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2016 ArtWorks Northwest Artists Announced

2016 ArtWorks Northwest Artists Announced: Umpqua Valley Arts Association UVAA logo

ROSEBURG, OR – The Umpqua Valley Arts Association is pleased to present the artist list for the 2016 ArtWorks Northwest Exhibit; a group exhibition of works selected by juror Stephen Hayes. ArtWorks Northwest will run from May 6, 2016 – July 8, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, May 6th from 5 pm – 7 pm.

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Workshops and news from Silvia Trujillo!

Silvia Trujillo: Plein air painting in oil, Casper, Wyoming

Silvia Trujillo: Recent plein air painting in oil, Oregon Coast



After a bit of traveling, I’ve finally settled in Florence, OR. We’ve been having great weather here, and I’m so grateful to be back!





Here’s some information about upcoming workshops and events:

Silvia Trujillo: Plein air painting in oil, entry in 2014 Umpqua Plein Air Painters Competition

In Ashland and Medford:

I’ll be in Ashland/Medford this weekend and have a couple of time slots open for private instruction; Sunday (late afternoon) or Monday morning

In Florence: Paint Like A Pro/ Learning the Secrets

Sept. 19 & 20 Sponsored by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance ** This is a hands-on workshop focusing on composition and color harmony. To celebrate FRAA’s opening of the new Oldtown location, tuition is only $59.

Techniques in Palette Knife Painting

Oct 11 Also at FRAA,

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UMPQUA VALLEY ARTS ASSOCIATION Call to Artists for RE-THINKING CERAMICS: A regional juried art show of work from Oregon. Open to Oregon artists working with clay. Juror: Heidi Preuss-Grew Cash Awards

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Call to Artists: 2015 Umpqua Plein Air

Umpqua Valley Arts Association Call to Artists for Umpqua Plein Event and Show 2015

Painters of all levels are welcome to participate. The event culminates in the Umpqua Plein Air Exhibit opening, which is on Saturday from 1 – 3pm and is juried by award-winning plein air painter Mike Hernandez. Each participant in the Umpqua Plein Air Paintout will have at least one piece hanging in the show, which fills the entire Arts Center building. The exhibit will hang from September 19 through October 23, 2015. Cash prizes will be granted at the opening of the show, as well as many awards of distinction that will be given by the juror.

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Zegers Raffle Tickets

Ten Dollars for a Zegers?? That’s right, you can buy a raffle ticket with the chance to own Paul Zegers’ beautiful A North Umpqua Morning (above) for only $10. Raffle tickets can be purchased at UVAA, over the phone, or online, with the drawing taking place December 19th.

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Current Painting Still at my Easel … A PEEK AT MY PAINTING IN PROGRESS/Artist Confessions

Ruby Red Original, Sold–(Prints Available) Her Popularity Became the Inspiration for a Sequel ArtworkRuby Red was practically snatched off my easel by a recent client.  The popularity of this painting inspired me to create a sequel painting — A …

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Umpqua Valley Arts Association Seeks Gallery Manager

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The Umpqua Valley Arts Association in Roseburg, OR is seeking a Gallery Manager to sustain and grow its outstanding art programs and exceptional service to the citizens of Douglas County.

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Expose Yourself 2013! A Public Hanging of Oregon Artists ‘Exposing Themselves?’ Sandi Whetzel Exposes Three Wine Inspired Paintings During A Public Hanging of Oregon Artists

“Stroked Ego” 16×20 acrylic©Sandi Whetzel

‘A public hanging of Oregon Artists exposing themselves’ … Now if that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will. Sounds frightful and maybe a little distasteful to me, but of course, Umpqua Valley Arts Association doesn’t mean that literally.  It’s UVA’s biennial “Expose Yourself” exhibit of Oregon artists and it is free and open to the public from January 18 through February 28, 2013.  It is actually billed as “A Public Hanging of Oregon Artists”, though.  I didn’t make that up.

Please forgive my paraphrasing ploy to get your attention.  If you’re reading this far, I guess it worked. It’s kind of like what I do with my art.  I have to get your attention and hold it long enough to engage you on some level.  Everything I paint is designed to do that and more. My art has to make you feel good, or inspired, or peaceful, or grounded; entertain you, impress you and those who see it on your walls, spark conversation and make you feel glad that you have it hanging on your wall.

My art is a reflection of some part of me that resonates with some part of you.  I work very hard on that reflection of myself. I guess I’m in an “expose yourself” mood, but I just couldn’t resist sharing that little tidbit before a captive audience.  Before I lose you, though, I’d love to see you at the opening reception of “Expose Yourself” at Umpqua Valley Arts Association, from 5-7 pm, Friday, January 18, 2013.  It is located at 1624 W. Harvard Ave. in Roseburg, Oregon.

My three wine paintings will be competing for “Best Use of Humor”, “Most Innovative Use of Material”, “Size Matters”, and “Best Title”.  I created these paintings without this competition in mind, but they do meet the criterion for the categories, so who knows.  The main thing is, it should be a fun evening, seeing all the submissions and taking part in the refreshments offered.

I shared this stylized self-portrait, “Stroked Ego”, in this post because I don’t often get the opportunity to share it and it just seemed to fit the “Expose Yourself” theme. This is the only self portrait I have done.  I enjoyed painting it. It hangs in my office and I can look up from my computer and see her smiling at me whenever I want.  She makes me feel good about myself and she never judges me. To see the actual photo of me that inspired it and read the story behind the painting, click here .

Late breaking news!!  I have a new website to order high quality reproductions of my art printed on various substrates; paper, gallery wrapped canvas, metal, or on acrylic panel, as well as greeting card art.  You can now order online and have them shipped directly to you. The company that reproduces the art has 40 years experience producing museum quality prints.  Fine Art America offers a 100% money-back guarantee of satisfaction.  Matting and Framing of the reproductions are available, too, so you can see how those options will look before you purchase.

You can see all the wine art reproductions (and original art) at my new website  .  (If you want to make note of it, it is  Time permitting, I’ll be adding all my floras to the website, too.  Please keep this affordable art option in mind for your gift-giving and personal art collection. I’d love it if you share the website with your friends and relatives.

Other news:  Once again the “Greatest of the Grape” has picked one of my images to promote the event March 2, 2013. This is the third time they have used my image for this prestigious event. My “Grape de Menthe” painting is on the posters, postcards and tickets to promote the event.  A high qualityhand-embellished reproduction on gallery wrapped canvas will be auctioned off during the evening gala.  I am the featured artist hanging my wine art at the event.  For event and ticket information click here                                                           
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Your Wine Fantasy, "Moonlight Rendezvous", or "What’s in Your Goblet?"

Moonlight Rendezvous 30×24 acrylic©Sandi Whetzel
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When you are with the one you love, you can’t fight the moonlight under a lover’s sky. This perfect wine pairing of two moonstruck lovers has all the seductive elements for a romantic encounter. A romantic beach, a beautiful moonlit sky and elegant wine with a sweet finish that lingers. It’s liquid bliss. What’s in your goblet?

This painting, like its predecessor in sultry reds, “A Toast to Love and Wine”, engages viewers on several levels. Both paintings present viewers with the prospect of triggering their own personal fantasy of love and wine, or creating their own version of what each painting represents. While both paintings set the scene for wine fantasies, they leave viewers with questions that only the viewers can answer as to what is about to happen or has occurred.

Viewing “Moonlight Rendezvous”, one might think that the man in the water has just discovered the lady in the goblet, marveling at her beauty and deciding how to get to her. Is it a chance meeting? Do they already know each other, or was their meeting prearranged? His position in the water with his shoulders facing the viewer might lead to other conclusions. Maybe they have already been together and it is time for him to go. Maybe, in his reluctance to leave her, he lingers for one last gaze at her; basking in the afterglow of their experience. What do you think?

The response to the first painting was so powerful that I was inspired to create another one with equal impact. I could have used the same passionate reds, but since both paintings share similar elements of a lady in a goblet, a man in the water, and a sky scape, I felt I should vary the composition of this second painting. In fairness to my art collectors, neither painting should be too similar to the other so that each painting has its own uniqueness, even though they share a theme. Each one stands distinctly on its own and will not be confused by the other.

The sizzling sunset of the first painting was changed to a tranquil moonlight. The placement of the man in the water is completely different. The woman’s pose was altered and she is a blonde, instead of the slimmer, dark-haired lady in the first painting. I used a more intimate close-up view of the lady in the goblet. She is more prominent and more visible in the twilight than the lady in the first painting. I managed to keep the men in both paintings as a secondary surprise element. The seductive blues in this painting create a dreamy, sensual ambiance that will make it at least as compelling as its predecessor.  Here’s to living your fantasy!

This painting and others in my wine series will be on display at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association Annual Summer Arts Festival, June 24-26, 2011 at 1624 W Harvard Ave, Roseburg, OR. Look for me and my art in booth #84.  I’m doing my best to live up to this year’s festival theme of “Paint the Town”.   For festival hours and events, click here:  This arts extravaganza is one of the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and considered to be a premiere community event.

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