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The Southern Oregon Artists Resource extends a warm welcome to Artist Katy Cauker!

Katy paints while displaying newer works at the "Taste of Summer" Britt Music Festival opening in Jacksonville, June 11, 2011.

We are so happy that well-known Jacksonville artist Katy Cauker has listed in our artist directory!

Originally from Fort Worth, Cauker studied interior design at the University of Texas at Austin from 1967 – 71, going on to earn her Bachelor’s in Art with a major in Ceramics from East Texas State in 1975. She relocated to Oregon in January 1976, building a studio at her home the following year. A frequent exhibitor and member of Jacksonville’s Art Presence, this accomplished artist’s work is also regularly seen in juried shows. A selection of her recent accomplishments includes:

  • 2011 Mar: Expressions West, a juried exhibition – Coos Art Museum
  • 2010 Dec: Southern Oregon Historical Society  – Juried Show
  • 2010 Nov: Impressions at the Depot – Group Show, Medford
  • 2010 Oct: Coos Art Museum Biennial for Oregon Artists, Coos Bay
  • 2010 Sept: All Oregon Art Annual – Juried Show, State Fair, Salem
  • 2010 May – June: “Mythical State of Jefferson” Group Show, Schneider Art Museum, Ashland; Curator Michael Crane
  • 2010 Jan – Mar: “Wetland”  –  Juried Show, Spellman Gallery, WA
  • 2010 Jan Invitational – Rogue Gallery 50th Celebration, Medford

“I paint in an effort to give solid form to ideas that increase the depth of my experiences in the process of living. American Modernism refers to a period in art that began before the world wars. It reflects a quest by many American painters to discover a history of art particular to the country they lived in. This group of artists connects me, in my personal exploration, with European impressionist and post- impressionist artists. I strive to continue their work and further my own understanding of how art concurrently creates and connects us to our culture.”

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When looking at Katy’s website, one notices immediately that she credits Nelson Sandgren for much of her accomplishment in art. She met Sandgren when she began joining his summer paint out on the Oregon coast in 2000. At that time she had never painted a landscape on location, but from then until his passing in 2006 she attended the yearly paintouts, offered for free after his retirement from the University of Corvallis, becoming one of many artists whom he taught and encouraged for years.

“Nelson Sandgren taught me more about personal expression through paint than all my university teachers put together.”

~Katy Cauker

This tradition is carried on today by Nelson’s son Erik and his wife, who organize a gathering for landscape painters to meet the challenges of painting on location  on the central Oregon coast.  The drama and beauty of the Oregon coastline is unsurpassed and the Oregon Park system provides comfortable, ready access for painters to gather and paint.

Everyone is on their own, though anyone interested can join the late afternoon group show to look at the day’s progress; all are invited to the second Wednesday evening  at the Newport Center, where we each bring a few of the new pieces and share with each other.

A varied and loosely knit group, these artists are bound together by their love of painting on location.  Most come from different parts of Oregon and Washington, but some travel from other parts of the US and Canada, Mexico and Europe.

We hope you will take a moment to visit Katy’s listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource and bookmark one of the pages where it appears (she’s a several categories) for quick access to all her contact methods and weblinks. Be sure to visit her website, view the lovely work in her galleries, and make note of where her work can be seen and purchased!

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