Southern Oregon Painted Rocks

Hello fellow Art Around the Rogue supporters!

Amanda here… sadly, for the last time! Art Around the Rogue has had a good ride, but with the end of the term here, we have to part ways and say our goodbyes!

Don’t fret, Art will always be in the world around us, just don’t forget to notice it and enjoy it! You can remember us and our time here when you do.

Here’s a little article about cute little painted rocks you may find around your community:


Picture from #SOPR’s Facebook page

Southern Oregon Painted Rocks is a group that spreads random acts of kindness through sharing small pieces of artwork by painting rocks and leaving them in different places for people to find. Anyone is welcomed to join in on the fun and can leave clues for others to find them. Many people post their findings to SOPR’s Facebook page.
Here are instructions from SOPR’s Facebook page on how to participate:
  • Paint/decorate a rock (acrylic paint works great, with a top coat sealant)
  • Write “Post on Facebook at #SOPR” on back
  • Post a picture and a hint to where it can be found (park, school, etc.)
  • Hide rock for others to find

Found a rock?

  • Take a picture and post it so hiders know it was found. Easy to follow if you post your found rock under the original post as a comment
  • Keep the rock or re-hide it
  • If re-hide, post a hint to where it can be found

Please follow these guidelines to avoid confusion

  • Do not hide in or around small businesses unless you are the business owner (I think the larger shopping centers should be ok)
  • Make sure ALL rocks are sealed and marked #SOPR. If they are not marked, please leave them where you found them
  • Please do not paint over or alter the work on a rock you found. Please respect others hard work and time. The only exception would be if the art was messed up, chipped off, etc. Then it may be touched up

To clarify:

  • You do NOT have to re-hide rocks you found
  • You do not have to paint rocks
  • You do not have to hide rocks
  • You do not have to find rocks

This activity and group is only for fun and inspired by Coos County Rocks and West Coast Painted Rocks.


Picture from #SOPR’s Facebook page


I hope you enjoyed this article on a little artistic inspiration. I hope you enjoyed this art blog done by my colleagues and I. We enjoyed our short time with you all and hope you continue to see the different artistic inspiration in the world around you!

Thanks for all the support.

Amanda (and the #ArtRogue team)

The New World of Virtual Reality

Hey art lovers!

It’s Torre here to talk to you about a very new thing to the world of film and also the SOU campus. I’m talking about virtual reality! What is Virtual Reality (VR)  you ask? It is a 360-degree video that you can interact with either with a VR headset or by scrolling with your phone around the 360 world.

Now you might be wondering why I am talking about VR and that a wonderful question. I am currently in a class at SOU that is focused on this new medium and I think it is awesome. This type of video is so new that there is not much information or “rules” on how to use it and I love that. We are the creators that get to experiment and make the rules and we get to try new things daily which is pretty amazing!

In this post, I wanted to share with you a couple of VR videos that people at SOU have created that can be found on the SOU VR Vimeo page! So grab a VR headset, move your phone around, or scroll with your mouse/finger and enjoy!

First I will show you my personal documentary “on the road”

I made this film to take you along on my journeys in my car to some of my favorite places. I thought this would be a fun way to play with VR and test out how it looks when you travel in 360!

Here are some of my favorites from the class:

Adam Hill’s “Dead Indian Memorial Highway”

I love the way Adam used fun and fast edits in this film, it is something I had not seen done before with VR and I think that it made the film that much more interesting to watch!

Sophia Miller’s “Where is my home”

Sophia does an amazing job sharing a narrative with this film, not only do we get to see beautiful Ashland but we get to hear why this place is so special to her!

Mylz Blake’s “My Creative Space”

This documentary plays with the voiceover to direct the audience to look around Mylz’s Creative Space. This video has tons of creative shots and also caputures the true emotion of these peoples lives!

Presley Lambert’s Soccer “Mini Doc”

This video is fun for me to watch because of how it has been shot, the more you watch the more interactive it becomes which is really awesome! At one point the girls are even kicking a soccer ball over your head, pretty neat.

Zach Beltz’s “Rouge Valley”

This is a film of a time-lapse of a sunrise! It is very simple but at the same time is a beautiful video to just take a second and look around. I think this is one of the best ways to use 360-video.

I hope you enjoyed being in these 360 worlds for a couple of minutes! Hopefully, this post has given you some insight of the new world of VR and maybe influenced you to watch more or even make your own!

To see more of what SOU VR makes follow on Vimeo!

That’s all I have for now,

– Torre

Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival

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Hot air balloons always have a had an incredible magic allure. Did you know you now have the ability to admire their beauty here in the Rouge Valley? The Rouge Valley Balloon and Kite Festival happens in Grants Pass, Oregon. This year it was during June 2, 2017-June 4th, 2017. There are food venders, beautiful balloons, and kites in a ton of different brilliant colors, shapes and sizes. There are also many kid friendly activities, food, and music. This is truly an event of all ages and one you should enjoy! Parking is $5 but all other events and activities are free of charge. This is a smoking and alcohol event. So next year do not miss out on this awesome event.