Garden art show highlights local artists

Autumn at the River, a watercolor by Chris VanderHart.
Autumn at the River, a watercolor by Chris VanderHart.

According to Mary Myszka, President of the Rogue River Artists Association, the annual Garden Art Show is the biggest exhibition of the year for the organization. Held every July at long-time member Shirley Dean’s beautiful farm along the Rogue River at 9620 Summit Avenue, this event presents the works of over 20 association members. This year the show will be held on July 20, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Landscaped grounds are set up with white tent canopies sheltering original paintings, photography, mixed media, drawings, prints, pottery, fiber art, and other 3-dimensional works such as concrete birdbaths, hand-painted gourds and hand-carved wood creations. Artists are on hand to show, explain and talk with attendees about their works and the process of creating them.

The public is encouraged to come, browse, visit and enjoy free refreshments in this beautiful garden setting. “It’s the perfect opportunity to observe the incredible talents of our local artists while strolling among these inspiring gardens along the river,” says Myszka. “It’s a once-a-year experience no one should miss.”

The Rogue River Artists Association is a local non-profit organization actively working to build awareness and community involvement with the arts. Anyone interested in more information on the association can visit their website at

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