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Ashland Gallery Assn October Events

AGA October Spotlight Exhibits

Art and Soul Gallery

Wolf Country, oil painting by Carla Palmese

“Wolf Country,” oil painting by Carla Palmese

Simply Painted

Oil paintings by Carla Palmese

“This is a simply painted show, a small collection of large paintings, about the dark and mysterious places where wolves live undisturbed, and 2 portraits of Oregon 7, the wolf survivor and traveler from Canada that now lives in Modoc County with his family.  He has been named “Journey” and we wish him an end to his long and arduous journey and the beginnings of a long and prosperous life.  Salute!”

Ashland Art Works

Celebrating Artist Co-ops at AAW!

Kids’ Art at Ashland Art Works

Kids’ Art at Ashland Art Works

Ashland Art Works on Oak Street, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 cooperative of artists, art galleries and studios.  AAW encourages the creative productivity of its artists with the intention of contributing new works for the gallery and of sharing with the community.
In October, member artists will be “Celebrating Artist Co-ops at AAW.”  Each member artist will choose their “favorite” piece of art for this show. Seventeen artists will participate in our gallery collective show…lots of art to share!

AAW provides numerous opportunities for locals and visiting groups to learn about and experience art.  AAW also offers tours and educational opportunities in the form of workshops, such as mask making, pottery, stamping, and sketchbook making, all expanding creative possibilities.
AAW artists have offered art experiences in elementary, high school and university classrooms plus art lectures at the gallery.

Photographers’ Gallery
Beyond the Vast

Featuring Deb Harder

Deb Harder, photography, Pointing The Way

Deb Harder, photography, “Pointing The Way”

Deb Harder is the latest photographer to join nine other fine art photographers at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center in Ashland, Oregon. Deb is an accomplished landscape and portrait photographer and has won numerous awards for her work. Originally inspired by Ansel Adams she began shooting film and developing her work in the darkroom. She switched to digital in 2006 and became forever inspired.

She continually works to develop both her technical skills and artistic abilities by participating in photographic workshops and on-line classes, and by exchanging ideas and insights with other serious photographers. By remaining open to new perspectives, and incorporating new technology, Deb strives to produce her best work as a photographer.

Her new show “Beyond the Vast” will be showing at The Photographers’ Gallery starting on the Ashland 1st Friday Artwork, October 2 and Deb Harder will attend the opening.  She is showcasing night photography taken at Crater Lake and on the Oregon coast.  About the work, she says,

“Time…and eternity.  To grasp what is infinite is inconceivable.  Both the millennia of creation to sculpt all that is Bandon Beach, and the relatively abrupt force of nature forging the magnificent Crater Lake caldera are profound marvels.  These images seek to capture the crossing paths of time and space juxtaposing formidable feats by earthly measure with astronomical wonders, which defy any tangible notion of space and time.”


Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Invitational

Embroidery, mosaic by Carole Choucair Queijan

“Embroidery,” mosaic by Carole Choucair Queijan

Over forty recognized mosaic artists will be featured at the Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries at the Oregon Center for the Arts on the Southern Oregon University campus. This extraordinary show will be on display for a month and will coincide with the Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit to be held the first weekend of October.

The Invitational exhibition invites us to enter the vast and creative world of both ancient and contemporary mosaic art. The exhibit will dazzle you with its sensuous, high quality representative pieces, all sharing the common language of mosaic.  The mosaicist assembles small bits of stone, glass, ceramic and/or repurposed material and assembles them into an image, a feeling, a spirit and a representation.  Mosaic artists chop, cut, hammer and nip to create beauty out of these bits. It’s a beautiful order, a deliberate order, an order of the heart, of dreams, of unending skill and patience.  These artists represent the world in ways that have never been seen before.

Each artist represented in this exhibition has discovered their own artistic “voice” and use mosaic art to express their unique vision of the world around them. The mosaics presented in this exhibit are a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the soul.

Come join us for First Friday Art Walk on October 2, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at SOU for a chance to meet the artists, wine and light refreshments.

Participating Artists include:
Barbara Benson Keith, Jo Braun, Kristina Brennen, Mark Brody, Ilona Brustad, Rebecca Campbell, Irina Charny, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Jeremy Criswell, Tina Ellis, Chris Emmert, Sharra Frank, Anju Jolly, Kath Jones, Kate Kerrington, Sonia King, Kelley Knickerbocker, Jennifer Kuhns, Atsuko Laskaris, Luci Lytle, Jill McAlvage Smith, Dawn Mendelson, Mimi Near, Terry Nicholls, LeeAnn Petropoulos, Gila Rayberg, Laura Rendlen, Julie Richey, Karen Rycheck, Marian Shapiro, Carol Shelkin, John Sollinger , Robyn Spencer-Crompton, Jeff Spindler, Mireille Swinnen, Carol Talkov, Brooks Tower, Joi Tripp, Claire van der Zwan, David van der Zwan, Susan Wechsler, Geoffrey A. Wilson, Wesley Wong

For more information, please contact Sue Springer: [email protected]

Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

October 10th and 11th – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Julia Janeway’s Studio

Julia Janeway’s Studio

Join us the second weekend in October when a group of local professional artists open their private studio doors to the public for the Second Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

The Ashland Gallery Association brings this inspiring arts event to you on October 10th and 11th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  This year’s tour will guide visitors to 23 artist studios in Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and the Mt. Ashland area while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.

Twenty-nine artists invite you into their studios to witness their creative processes at work!  There will be a variety of mediums on display, from painting and drawing, to metal and fiber arts, as well as demonstrations and screenings showcasing the individual’s unique methods.

2015 Open Studio Tour Participating Artists:  Cheryl Kempner, Linda Evans, Pamela Haunschild, Claudia Law, Snow Panneton, Richard Newman, Rochelle Newman, Jo Ann Mazone, Harriet Greene, Martin Goldman, Laura Lawrence, Julia Janeway, Dana Faegin, Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Leif Trygg, Diana Trygg, Diane Ericson, Denise Souza Finney, Margie Mee, Denise Kester, J. Ellen Austin, Michael J Gibson, Bruce Bayard, Ann DiSalvo, Suzanne Etienne, MaryDee Bombick, Dan Verner, Andy Deweerdt, Elin Babcock

There is no admission fee to any of the studios on the tour. The Open Studio Tour is part of the Ashland Gallery Association’s efforts to promote the visual arts and arts education in Ashland, and is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Ashland.

Tour Maps will be available at AGA member galleries beginning in September and online starting in October!

For more information about this free arts event please visit: or contact: [email protected]

Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit

Mosaic artists are gathering in Ashland for the second annual Contemporary Mosaic Art (CMA) Summit at Southern Oregon University, October 1-4, 2015.  Some events are free and open to the public.  The purpose of the CMA Summit is to gather our online community of mosaic artists for four days of face-to-face interaction with other enthusiasts and show the general public the very best of mosaic art today.

You do not need to be a member of CMA to register for the Summit.  For those who register there will be several events, including workshops, networking meals, and a mosaic marathon to create a mosaic for donation to a local cause, and plenty of opportunity to learn, network and make friends.  Internationally renowned mosaic art instructors – Laura Rendlen, John Sollinger, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Susan Wechsler, Karen Rycheck and Mireille Swinnen will offer workshops for beginners to the advanced.  Dawn Mendelson will lead the construction of mosaic artwork for North Mountain Park and Nature Center in Ashland.  In addition there will be lots of relaxed time at meals to meet and enjoy other artists who are passionate about mosaics. and much more!

The Southern Oregon University community is invited to our various presentations in the practice of mosaic making.  Keynote speaker Brooks Tower speaking on Philosophical Conundrums in The Practice of Mosaic, Dawn Mendelson talking about creating community, Sue Springer, presenting a talk on Moving to The Next Level; Professionalism and Presentation, Kelley Knickerbocker will help us figure out what happens to our creativity.  These presentations will take place in the Stevenson Union, SOU.

The general public is invited to join us for a very special evening with Lilian Broca, who will speak before presenting her documentary, Return to Byzantium: The Art And Life of Lilian Broca at the Meese Auditorium in the Art Building, SOU, on Friday, October 2 at 8:00 pm.  During the First Friday Art Walk immediately preceding Broca’s presentation will be the artist reception for the mosaic exhibit at the Thorndike gallery in the Art Building.  Also, the public is invited to attend the mosaic exhibit and auction at Belle Fiore Estates and Winery on Thursday, October 1, noon to 6 pm.

CMA is dedicated to mosaic artists worldwide who want to share ideas, develop their technique, creativity, and imagination.  We foster interaction between novices and masters of the trade and artform through a variety of formats, including online discussions, support and advice, announcements of opportunities for work or learning, sharing of mosaic images.

For more information please visit, find us on Facebook, or email us at [email protected]

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