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No ideas but in perceptions

The only work of art criticism I return to with relish and as a way of relearning what I already think I understand is In Search of Lost Time. Marcel Proust’s insights into how music, painting and fiction all are grounded in perception, rather than discursive thought, distinguish him from most people who have written […]

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Make a List

Hey there! Hope everyone had a good “back to normal” après holiday week! Is there such a thing anymore? My normal consisted of lots of website updates, administrative details that I’d prefer to procrastinate, vintage book buying, a few runs, a dip into green juice, a dip back into homemade chocolate bark, the usual back […]

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New candy jar

I took a break from taffy in December. It was enjoyable to return to the candy jars, and it’s been long enough that I felt the contrast in doing one of these, a distinctly different flow from the process for painting salt water taffy. The taffy presents a complex topography, a lot of wrinkles, crimps, […]

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NEW Pastel 101 Workshop!

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541.773.1444   101 N. Central Ave., Medford, Oregon 97501   centralartsupply.comMON-FRI: 10-6 | SAT: 10-5

Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a NEWPastel 101 Workshop with Lara Strazdas!

Instructor: Lara StrazdasDate: Friday, January 27, 2023Time: 1PM – 5PMFee: $95Max. 8 studentsLocation:Classroom at Central Art101 N. CentralMedford, OR 97501

Registration Required. Click here to register.

In this 4-hour, single session workshop we will explore the different types of soft pastels as well as various pastel supports and mixed media applications.  We will delve into the diversity of pastels and the range of textures and effects that can be achieved with this versatile medium. We will also have a look at some grounds and mediums available that will make just about any surface accept pastel.

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January Ashland ArtWalk tomorrow!

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Ashland GalleriesJanuary Visual Arts News First Friday ArtWalk: January 6, 20235:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Join us for First Friday ArtWalk! We’re excited to share a diverse array of wonderful artwork on display this month and created by our very talented artists. Don’t forget to visit their websites for more information about business hours, current exhibitions, and upcoming creative opportunities. Here is a sampling of our January Spotlight Galleries and Artists. Art & Soul AshlandMixed Media Work by Shelli Walters Shelli Walters, Turbo, Mixed Media

This month’s exhibition at Art & Soul Ashland features mixed media work by Shelli Walters. A lifelong Oregonian, Shelli shares her love for the landscape and wildlife through her creative compositions. As she describes, nature has so many differences yet everything plays together so beautifully. Making it both appealing and alive, she loves to explore this in her work while expressing both energy and magic. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00

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Dushka Vujovic

This is an unusually lyrical photograph for Dushka Vujovik, whose typical subjects are abstract geometric color compositions created by simply cropping what she sees in her urban environment in Toronto, just a few miles north of us down here on the bottom of Lake Ontario. When she wants to be, as a photographic coloriest, she […]

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Coffee Shop Conversations – The Series

Greetings I recently realized that I had never done a blog post on my “Coffee Shop Conversations” series that I created a few years ago. And, I thought it would be fun to see them all in one place. Series Background. A bit of an explanatio…

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Happy (almost) New Year!

Here we are, at the end of the “in between week” heading into 2023. This is one of my favorite times of year…it’s both lounge-y and busy in different ways and feels suspended, as if the world is somewhat on pause. Tomorrow I’ll do my annual informal list of things that worked great (do more) […]

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Mitchell Johnson

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Larkin on Betjeman

I came across this opening to one of Philip Larkin’s essays at random when I spotted the collection on a shelf. He’s admiring John Betjeman for the limpid quality of his poems, their immediacy and accessibility, like the polymath conversational style of early W.H. Auden and James Merrill in The Changing Light at Sandover, a […]

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