Jacqueline Macias worked with seamstress Mary Claflin to design and sew the evening gown showcased on this doll. Macias also sketched a line of fairy tale- and steampunk-inspired clothing. - Photo by Jamie Lusch


Works by 10 local students, participating in the seventh annual Artist Teen Mentoring Project, will be displayed Friday, March 30, through Friday, April 13, at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.

The exhibit is the culmination of more than two months of one-on-one training with professional local artists. Participating students were selected from a pool of nearly 20 applicants and paired with artists, who offered them insight into the life of an artist, instruction and feedback regarding their individual projects.

"The goal is to inspire and educate aspiring artists about what it's really like to be an artist," says Brooke Nuckles Gentekos, the gallery's education director.

This year's mentors were Mary Wilkins-Kelly (photography), Silvia Trujillo (mural), Nancy Jo Mullen (printmaking), Mary Claflin (sewing), Kathryn Casternovia (painting) and Ted Helard (sequential art).

The exhibit will feature black-and-white portrait photography by Ali Stauffer (Crater Renaissance Academy); animal photography by Theannah Hannon (Ashland High School); urban landscape photography by Ashleigh Marble (Phoenix High School); monotype prints by William Albright (Eagle Point High School); fashion design by Jacqueline Macias (PHS); mixed-media floral panels by Lindsay Neussl (EPHS); a comic book, titled "Conch," by Eilish Lambrechtsen (CRA); and a comic book, titled "Art in the Blood," by Jimmy Leavens (CRA).

Students Galia Parra (PHS) and Kelli Crow (South Medford High School) created a video game-themed mural on one of the walls in the city of Medford's Youth Activity Center. Sketches and photographs of the mural will be displayed in the exhibit.

There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6. Visit www.roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118.

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