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Encore - 20x24 acrylic by Sandi Whetzel
What’s in Your Goblet? 20×20 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel
Local artists and savvy shoppers looking for affordable, exceptional holiday gifts have a rare opportunity to connect in Medford, Oregon during the Affordable Art and Holiday Gift Show, Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, 2011. Artists will display reasonably priced art works to respond to these economic times and encourage people to buy locally created art items with suggested price points under $100 and $200. A special venue will host these participating artists in the Higher Education Center located at 101 S. Bartlett Street. The hours of this special sale are 5-8 pm Friday, and 10 am-5 pm Saturday.  The Opening evening coincides with Third Friday Art Walk in Downtown Medford, plus a Holiday Boutique at the Rogue Gallery across the street, and the Annual Gingerbread Jubilee at the nearby Craterian Theater.  
Encore! 24×20 acrylic©Sandi Whetzel
One of the artists featured at the Higher Education Center, Sandi Whetzel, caters to wine enthusiasts, as well as uplifting contemporary flora inspired art. Her popular wine paintings have been used to promote the wine industry in Oregon. Whetzel will offer a few reasonably priced, stunning flora originals and some high quality reproductions of her wine inspired art and floras. Sandi also has classy wine inspired apparel for men and women. There will be something for every budget.

Be sure to also check out Sandi’s paintings across the street at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center. Whetzel has a painting, “Grape de Chine”, featured in the Main Gallery as part of the “Smaller Than a Breadbox” exhibit, running through December 23. Opening reception for that exhibit is Friday evening from 5-8, coinciding with the 3rd Friday and the Affordable Art and Holiday Gift Show.   Sandi wishes she could be both places at once, but she hopes to meet many visitors at the Higher Education Center. The artist also has three contemporary flora paintings hanging in the Members’ Gallery space at the Rogue Gallery through April 28, 2012. Be sure to pull out all the innovative sliding walls in that area to see all of the art. You can see more of Sandi Whetzel’s art here


KALEIDOSCOPIC EXHIBIT, Intimate Views of Foliage: Romancing the Curves–Seven Feathers Convention Center, 10/15/11

“Kaleidoscope” 30×24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

A seductive flirtation with captivating, curvaceous shapes and vibrant color sparks my passion for creating contemporary acrylic paintings. I embrace the nuances in forms, color and patterns drawn from the plant world.
My fascination with engaging designs in nature entices me to play with the subjects in preliminary thumbnail sketches to enhance their formation. Part of the seduction is discovering how to integrate the figures and emphasize their tantalizing contours. The decision of where to crop the images makes them intimate with the edges of the canvas. The resulting spaces surrounding the objects become intriguing configurations in the design. I toy with the elements until I’ve coaxed them into a pleasing arrangement of energy and rhythm that accentuates their distinctive qualities.
My excitement builds as I brush the concept on canvas, anticipating how exquisitely the objects can be embellished with luscious color, sculptural brush strokes and tangible textures. My hand and the pigment-loaded brush become graceful dancing partners, tracing the silhouettes to reveal their structure on canvas.
I savor the freedom and the challenge of going beyond merely reproducing images; to paint them as I choose to visualize them. I hope to achieve an animated, sensuous or playful quality with the graceful motifs that are a recurrent theme in my art. When things are going well, the brush strokes express flourish and a sculpted, carved quality, softness or energy; whatever is needed to convey the character and emotional energy of the structures. Viewers are escorted through the paintings; impregnated with the emotions the configurations and colors convey. I consider my work to be most successful when people express how my paintings make them feel.
I hope the celebration and interplay of forms, patterns and colors in my art provides joy, inspiration and sanctuary to individuals during stressful times of their lives. I create because it gives me pleasure to discover and embellish beauty in nature. I delight in having some degree of control in this one aspect of my life where I can see and render subjects as I choose to visualize them.
You can see Sandi Whetzel’s upcoming exhibit, KALEIDOSCOPE, thirteen intimate views of foliage, during the South Douglas County Festival of Arts, Saturday, October 15, 2011. This one day festival will be at Seven Feathers Casino Resort Convention Center in Canyonville, OR. Admission is free and the hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival features Douglas County’s finest painters, jewelry designers, potters, artisans and live music.
Sandi is very excited about showing this body of work because she rarely gets to share her flora genre. Whetzel is also known for her popular wine images that have promoted the wine industry in Oregon. The popularity of her wine series preoccupies available booth space at most of her exhibition opportunities. In addition to the floras, Sandi will also display reproductions of her popular wine series and her classy wine inspired apparel for men and women.
Currently Whetzel’s wine series is hanging at Liquid Assets Wine Bar, 96 North Main, in Ashland, Oregon through November 11th. First Friday Art Walks at that venue are from 5-7 pm, October 4 and November 7th. To see more of Sandi’s art, click here.

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