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In a mountainous landscape, butterflies soar through the foreground, feeding on flowers and spreading their colorful wings. Dozens of different species occupy the canvas, representing Oregon in one of its truest forms. Deb Van Poolen’s butterfly project is one of education just as much as it is vibrant and peaceful.

With all of the art galleries of the deep artistic talent in Southern Oregon, there are plenty of opportunities to purchase and own what local artists have created. Saturday, March 18, local artist Toreah Foy is auctioning her art at the GoodBean Coffee Company in Jacksonville. All art sold will

Performing arts companies must strike a balance between safety and adventure. If they choose musicals, symphonies, or dances which are popular and familiar—Music Man or Mozart or Tchaikovsky—they might win crowds, but sacrifice artistic integrity and performers’ motivation. If they take the cutting edge route—Lorca or Shostakovich or Graham—yes, perhaps

Shakespeare in Love is wonderfully complex. It is part time-travel story, part satire, part comedy, part meditation on the power of art, and part romance with a tragic ending skillfully developed into a compelling whole. That was just the 1998 film version written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard starring

“Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first motion, all the interim is like a phantasm, or a hideous dream,” Brutus says in frustration as he contemplates taking the life of his friend, Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Shana Cooper at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, confronts the

The year is 1402, and a hellish drone slowly grows in volume, reflecting of the anxiety of King Henry IV as he ascends to his cursed throne to deliver a chilling opening monologue. His character is immediately recognizable, cold, noble, and vainglorious. Enter a war torn and patrimonial England, separated

The roots of human suffering are ancient and enduring, which is why 2,500 year-old-stories can still speak to us today. Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles is an entirely modern take on the Greek tragedy of Medea, and from script to staging successfully conveys the sense of

Imagine foraging through the dirt in the woods, searching for painting materials. Going to the store and buying mass-produced paint is easier, no doubt, but is it as healthy as what the Earth has to offer? Leah Fanning, professional painter and founder of Natural Earth Paint, isn’t afraid to dig

As OSF’s opening weekend approaches, curtains are going up all over the region, revealing shows that just cannot be overlooked. With so many talented individuals and groups, it is impossible to mention them all, but attending at least these five will provide a starting line for the marathon of great

The model of the Julius Caesar set shows multiple broken white walls––almost resembling smashed cardboard––reflecting a tiny city in need of repair. It also represents a system with a lost foundation, or a lost purity. Behind them is the statue under construction—never to be finished. With the 2017 season at