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AGA August Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

AGA August Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities!   

Ashland First Friday Art Walk, August 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm


Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Venture further to explore our out-skirting galleries. Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!


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Ashland Gallery Association November 2016 Art Exhibits : Ashland Gallery Association aga logoAGA Spotlight Exhibits
August 2019

Hanson Howard Gallery
Sara Swink, ceramic sculpture
Alison O’Donoghue, paintings

Alison O'Donoghue, “Odds & Ends” acrylic on panel. On display at Hanson howard Gallery, Ashland, Oregon, August 2019

Alison O’Donoghue, “Odds & Ends” acrylic on panel

Sara Swink creates self possessed, colorful figures embedded with clues that they exist in a playfully subconscious world. Be they human or creature, there is often the element of the dreamy or the bizarre in their gestures, expressions and adornments. For Swink, art and dream worlds are interconnected. Both invite the unconscious to become conscious; both rely on a language of symbols open to interpretation; both contain clues about psychological patterns. Most often she builds using gritty, sculpture clay, adding color with layered oxides, underglazes and glazes, and fires to mid range temperature giving a matte quality to the saturated colors.

The artwork of Alison O’Donoghue can be described as contemporary folk art; partly naïve, sometimes illustrative, at times cartoony, with some of her pieces being heavily patterned. Her paintings are mostly playful with creatures and people that are quite often glowing with life… awash in dimensional color and shade in a mostly two-dimensional world. In many of her paintings, she combines everyday objects such as; cups of coffee, fruit, plants, humans, birds and odd, made up animals, into a fluid motion of interaction of intertwined shapes. The playful next to the sinister, give the paintings a sense of humor and the complexity of an unfolding story.
August 2 – September 3, 2019
Opening reception August 2, 5-8 pm


Gallerie Karon
The Female of the Species – Part I

Pegi Smith, Seeing You Seeing Me, mixed media painting

Pegi Smith, “Seeing You Seeing Me” mixed media painting

Our traditional invitational all women artists show opens August 2nd. Over 20 artists are represented in our biggest show of the year. Art mediums range from photography to pastels, acrylics, water colors and mixed media.

We have earrings by California jeweler Denise Hazleton. Others include Raina Bradshaw, Sharon Moore, Karen Wasser and our latest jewelry artist, Eileen Rouse. We are looking forward to having a special trunk show with Denise some time in August or September – we’ll keep you posted!
Special right now is a tribute to the release of the Downton Abbey movie. The movie will be released in September and we’ll have a little area devoted to the look of the Abbey including a fantastic portrait of Maggie Smith in porcelain by Jerri Cook. Another setting will showcase an exquisite bronze figure of Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance. She will be joined by Quan Yins, other female deities and a rare antique female ancestor figure.


Art & Soul Gallery
“Land of My Heart” Oil Paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Silvia Trujillo, Hill Song, Oil on Canvas

Silvia Trujillo, “Hill Song,” Oil on Canvas

“Land of My Heart” is one artist’s discovery of homeland. To Silvia Trujillo, it’s a place that is both physical and spiritual, a connection found in land, sky, water and light. In masterful impressionistic style, Trujillo captures scenes from across Southern Oregon and Northern California that are both familiar and otherworldly; scenes that help us examine our own concept of “home”.
“It’s my goal to honor land, water, and sky in my paintings and to create a need for preserving an area’s natural beauty.” – Silvia Trujillo
First Friday reception August 2, 5 – 8 pm
Music by Douglass Ross, dulcimer


Shepherd’s Dream
The Sound and the Fury

Michele Sabatier, Sound Fury, 10 X 10 Encaustic on panel

Michele Sabatier, “Sound Fury” 10 X 10 Encaustic on panel

Michele Sabatier’s birthplace was Virginia with origins in the rice fields of Cajun SW Louisiana and currently lives in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MA in curriculum design, University of Mississippi. Michele’s encaustic work, is created from memory rather than using photographic references. She has described them as “intuitive and sense-memory based.” They reflect the vast flatness and the alluvia planes of the Mississippi Delta, as well as, the enveloping intimacy of the Pacific Northwest forests.  The work is both abstract and object landscapes, capture and record the internal or external context of experience.  This particular series of work, is very deliberately based on memories of the South, and their titles are quotes from a William Faulkner’s novel which references…Macbeth’s Tomorrow upon Lady Macbeth’s death…


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