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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.

www.mandalasoftheheart.com
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.

STATERA SERIES

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.

DESIGN LAB TALKS

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.

ABOUT TRACE WEST

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 tracewest.com, 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: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

 

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!

Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, November 1st 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, November 1st 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! 

Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, November 1st 2019 from 5 to 8 pm

November Spotlight Exhibits

Art & Soul Gallery

“Color Notes” oil painting on linen by Jenay Elder

Artist Jenay Elder resides in Southern Oregon. Her impressionistic oil paintings are known for their textured notes of color, representational quality and their sensitive subject matter. Jenay sold her first Monet inspired, impressionistic landscape online at the age of fifteen in 2001 and has been making and selling art ever since. Her artwork can be found in regional gallery shows and plein air events as well as in private collections around the world. She is a recent recipient of the Haines Foundation grant and has participated in numerous paint outs and shows, including the UVAA 30 under 30 exhibit. Jenay is also an artist member of Oil Painters of America and Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters associations. 

Live music of First Friday will be provided by “Sidewalk Café.”  The trio – Beth Martin, violinist and singer, Craig Martin, guitarist, and Todd Ragland, fretless bassist play swing, Gypsy jazz and bossa nova.

Jenay Elder, “Reset on Harris Beach" oil on linen

Jenay Elder, “Reset on Harris Beach” oil on linen

Ashland Natural Medicine

“Dream Garden” paintings by Linda Kehoe


Lindy Kehoe paints from a pure place of imagination. Nothing obstructs her vision. She weaves in magical themes of storytelling about nature, animals, Mother Earth, music, dance, childhood, mystical, unconsciousness, joy, divinity, feminine, masculine, peace and prayer just to name a few…

Lindy writes, “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.”

Lindy Kehoe, “Durgalina,” mixed media painting

Lindy Kehoe, “Durgalina,” mixed media painting

Studio 151

Guest Artist Rob Jaffe, photography

November’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, photographer, Rob Jaffe.

In the words of one of his admirers: “Robert Jaffe’s lens and eye are a gateway to a realm of transcendence. The scope of his work ranges from the close-up to expansive vistas. Whether his photographs are the astonishing insides of a raspberry or a full moon over Mount Shasta, you feel that perhaps you are experiencing these worldly wonders for the first time. Jaffe combines his consummate technical skill with the poetry of his vision. The camera captures reality, but Jaffe transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. His work takes you to unforgettable moments and locations – a dove ascending from a monastery’s ledge in Assisi, Italy, or the Oregon Coast – filled with luminous rock and the calligraphic underbelly of driftwood.

Jaffe’s photographs remind me of a line from Rumi: “We are tasting the taste, this minute of eternity.” The viewer will leave Jaffe’s exhibition, with that experience.” ~Rebecca Gabriel

The studio will be open on First Friday from 5-8.  www.robjaffe.com

Ashland Property Management

“Aileron Flares” New & recent works by Jarrett Rex Davidson


Jarrett Rex Davidson is a Southern Oregonian who has returned to paint and teach art practices.  His works are amalgamations of memory and folklore that result in grand depictions of cultural iconography.  Standing before his paintings, the viewer senses an accumulated vocabulary of imagery reflected by life encounters in the Northwest, as well as travels in Mexico and Italy.  Informed by traditions of biological illustration, religious art and pop culture, Davidson navigates depictions of intersecting myths and symbolic narratives.

With a vita that includes a Bachelors of Studio Art from Southern Oregon University, Davidson was the Art Technician for the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, Laura Russo Gallery in Portland and Art Handler for Connect Art International in San Francisco. In addition to painting, Davidson is currently gaining his Master of Arts in Teaching at Southern.  He is presently working with Ashland Middle School students on an exhibit of artwork that will be displayed at the Ashland Public Library for a Dia de los Muertos celebration from October 28th into November.

Selected pieces of the First Friday Reception at Ashland Property Management will be on sale with 100% proceeds going to The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

Jarrett Rex Davidson, “Aileron Flares” watercolor on paper

Jarrett Rex Davidson, “Aileron Flares” watercolor on paper

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

 

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

2020 A Taste of Ashland Poster Art Competition

Ashland Gallery Association

2020 A Taste of Ashland Poster Art Competition

2019 a taste of ashland poster, 2020 A Taste of Ashland Poster Art Competition

The Ashland Gallery Association is seeking artwork for its 2020 A TASTE OF ASHLAND event.  All southern Oregon 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.  Artists are not required to be AGA Members to submit artwork.

The winner will be publicized in the 2020 Ashland Gallery Guide, the ‘Taste’ Event Guide, on the AGA website, and on ‘Taste’ promotional materials including the poster, postcard, and social media. The Ashland Gallery Guide is distributed to about10,000 patrons of the arts each year. The Event Guide is distributed to about 1,000.

The winning poster artist will receive 2 weekend tickets to 2020 A Taste of Ashland.

Submission deadline: December 5, 2019.  The poster art will be selected at the December 10, 2019 AGA General 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 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!  

See HYPERLINK “http://www.atasteofashland.com” to view last year’s image. 

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.

Thanks so much for submitting your work.  A Taste of Ashland is the Ashland Gallery Association’s annual fundraising effort and a themed image is important for marketing the event.

We look forward to your submission!

Kim

Kim Olson

Administrator
Ashland Gallery Association
541.488.8430

Join us for Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk festivities October 4th! 

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, October 4th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Happenings!

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

Ashland Gallery Association

October Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Center

Autumn Art in Multiple Mediums

Our theme for October is autumn and all it brings with color, texture, warmth in layering and the merging of foliage with art.  Our featured artists include Jeanne La Rae in our main gallery.  Her show, ” Color Reflected,” showcases Jeanne’s favorite subjects, water and autumn color.  Katherine Dron will be showing her work in the upstairs lounge. Her show, ” Fragmenting Flowers explores our local, natural environment by marking paper with ink and watercolor. In our Photographers Co-op, Diana Standing is featured. Her show, “Autumn Impressions,” is a tribute both to her favorite season, Autumn, and to some of her favorite painters of the impressionist and expressionist traditions. She uses a slow shutter speed, camera motion, rare light, and in some cases an occasional breeze to achieve the desired affect.

 

Finally The Cascade Bonsai Society and local Ikebana artists will be exhibiting a collection of bonsai and art representing nature and the changing of the seasons in their show, “Living Sculpture, Connecting to nature through the art of bonsai.”  The show is in the main classroom at Ashland Art Center. 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 painters’ and photographers’ 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.

 

This is a rare opportunity to view living bonsai sculptures and celebrate the changing seasons.

Jeanne La Rae, “Mirrored Duck” painting

Jeanne La Rae, “Mirrored Duck” painting

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring Diana Standing

“Autumn Impressions,” Ashland photographer Diana Standing’s exhibit at the Photographers Gallery at the Ashland Art Center opens on October 4th, the First Friday Art Walk, and continues for the month. Her exhibit is a tribute both to her favorite season, autumn, and to some of her favorite painters of the impressionist and expressionist traditions. She uses a slow shutter speed, camera motion, rare light, and in some cases an occasional breeze to achieve the desired affect.

To Diana, there’s a unique quality to the light of autumn, one that adds a profound depth and vibrancy to nature. It’s a season of many moods and constant motion, with bursts of color and abstract patterns, some bright, some brooding. It’s nature’s final gasp in all its glory as it fades into winter. She hopes to have captured this layered atmosphere in her images, with its correspondences to our deeper senses.

Diana traveled to an exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017 where her series of four still life images were finalists in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She exhibited along with 77 other women photographers from 15 different countries. She felt very fortunate to be among such a diverse, creative, and caring group of women. The trip was a reminder of the gifts the world and its people have to offer.

Diana Standing, “Standing Tall,” photograph

Diana Standing, “Standing Tall,” photograph

Art & Soul Gallery

The Joy of Color

“The Joy of Color” is born of the joy of drawing and painting outdoors. Throughout the spring and summer the Bennetts, husband and wife, have been converting these studies into larger studio paintings. They have been highly energized by new studio spaces adding a spark of color and creativity to their work. Sue Bennett debuts a new path of charmingly colorful and illustrative acrylic paintings designed to bring a smile and lift the heart. In June, 2019, Steve Bennett was awarded Signature membership in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

“We hope our show will bring a smile and a spark of joy to our viewers.” – The Bennetts

Live music of First Friday will be provided by “Sidewalk Café.”  The trio – Beth Martin, violinist and singer, Craig Martin, guitarist, and Todd Ragland, fretless bassist play swing, Gypsy jazz and bossa nova.

On display at Art & Soul Gallery from October 1 – 27.

Meet the artists at our First Friday Reception, Oct. 4th from 5 – 8 pm!

Sue Bennett, “Many Suns Maui,” acrylic painting

Sue Bennett, “Many Suns Maui,” acrylic painting

Ashland Art Works

Paintings and Sculpture

For the month of October, Ashland Artworks will be featuring paintings by Michael Gibson and wire sculptures by George Popa. Meet the artists at the First Friday Artwalk Oct. 4th from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

Michael has a passion for art, travel and photography that is reflected in his art. He is prolific, and works in many mediums, which can be viewed at Ashland Art Works. Michael will also be on the Studio Tour in October.

George’s work expresses a childhood fascination with moving things that he’s never lost. He creates his sculptures using stainless steel wire and silver solder from sketches. His work ranges from airplanes to sharks.

Michael Gibson, painting

Michael Gibson, painting

Shepherd’s Dream

In the Moment

Mixed Media by Pamela Ourshalimian

Pamela Ourshalimian has explored a myriad of mediums, but has expanded into Mixed Media.  Pamela is fascinated by perceptions of self image, and the value placed on the physical form, especially that of women, and explores the driving force behind these perceptions. Her art is an abstracted expression of personal experiences, using distortion and exaggeration of the feminine form, and to evoke a personal connection between the painting and the viewer. Her hope is that her fascination is contagious and intoxicating to the viewers of her work. Pamela is constantly reminded that there is no separation between art and her life. She says of her art, “it leads me to “being in the moment” when it’s all to easy to be thinking about what’s in the future or the past, and reminds me how grateful I am to be an artist.”

Pamela has lived throughout the country in places as varied as Santa Barbara, Michigan and Hawaii, after attending the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan in the 1960’s. She currently resides in southern Oregon, where she has learned and worked with many of the talented and skilled artisans.  Pamela continues to attend workshops in the Pacific NW, continuing to study her craft with nationally acclaimed artists. 

"I'm Considering” mixed media by by Pamela Ourshalimian

“I’m Considering” mixed media by by Pamela Ourshalimian

Please see the October Gallery Tour Map.

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Special Event!

6th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour
Come Into Our Studios…
October 19th & 20th 11 am – 4 pm
Free to public

Ashland Open Studio Tour Oct. 19 and 20 2019

During a weekend in October a group of local artists will open their private studio doors to the public for the Sixth Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is an inspiring self-guided arts tour, brought to you by the Ashland Gallery Association.  The Tour will guide visitors to a variety of artist studios in Ashland and the surrounding communities of Talent and Phoenix, while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.

We invite you to come see the creative processes behind our incredible and diverse arts community. There will be a variety of mediums, as well as demonstrations, presentations, and screenings to reveal each individual’s unique methods.

Pick up a map to the studios at Ashland Art Works on Oak Street or download off the Studio Tour website:

Visit www.ashlandost.com for more information
Facebook : www.facebook.com/ashlandost
Instagram : www.instagram.com/ashlandopenstudiotour

 

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

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, September 6, 2019

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities! 

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Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, September 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! 

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

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

 

AGA September Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Works

From the Ground Up – Clay and Wood Artistry

Featuring Bonnie Morgan & John Weston

Our Featured Artists this month are Bonnie Morgan and John Weston, highlighting Bonnie’s beautiful functional and decorative ceramics with John’s luscious wood furniture and cutting boards.

Bonnie has been working in clay for many years. Currently along with her functional work she is exploring Terra Sigillata and smoke patterns that are created during the post firing process. Creating decorative and functional pottery has been the cornerstone of her work. Bonnie enjoys making a full range of functional work including mugs, bowls, serving platters, trays, vases and teapots. Bonnie’s goal is to create pottery that can enrich and celebrate our lives.

John Weston will present his latest custom furniture pieces and assorted craft items utilizing primarily local hardwoods. John has been a member of Ashland Art Works for twelve years. Becoming a part of a cooperative of artists has inspired John to stretch his woodworking and to combine form with function. His work highlights the natural beauty found in wood and is of a quality to provide generations of use and enjoyment.

Meet the artists at First Friday Art Walk Sept 6th – 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Bonnie Morgan, Teapot - Functional ceramics

Bonnie Morgan, Teapot – Functional ceramics

Hanson Howard

Robert Schlegel, painting & Penelope Dews, ceramic sculpture

September 6th – October 1st

Artist Reception: September 6th, 5-8 pm

Bob Schlegel creates images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract. He paints in the studio and plein aire from preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and takes reference photographs as necessary. Drawing is the foundation for his work, he is tenacious with the sketch whether it be life-drawing session or in the field. Through line, contrast, texture, color and composition he explores form and shape where things in the natural world and things that are made by man collide.

Penelope Dews graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984 with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture.  She works in her studio in Ashland, OR and produces work to fire in a large Anagama wood fire kiln in the Umpqua Valley.  An ancient technique, the Anagama kiln produces ash and volatile salts which settle on the pieces and create a natural ash glaze.  Penelope uses the tone and texture unique to this process to create richly earth toned characters and objects.  This gives the pieces an ancient, stone like surface. Ranging from realistic to whimsical, these animals exude peaceful, playful expressions with a touch of the mysterious.

Robert Schlegel, Houses on Water, acrylic on canvas

Robert Schlegel, Houses on Water, acrylic on canvas

Photographers’ Gallery (Ashland Art Center)

The Sentinel of the Forest – Photography by Dan Elster

Local photographer Dan Elster’s new show, The Sentinel of the Forest, opens at The Photographer’s Gallery at the Ashland Art Center on Friday, September 6 for the First Friday Art Walk and continues through the month of September.

Northern Spotted Owls are perhaps the Pacific Northwest’s best-known wildlife species.  In the early 1990’s they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  Logging operations were suddenly curtailed and many even shut down.  To the logging communities, the owl became a symbol for government overreach and economic hardship.  To the environmentalist, spotted owls represented man’s irresponsible stewardship of the environment.  Northern Spotted Owl populations continue to decline and the long-term survival of the species is questionable.

 

In July of 2019, I accompanied a wildlife biologist in southern Oregon.  I was rewarded with a couple of the most memorable encounters to date with Strix occidentalis caurina.  I hope these images will help you see Northern Spotted Owls for what they are, (fascinating, beautiful, majestic creatures), not a symbol of a bitter political argument that has gone on for decades.

 

Dan Elster is a wildlife photographer based in Ashland, Oregon. He hopes his images serve as reminders that we don’t own the earth, we share it.

Dan Elster, Owl photograph

Dan Elster, Owl photograph

Oak Leaf Studio

The Importance of Water, pastel paintings by Leif Trygg

Water, with its reflective light properties, can be a major influence in landscape art and especially so in the pastel paintings of Ashland artist Leif Trygg at Oak Leaf Studio. Trygg’s new work Stone Bridge San Francisco is featured this month along with pictures of rivers, streams, waterfalls and the ocean. The new pastel is of Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park.

 Also on view is a small collection of dramatic Pacific Northwest photographs from Bend photographer Bob Trygg that feature water as well.

Fall Print Sale September is Oak Leaf Studio’s annual Fall print sale with all Leif Trygg prints 25% off their original price. This includes framed and loose prints.

Trygg, “Lagoon” pastel painting

Trygg, “Lagoon” pastel painting

 

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

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AGA August Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

AGA August Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk festivities!   

Ashland First Friday Art Walk, August 2nd, 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 our 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!

 

For more information about all of our exhibits, please visit www.ashlandgalleries.com

Ashland Gallery Association November 2016 Art Exhibits : Ashland Gallery Association aga logoAGA Spotlight Exhibits
August 2019

Hanson Howard Gallery
Sara Swink, ceramic sculpture
Alison O’Donoghue, paintings

Alison O'Donoghue, “Odds & Ends” acrylic on panel. On display at Hanson howard Gallery, Ashland, Oregon, August 2019

Alison O’Donoghue, “Odds & Ends” acrylic on panel

Sara Swink creates self possessed, colorful figures embedded with clues that they exist in a playfully subconscious world. Be they human or creature, there is often the element of the dreamy or the bizarre in their gestures, expressions and adornments. For Swink, art and dream worlds are interconnected. Both invite the unconscious to become conscious; both rely on a language of symbols open to interpretation; both contain clues about psychological patterns. Most often she builds using gritty, sculpture clay, adding color with layered oxides, underglazes and glazes, and fires to mid range temperature giving a matte quality to the saturated colors.

The artwork of Alison O’Donoghue can be described as contemporary folk art; partly naïve, sometimes illustrative, at times cartoony, with some of her pieces being heavily patterned. Her paintings are mostly playful with creatures and people that are quite often glowing with life… awash in dimensional color and shade in a mostly two-dimensional world. In many of her paintings, she combines everyday objects such as; cups of coffee, fruit, plants, humans, birds and odd, made up animals, into a fluid motion of interaction of intertwined shapes. The playful next to the sinister, give the paintings a sense of humor and the complexity of an unfolding story.
August 2 – September 3, 2019
Opening reception August 2, 5-8 pm

 

Gallerie Karon
The Female of the Species – Part I

Pegi Smith, Seeing You Seeing Me, mixed media painting

Pegi Smith, “Seeing You Seeing Me” mixed media painting

Our traditional invitational all women artists show opens August 2nd. Over 20 artists are represented in our biggest show of the year. Art mediums range from photography to pastels, acrylics, water colors and mixed media.

We have earrings by California jeweler Denise Hazleton. Others include Raina Bradshaw, Sharon Moore, Karen Wasser and our latest jewelry artist, Eileen Rouse. We are looking forward to having a special trunk show with Denise some time in August or September – we’ll keep you posted!
Special right now is a tribute to the release of the Downton Abbey movie. The movie will be released in September and we’ll have a little area devoted to the look of the Abbey including a fantastic portrait of Maggie Smith in porcelain by Jerri Cook. Another setting will showcase an exquisite bronze figure of Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance. She will be joined by Quan Yins, other female deities and a rare antique female ancestor figure.

 

Art & Soul Gallery
“Land of My Heart” Oil Paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Silvia Trujillo, Hill Song, Oil on Canvas

Silvia Trujillo, “Hill Song,” Oil on Canvas

“Land of My Heart” is one artist’s discovery of homeland. To Silvia Trujillo, it’s a place that is both physical and spiritual, a connection found in land, sky, water and light. In masterful impressionistic style, Trujillo captures scenes from across Southern Oregon and Northern California that are both familiar and otherworldly; scenes that help us examine our own concept of “home”.
“It’s my goal to honor land, water, and sky in my paintings and to create a need for preserving an area’s natural beauty.” – Silvia Trujillo
First Friday reception August 2, 5 – 8 pm
Music by Douglass Ross, dulcimer

 

Shepherd’s Dream
The Sound and the Fury

Michele Sabatier, Sound Fury, 10 X 10 Encaustic on panel

Michele Sabatier, “Sound Fury” 10 X 10 Encaustic on panel

Michele Sabatier’s birthplace was Virginia with origins in the rice fields of Cajun SW Louisiana and currently lives in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MA in curriculum design, University of Mississippi. Michele’s encaustic work, is created from memory rather than using photographic references. She has described them as “intuitive and sense-memory based.” They reflect the vast flatness and the alluvia planes of the Mississippi Delta, as well as, the enveloping intimacy of the Pacific Northwest forests.  The work is both abstract and object landscapes, capture and record the internal or external context of experience.  This particular series of work, is very deliberately based on memories of the South, and their titles are quotes from a William Faulkner’s novel which references…Macbeth’s Tomorrow upon Lady Macbeth’s death…

 

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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.

www.melissamarkell.com

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: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Prizes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ashland Galleries June 2019 Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, June 7th, from 5 to 8 PM

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

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

AGA June Spotlight Galleries

Ashland Art Works

Jewelry, Clay, and Garden Art for the Summer

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Kempner, “3 Welcome Birds”, ceramic

Gallerie Karon

Safari!

Part II – Deeper Into Africa

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

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

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

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

Image caption: “Dog” artifact

“Dog” artifact

Art & Soul Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Friday reception June 7 from 5 – 8 pm

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

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

Linda Boutacoff, “Lakeside Dreams,” watercolor

Photographers’ Gallery

“Flower Portrait” featuring Julie Bonney

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

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

Image caption: Julie Bonney, “Creamsicle,” photograph

Julie Bonney, “Creamsicle,” photograph


Shepherd’s Dream

Fowler Handwovens

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

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

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

Enclāve Studios

Spring Exhibition 2019

First Friday, June 7th, 5-8 pm

1661 Siskiyou Blvd (above the Ashland Street Shopping Center)

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

Jay Gordon: origami paintings

Corey Kahn: architectural landscapes

Inger Nova Jorgensen: painting and sculpture

Nicole Wasgatt: abstracted seascapes

Gabriel Mark Lipper: Rogue Valley landscapes

Join us for a glass of wine!

Image caption: Enclave Studios

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

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Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, May 3rd, from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, May 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!

May Spotlight Exhibits

Hanson Howard

Sue Springer, ceramic sculpture & Robert Koch, paintings

Sue Springer creates quirky ceramic sculptures, which are mostly figurative, with a whimsy and freedom of unexpected combinations. Dreams, imagination and wonder combine with a response to the current world to tell the stories of these figures.  Sue, founder of the former Illahe Studios and Gallery now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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

CVA Galleries (SOU)

Spring Exhibitions at the CVA Galleries

Opening Reception:  Friday, May 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments provided

Exhibition Dates:  May 3rd – May 24th, 2019

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Retzlaff Gallery (Art Building):

When I Live My Dream, Anna McGrath, BFA Thesis Exhibition  

Thorndike Gallery (Art Building):

The Company I Keep, Thomas Fisher, Capstone Exhibition  

Meyer Memorial Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Home Away from Home, Hayley Weak, Solo Exhibition

Art Department Chairs Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

Beautiful View, Magnificent Desolation, Patrick Vogel, Solo Exhibition

Boise-Cascade Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

On Form and Function, Rafael Ordorica, Solo Exhibition

JELD WEN Gallery (Marion Ady Building):

The Voice of the Art Students, Contemporary Drawing & Painting Art Class, Group Exhibition

Rafael Ordorica,Three Sisters, Ceramic  

Rafael Ordorica,Three Sisters, Ceramic

Anna McGrath, Untitled, Bead-embroidered cyanotype on denim

Thomas Fisher, Jeff, Oil Paint on canvas

Hayley WeakSouthwest, Linoleum Reduction Print

Rafael Ordorica,Three Sisters, Ceramic  

Hayley Weak, Southwest, Linoleum Reduction Print

Hayley Weak, Southwest, Linoleum Reduction Print

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring John Christer Petersen

John Christer Petersen’s new show, Bouquet of Pink Tulips, opens on Friday, May 3rd at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.

 

John Christer Petersen, a local fine art photographer, primarily exhibits landscapes, seascapes and architecture from his worldly travels.  Occasionally he focuses on floral and macro photography.  John will exhibit a trilogy of macro images from a bouquet of pink tulips.

Studio 151

Guest Artist Jane Sterling

May at the studio features a joint show of mixed media figures and wall art by Elizabeth York and works by guest artist, Jane Sterling. Jane’s “Evolutionary Art” consists of antique Chinese wall panels renovated and embellished with collected jewels, gold glass beads, wood from Oregon and broken colored glass to enhance the black lacquer panels. Additional items in the show are mixed medium clay sculptures with bead adornments and custom earrings.

The Studio will be open on First Fridays 5:00 – 8:00 and Friday through Sunday from 11:00 – 2:30 through June.

Jane Sterling, Amethyst Dragon, mixed media

Jane Sterling, Amethyst Dragon, mixed media

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

 

Please see “Spotlight Exhibits” and May Gallery Tour Map:

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