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Meet Betty LaDuke “Celebrating Local Farms and Farmworkers” at South Stage Cellars

Grape Harvest Frenzy, by Betty LaDuke 2013

From March 27th through May 8th at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, the featured guest artist will be renowned artist/activist Betty LaDuke in “Celebrating Local Farms and Farmworkers.” There will be a ‘meet the artist’ reception on Sunday April 7th from 1-3. Through detailed sketches, Betty captures imagery of local farmworkers performing various tasks as they work with the land. Betty later takes those field sketches, and in her studio, transfers the images onto large scale wooden panels which she sculpts and paints, similar to those found locally in the Medford International Airport. Featured in this show will be giclee prints of scenes from a variety of local farms such as La Mera Gardens, Fry Family Farms, and even South Stage Cellars’ own Quail Run Vineyard. Her show will benefit La Clinica along with The Rising Stars. http://www.bettyladuke.com/

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AAC’s First International Workshop with Mexican Artist Efren Gonzalez

Ashland Art Center is holding its first International Workshop with Mexican artist Efren Gonzalez in September. Read on to learn more about the artist and his spectacular art, as well as details on his upcoming Mayan clay mural and oil painting workshops!

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Mexican Artist Efren Gonzalez Visits Ashland Art Center

Ceramic Clay Mural Mexico

Efren Gonzalez with Ceramic Mural

Ashland Art Center is so excited to bring International Artist Efren Gonzalez to Southern Oregon for a visit and round of workshops in September!

Efren Gonzalez lives on Lake Chapala in the town of Ajijic, a picturesque fishing village near Guadalajara. He enthusiastically engages visitors and locals in the Efren Gonzalez Cultural Center, a gallery, frame shop, ceramics studio, and classroom, where he mentors both adults and children. His work includes painted murals, watercolor and oil paintings, and a recently developed, incredible, three-dimensional clay mural technique.

Efren Gonzalez – Ceramic Mural

These clay murals were inspired by ancient Mayan traditions, although the method and outcome is completely Efren’s invention. The murals, which measure about 8 feet high and can be as much as 18 feet wide, are made in sections, then fired and assembled at the installation site. Although the

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