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JUNE 2 & 3, 2012
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(Medford, OR) – May 22, 2012 – The Rogue Gallery & Art Center presents its Visual Art Studio Tour (VAST) on June 2 & 3, 2012. Community members are invited to visit 19 studios presenting the work of over 22 artists. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists, watch them demonstrate their crafts, get inspired, and buy art! Artists will be greeting the public in their studios from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Community members and visitors are invited to attend this unique, free, self-guided tour. All ages are welcome! Tour maps are available on line at or at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center before and during the event.

VAST participating artists are Betty Barss, watercolor painting; Carol Cochran, impressionistic acrylic painting; Valerie Coulman, illustration; Jim Curtis, fine art photography; Kim Faucher, watercolor painting; Tom Glassman, fine art photography; Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, watercolor & mixed media; Dixie Kinser, watercolor & mixed media; Marie Maretska, glass on metal relief sculpture; Jan Schmitz, watercolor painting; Stacie Smith, stone sculpture, painting, wood block prints; David Zeno Thames, painting and drawing; Eve Margo Withrow, ceramic sculpture & collage paintings; Mary Wilkins-Kelly, portrait photography and mixed media.

Artists who are sharing studio locations are Nancy Jo Mullen, drawings, encaustics, and printmaking & Pat Holton, etching, wood block prints, and monotype prints; Roni Marsh, landscape painting in oil and pastel & Linda Eleslya Evans, oil and pastel paintings; and Pamela Piper, fused and flame-worked glass & Lynette Bergstrom, jewelry made with natural materials, metal, and fused glass.

Two installation artists, Marilyn Michele Kunkel and Brooke Nuckles Gentekos will be creating at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center during the weekend event.

Marilyn Michele Kunkel will create an interactive installation in the art studio at Rogue Gallery & Art Center on Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. She will transform the entire studio into an art environment using ordinary objects and materials to explore ideas of happiness. Instead of simply viewing the art, visitors will enter into the art and interact with it by adding elements to the art environment. There will be two entrances available for this installation, one through the gallery and an entrance from the street.

After experiencing one of Kunkel’s previous installations, an art student she wrote, “To paint with color is lovely, to paint with music is moving, to paint with words is deep, but to paint with ideas is awakening. I will never forget this art piece and will continue to ponder its meaning.” Her work can be viewed at

Brooke Nuckles Gentekos will engage visitors with a multicolored, three- dimensional yarn installation on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00PM. Gentekos and participants will have fun and make an environment filled with colorful yarn, ribbons, string and thread. These fiber materials will be hung from the ceiling to the 1100 square foot studio to create a 3D drawing in space.

“When all ages and diverse groups of people come together to create a beautiful work of art, it is a strong statement about humanity and hope,” Brooke Nuckles Gentekos.

Don’t miss this unique event that celebrates Medford visual artists. This VAST event will bring exposure to Medford’s artistic community, build awareness of visual artists and their working processes, and stimulate the arts economy throughout Medford.

This event is generously sponsored by Southern Oregon Subaru.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established regional artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

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