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Updated Class Schedule, Calls to Artists from Ashland Art Center!

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Please welcome Jennifer Alexander to AAC!

NEW ~ Get your Art On with Jennifer Alexander

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Saturday, April 18th
10:30 am to 12 noon
$10 drop in. Scholarships available. All Ages

 Art Camp With Denise Kester


Four consecutive Wednesdays starting April 22
1 to 4 pm
$325 + $25 materials
More info Register with instructor

Botanical Printing and Dyeing with Jo Ann Manzone


Saturday, April 25
10 to 3 pm
$45 + $20 Materials

More info  Register with teacher

Pottery on the Wheel with Stephanie Friedman

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4 consecutive Thursdays in May starting May 5
10:30 AM  to 12:30 PM
$80 + clay and firing fee

More Info Limit 6 students

Watercolor: ” In deeper pursuit”  with Elaine Frenett


Fridays, April 24 – May 29
11 – 2pm
More info Register with instructor 541-944-2196

NEW ~ Etsy Workshop with Sunny Lindley

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Friday, May 8
3pm to 5 pm
$25 members, $30 General

New week for Summer Camps at AAC with Natalie Stawsky


JUNE 22-26
JULY 27-31
AUGUST 17-21
$ 200
More info Register with instructor [email protected]

Ashland’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July

unnamed 2We invite you to participate in submitting artwork for the design of this year’s 4th of July T-Shirt.

The Ashland Chamber Board and 4th of July Committee would like to announce the 2015 theme for this year’s parade -
Ashland’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July “Be Active, Live Healthy!”
This theme engages and emphasizes Ashland’s values of cultivating a healthy lifestyle.
Ashland has a deep history of honoring health and wellness and this theme sheds light on these community values.
Help the Ashland Chamber and entire Ashland community celebrate this theme through art.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the grand prize and runner-up. We welcome artists of all ages to participate.
Deadline: Artwork must be collected by Wednesday, April 29th at 5:00pm.
Submissions may be sent to: Ashland’s 4th of July Committee – PO Box 1360, Ashland OR 97520, delivered to the Chamber office at 110 E. Main Street (M-F, 9am to 5pm) or emailed to [email protected]
For questions concerning the contest, contact Kelsey Holderness at (541) 482-3486 ext. 104. The 4th of July committee, consisting of community volunteers, will select the winning design.
The winning design is then incorporated into the marketing and outreach for the event in addition to being the T-shirt design AND all entries will be displayed on our website with the artist’s name.
Prizes: Grand Prize – $250 CASH PRIZE, two T-Shirts showcasing the design and special VIP Seating for two at the bleachers in front of Zoey’s to watch the 4th of July Parade 2nd Place – $100 CASH PRIZE
All submissions will be featured on

Logo Design Contest Calling all graphic designers!

The Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon needs a new logo that will be featured in promotional materials and the arts marketing campaign.
The logo should be in 2-3 colors but versatile enough to run in black and white in various sizes and formats and include the text: Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon.
Graphics should be inclusive of all of the arts (not only visual arts), if applicable.

 Designers should submit 1 – 3 proposals by May 1st, 2015 to [email protected]

Contact us


Please let us know what classes do you want to see happen at the Ashland Art Center.
Give us feedback, comments and ideas at [email protected]

All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
[email protected]

Techniques in Palette Knife Painting Class Rescheduled – Spots Still Open!

We recently posted about a class that Silvia Trujillo will be teaching – Techniques in Palette Knife Painting – at the Rogue Gallery. Yesterday we received this update:

Silvia Trujillo winery landscape, plein air oil painted with palette knife technique
Winery Landscape by Silvia Trujillo
Techniques in Palette Knife Painting has been rescheduled to May 2nd & 3rd, 11am-4pm.

The palette knife can render luscious texture and depth, while maintaining rich pure colors. In this class Silvia Trujillo will teach skills with the palette knife to enhance your work in value, design, and color harmony.

There are still a couple spots available for this fun class. Sign up now!

Rivet Shadows

Construction Design

The Process of Painting

I thought I would share a bit of my painting process. I never take enough photos, because I get involved in painting and all of a sudden a dramatic change occurs. Here is a look at a recent painting. It is on an 11×30″ wooden panel.

Ink drawing on textured surface

Adding some definition – black and white

Neutralized the background – the flower was distracting!
Added more detail to the figure.
The flower and edge of the collage suggest “ears.”

Ears appear and color is started.

This is where I got lost in the painting and stopped takeing pics.
 Added more color and ink drips to the background.


Close up of the face. 
Wishing you inspiration!

A Warm Welcome to Artist Karen O’Brien!

Attraction, painting by Karen O'Brien

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource extends a warm welcome to artist Karen O’Brien of Grants Pass, who can now be found in the Visual Artists directory and the Art Education section of We met Karen last December, when she entered two of her fabulous “Urban Folk” angels in the second annual Angels show at the GoodBean Café in Jacksonville. It was hard to give them back to her after the show! Please help us welcome this talented artist by visiting her listing to find a link to her website, social media sites, and bookmark her Etsy shop in progress.

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Education Bill Moves Out of Senate Committee

The bill will now be considered by the full Senate

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DIY Envelope & Letter In One

I was requested to share my instructions for making this envelope and letter in one. I posted photos of my envelopes for National Letter Writing Month on Facebook page, and was asked how I make this envelope and letter all in one. … Continue reading

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Fields of color

At our recent lunch, Rick Harrington reminded me of David Oleski’s work, and I returned to it, at his website, with pleasure. It’s gotten more subtle and complex in execution, and yet in a way even simpler in its effect, than when I looked a few years ago. It’s a remarkable way to start with […]

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Call to Artists from Hanley Farm Artist Day & Craft Fair

Call to Artists from Hanley Farm Artist Day & Craft Fair

We invite you to join us June 20 at Hanley Farm and participate in our Artists Day & Craft Fair. Bring your paints, charcoal, pencils, beading,– which ever medium you use to create your beautiful works of art! – and practice your craft as you enjoy the ambience only Hanley Farm can offer!


This year, we’re expanding our event to include much more. And, we’re offering you a couple of options!

If you plan to demonstrate your craft, not sell, there is no fee for a 10’x10’ area. If you choose to simply set your easel up, paint, draw, create – there is no fee. If you want to also sell your work, there is a $35 vendor fee for a 10’x10’ area. (Visit to complete the vendor form and pay the vendor fee.)

We can supply

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Call to Artists from Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival!

Vancouver Wine & Jazz FEStival, Vancouver, Washington, August 21, 22 & 23, 2015.

CALL TO ARTISTS Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is “…the largest festival of its kind in the Northwest…” (ABC TV KATU 2, Portland, OR). The 18th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival features GRAMMY-winning Jazz, Blues and Pop musicians; Visual Artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Montana; 200 wines; local restaurants; and commercial exhibitors.

Professional Fine Artists and Crafters are invited to participate in the 2015 Festival. Festival dates are August 21, 22 & 23, 2015. This is a JURIED event for professional Fine Artists and Crafters. Spaces are limited to 50 participants. Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to: painting; watercolor; sculpture (bronze, steel, wood, etc.); pottery, ceramics, glass arts; textiles; mixed media and photography. We do not accept imports of any kind. All art must be created by the participating artist/crafter. However, prints, limited

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