Celebrating Sixty-Five Years of Artmaking by Betty LaDuke at the Schneider Museum of Art

Betty LaDuke in her studio.

Betty LaDuke in her studio.

(Ashland, OR) – Join the Schneider Museum of Art in celebrating Betty LaDuke’s life of making art – sixty-five years of creating drawings, paintings, and sculptures that embrace cultural understanding throughout the globe. Betty LaDuke will be honored at the opening reception of her exhibition, Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life onThursday, June 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. At the opening, patrons will have the opportunity to meet LaDuke and sample delights from Inti Latin Soul Cantina and Restaurant and Panaderia Del Pueblo Mexican Bakery.
South Stage Cellars is generously donating and pouring wine at the event. The festivities will be enlivened with music by the Rhythm Kings.

Betty LaDuke, an artist and Professor Emeritus at Southern Oregon University, has had a remarkable career traveling and sketching images of rural life across the world. She has received numerous awards for her work and has exhibited throughout the United States.  LaDuke states that her “sketches, prints, acrylic paintings, and shaped wood panels often embrace the following themes: spiritual traditions that connect us to our past, present, and future; honoring the earth—plowing, planting, and harvesting; peace that brings an end to conflict and war; and transitions that recognize our life cycle from birth to bonding to ultimately letting go.”
Schneider Museum Acting Director Erika Leppmann wrote in the preface to the publication accompanying Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life: “To view the work of sixty-five years spent making art is both a humbling and inspiring experience.  As Betty LaDuke and I looked through stack after stack of drawings, then etchings, racks and racks of paintings, and then the work in progress in her studio, I was overcome by the energy, industry, and passion evident in the work and the artist.”
Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life will be on view at the Schneider Museum from Friday, June 28 through Saturday, September 14 during the Museum’s regular hours of 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Mondays through Saturdays.

NEWS ADVISORY – SOU to Conduct “Active Assailant Exercise” This Week

WHAT: Security drill to practice “active assailant” readiness on campus. The drill will be as realistic as possible including blank gunshots, and the exercise will provide training for as many participants as possible.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., News media center will be open 10:00 a.m. – Noon for interviews, photos and video.
WHERE: Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR
Media center will be located on the lawn off Indiana Street, in front of the Student Health and Wellness Center.
WHO: Ashland police, Medford SWAT team, emergency medical personnel, SOU emergency management team, SOU campus public safety, and other agencies will be involved.
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