May at Art du Jour Gallery

Two Special Guest Exhibits: Photorealistic Oil Paintings by William Whitney and Pastel & Oil Landscapes by Roni Marsh, PLUS “Art In Bloom” Street Fair on Mother’s Day Weekend!

May is ART IN BLOOM time for Art du Jour Gallery and all of Medford! Visit our art booth on Main Street directly in front of the gallery, where five Art du Jour artists will demonstrate their individual techniques on May 7 and 8. Scheduled on Saturday morning, 10-12, is Marianne Nielsen (watercolor). Midday, 12-2:30, Susie Lee (charcoal). Afternoon, 2:30-4:30, Dick Woods (conte’ crayon). Sunday morning, 11-1, Penny Simmons (watercolor). Sunday afternoon, 1:30-3:30, Yvonne Kitchen (sculpture).

During the Art In Bloom festival, Art du Jour Gallery will be full of special “Tiny Treasures,” original paintings by many of the gallery’s artists. These affordable one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gifts will be for sale only during Art In Bloom on May 7th and 8th. Don’t miss out on these elegant and inexpensive little gifts of original art! They sell out quickly every year!

The gallery is exhibiting the work of two special guest artists during the month of May:

Roni Marsh is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Oregon, a Signature Member of the Northwest Pastel Society, and a member of the Sierra Pastel Society.  She also holds a membership with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Oil Painters of America. Her work has won numerous awards on both national and international levels.

“I love the way the light plays across the surface of things,” Roni says. “I like to contrast the frailties and vulnerabilities of Nature against her strength and power. With all of the destructive force that Nature is capable of, there is a side of her that gently persists, free of any struggle. There is always a balance between the two. Sometimes I just focus on that balance, on life in quiet repose.”

The daughter of an artist, Roni learned a deep love and reverence for the natural world from her father. She grew up in Quincy, a small Northern California town, and now lives in Medford. She frequently works outdoors, “plein air,” and finds the urgency of capturing the fleeting effects of light both demanding and exhilarating. She strives to allow the resulting spontaneity to come through in her paintings.

Roni Marsh is currently represented by Adelante Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, and the Rogue Gallery and the Piano Gallery in Medford, Oregon. She also teaches ongoing classes and workshops in pastel and oil painting in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass.  

Our Salon guest artist William C. “Whit” Whitney says of his art, “While my work usually begins with photography, I’m not interested in merely duplicating a photo. My goal is to create a luscious, painted surface that recalls the captured moment and evokes a feeling, but up close, never lets the viewer forget that it’s just paint.”

Whit’s art does indeed capture this kind of excitement and haunting mystery and has won the artist acclaim and serious attention across the nation. His art will be on display in the Art du Jour Gallery Salon through the end of May.

William Whitney studied fine art at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a BFA in Painting with a minor in Photography/Motion Picture. In London, he studied and drew human anatomy at the Nuffield College of Surgical Sciences. After college, Whitney developed his photorealistic style of painting. One of his oil paintings and a graphite pencil drawing were selected for exhibition at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Whitney’s oil paintings show the influences of Edouard Manet, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper.

Whitney worked as a commercial illustrator in New York while showing his paintings in small galleries. He eventually becoming Creative Director at a large Madison Avenue advertising agency. Retiring in 2012, he moved his family to Cambria on the central California coast.

Cambria is where Whitney returned to his love of painting in photorealism, capturing the effects of light within the canvas. His work has been shown at galleries in Cambria and Paso Robles, California, while many of his paintings are in private collections around the country. He and his wife, Cheryl, moved to the Applegate River area of Jacksonville in the spring of 2015.

Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Third Friday, May 20, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet guest artists Whit Whitney, Roni Marsh, and many of our Art du Jour artists. Our artists’ reception will feature the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams. Appetizers, wine and cider will be served. Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, call (541) 770-3190.

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