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Ashland Gallery Association May 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association May Spotlight Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery

“Landmarks” – Oil paintings by Jenay Elder

Art sharpens our eyes to the world around us and tugs on our hearts. I have recently used a variety of techniques to create art. I often paint outdoors on the spot and I have started creating compositions in the studio based off plein air studies, photo references, sketches and notes. My motive is to depict different local landmarks and ideas that reflect my experience living in this inspiring area while attempting to convey something that is unseen. I am continually seeking out new experiences where I can form a philosophy to support my picture making while simultaneously honing my abilities and sensitivity. 

Please join us on May 4, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Art & Soul Gallery for a festive opening with Art, music, snacks and lively conversation.  Works will be exhibited through Sunday, May 27th.   For more information, please call Judy Richardson at 541-326-6960.

Image caption:  Jenay Elder, “Ashland Springs Hotel,” oil painting

Plein air painting of Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland Oregon by artist Jenay Elder

Gallerie Karon  

Artist as Poet Part ll

Examples of poetry and artwork by our artists will be on display side by side.

Artists are not often thought of as poets but in fact often are. Our April exhibit features both sides and includes new additions for the May exhibit.

The participating artists include Ken Deveney, Todd Davis, Steve Dieffenbacher and Amy Miller to name a few. Steve Dieffenbacher will lend us some of his wonderful on site sketchbooks with poetic notations as well as photographs. Todd Davis will show his poems with his photography and Amy Miller has origami poetry boxes along with her books. We have poetry books year round at the gallery. Ken Deveney is a true Renaissance Man – painter, poet, photographer and music composer. 

Painter Marc Chagall once said, ” Art seems to me to be a state of Soul more than anything else”, which is a good example of his lyric writing. 

Image caption: Marc Chagall, painting

Marc Chagall, painting

Photographers’ Gallery

John Kirk – photography

Photographer, John Kirk’s new show, “Looking Back” opens at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center Friday, April 6th during the 1st Friday Art Walk.  “Looking Back” is a retrospective of his favorite images from the past five years.

These images represent the painterly style he has developed and are some of his most popular photos.   John’s has numerous awards and his work is widely collected.

Image caption: John Kirk, “Take Me With You,” photograph

John Kirk, “Take Me With You,” photograph

Hanson Howard Gallery

Lewis Anderson, Marly Eidsness & James Hutchinson:  photography, sculpture and works on paper

Lewis AndersonMarly Eidsness and Jamie Hutchinson will be featured in May.  In this exhibit which includes photography, painting and metal sculpture each artist introduces us to new visions of the world through delicate and thoughtful fabrication and invention.  Join us for an artist reception on Friday, May 6th, 5-8 pm.  Show runs May 6th-29th.

Lewis Anderson accurately describes his art as being somewhere between photography and painting, somewhere between East and West, somewhere between contemporary and ancient. The images invite the viewer to explore quiet moments in diverse, invented landscapes full of light and shadow and symbology that emanate a strong sense of peace, solitude and mystery.

James Hutchinson‘s intuitive landscape’s are inspired by Chinese landscape work of the 10th-15th centuries. The compressed space and obsessive lines give the impression of topographic maps yet glimpses of sky and distant mountains brings you back to a sense of environment, though not one that is familiar. These landscapes have the feel of fantasy.

Marly Eidsness‘s wire mesh sculptures of birds assembled into shapes and poses we recognize as the majestic great blue heron or the mischievous raven. The birds appear shiny and reflective in direct light and in contrast, with back lighting, the layers and (intentionally) mysterious interiors of the birds are revealed.  As lighting changes throughout the day, the birds appear to change.

Image caption:  Marly Eidsness, “Problem Solver,” wire mesh

Marly Eidsness, “Problem Solver,” wire mesh

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