It may be cold out, but it’s warm inside our local galleries, restaurants, and bars.
Come check out the art at Central Art Gallery, Rogue Gallery, and Art du Jour.
Central Art Gallery
“Out West” – Celebrating the Everyday Beauty of Life Lived West of the Freeway by Belinda
Moffit will be opening on November Third Friday at Central Art Gallery at 101 North Central.
“Out West” includes 18 black and white portraits of people living life in the neighborhood.
There’s a police officer, a little girl selling lemonade, a woman caring for stray cats, and so many
more beautiful lives featured on these canvases. Even the frames are made from wood salvaged from a west Medford builder’s yard.
“My hope is that this is a community-friendly event where all feel welcome, all feel valuable,
and we can celebrate west Medford together,” said Moffit. Belinda shared this about herself and her path to creating these portraits:
“I was raised in Brookings by creative, loving parents who encouraged my artistic ways. After
marrying my high school sweetheart, we built a life in the Philippines where we raised our children and immersed ourselves in meaningful community work. Although our focus in the Philippines was on non-profit religious work, I also had the opportunity to attend workshops and art classes taught by some incredibly talented Filipino artists. It was there I learned how to paint portraits.
I brought that skill with me when we moved back to the States and settled in Medford four years ago. We’ve now lived in west Medford for 2 1/2 years and my heart has grown to really appreciate this neighborhood and the amazing people I get to call ‘neighbor.’ In fact, I have been so inspired by west Medford, that I’ve painted 18 portraits of people living their everyday, beautiful lives on this side of the freeway. This is a love letter of sorts to west Medford, a love letter written with a paintbrush.”
Through November 11, Rogue Gallery is exhibiting “Pressing On,” A Retrospective: Works by Nancy Jo
Mullen. This exhibit includes Nancy Jo’s work from over four decades. Works on display include various forms of printmaking, encaustics, and collages.
A natural born artist, Nancy Jo Mullen’s creative energy began when she was a small child and has
continued throughout her life. Nancy Jo Studied Drawing & Painting at Otis Art Institute / Parsons School of Design and at the University of Kentucky. She holds a Master of Fine Art, Painting, and Printmaking from the University of Oregon. She was a printmaking instructor at SOU, a featured artist on PBS Oregon Art Beat, and her work is in the permanent printmaking collection at the Portland Art Museum.
Nancy Jo has been active in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center for five decades, serving as the executive director, board member, board president, and teacher for youth and adults.
Also on display from October 21 – December 2 were Sculpture and Mixed Media Works by Nancy Jo’s granddaughter Lucille Linville.
Opening Third Friday, November 18, at Rogue Gallery will be their Annual Members Exhibit – Signs & Symbols Members of Rogue Gallery will be exhibiting their interpretations of the theme Signs & Symbols.
Art du Jour
There’s always something new at Art du Jour!
Art du Jour has recently changed the name of the Salon (go through the main gallery and turn left) to
The Art Vault and is featuring the work of members Thalia Keple and Roy Musitelli in an exhibit titled “World in Perspective” through November in the “Vault.”
You are invited to come by on Third Friday and meet some of our artists, enjoy refreshments and
browse the gallery, while you enjoy the music of classical guitarist Rod Petrone. Art du Jour is a
cooperative exhibiting works by talented artists living in the greater Rogue Valley. On exhibit are works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, as well as sculpture, bronze casting, jewelry, and photography. All art exhibited is for sale.