Artistic 'Legacy'

"Legacy: An Art Show of Oregon's Treasured Vistas," hosted by the Southern Oregon Historical Society, features more than 100 artistic perspectives of regional landscapes, architecture and history.

The exhibit was the brainchild of California artist Stefan Baumann, who also teaches at Central Art Supply in downtown Medford. A master of "plein air" painting, Baumann took his class to the 37-acre Hanley Farm, where his students seized the opportunity to paint the site's farmhouse and barn, built in the late 1800s, and its rural landscapes — a testament to Southern Oregon's bygone days.

From this experience, Baumann conceived the exhibit — a collaboration between local artists and SOHS. About 46 regional artists responded to SOHS's call to artists, submitting work in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, weaving, quilting, photography and mixed media.

"People were not creating art specifically for the show," says Allison Weiss, SOHS executive director. "This is work they had already done, which indicated to me that they were inspired by the scenery in the area."

Included in the exhibit are depictions of Butte Creek Mill, the Table Rocks, orchards, Jacksonville streets, prominent historical buildings, vineyards, Mount McLoughlin and, of course, Hanley Farm. (Weiss says none of the work in SOHS's archives will be on display.)

The hope is to make the exhibit an annual event that could be showcased at Hanley Farm.

"Legacy" will be on display through Friday, Dec. 31, at the History Center, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. In conjunction with Medford's Third Friday art walk, SOHS will host a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the History Center. Wine and refreshments will be available. There will be a silent auction featuring several of the works, and prizes will be awarded to favorite artwork in various categories. For details, see

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