Rogue Gallery Art Center





2014 Exhibitions






November 21–December 19, 2014

Reception: Friday, November 21, 5–8pm

Exhibiting artwork by Rogue Gallery & Art Center member artists inspired by the expression the sky is the limit. This popular phrase captures the importance that there be no limit to the artist in ambition, aspirations, or possibilities for their artistic expression.

Sponsored by:
Rogue Gallery & Art Center Founders’ Circle



December 2–December 20, 2014

Reception: Friday, December 19, 5–8pm

Eugene Bennett was a founding member of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, and a lifetime supporter of the gallery. The exhibit is comprised of some of Bennett’s personal favorites of his own work, which he kept in his private collection. Proceeds from the sale of artwork in this exhibit will go to the Rogue Gallery & Art Center Endowment and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Mr. Bennett, a native of the Rogue Valley, was born in Central Point, OR in 1921. Eugene studied music at the University of Oregon before joining the US Navy in 1943. During his three years of service he painted the landscapes wherever he was stationed. When he returned home he decided to pursue art instead of music. Eugene enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947, and in 1954 he graduated with a master’s degree. He returned to his beloved Southern Oregon in the late 1950s. In 1960 Mr. Bennett and three other local artists (Bob Bosworth, Betty Allen, and Jack Teeters) began the Rogue Valley Art Association, today known as the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Bennett’s work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, New York City’s famed Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and even as far away as Alba, Italy. In 2002 he was honored with the Governor's Arts Award for work that has "significantly contributed to the growth and development of Oregon's cultural life."

Above left: Eugene Bennett, Still Life with Sheep Horn Skeleton, Untitled, Untitled, Still Life with Vase, Tulips & Forsythia



Beasts of Lore: 
Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith

October 17 – November 21, 2014

Reception: Friday, October 17, 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.

Above, left to right: Fly, Bear, Peacock, woodcuts.n= by Liv Rainey-Smith

Article about this exhibit:
"Medieval imagery inspires Portland artist" 
By Vickie Aldous, Mail Tribune, Posted Oct. 21, 2014


The Watercolor Society of Oregon

October 4 – November 14, 2014

Watercolor Society Reception: 
Saturday, October 4, 4–6pm

Third Friday Reception: 
Friday, October 17, 5–8pm

The Rogue Gallery will display in the Main Gallery 80 transparent watercolor paintings selected from the fall 2014 convention of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The Watercolor Society of Oregon was established in 1966 with the mission “to further the interest of transparent watercolor painting and to encourage a wider experience, enjoyment, and education to the painter and the viewing public.” This exhibit reflects the artistic diversity of the society’s talented members.

Southern Oregon artists represented in the exhibit include Linda Boutacoff, Betty Barrs, Joyce Feigner, Lynda Haghan, Lane Hall, Marilyn Hurst, Cecilia Pestlin, Charlotte Peterson, Penny Simmons, Margaret 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. Of these, 20 works have been selected to travel throughout the state for six months. The Watercolor Society’s fall convention is being held in downtown Medford from October 3 through October 5th. Many of the activities are hosted at the Inn at the Commons and the Rogue Gallery & Art Center.

Above clockwise from left: Linda Boutacoff, Rio Del Oro; Betty Barss, By The Light Of The Moon; Lane Hall, Near Carlton

Sponsored by:


Janus Innes
Mixed Media Acrylic Paintings 

September 5 – October 10, 2014

Reception: Friday, September 19, 2014 5:00–8:00pm

Janus explores textures and color in her abstract paintings. Her simple yet complexly elegant work invites the viewer to participate in the interpretive process. Using rich colors and strong textures, Janus’s work implies emotions rather than objects.

Above right: Janus Innes "Skyline"





PRINTS FROM THE PLATEAU: The Works of Crow’s Shadow Institute of The Arts


Reception: Friday, August 22, 5–8pm

The Rogue Gallery will exhibit over 40 works of art from the Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art’s portfolio of prints by the outstanding group of artists associated with the Institute. Over 16 artists will be represented in the exhibit. Among the artists exhibited will be James Lavadour, Rick Bartow, Marie Watt, Kay WalkingStick, and Rick Gendron. Media includes lithographs, monoprints, and woodcuts.

James Lavadour is a highly acclaimed nationally recognized abstract artist and is a co-founder of Crow’s Shadow Institute. Rick Bartow’s artwork is deeply influenced by Native American art and can be found in several museum collections including the National Museum of the American Indian and the Portland Art Museum. Marie Watt is a contemporary artist in Portland, Oregon. Her work focuses on contemporary Native American themes. Kay WalkingStick is a Native American artist who has shown in many European and American exhibitions, including both solo and group exhibitions. Ric Gendron lives in Spokane, WA, and has been a professional artist for over 25 years. He has exhibited his work in galleries, museums and group shows from Portland to New York.

Located in near Pendelton, Oregon, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that emphasizes contemporary, fine-art printmaking. They also function as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices including weaving, bead working, and regalia making of the Plateau region. The institute houses a spacious gallery and world-class printmaking studio. Known for their exceptional printmaking, Crow’s Shadow showcases emerging and established artists to produce monotypes, monoprints and print editions which include lithographs, etchings, linocuts, and woodcuts.

Gallery showcases Crow's Shadow Institute Tempo, Mail Tribune Aug. 22, 2014

Crow's Shadow website HERE >>

Above from left: Ric Gendron, A Quiltsten Song, monoprint; Sara Siestreem, Ballerina,
monoprint with handwork; Rick Bartow, Crow in a Boat, monoprint


Sponsored by 


Sarah F. Burns 
Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

July 18 - August 29, 2014

Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

Sarah Burns uses the process of traditional oil painting to create works that are meditative and sublime. With an uncompromising eye, she depicts familiar landmarks and landscapes of Southern Oregon. The paintings reflect the beauty of the region while maintaining a naturalistic quality.

“I have lived in the Rogue Valley for most of my life. I have a strong connection to this land and place which grows even deeper for me through the act of painting. It’s a beautiful area and I attempt to make paintings that are beautiful, that people will want to live with in their homes, but the beauty I seek is a truthful, not romanticized one. I do not edit out the power lines, the aging infrastructure, the history and marks we make on this place, for better or worse.” Sarah Burns


The Work of Miguel A. Aragón

July 11–August 15, 2014

Reception: July 18, 5–8pm

The Rogue Gallery presents works of artist Miguel Aragon. Miguel Aragon uses his own method of layered hand drilled prints to create a series of works that address the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars. The large scale works on partially destroyed paper depict violent imagery of death. The affect reflects the fragile nature of life and the deeply spiritual process of exploring perception and memory while coping with images of profound violence.

As a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Texas artist Miguel Aragón grew up surrounded by the fallout of Mexico’s ongoing drug war. In his work, he seeks to deal with violent acts through violent processes. For this exhibit, Aragón enlarged newspaper portraits of victims of narcotics-related violence, mounted them on sheetrock panels, and used a power drill to create precise patterns of holes in the prints, partially destroying them. The resulting pointillist images are displayed in an unsettling juxtaposition that speaks to the nature of traumatic memories and seemingly random bloodshed. Oregon Humanities Magazine – spring issue

“I am drawing literal connections between the mediums I use and the idea by making connections such as the lack of ink or color to the absence of life, the absence of moral by the perpetrators and the coldness in which these events are carried on. The original source image gets abstracted due to both, the process and my manipulation of it; through this fragmentation and decomposition of the original, I am pursuing an ambiguity in the image to better demonstrate these ideas of perception and memory and how the mind changes its perception of reality in order to cope with stress…I feel this is the reflection of Mexican society at the moment; we cannot avoid seeing these events but try to continue living a purposeful life; therefore, blurring, breaking up, and trying to erase those unwanted memories.” Miguel Arargon

Miguel Aragon is a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He holds a M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan, Romania, and Slovakia. He teaches printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently is a resident artist at the Till Richter Museum in Buggenhagen, Germany.

Sponsored by Rogue Gallery and Art Center Board of Directors



His Personal Art Collection

May 9 – July 3

The Rogue Gallery presents works from the private collection of Eugene Bennett including paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, and ceramics. The exhibit features the work of nationally and regionally known artists collected by Eugene Bennett as well as favorites of his own work. All works will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to the Rogue Gallery Endowment and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Spanning six decades of Mr. Bennett’s own work, and artwork he collected, the exhibit contains a wide variety of styles including Modernists, abstract, and traditional. “It is fascinating to see the evolution of Eugene Bennett’s work throughout his life”, says Executive Director Kim Hearon. “His personal collection of other artists represents some of the best work by many of the region’s most important artists.”

Eugene Bennett was a founding member of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, and a lifetime supporter of the gallery. Mr. Bennett was born in Central Point, OR in 1921. He held a master’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1960 Mr. Bennett and three other local artists (Bob Bosworth, Betty Allen, and Jack Teeters) began the Rogue Valley Art Association, today known as the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Bennett’s work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and in Alba, Italy. In 2002 he was honored with the Governor's Arts Award for work that has "significantly contributed to the growth and development of Oregon's cultural life."

Over 40 national and local artists are also represented in the exhibit.

Betty Allen, Chr. Abrahamsen, M. Anderson, Curt Barnes, Bruce Bayard, Robert Bosworth, Andrew Bucci, Christoph Buchler, Anne Butte, Norman  Campbell, Ron Chaddick, Dr. James Doerter, Laura Dunbar, Thomas Hardy, James  Harvey, Judy Howard, W. Huebsh, Carole James-Wenzel, Ada Mae Jeppsen, Atushi Kikuchi, Neil Koch, Betty LaDuke, Katherine Larsen, Dean E. MacKenzie, Rae Mchully, Judy Morris, Nancy Jo Mullen, Nan Nalder, Emmy Lou Packard, Carl Rabin, Charles Reddington, John Reisacher, Victoria Stanley, Gwen Stone, Carol Summer, Prentis Taylor, Jack Teeters, Raymond Toloczko, Leah Tousignant

In the Main Gallery a variety of media will be on display ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, and ceramics. The Community Gallery will featurer smaller works on paper. Come join us for the opening reception Friday, May 16, 5-8pm during Medford’s Third Friday. The exhibit is sponsored by Southern Oregon Subaru and Horton Family Foundation, with guest curators Jim Curtis and Laurie Wenzel.


(located in the Craterian Theater)

The Berryman Gallery will be featuring the photography of local artist Kate Marrocco May 9 -June 26, 2014. You may visit the Berryman before the Craterian's performances; see their website for these dates at

On right: Golden Gate by Kate Marrocco








March 28 – April 25, 2014

Reception: Friday, April 11, 5–8pm

This exhibition is a culmination of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual program the Artist Teen Mentoring Project, on display is the creative work of both teens and mentoring artists. The program gives local teens a realistic look at the life of a professional artist by pairing professional Rogue Valley artists with high school students for intensive study and interaction. During this program the students not only learn new techniques to use in their art but also learn how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist. On display are a variety of materials and styles including drawing, watercolor painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

This year twelve aspiring teenaged artists had the opportunity to work with one of six established artists to create art in a variety of media. Teens went through anapplication process last fall that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Teens that were selected for the program spend over 20 hours with their mentors learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display.

2014 Artist Teen Mentoring Project Participants:

Mentor: Jenny Calaba

Teen: Sascha Bierwirth
Medium: Sculpture

Mentor: Ann DiSalvo

Teens: Sarah Settimo and Vinny DeSimone
Medium: Drawing/Illustration

Mentor: Georganna Happel

Teens: Kristen Coggins and Raquel Reynolds
Medium: Watercolor

Mentor: Ted Helard

Teens: Sophia Santana, Mikaela Jee, and Lucas Gandy
Medium: Sequential Art (Cartoon/Comics)

Mentor: Nancy Jo Mullen

Teen: Shelby Chamberlain
Medium: Printmaking

Mentor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly

Teens: Josie Cheney, Sammi Wageman, and Olea Houy
Medium: Photography




February 21 – March 21, 2014

Reception: Friday, February 21, 5–8pm

Rogue Gallery displays the diverse talents of the Rogue Community College art instructors. Featuring Carl Seyboldt, Dana Bussell, Galina Milton, Irene Kai, Janet E. Higgins, Jennifer Eufusia, Karl Brake, Marilyn Michele Kunkel, Pat Enos,
Phil Fishwick, Tommi Drake, and Walter Peterson.

On right,Tribes: Omo Masalai by Pat Enos

Works includes oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media, ink drawings, works in porcelain, and ceramic sculptures.The art of the Rogue Community College art faculty department gives the viewer an insight to the diverse artistic expressions of these instructors.



March 7 – March 28, 2014

Reception: March 21, 5-8pm

Rogue Community Gallery displays the photographic work
of Rita Ashley. Abstracting color, shape, and texture from her subjects, Rita creates striking photographic images.

Rusted bolts in blue Rita Ashley



February - March 2014

Reception: March 21: March 21, 5-7:30pm

The exhibit Winter Textures came about after a winter filled with experimentation. Cammy worked to be open creatively, moving her work forward with the experiences and knowledge from the past year. Creative evolution.

See the video for more information: 
Cammy Davis "Winter Textures"

Orange Poppies Cammy Davis



February 7 – February 28, 2014

Gallery Talk: February 7th, 2:00 pm

Artist Demonstration: February 7th, 3:00 pm

In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association, in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, we present Yeh Fei Pai, who uses the traditional technique of Chinese splash ink to create expressive images of horses. Yeh Fei Pai, who lives in Taiwan, will be at the gallery on February 7th. He will give a gallery talk at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm will demonstrate the Chinese splash ink technique in the Rogue Studio. After the demonstration, materials will be available in the studio for those who would like to try a hands on experience of this technique.

The opening of the exhibit begins the celebration of the Year of the Horse that will then continue in the city of Jacksonville with a parade and other festivities. Yeh Fei Pai paintings will delight and engage audiences of all ages. The Rogue Gallery is very excited to be part of this celebration and to have an exceptional artist as Yeh Fei Pai exhibiting in our Community Gallery.






The Women of AMBUS: 
Working in the Empty Spaces

January 10- February 14, 2014

Reception: Friday, January 17th, 5-8:00pm

Darla Baack - stained glass 
Susan Burnes - fiber & acrylic
Dianne Jean Erickson - encaustic
Frieda Golding - mixed media
Janet E. Higgins - mixed media scultpture
Kris Hoppe - fused glass & fabric art
Nancy Jo Mullen - encaustic & drawing
Nancy Pagani - mixed media ephod
Alice Stambaugh - watercolor

On Right: clockwise from left: details from Working the White Space by Diane Jean Erickson, Distant Vision by Kris Hoppe, Homecoming for my Soul by Nancy Jo Mullen, Zen Moment by Susan Burnes

The Rogue Gallery is proud to host the artwork of the contemporary art group AMBUS. The nine artists that comprise AMBUS will be exhibiting two dimensional and three dimensional work of a variety of mediums in the main gallery from January 10th through February 14th.

Having exhibited throughout the northwest, each of these artists is accomplished in the visual arts. Their work demonstrates a beauty, liveliness, and elegance in contemporary art. The theme of this exhibit is the subject of background/foreground and positive/negative in life as well as art. With nine very different artists working in different mediums, the expression of this theme will be evocative and engaging for the viewer.

Comprising of Oregon women artist, AMBUS Contemporary Art was formed in 2003 to provide a supportive venue to discuss, critique, and inspire creativity. They meet monthly to collaborate, encourage each other in the artistic process, and to pursue exhibit venues. They explain that their vital connection as a group has always included personal as well as creative support. As artist they maintain sincere involvement with each other’s processes, ideas, and concerns. The context of each artist’s work evolves independently within the context of their long standing creative and professional pact.

On right, Sarai by Nancy Pagani


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