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Oct 4 First Friday Special Exhibit

Living Sculpture Connecting to nature through the art of bonsai


The Cascade Bonsai Society, in collaboration with Ashland Art Center and local Ikebana artists will be exhibiting a collection of bonsai and art representing nature and the changing of the seasons. The exhibit is a collection of Bonsai Society member’s finest trees, and is timed to celebrate the fall colors.

To enhance the viewers experience, Art Center painter’s and photographer’s work has been paired with the trees to complete each display.  From rocky hillsides and mossy forest floors, to urban environments, each respective display tells its own story.

A collection of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), created by local ceramic and Ikebana artists will also be on display.  These seasonal works of art will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the Art Center.  “It is the Bonsai Society’s way of supporting the Art Center and thanking them for this wonderful opportunity to collaborate,” states club president Len Vaglia.  “By participating together we can celebrate how each of our respective art forms views nature from a different perspective. It makes the exhibit that much richer of an experience.”

Ashland Art Center Education Coordinator, Jo Ann Manzone agrees, “It’s rare when we get an opportunity to collaborate with artists whose work involves living trees and plants. It gives our studio artists a way to participate from another perspective and to celebrate how they perceive the same landscape or season.”

Each bonsai tree is considered a living sculpture representing the environment its larger relatives live in.

The goal is to make the tree look natural, as if a human never touched it. The silhouette should resemble a wild tree, with proper proportions. Its shape and design should tell a story without the need for words. The trees magnify nature’s spirit, helping the soul interpret and experience the mood of the landscape.

Members of the Cascade Bonsai Society will be on hand to answer questions and shed light on the process of bonsai development and refinement.

The Cascade Bonsai Society is dedicated to the education of its members and the community in the art and culture of bonsai. Visit www.cascadebonsai.org for more information.

 

Artist Member Show – August First Friday, 10:00am-8:00pm

Several times a year, Ashland Art Center offers its Artist Members the opportunity to participate in an artist member show. The next show will be held on First Friday, August 2, from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm in the main classroom. Artist, Jay Gordon, Kristine Ballenger and Andre Satie will be showcasing their work.

Jay Gordon • Show: The Inky Ocean Series
The Inky Ocean series developed out of a love of watercolor, ink and printmaking, along with the beauty of aquatic life in Japanese artwork, particularly within the history of traditional Japanese printmaking. I love the process of taking an initial drawing or idea and considering how it can be rendered with different types of materials, which influence the mood, structure, and graphic story of each creature. The juxtaposition of
the fluid transparency of watercolor combined with the solidity of ink is endlessly interesting to me as an artist, as are the variety of prints that can be created with the processes of relief print, intaglio and monoprinting. Each of these methods has in common the combination of careful planning along with a significant element of chance and surprise.
After extensive forays into music (as a professional bassist) and medicine
(as a pediatrician), I found myself living in Washington, D.C. and being seduced by
the art I found in the city’s amazing museums. I was so deeply affected by the work
I was seeing that in 2014 I decided to fully devote myself to drawing and painting.
Since then, I have been learning about and experimenting with all kinds of art,
including portraiture, illustration, still life, figure drawing and printmaking. I moved to
the beautiful Rogue Valley in 2017, and am currently affiliated as painter and
illustrator with Enclāve Studios and the Ashland Art Center.
Kristine Ballenger • Show: Fluid Expressions
My art is an abstract form that creates a story using ever-changing interplays of color and movement that challenge perception and viewer perspective. Some may see an underwater scene while others see wind and clouds. My hope is that this medium stimulates your imagination to “go with the flow”!

 

Andre Satie
I was born to a master sign painter dad and a craft loving mom in Fresno, California in 1937.  My art career is long and full and varied, beginning with my first competition, where my submission took First in Oil and Best of Show. A couple of months later, a tiny sterling silver sculpture on a wood base took Second in Sculpture at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Since then I have been represented in galleries in Colorado, California, Oregon, and Baja California, Mexico.
Artist’s statement
I make a world when I paint; or, when I paint, worlds emerge by themselves. Sometimes I struggle, but when I’m willing to do the struggle, to let go into what is coming up, every painting eventually resolves itself, and I’m often surprised; a painting will become something I never intended. Sometimes the little discrepancies and mistakes when allowed and followed, contain the spark of interest, the intense personal “real” something that carries the feeling, the music. This is what I reach for in the Art- the inner warmth that flames in the dark-for that to make itself manifest in the canvasses that are my responsibility.

Upcoming Art Shows for Marcy B. Greene

Marcy is a member of the Ashland Art Center, in downtown Ashland, 357 E Main St. You can view her artwork in the Main Gallery, as well as upstairs in Studio, #12.

In the month of July Marcy’s artwork will be displayed at:
The newly remodeled Platt-Anderson Cellars Tasting room,
(Inside the Ashland Art Center. Thank you to Gil and Shelby.)

Ashland Custom Frame Shop, 340 A St., unit 4.
(Thank you to Whitney and Christoph for their expert framing advice and work)

Capitello Winery  Tasting Room, 540 Charnelton St., Eugene, OR
Show dates: July 1st through September 2019.
(Thank you to Jen and Roy for their beautiful space!)

To learn more about Marcy, her artwork and news visit: marcybgreene.com

Zoé La Terreur and Nic Temple – June First Friday Music

June 7th at Ashland Art Center Music begins at 5:30 pm.

Zoé La Terreur and Nic Temple met in 2017, in Ashland, Oregon. After a first beautiful collaboration in a fundraiser, they decided to form the duo Purely Blue. They both have a formal training in classical music and also enjoy exploring different styles, such as jazz and folk rock.They have a new EP which has a mix of classical songs and beloved jazz tunes. Purely Blue has been performing in wineries, churches and other venues in the Rogue Valley and the vocalist and pianist are excited to broaden their horizons.

Calling all Rogue Valley Young Artists, Ages 5-18

The Ashland Art Center & Sanctuary One Present “The Year of the Pig” Youth Art Show! This exhibit will represent art work about pigs and our thoughts, feelings, and relationships with the animal itself and/or their attributes (eg: smart, fun, clever). All work submitted will be displayed at the Ashland Art Center on June 23rd during the Year of the Pig fundraiser. Awards will be presented at 3PM, the day of this event.

ART SPECIFICATIONS:
· One original pig – themed piece of art per artist.
· Art must be created on 8.5 x 11 inch paper or canvas, or matted on construction paper for this final size. It must be flat (unframed and not on stretcher bars) as art will be hung using clips on the top corners & depending on the number of submissions, may hang in several rows.
· All work will be accepted when delivered to the Ashland Art Center between May 8th and June 8th. It can be picked up on or after July 1st.
· Submission of artwork is an acknowledgement by the artist that the art can be photographed and may be used by the Art Center or Sanctuary One for publicity or fundraising purposes.
· Art Center staff may decline a piece of work if it is deemed inappropriate.
AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN BY AGE GROUP
Best drawing/painting, funniest, most colorful, cutest, most creative.

Young Artists Exhibit
Call for Entries

· Exhibition date: June 23rd 2:00pm – 5:00pm
· Artist reception and awards: June 23rd 3:00pm
· Entry timeline: May 8th through June 8th
· Please deliver your art to the Ashland Art Center.

All competition entrants will be admitted to The Year of the Pig event for free.

For more information on submission guidelines:
[email protected]

Gene Black & Bret Levick at Platt Anderson Cellars

Saturday, April 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Platt Anderson Cellars (located in Ashland Art Center). Gene and Bret will be playing some of your fave tunes, including orignals. Great Music/Great Wine… see you there!

Artists and Inspiration

That Stuck Place

Collage Artist Susanne Petermann recently wondered what other artists do when inspiration isn’t forthcoming. Here are some tips from a few Ashland Art Center studio artists, on what they do when they get stuck:

Susanne Petermann: Working on a collage, I often reach a point that one friend of mine used to call “craft stress.” Well, to me, collage isn’t exactlly craft, but the idea stuck with me. How well I know that feeling of overthinking a particular piece, but continuing to work at it anyway!

Denise Kester: I try to make decisions about art from my belly, not my head. When I get stuck while doing a piece of art, I take three deep breaths into my belly.  This gets me out of my head and into my body. My body knows what to do. My head just asks a lot of questions, has doubts, worries, and overrides what my belly and heart know.

Katherine Dron: Go back to the books.  Look at the professionals’ strategies and see how they solved certain problems.  Either online or in my library.

Dana Feagin: I put the piece aside and start something new. Most paintings go through that “it’s-not-worth-working-on” phase.  Then I just take a break and come back to it later. Usually I have 7-8 paintings I’m working on, to allow dry time between sessions, and also for this weird struggle period.

Marta Marthas: 1. I go for a walk to help my body and mind relax. 2. I work on a different piece for a while. 3. If I am stuck for longer periods, I consult another artist for help or advice, because another point of view is useful in working through being stuck.

Darlene Southworth: I set the piece aside where I can see it. I work on something else, but look at it every few days (for up to a year). I revise it or take it apart.

Jo Ann Manzone: I’ve learned to walk away from the piece I’m working on and do something else that allows my mind to be still.  From that stillness comes ideas.

Carolee Buck: 1. Turn it upside down. 2. Show it to Elaine [Frenett]. 3. Do something to change my focus, like walk, doodle, read, or go outside.

Marcy Greene: I take a new piece of paper, slather it with paint, and just start scribbling.

Thank you Sanctuary One: Our March Community Sponsor

Meet Sanctuary One staff and volunteers at the Art Center on First Friday, March 1 and find out more about the upcoming “Year of the Pig.” celebration. Ashland Art Center is partnering with Sanctuary One for this fun-filled event in June, a special day to help animals and support local artists too!

Sanctuary One:
People, Animals & the Earth.
Better Together.

At Sanctuary One, people of all ages have the opportunity to volunteer on a real working farm and experience nature’s healing power firsthand. We offer educational tours that open people’s hearts and minds. We invite groups from schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations to visit the farm for fresh air, exercise and hands-on service-learning. We help teens who are in legal trouble learn how to make better choices. We mentor interns who dream of becoming the next generation of care farmers. We promote the ethics of mindful, sustainable living. And we provide a safe, loving home to rescued farm animals and pets. It’s all part of a practice called care farming.

Care farms like Sanctuary One demonstrate how farming for health can be an affordable, natural and effective means of healing people. They serve as models for treating animals humanely and honoring their intrinsic physical and spiritual value. And they illustrate how the environment that sustains us all can be steadily improved through organic and permaculture-inspired farming practices.

At Sanctuary One, we envision a future where care farms are as commonplace in the United States as they are in Europe. For example, in the Netherlands there are more than 1,000 established care farms. Great Britain has hundreds, and there are dozens more in other European countries. We hope to enliven and motivate our visitors at Sanctuary One and, ultimately, inspire more Americans to start up care farms in their communities.

For more information visit: https://sanctuaryone.org

Thank you Sanctuary One: Our March Community Sponsor

Meet Sanctuary One staff and volunteers at the Art Center on First Friday, March 1 and find out more about the upcoming “Year of the Pig.” celebration. Ashland Art Center is partnering with Sanctuary One for this fun-filled event in June, a special day to help animals and support local artists too!

Sanctuary One:
People, Animals & the Earth.
Better Together.

At Sanctuary One, people of all ages have the opportunity to volunteer on a real working farm and experience nature’s healing power firsthand. We offer educational tours that open people’s hearts and minds. We invite groups from schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations to visit the farm for fresh air, exercise and hands-on service-learning. We help teens who are in legal trouble learn how to make better choices. We mentor interns who dream of becoming the next generation of care farmers. We promote the ethics of mindful, sustainable living. And we provide a safe, loving home to rescued farm animals and pets. It’s all part of a practice called care farming.

Care farms like Sanctuary One demonstrate how farming for health can be an affordable, natural and effective means of healing people. They serve as models for treating animals humanely and honoring their intrinsic physical and spiritual value. And they illustrate how the environment that sustains us all can be steadily improved through organic and permaculture-inspired farming practices.

At Sanctuary One, we envision a future where care farms are as commonplace in the United States as they are in Europe. For example, in the Netherlands there are more than 1,000 established care farms. Great Britain has hundreds, and there are dozens more in other European countries. We hope to enliven and motivate our visitors at Sanctuary One and, ultimately, inspire more Americans to start up care farms in their communities.

For more information visit: https://sanctuaryone.org

The Emerging Artists Gallery

On March 1st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, culinary artists from both Ashland Middle School and High School will be displaying and serving in the gallery and classroom. We invite the community to come out and support our budding young artists.

Plant an artist, watch them grow.
As part of our new Emerging Artist youth program, the main gallery now features a space for children and young adults to exhibit and sell their artwork among our other showcasing artists.

The Art Center is passionate about providing a nurturing environment where our community’s youth can explore their creative skills and seek professional development early on. Our classes are affordable and meet a variety of budgets with scholarships provided for those in need.

Our Community’s youth is our future, we invite you to come and add your support!