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Ashland Gallery Association July Spotlight Galleries

Art and Soul Gallery

Featuring Steve Bennett, pastels

Solitude, pastel by Steve Bennett

Solitude, pastel by Steve Bennett

“An influential book that I read years ago was ‘Acres of Diamonds’. The gist of the book is that what we hold of value, our diamonds, is found in our back yard. That is how I feel about our state and particularly our valley. The paintings for this show represent many of my favorite painting sites right here in our beautiful surroundings.”

“My most important joy of painting for this show has been to capture the unique beauty of the scene and season. It is an additional happiness to be able to share this moment in time through the medium of Pastel. I have used a variety of under-painting techniques: watercolor, thinned oil, denatured alcohol to name a few. The painting is then completed with conventional hard and soft pastels.”

Oregon has an infinite variety of subject matter for an artist and I am blessed to live in the Rogue Valley. There is a wealth of inspiration for me as a painter of the landscape in my own back yard.”

Music by Douglas Ross on the Dulcimer.

Concetti Fine Arts

Impressions of China

Hangsu Bridge, Chine colle by Nancy Block

Hangsu Bridge, Chine colle by Nancy Block

Featuring Nancy Block

I recently took a trip to China and was fascinated by their unique traditions.  Their beautiful calligraphy and painting was enchanting and I wished to capture it in my artwork.  I chose to use papermaking and printmaking to convey the long history and exotic beauty of their culture.

Papermaking was born in China about 140 B.C. during the period of Emperor Wu in China’s northwest Gansu province.  The invention of paper set the stage for printmaking.  Chinese scholars created rubbings from carved texts.  They were originally used as a means of communication, but are now valued as an artistic medium.

I have used these age-old methods in an attempt to create in the way of the early Chinese masters, but in a modern format. At times I combine printmaking on my handmade paper to achieve interesting results. There is no end to the experimentation that is possible with these wonderful materials.

Gallery DeForest

Open Studio on First Friday

Cathy at Jubilation Press

Founder Cathy DeForest at etching press

After closing Gallery DeForest, Cathy DeForest moved her printing press and etching press to her new farmhouse studios just 5 minutes from Ashland. Come to Cathy’s first open studio!

Your visit will include demonstrations by co-owner Derek Pyle on an antique printing press and a tour of the book arts studio. Cathy will show her most recent work: etchings, artist books, poetry pockets and letterpress broadsides.

Special guest, Tahnja Pyle, will exhibit jewelry. Hours: 3:00-8:00 on FF, July 1.

Directions: come to Rt #66, turn left on Dead Indian Rd and drive for ¼ mile. Directly across from the Ashland airport, turn right on Emigrant Creek Rd. Go ½ mile and see Tuscan farmhouse at 1067 Emigrant Creek Rd.

For more info: [email protected]
or 541-690-6976


Ceramic Sculptures

Mama Bird, sculptural vessel by Jan Jaque

Mama Bird, sculptural vessel by Jan Jacque

Jan Jacque is inspired by nature as she explores the idea of tranquility, balance and complexity with her ceramic sculptural vessels. “Clay subtly implies earth. Wood and plant images reflect the growth of living things. The vessels resulting from my lifelong study are the result of my careful balance of these elements. Slow, complex, infinitely fascinating.”

Her process is a joining of wood sculpture and ceramic forms. Beautifully fit together to create pleasing and imaginative forms.

Located in the heart of Ashland, Nimbus celebrates the contemporary craftsman and artist. Featuring nationally recognized and emerging artists in painting, ceramic ware, glassware, metalworking, woodworking, and jewelry. Come experience the quality, integrity and style.

Join the galleries of the Ashland Gallery Association for the First Friday ArtWalk each month as their featured artists and exhibits change. You can download the July 2011 month’s ArtWalk map HERE. The Ashland Gallery Association is listed in the Southern Oregon Artists Resource gallery category. Please find more information and contact info HERE.

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