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Valentine Paint & Sip – “Finding a Connection “

Paint & Sip with Jeanne La Rae
February 14, 2020, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
As a tribute to the style of Peter Max, Jeanne has created a Tryptych painting that emphasizes color, love, reflection, and fun… Things we love and need more of in our lives. Join Jeanne in the classroom at the Art Center on Valentines Evening to be part of this joyful experience. Each person will paint one painting finding a color or stroke of paint to connect to the other people painting around them…
Bring what you’d like to drink and a bite to eat.
Cost: $35 includes materials
Please register and pay by Friday, February 14 at 3:00 pm
Register via online calendar, at front desk or call 541 482-2772 with credit card info.

Contact Jeanne at 714 743-3622 if you would like more information.

It’s not too late to make a tax deductible donation!

A message from Johnna Pope, our Executive Director:
As 2019 draws to a close, we reflect on our community with overwhelming gratitude. Mid-year, we came to you in need of funds to continue our mission as a visual arts resource to all age groups. Because of you, we were able to continue all of our art class offerings, including low and no cost to over 100 students, and provide working studio and gallery space to local artists, at a time when increasing rents challenge local businesses and creative people aspiring to earn a living. We are fortunate to live in a community so supportive of the arts. As the year draws to a close, we must continue our fundraising efforts to cover our $150,000 annual operating costs.

As the Art Center works towards long-term sustainability, we are excited about the year ahead. In January, we will finalize our clay studio expansion creating room for wait-listed clay memberships. In the spring we will welcome a new glass studio with fusing classes.This new space will also allow us to nearly double our class offerings. In 2020 we will also focus on staff development and creating stronger community ties. We look forward to partnerships with Oregon Shakespeare Festival & Ashland Independent Film Festival for new events, while continuing our relationships with Cascade Bonsai Society and Platt Anderson Cellars.

We are proud to have created a professional establishment for children and adults to flourish in their creativity. Together, we can inspire future generations through self expression. In times where art is disappearing from schools, an art community is more important than ever.

I would like to ask you to consider making a gift to the Art Center. Whether you can manage $25 or $2,500, every penny matters. You will make a difference, widen our impact, and change lives in amazing ways.

Johnna Pope

Please CLICK HERE to make a donation.

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Ashland Art Center is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization

Coming in 2020- Artist Member Show

January 3, 10am to 8pm in the main classroom
Featuring Artist Members: Marianne Werner, Nikki Von & Kristen O’Neill. This is a free perk for artists who are members but are not currently showing at the art center.


Marianne Werner is drawn to the natural world and to colors, and she works to capture her experiences with both photographs and poetry. Through images and words—animals, flowers, landscapes, food, children—she preserves what she sees as memorable moments. A passionate traveler, she seeks touchstones of beauty indifferent cultures, usually natural images, but also those created by humankind. She has chosen canvas or metal rather than archival paper as her mode of expression; these mediums open her photos for a direct, clarifying vision. A retired English teacher and a newcomer to Ashland, she has published poetry, articles, and photos in various local and national literary magazines, in addition to Moments, a collection of poems and photos, and Findings, a poetry collection.

Nikki Von
Flowers! I love everything about flowers. In the past, I’ve had and designed extensive gardens. Now, some blooms in a vase bring me just as much joy. I’ve made art all my life. Currently, I’m mainly painting in oil, which is a luscious, wonderful medium. I think it is the role and the joy of the artist to point out the amazing things, “pretty” or not, in this world.
Kristen O’Neill
Kristen will be exhibiting select paintings from her newest series, “The Thirty-six Views of Mt. Rainier” and a few from the “Oregon Coast Trail.” O’Neill specializes in creating contemporary Impressionist paintings of hiking trails, and collaborates with hikers from around the country. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a passion for teaching art.

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, December 6th, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions  First Friday Art Walk, December 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, December 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Venture further to explore out-skirting galleries!  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation! 

December Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Center

Art with a Heart

Ashland Art Center, December’s Spotlight Gallery will be featuring Susanne Petermann, Collage Artist, Marcy Greene, Mixed Media Art and Jo Ann Manzone, Fiber Artist.  Musical guest is Jennifer Davis and Darcy Sternenberg with be featured in the photographers co-op.

Ashland Art Center is the number one spot where the community comes together to meet our local artists, shop in our gallery and studio’s, take classes and enjoy wine and music.  This month we are partnering with CASA and will have a giving tree in the center to help families in need.  Stop by and sponsor a child with a donation or purchase of a gift.

We will also have a Holiday Show in the Classroom, so you can buy local artisan made gifts.  Gift-wrapping is available.

Marcy Greene, mixed media

Marcy Greene, mixed media

Shepherd’s Dream

Rogue Valley and Beyond

Pat Moore has been an avid photographer for 35+ years, and brings his keen eye for the processes of nature to his craft.  His approach reflects two essential aspects of his personal history:  early exposure to urban cultures and architecture, together with two decades as an organic farmer.  This appreciation led him to wilderness areas at home and abroad.  These elements are apparent in the works that Pat shares with the world.

Pat Moore, “Deadfall Lake Reflection,” photograph

Pat Moore, “Deadfall Lake Reflection,” photograph

Studio 151

Featuring Kaho Koinuma – Mandala art

First Friday in December at the studio features a joint show of mixed media figures and wall art by Elizabeth York and works by guest artist, Kaho Koinuma. Kaho is a Mandala artist who draws directly from the heart. Her sacred mandalas are expressions of love filled with prayers for each and every being to awaken to the essence of the heart and for all experiences to be pathways home to love. Many have found inner guidance and healing through meditating and contemplating her mandalas.

Prior to 2006, Kaho had no experience in fine art, but with a sudden inspiration from the universe through a Japanese artist, the mandalas started to appear as answers to her heart’s calling.

Before becoming a mandala artist, Kaho was a competitive figure skater and coach for 30 years. This experience prepared her for the focus and discipline it takes to infuse the dots and shapes that appear in each mandala with universal love.

Her work has been the subject of several articles, including a feature article in Hado magazine in which Kaho was interviewed by Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of the best-selling book “The Hidden Messages in Water.”

Since early 2007, Kaho has been exhibiting her mandalas and offering meditations, workshops and retreats in support of all beings to discover peace, love and true happiness, within the core of his/her own heart.

The studio will be open on First Friday, 12/6 from 5-8.
Instagram: @kaho_koinuma

Koinuma, “Bliss,” gel pens on paper

Koinuma, “Bliss,” gel pens on paper

Ashland Custom Frame

Oil Paintings by David William Terry

Artist David William Terry has been a professional artist since 1981. He specializes in oil paintings, particularly portraits. He has won awards for his paintings in a number of national and international juried exhibits.

David’s paintings portray his simple desire to share what he considers beautiful.

He is less concerned with originality or style, than with capturing the essential character of his subjects, whether they are people or waterfalls.

Originally from Texas, David and his partner Francesca came to the Rogue Valley in 2015. They currently live in Jacksonville.


David’s paintings will be on display through the end of January

David William Terry, “Gabija,” oil on linen

David William Terry, “Gabija,” oil on linen


New AGA Member

Trace West

Trace West Announces New Furniture Series “STATERA”

Grand Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5th, 2019   7:00 -10:00 pm
Design Lab Talk: January 18, 2020 11:00 am -1:00 pm

Andrew Golish, a member of the American Craft Council, is the principle designer and founder of TRACE WEST, a new boutique furniture gallery located in Ashland, Oregon. The showroom will be hosting within the gallery scape a revolving series of contemporary craft guest artisans working in a range of various mediums including textiles, lighting, ceramics and other applied media. The grand opening for TRACE WEST will be held on Thursday, December 5th, 2019.


The opening of the TRACE WEST showroom coincides with the debut of the STATERA series. STATERA, which is Latin for “balance,” is a new contemporary furniture design series featuring fine finish solid walnut custom coffee tables, consoles, benches, and end tables for living spaces and the work environment.

Golish states that the search for “perfect balance” motivates him to create cutting-edge, contemporary designs by integrating traditional hand craft techniques with new technological applications. The STATERA signature series offers clean, sleek lines with intersecting geometric shapes. The sculptural dimension of cascading, rich wood textures are central of these exquisite pieces and elevate them to a high level of quality and design. “Complex simplicity” aptly defines the STATERA series, an elegant balance of functional design and contemporary aesthetic.


Additionally, TRACE WEST will host and present DESIGN LAB TALKS, an educational guest speaker series featuring contemporary design influencers. Future topics will include the impact of new cutting-edge technology has on design, the convergence of contemporary craft, and the role of contemporary art in the creative marketplace. Join us January 18, 2020 as Golish kicks off the first Design Lab Talk event.


The TRACE WEST name originated when Golish journeyed from the midwest. Golish states that he “was seeking a more creative, open minded environment and community.” Ashland, Oregon, a cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest, represented the perfect location to bring his creative spirit to fruition. TRACE WEST has been well received by the local community, in no small part due to the company’s focus on locally sourced materials and creating environmentally conscience, sustainable furniture and decor.

Golish has taken a unique approach to the marketing challenge. In what is ever becoming a more and more competitive e-commerce retail environment, Golish has elected to open a brick and mortar gallery which will allow him to interact personally with clients on a daily basis. Simultaneously, TRACE WEST maintains and is growing its own online presence, through its website, as well as industry related associations and community organizations.

Please contact us directly to learn more about TRACE WEST and the debut of STATERA, the perfect balance.

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


Please see attached “Spotlight Exhibits.”

The Ashland Gallery Association is a collection of over thirty galleries and dozens of artists, offering remarkably diverse and high quality works of art.

Ashland has been designated as one of the “Best Small Arts Towns in America.” And while our most famous arts organization is the award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, you really haven’t seen Ashland until you’ve seen the Ashland Galleries.

We’re remarkably user-friendly. Most of our galleries are located within just a few blocks of each other, and every gallery welcomes all comers. We’re proud of the work we produce and offer, and we look forward to showing you what we’re all about.

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

ART SALE – Friday Nov. 1 – 5pm-8pm

 Art Show in the Ashland Art Center Classroom (main floor)

Meet Anne Stine (vision quest guide), other vision questers, and the artists. Enjoy a glass of wine, visit the gallery and buy art! *early bird sale starts at 4 pm.

Featuring art by: Susanne Peterman, Kaya Hagen, Glenda “GG” Goodrich, Kate Geary and Lavelle Foos.

All proceeds go toward the scholarship fund.

Support Ashland Art Center – Shop with AmazonSmile

If you’re looking for a simple, automatic way to continue supporting the Ashland Art Center, you should start your Amazon shopping at You shop as you normally would on the site, at no extra cost to you, and you don’t need to make a separate account.

Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charity of your choice.

Though 0.5% is not a large donation and it isn’t intended to replace your regular charitable activities, AmazonSmile is still a great way to take advantage of a service you’re using anyways.

All you need to do is start your shopping at The donation will be made at no extra cost to you. Happy shopping from the comfort of your home knowing you are also helping out the local art community!

Oct 4 First Friday Special Exhibit

Living Sculpture Connecting to nature through the art of bonsai

The Cascade Bonsai Society, in collaboration with Ashland Art Center and local Ikebana artists will be exhibiting a collection of bonsai and art representing nature and the changing of the seasons. The exhibit is a collection of Bonsai Society member’s finest trees, and is timed to celebrate the fall colors.

To enhance the viewers experience, Art Center painter’s and photographer’s work has been paired with the trees to complete each display.  From rocky hillsides and mossy forest floors, to urban environments, each respective display tells its own story.

A collection of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), created by local ceramic and Ikebana artists will also be on display.  These seasonal works of art will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the Art Center.  “It is the Bonsai Society’s way of supporting the Art Center and thanking them for this wonderful opportunity to collaborate,” states club president Len Vaglia.  “By participating together we can celebrate how each of our respective art forms views nature from a different perspective. It makes the exhibit that much richer of an experience.”

Ashland Art Center Education Coordinator, Jo Ann Manzone agrees, “It’s rare when we get an opportunity to collaborate with artists whose work involves living trees and plants. It gives our studio artists a way to participate from another perspective and to celebrate how they perceive the same landscape or season.”

Each bonsai tree is considered a living sculpture representing the environment its larger relatives live in.

The goal is to make the tree look natural, as if a human never touched it. The silhouette should resemble a wild tree, with proper proportions. Its shape and design should tell a story without the need for words. The trees magnify nature’s spirit, helping the soul interpret and experience the mood of the landscape.

Members of the Cascade Bonsai Society will be on hand to answer questions and shed light on the process of bonsai development and refinement.

The Cascade Bonsai Society is dedicated to the education of its members and the community in the art and culture of bonsai. Visit for more information.


Artist Member Show – August First Friday, 10:00am-8:00pm

Several times a year, Ashland Art Center offers its Artist Members the opportunity to participate in an artist member show. The next show will be held on First Friday, August 2, from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm in the main classroom. Artist, Jay Gordon, Kristine Ballenger and Andre Satie will be showcasing their work.

Jay Gordon • Show: The Inky Ocean Series
The Inky Ocean series developed out of a love of watercolor, ink and printmaking, along with the beauty of aquatic life in Japanese artwork, particularly within the history of traditional Japanese printmaking. I love the process of taking an initial drawing or idea and considering how it can be rendered with different types of materials, which influence the mood, structure, and graphic story of each creature. The juxtaposition of
the fluid transparency of watercolor combined with the solidity of ink is endlessly interesting to me as an artist, as are the variety of prints that can be created with the processes of relief print, intaglio and monoprinting. Each of these methods has in common the combination of careful planning along with a significant element of chance and surprise.
After extensive forays into music (as a professional bassist) and medicine
(as a pediatrician), I found myself living in Washington, D.C. and being seduced by
the art I found in the city’s amazing museums. I was so deeply affected by the work
I was seeing that in 2014 I decided to fully devote myself to drawing and painting.
Since then, I have been learning about and experimenting with all kinds of art,
including portraiture, illustration, still life, figure drawing and printmaking. I moved to
the beautiful Rogue Valley in 2017, and am currently affiliated as painter and
illustrator with Enclāve Studios and the Ashland Art Center.
Kristine Ballenger • Show: Fluid Expressions
My art is an abstract form that creates a story using ever-changing interplays of color and movement that challenge perception and viewer perspective. Some may see an underwater scene while others see wind and clouds. My hope is that this medium stimulates your imagination to “go with the flow”!


Andre Satie
I was born to a master sign painter dad and a craft loving mom in Fresno, California in 1937.  My art career is long and full and varied, beginning with my first competition, where my submission took First in Oil and Best of Show. A couple of months later, a tiny sterling silver sculpture on a wood base took Second in Sculpture at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Since then I have been represented in galleries in Colorado, California, Oregon, and Baja California, Mexico.
Artist’s statement
I make a world when I paint; or, when I paint, worlds emerge by themselves. Sometimes I struggle, but when I’m willing to do the struggle, to let go into what is coming up, every painting eventually resolves itself, and I’m often surprised; a painting will become something I never intended. Sometimes the little discrepancies and mistakes when allowed and followed, contain the spark of interest, the intense personal “real” something that carries the feeling, the music. This is what I reach for in the Art- the inner warmth that flames in the dark-for that to make itself manifest in the canvasses that are my responsibility.

Upcoming Art Shows for Marcy B. Greene

Marcy is a member of the Ashland Art Center, in downtown Ashland, 357 E Main St. You can view her artwork in the Main Gallery, as well as upstairs in Studio, #12.

In the month of July Marcy’s artwork will be displayed at:
The newly remodeled Platt-Anderson Cellars Tasting room,
(Inside the Ashland Art Center. Thank you to Gil and Shelby.)

Ashland Custom Frame Shop, 340 A St., unit 4.
(Thank you to Whitney and Christoph for their expert framing advice and work)

Capitello Winery  Tasting Room, 540 Charnelton St., Eugene, OR
Show dates: July 1st through September 2019.
(Thank you to Jen and Roy for their beautiful space!)

To learn more about Marcy, her artwork and news visit:

Ashland’s First Friday, July 5th, from 5 to 8 pm

Join us for the holiday weekend festivities!

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday, July 5th, 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! 

July Spotlight Exhibits

Studio 151

Guest Artist Melissa Markell

July’s First Friday at the studio features a joint show of mixed media figures and wall art by Elizabeth York and works by guest artist Melissa Markell. Melissa’s work includes a Postcard Series consisting of vintage postcards cut apart and reassembled into 5” x 4” tiny stories told in color and imagery. Each collage rests on 15” x 11” watercolor paper. Also on exhibit are her abstract canvases of acrylic paint and alcohol inks plus some larger collages of texture and nature.

The studio will be open on First Friday from 5-8, Saturday 7/6 11-2 and Sunday 7/7 12-2.

Image caption:  Melissa Markell, "RED HOT," collage on watercolor paper

Melissa Markell, “RED HOT,” collage on watercolor paper


Ashland Art Center

“Second Chances” featuring Linda Dixon

“Terrene Oneiric” featuring Aaron Taylor

Ashland Art Center represents over 70 artists in our gallery, working studios and our print, clay and photography co-operatives.  This month we will be featuring two artists whose shows will consist of mixed media works. 

Linda Dixon’s Show, “Second Chances,” explores the use of found objects paired with drawing, painting, collage and textures.  Linda’s pieces are developed around mundane objects, re-imagined and repurposed in mulit-dimensional environments. 

Aaron Taylor delves into multimedia painting and serigraph in his show, “Terrene Oneiric,” where he explores abstract line in relation to landscape and involves intuitive exploration of color and composition. Imaginative and dreamlike, this new body of work is intended to communicate a surreality for the viewer to experience in their own way.

Jennifer Davis with be our musical guest and Platt Anderson Cellars tasting room at Ashland Art Center will be pouring local wines and beer.

Image caption: Aaron Taylor, mixed media

Aaron Taylor, mixed media

Hanson Howard Gallery

Jimmie Nord, sculpture & Élan Chardin Gombart, paintings

Show runs July 5th – 30th

Opening Reception: July 5th, 5-8 pm

Jimmie Nord, an artist from Northern California, works out of his studio/garage in Eureka, CA. He works mainly in wood and metal. His work is a playful look into construction and the tools and equipment that are used. He pulls his ideas from past work experiences such as construction and working with the U.S Forest Service. Currently, Jimmie is a lecturer at Humboldt State University teaching 3D and 2D Foundations, Professional Practices, Ceramics, and Special Topics in Sculpture. He is also a board member of Morris Graves Museum of Art.

Élan Chardin Gombart received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico. Élan is a partner at Hanson Howard Gallery.

The intuitive process and the visceral nature of visual language remain at the core of Élan’s creative practice.  Her most current paintings present dense layers of colors, textures and gestural marks with graffiti-like silhouettes of people and animals. They play with the age old past time of leaving our marks on walls.

Image caption: Élan Chardin Gombart, Let's Build More Ruins 4, acrylic on panel

Élan Chardin Gombart, Let’s Build More Ruins 4, acrylic on panel

Ashland Custom Frame

“It took me forever to find my Quetzal”  Monoprints by Marcy Greene

Due to the July 4th holiday we will be postponing our artist reception to Friday July 12th from 5-7 pm, but the art will be on display through all of July.

Marcy Greene’s process of creating art is a mysterious journey. She has come to revel in the wonder of listening in different ways – waiting for an image to reveal itself. Getting it “right” or “beautiful” is never the goal. The Muse is put off by artificial judgments. Creating art is a leap of faith.

Marcy Greene has been living, writing and painting in the Rogue Valley since 1981. Over time, she has come to revel in the wonder of seeing and listening in different ways–waiting for who or what shows up on the page, canvas or boards, to play. “Getting it right”, or “Making it Beautiful” shuts her down. She resorts to trickery; turning an artwork upside down; cutting a poem in half; fooling the ego to get it out of the way. Marcy will use anything at her fingertips; adding layers and layers of color to be scraped off, sanded and repainted. Her goal is to embrace a spirit of playfulness; a space expansiveness, no judgment, a place of no mistakes. You can find more of her artwork and studio space at The Ashland Art Center.

Devitt winery will be pouring a selection of their delicious wines from 5-7 pm, be sure to make it down for a sip!

Image caption: Marcy Greene, monoprint

Marcy Greene, monoprint

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


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

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