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Take a peek in our windows

You might have noticed that the front windows of the Art Center are looking especially fun and creative. That’s because of the vision and hands-on effort of one of our newer Gallery Artists: Jeanne LaRae. She is also one of several Studio Artists who have a work space upstairs (so you can stop by most days and find her in Studio 4) Jeanne recently relocated to Ashland from Laguna Beach where she owned and operated a thriving art gallery. Happily for the Art Center, Jeanne has taken on the role of Gallery Manager and is using her creative eye to make our main floor gallery even more beautiful.
The next time you’re on Main Street, take a peek in our windows and you’ll see art objects tastefully displayed against Jeanne’s gorgeous hand-painted backdrops.
Visit Jeanne’s website at:

Ashland Café des Artistes featuring Ashland Art Center artists

Saturday, October 20 • Noon to 6:00 pm
FREE EVENT • Fun for Kids and Adults

357 E Main St. (Ashland Art Center) & 376 E Main St. (Hither)

The atmosphere of a street art scene with a French flair. Local painters will set up their easels in front of Hither en plein air style

Stop in the cafe for a bite, then head across the street to the Ashland Art Center for some delectable desserts. Visit the main Art Center gallery featuring paintings, prints, ceramics, photography, jewelry and fiber art.
Music by the Nic & Zoé Duo • Special “Petite Paintings” • Great Raffle Prizes • Silent Auction


Thank you to our October Sponsor: Hither Coffee & Goods

376 E. Main St. Ashland, OR • Sun-Thurs 7 am to 3pm • Fri-Sat 7am-8 pm

Hither has a little bit of everything; Rotating coffee, Leaves and Flowers tea, homemade cakes, fresh baked goods, carefully soured cheese, soups, and made to order sandwiches. It’s not just a store for shopping, it’s a place in the neighborhood where people can pop in for a chat or just browse around. A real part of the community.

Hither offers a new approach to how wine and coffee are presented and sold in Ashland. Our focus is to bring the products that we love and cherish to the community. Everything we use in the kitchen is sold on our larder shelf, our goal is to offer products that are alive and natural. Come enjoy our rotating resident coffee roaster, a bite to eat and a glass of natural wine or take a bottle of wine to go.

Collage Dreams with Susanne Petermann

Friday, September 21st – 11 am until 2 pm

Join us for a casual session of collage-making in a meditative yet fun atmosphere. Create an image of your inner life in an atmosphere of playful meditation. You will be guided through a simple process to achieve a blend of art and craft.

What better way to spend an autumn day??

Bring images if you like, but all materials and tools are provided.

$30 payable at the front desk upon arrival
No experience necessary

Come hear the Troubador Brothers at Platt Anderson Cellars

September 20 –  NO COVER CHARGE!

The Troubadour Brothers: Dayton Mason and Daniel Nickels, have played together for over 20 years . They  mix two styles of music, the 1940 swing and 80s pop.

A New Collection Of Paintings by Marcy Greene

Saturday, September 1 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent OR

Show dates: August 27 –  September 28

From the artist:
“I have been living, writing and painting in the Rogue Valley since 1981. Over time, I have 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 me down. I resort to trickery; turning an artwork upside down; cutting a poem in half; fooling the ego to get it out of the way. I use with anything at my fingertips; adding layers and layers of color to be scraped off, sanded and repainted. My goal is to embrace a spirit of playfulness; a space expansiveness, no judgement, a place of no mistakes.”

Marcy’s work is also on display at the Ashland Art Center.
(Studio 12 – upstairs)


Collage Dreams – A fun, meditative collage-making circle.

Collage Dreams takes place every third Friday of the month from 11-2 at the Ashland Art Center.  It’s easy and fun, and costs only $30 including all materials.
In the creative bubble that is “Collage Dreams,” I was thinking of nothing in particular.  I was sitting at a table on the rim of a circle of tables, making collages with six women who had come to my class.  The images I had chosen were calling to each other, yellow to yellow, water to water. Outside, the summer was hot, there was smoke in the air and I wanted to feel comforted in the midst of all the uneasiness in the air.
Then I found it, a boat edged with flowers.  I thought, that’s where I want to be, in a flowered boat, on the water, resting.  The collage began to come together when suddenly I thought of a snippet of poem I heard, who knows when: “…in the boat of myself, …living under the ocean.”
I looked up the poem (thank goodness for Google, sometimes!) when I got home.  It’s by Rumi, that great 12th century Sufi master.
“Late, by myself, in the boat of myself,
No light and no land anywhere,
Cloud-cover thick.
I try to stay just above the surface
Yet I’m already under
And living within the ocean.”

You can register by contacting Susanne Petermann at [email protected], or by calling 541-773-9484.

Ashland Art Center announces Community Partnership Program

Ashland Art Center is the Number One spot on the First Friday Art Walk scene. We have anywhere from 150 to 300 people stopping by to meet our local artists and enjoy art, music and wine. We recognize the importance of supporting local art and business and are excited to announce our First Friday Community Partnership Program.

For a tax-deductible donation of $250 you will be our featured business on First Friday. We will promote your business in our newsletter that goes out twice a month to over 3,000 people, as well as our social media outlets including Facebook and Instagram. Your logo and a brief description of your business/service will be featured in a blog post on our website as a sponsor of Ashland Art Center.

Your business can provide flyers, coupons or general information to be distributed to our First Friday guests. Signage with your logo will feature prominently at the event.
We are so excited to be a part of building strong relationships with our local business community. Your contribution will help us continue to provide art education and support to local artists.

For more information on becoming a Community Partner, please contact:
[email protected]

July 14th, 6 -8 p.m at Platt Anderson Cellars

Join us for a Saturday night to remember when these two entertainers get together. Music will feature rock and roll, Jazz ballads and 60’s San Francisco rock.
No cover charge.

Robbie DeCosta, is a local musician, guitarist, actor and songwriter well known for playing the Big Bopper in “The Day the Music Died” at Camelot theater. Kristen Calvin is known as a multi-talented singer, dancer and actress. Kristen wowed audiences at the Camelot Theater in her role as Janis Joplin.

Artist Member Show

July 20, 3:00 pm – 6:00pm
July 21, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
July 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Val Dann

Val was born in New York City and from her earliest memories, art has played an important role in her life. She studied fine art in New York and graduated with a degree in art, education, and psychology. After a career in Communications and Marketing, she relocated from Central California to Southern Oregon.  She enjoys plein air painting and painting in the studio. Her art reflects a broad range of styles with a variety of mediums; including oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal and graphite. Experimentation and pushing the elements of art toward abstraction can be seen in many of her paintings.

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson has been involved in art his entire life, both as a professional illustrator and college art professor, and now, painter. He received his B.F.A. in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and his M.F.A. in Illustration and Design from California State University Los Angeles. As a freelance illustrator for 35 years, his clients have included IBM, The Library of Congress, Mercedes Benz, Yamaha, AT&T, American Airlines and most major publishing companies. For 30 years Eric was a full time art professor at Pasadena City College Art Department, teaching courses in illustration, color and composition, sketching and rendering. Eric now lives with his wife Teresa in Ashland Oregon where he is a full time painter.

Margaret Copeland

Margaret has been a handweaver since the early 70’s. She started making yarn on a spinning wheel and soon that led to too much yarn so she bought a loom and taught herself how to weave. She had the good fortune to buy another loom from a very skilled handweaver, Lillian Whipple, who became her good friend and mentor. From Lillian she learned to weave with fine threads. They taught a week long master class in fine thread handweaving at a national handweaving convention for the Handweaver’s Guild of America in 1990. Margaret has also worked as a contract weaver for other weavers, dress designers, and babywrap companies.

One of her favorite things to weave are beautiful chenille and cotton shawls and scarves. She is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and uses these natural palettes in her woven designs.