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Capturing Light in the Landscape with Pastels

Don’t miss out on this wonderful pastel landscape series with Janis Ellison!
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Take Control of Capturing  the Light in the Landscape!

with Janis Ellison

Dates: January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Time: (Four Monday sessions) 9:30pm – 1:00pm

Fee: $125.00

Location: Central Art Supply classroom

This session will move beyond the basics of color theory and teach you techniques to capture that fleeting sense of light that inspires us to paint.

Join me for ongoing 4 week session classes that include demonstration and Individual Instruction time at your easel.

All levels welcome!

Register now 541-218-9788

www.janisellison.com

[email protected]

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Ashland Gallery Association January 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Natural Medicine

“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

Image: Diamond Polka Skirt, Jennifer Jensen

Photographers’ Gallery

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

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

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

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

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

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

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

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

First Friday, December 5th at Ashland Pony Espresso

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

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

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

You can see more of Jennifer Garrett’s work at jngarrettart.com.

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

"Puck" by J.N. Garrett 

Image:  “Puck” by J.N. Garrett 

Schneider Museum

Winter Exhibitions at the Schneider Museum of Art

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

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

Maria de Los Angeles, Transcending Myths 

Betty LaDuke, Social Justice Continued 

Storm Tharp, Fierce Last Stand

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

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

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The Daily & the Doing

I started to write a list of the year’s highlights—a fun gratitude practice. But I discovered that the entire list could—like a good caramel sauce—be reduced down to this one, sweet dollop from Julia Cameron: “Creativity lies not in the done but in doing.”
I first read that line seventeen years ago, and it has taken me all of these years to begin to learn it. In fact, as I was fiddling with the now-defunct list and getting annoyed at my inability to get it to flow, I took a break for gingerbread and cloud-watching. This little post and yours truly are both the better for it. 
And so, in this season of celebration and on this shortest day of the year, here’s to celebrating each short moment of our days—whether writing a to-do list or a cycle of poems, warming leftovers or concocting a five-course feast, sketching a poinsettia or painting a twenty-canvas series, sitting still for five breaths or walking five miles. Even beyond any good outcome, let the daily and the doing be our creative delight.  

Bells & Angels

The Guardian Angel of Mount Angel Abbey
As I begin to write, the bells begin to ring across the monastery courtyard. Between the bell tower and my window, a statue of a guardian angel stands in the rainy courtyard. I woke to bells ringing at 5:20. They have names, which I’ve already forgotten.
I came here on a mini-retreat, bringing my own bag of coffee and zero expectations. As a Protestant visiting a realm of Catholicism and monasticism, this feels more observational than participatory. I am partly here because I read Kathleen Norris’ book The Cloister Walk, about her seasons spent at a Benedictine monastery in the Midwest. I made this reservation after finishing the book this past summer when I imagined the weather being exactly what it is at this moment: rainy and gray.
Earlier this month, I thought I knew the reason I was coming here, but that morphed to the real reason: to not need a reason. To simply take time away to rest for no other purpose: no multitasking, not even the justification of a tax-deductible tripas most of my freelance artist-writer life is. I logged no miles driving here, even though I will spend this morning in the curvilinear, mid-century library looking through books on Saint Teresa for a current writing project. Therein the happy problem when your work is your love: what does rest look like?
The guardian angel stands, implacable, in the rain. I write like I’m trying to rest: with no purpose. I see the angel. I hear the bells. I drink my coffee. I stare at my socked feet, propped up on the squeaky bed I slept fitfully in. Soon, the library will open. Before long, I’ll start craving not just spirit food but food for this body. Maybe I’ll eat the kale-beet salad I brought. Maybe I’ll walk into town and treat myself to spaetzle at the German restaurant. Maybe I’ll fill myself with bells. I have learned to live with hunger.
The angel keeps watch. The bells will ring again soon.

Create A Unique & Beautiful Gift For The Artist In Your Life!

Create A Unique & Beautiful Gift For The Artist In Your Life!
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Mugs & Coasters with Posca Pens

at Central Art:

centralartsupply.com, 101 N. Central Ave., Medford, Oregon

Don’t miss out on this fun and engaging 1-hour mini art workshop, exclusively at Central Art!

When: Wednesday, Nov. 8th, 2017

Location: Central Art

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Fee: $7.50*

*Pre-registration required for all workshops. Space is limited to 12 students maximum. Payment is required at time of registration.

http://www.centralartsupply.com/events-and-classes

Photographer Pat Moore at Cafe 116

Pat Moore Artist Reception with fine art photography Nov 5, Dec 3 11 AM - 2PM  Cafe 116, Ashland

Art Classes at the GP Museum of Art- Nov/ Dec 2017

Art Classes!

Elderhood, Wisdom, and Our Inner Knowing

workshop with

Janet L. Stanley, M. A.

Saturday, Nov. 18

1-4 pm

“We are the Crones, the Wise Women whose truths must be given voice, our spiritual journeys embraced and our sage insights welcomed. Come join me as we celebrate elderhood, our collective wisdom and how this inner knowing will help heal Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.”
$20 per person

How to Paint Snow

 with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, Dec 2

1 – 4 pm

  • All materials provided
  • Create your own painting of a winter scene
  • Learn about color theory (warm & cool colors)
  • Have a fun afternoon!
  • All skill levels are welcome
$30 per person, includes all materials.

 Art Journaling:

Recipe for a

Perfect Holiday

with Karen O’Brien

Saturday, Dec 16

10 am – 1 pm

In this class we will learn how to begin our own art journal* with simple supplies. I will share plenty of ideas and approaches to begin filling your journals. We will create a journal spread in class focusing on the holiday season.
All you need to bring to class is:
  • Blank journal that can handle water media: 90-140 lb paper
  • OR
  • Old book : thin spine, no larger than 9″ x 12″, no shiny, slick or glossy pages
*What is an Art Journal? It’s a place to record your thoughts, memories, and emotions through images, art and words.
Why do it? It is an easy way to use your creativity every day. It can be done with simple tools. It is portable, requiring very little space to do it. It can be used to document life, travels, plan you art, express your feelings, test out new art products and techniques. It can be personal – only for you, or you can share it with others.
$45 per person. Includes some materials. (List on website)
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

New works in oil & photography- November 2017 Spotlight Exhibits with AGA

Ashland Gallery Association

November Spotlight Exhibits

Photographers’ Gallery

“Into the Woods” photography by Julie Bonney

Julie Bonney is the featured artist at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.  Her new show, “Into The Woods” opens during the First Friday Art Walk on November 3rd.

Julie is a local photographer who finds inspiration in the natural beauty of Southern Oregon and Northern California.  John Muir said, “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.  The forest is a beacon for Julie.  It invites her to enter and explore more.   She feels as though there is a great mystery hiding somewhere within. Her photography explores that mystery and creates a deeper relationship between nature and herself.

“Redwoods” photograph by Julie Bonney

“Redwoods” photograph by Julie Bonney

Oak Leaf Studio

Best of 2017- Landscapes by Leif Trygg

For the month of November, Oak Leaf Studio is showing landscapes by artist Leif Trygg completed during the past year. Original paintings in acrylic and pastels will be featured. Prints and cards are also available.

Located in Ashland’s historic Railroad District, Oak Leaf Studio is at 247 Oak Street, between the Ashland Art Works and the Hanson Howard gallery. The studio is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.

“Coming Ashore” acrylic on board by Leaf Trygg

“Coming Ashore” acrylic on board

Hanson Howard Gallery

Photo Cascadia – Seven Photographers on Atmosphere

Photo Cascadia consists of seven photographers: Erin Babnik, Sean Bagshaw, David Cobb, Adrian Klein, Kevin McNeal, Chip Phillips and Zack Schnepf. All are from the Cascadia region of the Pacific Northwest and share the common interest of photographing the beauty of the outdoors around the globe but especially the area they call home. Join us for an artist reception during the Ashland First Friday Art Walk on November 3rd, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs November 1-18. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-5.

For seven years the Photo Cascadia Team has worked together to explore natural beauty in the landscape, promote creative expression through experiences in nature, share images and stories that foster love and respect for the planet and inspire others to become involved in landscape photography. Photo Cascadia is also a resource for outdoor photography enthusiasts of all levels. The group publishes a weekly blog, leads tours and teaches photography workshops around the world.

“Wizards Hat” photograph by Chip Phillips

“Wizards Hat” photograph by Chip Phillips

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

Featured Artist Sandy Cathcart

Join us at the Ashland Pony Espresso/Washington Federal Bank for First Friday Art Walk, November 3rd, from 5pm-8pm, for a beautiful show featuring the work of local artist Sandy Cathcart.

Grab a cup of coffee or some delicious food, meet the artist, and enjoy an inspiring evening of looking at art and talking with other creatives. Plus, we will be showing a teaching video from renowned artist Daniel Gerhartz in the Washington Federal Community Room during the event.   We look forward to seeing you there!

The Pony Espresso is located at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland, OR 97520.

"Warrior King" oil on canvas by Sandy Cathcart

“Warrior King” oil on canvas by Sandy Cathcart

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, November 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 November Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Celebrate Halloween 2017 with Natural Earth Paints

Celebrate this HALLOWEEN season with our Natural Face Paints!

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Art Reception at the Rogue Gallery on October 20, 2017

Art Reception at the Rogue Gallery on October 20, 2017

Alx Fox Sunrise Through the Mist Abstract Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 36"

Alx Fox Sunrise Through the Mist

Main Gallery exhibit:

Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Eleanor Erskine, Alx Fox, Zelpha Hutton, Keith Johnson, and Dan Tilden

Exhibit date: September 29 – November 10, 2017

 Artists in this exhibit explore the classical idea of the elements: earth, water, fire, and wind. Described as the simplest essential parts of all things, the four elements have fascinated artists throughout history. Printmaker Eleanor Erskine, sculptor Dan Tilden, and abstract painters Alx Fox, Zelpha Hutton, and Keith Johnson uniquely create artwork reflecting this concept of the natural world.

Eleanor H.  Erskine received a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA in Printmaking with special focus in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She has taught at Maine College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Chautauqua Institute, Penland School of Crafts, and Portland State University.

Medford artist, Alx Fox is an abstract expressionist painter who is driven by her passion for self-expression through bold blended colors and distinctive textures. She studied photography, art history and design at Barat College, Lake Forest, Ill.

Zelpha Hutton was an art teacher for twenty nine years and owned Paisley Yarn Shop in Ashland for twenty three years. Her paintings are a reflection of her personal experiences, the spirit of a landscape or imaginary narration. She resides in Central Point.

Keith Johnson received a Bachelor’s of Art and a Masters of Art from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He has been an active painter and printmaker for over five decades. His painting process he describes as “letting go and allowing the paint to develop its own life and its own voice”. Keith lives in Jacksonville.

Ashland artist, Dan Tilden has a passion for woodworking. Using the natural features from the tree, he turns hollow vessels, pots, and bowls on a wood lathe to create an elegant shape while keeping the piece in the most natural state possible. Using a natural edge opening, drying wet wood to warp and move, and using a knot or void in the shape adds character to the piece and lets the piece “speak for itself”.

 

Elm Burl by Dan Tilden

Dan Tilden’s Elm Burl

 

Community Gallery Exhibit

In the Community Gallery

A Moment in Time: Paintings by Trisha Stricklin

 October 13 – November 17, 2017

Ashland artist Trisha Stricklin’s still life, landscape and figurative paintings are rendered sensitively and accurately in high contrast, vibrant colors.

Trisha Stricklin was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree the California College of Arts and Crafts. For twenty five years, she worked in San Francisco as a designer/art director and illustrator with companies such as the Sharper Image, Smith and Hawken, Gumps, and Williams Sonoma. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 2004 and continued her commercial work. She now devotes most of her time to painting. She describes her oil paintings as “impressionistic realism.” She states, “I strive to produce an accurate rendering of my subject, but not every detail needs to be presented.  There is a place for full detail, and there is a place for space and simplicity.”

Refreshments by Harry and David will be served at the reception on October 20, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

 Call the Rogue Gallery & Art Center for more info: (541) 772-8118

Check out more fun activities at: www.roguegallery.org
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.