Inset above: “Daisies,” by Norma Kibby of Central Point, will be at the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts show. Right: “Local Color” and other paintings by Elaine Witteveen, founder of Artists’ Workshop, will be at the annual AW show.

Art fairs in Jacksonville

Two distinctive — yet similar — art shows will be in full swing this weekend in historic Jacksonville.

The 12th annual Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, an outdoor show featuring sculpture, ceramics, paintings, fiber arts, crafts and photography by Northwest artists, will be at the Jacksonville Museum, on thecorner of Fifth and C streets, and the 24th annual Artists' Workshop exhibit, a showcase of paintings by members of the group, will be in the second floor ballroom of the U.S. Hotel, 123 E. California St.

Artists' Workshop was founded about 25 years ago by Jacksonville artist Elaine Witteveen, who still maintains her gallery and working studio on Oregon Street.

"I founded the group in 1979 because I got tired of painting by myself," Witteveen says. "So, with the help of the Rogue Gallery, I began holding painting sessions every week, and we've been painting together since."

Artists in this year's show include Dolores Ribal, Charlotte Peterson, Anne Brooke, Sue Bennett, Peter Coons, Elaine Frenett, Joan Adkins, Bruce Barnes, Nancy Block, Steve Bennett, Marjory Foster, Virginia Govedare, Wanda Pepin, Marilyn Hurst, June Jack, Sandra Sanders, Ann Schurman, Betty Barss, Kim Faucher, Christina Madden, June Kitching, Barbara Andersen, Janet Bocast and Witteveen.

"It's sort of like a big, happy family," Witteveen says. "We paint all year for this big show, everyone helps."

The Artists' Workshop show opened last Friday and will continue through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 899-1752 for more information.

The Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 29-31, and will include exhibits of everything from sculpture and photography to beaded wine glass holders and birdhouses.

"There will be a full range of artwork," says Jeanena WhiteWilson, a publicity volunteer for the show formerly known as the Arts and Crafts Show. "Many of the artists are from the Rogue Valley, and some are artists that participate in shows throughout the Northwest."

Regional artists participating in the show include Mack Ransom, Tony and Carol Antonides, Annette Bishard, Dave Christy, Marlene Sando, Jerrold Haystrom, Gail O'Dell, Lara Strazdar and Jean Strong, to name only a few.

"The show brings people together," she says. "There will be bagels, candy, ice cream, Oriental food and music."

Singer and songwriter Christina Duane of Blue Velvet and her daughter, Melody, will perform at 2 p.m. Friday; Just in Time, a ladies barbershop quartet, will perform Saturday morning; the Old Time Fiddlers will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; and guitarist and vocalist Robert Roth will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts show is sponsored by the Jacksonville Community Center, a nonprofit organization committed to building a center for cultural events and education. The show is coordinated by Viola Davis of Jacksonville. Call 899-1121.

Donations will accepted at the AW show to be donated to art programs in local schools.

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