A comprehensive directory of Southern Oregon's arts community and guide to events for its members, local arts enthusiasts, and those planning to visit or move to our region.
Southern Oregon is home to unique and diverse creative talent. From distinguished fine artists to outsider artists, the Rogue Valley boasts international award winners and promising emerging artists in a vast range of disciplines, and hosts a spectacular array of annual art, theater, music, food and wine festivals. Refer to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource - SOAR - when planning arts and culture activities in Medford, Ashland, Jacksonville, Grants Pass, and more cities within our widespread region.
SOAR's goal is to provide a comprehensive source of information about the artists and art galleries of southern Oregon, local art events, art education opportunities and more in a convenient hub for residents, as well as a collaboration reference for galleries, venues and event planners and a planning resource for travelers visiting to enjoy the rich palette of Southern Oregon arts and culture. It is our hope that this resource will both unify the broad spectrum of our geographically widespread arts community and convey a compelling sense of the vibrant arts scene in Southern Oregon which encourages visitors to sample our nationally and internationally acclaimed arts and cultural offerings. Come for the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville and stay for the well-rounded arts and culture offerings that provide a rich setting and a complete southern Oregon art experience.
Artists will find many helpful resources, including art classes and workshops, art suppliers, artist services, framers, fine art printers, artist organizations, and marketing and promotion services. Parents concerned about including the arts in their childrens education will find many opportunities to increase their exposure to fine art through individual artists offering private art instruction as well as gallery exhibits and southern Oregon art centers and organizations offering art activities, summer art camps and classes.
For current art classes and workshops, calls to artists and more information on what's happening now in the Southern Oregon art community, subscribe to our companion blog, Art Matters!. Facebook users can like SOAR's Facebook page to receive links to Art Matters! posts in their news feed. Twitter users can follow us @SOARtists. If you have resources you value and feel should be represented here, or have questions, comments or suggestions about the site, we welcome .
NEW 2.18.2014: Check out our Literary Arts category, just added February 18, 2014, with a growing list of southern Oregon authors, creative writers and poets!
Our Art Matters! blog is as valuable resource for artists, art galleries and artist organizations as it is for arts advocates, art enthusiasts, art collectors and parents. Not only do we provide artists, art galleries and organizations and residents a way to plan and track current events in the southern Oregon art community, changes in state and national arts policy and legislation, grants and funding, but a local venue where you can publish announcements of your art exhibits, art classes and workshops, musings and new works to bolster your use of print media and expand the reach of your blog posts to help you cultivate a wider audience. It's one of the benefits of a listing at SOAR, and we welcome your . Click here to start a new listing!