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Platt Anderson Cellars hosts: An evening with Jeff Kloetzel

Friday, June 22, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come spend an evening with Jeff Kloetzel and enjoy his original songs along with a complimentary glass of wine from Platt Anderson Cellars.
Tickets are $18 in advance by calling Ashland Art Center 541-482-2772, or $20 at the door.

Jeff performs songs from a diverse catalog, running the gamut from driving modern tunes to subtle timeless ballads. Influenced by many musical genres including pop, rock, folk, blues and contemporary island, there should be something for everyone in Jeff’s set list. His original songs are fueled by his rhythmic guitar work and soulful vocals.

Kloetzel has strummed guitar strings from a young age. A self-taught player from a musical family, he played with many artists and groups in Hawai’i including Johnny Helm, Jake ShimabukuroBruce Shimabukuro, John Cruz and Guy Cruz . His recorded work and compositions can be found on many CD’s with a variety of artists and on his own indie label (Kamananui Records LLC). Jeff has performed around the USA (MD, VA, MT, ID, OR, WA, CA, HI) as well as in Japan (touring with renowned ukulele magician Jake Shimabukuro). He’s also had the good fortune to have been a member of bands opening shows for the likes of Jackson Browne, Gregg Allman, Jack Johnson, Gavin DeGraw and Aimee Mann.  Since moving to Oregon, Jeff has been the local opening act at the renowned Britt Festival for 70’s supergroup America, Boz Scaggs, Natalie Merchant, Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Jake Shimabukuro and Leo Kottke.

Workshop with Jennifer Anne

FRIDAY MAY, 18   5:30 – 8:30 pm (Studio 9)

Come hang out Friday night in Studio 9 (upstairs at Ashland Art Center) and learn how to make a zine, create a fluxus box, or free flow with collage and drawing materials. Snacks and beverages provided.
Jennifer Anne will present a demonstration on zine making. A zine is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, often reproduced with a photocopier. You can also make your own fluxus box. Fluxus was an art movement in the 60s and 70s that not only wanted art to be available to everyone, but also wanted everyone to produce art all the time.  Make a box that that becomes an interactive art piece to inspire you and others.
Stamps, collage and drawing materials will be provided to help you make your zine and/or box your own!
$15/Person for Materials (cash/check only).
Please RSVP to [email protected]
Jennifer Anne holds a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley, and is currently living in southern Oregon, where she is a gallery and studio artist at the Ashland Art Center.

Spring Clean Sale & Sidewalk Sale

Friday May 18, Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20.  A big selection of discounted ceramics will be for sale on tables in front of the Art Center. These items go quickly so be sure to stop by early. Some Studio Artists will also be offering markdowns on their artwork. Don’t miss this opportunity to acquire some great art at super-reasonable prices.

The Taste of Ashland 2018 – Saturday & Sunday April 28 & 29

The Art Center is gearing up for the annual Taste of Ashland weekend. We hope you’ll stop by to see what our studio artists have been up to and to sample the tasty food and wine from: Platt Anderson Cellars, Trium Wines, Agave (Sat only), Arbor House (Sun only) and the Brickroom.  You can find us listed as numbers 8 and 9 on the wine tour map.

As a special treat, renowned local artist Denise Kester (who created the stunning signature artwork for this years event) will be on-site Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm to chat and sign copies of her Taste of Ashland poster art.  Be sure to visit Denise and see more of her artwork in her studio upstairs at the Art Center.

We are Ashland’s Favorite for First Friday!!!

Did you know that the Ashland Art Center has consistently won locals favorite place to celebrate Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk in the local Sneak Preview?

We have Fun on First Fridays and we just added 2 more reasons to make the Ashland Art Center a must-stop.

#1: Our new first Friday raffle! We will have 2 raffle winners every night. Tickets are just $1 each and proceeds benefit Ashland Art Center’s Programs. Both winners will receive an award-winning bottle of Platt Anderson Cellars wine and a piece of artwork created by an Ashland Art Center artist.

#2: We have raised the bar for our musician line-up! Our performers now include Ashland’s top favorites such as Holly Gleason, Blades of Grass, Liz Jones and Trishna Devi.

First Friday music performances are always free of charge. The Platt Anderson Cellars wine bar is open on First Friday. Snacks and award-winning wines for purchase.

Coming soon on May 4th 2018, we will host a Britt Music Festival favorite: Hannah Cooper.
Hannah  is a singer-songwriter with a sound that truly defies categorization. In seeing her perform live, you will experience her years of jazz guitar training, her classical choral background, and fine folk storytelling delivered with brave theatrical flair. She is able to create music that is simultaneously about love and heartbreak, good and evil, reality and dreams. With every performance, her listeners who come expecting a “just another” singer-songwriter are simply blown away.

New Kids Summer Classes Scheduled

The Art Center is offering affordable classes this summer in a variety of mediums.
Some scholarships are still available.

We have an exciting, fun group of classes and workshops for youngsters this summer:
Creative Adventures with Deb Van Poolen
(June 26, 27, 28 & 29 + July 24, 25, 26 & 27)

Puppet Camp with Amy Godard
(July 17, 18, 19 & 20)

Clay Camp Wheel Work with Liz O’Brien
(July 9 – 13 + August 6 – 10)

Check our Classes and Events Calendar for more information.

Student Art Show at the Art Center

During our March First Friday event we displayed the work of high school student Curtis Jones. Carolee Buck, one of our Studio Artists, has been mentoring Curtis, and her support and guidance of this talented young artist is much appreciated. The Art Center was happy to support Curtis and to help with his high school project.

Here is what creating art means to Curtis in his own words:

Artist Statement – Curtis Jones

Throughout my life I have enjoyed art. From the first time I could hold a pencil and draw scribbles, to my elementary school years when I illustrated a short book, and in middle school where I worked mostly in ink. Art has always been a part of who I am. Over the years my art has developed alongside of myself. When I was in elementary school and middle school I never used color. I enjoyed making ink and pencil drawings and there was a trend in my art that reflected who I was at the time. I was a shy kid and being assertive and outgoing was not something I knew how to do. As I moved into high school I decided that I wanted to be more than a shy kid. I worked hard to become more assertive and to become comfortable with and accepting of my introverted nature. As I developed a more colorful side to myself, so did my artwork. I began painting using acrylics and watercolor creating colorful pieces that showed who I was becoming and more recently I have been experimenting with oil. This is part of why art as an expression is so amazing. Without even knowing it, I was reflecting myself through my art whether that was in black and white or in color. I love that I can express myself through art, and I really enjoy seeing other people’s pieces and noticing the emotions that I feel from them.

Unlike my friends who dreaded doing their senior projects, I have been excited for the opportunity to create new pieces and show my work to the public on the first Friday in March. Although I knew this project would be fun, finding time to work on this hasn’t been easy. I play Varsity basketball for Ashland high school, and I also have been applying early to colleges and universities. During these things and a full course load of schoolwork, I love when I can escape into my artwork and just have fun. My post high school plans are not decided completely but I know I will to pursue a degree in mechanical or civil engineering at a program on the west coast. I am narrowing down my choices, and my top colleges include University of Portland, Gonzaga University, and Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles. I know wherever I go and whatever I do I will bring my art with me and I will enjoy it for the rest of my life.

Rent the Center for a Special Event

The Ashland Art Center is a versatile, unique venue that your guests will enjoy. By booking the Center for your meeting, party or workshop, you are helping to support the local art community.

Recently, the Art Center was delighted to host the Oregon Shakespeare Festival staff and visiting Board of Directors on the opening evening of the 2018 theater season. Guests attended a play during the day, then came to the Art Center for a beautiful buffet dinner before attending another play in the evening. The first floor area was transformed into an elegant party space and guests mingled and dined surrounded by the stunning art in the gallery. Special artistic place settings were created by the Art Center and several Elizabethan themed paintings by Terry Frosini were brought in and displayed especially for this event.

If you would like us to craft a package to your specific needs, please contact:
Jo Ann Manzone at [email protected]

Inner Bridges Show, Ashland Art Center

Inner bridges Show, Ashland Art Center Inner Bridges
Opening October 5th, 5-8pm, for Ashland Art Center‘s Artwalk is my newest experimental work. I’m pairing up with Janette Brown, testing with our creative process how to bring the new and unpredictable to life.

Ashland Gallery Association October 2017 Art Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, October 6th 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! 

Hop on the First Friday Trolley!  The trolley will run from 5:00 to 10:00 PM and travel around downtown to the Plaza, Historic Railroad District and out to the Schneider Museum and CVA Galleries.

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the October Gallery Tour map, please visit:

October Spotlight Exhibits

Hanson Howard Gallery

Drawing on the Dream: Original Prints & Book Signing by Denise Kester & Illustrated Ceramics by Julia Janeway,

Drawing on the Dream we will feature new original monoprints by Denise Kester and the vibrantly illustrated ceramics of Julia Janeway. Drawing on the Dream is the title of Denise Kester’s new book about her creative process and the characters that populate her dreams and her images.

Denise’s book will be available for purchase and signing during the artist reception on First Friday, October 6th 5-8 p.m. 

Show runs October 6th-November 1st.

Image caption:  Denise Kester, Guardian Angels Know How to Mend a Broken Heart,” monotype

Art & Soul Gallery

Love Rhymes with Everything: Animal Ruminations Through Poetry and Paintings” Oil paintings by Dana Feagin

This Art Show features whimsical animal paintings & framed prints by Dana Feagin, paired with poetry by Kat von cupcake, written from the animal’s perspective. These paintings and poems, among others, are also featured in Dana and Kat’s book with the same title, published by Ashland Creek Press. The opening reception during Ashland’s First Friday on October 6th, will include select poetry readings and discussion about the animals behind the artwork at 6:30PM.  100% of sales proceeds from this show will be donated to Sanctuary One, a non-profit care farm & animal rescue organization in Jacksonville.

The paintings will be on view from October 3 through October 29, 2017.

Dana Faegan King of Hearts

Image caption:  The King of Hearts,” oil painting by Dana Feagin

Ashland Art Center

Glass art and demonstration by Dan Seffinger

Ashland based glass artist Daniel Seffinger will be displaying his glass art as featured gallery artist for the month of October.  He will hold a demonstration on First Friday, October 6th, from 5:30-7:30 in the AAC classroom.  Dan will discuss the processes he utilizes in making his kiln formed glass canes, murrines and stringers that are used as design elements in a number of his art pieces. Using glass stringers, people will have the opportunity to experiment with their own design lines in order to see what kinds of tapestry patterns they create.  Daniel will also show the individual stages involved in the process of producing kiln formed glass canes and murrines that are used as design elements in his art pieces.

“Sunrise”, glass tapestry bowl by Dan Seffinger

Image caption: “Sunrise”, glass tapestry bowl by Dan Seffinger

Schneider Museum of Art

Fall Exhibitions at the Schneider Museum of Art

Exhibitions on View: October 6th – December 16th, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

The Schneider Museum of Art presents Nathaniel Meade and Loren Munk, both from Brooklyn, NY and the late Clifford Wilton, who lived and worked in Ashland, OR, to present solo exhibitions with complimentary brochures alongside Highlights of the Permanent Collection. Our fall exhibitions and programming are generously supported by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant.

Entry Gallery


Treehave Gallery

Nathaniel Meade: The Wait 

Clifford Wilton Exhibition 

Main Gallery

Highlights of the Permanent Collection

View a selection of work from the Museum’s permanent collection with many of these selections in conversation with the exhibiting artists, Nat Meade, Loren Monk and Clifford Wilton. Patrons may view work by Alexander Calder, Waldo Pierce, David Siqueiros, Jack McLarty, Nelson Sandgren, Dale Chiluly and others.

The exhibitions will be complemented with published essays of the work by writers Allen Frame, Thomas Micchelli and Nicholas Wilton. Please see the Museum website, for additional programs such as First FridaysFREE Family Days and Tuesday Tours, drop in docent-led tours of the exhibition held every Tuesday at 12:30 PM.

Loren Munk, “The Pollock Matrix” (2009) oil on linen, 20 x 30 inches

Image caption: Loren Munk, “The Pollock Matrix” (2009) oil on linen, 20 x 30 inches