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April Events and Exhibit at Illahe Studios & Gallery

Roxanne Evans Stout "Spirit Tree"

Roxanne Evans Stout “Spirit Tree”

This April will be our Fourth Annual Book Arts Show and our second year of bringing creative works from the community into the gallery in our Community Press Project, a community collaborative book arts venture. Also, as an exciting special event we will be exhibiting the boldly colorful, fantastical prints of Inocente, the teen artist who is the focus of the Oscar winning short documentary, “Inocente” being featured this year in the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during First Friday Art Walk on April 5th from 5~8 p.m. Enjoy an early spring evening stroll with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” -Stephen King.

With 21 local and national Book Artists, our Fourth Annual Book Arts Show promises to provide a rich sampling of the magic that can created in the form of a book. The variety of forms includes sculptural, accordion, scrolls, boxes,and different methods of traditional book binding. Materials and technique include cloth, paper, leather, thread, found objects, letterpress, monotypes, hand lettering, hand stitching. One of a kind or small editions, these books may be autobiographical, political, historical or poetic but they are all meticulously hand crafted and unique.

Inocente, from the documentary "Inocente"

Inocente, from the documentary “Inocente”

At 15 Inocente became the subject of a short documentary as a young undocumented immigrant with a determination to create a different world for herself through her art. Forced to live homeless since an early age, Inocente creates a world through her paintings that refuses to give into the bleakness of her surroundings, “where buildings drip in yellow and orange, where pink and turquoise planets twinkle with rescued dreams, and one-eyed childlike creatures play amongst loved babies and purple clouds. Inocente’s family history is slowly revealed through her paintings.”

548 We are excited to have Inocente’s prints in the gallery as part of the Ashland Independent Film Festival showing of this Oscar Award winning short documentary!
For a glimpse of her story, to see the trailer and read about her creative process visit:

For tickets to see the film, which will be showing at the Ashland Armory at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th, go to: 


Also, in the gallery this April we will be displaying the books created during our Community Press Project. This community collaborative project started with a free workshop with materials provided by local bookbinders and printmakers, in which dozens of unique hand made books were produced. These books were then made available in the gallery for folks to choose from and author their own artist book. Each of these books will have been touched and inspired by many people in its process of becoming a unique artist book.



“Poetry in the Neighborhood” began eight years ago on Christmas Eve at Gallery DeForest as an impromptu gathering inspired by the love of poetry. It was a standing-room-only success! Nancy Bardos and Kathleen Meagher joined in the collaboration to continue the readings, and every month the readings were well attended with a spill-over audience. After a second year of successful readings, it became evident that a larger space was needed. When Cathy DeForest closed her gallery and transitioned to a web site gallery, she and Sue Springer of Illahe Studios and Gallery decided to keep the poetry series going. Sue offered the space of her beautiful gallery on the corner of 4th and B Streets in the majestic brick landmark known as the historical Charles Nininger or Bundini Building. This larger space allows for easy access within the blossoming Ashland Historic Railroad District.

The Poetry in the Neighborhood series, now in its fith year in the larger gallery space, is packed to standing room only at every reading. Poets enjoy reading in the gallery environment which is both spacious and filled with an eclectic collection of artwork. This “working gallery” contains a studio space where Sue creates her ceramic and mosaic artwork and various artists teach workshops. The audience too, seems to enjoy this combination of live poetry in aesthetic surroundings.

Our guest poets for April are: 


My poetry bridges the gulf from the far distant home country to the new ground of the United States. I bring my personal journey to life on the poetic page; I make the unifying connection between the experience of all immigrant journeys and the commonality of feeling lost, and then found. The themes and concepts of fitting in, isolation, strangeness, love that binds, and self-definition, speak to the heart of the readers of my work.

My poems demonstrate a large sense of the world. They look outward, directly at injustices and sorrows, and also inward, at my private world and the world of my heart. They tell the stories of the soul.

My voice, the rarely heard voice of an Iranian woman, and an American mother living in the Bay Area, is informed by my childhood memories, dreams, and my poetic imagination in a new language, here and now. I have come from halfway around the globe; I have crossed borders and I do have something to declare. I bring with me a traditional loyalty to community, and a rich heritage of poetry. As a poet, I am constantly aware of the power of this artistic endeavor, its rewards and joys, and the gentle and elegant way it influences and enriches us all.

– Book “Hummingbird Conditions” 2002, Ziba Press, Peter Koch Letterpress Printing Studios. Also printed by Tollbooth Press, in photocopied form.
– Chapbook “A Leopard in My Pocket” 1998


Author of nine books of poetry, essays, and memoir, John Daniel recently won the 2011 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction for his collection of essays, The Far Corner.  His Rogue River Journal, an account of a winter in solitude interwoven with memoirs of his father and his own coming of age, won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and he has won two previous Oregon Book Awards and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well.  A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University-and a former logger, hod carrier, railroader, and rock climbing instructor-Daniel lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon.

The program takes place from 7:00 – 8:30 pm every third Thursday of the month, January through April. An exception to the schedule is this month’s reading which will take place on Wednesday, January 16th. People are encouraged to stay after the event, enjoy some tea and cookies, and visit with friends and the poets. Books are often available to purchase from the poets during the evening and may be signed by the authors. For more information, contact Illahe Studios and Gallery at: [email protected] or visit the following web sites: and

POETRY PERFORMED! The Poeteers (Michael Holstein, Martha Fitzgerald, Maria Ciamaichelo, Irv Green, and Joseph T. Suste) will perform, (that’s right, not just read or recite, but perform!) a variety of traditional and original poetry at Illahe Gallery, Saturday, April 13, from 3-4-ish p.m. Performance poetry uses the tools of theater (props, costumes, body language, etc.) to bring poetry alive. This is a must-see event for poetry lovers, poetry likers, and poetry undecideds.


Recycling Mosaic unveiling at North Mtn. Park April 17th at 5:45pm

Please join us for the grand unveiling of Ashland’s first 100% recycled content

mosaic. Mosaic materials, including glass, metal and plastics were all sourced

locally and recovered from local businesses, homes and the Valley View transfer

station. This mosaic was a joint inspiration of Recology and North Mtn. Park

personnel who recognized the need to upgrade and revitalize the trash and

recycling collection station, while at the same time finding a unique way to

reinforce the importance of reusing items once destined for the landfill. Local

artist Sue Springer, of Illahe Studios and Gallery, was commissioned by Recology

to create a nontraditional mosaic of recycled materials, creating this beautiful

rendering of the “three R’s”. The goal was to create a colorful, permanent and

surprising assemblage of materials, to change thinking about trash and recycling.

Remember, “it’s only trash if that’s how you treat it”.


Everyone is invited to stay after the ceremony to attend a free presentation by

Risa Buck, Recology’s Waste Zero Specialist, which follows the trail of trash and

recycling collected in Ashland & Talent.



Ashland Plaza 

April 5th  5 p.m.


North Mountain Park Recology Mosaic

April 17th  5:45 p.m.

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  Join Mayor John Stromberg, Carol Davis and Sue Springer in celebrating the dedication of the Ashland Historic Downtown Plaza Restoration.  The newly restored plaza will include more trees, additional seating, a time capsule and mosaic by Sue Springer. Witness the lowering of time capsule into the ground and enjoy refreshments!


Please join us for the grand unveiling of Ashland’s first 100% recycled content public mosaic.  Using entirely material recovered from homes, business and Valley View Transfer Station the goal of this project was to create a colorful, permanent and surprising assemblage of materials, to change thinking about trash and recycling

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