Making marks

My most recently finished still life makes me uneasy. If I look at it in a dim light, before going to bed, I’m gratified that I did almost exactly what I set out to do—capture a glowingly illuminated kitchen in the middle of a bright, summer day. But during the daylight hours, if the surface […]

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Window to the future

One of the treasures from my visit to the Detroit Institute for Arts Museum, and displayed near two equally excellent paintings. Historically speaking, it’s only a short walk from this painting (hanging with two equally beautiful pieces by Matisse) to the work of Richard Diebenkorn.  Yet this was painted half a century before Diebenkorn’s Ocean […]

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December 2019 Press Release

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will continue it’s seasonal exhibit with a transition to winter.  For Third Friday (December 20th, 5pm-8pm) we are planning a special Christmas event presented by harpist Kathy Yeoman. Guest Artist Nancy Graham Returns to Help Art du Jour Usher in a New Year Nancy Graham has always been passionate about… Read more →

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H.K. Freeman’s husbandry of her medium

I collect spoors, molds and fugus. —Egon Spengler In the fungus among us, H.K. Freeman sees a world suffused with seemingly chaotic but purposeful mystery. That alone marks her as someone worthy of attention. Fascination with things almost everyone else ignores or shuns, for me, is a springboard for originality in visual art. She is […]

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Ed Clark, 1926-Oct. 18, 2019

I discovered this magnificent painting at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum on a visit late last month to Detroit. I recognized the artist when I saw it from a distance only because I’d recently discovered him after news of his death. I felt like Art Brut singing about their ignorance about The Replacements: “How […]

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Dana Saulnier

  I can say that my drive to make art is a desperate issue for me. If I was motivated narrowly by my desire to place myself in some kind of professional situation, where I was primarily concerned with the work’s status within a narrow set of theoretical discourses, then I am not sure that […]

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November 2019 Press Release

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will continue it’s seasonal exhibit of Jeanne LaRea-Lagano work in our salon through November.  Our monthly exhibit on the featured wall will be offering a creative mix of work in recognition of the glorious colors of fall. For Third Friday (November 15th, 5pm-8pm) classical guitarist Rod Petrone has once again agreed… Read more →

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Opportunity in the overlooked

I first noticed Erin Raedeke’s paintings when she was a member at First Street Gallery in Chelsea some years ago and was immediately charmed by her handling of color. Her delicate, playful images of birthday party detritus, strewn across the field of view, gave her endless ways to improvise with tones that created deeply felt, […]

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Mary Ann Schofield-Macey

I have always been intrigued by the sea.  When I was a young Navy wife the ocean became my home port – from the North Atlantic, to Key West, to the Pacific I never tired of dramatic ocean views in its changing light and colors.  I first studied art at Santa Monica College and at Ventura College, then I began… Read more →

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Mighty mite

This little work is lit with an intensity that Van Gogh went south hoping to find, painted with an economy of means Edwin Dickinson pulled off in his premier coup canvases. It’s tiny, eight inches square. At that size, Michael McCaffrey invests a humble power and life into his kinetic, tactile marks. It makes De […]

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Painted

Taffy #2 will be in Cincinnati at Manifest Gallery until later this month, in Painted, the organization’s 4th biennial survey of contemporary painting. It was up against some stiff competition from the U.S. as well as from a number of foreign countries. As the indefatigable Manifest crew says on their site:  For this exhibit 167 […]

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The view from my room

E.M. Forster’s A Room With a View delivers its wisdom with affection. There are no villains in this novel, only people who, unintentionally, without malice, lead others astray. This is a universal human predicament for Forster, primarily because individuals can so easily lead themselves astray, and he finds it both amusing and problematic. People may be hopelessly lost […]

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