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2016 Ashland Open Studio Tour

The 2016 Ashland Open Studio Tour is coming!

October 8 & 9, 2016

Save the dates and explore the working spaces of your favorite Rogue Valley artists

For more information, visit /www.ashlandost.com

2016 Ashland Open Studio tour October 8 & 9, 2016

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is proudly sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association.

Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights

Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights for ANPF 2016

Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights: Artistic Director Kyle Haden (center) and the ANPF 2016 readers.  Image by Chela Sanchez

Artistic Director Kyle Haden (center) and the ANPF 2016 readers.
Image by Chela Sanchez

Ashland, Ore – Ashland New Plays Festival announces winning playwrights whose work will be presented Oct. 19-23 at ANPF 2016. The four winning playwrights are:

Michael Erickson for Oberon Springs

Beth Kander for Hazardous Materials

Mike Teele for EdanEv

Stephanie Walker for The Madres

 

The winning plays were selected from 400 that were submitted. They were read and scored in blind readings by ANPF’s core of volunteer readers, who reduced the candidates to 12 finalists. From them, artistic director Kyle Haden chose the four winners.

These exceptionally gifted playwrights will travel to Ashland for a week of receptions, rehearsals, a playwriting workshop, and other festivities that will culminate with dramatic readings of their plays. The plays will be performed in both matinee and evening performances at the Unitarian Center by some of our finest actors. Talk backs with Ashland’s famously sophisticated audiences will follow each performance.

Kander returns to Ashland for a second consecutive year, having won in 2015 for her play The Bottle Tree. The other three are first-time winners at ANPF. All of the winners are professional playwrights with numerous awards and honors to their credit. This year, Kander and Walker are both honorable mentions on the Kilroys List 2016, of “excellent unproduced new plays by women and trans playwrights.”

Read further for more information about the playwrights and their plays.

Beth Kander, Hazardous Materialsis a Chicago-based writer of plays, children’s books, and novels who “loves nothing more than a good story.”

In Hazardous Materials, she examines the course of several lives as investigators sort through the detritus left by an unidentified woman in a Chicago apartment.

Kander’s works have been recognized by The Ruckus’ 2016 summer festival; BechdelFest 2016; Ashland New Plays Festival 2015; The Kilroys List (Honorable Mention 2015, 2016); Leapfest 2015; Downstage Left residency 2014-2015; Charles M. Getchell New Play Award 2012; and, three Eudora Welty New Play awards. She studied comedy writing at The Second City and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women.

Michael Erickson, Oberon Springs, has had plays produced by theaters and colleges including the Ensemble Studio Theater, MadLab, Moving Arts, the Imaginary Theater Company, and Tesseract Theater.

Oberon Springs looks at the impact of environment on the increasingly poor health of people in a small Indiana town, and a young physician’s struggle over whether to continue her life and her medical practice there.

Erickson was playwright-in-residence at the Nashville Repertory Theatre and Coe College. His awards include an NEA Fellowship in Playwriting; a California Arts Council Award; and the Mobil International Playwriting Prize (Royal Exchange Theatre, England).  His Alien Hand Syndrome was published in Regional Best 2011, an anthology of new plays. Last Tree, Easter Island, will be published this fall in the Smith and Kraus, Inc. anthology, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. A graduate of the MFA Theater Program at the University of California, San Diego, he teaches playwriting at Webster University in St. Louis.

Mike Teele, EdanEv, lives in New York City. His work has been performed at theaters that include the Theatre for the New City; HERE Performing Arts Center; Abingdon Theatre; John Houseman Theater; Producers Club, Hudson Guild, and Catch a Rising Star.  He has produced more than nine works for the stage and was a Walt Disney Studios /ABC-TV Fellowship finalist.

EdanEv tells the story of four college friends, reunited in mid-life for a family wedding, and the life-altering decisions each makes about the next chapters of their lives.

Teele also created and wrote The Real Friends, a live weekly sitcom that played NYC comedy clubs, and has written dozens of educational films for kindergarten through senior high. He was awarded the Cine’ Golden Bear International Film & Video Award for his work.

Stephanie Walker, The Madres, is a Chicago native who now lives in Los Angeles. Her full-length plays have garnered awards, workshops and productions across the country including the 2015 critically-acclaimed premiere of The Art of Disappearing at Chicago’s 16th Street Theater.

The Madres explores the experiences and activism of the Argentine women whose children disappeared during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. The play has been chosen for a number of awards, including finalist for the 2016 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, for the Source Festival in DC, and for the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize; and, winner of the BETC Generations Prize.

Walker is also author of the book and blog, Love in the Time of Foreclosure, which has been called “a heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

Thanks for reading Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Winning Playwrights for ANPF 2016. For more information about ANPF, visit www.ashlandnewplays.org

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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.

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

Eyes to Burma Benefit Art Reception

 

Eyes to Burma, drawing by Moe Moe

Eyes to Burma

Assisting the vibrant community of Burmese migrant workers and economic refugees who live and work at and around a rubbish dump in Mae Sot, Thailand

You’re Invited!

Gabriel Mark Lipper ETB benefit invitation

Gabriel Mark Lipper
Art Reception
to Benefit Eyes to Burma

Modern Fan Studio
705 Washington Street 
Ashland, OR

Wednesday, October 7, from 6 – 8 pm

Free event

“They are us. We are them. All part of the human family.”

View large-scale fine art portraits by Gabriel Mark Lipper
that ask us to question our assumptions about
worth, value, and human connection.

Mr. Stockwell and Ms. Lewis will share updates
about ETB projects and progress from Mae Sot.

Nibbles provided by local grocery stores.

Wine provided by Linda Donovan Wines.

We’ll see you there at this special collaboration that
features beautiful art by the incredible Gabriel Lipper and
a presentation about Eyes to Burma’s vital humanitarian projects,
as well as lessons learned from the community and their progress.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Gallery Talk at FireHouse Gallery, RCC

Please join us at RCC’s FireHouse Gallery on Friday, October 2nd at 2pm for a talk by Willamette University Art Professor James B. Thompson.

Thompson’s work will be on display at FireHouse September 29 – October 24.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951, James B. Thompson earned his BA degree from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1973 and his MFA degree from Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri in 1977. A Professor of Art and faculty member at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon since 1986, Thompson began his teaching career in 1976 at Washington University School of Fine Arts and has since formally taught Art as a faculty member at AHA-ILACA in London, England, National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland, Ripon College, OSU-Cascades, University of Alaska, and Tokyo International University America.

A practicing, professional artist since 1973, Thompson has established a formidable nationwide artistic reputation over the past thirty-eight years as one of the most thoughtful and intriguing painters, printmakers and educators from the Pacific northwest region of the country. Thompson’s work has been featured in numerous international and nationally recognized art exhibitions at prominent museums and galleries throughout his career and is included in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. A number of public and private entities have commissioned Thompson to create bodies of art works for their respective institutions. Exhibitions in both solo and group shows brought the attention of publishing houses that subsequently reproduced selections of Thompson’s art works as book covers published in several editions. Thompson has received numerous awards, honors, fellowships purchase prizes and grants as an artist and educator.

FireHouse Gallery, RCC

214 SW 4th St, Grants Pass

541-956-7241

Ashland Gallery Assn October Events

AGA October Spotlight Exhibits

Art and Soul Gallery

Wolf Country, oil painting by Carla Palmese

“Wolf Country,” oil painting by Carla Palmese

Simply Painted

Oil paintings by Carla Palmese

“This is a simply painted show, a small collection of large paintings, about the dark and mysterious places where wolves live undisturbed, and 2 portraits of Oregon 7, the wolf survivor and traveler from Canada that now lives in Modoc County with his family.  He has been named “Journey” and we wish him an end to his long and arduous journey and the beginnings of a long and prosperous life.  Salute!”

Ashland Art Works

Celebrating Artist Co-ops at AAW!

Kids’ Art at Ashland Art Works

Kids’ Art at Ashland Art Works

Ashland Art Works on Oak Street, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 cooperative of artists, art galleries and studios.  AAW encourages the creative productivity of its artists with the intention of contributing new works for the gallery and of sharing with the community.
In October, member artists will be “Celebrating Artist Co-ops at AAW.”  Each member artist will choose their “favorite” piece of art for this show. Seventeen artists will participate in our gallery collective show…lots of art to share!

AAW provides numerous opportunities for locals and visiting groups to learn about and experience art.  AAW also offers tours and educational opportunities in the form of workshops, such as mask making, pottery, stamping, and sketchbook making, all expanding creative possibilities.
AAW artists have offered art experiences in elementary, high school and university classrooms plus art lectures at the gallery.

Photographers’ Gallery
Beyond the Vast

Featuring Deb Harder

Deb Harder, photography, Pointing The Way

Deb Harder, photography, “Pointing The Way”

Deb Harder is the latest photographer to join nine other fine art photographers at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center in Ashland, Oregon. Deb is an accomplished landscape and portrait photographer and has won numerous awards for her work. Originally inspired by Ansel Adams she began shooting film and developing her work in the darkroom. She switched to digital in 2006 and became forever inspired.

She continually works to develop both her technical skills and artistic abilities by participating in photographic workshops and on-line classes, and by exchanging ideas and insights with other serious photographers. By remaining open to new perspectives, and incorporating new technology, Deb strives to produce her best work as a photographer.

Her new show “Beyond the Vast” will be showing at The Photographers’ Gallery starting on the Ashland 1st Friday Artwork, October 2 and Deb Harder will attend the opening.  She is showcasing night photography taken at Crater Lake and on the Oregon coast.  About the work, she says,

“Time…and eternity.  To grasp what is infinite is inconceivable.  Both the millennia of creation to sculpt all that is Bandon Beach, and the relatively abrupt force of nature forging the magnificent Crater Lake caldera are profound marvels.  These images seek to capture the crossing paths of time and space juxtaposing formidable feats by earthly measure with astronomical wonders, which defy any tangible notion of space and time.”

SPECIAL EVENTS!

Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Invitational

Embroidery, mosaic by Carole Choucair Queijan

“Embroidery,” mosaic by Carole Choucair Queijan

Over forty recognized mosaic artists will be featured at the Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries at the Oregon Center for the Arts on the Southern Oregon University campus. This extraordinary show will be on display for a month and will coincide with the Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit to be held the first weekend of October.

The Invitational exhibition invites us to enter the vast and creative world of both ancient and contemporary mosaic art. The exhibit will dazzle you with its sensuous, high quality representative pieces, all sharing the common language of mosaic.  The mosaicist assembles small bits of stone, glass, ceramic and/or repurposed material and assembles them into an image, a feeling, a spirit and a representation.  Mosaic artists chop, cut, hammer and nip to create beauty out of these bits. It’s a beautiful order, a deliberate order, an order of the heart, of dreams, of unending skill and patience.  These artists represent the world in ways that have never been seen before.

Each artist represented in this exhibition has discovered their own artistic “voice” and use mosaic art to express their unique vision of the world around them. The mosaics presented in this exhibit are a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the soul.

Come join us for First Friday Art Walk on October 2, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at SOU for a chance to meet the artists, wine and light refreshments.

Participating Artists include:
Barbara Benson Keith, Jo Braun, Kristina Brennen, Mark Brody, Ilona Brustad, Rebecca Campbell, Irina Charny, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Jeremy Criswell, Tina Ellis, Chris Emmert, Sharra Frank, Anju Jolly, Kath Jones, Kate Kerrington, Sonia King, Kelley Knickerbocker, Jennifer Kuhns, Atsuko Laskaris, Luci Lytle, Jill McAlvage Smith, Dawn Mendelson, Mimi Near, Terry Nicholls, LeeAnn Petropoulos, Gila Rayberg, Laura Rendlen, Julie Richey, Karen Rycheck, Marian Shapiro, Carol Shelkin, John Sollinger , Robyn Spencer-Crompton, Jeff Spindler, Mireille Swinnen, Carol Talkov, Brooks Tower, Joi Tripp, Claire van der Zwan, David van der Zwan, Susan Wechsler, Geoffrey A. Wilson, Wesley Wong

For more information, please contact Sue Springer: [email protected]

Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

October 10th and 11th – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Julia Janeway’s Studio

Julia Janeway’s Studio

Join us the second weekend in October when a group of local professional artists open their private studio doors to the public for the Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

The Ashland Gallery Association brings this inspiring arts event to you on October 10th and 11th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  This year’s tour will guide visitors to 23 artist studios in Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and the Mt. Ashland area while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.

Twenty-nine artists invite you into their studios to witness their creative processes at work!  There will be a variety of mediums on display, from painting and drawing, to metal and fiber arts, as well as demonstrations and screenings showcasing the individual’s unique methods.

2015 Open Studio Tour Participating Artists:  Cheryl Kempner, Linda Evans, Pamela Haunschild, Claudia Law, Snow Panneton, Richard Newman, Rochelle Newman, Jo Ann Mazone, Harriet Greene, Martin Goldman, Laura Lawrence, Julia Janeway, Dana Faegin, Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Leif Trygg, Diana Trygg, Diane Ericson, Denise Souza Finney, Margie Mee, Denise Kester, J. Ellen Austin, Michael J Gibson, Bruce Bayard, Ann DiSalvo, Suzanne Etienne, MaryDee Bombick, Dan Verner, Andy Deweerdt, Elin Babcock

There is no admission fee to any of the studios on the tour. The Open Studio Tour is part of the Ashland Gallery Association’s efforts to promote the visual arts and arts education in Ashland, and is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Ashland.

Tour Maps will be available at AGA member galleries beginning in September and online starting in October!

For more information about this free arts event please visit: www.ashlandost.com or contact: [email protected]

Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit

Mosaic artists are gathering in Ashland for the second annual Contemporary Mosaic Art (CMA) Summit at Southern Oregon University, October 1-4, 2015.  Some events are free and open to the public.  The purpose of the CMA Summit is to gather our online community of mosaic artists for four days of face-to-face interaction with other enthusiasts and show the general public the very best of mosaic art today.

You do not need to be a member of CMA to register for the Summit.  For those who register there will be several events, including workshops, networking meals, and a mosaic marathon to create a mosaic for donation to a local cause, and plenty of opportunity to learn, network and make friends.  Internationally renowned mosaic art instructors – Laura Rendlen, John Sollinger, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Susan Wechsler, Karen Rycheck and Mireille Swinnen will offer workshops for beginners to the advanced.  Dawn Mendelson will lead the construction of mosaic artwork for North Mountain Park and Nature Center in Ashland.  In addition there will be lots of relaxed time at meals to meet and enjoy other artists who are passionate about mosaics. and much more!

The Southern Oregon University community is invited to our various presentations in the practice of mosaic making.  Keynote speaker Brooks Tower speaking on Philosophical Conundrums in The Practice of Mosaic, Dawn Mendelson talking about creating community, Sue Springer, presenting a talk on Moving to The Next Level; Professionalism and Presentation, Kelley Knickerbocker will help us figure out what happens to our creativity.  These presentations will take place in the Stevenson Union, SOU.

The general public is invited to join us for a very special evening with Lilian Broca, who will speak before presenting her documentary, Return to Byzantium: The Art And Life of Lilian Broca at the Meese Auditorium in the Art Building, SOU, on Friday, October 2 at 8:00 pm.  During the First Friday Art Walk immediately preceding Broca’s presentation will be the artist reception for the mosaic exhibit at the Thorndike gallery in the Art Building.  Also, the public is invited to attend the mosaic exhibit and auction at Belle Fiore Estates and Winery on Thursday, October 1, noon to 6 pm.

CMA is dedicated to mosaic artists worldwide who want to share ideas, develop their technique, creativity, and imagination.  We foster interaction between novices and masters of the trade and artform through a variety of formats, including online discussions, support and advice, announcements of opportunities for work or learning, sharing of mosaic images.

For more information please visit contemporarymosaicartsummit.com, find us on Facebook, or email us at [email protected]

Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

2015 Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

October 10th and 11th – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Join us the second weekend in October when a group of local professional artists open their private studio doors to the public for the Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

 

The Ashland Gallery Association brings this inspiring arts event to you on October 10th and 11th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  This year’s tour will guide visitors to 23 artist studios in Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and the Mt. Ashland area while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.

 

Twenty-nine artists invite you into their studios to witness their creative processes at work!  There will be a variety of mediums on display, from painting and drawing, to metal and fiber arts, as well as demonstrations and screenings showcasing the individual’s unique methods.

 Tour artist, Cheryl Kempner with plasma torch during 2014 Ashland Open Studio Tour, promo image for 2015 Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

Tour artist, Cheryl Kempner with plasma torch

2015 Open Studio Tour Participating Artists:  Cheryl Kempner, Linda Evans, Pamela Haunschild, Claudia Law, Snow Panneton, Richard Newman, Rochelle Newman, Jo Ann Mazone, Harriet Greene, Martin Goldman, Laura Lawrence, Julia Janeway, Dana Faegin, Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Leif Trygg, Diana Trygg, Diane Ericson, Denise Souza Finney, Margie Mee, Denise Kester, J. Ellen Austin, Michael J Gibson, Bruce Bayard, Ann DiSalvo, Suzanne Etienne, MaryDee Bombick, Dan Verner, Andy Deweerdt, Elin Babcock

 

Tour Maps will be available at AGA member galleries beginning in September and online starting in October!

 

There is no admission fee to any of the studios on the tour. The Open Studio Tour is part of the Ashland Gallery Association’s efforts to promote the visual arts and arts education in Ashland, and is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Ashland.

 

For more information about this free arts event please visit: www.ashlandost.com or contact: [email protected]

 

Whitney Rolfe

AOST Event Coordinator

 

http://www.ashlandost.com/

http://www.ashlandgalleries.com/

 

Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit

Second Annual

Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit

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The Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit is coming to Ashland. This year, many of the events will be held at Southern Oregon University. 
 
Presentations, Workshops, Featured Speakers, mosaic salon and the Second Annual Mosaic Invitational exhibition at the Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries will be held at SOU.
 
Come join us on First Friday Art Walk for a special artist reception on October 5, 5:00-8:00 PM. There will be wine and light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists.

Don’t Miss This!
Ilona
Irina Charny Where Am I?
Mosaic artists are gathering in Ashland for the second annual Contemporary Mosaic Art (CMA) Summit at Southern Oregon University, October 1-4, 2015.  Some events are free and open to the public.  The purpose of the CMA Summit is to gather our online community of mosaic artists for four days of face-to-face interaction with other enthusiasts and show the general public the very best of mosaic art today.
You do not need to be a member of CMA to register for the Summit.  For those who register there will be several events, including workshops, networking meals, and a mosaic marathon to create a mosaic for donation to a local cause, and plenty of opportunity to learn, network and make friends.  Internationally renowned mosaic art instructors – Laura Rendlen, John Sollinger, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Susan Wechsler, Karen Rycheck and Mireille Swinnen will offer workshops for beginners to the advanced.  Dawn Mendelson will lead the construction of mosaic artwork for North Mountain Park and Nature Center in Ashland.  In addition there will be lots of relaxed time at meals to meet and enjoy other artists who are passionate about mosaics.and much more!
The Southern Oregon University community is invited to our various presentations in the practice of mosaic making.  Keynote speaker Brooks Tower speaking on Philosophical Conundrums in The Practice of Mosaic, Dawn Mendelson talking about creating community, Sue Springer, presenting a talk on Moving to The Next Level; Professionalism And Presentation, Kelley Knickerbocker will help us figure out what happens to our creativity.  These presentations will take place in the Stevenson Union, SOU.
The general public is invited to join us for a very special evening with Lilian Broca, who will speak before presenting her documentary, Return to Byzantium: The Art And Life of Lilian Broca at the Meese Auditorium in the Art Building, SOU, on Friday, October 2 at 8:00 pm.  During the First Friday Art Walk immediately preceding Broca’s presentation will be the artist reception for the mosaic exhibit at the Thorndike gallery in the Art Building.  Also, the public is invited to attend the mosaic exhibit and auction at Belle Fiore Estates and Winery on Thursday, October 1, noon to 6 pm.
CMA is dedicated to mosaic artists worldwide who want to share ideas, develop their technique, creativity, and imagination.  We foster interaction between novices and masters of the trade and artform through a variety of formats, including online discussions, support and advice, announcements of opportunities for work or learning, sharing of mosaic images.

Second Annual Invitational Mosaic Art Exhibit

Over forty recognized mosaic artists will be featured at the Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries at the Oregon Center for the Arts on the Southern Oregon University campus. This extraordinary show will be on display for a month and will coincide with the CAM Summit to be held the first weekend of October. Mosaics in glass, ceramic, cardboard, shells, stones, found objects, cement and a variety of other materials will be featured to showcase the wide variety of artworks being created around the world.
Come join us for First Friday Art Walk on October 2, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at SOU for a chance to meet the artists, view and purchase the extraordinary work and sample wine and light refreshments.
 
Atsuko Laskaris
Atsuko Laskaris Wonders
KAte Kerrigan Alpine Glow
Kate Kerrigan
Alpenglow
Jill McAlvage Smith
Jill McAlvage Smith
Put the Lime in Da Coconut
Kristina Brennen
 We Give The Thanks 
Participating Artists include:
Barbara Benson Keith, Jo Braun, Kristen Brennen, Mark Brody, Ilona Brustad, Rebecca Campbell, Irina Charny, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Jeremy Criswell, Tina Ellis, Chris Emmert, Sharra Frank, Anju Jolly, Kath Jones, Kate Kerrington, Sonia King, Kelley Knickerbocker, Jennifer Kuhns, Atsuko Laskaris, Luci Lytle, Jill McAlvage Smith, Dawn Mendelson, Mimi Near, Terry Nicholls, LeeAnn Petropoulos, Gila Rayberg, Laura Rendlen, Julie Richey, Karen Rycheck, Marian Shapiro, Carol Shelkin, John Sollinger , Robyn Spencer-Crompton, Jeff Spindler, Mireille Swinnen, Carol Talkov, Brooks Tower, Joi Tripp, Claire van der Zwan, David van der Zwan, Susan Wechsler, Geoffrey A. Wilson, Wesley Wong
For more information, please contact Sue Springer [email protected]

Still Room in Some Workshops!

The workshops are filling up fast, however there is still room in the following workshops:
 Karen Rycheck 
Workshop Beginners and Newbies  

Beginners & Newbies  no experience required

Thursday, October 1, and Friday, October 2, 2015
 9 am to 4 pm
Lunch on own
Course cost: $240 – materials included
Number of students: 12 max
Held at SOU
Carole Choucair Oueijan
Workshop  

Two Techniques Intertwined into One Mosaic

Intermediate to Advanced
Thursday, October 1, and Friday, October 2, 2015
 9 am to 4 pm
Lunch on own
Course fee $350 – materials included
Number of students:  min 6, max 10
Held at SOU in the Stevenson Union, room 315a
Susan Weschler

Mask Making – Telling Your Meaningful Visual Story

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Thursday, October 1 and  Friday 2, 2015
9 am to 4 pm
Lunch on own
Course Cost:  $330 – materials included
Number of students:  max 12
Held at SOU in the Stevenson Union, room 313

To register for the Summit and select a workshop:

Registration now open for 2015 Arts Summit

The Oregon Arts Summit in Southern Oregon, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2, will include meetings and activities on Oct. 1 and 3, including a tour of the Ashland Shakespeare Festival’s production facility.

Registration now open for 2015 Arts Summit

As the single most important convening of the year for Oregon’s arts community, the Oregon Arts Summit is where seasoned professionals and emerging leaders gather together to learn, to share and to exchange ideas to take back to their organizations. The goal is to build relationships, networks and ultimately strengthen our statewide arts community.

Titled “Creative Exchange,” the 2015 summit is scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. The majority of program content will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, but all are invited to participate in in pre-conference programming on Oct. 1 or to stay and enjoy the richness of the region through the weekend.

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Who Should Attend

  • Educators
  • Arts Organizations
  • Board Members
  • Art Associations
  • Elected Officials
  • Art Council Members

Where is the Summit Located

In order to showcase the richness of art across our entire state we are hosting the summit this year in Southern Oregon. This is an opportunity for attendees to experience the depth and richness of art across this region. We will have artist showcases from this area, opportunities to take art tours, to see shows and to meet Southern Oregon Arts Leaders.

Host Hotel:
Ashland Hills Hotel + Suites
2525 Ashland St
Ashland, OR 97520
541-482-8310

Discounted rooms are available for Summit attendees. Contact the hotel directly to book your room.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is generously offering all summit attendees the opportunity to purchase tickets at a 20% discount.

Save 20% on any OSF performance from Thursday, October 1–Sunday, October 4. Buy your tickets online at www.osfashland.org with PROMO CODE 13440 or call the Box Office at 1-800-219-8161 to get your Oregon Arts Summit discount. Offer valid only for performances 10/1/15-10/4/15. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets. No refund/no exchanges. Offer does not apply to C seats.

Registration

Registration is limited and just $85 a person.

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I hope to see you there!

Samantha Swaim

2015 Summit Director