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Jordan Marie McCaw

Jordan Marie McCaw

Since graduating from Eastern Nazarene College in the Boston area with a B.A. in Journalism and Writing, Jordan Martinez has been writing and copy editing for a few different publications, including the Rogue Valley Messenger. She loved living on the other side of the country for three brief years, but Southern Oregon is truly where she belongs. She also writes for BayArea.com, Showcase Magazine, and is the Copy Editor for Southern Oregon Magazine and Las Vegas Golf & Leisure Magazine. When she isn't writing articles, she's either working on her next book, reading, drawing, watching “There Will Be Blood,” or pulling shots at GoodBean in Jacksonville. You can check out her artwork at hitrecord.org, where she's been featured and loves using the site as a creative outlet: https://www.hitrecord.org/users/J.M.%20Black/records

Not that long ago tattoos were a taboo subject only unruly young adults participated in, or at least that was the stereotype. Today, ink knows no demographics.   For Benja Zohara, owner and tattoo artist at Universal Rites Tattoo in Ashland, tattooing was a natural way of life. Growing up

“I always say, hearing a symphony is like reading a novel,” says Conductor and Music Director of Rogue Valley Symphony Martin Majkut. Following that line of logic, the 50-year-old symphony has produced and performed tomes of music. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, he says music was “sort of omnipresent.” He learned

To make spreading the message of light one’s sole passion is no easy task; yet voice over artist Rebekka Swan accomplishes this with each project she works on. Swan specializes in animation, commercial, and video game voice overs. She was trained in L.A. and San Francisco at Voicetrax and Voice

When someone sees a real need in an area, like disappearing hiking trails, it takes more than hard work and determination. Revitalizing an entire wilderness takes passion. One of the original founders and Executive Director of Siskiyou Mountain Club Gabe Howe recognized a trail system in decline and decided to

Whether it be wood elves, dogs, or birds, Corbin Brashear’s felt works are best represented in the outdoors among the leaves, twigs, and moss as if that’s where they were created. Brashear’s history with needle felting began in 2002. “I began making small sculptures of animals and elves and soon

“Glass seems to have its ebb and flow,” says Lee Wassink. Looking at any one of his glass blowing creations, it’s easy to understand what he’s saying. Vibrant colors containing mesmerizing patterns in a glass blown product is an ebb and flow entirely of its own. Wassink is founder of

After reading hundreds of scripts between winter and spring, Ashland New Plays Festival narrowed down its selection to four new scripts by playwrights across the U.S. and is ready to premier them to the Rogue Valley October 17 – 21. It is a unique presentation. Without full sets or lavish

Hosted by Ashland Independent Film Festival and Coming Attractions, Varsity World Film Week showcases films spanning not only the world, but genres as well. Opening the festival Friday, October 5 is Moving Stories, a film by Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten, Wendy Sax, and Rob Fruchtman through Wilderness Films. The documentary

Comprised of five galleries and a sculpture garden in one space, Ashland Art Works is a tranquil and evocative place to enjoy and view art. Member and secretary Claudia Law was drawn to the galleries years ago as a visitor—and then she decided to become part of the community.  “It