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Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, March 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association March Spotlight Exhibits

Annual Student Art Show

March First Friday will celebrate student art during the AGA Annual Student Art Show! Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, galleries and businesses will feature works by budding young student artists from Ashland High School Art Department.

Join us for the Student Artist Receptions during the Friday Art Walk on March 2nd  from 5 to 8 PM.  There will be a variety of media on display by these creative young artists including:  paintings, drawings, mixed media, jewelry pieces, woodwork, and photography. Most exhibits will be on display throughout the month of March. 

Participating galleries and student artists:

American Trails:  Ginny Cotton, Grace Jack

Ashland Art Center:  Jade Bromley, Izzy Duval, Taylor Monroe, Curtis Jones

Ashland Art Works:  Gemti Loewenstein, Enya Cochran Harrison Romney, Kai Cheval, Vincent Forster, Joah Margul, Olivia Mellon, Dane Reynolds, Riley Gaston, Maddi Shumway, Nolan Rinefort

Art & Soul Gallery:  Indi Reynolds, Nicole Mullen, Sierrah Kelly

Ashland Natural Medicine:  Indigo Magana, Cruz McNamara, Meridith Granger, Reuben Fellman, Aanisah Clark, Claren Shields

Hanson Howard Gallery:  Ian Rinefort

Nimbus:  Rachel Feinberg, Sasha Aazami, Eliana Olsen

Liquid Assets Wine Bar:  Olivia Gower

Mountain Provisions:  Charlie Burr, Althea Moyer

Student artist, Rachel Feinberg, jewelry making

Student artist, Rachel Feinberg, jewelry making

Houston’s Custom Framing & Fine Art

“Chalk and Water” Plein air chalk pastel and watercolor paintings by Ashland artist, Thomas M. Houston

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art presents the plein air chalk pastels and watercolor paintings by Thomas M. Houston. The pastels are mostly from areas in northern California and southern Oregon while the watercolors are created on the island of Kauai.  In Hawaii I set up on the beach and work using ocean water to paint with.

I’ve been working with chalk pastels out doors in the early 80s. I was originally drawn to them for their simplicity and portability in terms of taking them outside with a pad of paper to work. Of course their vibrancy, subtlety and velvety qualities cannot be overstated. I like the directness and immediacy of working with the pastels…it’s very much like an extension of my hand…much more so that working with paint and a brush which I do as well. Frequently I will have a small container of water and a brush to work the pastel with. This basically turns the chalk to liquid – a sort of hybrid watercolor.

They are very much an artifact of the moment, as is all of my work, actually.  My pastels are a bit of another story…some of them I work on for may days, months or sometimes years. The goal is to have them not look or feel that way.

This current exhibit is a large group of work it’s nearly like having an open studio.

Photographers’ Gallery

“In Search of Bali Ha’I” featuring Darcie Sternenberg

Darcie Sternenberg opens her new show,  “ In Search of Bali Ha’i”, at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center at the 1st Friday Art Walk on March 2nd. Darcie is a local fine art photographer who specializes in black and white photography.

Bali Ha’i is the elusive island in the famed 1950’s musical and movie, South Pacific, which was filmed on the Na Pali coast of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. The storm pattern present when these images were made somehow managed to create both alluring and intriguing glimpses of this place that are as haunting as the song that bears its name.

Photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Ashland Art Center

Rust Obsessions:  Using Found Objects to create Art

Ashland Art Center is a Featured Gallery this month.  Meet our artists, see new and interesting shows.

Featured Studio Artists:  Darlene Southworth, Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone, Tiffany Hokanson & Susanne Petermann

Show:  Rust Obsessions

Ashland Art Center Artists, Darlene Southworth, Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone Susanne Petermann & Tiffany Hokanson use found rusty objects to print on textiles and to create works in encaustic, assemblage and collage

Student Show Featured Artist

High School Student, Curtis Jones will be displaying his art work in the Main Classroom on First Friday as part of his Senior Project. 

Featured Gallery Artist:  Marcy Greene, Acrylic & Mixed Media

Show:  Chasing Time

First Friday Musicians:  Blades of Grass

” . . . and so it begins again,” etching with rust by Tiffany Hokanson

” . . . and so it begins again,” etching with rust by Tiffany Hokanson

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Ashland New Plays Festival opens its 2018 season March 25th

 Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Ashland New Plays Festival will open its 2018 season

by staging a dramatic reading of a family drama, Your Best One, on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available now at www.ashlandnewplays.org.

The play by Meridith Friedman will feature actors Rex Young, James Edmondson, Paul Michael Garcia and Kate Berry. The four are well-known to Ashland audiences and previously appeared in Friedman’s play The Luckiest People at ANPF’s 2015 Fall Festival. They will reprise their original roles and Paul Mason Barnes will direct.
Meridith Friedman at ANPF 2015, archival photo
“I love, love, love Ashland,” said Friedman, who lives in Los Angeles and writes for television.  “ANPF has terrific, smart, insightful patrons, and I’m looking forward to finding out their feedback on the play.”

Your Best One and Friedman’s 2015 play are part of a trilogy commissioned by Denver’s Curious Theatre Company, where The Luckiest People received its world premiere performance last year. The third part, as yet untitled, will be presented by ANPF on May 13 at SOU’s Main Theatre.

The story of Your Best One centers around the Hoffman family, including widower Oscar and his grown children Richard and Laura and their families. When one of their own faces a serious health crisis, they rally together–and against each other–with their trademark wit and inherited neurosis, contending with health insurance, child custody, inheritance, and superfoods.

Visit our website to learn more: https://www.ashlandnewplays.org/winter/

Sacred Art in Contemporary America- Calls for Entry

Sacrosanct Gallery: Sacred Art in Contemporary America announces its 2018 group art exhibition dates and program lineup.

Prospectus and Call for Entry:  Standard deadlines for artist submissions of original works in any 2D medium are the 1st of every month for the show beginning on the 16th.  Show duration is one month with strike on the 15th of the following month (see monthly schedule below). Special Jurors or prizes are announced under the show name. Sacrosanct Gallery actively pursues mutually-rewarding, long-term relationships with new and established artists (18 years plus and US citizens) working in traditional and visionary applications on the meaning of “sacred”.  There is never a fee to submit.

Upon acceptance, notification of artist/gallery agreements outlining commissions are executed.  We reserve the right to decline entry for any reason, or to remove entry for any reason.  Submissions received absent a current website or artist contact information are automatically disqualified.  Sacrosanct Gallery reserves the right to utilize entry images for the purposes of publicity, documentation, education, and promotion.

A maximum of three submissions for Calls for Entries and any questions go to [email protected]gmail.com or 941.875.5190.  Artists are highly encouraged to use email or text as we are working around the clock on collector development and public relations.

Grand Opening March 15, 2018 – April 15, 2018 “Votive”

Votives are interfaith tools of utility and intent, providing light and warmth upon illumination.  A votive offering may be offered or consecrated in fulfillment of a vow. For what purposes are we burning our candles? What are our secret prayers of intent? How does our faith and spirituality pay reverence to idols, statutes, gods, and the sacred? Can a votive be more than a candle, can it be a state of being?

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April 15, 2018 – May 15, 2018     Micromosaic

May 16, 2018 – Jun 15, 2018     Grotto

Jun 16, 2018 – Jul 15, 2018     Reliquaries

Jul 16, 2018 – Aug 15, 2018     Submerged

Aug 16, 2018 – Sep 15, 2018     Orthodoxy

Sept 16, 2018 – Oct 15, 2018     Spiritualistic

Oct 16, 2018 – Nov 15, 2018     Mausoleum

Nov 16, 2018 – Dec 15, 2018    Incense

Sacrosanct Gallery: Sacred Art in Contemporary America warmly invites you to follow us @BeSacrosanct on Twitter where we regularly post about new trends in art and the sacred in addition to what’s happening in our local Connecticut (New England and Tri-State) area.  We also want to host your accomplished artworks on our Instagram @ctartevents.  You can learn more about my qualifications as an art advisor, dealer, rep, and promoter here. Much love to you as you continue to explore what is authentic, what is whole, and what is “sacred” in your own lives.  As always, you may (without fee) join our global network of art professionals and influential literati atCreative Art Consultants International or email us at [email protected]gmail.comor call 941.875.5190.

Sacrosanct Gallery: Sacred Art in Contemporary America was formerly a liturgical art advisory known as The Art Evangelist.  We’ve been growing and changing in ways that are just phenomenal, including a recent relocation from Southwest Florida to Central Connecticut.  So it stands too, that our interests and direction are naturally morphing as we cultivate our passion and draw nearer to what is true, especially now that we are in the Northeast Corridor with much greater access to pivotal metropolitan art centers.

Federal Arts Funding, Arts Education and Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts                  - Arts Action Fund
              

It’s time for members to cast their annual 2018 Arts Policy Vote.

Arts Advocacy Day is just around the corner on March 12, 2018. The Arts Action Fund would like to join 90+ national arts partners with a unified message to Congress. Please cast your vote on these three policy agendas for 2018. Click below to vote and you’ll also be given an option to make your annual gift to the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC) to support our legislative efforts.

Thanks,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S.  Please cast your vote by March 12, 2018. 

Love of Art!  from Art Deadlines List

The Earth without Art is just "Eh"

Love of Art! from Art Deadlines List February 2018 Art Deadlines List March 01, 2018 – ACRYLICWORKS Creative energy is the driving force of what it means to be an artist, and how an artist chooses to use that energy is what sets one apart from the others. Some may choose energetic brush strokes creating movement that seems to dance across the canvas. Others may select colors that represent a feeling behind their emotional energy for a particular work. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2jynURZ February 28, 2018 – FREE WEBINAR ON HOW TO GET A PATRON OR SPONSOR Ongoing – A Free Online webinar that will teach you methods to find Patrons and Sponsors for your art. You will learn how one artist got Apple Computers and Bose Sound to sponsor art work and art projects and also how individual donors and Patrons can be solicited. There is also an option

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Kindred Spirits presents Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango Lessons

Art du Jour features Carol and Bob Sharp March 2018

Crocheted necklace

Reflections by Peter Coons

March brings new featured artists at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main in Medford. During the month of March Peter Coons work will again be the featured in the Salon and Carol and Bob Sharp will be the featured artists on the feature wall.

Our featured Art du Jour artists during March 2018 are Carol and Bob Sharp

whose exquisitely handcrafted jewelry is a perennial favorite at Art du Jour. A master jewelry designer Carol is a busy artist whose work is much in demand. She and her husband Bob a talented silversmith and lapidary artist, attend gem and mineral and jewelry shows around the country during the year. Their combined artistic work now on display at Art du Jour is a rare opportunity for visitors to see a wide range of Carol and Bob’s artistry in one place for a

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Grants, Winners, Poetry and Exhibit News from OAC February 2018

February 2018 News & Updates A new Arts Commissioner, lots of grant news and a powerful new exhibition in the Governor’s Office — plus a preview of the 2018 Poetry Out Loud contest! Visit our Website Matt Stringer appointed to Arts Commission Matthew Stringer, the executive director of Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum​ in Ontario, Oregon, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown​. Stringer fills the position previously held by Libby Unthank Tower, who completed her second four-year term in December. Link to full release Matthew Stringer Jess Perlitz named 2018 Joan Shipley Fellow Jess Perlitz, a Portland-based artist working in sculpture, performance and drawing, is the 2018 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award. Perlitz leads a group of 19 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants from 23 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s

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LightGarden Glass Art classes late winter 2018

1086 Washburn Medford, OR Tues-Fri 10-5pm www.lightgarden.net Sat 10-1p (541) 779-0272 Closed: Sun & Mon. Flowers of Hope

Our Flowers of Hope program is one of the easiest things you can do here to get introduced to glass fusing! Your finished artwork will go to a woman fighting breast cancer. More information on our Flowers of Hope program

These projects can be done during our regularly scheduled workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 – 12n. Please call or email ahead to reserve your space. Mosaic Mirrors March 24 & 31 1-4pm Learn how to mosaic just about anything in this fun and functional Mosaic Mirror class. We will cover adhesives, grouts, colorants and sealers in the process of making this beautiful 14″ mirror.

The first class is laying out the glass tiles. If you don’t finish in class you may take home for homework. In

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Wordplay Call to Artists

Detail of work by Vernita Nemec

Call for Art: Wordplay July 6 – 28, 2018 Entry Due Date: April 22, 2018 Juried by Vernita Nemec

This exhibition serves to highlight the voice of all female identified artists who use text and image or text as image as a means of creative expression. Works in all media are welcome and encouraged. Submit your work here: https://womanmade.org/call-for-art/ (Image: Detail of work by Vernita Nemec)