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Art in the Valley: Local Galleries Paint the Towns

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Many artists have spent the pandemic creating, and the time has finally come to show off all their hard work. Galleries throughout the Rogue Valley have new exhibits on display, and here are a few details on three to whet artistic appetites.

At the Grants Pass Museum of Art there is still time to see local creations “Fire, Fury & Resilience,” which will be on display through May 20.

“Artist Betty LaDuke is an internationally-known artist,” says Hyla Lipson, the director of the museum. “LaDuke’s agriculture panels can be seen at the Medford Airport.”

Not only will the exhibit be on display through April and into May, but LaDuke herself will give a talk April 9, and will be available at First Friday on May 6.

Originally known as Gallery One, the non-profit Grants Pass Museum of Art was established in 1979. Gallery One is now located below the museum and offers a gift shop.

After “Fire, Fury & Resilience” closes, the museum’s next exhibit will be “Aloft” a global exhibition of the Studio Art Quilts Associates’ work designed to allow art lovers to see the world from a new perspective. This exhibit will be on display May 31 through July 22.

“Birds, insects and even some mammals are able to fly and soar,” Lipson says. “Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites and space exploration. This exhibition provides new perspectives through which to see our world.”

Meanwhile, in Ashland, the Schneider Museum of Art’s next exhibit is scheduled to be on display April 8 through May 21. “The Presence of Nature” will feature the works of Claire Burbridge, Sky Hopinka, Kurtis Hough, Naeemah Naeemaei, Vanessa Renwick and Olga Volchkova.

Burbridge, Naeemaei and Volchkova are all Oregon-based artists and their work is meant to help people understand what it means to be in the presence of nature.

In Medford, the Rogue Gallery & Art Center offers four separate galleries: the Main Gallery, the Members’ Gallery, the Community Gallery and the Berryman Gallery. Each of the four galleries has exhibitions on display this spring, including but not limited to the Spring Rotation in the Members’ Gallery from May 13 through Aug. 26, the Celtic Art Show in the Community Gallery which opened March 4 and remains open until April 8 and paintings by Jay Gordon, Corey Kahn, Gabriel Lipper and Nicole Wasgatt from the Enclave Studios which opened in the Main Gallery March 11 and will remain up through April 29.

Both the Grants Pass Museum of Art and the Rogue Gallery & Art Center offer youth programs and classes, along with adult classes.


Grants Pass Museum of Art

10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday

229 SW G St., Grants Pass



Schneider Museum of Art

10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday – Saturday

555 Indiana St., Ashland



Rogue Gallery & Art Center

10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Friday

11 am – 3 pm, Saturday

5:30 – 8 pm, third Friday receptions

40 S. Bartlett St., Medford




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