April 2024

Dear Hyla,

Well, today is the first day of the second quarter of the year I am not quite ready for I think. But then, there is really nothing I can do about it - so I may as well enjoy each moment. And wow - there are some really special moments coming up at the museum in April. Check out below and see all of the events. A few are this coming weekend - do not miss any of them. Each is spectacular and worthy of note.

Oh, and Alicia White's last day at the museum was March 16. Her partner, Jared, was recruited for an aerospace job in Kent, Washington and they had about three weeks to move there. We wish them well.

Fortunately, I knew someone who would be perfect for the job. Training took place the last week Alicia was here.

Hope to see you soon. Bring a friend!



Executive Director

Meet our new Administrative Specialist, Stephanie Girdlestone

Stephanie is originally from California and she’s lived in Grants Pass for 21 years, vacationing here often as a child. She loves the hometown feel of Grants Pass. The downtown area especially. When not working she can be found shopping, hanging out with friends and enjoying the variety of restaurants we have here. Having always worked in customer service she’s excited to share her skills with us and meet new and interesting people.

Current Exhibit

Eileen Bowie

Eileen's art is very different. It's abstract, surreal, and amazing all at once. The dates of her exhibit are March 26 through May 10. She will be at the museum for First Friday on April 5. The Ford Family Foundation gave us a grant to pay for catalogs of her exhibit which we will be able to give to all visitors.

On the right: Project Runaway

Eileen's inspirations include:

  1. Going down the rabbit hole
  2. The environment
  3. Politics and religion

And sometimes music - Pangea (below) was inspired by a composition by David Ludwig, the Rogue Valley Symphony's Composer in Residence.

Community Gallery Exhibits



Happenings in March at the Museum

Our first concert of the year was a huge success. Celtic music to honor St. Patrick's Day. A real toe tapping fun time.

Alice DiMicele rented the museum for a concert of her own. She has wonderful followers and everyone had a great time.

A view of the community gallery with the tiles honoring extraordinary people.

A young person busy creating a tile to add to the wall. You can still make one too!

David Evans had a great group for his poetry reading of his new book.

Everyone also enjoyed his wife's cookies!

And look! We used our new Bose Tower that was a grant from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition.

Adult Workshop

Future Events at the Museum

Second Friday - April 12

7pm - 9pm


Read a poem, listen to poems, enjoy the company of fun people.

Optional Theme for April

Window of Opportunity

Art Film


2pm Tickets are $5 each

Click Here or the image below to purchase tickets

Life Drawing

Most Mondays, from 1pm - 3pm, people gather at the museum to sketch a live model. Doug Iverson is the leader of this activity. If you are interested in learning more - please email [email protected] with Life Drawing in the subject line and we will put you on Doug's email list. He sends an email out every Sunday to let you know what is happening the next day.

April Concert

The Rough & Tumble with Scott Tyler and Mallory Graham

Thursday, April 18, 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30) Tickets $20 ea.

The Rough & Tumble are a dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana band consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. Only This Far, their latest full length record is out May 12, 2023. "The bottom line is these are just quality songs, well written, well played, well sung and arranged, and a pleasure from start to end."- AmericanaUK


To Purchase Tickets

Special Events

Celebration of Life

Honoring Barb Hochberg

Date: April 26 (This would have been Barb's birthday)

Time: 3pm - 6pm

We will have Barb's favorite treats, Prosecco and Chocolate to share.

We will have Barb's art for sale.

We will have other things that made Barb special to all who knew her.

It's a time to get together and share stories about Barb.

Presented By: Mariah Rocker, Public Programs and Exhibits Manager at Oregon Black Pioneers

Program Description:

People of African descent have lived and worked in Oregon since before the founding of the earliest English-speaking settlements in the Americas. Despite this, the popular narrative of our state's history excludes the experiences of African Americans before the mid-20th century. This erasure is the result of historic legal and social marginalization that contributes to the ignorance of Oregon's Black heritage, as well as influences contemporary disparities in housing access, community investment, and policing. For this presentation, Oregon Black Pioneers will attempt to correct the record by highlighting key individuals and events that characterize Oregon's unique and centuries-old Black history.

Author Events


April 7

2pm - 4pm


John Frohnmayer is a retired attorney from the U.S. state of Oregon. He was the fifth chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a program of the United States government. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, and served until 1992.

John will be talking about his newest book dealing with the adventures of Lara Cole.

Trouble knows how to find Lara.

In the sequel to Blood and Faith, museum curator Lara Cole is sent to Oregon to review the progress of a developing art museum and cultural center. It should be routine, but instead she is chased, shot at, and forced to seek the help of FBI agent George Graham, with whom she survived a shoot-out in Russia during a previous assignment.

Messing about in the art world proves to be risky business that tests Lara’s grit and determination, and maybe, just maybe, rekindles romance.

Gallery One

A great place to shop for gifts of all kinds - all original art creations by Southern Oregon artists. The best place for one of a kind ornaments and cards too.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

A perfect place to find gifts!

Featured Artist for April: Kim Sterling

My work is created by using paintings, drawings and digital resources created from real and manipulate images to digitally change and exaggerate them to explore and reveal my personal insights and impressions of a particular time and place rather than just a snapshot of it.

Kim Sterling • [email protected] • 831 419-8637 • www.kimsterling.com


Sunrise in the Canyon





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If you get this far....

In honor of Barb Hochberg's love of chocolates (and mine too) I found this wonderful video about a chocolate factory in the United States.

It's fascinating!