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Jussara Luz Padilha

Jussara Luz Padilha&

s new series of original prints, paintings, and collage work will be showing at Village Shoes and Art Gallery in downtown Ashland at 337 E. Main St. through April.

Padilha&

s large prints are colorful and intended to be as moving as they are playful and mystical. Jussara has been invited to show her work in Brazil in Autumn 2006 and at the South American International Pratt Institute Art Expo 2007. She will be taking to Brazil &

The Mystical Mouse,&

which she illustrated and co-wrote with her mother, Helena Luz.

The book will be translated in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Japanese.

Painting Of The Year

Kim Ragsdale&

s painting of &

Ready&

has been awarded Southern Oregon Society of Artist&

s Painting of the Year. Her work had been critiqued throughout the year and was among the final winners when Chris Messer, judge instructor at the California Academy of Art in San Francisco, California voted Kim&

s painting Number One out of more than a dozen art works in the competition.

Ragsdale joined SOSA in 2003. Montana bred, Kim drew as a young child and moved to the Rogue Valley where she works as a commissioned artist and has a Web site http:/kimragsdale.com.

The Southern Oregon Society, Inc. is an organization in the Rogue Valley for artists formed to encourage the progress of member artists and a better understanding of art by the general public who are invited to monthly meetings where artists give demonstrations and critique work by member artists.