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Two Exhibits Show Facets of October at Art du Jour Gallery

Two Exhibits Showing Facets of October at Art du Jour Gallery

Grandpa's Old  Orchard, by Phyllis Gustafson

“Grandpa’s Old Orchard” by Phyllis Gustafson

Celebrating Harvest is the theme for an exhibit running through the month of October at Art du Jour Gallery.  The talented artists showing works in this exhibit are Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, Phyllis Gustafson, Mary Jo Heath, Judy Hubler, Dixie Kinser, Yvonne Kitchen, Susie Lee, Ginny Matheson, Penny Simmons, and Deanna St. Martin.

A variety of painting mediums, to include pastel, acrylic, and watercolor pencil, and styles will be used in the Celebrating Harvest exhibit.  Heath’s pastel still-life reflects her feeling for this time of the year.  She says, “Harvest is the time for comfort food and the smell of spices in the kitchen…canning equipment, shelves loaded with jars of garden produce, and a feeling of accomplishment.”  Her detailed work captures every nuance of the kitchen scene.  Judy Hubler has digressed from painting images of children to painting a still life with sunlight reflecting on red tomatoes in an antique crystal bowl with a loaf of handmade bread resting on a red cloth.  Phyllis Gustafson will show a work titled “Grandpa’s Old Barn” done on etching paper with graffit, coated with clear gesso, and then covered with an underpainting of watercolor.  When dry it was painted with pastel.  The painting depicts an old barn, done in pencil with a touch of color, and with two old apple trees whose limbs still hold a few red apples standing to one side
Soggy Pursuits, by Adam Bunch

“Soggy Pursuits” by Adam Bunch

Adam Bunch, Guest Artist, will reign supreme in the Salon with his exhibit Magicae Primaevo through October and November.  Since early childhood, realms of fantasy captured his imagination with playtime often filled with high adventure involving dragons, mermaids, pirates and aliens, all staples of escapist genre.  Bunch was influenced by the worlds created for Hollywood through the magic of visual effects wizardry and by imagined creatures that leaped off the pages of books and lodged in his head.  Bunch states, “It is with that youthful spirit that I forge ahead, drawing and painting the wondrous scenes that play out in my brain so I can bring them to life.”

Bunch was born in Phoenix, Arizona to highly creative parents.  His father was a talented artist-illustrator and graphic designer, and his mother was a veteran craftsperson.  It’s no wonder that Brunch picked up his first pencil at less than three years of age.  The family moved to the lush green forests of the Rogue Valley when he was six and where he currently resides.
Bunch works as a freelance illustrator and concept designer.  He uses skills he developed from taking painting courses at Rogue Community College, human anatomy and character design workshops through Southern Oregon Art Academy, and in studying illustration at The Art Department.  Brunch is currently working on a broad-sweeping project, Tricerychon, consisting of a series of novels and illustrated editions.
Meet these artists at a reception Third Friday, October 16th, 5-8 p.m. and enjoy the music of Rick Patsche.  Regular gallery hours are 10-4, Tues.-Sat.  For more information call (541) 770-3190.

Art du Jour Gallery

213 E. Main St.
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190

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