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An Event That Never Gets Old: 68th Annual Southern Oregon Art Show

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SOArtShow2A show that began 68 years ago on makeshift walls in the gym of Grants Pass High School is now a flourishing event displayed by Rogue Community College’s FireHouse Gallery.

Through August 25, over 100 artists from around the Rogue Valley will have their artwork shown at the 68th Annual Southern Oregon Art Show in Grants Pass. The FireHouse Gallery will play host to photographs, oil paintings, sculptures, and many other genres of original pieces of art.

RCC’s Gallery Coordinator Heather Green has been involved in the art show for 13 years, helping coordinate every exhibit shown in the gallery with American Association of University Women (AAUW) and ArtWorks.

“I always enjoy this show because it’s the only place I can see ALL of the skill levels in our area in one show,” says Green. “We receive entries from very accomplished artists as well as folks who have only painted one painting in their lives. It’s a wonderful mix of what’s out there—and sometimes the only opportunity for a beginner to have their work in a gallery setting and receive feedback from their peers and art professionals.”

Although the art show is not themed, each category will attribute the “Best in Show” award to one artist, as well as first, second, and third places. This year’s judges are Susan Rochester and Phyllis Throwbridge, who are selected based on an in-depth experience and understanding of art.

If the artwork inspires the viewers, Green considers it a successful show. “I would be thrilled if visitors felt inspired after seeing the show—inspired to create, inspired to support our local artists.”


Southern Oregon Art Show

11:30 am – 4:30 pm, Tues. – Fri.

Through August 25

FireHouse Gallery, Rogue Community College, 214 SW 4th St., Grants Pass


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