'Irish Breakfast,' watercolor by Margaret Stermer Cox, at Rogue Gallery & Art Center.

Galleries celebrate Ireland, landscapes in March

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is looking overseas to celebrate Irish culture, while Art du Jour Gallery is staying closer to home with oil paintings of regional landscapes this month.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Rogue Gallery will host a Celtic Celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.

Rogue Gallery will not be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday for the regular Third Friday Art Walk because of the celebration, but Art du Jour will participate in the monthly art walk. 

The Rogue Gallery event features Celtic-inspired art, music and an Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and Irish soda bread. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling 541-772-8118, visiting www.roguegallery.org or stopping by the gallery.

The art show includes acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, as well as photography and collages. The works range from realistic to abstract interpretations of Celtic themes.

Margaret Stermer-Cox's watercolor "Irish Breakfast Tea" is filled with Irish and Celtic imagery. Done in pale green, orange and mauve, the painting depicts an abstract tea cup adorned with lucky shamrocks and an intricate knotted pattern often found in Celtic jewelry, sculpture and other art forms.

Music performers for the evening include Pat O'Scannell and local choral groups.

A professional musician focused on early music forms, O'Scannell's talents include teaching traditional Irish tin whistle, flute and ballad singing. She is known for her vocal range and ability to play a broad array of instruments.

The gallery will have a singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." The winner will receive $100.

In addition to showing new Irish-themed art, the gallery will continue a joint "Illuminated Word" exhibit of intaglio prints by Barbara Mason and poetry by Paulann Petersen through March 31. "Revealing Shadows: Works on Paper by Zeno Thanes" will also continue through the month.

Meanwhile, Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday for the art walk.

Visitors can meet featured artists Connie Fribance and Doug Wallace, listen to the guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams and sample appetizers, wine and cider.

Fribance draws inspiration for her oil paintings from the beauty of the natural world.

"I see beauty in things that are common," she says. "My goal is to put this on my canvas to share with others. I want the viewers of my work to experience a visual emotion and a connection where they can see and realize the beauty in life that surrounds them."

Fribance painted "Middle Falls" along the McCloud River in Northern California while taking a plein air workshop with Stefan Baumann, known for the PBS series "The Grand View," in which he travels to American national parks and paints on site.

Her painting captures a cascade of frothy white water flowing over rugged rocks as the river winds through a sun-dappled evergreen forest.

Fribance was about to give up on finding a painting spot for the day when she found the inspiration for "Louie's Meadow."

"I was looking for a stream or a pond to paint, but I couldn't find that perfect spot," she recalls. "When I turned the car around to head home, there was this meadow. The late summer colors and long shadows were beautiful, so I set up my easel and painted this lovely scene."

Her painting depicts golden meadow grasses dried by the sun, while deciduous trees cling to their late summer greenery. A foothill softened by the haze of distance and wispy white clouds fill the background.

The featured exhibit of her seven paintings continues through this month. Art du Jour is also continuing an eclectic exhibit of Doug Wallace's paintings of women that meld fantasy, surrealism, religious iconography and other genres.

Art du Jour's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see artdujourgallery.com.

Rogue Gallery's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 541-772-8118 or visit www.roguegallery.org.

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