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Ashland Gallery Association January Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association January Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, January 8th, from 5 to 8 pm!  Due to the January 1st holiday, the Art Walk will take place on the second Friday in January.

Stroll the galleries, taking in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round 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 off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

AGA Spotlight Galleries

January 2016

Please note: AGA First Friday Art Walk will take place on the 2nd Friday this month, January 8th, due to the January 1st holiday.

Schneider Museum of Art
Exploring Reality

Painting by Tia Factor

Painting by Tia Factor

This winter, the Schneider Museum of Art presents Exploring Reality, an exhibition curated by Shane McAdams and Scott Malbaurn that consists of nine artists who delve into and explore reality to complement the Southern Oregon University (SOU) campus theme. The participating artists work in many mediums, including painting, printmaking, installation, and sculpture.

The community is invited to the opening reception of Exploring Reality on Thursday, January 14, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Quady North has generously donated wine pouring at the reception.

Free public lectures are scheduled to take place in Meese Auditorium with co-curator Shane McAdams on January 11 at 5:30 PM, artist Ryan Pierce on February 8 at 5:30 PM, and artist Malia Jensen on March 7 at 3:30 PM. Three FREE Family Days will complement the exhibition this season on January 23, February 20, and March 19 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Museum will also hold Tuesday Tours – weekly docent-led educational tours for the public on Tuesdays at noon. The Museum provides docent-led tours for school and community groups. Please call to schedule a special tour for your group.

SOU’s Center for the Humanities has assembled a series of academic events throughout the year to investigate the theme of exploring reality with the goal “for the campus and our larger community to engage in rigorous intellectual conversations about this challenging subject, informed by the latest research, scholarship, and insights from a wide variety of perspectives.”  The Schneider Museum of Art is happy to collaborate with them this term to provide the insight of artists and curators.

By working with an outside curator, Shane McAdams, who is based in Wisconsin and New York, the Schneider Museum of Art is not only bringing great art from the state of Oregon to our region, but bringing national exposure to these Oregon artists. This type of reach helps to cultivate Oregon’s artistic ecology and further the careers of Oregon artists.  Co-curator and Schneider Museum of Art Director Scott Malbaurn writes that, “A vital component of this exhibition includes an outside curator and a spotlight on Oregon artists.  We acknowledge the boundless talent that Oregon has amongst its contemporary art scene and we have made note of the need to expose others beyond the borders of Oregon to this talent.”

Nine artists will be featured in Exploring Reality: Shane McAdams, a writer, curator, artist, and professor who splits time between Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Brooklyn, New York; Laura Vandenburgh, a Springfield, OR based artist who recently exhibited in Wolkenschauen, a traveling group exhibition in Germany; Charlene Liu, a printmaker based in Eugene, OR who has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times; Tia Factor, a Portland, OR based painter who has exhibited internationally from Oregon and Chicago to Denmark and Tasmania; Robin Strangfeld, a faculty member at SOU whose ceramic work has been exhibited in such places as Wayne State University and Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan; Laurel Bustamante, a painter based in Ashland who was a finalist for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards in 2013; Ellen Lesperance, a Portland, OR based artist whose work is in the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Kadist Art Foundation; Ryan Pierce, an artist from Portland, OR who, aside from his painting, is co-founder of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness retreats for artists; and Malia Jensen, a sculptor from Portland, OR who explores complex themes such as the intersection of reality and myth through her work. Jensen has been publicly commissioned multiple times by the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Oregon.

The installation by Laura Vandenburgh is part of the Southern Oregon Site Project. This project, funded in part by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, is designed to support the development and presentation of new art by Oregon artists. Southern Oregon University students served as assistants to the artists during the installation process.  This experience is providing students insight into the artistic process, as well as valuable experience working with professional artists as they construct their works in place.

Free public lectures are scheduled to take place in Meese Auditorium with co-curator Shane McAdams on January 11 at 5:30 PM, artist Ryan Pierce on February 8 at 5:30 PM, and artist Malia Jensen on March 7 at 3:30 PM. Three FREE Family Days will complement the exhibition this season on January 23, February 20, and March 19 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Museum will also hold Tuesday Tours – weekly docent-led educational tours for the public on Tuesdays at noon. The Museum provides docent-led tours for school and community groups. Please call to schedule a special tour for your group.

The Schneider Museum of Art’s winter exhibition is generously supported by Pyle-DeForest Charitable Foundation, supporting the arts of Southern Oregon, Southern Oregon University Center for the Humanities, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, the Oregon Arts Commission, and Quady North.

Ice Beach, photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Ice Beach, photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

The Photographers’ Gallery
Darcie Sternenberg: Glimpses of Iceland

Darcie Sternenberg is a photographer specializing in black and white images.  She will be showing her work, “Glimpses of Iceland”, at The Photographer’s Gallery in the Ashland Art Center during the Art Walk on January 8.

The landscape of Iceland is a visual feast full of dramatic mountains, waterfalls and, black sand beaches. Darcie traveled to Iceland in 2014 to photograph these features in black and white.  A landscape stripped of its vibrant blues and greens becomes a quiet, contemplative place. Elements condensed to tone and form capture a sense of timelessness as well as evoke a sense of mystery. These photographs are her attempt to convey the subtle details of this stark and magnificent place.

Ashland Art Center

Lacey River by Jessica Lee
In the Garden, collage painting by Jessica Lee

In the Garden, collage painting by Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee, mother of two children, is an Ashland, Oregon based mixed media artist. Her collage paintings incorporate re-purposed and ecological materials delivering deep color, textures and layered assemblages. She finds inspiration in the nature of petals, branches, feathers, botanicals and the ocean. With a foundation as an advocate and guide for young artists, Jessica Lee’s collections of mixed media creations are now available for public display. Jessica has studied with Portland, Oregon artist Flora Bowley and is the niece of renowned California artist Pamela Findleton.

Samantha McDermott-Goldie, Lower Level Featured Artist

As a child I loved to create potions out of everything around me, trees, flowers, and mushrooms. I would put everything I collected into a jar to bake and ferment in the sun. And being an adult back in Ashland after living in the corporate world of fashion I have decided to go back to my love of making potions. From my surroundings, farms, gardens, and parks, I gather organic material and then hand dye textiles into one of kind pieces of art. I do this in hopes of challenging what clothes are made of and how, challenging the world of fashion.

Live Music by JJ Joss, Acoustic Guitarist

JJ will once again grace The Landing at Ashland Art Center with her cover tunes of contemporary country, pop, and crossover music. Upbeat and melodic, you will be delighted to share in JJ’s love for music.

 

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