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SOSA April Meeting

SOSA April Meeting

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This month’s meeting of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists will take place on April 25th at 6:30 at the Medford Public Library. This month’s meeting features our quarterly Juried Critiques, judged this time by Linda H. Snodgrass.  Registration and refreshments at 6:30, Program starts at 7 pm.
Artists of all levels are welcome to come, learn and enjoy!
For more information call BJ Mathis at 541 414-4993. Check us out at

Art & Ideas Discussion at The Ark on April 13

Art & Ideas Discussion at The Ark

Art & Ideas Discussion at The Ark : The Earth Bridge, Monotype Print by Catie Faryl

The Earth Bridge, Monotype Print by Catie Faryl

To kick off an art & ideas discussion at The Ark, Catie Faryl invites you to her presentation of “A View from 2050,” a brief back-cast narrative history envisioning how we get from now to the year 2050.  This is a continuation of Faryl’s art exhibit called “Bridges to 2020,” which focused on ancient and new technologies and concepts as solutions to present and looming issues.  Some art from that show will also be on display as a catalyst for a group discussion to follow the slide show. Join Catie on Wednesday, April 13th, 7 pm at The Ark, 1050 Benson Way in Ashland, Oregon.

For more information please call Catie at 541 535-1854 or contact Mayana at [email protected]

Art & Ideas Discussion at The Ark : The Bridge, Monotype Print from the "Daily Toast" series by artist Catie Faryl.

Monotype Print from the “Daily Toast” series by artist Catie Faryl.

Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit

Rogue Main Gallery: Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit

Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit: "Basilica," Mono print by Alyssa Summers

“Basilica,” Mono print by Alyssa Summers

April 1–April 15, 2016, Reception: Friday, April 15, 5-8pm

Sponsored by Rogue Disposal & Recycling, Inc.

Main Gallery: Artist Teen Mentoring Project  


The Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit is a culmination of Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual Artist Teen Mentoring Project that pairs professional artists with Rogue Valley high school students for intensive study and interaction. On display is the creative work of both teens and mentoring artists, which includes photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and comic art.


Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist.

Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit: "Bloom," Mixed Media by Jenny Calaba

“Bloom,” Mixed Media by Jenny Calaba

Thirteen aspiring teenage artists had the opportunity to work with one of six established artists to create art in a variety of media. Teens went through an application process last fall that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Teens selected for the program spent over 20 hours with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display. Mentor artists include Jenny Calaba, Georganna Happel, Ted Heleard, Mary Wilkins Kelly, David Masters, and Nancy Jo Mullen.

Refreshments by Harry and David will be served at the Artist Teen Mentoring Project 2016 Exhibit artist reception on April 15,  from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

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 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit



Travel the World with Art – The Hamsa Hand

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Hands on Art and Wine experience with Cathy Dorris

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The Hamsa Hand
Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia
Represents Patience, Loyalty and Faith

This is another two part class. Wednesday, April 6th from 6-9 and finishes on Wednesday, April 13th from 6-9.  All materials are provided.  Cost is $45 which includes a first beverage of your choice.  Register by e-mail,  at Kindred Spirits (hours 4-9 Tues-Sat), or by call or texting Cathy at 541-821-0651.

Kindred Spirits

106 Talent Ave.

Talent, OR

GoodBean Shows Paintings by Sarah Cummins for April

The GoodBean is delighted to welcome artist Sarah Cummins, who shows her paintings in the café during the month of April 2016! Many of her paintings are Native American-inspired, with a spectacular piece depicting the Valdez oil spill, painted to vent her anger over the disaster. Though she painted in oil for most of her 76-year career and we are exhibiting some of her oil paintings, she has recently found the challenge of watercolors more exciting than an already mastered medium, and we have several of her watercolors on display as well.

Sarah Jo Cummins with her painting "Grandmother's Gift of Life"

Sarah Jo Cummins with her painting “Grandmother’s Gift of Life”

About Sarah Jo Cummins

  •   Sarah has been living in Jacksonville, Oregon for the past ten years and loves it here. Sarah has had a lifetime of experience with the arts. She was born in Oklahoma and is a descendent of the Cherokee tribe as well as having European ancestors.
  •   As a young woman, Sarah went to art school in Phoenix, Arizona. Later, she studied Pottery at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California. She also taught art at the University level.
  •   Sarah has been a painter most of her life; her portfolio consists of 76 years of work. She has showed her art mostly in Arizona and has been influenced by the Native American cultures.
  •   Cummins has used many mediums and especially likes watercolor and pottery. She is also a quilter and loves to read, especially about anthropology.

If you have any questions about Sarah’s work or would like to inquire about purchasing your favorite painting, please contact the Art Coordinator at the GoodBean, Hannah West, by email at [email protected]


Rogue Gallery Matching Fund News & Teen-Artist Mentor Exhibit

Teen Artists in the Main Gallery

2016 Teen ArtistATMP_2016 2 Mentor Project
April 1– April 15, 2016

Reception: Friday, April 15, 5–8pm

This exhibition is a culmination of Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual project that pairs professional artists with Rogue Valley high school students for intensive study and interaction. Both the teens and their mentors are displaying their work in a variety of media and styles. The exhibit includes photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and sequential art.

Sponsored by:

Progress on Remodeling the RoguStudio

We asked for help to match a Challenge Gift to remodel the Rogue Gallery art studio. The response has been truly heartwarming. Since March 10 we have received over $6,000!

We have received a Challenge Gift pledge of $10,000 from a Rogue Gallery member to remodel the Rogue Gallery art studio. During this challenge, they will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to maximize your donation. Our plan to remodel the Rogue Gallery art studio includes new storage cabinets, new lighting, window covering, fresh paint, new sinks, and a refinished floor. Remodeling the studio will allow us to offer more classes, present artist lectures, events, and provide a space for community uses.

Please help us meet our $10,000 challenge goal by making a tax deductible gift to remodel the studio and provide more opportunities to experience and create exciting visual art in Southern Oregon.

Donate HERE>>

Here is the “Before” picture. Please help us get to the “After” Picture!

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Columbia Center for the Arts April 2016 Events

Will you be visiting the Hood River area this month? You might want to check out one or more of Columbia Center for the Arts April 2016 Events! Apologies for the lack of images – the lovely pictures in their email did not transfer to our blog.


Columbia Center for the Arts April 2016 Events

Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 6-8pm
Exhibition: April 6-30, Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

Blue tributaries lined with sticky red clay, cascading towards the Columbia River, wind whistling through the narrow verdant Gorge, ancient lava flows creating fortress-like cliffs of columnar basalt; the dramatic landscape is what defines the Columbia River Gorge region. CCA’s April invitational Earth Wind Fire exhibition will show work that is created from materials that come from the Earth, interact with Wind, or come into being through Fire.

The Nook Exhibition
Jurgen Hess Photography
April 6-April 30, Wed-Sun 11am-5pm


The Nook Gallery will be showing local photographer Jurgen Hess who creates photographs that tell stories, capture a moment in time, or reflect the beauty found in both the ordinary and the awe-inspiring. He looks for the uncommon viewpoint, the light that paints a landscape or the look that says this is the essence of the person. His wildfire photos show the dangerous work of firefighting and the terror and beauty of fire.

The Lobby Exhibition
Laurel Marie Hagner, Glassometry
April 6-30, Wed-Sun 11am-5pm
Laurel’s mission as an artist is to continuously evolve not only as a craftsperson, but also as one who is sharing ideas and opportunities of expression with the community. Her work can be found nationally, spanning public and private sectors. It is her interest that Glassometry Studios play a holistic role in providing artwork, events, and exposure in general to a multitude of creative endeavors.
Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble
Audio Documentaries of Exceptional Oregonians
April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm


The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble tells the stories of three Oregonians who achieved great things despite racial and gender discrimination through interview-based audio and original music by some of Oregon’s most prominent jazz composers. Live performances to take place in the communities where the stories came from—Hood River, Astoria, and Portland—with radio broadcast to follow in late 2016.


poTENtial: Literary Arts
An Evening with THAT Brian Doyle
April 4, 2016 at 7pm (NOTE NEW DATE)
Suitable for mature audiences only
Spend the evening with THAT Brian Doyle, the much beloved award-winning Oregon author. His latest novel, Martin Marten has received rave reviews, as do all of his public appearances. We’ll start the evening with a brief interview with the author, followed by Brian waxing poetic on whatever topics come to mind while interacting with the audience. After the presentation, meet the author at a book signing in the Lobby hosted by Waucoma Bookstore.
Ping & Woof Opera: Così fan tutte
April 15 at 7pm & April 17 at 2pm
Ping & Woof Opera is proud to bring to Hood River their first fully staged production with Mozart’s Così fan tutte. This charming and funny tale of a bet that goes in unexpected directions will be sure to enchant! Presented in Italian with English supertitles. These two programs are presented by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association and generously sponsored through the CCA Partner Project by Dr. Tina Castanares and Doris Castanares.

Please visit the CGOA Website for more information on tickets.

FOR THE LOVE World Premiere
April 19 at 7pm
Mountain Mind Collective is delighted to share their first feature-length whitewater kayaking documentary with residents of and visitors to the Columbia River Gorge. Check out the trailer here.

Join us for an amazing show, drink delicious Ninkasi beer (1 free with purchase of ticket), enter in a raffle for cool whitewater gear (proceeds to help protect the Chuitna River, Alaska), and meet the filmmakers behind the movie. At 10pm, the festivities will migrate to the River City Saloon, where The Barnburners will be rocking out all night! Doors at 6pm, film at 7pm. Tickets available here.

CoHousing In Your Community
Cohousing Presentation featuring Charles Durrett
April 20, 2016 at 7pm

Imagine a Home…where you know all your neighbors; where adults and kids can live in a supportive, healthy environment; with fully-appointed individual homes as well as common facilities such as workshops and open space; in an environmentally-sensitive, pedestrian-friendly community that you helped create…Imagine Cohousing!

poTENtial: Photography
Spirit of the Mustangs with Photographer Melissa Farlow
April 22, 2016 at 7pm
Family-friendly presentation

Melissa Farlow has worked extensively in the American West for National Geographic —driving 20,000 miles for a magazine story and book on public lands—and more recently, documenting mustang herds. Other National Geographic Magazine stories of hers feature varied subjects—one story required four months traveling to many of the national parks for the magazine, and a separate piece on Olympic National Park.

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits – April 2016

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits – April  2016


Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 1st, 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 off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

See attached April Art Walk Map, Spotlight Exhibits and Special Event!

Download (PDF, 312KB)

Ashland Gallery Association
April Spotlight Exhibits

Studio A. B.
Nude: Group Exhibit

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Bruce Bayard FILM STILL, 2015

NUDE is a short film created by artist Greeley Wells in which ten artists and models discuss their relationship with the nude in their artwork. Studio A.B presents work created by those artists in response to and inspired by the film.

Featured artists are: Bruce Bayard, Lisa Byrne, Kevin Christman, Ann DiSalvo, Inger Jorgensen, Irene Kai, Gabriel Lipper, Robyn Reitz, Daniel Verner, and Greeley Wells.

Bruce presents a video loop of experimental image collage. Ann displays a drawing from the series recently supported by a grant from the Haines Foundation. The series pairs humans and animals in a pose of mutual respect. Kevin presents a small figurative study in bronze. Inger and Gabriel present paintings, Daniel, Robyn and Greeley, drawings. Lisa and Irene, photography.

There will be a screening and reception of the film April 14, 6:00–9:00pm at the Enclave Studios, 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Photographers’ Gallery
If a Tree Could Speak, photography by John Kirk

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“The Tree of Hope,” photograph by John Kirk

John Kirk’s new photography show, “If A Tree Could Speak…” will be displayed at the Ashland Art Center opening at the First Friday Art Walk, April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.  

John has shown his photography at numerous juried fine art shows throughout the West taking advantage of his extensive travels to photograph the uncommon beauty of the landscape, water and sky.  His photographs have won many professional awards for their painterly appearance and emotional compositions.

“If A Tree Could Speak…” what would it say?  Surprising statements from the trees themselves highlight this extraordinary photographic journey exploring the life of trees.  You will be astonished by the humorous situations trees get themselves into and what they have to say about coping with the environment, and living in harmony with their neighbors.

Schneider Museum of Art
In Scene: The Schneider Museum of Art Collaborates with Ashland Independent Film Festival

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits - April 2016 : “Two Ways Down, “ hand drawn animated installation by Laura Heit

“Two Ways Down, “ hand drawn animated installation by Laura Heit

In Scene is a group exhibition of eight artists who work in a variety of mediums such as video, installation, sculpture and photograms in order to explore the state of the natural world in modern times.

The opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and the exhibition will resume standard museum hours of 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Saturday on Thursday, April 7 until Saturday, June 11, 2016.

In Scene participating artist Laura Heit, who is being co-presented by the Schneider Museum of Art and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, will present her installation Two Ways Down, a hand drawn animated installation and film which takes inspiration from the Hieronymus Bosch work Garden of Heavenly Delights.

In Scene will also feature installation, multimedia, and video works from internationally exhibited and recognized artists such as Rashawn Griffin, Adam Bateman, Jessie Sugarmann and MK Guth who is a grant recipient for the Schneider Museum of Art’s Artist Residency program, funded by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseberg, OR.

Eugene based artist, Tannaz Farsi will present an installation outside of the Museum entitled Territory as the last participant in the Southern Oregon SITE Project that presents new art made in response to the “site” of the landscape, history and culture of the Rogue Valley. The collaborative team, Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis will present Columbia River Water Shadows, a series of large-scale photograms made at ten sites along the Columbia River from the Hanford Reach to its mouth on the Oregon Coast.

In Scene is on view from Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibition is generously supported by Rogue Frameworks, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks program.


Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits - April 2016 : A Taste of Ashland 1 A Taste of Ashland

Celebrating its twenty-seventh year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd and 24thfrom noon to 4p.m. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines. For a complete list of pairings go to

“What makes this wine and food pairing event different for all the others? Each winery and restaurant are painstakingly matched and work together to create unique pairings inside17 colorful galleries all within walking, or trolley ride, distance from one another.” says Jeffery Jones, Event Coordinator for A Taste of Ashland. “This is a rare opportunity to sip seventeen of the region’s best wines, taste food from 23 restaurants, and experience artwork from wonderful galleries that represent hundreds for local, regional and international artists.”

Something different during this year’s A Taste of Ashland is that the Thorndike Gallery at SOU will be hosting Ashland Gallery Association artist members Pop-Up Art Show.  Fifteen artists will show original artwork in a wide range of media, subjects and styles including charcoal figure drawings, abstract geometric acrylic paintings, wearable fiber art, assemblage sculpture, landscape and floral watercolor and more.

Sarah F. Burns, AGA Board President says, “Thank you to the Thorndike Galley at SOU’s Center for the Arts for hosting our pop-up show! The Thorndike is a huge space, light-filled; it will show off the artwork really well.  Ashland has seen some notable gallery owners retire and close their Ashland art galleries recently, so it’s quite welcome to have the opportunity to show off work and meet art lovers and prospective clients.”  There are also several new galleries, wineries and restaurants on the Taste tour this year.

“A Taste of Ashland is the ultimate Ashland experience!” says Jeff Jones, Event Coordinator. “Tasters stroll leisurely through the quaint town of Ashland all afternoon, experiencing the best of Ashland art, food and wine, then have time to relax and attend an Oregon Shakespeare Festival performance in the evening. What could be better!”

Tasters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant, winery and gallery using a ballot for the Taster’s Choice award. By doing so, their name will be entered into a drawing for two weekend passes to A Taste of Ashland 2016.

Tickets for A Taste of Ashland are: $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only and $45 for Sunday only.  Tickets to the Taste remain limited to ensure that it is not over-crowded and the event sells out each year, so get your tickets now! A free shuttle by AllAboard Trolley, will offer rides to all 17 galleries, but most are within walking distance.

For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2016 a complete list of pairings go to: or call 541-488-0178.
LOCAL TICKET OUTLET: Ashland Art Center 357 East Main St., Ashland. Tickets can also be purchased and wine glasses picked up prior to A Taste weekend at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from12 noon to 2p.m April 16th through April 22nd. The Kiosk will open at 11a.m. on April 23rd and 24th.

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SOAR Welcomes Artist Mindy Carpenter!

A new resident of Ashland and the southern Oregon arts community, SOAR welcomes artist Mindy Carpenter to the Visual Artists Directory.

Mindy Carpenter loves painting, writing, wonderful stationery, the ocean, all things nautical, funny animals, travel, books, vintage treasures, pastries, and cafés. She especially loves these things at the same time, which is how her business, Carpe Diem Papers, was born. She began painting in 2009 in Sausalito, California. It called to her–the colors, the texture of the paint, the meditative process, and the sweet time she spent on Sunday afternoons hanging out at the ICB building, home of an extraordinary artist’s community on Richardson Bay. she sat on the dock of that bay and though, One day I will do this full time.

SOAR welcomes artist Mindy Carpenter : Home, Sweet Home, original acrylic painting by Mindy Carpenter

Home, Sweet Home, by Mindy Carpenter

Fast forward a little, and Mindy has become a talented and successful illustrator. Her paintings and greeting cards have a childlike innocence, imaginative color palette, and a sweetness, a fondness for the little things in our journey that make us happy. Her recent move to Ashland yielded, among other things, a brilliant view of the Rogue Valley and a studio amidst tall trees where she paints the illustrations for her greeting cards.

We have syndicated Mindy’s fabulous blog so we can share her new posts with you as she writes new ones. Please visit Mindy Carpenter’s new listing at SOAR for contact information and web links so you can see more of her work and learn more about the artist.

Mindy will have an exhibition of her acrylic paintings at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville next month. We are looking forward to meeting the artist and seeing her work in person! Her show begins April 7 and runs through May 19th, with a reception on Saturday, April 30th from 5:30-8pm to include live music, hors d’oeuvres and of course South Stage Cellars’ fabulous wines.

We are blessed that Mindy has made southern Oregon and its art community the most recent stop on her creative journey. A journey charted by following her heart and seeing what’s on the other end of the yellow brick road. Carpe Diem. Welcome to southern Oregon, and to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource, Mindy!



Editor’s note: As often happens with newsletters reposted online, the beautiful images that accompany Ashland Art Center’s post did not come through…and there are too many to manually download, upload, and publish them with the post. We encourage you to visit the online version of this newsletter here, visit the Classes and Events page on their website, and to check out Ashland Art Center’s Online Calendar.

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First Friday Event at AAC

APRIL First Friday

FREE Community Art Event

April 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Featured Upstairs Artist Show: Through the Looking Glass, Stained Glass Mosaics by Dean Buchser, Studio #4

Artist Statement
Being an artist is a part of me, a part that fills my heart with fun, light and color. I am a craftsman, a master carpenter, a designer and builder of homes, and a wilderness river guide. This is all a part of what makes me who I am and what shapes the art I bring into this world. Creating mosaics for over twenty years, I thrive on the vibrant colors and reflections in my mosaic mirrors. The convex mirrors warp what we see into what it just might be.
What exactly is behind the looking glass?

Featured Photographer of the Month: John Kirk

“If A Tree Could Speak…” what would it say?  Surprising statements from the trees themselves highlight John Kirk’s extraordinary photographic journey exploring the life of trees.  You will be astonished by the humorous situations trees get themselves into and what they have to say about coping with the environment, and living in harmony with their neighbors.

Featured Musician: Celeste Rivard

Singer-Songwriter – “Razor Folk”

Original stories of life, set to music and sung with passion!

A little bit folksy,  little bit country,

A lot of love.

Celeste Rivard, acoustic guitarist and singer, will perform a diverse range of melodic acoustic guitar songs.  You won’t want to miss Celeste’s spectacular voice accompanied by her guitar.

Special First Friday Event:
Sexual Assault Survivor’s Healing (SASH) Group Art Show

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Since 1999 SASH has supported women survivors at the WRC (Women’s Resource Center on SOU Campus and in Medford) and last year SASH started offering support in the QRC (Queer Resource Center on SOU).  This year’s art exhibit will have quite a few new pieces for the show.

This year SASH also plans to add spoken word to our expression, offered by students working with Lotus Rising Project and the new education program with JCSART.

Find out more about April’s First Friday @ AAC »

March and Beyond Workshops & Classes

Ceramics: Alternative Glaze Application Techniques with Lisa Eldredge

$35, plus clay & firing fee

March 20th @ 10:00am- 1:00pm
Expand your clay skills! This workshop focuses on alternative glaze techniques in ceramics. Go beyond painting and dipping to apply your glazes. Students will learn new techniques including, trailing, layering, stenciling, wax resist application, and other forms of glaze application onto bisqueware.

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Introduction to Encaustic Monotype with Dorothy Furlong-Gardner

$285. (3 Days) Includes Materials

Fri, Sat, & Sun April 8-10th @ 1:00- 4:00pm
This is a three day workshop geared to the curious who are not sure they want to invest a lot of time and money in the process. You will draw and paint with pigmented wax upon a heated aluminum plate. Then, using hand pressure, you will transfer your image to your choice of a variety of papers. No printing press is needed. Some knowledge of painting or drawing required. All materials supplied; just show up in your work clothes and be ready to have instant gratification samples to take home. Best of all, it’s really fun.
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Extreme Quality Digital Printmaking with R. Mac Holbert

$1800, A deposit of $250 is required, Materials Included

Five Day Workshop May 2- May 6, @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you getting the best out of your printer? Do your prints truly express your artistic vision? Let one of the nations most respected digital printmakers provide some clarity. Join R. Mac Holbert in an intensive 5-day printmaking experience. This hands-on workshop explores the latest developments in fine-art digital printmaking. As the digital revolution continues new tools are changing the way we work. Finding a balance between “traditional” imaging software and the new raw convertors can be confusing. With guest instructor: Sean Bagshaw.

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Open the Portal to Your Soul with Irene Kai

$495. (8 Sessions) Please bring your own supplies.

Saturdays March 26- May 14th @ 1:00pm- 4:00pm

Art is a visual and emotional language, spoken through the heart. What you will learn: Heart, mind, eyes, and hands coordination Discipline of practicing your authentic self. True expression from the depth of your being. Boldness to claim and express who you are with confidence .

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Screen Printing using Photo Emulsion with Amy Godard

$100. (three sessions), plus $30 materials fee

Wednesdays, March 16, 23, & 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Learn the magic of screen printing using photo emulsion. Artist Amy Godard will help you translate your drawings, photos, computer generated images, logos and more into screens for printing on paper and fabric. In this beginning class you will make a single color screen print. Bring your ideas, images, sketches and sketch books to the first class.

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Academic Life Drawing with Sarah F Burns

$300 (11 Sessions) Plus $85 Model Fee

Wednesdays @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

March 30- June 8 (11 Sessions)


This class will guide students through each stage of drawing the human figure. Learn to capture the gesture, proportion, character, volume, light effect, anatomy and spark of life. Through demos, handouts and individual guidance, students will gain a clear method and set of tools to approach long pose drawing the human form. Held in the AAC main classroom, class size 8. Visit online for materials list and to register for workshop. Questions? Contact Sarah at [email protected], 541-621-7767

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Painting: Oil Painting Techniques with Jenay Elder

$150.00 (two-day intensive) Supplies list available online

March 19 & 20th 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Discover the joy of working with oil paints. Learn different painting techniques, palettes and approaches to approaching oil painting. This mini-series will be full of fun and rewarding exercises, demonstrations and one on one instruction. Students will complete two color block studies with a full palette, in both natural and artificial light. Students will also create a color chart based on the “Zorn Palette”. The final day we will create a small finished painting applying learned techniques.

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Painting: Anatomy Lectures by Robert Beverly Hale with Sarah F Burns


Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

April 4 – June 6

We will view all ten of Robert Beverly Hale’s legendary lectures on Artistic Anatomy, given at the Art Students League in NYC during the 1960’s. These videos are old, black and white and not HD, but contain deep fonts of knowledge for the figurative artist. Figurative Artist and Teacher Sarah F Burns will introduce each lecture and facilitate discussion afterward, using skeletal model and references.

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Once Monthly Art Classes & Discussions

Art Matters – Monthly Panel Discussions with Rebecca Gabriel


Thursday March 17 @ 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Art Matters – A Series of Panel Discussions about Art. Please join us for this exciting series which explores vital issues and topics concerning today’s art and artists. The panels will feature prominent artists, gallerists, collectors, educators, and art activists; and will incorporate audience participation. Topics will range from the creative process and education, to success in the art market, and beyond.

The panels will be moderated by artist Rebecca Gabriel who holds a Master of Science in Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Come to these dynamic and interactive discussions to be informed and inspired.
Panel Topic: “Artists who make a Living with their Art” Moderated by Rebecca Gabriel

Please join us for an informative and lively discussion with these renown artists. Event includes audience participation and refreshments.

Featured artist panelists are Mindy Carpenter – Carpediem cards


Kevin Christman – sculptor, painter, stained glass


Gabriel Lipper – painter, graphics

Liz Sheperd- Painter

Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., March 17, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center.

Future Topics:

The Evolution of Style-Putting the Cart before the Horse
Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., April 21, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center.

Panel participants to be announced.

Modalities of Education in the Visual Arts: Atelier, University, Workshops, or Outsider Art?
Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., May 19, in the classroom at the Ashland Art Center.

Panel participants to be announced.

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Art Journaling Clinic with Elaine Frenett
March Theme: Glistening Glass in Dark Places
$20 Fee Includes Some Materials to Sample

Third Friday of each Month @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

March 18, April 15, May 20

Glass is fascinating, detailed yet wet ‘n juicy to pain in watercolor! Add a dark background and our topic “Glistening Glass in Dark Places’ becomes rich and elegant! Come dive in – short demo first hour, then bring your journals (or small sheet of WC paper) and working materials and get help/ suggestions hands on. Topics change each month. Please register ahead with Elaine [email protected] or 541-944-2196. Class will be held upstairs in Elaine’s Studio #13

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Mixed media: Collage with Susanne Peterman

$25 Day-Rate, includes materials

Third Friday of Each Month @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

March 18, April 15, May 20

Collage-making in a meditative yet fun atmosphere. Create an image of your inner life in an atmosphere of playful meditation. You will be guided through a simple process to achieve a blend of art and craft. Bring images if you like, but all materials and tools are provided. Email Susanne [email protected] reserve your space. Please contact Susanne by the THIRD Tuesday. Minimum of three students required, maximum 10

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Intro to Art Therapy Workshop Series with Delaine Due

$30 General, $25 Members

Select Sundays Jan. 24- May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

These workshops are a basic introduction to art therapy theory and practice. Every class includes short lecture, handouts, and hands-on experience with the discipline of art psychotherapy. Jan: Art therapy–What it is and what it is not Feb: Art Therapy Process and Product Mar: Art Therapy and Art Media Apr: Art Therapy and Human Development May: Art Therapy and Adolescence Dates: 1/24, 2/28, 3/13, 4/17, 5/15

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Drop-In & Day Rate Youth and Adult Art Classes

These designated art classes are part of our core education program here at the Art Center, and are offered at the same day, time, and cost throughout the year unless otherwise noted. No need to register in advance, just come the day of class and pay at the front desk!


FREE Community Art Class

Saturdays @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Express yourself every third Saturday of the month in this new class for adults and children of all ages and abilities. Guided projects will include drawing, painting, collage, stamping or printing with different mediums. The focus will be on composition, design, spontaneous expression, collaborative art, accidental art and most of all fun.

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Short Pose Figure Drawing with Ann DiSalvo

$9 Members, $10 General

Mondays @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Uninstructed Short Pose Figure Drawing moderated by Ann DiSalvo  This weekly gestures figure drawing session has short and long poses up to 25 minutes. Drop In. Unclothed model. Adults only. Bring your own non-toxic materials.

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Ceramics for Kids with Jeff Edwards

$10 Drop-In plus $3 Clay & Firing

Mondays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Ceramics for Kids with Jeff Edwards A fun way for kids to explore the world of clay! Max 10 students.

Child requirements for parents:

Ages 5 – 6 must bring a supervising adult for their first class

Ages 7 – 12 may come unaccompanied by adult

All parents must leave emergency contact info with Ashland Art Center.

Some scholarships available

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The Artist Within with Jack Wiens

$10 Drop-In includes Materials

Tuesdays, 1:30- 3:00pm

The Artist Within with Jack Wiens Find out how much fun you can have putting pencil and paint to paper!  For all beginners and experienced artists who want to try something new. Each week will be a different focus, including sketching faces, perspective, cartooning, drawing animals, and more, including using various mediums like watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. Have a special request? Jack wants to know what students want to do!

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Ceramics: Kids Clay with Keeley Bittner

$10 Drop-In plus $3 Clay & Firing

Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A special clay class created just for kids! Join clay instructor Keeley Bittner for a special clay class tailored just for young people. Explore the medium and make some cool stuff! Max 10 students

Child requirements for parents:

Ages 5 – 6 must bring a supervising adult for their first class

Ages 7 – 12 may come unaccompanied by adult

All parents must leave emergency contact info with Ashland Art Center.

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Printmaking Open Studio with Maggie Wilson

$10 Drop-In, Some materials included

Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Stop by the Printmaking studio at Ashland Art Center for open studio hours with Maggie Wilson.  Maggie, an experienced printmaker and instructor, will assist you with achieving your printmaking goals.  Working on a project that needs completion?  Come on in!  Hoping to experiment with printmaking for the first time?  Great, we are here to support you!   Regardless of your experience in the field of printmaking, the studio is open for your use under the skilled supervision and/or assistance of Maggie.

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Pottery and Hand-Building with Max Reinhardt

$10/ 2hrs, $15/ 3hrs plus Clay & Firing

Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This class is intended for students ranging from beginners to advanced ceramicists looking for greater aesthetic achievement.  The class is for both throwing on the wheel and hand-building techniques and covers attachments of all sorts, advice on storage and maintaining works in progress as well as glazing and finishing pieces.  I intend to work with you to develop your ideas into reality and challenge students to greater success with clay.
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Fiber Arts: Advanced Needle Felting with Liza Hamilton

$15 Day-Rate, 5 Sessions for $60

Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This weekly, drop-in class is ideally suited for adults and ages 12+. Students will be free to choose what to work on, and will receive one-on-one guidance on their individual projects. Explore beginner to advanced felting projects including using wire armatures to make realistic, pose-able, creatures. Some materials provided, take -home felting kits available! Open to Ages 12+

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Ceramics with Lisa Eldredge

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Wednesdays @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in session.

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Portrait Painting with David William Terry

$35 Day-Rate

Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Instructor, David William Terry, has been a professional portrait artist for several decades. His classes aim to help anyone learn to express themselves visually with the highest standards in artistic quality. – Classes are open to ALL levels of experience and ability. – Beginners come to learn important skills; advanced artists come to practice them. – Students will work from a live, fully clothed model. Materials List Available online. Students should bring their own supplies and materials – odorless please.

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Ceramics with Lisa Eldredge

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Thursdays @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in session.

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FREE EXPRESSIONS: Thursdays with Jo Ann Manzone

FREE Community Art Class

Thursdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Explore the unlimited possibilities of your own creativity! This fun art class for kids of all ages has something for everyone – we’re going to have a blast making art! For children and families (ages 6 and younger need a supervising adult present). Drop in anytime during the session. FREE! Includes materials. Creative projects change per week.

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Ceramics with Max Reinhardt

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Thursdays @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Max for a creative afternoon of hand building or wheel throwing. Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in weekly session.

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Felting Friday with Liza Hamilton

$10 Drop-In, Includes Materials

Fridays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn the easy and fun art of needle-felting wool, and create your own collection of cute, furry, and unique animal miniatures! All materials included, no experience necessary.  Due to the use of a sharp felting needle, recommended for ages 8+, unless with accompanying adult! Held in the AAC classroom.

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It’s Not Too Soon to be Thinking About Kids Summer Camps..



Ceramics: Clay Camp with Liz O’Brien

$140 (Five day camp Monday- Friday), Includes Materials & Firing Fees

June 20-24 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm 

August 22-26 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm

Come spend a week exploring clay!

Kids will learn the basics in sculpting clay and express themselves creating fun and functional keepsakes. No experience needed!
Price includes supplies and firing. Bring a snack (optional) and water each day. Please send your child to camp wearing older clothing. Sign up for just one week, or both, by visiting us online or in person.

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Ceramics: Clay Camp “Wheel Work” with Liz O’Brien

$175 (Five day camp Monday- Friday), Includes Materials & Firing Fees

July 25-29 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm

Come explore clay on the potters wheel!

Children will learn how to create functional bowls, cups and vases. Children will also learn how to decorate their pieces in fun and unique ways. No experience needed!

Price includes supplies and firing. Bring a snack (optional) and water each day. Please send your child to camp wearing older clothing.

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More camps coming soon with educators Natalie Stawsky, Liza Hamilton, Amy Goddard, and more!!

Career Development for Artists



Get Your Artwork Photographed with Ezra Marcos

$20 per image AAC Members, $25 per image General

First Tuesday of every month @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

April 5, May 3, June 7

Get Your Artwork Professionally Photographed by EZRA MARCO

Every first Tuesday of the month, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

$20 per image for AAC Members, $25 per image for General Public

Includes CD with high-res JPG and hi-res and low-res TIF

Ezra will be shooting 3D and 2D pieces of artwork for artists on a monthly basis as needed. Work must be delivered before the start of your session and MUST be picked up by 5 pm that day.

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All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified.

Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520 

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