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Ashland Art Center Classes, Events and News

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Ashland Art Center announces June 3 First Friday art event and lots of classes, workshops, and events for June 2016 and beyond!

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“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes!

natural Eaerth Paints Wins 2016 Cribsie Awards!

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Local playwright Scott Kaiser talks about his play NOW THIS

"Now This" rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser

Ashland New Plays Festival (ANPF) Interviews Scott Kaiser, Local playwright talks about his play; ANPF presents NOW THIS Mon, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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Earth Art Show with Leah Mebane May 7

Earth Art Show with Leah Mebane, Saturday May 7, 2016, 3–5pm, ashland, oregon

Leah Fanning Mebane’s

Earth Art Show Saturday, May 7th 3-5 pm 4pm Artist Talk and Q&A At Edenvale’s Enoteca on the Plaza (upstairs) 17 N. Main St. Ashland FREE Wine Tasting & Appetizers Stop by and say Hi, Sip, Munch and enjoy the great view of the mountains and downtown. This is my first art show in 6 years and I’m so excited to bring my paintings back into the world! They were all made with natural, hand-made oil paints on organic cotton canvas. Hope to see you there!

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Leah Fanning Mebane Owner of Natural Earth Paints www.NaturalEarthPaint.com 541.890.6533

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Ashland Gallery Association May 2016 Exhibits

“Blue Winged Warbler and Bamboo,” oil on panel, by Jhenna Quinn Lewis

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, May 6th, from 5 to 8 pm!

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

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

Ashland Gallery Association May 2016 Exhibits Snow’s Place Featuring Jessalynn Jones

Join us during the First Friday Art Walk, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Outdoor Music by Fractal Love Jam – Martin W. Ball & Bram Lightbourne, Singer Jessalynn Jones

“FemBuddha”200836×36 oil on canvas,

Jessalynn Jones has a B.A. in painting and drawing from Southern Oregon University. She has also studied

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NOW THIS, a Play by Scott Kaiser

ANPF to Present NOW THIS, a Play by Scott Kaiser

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ANPF to Present NOW THIS, a Play by Scott Kaiser

Ashland, Ore. — Ashland New Plays Festival (ANPF) will present a dramatic reading of Scott Kaiser’s play NOW THIS on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street in Ashland.

Kaiser, the Director of Company Development now in his 26th season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), will join a cast of 14 superb actors in this story about the tragic consequences of American consumerism.

Featured with Kaiser will be ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden and a number of actors playing this season at OSF, including Daniel Duque-Estrada, Armando McClain, Dylan Paul, Jamie Ann Romero and Triney Sandoval among the talented cast. Sara Becker will direct.

NOW THIS was developed by Kaiser at OSF’s Black Swan

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Ashland Art Center May 2016 CLASSES, EVENTS, & NEWS

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Ashland Art Center May 2016 CLASSES, EVENTS, & NEWS

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Red Dot(s)

I have a show up right now and I sold a painting. Scratch that. I sold three paintings. At the risk of tooting my horn or sounding immodest or any other thing we’re taught as good girls to not do, I am freaking happy, proud, elated and actually did a dance, and it was happy, in my kitchen. These paintings are hanging in a beautiful venue, South Stage Cellars, for 6 weeks and they have honest to goodness red dots beside the price.

Selling my art is one part of the artistic arc of living a creative life. It’s the one not many people talk about, they mumble, they ask polite questions, but we really want to know, do you make a living? Can you pay your bills? How does it all….work exactly? Because as working artists, small business owners, the road not taken path followers, we are, I am, still a little surprised that this gig is working out. There has not been one single Monday in three years that I have not woken up astounded, grateful and a little bit surprised, like forgetting you’re not at home when you’re traveling, that this Monday, this work week, is my play to direct.

But how exactly does it work? I am not kidding, it works on faith. I can only speak from my experience but based on the countless essays and books and ted talks and e-courses and and and….from what some pretty smart and experienced authors and artists are telling me, I’m not alone. It’s faith and action. Or action and faith. This is how it works for me. There is a whole lot of boring sitting, puttering, painting, prepping and doing before there is an art show. Or a card order. Or a gift fair. The one constant variable that leads to a sale or to any monetization of art, is doing the work. It has taken me several years to really believe as this philosophy can also feel like watching paint dry, really, ordering business cards is the only thing I need to do all day? Yup. It’s action. Do another thing the next day. More action. In one week you’ll have seven action steps that all together are kind of big. It might even be a whole painting or essay or business plan or art show application. I’m not the one who invented this. I’m just saying, it works.

Back to art. And selling. And red dots. And those questions. Can I pay my bills? Do you make a living? How does it all…work exactly? Yes (With some debt. Not lying. Working on improving that.) Yes, in a creative manner. Day to day. Week to week. It works by swinging arm to arm on the monkey bars. Card orders, paintings, commissions. It’s all momentum. Maybe there will come a day when I’ll re-read this post and think ah, that’s so sweet that I am so earnestly trying to make a go of this thing. I hope so. It will be worth it. I want to always know that happy dance red dot joy. I think maybe because it’s the joy behind the action that makes it work. Exactly. xo

“Still Life with Louis Sherry” 8×10″ SOLD

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Ashland Open Studio Registration Information

Ashland Open Studio Registration Information

Ashland Open Studio Registration Information and Application Deadline July 15, 2016 AOST is a popular event sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association (AGA) inviting the public to visit the very places where art is created. This year’s event will include professional working studios in the Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and Greensprings/Mt. Ashland areas. “You are what you art, and art is what you are.” Artist Denise Kester Participating Artists have an opportunity to expand their audience and deepen the connection with their established patrons. Artists have received additional work and exposure opportunities by participating in the tour. In order to support our sponsor, the Ashland Gallery Association, the AOST requests that our participating studios be regularly showing Artists at a local AGA registered Gallery, or registered as an AGA Working Studio or Artist Member.

Ashland Open Studio Registration Applications are available for download on our website, www.ashlandost.com, and Facebook page: Ashland

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Keep On

I am very excited to announce that I have a show up at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, Oregon. It is a perfect venue, a turn of the century original building, all exposed brick and wobbly barn wood and gorgeous imperfection everywhere. I hung 27 paintings…but who’s counting? I know this number because when I was asked if I could fill this time slot, April 7-May 19th, it was short notice. I didn’t have 27 paintings. I didn’t have 7 paintings!! Ok, maybe I had seven but for the most part I dug deep, cleared the decks, completely immersed myself in creating a collection and got to work.

It reminds me of Edison’s famous quote, “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Ha!! I love that. I live that. My practical Canadian roots are alive and well when it comes to plodding along, showing up, keep going, one foot in front of the other. It still amazes me that if you keep going, even if you can only see an inch ahead of you….you WILL get there. It might take a while, you might know where “there” is, but action has immense rewards. Keep painting. Keep writing. Keep making things that make you happy. Keep on keeping on. xoxo

“La Vie Parisienne” 24×36″ available at South Stage Cellars, Jacksonville, Oregon

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