Ashland’s First Friday, July 5th, from 5 to 8 pm

Join us for the holiday weekend festivities!

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday, July 5th, 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! 

July Spotlight Exhibits

Studio 151

Guest Artist Melissa Markell

July’s First Friday at the studio features a joint show of mixed media figures and wall art by Elizabeth York and works by guest artist Melissa Markell. Melissa’s work includes a Postcard Series consisting of vintage postcards cut apart and reassembled into 5” x 4” tiny stories told in color and imagery. Each collage rests on 15” x 11” watercolor paper. Also on exhibit are her abstract canvases of acrylic paint and alcohol inks plus some larger collages of texture and nature.

The studio will be open on First Friday from 5-8, Saturday 7/6 11-2 and Sunday 7/7 12-2.

Image caption:  Melissa Markell, "RED HOT," collage on watercolor paper

Melissa Markell, “RED HOT,” collage on watercolor paper


Ashland Art Center

“Second Chances” featuring Linda Dixon

“Terrene Oneiric” featuring Aaron Taylor

Ashland Art Center represents over 70 artists in our gallery, working studios and our print, clay and photography co-operatives.  This month we will be featuring two artists whose shows will consist of mixed media works. 

Linda Dixon’s Show, “Second Chances,” explores the use of found objects paired with drawing, painting, collage and textures.  Linda’s pieces are developed around mundane objects, re-imagined and repurposed in mulit-dimensional environments. 

Aaron Taylor delves into multimedia painting and serigraph in his show, “Terrene Oneiric,” where he explores abstract line in relation to landscape and involves intuitive exploration of color and composition. Imaginative and dreamlike, this new body of work is intended to communicate a surreality for the viewer to experience in their own way.

Jennifer Davis with be our musical guest and Platt Anderson Cellars tasting room at Ashland Art Center will be pouring local wines and beer.

Image caption: Aaron Taylor, mixed media

Aaron Taylor, mixed media

Hanson Howard Gallery

Jimmie Nord, sculpture & Élan Chardin Gombart, paintings

Show runs July 5th – 30th

Opening Reception: July 5th, 5-8 pm

Jimmie Nord, an artist from Northern California, works out of his studio/garage in Eureka, CA. He works mainly in wood and metal. His work is a playful look into construction and the tools and equipment that are used. He pulls his ideas from past work experiences such as construction and working with the U.S Forest Service. Currently, Jimmie is a lecturer at Humboldt State University teaching 3D and 2D Foundations, Professional Practices, Ceramics, and Special Topics in Sculpture. He is also a board member of Morris Graves Museum of Art.

Élan Chardin Gombart received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico. Élan is a partner at Hanson Howard Gallery.

The intuitive process and the visceral nature of visual language remain at the core of Élan’s creative practice.  Her most current paintings present dense layers of colors, textures and gestural marks with graffiti-like silhouettes of people and animals. They play with the age old past time of leaving our marks on walls.

Image caption: Élan Chardin Gombart, Let's Build More Ruins 4, acrylic on panel

Élan Chardin Gombart, Let’s Build More Ruins 4, acrylic on panel

Ashland Custom Frame

“It took me forever to find my Quetzal”  Monoprints by Marcy Greene

Due to the July 4th holiday we will be postponing our artist reception to Friday July 12th from 5-7 pm, but the art will be on display through all of July.

Marcy Greene’s process of creating art is a mysterious journey. She has come to revel in the wonder of listening in different ways – waiting for an image to reveal itself. Getting it “right” or “beautiful” is never the goal. The Muse is put off by artificial judgments. Creating art is a leap of faith.

Marcy Greene has been living, writing and painting in the Rogue Valley since 1981. Over time, she has come to revel in the wonder of seeing and listening in different ways–waiting for who or what shows up on the page, canvas or boards, to play. “Getting it right”, or “Making it Beautiful” shuts her down. She resorts to trickery; turning an artwork upside down; cutting a poem in half; fooling the ego to get it out of the way. Marcy will use anything at her fingertips; adding layers and layers of color to be scraped off, sanded and repainted. Her goal is to embrace a spirit of playfulness; a space expansiveness, no judgment, a place of no mistakes. You can find more of her artwork and studio space at The Ashland Art Center.

Devitt winery will be pouring a selection of their delicious wines from 5-7 pm, be sure to make it down for a sip!

Image caption: Marcy Greene, monoprint

Marcy Greene, monoprint

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the July Gallery Tour map, please visit:  


Please see attached “Spotlight Exhibits” and July Gallery Tour Map.

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

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