Performance & Language Arts by Guild Members Performance & Language Arts By Guild Members

Writers, Musicians, Actors, Dancers and more — all are artists who add to the richness of our cultural lives in Southern Oregon. Some can be found among the Guild’s members.

My husband and I have lived on a small organic farm in southwest Oregon since 1975.  I’ve worked variously as a landscaper, nursery worker, apple picker, library assistant, travel agent, social worker, and volunteered for several years at a wildlife rehab and education center caring for

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Dorothy Vogel was a reporter, publicist, and technical writer in New York and New Jersey before she retired to the Northwest to take up mystery writing and nature. Timber Mill Action, Vogel's first book, focuses on an east coast bishop's son who is wanted in Oregon for

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Michael Spring is a martial arts instructor and poet. He’s won several awards and distinctions for his poetry, including a Luso-American Fellowship from DISQUIET International; the 2016 Centennial Artist of the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve; the 2013 Turtle Island Poetry Award

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The Guild has given me, not only permission, but encouragement to explore the depths and sources of my creativity as a sculptor and musician . It is wildly wonderful when people notice, appreciate, support and share the relevance of art as power to itself. 

Hi, I’m Ryan Forsythe. I’m a writer, editor, artist, and dad originally from Cleveland, though now I make my home in the woods of O’Brien, Oregon.

I’ve been studying writing for some time and recently completed an M.F.A. in creative writing at San Diego State, where I also served as

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I retired from 33 years of teaching and moved to a small country town. I can finally devote time to my passions for photography, writing and travel. A Chinese fortune cookie I once received read, “You discover treasures where others see nothing unusual.”

Nature, architecture, light and

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Michael Spring book "Unfolding the Field"

Michael Spring is a martial arts instructor and poet. He’s won several awards and distinctions for his poetry, including a Luso-American Fellowship from DISQUIET International; the 2016 Centennial Artist of the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve; the 2013 Turtle Island Poetry Award for his chapbook Blue Wolf; Honorable Mention in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award for Root of Lightning; and the 2004 Robert Graves Award. He is also a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine, Cobra Lily, and Flowstone Press. He currently lives on the Southern Oregon coast in Brookings.

Several of Michael Spring's poetry & children's books are currently for sale at the Guild Gallery & Art Center:

Woodwoo- The Little Sasquatch: Illustrated by Deborah Ann Dawson.

Ravenwood: Unlike most poetry books that just come with those words on pages, this one pairs the words of award-winning poet Michael Spring with the amazing watercolors of award-winning artist Deborah Ann Dawson. The result is a full color book, featuring watercolors illustrating poems and poems inspiring paintings-and vice versa!

Unfolding the Field: Michael Spring's fourth book of poetry. According to Jared Smith, "Michael Spring's poems are deeply centered within something greater than himself; something that through a nonlinear awareness of, he can become part of-an entering into that which is wild, blue, and indistinct in its outlines. Michael Spring is of the alchemists."According to Absinthe Poetry Review, "Michael Spring is a poet with a rich inner life. Whoever he is in this world, he is also someone who works with the transformative energies of the imagination. His poetry is totemic, introspective, and written with a soulful music that comes predominantly from the natural world. His work invites us to look further than knowledge can reach." 

Kahlo's Window: Winner of the James Tate Poetry Prize 2022, this poetry collection

Dentro do Som/Inside the Sound: A bilingual poetry collection translated into Portuguese by Maria Joao Marques.

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Class held 2014 Southern Oregon Guild of Artists and Artisans

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Our Workshops & Classes

Joyful camaraderie comes with learning and working together on something you love. Our art classes and workshops bring together artists and community members to create in a variety of media. Watch our calendar.

Our Teachers

The Guild’s art workshops and classes are taught either by Guild members, who are practicing artists in their field, or by visiting Master Artists, who are regionally or nationally recognized for excellence in their disciplines. Classes in the business of art are taught by professional artists and educators who have achieved economic success in the arts.