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A message from Johnna Pope, our Executive Director:
As 2019 draws to a close, we reflect on our community with overwhelming gratitude. Mid-year, we came to you in need of funds to continue our mission as a visual arts resource to all age groups. Because of you, we were able to continue all of our art class offerings, including low and no cost to over 100 students, and provide working studio and gallery space to local artists, at a time when increasing rents challenge local businesses and creative people aspiring to earn a living. We are fortunate to live in a community so supportive of the arts. As the year draws to a close, we must continue our fundraising efforts to cover our $150,000 annual operating costs.

As the Art Center works towards long-term sustainability, we are excited about the year ahead. In January, we will finalize our clay studio expansion creating room for wait-listed clay memberships. In the spring we will welcome a new glass studio with fusing classes.This new space will also allow us to nearly double our class offerings. In 2020 we will also focus on staff development and creating stronger community ties. We look forward to partnerships with Oregon Shakespeare Festival & Ashland Independent Film Festival for new events, while continuing our relationships with Cascade Bonsai Society and Platt Anderson Cellars.

We are proud to have created a professional establishment for children and adults to flourish in their creativity. Together, we can inspire future generations through self expression. In times where art is disappearing from schools, an art community is more important than ever.

I would like to ask you to consider making a gift to the Art Center. Whether you can manage $25 or $2,500, every penny matters. You will make a difference, widen our impact, and change lives in amazing ways.

Warmly,
Johnna Pope

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Ashland Art Center is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization

Coming in 2020- Artist Member Show

January 3, 10am to 8pm in the main classroom
Featuring Artist Members: Marianne Werner, Nikki Von & Kristen O’Neill. This is a free perk for artists who are members but are not currently showing at the art center.

FEATURED ARTIST MEMBERS:

Marianne Werner is drawn to the natural world and to colors, and she works to capture her experiences with both photographs and poetry. Through images and words—animals, flowers, landscapes, food, children—she preserves what she sees as memorable moments. A passionate traveler, she seeks touchstones of beauty indifferent cultures, usually natural images, but also those created by humankind. She has chosen canvas or metal rather than archival paper as her mode of expression; these mediums open her photos for a direct, clarifying vision. A retired English teacher and a newcomer to Ashland, she has published poetry, articles, and photos in various local and national literary magazines, in addition to Moments, a collection of poems and photos, and Findings, a poetry collection.

Nikki Von
Flowers! I love everything about flowers. In the past, I’ve had and designed extensive gardens. Now, some blooms in a vase bring me just as much joy. I’ve made art all my life. Currently, I’m mainly painting in oil, which is a luscious, wonderful medium. I think it is the role and the joy of the artist to point out the amazing things, “pretty” or not, in this world.
Kristen O’Neill
Kristen will be exhibiting select paintings from her newest series, “The Thirty-six Views of Mt. Rainier” and a few from the “Oregon Coast Trail.” O’Neill specializes in creating contemporary Impressionist paintings of hiking trails, and collaborates with hikers from around the country. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a passion for teaching art.

ART SALE – Friday Nov. 1 – 5pm-8pm

 Art Show in the Ashland Art Center Classroom (main floor)

Meet Anne Stine (vision quest guide), other vision questers, and the artists. Enjoy a glass of wine, visit the gallery and buy art! *early bird sale starts at 4 pm.

Featuring art by: Susanne Peterman, Kaya Hagen, Glenda “GG” Goodrich, Kate Geary and Lavelle Foos.

All proceeds go toward the scholarship fund.

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If you’re looking for a simple, automatic way to continue supporting the Ashland Art Center, you should start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com. You shop as you normally would on the site, at no extra cost to you, and you don’t need to make a separate account.

Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charity of your choice.

Though 0.5% is not a large donation and it isn’t intended to replace your regular charitable activities, AmazonSmile is still a great way to take advantage of a service you’re using anyways.

All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you. Happy shopping from the comfort of your home knowing you are also helping out the local art community!

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!