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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

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

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

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!

A Taste of Ashland 2019

A Taste of Ashland

April 27th & 28th 12pm to 4pm

Celebrating our 30th year, this is the Ashland Gallery Association signature fundraising event!

A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th from 12pm to 4pm.

Foodies and wine connoisseurs, local and traveled, follow a map to 17 galleries, viewing art while discovering Ashland’s best restaurants, the region’s best wines, and more. For a complete list of pairings go to www.atasteofashland.com

A Taste of Ashland is unique because each gallery, winery, and restaurant are meticulously matched, working together to create unique pairings so attendees experience a delight of senses, says Gretchen W. HartTown, Event Coordinator for 2019 A Taste of Ashland. “We are excited to celebrate our 30th year! This event really showcases the talent in our region! The stroll through the inspired works of internationally renowned artists, while experiencing the pairings of our region’s best in cuisine and wine, is so much fun. Bring a group, or keep it intimate, make it special as you lavish and laugh in the experience of A Taste of Ashland!”

The Ashland Springs Inn will be hosting Ashland Gallery Association artist members Pop-Up Art Show. Tasters stroll leisurely through the quaint town of Ashland all afternoon, experiencing the best of Ashland art, food and wine, then have time to relax and attend an Oregon Shakespeare Festival performance in the evening and many delicious dining opportunities for dinner or late night bites and night caps.

Tasters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant, winery and gallery using a ballot for the Taster’s Choice award. By doing so, their name will be entered into a drawing for two weekend passes to A Taste of Ashland 2020.

Tickets for A Taste of Ashland are $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only and $45 for Sunday only. A free shuttle by AllAboard Trolley, will offer rides to all galleries, and most are within walking distance. For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2019 a complete list of pairings go to www.atasteofashland.com

ASHLAND TICKET OUTLETS:

Ashland Art Center 357 East Main St., & Manzanita/Flower Thyme, 55 N. Main st.

Tickets can also be purchased and wine glasses picked up prior to A Taste weekend at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from 12pm to 2pm April 20th through April 26th. The Kiosk will open at 11am on April 27th and 28th.

A special thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd 2019, from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

April 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!

A Taste of Ashland, Art Food & Wine Festival is April 27th & 28th. Also featuring a “Pop-up” Art Show at Ashland Springs Hotel Crystal Room. Please see attached information & visit: www.atasteofashland.com

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

A Taste Of Ashland Pop-up Art Show

Ashland Springs Hotel – Crystal Room

Art Sales during “A Taste of Ashland,” April 27 & 28, 12:00–4:00 PM

As an added attraction to A Taste of Ashland wine, food, and art festival, we will have a group of Ashland Gallery Association artist members participating in a special “Pop-up Art Show!”  On display will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pastels. 

Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd: Jeanne LaRae Lagano, “Chef's Love of the Flame,” oil painting

Jeanne LaRae Lagano, “Chef’s Love of the Flame,” oil painting

“A Taste of Ashland” Food, Wine, and Art Festival

Celebrating its 30th Year Anniversary!

The Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event, A Taste of Ashland takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th from noon to 4 PM.

Participants follow a map to 17 galleries discovering Ashland’s culinary delights and regional wines while enjoying the local visual arts.  AllAboard Trolley will offer rides to all galleries, but most are within walking distance. 

For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2019 a complete list of pairings go to: www.atasteofashland.com or call 541-951.9442.

LOCAL TICKET OUTLET: Ashland Art Center, 357 East Main St., Ashland. Tickets can also be purchased (dependent on availability) and wine glasses picked up prior to A Taste weekend at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from 12 Noon to 2 PM April 20th – April 26th.  The Kiosk will open at 11 AM on the days of the event, April 27th and 28th.

Hanson Howard Gallery

Deborah Oropallo, Dark Landscapes for a White House, video and photomontage

In conjunction with The Ashland Independent Film Festival and The Schneider Museum of Art we will be featuring Deborah OropalloDark Landscapes for a White House, video and photomontages on paper.
Show runs April 5-23
Opening reception during the Ashland First Friday Art Walk April 5th, 5-8 pm.
Artist talk and reception Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-7:30.  *This event is free to the public.
Dark Landscapes for a White House critiques our cultural habituation to political and ecological traumas. Oropallo employs photomontage as a strategy for visualizing how media-based images accumulate and overwhelm our collective consciousness.
DEBORAH OROPALLO was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University, and a joint Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts from The University of California, Berkeley. Although originally trained in painting, Oropallo’s practice incorporates mixed media including photomontage, computer editing, print technique and paint. Her composite works use layered visual sources to produce a dense interplay between time, place, form and content. The resulting works bear traces of the distortions that evolve or remain from digital manipulation and removal.

*image courtesy of the Catharine Clark GalleryDeborah Oropallo, Video Frame: Pirates, Paris, photomontage on paper

Deborah Oropallo, Video Frame: Pirates, Paris, photomontage on paper. *image courtesy of the Catharine Clark Gallery.

Gallerie Karon

Artist as Poet

Gallerie Karon’s annual show, “Artist as Poet” showcases artists who are poets and poets who are artists.

It’s interesting to unveil the backgrounds and current talents of our artists that few know about! Who knew that Judy Benson Le Nier wrote an occasional (and stunning) poem to go with her wildlife photography? Horst Wolf has limericks, paintings and books. Jesse Widener has his photography with us but also writes poetry and music. Ken Deveney contributes poetry, paintings (several mediums) photography and music. 

New this year – a whole family of artistic people! Dan Felman, our popular guitarist, writes original music and lyrics. HIs two children have contributed photography and poetry (Abigail) and line drawing and poetry (Reuben).

We’re also proud to showcase new work by Rebecca Gabriel and Jonah Bernstein.

Not to be missed, The Taste of Ashland here at Gallerie Karon on April 27 & 28 with Callahans’s Mountain Lodge and Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars!

Gallerie-Karon-image: photo by Jesse Widener

photo by Jesse Widener

       

Shepherd’s Dream

PNW Wonderland

Jessica Johnson is a contemporary landscape oil painter born in San Francisco and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Passionate about the outdoors since her earliest backpacking trip, just 3 years old, she works to capture and communicate the inspiring beauty of the landscapes that surround her home and permeate her adventures. 

Jessica creates vibrant oil paintings through bold brushstrokes, color, and movement, and invites the viewer to feel more connected to this beautiful planet, “to revel in her landscapes.”  Mastering her impressionist styling silently communicates that message.     

Ashland's First Friday Art Walk, April 3rd: Jessica Johnson, Still Mind, oil painting

Jessica Johnson, “Still Mind,” oil painting

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

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Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, March 1st from 5 to 8 PM

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

Featuring Annual Student Art Show

First Friday Art Walk, March 1st from 5 to 8 PM

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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 March Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

Please scroll down for “Spotlight Exhibits” and see attached March Gallery Tour Map and images.

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

Annual Student Art Show

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

Join us for the Student Artist Receptions during the Friday Art Walk on March 1st from 5 to 8 PM.  Student artists will be present to discuss their works.  There will be a variety of media on display by these creative young artists including:  paintings, drawings, and mixed media. Most exhibits will be on display throughout the month of March.

 

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery or download the March Map at: www.ashlandgalleries.com  (under the “Events” – “First Friday” tabs)

Participating galleries and student artists:

Ashland Natural Medicine:  Sofia Lindauer, Indigo Pinder Magaña Mia Rollins, Banyan Manson, Lilli Morrish, Rueban Feldman, Macy Jane Brehmer, Asana

Ashland Art Center: Talia Aazami, Charlotte Julian, Eamon R. Morris

Ashland Art Works:  Meridith Granger, Sierrah Kelly, Claren Shields

Art & Soul Gallery:  Mikhal Mesco, Julia Petrone, Cruz McNamara

Hanson Howard Gallery:  Althea Moyer

Image caption:  Althea Moyer, self-portrait

Althea Moyer, self-portrait

Ashland Art Works

Springtime at Ashland Art Works

For our March show, we have new pieces by our member artists to celebrate the coming of spring after all of our recent snow. For the First Friday Art Walk, we’re also proud to feature three Ashland High School artists as a part of the annual AGA Student Art Show. Meredith Granger, Claren Shields, and Sierrah Kelly will be featured for the month of March.

 

Meredith Granger’s work is colorful and bold, utilizing pens, markers, and oils. Claren Shields traditionally utilizes pen and pencil, but has recently become passionate about exploring the use of Copic markers, acrylic paints, and charcoal. Sierrah Kelly mixes bright colors with subtle backgrounds to highlight her images. Each artist will be present on March 1st to meet you and to share their work.

Art & Soul Gallery

Featuring Ashland High School Student Artists

 

Mikhal Mesco’s art is taking the form of portraiture, a study in humanity, identity and culture. “There seems to be a naturally balanced harmony occurring in much of nature, and as I feel that humans are destroying some of it, I wish to capture the ‘nature’ of ‘humanity’. ”

Cruz McNamara creates art for Authentic Self Expression. “I want my work to create an emotional connection or tie with viewers, and for that connection to fuel one’s creativity and inspiration to create their own impact.”

Julia Petrone “I think what connects my art together is the theme, I draw a lot of women, whether they’re fairies or from another era. It tends to have that common theme. For mediums, I use a lot of different kinds.” Julia is moving from digital expression to physical mediums.

These students are exhibiting works in a variety of media, styles and genres.  

Please join us in supporting these emerging artists and meeting our new owner, Peter Alexander Stone!

First Friday Reception: March 1, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

 Mikhal Mesco, drawings at Art & Soul Gallery

Ashland Art Center

Plant an Artist, Watch Them Grow

 

Friday, March 1st the Ashland Art Center will be launching our new campaign “Plant an artist, watch them grow.”  The main gallery will have a designated space for children and young adults to exhibit and sell their artwork among our other showcasing artists.

The evening of Friday, March 1st from 5-7 p.m. visual and culinary artists from both Ashland Middle School and High School will be displaying and serving in the gallery and classroom.  We invite the community to come out and support our budding young artists.

 

The Art Center is passionate about providing a nurturing environment where our community’s youth can explore their creative skills and seek professional development early on. Our classes are affordable and meet a variety of budgets with scholarships provided for those in need.

Our Community’s youth is our future, come and add your support!

Art Walk Map:

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