May 2024

Dear Hyla,

It's almost First Friday for May. It appears that it will be a very active time downtown so I hope you can all take advantage of everything.

We will have Eileen Bowie at the museum and you can discuss her wonderful art with her. We will also have a musician outside the museum. Plus, we have the nurses and art exhibit in the community gallery. Lots to see and enjoy. (Oh, and there are sweet treats as usual - mostly chocolate!)

You will notice there are no workshops or other museum events in the next month or so. That's because the next exhibit will be an installation in the entire museum space. Two amazing artists are bringing their work which is all made of fiber (fabric, felt, yarn, and more.) It's all three dimensional. The new exhibit opens in the middle of May on the 15th.

We do have one concert next week - Claude Bourbon from England. He's amazing. Take advantage of being able to spend an evening listening to beautiful guitar music. He's one of our favorite musicians and always draws a crowd - so don't wait to buy a ticket. Weekend Beer will be here with Beer and Wine and we'll provide snacks thanks to Welch Investment Group for their sponsorship. Scroll down for a link.

The big news is that we have the tickets for Art in the Garden for sale beginning May 3.

Our tenant, Shoefly is having her once a year sale May 3 through May 7 in the old Rogue Emporium building at the corner of 6th and G. They will also be open in their main store downstairs from the museum.

Hope to see you soon. Bring a friend!



Executive Director

Current Exhibit

Eileen Bowie

Eileen's art is very different. It's abstract, surreal, and amazing all at once. Her exhibit is here through May 10. She will be at the museum for First Friday on May 3. The Ford Family Foundation gave us a grant to pay for catalogs of her exhibit which we will be able to give to all visitors.

On the right: Project Runaway

Eileen's inspirations include:

  1. Going down the rabbit hole
  2. The environment
  3. The abuse of power.

And sometimes music - Pangea (below) was inspired by a composition by David Ludwig, the Rogue Valley Symphony's Composer in Residence.

Upcoming Exhibit

Community Gallery Exhibits


Don't miss the panel discussion Saturday, May 4!

Happenings in April at the Museum (last month)

As part of the Oregon Remembrance Project celebration, we had people create tiles of extraordinary people or things. Here are some of the tiles that were created.

The whole family created tiles. Fun for all.

The Rough & Tumble duo was our concert for April. They were very entertaining. They even played a nose flute (and they sold them).

One of their dogs always hangs out during the concert. (They actually have two, but the other one sings along.

AIM (Author's Innovative Marketing group had an event at the museum which included 24 authors.

Jennifer Murphy is one of the authors. Here she is showing off her newly published book.

Karen O'Brien's classes are always a joy for everyone. This one involved just playing with paint and having a lot of fun doing it.

Eileen Bowie was here for April's First Friday. It's always great to hear about an artists art directly from the artist.

We celebrated Barb Hochberg's life at the museum. Over 100 people came and honored her.

Barb had a huge collection of cows. It was our goal to send everyone home with at least one cow.

Future Events at the Museum

Art in the Garden has been a favorite event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art since its inception in 1996. It is a special opportunity for everyone to be outside in the glorious Oregon spring and to enjoy seeing gardens and art. There are many artists participating this year – both long time favorites and some new people. They have brought amazing creativity to this event and we hope that you will consider purchasing many of the works you will see. Remember, these are all one of a kind treasures.

Many thanks to the garden owners on the tour. Each of the eight gardens owners have spent a lot of time preparing for the tour. It’s definitely a labor of love.

It takes almost 100 volunteers to manage this event. There are three gardens to the north, two gardens on New Hope, and three gardens in the Wilderville area. Tickets are on sale at Diamond Home Improvement, The Kitchen Company, The Grants Pass Museum of Art, Greenleaf Industries, and Redwood Nursery. Tickets are $25 each.

The date of the event is June 8 and 9 from 10am – 4pm each day. 

Second Friday - May 10

7pm - 9pm


Read a poem, listen to poems, enjoy the company of fun people.

Optional Theme for May

Treasured Objects

Art Films

Life Drawing

Most Mondays, from 1pm - 3pm, people gather at the museum to sketch a live model. Doug Iverson is the leader of this activity. If you are interested in learning more - please email with Life Drawing in the subject line and we will put you on Doug's email list. He sends an email out every Sunday to let you know what is happening the next day.

May Concert and More

Here's a sample of Claude's brilliant music. He can play classics, blues, jazz, and covers. Really a treat to experience his art.

Click his picture to purchase tickets for the concert.


Gallery One

A great place to shop for gifts of all kinds - all original art creations by Southern Oregon artists. The best place for one of a kind ornaments and cards too.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

A perfect place to find gifts!

Remember MOM!

Featured Artist for May: Doug Iverson




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