A new collaboration between Rogue Gallery & Art Center and the Britt Orchestra will take place during Third Friday’s art walk in downtown Medford.
Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams — a pianist, clarinetist and composer in his own right — will present a recital of music from his personal repertoire at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St.
Abrams also will announce Britt Orchestra’s program for its 2018 summer festival at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, running July 25 through Aug. 11.
“This is a first,” Abrams says. “We’re trying to create an ongoing collaboration with the gallery. I’ll talk a bit about the upcoming season and play some of my own music.”
He’ll also discuss a new piece planned for the summer festival: New York composer Gabriel Kahane’s “emergency shelter intake form” was co-commissioned by Britt Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. It debuted last weekend at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland.
“It’s another first,” Abrams says. “I don’t recall the orchestra ever collaborating with the Oregon Symphony.”
Since the success of composer Michael Gordon’s “Natural History” that the orchestra debuted at Crater Lake, Britt is keeping an eye out for additional collaborations that are relevant to Oregon, he says.
A tireless advocate for the power of music, Abrams fosters interdisciplinary collaboration with other organization such as the Louisville Orchestra, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Speed Art Museum in Kentucky and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
The original artwork used to create the 2018 Britt poster, a quilt by Karen Hanken, will be displayed at the recital.
Two other exhibits will hanging for Third Friday at Rogue Gallery: “Art in Bloom: Darla Baack, Vera Melynk and Kathy Morawiec” features mosaics, glass art and paintings in the art center’s main gallery, and “Seductive Pathways: Photographs by Vivian McAleavey” will be displayed in the community gallery.
Northwest artists all, Morawiec paints loose, lively and colorful flowers; Melnyk creates shimmering mosaics that reflect the colors of stone, minerals and glass; and Baack creates luminous and meditative works in stained glass. McAleavey wanders the American West to capture nature’s dreamy and mysterious natural wonders in her photographs.
The artists will be on hand from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday to discuss their work, and wine and snacks will be served. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.
Paintings by Nancy Graham will be displayed through May in the Salon at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St.
Graham is passionate about many art forms and subjects, and she takes a different approach to each. She has a background in painting with oils and acrylics, and she teaches watercolor at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix.
In her teaching, she points past the fundamentals of art theory and encourages experimentation with styles and approaches. She pushes the value of light and dark, saying “The deeper the shadows, the stronger the light will be.”
Graham will show florals, landscapes, abstracts, still lifes and other subjective paintings at Art du Jour. Her paintings feature fine details that she creates with small brushes.
Graham holds a teaching certificate and art degree from the University of California at Davis and is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.
Photographer Bee Bantug will be the featured artist during May at Art du Jour. Her exhibit, “As the bee flies,” celebrates the beauty and bounty of Earth and pays homage to her mother ... and all mothers.
The winners of the People’s Choice photography contest will be announced at Art du Jour’s Third Friday reception, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. See artdujourgallery.com or call 541-770-3190.