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Oregon Fringe Festival Announces This Year’s Participating Artists!

The Oregon Fringe Festival Announces This Year’s Participating Artists!

Artist Credit: Sculpture/4D Collective
Image Credit: Marvin Walder
Artist Credit: Sculpture/4D Collective
Image Credit: Marvin Walder

The wait is OVER! After receiving over 90 applications, we are thrilled to announce that this year’s festival will include over 45 talented and diverse artists ranging from some of your favorite local legends, to students, faculty, and alumni from Southern Oregon University. There are also a handful of regional artists who will be traveling to present their creative work with us. 

Participants include Alex Brehmer, Allan P. Jones II, Amanda Berlind, Amanda Esser, Annie Murrell, Balladir, Bart Tveskov, Benjamín Roberto Moreno Ortiz and Robert Arellano, Bryan Jeffs, Catherine Venegas-Garcia, Connor Babbitt, Danielle Silkes, Dean Kyle, Dean Kyle and SOU Percussion, Delaney Jai, Derek Keller, Destery Epling and Cash Wickert, Elizabeth Adkisson, Ella Park, Erika Marquez, Jacob Bernstein and Calido Marquez, Jadi Dicksa, Keri Clement, Lillian Pichardo, Livia Eddins, Mary Snelgrove, Merlin Maurieni, Michael Namkung, Michael Stahler, MUSIX, Nick Simmons, Rebecca Mmm Davis and Mx. Pucks A’Plenty, Rebeca Ramm, Renee Zamudio, Rhiannon Chavez, Rita Redd, M.R. Wiard, and Parker Boom, Rosemary Kesselring, Sam Hicks, Sidney Reha, Siena Morgan Schofield, Sophie Chin, SOU Drag Collective, South Fork Four, Stara Being, Tate Stine, Tatum Hazelton, The Next Best Thing Improv, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Untitled Titled Improv.

In the coming weeks, we will also announce this year’s honorarium recipients. Artists who receive an honorarium exemplify creativity that is boundary-breaking, unconventional, excites discussion, and explores different perspectives of a held position, principle, and/or belief. 

For more information about the 2023 Oregon Fringe Festival, please click here or visit

Ashland First Friday ArtWalk – February 2023

First Friday Art Walk: February 3, 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 February Spotlight Galleries and Artists.

Hanson Howard Gallery
Mixed Media Work by Dennis McNett

Dennis McNett, Black Witch Moth, Wood Carving on display at  Hanson Howard Gallery in February 2023
Dennis McNett, Black Witch Moth, Wood Carving

Currently featured at Hanson Howard Gallery is mixed media work by Dennis McNett. Drawing inspiration from fantasy, folklore, and pop culture, Dennis incorporates bold colors and patterns with refined linework that is inventive and respective of traditional techniques. With over twenty years of experience specializing in illustration, woodworking, and printmaking, Dennis always begins with patterns and lines, and then slowly builds upon them, continuing to add both depth and complexity to his narratives that are personal beliefs about the world. 
Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Art & Soul Ashland
Say it With Red

Charlotte Peterson, R is for Roses, Watercolor

This month’s exhibition at Art & Soul Ashland features Linda Boutacoff, Judy Richardson, Charlotte Peterson, Betty Barss, and Eve Margo Withrow. With February being the month of cupids, hearts, and romance, each artist has chosen their best artworks that include the passionate color of red in this color-themed exhibition. 

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Ashland Art Works
February Artist Members Showcase

Marydee Bombick, Untitled, Ceramic

This month’s exhibition at Ashland Art Works features a diverse selection of artwork made by each of their artist members. Including everything from ceramic mugs, to silk scarves, sterling silver jewelry, original paintings, and outdoor garden sculptures, there is a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

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

Fiber Arts Collective
Fiber Art by Kathleen Coolidge

Kathleen Coolidge, Untitled, Fiber Rug

Currently featured at Fiber Arts Collective is work by Kathleen Coolidge. Weaving rugs and wall hangings on a Navajo Loom, Kathleen’s designs are original while drawing inspiration from native sources and traditions. Using wool from sheep, she maintains the natural color or pigments it with synthetic dyes to create brighter colors. Alternatively, for more muted and softer tones, she uses vegetable and insect dyes. 

Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information: 
37 North Third Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Other First Friday Art Walk 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 


   CatalystAshland is a community based space that offers technology and features monthly art exhibitions.  
   357 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520

   Creekside Pizza
   Creekside Pizza features diverse artwork made by locally  renowned artists. 
   92 1/2 North Main 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

   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

   K.S. Wild
   K.S. Wild features monthly art exhibitions and events with an emphasis on the environment, land, and water conservation. 
562 A Street, 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 nspiration 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

   The Crown Jewel
   The Crown Jewel is a thoughtful and imaginative store featuring jewelry, art, decor, and gifts.  
266 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520

Click Here for First Friday Art Walk Map

The "is" in this

All the swallows sing of sky,

& I try to wintry listen

to the is of this

the is in this. 

Solstice Song

Inspired by reading Wintering
this Solstice morning…

Solstice Song

Winter comes, kind & slow—

unseen behind the glitter of other gifts.

Outside, the trees root deeper.

Inside, the fire glows brighter.

And further inside, the spirit asks to rest—

asks for fewer shoulds & more stillness.

For less noise & more silence


& more silence



& more silence



& the winter lovers listen.


SO Guild Open House and CTA

SO Guild Open House – You’re Invited!

The Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans announces a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 21 from 2-4pm at the Guild Gallery & Art Center in Kerby, OR.

Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans announces a Holiday Open House and Gift Certificate Giveaway. Shop Local!

Call for proposals for 2023 Creative Community Programming!

Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans (SO Guild) Call to Artists for 2023 Proposals for community programming

Attached is a square graphic I made to promote this and below is a link where folks can submit proposals to us. We are excited to hear new ideas and schedule classes for 2023 🙂

Creative Community Proposal Form:

Oregon Fringe Festival Deadline TODAY

Apply Now!
Priority Consideration Deadline: Monday, December 12

Untitled sculpture by Jessi Eaton Shields
Untitled sculpture by Jessi Eaton Shields

The Priority Consideration Deadline to apply and present creative work at the 2023 Oregon Fringe Festival is Monday, December 12, 2022.

Students, local artists, national artists, and international artists are ALL encouraged to apply! Our roster includes music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word, and MORE. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to present something to a fun and diverse audience, but it’s also an opportunity to experiment with new ideas and concepts. Even more exciting, we will also offer up to three $1,000.00 honoraria to non-student artists whose creative work is boundary-breaking, unconventional, excites discussion, and explores different perspectives of a held position, principle, and/or belief.

Festival Dates: Wednesday, April 26 – Sunday, April 30, 2023
Priority Consideration Deadline: Monday, December 12, 2022
Regular Consideration Deadline: Monday, December 26, 2022
Late Consideration Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2023

To be considered for an honorarium, applications must be submitted by the Priority Consideration Deadline. 

For more information and access to the application, please click here. For questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Artist Credit: Sculpture/4D Collective
Image Credit: Marvin Walder

The Long Game of Joy

I am delighted to announce the release of my new book on the first year of marriage!

The Long Game of Joy is the book I wish I could have read before I said “I do.” It’s a blend of memoir, manual, and meditation; interwoven within the story of our first year of marriage, you’ll find practical advice from savvy relationship experts and bits of poetry for those moments when no practicalities will do. You’ll encounter a wild mix of the sacred and mundane—the Enneagram, rivers, the wound-that-heals-us, RITZ-cracker communion, the True Self, corn dogs, and a key thing called zimzum. This is a playbook for couples looking to up their game by practicing grace to live in gratitude, faith to trust, and forgiveness to love. May we celebrate marriage in all its mud and wonder, all its stains and stars. Here’s to the learning curve of love for the win. 

Below you’ll find a bit of the first chapter, “We Fought About What?” 




I titled this book The Long Game of Joythough I’m not a huge fan of games—there’s usually just one winner. But I discovered that on the playing field of marriage, both players can win. On this Unified Field of Love, two can become one and know joy. 


Which might sound sweet…. 


But it’s also a marvelous-hard healing process! 


I confess: the first year of marriage was rough for me. And I’m pretty sure it would have been rough regardless of whom I’d married; I had too much of my own unlearning and learning to do—even though I thought I’d done it. 


That’s one of the many things I wish I’d known but discovered only after talking with people who’d been married 10, 20, 30, 40+ years. And after reading poems to help with mystery. And after reading books on marriage to help with practicalities. All of which I’ll reference often in these pages. Like this bit of wisdom from Winifred Reilly: 


I thought of how helpful it would have been to have learned, early on in my marriage, that not every problem can be solved and not every irritant can be negotiated away, that a good marriage is a mixture of delight and disgruntlement, that unhappiness comes from expecting it to be otherwise.*


That’s good advice for the long game.


And what is the long game? 


A long-term endeavor. 


A marriage…. 




You can read the rest in the book (both as paperback and eBook).


My gratitude to Bo Stern-Brady for her lovely endorsement:   


Anna Elkins has the ability to capture a world of emotion, turmoil, joy, and hope in just one sentence. In her newest book, The Long Game of Joy, she tells the story of her first year of marriage with a mix of disarming transparency and delightful self-awareness that only serves to elevate the magic and mystery of love. This is the book for those who suspect that true love still exists, but it is messier, sturdier, and yet more beautiful than the fairytales have led us to believe.Bo Stern-Brady, author of Beautiful Battlefields 


Here’s to grace, faith, and forgiveness in all realms of life,


Anna (pictured here with my husband, Jared, at the start of our long game)


PS: If you enjoy The Long Game of Joy, please do leave a review!

PPS: And do share it in social-media-land: #TheLongGameOfJoy


* Winifred M. Reilly, It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help from My Spouse—and How You Can, Too (Gallery Books, 2017), 236.

Book Brinking

It’s almost that time…publication time! My newest book has a November due date, and as I wrap up all the pre-pub stuff, I remember all of the resources that helped me write my own. 

This photo shows a fraction of the (way-too-many!) books I read and quoted in my own upcoming book about the first year of marriage. I am immensely grateful to the authors who shared their wisdom on relationships and communication, and I hope that my writing will be helpful to others, too. 

And so, on this brink of a new book, I thank the brave souls who write about the hard things. My already-deep respect for you has grown!

Here’s to forging joy….

How to heal the world…

…give thanks, take joy

Ashland Open Studio Tour 2022

Mark Your Calendars!

9th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour
October 15 – 16, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

art supplies, aerial view

Join us for the 9th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

On Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., visual artists based in Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix will open their workspaces to the public to show off their creative realms. Revealing some incredible and sometimes shocking surprises, this is a place where they love to work. Even just one visitor’s interest and curiosity can spark stimulation and new ideas. 

“We are so excited to offer artists the opportunity to participate in Ashland Open Studio Tour again. In 2020, planning anything was deemed as too hazardous and in 2021, we put together a temporary solution at Ashland Art Works where artists could show their studio work under tents for a day. This year will be unique in that some studios will be indoors, some outdoors, and some both in an effort to honor each artist’s safety and comfortability,” said Bruce Bayard, AGA Board Secretary. “Especially after coming through the pandemic, many artists lost gallery representation after permanent closures. Direct sales that take place during Ashland Open Studio Tour help a lot while artists continue to seek new outlets.” 

For more information about Ashland Open Studio Tour, please click here or contact Paige Gerhard, AGA Administrator and Marketing Coordinator, at [email protected] or 541-488-8430.