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October 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery

October at Art du Jour Gallery:

IN THE SALON

Southern Oregon Artist Dodie Hamilton-Brandon In Her Studio

Dodie Hamilton-Brandon In Her Studio

The Beloved Watercolors of Dodie Hamilton 

We are blessed to have as our Salon special guest artist during October and November Dodie Hamilton-Brandon.  Dodie was an Art du Jour Gallery member for several years and is also a founding member of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.  She has exhibited in several other Oregon galleries over the decades and her paintings hang in private homes, offices and commercial establishments across America and abroad.  The long list of awards and honors she has accumulated over many years of painting is truly impressive.  Her work is noted for vibrant color and the fluid, sparkling quality of her watercolor medium.  Her subjects range from realistic florals and landscapes to mixed media abstracts, but she is best known for her renditions of iris, her favorite flower. 

A native of Missouri, Dodie grew up on a farm and was very much influenced by the verdant fields, flowers and changing skies.  She attended the Northwest Missouri State University, graduating with a degree in art and English, subjects she taught for many years in California schools.  During those years she mainly worked in oils, acrylics, and pen and ink.  “I moved to the Rogue Valley in 1982 and discovered watercolor as a medium for painting.  It flows and glows and is such a spontaneous way to paint that I became totally involved in it.  The results may be bad, good, or indifferent but the process itself is to me totally magnificent.” 

Until she retired a few years ago, Dodie taught her watercolor techniques to countless eager students here in the Rogue Valley and is beloved by all.  She enjoys traveling and still takes workshops with other well-known artists.

Be sure to join us at Art du Jour Gallery on Third Friday, October 20th, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet Dodie and enjoy her marvelous works of art. 

Watercolor painting by Dodie Hamilton-Brandon

UP FRONT

Enter Our “People’s Choice” Watercolor Contest!

A $50 prize and a blue ribbon will be awarded to the winner of our “People’s Choice” watercolor contest.  The winner will be determined by the votes of gallery visitors during October, and all contest entries are due by the end of September.  To enter, call, e-mail or drop by the gallery for an entry form.  Entry fee is $20 per framed original painting.  The winning painting will be exhibited in the gallery during November.  Contest artwork will be on display during October and we encourage you to drop by the gallery and vote for your favorite painting!    

ON OUR FEATURE WALL

“Autumn Bounty” is Feature Wall Theme

Lovely paintings of harvested Rogue Valley hay fields, cornucopias of ripe Rogue Valley pears, grapes, cherries and other fruits, and renderings of fall colors in watercolor, oils, acrylics and photography await our visitors during October on our Feature Wall.  What a beautiful season fall is!  Come and enjoy it at Art du Jour Gallery!

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

Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, October 20th, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet special guest artist Dodie Hamilton and many Art du Jour Gallery artists as well.  Our reception will include the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams.  Appetizers and wine will be served.  Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, call (541) 770-3190.

Watercolor painting by Dodie Hamilton-Brandon

Watercolor painting by Dodie Hamilton-Brandon

October Press Release

IN THE SALON The Beloved Watercolors of Dodie Hamilton   We are blessed to have as our Salon special guest artist during October and November Dodie Hamilton-Brandon.  Dodie was an Art du Jour Gallery member for several years and is also a founding member of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.  She has exhibited in several other Oregon galleries over… Read more →

September Press Release

UP FRONT: Pick the Winner in Our “People’s Choice” Photo Contest! Our September “People’s Choice” photo-art entries are now on display as you enter the gallery, and your ability to choose the winner from among these 18 fine art photographs will be sorely challenged! We were blown away by the excitement and quality of these entries – they are ALL… Read more →

September 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery

Art Du Jour gallery logo

September 2017 at Art du Jour Gallery

UP FRONT:
Pick the Winner in Our “People’s Choice” Photo Contest!

Our September “People’s Choice” photo-art entries are now on display as you enter the gallery, and your ability to choose the winner from among these 18 fine art photographs will be sorely challenged! We were blown away by the excitement and quality of these entries – they are ALL amazing photographs!

A $50 prize and a blue ribbon await the winner and we need you to help determine which photo will prevail. As a gallery visitor during September, you are eligible to vote once for the photo you like best. The winning photograph will be exhibited in the gallery during October, and all photographs are for sale.  Please drop by the gallery this month, challenge yourself to pick the winner, and cast your vote for your favorite photo!

ON THE FEATURE WALL:
Virginia Doak’s Whimsical Watercolors and Acrylics

This month our Feature Wall is filled with the wonderful world of Virginia Doak’s whimsical art. Her small watercolors and acrylic paintings are reminiscent of children’s book art and Virginia has co-illustrated at least one published children’s book, “Turtle’s True Friend” (by Prof. Johnny Lake). Her style is playful, and her butterflies, bright red kitties, sneaky mice, sweet hummingbirds, flowers, and windows on magical scenes enchant children and adults alike. Virginia and her husband moved to Medford only six months ago from Clarkston, Washington. She chose to become a member of Art du Jour Gallery because it is an artists’ cooperative like the one she helped to found in Lewiston, Idaho. Come, bring your children or grandchildren and lose yourself in the special world of Virginia Doak’s art.

IN THE SALON:
Fine Art Masterpieces in Oils by Penny Simmons

Egrets of North Bend, oil painting by Penny Simmons

Egrets of North Bend, by Penny Simmons

Art du Jour Gallery is honored to present in our Salon an exhibit of never-before-seen masterworks in oils by Penny Simmons. Visitors to our gallery during recent years will recall the breathtaking watercolors Penny exhibited as an Art du Jour member. Now, after a year’s hiatus, she has consented to display for the first time the truly awe-inspiring new artwork she has been doing as an oil painter in the tradition of the Old Masters.

“My goal,” Penny explains, “is to produce paintings like I saw in the Louvre – very smooth and without texture; thinly applied layers create the translucency and depth of color that I am trying to achieve in my paintings.” An example of the art that inspires Penny is The Gleaners (1857) by Jean-Francois Millet.

That Penny could take up a new medium and transform herself in a year’s time from a consummate watercolor artist into a fine oil painter, on her own, is a testament to her intense passion, tenacity and intelligence, the compelling drivers that animate her prodigious talent. She has painted in watercolor for nearly 25 years and has studied with luminaries in the world of watercolor art, but as an oil painter, Penny is completely self-taught. She devours books on the Old Masters to study their styles and techniques, visits museums and galleries to view their work first-hand, and then she paints and paints and paints.

Pivotal in Penny’s self-education in oils was Virgil Elliott’s book Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present. Lost for hours in its pages, Penny absorbed the secrets of realistic painting and how the Old Masters created convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two-dimensional surfaces.
Penny was born in Norwich, New York, and spent most of her young life “avoiding the pragmatics of life so I could draw and paint. As a child, I spent countless hours on the sun-drenched porch of my parents’ house with my watercolor pan paints and brushes.  Dipping the tip of my watercolor brush into the pan of paints and, while barely touching the rim of the glass, I dropped the paint into the water and watched the colors flow together. I was mesmerized and although I didn’t know it at the time, I was practicing what was to become my life’s passion.”

In 1997, Penny and her husband, Charles, moved to Medford from Dallas, Texas, where Penny had worked for years as administrative assistant to Lawrence Marcus of Neiman Marcus. “I was so inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that I felt compelled to take another watercolor course,” Penny says. “Anne Brooke, Dodie Hamilton, and Judy Morris were among my tutors.” Penny became a member of the Oregon Watercolor Society in 2001 and is also an Associate member of both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

“In 2007 I attended the 10-day Intensive Studies Seminar in Taos, NM, where I studied with some of America’s most celebrated and respected artists, including Skip Lawrence, Fran Larsen, Katherine Liu, Alex Powers, and Christopher Schink. This life-altering experience took my work to the next level. Without reference material or preparation I painted from my core, pulling joy and pain, sorrow and grief, all of which are evident in the paintings that resulted.”

Today, these same deep emotions emerge from the brooding, translucent beauty of the Old Masters’ style in Penny’s triumphant venture into oil painting. We invite you to visit Art du Jour Gallery during August and September to see these incredible works of art for yourself.

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

Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, September 15th, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet special guest artist Penny Simmons, featured artist Virginia Doak and many other Art du Jour Gallery artists as well. Our reception will include the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams. Appetizers and wine will be served. Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, call (541) 770-3190.

Gale Holt

Artist Biography coming soon!

August Press Release

Fine Art Masterpieces in Oils by Penny Simmons Art du Jour Gallery is honored to present in our Salon an exhibit of never-before-seen masterworks in oils by Penny Simmons. Visitors to our gallery during recent years will recall the breathtaking watercolors Penny exhibited as an Art du Jour member. Now, after a year’s hiatus, she has consented to display for… Read more →

July Press Release

Featured Watercolor Artist Kay Myer, and Cammy Davis in Our Salon “The gentle flow of beautiful colors fusing together and traveling with generous splashes of water” is Kay Myers’ description of her watercolor style, and she says her “best friends,” her sable brushes, “do most of the work with minimal strokes.” Kay is never at a loss for inspiration and… Read more →

July 2017 at Art du Jour

 

Art Du Jour gallery logo

July at Art du Jour Gallery

 

Featured Watercolor Artist Kay Myer, and Cammy Davis in Our Salon

The gentle flow of beautiful colors fusing together and traveling with generous splashes of water” is Kay Myers’ description of her watercolor style, and she says her “best friends,” her sable brushes, “do most of the work with minimal strokes.”  Kay is never at a loss for inspiration and can delight in the smallest things, light on a leaf, sparkle on water, and is passionate about painting nature in her colorful, loose and interpretive style.  She has been painting in watercolor since the 1980s and “loves exploring the endless possibilities this medium allows.”

Kay’s art hangs in collections in Koln, Bachingen and Reinsdorf, Germany; Krems and Vienna, Austria; Ryd, Sweden; Wales, UK, and many states throughout the U.S.  She is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and also has won recognitions in international art challenges.  Her early studies were in workshops with Judy Morris, Sharon Wesner and the late Bruce Butte.  In 2015, she attended a workshop with Jean Haines, world famous watercolor artist, author and instructor from London.

Kay is one of Art du Jour’s newest member-artists and we are thrilled to have her.  Kay was born in a Denmark refugee camp and adopted at two years of age by an American farm couple from Blodgett, Oregon.  In 1971, she moved to a home along the Rogue River.  Her work was signed Kay Daniels until 2007 when she married Chuck Myer.  The couple now liveshappily in Medford, where Kay teaches painting workshops, helping others to find the joy she finds in watercolors.

Cammy Davis is Salon Guest Artist

During July in our Salon we are delighted to host mixed-media artist and former Art du Jour Gallery member Cammy Davis.  Cammy’s work has been featured in fine art galleries throughout the Northwest and in books and periodicals.  She is an active member of the Southern Oregon arts community and is a founding member of the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon.

Cammy’s mixed media paintings and art jewelry reflect her childhood spent near a river surrounded by the woods.  The lifestyle was simple and creative: if Cammy wanted something, she found a way to make it herself.  This independent creativity manifests itself in her art today in her contrasting use of natural and industrial materials and her lovely, wildly original designs.  Cammy constructs her work from scratch. She explains that she “combines the hands of an artist who builds her own panels and creates her own textures with the mind of one who conducts her own research, attempts her own experiments, and takes her own risks.To Cammy, the creative process flourishes in a willingness to experiment and learn.

Cammy studied Fine Art at the University of Idaho, raised a family and then went back to complete her degree in Interior Design at Bellevue College in Washington.  In addition to her work as a painter and director of numerous local art festivals, Cammy has produced art tutorial and music-art videos for her YouTube channel.  Her paintings have inspired CammyArt jewelry, a line of jewelry made with images of her bright, abstract, fine art paintings.  CammyArt products are available at museums and galleries throughout Oregon, Washington and California.

New Artist-Members Welcome!

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

Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, July 21st, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet special guest artist Cammy Davis, featured artist Kay Myer and many Art du Jour Gallery artists as well.  Our reception will include the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams.  Appetizers and wine will be served.  Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, call (541) 770-3190.

An Afternoon with Stefan Baumann

Art Du Jour Gallery Presents "An Afternoon with Stefan Baumann", Friday, June 23rd, 2017!  Enjoy an afternoon lecture/demo by renowned artist Stefan Baumann of The Grand View (PBS/SOPTV) at the Medford Library, from 1:30 – 3:30pm. There will be a reception immediately to follow, with a chance to meet Stefan!  Art Du Jour Gallery  213 E. Main Street Medford, OR 97501  Hours: 10-4, Tues.-Sat. and 3rd Friday 5-8.    For information, call (541) 770-3190.

Art Du Jour Gallery and Central Art Supply Present “An Afternoon with Stefan Baumann”

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Enjoy an afternoon lecture/demo by renowned artist Stefan Baumann of The Grand View (PBS/SOPTV) at the Medford Library, from 1:30 – 3:30pm. There will be a reception immediately to follow, with a chance to meet Stefan!

For information, call (541) 770-3190.

Virginia Doak

“I paint to portray the softer side of emotion and humor in a whimsical manner.” Born and raised in the Walla Walla Valley, Virginia. She learned to love art at an early age. She found inspiration in the illustrations of her favorite children’s books and in watching her Father sketch humorous little pictures at the dinner table and then sharing… Read more →