The Bliss of Is

Last year, I finished up a Very Big Project that won’t get out into the world for a while, so I decided to create a little passion project for fun…. 

And now I am delighted to announce my first hardback book: The Bliss of Is.


Inside this book, you’ll find little poems and paintings. The poems mostly emerged over several years of writing daily for National Poetry Month. I selected thirty favorites and—in keeping with the quick-spirited writing—painted one watercolor a day for a month for each poem. All in celebration of the daily practice of presence. 


I invite you to that practice. Take a moment to meditate on a poem-painting each day for thirty days, or read them all in thirty minutes, or both! May you enjoy playing in the realm of art + word + spirit. 


Here’s one of the poems:


I spot a scrap of fallen paper,

& as I bend to pick it up, I see

it is not trash but a square of light.

I pick it up anyway. 


If you’d like to enjoy the full gathering of meditative poems & paintings, you can order yourself a copy here. Do note that this particular book has very long ship times; think of it as a surprise when it finally arrivesa gift to your future self in time for this year’s National Poetry Month!

If you’d like a copy sooner, I still have a few left of a limited run of signed books. More info in my newsletter. Contact me if interested.


May we know the bliss of is—of being right here, right now.





Of Green Fuses and Flowers


The force that through the green fuse drives the flower… 

               Dylan Thomas 

The first month of the year makes for great hibernation—for hunkering down into the soil of the creative work. For me, January is like the Monday of the year; it gets the “green fuse” going. This month, I sent out a big project into the world (here’s hoping!) and prepared to announce a little one (soon!). 


Big or small, all the work happens day by day until one day, what was the bud of an idea finally blossoms. Not unlike the amaryllis above. Though I took the second photo only two weeks after the first, this can be what a year looks like. Or a decade. Or a life. 

Oall the planting and tending that precede the beauty of bloom!


Blessings on all the things flowering in your life this year.




July First Friday ArtWalk

Ashland Galleries
July Visual Arts News

Ashland Gallery Association logo AGA

First Friday Art Walk: July 7, 2023
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for First Friday Art Walk!

We’re excited to share a diverse array of wonderful artwork on display this month and created by our very talented artists. Don’t forget to visit their websites for more information about business hours, current exhibitions, and upcoming creative opportunities. 

Here is a sampling of our July Spotlight Galleries and Artists.

Lithia Artisans Market
First Friday Art Walk in the Park

This month, the Lithia Artisans Market is thrilled to participate in First Friday Art Walk! Located on Calle Guanajuato in Downtown Ashland, come take a look at some of the finest work made by our talented artists and crafters while enjoying live music. There is everything from clothing and accessories, to pottery, photography, woodwork, and more.

First Friday Art Walk: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information: 
20 Calle Guanajuato, Ashland, OR 97520

Image Credit: 
Jessica Johnson, Annual Crescendo, Oil on Canvas

Catalyst Ashland
Road Food, by Beca Blake

This month’s exhibition at Catalyst Ashland includes photography by Beca Blake. Documenting experiences of survival in the local landscape, Beca’s work explores themes of place-ness and placeless-ness with physical, mental, and emotional components tied to stories about the past, present, and future through the lens of contemporary modernity culture.

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information: 
357 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520
Image Credit: 
Beca Blake, Survival in the Local Landscape: Florence, Oregon, Performance Art and Photography

Hanson Howard Gallery
At Home with the Dead

Currently featured at Hanson Howard Gallery are ceramics and sculptures by Carolyn Hazel Drake and Rachael Zur. Exploring the sacred potential in ordinary domestic objects and spaces to connect us to the lives and spirits of the dead, Carolyn and Rachael use these objects to amplify the conversation between humble spaces and the spirits that dwell there. When viewed together, their work suggests altars or shrines, places for communion with ancestors and memories. 
Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information: 
89 Oak Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Image Credit: 
Carolyn Hazel Drake, Untitled, Ceramic and Sculpture

Studio 151
Elizabeth York and Bruce Bayard

This month’s exhibition at Studio 151 includes sculptures by Elizabeth York and collages by Bruce Bayard. Inspired by time, birds, and elongated figures, Elizabeth incorporates a variety of media in her work. Similarly, Bruce’s compositions explore the effects of time and humanity’s influence on the natural landscape. 
Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information: 
151 Pioneer Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Image Credit: 
Bruce Bayard, Landscape #6, Collage

K.S. Wild
Love Art for the People and the Planet

Currently featured at K.S. Wild are paintings by Deb VanPoolen. Integrating science and art, Deb’s compositions include the globally significant biodiversity that is present in our region. Inspired by everything that our local ecology has to offer, Deb enjoys being an artist because she can spend time focusing on the beauty of nature while educating others. 

First Friday Art Walk: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information: 
562 A Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Image Credit: 
Deb VanPoolen, Klamath River Fish, Acrylic 

Other First Friday ArtWalk Participants

   American Trails Gallery
   American Trails Gallery features arts and crafts of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
   250 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520 

   Art & Soul Ashland
   Art & Soul Ashland features artwork that has been curated to provide personal experiences.
   247 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520 

   Ashland Art Works
   Ashland Art Works features four galleries and sculptural gardens that display functional and decorative artwork.

   291 Oak Street, Ashland, OR 97520 

   Fiber Arts Collective

   Fiber Arts Collective is a space where fiber artists come together to collaborate, work, teach, and sell their work.
   37 North 3rd Street, Ashland, OR 97520

   Gallerie Karon
   Gallerie Karon features artwork and photography along with antiques, artifacts, and jewelry.
300 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520

   Gambrel Gallery
   Gambrel Gallery is a space for contemporary artists to share their work and engage with the community. 
1980 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520

   Gypsy Road Studio
   Gypsy Road Studio offers a global experience of international and local art, rare global antiquities, and more. 
369 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520

   John Pugh Studio
   John Pugh Studio is the working space of muralist and artist, John Pugh. 
255 Helman Street, #1 C / D, Ashland, OR 97520

   Oak Leaf Studio
   Oak Leaf Studio is the working space of painter and illustrator, Leif Trygg. 
247 Oak Street, Ashland, OR 97520

   Schneider Museum of Art
   The Schneider Museum of Art is a vital force that stimulates inspiration and curiosity through engagement with artists.
555 Indiana Street, Ashland, OR 97520

   Siskiyou Gallery House
   Siskiyou Gallery House features original artwork by local artists and fine art reproductions.  
2475 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520

Click Here for First Friday Art Walk Map

February 2024 at Art Presence Art Center

Art Presence Art Center
Special Collection Showing in February

Special February Show: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection

We are excited to offer a special showing this month in place of our regular Guest Artist presentation: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection. New residents of Jacksonville, Mary & Dick are retired National Park Service Park superintendents who spent their careers supervising countless well-known national parks in the western US such as Olympic, Death Valley, and Yosemite National Parks. Throughout their many travels from Alaska to the National Park Service headquarters office in Washington, DC, their passion for collecting art blossomed, and they filled three houses with an amazing collection of diverse art by several artists.

Now settled into a single residence, downsizing has resulted in more artwork than they could possibly display and they are passionate about sharing their collection with people who have a similar appreciation for nature and art. We are excited that they are showing their collection at Art Presence throughout February, including works by Stephen Lyman, an artist from Idaho who worked in Yosemite and Alaska, and Robert Bateman, a Canadian naturalist and artist, just to name a couple.

We invite you to explore this remarkable collection.
The opening reception with Mary & Dick Martin is Saturday, February 3rd from 1 – 4 PM.

Winery Art

Also this month, three Art Presence artists continue to show their work at several local wineries. Come out and enjoy a glass of wine while checking out more artwork by our member artists.

Caleb Salvadori • Awen Winecraft
Sharon Wesner • Hummingbird Estate
Spence Platt • Dos Mariposas Vineyard & Lavender Farm

Winter gallery hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday • Noon to 5pm

We hope to see you at the Art Presence Art Center and Gallery this month!

Fall 2024 Ford Call to Artists

Questions for Advent


Each day of Advent, I created a little bit of art + word + spirit and shared them in social media land. Here are a few for you. May your coming year be filled with good answers!

Can we see the lovingkindness in the darkness? 

Can we be the lovingkindness, lifting darkness?

What love within us 
lifts us from our losses? 
What name will we 
give this win?

Instead of being jaded
by the gravity of our world,
can we shift the ellipsis of our hearts?
Can we “be aware” from the anagram 
galaxy of “bare awe”?

Three Poems

This photo by Sergey N. is paired with my poem, “On Meeting Strangers.” 

In the manner of lovely, inexplicable things, three of my poems appeared this month in three lovely places. A month of gratitude, for sure. Enjoy! 


“The Light Inside” in Rust + Moth


“On Meeting Strangers” in Ekstasis

“Then” in Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality & the Arts 

AGA November Art Opportunities

November Visual Arts News

AGA November Art Opportunities

AGA shares a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities that are being offered in November and December to foster your inner creativity. 

Schneider Museum of Art
Intuitive Nature – Geometric Roots and Organic Foundations

Join the Schneider Museum of Art for a Tuesday Tour of their current exhibition, Intuitive Nature – Geometric Roots and Organic Foundations. Featuring the work of eight different artists who engage in abstract and contemporary painting and sculpture, each brings with them a personalized set of tools that reflect their intuitional play on geometric roots and organic reflections. Tours are limited to twelve individuals and registration is highly recommended.

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 14, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Beca Blake Studio
Road Food: Survival in the Local Landscape

AGA November Art Opportunities: Beca Blake Studio
Road Food: Survival in the Local Landscape
Join Beca Blake at Recovery Cafe for an Artist Talk about her current exhibition, Road Food: Survival in the Local Landscape. It features a series of documented visual art performances by Beca Blake and her family about survival in the local landscape. Her exhibition also explores place-ness and placeless-ness statements with physical, mental, and/or emotional components tied to stories about the past, present, and future survival through the lens of contemporary modernity culture.
Beca Blake, What I Saw in Panther Meadows, Mixed Media

Join Beca Blake at Recovery Cafe for an Artist Talk about her current exhibition, Road Food: Survival in the Local Landscape. It features a series of documented visual art performances by Beca Blake and her family about survival in the local landscape. Her exhibition also explores place-ness and placeless-ness statements with physical, mental, and/or emotional components tied to stories about the past, present, and future survival through the lens of contemporary modernity culture.

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 

Date and Time:
Friday, November 17, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Lithia Artisans Market
Annual Christmas Faire

AGA November Art Opportunities: Lithia Artisans Market Christmas Faire
Jessica Johnson, Starlit Road, Oil

Join the Lithia Artisans Market at the Historic Ashland Armory for their Annual Christmas Faire. Featuring over fifty artists and craftspeople who have selected their most gift-worthy work, there will be everything from clothing and accessories to pottery, photography, woodwork, and more. There will also be live music, food, and beverages to enjoy throughout the days. 

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 
Dates and Times:
Friday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sarah F Burns Studio
December Painting Workshop

AGA November Art Opportunities: Sarah F Burns painting workshop
Sarah F Burns, Persimmons, Oil

Join Sarah F Burns to learn more about light, color, value, form, and paint application. In addition to receiving a personalized still life station, individuals will also have the opportunity to gain skills when it comes to creating a personalized composition. This workshop is intended for those who have taken a workshop with Sarah in the past. It is also limited to four individuals. 

For those who are interested in attending, please click here for more information. 
Dates and Times:
Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Thursday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Ashland Gallery Association
Our 2024 Membership Drive is Here!

AGA November Art Opportunities: Penny Yost, Afternoon on the Pontoon, Acrylic
Penny Yost, Afternoon on the Pontoon, Acrylic

Our 2024 Membership Drive is here! We are looking to significantly grow our membership base. We believe that the communities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, and beyond hold a vast population of passionate and talented visual artists, creative studios, galleries, and art loving businesses, and if joined together, have the power to transform Southern Oregon into a premier arts destination by forming a strong, vibrant, and fun visual arts community.

As a member of the Ashland Gallery Association, some benefits include a listing in our printed Gallery Guide, a listing on our website, social media promotion, eligibility to participate in special events such as Ashland Open Studio Tour, and more.

For those who are interested in learning about our different membership levels and benefits, please click here for more information. Deadline to Become a Member:
Monday, January 15 

SO Guild of Artists November News

Palette Newsletter
Happy “Artober”!
As we enter the final quarter of the 2023, we hope you’ll join us at one of our creative events this season! We have everything from fiber classes to our collaborative 8th Annual Upcycle Art & Furniture Contest with the Cave Junction Farmers Market!

In this month’s palette newsletter below, you’ll find more information below about: Remembering Guild Member, Don Jader RECAP: September Guild Events Fall Members Exhibit: Intersections, opening Oct 22 October & November Events and Workshops Member News & Local Art Events How to leave us a review – Help us spread the word! If you or someone you know would like to become a Guild Member or learn more about what we do, please forward this newsletter to them or email [email protected]. Don’t forget to give us a follow on Facebook or Instagram at the social media links in the bottom of this newsletter! Did you know that the Guild Gallery is available to rent by the hour? Consider hosting your next event, meeting, roundtable, party, or luncheon inside our one-of-a-kind space filled with local art! To inquire about pricing & amenities, please call 541-592-5019. Referrals are appreciated!
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of beloved Guild Member and local artist, Donald Alfred Jader of Mesa Arizona, who died unexpectedly on September 3, 2023, from Pancreatic Cancer. Donald was 80 years old. The family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death.

Donald was born on August 26, 1943, in Council Bluffs Iowa. He lived in many areas including Minnesota, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Oregon.

After graduating High School in San Diego, Donald enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served honorably as a Sergeant for 4 years.  Donald attended San Diego State with a major in Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture. Donald had careers in aerospace, oil, chemical, nuclear and plant design. In 1985 he gravitated towards the financial services industry where he was a successful General Agent for over 30 years. He later found his passion as a successful artist which was his pride, joy, and life’s work. Donald poured his heart and soul into his paintings which came through to all that were drawn to them, and they will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Everyone who knew Donald knew how caring and supportive he was. Donald was full of positivity and that was obvious to all after even just a single meeting.  As a result, he was a mentor to many both professionally and personally. Donald is survived by his daughter and son-in law Dayna and Dan Delhey, his son and daughter in law Davin and Andrea Jader and daughter and son in law Megan and Joshua Deffenbaugh along with his 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, an abundance of friends and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Barbara Jader and his grandson Devin Joseph.  We will miss him more than words can say. Services will be held at Victory Lutheran Church 5946 E. University Dr. Mesa, AZ 85205 at 1pm on November 11th, 2023.

Last month, we hosted our 5th Annual Let’s Write! Event at the Guild Gallery. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special yearly workshop (see top photo). We received positive feedback from our 20+ attendees who shared with us, “I wrote after a dry spell; this event was awesome, informative, inspiring; invigorating, exercising, illuminating.” We also hosted Angela Franklin, Older Adult Specialist and Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Options for Southern Oregon, for a free discussion on Aging as An Artist (see bottom photo above). We plan to offer both events again next year! Art in the Vineyard: A Guild Gallery at Bridgeview
The art of Charles Churchill and Miri Admoni
On display now through November 27! Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday September 30 for the opening of our fall exhibit at Art in the Vineyard, our art gallery at Bridgeview Winery! The work of Charles Churchill & Miri Admoni will be on display until November 27. Bridgeview is now open from 12-7pm! Stop by to see this fun sculptural show during the month of #artober

Charles Churchill has been a sculptor for over 4 decades and a teacher for 26. His passion for art evolved from a love of jazz, leading him to beat poetry, abstract art, and even motorcycles. In 1989, he graduated art school at Sonoma State University and began showing and selling his art. Abstract assemblage and light sculptures make up a large portion of his body of work, made almost entirely of disregarded industrial scraps. By using found wood, glass, and metals, he celebrates and honors the materials made from our planet’s resources. Charles has taught art and curated exhibitions at Sonoma State University and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. He has also shared the art of assemblage to children of all ages in various schools and Head Start programs in Northern California. Charles was the August 2021 Featured Artist at Central Art Gallery in Medford, OR and currently has 5 pieces on display at the Guild Gallery & Art Center in Kerby, OR. which include his GARDEN GATE made for Illinois River Valley Arts Council’s 2023 Gateway Project. To see more of his work, visit  

Miri Admoni (b. 1954 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is a mixed media, glass, and jewelry artist, who shares her life between Israel and the USA. Arts and crafts have always been a part of Miri’s life since childhood. Her formal education was in graphic design, where she worked as a freelance designer and producer of unique recycled paper products and specialized in packaging.

During 2004-2010 Miri studied various glass techniques, and from 2011-2012 she studied metalsmithing in a private studio and started to create jewelry with glass. Nature has always been the greatest source of inspiration. Initially, Miri was inspired by her surroundings in Israel, the rich and diverse nature scenes between the Mediterranean Sea and the Judean desert. That led to the creation of the Alchemy glass series and the collaboration with Bedouin women artists. Now Miri lives and works from her home studio in Selma OR, where she continues to explore her relationship with nature. Bridgeview Winery & Vineyard is located at: 4210 Holland Loop Rd. Cave Junction, OR 97523
They are open everyday from 12pm-7pm!

Upcoming Events & Workshops
Intersections: Fall Guild Member Exhibit
Opening Sunday Oct 22 • 3-5pm at the Guild
The Southern Oregon Guild invites you to join us in celebrating our fall Members exhibit, Intersections, opening on Sunday October 22 from 3-5pm at the Guild Gallery & Art Center. Join us for a chance to meet local artists, hear their interpretations about our seasonal theme, and listen to live jazz music from Terry D. Davis. Appetizers and Refreshments will be provided. FREE Admission! Intersections will be on display until January 20, 2024. Our current hours for viewing are: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. The Guild Gallery & Art Center is located in the historic Kerby Belt Building at 24353 Redwood Highway Kerby, OR 97531. Featured artwork: Interconnected, by Dara Daniel. 8th Annual Upcycle Art & Furniture Contest
Cave Junction Farmers’ Market
Friday October 20 • 4-7pm

The Southern Oregon Guild and the Cave Junction Farmers’ Market present the 8th Annual UpCycle Art and Furniture Contest with a Trash Fashion Show. ReUse & RePurpose junk to create a beautiful piece of art or furniture. This annual event is always well attended and loads of fun! Furniture MUST be sturdy and judging will be based on CREATIVITY, not fine craftsmanship. Contest takes place at the final Cave Junction Farmers’ Market of the season located across from the Guild Gallery/Kerbyville Museum. No prior registration is required, just bring and submit your entries at 3:30pm and judging will take place at 5pm! Ages 13 Years & Older cash prizes include: $500–First Place, $300–Second Place, and $200–Third Place Ages 8-12: $100/each for top three winners

Ages 7 years old & under: $50/each for top two winners

The Cave Junction Farmers’ Market is every Friday April 14-October 20, 2023 from 4-7 PM! Come support your local farmers and crafters, buy delicious food, starts for your garden, see all your friends, and listen to some great local music! Located at 24100 Redwood Highway, across from the historic Kerbyville Museum. See you there! Click HERE to learn more about the Upcycle Contest! Creativity Unframed: Performing Arts Showcase
Sunday November 5 • 2-4pm at the Guild
Featuring Georgia Churchill & Kayla D. Rau
Join The Southern Oregon Guild for our Fall Creativity Unframed Performing Arts Showcase on Sunday November 5 for a matinee concert from 2-4pm! This is an opportunity for our non-displaying Guild Members to share their talents and creativity with our community! Storyteller Georgia Churchill will share a riveting selection of short stories and prepare to be dazzled through song from local singer songwriter Kayla D. Rau. Event entry is $5-$10 sliding scale! Tickets can be purchased at the door upon arrival at the Guild Galley & Art Center.  Light refreshments and snacks will be available. Fall Fiber Fun Series with Iris Chinook
Weekends: November 11, 12, 18, 19 at the Guild
We invite you to join us at the Guild this fall to delve into THREE fun fiber techniques in our Fall Fiber Fun Series led by Iris Chinook. Discover the deep joy in making everyday things with your own hands and walk away with the knowledge of how to successfully make cordage, knit, crochet, read patterns, and correct mistakes. During this 4-part beginner class series in the month of November, you’ll learn and understand the process of working with different fibers to create 3 separate projects: A dishcloth, granny-square, and basic cordage. Seek inspiration to take these traditional techniques and create personalized clothing, scarves, blankets, purses, and more!

Iris Chinook has been exploring and delighting in the creation of textiles for over 50 years. She loves making useful, beautiful things that she can utilize in her everyday life. Primarily identifying as a Spinner (making her own yarn for her projects), she is looking forward to sharing her wealth of experience with you.

November 11, 11am-1pm • Crochet Like a Granny!: In this class you’ll receive information about different materials and projects appropriate for crochet and encouragement to explore the basic “granny-square” pattern to see all of the extraordinary uses to which these basic, “starter” squares can be put! You will learn how to choose the right size crochet hook, tie yarn, chain stitches and join together to create a foundation circle, and learn single and double crochet stitches. After finishing classyou will know the fundamental building blocks of crochet to create anything that inspires you, such as pure art sculptures, wall hangings, toys, or etc.

November 12, 11am-1pm • Knit Shirley’s Gourmet Dishcloth: Knitting is an extremely versatile craft for making clothing as well as home accessories, pet coats, blankets, etc. In this class, you will gain the confidence to make your way through basic knitting instructions to facilitate honing of your skills and an increased awareness of different fibers, their properties, etc. You will learn how to cast-on, make a knit stitch, yarn-over increase and decrease, understand how to read basic knitting instructions, and which end of the circular needles to use! Iris will also show how to use a darning needle to tie-off and weave-in a long tail of yarn that is resistant to unraveling with the heavy use a washcloth receives.

November 18, 11am-1pm • Lucet Cordage: What did we ever use before plastic twine and commercially produced ropes were invented? The ancient art of cordage has allowed the evolution of our species to make everyday useful items. In this class, Iris will discuss the origin and history of the Lucet, an ancient Viking tool and technique of making strong, durable string and cordage that does not unravel when cut. You will learn what kind of materials make good cordage, how to start the cord on the Lucet tool, how to keep going until you have the length you want, how to tie-off yarn, and brainstorm on ways to use your finished string. It’s a great way to use up assorted scraps of yarn, doesn’t require a pattern, and is highly portable.

November 19, 11am-2pm: Final class drop-in opportunity to ask questions and receive help troubleshooting problems with Iris. This final session will be three hours from 11am-2pm and is optional.
Individual Classes are $30/each or $80 to attend the whole series. Classes are appropriate for ages 14 and up. Material Fees are separate and payable directly to the teacher upon arrival in CASH. You get to keep all materials provided to you, which include knitting/crochet needles, fiber, etc. If you would like to request a scholarship due to financial hardship, please send an email to [email protected] or call us at 541-592-5019.
  Click HERE to register for the Fall Fiber Series!

November 5, 2-4pm: Creativity Unframed: A Performing Arts Showcase at the Guild featuring storyteller Georgia Churchill & singer/songwriter Kayla Rau.

November 11-2 & 18-19: Fall Fiber Fun Series with Iris Chinook at the Guild. This 4 session series will include 1 class (2 hours) each on: knitting, crocheting, and lucet cordage. $30/per class or $80 for whole series!

November 24, Thanksgiving +1 Fundraiser Event. First-chance holiday sale and open house at the Guild featuring live music, appetizers, and refreshments.

November 26: Wreath Making Workshop with Pure Life Designs at the Guild. $45 includes all materials and light refreshments. Registration link coming soon!

December 1, 2-4pm: Guild Group Winter Exhibit opening celebration at Art in the Vineyard, Bridgeview Winery Tasting Room in Cave Junction, OR. Click HERE to view our Events Calendar


This Overhead Door® Upward Coiling Security Grille has served us well in our large community building space that is the Kerby Belt Building. We had it removed to build a new permanent interior wall between our Gallery and the Boys & Girls Club. It would be a perfect addition to a school, commercial or small business, storage area, or garage. Retails for $2600 brand new, offering now at $1900. All proceeds from this sale benefit our nonprofit organization. You must haul away! Large truck or trailer needed to do so. Currently disassembled and in a storage shed on site at the Belt Building. For questions, please call 541-592-5019 or email [email protected]. For more information on detailed dimensions, click the blue button below. Click HERE to view our Craigslist Ad
Member News & Local Art Events

Congratulations to Guild Member and local painter Caitlin Brigid Rice, for her Honorable Mention Award in TERAVARNA’s “10th ABSTRACT” International Juried Art Competition along with 265 other distinguished artists from around the world!! Her winning acrylic paintings pictured above are: The Birth of Light (top left), Whirlwind (top right),and Three Balloons Out on the Town (bottom). The exhibition’s winning artwork is currently being displayed in their online gallery linked via the blue button below. Click here to view TERAVARNA’s Online Art Gallery
HAVE YOU LEFT US A REVIEW YET? As the Guild continues to grow, we want to make sure our neighbors AND tourists alike know where we are located and what we have to offer! Our Gallery & Art Center is located on the Redwood Highway 199, a popular thoroughfare to the Oregon Coast & the many Redwood State and National Parks. We are 17 miles away from the Oregon Caves National Monument. One of the best ways to help us spread the word about the Guild is by leaving a review on Google Maps, TripAdvisor, or Yelp. Share photos or kind words & let folks know about your experience!

Guild Board of Directors
President, Joyce Abrams
Vice President/Treasurer, Donna Parrish
Secretary, Ryan Forsythe
Bonnie Campanoli
Maelagh Baker
Angela Franklin
Terry D. Davis
Sheila Mason
Kathi Culver
Miri Admoni
Kiana Stiles

Staff: Managing Director, Caitlin Deane
Website: Wendy Huber  
Gallery Hours & Location Tuesday-Saturday • 11am to 5pm
Gallery & Art Center • Kerby Belt Building
24353 Redwood Hwy Kerby, OR 97531
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1596 • Cave Junction • Oregon 97523 (541) 592-5019

November First Friday ArtWalk is Tomorrow!

November Spotlight Galleries and Artists
First Friday Art Walk: November 3, 2023
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Art & Soul Ashland
Feathers and Fractals – A Celebration of Nature and Design

Lucas Kremer, Perched, Oil
Lucas Kremer, Perched, Oil

Currently featured at Art & Soul Ashland are oil paintings by Lucas Kremer. Constantly inspired by nature and wildlife, Lucas brings birds to the forefront with his latest series. Taking the concept of nature being the best designer to heart, he turns the natural subject matter of birds into a series of playful explorations with composition, color, and design. Always captivated by the variety of hues and shapes that are found in the natural world, Lucas hopes to capture each and bring them to life in his paintings.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information:
247 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Lorene Senesac, Untitled, Ceramic
Lorene Senesac, Untitled, Ceramic

This month’s exhibition at Ashland Art Works includes a diverse selection of artwork made by each of their artist members. Highlighting everything from ceramic mugs, to silk scarves, sterling silver jewelry, original paintings, and outdoor garden sculptures, now is the time to get a head start on that holiday shopping and choose a memorable gift for a friend or family member.

Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information:
291 Oak Street Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Jerryck ‘J.Roc’ Murrey, Untitled, Mixed Media at Gambrel Gallery for the Ashland November First Friday ArtWalk
Jerryck ‘J.Roc’ Murrey, Untitled, Mixed Media

Currently featured at Gambrel Gallery is mixed media work by Jerryck ‘J.Roc’ Murrey. Exploring the capital flows within our current economic system, Jerryck illustrates the end cost of our consumption through the use of spray paint, wheat paste, stencils, newspaper, and acrylic paints. By working on large format wood panels, sculpture, paper, and canvas, Jerryck aims to captivate his viewers through scale, moving them to a readily present, but often overlooked reality.

Thursday and Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information:
1982 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Oak Leaf Studio
Landscape and Portrait Paintings by Leif Trygg

Leif Trygg, The White Lighthouse, Watercolor
Leif Trygg, The White Lighthouse, Watercolor

This month’s exhibition at Oak Leaf Studio includes landscape and portrait paintings by Leif Trygg. Located between Hanson Howard Gallery and Ashland Art Works, Leif explores his world through a variety of media including pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and digital imaging. For this month, Leif will highlight a series of paintings that depict dramatic lighthouses from both the east and west coasts.

Friday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information:
247 Oak Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Douglas Racich, Autumn in the Cherries, Watercolor
Douglas Racich, Autumn in the Cherries, Watercolor

Currently featured at Siskiyou Gallery House is a fun selection of artwork made by each of their artist members. There is everything from watercolors by Douglas Racich, to acrylics by Moira Racich, silk scarves by Joy Light, illustrations by Jimmy Linenberger, and more. In addition to live music taking place throughout the evening, there will also be light snacks and refreshments.

Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information:
2475 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520

Other First Friday Art Walk Participants

Other First Friday Art Walk Participants

American Trails Gallery
American Trails Gallery features arts and crafts of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Creekside Pizza
Creekside Pizza features diverse artwork made by locally renowned artists.

Gallerie Karon
Gallerie Karon features artwork and photography along with antiques, artifacts, and jewelry.

Gypsy Road Studio
Gypsy Road Studio offers a global experience of international and local art, rare global antiquities, and more.

Hanson Howard Gallery
Hanson Howard Gallery is the oldest gallery in Ashland, representing contemporary northwest artists since 1979.

KS Wild
KS Wild features monthly art exhibitions and events with an emphasis on the environment, land, and water conservation.

Schneider Museum of Art
The Schneider Museum of Art is a vital force that stimulates inspiration and curiosity through engagement with artists.

The Ashland Gallery Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts in our communities.