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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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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Dorothy Vogel book "The Timber Mill Action"

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 the bombing of a timber mill in an environmental action gone wrong. A man is dead, another is in a coma, the mill went up in flames and the suspects are on the lam. The bishop sends Samantha Baxter, new priest and former detective, out to search for his boy. With the help of a tiny church and a bunch of disaffected hippies, she races against time and the law to discover where justice lies.

Her second book, Not for Sissies, is a collection of humorous essays and poems about late retirement. Topics touch on medical help, friendships, family, cultural trends, fear, and forgetfulness. Some titles: My Big Toe, Physical Terrorists, Organ Recital, The Love Hormone, The Value of Cheap.

Family Business, her most recent book published in 2022, focuses on Lila Van Dam, publisher of The New York Standard, a family-owned daily newspaper, who needs to choose which of her three sons is best suited to succeed her. Her time in the top job is running out and for the first time in its history of more than a hundred years, the future of the paper is in doubt. Technology is fast becoming the dominant news provider and the next publisher will determine the newspaper's survival and her family's as well. How the Van Dams survive this decision is the stuff of common existence, captured here in a riveting drama.

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.