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Ashland Gallery Association Annual Student Art Show

"Water 2" by Kiri Bolles

"Water 2" by Kiri Bolles

 

Don’t miss a special First Friday Art Walk on March 2nd, as 17 Ashland High School art students will proudly present their work during the Ashland Gallery Association’s Annual Student Art Show!  Seven AGA galleries have volunteered to host the impressive student art exhibits, which will open on First Friday and run throughout the month of March.

 

"Kiss" by Angelique Brownlie

"Kiss" by Angelique Brownlie

 

The art presented this year will include woodwork, stained glass, paintings and drawings.  The following students will show their work in these participating galleries:

Ashland Art Works: Marley Fuller, Logan McKelvey, Jorge Ramirez
Ashland Art Center:  William Crowley
Enoteca by Eden Vale:  Raven Borgilt, Mia O’Dougherty
Family Massage Education Center:  Jacqueline Sennhauser, Lillian Thomas
JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden:  Kendra Farber, Nalani Theil
Illahe Studios & Gallery:  Kyriana Bolles, Angelique Brownlie
Nimbus:  Christina Chow, Joy Harpham, Kenzie Jackson, Melissa Lamore, Sheralyn Shumway

Each year young artists are selected by their teachers to show artwork in Ashland High School’s Fine Arts Festival in December and in the March AGA Student Exhibits.  The intent of the March show is to expose the students to the process of showing their work to the public in an actual art gallery.   Students learn the importance of preparing their artwork for public showing, communication with the gallery owners, following a time-line, writing an artist statement, and conducting themselves in a professional manner throughout the experience.

Ashland Gallery Association Administrator and Student Show Coordinator, Kim Olson comments on the experience:

“This experience has shown to be invaluable to the students by exposing them to the reality of the responsibilities involved in showing their work in an art gallery.  I’m always impressed by the students’ maturity and professionalism at their exhibit openings, and pleased to see how much confidence they gain from this experience.”

William Crowley, with painting in progress. Image by R. Hawk Starkey

William Crowley, with painting in progress. Image by R. Hawk Starkey

 

The Ashland Gallery Association has historically been a supporter of art education in our community and gives an annual grant to the Ashland High School Art Department for art materials such as easels and framing supplies.  This year the AGA has begun a new program, which incorporates community artist volunteers in the Ashland High School Visual Arts classrooms.   The “AGA/AHS Visual Arts Alliance” is funded by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition.  These funds can be used for art materials to be used for visiting artist lessons and summer art workshops for students in need.

The Ashland Gallery Association is grateful to the following AGA artist members for their contributions and time volunteering in the Ashland High School Classrooms:  Shoshana Dubinier, Richard and Rochelle Newman, R. Hawk Starkey, and Denise Kester.  Photographer, Hawk Starkey, of Hilltop Gallery at Mountain Meadows has visited the High School to photograph the students and their work for articles in the Ashland Gallery Guide and local press releases.

“We are thankful to these artists, as well as community members such as Zach Ehlert of Bohemia Framing & Fine Art Gallery, who have donated art materials and framing supplies so that the students were able to give their work a professional finishing touch.”

"Toucan" by William Crowley

"Toucan" by William Crowley

 

 

This year’s event was brought to life by the cooperative efforts of the following people:  AHS Teachers, Mark Schoenleber and John Weston; AHS Volunteer Coordinator, Margaret Brownlie; SOU student volunteer, Vanessa Englert, AHS student volunteer, Jasmine Santos, and AGA Student Show Coordinator, Kim Olson.

A March Art Walk Map, as well as the 2012 Ashland Gallery Guide, can be picked up at any AGA Gallery or the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or you can download it by clicking HERE.  Exhibit information is also available on the AGA website: ashlandgalleries.com

Photographs courtesy of R. Hawk Starkey

Learn more about the Ashland Gallery Association and make contact by visiting their listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource for links and contact info.

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