Ashland Gallery Association December Exhibits
Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, December 4th, from 5 to 8 pm!
Stroll the galleries during the holiday season, taking in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!
Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download below. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com
Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Galleries
Ashland Art Center
Wearable Art by Marty Hogan
Wearable Art by Marty Hogan
“I work in a small artisan workshop where I fabricate my jewelry from wire and flat sheets of silver, brass and reclaimed copper. I saw, form and hammer each piece into a beautiful work of wearable art, which accurately reflects the intended idea or symbol. My work could best be described as a balance between refined and organic. My inspiration comes from the beauty of every day things surrounding me. Found objects, beads and stones are often incorporated into my work, lending a touch of whimsy, color and nostalgia. I leave hammer marks to remind the wearer that my hands have deliberately touched and fashioned each piece and that a small part of me travels with it.” ~Marty Hogan
Laura Lawrence, Upstairs Studio Featured Artist
Laura coined the phrase, “Painting with Yarn” when she designed her own needlepoint canvases in the 1970s. That phrase still depicts the essence of all her fiber art. After her needlepoint period, she began hand-weaving tapestries. Her Command Performance was featured in the call for entries for Small Expressions, the Handweavers Guild of America annual juried exhibit.
Machine knitting wearable art was the next step in her fiber journey. She now draws inspiration from her many years of dancing, working as a secretary in an environment of abstract expressionist paintings, and the natural beauty that surrounds her in Ashland. Whether it’s art to hang on a wall or a person, she still considers it to be painting with yarn.
Robbin Pearce, Downstairs Studio Featured Artist
I have been an advocate of resource reuse for most of my life. So whether it be water conservation in my home and garden, waste management through recycling, precycling and composting or reuse through Creative Fabric Use I operate under the premise of Once is Not Enough!I love mixing and matching colors, prints and textures. And mostly using pre-existing garments and/or items to create… Simple Market Bags!This venture is growing and changing as rapidly as the variety of products I find to play with. I would love to hear your comments and ideas.
Enjoy contemporary music and jazz favorites, performed by two of the region’s most promising musicians. Garrett Baxter on standup bass with Brandon Crafts on guitar will delight you with their smooth sounds and upbeat tempos.
Weisinger’s Family Winery features Snow’s Bee Paintings
“The Pink Bee Queen,” painting by Snow Panneton
Snow has been invited to be the featured artist for the month of December at Weisinger’s Family Winery. Her paintings feature imaginary women, some of which are “transmographying” from a woman into an insect, bird or animal, such as the “Bee Queen”. The Pink Bee Queen, the favorite Queen Bee of many, will also be on display and shown for the first time.
Snow’s Gallery & Working Studio will be CLOSED for the First Friday Art Walk. You are invited to join Snow at the Weisinger’s Family Winery’s First Friday and Wine Club Mixer 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., December 5, 2015. Snow’s Gallery & Working Studio will be open by Appointment for the month of December.
Chinese Landscape Photography by Lewis Anderson
“Mindfulness at Lobos,” photograph by Lewis Anderson
Lewis Anderson is a local photographer who often explores the boundaries between photography and painting. Lewis will be displaying his homage to Chinese landscape tradition where the main exhibition piece is “Mindfulness at Lobos” at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center during the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, December 4th.
The longest living visual art genre in the world is the Chinese Landscape. In an homage to this style and sensibilities, Lewis used modern digital photography, the digital darkroom, and unique mounting systems to create an interpretation of the emptiness and wonder before us. The Asian use of panels breaks the landscape up in such a way that the eyes can see the scene in fresh light. By using black and white prints it naturally mimics the black ink used by the old hermit monk masters. Their unique way of perceiving and representing perspective using fog as empty space to help separate the foreground, middle-ground and background is a common ploy of the old Chinese painters and Lewis has also imitated this approach in his camera and digital darkroom work.
The large four panel landscape (it measures 50″x30″) is of Point Lobos, California. This is a place loved by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Minor White and just about every famous American landscape photographer in history. By turning a scene into an Oriental viewpoint it allows Lewis to experience a unique temporary place in eternity.
Ashland Art Works
Let it snow…..let it snow!
“Winter Wonderland and Crater Lake,” photograph by Daniel Loch
AAW’s newest co-op artists are Daniel Loch, photographer, and Andrew Jones, fine burl wood art. We now have fourteen artists making a variety of art, including: cutting boards, benches, wood bowls, tea trays, metal art, paintings, raku, pottery, wire sculpture, photography, jewelry, silk scarves, fused glass, assemblage art… plus we have beautiful art and photo cards.
ART is the best gift you could give… or receive!
Choose the perfect ART gift made by local artists for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
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Greetings from ART’clectic!!!
We would like to invite you to Shop Local this holiday season by coming out to our Artisan’s Market to be held at the IOOF #10 Hall, 175 S. Oregon St in Jacksonville, right next door to GoodBean Coffee.
This boutique style market will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm from December 4th through December 20th. There will be framed and unframed art, textiles, leather, jewelry, baskets, glass, multi-media, cards, cottage furniture and many other interesting and beautiful gifts.
Hope to see you there!
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Glass Reality, 12″x12″, oil on wood
For purchase inquiries, visit www.animaanimus.org
The Enchanting Jewelry of Wendy Gell
by Melinda Lewis, Costume Jewelry Collectors International. Reposted from the CJCI website
Wendy Gell, whose jewelry designs were seen on the wrists of the “who’s who,” during the wild-style of the ’80s, has had an extraordinary career that most in the fashion industry can only imagine. Her pieces graced the covers of Vogue, famous movie stars, and her technique was copied by many who wished to emulate her creative style.
In 1976, as a taxi driver while trying to think of a birthday gift for a friend, Wendy came up with the concept of her now famous “Wristie.” It was at that moment that her future career as a respected jewelry designer was born. The need to come up with a glitzy gift would later turn into a multi-million dollar contemporary jewelry business.
Her jewelry has a very distinctive style. It is bold, whimsical, and glamorous. As a jewelry designer, Wendy leaves no surface unadorned; each piece is a complete encrustation of jewels and other materials. The covering of all surfaces is analogous to creating a painting with jewels that she successfully achieves through her medium. The materials she uses form not only textural depth, but a visual delight. As a contemporary designer, Wendy not only uses present-day materials such as rhinestones, pearls, and beads, she incorporates old findings into the work. It is not unlikely to find Indian carvings, netsukes and Eisenberg pins from the ’30s and ’40s as a center focal point in the designs.
Her designs are greatly sought after in the collector’s market and her past clients include Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossellini, Judy Collins, and Cher. Wendy Gell’s jewelry can also be found in the private collections of Elton John (she designed sunglasses for him), Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana.
Wendy’s first true exposure came after Vogue magazine wrote of her artistry in 1982. The magazine featured a multi page spread of the up and coming designer’s creations which showcased Isabella Rossellini wearing two highly-adorned cuffs, which were favorably received by the public and fashion press. In 1986, Wendy appeared as a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show as Oprah’s favorite jewelry designer. The appearance came just one week before Oprah’s show went national.
Early in her career, Wendy began designing for fashion notables such as Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass. Following the runway success of her designs, she began to design for numerous fashion houses. Later in 1987, she designed shoe clips for the couture designer Charles Jourdan, as well as create a seven foot Christmas tree for the store’s famous window design.
By 1990, Wendy Gell had 45 employees, and her business was tripling each year. Her off of Fifth Avenue workroom, staffed by skilled jewelry makers and young people just out of art school, produced Wendy’s jewelry collection of one-of-a-kind Wristies, and more than 1,000 different earring designs.
Disney and The Gell Success Story
Approached in 1986 at a trade show by a Disney representative to become a licensee, Wendy soon signed a million dollar agreement with Disney. Her cartoon-based line debuted in 1987 at Saks Fifth Avenue in a Wendy Gell Disney Boutique and also sold at Nordstrom, Disney stores, and the Disney theme park.
The items she designed included the 1989 Wizard of Oz characters, created in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. Among the many designs she produced, the line included hand-painted and pavé-set Swarovski crystal pieces, and sterling silver tin man. Along with the jewelry, Wendy designed scarves with Disney characters in sophisticated floral motifs.
In addition to the first Disney contract for her famous Mickey Mouse and other characters, Disney Enterprises Inc. later contracted with Wendy to design the accessories for the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Steven Spielberg himself ordered a 12-piece set of champagne glasses decorated with the characters for a special dinner party. The line sold out. Ironically, in 1999, Wendy herself was searching for the collectible Jessica Rabbit brooch for her personal collection. Today, the Jessica Rabbit pin is a rare collectible.
Later, in 1995, when The Napier Co. obtained licensee privileges to manufacture jewelry product, Wendy was hired by the company as a consultant to design Disney themed jewelry, including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and other Disney characters.
In the early 2000s, Wendy enjoyed the stimulating life of an artist, and made a name for herself through paintings that capture the spirit of the beloved canine. Her Chagall and Matisse-style paintings whimsically and magically project the inner soul of the animal that seems to speak a message of deep connection between the artist and subject. This work is a far cry from the fast pace glitz of the 1980s, yet so Wendy.
Today, Wendy teaches her jewelry techniques at OLLI at Southern Oregon University and the Ashland Art Center. Her students range from teenagers to women in their 70s and 80s. Always, there is a waiting list for her classes.
Wendy is also painting and making jeweled mosaics of late. She has two sections of her online shop, one featuring the Mezuzahs and Hamsas in her Judaica line and another showcasing her artwork and jeweled mosaics and mirrors. Wendy has also been writing a book about her life in New York working in fashion and rock music in the 1970s and 1980s with a working title A Portrait in Rhinestones.
Wendy continues to sell her jewelry and other creations on eBay, Etsy and her website www.wendygell.com. She will also be conducting a jewelry class at CJCI Convention 2014. For more details about Wendy’s class “Have Glue Gun Will Travel!” click here.
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Plein Air artists completed a successful 3 month period of painting in the Yaquina River Watershed as part of the second annual Toledo Plein Air Event and Open Juried Plein Air Show. The event is sponsored by the Yaquina River Museum of Art. 2015 Jurors were Becky Miller and Michael Gibbons.
Jacksonville artist Sue Bennett recently received an announcement that her painting “Yasek Loop Barn” has been chosen for the Permanent Collection Purchase Award from this year’s exhibit at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Toledo, Oregon.
Sue Bennett is a classically trained artist who lives and works in Jacksonville, Oregon. She and her husband Steve (also an accomplished painter) traveled to Toledo, Oregon to paint during the summer and the result is “Yasek Loop” oil 8 ½” x 11 ½” a brilliant example of the rural landscape in the watershed.
Yasek Loop Barn, Sue Bennett Painting Honored with Museum Purchase Award
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces New exhibit in the Community Gallery:
Mixed Media Works of Pam Haunschild
October 30 – November 27, 2015
Reception Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Quail Moon, by Pam Haunschild
The Rogue Gallery and Art Center is proud to exhibit the mixed media works of Pam Haunschild in the Community Gallery. Pam Haunschild is inspired by nature’s beauty, and paints with the goal of increasing others’ awareness and appreciation of the textures and colors of creation. The small scale of her works gives it an intimate feel. She creates highly textured surfaces using beeswax and limestone clay mixed with the clear bright hues of watercolor. Her color palate is a pleasing combination of bright and muted tones. Images of birds, flowers, bees, fish and other small animals surface within layered, abstract patterns.
A reception will be held on Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.
“A Star is Born”, ©2015 Dana Feagin, Oil, 16 x 20, Available
“A Star is Born” is a portrait of Orville, a former Sanctuary One goat. Orville was one of the first animals I photographed from Sanctuary One. When I came across the photo below, I was surprised I hadn’t already painted him – just look at that pose! Orville arrived at the sanctuary through the Humane Society of the United States. He and his brother Wilbur were unable to move to Hawaii with their human family. Since the photo was taken, Orville and Wilbur were adopted together, by a new loving family. Orville lived a full life but has passed on. Wilbur is still around, looking dapper in his hand-made coat when the weather turns chilly.
Reference Photo Below ©Dana Feagin
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