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February 2016 AGA Gallery Exhibits

 February 2016 AGA Gallery Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, February 5th,  5 to 8 pm!

An Ashland First Friday Art Walk is an eclectic mix of visual delights. Stroll the galleries uptown, downtown 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 from our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Ashland Gallery Association
February Spotlight Exhibits

Exhibit Openings, First Friday February 5th from 5 to 8 PM

Hanson Howard Gallery

Betty LaDuke – Bountiful Harvest- paintings, prints and book launch
Christian Burchard- wood sculpture

Betty LaDuke and Christian Burchard are both Ashland artists that have established international recognition for their accomplished careers in contemporary fine art in America. Christian Burchard skillfully manipulates green wood while allowing it to change organically in the drying process. The result is beautiful interaction of the nature of material and the intimate knowledge he’s gained through experimentation.

Betty LaDuke will be launching her new book, Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table, featuring stories from Southern Oregon’s growers and farm workers along with her painted murals. Her large sculptural paintings and giclee prints will be featured and Betty will be available for book signing during the artists’ reception during the First Friday Art Walk on February 5th from 5-8 pm.

Oregon Flower Harvest, Betty LaDuke
In 2010 painter Betty LaDuke was invited to spend time with the men and women who harvest the orchards, vineyards, and farms in southern Oregon. Betty took to the field with her sketchpads and captured the spirit of each worker in her brilliant and vibrant wood painted panels. She also listened to their stories and the stories of small, organic farmers. Bountiful Harvest brings together the stories and paintings from the vibrant local food movement taking place in southern Oregon.*(White Cloud Press)
LaDuke, who has been painting since 1950, received a scholarship in 1953 to attend the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. While in Mexico she met muralists Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros whose work depicting laborers continues to influence her.

Songs of the Bones, Christian Burchard
Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1955, Christian Burchard has been living in the United States since 1978. Starting out as a furniture makers apprenticeship in Germany in the middle seventies, he studied sculpture and drawing at the Museum School in Boston then at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver BC.
In 1982 he opened a studio in Southern Oregon. His early focus was on furniture and interiors, but gradually shifted to woodturning and sculpture, moving between vessel oriented forms and sculptural turning. His work has been included in most of the major turning related exhibits of the last twenty something years and is exhibited widely throughout the US. His pieces are part of many public and private collections. His current work includes wall sculptures and freestanding sculptural objects. He is also sought after as a teacher and demonstrator at craft schools, conferences and related turning events. He currently resides with his wife at the outskirts of Ashland, Oregon.

Art and Soul
“Unique Perspectives in Art” works by Rogue Women

Red Umbrella, by Judy Richardson

Red Umbrella, by Judy Richardson

Rogue Women is a group of professional artists from N. California and the Rogue Valley. Our mediums range from painting, to mosaics, collage, printmaking, photography and beyond. This show is an opportunity to meet the artists and see a varied collection of breadth and depth. Exhibiting artists:  Julie Young, Veronica Thomas, Karen Rycheck, Judy Richardson, Melinda Whipplesmith Plank, Barbara Orson, Kara Quinn Lewis, Pamela Haunschild, Lori Garfield, Dana Feagin and Claire Duncan.

Please join us for our opening reception on First Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5-8.

Ashland Artworks
Love is in the Air

Heart, by Cheryl Kempner

Ceramic Heart by Cheryl Kempner

There will be a variety of HEARTS available at the gallery in February… as well as new art by fourteen artists.

You’ll find items like this hand-built clay heart by Cheryl Kempner.  This ceramic piece has been impressed with antique lace, highlighted with a black wash and then glazed.  Four jewelry artists – Elin, Cheryl, Annette, and Lorene – will have wonderful items for your sweetheart.
Plus, we’ll just be back from resting and rejuvenating in January. Come meet the artists and see what we’ve been up to!

The Photographers’ Gallery
Julie Bonney: An Exploration of Black and White  

Julie departs from her usual work in color to explore the world of Black and White photography.  She recently took a class in Black and White Photography and loves how the subtleties of a subject could be drawn out using these techniques.  By removing color, one is left with a photograph that allows the space for the viewer to take in the nuanced play of light and the shapes and textures of the subject.  Come take a deeper look with Julie as she explores flowers and simple landscapes created using the timeless technique of Black and White.

New AGA Associate Member!

She Dreams of Bears, by Pegi Smith

She Dreams of Bears, acrylic painting by Pegi Smith

Shepherd’s Dream
“Dreams” acrylic paintings by Pegi Smith

Pegi Smith, contemporary acrylic artist, is joined by Greta Gardiner performing originals on acoustic guitar for the opening “Dreams” exhibition, at Shepherd’s Dream, 629 A Street, Ashland.

Join us for an artist reception during the First Friday Art Walk, February 5th, from 5-8pm.

 

Ashland Gallery Association January Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association January Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, January 8th, from 5 to 8 pm!  Due to the January 1st holiday, the Art Walk will take place on the second Friday in January.

Stroll the galleries, 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 off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

AGA Spotlight Galleries

January 2016

Please note: AGA First Friday Art Walk will take place on the 2nd Friday this month, January 8th, due to the January 1st holiday.

Schneider Museum of Art
Exploring Reality

Painting by Tia Factor

Painting by Tia Factor

This winter, the Schneider Museum of Art presents Exploring Reality, an exhibition curated by Shane McAdams and Scott Malbaurn that consists of nine artists who delve into and explore reality to complement the Southern Oregon University (SOU) campus theme. The participating artists work in many mediums, including painting, printmaking, installation, and sculpture.

The community is invited to the opening reception of Exploring Reality on Thursday, January 14, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Quady North has generously donated wine pouring at the reception.

Free public lectures are scheduled to take place in Meese Auditorium with co-curator Shane McAdams on January 11 at 5:30 PM, artist Ryan Pierce on February 8 at 5:30 PM, and artist Malia Jensen on March 7 at 3:30 PM. Three FREE Family Days will complement the exhibition this season on January 23, February 20, and March 19 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Museum will also hold Tuesday Tours – weekly docent-led educational tours for the public on Tuesdays at noon. The Museum provides docent-led tours for school and community groups. Please call to schedule a special tour for your group.

SOU’s Center for the Humanities has assembled a series of academic events throughout the year to investigate the theme of exploring reality with the goal “for the campus and our larger community to engage in rigorous intellectual conversations about this challenging subject, informed by the latest research, scholarship, and insights from a wide variety of perspectives.”  The Schneider Museum of Art is happy to collaborate with them this term to provide the insight of artists and curators.

By working with an outside curator, Shane McAdams, who is based in Wisconsin and New York, the Schneider Museum of Art is not only bringing great art from the state of Oregon to our region, but bringing national exposure to these Oregon artists. This type of reach helps to cultivate Oregon’s artistic ecology and further the careers of Oregon artists.  Co-curator and Schneider Museum of Art Director Scott Malbaurn writes that, “A vital component of this exhibition includes an outside curator and a spotlight on Oregon artists.  We acknowledge the boundless talent that Oregon has amongst its contemporary art scene and we have made note of the need to expose others beyond the borders of Oregon to this talent.”

Nine artists will be featured in Exploring Reality: Shane McAdams, a writer, curator, artist, and professor who splits time between Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Brooklyn, New York; Laura Vandenburgh, a Springfield, OR based artist who recently exhibited in Wolkenschauen, a traveling group exhibition in Germany; Charlene Liu, a printmaker based in Eugene, OR who has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times; Tia Factor, a Portland, OR based painter who has exhibited internationally from Oregon and Chicago to Denmark and Tasmania; Robin Strangfeld, a faculty member at SOU whose ceramic work has been exhibited in such places as Wayne State University and Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan; Laurel Bustamante, a painter based in Ashland who was a finalist for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards in 2013; Ellen Lesperance, a Portland, OR based artist whose work is in the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Kadist Art Foundation; Ryan Pierce, an artist from Portland, OR who, aside from his painting, is co-founder of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness retreats for artists; and Malia Jensen, a sculptor from Portland, OR who explores complex themes such as the intersection of reality and myth through her work. Jensen has been publicly commissioned multiple times by the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Oregon.

The installation by Laura Vandenburgh is part of the Southern Oregon Site Project. This project, funded in part by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, is designed to support the development and presentation of new art by Oregon artists. Southern Oregon University students served as assistants to the artists during the installation process.  This experience is providing students insight into the artistic process, as well as valuable experience working with professional artists as they construct their works in place.

Free public lectures are scheduled to take place in Meese Auditorium with co-curator Shane McAdams on January 11 at 5:30 PM, artist Ryan Pierce on February 8 at 5:30 PM, and artist Malia Jensen on March 7 at 3:30 PM. Three FREE Family Days will complement the exhibition this season on January 23, February 20, and March 19 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Museum will also hold Tuesday Tours – weekly docent-led educational tours for the public on Tuesdays at noon. The Museum provides docent-led tours for school and community groups. Please call to schedule a special tour for your group.

The Schneider Museum of Art’s winter exhibition is generously supported by Pyle-DeForest Charitable Foundation, supporting the arts of Southern Oregon, Southern Oregon University Center for the Humanities, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, the Oregon Arts Commission, and Quady North.

Ice Beach, photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Ice Beach, photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

The Photographers’ Gallery
Darcie Sternenberg: Glimpses of Iceland

Darcie Sternenberg is a photographer specializing in black and white images.  She will be showing her work, “Glimpses of Iceland”, at The Photographer’s Gallery in the Ashland Art Center during the Art Walk on January 8.

The landscape of Iceland is a visual feast full of dramatic mountains, waterfalls and, black sand beaches. Darcie traveled to Iceland in 2014 to photograph these features in black and white.  A landscape stripped of its vibrant blues and greens becomes a quiet, contemplative place. Elements condensed to tone and form capture a sense of timelessness as well as evoke a sense of mystery. These photographs are her attempt to convey the subtle details of this stark and magnificent place.

Ashland Art Center

Lacey River by Jessica Lee
In the Garden, collage painting by Jessica Lee

In the Garden, collage painting by Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee, mother of two children, is an Ashland, Oregon based mixed media artist. Her collage paintings incorporate re-purposed and ecological materials delivering deep color, textures and layered assemblages. She finds inspiration in the nature of petals, branches, feathers, botanicals and the ocean. With a foundation as an advocate and guide for young artists, Jessica Lee’s collections of mixed media creations are now available for public display. Jessica has studied with Portland, Oregon artist Flora Bowley and is the niece of renowned California artist Pamela Findleton.

Samantha McDermott-Goldie, Lower Level Featured Artist

As a child I loved to create potions out of everything around me, trees, flowers, and mushrooms. I would put everything I collected into a jar to bake and ferment in the sun. And being an adult back in Ashland after living in the corporate world of fashion I have decided to go back to my love of making potions. From my surroundings, farms, gardens, and parks, I gather organic material and then hand dye textiles into one of kind pieces of art. I do this in hopes of challenging what clothes are made of and how, challenging the world of fashion.

Live Music by JJ Joss, Acoustic Guitarist

JJ will once again grace The Landing at Ashland Art Center with her cover tunes of contemporary country, pop, and crossover music. Upbeat and melodic, you will be delighted to share in JJ’s love for music.

 

Call to Artists – Taste of Ashland Poster Contest

Ashland Gallery Association

2016 A Taste of Ashland Poster Competition

The Ashland Gallery Association is seeking artwork for its 2016 A TASTE OF ASHLAND event.  Local artists are encouraged to submit images of their work. AGA Gallery and Associate members may also submit images for artists they represent.

The winner will be publicized in the Ashland Gallery Guide, the ‘Taste’ Event Guide, on the AGA website, and on ‘Taste’ promotional materials including the poster, postcard, maybe T-shirts and/or tote bags.  The Ashland Gallery Guide is distributed to about 15,000 patrons of the arts each year. The Event Guide is distributed to about 3,000.

Submission deadline: December 4, 2015.  The poster art will be selected at the December 8, 2015 AGA Membership meeting. (Location to be announced.) The meeting will begin at 6:30 and members will vote on the submissions.   Winners will be notified shortly after this meeting.

Submission address:  Routing: send by email to AGA Administrator, Kim Olson: [email protected]
A Taste of Ashland 2015 Festival illustration image
IMPORTANT: The artwork submissions must have a theme related to food or wine.  See www.atasteofashland.com to view last year’s image.  The ATOA committee is seeking strong, colorful and broadly appealing images that say: “Come to Ashland for great food, wine and art.”  A Taste of Ashland is the AGA’s annual fundraising effort and a themed image is important for marketing the event.

Additional Submission Guidelines:

  • One image may be submitted per artist.
  • Submit by email in one of the following files types: JPG (preferred), GIF, TIFF, or PDF.
    Files not in one of these formats will not be guaranteed to be part of the selection.
  • Submissions must be medium-to-high resolution, and must include the artist’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address.
  • Images should be in color and no more than 10MB in size (anything larger will be rejected by the mail server).
  • Artwork may be existing or created specifically for the “Taste.”
  • Any art medium that can be photographed and printed is eligible.
  • The winning artist will be responsible for providing a high-quality image for the printer.
  • Any artist who has already been honored becomes eligible to submit again after an interval of five years.
  • The winning poster artist grants the AGA the right to reproduce his/her artwork for the poster and for publicity of A Taste of Ashland. All proceeds from the promotional use of the image will benefit A Taste of Ashland. The Artist will be credited, where possible, on promotional materials using his/her image.

    We look forward to your submission!

Ashland Gallery Association November 2015 Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association November 2015 Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association aga logoCelebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, November 6th, from 5 to 8 pm!

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

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Pick up the complimentary Ashland Gallery Guide in member galleries or view online!

AGA Spotlight Exhibits
November 2015

Liquid Assets
Dan Elster, photography

Head to Head, photography by Dan Elster

Head to Head, photography by Dan Elster

Dan Elster was born in Chicago, 1971. Before he decided to pursue his passion for photography he was the manager of his brother’s food distribution business in Chicago. A few years ago, Dan and his wife Patty took a leap of faith. They quit their jobs, sold their home and hit the road.  Patty took a job as a travel nurse while Dan pursued a dream career in wildlife photography.  After years of the nomadic life, they now call Ashland, Oregon home.

Dan loves the natural world and his ability to seamlessly integrate into that world allows him to capture images that would otherwise be impossible to catch. His striking photographs can be found in fine art festivals, galleries, and private collections all over the west coast and beyond.

Dan is no longer satisfied simply documenting the natural world. He strives to create art; light, composition, behavior and razor sharp focus are almost as important as the animal itself. In the wild, every day is a struggle … just to survive. This is the story he aims to tell. He also hopes is images will serve as reminder that “we don’t own the earth, we share it.”

Dan’s new collection expresses moments in nature where everything is connected, everything has significance and words do no justice. His photographs speak of age old wisdom; that of survival, the search for serenity and the magic of simply existing.

JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Breaking The Prejudices That Bind: A Study of Art In Politics!

BREAKING THE PREJUDICES THAT BIND, multimedia sculpture by J. Ellen Austin

BREAKING THE PREJUDICES THAT BIND, multimedia sculpture by J. Ellen Austin

In one year’s time, America will be electing a new President of our United States.  JEGA Gallery has featured sculptures that encourage debate and stimulate discussion on our divisive natures and a two party system.

As a working art studio JEGA’s monthly exhibits include contemporary art from talented artists in our Rogue Valley and beyond! Please inquire about our “by appointment only” as we are busy creating a commission piece!

JEGA features artists: Steven Biebeck, Metal Sculpture; Jason Bueter, Photography and Metal Garden Art; Chris Dworin, Ceramic Sculpture; Dawn Ferrari, Stone Sculpture; Tej Steiner, Ceramic Sculpture; Lucious M. Upshaw, limited edition Bronze Sculpture; Daniel Verner, Acrylic Paintings; Ingo Wedde, Outdoor Metal Sculpture. And J. Ellen Austin, Stone, Bronze and multi media Sculpture.

The JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Inc., 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.

Summit and Fields
Complex: Photography by David Chambers

Summits and Fields, photography by David Chambers

Summits and Fields, photography by David Chambers

Photographer David Chambers spent two months in Chile this summer, where he collaborated with University of Arizona researcher Sophia Borgias on a project about the Maipo River basin in the Santiago Metropolitan Region. This collection of photography explores some of the stories that emerged in the Maipo, as well as observations from his time in Santiago, Valparaiso, and San Pedro de Atacama. The hope is that these photos offer a glimpse of the complex beauty of the landscapes and people of Chile, a country living with the tensions left by a history of dictatorship, rapid economic growth, and mounting social pressures for change.

 

Schneider Museum
Breaking Pattern

Breaking Pattern: Douglas Melini

Breaking Pattern: Douglas Melini

The Schneider Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Breaking Pattern, highlights several generations of artists from coast to coast whose works investigate and advance the discourse around pattern, optical, and perceptual abstract painting. The exhibition features recent paintings by seven American artists: Gabriele Evertz, Anoka Faruqee, Michelle Grabner, Gilbert Hsiao, Douglas Melini, Brian Porray, and Michael Scott. Breaking Pattern coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Modern Art’s seminal exhibition, The Responsive Eye, curated by William C. Seitz.

The curators of Breaking Pattern are respective artists themselves. The Museum presents in its Treehaven Gallery With You in Constant Conversation, an exhibition featuring two works: Sweet Like Candy to My Soul by Rossana Martinez and Zero-Sum by Matthew Deleget.


November Events at the Schneider Museum of Art

First Friday at Southern Oregon University – Friday November 6

This First Friday, the Schneider Museum of Art is making parking and visiting all the galleries easier and fun!  On November 6, the Museum will extend its hours to 8:00 PM.  In the buildings adjacent to the museum, patrons can visit the students’ open studios and the Center for the Visual Arts exhibition spaces. Campus parking behind the museum will be free to the public starting at 4:00 PM that day, and Allaboard Trolley will run between the Museum and downtown during the hours of 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. This will permit a generous amount of time for First Friday audience members to park at the museum (no downtown parking hassle), see our exhibition and hop on the Trolley to visit their favorite galleries and restaurants with plenty of time to hop on and ride back to the University


FREE Family Day – Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Schneider Museum of Art is putting a new spin on FREE Family Day! Guest curator, Ellie Leonhardt, has planned three special days this fall connecting community-based performance with interactive activities geared toward patterns and the theme of the Museum’s current exhibition, Breaking Pattern.

The November FREE Family Day be Saturday, November 7, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and will feature many movement and pattern-based activities, as well as performances. Activities can be enjoyed by people of all ages!
The Schneider Museum of Art’s FREE Family Days are sponsored by an Economic, Cultural, Tourism & Sustainability Grant from the City of Ashland. Please call 541-552-6245 or email [email protected] for more information.

Image caption: GROWING FRAGRANT, 2013, Acrylic on canvas by Douglass Melini

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]

Ashland Gallery Association September Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association September Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, September 4th, from 5 to 8 pm!

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

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Pick up the complimentary Ashland Gallery Guide in member galleries or view online!

For more information, please contact:

Kim Olson

[email protected]

541-488-8430

Ashland Gallery Association September Spotlight Exhibits

Nimbus

Linda Lamore, Endless Possibilities, Original Oil Paintings

OCEAN HARMONICS, Linda Lamore

OCEAN HARMONICS, Linda Lamore

Nimbus will be featuring the abstract paintings of Linda Lamore for the month of September. Please join us September 4th, for Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. to meet the artist and enjoy an evening out on the town with other art lovers.

“There are many dimensions to art; it can inspire, anger, thrill, or calm the soul. Hopefully it communicates something, whether it is on an emotional level or on an intellectual level. With my paintings I hope to elicit a positive emotional response that transports you to another place. This group of paintings represents an assortment of my styles within the refracted series. Represented here are multi-media pieces, abstracted scenic pieces and nonobjective abstract pieces.”

Born in Los Angeles California, Linda Lamore began painting at the age of eleven. Early influences were her mother, an artist, and her father, an architect, whose passion for the Bauhaus style and Modern Art inspired her love of abstraction. “Painting has always been something I just had to do, a need, a compulsion.”  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University in 1995, where she majored in painting and minored in sculpture. She went on to receive her teaching credential and taught art, 3-D design and ceramics for six years. Her longing to produce art fulltime, and a desire to slow down and feel connected to a community, led her to Ashland, Oregon.

JEGA Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Sensuous Stone Sculpture

Featuring J. Ellen Austin & Dawn Ferrari

Sensuous Stone Sculpture featured at the JEGA Gallery

Sensuous Stone Sculpture featured at the JEGA Gallery

Sensuous Stone Sculpture featured by J. Ellen Austin and Dawn Ferrari.  Live music during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk from 5pm-8pm.  JEGA celebrates 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.

Northwest Indian Spirit Mother, a sensuous stone sculpture created by artist Dawn Ferrari, Colorado Alabaster, featured at the JEGA Gallery in Ashland, Oregon. The JEGA Gallery and Sculpture Garden is situated in an Art triplex designed and built by resident sculptor J. Ellen Austin where artists live above and work below.  As it is artist owned, JEGA is a little unusual, and bypasses the traditional gallery set up and mark up!  JEGA encourages, people to allow Art and open up to how they themselves can contribute to making this a better world!

As a working art studio the monthly exhibits include a bodacious mix of visual and contemporary art from talented artists in our Rogue Valley and beyond! Please inquire about our limited inventory of sculpture tools, raw stone, including imported marble, alabaster, and soapstone.

The JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Inc., 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.

YIELDING WAY, Michael Green, pigmented ink print with embellishments

YIELDING WAY, Michael Green, pigmented ink print with embellishments

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art

Into the Mystic

The works of husband and wife artists Michael and Saliha Green bring the poetry of the mystical to life. Michael Green’s work is featured in The Illuminated Rumi, and brings forward the timeless nature of spirit as form.  More than two and a half million copies of Michael’s books including The Hobbit’s Journal, Welcome to the Planet Earth, Zen and the Art of the Macintosh, Unicornis, The Dragontooth, The Illuminated Prayer, and One Song are in print. Michael’s wife Saliha creates beautiful works that embody the richness of the Divine Feminine.  Her work has been featured in numerous fine art calendars featuring the poetry of Hafiz, translated by poet Daniel Ladinsky. Together, their works draw the viewer into a deeper place in the heart.

Ashland Art Center

Jane Sterling and Leslie Gibbons

Jane Sterling
SCULPTURE by Jane Sterling

SCULPTURE by Jane Sterling

“My sculptures and earrings are created from an internal sense of peace and balance. The feeling of the clay in my hands with the unknown discovery of what is created brings me to the present. I suppose they remind me of the silence and stillness that I sometimes need to remember. Clay is a process just like life. You never know what will come. The jewels and stones are used to bring interest and beauty.

“When I make my earrings I choose stones that I like and resonate to and I adorn my Sterling Beings with the same flavor of color.

“The kinesthetic Taurus nature in me loves to include the senses and to speak to the soul through art. While I have never taken an art class except in elementary school, the evolution of my sculptures has been effortless and satisfying for my creative nature. I like the dark chocolate and rich earth tones accented by gold leaf, pearls and whatever else attracts my eye.

“My true desire is for someone to feel the sacred in them and to be attracted to their own silence within. Many are sitting on people’s altars. They are there to remind us to let go into the stillness.”

Leslie Gibbons

“I have been creating mixed media Altars, Shrines and Mosaic mirrors for over 30 years; and have always been deeply drawn to and inspired by sacred art from around the world, specifically the shared journey of creativity and spiritual awakening found in all cultures since ancient times. I experience art making as a form of creative prayer that is medicine for the soul of the giver and the receiver. I am passionate, grateful, and honored to share my inspiration and journey with others! All of my artwork is original and hand crafted with deep love. Please enjoy!”

First Friday, September 4, 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 provided by Phoenix Sigalove.

Download the September 2015 First Friday ArtWalk Map below!

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AGA August Featured Exhibits & More!

Ashland Gallery Association August Exhibits

Fall Splendor, Annette JulienCome out and celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, August 7th, from 5 to 8 pm!

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

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download HERE. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Pick up the complimentary 2015 Gallery Guide in member galleries or view online!

Dedication Ceremony for “Fall Splendor”

The city of Ashland Public Art Commission invites all to a First Friday dedication ceremony for a new addition to the public art landscape.  Local artist Annette Julien, and her metal and glass sculpture “Fall Splendor” will be honored in the Calle sculpture garden at 6pm on Friday August 7th.  The sculpture is located at the top of the stairs leading from Granite Street to Calle Guanajuato.  Since 1994, Ms. Julien has been an OSF props artisan, and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle.

August Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Works

Hindi Girl, Sandra Davis Faces of Nepal: Remembering the Earthquake, oil portraits by Sandra Davis
Pottery: Fun & Fictional Pottery by Marydee Bombick

Faces of Nepal: Remembering the Earthquake, oil portraits by Sandra Davis – a way of bearing witness to the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake in April 2015 that killed more than 8500 people. Traveling to India, Nepal and Sikkim in 2004, many of these paintings are from photographs taken by the artist. Sandra studied art in California and Oregon focusing on figure drawing, illustration and painting.

Pottery: Fun and Functional, something for everyone by Marydee Bombick. High fire pottery from bowls to birdbaths will be featured this month at AAW. Some of Marydee’s pieces are thrown although more and more of her work is hand built, often decorated with a variety of stamps. All glazes are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

First Friday, August 7, 6-8 pm, music by Bluegrass duo “Blades of Grass.”

Perdita

Do Not Judge, by Karen O'Brien, mixed media acrylic Urban Folktales: Works by Karen O’Brien

Urban Folktales, an exhibition of mixed-media works by Karen O’Brien, opens at Perdita on Friday August 7th, 2015 with an artist reception from 5-8 pm, coinciding with Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, and will run through Sunday August 30th.
Karen O’Brien is a mixed-media artist, known for her mixed-media paintings and collages she describes as Urban Folk. Her mixed-media paintings evolve over many layers, using paint, marks, and intuition. She is currently writing a book on her mixed-media techniques, scheduled to be released by Northlight Publishing in December 2015.

Adelante!

To Life, 40 x 60 Acrylic by Suzanne EtienneSuzanne Etienne – “Joyful Color” – 2-Day Event

Suzanne’s exhibit will be set up in the Adelante! Walkway
FRIDAY by 11:00am,  August 7th
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
FRIDAY, August 7th, 5pm-8pm
Meet the Artist!
SATURDAY, August 8th, 10am – 1:30pm
Suzanne PAINTING ‘LIVE’ in the Adelante! Walkway
Featuring the colorful and joyful paintings of Suzanne Etienne.

Her goal is to make the canvases sing!
Suzanne’s broad brush strokes and vibrant colorful paintings ‘lift the spirits’.  In Suzanne’s words, “It’s my way of making the world a more beautiful place!”  Her works tell a story, showing appreciation for simple everyday pleasures.

The Adelante! Gallery Walkway, beside the gallery, will be transformed by Suzanne’s beautiful paintings under her Art tent. Enjoy the many new works and take one home to brighten your space!

Suzanne welcomes custom commission painting requests and also teaches classes in her Ashland, OR studio.
adelantegallery.com 214-587-7686

Oak Leaf Studio

The Fountain at Noon, pastel painting by Leif TryggAshland Green

Fine artist Leif Trygg is ready to unveil two new pieces in his Ashland series:  the Butler-Perozzi Fountain in Lithia Park and a landscape view of a path in the 93-acre park itself. Both are rendered in lively pastel colors with a combination of fine details and muted suggestions in the Impressionist style.

These pictures join five other complete scenes from Ashland – Ashland Creek, Lithia Park bridge, Japanese Gardens, the  lower duck pond and a colorful sunset. In addition to these pictures, Leif will be showing smaller, more personal pieces as well.
A work-in-progress will also be on display to help the public understand the process he uses to create these images.

Here’s our August Ashland First Friday Art Walk Map:

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Ashland Gallery Association July Exhibits

Kick off the holiday weekend and celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, July 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm!

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

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Pick up the complimentary 2015 Gallery Guide in member galleries or view online!

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits
July 2015

New Gallery Member!

"In the Light Upstairs," black & white photography

In the Light Upstairs, black & white photography

Perdita Gallery

In The Light Upstairs: Black And White Photography

In The Light Upstairs, an exhibition of black and white photography, opens at Perdita on Friday July 3rd, 2015 with an artist reception from 5-8 pm, coinciding with Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, and will run through Saturday August 4th, 2015.  Located at the Underground Marketplace, 33 N. Third St. #7.

J. Ellen Austin and sculpture

J. Ellen Austin and sculpture

JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Open A New Window, Open Up To New Perspectives, Live with Art!

JEGA Gallery kicks off July First Friday Ashland Art walk with her birthday celebration! JEGA will be open from 5pm to 8pm on July 3, 2015 with live music and refreshments.

JEGA wishes to inspire you to live with art!  Just like Auntie Mame sings in the musical, “Open a new window, Open a new door, Travel a new highway, That’s never been tried before!”

J. Ellen, resident artist and stone sculptor, appreciates that Art has the potential to provoke and challenge a viewer’s perspectives and ways of looking at the world.  Allow your self to open up new windows, new doors and new perspectives and be inspired to live with art!  Be prepared for a bodacious mix of visual and contemporary art, comprising of photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings that will inspire and provoke you.

JEGA celebrates the Art by: Laurie Ross Austin, Wearable Fiber Art; Steve Bieback, Metal Sculpture; Jason Bueter, Photography and Metal Garden Art; Kathy Beal, Abstract Painting; Chris Dworin, Ceramic Sculpture; Dawn Ferrari, Stone Sculptures; Nakom U-aksorn, watercolors; Richard Royce, Giclee limited edition prints; Neil Stewart, Contemporary Sculpture; Tej Steiner, Ceramic Sculpture; Lucious M. Upshaw, limited edition Bronze Sculptures; Daniel Verner, Acrylic Paintings; Ingo Wedde, Outdoor Metal Sculpture; And J. Ellen Austin, Stone, Bronze and multi-media Sculpture.

Photographer August Schilling

Photographer August Schilling

Snow’s Place

Photography of August Schilling

August Schilling lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he has spent the last two decades practicing a trade, pursuing dreams and passions, raising a child, and watching her transform into an amazing young adult.

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1991, he chose to take a few years to live in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to catch up on his skiing and to focus on discovering whether or not he could make his way as a bicycle racer.

Somewhat auspiciously, he did not hold himself to his intended path of academia and self promotion, but allowed the tides to carry him where they did, and he found himself in Southern Oregon polishing his skills as an arborist, having taken his first tree industry job right after university as a means of carrying himself into his first ski season. He could not have known that twenty two years later he would call arboriculture his profession, that he would be watching a daughter moving onto university herself, and that he would follow a patient path back to photography, the discipline which he had so actively pursued as his primary discipline while achieving his art degree.

It simply all fit together so well that he couldn’t have chosen it to manifest in any other manner. Working in the tree every day for years reminded him of his love of the outdoors in any environment or condition. Watching a child discover the world one miraculous discovery at a time reconnected him with his love of observing and learning. Taking photographs throughout enables him to tell the story unequivocally, without any of the ambiguity of written English.

It is August’s hope that through photography he is able to encourage others to see the beauty of the world in both intimate detail and grand overview, to notice the extraordinary aspects of everyday encounters, and to enjoy what we have while we have it.

It may be the case that the world is degrading and moving towards human dominated toxic hegemony. If this is the case, August’s photos may at best remind conservationists what it is that they are fighting for, or at worst serve as a record of what has been for the edification of future generations.

Blue Tango, acrylic painting by Alx Fox

“Blue Tango”, acrylic painting by Alx Fox

Art and Soul Gallery

The Art of Abstraction – Expression Through Color, paintings by Alx Fox

My show, “The Art of Abstraction-Expression Through Color” was inspired by recent changes, in my life, and the lives of several artist friends.  These changes have caused me to focus on my style as an artist and how to interpret these changes as they affect my work and my outlook on life.  They have raised awareness that I can contribute to the artistic community and benefit others. As an abstract expressionist, my primary tools are composition, focus and the use of bold colors. As an Artist, I do my best work in a balanced and harmonious state of mind it has been an interesting challenge to create works that evoke a sense of wonder and wellbeing during ever changing times. I am currently focusing on larger works and teaching locally in order to satisfy my inner needs.

My show will be exhibited at Art&Soul Gallery from June 30th through August 2nd. Please join me for the opening reception on Friday, July 3, from 5-8 PM at Art&Soul Gallery.

Light Catcher by Lewis Anderson

“Light Catcher” by Lewis Anderson

The Photographers’ Gallery

Photography of Lewis Anderson

In our innermost selves we long for liberation from our earthbound nature. Throughout history birds have symbolized the spirit and their flight as transcendence. These images are a reflection of the Light.

Ashland Gallery Association June Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association June Exhibits

Come out and celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, June 5th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries 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

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Pick up the complimentary 2015 Gallery Guide in member galleries now!

Mixed Media by Diana Trygg

Mixed Media by Diana Trygg

Oak Leaf Studio

One Woman Show

Contemporary artist Diana Trygg is hosting a one-woman show of work she has completed over the past five months. Trygg was exposed to art, museums, and architecture at a very young age. Born in Venezuela, with relatives living in Spain, she was given an international perspective on life in her teens.

Producing three-dimensional collages of “curated art” pictures provides immense satisfaction and joy in the actual creative process. Finished pieces are composed of found objects and images that have been culled over years – everything from hand-carved wooden figures to faux pearls offers an opportunity to create a unique vision. Subject matter has varied from lush gardens complete with actual preserved butterflies to a tribute to Frida Kahlo that includes an Inca-style clay mask, carved jungle animals, metal chains and Japanese wrapping paper. Each piece offers a singular viewpoint not often discovered in everyday life.

SHELL COLLECTION, oil, by Michael Gibson

SHELL COLLECTION, oil, by Michael Gibson

Ashland Art Works

Oil Paintings and Three-dimensional Wire Sculpture Featured

Ashland Art Works on Oak Street showcases the art of fifteen local artists in five galleries. This month’s featured artists are Michael Gibson, oil paintings, and George Popa, wire sculpture.

Michael Gibson’s passion for art, travel and antiquities is reflected in his new display of trompe l’oeil paintings called “Collections.”

George Popa’s sculptures are three-dimensional sketches using stainless steel wire. In a new exhibit, “Open Wings,” George looks at flights of nature, flights of technology, and flights of fantasy.

Green Show performers Rutendo Shumba Marimba Bands, First Friday, June 5, 2015

Sculpture by Robin and John Gumaelius

Sculpture by Robin and John Gumaelius

Hanson Howard Gallery

R and J Gumaelius, sculpture and Vince Carl, paintings

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.

VINCE CARL has shifted from his focus on the figure to abstraction with great success after several years of hard work as his process evolved technically and philosophically.

Terry Frosini SAN TORINI 30 x 40 oil

Terry Frosini SAN TORINI 30 x 40 oil

Adelante! Gallery

2 Day Event: “Vedi La Galleria Adelante!” Featuring Terry Frosini

Italian Painter, Italian wine, and Vino Rosso
Opening Friday, June 5th from 5pm-8pm Enjoy beautiful art and meet the artist!
Saturday, June 6th from 10:30am-5pm Where you can watch Terry painting ‘Live’
Featuring the eclectic and sometimes eccentric original oil paintings by Italian Painter, Terry Frosini, in the Adelante! Gallery’s Alleyway.
Terry traces his ancestry to the Tuscany region of Italy, the heart of the Renaissance.
“There must be a genetic component, but I have always been centered on admiring, desiring, and loving art in all forms.”
His wish to paint in oils remains a central driving force of his daily existence.
“I paint because I love doing it, need to do it. I just don’t know? Could it be a genetic thing that goes back to a proto-Frosini with time on his hands and a blank cave wall?”

 

Ashland Gallery Association May Exhibits

Come out and celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts  during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, May 1st, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the Ashland Gallery Association May Exhibits in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download HERE. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Pick up the new complimentary 2015 Gallery Guide in member galleries now!

Ashland Gallery Association
May Spotlight Exhibits

Painting by Wayne Armstrong

Painting by Wayne Armstrong

Hanson Howard Gallery
Focus on the Mood

Paintings by Wayne Armstrong and Karen Staal

“I am a great admirer of Vermeer, de la Tour, Hopper and those artists who capture quiet, private moments. Each of these paintings is meant to do the same. The spare compositions, muted colors and lack of features direct attention towards an interior drama. My hope is that each viewer can reveal what is invisible and make tangible what has been implied.” W.A.
Karen Staal uses the figure to structure her paintings. Her intention as she begins is not to tell a story but rather to compose by focusing on elements and fundamentals of composition as she paints spontaneously. A successful result for her comes through exploration and discovery during the painting process.

Since human figures are the subject, a narrative takes shape and however ambiguous, each viewer brings their own experiences to an interpretation.
Occasionally, Karen sees that she has created an image that reflects her personal life.

LILY POND by Jerry Shanafelt

LILY POND by Jerry Shanafelt

Nimbus

Jerry Shanafelt, Original Oil Landscape Paintings 

Nimbus Gallery will be featuring the richly textured and impressionistic landscape paintings of Jerry Shanafelt. Using a palette knife technique and vibrant colors, Shanafelt creates landscapes with pronounced feeling and nostalgic effect. Join us on Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, May 1st, from 5-8 p.m.  for an evening of art. Light refreshments will be offered.

Jerry Shanafelt’s love of oil painting began in the 1960’s while working in the architectural field in New England and continued after his move to Oregon in 1973.  In 1995 he was able to focus full time on his passion.  Jerry is a signature member of the American Impressionists Society and member of the Oil Painters of America.  His work has been accepted into numerous national and international juried shows and has won many awards, including the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award.

“Inspiration for my paintings comes from the abstract shapes and designs that color, light and shadows create in nature.  I look for scenes that capture my attention, like the contrast of snow on granite peaks, the variety of colors and hues in a field of wild flowers, or the play of light on moving water.” – Jerry Shanafelt

The Lovers, oil painting by Rebecca Gabriel

The Lovers, oil painting by Rebecca Gabriel

Gallerie Karon
Husbands, Wives & Lovers

Husbands, Wives & Lovers – Two Hearts Beat As One

The exhibit features artist couples that sometimes work together, sometimes separately. The show combines the work of painters, writers, photographers and more.  May 1st features the wines of Platt Anderson Cellars from 5-8 with chocolate!  Come be inspired!
Who are the lovers? We never tell…

 

 

 

 Sang-ah Choi, About Beautiful Painting and Painting Beautifully, Landscape #5, 2015, Acrylic, pen, molding paste, masking tape, glitter, sticker and resin on wood panel, 19.5” x 8.5” xó”

Sang-ah Choi, About Beautiful Painting and Painting Beautifully, Landscape #5, 2015, Acrylic, pen, molding paste, masking tape, glitter, sticker and resin on wood panel, 19.5” x 8.5”

The Schneider Museum of Art
Spring Exhibitions

The Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) is presenting four thought-provoking exhibitions that include installations by Marlene Alt and Garrick Imatani created in response to the “site” of the landscape, history, and culture of the Rogue Valley, as well as work by Sang-ah Choi produced during her month-long artist residency at Southern Oregon University.  The Museum is also featuring activist artist Sister Corita Kent’s vibrant silkscreens made from the 1950’s through 70’s. The exhibitions are on view from April 3 through June 13, 2015.
The Museum’s Main and Treehaven galleries feature Southern Oregon Site Project installations by Garrick Imatani and Marlene Alt. This project, funded in part by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, is designed to support the development and presentation of new art by Oregon artists.
Garrick Imatani’s installation reflects his interest in the history of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a 1930’s government program employing millions of people, including many artists, during and after the Depression. Imatani is working with the imagery of Diego Rivera’s mural, The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City, which is in the San Francisco Art Institute. Rivera’s work had a direct impact on the WPA movement, as did the WPA on the development of Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Imatani reimagines Rivera’s trompe l’oeil style and depictions of workers through a large-scale installation that functions as a stage set, complete with 3-dimensional stairs, scaffolding, and plywood cutouts for figures to occupy.  Garrick Imatani will give an Artist Talk on Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 PM, in the Meese Auditorium, at the Center for the Visual Arts, on the Southern Oregon University campus.
Marlene Alt’s installation entitled Silent Movies comprised of a video projection and empty cast wax picture frames, suggest sites of memory.  Alt’s installation reflects her interest “in the psychological landscape, in juxtaposing historical perspectives on the American landscape with visceral, lived experiences in the landscape.” Alt states that her “work in sculpture and installation focuses on landscape as place, as body, as memory, and as object.”
Showing in the Museum’s Heiter Gallery is humming in the ubiquitous beauty, an exhibition of new works by Sang-ah Choi.  Many of the works were made during Choi’s month-long artist residency at the Center for the Visual Arts, SOU, which was funded in part by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg. The show includes colorful and dynamic paintings, ceramic objects and an artist’s book. Sang-ah Choi will give an Artist Talk on Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 PM, in the Meese Auditorium, in the Art Building.
In the Museum’s Entry Gallery, Selections from the Permanent Collection: Sister Corita Kent features the artist’s bold graphic works’ including twenty-three prints representing letters of Kent’s universal alphabet of peace, the Signal Code Alphabet, from the Museum’s permanent collection.  The show presents fifteen serigraphs on loan from the Corita Art Center and the Portland Art Museum in order to complete the alphabet and show a range of her prints. Works from the 1960’s include images of the Vietnam War, Bobby Kennedy, the Berrigan Brothers and other cultural icons paired with quotations from William Sloane Coffin, Lorraine Hansberry, and Walt Whitman. Kent’s prints offer a unique opportunity to engage with the tumultuous 1960s.
While the spring exhibitions are on view, the Schneider Museum of Art will present a workshop and a performance piece by the Portland-based Physical Education (PE), comprised of dance and performance artists keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Lucy Lee Yim and Takahiro Yamamoto. Physical Education’s performance on Sunday May 10 at 8:00 PM will take place in, and collaborate with, Garrick Imatani’s Southern Oregon Site Project installation. The goal of the Movement workshop with PE, to be held Saturday, May 9 at 12:00 PM, is to inspire a critical dialogue that acknowledges and scrutinizes the perceived illegibility and messiness of the performing body.  PE’s vision is to offer performance audiences, artists of all mediums, and curious individuals immersive modes through which to engage with dance and performance.
Two FREE Family Days accompanying the spring exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, May 23, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Museum will also hold Tuesday Tours – weekly docent-led educational tours for the public on Tuesdays at noon. Please call to schedule a special tour for your group.
Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibitions are generously supported by Platt Anderson Cellars, Market of Choice, Rogue Frameworks, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks program.