'Working in the Empty Spaces' at Rogue Gallery & Art Center
Utilizing a variety of mediums, nine artists that comprise AMBUS Contemporary Art explore the ideas of foreground and background — as well as positives and negatives — in both art and life at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center.
Works that include encaustics, sculptures, mixed media pieces and stained glass are used to express this theme in a way that is evocative and engaging for the viewer. A shift in focus can bring new perspective to each piece, and the idea of where your gaze should fall is challenged.
The Rogue Gallery's Executive Director, Kim Hearon, says that having a group a strong artists that work together makes for a good exhibit.
"These women all have distinct styles and work in different mediums," Hearon says. "But because they work together, there's a cohesion to their work. They all have a common theme for their work, but they all approach that theme differently."
AMBUS Contemporary Art was formed by a group of female Oregon artists to create a supportive venue to discuss, critique and inspire creativity. The group meets monthly to collaborate and encourage the artistic endeavors of the members. The artist's works evolve within the context of the professional and creative pact held by the group.
"The AMBUS group of artists are my rock, my foundation from which I can spread my wings and be assured that whether I soar or fall back to Earth. They will be there to share the glory or pick me up and dust me off to start again," says artist Dianne Erickson.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located at 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.
A reception for the exhibit is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Food is provided by Harry & David. The exhibit runs in the main gallery through Feb. 14. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.