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Haines & Friends Fund & “Where’s William?”

Hello friends and art appreciators,
 This Friday in Downtown Ashland is bound to be a happening event!  Not only is it 1st Friday Art Walk, but the Haines & Friends Fund show at the Ashland Springs Hotel will be a unique and insightful exhibit. You will get to see the results of the funds in physical form. So many great artists who were awarded for their artistic visions !
Here is the brochure:
***That’s my painting on the lower left… ‘Suddenly Blue” (40″x30″ oil, with lots of impasto work)
After you view the Haines & Friends Fund show, head over across the street to the Art & Soul Gallery and play ‘Where’s William” for a chance to win art gifts and more!
details here:

ART & SOUL GALLERY CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF OSF’S OUTDOOR SEASON WITH “WHERE’S WILLIAM?” AN ART DISCOVERY GAME!

 

All of the 27 artists at the Art & Soul Gallery have titled one or two of their paintings to relate to William Shakespeare. Throughout the month of June visitors to the gallery who are able to find the paintings will win prizes.

“There is something for everyone,” says the gallery’s new managing director/owner, Peter Stone. “Where’s William” is designed to be a fun way to discover art while looking for Shakespeare themes in the paintings and their titles.” 

Prizes:

~Kids aged twelve and under who find ten or more titles get to choose a super hero or Star Wars lapel pin.

~Seekers who find twenty or more titles get to choose one notecard from an Art & Soul Gallery artist and receive a free pass to Chanting and Chai.

~More ambitious “art snoops” who find 25 or more titles and answer three or more bonus questions will receive a CD, a free pass to Chanting and Chai, get to choose a notecard from an Art & Soul Gallery Artist, a 25% off coupon for custom picture framing from Art & Soul Framing and will be entered into a weekly drawing to win their choice of a painting lesson, a music lesson or an matted/unframed print.

~And anyone who finds thirty or more titles and answers five or more bonus questions will receive the above prizes and be entered into a drawing (at 4 pm on June 30) to win a Judy Richardson original oil painting.

Prizes are available for participants every day at all times when the gallery is open and there will be “art snoops” drawings every Friday in June at 5 pm. (7:30 on First Friday)

You do not need to be present to win at any of the drawings.

For more information about Art & Soul Gallery and “Where’s William” call (541) 488-9006, visit artandsoulgallery.com email: [email protected].

I look forward to seeing you at either of these exhibits! It will be a fun night ….
cheers,
silvia

Ashland Galleries June 2019 Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, June 7th, 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 June Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

AGA June Spotlight Galleries

Ashland Art Works

Jewelry, Clay, and Garden Art for the Summer

Cheryl Kempner is one of our featured artists throughout the month of June. Come view her new multi-media canvases painted with acrylics, embellished with clay figures, and encased in clear resin. New horizontal metal screens with powder-coated flowers offer another option for garden art. Of course, her signature “Crazy Birds and Friends” will include clay vases, bowls, trays, birdhouses, and 3D birds on steel legs. Enjoy this whimsical work in your home and garden.

Our second featured artist is Elizabeth Ellingson. Elizabeth’s designs are all focused around her own custom-cut stones. She takes interesting rough material to create unique cabochons. Elizabeth hand fabricates all of her jewelry in sterling silver using traditional silversmithing techniques. The jewelry she creates is one of a kind with an earthy and enduring quality.

Come meet the artists and enjoy the music at the First Friday Art Walk on June 7th, provided by Kelly Gordon and Victoria Johnson, members of the “Women with Wings Choir.”

Image caption: Cheryl Kempner, “3 Welcome Birds”, ceramic

Cheryl Kempner, “3 Welcome Birds”, ceramic

Gallerie Karon

Safari!

Part II – Deeper Into Africa

You’ll see artifacts from Ashanti to Yuruba and from areas from Benin to Nigeria in this show. Exotic pieces include masks for ceremonies including face, helmet and shoulder types. (The wearer was host to a sacred being and not to be seen)

Furniture, hand carved and handprinted, some with hammered metal embellishments, are not to be missed! These include stools of all kinds and a carved wood cabinet for sacred herbs and medicines. Our centerpiece is a rare handmade leopard bench made for a very prominent King or Chief. (the leopard is a sign of power and this one is munching on a crocodile )

We love our leopards and have several in bronze from Benin (one is life size!); these are complimented with photographs by Judy Benson LeNeir. Pegi Smith has contributed a striking portrait of an African woman. The late Vernon Lawhorn and his wife Jane, show more portraits and versions of textiles in paintings.

All these exotic pieces will be on display for purchase in our main gallery and in our new special African room in the “The Feathered Wing.”

Image caption: “Dog” artifact

“Dog” artifact

Art & Soul Gallery

“Nature’s Spirit” watercolor and mixed media by Linda Boutacoff

Expressions and Impressions, Up Close & Personal; Exploring Nature’s Hidden Treasures.

Linda’s paintings reflect her love of nature and the Northwest, as well as her background in graphic design.  Her work is recognized for mastery in creating delicate visual statements through bold use of color and design.

“Nature is my sanctuary. It is a source of discovery and inspiration that stimulates my creativity and brings joy to my spirit. These feelings I try to capture in my paintings. I enjoy developing intriguing designs with rich patterns, textures and colors while leaving a bit of mystery to be interpreted by the viewer.”

“Whether walking through the woods or climbing on boulders along a river, I am always observing; fascinated, just taking it all in … nature’s magic.”

Linda works in watercolor, acrylic, collage and mixed media.

First Friday reception June 7 from 5 – 8 pm

With live music by “Sidewalk Cafe” Beth Martin – violin, Craig Martin – guitar & Todd Ragland – bass

Image caption: Linda Boutacoff, “Lakeside Dreams,” watercolor

Linda Boutacoff, “Lakeside Dreams,” watercolor

Photographers’ Gallery

“Flower Portrait” featuring Julie Bonney

Julie Bonney’s new show, Flower Portrait, is a collection of flower photography at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center, which opens at the First Friday Art Walk on June 7, 2019.

Favorite photography subjects for many people are flowers.  They touch us in ways that open us to the natural world.  The photographer is actually creating floral portraits and the challenge is to showcase them in ways that are new and fresh and creates a desire in the viewer to stop and take them in.  Julie use a variety of techniques to create her look including tulle, lace, optic choices, shallow depth of field, multiple exposures and more unusual angles of perspective helps to emphasize the ways in which flowers speak to our hearts as well as showcase them.  Please stop by the Ashland Art Center and immerse yourself in the joy of flower photography.

Image caption: Julie Bonney, “Creamsicle,” photograph

Julie Bonney, “Creamsicle,” photograph


Shepherd’s Dream

Fowler Handwovens

Cindy Fowler is a 30-year “veteran” in the world of weaving.  Her mother worked in a trading post near their Southwest Colorado home, and spent weekends in search of Native American art.  Cindy witnessed (first hand) the Navajo women spinning, dying and preparing yarns to weave incredible, functional, rugs.  Those early years formed her love of cloth design for jackets and/or the dying of yarn for wall hangings.  She is mixing the balance between function, art and the appreciation of the environment’s bounty.  With the addition of the scroll saw and exotic woods, her weavings are hung with a look of puzzle pieces that flow with the yarn.

Image caption: Cindy Fowler, “Tablerock Spring,” hand-dyed cotton yarn weaving

Cindy Fowler, “Tablerock Spring,” hand-dyed cotton yarn weaving

Enclāve Studios

Spring Exhibition 2019

First Friday, June 7th, 5-8 pm

1661 Siskiyou Blvd (above the Ashland Street Shopping Center)

Enclāve Studios & Galleries presents our annual spring exhibition with new works and works-in-progress by our resident artists:

Jay Gordon: origami paintings

Corey Kahn: architectural landscapes

Inger Nova Jorgensen: painting and sculpture

Nicole Wasgatt: abstracted seascapes

Gabriel Mark Lipper: Rogue Valley landscapes

Join us for a glass of wine!

Image caption: Enclave Studios

Please see attached “Spotlight Exhibits” and June Gallery Tour Map.

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

Zoé La Terreur and Nic Temple – June First Friday Music

June 7th at Ashland Art Center Music begins at 5:30 pm.

Zoé La Terreur and Nic Temple met in 2017, in Ashland, Oregon. After a first beautiful collaboration in a fundraiser, they decided to form the duo Purely Blue. They both have a formal training in classical music and also enjoy exploring different styles, such as jazz and folk rock.They have a new EP which has a mix of classical songs and beloved jazz tunes. Purely Blue has been performing in wineries, churches and other venues in the Rogue Valley and the vocalist and pianist are excited to broaden their horizons.

Calling all Rogue Valley Young Artists, Ages 5-18

The Ashland Art Center & Sanctuary One Present “The Year of the Pig” Youth Art Show! This exhibit will represent art work about pigs and our thoughts, feelings, and relationships with the animal itself and/or their attributes (eg: smart, fun, clever). All work submitted will be displayed at the Ashland Art Center on June 23rd during the Year of the Pig fundraiser. Awards will be presented at 3PM, the day of this event.

ART SPECIFICATIONS:
· One original pig – themed piece of art per artist.
· Art must be created on 8.5 x 11 inch paper or canvas, or matted on construction paper for this final size. It must be flat (unframed and not on stretcher bars) as art will be hung using clips on the top corners & depending on the number of submissions, may hang in several rows.
· All work will be accepted when delivered to the Ashland Art Center between May 8th and June 8th. It can be picked up on or after July 1st.
· Submission of artwork is an acknowledgement by the artist that the art can be photographed and may be used by the Art Center or Sanctuary One for publicity or fundraising purposes.
· Art Center staff may decline a piece of work if it is deemed inappropriate.
AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN BY AGE GROUP
Best drawing/painting, funniest, most colorful, cutest, most creative.

Young Artists Exhibit
Call for Entries

· Exhibition date: June 23rd 2:00pm – 5:00pm
· Artist reception and awards: June 23rd 3:00pm
· Entry timeline: May 8th through June 8th
· Please deliver your art to the Ashland Art Center.

All competition entrants will be admitted to The Year of the Pig event for free.

For more information on submission guidelines:
[email protected]

Gene Black & Bret Levick at Platt Anderson Cellars

Saturday, April 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Platt Anderson Cellars (located in Ashland Art Center). Gene and Bret will be playing some of your fave tunes, including orignals. Great Music/Great Wine… see you there!

Artists and Inspiration

That Stuck Place

Collage Artist Susanne Petermann recently wondered what other artists do when inspiration isn’t forthcoming. Here are some tips from a few Ashland Art Center studio artists, on what they do when they get stuck:

Susanne Petermann: Working on a collage, I often reach a point that one friend of mine used to call “craft stress.” Well, to me, collage isn’t exactlly craft, but the idea stuck with me. How well I know that feeling of overthinking a particular piece, but continuing to work at it anyway!

Denise Kester: I try to make decisions about art from my belly, not my head. When I get stuck while doing a piece of art, I take three deep breaths into my belly.  This gets me out of my head and into my body. My body knows what to do. My head just asks a lot of questions, has doubts, worries, and overrides what my belly and heart know.

Katherine Dron: Go back to the books.  Look at the professionals’ strategies and see how they solved certain problems.  Either online or in my library.

Dana Feagin: I put the piece aside and start something new. Most paintings go through that “it’s-not-worth-working-on” phase.  Then I just take a break and come back to it later. Usually I have 7-8 paintings I’m working on, to allow dry time between sessions, and also for this weird struggle period.

Marta Marthas: 1. I go for a walk to help my body and mind relax. 2. I work on a different piece for a while. 3. If I am stuck for longer periods, I consult another artist for help or advice, because another point of view is useful in working through being stuck.

Darlene Southworth: I set the piece aside where I can see it. I work on something else, but look at it every few days (for up to a year). I revise it or take it apart.

Jo Ann Manzone: I’ve learned to walk away from the piece I’m working on and do something else that allows my mind to be still.  From that stillness comes ideas.

Carolee Buck: 1. Turn it upside down. 2. Show it to Elaine [Frenett]. 3. Do something to change my focus, like walk, doodle, read, or go outside.

Marcy Greene: I take a new piece of paper, slather it with paint, and just start scribbling.

Thank you Sanctuary One: Our March Community Sponsor

Meet Sanctuary One staff and volunteers at the Art Center on First Friday, March 1 and find out more about the upcoming “Year of the Pig.” celebration. Ashland Art Center is partnering with Sanctuary One for this fun-filled event in June, a special day to help animals and support local artists too!

Sanctuary One:
People, Animals & the Earth.
Better Together.

At Sanctuary One, people of all ages have the opportunity to volunteer on a real working farm and experience nature’s healing power firsthand. We offer educational tours that open people’s hearts and minds. We invite groups from schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations to visit the farm for fresh air, exercise and hands-on service-learning. We help teens who are in legal trouble learn how to make better choices. We mentor interns who dream of becoming the next generation of care farmers. We promote the ethics of mindful, sustainable living. And we provide a safe, loving home to rescued farm animals and pets. It’s all part of a practice called care farming.

Care farms like Sanctuary One demonstrate how farming for health can be an affordable, natural and effective means of healing people. They serve as models for treating animals humanely and honoring their intrinsic physical and spiritual value. And they illustrate how the environment that sustains us all can be steadily improved through organic and permaculture-inspired farming practices.

At Sanctuary One, we envision a future where care farms are as commonplace in the United States as they are in Europe. For example, in the Netherlands there are more than 1,000 established care farms. Great Britain has hundreds, and there are dozens more in other European countries. We hope to enliven and motivate our visitors at Sanctuary One and, ultimately, inspire more Americans to start up care farms in their communities.

For more information visit: https://sanctuaryone.org

Thank you Sanctuary One: Our March Community Sponsor

Meet Sanctuary One staff and volunteers at the Art Center on First Friday, March 1 and find out more about the upcoming “Year of the Pig.” celebration. Ashland Art Center is partnering with Sanctuary One for this fun-filled event in June, a special day to help animals and support local artists too!

Sanctuary One:
People, Animals & the Earth.
Better Together.

At Sanctuary One, people of all ages have the opportunity to volunteer on a real working farm and experience nature’s healing power firsthand. We offer educational tours that open people’s hearts and minds. We invite groups from schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations to visit the farm for fresh air, exercise and hands-on service-learning. We help teens who are in legal trouble learn how to make better choices. We mentor interns who dream of becoming the next generation of care farmers. We promote the ethics of mindful, sustainable living. And we provide a safe, loving home to rescued farm animals and pets. It’s all part of a practice called care farming.

Care farms like Sanctuary One demonstrate how farming for health can be an affordable, natural and effective means of healing people. They serve as models for treating animals humanely and honoring their intrinsic physical and spiritual value. And they illustrate how the environment that sustains us all can be steadily improved through organic and permaculture-inspired farming practices.

At Sanctuary One, we envision a future where care farms are as commonplace in the United States as they are in Europe. For example, in the Netherlands there are more than 1,000 established care farms. Great Britain has hundreds, and there are dozens more in other European countries. We hope to enliven and motivate our visitors at Sanctuary One and, ultimately, inspire more Americans to start up care farms in their communities.

For more information visit: https://sanctuaryone.org

The Emerging Artists Gallery

On March 1st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, culinary artists from both Ashland Middle School and High School will be displaying and serving in the gallery and classroom. We invite the community to come out and support our budding young artists.

Plant an artist, watch them grow.
As part of our new Emerging Artist youth program, the main gallery now features a space for children and young adults to exhibit and sell their artwork among our other showcasing artists.

The Art Center is passionate about providing a nurturing environment where our community’s youth can explore their creative skills and seek professional development early on. Our classes are affordable and meet a variety of budgets with scholarships provided for those in need.

Our Community’s youth is our future, we invite you to come and add your support!

Fiber Artist Jo Ann Manzone

Host David “Glamour Dave” Nienow interviews Ashland Art Center artist Jo Ann Manzone to discuss the art process in the production of her artwork.

Click here to view the entire interview with Jo Ann.

“My love of fiber began at an early age when I learned to knit and sew.  In my many years as a fiber artist and felter, I have made clothing and accessories for celebrities, galleries and markets.  My work is influenced by the ever changing fashion of the 60’s.  I have  taught felting workshops and retreats in various locations, including Create Mixed Media Retreats in Southern California, private women’s groups on the West Coast, in The Design Studio and at  Ashland Art Center.  I have also taught felting classes at the local sewing guild conference and love teaching felt making to children and at-risk teens.  I have had the opportunity to study under the guidance of Polly Sterling, who along with her partner Sachiko Kotaka invented nuno felt process.  I have been playing with natural dyes and botanical printing to create beautiful pieces of fabric and scarves.

Most days, I can be found in my working studio at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main where I create and teach my favorite felting and printing techniques. My creative focus is on combining natural elements with my felt and fabric to create unique textiles”.
~ Jo Ann Manzone

Rogue Artisans and Crafters is a public access show produced through Rogue Valley Community Television, RVTV in Ashland, Oregon. The show is a 1/2 hour talk show that gives exposure to local artists in Southern Oregon and can be seen on Channel 15 on the Ashland Home Network. Viewing is available for the rest of Southern Oregon via Charter Cable on Channel 182.