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March 2019 at Art du Jour in Medford Features Mary Jo Heath and Guest Artist Carl Seyboldt

Mary Jo Heat "Blue Collar" exhibit

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be exhibiting the pastel work of Mary Jo Heath, in addition to the fine art paintings and illustration work of Carl Seyboldt continuing to be on display in the Salon through the end of March, Plan on joining us for our Third Friday reception 3/15/19, 5:00-8:00 pm. Musical entertainment will be announced on our Facebook page ( prior to the event.

Featured Artist Mary Jo Heath

Mary Jo Heat “Blue Collar” exhibit. Image provided by the artist. 2/19

Mary Jo Heath was born in Coos Bay, Oregon and moved to the Rogue Valley with her family when she was five. After attending school in Central Point and Medford High School, she went on to earn two bachelor degrees from Southern Oregon College and the University of Oregon. Now retired after teaching art in public schools

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Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon Launches!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon! Get your Charter Membership today (only $20!)

At our meeting at in Grants Pass on April 14th, over 40 enthusiastic people from throughout Southern Oregon attended.

It was wonderful to see the momentum and excitement building as people signed up to be part of this groundbreaking initiative to mobilize arts advocates and strengthen our blossoming arts community!!

Thank you to those who attended! If you missed it, please sign up for your Charter Membership today!

Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon Charter Membership benefits include: being a Charter Member and founding supporter of the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon! your name on printed rack card and advertisements link on the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon website listing on the online map supporting the organizational launch of Arts Alliance and supporting the mission and vision: MISSION:

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A Good Day, from the Cultural Advocacy Coalition

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition is grassroots and ground-up. We lobby on behalf of arts and culture, primarily in Salem, to pass an agenda that is shaped by our members and adopted by our Board. We educate legislators, provide research and analysis for policymakers, communicate with affected groups and advocate for a thriving future for arts and culture in Oregon. We need individuals and organizations willing to support this important work with donations and real-time advocacy for culture. We are most effective when we represent the full range of our diverse statewide cultural community. If you care about Oregon Culture: we need you. Please join today and help us defend the Oregon Cultural Trust; advocate for arts education and robust state funding of arts, heritage and the humanities.

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Art Presence Forms Committees

Art Presence has just formed committees to assist board members in the administration of the many activities our organization presents, to get more organized as we catch up to our rapid growth, and to facilitate the emergence of new programs for the public. Each committee is headed up by a board member, with member artists participating. Here are the current committees, members and contact information. We hope this will help both our own members, the public and press, and organizations working with us to find the right person to provide the information you need.

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Southern Oregon Society of Artists Annual Award Banquet

Prize winning artists June Shepherd, Dorothy Swain, Tom Austin and Charity Hubbard with judge Steven LaRose

Not getting away from my computer as much as I should, it was my great pleasure to step out and attend the annual awards banquet of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists on Saturday. This is the first time they held their year-end event at the Rogue Valley Country Club; around a hundred artists and their guests were seated at tables in the Country Club’s ball room where we enjoyed a beautiful luncheon with wine while waiting with bated breath for the Painting of the Year awards to be announced.

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Ashland Art Center Printmaking Studio is Open for New Members!

To become a new member you must take a 35.00 dollar class taught by the studio co-managers. In this class you will learn the in’s and the out’s of the print studio and how to use all of the equipment. Some printmaking experience is helpful. We are currently offering the class Saturdays afternoons. Please call …

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Listening to Members to Develop Loyalty

TweetYesterday at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Antonio, attendees engaged in a session that asked them to reconsider the classic membership model and theory behind membership and subscription programs. As we are circling around this concept of “the new normal,” we must begin to look at the fact that the changing […]

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News from Rogue Gallery & Art Center

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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 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

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Connecting the Past with the Future

Last week, I renewed my membership for my alma mater’s alumni association. I understand now, more than ever, that my participation in the program contributes to not only the future success of my university, but also to my own past experiences. Since my graduation, I have enjoyed watching the University of Houston (UH) flourish, albeit […]

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