Rogue Gallery Art Center





2015 Exhibitions




December 4, 2015 – January 8, 2016

Reception: Friday, December 18, 2015 5:00–8:00pm

Judith Ghetti Ommen recently moved to the Rogue Valley from Georgetown, Texas. She has been active in the arts community throughout her life. She holds a MFA in painting, taught art history at Marquette University in Milwaukee, has served on numerous arts councils, and has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Her work includes Asian inspired landscapes and playful teapot themed works suggestive of a Chinese of tea ceremony. Incorporating Chinese brush painting, collage, pastels, and drawing in her mixed media works, she creates images of rich textures and strong designs. Her study of Oriental Brush techniques deeply influenced her style and approach to painting. While her paintings are unique interpretations of Asian art, they remain respectful to this traditional art form. 



Passages, Travels, and Transformations:
2015 Annual Members’ Exhibition

November 20 – December 18, 2015

Reception: Friday, November 20, 5–8pm

In the 2015 Annual Members’ Exhibition, over sixty artists describe their personal travels, transitions, and travails using a variety of media and styles. 


The annual Members’ exhibition features work by Rogue Gallery and Art Center members and is always one of the most popular of the year. The Rogue Gallery has had a long history of supporting local and regional artists. This exhibit gives each Rogue Gallery member an opportunity to exhibit one piece of their work on the central theme of “Passages, Travels, and Transformations”. Over 60 artists are participating in this non-juried exhibit. Artists’ submitted artwork that reflects their personal experience or interpretation of the theme. The exhibit includes watercolors, acrylic, and oil paintings as well as sculptures, photography, and pastel drawings. 


“The Rogue Gallery has many members who are wonderfully talented artists,” said Executive Director Kim Hearon. “With so much creative talent, it is exciting to see how each artist has developed the theme.”



October 30 – November 27, 2015

Reception: Friday, November 20, 2015 5:00–8:00pm

Pam Haunschild is inspired by nature’s beauty, and paints with the goal of increasing others’ awareness and appreciation of the textures and colors of creation. The small scale of her works gives it an intimate feel. She creates highly textured surfaces using beeswax and limestone clay mixed with the clear bright hues of watercolor. Her color palate is a pleasing combination of bright and muted tones. Images of birds, flowers, bees, fish and other small animals surface within layered, abstract patterns.



Judy Morris: Beyond Main Street
October 2 - November 13, 2015

Friday, October 16, 5–8pm

Rogue Gallery welcomes home nationally recognized watercolorist Judy Morris. A Rogue Valley native, Judy has received over fifty national and regional awards and has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. The paintings in this exhibit are inspired by the travels and experiences of her life journey, originating from Main Street in her hometown of Medford.

Judy Morris is an accomplished watercolorist and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Northwest Watercolor Society. Her expertise in working with water media is demonstrated in the 32 painting in this exhibit. Her precise handling of the medium renders paintings of exceptional quality. The exhibit Includes paintings she completed on Main Street in Medford, Oregon to her travels as far away as Dubai in the United Emirates. Judy describes her work, “My painting philosophy is very simple. I paint because I can’t stop. I don’t remember exactly when I became obsessed with watercolor painting. Watercolor caught me when I wasn’t paying attention and changed my life. I no longer look at the world without seeing common things in a special way.”

Judy Morris earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in art education from Southern Oregon University. She taught art at South Medford High School for 30 years before retiring in 1996 to become a full time professional watercolorist. She is a popular watercolor workshop teacher throughout the country and in Canada, Mexico, England, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Japan. Her paintings have received more than fifty national and regional awards and have been included in exhibitions throughout the country. She was among 15 American artists invited to be included in the 2011 Taiwan International Watercolor Exhibition. She resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.


Watercolors of Lane Hall

September 25 – October 23, 2015

Reception: Friday, October 16, 5–8pm

The Rogue Gallery displays Pacific Northwest award winning watercolor artist, Lane Hall, who displays bold brush strokes and strong composition in his representational depiction of nature.

An accomplished watercolorist, Lane Hall expertly paints with watercolor to create images of local surroundings including old buildings, open fields, and country roads. Using what is called a “dry brush” technique of watercolor painting, he applies the paint with little water. He then scrapes and scratches the painted surface. The result is beautiful, lively brushstrokes that are rich in color and texture. Lane states of his artwork “I love the stark value contrasts and varying textures found in nature and endeavor to translate my unique interpretation for the viewer onto a two dimensional surface.”

Lane Hall holds Platinum Membership in the Watercolor Society of Oregon and has won numerous painting awards in state, national, and international competitions. He recently received the Frances Nell Storer Memorial Award for his painting, ‘Oak Burl’, in the American Watercolor Society’s 148th International Exhibition, held in New York City. He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and has had work published in “Strokes of Genius II: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow”, Southwest Art Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazine. Lane graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He resides in Southern Oregon.




Carole Murphy
August 14–September 18, 2015

Friday, August 21, 5–8pm

The Rogue Gallery exhibits abstract sculptures by nationally recognized Portland artist Carole Murphy. Carole chisels, shapes, and molds wood, stone, and concrete into organic abstract works, creating sculptures that are elegantly evocative of primitive cultures and natural forms.

Her work includes sculptures and three-dimensional wall hangings. Many of her pieces have beautiful fluid shapes while others have strong, rough textures of primal inspirations. Respect for nature is an essential part of Carole’s artwork. She uses “green media” which includes recycled steel, aerated cement, fiber clay made from recycled paper, and found objects. Working intuitively, she views her creative process as a journey and her art as her guide. Carole states, “Creating abstractly offers me a distinct freedom, full enclosure and unadulterated expression. Acting as a conduit sculpting enables me to move into uncharted territory. Many times I am not aware of the totality of the sculpture, nor where I am traveling, until I arrive.” Carole Murphy has exhibited throughout the United States. She resides in Portland where she is the president of the Pacific Northwest Sculptors.


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The Many Media of Wendy Daniel
August 21 – September 18, 2015

Reception: Friday, August 21, 5–8pm

The Many Media of Wendy Daniel presents whimsical folk art by local artist, Wendy Daniel. Her playful approach includes various media including drawing, collage, fiber art, wood sculpture, papier-mâché, and mixed media.

Wendy Daniel explores folk art with upbeat joy and humor. The tradition of folk art is creative work that is usually of a naïve and decorative style rather than high aesthetic. Frequently local culture and icons are the inspiration for the artist. Celebrated for its uninhibited purity, folk art can portray its subjects with spirited exuberance. Wendy’s caricatures of cats, dogs, fish, butterflies, and birds maintain this tradition. The “Cat” made of papier-mâché or her brightly colored fish are fun and lively. Wendy explains her art “I do not create folk art to be serious. I create the work to delight the viewer. I hope it makes them smile or laugh.”

Wendy Daniel is an accomplished realist painter. Her paintings reflect precision and balance. “I have respected the expertise of Wendy’s beautiful, realistic paintings. I was surprised to see her inspired and charming folk art,” states Executive Director Kim Hearon.



Mosaic Works of Vera Melnyk
July 17 – August 14, 2015

Reception: Friday, July 17, 5–8pm

The Rogue Gallery and Art Center is proud to exhibit the mosaic works of Vera Melynk. Vera uses materials that include include stained glass, smalti, ceramic, marble, slate and Venetian glass to create elegant, organic mosiacs that are rich in color and texture.

She states “When I started painting in 2005, I never imagined that I would trade in my paints and brushes for hammer and hardie, nippers, tile cutters and glass grinders. But that is exactly what happened. My first mosaics were typical garden tables and vases, but somewhere along the way they ended up on cradled boards and hanging on the wall. The possibilities opened up, and I realized that mixing materials such as stained glass, smalti, ceramic, marble, slate and Venetian glass gave me a myriad of options.”


Bruce Bayard

June 26–August 7

Friday, May 15, 5–8pm

New works by local artist Bruce Bayard include digitally altered wide format landscape
photographs, and stills of video clips which are layered and composed using a random algorithm
process to choose image, layer order, and transparency. Samples of the videos used for this process will also be on view during the exhibit.

Bruce Bayard is an established Northwest artist who has shown throughout the west coast. Working as a digital artist, he uses multiple layers of photography, creating images that are mysterious and profoundly beautiful. The complex layering technique invites the viewer to continue to look at the work and discover new shapes, colors, and textures. Bruce describes his process, “My current pursuits in image-making involve reduction and augmentation. To accomplish the former, I spend more time looking at things that attract me visually, then when photographing, compose in the camera, seeing how much I can leave out. For the latter, I push multiple finished images together in diptych or triptych form, looking for ways each image compliments or reinforces the other.”


Sponsored by: Rogue Gallery & Art Center Board of Directors


Landscapes: Photographs by Tom Ommen
June 12 – July 10, 2015

Reception: Friday, June 19, 5–8pm

Works by photographer Tom Ommen who captures images of western landscapes, nature, and unusual buildings. The photos are primarily from Texas, Utah, and Oregon.

With strong compositions and vibrant colors, Tom Ommen produces images of profound beauty. Many of his photos are from unusual perspective. The results are images that introduce the viewer to new visual experiences. Tom states, “I started taking pictures with an Argus C3 during high school in North Bend, Oregon. My interest in photography continued through my career as a university professor of Religious Studies and now into retirement, first in Texas and now in Jacksonville, Oregon, since moving to Southern Oregon in January of 2014.”



Leavitt / Meyers / Weiner

May 8 – June 19, 2015

Reception: Friday, May 15, 5–8pm

This exhibit features three West Coast artists who explore the beautiful design and form of nature. “Into the Woods” displays Donna Leavitt’s large graphite drawings of exquisite trees, sculptures derived from natural materials by Lewis Meyer Jr, and the tranquil oil paintings of Judy Weiner.

Donna Levitt began her series of black and white graphite drawings of trees while traveling with the Peace Corp from 2006 to 2008. Having to fit her drawings into a suitcase, she created individual pieces to assemble later into large works much like a large jig saw puzzle. “I was attracted to the way the light was working on the structure of the tree, and its elegant form,” Leavitt says.

Lewis Meyers Jr.'s sculptures reflect the influences of Zen aesthetic, Japanese joinery, and ceramics. He holds a BA from Indiana University ofPennsylvania, where he focused on ceramic and metal sculpture, and a MFA in sculpture from California College of Art. He seeks to explore the natural form that exists in materials and to develop sculptures of lyrical simplicity.

Judy Weiner’s oil paintings reflect her concern and admiration for animals, plants, and the environment. Her subdued palette and careful rendering of her subject, create paintings that are charming but remain slightly mysterious.

Read the article about "Into the Woods" in the Mail Tribune's Tempo by Vickie Aldous <<HERE>>

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Abstract Paintings of Millie Clarke
May 9 – June 5, 2015

Reception: Friday, May 15, 5–8pm

Millie Clarke’s expressive abstract acrylic paintings are rich in color and textural depth. Her work implies movement and emotions. “I hope that my abstract paintings inspire people to think, to feel, to give them an emotional charge…for each person to bring his/her own experiences to the viewing. It doesn’t matter what is seen, just felt” states Millie Clarke.


Artist Teen Mentoring Project &
Best of the Best High School Art

April 17 -April 30, 2015

Reception: Fri. April 17, 4-8pm



Artist Teen Mentoring Project

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. This program pairs professional Rogue Valley artists with local high school students for intensive study and interaction. Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, 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 painting, printmaking, photography, comic art, and sculpture.

Seven aspiring teenaged artists had the opportunity to work with one of five established artists to create art in a variety of media. Teens went through an application process last fall that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Selected teens selected for the program spent over 20 hours with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display.


Best of the Best High School Art

On Display is over 100 works of art by local high school students. Artwork from 14 local high schools was submitted for in-district screening, and then presented for jurying by professional artists. The artwork includes paintings, drawings, collage, illustrations, sculpture, photography, prints, and ceramics. Best of the Best was started in 1985 by members of the Southern Oregon Research and Development Committee to showcase and encourage artistically gifted high school students throughout the Rogue Valley. This idea has grown and now far exceeds original expectations, as it has become an annual enriching and exciting event each spring for Rogue Valley high school students, parents, and teachers.

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A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art

February 20–April 10, 2015

Reception: Friday, February 20, 2015 5–8pm

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is proud to host the 2015 Rogue Valley Biennial. The Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit is held at different locations in the Southern Oregon every other year. The exhibit celebrates the talents of Southern Oregon artist as they expand their vision in their work. Acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, photography, pastels, and sculpture are among the media exhibited. These new works present innovative, insightful, and thought provoking expressions of current
events, art movements, or political issues.

Jurors Janet Higgins and Keith Johnson selected these artists' works: Bruce Bayard, Katherine Bird, Austin Brayfield, Laurie Brown, Susan Eileen Burnes, Ann DiSalvo, Nicki Dollard, Zach Ehlert, Linda Elesiya Evans, Catie Faryl, Dana Feagin, Alx Fox, Miles Frode, Rebecca Gabriel, Virginia G. Govedare, Kelly Graton, Carla J. Griffin, Georganna Happel, Nomeca Hartwell, Anna Hinkle, Janus Innes, Doug Iverson, Mike Jewett, Paul Jorizzo, David Mathewson, Geri Methewson, Nancy Jo Mullen, Mara Mullen, Judy Ghetti Ommen, Max Reinhardt, Karen Rycheck, Leona Keene Sewitsky, Christoph Sharp, Carol J. Smith, Lo Smucker, Margaret G. Stermer-Cox, Margie Stevenson, Ann Leslie Tennyson, Zeno Thanes, Charles Turner, Stan Tusan, Peter Van Fleet, Cherri Van Syoc, Daniel Verner, Meri Aaron Walker, Eve Margo Withrow

Biennial exhibits are most commonly used within the art world to describe exhibits that occur every other year. The first exhibit in 1895 was held in Venice, Italy and is still considered the most important. Biennial exhibits are now held throughout the world, most often celebrating contemporary art. The focus of the art is frequently on current cultural events that influence the perception of our everyday life. The 2015 Rogue Valley Biennial Exhibition features work that presents interpretations of our world today or a commentary on contemporary issues. This may include artist’s expression of current events, art movements, or political issues. On display are juried works by emerging and established artists that best captures the concept of the exhibit. Three $200 Jurors’ Choice Awards will be given for artwork that best depicts the innovative and/or the unusual.

Janet Higgins and Keith Johnson juried the exhibit. Janet Higgins is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She has taught sculpture at Rogue Community College and has a number of public art pieces in the city of Grants Pass. Janet has also participated in a number of Evergreen Bank's projects including Bearfest and Imagination Village. A resident of Southern Oregon, she is also a member of the contemporary art group AMBUS. Keith Johnson holds a B.A.A. in Advertising Art and Industrial Design and a M.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California. He has taught art in Oregon and California including printmaking, figure drawing, painting, and jewelry making. An accomplished artist, he has exhibited nationally and internationally. He resides in Jacksonville.



Ordinary Goddesses:
Watercolors of Rachel Barrett

February 13 – March 20, 2015

Reception: Friday, February 20, 2015 5–8pm

On display are Rachel Barrett’s watercolor paintings of the female nude that explore sometimes hidden aspects of our shared human nature. Rachel uses the watercolor medium to paint gesturally the human figure directly on paper. The paintings reflect her fresh uninhibited approach. “Rachel’s free and confident use of brushstrokes creates images that are lively and yet, contemplative,” states executive director Kim Hearon. Her palette includes rich, warm, sensuous colors applied boldly and expressively.

Seeing the beauty of the common human figure, Rachel identifies each piece with mythical goddesses. As she states “It seems very appropriate that the human form be named for gods and goddesses. There is a universal quality to figure paintings since in all cultures and in all times, beneath our clothes our bodies are similar.”




January 10– February 13, 2015

Reception: Friday, January 16, 5–8pm

Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 4th at 1pm

The Rogue Gallery honors longtime Rogue Valley artist Elaine A. Witteveen in an exhibit of her paintings in acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. Elaine celebrates the joyous beauty and mystery of life in rich, abstract paintings.

Approximately 40 paintings Elaine Witteveen has produced in the last twenty years will be displayed. A few of the paintings depict the landscape of Jacksonville but the majority of the work is Elaine’s more recent renditions of abstract art. Using acrylic and watercolor paint along with collage, pencil, and pastels, the works are drawn, painted, splattered, scraped, carefully torn, and layered to create interesting textures and depth. Many of the paintings are whimsical and playful with celebratory colors. Other works have strong black lines with rich intense colors that create bold and elegant images. Executive director Kim Hearon states “Elaine is a local icon of the arts. It is a privilege to be able to have an exhibit that recognizes her talent and lifelong career as an artist.”

Elaine was born and raised in Chicago and attended the Art Institute if Chicago. She has been a working artist for over six decades exploring various art media and styles. Her art career began at the Rotary International headquarters illustrating their program materials. She was a founder of the Eugene Art Center, was appointed by Oregon governor Bob Straub to serve on the Oregon Art Commission board, and formed the Jacksonville Artists’ Workshop. Painting realistic work for many years, Elaine then began to explore using collage to create abstract work. Elaine states “After many years of creating realistic work, I moved to abstract and collage imagery. I look back at my work and I love having been able to create all these images, even if the occasional viewer does ask, ‘What is it supposed to be’?”

Jacksonville Review article


Photographs of Roger Dorband

January 16 – February 6, 2015

Reception: Friday, January 16, 5–8pm

Displaying photographs that depict the Pacific Northwest’s natural
beauty and mystery. This show is a sampling of a body of over 100 images from southern Oregon’s famous Rogue River. Also available will be Roger's book, The Rogue, Portrait of a River. Roger is a Grants Pass native. More of his photographs can be seen at his website:






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