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May 2021 Virtual Exhibit

Here is our video of the May 2021 virtual exhibition of art in the Art Presence Art center gallery. This includes Petlandia, our current member artist benefit show of pet-themed art to support C.A.T.S. Please share!

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May 2021 Art Exhibits

Art Presence Art Center announces new hours beginning this month! The gallery is now open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12–5 pm.

Don’t miss “Petlandia,” a benefit exhibit for C.A.T.S presented by the members of Art Presence. 6” x 6” paintings of pets cover the back wall starting April 30 and remain on display through May 30.

Painting by Art Presence member Zoe West

In conjunction with Petlandia, we’ll have a special event on Sunday, May 16, during which C.A.T.S. will offer kittens for adoption on our front lawn from 1–4 pm. This is your chance to rescue a charming furbaby to share your life and brighten your days!

Our collection of member artworks in the main gallery continues through the end of the month. Pet-loving patrons may find larger paintings of pets sprinkled throughout.

If you feel safer viewing the show at home, please visit our website for a virtual tour. Contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or to inquire about the art that captivates you or schedule a private gallery viewing. Please visit our website to enjoy virtual tours of art exhibits from the past few months! You never know if the painting you fall in love with on video might still be available.

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Arts & Letters May Author Reading: Diane Wallace

This month’s Art & Letters Local Author Reading on Zoom features Diane Wallace reading from her new coloring book story, Aunt in the Amazon. Visit the link below to make reservations and join us at 5pm on Friday, May 14. You can ask questions of the author via the Zoom chat box. Please register for this free, bilingual event to get your personal link for the reading:

Aunt in the Amazon, author reading by Diane Wallace at 5pm on Friday, May 14

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Art du Jour May 2021 Exhibits

Art du Jour May 2021

May Exhibits at the Rogue Gallery

Exhibition of Watercolor paintings by Charlotte Peterson at Rogue Gallery, May 2021
Exhibition of fiber art by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) at Rogue Gallery, May 2021

Belinda Moffit

My name is Belinda Moffit, I am an Oregon-raised, Asia-influenced oil portrait painter. The rugged, wild Oregon coast was the childhood home where I learned to love art. My parents lovingly encouraged me. The small, artistic community of Brookings showed me the place art has in every day life. As an adult, living fifteen years in the Philippines, I continued… Read more →

Ashland Gallery Association May Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery
Fresh Paint: Acrylic and Oil Paintings by Jenay Elder

Jenay Elder, Grizzly Peak Sunset, Acrylic

New year, new works, and fresh paint. This exhibition features acrylic and oil paintings by artist Jenay Elder that represent regional landscapes, and expressive scenes from our local parks, ponds, and neighborhood. Playful designs featuring terrestrial animals of all sorts are also featured.

On May 7 during First Friday, Jenay will provide a live outdoor painting demonstration during the reception from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
and by appointment.

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

Vernon Lawhorn, Untitled, Medium Unavailable

Gallerie Karon
A Work in Progress

Gallerie Karon is moving to 300 East Main Street at 2nd. As part of the move, the gallery is offering up to 50% off furniture, accessories, and ART. Stay tuned for the future reopening date and until then, stop by and take a look at everything Gallerie Karon has to offer.

Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information:
500 A Street #1 at 4th & A, Ashland, OR 97520

Hanson Howard Gallery
Laura Foster and Wade Schuster

Wade Schuster, Wheat Paste Cover Stories, Oil on Canvas

Wade Schuster is an artist and art educator currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. Schuster’s art practice explores perception, memory, and the everyday life of public space, using walks as a source of inspiration. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Schuster received a BA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before moving to Las Vegas, where he lived and worked from 2005-2020. His works are held in both public and private collections, including the permanent collection of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Living and practicing in Portland for the past twenty years, Laura is currently working her way through a mountain of cedar lath from an ancient deconstructed fence, wandering the aisles of the Rebuilding Center searching for scalloped trim, drawing and painting, and pursuing an MFA in Visual Studies at PNCA. She has a BFA in Painting and an MFA In Fine Art. Pursuing years of exhibitions, residencies, and grants, Laura also teaches.

Thursday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.

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

Jhenna Quinn Lewis

Jhenna Quinn Lewis, The Treasure Remembered, Oil

Jhenna Quinn Lewis is a contemporary realist oil painter with meditative compositions that often feature birds. She is nationally-known and represented by numerous galleries, with paintings also in museums and corporate and private collections. In 2019, Jhenna received a spotlight in Western Art and Architecture and was selected to take part in Birds in Art at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for the fourth time. Her inspiration comes from connecting with nature, studying Japanese masters, and observing the tenets of wabi-sabi—the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Originally from Chicago, Jhenna has made Southern Oregon her home for 20 years now.

Appointment only.

Address and Contact Information:
[email protected]

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

Oregon Fringe Festival Opening Celebration

Join the Oregon Fringe Festival on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening of this year’s festival!

Dean Kyle, Ashland, Oregon percussionist
Dean Kyle, percussionist

Meet artists and producers and enjoy an evening of performances and visual arts exhibitions, a mixed drink demonstration from Hearsay Restaurant, Lounge, and Garden, Honorarium Recipient Awards from Festival Director, Paige Gerhard, and more…

Performances will feature Alexandra Doyle and Lily Gelfand, dancer and composer from Brooklyn, NY, and Dean Kyle, percussionist from Ashland, OR.

(Ashland, Ore.) Each spring, the Oregon Center for the Arts produces the Oregon Fringe Festival (OFF), a multi-day event bringing together emerging creators and real-world artistic practitioners to share their respective experiences and to engage with each other’s work. The festival’s mission is simple: to provide a boundary-breaking platform for free expression and to celebrate unconventional art and unconventional spaces.

This year, we are excited to announce that the OFF will feature over 50 acts from over 40 different artists. From live virtual performances to artist lectures/workshops, an extensive virtual gallery, and outdoor art installations, viewers will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of creative work.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend our events. If you are a person with a disability who requires accommodation(s) in order to participate in this festival, then please contact Disability Resources at [email protected] in advance.

The OFF is committed to providing a boundary-breaking platform for free expression that amplifies the voices of those who are all too unrepresented in the creative arts industry. A lens focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion will filter our selection process for all projects submitted.

Alexandra Doyle and Lily Gelfand
Alexandra Doyle and Lily Gelfand

– OCA at SOU –

About the Oregon Center for the Arts:

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University serves as a creative catalyst for the mixture of students, educators, and artists from the state, the nation and the world. The beautiful Southern Oregon mountain setting provides a special place to learn, explore and train in all of the arts disciplines.


About Southern Oregon University:

Southern Oregon University is 175 acres of beautifully maintained campus with outstanding facilities, occupied by a committed and well-respected faculty and talented students. SOU’s vision is to be an inclusive, sustainable university for the future. Faculty, staff and leadership collaborate to achieve those ideals, and are united in their dedication to the students who will create lives of purpose and fulfill our region’s

promise. SOU enhances the economic, cultural and social well-being of southern Oregon, and helps its students learn the skills to work both independently and collaboratively, be adaptable and embrace creativity. Its diversity gives SOU both texture and strength. Students’ thoughtfully shared points of view are valued and respected.


April 2021 Press Release

The featured Gallery artist for May 2021 is Sherry McCowan. The Salon artist for May is Jeanne LaRae. April 1 – April 31Featured Gallery Artist Sherry McCowan I have enjoyed painting for many years, beginning my journey as a self-taught artist. About five years ago, I began taking college art classes and loved it. It was wonderful to learn the… Read more →

AGA Art Classes and Opportunities

Ashland Galleries
April Visual Arts News
April = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of art opportunities that are being offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 
Ashland Gallery Association
AGA Summer Art Show!
Saturday, June 19, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

  Open to members, and in lieu of the traditional Open Studio Tour, the AGA is coordinating a Summer Art Show at Ashland Art Works that will allow members to showcase their artwork outdoors! 

For those who are interested in participating, please register here no later than April 20, 2021.

Send promotional images of artwork to [email protected] and sign and send the attached Liability Release Form along with the $20.00 participation fee to: 

Ashland Gallery Association
PO Box 241
Ashland, OR 97520

Image Credit: 
Suzanne Etienne, Ashland Art Works, Acrylic
Saturday in the Park: Lithia Park Plein Air Painting Event 

  Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Open to all, artists can come and go throughout the day. The general public will be encouraged to engage with the artists between 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. where artists can talk about their work and process. Artists will be invited to show one piece created at this event at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum from June 21 – September 16, 2021. Art will be sold at and by ScienceWorks, with 50% of sales prices going to the artist and 50% to ScienceWorks.

Please register here to be a participating artist by June 1, 2021.

Image Credit: Sarah F Burns, Late Spring, Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR, Oil on Panel
Rogue Art Gallery
Figure Painting with Ilene Ginger-Stanfield
Friday, April 16 – Sunday, April 18, 2021 
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Welcoming all skill levels and utilizing oil or pastel media, 
Ilene’s three day workshop will introduce the technique of identifying shapes within the composition to find the visual truth, cover the fundamentals of drawing, shape, value, and edges, and then address the properties of color. Color is powerful, it can inhibit or control its application in art. The workshop will give students a clear understanding of how to navigate this wonderful element of painting. Following lecture and demonstrations, students will paint from live models and photo references.

Please register here to participate by Friday, April 16, 2021.
Members: $300.00 and Non-Members: $325.00 
Materials List

Image Credit: Illene Ginger-Stanfield, Untitled, Oil  
Northwest Ceramics Studio
Ceramic In-Person Classes
April 18, 2021 and April 21, 2021 
Times Vary 

  Come have fun and get a little dirty at Northwest Ceramics! They offer ceramic classes at all different levels. It is recommended to register for classes early due to small class sizes.

As of right now, an Intermediate Pottery Workshop and Floral and Leaf Inlay class are available. For more information, please visit,

Image Credit: 
Northwest Ceramics Studio
  Ashland Public Arts Commission Opportunities!
Become a Commissioner

The Ashland Public Arts Commission (PAC) is involved in building the city’s public arts collection and educating both residents and tourists about the value of public art. 

The mission of the Public Arts Commission is to enhance the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Ashland by actively pursuing the placement of public art in public spaces and serving to preserve and develop public access to the arts. The continued vitality of the arts in the City of Ashland is a vital part of the future of the city as well as of its citizens.

If you’re interested in becoming a commissioner, please review the PAC’s website, sit in on a meeting, and fill out an application. Each of the steps are listed below. 

Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month at 8:30 am. Access to the Zoom link and agenda will be published on the website.