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event, A Taste of Ashland takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th from noon to 4 PM.

Participants follow a map to 17 galleries discovering Ashland’s culinary delights and regional wines while enjoying the local visual arts.  AllAboard Trolley will offer rides to all galleries, but most are within walking distance. 

For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2019 a complete list of pairings go to: www.atasteofashland.com or call 541-951.9442.

LOCAL TICKET OUTLET: Ashland Art Center, 357 East Main St., Ashland. Tickets can also be purchased (dependent on availability) and wine glasses picked up prior to A Taste weekend at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from 12 Noon to 2 PM April 20th – April 26th.  The Kiosk will open at 11 AM on the days of the event, April 27th and 28th.

Hanson Howard Gallery

Deborah Oropallo, Dark Landscapes for a White House, video and photomontage

In conjunction with The Ashland Independent Film Festival and The Schneider Museum of Art we will be featuring Deborah OropalloDark Landscapes for a White House, video and photomontages on paper.
Show runs April 5-23
Opening reception during the Ashland First Friday Art Walk April 5th, 5-8 pm.
Artist talk and reception Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-7:30.  *This event is free to the public.
Dark Landscapes for a White House critiques our cultural habituation to political and ecological traumas. Oropallo employs photomontage as a strategy for visualizing how media-based images accumulate and overwhelm our collective consciousness.
DEBORAH OROPALLO was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University, and a joint Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts from The University of California, Berkeley. Although originally trained in painting, Oropallo’s practice incorporates mixed media including photomontage, computer editing, print technique and paint. Her composite works use layered visual sources to produce a dense interplay between time, place, form and content. The resulting works bear traces of the distortions that evolve or remain from digital manipulation and removal.

*image courtesy of the Catharine Clark GalleryDeborah Oropallo, Video Frame: Pirates, Paris, photomontage on paper

Deborah Oropallo, Video Frame: Pirates, Paris, photomontage on paper. *image courtesy of the Catharine Clark Gallery.

Gallerie Karon

Artist as Poet

Gallerie Karon’s annual show, “Artist as Poet” showcases artists who are poets and poets who are artists.

It’s interesting to unveil the backgrounds and current talents of our artists that few know about! Who knew that Judy Benson Le Nier wrote an occasional (and stunning) poem to go with her wildlife photography? Horst Wolf has limericks, paintings and books. Jesse Widener has his photography with us but also writes poetry and music. Ken Deveney contributes poetry, paintings (several mediums) photography and music. 

New this year – a whole family of artistic people! Dan Felman, our popular guitarist, writes original music and lyrics. HIs two children have contributed photography and poetry (Abigail) and line drawing and poetry (Reuben).

We’re also proud to showcase new work by Rebecca Gabriel and Jonah Bernstein.

Not to be missed, The Taste of Ashland here at Gallerie Karon on April 27 & 28 with Callahans’s Mountain Lodge and Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars!

Gallerie-Karon-image: photo by Jesse Widener

photo by Jesse Widener

       

Shepherd’s Dream

PNW Wonderland

Jessica Johnson is a contemporary landscape oil painter born in San Francisco and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Passionate about the outdoors since her earliest backpacking trip, just 3 years old, she works to capture and communicate the inspiring beauty of the landscapes that surround her home and permeate her adventures. 

Jessica creates vibrant oil paintings through bold brushstrokes, color, and movement, and invites the viewer to feel more connected to this beautiful planet, “to revel in her landscapes.”  Mastering her impressionist styling silently communicates that message.     

Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd: Jessica Johnson, Still Mind, oil painting

Jessica Johnson, “Still Mind,” oil painting

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Poets on the Loose – Saturday April 13, 2019

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Come to Jacksonville for Poets on the Loose 2019 on Saturday, April 13

Poets on the Loose in Jacksonville! Anne Brooke reads a poemt to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street

Anne Brooke reads a poem to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street during the 2018 event.

Poets on the Loose 2019 takes place on Saturday, April 13 in downtown Jacksonville, Oregon. People had so much fun during our first event last year that we’re bringing it back to celebrate National Poetry Month!

On Saturday, April 13, expect to see poets and poetry enthusiasts offering to read poems to random people on the street in downtown Jacksonville. When a poetry reader asks you, be ready to say Yes! Take a break, enjoy a free poetry reading, and take a copy of the poem home with you.

And have fun!!

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So You’ve Written a Book…

So You’ve Written a Book…What Now?

Lucky Valley Press is here to help!

So You've Written A Book...What Now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press in Jacksonville, Oregon at 5pm on Friday, April to find out!

David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press

So you’ve written a book. What now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon at Art Presence Art Center at 5pm on Friday, April 12 to find out! Owners of Lucky Valley Press, a Jacksonville-based publishing company, David & Ginna can help you polish your work and successfully navigate every phase of publishing your book.

Lucky Valley has helped many authors bring their books to the public, including novels, cookbooks, inspirational and self-help books, memoirs, books about history, books for children, and gift books. The breadth of their repertoire assures you that whatever type of project you’re working on, they can bring their professional experience to the table and help you make your dream come true..

David and Ginna plan to discuss their pre-press checklist for creating a book, digital publishing, and more important information indie authors need to know. Their brochure for the talk gives us some hints.

  • Keeping your writing process organized
  • Sharing your work-in-progress with trusted individuals
  • Proofreading for spelling and grammar
  • Choosing an editor
  • Designing your book
  • Publishing and Distribution choices – their pros and cons

The Lucky Valley Pre-Press Checklist

  • Create digital files from hardcopy manuscript if necessary
  • Proofread manuscript multiple time by eye and with automated spell and grammar check
  • Edit text for continuity and flow
  • Choose and work with an iluustrator
  • Manage the design, layout and typography of the book’s contents
  • Edit photos and illustrations for high-res printing as needed
  • Design front and back covers
  • Acquire the ISBN and set up the book for retail distribution if desired
  • Preflight all documents for image resolution and fonts
  • Output final digital files for printing
  • Choose an online or local printer with quality book printing technology
  • Preparation of print or digital marketing materials if desired

And if you need help, after this meeting you’ll know local publishers you can turn to for experienced and caring assistance. So … You’ve written a book. Now What? Meet David & Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press and pick their brains for the information you need on Friday, April 12 at 5pm.

“The Success is in the Details”

You can add the event to your calendar here.

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Artists and Inspiration

That Stuck Place

Collage Artist Susanne Petermann recently wondered what other artists do when inspiration isn’t forthcoming. Here are some tips from a few Ashland Art Center studio artists, on what they do when they get stuck:

Susanne Petermann: Working on a collage, I often reach a point that one friend of mine used to call “craft stress.” Well, to me, collage isn’t exactlly craft, but the idea stuck with me. How well I know that feeling of overthinking a particular piece, but continuing to work at it anyway!

Denise Kester: I try to make decisions about art from my belly, not my head. When I get stuck while doing a piece of art, I take three deep breaths into my belly.  This gets me out of my head and into my body. My body knows what to do. My head just asks a lot of questions, has doubts, worries, and overrides what my belly and heart know.

Katherine Dron: Go back to the books.  Look at the professionals’ strategies and see how they solved certain problems.  Either online or in my library.

Dana Feagin: I put the piece aside and start something new. Most paintings go through that “it’s-not-worth-working-on” phase.  Then I just take a break and come back to it later. Usually I have 7-8 paintings I’m working on, to allow dry time between sessions, and also for this weird struggle period.

Marta Marthas: 1. I go for a walk to help my body and mind relax. 2. I work on a different piece for a while. 3. If I am stuck for longer periods, I consult another artist for help or advice, because another point of view is useful in working through being stuck.

Darlene Southworth: I set the piece aside where I can see it. I work on something else, but look at it every few days (for up to a year). I revise it or take it apart.

Jo Ann Manzone: I’ve learned to walk away from the piece I’m working on and do something else that allows my mind to be still.  From that stillness comes ideas.

Carolee Buck: 1. Turn it upside down. 2. Show it to Elaine [Frenett]. 3. Do something to change my focus, like walk, doodle, read, or go outside.

Marcy Greene: I take a new piece of paper, slather it with paint, and just start scribbling.

GPMA’s New Art Classes April – June 2019

We now have two levels of pricing for classes.
 Museum members receive a $5 discount on all classes this year.
To become a member or to renew a membership:

How to Paint Flowers

with Terri Regotti

Saturday, April 6

1 – 4 pm

In this workshop you will learn some of the basics of working with acrylic paint, color mixing, theory, composition, under-drawing and take home an 8” X 10” painting of a flower inspired by real photographs which will be supplied.
$50/Members,
$55/Non-Members
All materials provided

Animal Painting

with Bobbi Baldwin

Saturday, April 13

10:30 am – 4 pm

Dogs, cats, horses, tigers, cows, wild animals… Whatever your favorite animal is, we will work on learning the structure of faces as well as how to best portray them! Learn new techniques to make your artwork stand out! Artist Bobbi Baldwin will begin with a demonstration in pastel or watercolor. Then… Work on your own subject with the help of the instructor – Beginners to advanced, all are welcome! You can paint or draw in any medium (bring your own supplies). Open to all mediums except oils.
(Please register in advance. Bobbi comes from out of state to teach here.)
$80/Members,
$85/Non-Members.

Impressionism

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, April 20

1 – 4 pm

Learn about Impressionism. A beautiful visual lecture of Monet, Renoir, Sargent, and Cassatt will be given. Then you can copy your favorite Impressionist painting. We will use acrylic paint and 8” x 10” canvases. An afternoon of inspiration and fun! All supplies included.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Paint like Matisse

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, May 4

1 – 4 pm

Learn about Matisse, and Fauvism. Create your own copy of your favorite Matisse on an 8” x 10” canvas.
Explore bright color, flat surfaces, bold patterns, and a change of perspective.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Figure Painting

with Bobbi Baldwin

Saturday, May 18

10:30 am – 4 pm

Join Bobbi Baldwin for a day of investigating the techniques of masters in the art of figure drawing! Take your figure drawing to another level following the techniques offered by this workshop. Learn the easiest concepts that will help your anatomy understanding. Work from a live (clothed) model. This workshop will teach you how to understand light, shadow, composition, human structure, and how to make your work outstanding! Bring your own supplies. Open to all mediums except oil.
$85/Members,
$90/Non-Members.

Creative Idea Generator

with Karen O’Brien

Saturday, June 1

10:30 am – 1 pm

Play generates ideas and constraints make things interesting. They send you in new directions and bypass inhibitions. The assignment is to make a figure. Any kind of figure. Or more than one! The more you do, the more ideas you will generate for bigger projects like dolls, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This is a chance to engage deeply and freely with your imagination and embrace real play.
All materials will be provided. We will use paper, cardboard, fabric, sticks, moss, feathers, buttons, metal, wood…basically whatever is around including tools – glue sticks, tape, paint, thread, string…. You are welcome to bring a Ziploc bag full of your own bits to use or share and add a nice element of surprise.
$40/Members,
$45/Non-Members.

How to Paint Vegetables

with Terri Regotti

Saturday, June 15

1 – 4 pm

This workshop is a continuation of painting in acrylic where students will expand on the study of the acrylic medium and their subject matter. A finished painting will be completed. All supplies provided.
$50/Members,
$55/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Traditional Painting Techniques

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, June 29

1 – 4 pm

This class we will explore traditional painting techniques. We will start our paintings with an underpainting, then learn how to block in your painting, and add texture. Then we can use glazing, scumbling, and sgraffito. These will be taught in acrylic. Students will leave with a painting that uses all these techniques. We will be using a Renaissance palette of color. All levels are welcome!
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

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

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

Watercolor Artists, Third Friday News, Live Music at Art du Jour

Art du Jour April 2019:

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be devoted to watercolor in April with Marianne Nielsen and Marilyn Zupan. Third Friday will be on April 19, 5-8 pm with musical entertainment by classical guitarist Rod Petrone. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery) for updates.

Guest Artist Marianne Nielsen

Marianne Nielsen's watercolor paintings

With a passion for watercolor, Marianne Nielsen say it is her favorite media because of its versatility regarding techniques and textures. While enjoying all styles and subjects, her inspiration comes from all things in nature, especially animals and flowers.

After 5 years learning from the late Marshal McDaniels, he literally changed the way she looks at everyday things like clouds, trees, water and life.   Soon after she became a watercolor instructor herself with 6 to 8 students, which has since grown to 4 weekly classes with more than 50 students.  Since 2007, many of her students have also gone on to become teachers themselves as well as having their work in local galleries.

Marianne is a former Art du Jour member and active participant with the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  She also gives workshops in Grants Pass, as well as recent workshop in Tucson, Arizona. She has shown and sold artwork at 7 Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort, and is currently a member of the Grants Pass Museum of Art. She has also been showing work at Gallery One in Grants Pass and will be their featured in July.

Marianne’s website is: www.nielsenwatercolors.com.

Featured Artist Marilyn Zupan

Featured Artist Marilyn Zupan

Church Lane by Marylin Zupan. Digital image provided by the artist 3/2019

Marilyn Zupan has always had a deep love for England’s gentle country landscapes and rustic stone homes and bridges. Her father was English and she spent three years in England falling in love with her ancestral land.  “Being able to recreate those memories in watercolor is pure joy.”, she writes.

Having taught calligraphy in the Rogue Valley for more than 20 years, Marilyn began taking watercolor classes in 2009 and has been painting ever since. In 2011 Marilyn was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

As an added attraction to our featured wall, Marilyn will be teaming up with potter Susan Paul Williams for the entire month of April.

Pottery by Susan Paul-Williams. Photo provided by the artist 3/2019

Pottery by Susan Paul-Williams. Photo provided by the artist 3/2019

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

As one of downtown Medford’s premiere art galleries, we are pleased to introduce our newest member Winnifred Liang. We are still actively seeking new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our cooperative and display their work to the Medford community. Membership includes an active role in the Art in Bloom festival in May, as well as our monthly Third Friday event.  Media to be juried for membership includes pottery, sculpture, photography and jewelry.  Contact the gallery by email at [email protected], or log into our website: www.artdujourgallery.com for full membership information.

May will be our 3rd annual “People’s Choice” photography contest with the theme being “My Favorite Photo”.  As in the past the popular photography contest will be on display and voted on during Art in Bloom on Mother’s Day weekend. In August the People’s Choice theme will be “Summer Fun” to include all mediums, and October the theme will be “Changing Seasons” also to include all mediums. In the event of a large turnout for the “all medium” contests, we may divide the judging into two separate categories between photography and painting.  See our website for entry rules and entry form, or stop by the gallery during our regular open hours. As in the past these exhibits are dependent on the number of participants and the gallery reserves to right to cancel the contest with full refund if turnout is minimal.

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
OPEN Tues – Sat., 10AM – 4PM

April Press Release

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be devoted to watercolor in April with Marianne Nielsen and Marilyn Zupan. Third Friday will be on April 19, 5-8 pm with musical entertainment by classical guitarist Rod Petrone. Guest Artist Marianne Nielsen With a passion for watercolor, Marianne Nielsen say it is her favorite media because of its versatility… Read more →