At Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., meet artists Cammy Davis and Kay Myer, along with other gallery artists, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21. There will be appetizers and wine, along with live music by Minstrel Streams.
Music is Davis’ muse for her abstract expressionism.
She describes her style as painting “emotions in the moment.” She has a playlist for different emotions and will play a song over and over as she works on a piece. Often the finished work is titled after the song’s lyrics.
Her paintbrush sets the tempo; layers of bright acrylic create the mood. Brush strokes underscore variations in her wood, sheet metal and wallpaper panels. Pen, resin, plaster, sand and fiber also find their way into her wildly melodic designs.
Davis studied fine art at the University of Idaho, raised three daughters and later earned a degree in interior design at Bellevue College in Washington.
Her work has been featured in galleries throughout the Northwest and in books and periodicals.
Davis is an active member of the Southern Oregon arts community. In addition to her work as a painter and director of local art festivals, she has produced art tutorial and music-art videos for YouTube showcasing local musicians. She often works with guitarist Jeff Kloetzel.
Davis says the current exhibit reveals a two-year evolution as an artist.
Painted in bold reds and greens, “My Place in the World” is the result of the struggle she had with being “the adult, the one making decisions for my family” after the death of her beloved grandmother.
“I became the strong one, the one people leaned on.”
Another piece, “Lover, Lover,” was painted to the song of the same name by local musicians Gally and the Star.
Davis says the bright pink colors reflect “the sense of freedom I experienced after coming through a very difficult period.
“It’s a happy painting.”
“Sunset,” a piece she finished just a month ago shows a burst of red and yellow as the sun drops into darkness — “the peaceful transition of day into night,” she says.
Now working on a 4-by-6-foot piece for a show in January in Palm Springs, California, the work is typical of her delving into her “emotions on canvas.”
“The creative process flourishes in a willingness to experiment and take risks.”
Watercolor artist Myer also “loves to explore the endless possibilities” of her medium.
She describes her style as “a gentle flow of beautiful colors fusing together and traveling with generous splashes of water.”
Passionate about painting nature in her colorful, loose and interpretive style, Myer says she “can delight in the smallest things: light on a leaf, sparkle on water.”
Myer has been painting in watercolor since the '80s. Her work was signed Kay Daniels until her marriage in 2007 to Chuck Myer.
Myer's paintings hang in collections in Koln, Bachingen and Reinsdorf, Germany; Krems and Vienna, Austria; Ryd, Sweden; Wales; and throughout the United States. She is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and has won acclaim in international art challenges.
She is one of Art du Jour’s newest member-artists. She and her husband live in Medford, where she teaches painting workshops.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., will host a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. for two exhibits during the Third Friday artwalk. Refreshments will be served.
In the Main Gallery, viewers will take in "Scenes from the Unconscious: Micah Ofstedahl and Leona Sewitsky."
Micah Ofstedahl of Ashland combines scientific observation with imagination in his surrealistic acrylic paintings. His counterpart, Sewitsky, of Jacksonville, explores the unconscious in playful, dreamlike and mysterious sculptures created from recycled objects and papier-mâché.
Ofstedahl holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in sculpture and ceramics from Minnesota State University. He describes his work in pieces like “Strange Paradise” as “an exploration of the unknown.”
“I am constantly being amazed by the hidden beauty and complexity of the world, and this is largely what I hope to convey to my audience,” he adds.
Sewitsky has created artwork out of recycled objects and papier-mâché for 11 years. She enjoys the challenge of assembling mismatched items, sculpting and painting paper-clay heads, and creating a carnival of characters like those in “Ship of Fools,” a piece that is humorous, familiar and other worldly.
In the Community Gallery, guests will experience "Visions of Daily Life: Drawings by Walt Wirfs."
Jacksonville artist Wirfs captures the everyday joy of people and their canine companions in his detailed graphite drawings. In pieces like “Leona and Friends,” Wirfs’ use of dark and light space creates an engaging grayscale image.