October at Art du Jour Gallery

Special Presentation by Watercolorist Judy Morris, and the Breathtaking Wildlife Photography of Dan Elster in Our Salon

You won’t want to miss Art du Jour Gallery’s special presentation by watercolor artist and teacher Judy Morris on Saturday, October 8th, at the Medford Library! Judy is coming down to Medford from her studio in Portland to spend several hours with our guests to share her art, photography and stories from her recent trip to Cuba. In Judy’s own words, “I’ve been to CUBA! Let me share my impressions about the architecture, the people and the art scene along the streets and in the galleries of this unique country. You will see some of my favorite photos that I’m certain will inspire several future “Cuban” paintings. I will talk about working with these photo references and explain my personal process of turning a photo into a painting. Bring your curiosity and questions.” Visit Judy’s website at www.judymorris-art.com.

Please be sure to get your tickets early, while seats are still available! Drop by the gallery at 213 E. Main Street in Medford to purchase your ticket and reserve your seat. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: October 8, 2016, at 1:30 pm
Location: Adams Room, Medford Public Library
Tickets: $20, on sale at Art du Jour Gallery during September & early October
Reception for Judy Morris will follow at Art du Jour Gallery from 3 to 4 p.m.

Fine Art Photography by Dan Elster

king-of-the-coastArt du Jour invites you to spend some quality time in our Salon during October to take in the beauty of Southern Oregon’s wildlife as seen through the lens of fine art photographer Dan Elster. Dan’s work has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat and in many fine-art exhibits, wildlife venues and shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. (For an OPB video about Dan and his work, go to watch.opb.org/video/2365432159/. The segment aired on Southern Oregon Public Television on February 26, 2015.)

Dan is mostly self-taught. His subjects are completely wild (no captive or staged shots) and it’s important to him that people know that. “My photography is my art form, my form of expression,” Dan says. ”When I’m taking pictures of wild animals, I’m really trying to tell an animal’s story.” It’s the drama in nature that inspires him. “In the wild, every day is a struggle, just to survive.” Dan hopes his work will serve to remind us that we don’t own the Earth, we share it.

Dan and his family live in Ashland, a locale that provides a rich source of subjects for his camera. “I want more people to be aware of what’s around them,” he says, and with his camera he shows us the owls that reside in Lithia Park and the river otters that frolic in a pond near his home, a bull elk that he encountered watching the waves break on the Oregon coast, and an osprey catching a surf perch. His hours of patient waiting and his artist’s eye for dramatic light result in unforgettable images. We are proud to display Dan’s photography in our Salon through October and November.

Featured Photography by Gallery Artist Roy Musitelli

Dramatic photography of a different kind by Art du Jour Gallery’s Roy Musitelli will be on display on our Feature Wall during October. Evident in Roy’s work are his masterful talent for design and his fascination with the intense beauty inherent in otherwise ordinary things. With his camera he gathers images that appeal to his imagination and then artfully uses computer technology to design, enhance and intensify these images to reveal to us his unique vision of the world. The results are awesome. Come see!

Third Friday

Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, October 21st, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet special guest photographer Dan Elster, featured artist/photographer Roy Musitelli and other Art du Jour artists. Our reception will include 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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