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Art du Jour December Update

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Art du Jour December Gallery Events

Art du Jour November 2020 News

In November, Art du Jour Gallery features the works of two distinguished artists: Millie Clarke and Susie Lee.

November 3 – December 31
Featured Studio Artist Millie Clarke

Longtime artist Millie Clarke specializes in colorful acrylic abstract art with texture. Her upcoming exhibit is a retrospective of her many years of painting. In her own words, “As I continue to experiment with new ideas and techniques, I hope that my abstract paintings inspire people to think, to feel, and to let each person bring his/her own experiences to the viewing.”

Her upcoming show will display some of her favorite works over the past few years.

November 3 – December 31
Salon Artist Susie Lee

Susie Lee was raised in the rural Owens Valley, California, loving nature, drawing, and woodworking. Art came naturally to Susie. With stubs of #2 pencils from school, on spare newsprint from her father’s newspaper office, she constantly drew the family dogs, cats and hamsters, the horses in nearby pastures, and the creatures she saw in the Sierra mountain wilderness. She also loved wood. When she was seven or eight, she built a miniature western town on her bedroom floor out of wood she scavenged around town.

Susie graduated from UCLA in the mid-sixties with a degree in English, torn between becoming a writer, an artist, a geologist or a forest ranger — or all four. She started her own advertising agency with a friend. After retirement, Susie decided to move to semi-rural Talent, returning to the passions of her youth: animals and art. She loves the morning sounds of roosters crowing and a far-away cow eager to be milked.

After taking about 3 years off from Art du Jour membership to study oil painting with Penny Simmons (a fine artist who paints in the style of the Old Masters), she will be displaying several of her oils as a guest artist in the Art du Jour Salon in November and December 2020.

Safely Visiting the Art du Jour Gallery

Art du Jour Gallery is an artist’s cooperative featuring the works of 17 local artists. The gallery has been making the appropriate modifications to how we safely showcase our members’ artwork. Since floorspace limits our capacity for gatherings, we must limit the amount of people standing within our confines at any one time. However, in the event we reach our capacity of 10, we will provide a drink of cold water and a place to sit and visit with one of our friendly artists until space allows. 

Private Viewings

Private viewings are by reservation only and are encouraged outside open business hours. Please contact the gallery at (541) 770-3190, through email at: [email protected], or by contacting your favorite Art du Jour artist.

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
Hours: Tues. – Sat., 10AM – 4PM
Third Friday Art Walk, 5PM – 8PM

Thalia Suzuki Keple

I have been involved with fiberarts and crafts since childhood. After a career in Food Science and the software industry, I have returned to jewelrymaking and weaving. My work has been seen at the Ashland Art Center, Grants Pass Museum of Art, Rogue Gallery and Waterlily Studio in Florence, OR. My jewelry combines fiber, exotic fabrics, beads, metals and braids… Read more →

October 2020 Press Release

In October, Art du Jour Gallery features the works of two distinguished artists: wildlife photographer Joshua Able, and watercolor painter Betty Barrs. Digital images for reproduction purposes are available by request. October Featured Gallery Artist – Joshua Able, Wildlife Photographer Joshua Able was born in Upstate New York and grew up in a family that was connected to the natural… Read more →

Art du Jour October 2020 Newsletter

Art du Jour August Announcements

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
HOURS Tues – Sat., 10AM – 4PM
Art du Jour August Announcements
Third Friday of August 2020

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, is an artists cooperative featuring the works of 17 local artists. We’ve made the appropriate modifications to ways we safely showcase our members’ artwork. First, because floorspace limits our capacity for gatherings, we must limit the amount of people standing within our confines at any one time. Second, in the event we reach our capacity of 10 we will provide a drink of cold water and a place to sit and visit with one of our friendly artists until space allows. Finally, private viewings by reservation are encouraged outside open business hours. To make your reservation, contact the gallery at the phone number above, via your favorite member artist, or by email at: [email protected].

For August we feature guest artist Betty Barss and our own Mary Jo Heath.

Betty Barss Salon Exhibit at Art du Jour Gallery, Medford, Oregon

Betty Barss featured guest exhibit in the salon at Art du Jour through September 2020. Roy Musitelli photo 8/4/20

Featured Guest Artist Betty Barss

Southern Oregon resident Betty Barss was born in Dallas, Texas. Later she moved with her family to California in 1957. Then she graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Education.  She taught fourth and sixth grade, including art education, for 25 years with the Medford School District.  Betty and her husband Don have lived in the Rogue Valley since 1974 and have two married children and four grandchildren.

Betty’s versatility with a wide range of subjects has contributed to the popularity of her work. She has been notably recognized and awarded for her watercolor paintings. Further, her work is showcased in a handful of locations from galleries to fine restaurants.

After first painting oils in 1970, Barss slowly made the transition into transparent watercolors.  As a result, she found the challenge and spontaneity to more accurately reflect the feelings she wished to convey.  She also tutored under the late Bruce Butte of Jacksonville for 20 years.  Betty has signature membership in North West Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She is also a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Artists’ Workshop, Rogue Gallery and Art and Soul Gallery.

Siesta Time by Betty Barss

Siesta Time by Betty Barss

Featured Member Mary Jo Heath

Mary Jo Heath featured artist exhibit for August 2020. Roy Musitelli photo 8/4/20

Mary Jo Heath featured artist exhibit for August 2020. Roy Musitelli photo 8/4/20

Born in Coos Bay, Oregon, Mary Jo Heath moved to the Rogue Valley with her family when she was five. She went on to earn two bachelor degrees from Southern Oregon College and the University of Oregon.  Mary Jo retired after teaching art in public schools for more than 30 years. Her inspiration for this month’s featured exhibit is a collection of colorful pastel scenery.

We remain open for Third Friday on the 21st from 5-8 pm with social distancing measures in place. In addition, we happily provide a mask for anyone who wishes to enter but shows up without one. Please go to our Facebook page ( for more current updates.

Art du Jour August 2020 Newsletter

New exhibits up and ready

Art du Jour Third Friday News

Art du Jour Third Friday News

Art du Jour Gallery’s board of directors have voted to continue with plans to hold a scaled down version of our Third Friday reception on July 17, 5 to 8 pm.  With more stringent social distancing regulations being in order, we will require that all visitors wear a protective face covering to enter the gallery. As a courtesy we will provide a mask at the door if someone without would like to enter and view our exhibits. For the time being we will not be offering any musical entertainment, but will have some seating set up in front of the gallery to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Art du Jour Third Friday news - image of gallery

Medford’s Art du Jour Gallery will offer to give a mask to anyone coming into the gallery expressing a desire to remain and view our artwork. We have also decided to hold-over a portion of the popular student art show through July. Roy Musitelli photo 7/1/20

July Featured Artist Dixie Kinser

Prior to becoming an artist, Dixie Kinser raised a family and earned degrees from Southern Oregon College.  After teaching for 12 years, she received a doctorate from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  She also served as teacher and administrator for Children’s Home of Stockton. After leaving education she was free to pursue an interest in art that had been neglected.  Already involved into part-time silk dyeing, Dixie next committed to learning watercolor.  She writes; “I studied with several teachers both in Stockton and the Rogue Valley.  I have been member of Gallery One, Grants Pass; Art Presence, Jacksonville; Art and Soul, Ashland; and Art du Jour, Medford.  My work has been shown in many other local venues in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, and Central Point.  I have had paintings in the Oregon Water Color Society show, as well as the National Juried show at Emerald Art Center in Eugene.  My work includes watercolor, acrylic, and collage.  I do both representational and abstract paintings.  I am a member of Watercolor Society of Oregon, Southern Oregon Society of Artists and Southern Oregon Art Alliance.”

Dixie is also currently on our board of directors.

Art du jour Gallery is featuring works by Dixie Kinser (left) for the month of July. At right one of our newest members is wildlife photographer Joshua Able. Roy Musitelli photo 7/1/20

For the rest of July Charity Hubbard’s student exhibit remains, as well as Charity’s own presentation in the salon. Take advantage of this opportunity to see some of the Rogue Valley’s best offering of bright young artistic talent.

Art du Jour Third Friday news - July 2020 Newsletter

Art du Jour July 2020 News

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