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Be Prepared to Paint

“Ashland Barn” by Stefan Baumann   Last week I was traveling in Medford, Oregon, prepared to paint with my brushes, paints, and canvases in my truck, when I took an unexpected turn off the freeway onto a quiet country road. It had been raining and a magnificent cloud formation with impressive effects of light covered the sky. I drove by an old pear orchard, and noticed a beautiful pear tree covered with blossoms that had an old barn as a backdrop. As I came closer to the tree, the sky opened and a beam of sunlight lit up the metal…

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Compositional Figure Painting Workshop with Sean Forester

Sarah F. Burns is working with Ashland Art Center to bring Sean Forester to Ashland in May to present an awesome intensive Compositional Figure Painting workshop. TWO LIVE models – playing Ophelia and Hamlet – you can work in grisaille or use the Zorn palette We’ll look to master paintings of the 19th century for guidance in creating great modern compositions. Sean is both a very excellent painter and an art historian and humanities lecturer. He and Andrew Ameral created and run the Golden Gate Atelier in San Francisco. Sean has a lot of great stuff planned for this workshop, which includes a book he’s written about composition. And even if you don’t work in a strict classical style (who does?) – the principles in this workshop will carry over for anyone who works with the figure. May 15 – 18 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Ashland Art

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Current Painting Still at my Easel … A PEEK AT MY PAINTING IN PROGRESS/Artist Confessions

Ruby Red Original, Sold–(Prints Available) Her Popularity Became the Inspiration for a Sequel ArtworkRuby Red was practically snatched off my easel by a recent client.  The popularity of this painting inspired me to create a sequel painting — A …

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What’s Next for the Ashland Art Center?

By Kathleen Davis, Nonprofit consultant Artist studios, gallery space, and a strong education program: a winning combination? Yes, indeed, the southern Oregon community has embraced the Ashland Art Center (AAC) which provides all those services in an attractive space on Ashland’s E Main street. The Ashland Art Center has enjoyed rapid growth in its five and a half years […]

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Ashland Gallery Association April Exhibits + A Taste of Ashland

A Taste of Ashland 2014 Festival poster

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 4th, from 5 to 8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

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

Most exhibits run throughout the month of April!

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

A Taste of Ashland

Art ~ Food ~ Wine Festival

April 26 & 27

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:


AGA Spotlight Galleries April 2014

Oil painting by Jenay Elder, Ashland Painters Union

Ashland Painters Union PERISHABLE

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

This show is

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April Art & Poetry Events at Illahe Studios & Gallery

Book Art by Sarojini Johnson, "Invasive Plant"

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

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Jewelry Open Studio

Thalia Keple‘s weekly Jewelry Open Studio is fabulous. Each Sunday morning, you’ll learn to make a new project that will give you a jewelry-making technique to add to a growing repertoire and a lovely, hand-crafted gift you can keep or give away! So far, students have learned to make earrings and bracelets with various kinds […]

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Free Art Class Every Thursday!

Free Expressions, once a monthly free class, is now every Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. This popular class features awesome materials for maximum creativity and art creation. There are tables of supplies in various media, including: assemblage, painting/drawing, collage, felting, jewelry, and more! We have a teacher and two TAs who help get participants started […]

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What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy 101 with Delaine Due Saturday, March 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am @ Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St, Ashland Click here for the registration form or email karaQlewisatgmaildotcom to sign up “Art therapy is a way of addressing issues without having to rely on verbalizing everything. This is very helpful with trauma […]

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New Art Venue Joins First Friday ArtWalk LineUp in Ashland, OR March 7, 2014

Strawberry Flapjack 20×20 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel 

Ticor Title Insurance proudly introduces their expansive business quarters during their debut as a First Friday Artwalk destination in Ashland, OR.  Adorned with Sandi Whetzel’s vibrant, contemporary, flora art through the end of April, the business seeks to become a popular art venue. 

The first Friday of each month, the public is invited to stroll the historical downtown railroad districts, exploring the visual and tasty treats at many participating art venues from 5-8 p.m.  Ticor, located at 180 Lithia Way, near the corner of Lithia Way and First Street, is near the center of some of the popular art stops. Ticor will serve wine and chocolates to art observers this Friday and April 4th.

Chantilly Lace 18×18 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

Ticor management requested Sandi Whetzel’s art  via Ashland Art Center’s ART2Business program because they felt her uniquely textured, graceful floras complemented their contemporary, wide-open space.  Sandi is pleased to have her art hanging on the walls of such a spacious, contemporary building.  There is plenty of elbow room to comfortably  browse the exhibit space at your leisure while sipping wine.

Sandi Whetzel says, “I think people are looking for a simple elegance in an artwork that separates it from the ordinary.  That is my goal in blending fantasy with reality.  I aim to grab the viewer’s attention:  Wow!  I’ve never seen anything like that!”

Besides her graceful, sensual floras, Sandi is becoming known for her paintings celebrating the wine experience.  Her wine narratives tickle viewers senses in ways they have not seen in typical wine-themed art.  She renders surprising, surreal wine scenarios:  Sensual.  Seductive.  Tantalizing.  Romantic.  Playful.  It’s almost as if she produces advertisements for the wine industry.  See more of Sandi Whetzel’s art here  .

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