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ALTERNATIVE ART VENUES AND LOCAL ARTISTS RESPOND TO ECONOMIC TIMES: AFFORDABLE ART & HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW IN MEDFORD, OREGON

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

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