Sponsored by Artists’ Workshop of Southern Oregon and Central Art of Medford, Southern Oregon Plein Air 2017 proved to be an enjoyable event for all who participated. 34 artists from Mt. Shasta, California to Lynden, Washington and many points in between, ventured to the Rogue Valley for four days of plein air painting, workshop, demonstrations and social activities.
“Palm Motel” by Gabriel Lipper of Ashland was awarded 1st Place.
Nathalie Equall of Portland was awarded 2nd Place for her painting, “Summer Song”.
Susan Kuznitsky, also from Portland, received 3rd Place for her painting, “Jacksonville Barber”.
The following artists received Honorable Mention for their paintings: Steve Bennett from Jacksonville for “Vintage Jacksonville”; Desmond Serratore from Selma, Oregon for “Car Church and Courthouse”; Donna Clark from Hillsboro, Oregon for “Paschal Winery”; and Joan Franklin from Talent, Oregon for “Creek View”.
Paintings by Nathalie Equall and Susan Kuznitsky were also chosen by their fellow artists, in a secret ballot, for the winners of both “quick paint” competitions.
An optional two day plein air workshop conducted by renown artists Richard McKinley of Medford, Oregon and Willo Balfrey from Weed, California, kicked off the event. Workshop attendees were impressed with the personal attention they received from the instructors and the pleasant and sometimes humorous way in which the workshop was conducted.Richard McKinley and Willo Balfrey.
Wednesday, June 28th, was the official start of Southern Oregon Plein Air 2017. Artists checked in at Central Art in Medford, where representatives from a variety of art supply companies, including Scott Gellatly of Gamblin Artists Colors, were on hand to talk with the artists about their products. After check-in, the artists went to Paschal Winery and Vineyard in Talent, Oregon for a two hour “Quick Paint”
Following the Quick Paint, guest artist Scott Gellatly combined his artistic expertise and knowledge of Gamblin Artists Colors to present an amazing plein air painting demonstration.
The evening concluded with dinner on the patio at Paschal Winery, prepared and served by The Arbor House Restaurant from Talent, Oregon. Dessert was an incredibly decadent chocolate cake, the perfect ending to a great day.
Thursday and Friday, participating artists were allowed to paint at any location of their choosing, with Paschal Winery and Ashland’s Lithia Park as the suggested locations on Thursday and downtown Medford and Historic Jacksonville on Friday.
Each day, the artists started with a blank canvas and were required to submit their completed paintings by 6:00 PM that day. On Thursday, the artists went to Kindred Spirits Art, Ales and Wine Bar in Talent to submit their paintings. Afterwards, they enjoyed a social hour, taking the time to meet new artists or to reconnect with old friends.
The artists were greeting on Saturday morning, July 1st, at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville with a breakfast of pancakes and sausage courtesy of and prepared by Ann and Dan Ebert and family, owners of Central Art. After breakfast, artists participated in another two hour quick paint. All art submitted to be juried for awards were on display.
Many of the paintings are being shown through July 20th at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Rd. Talent, Oregon.