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Art Revealing the Gunfire Epidemic. Make a Box. Send It In. It Counts.

ART REVEALING THE GUNFIRE EPIDEMIC.
MAKE A BOX. SEND IT IN. IT COUNTS.

Back to School with The Soul Box Project

Nobody likes to hear school and gun in the same sentence. Schools spent a lot of time and energy preparing for the worst. Like teaching new words to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:
“Lockdown. Lockdown. Lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more. Go behind the desk and hide. Wait until it’s safe inside. Lockdown. Lockdown. It’s all done. Now it’s time to have some fun…”
Or what this teacher says in a note accompanying a delivery of Soul Boxes:

Of course, the stories that haunt us most are about the heartbreaking
shootings that actually happen. But there are also stories about action. For instance, over the past eight months we’ve watched the Parkland, FL students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School build a movement out of their tragedy.
Educators, students and parents are also taking action with Soul Boxes. Each is a page in our Soul Box story. Here are some of the ways Soul Boxes are going back to school.

A Day of Courage and Compassion

Last April, Da Vinci Middle School in Portland, OR spent the day making Soul Boxes. The activities were part of the arts magnet school’s full-day exploration of courage and compassion. Soul Box Project founder Leslie Lee visited as the school’s HeArt Learning guest artist.

She started the day speaking to an auditorium of middle schoolers about art, activism, courage and Soul Boxes. Guided by peer leaders, the students then spent their morning classes learning to fold Soul Boxes. Leslie visited classrooms to meet students and answer questions in the afternoon. In their last class of the day, students wrote about their experiences. The feedback from the students and faculty was overwhelmingly positive! If you would like Leslie to visit your school, please contact her here.

Students Explore Their Power for Good

Woodrow Wilson High School students in Portland, OR carried Soul Boxes as part of their activism against gun violence, recorded here on their yearbook page.
Using the Soul Box Project in a service role provides an opportunity for students to engage, act and reflect while fulfilling their state’s high school graduation requirements or credit allowed toward graduation for service-learning/community service. Folding Soul Boxes can be tailored to a one-day project or an ongoing endeavor engaging other students over a set period of time. The individual act of folding a Soul Box, honoring a life lost or affected by gunfire, is meditative and healing. Group folding provides a nonthreatening opportunity for dialogue about gun sense and activism. Working towards a goal tied to a statistic – such as representing the 733 children, 11 and under, shot in 2017 – illustrates the gunfire epidemic, as well as the power of art activism.
Schools wishing to further extend student comprehension on the issue of gun violence can also order a curriculum toolkit from Vision Quilt .

Hannah Taylor and Graham Yotsuya lead a Soul Box workshop on Unity Day at West Linn High School in Oregon. Full story here.

Cheerleaders at Parkrose High School in Portland, OR folded 69 Soul Boxes at the first session of their community service.

School-based activism doesn’t stop when the class bell rings. 

A retired teacher sent a set of Soul Boxes. Her note touched on the comfort that can be found, just by folding. “Thank you for letting me express my hurt, anger and frustration with what is happening in our country in a way that’s visual and creative.”

Betty Reynolds, Mark Mandel and other members of Woodrow Wilson High School’s class of ’66 in Portland, OR not only folded 87 Soul Boxes, but raised over $900 for the Project, as well. You can make a donation here.

Even pre-schoolers can contribute to Soul Box making. Here’s an idea to help the littlest hands contribute: Use a cardstocktemplate to outline the area that will show once the Soul Box is folded. Let them decorate the flat paper, then you do the folding. Cynthia Towle DeVore, on our Facebook Soul Box Community group, shared this insight: “For the very youngest we chose to simply call them boxes and not to go into the background. We felt that at 4 years of age it was developmentally too young to go into gun violence..,”

That said, any child who has experienced a lockdown at school deserves a positive, empowering way to respond. This second-grader not only comprehends the issue but shows an innocent compassion for the shooter that few adults would extend.

After the Las Vegas shooting in Oct. 2017 a seven year old boy talks about the SOUL BOX he made.

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And, finally, parents. Soul Box volunteer Stephanie Bugge Wilson – the person who keeps our social media interesting – penned this blog about her experience as a parent with children in lockdown, and how it led her to the Project.

If you’d like to join the Soul Box team, we could use your help! Specifically, we need to hire an Outreach Coordinator in the Portland, OR area. More information here.

On to Salem!

Even with the help of teachers, parents and students we still need thousands of Soul Boxes for our first major installation.
On February 15, 2019 — coincidentally the day after the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting — we’ll fill the Gallery West in the Oregon State Capitol lobby with 36,000 Soul Boxes!

That’s one Soul Box to represent every person shot in the US during a typical year. Legislators and staff will be in session. We will invite them to stop by and add their own Soul Box. This exhibit is also a chance to attract media attention with a parade of 72 volunteers each carrying a clear bag of 500 Soul Boxes in and out of the Capitol. If you want to participate let us know.

With an incredible 22,000 Soul Boxes already contributed, we are over halfway to this first goal — with more exhibitions to come! Gather your friends and family to fold, personalize and send in your Boxes (instructions here).  If you’re part of a community, from a book club to a congregation, we have tools to get you organized here. Watch our Facebook page to find weekly Box-folding gatherings around the Portland, OR area. Better yet, start your own, especially if you are in a different state.  However you do it:
Make a Box. Send it in. It counts.
Now, more than ever.

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AGA October 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, October 5th from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the October Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries. com  

Art & Soul Gallery

Mountains and More, Paintings by Carla Griffin

“It is my desire to awaken in the viewer the delight that arises from careful observation.”  Carla J Griffin, PSO

Carla presents her exquisite, realistic Oil and Pastel paintings.  Her expressive landscapes depict the world through her observations and vision.  Carla’s works will be exhibited through the month of October.  Please join us for a festive opening on First Friday, October 5, from 5-8 PM.

Carla has won numerous local awards for her art including Painting of the Year from Southern Oregon Society of Artists and Best of Show from the Josephine County Artists Association. Griffin has also been accepted into four Pastel Society of Oregon’s judged shows with awards in two of them and is now a Signature member. The Pastel Society of the West Coast also accepted an entry from Griffin.

Carla Griffin, “Smith Rock”, painting

Carla Griffin, “Smith Rock”, painting

Art & Soul 20th Birthday Celebration

We will celebrate bringing Fine Art to Ashland and the surrounding communities on Friday, October 26, from 5-8 PM.  Join us for birthday cake, wine, music and of course fine art!  

Schneider Museum of Art

Fall Exhibitions

September 28th, 2018 – January 5th, 2019

Opening Thursday, September 27th, Museum Members and Volunteers VIP reception 4-5pm, General Public, 5-7pm

Entry Gallery:

Terrain: The Space Between from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Featuring work by Vija Celmins, Judy Pfaff and Ed Ruscha

Main Gallery:

Field Burnsa solo exhibition by Patrick Collier

Heiter and Treehaven Galleries:

Outland Abouta two-person exhibition featuring Carl Diehl and Susan Murrell. Curated by Patrick Collier

The exhibitions will be complemented with First FridaysFREE Family Days and Tuesday Tours – drop in docent-led tours of the exhibition held every Tuesday at 12:30 PM.

Patrick Collier, “Gate Burn”, digital print

Patrick Collier, “Gate Burn”, digital print

Ashland Art Works

Rogue Valley Views: Woodworking, Furniture, and Paintings

Visit us this month to see new offerings by painter Michael Gibson, who took inspiration from Oregon’s Bear Creek Wine Trail, and furniture maker John Weston, who uses woods found and sourced in the Rogue Valley. Come by and meet the artists at First Friday on October 5.

Michael’s style is unique and at the same time inspired by works of post-impressionist artists. For this show, he traveled Oregon’s Southernmost Bear Creek Wine Trail and painted views from the wineries. The oil paintings are on particleboard, which provides an interesting texture. Michael received his BFA from Houston Museum of Fine Arts. He has worked as a designer, art director and taught life drawing, illustration, painting, graphic design and photography at Art Institute of Houston and the Art Institute of Seattle.

Becoming a part of a cooperative of artists has inspired John Weston to stretch his woodworking and to combine form with function. His work is intended to provide generations of use and enjoyment. Mortise and tenon joinery, mitred splines, dowels, dovetails. and floating tenons are a few of his favorite construction techniques. John’s work consistently attempts to highlight the natural beauty found in selected pieces of lumber.  He collects unique pieces of lumber and finds enjoyment in sharing their beauty with others. When using exotic woods, he tries to purchase certified lumber that is harvested from tree farms. John’s greatest satisfaction comes from using woods native to Oregon.

Michael Gibson, oil painting

Michael Gibson, oil painting

Gallerie Karon

Faces, Hidden and Revealed

Masks, Puppets and Portraits

There are a couple of twists to the annual mask and puppet show this year at Gallerie Karon. We’ve added portraits to the mix that will include work by Robert Paulmenn, Pam Danielle, Brooks Garden Hauschild and Richard LeVitt among others.

The most unusual offering is from a private collection of vintage ventriloquist dummies. It’s rare to see a grouping like this and all for sale! Hand puppets are also in the evidence and many, many animals are represented.  We even have stringed marionettes! Our extensive mask collection comes from all over the world. It includes helmet, face and shoulder masks. (We have a few fun ones for Halloween wearing too!)

Ventriloquist Dummy

Ventriloquist Dummy

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Special Events

Riding Beyond

Healing HeArts – Breast Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser

Riding Beyond is a non-profit organization that opens doors to the future for breast cancer survivors through in-depth experiences in the horse/human connection.  In support of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local businesses will participate in this fundraiser by providing gifts for a raffle on First Friday and cash donation jars throughout October.

Ashland Art Center Collage Making Event

Ashland Art Center will host a collage making event: Horses and the Human Heart, conducted by Riding Beyond participants and volunteers during October First Friday Art Walk.  Find out how horses provide life-changing benefits for the many after-effects of breast cancer treatment, often lingering for years. Hear stories from participants of their enthusiasm for the “miracles” that unfold for them. See videos of interactions with the horses. Create your own collage to take home the power of the horse to benefit your own life. Find more information at ridingbeyond.org. This event is part of Riding Beyond’s city-wide public awareness campaign on October First Friday: Healing HeArts.

Participating Galleries and Businesses:

American Trails: Gifting a $50 gift certificate 

Ashland Art Center: Artists Gifts Basket; plus they are hosting the Collage Event

Ashland Art Works:  $50 gift certificate

*Be Cherished Salon:  Gift Basket

*Imani Institute of Cosmetology: Gift Basket

*KIXX : $50 gift certificate 

Manzanita: Barnwood framed Giclee by Texas artist Mary Gregory

Melanie Macinnes: 20% of all her art sold that evening

Platt-Anderson Cellars: 20% of sales October 5th; Gift Bag of Wine for raffle

Pony Expresso:  Coffee Gift Basket (needs a sign); plus donating 10% of their sales on Oct. 5th

POSH Organics: Skincare Boutique Spa: Gift Basket

*Sew Creative:  $50 gift card, including a private shopping experience after store hours for up to 5

*Strands Salon: Gift Basket

The Crown Jewel: a $35 gift certificate

Three Penny Mercantile: $50 gift certificate

*Umpqua Bank: wine and treats gift basket

Walton Art House: silver and gold ring with a moonstone (valued at $100) handcrafted by Denver artist, featured for the month of October

*These galleries/businesses are supporting the Healing HeArts event with a donation to be raffled off the evening of October 5th, although they will not be open for business during the hours of the First Friday Art Walk.

5th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

Come Into Our Studios…

October 13th &14th, 11 AM-5 PM

Free to the public

During the second weekend in October a group of local artists will open their studio doors to the public for the Fifth Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour.

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is an inspiring self-guided arts tour brought to you by the Ashland Gallery Association.  This free community event will guide visitors to a diverse array of artist studios in Ashland and the surrounding communities of Talent and Phoenix, while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.

We invite you to come see the creative processes behind our talented arts community. There will be a variety of mediums from painting and drawing to ceramics, metal and fiber arts, as well as demonstrations, presentations, and screenings to reveal each individual’s unique methods.

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is part of the Ashland Gallery Association’s efforts to promote the visual arts in our communities and is made possible in part by grants from the City of Ashland and the Oregon Community Foundation

Tour Maps are available at AGA member galleries or visit www.ashlandost.com to download a brochure and read more information about participating artists.

Visit: www.ashlandost.com for more information and a map of the participating studios.

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Discover New Dimensions of Creativity with Art Explorations Mini Workshops at Central Art!

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Art Explorations Mini Workshop:

Leather Painting with Angelus

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: Central Art classroom

Fee: $7Take Central Art’s NEW Angelus leather paints for a test drive, and paint a leather coaster with our own Lara Strazdas!

Angelus Paint can be used on any leather surface, as well as many other surfaces as long as they are prepped properly. Some of these other surfaces include: Canvas, Fabrics, Mesh, & more! Come try them out at this fun mini-workshop, and get inspired for future projects!

Sign up NOW to reserve your spot!

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. Pay in advance to reserve as space is limited. Visit Central Art or call 541-773-1444 to register.

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Great Biblical Art and New Workshops in Sedona August 31 – Sept. 29th

 Art + Workshops + a getaway in beautiful Sedona!
Masterpiece will be in Sedona Aug. 31 – Sept. 29th as the final U. S. city of this compelling Biblical fine art exhibit. Plus two new art workshops!  See all the details below for exhibit and workshop registration:
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  “Words In Red, – the Direct, Uncensored, Provocative Words of Jesus”
– August 31-Sept. 29th

 Opening Reception Saturday, Sept. 1st  at 7:00 p.m. at Wayside Chapel

    Sedona is known for its world renown red rock beauty, its dramatic sunsets, it spiritual seekers and its great art. What guests will also find this September is the traveling “Words in Red” fine art exhibit.  Guests and tourists from across the country and the world can stroll through this fine art gallery with Nicodemus at Night, The Woman at the Well, Healing of the Blind Beggar, The Woman Caught in Adultery, the demise of the demon possessed pigs, the crucifixion, the resurrected Christ on the shore of Galilee.  A visual plethora of compelling artistically rendered scenes by contemporary art legends Michael DudashRon DiCianni, Frank Ordaz, Chris Hopkins, Glenn HarringtonMick McGinty, Dan Chen and additionally regionally featured artists sculptor Tom White, Jeannette Tuscher, Caroline Linscott, and Elena Eros
  Plus experience the cinematic sounds of the Words in Red music score
Sanctus” by Willem van Wyk”
Experience this enrapturing sound
 Join us for the opening reception
at Wayside Chapel
Saturday, Sept. 1st at 7:00 p.m.
N 401 N. St Route 89 A
Mon – Wed. 10 – 5 p.m
Fri. & Saturdays   11 a.m. – 7 pm.
Sun. noon -5.  Closed Thursdays
Regular admission is free
Group and school tours available. Call 541.601.7496  for info

Can’t make the show, but want to explore the Words in Red exhibit?   Order the full Gallery Guide here with artist bios, full color depictions and more.

Workshops: Saturday, Sept. 29th
Painting Live in Front of Congregations
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

>From her many years of experience in this field Phoenix artist Elena Eros will take guests in this workshop from idea to a concept, from a concept to sketch, from a sketch to final performance piece of art. Consider Art materials, media, canvas size and light. Prayer and research. Dressing up & preparation of the stage. Working with a Worship Pastor and his team. Interaction with people after the end of the service. Talking to the audience and answering questions.  Her many years of experience will help anyone interested in this dynamic and beautiful act of corporate worship to perform with excellence and power.  Perfect for artists or worship pastors wanting to know more about how to incorporate this moving experience into their church.
$30 – advanced registration required
Plus
Bezalel: The History, Impact and Future of Biblical Art
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Includes:
Brief History of Biblical Art. Art in Roman catacombs.
Who was Bezalel and his place in God’s economy?
The importance of visual art.  Does Biblical Art still exist?
Art & health.  Art and education.
Biblical art and Churches today.  Future of Biblical Art.
Jerusalem’s Bezalel School of Fine Art.  You will come away with a depth of
understanding  of this rich heritage and future for Biblical art in culture today.
$15 – Advanced registration or at the door

Or $40 for both sessions advanced registration only
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Wayside Chapel, Sedona, Arizona

Elena Eros (pronounced Erosh) became follow of Jesus Christ in 1990 in Christ Church in England. She was an active member of Faith Church in Budapest, participating in all aspects of Art Ministry (illustrations, stage decoration, costume designing). She continue her spiritual art journey in England and came to the USA in 2006. Ms Eros was first asked to paint live in Gold Canyon Community Church and since then she has been painting live in Arizona Churches as well as nationally. Elena Erosh is a guest speaker on Biblical Art. She has been teaching Art to young students and adults at Churches, schools, colleges & Community Centers. Her goal is to help bring art back to the Churches, restore the traditions of Biblical Art & teach believers through Godly Visual Art: has been Elena’s passion and mission. Bezalel is her favorite Biblical Figure (Exodus 31-35).

Experience the Incredible Music!
Listen now to the cinematic-esque original music score for the Words in Red exhibit by international composer Willem Van Wyk

Sanctus takes you on a moving journey with a blend of fusion and ethnic world/folk music, rich with haunting vocals (Clara Sorace, Celica Soldream and Victor Sordo) and orchestral grandeur that speaks to the heart. Inspired by the Words of Christ and the artwork of Words In Red, these musical tracks accompany the exhibit experience . Listen now and download one or more of these compelling melodies.
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Create Art & Celebrate Diversity- Community Art Contest

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As part of our celebration of the fair’s 25th anniversary Sept. 29, 2018, Central Art and the fair are hosting a community art contest.

Consider submitting artwork with the theme “diversity” for the chance to display your artwork at the fair and win prizes!

Contest rules
Artwork will be judged on creativity, style and how well the artwork reflects the contest theme.
Artist may use any medium/format desired (black and white, color, pencil sketch, painting, ink, photograph, etc.).
Artwork must be an original creation, no prints.
Artwork must be created within the past year.
Artwork must be family friendly for viewing by people of all ages, gender, culture and race. Our intent is to emphasize equity, diversity and inclusion.
Artwork must be flat and not exceed 11” x 14” in size.
There is no entry fee. Limit 1 entry per person.
Artwork must be submitted with completed entry form by 4 pm, Friday, August 31, 2018 to Central Art, 101 North Central Ave, Medford.

The selection committee will announce winners at the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at noon.

Immediately after the fair, all artwork will be at Central Art, 101 North Central Ave., for pick up. Artists must pick up their art at Central Art by 4 pm, Tuesday, October 16. It may be disposed of after that date.

Entry forms are available on the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair Facebook page

Prizes: First place winners and honorable mention winners will be selected from age groups: 8 and under, 9-13, 14-17, and 18 and up. Judges will select a winner and honorable mention for each category. The decisions of the judges are final.
1st Prize – $30 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford
Honorable Mention – $15 Gift Card to Central Art of Medford

Thank you for supporting the fair by participating in our art contest!
Download full rules and the application form here:
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Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, August 3, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, August 3rd from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the August Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Please scroll down to “Spotlight Exhibits” and August Gallery Tour Map.

Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!

Ashland Gallery Association August Spotlight Exhibits

Gallerie Karon

All Women Artists Invitational

Over 20 artists are represented in this popular annual show. Everything from photography to pastels, collage to mixed media and everything in between is available. Many of the artists will be here at Gallerie Karon to answer questions about your selections.

Raina Bradshaw is one of the jewelers represented. She produces one of a kind, delicate crystal, pearl and semi-precious stone jewelry. Judy Benson le Nier’s African animal photographs and accessories continue to fascinate. Janet Patterson shares her prize-winning pastels, many exploring nearby scenes around Emigrant Lake in all it’s seasons. Our latest artist, Denise Hazelton brought her fabulous baroque pearls and ethnic – themed necklaces and earrings from her studio in California.

As a special feature, Zahara will be dancing Middle Eastern dances accompanied by Shiviti with all female musicians. They will appear from 5:30 – 7:30 during the

First Friday Art Walk August 3rd. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and creativity of the female artist.

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Ashland Art Works

Whimsical Assemblage and Patterned Ceramics

Elin Babcock presents Circles, Cogs and Wheels with her whimsical assemblage sculptures. Repurposing found objects, broken instruments and welded metal, she creates an imaginary world. Lyrical Abstract paintings will also be included in her Featured show. Color is woven and overlaid throughout the canvas as forms appear and blend together.

Marydee Bombick, ceramic artist, will present a wide variety of individually patterned handmade platters and plates, both large and small, for every occasion. Multi-sectioned vases are presented to display your garden’s beauty. Even a single bloom will look lovely in one of the many bud vases – whimsical, carved, or twisted.

First Friday at Ashland Art Works will feature music by the Ashland Taiko Drummers.

Ashland Art Works – local artists, 5 galleries in a garden setting.

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Kate Geary

Kate Geary, an Ashland photographer, opens her new show Where Sea Meets Sand at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center on August 3rd during the 1st Friday Art Walk.  Her show explores the seaside beaches of Bandon and the Oregon Dunes near Reedsport, OR.

The sea creates an ever-changing, often dramatic interface with the land.  It shapes wide sandy beaches, rough rock-cobbled shores strewn with shells and other gifts from the sea, or flat vistas strewn with towering rock formations.  The remote beaches of southern Oregon seems to go on forever and gives one a sense of utter solitude. But upon closer inspection, a multitude of sea-dependent creatures cling to the rocks in multi-colored tenaments exposed by low tide.   Wind is the sea’s partner is shaping the coastal landscape.  Where the sea has created fine particles of sand, the wind spins it into myriad, ever-changing shapes and designs.  At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area one could easily imagine being in an exotic desert in far distant lands.  But glancing down, there are exquisite abstract designs at your feet.  Kate’s new show explores the intersection between sea and land on the dramatic Oregon coast.

Kate has also shown her work at the Illahe Gallery, Liquid Assets and Studio 5 in Ashland, and Rogue Gallery in Medford.

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

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Outside the Lines: Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll, mixed media painting

Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll are three painters indulging in the freedom of playing outside the lines.

Join us for a reception for the artists during the First Friday Art Walk, August 3rd, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs August 22nd – September 4th.

Robert Koch

Gestural strokes and spontaneous marks collide with color blocks in Robert Koch’s narrative vignettes. Often prompted by found photographs, Koch takes the liberty to make his subjects humans or creatures inhabiting the same world. Having the appearance of quickness and even naiveté, Koch’s deft drawing skills mean each mark is playful and intentional at the same time.

Peter VanFleet

Part painting, part sculpture, Peter Van Fleet‘s work invites us to experience dimensionality, structure, and vibrant color. In this new body of work Peter has reworked paintings appropriated from other artists. He calls these paintings “Cowbirds”, referring to that bird which lays its eggs in another bird’s nest so that fledgling will be raised by the host.

Pamela Kroll

 Influenced by folk art, myth, and cultures from around the world, Pamela works with acrylic on paper, combining collage elements such as wires, beads, sequins, bird bones, and other small found objects. Many of the pieces have an iconographic and sometimes humorous quality and have been described as sophisticated folk art.

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24x24

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24×24

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Pacific salmon inspire fine art in the 2018 Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show

Summer evening, 2018 boardwalk show by Robert Miller

Summer evening, 2018 boardwalk show by Robert Miller

Pacific salmon inspire fine art in the 2018 Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show

Choosing a favorite will be a challenge for visitors to the 2018 Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show.
The annual boardwalk display receives consistently positive reviews. But, viewers say this summer’s show may be the best yet, noted curators Ava Richey and Shawn Tempesta.
The public call to artists invited submissions on the 2018 theme Salmon Dreams, Marshes and Streams. The works reveal inventive depictions of salmon and water habitat along with unexpected media. Tempesta describes many of the submissions as fine art.
“Each year, we think, ‘How are we going to top this one?’ The artists really put their heart and soul into it,” said Tempesta.
People’s Choice ballots are available for free at Bandon Bait and Tackle, 110 First St. SE. Voters may choose up to three art pieces, in youth and adult categories, one ballot per person. Voting is open through Wednesday, September 5.
Works are displayed on the boardwalk railing and inside the picnic shelter on First St. in Old Town Bandon.
Inspiring subject matter and a unique public venue make for a vibrant show celebrating salmon. Pacific salmon species are prominent figures in economic, cultural, and recreational life on the Oregon Coast. Works depict salmon life cycles and habitats in media ranging from acrylic and oil paint to encaustic and mosaic. Creative approaches, such as jewelry-making techniques, are visible in many mixed media submissions.
The waterfront backdrop delivers a picturesque scene for audiences as they stroll the Coquille River. Outdoor benches and the covered picnic shelter make it easy to enjoy the view, and the art, a little longer.
The boardwalk is a destination for thousands of locals and visitors each year. Curator Ava Richey says artists of all ages are eager to show off their best work in such an accessible venue. Most participating artists are residents of Coos and Curry counties, with additional submissions from artists in Lane and Jackson counties and the Portland Metro area.
The 2018 show is presented by the Port of Bandon and sponsored by the Bandon Professional Center. Participation by students in Bandon schools, with guest artist Vicki Affatati, was supported by a grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund. People’s Choice and adjudicated winners are announced the second weekend in September during the Bandon Cranberry Festival. Contact port staff for more information, 541-347-3206, or visit portofbandon.com.

Gary Hill at CoCA, Seattle, July 26 – September 29

Gary Hill: Linguistic Spill ([un]contained) at CoCA Seattle Exhibition

dates: July 26 – September 29, 2018

Opening Reception to Public: Aug. 2, 6-9pm

Pioneer Square Artwalk: Sept. 6, 6-9pm

Located at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Ave S., Seattle, WA 98104

Public gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

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Gary Hill: Linguistic Spill ([un]contained) at CoCA Seattle

Gary Hill presents Linguistic Spill ([un]contained) at CoCA July through September SEATTLE, WA (June 29, 2018) – From July 26 – September 29, Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents globally renowned artist Gary Hill’s latest improvisation with “old growth” technologies in Linguistic Spill ([un]contained).

“Spilling” from his current installation in the Boiler Hall at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, Portugal, Hill will create a unique visceral experience of light and sound that envelops CoCA’s gallery space. Via a pile of video projectors in the darkened gallery space, reverberating electronic sounds are coupled with organic electric light forms—something akined to electronic graffiti.

The immersive installation provides a conceptual nod to a primal, pre-linguistic space where hieroglyphs are born.

“This immersive project seems to both be and induce synesthesia, if not shock. Hill’s kinetic electric grapheins, together with the strange electronic cacophony used to generate them, are projection mapped throughout interior CoCA spaces, including on viewers who dare inhabit them. Disorienting and aggressive, it is not for faint-hearted. Hill saturates space and senses beyond any semblance of comfort, orientation or control. If he has his way, visitors will see with their ears; hear with their eyes.” Joseph C. Roberts, Curator, CoCA.

Hill’s art works can be found in major art institutions worldwide, through both commissioned projects and solo shows. Solo exhibitions include the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; and Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona. Commissioned projects include The Science Museum in London, Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington, and an installation and performance work for the Coliseum and Temple of Venus and Rome in Italy, among many others.

Hill and Curator, Joseph C. Roberts, will be in attendance during the August 2 reception for Linguistic Spill ([un]contained) at CoCA’s Pioneer Square gallery located at 114 Third Ave. S. Artwalk receptions will be held Thursday, August 2, 6-9pm, and on September 6, 6-9pm as part of Pioneer Square Artwalk.

 

AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the April Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

April Spotlight Exhibits

A Taste Of Ashland Pop-up Show

Meyer Memorial Gallery in the Marion Addy Building, Southern Oregon University

Show on display April 24 – 29th

Art Sales during “A Taste of Ashland,” April 28 & 29, 12:00–4:00 PM

As an added attraction to A Taste of Ashland wine, food, and art festival, we have 15 Ashland Gallery Association artists that are participating in a special “Pop-up Art Show!”  There will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pastels from the following artists:

Michael Adams, Patrick Beste, Sarah Burns, Ann DiSalvo, Shoshana Dubiner, Elaine Frenett, Pam Haunschild, Tiffany Hokanson, Robert Koch, Margee Mee, Whitney Rolfe, Desmond Serratore, Denise Souza-Finney, David Terry

“A Taste of Ashland” Food, Wine, and Art Festival

Celebrating its twenty-ninth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event, A Taste of Ashland takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th from noon to 4 PM.

Participants follow a map to 17 galleries discovering Ashland’s culinary delights and regional wines while enjoying the local visual arts.  AllAboard Trolley will offer rides to all galleries, but most are within walking distance. 

For tickets and more information visit: atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178

Denise Souza-Finney, Where Are We Going, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 22 x 30

Schneider Museum of Art

The Animated Image 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 11th, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

On View: April 12th through May 12th, 2018

The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibition The Animated Image is in collaboration with the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The exhibition is co-curated by SMA Director Scott Malbaurn and AIFF Artistic and Executive Director Richard Herskowitz.

This exhibition features artists:

Matt Bollinger

Chris Doyle

Rick Silva

Stacey Steers

RoxyAnn Winery will pour wine at our opening reception for the exhibition

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Score by Jeremy Turner, performed by Flux Quartet. Sound design by Owen O’Neill. Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Ashland Art Works

In April, we’re featuring our Associate Artist members in the main gallery. We’ll have weavings and textile pieces by Angelique Stewart, acrylic paintings by Suzanne Etienne, and hand-dyed scarves by Connie Simonsen. Our member artists will also have lots of new work to show in our other galleries, including outdoor metal pieces that are perfect for your spring garden, along with new paintings, ceramics, photography, woodworking, and jewelry.

Artist Reception – First Friday, April 6, 2018 5 to 8 PM

Come out and meet the artists at First Fridays!  Rodeo Flyer will be playing some great music, and we’ll also have some light refreshments.

April also brings our summer hours:

Wednesday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Shepherd’s Dream

Rogue Impressions and Beyond, paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Silvia Trujillo paints the landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon. Applied in oils, using an impasto technique, her paintings communicate mood with a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season.  

Silvia exclaims, “I live, breathe, and sleep art.  Creating art is a way of life for me, and I consistently produce paintings that express a deep regard for nature.  Landscape painting is a natural extension of this love and it attracts me to the dramatic light that occurs during a storm, or at dawn or dusk, and my goal is to honor land, water, and sky in these works and help to create the need for preserving an area’s natural beauty.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.  As a painting/drawing instructor for over 25 years, it also brings me great joy to know that I’ve inspired and fostered expert work in many others over the years.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.”   

This exposition on display in our new location: 42 East Main Street, Ashland, OR.  For more information, call 541-941-0855, and follow us on Facebook.  Artwork displayed through May 2018.

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

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Visual Arts Journaling Brings Life to Dreams

Awaken from the slumber of winter’s gestation … bring life to those dreams of following creativity and authenticity …

Spring’s Bluster

As winter tugs to hold on and spring throws it’s own punches, we tumble about from 70 degree, sunny days to frosty, snowy fog. But my daffodils are winning out and I’m feeling optimistic for plein air painting, garden digging and hikes with friends. I’m inviting you to trundle along into one of these adventures with me!
Namaste’
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Women’s Retreat
Women’s Alpine Celebration
After last year’s ALL inclusive retreat, we plan to replicate what one participant declared, we learned “so many things that related but are all different!” – – but with new invented processes. Consider August 8-13th to be yourweek for a personal opportunity to expand and rediscover hidden creative yearnings, a dedicated time for yourself. For a video sampling  …  feast your eyes on this. Early registration and Scholarships available andmore ! Be one of the select six limited participants  …  come treat yourself! ALSO … prints of the above image
available …
Shows
Meyer Memorial Gallery (SOU)
April 21-29, the Ashland Gallery Association presents local artists in conjunction with the Taste of Ashland. Come see some stellar artwork!
Ashland Open Studios Tour 2018
Again this year I will be participating in Open Studios, October 13 and 14. I look forward to meeting more of you and sharing my work and studio!
Traveling Conversations
Our January Sebastopolshow was largely attended and we sold two of our fabulous big collaborative pieces. This continuing exchange between Jean WarrenFloy Zittin and myself will carry on … next showing, hopefully in the Bay Area. Incidentally, this blustery watercolor at very top is fromthis collaborative series!
Classes
Visual Art Journaling “Clinic”
Monthly I nest in with up to five diverse artists (emerging or established) to hone the techniques of watercolor specifically related to journaling. My devotion to journaling started in 2001 … and if not familiar … here’s mystory. This year I’m focusing on the color wheel, studying a particular color, 3-5pm, each third Friday of the month … April will be “Greens”. Confirm with me before coming because of limited space!
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