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“Mulholland Drive,” Brandy Gibbins

Reception Saturday, February 7 from 6–7:30pm

The art exhibit on display at South Stage Cellars right now is a truly special one. Every year the Cellar’s “Rising Stars” music competition benefits a local nonprofit, and this year they chose LIFE Art, a Medford-based program helping Rogue Valley youth overcome a wide range of difficulties by learning to paint with guidance from artist mentors. I had the opportunity to meet Phil Ortega, founder of LIFE Art, when he and several of the program’s mentors and students were hanging their show. I was deeply moved by the story of LIFE Art and impressed not only by the caring and generous heart of this compassionate man, but the overall quality, ingenuity and expression in the youths’ paintings.

In the spring of 2010, Mr. Ortega was working late at night in the shop where he fixes old cars

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UCC Hosts Customer Service Seminars

Umpqua Community College is hosting two seminars with Paul C. Paz, creator of WaitersWorld.Two seminars withPaul C. Paz Creator of WaitersWorldThursday, April 28: 1-4pm      Who should attend:  Supervisors, manag…

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Red Lily Vineyards Tasting Room Sneak Peak

Rachael Martin of Red Lily Vineyards in the Applegate Valley posted a recap of her adventurous 2010 and a sneak peak of what’s in store for the winery in 2011. Currently construction is well-underway for their gorgeous tasting room facility scheduled t…

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South Stage Cellars hosts Pegi Smith's paintings

Abstract in Blue

Woman in Blue by Pegi Smith, mixed media 2010

At the opening reception for Pegi Smith’s exhibit of new work, Jacksonville finally gets an up-close and personal look at this self-taught artist’s innovative original style as well as an opportunity

Abstracts in Red, shown by artist Pegi Smith

to meet this beautiful and personable artist from the Ashland side of Medford. A walk across town on a sparkling and warm early spring day, hellos and introductions to a number of fellow artists from the area, a taste of delicious local artisan wine and gourmet munchies served by the Cellar’s friendly staff and we were ready to wander from painting to painting.

The lighting at the venue and the reflective pigments in most of her works certainly make for a spectacular show, though photographs don’t do them justice. Regardless of the foundation color of a given work, a tasty

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