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Art du Jour June 2018 Featured Artists

During the month of June, Judy Benson LeNier’s work will be featured in the Salon and Mary Jo Heath will be the featured artist on the back wall at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford. Music on Third Friday will be provided by Minstrel Stream.

A professional photographer who specializes in photographing Wildlife, Judy Benson LaNier

Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier

A professional photographer who specializes in photographing Wildlife, Judy Benson LaNier’s love of Africa began in 1961 when her family hosted Ashland, Oregon’s first Rotary-sponsored exchange student who was from South Africa. The bond forged then has continued through the years as the two families visit each other in Africa and the U.S.A. The magnetism of Africa is strong and Judy has returned there eight times. Her range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaiian Flora and Fauna as well as landscapes.

Judy Benson LaNier says, ““When I first went to Africa I was amazed that the animals ignored us completely. They went about their business as if nothing extraordinary was happening. Little did they know that something quite extraordinary was happening inside me! I was experiencing a catharsis, a cleansing of my soul. I was being taught what is truly important in life and I was filled with joy by the lessons!

I hope that my photographs bring you a taste of life in the Bush.”

Her photographs capture the essence of the wildlife in amazing detail. For many years Judy led Photographic Safaris to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, teaching photography and holding workshops for participants. Her Photographic work is currently represented in five art galleries in Oregon. Judy has published seven books of her photography, the latest being FACING LIONS which recounts an adventure she enjoyed in Africa.

Mary Jo Heath presents a body of work themed “Southern Oregon”

Featured Artist Mary Jo Heath

As the featured artist for the month of June, Mary Jo Heath presents a body of work themed “Southern Oregon”. She was born in Coos Bay, Oregon. At the age of five, she moved to the Rogue Valley with her family and attended school at Central Point and graduated from Medford High School

Mary Jo taught art in public schools for more than 30 years.  The majority of her teaching experience is in Central Point Schools. In 1994, she began working with pastels and has won several awards from the Pastel Society of Oregon National and Membership shows.

When asked about her art, she said, “I have gained experience with a variety of art media during my time teaching art in public schools. Of all the media that I have tried, pastel is the most immediate, the most expressive, and the most forgiving. The pastels become an extension of my hand as I try to interpret what I see and how I feel about a subject matter.  It could be the light, the compositions or the challenge of something I have never painted before. Sometimes the subject matter becomes a vehicle for a more abstract expression. Whatever the inspiration, pastel says it for me.”

Please come and enjoy the wonderful art of both Judy Benson LaNier and Mary Jo Heath at the Art du Jour Gallery. Judy’s photos will bring you closer to wildlife in an exciting way.  Mary Jo Heath’s pastels show her passion for pastels.

June Press Release

During the month of June, Judy Benson LeNier’s work will be featured in the Salon and Mary Jo Heath will be the featured artist on the back wall at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford. Music on Third Friday will be provided by Minstrel Stream. Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier A professional photographer who specializes in photographing… Read more →

Bee Bantug and Nancy Graham featured at Art du Jour Gallery

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)
Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour.  Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Nancy Graham exhibit at Art du Jour. Roy Musitelli photo 4/9/18

Advance Release for May 2018:
During the month of May Nancy Graham’s work will again be featured in the Salon and Bee Bantug will be the featured artist on the feature wall at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford.

Guest Artist

Nancy Graham featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May.

Nancy has always been passionate about art in all forms and styles, as evidenced by the variety of subjects she likes to paint, and the varied approach to each. She was always encouraged by her mother, who was a well-known artist in California and an art instructor at Dominican College in San Rafael a number of years ago.

Although her background is painting with oils and acrylic, her current passion is teaching watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, where her classes remain full year-round. She tells us that the real thrill comes from the delight her students find when the composition comes together and there is a sudden spurt of confidence. She pushes strong value shifts of light and dark, telling her students over and over, “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
She teaches that there is more to a successful piece of art than the basic fundamentals of art theory, and she likes to experiment with a variety of styles and approaches as evidenced by the selection of pieces that will be showing at Art du Jour. Florals, landscapes, abstracts, still life’s and even a motorcycles engine are the subjects she’s chosen to show. She’s always excited to try something new and is challenged by the possibilities that watercolor brings to her artwork. However, if one were to ask her what she likes to do best, she would probably reply that she likes to paint “close-ups” where she can use her small brushes to bring out the finest details of her subjects.
Nancy holds a secondary teaching credential and art degree from UC Davis, and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Rogue Gallery, a past President of Josephine County Artists Association and a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Featured Artist for May

Bee Bantug
As the featured artist for the month of May at Art Du Jour Gallery, Bee Bantug presents “As the bee flies’’.   Not quite enigmatically titled, this body of work is part of a series celebrating the beauty and boundless bounty of Mother Earth.  And, in seemingly synchronistic timing, through this work Bee pays homage to her beloved mother and all mothers.
Technically and conceptually, her intention is to create evocative imagery using her camera as her brush and the objects and world around her as her palette. And then, pointedly never manipulating her images after the moment of creation.  Aesthetically, she likes abstracting the real and manifesting ideas that intimate at the dynamics between expressionism and impressionism to deliver a distinctly different perspective.
When asked to share how she feels about her artwork, Bee in a poetic stanza shared how “art-making lights up her inner fire: becoming, being a part of her true essence.” Completely self-taught, her work has been jury-selected at international art competitions, exhibitions and auctions the past 5 years since she began sharing her artwork publicly
Recently, Bee Bantug was featured as a Selected Artist at Artrooms Fair 2018 London, one of only two US artists among 70 international others.  Please come and enjoy creative imagery paying homage to all mothers!

Photography Contest

People's Choice Photography Contest at Art du Jour during Art in Bloom
Art du Jour will begin accepting entries for our second “Peoples Choice” Photography Contest during the last week in April.  Prospective participants should take special note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit, as visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. Top vote getter will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  The contest artists will also be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on May 18.  There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. Space will be limited. Like our Facebook page for more info or contact us at (541) 944-1933.

May Press Release

During the month of May Nancy Graham’s work will again be featured in the Salon and Bee Bantug will be the featured artist on the feature wall at Art du Jour Gallery. Guest Artist Nancy Graham featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May. Nancy has always been passionate about art in all… Read more →

April Press Release

Art du Jour Gallery is happy to announce that Minstrel Stream is returning to be our musical entertainment for the Third Friday event on April 20.  Additionally we have two very special exhibits in the offering for our guests.   Guest Artist for April & May Nancy Graham is the featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the… Read more →

Student Featured Artists, Nancy Graham and People’s Choice Contest

Art du Jour Gallery Medford, OR April 2018

Nancy Graham's painting Duke of the Desert

People’s Choice- Mixed Media

Art du Jour is now accepting entries for the “People’s Choice” mixed media contest. March 31 is the deadline.  Visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. The winning art work will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Please call for further information.   The contest artists will be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on April 20, 5 to 8 pm.  Due to a light turnout, the Oil and Acrylic contest schedule for March had to be canceled.
May will be our popular photography “People’s Choice”  and potential contestants should take special note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit. Space will be limited. Like our Facebook page for updates on entry rules and guidelines.

Student Featured Artists

April’s featured wall at Art du Jour will be a presentation of area student artists. The show will exhibit students (ages 10-19) of professional artist Charity Hubbard.  It promises to be impressive and inspiring. The reception will be a unique opportunity to encourage young and budding artists.
This is Charity’s 10th year of offering classes, rotating in subjects of study. These classes are offered to youth and adults. Her philosophy and teaching methods take a classical approach as it builds study and skill upon each other, beginning with foundational concepts.
Plan to drop by our gallery in April and enjoy this unique show featuring so many accomplished, passionate and dedicated young artists!  Most artwork will be for sale.

Nancy Graham is the featured Salon artist at Art du Jour Gallery for the months of April and May.

Nancy Graham at Art du Jour
Nancy has always been passionate about art in all forms and styles, as evidenced by the variety of subjects she likes to paint, and the varied approach to each. She was always encouraged by her mother, who was a well-known artist in California and an art instructor at Dominican College in San Rafael a number of years ago. Although her background is painting with oils and acrylic, her current passion is teaching watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, where her classes remain full year-round. She tells us that the real thrill comes from the delight her students find when the composition comes together and there is a sudden spurt of confidence. She pushes strong value shifts of light and dark, telling her students over and over, “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
She teaches that there is more to a successful piece of art than the basic fundamentals of art theory, and she likes to experiment with a variety of styles and approaches as evidenced by the selection of pieces that will be showing at Art du Jour. Florals, landscapes, abstracts, still life’s and even a motorcycles engine are the subjects she’s chosen to show. She’s always excited to try something new and is challenged by the possibilities that watercolor brings to her artwork. However, if one were to ask her what she likes to do best, she would probably reply that she likes to paint “close-ups” where she can use her small brushes to bring out the finest details of her subjects.
Nancy holds a secondary teaching credential and art degree from UC Davis, and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Rogue Gallery, a past President of Josephine County Artists Association and a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

People’s Choice Pen, Pencil & Pastel Contest Award

This Third Friday, Art du Jour Gallery Presents People’s Choice Award 

March brings new featured artists at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford. During the month of March Peter Coons work will again be the featured in the Salon and Carol and Bob Sharp will be the featured artists on the feature wall. This Third Friday we have booked classical guitarist Rod Petrone March 16th.
The artists of Art du Jour are pleased to announce that the winner of our People’s Choice Pen, Pencil & Pastel contest, which also included scratchboard, is Cara Morgan’s stunning entry titled “The King”. Second place in the voting went to Norm Rossignol (left in pic), and third to Margaret Braburn. We would like to thank all who participated.
People’s Choice Pen, Pencil & Pastel contest

Cara Morgan’s stunning scratchboard entry took to prize in Art du Jour’s “People’s Choice” Pen. Pencil, and pastel contest. ~ photo by Roy Musitelli

Due to a light response, the Oil and Acrylic contest schedule for March has been cancelled, We will accept entries for mixed media for April during the last week of the month.  Please call for more information at (541) 770-3190, or stop by the gallery at 213 East Main Street.  The contest artists will be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on April 20, 2018 5 to 8 pm.
May will be the popular photography “People’s Choice”  and potential contestants should take note that the contest will be part of our Art in Bloom exhibit.  Space will be limited. We will be posting more information, so like Art du Jour’s Facebook page.

Robert G. Sharp

Bob and Carol Sharp have been creating beautiful silver and gemstone jewelry for over 30 years. Bob has also been a custom knife maker for about 40 years. Over the years they have pursued many different art forms including painting, collage, ceramics, woodworking and scrimshaw. Bob is a silversmith and lapidary artist and Carol is a jewelry designer. Together they… Read more →

Art du Jour features Carol and Bob Sharp March 2018

Reflections by Peter Coons

Reflections by Peter Coons

March brings new featured artists at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford. During the month of March Peter Coons work will again be the featured in the Salon and Carol and Bob Sharp will be the featured artists on the feature wall.

Our featured Art du Jour artists during March 2018 are Carol and Bob Sharp

whose exquisitely handcrafted jewelry is a perennial favorite at Art du Jour. A master jewelry designer Carol is a busy artist whose work is much in demand. She and her husband Bob a talented silversmith and lapidary artist, attend gem and mineral and jewelry shows around the country during the year. Their combined artistic work now on display at Art du Jour is a rare opportunity for visitors to see a wide range of Carol and Bob’s artistry in one place for a month. Then much of their uniquely beautiful jewelry will once again go on tour with its creators.

Handcrafted crocheted necklace by Carol and Bob Sharp

Handcrafted crocheted necklace by Carol and Bob Sharp

Carol and Bob are lifelong artists. Professionally Carol has expressed her talent for art and design through her vocation as an interior designer. She has also pursued many different art forms including painting, collage, ceramics and scrimshaw, some of which will also be on display at Art du Jour during March. For the past 11 years, Carol has devoted most of her artistic time to designing jewelry.  She and Bob have created an extensive line of handcrafted jewelry. Carol’s unique specialty is knitted and crocheted wire jewelry.  She loves choosing the ingredients for each piece using gemstone nuggets, crystal beads, shells, pearls and many other natural elements. In addition to creating jewelry, Bob also is a custom knife maker. Several of his creations are on display in the gallery during March. With over 30 years’ experience, you can see quality in everything they make.

Handcrafted knife by Bob Sharp

Handcrafted knife by Carol and Bob Sharp

Carol states, “Sharing my love for art is exciting. I teach classes in crocheted wire jewelry and Bob teaches silversmithing. We both really enjoy the teaching process and our students bring us new ideas and perspectives, keeping our creations fresh and on trend.”

Peter Coons grew up in a family of artists and was influenced at an early age by the arts.  As a youth, his father, a fashion designer, took him to Europe to experience old world culture.  For several years, he lived and attended school in Florence, Italy.  His exposure to the artists of the High Renaissance made an indelible impression.

As a university student he took ceramics and art courses and graduated with a degree in history. Concurrent with his career as a public service executive, he satisfied his artistic impulses with printmaking and painting workshops and classes.  He has been mentored by several expert printmakers and painters in Southern Oregon.  He has studied carefully the techniques of his favorite artists:  Degas, Corot, Turner and Inness.

Peter is a member of the Artist’s Workshop of Southern Oregon and Pastel Society of Oregon. He has received awards from several pastel societies and his works have been displayed at exhibitions of the Pastel Society of Oregon, the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society.

Working with printmaking processes and pastels, Jacksonville artist, Peter Coons, creates both abstract and realistic prints and paintings. With an appreciation of the landscape around us, Peter’s focus is on local scenes.  He loves to portray the intimacy of water features and forest paths.  He also enjoys the expanses of open lands and weather events.   He extracts the essence of his subjects to create transcendent images both with prints and pastel paintings. He finds it.

Attention Artists!

You are invited to Enter our “People’s Choice” Oil and Acrylic Contest for March 2 – 31, 2018..  Visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite art work. The winning art work will win $50 and a prize ribbon.  Call the gallery to register or come by to pick up an entry form. There is a $20.00 entry fee.  Space is limited.  Please call for further information. Art du Jour Gallery, 213 East Main St. Medford, OR 97501 Open 10 – 4 Tuesday through Saturday. (541) 770-3190,  The contest artists will be honored at our Medford Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on March 16, 2018 5 to 8 pm.  April will be Mixed Media and May will be photography for People’s Choice Contests.

February Press Release

The Art du Jour Gallery members would like to invite you to our Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on Feb. 16 from 5 – 8 p.m. An informal evening featuring art, snacks and an opportunity to meet the artists. Please vote for your favorite art work this month in our “Pen, Pencil and Pastel” Contest (also including colored pencil,… Read more →