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September Press Release

During the months of September Gale Holt will be the featured artist on the back wall at Art du Jour Gallery, and Doug Iverson’s work will continue to be featured in the Salon until the end of the month. Third Friday will be on September 21. Gale Holt As a boy growing up in Watertown, New York, Gale Holt has… Read more →

Art du Jour Gallery August 2018 Press Release

Art du Jour AUGUST 2018

Iverson- Afternoon Rest
During the months of August Doug Iverson’s brilliant work will be in the Salon for both August and September, and Roy Musitelli will be filling in on the featured artist wall at Art du Jour Gallery.   The Art du Jour members would like to invite you to our Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on August 17, an informal evening featuring art, snacks and an opportunity to meet the artists. Musical entertainment will be provided by guitarist Rod Petrone.

Guest Artist Doug Iverson

Doug Iverson has always enjoyed ‘good’ art. Since retiring at the end of 2009, he has been devoted to becoming the ‘best’ artist he can be. He took many basic art classes at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass. When he was introduced to painting in watercolor on Yupo paper he found his happy place. He gives special thanks to Pat Enos for not giving up on him.
Iverson- Reflections
When creating abstract pieces, he usually has no clue what he is going to do at the beginning of a project . Typically the first application of paint is done with only cursory thought to colors, textures and overall composition. He will then start manipulating the dried paint by various means. Shapes are created by applying liberal amounts of water; coaxing it into some shape that he finds interesting, and then letting that water evaporate. Basically anything that will have a physical effect on the paint is a potential tool.  He repeats the process of painting and erasing until he sees ‘something’. Then he will put forth a more conscious, thoughtful effort into developing the painting. Currently, he is working on a technique that involves using Halloween spider webbing.
His work has been accepted for the annual Grants Pass Museum of Art fundraising event, Black White and the Blues oral auction.

Featured Artist Roy Musitelli

To most music lovers Ten Years After is a British blues rock band popular in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. For Roy Musitelli it represents the decade since 2007 invested in re-inventing himself after walking away from a 30-year journalism career. The result of his journey brought him back to his first passion for drawing.  He writes; “My entire career I’d been keenly aware of the vast popularity of photography and how many people wanted to make a living at it. I was merely one of the fortunate few who could.  Yet I doubt that I’d be the artist I am today if I hadn’t climbed out of my comfort zone and taken a few risks on this path.”

Bee pollinating lupin. Roy Musitelli photo 3/2016

Roy joined Art du Jour in 2016 and is filling in as featured artist this month after our scheduled member left the cooperative to pursue other opportunities.  He is also slated to have an exhibition in February 2019 that promises to be considerably different than the “Small World” photo exhibit on our back wall till the end of the month.

People’s Choice contest 

Art du Jour Gallery will be holding our next People’s Choice contest in October.  This event will be the theme; “Furry and Feathery Friends”, and will be open media. Look for more announcements to be posted on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ ArtduJourGallery/
Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)

August Press Release

During the months of August Doug Iverson’s brilliant work will be in the Salon for both August and September, and Roy Musitelli will be filling in on the featured artist wall at Art du Jour Gallery.   The Art du Jour members would like to invite you to our Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on August 17, an informal… Read more →

Art du Jour July 2018

Art du Jour Gallery features Ginny Matheson, Judy Benson LeNier, Cheryl Magellen in Medford this month.

Featured Artist Ginny Matheson

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson.  -Submitted by the artist

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson. -Submitted by the artist

Ginny Matheson presents’’a body of work themed “Mixed Media Landscapes”. Ginny lives and works in Southern Oregon but her earliest art training was in Michigan where she worked primarily in stone and wood carving. After moving to Indiana, Ginny began to focus on two-dimensional media and took more training in drawing, painting, and collage. By 2004 she had begun to exhibit her work at art festivals across the Midwest. Upon arrival in Oregon soon thereafter she began exhibiting at art festivals, galleries, and restaurants across Oregon.  Her work often focuses on the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest and also includes still life, abstracts and figurative pieces.

Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier 

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

A professional photographer specializing in photographing wildlife. Her love of Africa began in 1961 when her family hosted an exchange student from South Africa. The bond continued through the years as the two families visited each other in Africa and the U.S.A. To her the magnetism of Africa is strong and Judy has returned eight times. Her range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaiian Flora and Fauna as well as landscapes.
Judy Benson LaNier writes, ““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 experienced in Africa.

Selfie Exhibit by Cheryl Magellen

Selfie Exhibit by Cheryl Magellen Running through July 28, Cheryl Magellen will have an exhibition of portrait paintings that were inspired by selfie photo submissions from around the world.

Cheryl Magellen’s selfie show at Art du Jour. – Jan Hartmann photo

Running through July 28, Cheryl Magellen will have an exhibition of portrait paintings that were inspired by selfie photo submissions from around the world. Currently located in an area of Arizona where there is little opportunity to paint from models, Cheryl looked to social media and solicited friends to submit their favorite selfie photos to be made into paintings. She wanted to show that portraits can be more than just a smile and can show people really being themselves.
Originally from Oregon, Cheryl received a BA in art from Chico State University and studied at the Southern Oregon Art Academy, and has been a long-time student of Gabriel Lipper of Ashland. She began teaching weekly classes at Central Art Supply in 2010 and continued to do so until her temporary relocation to southwestern Arizona in 2013. While in Arizona, she began taking workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, continued teaching classes in the Phoenix area, and devotes most of her time to painting in her home studio. Her work has won numerous awards and has been accepted into regional and national shows.
Art du Jour will feature part of this two-gallery exhibition and will be the only gallery to also exhibit some of Cheryl’s paintings that were featured in national exhibitions. The gallery reception will be held during Medford’s Third Friday Artwalk on July 20.
Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190 (Tues – Sat., 10-4)

Art du Jour’s July 2018 Exhibits

During the month of July Ginny Matheson will be the featured artist at Art du Jour Gallery, and Judy Benson LeNier’s work will continue to be featured in the Salon till the end of the month.  In addition, Cheryl Magellen will be bringing her poplular Selfie Show to Medford.  On third Friday music will be provided by the Minstrel Streams.

Featured Artist Ginny Matheson

As the featured artist for the month of June at Art Du Jour Gallery, Ginny Matheson presents’’a body of work themed “Mixed Media Landscapes”.

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson.  -Submitted by the artist

Mont Blanc by Ginny Matheson. -Submitted by the artist

Ginny lives and works in Southern Oregon, but her earliest art training was in Michigan where she worked primarily in stone and wood carving. After moving to Indiana, Ginny began to focus on two-dimensional media and took more training in drawing, painting, and collage. By 2004 she had begun to exhibit her work at art festivals across the Midwest. Upon her arrival in Oregon soon thereafter she began exhibiting at art festivals, galleries, and restaurants across Oregon.  Her work often focuses on the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest and also includes still life, abstracts and figurative pieces.

Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier

A professional photographer who specializes in photographing wildlife. Judy’s love of Africa began in 1961 when her family hosted an exchange student from South Africa. The bond continued through the years as the two families visited each other in Africa and the U.S.A.. For her the magnetism of Africa is strong and Judy has returned eight times. Her range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaiian Flora and Fauna as well as landscapes.

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

Photography by Judy Benson LaNier

Judy Benson LaNier writes, ““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.  

Cheryl Magellan’s Selfie Exhibit

Opening July 3 and running through July 28, Cheryl Magellen will have an exhibition of portrait paintings that were inspired by selfie photo submissions from around the world. Currently located in an area of Arizona where there is little opportunity to paint from models, Cheryl looked to social media and solicited friends to submit their favorite selfie photos to be made into paintings. She wanted to show that portraits can be more than just a smile and can show people really being themselves.

Cheryl Magellan's Selfie Exhibit

Cheryl Magellan’s Selfie Exhibit

Originally from Oregon, Cheryl received a BA in art from Chico State University and studied at the Southern Oregon Art Academy, and has been a long-time student of Gabriel Lipper of Ashland. She began teaching weekly classes at Central Art Supply in 2010 and continued to do so until her temporary relocation to southwestern Arizona in 2013. While in Arizona, she began taking workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, continued teaching classes in the Phoenix area, and devotes most of her time to painting in her home studio. Her work has won numerous awards and has been accepted into regional and national shows.

Art du Jour will feature part of this two-gallery exhibition and will be the only gallery to also exhibit some of Cheryl’s paintings that were featured in national exhibitions. The gallery reception will be held during Medford’s Third Friday Artwalk on July 20.

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

July Press Release

Press Release for July 2018 During the month of July Ginny Matheson will be the featured artist at Art du Jour Gallery, and Judy Benson LeNier’s work will continue to be featured in the Salon till the end of the month.  In addition, Cheryl Magellen will be bringing her poplular Selfie Show to Medford.  On third Friday music will be… Read more →

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 →