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AGA Spotlight Gallery Exhibits - January 2014

Ashland Gallery Association January 2014 Exhibits

Ring in the New Year with the Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, January 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery or the Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Most exhibits run throughout the month of January.

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits:

Weisinger’s Family Winery

Bruce Barnes Watercolors

Image of a watercolor painting by Briuce Barnes, part of his show at Weisinger's Winery art gallery in Ashland, Oregon January 2014

Watercolor by Bruce Barnes

BRUCE BARNES combines a love of the outdoors with his painting. He has hiked and painted often in Oregon, California, Canada, and across Europe. His sketchbook, paints, and brushes are always part of his pack.

Late in his career as an engineer, at the urging of an artist friend, Bruce began studying art and watercolor through a U.C. Berkeley weekend extension course. This soon led to an invitation to become a member of the Berkeley Watercolor Society, which built his confidence.

He and fellow-artist/wife Nancy left Berkeley in 1993 to spend a happy decade living near Mount Shasta, California. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 2002, where he paints en plein air with The Artists’ Workshop in Jacksonville, and The Rogue River Artists Group.

Barnes is a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and featured in Ashland Magazine. Dozens of his paintings are now displayed in homes and businesses across the country, with a few in Europe.

More of his paintings may be seen at Gallerie Karon in Ashland. He welcomes commissions to paint private homes and favorite scenes. He may be reached at his Ashland studio at 541-201-1947.

JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Image of a bronze sculpture of a cowgirl from the january 2014 group sculpture show at JEGA Gallery, Ashland, Oregon

“Sheriff,” Bronze sculpture by Lucious M. Upshaw, 
limited edition of 30

Bodacious Contemporary Art

Be prepared for a bodacious mix of contemporary art including: stone sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and outdoor art for your garden.

Current exhibit includes artwork from the following artists:

  • Jason Bueter: metalwork and photography
  • Christopher Dworin, ceramic sculptures
  • Dawn Ferrari: stone sculptures
  • Kristian Royce, digital collages
  • Tej Steiner: ceramic sculptures
  • Lucious Upshaw, bronze sculptures
  • Daniel Verner’s acrylic paintings
  • Wilkins-O’Reily Zinn, bricolage prints
  • J. Ellen Austin: intriguing stone and mixed media sculptures.

JEGA Hours: Tue-Sat at 11-4pm & by appointment.  Open 1st Fridays art walks until 8:00 p.m.  Please contact us for more information: jega4artatgmaildotcom or telephone (541) 488-2474.

Illahe Studios and Gallery

Steven Cornett & Holly Kilpatrick – “Trajectory Series”, a collaboration in printmaking, painting and glass arts

image of a painting by Holly Kilpatrick shown at Illahe Studios and Gallery, Ashland, Oregon January 2014

“Trajectory Series” Holly Kilpatrick

Our first exhibit of the New Year will be a collaborative project, “Trajectory Series” from Holly Kilpatrick and Steven Cornett. Holly, a printmaker/painter layers imagery, texture and color to create rich, dynamic abstract pieces and glass artist.  Steven Cornett produces hand blown lamps, bowls and sculptural forms with impeccable craftsmanship.

HOLLY KILPATRICK is a sculptor, printmaker, and an encaustic artist. Primarily a self-taught artist, she has gleaned instruction over the years from kindred artists who have shared their expertise with her, as well as her own research and experimentations.  While pursuing her own path to formal art education, Holly has become an arts education specialist and advocate. Holly is currently the Coordinator of Education Outreach at the Schneider Museum of Art.

STEVEN CORNETT began working with glass in 1989 at Virginia Commonwealth University.  While there he earned his BFA in glass and ceramics in 1992.  He then attended the MFA program at Rochester Institute of Technology before returning to VCU to receive his MFA in glass in1996.  Steven continued to refine his skills while working for various glass artist including Dale Chihuly, in Seattle,Wa.  He currently creates glass in a small studio in Talent Oregon.

Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on January 3rd, 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Ring in the New Year with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Laura Christine Anderson.

Ashland Art Center

Oil Paintings by David Gordon

image of an oil painting by David Gordon, shown at Ashland aRt Center, Ashland, Oregon

Oil painting by David Gordon

“Celebrate that creative process which connects us to the part of our being that is fluid, vivacious, effervescent and unpredictable.” - David Gordon

David Gordon’s expressive paintings show his heightened awareness of color relationships and his freedom of application. His art urges viewers to focus on those experiences that are fresh and beautiful. Visit David in his studio at the top of the stairs above the main level.
Show opens Friday, January 3, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center. There will also be refreshments and live music.
Live music will be performed by Pat O’Scannell and Sean Connors, traditional Irish music.

Special Show in the Classroom:

Stop motion animation is a very simple medium and one with immense potential! See examples and techniques for stop motion using clay, paper, fabricated puppets and sets, or even found objects. AAC will be offering classes in stop motion in 2014, this show is an opportunity for us to hear from you, to get feedback on what type of learning opportunities you would like to see in this broad and beautiful medium.



State of Jefferson (which is roughly delineated by Redding to the south, Roseburg to the north, the eastern California and Oregon borders to the east, and the Pacific Ocean of Northern California and Southern Oregon to the west) makes more sense now than any other time in the past.

Because our region has the remaining untouched and protected Old Growth Forests, vast watershed, huge resource reserves, gold mining and other features that need to be stewarded for the good of our Country, it seems the very best place to incubate a new economy and new beliefs and hopes for economic revival that works in concert with and with respect for Nature and natural systems.

As Washington D.C. is the location for politics and government, our region, South Jefferson, would become the center for stewardship of natural resources with focus on creating jobs that are in concert with nature and projects that reclaim the commons and  prevent further exploitation and waste of America’s natural resources.  Counties in Northern California, in particular Del Norte and Siskiyou, are well ahead of us in petitioning County Commissioners to consider a secession movement.  In South Jefferson, a District of “Common Sense” seems a practical approach, whether that is simply declared as a working concept and method of raising awareness in Salem of the issues in rural Southern Oregon, or as a real movement to make it so,  Jefferson, D.C. has a responsibility to our citizens to advocate for stewardship and reasonable preservation of community rights, property rights and creation of jobs that protect our region, care for our farms and forests and embrace Jefferson, D.C. as a beacon of hope and new leadership to secure a good future for America.





Summer Recap!

Ashland Art Center Print Studio


Print Studio Summer Special

We had a very successful summer special, and are continuing our $40 a month rate. Be sure to stop by and check out our newly renovated space! Visit the Print Studio’s page to learn more.

Rust Prints book by Tiffany Hokanson


Rust Prints Class

Tiffany Hokanson taught a workshop on printmaking with rust. Students enjoyed learning this technique with Tiffany who developed a body of work in rust prints during her artist in residence in AAC’s Print Studio spring 2013.


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Duck Pond Epiphany by Tracey Barnes Priestley



Author Talk

Author Tracey Barnes Priestley gave an engaging and entertaining presentation describing her process as a writer. She also read aloud some favorite passages from her book, giving us insight into what she loved most about this story and what it meant to her to create it.

You can still purchase her books in our main gallery… pick up your copy today!

Visit Tracy’s blog to learn more.



AAC 4th of July Parade 2013


4th of July

We were so happy with the community participation we received at our free community art sessions. The AAC community had a blast painting aprons and collaging flags to celebrate our favorite American artists. We won 3rd place in the non-profit category of parade entrants.



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Josie Rodriguez Encaustic Demo



Encaustic demo

On July 13, San Diego artist Josie Rodriguez gave an engaging demo on encaustic art, the process of painting and layering with melted and colored beeswax. Josie demonstrated dozens of techniques, including laying down colors, adding collage elements, engraving the wax, and doing design transfers. In a slideshow presentation of her work, we saw her love of experimentation and examples of a wide range of processes and techniques, including sculptures created with beeswax and paper made of thinly sliced fruit and vegetables.

There will be an encaustic workshop  with Josie in 2014. Check back later for details!

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Flying Circus Art Camp with Amy Godard NavickasAmy Godard Navickas' Flying Circus Art CampFlying Circus Art Camp

Amy Godard Navickas taught a fabulous kids art camp, where everyone made circus art projects in clay and mixed media! Students also made circus-themed shoe box dioramas. Their inspiration came from Alexander Calder, surrealist artists like Picasso, and 19th century circus posters.






Wordpress Workshop with David Gordon

WordPress Workshop

A full room of eager students learned tips and tricks for successfully creating and managing their own WordPress sites! AAC artist and website developer David Gordon has created WordPress websites for Ashland Art Center, Judith Pavlik, Jo Ann Manzone, and many more.

Visit David’s website to learn more.





Art for Book Cover Designs with Ashland Creek Press

Career Development Workshop

This quarter’s very popular career development workshop was led by Midge Raymond and John Yunker, co-founders of local publishing company Ashland Creek Press. Participants enjoyed an informative presentation introducing artists with the world of creating art for book cover designs.

Visit Ashland Creek Press’ website to see more of their beautiful cover designs.




Japanese School Group


Japanese School Group

AAC was honored and excited to hold two classes for the Showa Mura Homestay group. Eight Japanese teenagers, their parent chaperones, and local hosts, joined AAC artists Denise Kester, Nathan Clinton and Alissa Clark for fun workshops in paste paper painting and ceramics. It was wonderful to see the Japanese students getting their hands dirty and playing while making art. (We’ll see them again next year!)

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Japanese School Group
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Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Seeks New Executive Director

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Position Announcement

Title: Executive Director, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts

48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, Oregon 97801

CSIA is searching for an ED who can embrace and fulfill the mission and vision of CSIA, and who can bring energy, experience and intellect to the task of moving CSIA into its next decade of growth.

Crow’s Shadow’s mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. CSIA’s programs focus on the fine art of printmaking and traditional Native arts education.

CSIA envisions being a creative center for contemporary Native and non-Native artists locally, nationally and internationally through the medium of fine-art printmaking.

Experience with fine-art printmaking and its marketing, knowledge of the contemporary art world, skill in grant writing and building a donor base, and the ability to imagine future programming for CSIA are all desired qualities.

CSIA will give preference to those who have experience working in cross-cultural settings, who have knowledge and interest in contemporary indigenous art, who have knowledge of tribal culture, and who have had capital campaign experience.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of CSIA in accordance with the operating policies as approved by the Board of Directors. In addition to general administration, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to–day management of the facilities, coordinating with staff in program planning and fundraising for CSIA.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Salary: $60,000 – 65,000 annual salary, DOE

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Benefits: Annually: 12 days paid vacation leave; 8 days paid sick leave; 11 paid holidays

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, any field
  • Three years increasingly responsible non-profit work experience
  • Excellent speaking, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft applications, QuickBooks
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team

Position open until filled; first review August 28, 2013.

For the complete job description, please refer to the Crow’s Shadow website. To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: CSIA, 48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, OR 97801

For further information, contact James Lavadour, Board President at jlavadouratoregontraildotnet Or phone (541) 276-3954

Rust Prints Class at AAC Print Studio

Rust Prints printmaking class with Tiffany HokansonThis July we had our first Rust Prints class with Tiffany Hokanson. The students enjoyed learning and using this medium. Tiffany first started working with rust in college when experimenting with the material was less known about. Within the past several years, rust has become a very popular material and technique in many mediums, including printmaking and encaustic.


If interested in taking a future rust prints class, please contact us at ashartcentatgmaildotcom.

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watercolor World kids and teens classes, Rogue Gallery and Art Center

August 6 through 9th

am – kids 7 though 12

pm – teens

contact Rogue Gallery   541 772-8118

Intensive Printmaking Workshop at CCC

Printmaker Royal Nebeker

Printmaker Royal Nebeker

Clatsop Community College LogoRoyal Nebeker, internationally known printmaker, will teach a two week intensive printmaking workshop at Clatsop Community College this summer for beginning and intermediate printmakers.  The workshop is scheduled Monday to Thursday beginning July 22 and extending through August 1, and will be held at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The focus of this intensive workshop is on monotype, etching and collagraph techniques.

Register online at  or call 503-338-2438.  Deadline to register is July 15th. You can also register in-person at the Student Services Center, 1717 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm.

Don’t Give Away the Farm: Say Yes to Community Rights – Medford Oregon Library 6 pm 6/30

Letter to the Editor,
There are dozens of groups actively seeking remedy for the planting of GMO crops in our State through peaceful, legal channels.  The Chamber of Commons and Common Sense Sovereignty is addressing this and other areas of corporate overreach such as fracking, taxation, privacy, and takeover of water supplies. We are accomplishing this through education on how people can exercise their Community Rights.     In regard to the article about ”economic sabotage” and destruction of a crop in Talent, reported in the June 21, 2013 Ashland Daily Tidings and Medford Mail Tribune, we question the bias of that story.  More than 1000 people marched against Monsanto in Medford on May 25th and our organization collected over 400 signatures in a couple hours that day to advise the federal government to rescind the Monsanto Protection Act.  There is growing public awareness about the multiple dangers of GMO crops, seeds, pollinators and foods.  Our fellow citizens and many of our brave elected officials are working daily to diminish the proliferation of gmos in Oregon and America.    There needs to be a reframing of this and similar issues.  Chemical agriculture and gmo systems are losing their efficacy, and it would be best if these systems were abandoned in order to insure the health, safety and future of America.  The biggest economic threat  is the threat to export dollars since other countries are viewing with distaste, fear and suspicion the crops from Oregon and other states.  And can there be anything more violent and inappropriate on a moral, physical, spiritual or economic level than using gene guns to aggressively shoot trans-species genes into food seeds, not to mention the huge die-off of bees and other sentient beings, the soil, water and air contaminated and damaged by the toxic chemicals needed to grow GMO seeds and crops?   How can we end this type of treatment by corporations like Syngenta, a Swiss company who cannot legally do their experiments and gmo seed testing in their home country?  How can we the people unite and assert our Community Rights to reclaim self-governance and decision-making power for agriculture, energy, water, communications, taxation and in an array of areas being overtaken by big government in league with the “corporotocracy”?  Please join us at 6 pm at Medford Library on Sunday June 30, 2013 to learn from CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, how we can reclaim the people’s sovereign rights over our county, our state and our country.  Information about that presentation is attached above.
Chamber of Commons and Common Sense Sovereignty Members
champions of the commons on Facebook
championsofthecommonsatgmaildotcom  (championsofthecommonsatgmaildotcom)  

My Bag Lady Bags

My Bag Lady Bags

When I left home at a young age I ended up in some seedy places.  In San Francisco and New York I experienced the plight of the homeless, and even felt the possibility that if I wasn’t careful and lucky I too could face that hardship.

For some it has become a lifestyle choice. I appreciate the candor and pluck of those who call themselves the “Home-free” and I’ve learned that “all who wander are not lost”. Yet the concept of home is so essential to me after settling down, working in public housing, as a realtor, and as an artist, activist and observer of our culture, it gives me pleasure to help create opportunities for those who wants to become “stakeholders” and connect to a place.

In Ashland I have seen, through kindness of community, many people transform their lives, make friends, find meaning and gain a sense of belonging. I have been fortunate to develop my art career here and for a long time, I have used old paper sacks for my warm-up poses at life drawing.  Now I can share that work and put it to good use by selling my “bag lady bags” as a contribution to our area’s work for shelter program.   Thanks for your support.  Sincerely, Catie Faryl   see my artwork and writings at

“Bag Lady Bags” are available at Love Revolution, 111 East Main St. in Ashland and at Catie’s booth at Lithia Artisans Park near entrance to Lithia Park.

The Print Studio’s Spring Session Resident Artist

Bird in Tree by Kay HagenWe are pleased to announce, Kay Hagen is our Print Studio artist-in-residence for the spring session. A licensed clinical social worker, Kay uses art in her practice, which helps individuals with disabilities. She discovered printmaking four years ago and fell in love with the process. She learns from her printmaking experiences and works to make the processes her own. Her focus is mainly hard ground printing and layering effects. Recently, she started experimenting with mono printing with AAC artist Denise Kester. During her residency, Kay is looking forward to creating a new series of pieces with the theme of “Purpose and Hope.” Because for Kay: “If we don’t have purpose and hope, we don’t have a lot to give.” Welcome Kay! Have fun printing. We look forward to your show in the Print Studio on First Friday, July 5.

Image: “Bird in Tree” by Kay Hagen