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New Exhibits at Rogue Gallery

Main Gallery Exhibit:

Rogue Valley Biennial

February 20 – April 10, 2015, Reception: Friday, February 20, 5-8pm


The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is proud to host the 2015 Rogue Valley Biennial. The Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit is held at different locations in the Southern Oregon every other year. The exhibit celebrates the talents of Southern Oregon artist as they expand their vision in their work. Acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, photography, pastels, and sculpture are among the media exhibited.


Biennial exhibits are most commonly used within the art world to describe exhibits that occur every other year. The first exhibit in 1895 was held in Venice, Italy and is still considered the most important. Biennial exhibits are now held throughout the world, most often celebrating contemporary art. The focus of the art is frequently on current cultural events that influence the perception of our everyday life. The 2015 Rogue Valley Biennial Exhibition features work that presents interpretations of our world today or a commentary on contemporary issues. This may include artist’s expression of current events, art movements, or political issues. On display are juried works by emerging and established artists that best captures the concept of the exhibit. Three $200 Jurors’ Choice Awards will be given for artwork that best depicts the innovative and/or the unusual.


Janet Higgins and Keith Johnson will jury the exhibit. Janet Higgins is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She has taught sculpture at Rogue Community College and has a number of public art pieces in the city of Grants Pass. Janet has also participated in a number of Evergreen Bank’s projects including Bearfest and Imagination Village. A resident of Southern Oregon, she is also a member of the contemporary art group AMBUS. Keith Johnson holds a B.A.A. in Advertising Art and Industrial Design and a M.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California. He has taught art in Oregon and California including printmaking, figure drawing, painting, and jewelry making. An accomplished artist, he has exhibited nationally and internationally. He resides in Jacksonville.


Community Gallery Exhibit:

Ordinary Goddesses: Watercolors of Rachel Barrett

February 13 – March 20, 2015 Reception: Friday February 20, 5-8 pm


Psyche, watercolor painting by Rachel Barrett

Psyche, watercolor painting by Rachel Barrett

On display are Rachel Barrett’s watercolor paintings of the female nude that explore sometimes hidden aspects of our shared human nature. Rachel uses the watercolor medium to paint gesturally the human figure directly on paper. The paintings reflect her fresh uninhibited approach. “Rachel’s free and confident use of brushstrokes creates images that are lively and yet, contemplative,” states executive director Kim Hearon. Her palette includes rich, warm, sensuous colors applied boldly and expressively.


Seeing the beauty of the common human figure, Rachel identifies each piece with mythical goddesses. As she states “It seems very appropriate that the human form be named for gods and goddesses. There is a universal quality to figure paintings since in all cultures and in all times, beneath our clothes our bodies are similar.”

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