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Announcements from Light Garden Glass Art

For anyone I told we were having a yard sale this weekend, I have cancelled due to rain.
I have rescheduled for June 10th & 11th
depending on weather.
 
Glass Racks
Finished Stained Glass
Clear textured, stained glass cut offs
Seconds, Trial Pieces, things that have been here too long….who knows what will hit the tables?!
(also household overstock!)
 
Too much stuff!
 
Need to make some room for more cool product!

 
On May 11th Spectrum Glass
announced that they are stopping
production of all art glass at the end of June.
 
As they are one of the largest art glass
manufacturers in the United States so this is
troubling to say the least.
 
We rely heavily on Spectrum glass.  It accounts for about 85% of our glass inventory, including System 96 for fusing.
 
Uroboros has stepped up and agreed to continue producing the System 96 line.  They have been partners with Spectrum 96 from the beginning and already make a considerable amount of their colors.
 
This is the latest from Uroboros this morning
 on what they can and can’t do.
 
 
 
The new
are a big hit!
 
Lots of blendable colors, outlines
and bubble art!
 
Almost as easy as coloring!
 
 Introductory Offer
 
Come in a paint a
6″ x 6″ square for
 
$12
up to 8 colors of your choice
includes firing
 
 
Available during Wednesday and Saturday morning workshops
Call or email to reserve your space.
 

 

 
 
  
This is Diane’s first attempt at glass painting.
Fuchsia painted on clear glass
and fused on pink streaky.
..
Great job, Diane!
 

It is getting to be that time of year when we schedule fewer classes.  Summer is such a busy time.  I know, it’s hard to fit it all in.  It goes so fast!  It is also a time when I have the opportunity to go out and promote our glass studio so that we can continue to bring you new classes and techniques.

 

We will continue to do our Flowers of Hope, Try Fusing! (OUR NEW PAINTING WORKSHOPS!) and open workshops on most regularly scheduled days.  You can always go to the website to see if there is a workshop scheduled.  If we have special events they will be listed.  

calendar schedule

Most of our easier classes such as Dichroic Jewelry, Table Lamps, Cabinet Knobs and Fused Glass Switchplates can be scheduled during workshop time as well as the dragonfly, butterfly and daisy dish casting forms.  Please email or call for availability. 

 

 FLOWERS OF HOPE Workshop

Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
$15 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and scrap glass, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.

 

TRY FUSING!

 The same class only you get to keep it! Try fusing and see if you like it! Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!
$20
FLOWERS OF HOPE / TRY FUSING! workshops are available during any regularly scheduled Wednesday or Saturday morning  10a-12p Workshop

 
        Please call or email to reserve your space!
 

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!

 

Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!

 

Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00

 

  

 Morning Workshops:

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

LightGarden Glass Art, 1086 Washburn Lane, Medford, OR 97501-2000

Rogue Gallery News & Announcements

Rogue Gallery News & Announcements

Rogue Gallery summer art camps 2016. Medford, Oregon

Summer Art Camps at the Rogue Gallery are now
available for young aspiring artists! 

This summer camps include painting, sculpture, clay, tie-dye, and much more.
For camp information and to register, visit http://roguegallery.org/art_kids.html

A fun Studio Spirits session you will not want to miss! 

Brews and Beads taught by Nicki Dollard on Friday, May 27, 6-8pm

Studio Spirits classes are for adults 21 and over
For class descriptions and registration, visit www.roguegallery.org/adult_classes.html

ROGUE GALLERY CALLS TO ARTISTS

Rogue Gallery will be accepting submissions for our 2017 Community Gallery and Berryman Gallery. Deadline for submissions for both galleries is June 14, 2016. For complete guidelines please see our website.

Abstract Expressionism: Celebrating 70 years of Throwing Paint. All Rogue Gallery Members are invited to bring one piece for this non-juried exhibit. Details available on our website. Drop-off during gallery hours on June 30, July 1 or 2.

Local playwright Scott Kaiser talks about his play NOW THIS

anpf scott kaiser now this "Now This" rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser

“Now This” rehearsal. Photo by Kara Q. Lewis for ANPF

Ashland New Plays Festival (ANPF) Interviews Scott Kaiser

Local playwright, author, teacher and Shakespeare scholar
talks about his play NOW THIS

Ashland, Ore — Scott Kaiser, the multi-talented member of the artistic staff at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for the past 26 years and its current Director of Company Development, was interviewed by ANPF’s Mary Silva about his play, NOW THIS, which will be presented as a dramatic reading in Ashland later this month. Kaiser talks about the play, his motivation and his history as a professional playwright, author, actor and teacher.
ANPF will present NOW THIS on Monday, May 23 in the Great Hall at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Sara Becker, the play features a cast of 14, including Kaiser, ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden, several noted actors from OSF and a few visiting artists in this compelling look at the destructive influence of consumerism on American society.
These talented actors bring to life the troubled and troubling characters of the fictional town of Purple Mountain, where young Joey Adderall takes us on an unforgettable ride through his final days of a life coming apart at the seams and his fatal response to a place where everything is less than he wants and more than he needs.
$15 tickets are available at Paddington Station and at the door the evening of the performance, subject to availability. For more information: www.ashlandnewplays.org

anpf scott kaiser now this "Now This" rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser

“Now This” rehearsal. Photo by Kara Q. Lewis for ANPF

The Interview:
MS: First of all, I’d like some background: a bit about where you grew up and where you’ve lived and worked, your educational experience, and what drew you to life in the theater. Anything in your life that you feel contributed significantly to your taking this direction.

SK: Like so many theatre people, I struggled to find a niche for myself in high school, but the theatre kids accepted me with all my awkwardness and quirks when no one else would. So I stuck with it. As a teenager, I did summer stock all over New England. In my twenties, I earned three degrees in theatre, which, to be honest, is a bit ridiculous: a BA from the University of Michigan, an MFA in acting from the University of Washington, and a voice studies degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. In my thirties, I joined the artistic staff at OSF. And now I’m in my fifties, and still at it.

MS: What might you have done for a living if you hadn’t gone into the theater?

SK: When I was a young man, I wanted to be an architect. I’ve always loved looking at buildings and learning about how they were designed and constructed. And to this day, when I see a bit of unfamiliar text—a poem, a speech, a play—I look at it the same way I look at a building, peeling back the facade in my mind to examine the foundation, the framing, the walls, the stairs, the doors.

MS: After directing/acting/overseeing the work of other actors, when and why did you begin writing plays of your own?

SK: My first full-length play was a four-person adaptation of the Huck Finn story narrated by Frederick Douglass called Splittin’ the Raft. That play enjoyed a couple of professional productions—one at the Marin Theatre Company and another at People’s Light and Theatre Company in Pennsylvania. The script was developed
in collaboration with a handful of actors at the Festival in what I proposed and
piloted as “the 12th slot model” back in 1998, which has since become the Black Swan Lab for New Works.

MS: What motivated you to write Now This?

SK: Years ago, the characters in this play starting talking to me in my sleep, so I began writing down what they had to say to me on little scraps of paper. And eventually, I’d collected hundreds of scraps of paper—words, phrases, speeches, and dialogues— written out in complete darkness in the middle of the night. The material on all those scraps, after a great deal of shaping and polishing, with some guidance from the poet Dylan Thomas, became this play.

MS: What is it that you hope people will think about/take away from the play? What one thing would you like people to be thinking about when they leave the performance?

SK: I’d be pleased if people would become more conscious of how American consumer culture effects nearly every aspect of their lives.

MS: Now This seems to draw a strong connection between consumerism and gun violence, an idea that I hadn’t really thought about before. How would you describe this connection?

SK: I won’t pretend to know what goes on in the hearts and minds of individuals who choose to carry a weapon to a public place and slaughter fellow human beings. But thiscountry has a serious problem with guns, and I believe the root cause has something to do with a consumer culture that incessantly promises that love and contentment can be bought.

MS: How do you feel about having Now This chosen to be read by the Ashland New Plays Festival? Even though the play has already been produced, what new or different aspects do you think this reading might bring to the play?

SK: Purple Mountain, the small town depicted in NOW THIS, has a lot in common with the City of Ashland, so I’m very pleased that the play, at long last, will be read here in my home town, and by a fantastically talented group of actors.

MS: You’ve been a long time Ashland resident. What do you like about life here? What drives you crazy? What do you do when you’re not doing theater-related stuff?

SK: I travel a lot for work, which is a privilege because I get to see how other people live in this country. And life is much tougher out there. So it’s always good to come home to Ashland, where life is slower, where we enjoy tall trees, and open space, and clean water, and fresh air—precious things that, sadly, millions of Americans don’t have in their lives. So I do a lot of walking, many miles every day.

MS: I know there are a lot of things I haven’t asked you, but for purposes of this piece, is there anything you’d like to add that I haven’t asked?

SK: If you miss Now This, you can see my newest play, entitled Shakespeare’s Other Women, at Southern Oregon University in the winter of 2017.

 anpf scott kaiser now this "Now This" rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser

“Now This” rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser. Photo by Kara Q. Lewis for ANPF

Central Art Supply June Framing Events

Central Art Supply June Framing Events

central art suply june framing events

Truck Load of Frames Sale June 3–4, 2016

The Truck Load of Frames Sale is headed to Central Art to kick off our Framing Month Spectacular! Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, save 30% on all in-stock frames and 50% on custom ready made frames, or choose from a wide selection of new frames fresh off the truck!

Remember, these amazing deals will be around for 2 days only, so plan your life accordingly!

DIY Framing Workshops

On a tight framing budget? Pinterest tutorials not much help? Central Art has the answer to your DIY anxiety! June is our Framing Month Spectacular, and in addition to some awesome deals on frames and framing supplies, we’ve put together a variety of framing workshops to help you on your way to becoming a DIY superstar!

Thursday 6/9 – Canvas Stretching 2:00pm – 4:00pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/17 – DIY Framing 10:00am – 12:30pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/24 – Beginning Mat Cutting 10:00am – 12:00pm Fee: $15

                    – Intermediate Mat Cutting 1:00pm – 3:00pm Fee: $15

 

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

Participants will have a finished project to take home.

 

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444.

Please pay in advance to book your spot either by phone or in person as seating is limited.

 

Paper & Egg

I’m housesitting, happily tucked away in the countryside, alone with several projects and a few animals. Those animals include two chickens who live waaaaay down the hill toward the bottom of the lane. After the first round of morning coffee and writing, I walk down to the coop with any veggie scraps, feed the hens, and collect an egg or two. I tuck the eggs into a fencepost nook and continue my walk, past barns and vineyards, taking at least an hour until the list of tangibles in my head dissolves and ideas of the heart can blossom. When I return to the base of the lane, I gather the daily newspaper and eggs, and climb the steep hill back to the house. Then it’s round two of coffee and the afternoon work—the stuff that doesn’t need “morning brain.” Some days it’s painting. Some days it’s catching up on pixel work. Often, it’s both.
Even when I’m not housesitting, my days have a similar structure—sans chickens. But when I started hiking back up the hill today, a fresh egg cradled in the Wednesday copy of the Medford Mail Tribune, I thought that “paper and egg” made a nice metaphor for the day’s ritual.
Somewhere on a social media discussion this week, I saw a comment about the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Curry. Though the book is on my overlong wish list, I haven’t read it. I looked up the book description and saw that it examines the habits of dozens and dozens of artists, past and present. Apparently—and this was from the lost discussion thread—there are four elements that most successful artists across genres seem to share:
1. Structure
2. Solitude
3. Simplicity
4. Exercise
And despite quoting someone I can’t remember about a book I haven’t read, I felt the “yes” of these enough that this little list stayed with me over the last couple of days and remerged this morning as I finally crested the hill and reached the house with the paper and egg.
In the kitchen, I set a cast iron skillet on the stove and turned on the burner. I thought about it; those four elements aren’t sexy or groundbreaking, but they work. And they are a gift that most of us can open in some way—whether easily when housesitting alone, or with more effort in house with a large family.
Today’s simple structure continued after my solo walk—including a very nice egg, over easy, to fuel the next creative project.
As will tomorrow’s….

Earth Art Show with Leah Mebane May 7

Leah Fanning Mebane’s 

Earth Art Show 
Saturday, May 7th 3-5 pm
 
4pm Artist Talk and Q&A
At Edenvale’s Enoteca on the Plaza (upstairs)
17 N. Main St. Ashland
FREE Wine Tasting & Appetizers
 
Stop by and say Hi, Sip, Munch and enjoy the great view of the mountains and downtown. 
 
This is my first art show in 6 years and I’m so excited to bring my paintings back into the world! They were all made with natural, hand-made oil paints on organic cotton canvas. Hope to see you there!
 
Earth Art Show with Leah Mebane, Saturday May 7, 2016, 3–5pm, ashland, oregon

Leah Fanning Mebane
 
Owner of Natural Earth Paints
541.890.6533

Contemporary Fine Artist

Ashland Gallery Association May 2016 Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, May 6th, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries and take 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 HERE. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Ashland Gallery Association May 2016 Exhibits

Snow’s Place

Featuring Jessalynn Jones

Join us during the First Friday Art Walk, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Outdoor Music by Fractal Love Jam – Martin W. Ball & Bram Lightbourne, Singer Jessalynn Jones

"FemBuddha" 2008, oil on canvas, 36x36

“FemBuddha”
2008
36×36 oil on canvas,

Jessalynn Jones has a B.A. in painting and drawing from Southern Oregon University. She has also studied art in England at Emerson College (which is a Steiner-based college where Waldorf teachers are trained), as well as Florence, Italy. She works primarily in oil colors, focusing on the feeling and flow of the artistic process. Her work reflects her diverse training and life experience, as well as her passion for self-expression and her love for color.  Original oil paintings are available for sale, as well as high quality giclée prints on canvas, paper, and poly satin fabric.

Jessalynn is also the lead singer of Fractal Love Jam. She currently lives in Ashland, OR, with her husband, Martin, her son, Jaden, their dog, Moxi, and their cat, Trinity. Check out her websites:
http://www.jessalynnjonesart.com/ and http://www.fractallovejam.com/

Ashland Art Center
Jo Ann Manzone – Mother Earth-the Art of Botanical Printing

Jo Ann Manzone

Felt vest by Jo Ann Manzone

Felt vest by Jo Ann Manzone

Jo Ann Manzone, a felter, botanical printer and dyer displays her botanical prints in her showcase entitled Mother Earth-The Art of Botanical Printing.  Visit Jo Ann in Studio #9, upstairs.

Samantha McDermott

Samantha McDermott, fiber artist and natural dyeing.  From her surroundings, farms, gardens, and parks, she gathers organic material and then hand dye textiles into one of kind pieces of art. Visit her Downstairs in the Artist’s Underground.
Join us on First Friday, May 6, 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.

Music by Phoebe Knowles

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Born and raised in Ashland, Phoebe Knowles has been playing the harp for over 14 years.  Her skill has mostly been a hobby of hers, but after getting a BA in Zoology at the University of Vermont, she returned to Ashland to be a harpist for hire from 2013 to 2014.  You may have seen her playing at Farmers’ Markets throughout the Rogue Valley.  She then went to the University of Winchester in England to get her Masters in Creative and Critical Writing.  With that degree completed, she is now back in Ashland to offer her musical services again while she writes a book.  Celtic, Classical, modern covers, the songs she plays are a varied as her interests.

Accapellaré

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Accapellaré is a local Ashland duo combining the spectacular voices of Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé Laterreur. Be captivated by pure, rich harmonies and the beauty of two women who have dedicated their lives to the art of singing. Renaissance and Baroque music, Celtic songs, and Opera duets make up their repertoire.

Gallerie Karon
Artist as Poet

“Tiger,” mixed media by William Blake

“Tiger,” mixed media by William Blake

The exhibit continues through May showcasing artists who are also poets (and vice versa). It’s surprising how many do both!

Highlights include a very limited edition of Cathy DeForest’s and Derek Pyle’s 3 folio set, Alchemy: Invitations and Offerings. The set includes many signed pieces by well-known artists and writers.

A very special exhibit addition is a new photo and poem by Todd Davis, formerly of Ashland.

Also featured are husband and wife team, Bruce Barton and Jerri Cook Barton. Her Downton Abbey portrait on porcelain tile, of Maggie Smith (as Lady Violet) will make you smile. The Abbey appears in the background, slightly askew signifying changing times.

Don’t miss the sketchbooks with notations by Steve Dieffenbacher and who knew Jonah Bornstein was also a photographer? Come see his work and be surprised.

We carry poetry books by our artists year round but have a particularly good selection right now.

Hanson Howard Gallery
For the Birds: Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Claire Duncan & Barbara Orsow – original paintings and photographs

 “Blue Winged Warbler and Bamboo,” oil on panel, by Jhenna Quinn Lewis

“Blue Winged Warbler and Bamboo,” oil on panel, by Jhenna Quinn Lewis

In For the Birds, three artists, painters, Jhenna Quinn Lewis and Claire Duncan and photographer, Barbara Orsow interpret birds as their subject matter with unique approaches exploring how birds can fascinate us, enchant us, connect us to the natural world, remind us of our responsibility to the environment, and call us to action.

Join us for an artists’ reception during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, May 6th, 5 -8 p.m. Exhibition runs April 22nd – May 31st.

10% of art sales will benefit the Klamath Bird Observatory during the 2016 Mountain Bird Festival, May 20- 22.

Jhenna Quinn Lewis brings life to canvas with oil paint, exquisitely articulating small birds in juxtaposition with unexpected objects and backgrounds.  In this show, Jhenna combines Asian influences with some of her favorite birds.  Barbara Orsow’s fascination with birds in nature led her to use her camera to capture the mystery of their movement and her delight in the beauty of their details.  Claire Duncan paints the power and grace of large birds in acrylic.  Her paintings have a contemporary feel and attempt to deal with her own underlying artistic ideas: light and dark, the nature of color, the relationship of the artist to the world.

Five Friends Weisinger’s Opening Reception May 6

Five Friends Weisinger's Reception May 6Five Friends Weisinger’s Reception May 6

Join Martha Abshear, Midge BLack, Denise DeSouza Finney, Joan Franklin and Mary Hills at Weisinger’s winery and tasting room this Friday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7pm for the opening reception of their annual show, “Five Friends!”

#Micropoetry for Poetry Month


{Photo by Danny Hall}

For this year’s Poetry Month, I wrote and posted a micro poem every day on Twitter. It was a fun challenge to condense “the best words in the best order” into 140 characters or less. Less, really, since I tried to squeeze in the hastags #micropoetry and #PoetryMonth with each post, too!
Here are my five favorites. Enjoy….
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Thick sleep, strong coffee—
the day’s armor donned,
I begin to write and find
there is no battle but a dance.

+
For wrists & knuckles, knees & hips, 
for all the parts that twist & bend
with & without me thinking—thank you.
+
Between finger & thumb,
between river & shore,
between yes & no,
every “if” awaits.
+
Yesterday, a Machado poem fell
from my pocket. To you who
finds it—let the bees spin honey
from every marvelous error.
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I opened an old set of drawers in my mind,
dumping out lists & grudges & desires.
So little to keep, I tossed
the dresser, too.

Red Dot(s)

I have a show up right now and I sold a painting. Scratch that. I sold three paintings. At the risk of tooting my horn or sounding immodest or any other thing we’re taught as good girls to not do, I am freaking happy, proud, elated and actually did a dance, and it was happy, in my kitchen. These paintings are hanging in a beautiful venue, South Stage Cellars, for 6 weeks and they have honest to goodness red dots beside the price.

Selling my art is one part of the artistic arc of living a creative life. It’s the one not many people talk about, they mumble, they ask polite questions, but we really want to know, do you make a living? Can you pay your bills? How does it all….work exactly? Because as working artists, small business owners, the road not taken path followers, we are, I am, still a little surprised that this gig is working out. There has not been one single Monday in three years that I have not woken up astounded, grateful and a little bit surprised, like forgetting you’re not at home when you’re traveling, that this Monday, this work week, is my play to direct.

But how exactly does it work? I am not kidding, it works on faith. I can only speak from my experience but based on the countless essays and books and ted talks and e-courses and and and….from what some pretty smart and experienced authors and artists are telling me, I’m not alone. It’s faith and action. Or action and faith. This is how it works for me. There is a whole lot of boring sitting, puttering, painting, prepping and doing before there is an art show. Or a card order. Or a gift fair. The one constant variable that leads to a sale or to any monetization of art, is doing the work. It has taken me several years to really believe as this philosophy can also feel like watching paint dry, really, ordering business cards is the only thing I need to do all day? Yup. It’s action. Do another thing the next day. More action. In one week you’ll have seven action steps that all together are kind of big. It might even be a whole painting or essay or business plan or art show application. I’m not the one who invented this. I’m just saying, it works.

Back to art. And selling. And red dots. And those questions. Can I pay my bills? Do you make a living? How does it all…work exactly? Yes (With some debt. Not lying. Working on improving that.) Yes, in a creative manner. Day to day. Week to week. It works by swinging arm to arm on the monkey bars. Card orders, paintings, commissions. It’s all momentum. Maybe there will come a day when I’ll re-read this post and think ah, that’s so sweet that I am so earnestly trying to make a go of this thing. I hope so. It will be worth it. I want to always know that happy dance red dot joy. I think maybe because it’s the joy behind the action that makes it work. Exactly. xo

“Still Life with Louis Sherry” 8×10″ SOLD