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Workshop with Jennifer Anne

FRIDAY MAY, 18   5:30 – 8:30 pm (Studio 9)

Come hang out Friday night in Studio 9 (upstairs at Ashland Art Center) and learn how to make a zine, create a fluxus box, or free flow with collage and drawing materials. Snacks and beverages provided.
Jennifer Anne will present a demonstration on zine making. A zine is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, often reproduced with a photocopier. You can also make your own fluxus box. Fluxus was an art movement in the 60s and 70s that not only wanted art to be available to everyone, but also wanted everyone to produce art all the time.  Make a box that that becomes an interactive art piece to inspire you and others.
Stamps, collage and drawing materials will be provided to help you make your zine and/or box your own!
$15/Person for Materials (cash/check only).
Please RSVP to [email protected]
Jennifer Anne holds a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley, and is currently living in southern Oregon, where she is a gallery and studio artist at the Ashland Art Center.

Spring Clean Sale & Sidewalk Sale

Friday May 18, Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20.  A big selection of discounted ceramics will be for sale on tables in front of the Art Center. These items go quickly so be sure to stop by early. Some Studio Artists will also be offering markdowns on their artwork. Don’t miss this opportunity to acquire some great art at super-reasonable prices.

The Taste of Ashland 2018 – Saturday & Sunday April 28 & 29

The Art Center is gearing up for the annual Taste of Ashland weekend. We hope you’ll stop by to see what our studio artists have been up to and to sample the tasty food and wine from: Platt Anderson Cellars, Trium Wines, Agave (Sat only), Arbor House (Sun only) and the Brickroom.  You can find us listed as numbers 8 and 9 on the wine tour map.

As a special treat, renowned local artist Denise Kester (who created the stunning signature artwork for this years event) will be on-site Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm to chat and sign copies of her Taste of Ashland poster art.  Be sure to visit Denise and see more of her artwork in her studio upstairs at the Art Center.

We are Ashland’s Favorite for First Friday!!!

Did you know that the Ashland Art Center has consistently won locals favorite place to celebrate Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk in the local Sneak Preview?

We have Fun on First Fridays and we just added 2 more reasons to make the Ashland Art Center a must-stop.

#1: Our new first Friday raffle! We will have 2 raffle winners every night. Tickets are just $1 each and proceeds benefit Ashland Art Center’s Programs. Both winners will receive an award-winning bottle of Platt Anderson Cellars wine and a piece of artwork created by an Ashland Art Center artist.

#2: We have raised the bar for our musician line-up! Our performers now include Ashland’s top favorites such as Holly Gleason, Blades of Grass, Liz Jones and Trishna Devi.

First Friday music performances are always free of charge. The Platt Anderson Cellars wine bar is open on First Friday. Snacks and award-winning wines for purchase.

Coming soon on May 4th 2018, we will host a Britt Music Festival favorite: Hannah Cooper.
Hannah  is a singer-songwriter with a sound that truly defies categorization. In seeing her perform live, you will experience her years of jazz guitar training, her classical choral background, and fine folk storytelling delivered with brave theatrical flair. She is able to create music that is simultaneously about love and heartbreak, good and evil, reality and dreams. With every performance, her listeners who come expecting a “just another” singer-songwriter are simply blown away.

New Kids Summer Classes Scheduled

The Art Center is offering affordable classes this summer in a variety of mediums.
Some scholarships are still available.

We have an exciting, fun group of classes and workshops for youngsters this summer:
Creative Adventures with Deb Van Poolen
(June 26, 27, 28 & 29 + July 24, 25, 26 & 27)

Puppet Camp with Amy Godard
(July 17, 18, 19 & 20)

Clay Camp Wheel Work with Liz O’Brien
(July 9 – 13 + August 6 – 10)

Check our Classes and Events Calendar for more information.

Student Art Show at the Art Center

During our March First Friday event we displayed the work of high school student Curtis Jones. Carolee Buck, one of our Studio Artists, has been mentoring Curtis, and her support and guidance of this talented young artist is much appreciated. The Art Center was happy to support Curtis and to help with his high school project.

Here is what creating art means to Curtis in his own words:

Artist Statement – Curtis Jones

Throughout my life I have enjoyed art. From the first time I could hold a pencil and draw scribbles, to my elementary school years when I illustrated a short book, and in middle school where I worked mostly in ink. Art has always been a part of who I am. Over the years my art has developed alongside of myself. When I was in elementary school and middle school I never used color. I enjoyed making ink and pencil drawings and there was a trend in my art that reflected who I was at the time. I was a shy kid and being assertive and outgoing was not something I knew how to do. As I moved into high school I decided that I wanted to be more than a shy kid. I worked hard to become more assertive and to become comfortable with and accepting of my introverted nature. As I developed a more colorful side to myself, so did my artwork. I began painting using acrylics and watercolor creating colorful pieces that showed who I was becoming and more recently I have been experimenting with oil. This is part of why art as an expression is so amazing. Without even knowing it, I was reflecting myself through my art whether that was in black and white or in color. I love that I can express myself through art, and I really enjoy seeing other people’s pieces and noticing the emotions that I feel from them.

Unlike my friends who dreaded doing their senior projects, I have been excited for the opportunity to create new pieces and show my work to the public on the first Friday in March. Although I knew this project would be fun, finding time to work on this hasn’t been easy. I play Varsity basketball for Ashland high school, and I also have been applying early to colleges and universities. During these things and a full course load of schoolwork, I love when I can escape into my artwork and just have fun. My post high school plans are not decided completely but I know I will to pursue a degree in mechanical or civil engineering at a program on the west coast. I am narrowing down my choices, and my top colleges include University of Portland, Gonzaga University, and Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles. I know wherever I go and whatever I do I will bring my art with me and I will enjoy it for the rest of my life.

Rent the Center for a Special Event

The Ashland Art Center is a versatile, unique venue that your guests will enjoy. By booking the Center for your meeting, party or workshop, you are helping to support the local art community.

Recently, the Art Center was delighted to host the Oregon Shakespeare Festival staff and visiting Board of Directors on the opening evening of the 2018 theater season. Guests attended a play during the day, then came to the Art Center for a beautiful buffet dinner before attending another play in the evening. The first floor area was transformed into an elegant party space and guests mingled and dined surrounded by the stunning art in the gallery. Special artistic place settings were created by the Art Center and several Elizabethan themed paintings by Terry Frosini were brought in and displayed especially for this event.

If you would like us to craft a package to your specific needs, please contact:
Jo Ann Manzone at [email protected]

The Art of Cake

On Wednesday, April 6, the Ashland Art Center (AAC) received a wonderful surprise in the form of a huge and beautiful cake shaped like an artist’s palette. The cake was a “Thank You” gift from the Culinary Arts students at Ashland Middle School to our very own Denise Baxter and all the folks at AAC.

Two years ago, Ashland Art Center partnered with Ashland Middle School to reignite arts curriculum at the school. Budget cuts had forced several art programs to be cut at Ashland Middle School and other school across the state, in spite of the clear evidence that arts education is beneficial to young people in a myriad of ways, from enhanced cognitive and problem-solving skills, better social skills, to lower incidences of school drop-outs and higher SAT scores. Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) created the Studio-to-Schools program to restore arts education to schools by partnering with arts organization around the state. Ashland Art Center was one of only 16 sites in the states to be awarded the grant. With funding from OCF in place, programs in music, visual arts, film/video arts, and culinary arts at Ashland Middle School once again began to grow and thrive. Today and into the future, features of arts education are being incorporated into the AMS curriculum so that all kids have the chance to benefit from arts education.

To express their appreciation the AMS Culinary Arts students, with support from teacher Jamie Hayden and volunteer Dan LaFonde, baked and decorated the artist’s palette cake. Check out the great pictures and the Daily Tidings article here: http://www.dailytidings.com/sports/20160406/culinary-creativity

Then join us at Ashland Art Center on Friday, May 6, for Ashland’s First Friday. The cake will be on display and served to visitors. Come join the fun!




The Art of Cake

On Wednesday, April 6, the Ashland Art Center (AAC) received a wonderful surprise in the form of a huge and beautiful cake shaped like an artist’s palette. The cake was a “Thank You” gift from the Culinary Arts students at Ashland Middle School to our very own Denise Baxter and all the folks at AAC.

Two years ago, Ashland Art Center partnered with Ashland Middle School to reignite arts curriculum at the school. Budget cuts had forced several art programs to be cut at Ashland Middle School and other school across the state, in spite of the clear evidence that arts education is beneficial to young people in a myriad of ways, from enhanced cognitive and problem-solving skills, better social skills, to lower incidences of school drop-outs and higher SAT scores. Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) created the Studio-to-Schools program to restore arts education to schools by partnering with arts organization around the state. Ashland Art Center was one of only 16 sites in the states to be awarded the grant. With funding from OCF in place, programs in music, visual arts, film/video arts, and culinary arts at Ashland Middle School once again began to grow and thrive. Today and into the future, features of arts education are being incorporated into the AMS curriculum so that all kids have the chance to benefit from arts education.

To express their appreciation the AMS Culinary Arts students, with support from teacher Jamie Hayden and volunteer Dan LaFonde, baked and decorated the artist’s palette cake. Check out the great pictures and the Daily Tidings article here: http://www.dailytidings.com/sports/20160406/culinary-creativity

Then join us at Ashland Art Center on Friday, May 6, for Ashland’s First Friday. The cake will be on display and served to visitors. Come join the fun!




The Artist’s Voice Winter 2016 issue from Ashland Art Center

This is the Q1 2016 winter issue of the Ashand Art Center’s newsletter. Read online or download to read AAC art events, classes and news!

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