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AGA Spotlight Galleries February 2014

 Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, February 7th, 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 from our website:

Most exhibits run throughout the month of February!  Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits:

Gallerie Karon

East Meets East

Deva, sculpture being shown in the February 2014 art exhibit at Gallery Karon in Ashland, Oregon

Deva, sculpture

Celebrate Chinese New Year – The Year of the Horse!
Come with us to the marketplaces of the Eastern World. Japan, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Thailand, India, Morocco and Nepal.

Discover artwork, icons, textiles, jewelry, masks and more!
With the addition of local artists interpretations.

Featuring the creative work of 24 artists and photographers, along with antiques, artifacts, and jewelry. Our eclectic mix showcases local and regional artists from Oregon, Washington, and California. And, for fun, the gallery displays a menagerie of handmade dolls and animals.

New shows throughout the year make the gallery fresh and inviting. Visit Gallerie Karon for a twist on the usual!

Ashland Painters Union

New oil paintings by Sarah F. Burns & Julian Bell

Pink Carnations with Red Gerberas, oil painting by Sarah F. Burns

Pink Carnations with Red Gerberas, oil painting by Sarah F. Burns

Sarah F Burns will be showing moody floral still lives. Sarah is a versatile representational painter and draftswoman, known for her urban landscapes, vanitas series for Smithfield’s Restaurant and Bar, and figurative work.  In general Sarah’s work is fairly conventional, yet subtly challenging.  It’s never radical, but never quite settled either. She probes Western Classical traditions to discover tools for expressing the universal; her work aims at the timeless while being firmly planted in the now.

Julian Bell’s work is akin to putting on Warner’s Bros glasses and walking the house or town. Decaying factories and cities and other signs of decline in the world are among his favorite subjects, but he delights in more positive realities of life as well, like flowers and figures.  Pragmatic and truthful while being light hearted and fun, never flinching or shying away from the facts but never being a downer either.

Both artists create work for people who generally look well on the world, yet acknowledge life contains darkness as well as light.  These paintings are all pieces you can live with, enjoy and contemplate for many years.

Schneider Museum of Art

Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art

Showing January 10 – March 15

image of painting "One Percent Efficiency," acrylic on canvasby Robert Minervini

Robert Minervini, One Percent Efficiency, acrylic on canvas

For most of us home is a personalized place of comfort, privacy, and security. Inside its walls we create spaces that reflect who we are and what is important to us. We also take refuge and respite from the rest of the world in these enclosures, believing in the safety that four walls and a roof can offer. In Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art, 28 artists have deconstructed their meanings of home and assembled their concepts through photography, painting, sculpture, and video. The result is engaging art that invites us to rethink our notions about the places we live.

Erika Leppmann, SMA Director, brought this exhibition to Ashland, because “The idea of ‘home’ has been a compelling issue for artists in the past decade for numerous reasons including: geo-political strife, world-wide economic decline, and changing definitions of family. The exhibition, curated by Carrie Lederer of the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, received rave reviews from a diverse group of patrons when shown at that gallery.

Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art is sponsored by the Ashland Springs Hotel, Golden-Fields Construction & Design, Ltd., Ledger David Cellars, and Pacific Domes International.

Belle Fiore Estate & Winery

Special Event: Celebrate Love, an Evening of Elegance

Friday, February 14

Belle Fiore Winery logoGreetings to all who wish to Celebrate Love. For those of you desiring
inspiration through music, enchantment with ballet, and elegant dining with fine wine to satisfy your palate, an evening at Belle Fiore Winery on Friday, February 14 may carry you and your ‘Valentine’ to a new level.

There is limited seating, so purchase your ticket now and Celebrate Love at
Belle Fiore Winery on Friday, February 14. The evening begins at 6PM.
$65/per person. Price includes wine, dinner, ballet, music and gratuity
Tickets are available at Belle Fiore Winery
100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland, Oregon 97520 (541) 552-4900

Art is at the heart of everything we do at Belle Fiore. We are committed to supporting local artists, exhibiting their fine art in our many gallery spaces. Belle Fiore participates in the monthly First Friday Art Walk, an important effort to highlight exciting developments in the visual arts.

Belle Fiore has established the BelleArte Label, which features a different piece of local art each vintage. Artists are encouraged to submit artwork for our annual contest.  Each winner will have their artwork placed on display in one of Belle Fiore’s gallery spaces, as well as commemorated on the label of all BelleArte wines from that vintage.  This unique program seeks to engage, connect with and inspire local artists.

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