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Ashland Gallery Association May 2016 Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, May 6th, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries and take 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 HERE. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

Ashland Gallery Association May 2016 Exhibits

Snow’s Place

Featuring Jessalynn Jones

Join us during the First Friday Art Walk, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Outdoor Music by Fractal Love Jam – Martin W. Ball & Bram Lightbourne, Singer Jessalynn Jones

"FemBuddha" 2008, oil on canvas, 36x36

36×36 oil on canvas,

Jessalynn Jones has a B.A. in painting and drawing from Southern Oregon University. She has also studied art in England at Emerson College (which is a Steiner-based college where Waldorf teachers are trained), as well as Florence, Italy. She works primarily in oil colors, focusing on the feeling and flow of the artistic process. Her work reflects her diverse training and life experience, as well as her passion for self-expression and her love for color.  Original oil paintings are available for sale, as well as high quality giclée prints on canvas, paper, and poly satin fabric.

Jessalynn is also the lead singer of Fractal Love Jam. She currently lives in Ashland, OR, with her husband, Martin, her son, Jaden, their dog, Moxi, and their cat, Trinity. Check out her websites: and

Ashland Art Center
Jo Ann Manzone – Mother Earth-the Art of Botanical Printing

Jo Ann Manzone

Felt vest by Jo Ann Manzone

Felt vest by Jo Ann Manzone

Jo Ann Manzone, a felter, botanical printer and dyer displays her botanical prints in her showcase entitled Mother Earth-The Art of Botanical Printing.  Visit Jo Ann in Studio #9, upstairs.

Samantha McDermott

Samantha McDermott, fiber artist and natural dyeing.  From her surroundings, farms, gardens, and parks, she gathers organic material and then hand dye textiles into one of kind pieces of art. Visit her Downstairs in the Artist’s Underground.
Join us on First Friday, May 6, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center.  There will also be refreshments and live music.

Music by Phoebe Knowles

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Born and raised in Ashland, Phoebe Knowles has been playing the harp for over 14 years.  Her skill has mostly been a hobby of hers, but after getting a BA in Zoology at the University of Vermont, she returned to Ashland to be a harpist for hire from 2013 to 2014.  You may have seen her playing at Farmers’ Markets throughout the Rogue Valley.  She then went to the University of Winchester in England to get her Masters in Creative and Critical Writing.  With that degree completed, she is now back in Ashland to offer her musical services again while she writes a book.  Celtic, Classical, modern covers, the songs she plays are a varied as her interests.


6:30pm to 8:00pm
Accapellaré is a local Ashland duo combining the spectacular voices of Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé Laterreur. Be captivated by pure, rich harmonies and the beauty of two women who have dedicated their lives to the art of singing. Renaissance and Baroque music, Celtic songs, and Opera duets make up their repertoire.

Gallerie Karon
Artist as Poet

“Tiger,” mixed media by William Blake

“Tiger,” mixed media by William Blake

The exhibit continues through May showcasing artists who are also poets (and vice versa). It’s surprising how many do both!

Highlights include a very limited edition of Cathy DeForest’s and Derek Pyle’s 3 folio set, Alchemy: Invitations and Offerings. The set includes many signed pieces by well-known artists and writers.

A very special exhibit addition is a new photo and poem by Todd Davis, formerly of Ashland.

Also featured are husband and wife team, Bruce Barton and Jerri Cook Barton. Her Downton Abbey portrait on porcelain tile, of Maggie Smith (as Lady Violet) will make you smile. The Abbey appears in the background, slightly askew signifying changing times.

Don’t miss the sketchbooks with notations by Steve Dieffenbacher and who knew Jonah Bornstein was also a photographer? Come see his work and be surprised.

We carry poetry books by our artists year round but have a particularly good selection right now.

Hanson Howard Gallery
For the Birds: Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Claire Duncan & Barbara Orsow – original paintings and photographs

 “Blue Winged Warbler and Bamboo,” oil on panel, by Jhenna Quinn Lewis

“Blue Winged Warbler and Bamboo,” oil on panel, by Jhenna Quinn Lewis

In For the Birds, three artists, painters, Jhenna Quinn Lewis and Claire Duncan and photographer, Barbara Orsow interpret birds as their subject matter with unique approaches exploring how birds can fascinate us, enchant us, connect us to the natural world, remind us of our responsibility to the environment, and call us to action.

Join us for an artists’ reception during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, May 6th, 5 -8 p.m. Exhibition runs April 22nd – May 31st.

10% of art sales will benefit the Klamath Bird Observatory during the 2016 Mountain Bird Festival, May 20- 22.

Jhenna Quinn Lewis brings life to canvas with oil paint, exquisitely articulating small birds in juxtaposition with unexpected objects and backgrounds.  In this show, Jhenna combines Asian influences with some of her favorite birds.  Barbara Orsow’s fascination with birds in nature led her to use her camera to capture the mystery of their movement and her delight in the beauty of their details.  Claire Duncan paints the power and grace of large birds in acrylic.  Her paintings have a contemporary feel and attempt to deal with her own underlying artistic ideas: light and dark, the nature of color, the relationship of the artist to the world.

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