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

4th Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour

Come Into Our Studios…

October 14th & 15th,2017

Free to public

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

Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the two-day tour.

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Ashland Gallery Association October 2017 Art Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, October 6th from 5 to 8 pm! 

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

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

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

October Spotlight Exhibits

Hanson Howard Gallery

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

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

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

Show runs October 6th-November 1st.

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

Art & Soul Gallery

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

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

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

Dana Faegan King of Hearts

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

Ashland Art Center

Glass art and demonstration by Dan Seffinger

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

“Sunrise”, glass tapestry bowl by Dan Seffinger

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

Schneider Museum of Art

Fall Exhibitions at the Schneider Museum of Art

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

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

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

Entry Gallery

Loren Munk: PAINTING about THINKING about PAINTING 

Treehave Gallery

Nathaniel Meade: The Wait 

Clifford Wilton Exhibition 

Main Gallery

Highlights of the Permanent Collection

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

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

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

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

September 2017 Ashland Gallery Association Featured Exhibits & First Friday ArtWalk Map

Ashland Gallery Association September 2017 Art Exhibits

 Ashland Gallery Association November 2016 Art Exhibits : Ashland Gallery Association aga logo

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, September 1st, from 5 to 8 pm!

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

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the August Gallery Tour map, please see the map embedded in the post below the gallery exhibits…

Ashland Gallery Association
September Spotlight Exhibits

Light Touch, pastel painting by Janet Patterson on exhibit at Gallerie Karon in Ashland, Oregon for September 2017

“Light Touch,” pastel painting by Janet Patterson

Gallerie Karon
The Female of the Species Part II
All women artists invitational

Gallerie Karon this month continues to showcase the work of only women artists. Represented are Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Their mediums are across the board from painted silks, pastels, oils, photography, collage and more!

Just some of the featured artists are Leona Nelson, who works in Native American basketry and gourds, Janet Patterson, pastels, Liz Shepherd sumi-e ink and Gloria
Kramer, collage. We are very pleased to have silk artist Jenwah with us for this showing with her hand painted and embellished wall hangings and banners.
Many artists will be present so you can discuss the piece you’ve selected.

Ceramic teapot by Bonnie Morgan

Ceramic teapot by Bonnie Morgan

Ashland Art Works
Locally Made: Furniture, pottery, and jewelry made with local materials

Visit us this month to see new offerings by furniture maker John Weston, who uses woods found and sourced in the Rogue Valley. We are also featuring decorative and functional pottery for your home by Bonnie Morgan, and sterling silver and stone jewelry by one of our newest members, Liz Ellingson.

Bonnie Morgan focuses on decorative and functional pottery. Currently she has been working on a series of teapots, covered jars, and serving platters. Porcelain and white stoneware and are her favorite clays to work with on the potter’s wheel and in hand building. Developing new glazes continues to be an interest and challenge that inspires excitement with each kiln opening.

Liz Ellingson’s designs all center around her own custom-cut cabochons. She hand fabricates all of her jewelry in sterling silver using traditional silver-smithing techniques. The jewelry she creates is one of a kind with an earthy, enduring quality.

Rodeo Flyer, an eclectic country, rock & roll, blues band, will play during the First Friday Art Walk – guaranteed to get your feet dancing!

Lithe Bridge, painting by Leif Trygg on exhibit for September 2017 at Oak Leaf Studio in Ashland, Oregpn

“Lithe Bridge,” painting by Leif Trygg

Oak Leaf Studio

With the beginning of fall, Oak Leaf Studio is having a Pre-Holiday Sale of 20% off on all large format paintings by Leif Trygg. This sale goes through the month of September and features recent paintings of Ashland and Lithia Park among others. Prints and cards of Trygg’s work are also on sale at the studio.

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

 

 

Horse, painting by Farrell Cockrum on exhibit at American Trails Gallery, Ashland, Oregon during September 2017

“Horse,” painting by Farrell Cockrum

 

American Trails
Featuring paintings by Farrell Cockrum

In September, American Trails will be highlighting the work of Blackfoot artist Farrell Cockrum. Farrell’s great passion in life is informing the world of his rich, Native American heritage through his contemporary works of art. Steeped in the traditions and culture of his native ancestors, Farrell captures the spirit of the Blackfeet Nation in each of his unique and colorful paintings.

Vivid color, rich texture and striking subject matter are core ingredients in a Farrell Cockrum painting. Farrell’s captivating subjects include native figures and honored wildlife; such as the majestic eagle, the American bison and the strong, silent western bred horse. Add a touch of abstract expressionism and streaming colors of a Blackfoot Chief and you are entering Farrell’s world.

Farrell studied at art at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe in the early 1980’s. He is very well known throughout the southwest and collected across the world. He lives and paints in Albuquerque.

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Ashland Gallery Association August 2017 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association November 2016 Art Exhibits : Ashland Gallery Association aga logoAshland Gallery Association August 2017 Art Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, August 4th from 5 to 8 pm!

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

For more information about all of our exhibits, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  Our August 2017 ArtWalk Map is available for viewing or download at the end of this post.

Ashland Gallery Association August Spotlight Exhibits

Studio A.B.

Plein Air works by Ann DiSalvo; The Weekly Press Revisited by Bruce Bayard

The Weekly Press No. 522, Mixed Media painting by Bruce Bayard

The Weekly Press No. 522, by Bruce Bayard

Ann DiSalvo recently spent a week on the Oregon coast creating plein air paintings which are featured this month along with The Weekly Press Revisited, digital prints by Bruce Bayard.

The act of painting outdoors, en plein air, has been a tradition for centuries. Ann battled the challenges presented by the elements of wind and sun, as well as curious onlookers who would not normally be present in a studio situation.  Her reading of the book about composition by Arthur Wesley Dow reinforced her personal concepts and understanding of composition; where to place elements to create visual harmony, color, and contrast. 

These works will be part of a larger exhibition at the Rogue Valley Manor in May of 2018. Come take a sneak preview.

Bruce has been studying the series he completed in 2010, finding new insights into how his previous work informs new video explorations. The series, comprised of 1000 still images became the turning point in his career, establishing his interest into time-based art. The current exhibition consisted of original size prints and a new larger format. A new video performance will be presented in September at the Project Space in Talent. More information at brucebayard.com

 

Art and Soul Gallery

“Following the Circuitous Thread” paintings by Eve Margo Withrow

 

Sky Lake Moon, mixed media/acrylic painting by Eve Margo Withrow

“Sky Lake Moon,” mixed media/acrylic painting by Eve Margo Withrow

I’m always curious to explore the edge that lies outside the box. From that perspective, I reflect on the essential feeling ingredients of an experience or place.  Many of my favorite and most exciting works are the result of finding imaginative solutions to things run amok. I play and adventure with my expressions. Following threads here and there, I enter the flow of my creative process; head and heart awake and dancing.

Eve is an International Award winning Professional Artist and is part owner of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland, Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanson Howard Gallery

TRUE STORIES: Sara Swink & Robert Koch, paintings and sculpture

Phat Chick, ceramic sculpture by Sara Swink

“Phat Chick”, ceramic sculpture by Sara Swink

Hanson Howard will be featuring, True Stories from the Lighter Side of Life, the whimsically narrative work of Sara Swink and Robert Koch this August.  

Sara Swink makes ceramic human and animal forms with a psychological stance, using form, surface, color and facial expression to investigate the imaginable realm of dreams, fantasies and emotions. Bob Koch has a playful and humorous approach to storytelling using found snapshots as inspiration and taking the liberty to change the characters into animals.  While feeling gestural and spontaneous, his paintings exhibit a strong use of composition and color.

Please join us for an artist reception during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on August 4th, 5-8 p.m.  Show runs August 4th-29th.

 

 

 

Photographers’ Gallery

Featuring David Lorenz Winston

 

In Absentia, photograph by David Winston

“In Absentia,” photograph by David Winston

David Lorenz Winston, an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer, is showing his new work at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center starting August 4th.  Based in Talent, Oregon he is widely known for his winter landscapes. However, he is equally at home reflecting on the human condition and uncovering surprises in the ordinary. He brings a unique way of seeing to his work expressed through humor, irony, timing and mystery.

His current images reveal further explorations into the simple designs that can be found everywhere, but go largely unnoticed.

 

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Ashland Gallery Association July 2017 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association July 2017 Art Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, July 7th from 5 to 8 pm!

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

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

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

Ashland Gallery Association July 2017 Spotlight Exhibits

 

Ashland Art Center

Featured Upstairs Artist:  Melody Blore  

Painting by Melody Blore

Painting by Melody Blore

“The Art of Flowers”

Melody is from Southern California and had a flower shop for years called Melody’s Garden.  After moving to Jacksonville she opened A French Boutique, a shop filled with fashion, hats and jewelry and French inspired treats for your home. She now seeks to compile all her colorful interests into her Art.

Featured Gallery Artist: Denise Kester, Original Art Books and Mixed Media

Denise will be featuring her handmade original art books made from monoprints and paste paper with blank paper on the inside as well as her mixed media monoprints with bees wax and handmade paper.

Featured Musicians: Tradewinds  

Photographers’ Gallery

Ocean Falls, study number 1, photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Ocean Falls, study #1, photograph by Darcie Sternenberg

Featuring photography by Darcie Sternenberg

“Ocean Falls”

Darcie Sternenberg specializes in black and white imagery and she is presenting a new show called Ocean Falls at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center during the 1st Friday Art Walk on July 7th.

Ocean Falls was created during a storm at Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast.  Every click of the shutter brought forth an entirely new and unexpected relationship between water and rock as each new wave pounded the shore.  In searching for more intimate scenes, small waterfalls were found, present for a second at a time and then gone.

 

Houston’s Custom Framing

Landscape on Canvas by Thomas Houston

Landscape on Canvas by Thomas Houston

Celebrates 1st and 22nd anniversaries!

July marks our 22nd anniversary of being in business here in Ashland and our first anniversary in our awesome new space!

We will be featuring works by our stable of artists including Thomas Houston, Margie Mee/Michael Bianca, Stephen McMillan, Yugi Hiratsuka, Erin Lee-Gafill and Sean Bagshaw.

If you haven’t been in to see our new space yet please stop by and we’ll give you a tour as we have a much bigger working space, gallery and upstairs image scanning and printing workshop…and you can park right out in front!

We hope to see you!

 

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

Heaven's Balcony, by Ron DiCianni

“Heaven’s Balcony” by Ron DiCianni

Words in Red – Masterpiece 2017/2018 West Coast/Southwest tour

“Best exhibit to come to Eugene this year”, “Compelling”, “Moving”. “Words in Red – the Direct, Uncensored, Provocative Words of Jesus” is Masterpiece’s 2017/2018 traveling exhibit on its 7 city West Coast/Southwest tour. In Ashland July 1 – 23rd this visual plethora of compelling artistically rendered scenes by nationally recognized art legends Michael Dudash, Frank Ordaz, Chris Hopkins, Glenn Harrington, Mick McGinty, Ron DiCianni, Dan Chen and more. Stroll through Nicodemus at Night, The Woman at the Well, Healing of the Blind Beggar, The Woman Caught in Adultery, the demise of the demon-possessed pigs, the resurrected Christ on the shore of Galilee.   Experience the cinematic sounds of the Words in Red music score, “Sanctus” by composer Willem van Wyk .   Plus Rogue Valley artists Austin Maloney, Veronica Thomas, Cathy Gallatin,  Debby Fisher and Sandy Cathcart.  

For this show only Masterpiece moves to Rogue Coworks on the corner of E. Main and 64 N. Pioneer (In The Ganiard Opera House across from the Black Swan).

 Celebrate at the opening reception with us Saturday, July 1st at 7:00 pm ( $7 at the door/reception) .    Open Daily   11 a.m. – 7 p.m.    Sun. noon – 6.   Regular admission is free.   Group tours available. Call 541. 601.7496.

Ashland Gallery Association June 2017 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association June 2017 Art Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, June 2nd from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries and take in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with spectacular 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 Spotlight Exhibits

June 2017

Oak Leaf Studio

Leif Trygg, Zabriski Point Death Valley, June 2017 retrospective at Oak Leaf Studio, Ashland, OR

Leif Trygg, “Zabriski Point Death Valley,” acrylic on canvas, 1971

Five Decade Retrospective

For the month of June Oak Leaf Studio is hosting a retrospective of the work of Ashland artist Leif Trygg. In a nod to the past, the show features drawings, paintings and mixed media created since 1966 until today. Known for his landscapes of Ashland and Southern Oregon, Leif Trygg began his career as a graphic artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started and ran an advertising design firm that thrived helping high tech startups in the Silicon Valley area.

He later worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for several technology companies as well as retailers. Since moving to Ashland in 2006, Leif has focused on creating his own fine art. In 2014 he opened Oak Leaf Studio as a place to produce art as well as showcase it.

In a nod to the future, on First Friday, June 2, from 5pm to 8pm, Oak Leaf Studio is proud to host Nan’s Raw Goods, our partner during A Taste of Ashland. Nan produces raw, vegan, gluten-free food that is incredibly flavorful. Our personal favorites are the White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffles and the Orange Ginger Glazed Donut Holies. Other popular flavors include Raspberry Pepperonis, Oh Snap! Ginger Balls! and Lime & Coconut Macaroonies. To learn more, go to nansrawgoods.com.

Oak Leaf Studio is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11am to 3pm. The Studio is located behind the 1908 garage at the end of a long brick driveway at 247 Oak Street, between the Hanson Howard gallery and Ashland Art Works.

 

Hanson Howard Gallery

JOHN & ROBIN GUMAELIUS, sculpture & ROBERT SCHLEGEL, paintings

Image caption: Robert Schlegel, River Houses, acrylic on canvas

Robert Schlegel, “River Houses,” acrylic on canvas

This June we will be featuring the work of collaborative sculptors, Robin & John Gumaelius and painter, Robert Schlegel.

John & Robin Gumaelius create ceramic and mixed media assemblage sculptures, which stretch the bounds of imaginative figures, embracing the theatrical and whimsical. Robert Schlegel combines strong lines and structure, with bold color in his paintings which often include  dwellings and birds. Join us for an artist reception on First Friday, June 2nd 5-8 p.m. Show runs June 1st- July 4th.

Robin and John Gumaelius, collaborating artists and husband and wife, create animated human and birdlike sculptures. They combine ceramic, steel and wood as they form highly inventive sculptures that are often comical or bizarre.

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.

 

Ashland Art Works

In Full Bloom” – Suzanne Etienne, paintings & Cheryl Kempner, clay and metal

Crazy Birds by Cheryl Kempner, June 2017 exhibit at Ashland Art Works, Ashland, OR

Crazy Birds, ceramics by Cheryl Kempner

Suzanne is known for her vibrant and colorful paintings of summer cottages, vistas, farms, fowl, or woodland creatures. In this June’s gallery show, “In Full Bloom,” Etienne will showcase the beguiling beauty of flowers, in vases, teapots or gardens, incorporating bold patterns, fabrics, and wallpapers – All bringing humor and joy to her work!

Cheryl has hand-built fun clay flowers that can hang on walls inside or outdoors.  Each piece has been fired in the kiln to over 2000 degrees.  She has also been exploring cutting metal with a plasma torch.  Both clay and metal flowers have been incorporated into rusted steel art pieces for the garden.  Of course, Cheryl’s “Crazy Birds and Friends” will add whimsy and bright colors to this show.

Please visit Ashland Art Works and delight in the unique work of fourteen local artists.  Stroll through our 5 galleries on the property and see woodworking, functional clay, wire sculpture, assemblage, paintings, woven textiles, garden art, silks, photography, jewelry, cards and more.

 

Photographers’ Gallery

Eyes of the Wild, featuring Dan Elster

Photograph by Dan Elster

Photograph by Dan Elster

Dan Elster, a local wildlife photographer and new member of The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center is the featured artist in June and showing images of raptors.

Dan Elster was born in Chicago. In his old life, he was the manager of his brother’s food distribution business on the west side of Chicago. Several years ago, Dan and his wife, Patty took a leap of faith … they quit their jobs, sold their home and hit the road. Patty took a job as a travel nurse, while Dan pursued a dream career in wildlife photography.

Dan’s subjects are completely wild (no captive or “staged” shots) and it’s important to him that people know that. There is something different about wild creatures; you can see it in their eyes – to them, every day is a struggle, just to survive.

Dan hopes you can see and feel the wild in these photographs. The hawk’s eye is being protected by its nictitating membrane (a secondary, translucent eyelid that does not affect the hawks vision).  Great horned owl’s eyes are proportionally amongst the largest of any terrestrial creatures on earth.  Eyesight is critical for the survival of both.

Ashland Gallery Association's May 2017 Spotlight Exhibits

Bruce Bayard: Video Projections

Bruce Bayard continues his exploration into time-based imagery with video collages created for installations and performances. The video compositing process he uses is similar to that of the Photoshop process used in all his still images, interjecting stressed surfaces and multiple layers of interacting images. The resulting video clips are further combined in a program that randomly selects and runs portions of the clips in constantly changing sequence.

This batch of work contrasts trains, airplanes, forests and calm water surfaces. No soundtrack exists for the videos, but are created improvisationally in the moment using a Buchla Music Easel, and additional modular electronic sound sources.

During the First Friday Artwalk the projections will run continuously, with a combination of pre-recorded and improvisational soundscapes.

Bruce Bayard Boatman
Image caption: “Airplane,” video still by Bruce Bayard

Ashland Art Works

Michael Gibson’s Paintings 

This month Ashland Art Works features new work by Michael Gibson: Surrealistic “Winescapes” with homage to Dali and Chirico. “I had fun with this series,” says Gibson. “I got into their heads, appreciating the originality of their compositions, use of color and love of life.

Michael’s style is unique and at the same time inspired by works of post-impressionist artists. He received his BFA from Houston Museum of Fine Arts and has worked as a designer, art director, and taught life drawing, illustration, painting, graphic design and photography at Art Institute of Houston and the Art Institute of Seattle.

5 GALLERIES AND THE SCULPTURE GARDEN:

As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts.

  • AAW is home to these outstanding local artists…
  • Elin Babcock’s assemblage, jewelry, & paintings
  • Marydee Bombick’s functional and garden pottery
  • Suzanne Etienne’s joyful paintings
  • Michael Gibson’s painting in post impressionists’ style
  • Cheryl Kempner’s jewelry, garden art & Crazy Clay Birds
  • Claudia Law’s textile creations
  • Daniel Loch’s photography
  • Bonnie Morgan’s decorative and functional pottery
  • George Popa’s dimensional wire sculptures
  • Lorene Senesac’s raku sculpture & wall reliefs
  • Connie Simonsen’s handpainted silk scarves
  • Angelique Stewarts functional and stylish weavings
  • John Weston’s fine woodwork & cutting boards

Surrealistic Winescapes

Image caption: “Surrealistic Winescapes” by Michael Gibson

American Trails

Alebrije or Animalistas

In May, American Trails Gallery we will be featuring the woodcarving folk art out of Oaxaca, Mexico. Fanciful carvings called alebrije or were first done by artist Pedro Linares Lopez in Mexico City in the 1930’s. He made elaborate piñata’s, carnival masks and religious figures out of paper mache and cardboard. This caught the attention of prominent gallery owners who began to market the pieces. Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo began commissioning the fanciful alebrijes, which means monsters. Linares returned to Arrazola in Oaxaca and began sharing his designs with fellow artisans. Manuel Jimenez Ramirez was the first to carve the colorful creatures out of copal wood in the 1970’s. The art form exploded in the 1980’s with folk art galleries in the US becoming more and more interested. Today, there are three main villages that the carvers reside; Arrazola, the pueblo of Manuel, San Martin Tilcajete, and La Union Tejalapam. We are proud to have over 80 families represented in our gallery.

American Trails Gallery proudly features the art and crafts of the indigenous peoples of the America’s. Weavings from the Navajo’s and Zapotec’s, carvings from the Hopi, Zuni, Haida, Kwakiutl, Inuit and Oaxaca, ceramics from many of the pueblos in the Southwest, Acoma, San Ildefonso, Zuni, Cochiti and the Mata Ortiz of Mexico, handmade historic and contemporary jewelry from the Pueblos, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Navajos as well as from Taxco. The largest selection of Historic Basketry in the Pacific Northwest including Pomo, Maidu, Hoopa, Karok, Wintun, Shasta, Modoc and many more. We also feature Regional artists depicting the Wildlife and Landscapes of the area. When you purchase a gift from American Trails you are helping to support hundreds of families who are working hard to keep the traditional Arts and Crafts of their communities alive and well.

The American Trails Gallery which for 23 years was located at 250 East Main Street on the Plaza in Ashland is being reopened at a new location 250 East Main street.

Open 10 am to 6 pm everyday excluding holidays

“Animalistas” woodcarving folk art

Image caption: “Animalistas” woodcarving folk art

Hanson Howard Gallery

Wataru Sugiyama & Lewis Anderson, ceramic sculptures & digital photography

The influence of the aesthetics and imagery of Asian art will be strong in our May exhibition.  Wataru Sugiyama slyly infuses a contemporary charm and, at times, humor into what we recognize as traditional Japanese motifs in his ceramic sculptures.  Lewis Anderson digitally blends photographs of the Pacific Northwest into landscapes that exist in a world of his own invention but have distinctive undercurrents of traditional woodblock landscapes.  Large in scale, at times up to 80” wide, these landscapes have the ability to draw you in and hold you. Show runs May 4th-30th.  Join us for an artist reception on First Friday, May 5th, 5-8 p.m.

Wataru Sugiyama has cultivated an appreciative audience for the Haniwa type imagery in his sculpture. Elements of Japanese history and mythology are almost the exclusive focus of Wataru’s creations.  He interprets imaginary and existing objects and gives them a modern twist by bringing his personal vision to these subjects.  His sculptures are truly inspirational, have a powerful presence, sense of humor, and make a strong impression on his viewers.  Besides historical elements, extremely fine detail and exquisite facial expressions are featured on his sculptures.

Lewis Anderson accurately describes his art as being somewhere between photography and painting, somewhere between East and West, somewhere between contemporary and ancient. The images invite the viewer to explore quiet moments in diverse landscapes full of light and shadow and symbology.  An ancient river winds through tall foreign mountains, full of soft golden light and blue fog. A single silhouetted figure in a small boat appears to be slowly rowing into the unknown in one of the three scroll-like panels of Boatman. This timeless image, like the others in Lewis Anderson’s Dynasty collection, emanates a strong sense of peace, solitude and mystery.

Boatman by Lewis Anderson

Image caption: “Boatman,” digital print on aluminum by Lewis Anderson

First Friday Art Walk in Ashland- April 2017

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits – April 2017

Art and Soul Gallery

“The Wanderer” Oil Paintings by Diana Wright

Grab your keys and go….from a San Francisco luncheon to sun-drenched Cayucos and then to a cool, mist filled day in Bandon, Oregon, I have marveled at the endless beauty of the world.  The landscape renews us, brings us joy and hope in a time filled with anxious thoughts and feelings.  Yes, we are sorrowful at the shrinking of the natural world.  We stagger at the perils of over civilization, pollution, global warming, the shrinking of animal habitats, the acidification of the oceans, (to name a few), as they loom over our lives in an endless stream of fear.  However, the joy of creating seems to transcend my fear.  As I paint, I am in prayerful reverence for nature and I hope to communicate love, joy, and transcendent hope.

 

Shepherds Dream

“Grape Expectations” Watercolor paintings by Kay Myer

For artist Kay Myer, watercolors have always been her creative source, allowing her to explore the endless possibilities this medium allows. Passionate about the colorful, loose, interpretive styling her brushstrokes achieve, “Grape Expectations,” showcases her vivid watercolor images.

As an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Kay has also won recognition in international art challenges and been taught by world famous watercolorist, Jean Haines.

Kay was born in Denmark and adopted by an American couple and lived her earlier years in Blodget and now the Rogue Valley, Oregon.

She is joined by the Mt. Shasta Artist/Singer/Songwriter, Joshua Jerue on guitar, toffee treats, together with additional surprises.  Join in on the fun, and register for our free monthly drawing.   For more information, see our event’s page and Kay Myer’s listings on Facebook, or call: 541-941-0855.

 

 

Gallerie Karon

Artist as Poet

Who knew that so many artists are also poets (and the other way around!)? This month’s show at Gallerie Karon has more than 10 artist/poets!

We’ll feature Steve Dieffenbacher’s sketchbooks from his trail walks and new photographs paired with his poetry. Johan Bernstein will show his fantastic photographs from their recent trip to Jerusalem. Rebecca Gabriel will show her lovely portraits.  Both artists will incorporate new poetry.  Liz Shepherd presents new Sumi-e ink drawings with her own poems and translations of Zen poetry.

Of course there will be poetry books in our new poetry corner you can purchase and have signed.

“Summer Lake Darkness” photograph by Steve Dieffenbacher

 

Photographers’ Gallery (Ashland Art Center)

“Streets” Featuring Leonard Lee

Leonard Lea is a local Ashland photographer who loves to travel and visits locations away from the beaten path.  His show, Streets, opens April 7th during the First Friday Art Walk at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center.  

Streets captures spontaneous images of local people and happenings in the streets of their own Mexican town or village. Leonard shows us a fleeting, un-posed glimpse into everyday life. A world traveler, recent trips have taken him to Japan, France, Italy, Switzerland, England, Wales, and Scotland, as well as Mexico.

The image, “Flower Girl” was taken on a recent trip to Ajijic, Mexico. Please join Leonard, a member of The Photographers Gallery, located in the Ashland Art Center during First Friday Art Walk on April 7, 2017.

Featured Musician: Martin Ball, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Martin Ball is a local Ashland-based musician, performer and multi-instrumentalist who is active both as a solo artist and as the musical half of the duo, Fractal Love Jam, with his wife and vocalist, Jessalynn Jones.

“Flower Girl” photograph by Leonard Lee

Ashland Gallery Association

 Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 7th, from 5 to 8 pm!  

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

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

 “Spotlight Exhibits” and April Gallery Tour Map:

“Spotlight Exhibits” and April Gallery Tour Map:

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Ashland Gallery Association March 2017 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association – March Spotlight Exhibits

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Ashland Art Center

Upstairs Featured Artists: Susanne Petermann & Darlene Southworth Techno-color

With watercolor and collage, Susanne Petermann and Darlene Southworth create landscapes not visible to the unaided eye: parts hidden inside machines and computers, interiors of plants and animals, and outer space.  Thus the images appear abstract though they are actually representational

Featured Photographer: Julie Bonney Delicate Beauty

Julie Bonney is a widely traveled local photographer who will be sharing a selection from her recent work, “Delicate Beauty” during March.  Favorite photography subjects for many are flowers.  They speak the language of the heart touching us in ways that open us to the natural world.  However, the challenge is to showcase them in ways that are less common and create a desire in the viewer to stop and take them in.  Photography workshops can be a source of inspiration when things feel stagnant.  To learn some new techniques, Julie participated in a flower photography workshop last September.  Using tulle, lace, optic choices, shallow depth of field, multiple exposures and more unusual angles of perspective she immersed herself in the joy of rekindling her love of floral photography.

Featured Musician: Iconoplasty

Iconoplasty is a complex stew of electronic beats, surf guitar riffs, ambient noise and appropriated pop choruses, all courtesy of multi-instrumentalist, Josh Gross.

“Hibiscus,” photograph by Julie Bonney

“Hibiscus,” photograph by Julie Bonney

AGA Annual Student Art Show

March First Friday will have a very special added attraction when the Ashland Gallery Association celebrates student art.  Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, galleries and businesses will feature works by budding young student artists from the Art Department of Ashland High School.

During the First Friday Art Walk, and throughout the month of March, visitors to AGA galleries will be inspired by the creativity and uniqueness of the art made by these young artists. There will be paintings, drawings, mixed media, and special jewelry pieces, as well as photography on display.

Participating galleries include: Art & Soul Gallery, Ashland Art Works, Ashland Natural Medicine, Hanson Howard Gallery, Nimbus, Studio AB, Liquid Assets Wine Bar, Summit+Fields, as well as The Web-sters.

These galleries will host the following local high school students: Nicole Sagal, Kyra Smith, Mayla Sumner, Cross Harris, Nicholas Morris, Lillian Ljungkvist, Eamon Morris, Charlie Burr, Sonora Jessup, Felix Knowlton, Eva Berg, Cora Stonewood, JD Miller, Salus True, Lyric Sylvan, Lukail Reece-Sullivan, Mina DeVore, Enya Cochran, Tatiana Cegin-Wagner, Cedar Taulbee, Izzy Duval, Adriana Bohn, Ayla Prusko, Jasmine Risser, Rachel Porter, Merlin Skye, and Calin Grimm.

All are invited and the community is encouraged to support these emerging artists by visiting the galleries. View and download the March Art Walk map at:

www.ashlandgalleries.com

2016 Student Show artist, Sophie Birch-Bridges

2016 Student Show artist, Sophie Birch-Bridges

Schneider Museum of Art

Trolley Fun, Exhibitions, Student Open Studios, and Book Reading this First Friday

This upcoming First Friday, March 3, ride the Allaboard Trolley to visit downtown galleries and the art happenings at Southern Oregon University. Exhibitions can be viewed in the Schneider Museum of Art Museum, the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) Galleries, and the Fine Art students’ Private Open Studios until 8:00 PM. The Museum is hosting a book reading by local author Michael Neimann at 5:00 PM.

University parking behind the Museum will be made available to the public starting at 4:00 PM. The Allaboard Trolley will shuttle patrons to and from the Museum to the downtown Ashland area between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM – a generous amount of time to visit the Museum, the student studios and Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) Galleries, and then visit your favorite Ashland galleries, studios, restaurants and more. There will be three stops on the Trolley route, the Schneider Museum of Art, A Street between 5th and 6th Streets, and the Plaza by the Fountains. Wine will be generously poured within the Museum and the hours will be extended until 8:00 PM.

 

At 5:00 PM, local author Michael Niemann will read from his latest thriller, Illicit Trade. Neimann grew up in a small town in Germany, seven miles from the Dutch border. Crossing that border often at a young age sparked in him a curiosity about the larger world. He studied political science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität and international studies at the University of Denver. During his academic career, he focused on Southern Africa and frequently spent time in the region. After taking fiction writing courses from his colleagues at Trinity College, he embarked on a different way to write about the world. He currently teaches in the International Studies Program at SOU.

On view at the Schneider Museum of Art is Shapes of Curiosity, the SOU Creative Arts Faculty Exhibition curated by Kelly Worman to complement the Southern Oregon University Center for the Humanities 2016-2017 Campus Theme. Featured Southern Oregon University Creative Arts faculty artists include: David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Garrick Imatani, Miles Inada, Kyle Peets, Max Reinhardt, Margaret L. Sjogren, Robin Strangfeld, and Summer Ventis.

Roll With Us! Allaboard Trolley

Allaboard Trolley

Coming April 29th & 30th!

A Taste of Ashland 

Celebrating its twenty-eighth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event, A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th, from noon to 4p.m. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines while enjoying the local visual arts.

AllAboard Trolley will offer rides to all galleries, but most are within walking distance.  Tickets are limited to ensure the event is not over crowded.

For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2017 visit: atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178

Ashland Gallery Association February 2017 Art Exhibits

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Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts and visit the Ashland Gallery Association February 2017 Art Exhibits during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, February 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries and take in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free year-round  community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website to tour the Ashland Gallery Association February 2017 Art Exhibits. For more information about all of the exhibits please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com

 

Ashland Gallery Association February Spotlight Exhibits

Shepherd’s Dream
The Flock

Ashland Gallery Association February 2017 Art Exhibits: 'Spring with Lambs' by Suzanne Etienne

“Spring with Lambs” by Suzanne Etienne

Ashland artist Suzanne Etienne and her student “flock” will charm us with their depictions of adorable woolen creatures.  Suzanne Etienne is best known for her vivid, impressionistic paintings of the American countryside, farm animals, European street scenes and stunning still life florals.  Participating artists from her weekly painting class include: Bette Haberlach, Dottie Palamara, Sally Davies, Joyce Feigner, Susan Pottish, Lilywood, Linda Croft, Mary Hoskins, Jody Palzer and Mindy Carpenter.  Music, refreshments and visual treats await you.

Gallerie Karon
East Meets East

Gallerie Karon celebrates The Year of the Rooster!  Come shop the exotic
Bazaars of the Eastern World: art, antiques, iconic figures, furniture and jewelry. Countries represented include Japan, China, Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal and more. Clothing from many countries will be featured, including handmade scarves and jackets by Diane Lea, constructed from antique kimono fabrics, as well as her collages.
On First Friday, February 3rd, Zahara and her musicians will perform from 5:30 to 7pm.
Join us in celebrating the Year of the Rooster!

Hanson Howard Gallery
Betty LaDuke: Border Crossings & Bountiful Harvest

Ashland Gallery Association February 2017 Art Exhibits: 'Migrant Dreams 2,' acrylic on wood panel, Betty LaDuke

“Migrant Dreams 2,”acrylic on wood panel, Betty LaDuke

Betty LaDuke’s 65-year career as an artist has spanned continents focusing on concerns of the human condition. Informed and inspired by Mexican muralists, LaDuke’s panels stand on their own in style and purpose. While often speaking to the trials that humans face, there is also a celebration of spirit present in each large, vibrantly painted panel.

February’s exhibition at Hanson Howard Gallery will include giclee prints from the original panels of Betty LaDuke’s series, “Bountiful Harvest” as well as a current series titled “Border Crossings” and beginning sketches of a new project underway concerning the water protectors at Standing Rock, which will all be available for purchase. We will also have several new original panels from “Border Crossings” on view but not available for purchase at this time.
Beginning by spending time sketching activities on the local farms, the panels of Bountiful Harvest, From Land to Table illustrate and celebrate the workers who plant, tend and harvest our food here in the Rogue Valley.

Border Crossings is a symbolic portrayal of the emotional anguish experienced by mothers, children and families as they desperately seek refuge from violence, hunger and despair. In these panels mothers both embrace their children and let go, as the future of their sons and daughters is uncertain. But the mothers continue to hope for better life opportunities for their children.

Join us for an artist’s reception Friday, February 3rd from 5-8 p.m.

Art and Soul Gallery
“Journeys of the Heart”- Paintings by John Lambie

Ashland Gallery Association February 2017 Art Exhibits: Lambie, 'Contemplating the Universe' at ARt and Soul Gallery, Ashland, OR

“Contemplating the Universe,” painting by John Lambie

“This showing represents the last 4 years of my journey into painting. The subject of my paintings are varied and include landscapes (such as Highland Sunset, Big Moon Over Skye, Camo Aspen, or Dessert Heat), personal experiences such as my responses to my son’s passing during this time (Contemplating the Universe, and Passing Over), and abstracts that capture emotional responses as well (Tiffany Glass, Father and Son, Crystal Cave).
“In this art form, emotion is expressed by me through the use of deep and dramatic color. As with my life, my journey focuses on the positive, and dwells in hope, even in a piece entitled Scar Tissue. My goal is for each viewer to experience an emotional response of their own. Of course, the secondary goal of all artists, is for the viewer to want to have that emotional response every time they view the painting in their own home.”