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“Paintings and Poetry” at Art du Jour Gallery

Transmutation,  Georganna Happel

Transmutation, by Georganna Happel



Ten artists have melded the arts of painting and poetry for an exhibit running from March 28-May 29 at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford.   Each artist wrote a poem to pair with a piece of their artwork.  These paired works are by Pat Blair, Millie Clarke, Linda Evans, Ruth Heath, Dixie Kinser, Susie Lee, Ginny Matheson, Penny Simmons, and Deanna St. Martin.  Guest artist Georganna Happel’s award winning painting “Transmutation” and poem will be featured in the exhibit “Paintings and Poetry”.

The Awakening, painting by Millie Clarke

The Awakening, by Millie Clarke

Millie Clarke chose her poem “The Awakening” as it represents memories of the three years that she lived in Helsinki, Finland.  “The winter days were long and dark with ice encasing the streets and walkways.  Lakes were so frozen that trucks could use them as roads,” she stated.  “Living only a short way from the shores of the Baltic, we knew that spring was coming when the ice began to break up into floes.”  She has caught the feeling of that in both her poem and in the abstract painting that she painted to accompany it.

Winter Aspens - Pat Blair

Winter Aspens, by Pat Blair

Ginny Matheson will be exhibiting a mixed media work with a Japanese influence called “Floating Gateway” and Pat Blair, in her lovely pastel works “Winter Aspens” and “Up on the Green Springs”, shows her affinity for painting plein air.

During the “Paintings and Poetry” exhibit, John Dodero’s beautiful ceramic pieces will be on display.  Dodero was introduced to pottery in the 1970’s and started Dodero Studio Ceramics, specializing in decorative ceramics and raku pottery.   Dodero has developed a simple and powerful design sense fusing Asian and Native American design and creates beautiful pieces with a traditional yet contemporary style.  At his studio the use of fluxed glazes usually causes a random crazing pattern over the classic ceramic forms.  Dodero’s specially designed pots are very effective to showcase an orchid or other houseplant.  
Gallery hours are 10-4, Tues.-Sat. and Third Friday 5-8.  Meet the artists on Third Friday, April 17.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information call (541) 770-3190 or check Facebook.

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