Guest Artists – 2024

Guest Artists – 2024

Meet our 2024 Guest Artists: We are proud to work with a talented group of professional artists and art experts who lead our juried critiques and demonstrations. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to each meeting.

If you are interested in participating in one of our meetings, please contact us at for more information. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Anne Brookes -Napa-vinyard

Anne Brooke – juried critique – January 22, 2024

Anne Brooke has a degree in art and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Her award-winning paintings have been displayed in Oregon, California, and Nevada. She is noted for her drawing skills and vibrant use of color. She enjoys painting landscapesstill lifes, and figures. She has also done numerous commissions, which often include her calligraphy. Anne has taught drawing and watercolor for 15 years, helping to develop many prize-winning artists. She conducts beginning and advanced study classes at her home Studio/Gallery. She also offers private lessons, has conducted numerous workshops at other locations, and blogs about the fundamentals of art. Using a limited palette and value study of subject, she begins her pieces with an underpainting, developing a unique style.

 Kim Ragsdale – Drawing – presenter – February 26 , 2024

Kim is a professional western pencil artist, winning many first place and best in show awards in juried art exhibitions and museum events throughout the western United States. She has been a high school art teacher for years and teaches workshops and private drawing lessons year round to all age groups.


Adrian Chavez - Mahal Mural

Adrian Chavez – Mural Painting – presenter – March 25, 2024

Born, raised, and based in Southern Oregon, Adrian has been studying both classical and Spanish styles of painting. He exercised in drawing from an early age and later moved from graffiti to painting portraiture. With a pictorial style aiming towards Impressionism, he displays the relationship between light and dark, both visually and contextually. 

Adrian is currently enrolled at Southern Oregon University and is working in an apprenticeship with painter Ryan Moon, where he aims to build on his practice. His experiences range from curating exhibitions, teaching private courses, gallery management and painting public murals.

He derives inspiration from many different painters, directors, photographers, and musicians. His favorites include Alex Kanevsky, Bill Henson, Crystal Castles, and Denis Villeneuve.

Ilene Stanfield  – juried critique – April 22, 2024

Start with truth, then manipulate it. This is where Ilene Gienger-Stanfield’s current painting style has evolved to after 20 years of artistic exploration.  Her unfettered compositions of people, places and things are powerful in design, accuracy, and thick passages of unique color. 

Gienger-Stanfield’s studio is in the hills of Southern Oregon where she holds weekly figurative session and teaches private lessons.  She has taught workshops nationwide and has signature status with American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Northwest Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, and master signature status with Women Artists of the West.

Penny Simmons - Sundown At Sunriver

Penny Simmons – Oil Painting – presenter – May 20, 2024

My mission was to learn the techniques of the Old Masters; the paintings of the Barbizon School painters of mid-19th century France; Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, and Charles-François Daubigny.  Their paintings, luminescent and smooth were achieved with thinly applied layers of paint and medium resulting in translucency and depth.   Their work continues to inspire me.
 My goal as an interpretive artist is to breathe life onto a one-dimensional surface so that my paintings evoke nostalgia and romance; record memories, the cycles of life, and the many moods of nature.

I am a member of Watercolor Society of Oregon, an Associate member of both the American Watercolor and National Watercolor Societies, the Rogue Gallery and Art Center of Medford and Oil Painters of America.   I am currently hanging my work in Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland, OR.

Central Art presentation: Newest Art Toys- June 24, 2024

See the newest art toys.

Kim Hearon –  juried critique – July 22, 2024

Kim Hearon has been the Executive Director of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Southern Oregon University. She works in watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint.

Carl Seyboldt – Acrylic Painter – presenter – August 22, 2024

Award-winning artist and painter Carl Seyboldt.


Chris Atkinson

Chris Atkinson – Pastels demo – September 23, 2024

Beginning as a self-taught artist, and studying psychology along the way, he has worked in numerous mediums, and is recognized as a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Artists of Oregon and International Association of Pastel Societies. He sees his artistic journey as one of “intricate interplay between the human brain and the visual encounter.”

From his artist statement Christopher says, “My artistic journey is an exploration of the delicate balance between abstraction and realism. At the heart of my work lies a fascination with the interplay of these two seemingly contrasting realms. In a world that often prioritizes the concrete and tangible, I invite viewers to join me on a journey beyond the surface.”

Steve Bennett - Fun Walk

Steve Bennett –  juried critique – October 28, 2024

Steve Bennett is a native Oregonian growing up in Portland and Eastern Oregon. He has been composing pictures most of his life. He graduated from University of Oregon Dental School in Portland Oregon and Practiced General Dentistry for thirty plus years in the Navy and Bend Oregon. Prior to his retirement, he began to follow his childhood desire to draw and paint. With his photography  background, he began to study drawing, design, color, harmony and the other elements of fine art.

At retirement time, he and his wife Sue, an accomplished artist conducted a workshop business that took them to many places in the United States and Europe. He is fortunate to have studied with many of the leading artists in the nation: Frank Webb, Harley Brown, Richard McKinley and others.

Steve has been Painting in Pastels exclusively since 1993. He most frequently chooses to work in pastel because of its immediacy of expression: “The pigment is right here in my hand.” His strong designs and colors add to the excitement of each piece, as does the emotional intensity of painting on location. For Steve Bennett, art is another dimension to the joy of life.

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