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Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, August 3, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, August 3rd from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the August Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Please scroll down to “Spotlight Exhibits” and August Gallery Tour Map.

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Ashland Gallery Association August Spotlight Exhibits

Gallerie Karon

All Women Artists Invitational

Over 20 artists are represented in this popular annual show. Everything from photography to pastels, collage to mixed media and everything in between is available. Many of the artists will be here at Gallerie Karon to answer questions about your selections.

Raina Bradshaw is one of the jewelers represented. She produces one of a kind, delicate crystal, pearl and semi-precious stone jewelry. Judy Benson le Nier’s African animal photographs and accessories continue to fascinate. Janet Patterson shares her prize-winning pastels, many exploring nearby scenes around Emigrant Lake in all it’s seasons. Our latest artist, Denise Hazelton brought her fabulous baroque pearls and ethnic – themed necklaces and earrings from her studio in California.

As a special feature, Zahara will be dancing Middle Eastern dances accompanied by Shiviti with all female musicians. They will appear from 5:30 – 7:30 during the

First Friday Art Walk August 3rd. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and creativity of the female artist.

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Ashland Art Works

Whimsical Assemblage and Patterned Ceramics

Elin Babcock presents Circles, Cogs and Wheels with her whimsical assemblage sculptures. Repurposing found objects, broken instruments and welded metal, she creates an imaginary world. Lyrical Abstract paintings will also be included in her Featured show. Color is woven and overlaid throughout the canvas as forms appear and blend together.

Marydee Bombick, ceramic artist, will present a wide variety of individually patterned handmade platters and plates, both large and small, for every occasion. Multi-sectioned vases are presented to display your garden’s beauty. Even a single bloom will look lovely in one of the many bud vases – whimsical, carved, or twisted.

First Friday at Ashland Art Works will feature music by the Ashland Taiko Drummers.

Ashland Art Works – local artists, 5 galleries in a garden setting.

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Kate Geary

Kate Geary, an Ashland photographer, opens her new show Where Sea Meets Sand at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center on August 3rd during the 1st Friday Art Walk.  Her show explores the seaside beaches of Bandon and the Oregon Dunes near Reedsport, OR.

The sea creates an ever-changing, often dramatic interface with the land.  It shapes wide sandy beaches, rough rock-cobbled shores strewn with shells and other gifts from the sea, or flat vistas strewn with towering rock formations.  The remote beaches of southern Oregon seems to go on forever and gives one a sense of utter solitude. But upon closer inspection, a multitude of sea-dependent creatures cling to the rocks in multi-colored tenaments exposed by low tide.   Wind is the sea’s partner is shaping the coastal landscape.  Where the sea has created fine particles of sand, the wind spins it into myriad, ever-changing shapes and designs.  At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area one could easily imagine being in an exotic desert in far distant lands.  But glancing down, there are exquisite abstract designs at your feet.  Kate’s new show explores the intersection between sea and land on the dramatic Oregon coast.

Kate has also shown her work at the Illahe Gallery, Liquid Assets and Studio 5 in Ashland, and Rogue Gallery in Medford.

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

Hanson Howard

Outside the Lines: Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll, mixed media painting

Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll are three painters indulging in the freedom of playing outside the lines.

Join us for a reception for the artists during the First Friday Art Walk, August 3rd, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs August 22nd – September 4th.

Robert Koch

Gestural strokes and spontaneous marks collide with color blocks in Robert Koch’s narrative vignettes. Often prompted by found photographs, Koch takes the liberty to make his subjects humans or creatures inhabiting the same world. Having the appearance of quickness and even naiveté, Koch’s deft drawing skills mean each mark is playful and intentional at the same time.

Peter VanFleet

Part painting, part sculpture, Peter Van Fleet‘s work invites us to experience dimensionality, structure, and vibrant color. In this new body of work Peter has reworked paintings appropriated from other artists. He calls these paintings “Cowbirds”, referring to that bird which lays its eggs in another bird’s nest so that fledgling will be raised by the host.

Pamela Kroll

 Influenced by folk art, myth, and cultures from around the world, Pamela works with acrylic on paper, combining collage elements such as wires, beads, sequins, bird bones, and other small found objects. Many of the pieces have an iconographic and sometimes humorous quality and have been described as sophisticated folk art.

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24x24

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24×24

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