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Art du Jour Pen, Pencil and Ink People's Choice Contest February 2018

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January 2018 Press Release

NEWEST GALLERY ARTIST: Oil Painter John Acosta Medford artist John Acosta, Art du Jour Gallery’s newest member, is an oil painter whose work is bold, exciting, masculine, and often spiritual in theme. His style is entirely his own. John is self-taught and has been painting in oils for only four years, yet his work shows the passion and innate talent of… Read more →

January 2018 at Art du Jour Gallery

January 2018 at Art du Jour Gallery

NEWEST GALLERY ARTIST

Oil Painter John Acosta

January 2018 at Art du Jour :

Hope and Despair, by John Acosta

Medford artist John Acosta, Art du Jour Gallery’s newest member, is an oil painter whose work is bold, exciting, masculine, and often spiritual in theme.  His style is entirely his own.  John is self-taught and has been painting in oils for only four years, yet his work shows the passion and innate talent of a painter destined to become a fine artist.  We hope you will visit Art du Jour in January and view John’s work.  “My Defender” is a dream-like but unmistakable vision of Jesus, Travertino Façade” is a beautiful and detailed rendering of Rome’s Colosseum, and “Brenda” is a saucy feline with mischief in her eyes.  Of the three other oil paintings that complete John’s current display, “Hope and Despair” is the most emotionally engaging.  It takes you into a glistening, cave-like darkness rendered in thick, strong strokes of oil paint, giving you the perspective of someone striving toward the brilliant light ahead at the mouth of the cavern.  The effect is deeply stirring.

IN THE SALON

Versatile Multi-Media Artist Kim Faucher

January 2018 at Art du Jour : Anthurium with Mangos, Kim Faucher

Anthurium with Mangos, by Kim Faucher

In our Salon until the end of January is special guest artist Kim Faucher.  Kim enjoys drawing and working in oils, acylics, watercolor and mixed media.  Her theme for her Salon exhibit is Experimentation.  “Observation and experimentation are the guides I follow on my art path,” she says“I am forever developing the ability to observe.  Experimentation brings freedom and joy to my art process.  The joy she feels in creating her art is obvious.  She enjoys the transparency and watery movement of watercolor, but is moved by the buttery smoothness and drama of oils. 

Kim Faucher (pronounced “Foh-shay”) was born in Paynes Creek, a tiny community west of Mt. Lassen in Northern California, and lived with her family in a converted chicken house with dirt floor, no electricity and no running water. Kim developed her deep appreciation of nature running wild through the remote volcanic terrain. Then, sitting on a small stool in her father’s small sawmill, surrounded by piles of mill ends, she would draw on the smooth planed wood with a thick carpenter’s pencil. Kim has since taken classes locally and all over the United States as well as in Italy.  

Kim belongs to several professional art organizations including Watercolor Society of Oregon, Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon, and Southern Oregon Association of Artists.  In 2012, she was selected as Artist in Residence at Crater Lake National Park. Her project “The Bluest Blue” combined watercolor with poetry to address climate change.  Tuesday mornings in her studio, Leaping Turtle, Kim hosts a group of artists for the sharing of art space, ideas, feedback, and support.

Included in Kim’s Salon exhibit are “Sunflower Symphony” and Anthurium with Mangos,paintings that represent her love of nature. The painting “Storm Coming” displays her skill with looseness of brush strokes and brilliant use of color.  Come into the gallery to see her lovely pieces.

ON OUR FEATURE WALL

“Black & White and a Touch of Color”

Our challenging Feature Wall theme for December and January is “Black and White and a Touch of Color” and exhibits paintings, drawings and photography by our Art du Jour member artists.  The display features unusually creative artwork by artists Millie Clarke, Dick Woods, Roy Rusitelli, Judy Hubler, Virginia Doak, Ruth Heath, Kay Myer and John Acosta.  

COMING SOON

More “People’s Choice” Art contests

Our “People’s Choice” Contests will begin again in February.  Entry forms and information will be sent out in early January and will be available at the gallery.  We hope you will enter and come in and vote for your favorite!

February    –    Pastel and Colored Pencil

March         –    Oil and Acrylic Paintings

April            –     Mixed Media and Collage

May            –      Photography

 

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

As always, you are invited to our Third Friday Art Walk, December 15th and January 19th from 5 to 8 p.m. Unwind in our lovely gallery to refresh your mind and senses.  Meet special guest artist Kim Faucher and many Art du Jour Gallery artists.  Enjoy appetizers and wine along with theguitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams.  Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, call (541) 770-3190.  Closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and happiness in the New Year!

 

 

December Press Release

Find Holiday Presents Galore at Art du Jour Gallery New exhibits and gift ideas will highlight the holiday season at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main, in Medford. During the months of December and January, Kim Faucher’s work will be featured in the Salon . Artists of Art du Jour will display creative paintings for the theme “Black and… Read more →

November Press Release

We would like to invite you to our Third Friday Art Walk and Reception on Nov. 17 from 5 – 8 p.m. An informal evening featuring art, snacks and an opportunity to visit with the Art du Jour Artists. Music by Minstrel Streams. The winner of the October Peoples Choice Watercolor contest is Lori Taylor with her painting titled “I… Read more →

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!