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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. 

The Ashland Forge- Our February Community Partner

Dennis DeBey, operates the Ashland Forge. A Los Angeles native, Denny came to Ashland in 1969 from Humboldt State College, seeking a master’s degree in Outdoor Education at Southern Oregon College, with a goal of being a naturalist.

In a chance encounter, DeBey met master blacksmith Al Bart here and got mentored for several months, picking up a good foundation for a career. The work furthered his values of simplicity and kindness to the planet, as he was able to recycle and re-purpose castoff metal and find antiquated tools with lots of life left in them.

For 44 years DeBey has been standing, hammer in hand, over his 2,400-degree forge and anvil, creating iron art and fixing the broken stuff of everyday life — wood stoves, gates, rails, statues, candelabras — things that would otherwise end up in the dump in a throwaway society such as ours.

Thank you Denny for supporting your community of fellow artists at Ashland Art Center.

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, February 1, 2019 from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, February 1st 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 February Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Ashland Gallery Association – February Spotlight Exhibits

Hanson Howard Gallery

40th Anniversary: Works from the Collection of Hanson Howard Gallery

2019 is our 40th anniversary and that has us feeling like taking a trip down memory lane. Over the years, the gallery has amassed a healthy collection of exceptional regional artists who have at some point been represented by us. Was there an artist that you loved and no longer see at the gallery? Maybe you wish you had collected one of their works.  Now you may have a second chance.

Join us in February for an exhibition of works from the Hanson Howard Collection made available for purchase at original prices, maybe even with some flexibility as we may have held onto a little too much work….who can blame us?!

Show runs February 1st – 26th.  Opens First Friday, February 1st, 5-8 pm.

Judy Howard, “Park Shadows”

Judy Howard, “Park Shadows”

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Debra Harder

Debra Harder’s new show, The Comforts of Home, opens on Friday, February 1st at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.  

Photographing in the comforts of home on cold winter days is one of Debra’s favorite things to do.  She enjoys creating still life scenes reminiscent of old paintings.  These images include some of her beloved possessions such as her collection of English White Ironstone.  The natural light streaming in from nearby windows is all that is needed to “paint” the items being photographed.  Debra’s still life images truly reflect her personal style not only in photography but also in her home.

Debra Harder, “Two Pears and a Book”, photograph

Debra Harder, “Two Pears and a Book”, photograph

Shepherd’s Dream

“Pictorial Lullabye” Paintings by Lindy Kehoe

Lindy Kehoe’s fantastical illustration style is its own mythos. This Pittsburgh native received her B.F.A in 2001 at Ohio University. Her adventurous spirit led her to the West Coast in 2005, where she began exhibiting with the Visionary Artist Community. She has been living on the Rogue River in S. Oregon with her California-born husband who has been a deep inspiration to her work. Landscapes depicting dreamy characters and animals can be seen throughout her paintings.  Lindy works in a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics, ink and watercolor, as well as, graphite.  Her intention of creation is steeped in the celebration of the child-heart wonder.  Lindy also has expertise in live painting during her exhibitions and this month is no exception. 

She says of her work…”My work is inspired by serendipity, a momentary feeling of interconnected magic, that often feels like a dream.  I am motivated to create images that bring peaceful energy to the viewer, a place of remembrance, a place of innocence.  The Oracular tendency keeps me fascinated by the mystical process.” 

She will be joined by a special musician of her choice and a foodie to round out our February event.   

Lindy Kehoe, painting

Lindy Kehoe, painting

Ashland Art Center

Shades of Blue:  Dyeing with Indigo

Studio Artist Shared Exhibit, “Shades of Blue,” features Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone, Peggy Biskar, Janine Twining and Gayle Erbe-Hamlin.

This group of studio artists at Ashland Art Center share a passion for textile design and using natural dyes, especially Indigo. They explore multiple ways of using Indigo hues in their textile art.

Botanical sources of the blue dye, Indigo, have been used for thousands of years by people of many cultures to color natural fibers. This exhibit will demonstrate the wide color range that can be achieved with natural Indigo dyes and outline the process used to dye with Indigo plants. Handmade garments and textile wall art pieces dyed with Indigo will be featured.

Featured Gallery Artist: Jennifer Anne Nelson

Show: Freed from the Halls of Amenti

Medium: eco oil paint, soldering iron, ink

 

Jennifer Anne holds a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley in Art Practice, and is currently living in southern Oregon where she is a gallery artist at The Ashland Art Center. Her artworks investigate the mysteries transcribed in ancient legends, working in partnership with the materials to allow archetypes, symbols, and wild landscapes to emerge.

Jo Ann Manzone, print, Rust

Jo Ann Manzone, print, Rust

 

Please see the attached “Spotlight Exhibits” and February Gallery Tour Map: 

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

Carolee Buck Art Exhibit in February

Ashland Art Center Artist, Carolee Buck is showing her work in February at LaBaguette Music Cafe. Her original Oil Paintings of animals and landscapes from Africa, Micronesia, England and the Netherlands will be on display.
Cafe hours are Monday-Saturday 7am to 2 pm with a breakfast and lunch menu.
Lite dinner menu during evening performances.
LA BAGUETTE MUSIC CAFE & BAKERY 340 A STREET, ASHLAND
labaguettemusiccafe.com
(541) 482-0855

PHOTO: Carolee Buck and Merrill Smith (owner La Baguette Cafe)

First Friday music with Hollis Peach

Jan. 4 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm NO COVER

Hollis Peach, an Indie Songwriting & Vocal Duo, creates not only exceptional music, but also an extended community of artists, students, & performers. Their musical arrangements and harmonies are lush, intricate, and often hypnotic in their elegance. Kenneth Pattengale, of the Grammy-nominated The Milk Carton Kids, describes Dan as, “…a monster guitar player.” And this is true, as their phrasing artistically expresses in the cleverest and subtlest of ways.

Daniel has been performing (guitar & banjo) with world-renowned theatre company Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in their production of OKLAHOMA! Which has gotten reviews in the New York Times, PBS NEWS HOUR, NPR’s Here & Now etc…After theatre season they will be touring in promotion of their second release, “Sun Sits Low,” with crowd favorites Yukon River & St. Jude’s Fire. Eager to give back and be of service to the larger community Daniel also teaches at Southern Oregon University.

They’ve also started a songwriting/performing movement called the Ashland Folk Collective | www.ashlandfolkcollective.com. “We want artist’s to make a living wage when they come to Ashland, we are doing our part to create a new culture around music and it’s patronage,” says Jacqui. As founders of the Collective they’ve performed and produced with/for Shook Twins, Rainbow Girls, John Craigie, Max Gomez, Sean Rowe, John Stickley, Anna Tivel…and more.

See more at hollispeach.com

First Ashland Art Walk of 2019 January 4th

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, January 4th 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!

ashland gallery association logo

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the January Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

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

 

AGA January Spotlight Exhibits

Gallerie Karon

East Meets East

 

There are two major events at Gallerie Karon this month. Join us for the First Friday Art Walk January 4, 2019. We’ll be opening our traditional show East Meets East celebrating the start of the New Year in so many Asian countries. (It’s The Year of the Boar!) There are a multitude of new things to explore, some from exotic Afghanistan and Tibet. 

The main thing we are excited about is the Grand Opening of our new addition –

“The Feathered Wing.” This area features two rooms – one filled with small versatile pieces of furniture and art. The second room is a striking mix of Oriental furniture, antiques and icons. (The 41/2 ft. Thai Buddha in our ads is only one of the outstanding pieces.) We’re planning live music, munchies and many surprises – come help us celebrate!

Thai Buddha statue, Gallerie Karon

Thai Buddha statue

Art and Soul Gallery

“Small Works” Paintings by Art and Soul Gallery Artists

Brighten your winter days and celebrate the beginning of a New Year with us at Art & Soul Gallery with our “Small Works” show.   These small treasures will showcase the artistic talents of Art & Soul Gallery’s Artists, as we present original art in a variety of genre and media.   The “Small Works” show will open with a festive reception on January 4, 2019, 5 – 8 PM, music will be by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland.  The “Small Works” show will be exhibited from January 2 – January 27, 2019.  This show will continue into February as part of our “Small Works Plus One” show, where Art & Soul Gallery Artists invite another Artist to join them in the exhibit during February.

Pam Haunschild, “Cascading,” watermedia, at Art & Soul

Pam Haunschild, “Cascading,” watermedia

Creekside Pizza

Paula Fong – Watercolor and Pen & Ink

Paula R. Fong received her B.S. in Biology from Denison University and her M.S. in Forest Ecology from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Her twelve years as a soil scientist and ecologist with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service gives her a unique perspective of the art in nature.  Paula’s primary medium is watercolor with pen and ink. She has illustrated numerous scientific publications, plant and wildlife posters, trail guides, and interpretative trail signs. She lives on a mountaintop in rural Southern Oregon.

“I have been fortunate to spend much of my career and recreation time exploring nature. It is fascinating to examine all the details, above and below ground, up close and from a landscape perspective. Every square inch of our natural world contains something artistically beautiful and scientifically interesting. I like to pick out one aspect of the environment and hold it up for inspection, with all its imperfections and variation. By changing perspective, focus, season and habitat, I have an infinite palette, and an unlimited source of inspiration.”  Paula Fong

Paula Fong, “Snowscape” watercolor with pen and ink at Creekside Pizza

Paula Fong, “Snowscape” watercolor with pen and ink

Ashland Art Center

Darlene Southworth – Travel Journaling with Watercolor

A journal is my personal response to travels — it expresses what I see, experience, feel, and reflect. Small paintings with words and attachments enhance the experience and evoke memories.

 

A botanist by training, Darlene Southworth travels and hikes in southwestern deserts and in the Pacific Northwest. She paints with watercolor in small bound journals working with minimal materials. In 2017 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

First Friday Musical Guest:

Hollis Peach

Hollis Peach, an Indie Songwriting & Vocal Duo, creates not only exceptional music, but also an extended community of artists, students, & performers. Their musical arrangements and harmonies are lush, intricate, and often hypnotic in their elegance. Daniel has been performing (guitar & banjo) with world-renowned theatre company Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in their production of OKLAHOMA! Which has gotten reviews in the New York Times, PBS NEWS HOUR, NPR’s Here & Now etc…After theatre season they will be touring in promotion of their second release, “Sun Sits Low,” with crowd favorites Yukon River & St. Jude’s Fire. Eager to give back and be of service to the larger community Daniel also teaches at Southern Oregon University.

Darlene Southworth, watercolor, at Ashland Art Center

Darlene Southworth, watercolor

 

Please see the attached “Spotlight Exhibits” and January Gallery Tour Map:

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Announcing Porscha’s Musician’s Fund

Ukulele Music Camp for Kids at the Art Center.
Porscha’s Musician’s Fund
will be administered through Ashland Art Center and will provide opportunities for children in our community to learn to play a musical instrument. Scholarships will be available for families needing assistance. The first program, a Ukulele Music Camp, will be offered in early 2019. The camp series will culminate with a student performance and reception at Ashland Art Center.

Porscha’s love for music, the arts, wine, family and friends will always be remembered. In the spirit of holiday giving, please consider a donation in Porscha’s memory to create and expand music programs for children. Tax deductible donations can be made to Ashland Art Center, please include: Porscha’s Musician’s Fund in the memo line. Mail your check or drop off to Ashland Art Center, 357 East Main St. Ashland OR 97520

A reception celebrating the launch of Porscha’s Musician’s Fund will be held Sunday, December 16 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Ashland Art Center.
Appetizers, wine.
A special musical performance by Danielle Kelly & Paul Turnipseed.

Suggested donation: $25

For more information about Porscha’s Musician’s Fund:
[email protected]

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, December 7th from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, December 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!

Ashland Gallery Association December Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association Art Happenings!

Photographers’ Gallery

Bittersweet: Yosemite 20 years Later.

 

 Bobbi Murphy’s new show, Bittersweet: Yosemite 20 Years Later, opens on Friday, December 7th at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center and will run through January.

 

Yosemite holds wonderful memories for me – of autumn walks in golden meadows and full moon nights along the Merced River listening to great horned owls call to their families on cold evenings. Tramping through spring meadows flooded with snow runoff, riotous with wild flowers.  John Muir walked here and helped create America’s second great National Park.

 

There is no denying the impact of climate change on the park: drought, fire, pine beetles have killed 129 million trees in California and Yosemite has not been spared. It is heartbreaking to see and experience while remembering how magnificent it was just a few short years ago. But the tourists come in crowds greater than ever.

 

Despite all that we have done to it, Yosemite is still a glorious, spectacular place that makes a heart sing, even in the midst of destruction and devastation. We are loving it to death and yet, somehow don’t love it enough to save it and ourselves.

Bobbi Murphy, Lone Tree, photograph

Ashland Art Center

Giving Tree Program

Help a local child and celebrate the Holiday’s by donating to Ashland Art Center’s Giving Tree.

December First Friday will be packed with excitement at Ashland Art Center.  We will be kicking off our First Friday Weekend Sale, 10% off, December 7, 8 & 9th.   Handcrafted work by local artists will include: paintings; photography; prints; jewelry; scarves; fiber art; woodwork; ceramics. 

Shop, enjoy wine and music and help a child in need!  We hope will you join us and spread some holiday cheer.  

Giving Tree

Giving Tree

Gallerie Karon

Gifts By The Gifted

Gallerie Karon’s December show features all of our artists with gifts for the holidays. Let us be your personal shopper – bring your list – we’re here to help.

The biggest news is that Gallerie Karon is expanding! Our new addition, “The Feathered Wing”, will be open by the holidays! In this new area, accessible through our main gallery, is a two-part section. The first is full of small, multiple use furniture pieces for smaller spaces. The second is a special area for Oriental furniture and accessories with larger scale antique Buddhas and Quan Yins. It’s a serene room far away from today’s problems and filled with things that you can use to create your own serene space at home.

We’ll have a Grand Opening once the expansion is completed, but the move is on!

Gallerie Karon

Gallerie Karon

The Shepherd’s Dream

A Study on the Transition of Life

Nora Costley, Watercolorist, shares her artistic evolution through self-discovery and the mystery of the universe. Nora is a world traveler and holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of New Mexico.  Her work has been displayed in the National Museum of Art in Washington, DC.  She currently resides in the Rogue Valley. 

She enjoys many forms of art including sculpture, traditional pottery making in Japan, Installation and Photography.  Even as a watercolorist, Nora feels an artist does not need to stick with the same subject or medium.  She prefers an artist’s creation to reflect the transient beings they are, and continue to demand an evolution as individuals.  She states…”for me art is a constant exploration and experimentation of self and the universe, which parallels the exploration of medium and processes.”  Also…”a driving force is art that stimulates personal power and freedom in myself and others.”  Her practice has evolved from that of discovering and resolving the internal, to decoding the world at large.  Often her ideas flow, and it’s not until a piece is complete, that it either is understood or not.  The universe is of great curiosity to her, but as with Nora’s artistic endeavor, she is satisfied with the mystery.

Nora Costley, “Take Your Power Back” watercolor

Nora Costley, “Take Your Power Back” watercolor

Special Event!

Lithia Artisans Market

Lithia Artisans Holiday Market

Friday, December 14 ~ 10am-7pm
Saturday, December 15 ~ 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 16 ~ 11am-4pm

Our Holiday Market is moving to the Medford Armory after 13 seasons with the Art Wing at Briscoe Elementary in Ashland. For 2018, we plan to host over 60 artisans at this new location, featuring some of the finest locally crafted gifts you’ll find. Enjoy live music, a family-friendly atmosphere and a chance to support local artisans while shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts.

A raffle drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon at both of our holiday events. The winner receives a $100 gift certificate.  This Holiday Season Support Local Handmade. Join Us!

Artisans Market holiday wares

 

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the December Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

 

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

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

Rock & Rolling with Gene Black & Bret Levick

Great Music – Great Wine – No Cover

Saturday – December 1 – 6:00 to 8:00 (no cover charge)
Stop by Platt Anderson Cellars at the Ashland Art Center
It’s always a good time when Gene and Bret get together to make music.

Take a peek in our windows

You might have noticed that the front windows of the Art Center are looking especially fun and creative. That’s because of the vision and hands-on effort of one of our newer Gallery Artists: Jeanne LaRae. She is also one of several Studio Artists who have a work space upstairs (so you can stop by most days and find her in Studio 4) Jeanne recently relocated to Ashland from Laguna Beach where she owned and operated a thriving art gallery. Happily for the Art Center, Jeanne has taken on the role of Gallery Manager and is using her creative eye to make our main floor gallery even more beautiful.
The next time you’re on Main Street, take a peek in our windows and you’ll see art objects tastefully displayed against Jeanne’s gorgeous hand-painted backdrops.
Visit Jeanne’s website at: http://jeannelarae.com/