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April Art & Poetry Events at Illahe Studios & Gallery

April is National Poetry Month

Alisa Golden, "Silver Every Day."  Book art to be exhibited at the Illahe Gallery 2014 Book Art Exhibit

Alisa Golden, “Silver Every Day”

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.  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 saxophone music of Jef Ramsey.

Art list of skilled and inventive book artists include:

Cathy DeForest (Jubilation Press)

Shown is book art by Cathy DeForest, "William Stafford  Portrait: Aphorisms", part of the Illahe Gallery 2014 Book Art Exhibit

Shown is book art by Cathy DeForest, “William Stafford Portrait: Aphorisms”

Arini Esarey

Roxanne Evans Stout

Alisa Golden

Michael Holstein

Sarojini Johnson

Diane Lea

Susan Lehman

Olivia King

Patricia Freeman Martin

Marsha Matchek

Sabina Nies

Linda Piacentini-Yaple

Kelley Salber

Book Art by Sarojini Johnson, "Invasive Plant"

Book Art by Sarojini Johnson, “Invasive Plant”

Our Printmakers Include:

Tiffany Hockanson

Holly Kilpatrick

Ann-Britt Malden

Julie VandenBerg


Community Press

On display in the gallery will be somewhere in the ballpark of 60 books which were made in a workshop, here at the gallery, and then authored by others who took those books home and created their own artists books.  This is our Community Press Project and this is its fourth year.  We are excited to see each of these beautiful collaborative creations. With nearly 70 people involved at some level,  It’s very likely you will see a creation by someone you know but had no idea of their creative side.


April 26-27

Ashland area Wineries and Restaurants will be pairing up to bring you taste of the best our valley has to offer in culinary delights!

In its twenty-fifth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event is A Taste of Ashland. This annual walking tour of Ashland galleries pairs local restaurants and regional wineries to create Ashland’s most delicious art experience. In 2014 A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th from noon to 4p.m. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines.



Join us for an evening of accomplished poets from throughout the region sharing their works in an intimate gallery setting. $5 suggested donation.

March 20th  7:00-8:30 pm

Kirsten Rian, Ellen Waterson, Patty Wixon

April 17th      7:00-8:30 pm

Shaindel Beers, John C. Morrison, Vince Wixon


ILLAHE STUDIOS AND GALLERY  Presents COMMUNITY PRESSIt began with a community workshop hosted at Illahe Studios and Gallery

We: supplied beautiful papers, thread and know-how for hand bound pamphlet books, donated by local printmakers and bookbinders.

Book Makers: joined us to assemble creatively unique hand crafted books that serve as prompts, inspiration and containers for your writing

Authors (You!): may choose from these creative, inspiring blank books. Take one or two home to be written in, drawn upon, embellished and finally returned to the gallery to show as part of our Fourth Annual Book Arts Show & National Poetry Month.  Get as creative as you wish, people have worked with their children, parents, grandparents & friends or alone.   We ask a $5 fee per book.

Read more about this project at:  

For more info contact:  infoatillahegallerydotcom


Special Thanks to: Sophia Bogle, Michael Holstein & Diane Lea
who donated these beautiful materials

Illahe Studios and Gallery Events – February 2014

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Poetry in the Neighborhood

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  Historic Charles Nininger Building


Welcome back to

Poetry in the Neighborhood! 

Upcoming Readings
March 20th
Kirsten Rian
Ellen Waterson
Patty Wixon
April 17th
Shaindel Beers
John C. Morrison
Vince Wixon
$5 suggested donation
Join us for another inspiring series
showcasing the talent of our regional poets!


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Choose your blank book beginning next week 

It time for our third annual Community Collaborative Book Arts Project.


HOW TO PARTICIPATE:  Come by the gallery and select a unique, hand crafted book made by one of the bookmakers in our free community workshop to be donated to the COMMUNITY PRESS PROJECT.

You may then author your own artist book; write in, draw upon, cut & paste and embellish to your hearts’ content.

Then bring your book back to be a part of a collaborative community exhibition in conjunction with our Fifth Annual Book Arts Show in April.  You can choose to put your book up for sale or just to show.

Book Fee is $5.

Return books anytime on or before March 27th, 2014 by 5 p.m. After the show, unsold or NFS books can be picked up at the gallery after April 30th, 2013.

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Equus MMCXX  Sue Springer
Eleven artists consider the horse for the Lunar New Year
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We invite you to join us for an evening of poetry
 February 20th

 7:00 – 8:30 pm



Featured Poets

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Carlos Reyes

John Sibley Williams

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Poet and translator Carlos Reyes lives in Portland, Oregon. He is a traveler and whether he journeys to Alaska, Ecuador, France, India, Ireland, Panama or Spain,  those travels inform his poetry. In 2012 he was at the Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain. In 2013 he was poet-in-Residence at Acadia National Park and at Devils Tower National Monument. Last spring he  gave readings in Ireland at the Mt Shannon Arts Festival, The White House and The Nail in Limerick. Latest publications:   Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart (2012),   Poemas de amor y locura / Poems of Love and Madness (2013).

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John Sibley Williams is the author of Controlled Hallucinations and seven poetry chapbooks. He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and co-director of the Walt Whitman 150 project. Previous publishing credits include:  ThirdCoast, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, The Chaffin Journal, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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February News for Illahe Studios and Gallery

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, February will mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse.  In recognition, we invited some of our favorite artists to consider the horse.   Eleven artists responded with their take on the form, impression and/or nature of this noble animal. Featured artists are: 

  • Élan Chardin
  • Lance Copeland
  • Ann Di Salvo
  • Norman Ernsting
  • Nadine Gay
  • Inger Nova Jorgensen
  • Gabriel Lipper
  • Shan Lollis,
  • Ann-Britt Malden
  • Ketzia Schoneberg
  • Sue Springer

Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on February 7th, 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Celebrate the Lunar New Year with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of David Elan Kelley.


Susan Springer has been drawn to the ceramic arts, including tile, sculpture, pottery and mosaics since the early 1970’s. Expanding the form and surface and creating unexpected combinations of edge, form and texture continue to intrigue her as she works in her studio at Illahe Studios and Gallery.

Currently, she designs and produces works for installations and sculptural murals for public, as well as private commissions.  She has completed numerous installations, donor recognition, private and public commissioned projects, including Rio Amistad, the mosaic placed at the Calle Guanajuato Overlook at Lithia Park in Ashland.   Recently, Sue designed and installed the mosaic details in the Ashland Plaza Renovation.


Ketzia Schoneberg “Przewalski’s in Orange and Red”, mixed media


In the painting series, Animalia, I create portraits of animals with an emphasis on the individuality inherent within each creature. It is my intent to show the viewer a mirror — an image of the earthy, biological and creative origins we share with other species. My creative inspiration also derives from my perception of unusual and vivid beauty, and a peculiar posture & movement or near-movement I see in my subjects.


was born in Sweden and spent her childhood on the southern Swedish coast where her backyard was an open meadow by the sea. At age seven, she moved to the U.S. with her family, but her resonance with the Scandinavian landscape, seasons and culture have always remained close to her heart, and continue to be some of the biggest influences in her artwork today.

Ann-Britt studied photography and illustration at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where she earned a degree in English/Creative Writing. She later earned a degree in Photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she lived and worked as a Photo Editor for many years. In late 2001 she moved to Ashland, Oregon and has called it home ever since.


has been a resident of the Rogue Valley for 26 years and has been a serious painter for most of her adult life.  She believes in using as much pure color as possible, creating a graphic quality to her work.  Influenced by her years of travel in Western Europe and Mexico, she has also produced pieces in pen and ink, and watercolors.  Her work has been shown at galleries in Medford, Jacksonville, and Ashland, Oregon.  Lollis has studied Art at Olympic College, University of Washington, and Ravenna, Italy.

"Riding over Rothko"  oil painting by Gabriel Mark Lipper

“Riding over Rothko” oil painting by Gabriel Mark Lipper


The subjects in Gabriel’s paintings vary wildly.  Bull riders, a woman lost in her thoughts, vacant hipsters, a seasoned magnate, are all painted with the same love and respect.  Lipper’s love of art, and respect for the muse are the driving forces behind what he chooses to paint.

“Thoroughbred is an exploration of social ideals.  I invite the viewer to enter these ambiguous narratives with their own questions and explore the answers that pop up.  Every human being has their own story.  What drives us?  Is there enough?  Has it been worth it?

Beyond my love of horses, I’m intrigued by the metaphors that horse and rider create both together and separately.  In this world of technology, what has the horse come to represent?  Where do they fit?  Where do we fit?  For the most part, the characters in my paintings hold their own space.  They appear alone even when grouped together.  This autonomy, or lack of connection, is one of the central features of my work.  My hope is that these paintings can be both challenging and beautiful and that, in some way, they may be of service.”


Artist Inger Jorgensen was born in Michigan and left the Midwest at seventeen years old to move to Sonoma County, California. Two years later she began an exploration of The Pacific Northwest and eventually landed in Northern California, where she received a degree in Fine Art & Teaching at Humboldt State University. She resides now in Oregon with her partner, Jeff Pevar and son, Soren.

Creating art since she was a young child, Inger has primarily focused on the figure. Painting has always been her primary medium, yet in the past five years she has been working three dimensionally in clay and bronze. Modeling the figure in three dimensions has deepened her knowledge of the figure and has affected Inger’s paintings as well. Inger continues to paint and is currently creating large-scale figurative sculptures at “Talent Studios” in Talent, Oregon in an enclave with eight like-minded artists among three renovated warehouse spaces.

Nadine Gay "Horse Dreamer" ceramic sculpture and mixed media

Nadine Gay “Horse Dreamer” ceramic sculpture and mixed media


“I am a French born artist. I moved to the US when I was 19 and graduated from Pratt Institute in 1980.  I am a painter and sculptor and work in a wide array of media.

“For the last 10 years I have also created large installations, murals and stage sets.

“My visual art is an intimate exploration of my inner worlds. Images appear, intertwined, they flow like waking dreams. They open a window to the personal and collective unconscious.

“In the abstract work, I may combine painting and collage, using scraps of painted papers, crayons and acrylic paints. I like to allow a sense of playfulness and spontaneity in this process.

“My sculptures are representational without being realistic. They emerge as mythical expressions of human figures and elemental forms joined in an archetypal dance.”


“My first formal art classes were at the Kansas City Art Institute in the 1950s.  I continued my art studies with the sculptor Bernard Frazier at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  During my military service in Berlin, I took sculpture courses at the Art Institute.  In the 1980s, I worked with ceramicist Nancy Sclight in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  More recently, I’ve been fortunate to study with Connie Sherman at the Westchester Art Workshop in White Plains, NY, as well as with Elsbeth Woody at the Clay Arts Center in Portchester, NY.

“My work has been shown in galleries throughout the greater New York area, in Denver, in Montreal and in Ashland, Oregon.  Presently I’m represented by Shahinian Fine Art Gallery in Rhinebeck, NY and by RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY.

“I have homes in both Cold Spring, NY and in Ashland, Oregon, where I maintain ceramic studios.”


Native to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an art degree from UW Stevens Point, Ann spent twelve years in the arts and natural sciences in Kentucky.  She moved to rural Oregon in 1992 and then Ashland in 1993, where she opened a studio with Bruce Bayard on A St. in 1998 and became involved with many organizations centered in the arts. Currently she is the secretary of the Ashland Gallery Association and editor of the Ashland Gallery Guide as well as facilitating two figure drawing sessions each week in Ashland.  Ann participated in every Art Along the Rogue Street Painting Festival in Grants Pass until 2012 and is a founding member of the Pomegranate Group, a women’s figure study session.


Lance is a Sacramento based artist and musician born and raised in Oregon.  The son of an art teacher, he continued his education in fine art at Southern Oregon University while working as an animator, video editor and art director.  He is well versed in drawing, bronze sculpting, print making and painting.  His intense focus on oil painting was honed under the tutelage of Master painter, Sergei Yatsenko.  Currently he is working on a series titled Reinvintage where he explores the connectivity of humanity across time by using vintage photography as inspiration and the reinterpretation of it into a more contemporary vision.


Élan received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico. Having worked extensively in photography and drawing at first, Élan has also explored book binding, letterpress printing, and currently, primarily works in mixed media painting.  The exploration, the meditative process, or flow, and the visceral nature of visual language remain at the core of her creative process.  The question “what if…?.” is always the first step.  Élan has exhibited in several states and was fortunate enough to receive the Ohio Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000.  With no formal training, she has also managed to raise two wily teenage boys.  Élan lives in Ashland, OR with two goofy dogs and a pompous cat.  She works at Illahe Studios and Gallery and in her great little backyard studio.



Poetry in the Neighborhood 2014

Thursday, February 20th  7 ~ 8:30 p.m.

  • Carlos Reyes
  • John Sibley Williams

Thursday, March 20th  7 ~ 8:30 p.m.

  • Kirsten Rian
  • Ellen Waterson
  • Patty Wixon

Thursday, April 17th  7 ~ 8:30 p.m.

  • Shaindel Beers
  • John C. Morrison
  • Vince Wixon


It begins with a free community workshop hosted at Illahe Studios and Gallery, 215 Fourth St., Ashland, Oregon on Saturday, February 15th from 12-4 p.m. *Please email to secure your spot!

We: supply beautiful papers, thread and know-how for hand bound pamphlet books.

You: bring yourself, your friend, your son/daughter to join others in your community to assemble creatively unique hand crafted books that will go out into the community to be written in, drawn upon, embellished and finally returned to the gallery to show as part of our Fourth Annual Book Arts Show & National Poetry Month. Experienced book artists will be on hand for demonstrations and instruction. You will go home with a book of your choosing to finish your own Community Press Book, and a satisfying sense of being part of a larger collaborative endeavor with other creative folks in our valley.

It continues as other creative folks in the community come by the gallery to choose their book, bring it home, write, draw, cut, paste, stain, stitch, print, or paint to their hearts content.

Lastly they bring that collaborative book back to the gallery to be a part of our Annual Book Arts Show in April with a First Friday Artists’ Reception on April 4th.

Artists will have the opportunity to sell their book or keep it after the show.

Read more about this project at:

For more info contact:  infoatillahegallerydotcom  (infoatillahegallerydotcom)  


AGA Spotlight Gallery Exhibits - January 2014

Ashland Gallery Association January 2014 Exhibits

Ring in the New Year with the Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, January 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery or the Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Most exhibits run throughout the month of January.

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

Weisinger’s Family Winery

Bruce Barnes Watercolors

Image of a watercolor painting by Briuce Barnes, part of his show at Weisinger's Winery art gallery in Ashland, Oregon January 2014

Watercolor by Bruce Barnes

BRUCE BARNES combines a love of the outdoors with his painting. He has hiked and painted often in Oregon, California, Canada, and across Europe. His sketchbook, paints, and brushes are always part of his pack.

Late in his career as an engineer, at the urging of an artist friend, Bruce began studying art and watercolor through a U.C. Berkeley weekend extension course. This soon led to an invitation to become a member of the Berkeley Watercolor Society, which built his confidence.

He and fellow-artist/wife Nancy left Berkeley in 1993 to spend a happy decade living near Mount Shasta, California. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 2002, where he paints en plein air with The Artists’ Workshop in Jacksonville, and The Rogue River Artists Group.

Barnes is a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and featured in Ashland Magazine. Dozens of his paintings are now displayed in homes and businesses across the country, with a few in Europe.

More of his paintings may be seen at Gallerie Karon in Ashland. He welcomes commissions to paint private homes and favorite scenes. He may be reached at his Ashland studio at 541-201-1947.

JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Image of a bronze sculpture of a cowgirl from the january 2014 group sculpture show at JEGA Gallery, Ashland, Oregon

“Sheriff,” Bronze sculpture by Lucious M. Upshaw, 
limited edition of 30

Bodacious Contemporary Art

Be prepared for a bodacious mix of contemporary art including: stone sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and outdoor art for your garden.

Current exhibit includes artwork from the following artists:

  • Jason Bueter: metalwork and photography
  • Christopher Dworin, ceramic sculptures
  • Dawn Ferrari: stone sculptures
  • Kristian Royce, digital collages
  • Tej Steiner: ceramic sculptures
  • Lucious Upshaw, bronze sculptures
  • Daniel Verner’s acrylic paintings
  • Wilkins-O’Reily Zinn, bricolage prints
  • J. Ellen Austin: intriguing stone and mixed media sculptures.

JEGA Hours: Tue-Sat at 11-4pm & by appointment.  Open 1st Fridays art walks until 8:00 p.m.  Please contact us for more information: jega4artatgmaildotcom or telephone (541) 488-2474.

Illahe Studios and Gallery

Steven Cornett & Holly Kilpatrick – “Trajectory Series”, a collaboration in printmaking, painting and glass arts

image of a painting by Holly Kilpatrick shown at Illahe Studios and Gallery, Ashland, Oregon January 2014

“Trajectory Series” Holly Kilpatrick

Our first exhibit of the New Year will be a collaborative project, “Trajectory Series” from Holly Kilpatrick and Steven Cornett. Holly, a printmaker/painter layers imagery, texture and color to create rich, dynamic abstract pieces and glass artist.  Steven Cornett produces hand blown lamps, bowls and sculptural forms with impeccable craftsmanship.

HOLLY KILPATRICK is a sculptor, printmaker, and an encaustic artist. Primarily a self-taught artist, she has gleaned instruction over the years from kindred artists who have shared their expertise with her, as well as her own research and experimentations.  While pursuing her own path to formal art education, Holly has become an arts education specialist and advocate. Holly is currently the Coordinator of Education Outreach at the Schneider Museum of Art.

STEVEN CORNETT began working with glass in 1989 at Virginia Commonwealth University.  While there he earned his BFA in glass and ceramics in 1992.  He then attended the MFA program at Rochester Institute of Technology before returning to VCU to receive his MFA in glass in1996.  Steven continued to refine his skills while working for various glass artist including Dale Chihuly, in Seattle,Wa.  He currently creates glass in a small studio in Talent Oregon.

Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on January 3rd, 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Ring in the New Year with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Laura Christine Anderson.

Ashland Art Center

Oil Paintings by David Gordon

image of an oil painting by David Gordon, shown at Ashland aRt Center, Ashland, Oregon

Oil painting by David Gordon

“Celebrate that creative process which connects us to the part of our being that is fluid, vivacious, effervescent and unpredictable.” - David Gordon

David Gordon’s expressive paintings show his heightened awareness of color relationships and his freedom of application. His art urges viewers to focus on those experiences that are fresh and beautiful. Visit David in his studio at the top of the stairs above the main level.
Show opens Friday, January 3, 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.
Live music will be performed by Pat O’Scannell and Sean Connors, traditional Irish music.

Special Show in the Classroom:

Stop motion animation is a very simple medium and one with immense potential! See examples and techniques for stop motion using clay, paper, fabricated puppets and sets, or even found objects. AAC will be offering classes in stop motion in 2014, this show is an opportunity for us to hear from you, to get feedback on what type of learning opportunities you would like to see in this broad and beautiful medium.

Poetry in the Neighborhood at Illahe Gallery

Poetry in the Neighborhood
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Save these dates
Wed, Jan. 15th
Thurs.  Feb. 20th
Thurs. Mar. 20th
Thurs. Apr. 17th

 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

We are happy to be hosting another season of  Poetry in the Neighborhood, four intimate evenings with poets sharing their work.
Poets will be announced shortly, but for now, mark your calendars so you don’t miss this truly special series.
Illahe Studios and Gallery
215 Fourth St.
Ashland, OR



Ferlinghetti Broadside by Jubilation Press
If you would like to be involved with hosting this sweet event please contact us at infoatillahegallerydotcom
Many hands make light work of setting the table with the tea & cookies
and making sure everyone has a seat.
We’ve lost much of our crew to various changes of circumstances and would greatly appreciate your help in continuing this Poetry Event.  Choose an evening that works for you and let us know.
Many, many thanks!

Illahe Studios and Gallery December News

Portland artist and musician, Tony Furtado’s ceramic sculptures will be featured in the gallery this month.   He will be performing as a part of St. Claire Productions music series  at The Ashland Unitarian Fellowship on Dec. 6th.  Tony’s sculptures of wild hares and chains play with preconceived ideas of the nature of character and material.  Unique gifts can be found in the Gallery Artists Gift Show.  Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on December 6th, 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Enjoy the crisp autumn evening with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Jef Ramsey.


“For years I’ve been touring and recording as a banjo/slide guitarist-singer/songwriter. I’ve recorded 16 of my own albums. I write and play Americana, Roots, Indie-folk music. Banjo and slide guitar are my instruments of choice. I’ve  toured with and recorded with the likes of Alison Krauss, Greg Allman, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth among others.

I also sculpt, mostly in clay – ceramic. I utilize a metal coating process that gives the look and feel of bronze or rusty iron. Lately I’ve been exploring the potentials of making chain mail and chain jewelry patterns (large scale) out of stoneware and oxide washes, lots of possibilities!

At the same time I started playing banjo (12 years old) I started creating things out of clay. After a couple years as a fine arts major at Cal State Hayward, before I had the chance to sign up for classes with the great Clayton Bailey, I was plucked away to hit the road with a band. Just 7 years ago I was enticed to revisit my old passion of sculpting by an offer to rent a beautiful studio space at The Falcon Art Community in Portland, OR.  A few thousand studio hours later, I’m a far less stressed man! I’ve also got a mighty stack of sculpture building up.”

Tony Furtado promo card flattened copy


You may find the perfect gift in our Gallery Artists Gift Show!

"Celebration" Wilma Wyss
“Celebration” Wilma Wyss




"Splash Petal Cattleya" Joanne Chase
“Splash Petal Cattleya” Joanne Chase
Ceramic Vessels by Carole Hayne
Ceramic Vessels by Carole Hayne


"Red Vanilla Bowl" Evie Ault
“Red Vanilla Bowl” Evie Ault


Illahe Studios and Gallery November Group Glass Show

With artists Steven Cornett, Evie Ault, Patti Wessman, Terry Cooper Sullivan


We are proud to represent such a high level of craftsmanship with the four glass artists that will be featured in this year’s Group Glass Show.   Evie Ault, Steven Cornett, Patti Wessman and Terry Cooper Sullivan skillfully take the craft of glass in unique directions and forms using both hand blowing and fusing techniques.  Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on November 1st from 5 ~ 8 p.m.  Enjoy the crisp autumn evening with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Lincoln Zeve.

"Red Vanilla Bowl" Evie Ault

“Red Vanilla Bowl” by Evie Ault




Over the past 20 years I have been inspired and motivated by all aspects of art glass.  I settled upon the craft of fusing (kilnformed glass) and the various techniques associated with it, such as sandblasting, enameling, pattern bars, mold making, casting and painting.

I’ve been drawn to the strong and colorful designs that are developed in repetitive patterns.  First I start by cutting strips of glass then rearrange the glass into a design.  After fusing the design into a solid piece of glass with the new pattern, I incorporate the various techniques mentioned above and form the final piece of art.



Blown Glass by Steven Cornett

Blown Glass by Steven Cornett


Steven took his first glassblowing class in 1989 with Kent Ipsen, a man known for his life sized lead crystal castings. His interest sparked, Steven entered the glass program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and went on to earn his BFA in glass and ceramics by 1992.   During his undergraduate coursework at VCU, Steven transitioned quickly from student to teacher. He was appointed by the faculty to teach both introductory and then advanced courses. His talents as a glassblower enabled him to land a full-ride scholarship for both his undergraduate work at VCU and a Masters program at Rochester Institute of Technology. While attending R.I.T. from 1993-1994, Steven was once again recognized for his creativity and skill, and was enlisted to teach glassblowing, glass-casting, sand­ casting, cold-working and glass fusion to undergrads. Tom Farbanish, a well-known glass artist trained under Italian Glass Master, Lino Tagliapietra, recruited Steven as a Teacher’s Assistant.  Impressed by Steven’s technical ability, Tom asked Steven to assist on a personal project that was eventually shown in Washington D.C.

In 1994, Steven returned to VCU to finish his coursework, and obtained his M.F.A. in glass by 1996. Steven then headed west to Seattle, and started teaching both beginning and advanced courses at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio. In 1997, he was quickly snapped up by “Team Chihuly,” where he worked on such projects as the Bellagio Hotel installation in Las Vegas; Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon in Paradise Island, Bahamas; Sleeping Lady Retreat in Leavenworth, Washington; and Dale Chihuly’s own personal Pergola Ceiling and Pergola Pool in his Seattle residence. In addition to his full-time work with Chihuly, Inc., Steven also free-lanced for nationally known glass sculptor, Martin Blank. In 1999, Steven was promoted to gaffer (lead artist) for Chihuly’s Portland Press Special Edition” art pieces. He remained in that position for 2 years before moving to Ashland, Oregon to open Gathering Glass Studio where he was owner/ artist until 2005. He currently creates custom work in studios in the Rogue Valley near his home in Ashland, Oregon.

"Tobacco Freeform" Terry Sullivan Cooper

“Tobacco Freeform” by Terry Sullivan Cooper


I was fascinated the first time I saw glass being blown, well over 20 years ago. I knew then that I would love it and someday work with this molten mistress. The opportunity arose in 2003 when a glass studio, Gathering Glass, opened in Ashland, Oregon. Beginner classes were offered and after the first class I knew that the wait was worth it. I continued classes and learning at Gathering Glass, working for studio time by assisting Steven Cornett and Scott Carlson. In 2007 I converted a garage into a glass studio and have continued to learn and create with Steven. My work has been in the Ashland Art Center, Ashland Artworks, and the Blue Heron in Ashland.

At times I strive to perfect the form and let colors enhance. Flawless shapes are a rare but exhilarating achievement with glass. Sometimes though, it is enough to let the glass create shapes and relationships with light that only glass can achieve.


I have always been captivated by patterns and structures in nature.  I once saw a mural that depicted the microscopic and the cosmic showing their similar structures and I loved it.  I will travel far and wide to view rock formations up close, spend hours watching wave patterns in the river or at the coast, and as a gardener observe vein patterns in leaves and rows of vines in fields.


Color is my other love.  Having worked for almost 30 years in clay and glazes I have to see the color in my head because what one sees in the raw liquid glaze is not what one gets in the finished pieceI am now working with glass, and what I see is what I get, with the lovely addition of colors melting together to form new yummy treats.

Illahe Gallery Announces Third Annual Mosaic Invitational in October

Joanne Chase

Kory Dollar

Tina Ellis

Jennifer Kuhns

Jill McAlvage Smith

Penny Meads

Mimi Near

Karen Rycheck

Wilma Wyss

October 1-26


“Phalaenopsis” Joanne Chase

First Friday Artist Reception

Friday, October 3rd 5-8 pm

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We are happy to bring an eclectic group of nine skilled mosaic artists to the gallery this month for our Third Annual Mosaic Invitational.   Each of these artists skillfully takes the craft of mosaic in a unique direction and form, from furniture to wall hanging to outdoor sculptural works.  Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on October 4th  from 5~8 p.m.  Enjoy a late summer evening stroll with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Jef Ramsey.

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“Resonance” Joanne Chase

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I love to immerse myself in all aspects of the world of plants, growing edibles and ornamentals, walking amongst wild flowers, harvesting for food and medicine. Orchids are amazing flowers with such complex and unlikely architecture. Our local natives are miniscule and grow from the ground while tropical orchids such as I’ve recently seen in Panama attach themselves to trees and have bigger, showy flowers. They all delight me and have inspired this body of work along with the notion of resonance, something that evokes a strong emotion, such as these flowers do for me.

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“Zahara, Goddess of Dance” Kory Dollar

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Kory Dollar is a stained glass mosaic artist of Clark County Washington. She has been creating colorful mosaics for 15 years and is a self-taught artist. Kory uses a wide range of materials to create mosaics; she searches for unique bits and pieces that can be turned into treasures. She places bits of color and texture together to create elements in nature and fantasy. All of the items she creates are one-of-a-kind. She assembles each work of art one piece at a time, making every piece just right. Kory uses a broad range of materials, combining texture, reflectivity, and spacing to create her vision. Kory shapes the materials to fit like puzzle pieces, using modern tools. She is intrigued by mandalas, nature, and the human body. Her visions come from her surroundings; “I watch nature and people, studding movement, expression, tone, and light. My aspirations allow my imagination to create vivid themes and expression for others to interpret.”


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“Classic Ribbon Vase” Tina Ellis



After representing glass artists to galleries for eight years, Tina found herself compelled to create her own artwork. She was inspired to work with dichroic glass because of its lively and reflective light transmitting qualities. The glass she uses is predominantly recycled. Tina hand cuts and fuses each piece of glass creating soft pillowed pieces for her mosaics. She also slumps some pieces of the molten glass to fit the form on which she is working.

This exhibit is a series of mosaic vases. Most of the vases are recycled period pieces. Tina’s work contrasts classical shapes with contemporary materials. She loves the way these contrasting elements play off of each other creating an entirely different expression.


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“Gimli” Jennifer Kuhns



My specialty is stained glass mosaic, with emphasis on use of reclaimed materials.  I collect stained glass scraps from leaded and fused glass artists, tiles are scavenged from contractors, tile setters, and salvage yards.  The bases for my fine art panels are leftover tile boards, cupboard doors, and old windows.

Throughout my life, faces have been the primary focus of my artwork.  If I’m stuck waiting in a line or at an airport, I entertain myself by sketching the faces of the people around me.  I love how different all of our faces are, and yet so similar.  The lines and contours of a face tell a story.  The arch of an eyebrow or clenching of a jaw can completely change a person’s expression.

While I have always enjoyed sketching realistic faces, I began to play with use of unexpected colors in my twenties, working in oil pastel.  From there, my faces became more and more whimsical as I also worked in linocut and collage, and when I discovered mosaic, I began by translating many of my earlier designs using tile and glass.

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“More Orange Bubbles” Jill McAlvage Smith



My sisters accuse me of having enough Scrabble tiles to write a novel. I don’t. But almost.

I am a finder, a collector, a bricoleur. Each of my artistic journeys begins with the hunt. I can be found most weekends haunting yard sales, imagining new lives for the dusty treasures I unearth.

I am passionate about creating my artworks using entirely salvaged and found materials (with the notable exception of adhesive and grout). My creative process begins with those discarded items. I am inspired by the challenge of transforming these rescued and reclaimed objects into meaningful works of art.

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“Rooster” Penny Meads



Mosaic art creating for me is a form of mental therapy.  When working on a piece I can clear my mind of everything and find relaxation in creating a piece.  I have taught myself over many years and consider myself an advanced amateur.  When asked to describe how I do this, I describe it as having a vision and working backwards like a jigsaw puzzle.

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“Joy of Joys” Mimi Near



I fell in love with glass mosaic the moment I encountered this intrepid art form in the Cathedrals of Europe at age 13. Using the technical skills I gained from being a journeyman tilesetter, the understanding of mosaic art from my studies in RavennaItaly and various art and design classes I set out to explore the inner and outer world of mosaic art. I create mosaics for Public Art Installations as well as private residence installations such as water features, sculptural interior or exterior pieces, bathrooms, kitchens, terraces etc. I also create what could be considered “Fine Art” that is hung as a painting would be hung in one’s home. The pieces I have created for this show have been inspired by a variety of things, my recent exploration of Spain, my love of the natural world and my absolute infatuation with the creation process.

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“Mosaic Houses” Karen Rycheck



Exploring different subject matters and concepts ranging from light to dark and whimsical to weighty drives my art making.

I begin a work with a general concept, giving myself space to develop the piece as I’m interacting with it. Allowing myself more room to play in my abstract work, I focus on design, texture and color as my guides.

Different materials call to me for each individual piece, so various types of glass, clay, stone, and metal as well as non-traditional materials such as CD’s and LP’s may all be found in my work. Choosing not to limit myself by material, I select my medium according to what sense I want to convey in the piece itself.

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“Out to Sea” Wilma Wyss



The different settings and cultures that I’ve experienced are reflected in my mosaic work. My childhood was a multicultural gyre: I was raised by Swiss parents in the U.S. and Africa, and often felt like an outsider, spiraling between continental divides. I’m inspired by the lively, colorful ornamentation in African culture that often draws from nature, even as it collides in my art with the Swiss tradition of orderliness and precision-a collision I hope infuses my work with intriguing contrasts and a dichotomy of order and the unexpected. As a resident of the Bay Area for 25 years, I also feel a strong connection to the western landscape, and often integrate natural materials in my work, including river rock, pebbles, beach glass, fossils and shells. Color, texture and shape are key. I enjoy the technical challenges in creating my mosaic work, whether applying the mosaic to a substrate that I cast in concrete, build up an armature of wire mesh, or repurpose an old frame or ceramic roof tile.

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“Guardian” Tony Furtado




Slide Guitar, Banjo, Blues, Folk, Pop

Friday, December 6 at 8 pm, Ashland Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland, OR


Tony Furtado
Sculpture Show
Dec. 2-20
First Friday Art Opening at Illahe Studios and Gallery
215 Fourth St. from 5-8pm


Tony Furtado is not only a fabulous musician, he is also a damn good sculptor. He will be a featured artist at Illahe Studios and Gallery during the month of December. Come early for Ashland’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. Illahe is at the corner of 4th and B, just a short walk from the Unitarian Fellowship. Tony will be at the gallery from 5-7 p.m. to greet people.

Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation- hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.

Furtado sculpts, mostly in clay – ceramic. He utilizes a metal coating process that gives the look and feel of bronze or rusty iron. Lately he’s been exploring the potentials of making chain mail and chain jewelry patterns in a large scale, out of stoneware and oxide washes.

AGA Spotlight Galleries September 2013

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, September 6th, from 5 to 8 pm!  Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery or the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Most exhibits run throughout the month of September.

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

Hanson Howard Gallery

Transparency and Density of Form

“Petaluma Pecker Series” DON AJELLO, bronze and wood sculpture by Don Ajello

“Petaluma Pecker Series” DON AJELLO, bronze and wood sculpture by Don Ajello

DON AJELLO’S work embodies whimsy, fantasy, and surreal symbols. He feels equally satisfied by working in a range of materials, bronze, wood or ceramics. He chooses to create both functional and non-functional sculptures. As a Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Ajello was strongly affected by that war and one of his directions is a series related to the topic of war and its disturbing consequences on our planet. There is also a light side, with humor in his work in such pieces as the “Petaluma Pecker Series.”
“It is my intent within a mixed media format to sculpturally take ‘a tongue in cheek’ jaundice eye investigation of life. To take an object’s visual definition out of context and to juxtapose items against each other. With some skill and luck I can take you into my vision.”

CATHY VALENTINE’S encaustic paintings are dense, crisp and unencumbered compositions that suggest volume, form and transparent content.
“My work is abstract in nature, with a sense of randomness. I consider my paintings to be a type of emotional landscape, my own internal language. I feel as though my pieces provoke memories and experiences of my past, and move into my present life. The process I use currently is a build up of layers of encaustic and drawing directly onto the wax, exploring transparencies. Encaustic is suited for such explorations. The use of this material seems to combine many disciplines, collage, printmaking imagery and sculptural qualities are seen in the final result.”



Illahe Studios and Gallery

"Wandering in Bishop Canyon" Sylvia Verange

“Wandering in Bishop Canyon” Sylvia Verange

“The Vibrant, Savage World”

Landscape Paintings by Cheryl Williams, Eliane Penalver Jallon & Sylvia Verange

Henri Frederic Amiel said, “Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.”  Our three featured painters this month each have a unique vision and approach to the landscape and in that vision, a unique spirit.  French artist, Eliane Penalver Jallon’s large acrylic paintings journal her travels through the “wild and savage America”.  Local artist, Cheryl Williams’ brilliant and saturated paintings focus on the nature of light with an abstract sensibility and Sylvia Verange’s pastel landscapes respond to the vibrant richness of nature with a classical approach to landscape painting.  Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on September 6th  from 5~8 p.m.  Enjoy a late summer evening stroll with other art lovers and meet the artists.  Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Justin Gordon.




Vases by Patrick Horsley

Vases by Patrick Horsley

Patrick Horsley

Out of Portland, Oregon, Patrick Horsley uses brilliant glazes to create iconic works of art as a studio potter.
“My work is strongly influenced by architecture, both primitive and contemporary, i.e. the home, the temple and the skyscraper. I base my work on the idea of the container vessel, and at times, utilitarian forms such as teapots and lidded jars.
“Some of the work — bowls, vases and platters — fall into a more ceremonial category. The image of the teapot has become a major focus of work and time.
“The challenge of my work is to combine the many elements (handles, feet, spouts and lids) into a work that dances and presents a new view and image of a familiar form. My primary interest is in the process and the physical dance of making the pots. Most of my work is thrown, or thrown then altered, with some of the pieces using slabs and thrown parts. Some of my work is made in sections with handles and feet made from extruded parts.”


Studio 78

Image caption: “Ashland Independent Film Festival 2013”

“Ashland Independent Film Festival 2013”

Featuring Cornelius Matteo

Using dynamic lighting techniques, Photographer Cornelius Matteo captures his vision of the excitement and energy of the 2013 Ashland Film Festival. Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, and music by Alexis.
“Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Over 18,000 tickets are sold to film lovers who gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre in downtown Ashland to watch over 85 films in five days. These photographs represent my vision of this wonderful event ” – Cornelius Matteo

Studio 78 is a full-service photography studio by Brent Moore, Jon Vait and Denise Baratta specializing in weddings, family portraits, senior portraits, special events, public relations, photo journalism and editorial, pet photography, and any and all of your photographic needs! In addition, our gallery features fine art photography and mixed-media works from local and regional artists. We specialize in local scenery, landscapes, flowers, travel photos, cards for any season, canvas prints, print wraps, oils, and watercolors.