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A New Year, A New Journey Begins…

No matter where the muse takes you in 2018 – from the familiar confines of the studio to the beauty of nature and beyond – let Central Art be your creative passport!

When fresh inspiration is needed, look no further than our wide selection of art instruction and technique books to give you a head start. Brushes on your bucket list? Choose just the right fit for your suitcase with a beautiful assortment of brushes in a variety of styles and travel options. If journaling is your jam, you can never have too many sketchbooks! Fortunately we have all sizes, formats and weights of paper to suit whatever medium makes you happiest. Adding a few words of wisdom to your work is an art form in itself – why not go “old-school” with some dip pens and a bit of ink and rediscover the lost art of calligraphy? Central Art is your Hand Lettering Headquarters!

The list goes on and on, and so does your drive to create! Nobody knows that better than us.

Now is the time to seize the canvas and voyage fearlessly into an artistic adventure, so what are you waiting for? Come see us and begin charting a course today!

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Ampersand Clayboard

In 1994, Ampersand Art Supply began their mission of reviving the time-honored tradition of panel painting with the creation of Claybord, the very first coated painting panel. Over the years, Ampersand has added many wonderful painting panels with unique surface coatings suitable for all media.
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Caran d’Ache Open Stock & Sets

Caran d’Ache is the pen name by which French illustrator, Emmanuel Poire’, achieved worldwide renown in the 19th century. The choice turned out to be a salient one, since “karandash” is the Russian term for “pencil” and in turn comes from the Turkish root “karat ash” which refers to black stone – the origins of graphite. In 1924, Arnold Schweitzer, the founder of a Swiss pencil factory, decided to use the name of the famous illustrator, Caran d’Ache for his business.
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Crescent Mat Board

Crescent is headquartered in Wheeling, Illinois, and is a private, 5th generation family-owned company founded over 100 years ago. Crescent continues to innovate and develop new, on-trend products to meet the changing needs and interests of artists and framers globally. Crescent art material products have been selected by students and professionals alike for decades.
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Holbein Artist Paints

In Osaka Japan, the company was formed just before the turn of the last century, and took the name of European artist Hans Holbein in the 1930’s. From that time, Holbein’s presence has been significant in Southeast Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. Holbein is unique in the art material trade because they do not produce any entry student quality color products. Each of the color lines is adapted to meet the special requirements of the professional artist.
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Pentel Products

For over 70 years, Pentel has supplied the world with the highest quality products. Pentel is the only writing instrument company to receive the Deming Award for recognition of the highest standard of quality. Some of Pentel’s industry-leading products have been in production for many years, and remain in demand today, such as roller ball pens, graphite leads and mechanical pencils. Many new Pentel products will no doubt possess equally distinguished longevity.
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Stabilo Open Stock & Sets

Stabilo is a family run company that has been making writing products for more than 160 years creating pens that are trend-conscious, inspiring and visionary. The diverse products from Stabilo make the lives of people a little more colorful each and every day by delivering quality and implementing innovative designs into each and every pen.
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3-Day UArt Pastels Workshop Starting Friday, April 27th, 2018!

Location: Central Art Supply, Medford, OR   Date: Friday April 27 – Sunday April 29 2018
Time: Friday April 27 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday April 28 10:00 am -4:00pm, Sunday April 29 10:00 am -4:00pm   Price: $350.00   Students: 6-12There are many benefits of using an underpainting on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. The type of underpainting depends on the subject and desired end effect. In this workshop we will explore several options.

There will be a demo each morning using a different medium as an underpainting. There will also be an option to ‘paint-a-long’ from the same reference photo as Susan to really get a step-by-step approach of her technique from beginning to end. You will receive individual instruction tailored to your specific needs, level and goals as well as a constructive critique of work done in the workshop as well as any work you bring along.

Register Online at: 

UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop. Check out Susan’s website at

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Ashland Gallery Association January 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

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“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

ANM Gallery of Contemporary Art is thrilled to host local Ashland artist, Jennifer Jensen’s newest works of art titled: Africa, Fashion & Photography  

This exceptional show is a beautiful combination of creative expression and inspiration from her travels to Selous Game Reserve, in South West Tanzania where she photographed wildlife in the bush and then onto Zanzibar where Jensen purchased African fabrics to bring home and design her clothing.

Line, color, shape and texture are just some of the strong art elements that weave together her clothing design choices and carefully selected compositions in each safari image.  The care and attention to detail in creating each clothing and photograph clearly makes a statement of her devotion and passion to her crafts.

Each dress, each skirt each jacket, are wearable individual art pieces that are truly stunning.  These garments purposefully are hung on the gallery walls side by side with the photographs.  Together these two different mediums emulate a uniquely original show that ignites the true essence of Africa’s wildlife, geography, textiles and culture.

Please join us and meet the artist during our First Friday Art Opening:

January 5th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

180 Lithia Way, Suite 103, 541-414-7230

“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

Image: Diamond Polka Skirt, Jennifer Jensen

Photographers’ Gallery

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

Bobbi Murphy’s new show, Public Land Grab, opens at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center on Friday, January 5th.

For the first time in U.S. history, the government is shrinking federally protected parklands.  In December, 2,000,000 acres lost their National Monument status and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge may be opened to drilling.  And this is just the beginning. The administration has signaled it will continue the attack on federal lands and either lease them to the extractive industries or sell them off in return for political favors.   Bobbi’s images show some of the incredible beauty of our public lands and encourages the viewer to imagine their loss.

At Glacier National Park in Montana, a German visitor stood admiring the vast landscape.  He turned to Bobbi and said; “You Americans are so lucky to have this.  In Europe this would be privately owned and off limits”.  All proceeds from her show will be donated to The Nature Conversancy and The Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

Image:  Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills, California, photograph by Bobbi Murphy

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

“Tales and Dreams” – Featuring Art by J.N. Garrett

First Friday, December 5th at Ashland Pony Espresso

Join us at the Ashland Pony Espresso/Washington Federal Bank for First Friday Art Walk, January 5th, from 5pm-8pm, for our first show of 2018, featuring the story and imagination focused work of local artist Jennifer Garrett. Grab a cup of coffee or some delicious food, meet the artist, and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening of looking at art and talking with other creatives.

Jennifer completed the four-year fine arts program with Semyon Bilmes at Atelier Maui (formerly Ashland Academy of Art) in 2011. Since then, she has continued to study through various avenues, including the Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation artist conferences, and courses at Jennifer works as an art instructor and part time freelancer, and serves as the art walk coordinator for the artists of the Masterpiece Artist Guild.

Jennifer enjoys exploring a wide range of artistic media in her pursuit to create art that conveys emotions and stories. She works in pencil, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and mixed media, and she also loves to take what she has learned from more traditional methods of painting into cutting edge digital art programs, working on a computer or iPad in ways that are very similar to her approaches to drawing and painting on paper and canvas. There’s a thrill of discovery for her in trying different ways of working, in seeing what sticks around to become part of her process for the long haul, and in exploring the different ways media can be combined to create new results and approaches.

You can see more of Jennifer Garrett’s work at

The Pony Espresso is located at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland, OR 97520. We look forward to seeing you there!”

"Puck" by J.N. Garrett 

Image:  “Puck” by J.N. Garrett 

Schneider Museum

Winter Exhibitions at the Schneider Museum of Art

Exhibitions on View: January 19th – March 17th 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18th 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Anna Gray & Ryan Paulsen, Between the Beginning and the Middle 

Maria de Los Angeles, Transcending Myths 

Betty LaDuke, Social Justice Continued 

Storm Tharp, Fierce Last Stand

Maria de Los Angeles, installation at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, 201

Image: Maria de Los Angeles, installation at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, 201

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Felting Workshop

I recently taught a 3 day workshop with Marilou Moschetti, in Aptos, California.  The workshop; Dye, Felt, Sew; focused on creating yardage that would be custom fit to each students individual silhouette for a vest or a jacket.  The patterns used were Diane Ericson’s Fault lines Vest and the Plaza Jacket.

The first day students created a color study using Colorhue dyes.  They had fun experimenting with different color combinations.  They learned how to create warm and cool colors and how to tone.  They then dyed their silk for the next day’s felting.  Students also spent time sketching design ideas for their felt yardage.

The second day was spent creating the yardage for their jacket or vest.  Some students created designs using flat felt surface while others played with 3-D techniques.  Pattern pieces were fitted for each individual’s body type.

The last day was spent cutting, fitting and sewing the vest or jacket.  At the end of the day we had a mini fashion show.   The workshop was a great success.

Colorhue dyes color study

Colorhue dyes color study

designing nuno felt yardage

designing nuno felt yardage

Plaza Jacket Fitting

Plaza Jacket Fitting

Fault Lines Vest, cutting out the pattern

Fault Lines Vest, cutting out the pattern

Nuno Felt Fault Lines Vest

Nuno Felt Fault Lines Vest

Plaza Jacket

Plaza Jacket

Finished felted garments

Finished felted garments



Exciting New “Nuno” Felt Workshop

This is an exciting opportunity to spend 3 days creating nuno felt and visiting beautiful Ashland, Oregon

Design Custom Tailored “Nuno” Felt Yardage

May 7, 8, 9th, 2014

Plaza Jacket

Plaza Jacket

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Instructors: Jo Ann Manzone & Marilou Moschetti
To Register:  contact Jo Ann Manzone at [email protected] or
Call: 541. 951. 2526 for further information

During this three-day workshop, students will design and create “Nuno” felt yardage to be used to construct their own tailored vest or jacket. Flat felled seams will be used to close the front, back and sleeves into a functional unit, allowing the vest or jacket to have a lovely drape. accentuating each student’s individual silhouette.

Designs for the base fabric can be simple, elegant traditional fused silk with wool, 3-dimensional “Nuno”, or collage elements for each garment. The concept is to make a vest or jacket with a self-lining layer, of silk. The design possibilities are endless!!!!! There will also be an option to make two-in-one reversible yardage for the vest or jacket.

Fault Lines Jacket

Fault Lines Jacket

Two patterns will be available for purchase: Diane Ericson’s Fault Lines Vest and the Sewing Workshop’s Plaza Jacket. The Fault Lines Vest will be hand-stitched in the workshop. The Plaza Jacket will be machine stitched. Advanced felt experience is helpful, with intermediate sewing skills necessary. The patterns we will be using are NOT an all in one felt piece.

Workshop Fee: $395
Marilou Moschetti has taught for the Surface Design Association’s

Plaza Jacket Back view

Plaza Jacket Back view

“Reinventions” Conference, San Francisco State University’s textile department, coordinated The Felt Study Group in California, and taught workshops for The Tin Thimble, Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild, and The Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild. She has had garments exhibited at the San Jose Quilt & Textile Museum, FashionArt 2012 in Santa Cruz, California, and the Kent State Fashion Museum in Ohio.

Fault Lines Jacket Back View

Fault Lines Jacket Back View

Jo Ann Manzone has taught at Create Mixed Media Retreat for Artists, Costa Mesa, California, coordinated a 2-day workshop, Nuno Felt Basics with Polly Stirling at Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon, taught workshops at the American Sewing Guild’s Southern Oregon Chapter, and has exhibited her work through the Lithia Artisan’s Guild. She has a studio at Ashland Art Center where she teaches and creates.

Felted Fault Lines Vest Workshop Approaches

Fault Lines Vest Black and White118-Fault-Lines-Front-Web PatternThe Felted Fault Lines Vest Workshop is about a month away and there is still room for you to sign up for this exciting 3 day experience.  You will learn how to make nuno felt yardage and transform your yardage into a beautiful one-of-a-kind vest.  We will be using Diane Ericson’s Fault Lines Vest Pattern.  Diane’s pattern has lots of playful design elements, including pockets, closures and collars.  You can see some of the different designs in the vests and jackets I have made.  The black and white vest is a combination of felt and a beautiful wool fabric as is the charcoal/black jacket.  If you are looking to take your felting skills to a new level, this workshop is for you.  The cost for the 3 day work shop is $350.  Please contact me to reserve your space today or you can click here to pay for the class.

Creatively Yours,


Jo Ann Manzone

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autumn orange vest front view

brown fault lines jacket full view nov shoot

Dec 1-31: “Angels” Group Show at GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville

Dec 1 – 31, 7am – 6pm M-F
My large “Angel” hand-painted silk wall hanging will be part of a group show of angel art at the GoodBean Coffee Company for the month of December. This 45″ x 45″ piece will be available for purchase – Contact Hannah West at
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GoodBean Coffee
155 S Oregon Street
Jacksonville, OR

Nov 29-30: “Wine Dine & Shop” Benefit for HOPE Equestrian Center

Nov 29 from 11-4, Nov 30 from 10-4
Wine, Dine and Shop for holiday gift items! I will be there to display and sell my hand-sewn, cotton happi coats and kimonos, hand-painted silk wall hangings and scarves at Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery, to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center, a Medford therapeutic horsebackriding program for the disabled.
Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford, OR

Nov 19-Feb 21: Southern Oregon Guild Gallery

Nov 19, 2013 – Feb 21, 2014, M-F 11-3, Sat 10-2
Exhibit and sale of hand-painted silk scarves & wall hangings. The gallery is located at 24353 Redwood Highway, Kerby, Oregon
The Southern Oregon Guild is also having a Holiday Gift Show on Sunday, December 1st, from 2pm – 5pm.  Start your Holiday Season with the Southern Oregon Guilds’ Artists and the Oregon Little Big Band!  We’re having a fabulous party to introduce our 2013 Holiday Gift Show and give you the “Art Alternative” for your Holiday season!  We’ll be serving tastings of festive holiday wines and a wonderful buffet.  Free drawing for a hand-painted garden chair!

Felted Fault Lines Vest Class

I am so very excited to offer a 3 day felted Fault Lines Vest class January 17th through the 19th, 2014 at Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon.  I have been playing with Diane Ericson’s Fault Lines Vest pattern and coming up with some amazing vests, undershirts and jackets.  In this 3 day class you will learn how to make felted yardage that you will use to make a vest, undershirt or jacket.  We will be mostly hand stitching the garments and encouraging you to think outside the box by combining felt and fabric to make your garments.  I love this pattern because there are lots of opportunities for design play.  Think about making a fabric undershirt and felted vest.  You can add a collar or leave the lines simple.  Create a collage look using prefelts and scraps of silk.  The possiblilities are endless.  I am attaching some pictures of the vests, undershirts and jackets that I have already made and will be posting new items as they are completed.  Visit to see more Fault Lines Vest ideas. The cost for this workshop is $350.  Space is limited to 6, so you will receive lots of individual attention.  Please contact me to reserve your space today or click here to purchase.

faultlines jacket brn front



Nuno Felt Faultlines VestFault Lines Autumn Vest Pin detail

Fault Lines Autumn Vest Back

Call to Artists from the Talent Public Arts Committee

The Talent Public Arts Committee (TPAC) is creating a display to showcase the work of textile and fashion artists for the dates of Nov.12th-Jan.10th. At this time, this is an invitational show-however we are open to your suggestions of artists to contact and/or include. The deadline for jpeg submissions of work is Oct. 15th. We really hope to make this a great show and hope you’ll join us in the effort.

We are focusing on fashion design, textile art, and related practices such as art quilts, felting, rug making, silk dyeing, jewelry textiles, fashion illustration, photography of fashion/textiles, etc. We have a very large space to fill with artwork!

We have a wire and hook hanging system installed in the City Hall Gallery, so no work can be directly attached to the walls. Work that is not framed and wired needs to have a solid hanging apparatus that will work with this system. We would be happy to answer any questions to that end. We also have available a lighted glass display cabinet with movable glass shelves. The total size is about 8 feet long x 6 feet 6 inches tall x 14 inches deep. There are 9-12 shelves per case. Feel free to stop by City Hall anytime between 8:30am and 5pm Monday-Friday to look at the space and see what we have to offer. All sales have a nominal 10% commission fee, which goes directly back into the Public Arts coffers for putting on more events and shows.

To apply for this show click on “Call to All Artists” on the city home page at please read the “Guidelines for submission”, then follow the “instructions for application”. Again, the deadline for submissions is Oct. 15th.
To speak with us about possible artists, questions regarding the show, applications, etc. please call Karen at 541-621-6239 or email us at