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Ashland Gallery Assn August Spotlight Exhibits

Come out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, August 1st, 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 HERE

Most exhibits run throughout the month of August!

Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: www.ashlandgalleries.com

Studio A.B.

Ann DiSalvo, CAT TOTEM, 2014, pastel

Ann DiSalvo, CAT TOTEM, 2014, pastel

Ann DiSalvo Figurative Drawings

As a winner of the RV Biennial 2013 Juror’s Choice Award, Ann DiSalvo exhibited 15 classical nudes in pastel at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in March, 2014. These drawings are now on exhibit in Ashland, at Studio A.B.
“Study of the figure has been part of my art education from the beginning, as it is the most challenging subject to learn with. It’s easy to see errors and the rewards are self evident. Living, moving forms reflect light in unique ways for value study. Skin, hair (or fur) and eyes hold colors that surprise. The shapes of humans and animals are ever-changing. They can express and evoke thought.
I have always felt the kinship between humans and animals. Each have a niche in their ecosystem. Sharing resources preserves harmony. Some of my drawings pair a human and an animal, evoking a totemic tradition – another way to link species and imagine wordless communication.
These drawings were made in Wednesday evening figure study sessions at the Ashland Art Center. Each weekly session was a single pose. We worked for three hours and repeated in the following week for a six-hour drawing. Most were finished at my home, Studio A.B. The sessions with artists sharing models, humans drawing humans, taught as much about humans as it did about art. It is a good alternative to solitary studio work. As an artist, my subject matter explorations change between genres, but I will always follow a fascination with figure study.”

Art and Soul Gallery

Carla Palmese CANAL WITH DUCK NEAR ELLESMERE oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

Carla Palmese CANAL WITH DUCK NEAR ELLESMERE oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

“Travels in North Wales” paintings by Carla Palmese

Carla’s paintings for the August show are from a trip she and her husband Bob took to North Wales, United Kingdom.  They had 2 goals; to cruise the Llangollen Canal, from the English/Welsh border at Chirk, to it’s end at the town of Llangollen.  The second goal was to volunteer for 2 weeks for the historic Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog.  The skies were usually cloudy, the month was October.  The views of the canal are mostly seen from the center as her views were taken from the prow of the boat. The other landscapes were taken from their travels on foot and by local bus on their days off (track crew) as they explored the Welsh countryside, which included a climb to the abandoned slate mine at Blaneau.

PLACATING THE SPIRIT OF THE SLAIN EAGLE, by Patty McGreeley

PLACATING THE SPIRIT OF THE SLAIN EAGLE, by Patty McGreeley

Gallery Karon

The Female of the Species

Over 20 artists in a show all their own!

Our Third Annual invitational exhibit; all women, all media

Hanson Howard Gallery

image by Jon Jay Cruson, supplied by Hanson Howard Gallery

image by Jon Jay Cruson, supplied by Hanson Howard Gallery

Jon Jay Cruson

JON JAY CRUSON”S remarkable career makes his work highly collectable not only nationally but internationally as well. He has works in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England and in private collections from Italy to Japan. He is represented in many corporate collections within the United States such as the Ford Collection and Chrysler Collection in Michigan.
“Life events– my visual and emotional environments– have guided my work over the last 40 years. I did not always know where I was going, but simply went where the road led me. The metaphor of traveling along a road has been my constant approach to work and life and has led me through many varied environments. I have not jumped on artistic bandwagons, doing what was currently popular. Instead I have followed my own changing interests by studying both the nature of the subject and the ways in which I could best express my understanding of it.
Time and again I find myself ‘where the road leads me’, not knowing exactly what I will discover yet finding the inspiration from what comes over the horizon. The open country, patterns, shapes, and colors, they are all there. Back in the studio, it all comes together with the play of the elements, transferring, assembling, and incorporating into my own landscape.”

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