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Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association December Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, December 4th, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries during the holiday season, taking in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download below. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Galleries
December 2015

Ashland Art Center
Wearable Art by Marty Hogan

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: Wearable Art by Marty Hogan

Wearable Art by Marty Hogan

“I work in a small artisan workshop where I fabricate my jewelry from wire and flat sheets of silver, brass and reclaimed copper.  I saw, form and hammer each piece into a beautiful work of wearable art, which accurately reflects the intended idea or symbol.  My work could best be described as a balance between refined and organic.  My inspiration comes from the beauty of every day things surrounding me.  Found objects, beads and stones are often incorporated into my work, lending a touch of whimsy, color and nostalgia.  I leave hammer marks to remind the wearer that my hands have deliberately touched and fashioned each piece and that a small part of me travels with it.”  ~Marty Hogan

Laura Lawrence, Upstairs Studio Featured Artist

Laura coined the phrase, “Painting with Yarn” when she designed her own needlepoint canvases in the 1970s. That phrase still depicts the essence of all her fiber art. After her needlepoint period, she began hand-weaving tapestries. Her Command Performance was featured in the call for entries for Small Expressions, the Handweavers Guild of America annual juried exhibit.

Machine knitting wearable art was the next step in her fiber journey. She now draws inspiration from her many years of dancing, working as a secretary in an environment of abstract expressionist paintings, and the natural beauty that surrounds her in Ashland. Whether it’s art to hang on a wall or a person, she still considers it to be painting with yarn.

Robbin Pearce, Downstairs Studio Featured Artist

I have been an advocate of resource reuse for most of my life. So whether it be water conservation in my home and garden, waste management through recycling, precycling and composting or reuse through Creative Fabric Use I operate under the premise of Once is Not Enough!I love mixing and matching colors, prints and textures. And mostly using pre-existing garments and/or items to create… Simple Market Bags!This venture is growing and changing as rapidly as the variety of products I find to play with. I would love to hear your comments and ideas.

Enjoy contemporary music and jazz favorites, performed by two of the region’s most promising musicians.  Garrett Baxter on standup bass with Brandon Crafts on guitar will delight you with their smooth sounds and upbeat tempos.

Snow’s Place
Weisinger’s Family Winery features Snow’s Bee Paintings

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: “The Pink Bee Queen,” painting by Snow Panneton

“The Pink Bee Queen,” painting by Snow Panneton

Snow has been invited to be the featured artist for the month of December at Weisinger’s Family Winery.  Her paintings feature imaginary women, some of which are “transmographying” from a woman into an insect, bird or animal, such as the “Bee Queen”.  The Pink Bee Queen, the favorite Queen Bee of many, will also be on display and shown for the first time.

Snow’s Gallery & Working Studio will be CLOSED for the First Friday Art Walk.  You are invited to join Snow at the Weisinger’s Family Winery’s First Friday and Wine Club Mixer 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., December 5, 2015.  Snow’s Gallery & Working Studio will be open by Appointment for the month of December.

Photographers’ Gallery
Chinese Landscape Photography by Lewis Anderson

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: “Mindfulness at Lobos,” photograph by Lewis Anderson

“Mindfulness at Lobos,” photograph by Lewis Anderson

Lewis Anderson is a local photographer who often explores the boundaries between photography and painting.  Lewis will be displaying his homage to Chinese landscape tradition where the main exhibition piece is “Mindfulness at Lobos” at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center during the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, December 4th.

The longest living visual art genre in the world is the Chinese Landscape.  In an homage to this style and sensibilities, Lewis used modern digital photography, the digital darkroom, and unique mounting systems to create an interpretation of the emptiness and wonder before us.  The Asian use of panels breaks the landscape up in such a way that the eyes can see the scene in fresh light.  By using black and white prints it naturally mimics the black ink used by the old hermit monk masters.  Their unique way of perceiving and representing perspective using fog as empty space to help separate the foreground, middle-ground and background is a common ploy of the old Chinese painters and Lewis has also imitated this approach in his camera and digital darkroom work.

The large four panel landscape (it measures 50″x30″) is of Point Lobos, California.  This is a place loved by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Minor White and just about every famous American landscape photographer in history.  By turning a scene into an Oriental viewpoint it allows Lewis to experience a unique temporary place in eternity.

Ashland Art Works
Let it snow…..let it snow!

Ashland Gallery Association December 2015 Art Exhibits: “Winter Wonderland and Crater Lake,” photograph by Daniel Loch

“Winter Wonderland and Crater Lake,” photograph by Daniel Loch

AAW’s newest co-op artists are Daniel Loch, photographer, and Andrew Jones, fine burl wood art. We now have fourteen artists making a variety of art, including: cutting boards, benches, wood bowls, tea trays, metal art, paintings, raku, pottery, wire sculpture, photography, jewelry, silk scarves, fused glass, assemblage art… plus we have beautiful art and photo cards.

ART is the best gift you could give… or receive!
Choose the perfect ART gift made by local artists for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

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Holiday Art Show : Small Works by 5 Friends

Holiday Art Show, Ashland, Oregon 2015: Small Works by 5 Friends holiday art show & sale gives you the opportunity to shop for small works of art at gift-friendly prices on December 5, 2015 in Ashland, Oregon

ART'Clectic Victorian Christmas Artisan's Market

Greetings from ART’clectic!!!

We would like to invite you to Shop Local this holiday season by coming out to our Artisan’s Market to be held at the IOOF #10 Hall, 175 S. Oregon St in Jacksonville, right next door to GoodBean Coffee.
This boutique style market will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm from December 4th through December 20th.  There will be framed and unframed art, textiles, leather, jewelry, baskets, glass, multi-media, cards, cottage furniture and many other interesting and beautiful gifts.
Hope to see you there!

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SOAR Welcomes Art 4 Joy!!

Art 4 Joy: Fun Arts Program Opens in Central Point

Create Fun Art!

Central Point, November 18, 2015: “Sip and Paint” classes have been spreading across the U.S. like wild fire, but more often than not these venues are limited to availability in larger cities. “Sip and Paint” classes are a new social scene for adults who enjoy painting in a social atmosphere often served up with alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages while guests are guided through a pre-determined painting project from start to finish in about 2 hours. At these events all supplies are included for the project and guests go home with their finished “masterpieces”.

Kim Samitore, Art Director/Owner of Art 4 Joy, located in Central Point has brought big city fun to small town America in the heart of downtown Central Point! Art 4 Joy, which offers not only “sip and paint” style classes but a full schedule of youth programs, quietly opened their doors Oct. 12, 2015, at 63 S. 4th Street in Central Point. Samitore chose to start her company as a grassroots project,rather than buying into the popular franchises offering similar services so that she could bring arts and crafts to children and adults of all ages within the Rogue Valley with her own unique program plan!

In late November 2015, Samitore moved her business to a larger location just around the corner at 425 Oak Street in Central Point (still located in 4 Oaks Centre) to accommodate for the community’s growing desire of different class offerings. Art 4 Joy has classes for children 5 years old and under that focus on tactile and motor skill development through creative art play, as well as weekly youth painting classes for first grade on up. Other classes offered include classes for Seniors 55+, some of which have never painted before, but are very excited to learn! Jim DeKorte (73), Samitore’s father, has Parkinson’s Disease and enjoys his art classes as his tremors subside and his cognition increases during art class. Other Seniors attend for increased social activity, for relaxation or mood elevation, etc. “Art is very therapeutic for mind, body and spirit,” says Samitore. She feels strongly that art classes can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle no matter what age or experience level you have. “Studies have shown that art is a valuable therapy for stress, anxiety, depression and more. Our classes are very social and always educational in a fun way, so whether a guest is young or young at heart, they leave with very positive feelings,” says Samitore.

Samitore has been fielding calls and emails for work parties, birthday parties, potential partnerships with local schools and non-profits who provide services to foster care children and more. Her goal is the bring art back to the community due to reduced art activities within the schools and to inspire adults to take a night out for social time in a new and fun way that is different and healthy for body, mind and spirit. She wants to help people feel good about themselves through creativity.

Art 4 Joy is currently working with the City of Central Point’s Recreation Department to expand their arts and crafts offerings during Community Christmas, scheduled for Dec. 5th, 2015. Art 4 Joy will be open to the public for free arts and crafts to all kiddos who attend Community Christmas, just 1 block east of City Hall so that families can enjoy the celebration a little longer where they can get out of the cold.

Samitore recently retired from teaching horse back riding lessons at Samitore Stables, also of Central Point, to children and adults with and without disabilities/learning/behavior disorders since 2005, to pursue her other love in life – CREATIVITY! She hopes to keep working with special needs children and adults as well as those without them. “What’s neat about this new learning opportunity is that no level of physical fitness, or experience is required and fees are lower (than horse back riding) so I can work with a larger population within our community,” says Samitore. She loves teaching and sharing the joy of expanding one’s horizons of what’s possible when you give something new a try!

Samitore is planning a Grand Opening/Christmas Open House in December (TBD), as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony (still to be scheduled) with the Central Point Chamber of Commerce.

Photo Opportunity: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 4:30-6:30pm, a promotional free class will be held at Art 4 Joy to introduce the community to our Taste and Create classes.

The If of Paris

I wrote this poem about two months ago. I had forgotten about it until I returned from Paris and was organizing poetry this morning. I didn’t change a thing, but I liked reading the last line aloud without the “if.” 

The If of Paris 

If you spoke my name
If I gave you roses
If you built me palaces
If the table is set for two
If the table is set for two million
If your markets sell delight
If I wore this dress to walk with you
If you sing in a choir
If I sang from your hills
If we danced to your river
If we need love more than water
If we remember our history
If this day ends
If it begins

If there is light

Featured Artist of the Month of November at the Belle

John's Flyer Nov 2015

I realize that it has been some time since I have posted anything, but “work” has a way of getting in the way of fun and “play time.”  So not much time for “photo treks” this year.  But I have been blessed with an opportunity I could not turn down … that is, to be the “featured artist” of the month of November at the beautiful venue of the Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland, Oregon.  Thus, the above promotional flyer I threw together to get the word out.  So, I do hope if you are in the neighborhood you will be able to drop by for my reception tomorrow, Saturday the 7th from 4 – 7 is pm.  Otherwise have a splendid Fall and happy shooting!

Sue Bennett Painting Honored with Museum Purchase Award

Plein Air artists completed a successful 3 month period of painting in the Yaquina River Watershed as part of the second annual Toledo Plein Air Event and Open Juried Plein Air Show. The event is sponsored by the Yaquina River Museum of Art. 2015 Jurors were Becky Miller and Michael Gibbons.

Jacksonville artist Sue Bennett recently received an announcement that her painting “Yasek Loop Barn” has been chosen for the Permanent Collection Purchase Award from this year’s exhibit at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Toledo, Oregon.

Sue Bennett is a classically trained artist who lives and works in Jacksonville, Oregon. She and her husband Steve (also an accomplished painter) traveled to Toledo, Oregon to paint during the summer and the result is “Yasek Loop” oil 8 ½” x 11 ½” a brilliant example of the rural landscape in the watershed.

Congratulations, Sue!

Yasek Loop Barn, Oil by Sue Bennett; Sue Bennett Painting Honored with Museum Purchase Award by Yaquina River Museum of Art, 2015

Yasek Loop Barn, Sue Bennett Painting Honored with Museum Purchase Award

Mixed Media Works of Pam Haunschild

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces New exhibit in the Community Gallery:

Mixed Media Works of Pam Haunschild

October 30 – November 27, 2015

Reception Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Mixed Media Works of Pam Haunschild: Quail Moon, by Pam Haunschild

Quail Moon, by Pam Haunschild

The Rogue Gallery and Art Center is proud to exhibit the mixed media works of Pam Haunschild in the Community Gallery. Pam Haunschild is inspired by nature’s beauty, and paints with the goal of increasing others’ awareness and appreciation of the textures and colors of creation. The small scale of her works gives it an intimate feel. She creates highly textured surfaces using beeswax and limestone clay mixed with the clear bright hues of watercolor. Her color palate is a pleasing combination of bright and muted tones. Images of birds, flowers, bees, fish and other small animals surface within layered, abstract patterns.

A reception will be held on Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.


The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit

Juried Critique at Oct 26 SOSA Meeting

Southern Oregon Society of Artists announces Juried Critique at October 26 SOSA meeting

Coffee on the Pier, by Norm Rossignol

Coffee on the Pier, by Norm Rossignol

Southern Oregon Society of Artists

October 26, 2015 6:15pm

Program: Juried Critique

Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave

Free and Open to public

Contact 1-520-471-5046

Mountain Cabin, plein air watercolor by Norm Rossignol

Mountain Cabin, plein air watercolor by Norm Rossignol

Southern Oregon Society of Artists announces a Juried Critique at Oct 26 SOSA meeting. The juror for works brought by members will be local artist Norm Rossignol. Norm began painting watercolors in the early 1980s. More than just pretty landscapes, he strives to capture scenes that convey a narrative and engage the viewer on a deeper level. His paintings have sold nationally and internationally. A juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Pastel Society of Oregon, Norm co-founded the Plein Air Society of Southern Oregon, is a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists, and teaches watercolors, pastels and acrylics locally.

Members may bring a single original work to the meeting between 6:15 and 6:30 to be juried.

Bandon Mist, watercolor by Norm Rossignol

Bandon Mist, by Norm Rossignol

Orange Trees, Zellij tiles, and Tangines

The Deep Travel Workshop is about to begin! I’m looking forward to exhibiting some of my travel sketches of Morocco at the legendary Cafe Clock Marakech next week. If you want to see the virtual version (or order prints), check out my gallery for Travel Vignettes Morocco. Here’s a glimpse: