“In Flight”, Sandra Bryant
This month nearly 30 national and international mosaic artists will be featured in the gallery as we host the Contemporary Mosaic Arts first annual Mosaic Summit Invitational. The CMA has invited accomplished artists from within the valley to artists working and living internationally.
Mosaic is one of the oldest traditions found in many ancient cultures. This group of artists will represent the broad range of forms, style and technique of mosaic in contemporary arts, from classical Italian techniques to whimsical uses of found material and unexpected forms.
Join us for the artists’ reception during the First Friday Artwalk, October 3rd from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy the crisp autumn evening with other art lovers, meet the artists and enjoy the music of Laura Christine Anderson.
“Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride”, Laurel Skye
The first ever Contemporary Mosaic Art summit is being held in Ashland October 3-6. The Summit will include workshops, a participants’ exhibition and sale at Belle Fiore Winery and The invitational Mosaic Exhibition at Illahe Studios and Gallery. During the Summit volunteers will be working on a collaborative mosaic that will be donated to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. For more info: http://www.contemporarymosaicartsummit.com
In September ceramic artist, Sue Springer, and painter, Suzanne Etienne celebrate the whimsy, beauty and characters that make up our sweet little hamlet. Suzanne’s vignettes of local color and Sue’s quirky, inspired figures playfully show the rich qualities unique to our town.
Join us for the Artists Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on Sept. 5th, 5 ~ 8 p.m. Celebrate the late summer evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the saxophone music of Lincoln Zeve.
Read on for information about Ashland’s first annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit, October 3- 6, 2014.
Lamb, by Suzanne Etienne
is an Ashland resident, a Northern California transplant and acclaimed beloved local talent. Her artistic passions lie with the abundance and beauty of Rogue Valley gardens, farms, and vistas. As a seasoned traveler and joyful explorer of the world’s sweetest corners, it is no surprise that her paintings are living in award-winning architectural homes from Palo Alto, San Francisco and Napa up the coast to Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria, BC.
Her many years as a go-to San Francisco Bay Area interior design and gallery owner paved the path for her unique gift and fine eye for living with beautiful art that makes a room sing. In her work, whether it is her colorful iconic rooster series or dreamy landscapes, there is the unmistakable impressionistic influence.
Suzanne lives life fully, joyfully, with a generous heart and spirit. Her work, in its luscious colors and nostalgic themes, is a direct extension of her life as a thriving artist in Ashland, Oregon. She lives in a renovated turn-of-the-century bungalow with an adjoining art studio with her husband, retired attorney, Bob Etienne.
”And, the Red One’s Mine”, by Sue Springer
The characters that live in Ashland include poets, actors, tie-dyed hippies, organic farmers, dancers, artists and everything in between…sometimes all in one. The series “Ashland’s People” is inspired by the visitors to the growers market, the street musicians and the quirky personalities who give Ashland such charm.
The abstracted ceramic sculptures are created with rolled slabs, taking great liberties with human anatomy, attaching arms and legs in impossible angles. Colorful skirts and whimsical hats are attached to the figure as they come together. In this his particular series, I have been assembling hats and heads and skirts as well as guitars and accordions, glazing and firing before assembling them into the finished sculpture…this leaves lots of disconnected parts which sometimes are the beginning of a new piece.
This show, in concert with Suzanne Etienne’s Ashland Places, takes great joy in the colors and quirks of Ashland.
Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit in Ashland Oregon!
The first ever Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit is being held in Ashland October 3- 6, 2014.
During the month of October the Mosaic Invitational Exhibition will be held at Illahe Studios and Gallery.
Internationally renowned mosaic art instructors Kelley Knickerbocker, Laurel Skye, Joanne Chase and Mireille Swinnen will teach classes at the Ashland Art Center and Illahe Studios and Gallery.
The summit includes the workshops, a mosaicathon that will benefit the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, a mosaic art exhibit and sale at Belle Fiore Winery, and much more!
For more information: www.contemporarymosaicartsummit.com
Six inspirational artists will be featured in our Tenth Annual Sculpture Invitational. Annabel Allen, Penelope Dews and Sue Springer each work in ceramic arts in a uniquely individual way with exceptional skill, inspired by the nature of flora, fauna and the human form. Holly Kilpatrick sources found materials, reinventing them into bold, enigmatic pieces that are much more than the sum of their recognizable parts. Laurie Brown uses paper to create abstract relief wall sculptures with texture, color and depth. Cheryl William’s refined, minimalist sculptures are echoed in her rich, bold abstract paintings which will also be featured.
Join us for the Artists Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on August 1st, 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the warm summer evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the cello music of Daniel Sperry.
Urchin with Tail, porcelain by Annabel Allen
When I was 14 I went to boarding school in Bath, Maine. It was in this giant mansion that historically had been a home for children suffering with Polio. At night some of us would play hide and seek. We discovered a laundry chute that ended in the basement near a sunken pool. There were antique wooden wheelchairs in stacks, and a dusty room for ceramics. I was intrigued by the giant kilns in that room. I decided to clean it and ordered a bunch of clay, and began teaching myself how to throw by following picture tutorials on the wall. I loved the sense of discovery! Eventually I was teaching the other kids.
I went on to Bennington College in Vermont where I studied ceramics further and eventually I found my way to SOU where I spent five years learning from John Romberg. My life took me to Chicago for Second City Improv where I was a member of Lill Street Gallery for 5 years and then moved to L.A. where I showed in a few galleries. Finally, I made my way back to Ashland, where I live with my husband and two beautiful sons, along with a variety of eccentric pets.
Cheryl Williams, “Revealing” acrylic on canvas
I took a pottery class in High School and fell in love instantly. I think I knew right then that this was what I wanted to do in my life. To this day I still enjoy the feeling of making large pieces on the potter’s wheel.
I love to create. It doesn’t matter the medium. Over the years I’ve played in stone carving, painting, clay, metal; sometimes in combinations.
Many people ask me where my ideas come from. They come from living life. Being open to that which shows itself to me.
I love to make the ordinary appear extraordinary. My work is simple and elegant. It gives me great pleasure to share this with you.
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. She is currently attending SOU with the goal of completing her BFA in printmaking and sculpture. Over the last 10 years, she has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in the Rogue Valley and throughout Oregon. 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.
Dews was raised on the southern coasts of California and England. She started pottery at age 4, continued with a circuitous art education and received a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 1984. A 5th generation Oregonian, she moved permanently to the RogueValley in 1995. After moving to the valley, she became a member of Thrown Stone Studio – now known as Ashland Art Works on Oak Street for 7 years before setting up her own studio in Phoenix. Dews joined the Clayfolk group in 1996 and was a co-owner of Foray Gallery (which closed in 2003). She has been teaching since 1997, both in the studio and as a demonstrator at shows and workshops. Aside from pottery she is also an avid gardener, outdoorswoman and traveler.
Laurie Brown, “Magnetic” paper wall sculpture
Brown dreamed of being an artist from the time she could hold a crayon, and in 1994 she received her B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, Ohio. Although her area of focus was Illustration, she never felt a true passion for her work until she began working with handmade paper during her final year of college. It was then that she began combining beautiful papers with paint and thread. Over the years, Brown’s work has evolved from sewing together pieces of torn and painted handmade paper, to cutting, staining and tying together paper spools, forming the finished images you see today.
Brown has exhibited in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Oregon. Her art hangs in private collections from New York to Saskatchewan.
Brown has recently relocated to Oregon, currently residing in Grants Pass with her family. She has previously lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, as well as several states along the East Coast.
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, creating unexpected combinations of edge, form and texture, continue to intrigue her as she works in her studio at the gallery.
It is always a mystery where ideas come from. Themes emerge from seemingly unrelated forms. Currently, my sculptural forms have become more figurative, for years, the forms were purely a torso, the heads and arms and legs didn’t seem to be important. The work took the form of dancers, figures in the act of movement. Now my recent series of female figures are resting, settling down, taking a moment to readjust the heavy loads of fruits and dreams. They emerge from the wet clay slabs. Each piece suggests the next.
Currently, at Illahe Studios and Gallery, 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.
Ceramic artist, Penelope Dews and landscape painter, Terry Sauvé are July’s featured artists at Illahe Studios & Gallery. The personality and charm of animals is the motif running through Dews’ ceramics, be they sculptures or functional ceramic wares. Atmosphere and light on the mountains, lakes and fields throughout the Rogue Valley glow in the landscapes of Terry Sauvé.
Join us for the Artists Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on July 11th, 5 ~ 8 p.m. Celebrate the warm summer evening out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Jef Ramsey.
”Sunset across the Hills” by Terry Sauvé
Painting the landscape, for me, is the process of enticing a scene to emerge and reveal itself on the canvas. Rather than focusing solely on the result I allow myself to fully enjoy the process of creation. Every painting is a chance to explore and discover something new—about painting, about the natural world and about myself. Painting en plein air allows me to see, feel and respond to the scene viscerally and intuitively. Painting on location, I try to be like a good listener in an important conversation, taking the time to really hear the essence of what is being spoken. I strive to capture the light, the mood, the time of day and the season.
I am especially drawn to paint the first and last light of the day, when trees are bathed in a warm hue and the distant hillsides glow. At these times, when the light may change dramatically in minutes, I let the camera catch the moment. Then, using photo reference on the studio, I’m able to spend more time and complete larger works.
The painting is not, however, merely a recording of the scene. As an artist I feel it is my role to push the color to a heightened state of vitality. Compositionally, I adjust elements of shape and pattern to create interest and to draw the eye into the scene. I focus on depicting scenes I find inspirational, majestic or simply beautiful. My aim is to paint so that the viewer will want to go inside the painting and live there.
Butter dishes by Penelope Dews
Dews was raised on the southern coasts of California and England. She started
pottery at age 4, continued with a circuitous art education and received a BFA
in Ceramic Sculpture in 1984. A 5th generation Oregonian, she moved permanently to the Rogue Valley in 1995. After moving to the valley, she became a member of Thrown Stone Studio – now known as Ashland Art Works on Oak Street for 7 years before setting up her own studio in Phoenix. Dews joined the Clayfolk group in 1996 and was a co-owner of Foray Gallery (which closed in 2003). She has been teaching since 1997, both in the studio and as a demonstrator at shows and workshops. Aside from pottery she is also an avid gardener, outdoorswoman and traveler.
Our June featured show, Elements of Nature, is the vibrant, palette knife oil landscapes of Jerry Shanafelt along with sculptors working in materials directly from nature, wood and ceramic. Dan Tilden, Saydah Design, and Mary Burgess each work in wood, from vessels to furniture, each has a unique and distinctive approach to this natural material and are masters in their craft. Norman Ernsting, creates ceramic sculptures with an oxidized patina and often inspired by motifs from ancient traditions.
Also, a special feature in the gallery this month will be Rebecca Gabriel’s most recent large scale figurative oil painting, “The Message (with E. Hopper)”.
Join us for the Artists Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on June 6th, 5 ~ 8 p.m. Celebrate the much awaited spring out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Laurie Christi Anderson.
“Autumn in the Siskiyous” Jerry Shanafelt
Palette-knife landscape artist, Jerry Shanafelt, is a signature member of the American Impressionists Society and associative 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. Using rich strokes of oil and vibrant colors, Shanafelt produces engaging landscapes with pronounced feeling and nostalgic effect.
Shanafelt developed his love for nature while exploring the woods, farms, streams and hills surrounding his childhood home in rural Pennsylvania. As he pursued a career in architectural design and the renovation and restoration of older homes in Mystic, Connecticut, a friend introduced him to oil painting. In 1973, Shanafelt and his wife, Elaine, moved to Ashland, Oregon with the dream of living and working in the mountains. He continued his work renovating and restoring older homes, even serving on the Ashland Historical Commission for a period. Finding land near Mt. Ashland in 1975, he focused on designing and building their home, a unique octagonal post and beam structure with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valley below. In 1987 on adjoining land, he and Elaine opened the Mt. Ashland Inn, a log bed and breakfast which he also designed and built using timber from their property. The inn showcased Shanafelt’s many artistic talents, including fine woodworking, wood carving, and stained glass.
“Madrone Burl Natural Edge Vessel” Dan Tilden
Dan Tilden is a gifted artisan who has developed a signature style to his work using a lathe and local woods from the Pacific Northwest. He typically turns the wood green and manipulates the drying process to create organic shapes and forms. The unique bowls and vessels that Tilden creates require a lot of skill and patience, as the work needs to be extremely thin for the most interesting results. He uses features of the wood to build character in the work and let the wood speak for itself.
Dan remembers the day he met master woodworker and internationally renowned artist Christian Burchard, “he’s taught me everything I know on the lathe” says Tilden, 26. “It has really helped to have such a great teacher.” Burchard had received a grant to purchase a lathe and other equipment for the school Tilden was attending and taught a class on wood turning. Dan proved to have a natural feel for the work and soon apprenticed with Burchard.
“I like to do hollow vessels compared to bowls with big openings. I like the challenge, I do it by feel, by sound,” Tilden explains. “I love to incorporate the natural features of the tree into my pieces. Weight is also important, when you pick up a piece, you can feel when it’s light, you know it’s hollow.”
Woodwork by Saydah Design
We are a custom furniture business located in Ashland, Oregon. Thomas Saydah started designing and building furniture in 1980 in the San Francisco area. He apprenticed there through the Baulines Craft Guild in 1979 with Arthur Espenet Carpenter and in 1980 started his own business by marketing one-of-a-kind art furniture at local craft shows. Margaret Saydah, became involved in the business in 1992 and apprenticed with him and learned the basics, sanding and finishing.
Thomas started as a street artist and Margaret took his creation and turned it into a business, which supports our family. That is a major difference between us and many other artists that don’t live by their art alone. Thomas took his creativity and decided to make it work for him not as a hobby, but as a full time job and a way of life. “Our work is traditionally inspired functional hard wood furniture with an emphasis on aesthetically pleasing wood combinations and solid joinery techniques. We use the natural colors in the wood as part of the design. We do not use any stains or dye. It is made totally by us in our shop. The two of us collaborate on design with our clients if it is a custom order.”
“Pond Mirror” Mary Burgess
All my projects begin with the conjunction of a particular piece of wood and either an idea already working in my head or a new idea inspired by that piece of wood. My primary bent is for the practical-what use is a piece? Hence: furniture. However age seems to be easing my practical nature with an appreciation of wit and occasionally the sublime.
I began working with wood in about 1990. My partner was an industrial designer and had a shop full of wood and metal working tools. Both patient and brave, he taught me how to use the tools and then stepped back and let me use them for whatever I wanted to make. Because I live in the country, the wood I use is primarily oak, plenty of which has fallen and is available for the milling. I prefer it to commercial wood because of its more interesting figure, its flaws and its wane (the natural outside shape of the tree left on a board rather than squared off of it) Most of my pieces incorporate at least one of these three characteristics.
While I enjoy different kinds of furniture, making something that’s been done before no longer interests me. Since our eye is drawn to what we don’t expect, I think incorporating the unexpected into our surroundings helps us to see. I hope that other women will also see that it is possible for us-women-to make our own built environment.
“The Message (w/E.Hopper)” detail, Rebecca Gabriel
Ms. Gabriel has studied painting in Vienna, Austria, and received a MFA degree from the University of Massachusetts, where she was granted a University Fellowship in painting. She also has a Master of Science in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art. Ms. Gabriel has been in many publications and exhibitions locally nationwide. She has won numerous awards, including: First Prize, juror Henry Hopkins, at the “All California Art Exhibition,” Art Student’s League scholarship in New York, Certificate of Achievement in Art from the Office of the Mayor of New York City, and “Best of Show,” in the “Human Form” exhibition at the Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, Oregon. She was named “Finalist” in 2007 Artist’s Magazine competition. Her work was selected for extended loan in the Executive Chairman’s office at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D. C., 2007-2009. Her painting, “Roots”, is an acquisition of Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue in Ashland, Oregon. A retrospective exhibition of her work, “Woman’s Journey,” was held at the at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center. A book of her work, Woman’s Journey –A Life in Paintings is available, and has received critical acclaim from art critics and Dr. Jean Houston.
Ms. Gabriel has also locally shown her work at the Schneider Museum of Art, Hanson Howard, Davis & Cline, Illahe Studios and Gallery and Gallerie Karon.
Shows & Events May 2014
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Élan Chardin Gombart
April 29 – May 3
First Friday Artist Reception
Friday, May 2, 5-8 pm
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As we begin to move more freely into the outdoors with the warm spring weather so do our featured artists this month. Our May featured artists are looking into the natural world around us, how we see it and how we travel through it for their inspiration.
“Earth Dance” Elaine Frenett, Jean Warren & Floy Zittin
In Traveling Conversations, visual artists and collaborative friends, Elaine Frenett, Jean Warren and Floy Zittin circulate a sketchbook through the mail, generating life responses and stories, sketched and painted. This ongoing visual conversation reflects both their travels and their separate lives. Vibrant watercolor exchanges still continue and have expanded to include large paintings that they’ve created together. This extended journey of friendship thrives through the process of art making without words.
“Stormy Weather I” Élan Charding Gombart
In Altered Landcapes: blue dreams of sky, Élan Chardin Gombart has reduced original landscape paintings to small pieces which are reassembled, like puzzles, breaking out of the basic landscape format and reconsidering the idea of the living, changing world as we experience it.
Join us for the Artists Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on May 2nd , 5 ~ 8 p.m. Celebrate the much awaited spring out on the town with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of David Elan Kelley.
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“3Some D” Elaine Frenett, Jean Warren & Floy Zittin
As a child, Colorado’s nature was my sanctuary. Raised in Denver, my parents enjoyed being outdoors and I absorbed that yearning and appreciation. But the inner longing to express as an artist had taken hold, too. In high school and college (briefly at WesternState in Colorado) my major was Art. After my move to California (1981), I finally took the leap to become my dream: being an artist. Graduating with a BS in Graphic Design, “Illustration” focus, from San JoseStateUniversity in 1992 launched me forward. I was introduced to the possibility of creating for myself, and again, I was propelled. Fine Art, using my beloved watercolors developed my skills and the Bay Area was the perfect place to cultivate those talents.
In 2005, my husband and I (oh – and golden retriever, Cody, too) moved to Jacksonville, Oregon. I indulged working with “Books as Art” and had begun visual journaling. Thrilled to find and be a part of the AshlandArtCenter, I’ve been catapulted into my passion. At first my journals were “illustrated”, but now have become more “sculptural”. This new format has sparked the teacher in me, now leading women’s retreats and classes.
“3Some C” Elaine Frenett, Jean Warren & Floy Zittin
New Jersey- winter’s snow and ice, carefree summers of horses and lightning bugs, Cape Cod- camping and swimming, this began my love for the outdoors. As a child, I had a crayon or pencil in my hand all the time and my brother and I created our ‘Variety Books’, drawings of everything under the sun. After graduating from college with a degree in Art Education I taught at six elementary schools for a short time. When our daughters were still babies, in 1969 my husband’s job moved us to California, where we found Yosemite, skiing and hiking in the Sierras, never to return to NJ. I began to find time to paint in oils and acrylic but I needed to be outdoors, have a medium that was portable, and be able to express spontaneously what was important to me. And then I found a watercolor instructor who taught me how to see the rhythms and connections in nature. I was home! I’ve been painting for over 30 years and have worked with Art Consultants to have my pieces represented in corporate, public and private collections. My work is included in several books and I received signature status in the National Watercolor Society in 1997. Presently, my passion is teaching ‘The Creative Process in Watercolor’ at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in California.
“3Some A” Elaine Frenett, Jean Warren & Floy Zittin
Nature studies and drawing have fascinated me since I was a child. My family had a vacation cabin in the hills of southern Ohio where I learned to identify all the oaks, butterflies wildflowers and birds. At Carleton College, MN, I majored in biology and also became interested in watercolor painting and Asian art during a summer program in Japan. In 1970 I came out west to earn a Master’s degree in marine biology from University of the Pacific. This required learning scientific illustration techniques which led to a career as a biological illustrator. I worked on several textbooks and spent ten years creating illustrations of amphipods for the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Canada. My husband’s career took me to British Columbia for ten years where I lived part time in an isolated fishing village and perfected my watercolor techniques by working on portraits of fish for fishery biologists. After returning to California in 1983, I became active in the art community of the San Francisco area, teaching watercolor techniques and exhibiting paintings. I am currently represented by three galleries in the Bay Area and by Northwest by Northwest Gallery in Cannon Beach, OR.
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“Rider, Low Light” Élan Chardin Gombart
ÉLAN CHARDIN GOMBART
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, 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 where she works at Illahe Studios and Gallery and in her backyard studio.
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The creative collaborative books of The Community Press Project are going on a little tour that will take them to the Ashland Public Library where they will be on display for the month of May so if you missed them here at the gallery you have another chance. These incredible little one-of-a-kind books 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 go out into the world and be seen. 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.
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Original Art … Something for everyone!
by visiting French artist Eliane Jallon
Prosperity Bowls by Cheryl Williams
Ceramics by Carole Hayne
|Ceramic Sculpture by Sue Springer|
Mosaics by Wilma Wyss
Original Oil Landscapes by Terry Sauvé
Fused Glass Evie Ault
Ceramic Sculpture by Penelope Dews
Glass Works by Steven Cornett
Encaustics by Roxanne Evans Stout
Turned Wood Bowls by Dan Tilden
Original Oil Landscapes by Jerry Shanafelt
Thank you for supporting your local visual arts community by shopping here in Ashland!
CLAY GLASS WOOD METAL PAPER
“Splash of Light on Ashland Hills” original oil painting by Terry Sauve
Find something extraordinary for your home!
Come by and see our latest display of functional-to-fanciful art for the home. We now feature the work of 20 local and regional artists.
In addition to decorative tile and ceramic art, we feature sculpture, hand blown and fused glass, handcrafted wood furniture, paper light fixtures, custom mosaics, sculptural panels, multi-media paintings, photography, hand-crafted artist books, and poetry letterpress broadsides.
Explore our spacious gallery of extraordinary artwork for the home!
Our goal : to beautify homes and enrich lives.
Illahe Studios & Gallery
215 Fourth St. (corner of Fourth & “B” St.)
Ashland, Oregon 97520
Regular Hours: Tues.- Sat. 10-5 (and by appt.)
April is National Poetry Month
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”
Roxanne Evans Stout
Patricia Freeman Martin
Book Art by Sarojini Johnson, “Invasive Plant”
Our Printmakers Include:
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.
A TASTE OF ASHLAND
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.
POETRY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
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
It 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: Illahegallery.com
For more info contact: [email protected]
Special Thanks to: Sophia Bogle, Michael Holstein & Diane Lea
who donated these beautiful materials
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Poetry in the Neighborhood
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Welcome back to
Poetry in the Neighborhood!
John C. Morrison
$5 suggested donation
Join us for another inspiring series
showcasing the talent of our regional poets!
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IN THE GALLERY THIS MONTH
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.
YEAR OF THE HORSE
Eleven artists consider the horse for the Lunar New Year
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215 Fourth Street, Ashland, OR
We invite you to join us for an evening of poetry
7:00 – 8:30 pm
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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
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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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
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.”
INGER NOVA JORGENSEN
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
“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.”
ANN DI SALVO
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
JOIN US IN A COMMUNITY-WIDE COLLABORATIVE PROJECT: COMMUNITY PRESS
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: Illahegallery.com
For more info contact: [email protected]