2024 Community Exhibits

COMMON GROUND: Paintings by Kristen O’Neill
May 10–June 21, 2024
RECEPTION: Friday, June 21, 5–8pm

Join Kristen and Ron Reed of the Karuk for a dual talk on art, wild fires and more.
Not to be missed! Free. Donations appreciated

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, June 1, 1pm

Moved by the transformation brought by forest fires, Kristen O’Neill created a series of landscape paintings that evoke the passion of flames, the recovery, and the beginning of the next cycle for the forest.

Artist Statement

“I started working with encaustic, to incorporate heat into my art-making process. I traveled to forest fire sites and grabbed charcoal from the forest floor. (…). I listened to lectures on fire, old-growth forests, and land management. I sought out situations where I could be the most ignorant person in the room, soaking up knowledge and asking questions.” …

To read the full statement, click on the button below.

"Common Ground" Statement
Kristen O’Neill, Burnt Stump Peek-a-Boo – Jedediah Smith, Stout Grove, Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
Kristen O’Neill, Snags and Survivors – Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Acrylic on Canvas
Kristen O’Neill, Chetco Bar Fire – Kalmiopsis Wilderness, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas

Best of the Best (Local High School Artists)
April 19–May 2, 2024
Reception: Friday, April 19

Outstanding student artists whose work has been selected from local high schools including:

Armadillo Community Charter School
Ashland High School
Crater Renaissance Academy
Eagle Point High School
Grants Pass High School
Hidden Valley High School
Illinois Valley High School
Logos Charter School
North Medford High School
North Valley High School
Phoenix High School
Rogue River Junior/Senior High School
South Medford High School
St. Mary’s School

This exhibit is sponsored by

Elementary Arts Outreach Student Show

Reception: Saturday, March 16, 12–2 pm

Exhibit dates: March 8–April 11, 2024

Artwork by local 5th grade students in the Rogue Gallery’s outreach program.

B.A.S.E: Vibrant Expressions: Celebrating Black Artistry

January 19–March 1, 2024

RECEPTION: Friday, February 16, 5–8pm

Get ready to immerse yourself in a celebration of creativity and culture! BASE is proud to collaborate with Rogue Gallery and Art Center for an extraordinary event in honor of Black History Month.

Click below to learn more about B.A.S.E.

AAUW Ashland & Jackson County Library Services present: 
Helping to Create a Welcoming Community: Get to Know BASE

“Get to Know BASE: Black Alliance & Social Empowerment” is a free public discussion on Tuesday, February 6, from 4–5:30 p.m., in the Gresham Room at Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Part of the “Big Ideas” program series, it is presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Ashland Branch and Jackson County Library Services.

BASE (https://baseoregon.org) serves to create a welcoming, supportive community where Black people in Southern Oregon feel safe, respected, and comfortable being themselves when expressing any aspect of their many cultural ethnicities. Established in 2019, it is a community platform for connection, collaboration, and prosperity.

The speaker is Sabrina Prud’homme, BASE’s inaugural Board Chair. She is also a member of the organization’s Police Liaison Oversight Committee which is dedicated to improving anti-bias efforts and community relations among local Black residents in partnership with the Jackson County Sherriff and the police chiefs of Ashland, Central Point, Medford, Phoenix, and Talent.

Community connection and collaboration are hallmarks of BASE’s work. Prud’homme will introduce attendees to BASE, its exciting programs and the strategies BASE employs to uplift and empower black residents, especially children, in the Rogue Valley and beyond.