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The Art Community of Southern Oregon mourns the loss of Eugene Bennett

Eugene Bennett, Rogue Valley Champion of the Arts

Eugene Bennett, Rogue Valley Champion of the Arts

Eugene Bennett, artist, educator, and one of the founders of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center died on November 2, 2010.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host an informal gathering in celebration of the life of Eugene Bennett on Monday, November 8 from 3:00-5:00pm. Community members who wish to honor Eugene are invited to bring a photograph or a memento of him to place on the memorial altar that is part of the current exhibition, Viva la Vida: Synthesis of Cultures, a Day of the Dead-inspired exhibition.

Eugene Bennett at the 2010 Art Jubilee

Eugene Bennett at the 2010 Art Jubilee, pictured with artist Cheryl D. Garcia (left), Art Matters! editor and creator of SOAR, Hannah West, and artist Mae Wygant.

A tribute to Eugene’s life, art, and contributions to the Rogue Valley art community is being planned for early 2011.

The above was taken from the Rogue Gallery & Art Center website. We at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource knew Eugene for all too short a time. We will miss his sense of humor and encouragement. We were very fortunate to have seen him on the last day of the Artists Workshop show at the US Hotel in Jacksonville this September, and grateful to have a picture from that day as a memento of his kindness to us. We congratulate him on a life well lived, an art form in itself.

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