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Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, August 3, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, August 3rd 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 August Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Please scroll down to “Spotlight Exhibits” and August Gallery Tour Map.

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

Ashland Gallery Association August Spotlight Exhibits

Gallerie Karon

All Women Artists Invitational

Over 20 artists are represented in this popular annual show. Everything from photography to pastels, collage to mixed media and everything in between is available. Many of the artists will be here at Gallerie Karon to answer questions about your selections.

Raina Bradshaw is one of the jewelers represented. She produces one of a kind, delicate crystal, pearl and semi-precious stone jewelry. Judy Benson le Nier’s African animal photographs and accessories continue to fascinate. Janet Patterson shares her prize-winning pastels, many exploring nearby scenes around Emigrant Lake in all it’s seasons. Our latest artist, Denise Hazelton brought her fabulous baroque pearls and ethnic – themed necklaces and earrings from her studio in California.

As a special feature, Zahara will be dancing Middle Eastern dances accompanied by Shiviti with all female musicians. They will appear from 5:30 – 7:30 during the

First Friday Art Walk August 3rd. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and creativity of the female artist.

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Pegi Smith, “Flying Dreams,” acrylic painting

Ashland Art Works

Whimsical Assemblage and Patterned Ceramics

Elin Babcock presents Circles, Cogs and Wheels with her whimsical assemblage sculptures. Repurposing found objects, broken instruments and welded metal, she creates an imaginary world. Lyrical Abstract paintings will also be included in her Featured show. Color is woven and overlaid throughout the canvas as forms appear and blend together.

Marydee Bombick, ceramic artist, will present a wide variety of individually patterned handmade platters and plates, both large and small, for every occasion. Multi-sectioned vases are presented to display your garden’s beauty. Even a single bloom will look lovely in one of the many bud vases – whimsical, carved, or twisted.

First Friday at Ashland Art Works will feature music by the Ashland Taiko Drummers.

Ashland Art Works – local artists, 5 galleries in a garden setting.

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Elin Babcock, assemblage sculpture

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Kate Geary

Kate Geary, an Ashland photographer, opens her new show Where Sea Meets Sand at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center on August 3rd during the 1st Friday Art Walk.  Her show explores the seaside beaches of Bandon and the Oregon Dunes near Reedsport, OR.

The sea creates an ever-changing, often dramatic interface with the land.  It shapes wide sandy beaches, rough rock-cobbled shores strewn with shells and other gifts from the sea, or flat vistas strewn with towering rock formations.  The remote beaches of southern Oregon seems to go on forever and gives one a sense of utter solitude. But upon closer inspection, a multitude of sea-dependent creatures cling to the rocks in multi-colored tenaments exposed by low tide.   Wind is the sea’s partner is shaping the coastal landscape.  Where the sea has created fine particles of sand, the wind spins it into myriad, ever-changing shapes and designs.  At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area one could easily imagine being in an exotic desert in far distant lands.  But glancing down, there are exquisite abstract designs at your feet.  Kate’s new show explores the intersection between sea and land on the dramatic Oregon coast.

Kate has also shown her work at the Illahe Gallery, Liquid Assets and Studio 5 in Ashland, and Rogue Gallery in Medford.

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

Image caption:  Kate Geary, “Low Tide,” photograph

Hanson Howard

Outside the Lines: Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll, mixed media painting

Robert Koch, Peter VanFleet & Pamela Kroll are three painters indulging in the freedom of playing outside the lines.

Join us for a reception for the artists during the First Friday Art Walk, August 3rd, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs August 22nd – September 4th.

Robert Koch

Gestural strokes and spontaneous marks collide with color blocks in Robert Koch’s narrative vignettes. Often prompted by found photographs, Koch takes the liberty to make his subjects humans or creatures inhabiting the same world. Having the appearance of quickness and even naiveté, Koch’s deft drawing skills mean each mark is playful and intentional at the same time.

Peter VanFleet

Part painting, part sculpture, Peter Van Fleet‘s work invites us to experience dimensionality, structure, and vibrant color. In this new body of work Peter has reworked paintings appropriated from other artists. He calls these paintings “Cowbirds”, referring to that bird which lays its eggs in another bird’s nest so that fledgling will be raised by the host.

Pamela Kroll

 Influenced by folk art, myth, and cultures from around the world, Pamela works with acrylic on paper, combining collage elements such as wires, beads, sequins, bird bones, and other small found objects. Many of the pieces have an iconographic and sometimes humorous quality and have been described as sophisticated folk art.

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24x24

Robert Koch, “Hush,” acrylic on panel 24×24

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Ashland Gallery Association’s July 2018 Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, July 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!

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

July Spotlight Exhibits

Houston’s Custom Framing

“The Art of Peanuts Animation”

Celebrating our 23rd business anniversary!

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art is celebrating 23 years in business with a very special exhibit, “The Art of Peanuts Animation”.

Come and enjoy this world debut of the first micro limited edition release from the Studio of Bill Melendez Productions.   Suppertime!  depicts a scene of America’s first Foodie, Snoopy, from the 1985 television special, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Created under the artistic direction of animation director, Larry Leichliter, at Bill Melendez Productions, Inc., the storyboard sketch shows key moments of Snoopy’s elation as he dines atop his doghouse.  This limited edition, being debuted exclusively at Houston’s Custom Framing & Fine Art, has an edition size of only 20 signed and numbered Animation Cel set-ups.

Animation director Larry Leichliter, will be doing a live demonstration in the art of animation.  In addition, Bill Melendez Productions studio artist and archivist, Jennifer Damiani will be on hand painting the final step on four pieces of the Suppertime! limited edition.

Also on display and available for purchase is a selection of rare vintage animation cel set-ups, production layouts and character model original drawings from the movie production of He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown.  Limited edition art from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and A Boy Named Charlie Brown will also be available.  Along with Mr. Leichliter and Ms. Damiani, a representative from the studio will be available to answer questions about animation production and the specific artwork available.

This is a rare opportunity to meet key members of the Bill Melendez Production staff in action and view original artwork of some the most beloved characters in American animation. For more information, please call Houston’s Custom Framing & Fine Art, 541-482-1983.

"Supper time!" Original animation cell set up

“Supper time!” Original animation cell set up

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

“The Light of Life” – Featuring Art by Charity Hubbard at Ashland Pony Espresso

Artists and art appreciators, join us at the Ashland Pony Espresso/Washington Federal Bank for First Friday Art Walk, July 6th, from 5pm-8pm, for a show featuring beautiful oil paintings by local artist, Charity Hubbard! It’s time to get inspired, so grab a cup of coffee or a meal, meet the artist, and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening of looking at art and talking with other creatives.

About this month’s featured artist:

Charity Hubbard has been a professional and fine artist for over 20 years.  She lives in Southern Oregon and finds much inspiration around her in landscape and people.

Frequently painting from life on location “en plein air” and people from life is important to Charity.  She feels that the regular exercise of painting from life enables her to better capture life, light and a truer sense of atmosphere, even when painting from life is not possible. 

“It is a joy to find inspiration in the challenge of capturing life as it happens, attempting to be true to the mood and nature of what is in front of me.  Each moment is a gift and a place in time that will never happen again, it’s a privilege to persevere in portraying the spirit of a moment in visual expression to the best of my ability.”  ~ Charity Hubbard

You can see more of Charity’s work at http://charityhubbard.com

For more information about Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation, visit mcfineartsfoundation.org

The Pony Espresso is located at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland, OR 97520. We look forward to seeing you there!

Charity Hubbard, “Shasta Rose,” Oils

Charity Hubbard, “Shasta Rose,” Oils

Hanson Howard Gallery

Tom Hausken: Siskiyou Painting, oil paintings

The work of Tom Hausken will be exhibited throughout the month of July.  Tom is an oil painter who works and re-works his surfaces, allowing for flaws, erasures and concealments as necessary.  The colors and forms in the series, Siskiyou Painting are abstracts of the landscape.  Avoiding details that would imply a specific place, Hausken portrays a sense of place through paint.  Join us for a reception for the artist Friday, July 6th, 5-8 pm. Show runs July 5th – 31st.

Tom Hausken was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and currently lives in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. Mr. Hausken is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University (1985) and continued his studies in drawing and painting at the University of Washington (1987) with Spencer Moseley and Michael Dailey. He has received 2 Fellowship Residencies from the Vermont Studio Center; a Clowes Fellowship in 2010 and a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship in 2016. He was the Artist in Residence at the Yakima Valley Museum in 2017. His paintings are rich with texture and layering. His paintings are fundamentally grounded in landscape forms and colors yet he avoids including details that would infer a specific place. Instead they invoke a sense of place in paint.

Tom Hausken, “Siskiyou 2,” Open Form

Tom Hausken, “Siskiyou 2,” Open Form

Galt Gallery

Animals of the Spirit

This July, Galt Gallery will be hosting the animal inspired tribal creations of Wendy Bloom, Loren Shaw, and Mariano Padilla.

These paintings express the connection of wild animals and their interactions with the human experience. From local artist Wendy’s initiation into the underwater world of sea turtles from her travels to Hawaii, to Argentinean artist Mariano’s near death adventure with the bobcats of northern California.

Come view these spectacular animals of the spirit on First Friday and enjoy the beats of DJ Selecta Shaggy.

Cold refreshments provided by the event’s sponsor, Caldera Brewing Company.

Image caption:  Wendy Bloom, “Mama Bear,” Acrylic on Canvas

Wendy Bloom, “Mama Bear,” Acrylic on Canvas

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Ashland Gallery Association May 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association May Spotlight Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery

“Landmarks” – Oil paintings by Jenay Elder

Art sharpens our eyes to the world around us and tugs on our hearts. I have recently used a variety of techniques to create art. I often paint outdoors on the spot and I have started creating compositions in the studio based off plein air studies, photo references, sketches and notes. My motive is to depict different local landmarks and ideas that reflect my experience living in this inspiring area while attempting to convey something that is unseen. I am continually seeking out new experiences where I can form a philosophy to support my picture making while simultaneously honing my abilities and sensitivity. 

Please join us on May 4, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Art & Soul Gallery for a festive opening with Art, music, snacks and lively conversation.  Works will be exhibited through Sunday, May 27th.   For more information, please call Judy Richardson at 541-326-6960.

Image caption:  Jenay Elder, “Ashland Springs Hotel,” oil painting

Plein air painting of Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland Oregon by artist Jenay Elder

Gallerie Karon  

Artist as Poet Part ll

Examples of poetry and artwork by our artists will be on display side by side.

Artists are not often thought of as poets but in fact often are. Our April exhibit features both sides and includes new additions for the May exhibit.

The participating artists include Ken Deveney, Todd Davis, Steve Dieffenbacher and Amy Miller to name a few. Steve Dieffenbacher will lend us some of his wonderful on site sketchbooks with poetic notations as well as photographs. Todd Davis will show his poems with his photography and Amy Miller has origami poetry boxes along with her books. We have poetry books year round at the gallery. Ken Deveney is a true Renaissance Man – painter, poet, photographer and music composer. 

Painter Marc Chagall once said, ” Art seems to me to be a state of Soul more than anything else”, which is a good example of his lyric writing. 

Image caption: Marc Chagall, painting

Marc Chagall, painting

Photographers’ Gallery

John Kirk – photography

Photographer, John Kirk’s new show, “Looking Back” opens at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center Friday, April 6th during the 1st Friday Art Walk.  “Looking Back” is a retrospective of his favorite images from the past five years.

These images represent the painterly style he has developed and are some of his most popular photos.   John’s has numerous awards and his work is widely collected.

Image caption: John Kirk, “Take Me With You,” photograph

John Kirk, “Take Me With You,” photograph

Hanson Howard Gallery

Lewis Anderson, Marly Eidsness & James Hutchinson:  photography, sculpture and works on paper

Lewis AndersonMarly Eidsness and Jamie Hutchinson will be featured in May.  In this exhibit which includes photography, painting and metal sculpture each artist introduces us to new visions of the world through delicate and thoughtful fabrication and invention.  Join us for an artist reception on Friday, May 6th, 5-8 pm.  Show runs May 6th-29th.

Lewis Anderson accurately describes his art as being somewhere between photography and painting, somewhere between East and West, somewhere between contemporary and ancient. The images invite the viewer to explore quiet moments in diverse, invented landscapes full of light and shadow and symbology that emanate a strong sense of peace, solitude and mystery.

James Hutchinson‘s intuitive landscape’s are inspired by Chinese landscape work of the 10th-15th centuries. The compressed space and obsessive lines give the impression of topographic maps yet glimpses of sky and distant mountains brings you back to a sense of environment, though not one that is familiar. These landscapes have the feel of fantasy.

Marly Eidsness‘s wire mesh sculptures of birds assembled into shapes and poses we recognize as the majestic great blue heron or the mischievous raven. The birds appear shiny and reflective in direct light and in contrast, with back lighting, the layers and (intentionally) mysterious interiors of the birds are revealed.  As lighting changes throughout the day, the birds appear to change.

Image caption:  Marly Eidsness, “Problem Solver,” wire mesh

Marly Eidsness, “Problem Solver,” wire mesh

Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, March 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association March Spotlight Exhibits

Annual Student Art Show

March First Friday will celebrate student art during the AGA Annual Student Art Show! Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, galleries and businesses will feature works by budding young student artists from Ashland High School Art Department.

Join us for the Student Artist Receptions during the Friday Art Walk on March 2nd  from 5 to 8 PM.  There will be a variety of media on display by these creative young artists including:  paintings, drawings, mixed media, jewelry pieces, woodwork, and photography. Most exhibits will be on display throughout the month of March. 

Participating galleries and student artists:

American Trails:  Ginny Cotton, Grace Jack

Ashland Art Center:  Jade Bromley, Izzy Duval, Taylor Monroe, Curtis Jones

Ashland Art Works:  Gemti Loewenstein, Enya Cochran Harrison Romney, Kai Cheval, Vincent Forster, Joah Margul, Olivia Mellon, Dane Reynolds, Riley Gaston, Maddi Shumway, Nolan Rinefort

Art & Soul Gallery:  Indi Reynolds, Nicole Mullen, Sierrah Kelly

Ashland Natural Medicine:  Indigo Magana, Cruz McNamara, Meridith Granger, Reuben Fellman, Aanisah Clark, Claren Shields

Hanson Howard Gallery:  Ian Rinefort

Nimbus:  Rachel Feinberg, Sasha Aazami, Eliana Olsen

Liquid Assets Wine Bar:  Olivia Gower

Mountain Provisions:  Charlie Burr, Althea Moyer

Student artist, Rachel Feinberg, jewelry making

Student artist, Rachel Feinberg, jewelry making

Houston’s Custom Framing & Fine Art

“Chalk and Water” Plein air chalk pastel and watercolor paintings by Ashland artist, Thomas M. Houston

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art presents the plein air chalk pastels and watercolor paintings by Thomas M. Houston. The pastels are mostly from areas in northern California and southern Oregon while the watercolors are created on the island of Kauai.  In Hawaii I set up on the beach and work using ocean water to paint with.

I’ve been working with chalk pastels out doors in the early 80s. I was originally drawn to them for their simplicity and portability in terms of taking them outside with a pad of paper to work. Of course their vibrancy, subtlety and velvety qualities cannot be overstated. I like the directness and immediacy of working with the pastels…it’s very much like an extension of my hand…much more so that working with paint and a brush which I do as well. Frequently I will have a small container of water and a brush to work the pastel with. This basically turns the chalk to liquid – a sort of hybrid watercolor.

They are very much an artifact of the moment, as is all of my work, actually.  My pastels are a bit of another story…some of them I work on for may days, months or sometimes years. The goal is to have them not look or feel that way.

This current exhibit is a large group of work it’s nearly like having an open studio.

Photographers’ Gallery

“In Search of Bali Ha’I” featuring Darcie Sternenberg

Darcie Sternenberg opens her new show,  “ In Search of Bali Ha’i”, at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center at the 1st Friday Art Walk on March 2nd. Darcie is a local fine art photographer who specializes in black and white photography.

Bali Ha’i is the elusive island in the famed 1950’s musical and movie, South Pacific, which was filmed on the Na Pali coast of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. The storm pattern present when these images were made somehow managed to create both alluring and intriguing glimpses of this place that are as haunting as the song that bears its name.

Photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Ashland Art Center

Rust Obsessions:  Using Found Objects to create Art

Ashland Art Center is a Featured Gallery this month.  Meet our artists, see new and interesting shows.

Featured Studio Artists:  Darlene Southworth, Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone, Tiffany Hokanson & Susanne Petermann

Show:  Rust Obsessions

Ashland Art Center Artists, Darlene Southworth, Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone Susanne Petermann & Tiffany Hokanson use found rusty objects to print on textiles and to create works in encaustic, assemblage and collage

Student Show Featured Artist

High School Student, Curtis Jones will be displaying his art work in the Main Classroom on First Friday as part of his Senior Project. 

Featured Gallery Artist:  Marcy Greene, Acrylic & Mixed Media

Show:  Chasing Time

First Friday Musicians:  Blades of Grass

” . . . and so it begins again,” etching with rust by Tiffany Hokanson

” . . . and so it begins again,” etching with rust by Tiffany Hokanson

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AGA Spotlight Exhibits February 2018

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits

Gallerie Karon

East Meets East – Part II 

(please note that the title of the show is East Meets East NOT East Meets West)

The exhibit runs from February 2nd through the 28th

Gallerie Karon takes you on a journey to the Near, Far, and Middle East this month.

Exotic jewelry, kimonos, Buddhas and Quan Yins abound. They are joined by ceramics, masks and fascinating accessories. Gallerie Karon now features antique furniture specializing in small interesting pieces that will fit anywhere with versatile uses. 

It’s the lunar Year of the Dog in Chinese Astrology and it’s going to be a good one as the dog is a lucky sign. Prosperity and love are predicted. The dog is watchful and protective and of course, very loyal. 

There will be a special appearance Feb 2nd from 5:30-7pm by Zahara. Zahara is a professional dancer and instructor of Middle Eastern dances. She owns Shiviti Dance Co. and Shiviti Bazaar in Ashland. 

Miniature Samurai horseback warrior - 15th century style

Miniature Samurai horseback warrior – 15th century style

late 1800’s in perfect detail. Museum quality,

Art & Soul Gallery

“In Love with Oregon,” watercolor paintings by Betty Barss

Opening reception First Friday, February 2nd from 5 to 8 PM. 
Show runs through February 25
th.

“My love of Oregon began about fifty years ago when we first experienced Oregon’s coast and lakes.  No matter where we travel in Oregon there are always interesting and beautiful sites that excite me to get out my watercolors and brushes to capture my feelings of inspiration.  My favorite areas in Oregon are the Coast, Southern Oregon and Eastern Oregon.  I also find having four seasons brings new inspiration through out the year.  I hope you find Oregon as interesting and beautiful as I do.”

“Nature’s Statue” watercolor by Betty Barss

“Nature’s Statue” watercolor by Betty Barss

Shepherd’s Dream

A Retrospective

Pat Moore, (patmoorephotography.com) local Fine Art photographer, is constantly observing his surroundings and conceiving images that convey the essence of a place, or topic and tell a story.  He has a plan behind every image, using exposure techniques, careful composition, with special attention to subject matter.  Digital darkroom techniques are especially important to express Pat’s vision to create collages and photographic collections, enabling viewers to experience a moment in time, a particular emotion remembered dearly, or perhaps a place they long to be.

He is joined by the acoustic guitarist Coyote, in our new location: 42 East Main Street.  For more information, call 541-941-0855, and follow us on Facebook.  Artwork displayed throughout March, 2018.

“Tavira Balconies, Portugal” 24x36, photograph by Pat Moore

“Tavira Balconies, Portugal” 24×36, photograph by Pat Moore

Hanson Howard Gallery

Betty LaDuke: Diversity, original painted panels and giclee prints spanning five decades

Betty LaDuke’s career as an artist has spanned the globe focusing on concerns of the human condition. While often speaking to the trials that humans face, there is also a celebration of spirit present in her work. Never centralized or restricted by borders in understanding what it is to be human, LaDuke has traveled the world with an intensity of commitment to her subject. For Diversity, we have selected both original panels and giclee prints spanning five decades and five continents.

Join us in a reception for Betty LaDuke February 2nd, 5-8 p.m. during the Ashland First Friday Artwalk. Show runs January 24th, 2017- February 28th, 2018.

*Winter hours through February will be Wednesday-Saturday 11-5. 

"Catch the Joy as it Flies," painting by Betty La Duke

“Catch the Joy as it Flies,” painting by Betty La Duke

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Ashland Gallery Association January 2018 Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Natural Medicine

“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

ANM Gallery of Contemporary Art is thrilled to host local Ashland artist, Jennifer Jensen’s newest works of art titled: Africa, Fashion & Photography  

This exceptional show is a beautiful combination of creative expression and inspiration from her travels to Selous Game Reserve, in South West Tanzania where she photographed wildlife in the bush and then onto Zanzibar where Jensen purchased African fabrics to bring home and design her clothing.

Line, color, shape and texture are just some of the strong art elements that weave together her clothing design choices and carefully selected compositions in each safari image.  The care and attention to detail in creating each clothing and photograph clearly makes a statement of her devotion and passion to her crafts.

Each dress, each skirt each jacket, are wearable individual art pieces that are truly stunning.  These garments purposefully are hung on the gallery walls side by side with the photographs.  Together these two different mediums emulate a uniquely original show that ignites the true essence of Africa’s wildlife, geography, textiles and culture.

Please join us and meet the artist during our First Friday Art Opening:

January 5th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

180 Lithia Way, Suite 103, 541-414-7230

“Africa, Fashion & Photography”, featuring Jennifer Jensen

Image: Diamond Polka Skirt, Jennifer Jensen

Photographers’ Gallery

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

Bobbi Murphy’s new show, Public Land Grab, opens at The Photographers’ Gallery at The Ashland Art Center on Friday, January 5th.

For the first time in U.S. history, the government is shrinking federally protected parklands.  In December, 2,000,000 acres lost their National Monument status and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge may be opened to drilling.  And this is just the beginning. The administration has signaled it will continue the attack on federal lands and either lease them to the extractive industries or sell them off in return for political favors.   Bobbi’s images show some of the incredible beauty of our public lands and encourages the viewer to imagine their loss.

At Glacier National Park in Montana, a German visitor stood admiring the vast landscape.  He turned to Bobbi and said; “You Americans are so lucky to have this.  In Europe this would be privately owned and off limits”.  All proceeds from her show will be donated to The Nature Conversancy and The Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Public Land Grab” Featuring Photography by Bobbi Murphy

Image:  Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills, California, photograph by Bobbi Murphy

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

“Tales and Dreams” – Featuring Art by J.N. Garrett

First Friday, December 5th at Ashland Pony Espresso

Join us at the Ashland Pony Espresso/Washington Federal Bank for First Friday Art Walk, January 5th, from 5pm-8pm, for our first show of 2018, featuring the story and imagination focused work of local artist Jennifer Garrett. Grab a cup of coffee or some delicious food, meet the artist, and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening of looking at art and talking with other creatives.

Jennifer completed the four-year fine arts program with Semyon Bilmes at Atelier Maui (formerly Ashland Academy of Art) in 2011. Since then, she has continued to study through various avenues, including the Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation artist conferences, and courses at Schoolism.com. Jennifer works as an art instructor and part time freelancer, and serves as the art walk coordinator for the artists of the Masterpiece Artist Guild.

Jennifer enjoys exploring a wide range of artistic media in her pursuit to create art that conveys emotions and stories. She works in pencil, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and mixed media, and she also loves to take what she has learned from more traditional methods of painting into cutting edge digital art programs, working on a computer or iPad in ways that are very similar to her approaches to drawing and painting on paper and canvas. There’s a thrill of discovery for her in trying different ways of working, in seeing what sticks around to become part of her process for the long haul, and in exploring the different ways media can be combined to create new results and approaches.

You can see more of Jennifer Garrett’s work at jngarrettart.com.

The Pony Espresso is located at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland, OR 97520. We look forward to seeing you there!”

"Puck" by J.N. Garrett 

Image:  “Puck” by J.N. Garrett 

Schneider Museum

Winter Exhibitions at the Schneider Museum of Art

Exhibitions on View: January 19th – March 17th 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18th 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Anna Gray & Ryan Paulsen, Between the Beginning and the Middle 

Maria de Los Angeles, Transcending Myths 

Betty LaDuke, Social Justice Continued 

Storm Tharp, Fierce Last Stand

Maria de Los Angeles, installation at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, 201

Image: Maria de Los Angeles, installation at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, 201

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2018 A Taste of Ashland Poster Competition

Apologies for the short notice!! The AGA just got this to us yesterday morning, and catching up after dealing with a death in our immediate family caused us to add more to the delay. We sincerely apologize!! However, it does look like they are happy to consider already completed paintings to consider for their 2018 A Taste of Ashland Poster, so if you’re not one of those blazing fast painters, why not spend a quiet evening or tomorrow morning sorting through your portfolio, then submit your best work by the end of the day for a chance to get the local promotion of a lifetime. Here are the details:

Ashland Gallery Association
2018 A Taste of Ashland Poster Competition

The Ashland Gallery Association is seeking artwork for its 2018 A TASTE OF ASHLAND event. Local artists are encouraged to submit images of their work. AGA Gallery, Associate, and Neighboring Arts Organization members may also submit images for artists they represent.

The winner will be publicized in the Ashland Gallery Guide, the ‘Taste’ Event Guide, on the AGA website, and on ‘Taste’ promotional materials including the poster, postcard, maybe T-shirts and/or tote bags.

The Ashland Gallery Guide is distributed to about 12,000 patrons of the arts each year. The Event Guide is distributed to about 3,000.

Submission deadline: December 5, 2017. The poster art will be selected at the December 12, 2017 AGA Membership meeting at Ashland Art Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 and members will vote on the submissions. Winners will be notified shortly after this meeting.

Submission address:

Routing: send by email to AGA Administrator, Kim Olson: [email protected]

IMPORTANT: The artwork submissions must have a theme related to food or wine. See www.atasteofashland.com to view last year’s image.
The ATOA committee is seeking strong, colorful and broadly appealing images – ones that convey a feeling of joy and fun with friends, and the feeling of “Come to Ashland for great food, wine and art.”  The submissions don’t have to be literal depictions of food and wine, although they can!
Thanks so much for submitting your work.  A Taste of Ashland is the AGA’s annual fundraising effort and a themed image is important for marketing the event.

Additional Submission Guidelines:

– One image may be submitted per artist.
– Submit by email in one of the following files types: JPG (preferred), GIF, TIFF, or PDF (Files not in one of these formats will not be guaranteed to be part of the selection)
– Submissions must be medium-to-high resolution, and must include the artist’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address.
– Images should be in color and no more than 10MB in size (anything larger will be rejected by the mail server).
– Artwork may be existing or created specifically for the “Taste”.
– Any art medium that can be photographed and printed is eligible.
– The winning artist will be responsible for providing a high-quality image for the printer.
– Any artist who has already been honored becomes eligible to submit again after an interval of five years.

The winning poster artist grants the AGA the right to reproduce his/her artwork for the poster and for publicity of A Taste of Ashland. All proceeds from the promotional use of the image will benefit A Taste of Ashland. The Artist will be credited, where possible, on promotional materials using his/her image.

We look forward to your submission!

Ashland Gallery Association December Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association December Art Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, December 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, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

View and download the download the December Gallery Tour map at the bottom of this post.

AGA December Spotlight Exhibits

Studio 151

Birds, Buddhas, Books and Snakes

Birds, Buddhas, Animals & Snakes, Mixed Media by Elizabeth York

“Birds, Buddhas, Animals & Snakes,” Mixed Media by Elizabeth York

Currently on display is mixed media sculptural art by Elizabeth York. The work includes various buddhas composed in wall relief form, sacred geometry and a series investigating her experiences of relative “time”. Also on display are sculptures from 2 books, the Book of Beings (various ego structures) and Embracing the Shadow (exploring emotions) both arising from the processing of childhood traumas.

Elizabeth’s most recent work includes a playful series of animals and a variety of birds. Much of the art will be part of a sale in December, creating space for 2018.

Studio 151 is located at 151 N. Pioneer Street in Ashland. The studio will be open Friday, December 1st from 3 to 8 and Saturday, December 2nd from noon to 4:00. studio151ashland.com

All proceeds from the studio support Shine a Light, a 501(c)3 organization committed to raising awareness about, preventing and rehabilitating victims of sex trafficking locally and abroad. iwillshinealight.org

American Trails

Pueblo Storyteller Pottery

Pueblo Storyteller Pottery

Pueblo Storyteller Pottery

Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo is known as the first person to make a storyteller doll. The people of the Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico, situated between the Rio Grande River and the Jemez Mountains, have been making distinctive pottery featuring black designs over the top of layers and layers of white clay slip for over one thousand years. Traditionally the potters of Cochiti made useful items such as pots, bowls, and other containers. They also made small figures of animals and people. Some of these figures were decorative. Others were used for ceremonies. One of the most common was a mother holding a child. These mother-child figures were known as “singing mothers” because their mouths were always left open to let the lullaby out.

In 1964, drawing on the “singing mother” motif, Helen created a clay figure based upon her grandfather Santiago Quintana. Mr. Quintana was a renowned pueblo storyteller. What she most remembered about is seeing him with lots and lots of grandchildren, like herself, climbing on him, begging him for stories, a request that he almost never refused. He told stories of Coyote, Rabbit, and Badger, the little people of the American desert. He told stories of Corncob Boy and Corn Mother, mythic beings. He told tales of times past, and of people in the pueblo. He never ran out of stories, she remembered, because he could makeup stories that were as good as the old ones.

The figure she made was unlike any before made in the pueblo. It was a grandfather with children climbing onto his lap. She added children climbing up the storytellers braids, peeking over his head, sliding down his arms. The storyteller was large compared to the children, as if to suggest the size of his influence. However, Helen Cordero never referred to her little figures as children.  She called them “little listeners”. She believed that what they were doing was as important as what the storyteller was saying. Wisdom, she believed, came into the world, not because it was spoken, but because it was heard. Echoing the older singing mother figures, Helen Cordero left the mouth of her storyteller open to let the stories out. She left the eyes closed. Her storyteller was always thinking of the next thing in the story.

Since those early storytellers back in 1964, the art form has blossomed in all directions. No longer are the eyes always closed and the central figure does not have to be a grandfather. Mothers, grandmothers and animals all can be the storyteller.  Turtles especially were thought to be a special friend of pueblo children. It was said that long ago when neighboring pueblos were at war, Turtle came and took the children away. He hid them and kept them safe. In another story, turtle takes dreaming children on a journey to see the whole world, but only if they promise to keep their eyes open. They must see the beauty, or they will be dull people all their lives.

 

Ashland Art Works

Winter Wonders: Holiday Gift Show

 

Give this holiday season a more meaningful touch with gifts created by local artists. The artists at Ashland Art Works have been busy designing unique holiday creations sure to delight your friends, family, and – of course – yourself!

On First Friday in December, along with our member artists we’ll be hosting some talented young artists. Students from the Advanced Jewelry class at AHS collaborated to create an amazing jewelry collection. Each piece features a faceted garnet, in response to newly learned techniques. Students Sasha Aazami, Grace Honeycutt, Rachel Feinberg, and Eliana Olsen will also show other works created during their three jewelry classes at AHS.

As always, join us to wander our sculpture garden under starlit skies, meet the artists, and visit our five beautiful galleries where you’ll find:

•    Elin Babcock’s assemblage & paintings
•    Marydee Bombick’s functional and garden pottery
•    Michael Gibson’s paintings
•    Bonnie Morgan’s decorative and functional pottery
•    Cheryl Kempner’s garden art & crazy clay birds
•    Elizabeth Ellingson’s silver and stone jewelry
•    Tamara Enz’s nature photographs
•    Suzanne Etienne’s paintings
•    Claudia Law’s art quilts
•    George Popa’s dimensional wire sculptures
•    Lorene Senesac’s Raku sculpture & wall reliefs
•    Connie Simonsen’s handpainted silk scarves
•    Angelique Stewart’s hand woven scarves, tea towels, and home goods
•    John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards

Art and Soul Gallery

“Gazing with Awe: Rogue Impressions and Beyond” Oil Paintings by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo

 

Talented Hills, oil painting by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo

“Talented Hills” oil painting by Silvia Rothschild Trujillo

 

These are paintings that communicate mood and a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season, scene, or still life with a perception of beauty that begs for acknowledgment. These works encourage and inspire the viewer to see more; to see the awe in everyday occurrences or commonplace surroundings which sometimes go unnoticed during our hurried days.

Silvia’s painting will be exhibited November 28 through December 31, 2017.

website:  http://silviatrujillo.com

blog:        http://silviatrujillo.com/blog/

 

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New works in oil & photography- November 2017 Spotlight Exhibits with AGA

Ashland Gallery Association

November Spotlight Exhibits

Photographers’ Gallery

“Into the Woods” photography by Julie Bonney

Julie Bonney is the featured artist at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.  Her new show, “Into The Woods” opens during the First Friday Art Walk on November 3rd.

Julie is a local photographer who finds inspiration in the natural beauty of Southern Oregon and Northern California.  John Muir said, “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.  The forest is a beacon for Julie.  It invites her to enter and explore more.   She feels as though there is a great mystery hiding somewhere within. Her photography explores that mystery and creates a deeper relationship between nature and herself.

“Redwoods” photograph by Julie Bonney

“Redwoods” photograph by Julie Bonney

Oak Leaf Studio

Best of 2017- Landscapes by Leif Trygg

For the month of November, Oak Leaf Studio is showing landscapes by artist Leif Trygg completed during the past year. Original paintings in acrylic and pastels will be featured. Prints and cards are also available.

Located in Ashland’s historic Railroad District, Oak Leaf Studio is at 247 Oak Street, between the Ashland Art Works and the Hanson Howard gallery. The studio is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.

“Coming Ashore” acrylic on board by Leaf Trygg

“Coming Ashore” acrylic on board

Hanson Howard Gallery

Photo Cascadia – Seven Photographers on Atmosphere

Photo Cascadia consists of seven photographers: Erin Babnik, Sean Bagshaw, David Cobb, Adrian Klein, Kevin McNeal, Chip Phillips and Zack Schnepf. All are from the Cascadia region of the Pacific Northwest and share the common interest of photographing the beauty of the outdoors around the globe but especially the area they call home. Join us for an artist reception during the Ashland First Friday Art Walk on November 3rd, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs November 1-18. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-5.

For seven years the Photo Cascadia Team has worked together to explore natural beauty in the landscape, promote creative expression through experiences in nature, share images and stories that foster love and respect for the planet and inspire others to become involved in landscape photography. Photo Cascadia is also a resource for outdoor photography enthusiasts of all levels. The group publishes a weekly blog, leads tours and teaches photography workshops around the world.

“Wizards Hat” photograph by Chip Phillips

“Wizards Hat” photograph by Chip Phillips

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

Featured Artist Sandy Cathcart

Join us at the Ashland Pony Espresso/Washington Federal Bank for First Friday Art Walk, November 3rd, from 5pm-8pm, for a beautiful show featuring the work of local artist Sandy Cathcart.

Grab a cup of coffee or some delicious food, meet the artist, and enjoy an inspiring evening of looking at art and talking with other creatives. Plus, we will be showing a teaching video from renowned artist Daniel Gerhartz in the Washington Federal Community Room during the event.   We look forward to seeing you there!

The Pony Espresso is located at 175 Lithia Way, Ashland, OR 97520.

"Warrior King" oil on canvas by Sandy Cathcart

“Warrior King” oil on canvas by Sandy Cathcart

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, November 3rd 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 November Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Free Ashland Open Studio Tour October 14th and 15th, 2017

4th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

Come Into Our Studios…

October 14th & 15th,2017

Free to public

Ashland, Oregon:  The Ashland Gallery Association sponsors the Ashland Open Studio Tour. On the weekend of October 14th and 15th the public is invited to tour the studios of the visual artists of this region including Ashland, Phoenix and Talent.  On this studio tour, you will find exceptional artwork and have the opportunity to see working studios and works in progress.  A great chance to engage with the artists and ask question about their work and individual creative processes. 

Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the two-day tour.

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Visit www.ashlandost.com for more information and a map of the participating studios.

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