In the Community Gallery:
Beast of Lore Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith
October 17 – November 21, 2014
Reception Friday, October 17, 2014 5:00–8:00pm
Inspired by medieval bestiaries, illustrated volumes from the Middle Ages cataloguing both real and mythical animals, the artist creates images incorporating folklore and traditions from diverse cultures. The images are created using one of the oldest methods of printmaking, woodcuts with oil-based ink on cotton rag paper.
Portland artist Liv Rainey-Smith specializes in hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic styles, folklore, dreams, and esoteric traditions. Rainey-Smith’s woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints her own fine art prints in small editions on both paper and animal parchment. “While I’ve drawn my inspiration from these centuries-old manuscripts, I’ve naturalized more aspects of the animal’s appearance, and incorporated bits of folklore from a diverse array of traditions and cultures” the artist states.
Main Gallery Exhibit:
Transparent Watercolor Paintings of the Watercolor Society of Oregon
October 4 – November 14, 2014
Reception: October 17th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
On display in the Main Gallery are transparent watercolor paintings selected from the Fall 2014 convention of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The exhibit reflects the artistic diversity of the society’s talented members. Southern Oregon artists represented in the exhibit include Linda Boutacoff, Betty Barrs, Lane Hall, Linda Hagen, Marilyn Hurst, Cecilia Pestlin, Peggy Stermer Cox, and Eve Withrow. “The expertise of the artists using the medium of transparent watercolor is impressive. The range of style and expression is inspiring” says Rogue Gallery Executive Director Kim Hearon.
The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) is a statewide organization and consists of almost 1000 members. WSO’s primary goals are giving members the chance to display their work, and provide education opportunities. The WSO features semi-annual shows, which are juried by nationally recognized artists. Over 320 works were submitted for this exhibit, 80 paintings were chosen.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.