Spring Guild Member Exhibit: Our Fragile Planet
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Polymer Clay Jewelry
Polymer Clay Jewelry Workshop
Sunday October 15 • 10am-3pm

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Fall Guild Member Exhibit
At The Guild: "Intersections"
Fall Guild Member Art Exhibit

Opening Sunday October 22 from 3-5pm at the Guild Gallery

Art in the Vineyard
Art in the Vineyard: A Guild Gallery
at Bridgeview Winery Tasting Room

The work of Charles Churchill & Miri Admoni on display NOW!
Bridgeview is open everyday • 12pm to 7pm

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Art Glass by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Art Glass: made with fire, sand and the elements


Art Glass

Glassblowers, stained glass artists, and sculptors create vessels, windows and other amazing objects of beauty.

Ceramics by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Ceramics: the magic of shaping, glazing & heating clay



Guild members’ beautiful ceramics range from purely decorative art work to every-day functional pieces.

Design by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Design: from websites to garments to homes



Designers create things large and small by integrating many simple elements into complex entities both real and virtual.

Fiber & Fabric Art by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Fiber & Fabric Art: stitching, felting & weaving


Fiber & Fabric Arts

From functional fine crafts to art to wear or display, fibers from plants and animals provide a medium to create

Illustration by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Illustration: bringing words to life in stylistic imagery



Artists add the visual dimension to stories and poetry in books, magazines, film and other print or digital media.

Jewelry & Metal Art by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Jewelry & Metal Art: beads, gems and metals make beautiful art


Jewelry & Metal Art

Whether adornment for the body or stand-alone objects, see imaginative work with metals, beads, gems and more.

Mixed Media by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Mixed Media: combining media and materials to make art


Mixed Media

Varied artistic skills and unexpected elements come together to create unique Two– and Three– dimensional art.

Paintings and printmaking by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Painting & Printmaking: imagery on paper, canvas, wood and more


Painting & Printmaking

Using pencil, ink, paint and electronic media to express emotions and ideas through pictures seen in the mind’s eye.

Performance & Language Arts by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Performance & Language Arts: words, music, acting—other art dimensions


Performance & Language Arts

Drama, dance, music, acting, literature—all create profound experiences for mind and body.

Photography & Videography by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Photography & Videography: capturing still and moving images


Photography & Videography

Whether still images or moving pictures, the visionary's art illuminates the beauty and stories of the world around us.

Sculpture by Southern Oregon Guild Members

creating remarkable dimensional art



Clay, stone, wood, metal and found objects become wonderful dimensional art at the hands of creative sculptors.

Woodwork by Southern Oregon Guild Members

Woodwork: wood finely crafted into functional art



The craft of fine woodworking demands vision, precision and the deep knowledge of tools, techniques and fine woods.


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In the early '80s, I moved from my hometown in rural Michigan to study art in Northern California. My education includes an MA degree from Humboldt State University and a BA from Chico State University. I also attended the College of the Siskiyous and Monterey Peninsula College. I lived in California until 2021, and in 2022 I moved to Oregon. While attending college, I gained extensive experience in figure drawing and painting mediums, but my focus was mainly on sculpture techniques and the female form. My graduate show consisted of life-sized, expressionistic, figurative sculptures of cement and steel. I graduated in 1989 and continued building sculptures with steel and cement, adding wood and clay to my repertoire until 2009.  

At the end of 2009, I took a break from the art world. A year later, I transitioned, left sculpting behind, and began painting in Pastel, then later with oils, then acrylics. Also, at that time, my subject matter changed from the human form to nature and landscapes, including wildflowers, trees with birds, marshes, and creeks. By 2016 I needed a new muse and began painting the horse, which brought renewed inspiration and excitement to my creative process. I discovered I love the bold shapes of horses and capturing the horse spirit and horses in motion. Eventually, I decided to add other animals to my portfolio that I find fantastic to paint, such as bears, bison, and wolves. I admire these animals and consider them excellent totems. 

Creating is about exploration and discovery, and when my work feels like it is stagnating, I like to try new ideas. In 2019 I began to layer squares and rectangles of handmade papers on my canvases before applying paint. With this collage technique, I create a textured, grid-like pattern that adds interest and depth to my paintings. The layering of colorful paper inspired me to create non-objective paintings that are just about; color, tones, shapes, curves, and texture. I began looking at the meanings and symbolism of colors, shapes, and numbers. Like my figurative sculptures, I continue to be spontaneous and intuitive during my process until I feel my art is visually balanced and complete. Without references, I rely even more on my intuition and inner voice, which is one of the reasons why my abstract paintings are fun for me to do. 

In 2021 I began a series of circle paintings. Since I enjoy and get excited about the symbolism and meanings of shapes, circles seemed like a natural progression from what I had already painted. Circles are fun to paint, and I find that many circles bring a sense of joy to a painting. It is important to me to paint paintings with characteristics that delight and bring joy to the viewer, and I sincerely thank those who find my artwork evocative. 

Dara's work is currently on display Art Presence Center in Jacksonville, Gallery One in Grants Pass, Geezer Gallery in Portland, and the Southern Oregon Guild Gallery & Art Center in Kerby. To see more of Dara's work, visit https://www.darasfineart.com/