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Ginny Matheson,Judy Benson LeNier, and Cheryl Magellan
July 3 - August 31
Featured Artist Ginny Matheson
As the featured artist for the month of June at Art Du Jour Gallery, Ginny Matheson presents’’a body of work themed “Mixed Media Landscapes”.
Ginny lives and works in Southern Oregon, but her earliest art training was in Michigan where she worked primarily in stone and wood carving. After moving to Indiana, Ginny began to focus on two-dimensional media and took more training in drawing, painting, and collage. By 2004 she had begun to exhibit her work at art festivals across the Midwest. Upon her arrival in Oregon soon thereafter she began exhibiting at art festivals, galleries, and restaurants across Oregon. Her work often focuses on the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest and also includes still life, abstracts and figurative pieces.
Guest Artist Judy Benson LaNier
A professional photographer who specializes in photographing wildlife. Judy’s love of Africa began in 1961 when her family hosted an exchange student from South Africa. The bond continued through the years as the two families visited each other in Africa and the U.S.A.. For her the magnetism of Africa is strong and Judy has returned eight times. Her range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaiian Flora and Fauna as well as landscapes.
Judy Benson LaNier writes, ““When I first went to Africa I was amazed that the animals ignored us completely. They went about their business as if nothing extraordinary was happening. Little did they know that something quite extraordinary was happening inside me! I was experiencing a catharsis, a cleansing of my soul. I was being taught what is truly important in life and I was filled with joy by the lessons! I hope that my photographs bring you a taste of life in the Bush.”
Her photographs capture the essence of the wildlife in amazing detail. For many years Judy led Photographic Safaris to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, teaching photography and holding workshops for participants. Her Photographic work is currently represented in five art galleries in Oregon. Judy has published seven books of her photography, the latest being “Facing Lions”, which recounts an adventure she enjoyed in Africa.
Cheryl Magellan’s Selfie Exhibit
Opening July 3 and running through July 28, Cheryl Magellen will have an exhibition of portrait paintings that were inspired by selfie photo submissions from around the world. Currently located in an area of Arizona where there is little opportunity to paint from models, Cheryl looked to social media and solicited friends to submit their favorite selfie photos to be made into paintings. She wanted to show that portraits can be more than just a smile and can show people really being themselves.
Originally from Oregon, Cheryl received a BA in art from Chico State University and studied at the Southern Oregon Art Academy, and has been a long-time student of Gabriel Lipper of Ashland. She began teaching weekly classes at Central Art Supply in 2010 and continued to do so until her temporary relocation to southwestern Arizona in 2013. While in Arizona, she began taking workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, continued teaching classes in the Phoenix area, and devotes most of her time to painting in her home studio. Her work has won numerous awards and has been accepted into regional and national shows.
Art du Jour will feature part of this two-gallery exhibition and will be the only gallery to also exhibit some of Cheryl’s paintings that were featured in national exhibitions.
Press release courtesy of Art du Jour.