Pictured: The 37th Annual Art and the Vineyard Festival returns to Alton Baker Park July 5 7

In This Newsletter

  • Letter from the Director
  • Art Galore at Art and the Vineyard
  • Lane Arts Council grant
  • Art Rescue Sale Donations
  • In the Galleries: Ongoing: “Tell Me a Story” and “In Full Bloom,” through July 19; “At Home in Oregon” at GATA, through July 9; Upcoming: “Land as Deity” and “Circling the Grove,” opening August 2; Summer Members Gallery; Online Members Gallery featured artist Barbara Counsil Burney
  • Ongoing at Lane County History Museum: “The Blue Vesper: Maude Irvine Kerns”
  • Call to Artists: Día de los Muertos Exhibit
  • Art Education: Summer class highlights, family workshop, Summer Teen Intensive
  • Whiteaker Printmakers Last Friday Art Walk
  • Club Mud at ATV
  • Eugene Darkroom Group 


Art and the Vineyard returns!


I am thrilled, overjoyed, and downright tickled for the Art Center to finally be able to present the 37th annual Art and the Vineyard Festival on July 5th, 6th, and 7th in its beautiful home in Alton Baker Park. It has been a long and bumpy journey to bring our beloved arts festival back once again to the community.


Thank you for your understanding and feedback as we navigated the challenges of Covid, costs, and capacity. The festival is quite literally back by popular demand. Thank you!


All the favorites are there – Artists’ Marketplace featuring 95 artists, Art for Your Garden, Wine & Food Courts, Main Stage Entertainment, Special Attractions, and free art activities and demos in Maude’s Art Arena. There is something for everyone to enjoy!


Don’t forget that the festival is the primary fundraiser for Maude Kerns Art Center and helps support our year-round programming and operations, so please come and bring a friend or two (or 10!).


I would also like to say a big thank you to our new festival Co-Managers Rebecca Pirwitz and Bryan Nelson for their amazing efforts to make the event happen. Their fresh approach and passion for the festival has been inspiring.


Please join us for an incredible weekend of art, wine, music, and community. There is so much to celebrate!


Thank you for your support. Hope to see you at the festival.

All my best,

Michael Fisher

Executive Director


Art in all its forms is celebrated at Maude Kerns Art Center’s 37th annual Art and the Vineyard Festival, July 5 – 7, in Eugene’s lovely Alton Baker Park. This year’s Artists’ Marketplace showcases the work of 95 artists from six states across the US. Look for paintings, ceramics, metal, fiber, glass, wood, photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, and mixed media. The 2024 Marketplace boasts a large percentage of new artists as well as many returning favorites. Chewelah, Washington artist Monika Sowinska exhibits her work in the Marketplace this year. A painter, designer, and muralist, Sowinska draws inspiration from the beauty of the Eastern Washington landscape and the hardy character of the local inhabitants.


In this year's Art For Your Garden area, 16 artists exhibit work in an outdoor setting complemented with native plants. Eugene sculptor Jud Turner creates striking pieces made from salvaged metal and found objects. Known for his iconic large blue heron sculpture near the UO campus, Turner has created work for many public commissions throughout the Northwest.

Weary Traveler, oil on panel by Monika Sowinska in the 2024 Artists’ Marketplace

Metal sculpture by Jud Turner in this year’s Art For Your Garden

For the best prices, go to artandthevineyard.org to purchase tickets in advance.    


We are accepting artwork donations through the end of September for “Marvelous Maude’s Art Rescue Sale” fundraiser, which takes place October 5 & 6. Donations may include drawings, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, collectibles, posters, textiles, and curiosities.


Please bring donations to the Art Center office during open hours: Weekdays, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm (when exhibits are on display). Your donations may be tax deductible. Tax receipts are available at the office. If you have questions or need assistance with a donation, please contact the Art Center at 541-345-1571 or email staff@mkartcenter.org.


We are pleased to announce that the Art Center has received a Community Arts Program Grant award of $4,000 from Lane Arts Council. Funded by the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division, this one-year grant helps support overall operating and program costs. The Art Center is one of 13 organizations selected to receive funding for 2024.


Ongoing through July 19:

“Tell Me a Story” & “In Full Bloom”

“Tell Me a Story” features the work of Portland, Oregon artists Jeff Leake and David Carmack Lewis, who both include intriguing elements of narrative in their work. Leake explores the intersection of culture and nature, incorporating landscapes, stories, and real events in paintings that echo the style of Bruegel and Bosch. Lewis depicts real locales that he has seen in daytime and imagines these places at night, with unexpected elements added.

In the Salon Gallery is “In Full Bloom,” showcasing the work of Jennifer Lugris from Rocklin, California. Lugris’s images of mothers and children explore the challenges and joys of motherhood. Her colorful paintings of blooming plants symbolize the realization of her personal potential.

The public is invited to a free Artists Talk: “Tell Me a Story” with artists Jeff Leake and David Carmack Lewis on Saturday, July 13, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Pictured: Observer, oil on wood panel by Jeff Leake in “Tell Me a Story”

“At Home in Oregon”

through July 9 at GATA

Twenty-nine Art Center member artists exhibit work at The Gallery at the Airport through July 9. In a striking variety of mediums, the featured artists address the theme of “At Home in Oregon” by interpreting the question of what makes Oregon a place to call home or exploring the idea of who calls Oregon home.           


Exhibiting artists include Britt Anderson, Kathleen Caprario, Joan Chamberlain, Lona Feldman, Rita Fiedler, Tim Fox, Judith Hankin, Laura Jaszkowski, Staci Johnson, Suzanne Keaveny, Jan Lintz, Patti Lomont, Paul Machu, Rogene Mañas, Aurore Maren, Patricia McConnell, Ginny McVickar, Garland Nichols, Cheryl Owen-Wilson, Marty Schmitt, Laure Shipley, Jane Snyder, Leah Sowell, Indra Stern-Hayworth, Brooke Stone, Rakar West, Edward Teague, and the two exhibit jurors, Bets Cole and Karen Russo. 


The Gallery at the Airport is located inside the terminal’s main lobby. The exhibit is on view through July 9.


Pictured: Salmon Dreams by Staci Johnson in “At Home in Oregon”

Upcoming: Two Shows

In the Main Gallery is “Circling the Grove” featuring Eugene artist Leanne Ellis and Portland artists Lisa Brinkman and Carissa Burkett. In the Salon Gallery is “Land as Deity,” showcasing work by Oakridge-based painter and illustrator Barbara Counsil Burney. Both “Circling the Grove” and “Land as Deity” are on view through August 23.

Ellis gathers plant materials that she presses and dries, next reconfiguring her collected botanicals on handmade paper. In this way, she gives new life and energy to the plant materials that mother nature provides. Brinkman exhibits what she calls eco-printed paintings with images of plants, birds, animals, and celestial objects. She says: “My art celebrates the subtle mystery of interconnectivity between psyche and Nature, between self, other, and community.” Burkett creates acorn cap sculptures that she envisions as meditations on the cycles of generation and rebirth. Adhered together in a repetitive process, the acorn cap sculptures come to life as they grow and expand to form organic shapes.

Burney’s mixed media “altars” in “Land as Deity” express her reverence and kinship with the natural world. Each altar is constructed of a group of oil paintings, dried plants, and shelves to hold offerings to her “deity-like landscapes.” Burney believes in the healing power of nature and she hopes her work inspires others to protect underdeveloped wilderness areas.


Pictured: Tattoo Bird by Lisa Brinkman in “Circling the Grove”

Members Gallery and Gift Shop

Work by Art Center members and Club Mud ceramicists is exhibited in the Members Gallery throughout the year with artwork changing on a quarterly basis. The Summer Members Gallery features artists Laurel Gravem Alvarez, Patti Lomont, Kathy Paskey, John Pellitier, Bill Rutherford, and Roka Walsh, and is on view through September 27.


Pictured: Wonder, ceramic sculpture by Patti Lomont

Online Members Gallery

The Online Members Gallery featured artist for July is painter and illustrator Barbara Counsil Burney, a longtime Art Center member, instructor, and former Board member. To see a video about Barbara Counsil Burney and her work, visit: Burney.


For the Online Members Gallery, Art Center members can show up to five pieces of their two- or three-dimensional work. Interested parties can shop for pieces and purchase them online. Submissions are ongoing. Email the Exhibits Coordinator Liberty Rossel at exhibits@mkartcenter.org for more information.

Maude Kerns Exhibit Continues at the LCHM

“The Blue Vesper: Maude Irvine Kerns (1876 – 1965),” a companion exhibit to the Art Center’s “In the Realm of the Spirit: Work by Maude I. Kerns” (January 12 – February 9), continues at the Lane County History Museum.

“The Blue Vesper” exhibit features selections from LCHM’s extensive collection of Kerns’s non-objective paintings on paper, as well as correspondence, and personal objects belonging to Kerns.

Pictured: Untitled painting on paper by Maude I. Kerns in “The Blue Vesper” at Lane County History Museum


Día de los Muertos Exhibit: The Art Center is accepting submissions for our 31st annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit, October 11 – November 2. Work must be original and must focus on the Mexican Day of the Dead, which blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days. All artists, working in all mediums, are eligible. Up to 5 pieces may be submitted for consideration.


Applications may be made online or with a paper application. For online entry, go here to submit and pay the $20 fee via our online application form. For mail or in-person entry, include a flash drive with jpeg images, a completed application, a resumé, an artist’s statement, and a $20 submission fee.


Entries are due or must be postmarked by Monday, August 9. For more information, call 541-345-1571 or email exhibits@mkartcenter.org.


Slow down and enjoy a creative summer with us! Registration is still open for adult eight-week classes and weekend workshops. See several of our offerings below and check out our website for more information. 

Watercolor Fundamentals

Tuesdays, 12:30 3:00 pm

July 9 September 3*

*No Class July 23

Register here!


Develop your skills in watercolor painting while watching your budget. Learn about basic materials and identify ways to mix a variety of colors with a limited paint palette. With the instructor's demonstrations and individual guidance, you will learn about transparency, value, composing and planning your images, and a variety of watercolor painting techniques. Throughout the eight weeks, you will practice painting exercises and finish a final painting.

Visual Variations on a Theme!

Mondays, July 8 August 12

6:00 8:30 pm

Register here!

Variety is the spice of life! Spend six weeks with your instructor, Bogi Pataki, and learn how to create exciting visual variations from one artwork. You will be choosing an artwork from a favorite artist or an image that you like - perhaps your own artwork - and then duplicating the same image using a variety of different mediums. Bogi will show you methods to alter your image by utilizing acrylic, colored pencils, watercolor paints, and more. Discover how different mediums can entirely change the mood and meaning of the same image.

Drawing Essentials

Thursdays, 6:00 8:30 pm

July 11 September 5*

*No Class July 23

Register here!


Begin your artist journey in this eight-week drawing course! You will learn the foundational building blocks of artistic creation through the simple elements of line, edge, volume, value, texture, and perspective. Each week you will further develop your drawing and observational skills. Take your drawings to the next level!

Expression Through Creativity

Wednesdays, 6:00 8:30 pm

July 10 September 4*

*No Class August 7

Register here!


Inspired by the summer season's color and landscapes, relax in this evening class, immersing yourself in a summer adventure journal. With your instructor's guidance, you will use photos, collage, painting, and drawing techniques to capture the spirit of your summer adventures. Bring in photos and learn how to visually memorialize your adventures. Summer is a time to relax. This class is just for you and your creative spirit! Materials provided.

Summer Family Workshop

Enjoy a little down time together and get creative with a guided art activity! We offer a family weekend workshop once per term. 

Birds of a Feather Collage Together!

Saturday, July 27

1:00 3:30 pm

Register here!

Learn to collage backgrounds and colorful one-of-a-kind birds using painted papers and colorful, bright collage materials. The instructor will guide you through painting and drying the paper and then using it to form collages. We will spend time creating mystical and magical stories of happy little birds!

Summer Teen Intensive

Calling all teens! Join our Summer Teen Intensive. We have a week for you to learn figure drawing. See more below!

Figure Drawing from Live Clothed Model

One-Week Intensive

August 19 – 23

3:00 – 5:30 pm

Register here!


Are you a high school student who wants to keep practicing art? Are you thinking about going to an art college after high school? No matter your skill, you are invited to learn beginning figurative drawing. The instructor will guide you through instruction about basic human anatomy and demonstrate specific techniques to render a human form. You will learn how to draw cloth/clothing as it conforms to the body beneath. You will be using a variety of mark-making tools like charcoal and drawing pencils. Materials will be provided.

The Art Center currently offers scholarships for 50% of the cost of tuition for classes and camps. Scholarships are available for all age groups through the Susi Larsen & Cameron Serbu Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Madeleine Christenson Scholarship Fund. You can apply today on our website! 


Club Mud Ceramics Cooperative is a Special Attraction at the Art and the Vineyard Festival, July 5 – 7. This year Club Mud features beautifully glazed dishware and non-functional, decorative ceramic pieces by 12 potters.

Hours are Friday and Saturday, July 5 & 6, 11 am – 8 pm, and Sunday, July 7, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Wheel-throwing and hand-building demonstrations by Club Mud artists take place during the festival.


Club Mud Demo Schedule:


10:30 am 2:00 pm: Brian Gorrin

2:00 5:00 pm: Emily Bellehumeur



10:30 am 2:00 pm: Brian Gorrin

2:00 5:00 pm: Annie Herion

5:00 8:00 pm: Laura Wikane



10:30 am 2:00 pm: Tea Duong

2:00 5:00 pm: Emily Bellehumeur


Join Whiteaker Printmakers in the Studio on Friday, July 26, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Support local artists, learn about printmaking techniques with demos, and take a peek at the studio!

Intro to Copper Plate Etching

Learn copper plate etching with Noelle Herceg.

Saturday, July 20, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, at 

Whiteaker Printmakers in Eugene, OR.


Eugene Darkroom Group has extended the deadline for submissions to our 2024 photobook. To be eligible, you must be a current member of EDG and the work must be analog. We have opened the book up to accept color film and alternative process work as well!


We encourage you to submit today by visiting our website eugdarkroom.org and following the link on our home page.


We have partnered with Market of Choice to provide you an easy way to support the Art Center! It will only take a moment of your time to register and will help every time that you shop to support our programs and facility.


Here’s how:

Register your credit card. Each time that you use your card at any Market of Choice, Maude Kerns Art Center will receive 4% of your purchase price! Simply sign up at: eScrip Market of Choice and you will be prompted on how to enroll.


Thanks for all that you do to support the Maude Kerns Art Center. It makes a difference!


Thank you to the many volunteers, Board members, Staff, Art Center friends, and patrons who generously donate their time, talents, and treasure for the benefit of Maude Kerns Art Center.


To nurture artistic expression and creativity in the individual and

to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of art and culture

in our community.

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