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'Smaller Than a Breadbox'

Artists participating in Rogue Gallery & Art Center's members' show must think small. Nearly 50 of the gallery's 500-plus members submitted artworks to be displayed in the second annual "Smaller Than a Breadbox" exhibit. As the name suggests, artists' works must be smaller than a breadbox — no larger than 2 feet in any direction — and somehow related to food.

The delicious exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 11, and will hang through Dec. 23 at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. There will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday art walk, Nov. 18.

"I'm really impressed with the skill of our member-artists," says Jules Masterjohn, the gallery's executive director. "When you have a nonjuried show like this, people can bring anything, so you never know what you're going to get."

The exhibit features a wide variety of artworks, including paintings, photographs, collages, sculptures and assemblages. The majority of the works are still lifes and smaller than a foot in any direction, Masterjohn says.

Featured works include:

  • "Alchemist's Stew," a piece by Ashland artist Marilyn Briggs, featuring brass findings such as curtain rings, buttons and jewelry pendants sewn onto a piece of canvas
  • "Four Satsumas," an oil still life by Ashland artist Sarah F. Burns
  • "Drama Gets Toasted at the Comedy Cook-off," a contemporary and whimsical sculpture made from paper, clay and recycled objects by Jacksonville artist Leona Keene Sewitsky, winner of the 2011 Art in Bloom "people's choice" award
  • "Four Stages," a cupboard-like assemblage by Medford artist Betsy Moore
  • “The Right Stuff,” a realistic watercolor of a vegetable spread by Medford artist June Shepard

"Some artists took the theme very literally and created the still lifes ... and other people just took the idea and ran with it," Masterjohn says.

Call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

'The Right Stuff,' a watercolor painting by Medford artist June Shepard, is part of Rogue Gallery's annual members' exhibit. - Photo by Jamie Lusch