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"Bow Cottage," watercolor of a home in Selworthy, England, by Ruth Heath, will be displayed through November at Art du Jour Gallery.

Third Friday art walk in Medford

Medford artist Ruth Heath will be the featured artist in November at Art du Jour Gallery.

Heath began painting with watercolors, acrylics and pastels at age 22, after purchasing some Walter Foster instructional art books.

Her suggestion to new painters is to start with pencil sketching or painting with one color and gradually add more.

“As you practice more you will see the things around you in a different light and you will improve. Learn the basics, so your masterpieces will stand the test of time, then be brave and try something different. There are many excellent art teachers in this area and YouTube has countless instruction videos.”

Heath traveled through Europe, the Netherlands and the Middle East with her family and music of her art depicts architecture, castles, quaint villages and cottages. Her work represented at Art du Jour this month focuses on European street scenes, windows and doorways.

Heath is an honorary member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and a charter member of Art du Jour Gallery.

Paintings by Debby Fisher will be dispalyed in the salon gallery through November at Art du Jour.

“When I was about 10 years old, I attended my first oil painting class in a little classroom behind a butcher shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’ve loved the smell of oils since. I like to paint many genres, as you’ll see in this salon exhibit, from pumpkins to barns to musicians.”

Fisher received art education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studied drawing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and attended many workshops throughout her life.

After a stint in the illustration business, she was drawn back to oil painting through the work of such artists as Michael Dudash and Chris Hopkins, who she learned from through Masterpiece Christian Artists Conferences. Today, she paints commissioned and gallery pieces that reflect the beauty that surrounds her days.

A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford. The gallery also will announce the winner of its People’s Choice “Furry and Feathery Friends contest and accept applications from artists who would like to join the gallery cooperative. Call 541-770-3190 or email artdujourgallery213@gmail.com for information.

“Don’t Fence Me In,” the annual members exhibition at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center will be displayed through Dec. 21. More than 60 artists interpret the theme. The exhibit includes watercolors, acrylic, and oil paintings as well as sculptures, photography and pastels.

A reception for the artists will be held in the main gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St. Snacks from Harry & David will be served. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

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