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Ashland Gallery Assn November Featured Exhibits

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, November 7th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other visual 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: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Most exhibits run throughout the month of November!

Elaine Frenett, New Directions at Ashland Art CenterAshland Art Center

“New Directions:
Perhaps dimensional, Perhaps intuitive” Watercolors by Elaine Frenett

This gathering of newer pieces swerves strongly from Elaine’s usual approach. An inner yearning to move into a new way of expressing hatched from the play and process she has so come to love: visual art journaling. With no agenda, the pigment, be it wax or watercolor, was slathered onto the surfaces. And from there whatever whispered to her, she followed.

“It’s like leaving myself behind, and finding myself at the same time,” says Frenett. “Won’t you come see if you can hear the whispers, too?”

As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center. There will also be refreshments and live music.

HansonHowardHanson Howard Gallery

Annual Holiday Salon

Sue Yamins is one of the featured artists in the Annual Holiday Salon. Two of her sculptures are currently included in a national juried exhibition at the Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA. “Focus: Fiber – a collection of innovative and inspiring works that exemplify the vibrant world of fiber arts today”.

Sue uses gourds as her base and a coiling process to create the sculptured basketry.

“The designs are wood burned into the gourd and colors are applied with dyes. Once the gourd is completed the coiling begins. I like to use a variety of materials for the coiling. They can be made of pine needles, grasses, cattails, fiber rush or polished hemp. I also use different materials for the stitching including waxed linen, raffia, artificial sinew, silk and wool.

Each project begins with an idea and then develops and changes as the piece is actually made.”

november 2014 exhibit at Oak Leaf StudioOak Leaf Studio

Still-life Florals and New Water Paintings

Falling water creates rivers and creeks, and nurtures colorful blooms that lift our spirits and remind us of balmy weather. Oak Leaf Studio is featuring a new painting of Lake Tahoe, which you may have seen “under construction” during the Open Studios Tour. Artist Leif Trygg has completed this mixed media piece created by using both watercolors and pastels and it is now up for viewing.

Taking a cue from nature again, Trygg observes the world around him and translates those images into personal statements. His series of still-life flower paintings depict Shasta Daisies, roses, bouquets of peonies, and more. Each is a contemplative view of individual blooms rendered in compelling tones and whimsical but classic settings.

Originals as well as prints and cards will be available for viewing and purchase.

November 2014 exhibit at Gallerie KaronGallery Karon

GIFTED

Our Annual Gift Show featuring 28 artists and guests. Thursday, November 13th, we will kick off the holiday season with an open house. There will be music, special munchies and free gifts from 2pm til 4pm!

Come in and check out a gallery like no other in Ashland for unique art, antiques and animals — a twist on the usual.

Ashland Gallery Association Featured Gallery Exhibits - October 2014

Ashland Gallery Association aga logoCome out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, October 3 from 5–8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts! Click here to download the AGA Artwalk Map for October 2014.

Most exhibits run through the end of October.

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits

Handmade scarf by Stepanie Moss

Handmade scarf by Stepanie Moss

October 2014

Ashland Art Works

In October, Ashland Artworks features John Weston’s finely crafted hardwood gifts, and new work from talented wire sculptor, George Popa.
In addition, we will introduce hand woven luxury scarves and shawls by our newest member, Stefanie Moss.

Stefanie uses a rigid heddle loom to create these beautiful works. Inspired by her own skin sensitivity, she uses natural fiber, high quality yarns – primarily alpaca, merino and silk – that drape beautifully, and feel soft to the skin.

Special Event!
Illahe Studios and Gallery

“Good Luck Shrine” by Wilma Wyss

“Good Luck Shrine” by Wilma Wyss

Contemporary Mosaic Art Invitational

The first ever Contemporary Mosaic Art summit is being held in Ashland October 3-6, 2014.  The Summit will include workshops suitable for the beginner to the advanced artist taught by internationally recognized mosaic artists: Kelley Knickerbocker, Laurel Skye, Mireille Swinnen and  Joanne Chase. Nearly 30 national and international artists will be featured in the Invitational Mosaic Exhibition hosted at Illahe Studios and Gallery for the month of October with an Artists’ Reception held on the First Friday Artwalk, Oct. 3rd, 5-8 p.m.   Enjoy the crisp autumn evening with other art lovers, meet the artists and enjoy the music of Laura Christine Anderson.

An exhibition of original mosaics for sale by the mosaic summit participants will be held at the beautiful Belle Fiore winery on the 4th and 5th, 11:30-7 pm. During the Summit volunteers will be working on a collaborative mosaic that will be donated to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.

The public is invited to participate in the summit. For registration information and details visit http://www.contemporarymosaicartsummit.com

 

Schneider Museum of Art

Modou Dieng & Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado, TRANQUILLO, 2014, mixed media

Modou Dieng & Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado, TRANQUILLO, 2014, mixed media

Selections from PORTLAND2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art

The Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) is celebrating its participation in Southern Oregon University’s new Oregon Center for the Arts by presenting a year of Oregon artists.  As part of this celebration, the Museum is excited to show Selections from PORTLAND2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, a major exhibition that surveys the work of Oregon visual artists who are defining and advancing the contemporary arts landscape.  The exhibition will be showing from Friday, October 3 through Saturday, December 6, 2014 with an opening reception on Thursday, October 2 from 5:00 TO 7:00 PM.

PORTLAND2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art was conceived of and produced by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon and curated by Amanda Hunt.  Founded in 2000, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center builds ambitious programs that promote artists and engage communities. (To learn more, visit disjecta.org ) SMA Director Erika Leppmann worked with curator, Amanda Hunt, and Disjecta Director, Bryan Suereth, to organize the Biennial for the fall exhibition at the Schneider Museum of Art.

Curator Hunt visited nearly 50 studios and reviewed over 300 entries before selecting fifteen Oregon artists and their collaborators to participate in PORTLAND2014.  These artists include up-and-coming as well as established professionals who work in a variety of media.  The participating artists are primarily based in Portland, but others work in Salem, Eugene, and Dayton.  For Hunt, several themes emerged as she reviewed the artists’ work: “dialogue and collaboration, the presence of the hand, of not outsourcing production; a connection to the landscape; and overarching sense of intergenerational dialogue.”

Sarah Burns - painting in her studio

Sarah Burns – painting in her studio

Special Event!
Ashland Open Studio Tour

October 11 & 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 5 PM

Ever wonder how artists find their creative muse? Ashland Open Studio Tour is a new event sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association to visit the very places where art happens.  Artist’s studios are always one of kind.  Each artist studio has its own peculiarities in set up and working methods depending on medium and the artist’s needs. Each creative person needs a room of their own to think, work, organize, and dream.  While these places where art is made are as individual as the artist, what they all have in common is the energy of creation. This is the forum where an artist is allowed to freely experiment, develop ideas, and fail or succeed.

On the second weekend of October, the Open Studio Tour will delight your eye and emotions; bring the creative spirit into your day; and open up a hidden part of Ashland and its surrounding areas, Talent and Phoenix.  AOST features art and artists with the colors of fall, and the charms of a small town set in a rural landscape.  After a day of touring, stop by some of Ashland’s nearby wineries, dine in one of the many excellent restaurants, and experience live performances at any of the high quality local theater venues.
For more information about the Open Studio Tour see the website www.ashlandost.com or email ashlandost@gmail.com.

Ashland Open Studio Tour Artist Demonstrations
Saturday October 11th

Time        Name                Demo Description
Noon:    Studio AB      (Drawing and digital painting)
1:00 PM: Linda Evans     (Painting pastels)
2:00 PM: Claudia Law     (Thread Sketching)
3:00 PM: Laura Lawrence     (Machine Knitting)
4:00 PM: Harriet Greene     (Stone carving)

Sunday October 12th

Time        Name                Demo Description
Noon:      Cheryl Kempner     (Metal cutting)
1:00 PM: JoAnn Manzone     (Nuno felting)
2:00 PM: Pamela Haunschild    (Encaustic Painting)
3:00 PM: Denise Kester    (Printmaking)
4:00 PM: Martin Goldman     (Showing a short film)

Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk

September 5th, 5 to 8 PM

Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website: ashlandgalleries.com

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Ashland Open Studio Tour

October 11 & 12, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5 PM

Free to the public!

Ever wonder how artists find their creative muse? Ashland Open Studio Tour is a new event sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association to visit the very places where art happens.

On the second weekend of October, the Open Studio Tour will delight your eye and emotions; bring the creative spirit into your day; and open up a hidden part of Ashland and its surrounding areas, Talent and Phoenix.  AOST features art and artists with the colors of fall, and the charms of a small town set in a rural landscape.  After a day of touring, stop by some of Ashland’s nearby wineries, dine in one of the many excellent restaurants, and experience live performances at any of the high quality local theater venues.

For more information about the Open Studio Tour see the website www.ashlandost.com or email ashland@gmail.com.

Artwork submitted by Denise Kester

Artwork submitted by Denise Kester

AGA Spotlight Exhibits – September 2014

Ashland Art Center

Mixed Media and Book Arts of Printmaker Denise Kester

“My art has a story of its own and a life of its own. My art is magical realism. My art is a possibility. The art I create, creates me.” ~ Denise Kester, 2014
Walk into a world where art, poetry and dreams come together in the beautiful mixed media art of Denise Kester. “My art is an expression of my dreaming soul realizing itself,” Denise says. She uses monoprints, painting, paste paper, collage, poetry, and storytelling to reflect her “heart’s experience making itself visible.”
Visit Studio 1 upstairs at AAC.
Friday, September 5, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center
There will also be refreshments and Live Music by Paris Fox.

Illahe Studios and Gallery

Lamb, by Suzanne Etienne

Lamb, by Suzanne Etienne

Suzanne Etienne & Sue Springer

Ashland People & Places, Sculpture & Painting

In September ceramic artist, Sue Springer, and landscape painter, Suzanne Etienne celebrate the whimsy, beauty and characters that make up our sweet little hamlet.  Suzanne’s vignettes of local color and Sue’s quirky, inspired figures playfully show the rich qualities that we know to be unique to our town, Ashland.

Join us for the Artists Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on Sept. 5th, 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Celebrate the late summer evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the saxophone music of Lincoln Zeve.

Photographers Gallery

As I Sea It

Lewis Anderson Photography
Three Worlds, by Lewis Anderson

Three Worlds, by Lewis Anderson

“As a photographer and as a spiritual aspirant who is always searching, occasionally I am shown a scene that lifts my spirits or puts me into a interesting zone of almost transcendence.  These terrains are often accompanied by an emotion such as loneliness, abandonment or just an unnamed ache, but at other times the eye sees something magically auspicious, consoling, or poetically uplifting. This series for me is a unification effort to express these apparent contradictions. The unresolved and not quite tangible truth, or a sweet type of pain that strikes at the core of my heart.  They sound like a soft mournful sob and a song of muted sweet joy, both mixed together in harmony.  These moments are the catalysts of my own personal art therapy and why I create art.”
~Lewis Anderson
www.lewisanderson.net

“Harley”  Oil painting by Dana Feagin

“Harley” by Dana Feagin

Art and Soul Gallery

“Shelter Animals”  Oil paintings by Dana Feagin

Dana Feagin is an award-winning Ashland-based animal painter known for capturing the sweet and amusing expressions of rescue animals and pets. She shares her home and her studio with six former shelter animals – four dogs and two bunnies.  Ten percent of her sales are donated to local animal welfare group where she volunteers: Sanctuary One (Jacksonville, OR), Friends of the Animal Shelter (Phoenix, OR) and Equamore Horse Sanctuary (Ashland, OR); she also donates art to animal rescue groups across the country to assist with their fundraising efforts.
Belle Fiore Winery will be providing wine tasting and Jennifer Joss will be our musician.
Dana does accept commissions.

AGA SPECIAL EVENT!!

Ashland Open Studio Tour

October 11 & 12, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5 PM
 Sarah Burns in her studio

Sarah Burns in her studio

Ever wonder how artists find their creative muse? Ashland Open Studio Tour is a new event sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association to visit the very places where art happens.  Artist’s studios are always one of kind.  Each artist studio has its own peculiarities in set up and working methods depending on medium and the artist’s needs. Each creative person needs a room of their own to think, work, organize, and dream.  While these places where art is made are as individual as the artist, what they all have in common is the energy of creation. This is the forum where an artist is allowed to freely experiment, develop ideas, and fail or succeed.

On the second weekend of October, the Open Studio Tour will delight your eye and emotions; bring the creative spirit into your day; and open up a hidden part of Ashland and its surrounding areas, Talent and Phoenix.  AOST features art and artists with the colors of fall, and the charms of a small town set in a rural landscape.  After a day of touring, stop by some of Ashland’s nearby wineries, dine in one of the many excellent restaurants, and experience live performances at any of the high quality local theater venues.

For more information about the Open Studio Tour see the website www.ashlandost.com or email ashland@gmail.com

 

Ashland Gallery Assn August Spotlight Exhibits

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, August 1st, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download HERE

Most exhibits run throughout the month of August!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Studio A.B.

Ann DiSalvo, CAT TOTEM, 2014, pastel

Ann DiSalvo, CAT TOTEM, 2014, pastel

Ann DiSalvo Figurative Drawings

As a winner of the RV Biennial 2013 Juror’s Choice Award, Ann DiSalvo exhibited 15 classical nudes in pastel at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in March, 2014. These drawings are now on exhibit in Ashland, at Studio A.B.
“Study of the figure has been part of my art education from the beginning, as it is the most challenging subject to learn with. It’s easy to see errors and the rewards are self evident. Living, moving forms reflect light in unique ways for value study. Skin, hair (or fur) and eyes hold colors that surprise. The shapes of humans and animals are ever-changing. They can express and evoke thought.
I have always felt the kinship between humans and animals. Each have a niche in their ecosystem. Sharing resources preserves harmony. Some of my drawings pair a human and an animal, evoking a totemic tradition – another way to link species and imagine wordless communication.
These drawings were made in Wednesday evening figure study sessions at the Ashland Art Center. Each weekly session was a single pose. We worked for three hours and repeated in the following week for a six-hour drawing. Most were finished at my home, Studio A.B. The sessions with artists sharing models, humans drawing humans, taught as much about humans as it did about art. It is a good alternative to solitary studio work. As an artist, my subject matter explorations change between genres, but I will always follow a fascination with figure study.”

Art and Soul Gallery

Carla Palmese CANAL WITH DUCK NEAR ELLESMERE oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

Carla Palmese CANAL WITH DUCK NEAR ELLESMERE oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

“Travels in North Wales” paintings by Carla Palmese

Carla’s paintings for the August show are from a trip she and her husband Bob took to North Wales, United Kingdom.  They had 2 goals; to cruise the Llangollen Canal, from the English/Welsh border at Chirk, to it’s end at the town of Llangollen.  The second goal was to volunteer for 2 weeks for the historic Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog.  The skies were usually cloudy, the month was October.  The views of the canal are mostly seen from the center as her views were taken from the prow of the boat. The other landscapes were taken from their travels on foot and by local bus on their days off (track crew) as they explored the Welsh countryside, which included a climb to the abandoned slate mine at Blaneau.

PLACATING THE SPIRIT OF THE SLAIN EAGLE, by Patty McGreeley

PLACATING THE SPIRIT OF THE SLAIN EAGLE, by Patty McGreeley

Gallery Karon

The Female of the Species

Over 20 artists in a show all their own!

Our Third Annual invitational exhibit; all women, all media

Hanson Howard Gallery

image by Jon Jay Cruson, supplied by Hanson Howard Gallery

image by Jon Jay Cruson, supplied by Hanson Howard Gallery

Jon Jay Cruson

JON JAY CRUSON”S remarkable career makes his work highly collectable not only nationally but internationally as well. He has works in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England and in private collections from Italy to Japan. He is represented in many corporate collections within the United States such as the Ford Collection and Chrysler Collection in Michigan.
“Life events– my visual and emotional environments– have guided my work over the last 40 years. I did not always know where I was going, but simply went where the road led me. The metaphor of traveling along a road has been my constant approach to work and life and has led me through many varied environments. I have not jumped on artistic bandwagons, doing what was currently popular. Instead I have followed my own changing interests by studying both the nature of the subject and the ways in which I could best express my understanding of it.
Time and again I find myself ‘where the road leads me’, not knowing exactly what I will discover yet finding the inspiration from what comes over the horizon. The open country, patterns, shapes, and colors, they are all there. Back in the studio, it all comes together with the play of the elements, transferring, assembling, and incorporating into my own landscape.”

Ashland First Friday Art Walk will be postponed until July 11th...

due to the Fourth of July Holiday!

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, July 11th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this 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: ashlandgalleries.com

Most exhibits run throughout the month of July!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: www.ashlandgalleries.com

AGA July Spotlight Gallery Exhibits

July 2014

Schneider Museum of Art

A Colorful Summer at the Schneider Museum of Art:
Royal Nebeker: An Artist’s Journey
Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection: Andy Warhol Silk-screens

Exhibition on View Friday, June 20 through Saturday, September 6
Summer Hours for the Museum are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The Schneider Museum of Art is excited to present colorful, energetic, and engaging exhibitions this summer.  Royal Nebeker: An Artist’s Journey and Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection: Andy Warhol Silk-screens will open Thursday, June 19 and will be on view through September 6, 2014.

Royal Nebeker, VICTORY WITHOUT WITNESS, 2013 oil & collage on canvas 88” x 80”

Royal Nebeker, VICTORY WITHOUT WITNESS, 2013 oil & collage on canvas 88” x 80”

Royal Nebeker: An Artist’s Journey features the beautiful figurative paintings and collages of Royal Nebeker. Nebeker received his MFA from Brigham Young University and continued his art studies in Norway, where he became deeply influenced by the work of Edvard Munch.  Nebeker’s painting also reflects his engagement with Abstract Expressionism.  He currently resides in Astoria, Oregon, and he has held residencies and has exhibited widely throughout the world.  Miller Paint Company sponsors Royal Nebeker: An Artist’s Journey.

Nebeker’s exhibition of paintings will be complemented by Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection: Andy Warhol Silk-screens.  This year, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts generously donated numerous silk-screens.  While on display, the silk-screens will be accompanied by informational panels written by SOU students.

The Schneider Museum of Art summer exhibitions will be augmented by docent tours for all ages, hands-on activities, and special events, such as lectures, concerts, and performances.  The Museum will hold a weekly docent-led tour for the public on Tuesdays at noon. Additionally, the Museum will hold FREE Family Days – see below for more information.

Summer Hours for the Museum are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

FREE Family Days with Tours and Arts Activities at the Schneider Museum of Art
Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
June 28 – Andy Warhol
July 12 – Royal Nebeker
July 26 – Museums and Collections

JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden

JEGA’s Special Summer Birthday Celebration!

JEGA Gallery - J. Ellen Austin with Sculpture

J. Ellen Austin with Sculpture

Second Friday Art Walk JEGA will be open from 5pm to 8pm with live music and refreshments.

Limited inventory of sculpture tools; hand, electric, materials, equipment, raw stone, including marble, alabaster, and soapstone will be available for a short time.

JEGA Gallery is a little unusual, as it is artist owned and bypasses the traditional gallery set up and mark up! Such an incredible array of art from talented artists in our Rogue Valley and beyond! These works of art comprising photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings will inspire and provoke you. Come by the JEGA Gallery and add to your art collection!

Celebrate the art created by: Jason Bueter, Photography and Metal Garden Art; Chris Dworin, Ceramic Sculpture; Dawn Ferrari, Stone Sculptures; Tej Steiner, Ceramic Sculpture; Lucious M. Upshaw, limited edition Bronze Sculptures; Daniel Verner, Acrylic Paintings; Ingo Wedde, Outdoor Metal Sculpture; J. Ellen Austin, Stone, Bronze and multi media Sculpture.
625 A Street Art Triplex nestled in Ashland’s Historic RR District on the corner of 5th Street & A Street.  As a working art studio, JEGA’s exhibits include a bodacious mix of visual and contemporary art.

Ashland Art Center

Elijah Boor, painting

Elijah Boor, painting

Paintings and Illustrations by Elijah Boor

“Living is the highest art form. A balanced, thoughtful and loving approach is necessary for a good life and for good art.”

Elijah is a freelance commercial artist and arts educator. He blends traditional and digital mediums to create beautiful figurative, portrait, and illustrative art.

Visit Elijah’s studio downstairs at the Art Center in the Artists’ Underground.

 

 

Ashland Painters Union

Amy Godard, Ashland Painters Union

Amy Godard, Ashland Painters Union

A Femme Real:  New Work in Threes by Amy Godard

On display at the Ashland Painters Union during July and August are works of art reflecting aspects of Earth, Air and Heaven using a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printmaking, and installation art by Amy Godard. A Femme Real displays ideas and images of the feminine, the ephemeral and the eternal.

Performances:
Opening July 11th music from Sky System 6pm
Opening for August 1st Live Opera Soloist 7pm

Ashland Galleries – June 2014 Featured Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Galleries

June 2014

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, June 6th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this 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: ashlandgalleries.com

Most exhibits run throughout the month of June!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: www.ashlandgalleries.com

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Elin Babcock and Claudia Law: Assemblage Sculptures, Paintings & Textile Creations

In June, Ashland Artworks On Oak Street features the work of Elin Babcock and Claudia Law: Assemblage Sculptures, Paintings & Textile Creations with multi-media embellishments.
Come see the “Buen Camino,” which creatively reflects Elin’s walk to Santiago on the Camino, the Pilgrim Road, and “The Soft Sound of Wings,” the latest example of Claudia’s luminous magic with textiles.
LIVE MUSIC: We are also proud to present imaginative electronic music by keyboardist Chris Cummings – beautiful to hear when strolling through our galleries and garden.
5 GALLERIES AND THE SCULPTURE GARDEN:
As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts.

 

Studio A.BDigital Print by Bruce Bayard

Screen Captures: Digital prints by Bruce Bayard

Bruce Bayard presents a series of small digital prints from recent performances and from the film Elegies. The images are “captured” from a monitor while a random process combines layers of video and still image. The exhibit opens June 2, with a reception on First Friday, June 6 from 5 – 8 pm. Also on display are three mixed media drawings by Bayard from 1994, during the height of his experimentation with crayons and toner transfer.

Art and Soul GalleryThrough the Trees,  Pastel Painting by Randye Jensen

“A moment in time . . .”  Pastel Paintings by Randye Jensen

I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast far longer than I’ve been a painter. As I bike, hike and ski through beautiful places both near and far, I am continually amazed by and enchanted with nature’s diversity. Being a kinesthetic learner, I started sketching as a way of trying to savor the moment and better understand why the scene in front of me was so captivating. Through putting pastel to paper I’ve been able to record what I’ve seen, where I’ve been, what I’m feeling. I’m learning how to tie my memories to a place, how to forever hold on to a moment in time.

 

Painting by Anna Elkins

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ANNA ELKINS

ANNA ELKINS is a traveling poet and painter. She earned a BA in art and English followed by an MFA and Fulbright Fellowship in poetry. Her writings have been published in journals and books, and her paintings hang on walls around the world. She has written, painted, and taught on five continents. She is the author of the illustrated vignette The Heart Takes Flight, the novel The Honeylicker Angel, and the poetry collection The Space Between. Anna has happily set up her easel and writing desk in the mythical State of Jefferson. annaelkins.com

ARTIST STATEMENT: THE SPOKEN IMAGE

I have been enthralled by the link between word and image since I learned to hold a pencil and a crayon. As a poet and painter, I often combine my two loves on canvas; sometimes words form images, and sometimes images curl into words. And even if no words are visible in a painting, they are present as titles.
All of my paintings reveal the process of creation: charcoal smudges, layers of glosses, and gestural lines. That process fascinates me. Revision (re-visioning or “seeing again”) occurs on a deeper level when I work with word and image together. If I get stuck on a word, an image will move it forward. If an image stiffens, a new word brings it grace.
I love to create in this collaboration between left and right brain—language and the visual together at play.

 

 

 

 

 

***A Taste of Ashland & AGA May Exhibits***

Poster for the 2014 Taste of Ashland Festival A Taste of Ashland is this Weekend!

Get your tickets before they sell out again this year!!

Art ~ Food ~ Wine Festival

April 26 & 27

12 noon – 4 PM

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:

www.atasteofashland.com

541-488-0178

To view a larger version of this year’s Taste of Ashland poster picture to the right, just click the image! —>

To print and share the 2014 Taste Poster, click here to download a printable pdf file

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Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Galleries

May 2014

 

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, May 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this 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: ashlandgalleries.com

Most exhibits run throughout the month of May!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Hanson Howard Gallery

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Sculpture by Robin and John Gumaelius

Gumaelius and Anne Kristine

Collaborating artists and husband and wife, Robin and John Gumaelius incorporate ceramic, steel and wood to create animated human and birdlike sculptures. Their works are comical, bizarre and highly inventive. Robin says, “Radio stories, history books, biking adventures, gardening notes, neighbors spied, strangers watched in stores and parks and cars jangle together in our heads and come so freely to our fingers that when we see the pieces finished we are often delighted – as if we are not their creators; they just come to talk with us for a while and then leave again”. In their unique working relationship, Robin and John combine both skill and imagination together as an artistic team to build a singularly unusual world out of clay and mixed media.
The couple and their four young children live in a wooded environment
near the coast in Washington. While starting with a tree house, they have also built their own home, studio, barn and lush garden.
The May exhibit also includes Paintings by Anne Kristine who is a recent and welcome addition to our gallery stable.

 

 

 

Photographers Gallery

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Photograph by David Sherman

David Sherman Photos of Greece

On September 18th, 2004, I was married in Lithia Park, Ashland. On the next morning, we jumped on a plane, and travelled to a place I hadn’t been to in 20 years. I found my beloved Greece the same. Blue waters with white washed homes, fresh breeze. I took about 5000 pictures in just two weeks; here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

The Photographers’ Gallery features Fine Art Photography by Southern Oregon’s Finest.  Located at the Ashland Art Center, the Photographers’ Gallery is the only one of its kind between Portland and San Francisco. The gallery features work by eleven photographers ranging from nationally recognized to emerging artists. A wide variety of styles are represented including: black & white, landscape, street, travel and abstract photography.

 

 

Nimbus

Eric Christenson, “Wine Country Artist”

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“Passion for Pinot” by Eric Christenson

Eric Christensen began painting professionally in 1992.  Since that time he has enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation as a celebrated Wine Country Artist. Self-taught, he invented a watercolor technique that allows him to create images of vibrant color that go beyond the look and depth of a high quality photograph. Christensen is truly unique in his field and is considered to be the country’s premier watercolor artist capable of hyperrealism through the use of standard watercolor.
Christensen began to develop his interest in painting, along with botany, classical music, and gourmet cooking as a child in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over time he has acquired a commanding knowledge in each of these fields, which have blended to make him the preeminent artist of today. In addition to his interests, Christensen also derives inspiration from the wine country surrounding his home, which is invariably portrayed in his paintings. As Christensen asserts, “it’s about the lifestyle – and the art of Fine Living!”

Join us at the Gallery in Nimbus to enjoy the artwork of Eric Christensen. You must see in person to appreciate his talent and artistry.  His art will be available to enjoy throughout the summer of 2014.  Wine and cheese served on First Fridays. Smiles everyday.

 

 

Hilltop Gallery

Squaring Off

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By Richard Newman

“Squaring Off,” a two-person exhibit by Richard and Rochelle Newman of Ashland opens on April 26 for the “Taste of Ashland” and runs till June 2nd, 2014.

“In this exhibit, the artists’ long-term partnership allows for sparring back and forth and the bouncing of ideas between overlapping, but distinct, sensibilities.  They have chosen to use the square and its incarnations as the departure point for their interplay and exhibition parameters.

The square is a diva, the generator of families of important rectangles that provide both variety and consistency. Despite her stability and uniformity, she is not a bore. Contrary to some opinions concerning her high symmetry, she provides infinite variety through a change in size, color, scale and distortion. She gives a constant length for measure, a constant square for area, and a constant cube for space. Her sub-divisions can be both playful and austere.

This exhibit provides a variety of media in both two and three dimensions for the viewer to play hide and seek by recognizing the compositional use of the square.”

Richard and Rochelle Newman
Artists and Curators

 

 

Ashland Gallery Association April Exhibits + A Taste of Ashland

Taste of Ashland Food Wine and Art Festival Poster 2014Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 4th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this 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: ashlandgalleries.com

Most exhibits run throughout the month of April!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: ashlandgalleries.com

 

A Taste of Ashland

Art ~ Food ~ Wine Festival

April 26 & 27

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:

www.atasteofashland.com

 

AGA Spotlight Galleries

April 2014

Oil painting by Jenay Elder

Oil painting by Jenay Elder, Ashland Painters Union

Ashland Painters Union

PERISHABLE

Group Show features artists in many media – including a community interactive piece.

This show is designed to pair with A Taste of Ashland – an AGA event APU is participating in. Meditations range from the big ideas of life to the small pleasures we might over look any day.  Join us for the opening party on First Friday, April 4 from 5 – 8 pm.

The APU is a cooperative gallery, made up of 8 Full Members and many Supporting Members.  The Painters Union shows different work every month, always new or yet unseen in the Rogue Valley in solo, two person or group shows.  The gallery is called the Ashland Painters Union to call to mind the blue-collar hard working nature of making art and although called a painters union, the gallery shows work in all mediums.  It is a place for artists to show whatever they like, to experiment and explore new ideas.

27 1/2 N. Main St #2 – Up the stairs, on the Plaza, across from the fountain

www.ashlandpaintersunion.com
Saturdays and Sundays 1 – 5 pm and First Fridays 5 – 8 pm and by appointment

 

Pillow by Heidi Schwegler, on display April 2014 at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon

Pillow by Heidi Schwegler

Schneider Museum of Art

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Featuring Heidi Schwegler, Avantika Bawa, and Matt McCormick

For its spring exhibitions, the Schneider Museum of Art is presenting the first of a two-part exhibition of the Southern Oregon Site Project, generously supported by The Ford Family Foundation.  The project features two installations created in response to the site: the Museum, Southern Oregon University, and the greater Rogue Valley.

In flood.control, Avantika Bawa uses the history and geography behind the formation of Emigrant Lake as the conceptual parameters from which her installation has been created.

As an artist, Heidi Schwegler states that she “is drawn to the peripheral ruin, modifying discarded objects in order to give them a new sense of purpose.”  Her latest installation, to be premiered at the Schneider Museum of Art, is entitled Visibility Near Zero.

In addition, the Museum is showing The Great Northwest, which includes single-channel video, Chromira prints, and ephemera by Matt McCormick, an “experimental documentary based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip through the Pacific Northwest made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook.”

Please join us on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for the opening reception for 3.  Quady North Wines is generously donating and pouring wine for the reception. The exhibition runs from Friday, April 4 through Saturday, May 31.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Kimono Dance, book art by Diane Lea on display at Illahe Studios & Gallery's 5th Annual Book Art Exhibit, April 2014

Kimono Dance
by Diane Lea

Illahe Studios and Gallery

Fifth Annual Artist Book Show

This will be the fifth year we will host our Book Artists Show combined with a Printmaking Invitational and our community collaborative book arts project, Community Press.
We are proud to be one of the few galleries on the west coast to host such a strong representation of regional and national book artists.  Each year offers inventive ways of approaching the book form as well as remarkable craftsmanship.  It is likely many of us have never held a hand printed, stitched and bound book…you will have the opportunity to experience this! Handmade blank books and portfolios will also be available in this show.

Skilled and inventive book artists include: Cathy DeForest (Jubilation Press),Arini Esarey, Roxanne Evans Stout, Alisa Golden, Michael Holstein, Sarojini Johnson, DianeLea, Susan Lehman, Olivia King, Patricia Freeman Martin, Marsha Matchek
Sabina Nies, Linda Piacentini-Yaple, Kelley Salber, Sabina Nies

Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on April 4th, 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Enjoy an evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Jeff Ramsey.

 

Blue Band, Watercolor painting by Jeannie Azzopardi

Blue Band
Watercolor by Jeannie Azzopardi

Bohemia Gallery & Rogue Frameworks

Abstract Jazz

This month in our expanded gallery space we’re featuring watercolors from The Jazz Series by Jeannie Azzopardi and abstract nature photography by Zach Ehlert.

Jeannie’s style exhibits strokes of abandon and delight that charmingly captivate the viewer. As one fan says, “I totally love this art! Your paintings make me nostalgic for a time period I never lived in.”

Zach Ehlert attempts to capture the ethereal beauty of the natural world by experimenting with the infinite possibilities of the photographic process.
Bohemia Gallery occupies an intimate space within Rogue Frameworks and showcases a rotating variety of work by regional artists including: photography, painting and ceramics.
Rogue Frameworks is artist owned and operated, and offers a wide variety of quality, custom picture framing solutions.

1644 Ashland St #3
Located in the Ashland Shopping Center next to the cinema.
541-488-5227
www.bohemiagallery.com
Tuesday–Friday 10–5:30; Saturday 10–4

March 2014 AGA SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITS

AGA First Friday Art Walk ~ March 7th, 2014

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, March 7th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this 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: ashlandgalleries.com

Most exhibits run throughout the month of March!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: ashlandgalleries.com

Realist Oil painting of a Nikon camera by Terry Frosini

Oil painting by Terry Frosini

Ashland Art Center

Oil Paintings by Terry Frosini

“I paint what interests me in the moment; I look for a challenge, something I have not tried before, perhaps something I may fail at.” – Terry Frosini

Terry’s realistic oil paintings of portraits, landscapes, and still lifes draw you in with their charm and ability to tell a story. Visit Terry in his studio in the Artists Underground on the lower level of Ashland Art Center. Learn about his process and the stories behind each unique piece.

Friday, March 7, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center. There will also be refreshments and live music.

JEGA

“Pavarotti, A Man Who Loved Women With Attitude” sculpture, posing with J. Ellen Austin. Artist: Elyn Nix

“Pavarotti, A Man Who Loved Women With Attitude” sculpture, posing with J. Ellen Austin. Artist: Elyn Nix

The 20th Annual Women With Attitude and Men Who Love Women With Attitude Art Exhibit

Each year JEGA encourages artists to submit original paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and poetry or performance art for jury selection to be considered for the annual art show.  These works provoke a whole spectrum of thoughts and bring forth a whole range of emotions.

J. Ellen Austin, artist and owner of the JEGA Gallery believes,”’ Women With Attitude,” and the men who believe in us, exhibit courage in their daily lives and strive to give back to others, their communities and society at large.
“Attitude” symbolizes an outlook and respect for other peoples’ philosophies, lifestyles and cultural diversities while retaining a youthful willingness to learn and grow from new knowledge and experiences.”

The March show will include the art from Ashland High School students.  The exhibit will run through the month of April and A Taste Of Ashland.  A second opening is the First Friday, April 4, 2014.  Entry deadline for the April show is March 24, 2014.  For more information and applications please contact the JEGA directly (541)488-2474. Email jega4art@gmail.com

AHS student, Raven Borgilt poses with her painting

AHS student, Raven Borgilt poses with her painting

AGA Annual Student Show

Featuring Ashland High School Student Artists in March!

March First Friday will have a special added attraction when the AGA celebrates student art.  Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, galleries will feature works by creative young artists from the Ashland High School Art Department.  During the First Friday Art Walk, the students will be present at their hosting gallery from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to proudly discuss their work. Throughout the month of March, visitors to participating galleries will be treated to paintings, drawings, fiber arts, woodworking and jewelry, as well as photography on display.   All are invited and the community is encouraged to support these emerging artists by visiting the galleries.

Participating galleries include: Ashland Art Center, Ashland Art Works, Ashland Painters Union, Creekside Pizza Bistro, Enoteca Wine Bar and Bistro, Hanson Howard Gallery, Illahe Studios & Gallery, JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Nimbus, PUSH Gallery, Schneider Art Museum, Web*Sters, and Weisinger Family Winery.

Featured student artists include: Marie Stallman, Nahani Lukes, Lars Filson, Aiden Zyth, Clara Baxter, Raven Borgilt, Sam Gostnell, Rhi Ahimsa, Sharaya Dill, Kaiya Spain, Kendra Farber, Mel Elshalom, David Lehrburger, Sy Villa Emma Loewnstein, Cadaxa ChapmanBall, Kirri Bolles, Rosemary Caruso, & others!

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The Craft Behind the Art at OSF

Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library welcomes the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the First Friday Art Walk on March 7th, from 5:30-8:00 PM.

The exhibit will provide a view into the creative process behind the build for the 2014 season productions, including costume renderings from several shows; set images and drawings plus two set models; various production images and drawings; outtakes, comps, photos and illustrations used in creating final play images; a few costumes from the 2013 season; set change videos from previous seasons, and production images from the opening 2014 shows.
Come and experience this rare look into the artistry behind the plays. Enjoy refreshments and live renaissance music performed by guest musical groups Fontegara and More Fools Than Wise.

Admission is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the lots behind and in front of the Hannon Library. For additional information, contact Library Administration at 541-552-6816 or libraryevents@sou.edu.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Hannon Library

Download the March 2014 Ashland Gallery Association Art Walk Map here: Ashland First Friday ArtWalk Map

AGA Spotlight Galleries February 2014

 Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, February 7th, from 5 to 8 pm!  Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this 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 from our website: ashlandgalleries.com

Most exhibits run throughout the month of February!  Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: ashlandgalleries.com

Gallerie Karon

East Meets East

Deva, sculpture being shown in the February 2014 art exhibit at Gallery Karon in Ashland, Oregon

Deva, sculpture

Celebrate Chinese New Year – The Year of the Horse!
Come with us to the marketplaces of the Eastern World. Japan, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Thailand, India, Morocco and Nepal.

Discover artwork, icons, textiles, jewelry, masks and more!
With the addition of local artists interpretations.

Featuring the creative work of 24 artists and photographers, along with antiques, artifacts, and jewelry. Our eclectic mix showcases local and regional artists from Oregon, Washington, and California. And, for fun, the gallery displays a menagerie of handmade dolls and animals.

New shows throughout the year make the gallery fresh and inviting. Visit Gallerie Karon for a twist on the usual!

Ashland Painters Union

New oil paintings by Sarah F. Burns & Julian Bell

Pink Carnations with Red Gerberas, oil painting by Sarah F. Burns

Pink Carnations with Red Gerberas, oil painting by Sarah F. Burns

Sarah F Burns will be showing moody floral still lives. Sarah is a versatile representational painter and draftswoman, known for her urban landscapes, vanitas series for Smithfield’s Restaurant and Bar, and figurative work.  In general Sarah’s work is fairly conventional, yet subtly challenging.  It’s never radical, but never quite settled either. She probes Western Classical traditions to discover tools for expressing the universal; her work aims at the timeless while being firmly planted in the now.

Julian Bell’s work is akin to putting on Warner’s Bros glasses and walking the house or town. Decaying factories and cities and other signs of decline in the world are among his favorite subjects, but he delights in more positive realities of life as well, like flowers and figures.  Pragmatic and truthful while being light hearted and fun, never flinching or shying away from the facts but never being a downer either.

Both artists create work for people who generally look well on the world, yet acknowledge life contains darkness as well as light.  These paintings are all pieces you can live with, enjoy and contemplate for many years.

Schneider Museum of Art

Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art


Showing January 10 – March 15

image of painting "One Percent Efficiency," acrylic on canvasby Robert Minervini

Robert Minervini, One Percent Efficiency, acrylic on canvas

For most of us home is a personalized place of comfort, privacy, and security. Inside its walls we create spaces that reflect who we are and what is important to us. We also take refuge and respite from the rest of the world in these enclosures, believing in the safety that four walls and a roof can offer. In Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art, 28 artists have deconstructed their meanings of home and assembled their concepts through photography, painting, sculpture, and video. The result is engaging art that invites us to rethink our notions about the places we live.

Erika Leppmann, SMA Director, brought this exhibition to Ashland, because “The idea of ‘home’ has been a compelling issue for artists in the past decade for numerous reasons including: geo-political strife, world-wide economic decline, and changing definitions of family. The exhibition, curated by Carrie Lederer of the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, received rave reviews from a diverse group of patrons when shown at that gallery.

Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art is sponsored by the Ashland Springs Hotel, Golden-Fields Construction & Design, Ltd., Ledger David Cellars, and Pacific Domes International.

Belle Fiore Estate & Winery

Special Event: Celebrate Love, an Evening of Elegance

Friday, February 14

Belle Fiore Winery logoGreetings to all who wish to Celebrate Love. For those of you desiring
inspiration through music, enchantment with ballet, and elegant dining with fine wine to satisfy your palate, an evening at Belle Fiore Winery on Friday, February 14 may carry you and your ‘Valentine’ to a new level.

There is limited seating, so purchase your ticket now and Celebrate Love at
Belle Fiore Winery on Friday, February 14. The evening begins at 6PM.
$65/per person. Price includes wine, dinner, ballet, music and gratuity
Tickets are available at Belle Fiore Winery
100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland, Oregon 97520 (541) 552-4900
www.bellefiorewine.com

Art is at the heart of everything we do at Belle Fiore. We are committed to supporting local artists, exhibiting their fine art in our many gallery spaces. Belle Fiore participates in the monthly First Friday Art Walk, an important effort to highlight exciting developments in the visual arts.

Belle Fiore has established the BelleArte Label, which features a different piece of local art each vintage. Artists are encouraged to submit artwork for our annual contest.  Each winner will have their artwork placed on display in one of Belle Fiore’s gallery spaces, as well as commemorated on the label of all BelleArte wines from that vintage.  This unique program seeks to engage, connect with and inspire local artists.