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January at Art du Jour Gallery

January at Art du Jour Gallery:

Antique Quilts, Wearable Art and Hamilton Watercolors! And…

A special talk by Charlotte Wirfs on January 23rd at 1:00pm about antique quilts and quilting techniques.  Guests are invited to bring their own vintage or antique quilts to show or to get advice on mending them. Please note that Charlotte is not an appraiser,  however. We’ll serve mulled cider and cookies!

Yes, indeed!  January at Art du Jour is going to be exciting and very special!

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken, Art du Jour Gallery, Medford, Oregon, January 2016

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken

Through the end of January, our three special guest artists are quilters Charlotte Wirfs and Karen Hanken and wearable knits fabric artist Laura Lawrence.  Their uniquely beautiful work will be on display in our Salon and the main gallery in January.  Featured gallery artist during January is our own Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, renowned watercolorist and beloved art teacher here in the Rogue Valley for the past 33 years.

Charlotte Wirfs is a talented contemporary quilter and an authority on antique and vintage quilts.  She is displaying several of these priceless antique quilts along with her own work in the Salon.  On January 23, she will give a talk on antique quilts at the gallery.  Wirfs is a fifth generation Oregonian who learned sewing through 4H programs in Tillamook County.  She has displayed her work in many Oregon art galleries and other venues and has won numerous awards in quilt shows around the Western U.S.

Karen Hanken first experimented with using textiles in her art while in college in Pennsylvania.  She also studied at Sir John Cass School of Art in London.  The attraction of textures and prints has been a lifelong love and it has been her goal to unite them with paints, inks, dyes, and pastels.  Her quilts have appeared in numerous special exhibits and have won many awards at major competitions.  She is displaying four of her award-winning pictorial quilts in our Salon.  Hanken and her husband own and operate Top Stitch Bernina in Medford.

Laura Lawrence is the creator of My Dancing Threads, a one-woman business she characterizes as “painting with yarn.”  She knits exquisite wearable art fabrics and fashions them into capes, skirts, scarves, caps, legwarmers, soft jewelry and other one-of-a-kind creations in soft, luscious colors.  By using a technique called short-rowing, she makes garments that move with the body and have a flattering line with no extraneous bulk from sewn-in darts, pleats, puckers, and seams.  See her alpaca hats, uniquely crafted scarves, and her “soft-jewelry” beaded and felt alpaca flower pins on our center table.  She is self-taught and has been selling her work in select galleries and high-end boutiques since 2002.
Dodie Hamilton-Brandon has been an Art du Jour member for several years and is also a founding member of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.  She exhibits in several other Oregon galleries 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.
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.

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Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97540
(541) 770-3190 (Tues.-Sat., 10-4)

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