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February 2016 AGA Gallery Exhibits

 February 2016 AGA Gallery Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, February 5th,  5 to 8 pm!

An Ashland First Friday Art Walk is an eclectic mix of visual delights. Stroll the galleries uptown, downtown and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free 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 from our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

Ashland Gallery Association
February Spotlight Exhibits

Exhibit Openings, First Friday February 5th from 5 to 8 PM

Hanson Howard Gallery

Betty LaDuke – Bountiful Harvest- paintings, prints and book launch
Christian Burchard- wood sculpture

Betty LaDuke and Christian Burchard are both Ashland artists that have established international recognition for their accomplished careers in contemporary fine art in America. Christian Burchard skillfully manipulates green wood while allowing it to change organically in the drying process. The result is beautiful interaction of the nature of material and the intimate knowledge he’s gained through experimentation.

Betty LaDuke will be launching her new book, Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table, featuring stories from Southern Oregon’s growers and farm workers along with her painted murals. Her large sculptural paintings and giclee prints will be featured and Betty will be available for book signing during the artists’ reception during the First Friday Art Walk on February 5th from 5-8 pm.

Oregon Flower Harvest, Betty LaDuke
In 2010 painter Betty LaDuke was invited to spend time with the men and women who harvest the orchards, vineyards, and farms in southern Oregon. Betty took to the field with her sketchpads and captured the spirit of each worker in her brilliant and vibrant wood painted panels. She also listened to their stories and the stories of small, organic farmers. Bountiful Harvest brings together the stories and paintings from the vibrant local food movement taking place in southern Oregon.*(White Cloud Press)
LaDuke, who has been painting since 1950, received a scholarship in 1953 to attend the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. While in Mexico she met muralists Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros whose work depicting laborers continues to influence her.

Songs of the Bones, Christian Burchard
Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1955, Christian Burchard has been living in the United States since 1978. Starting out as a furniture makers apprenticeship in Germany in the middle seventies, he studied sculpture and drawing at the Museum School in Boston then at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver BC.
In 1982 he opened a studio in Southern Oregon. His early focus was on furniture and interiors, but gradually shifted to woodturning and sculpture, moving between vessel oriented forms and sculptural turning. His work has been included in most of the major turning related exhibits of the last twenty something years and is exhibited widely throughout the US. His pieces are part of many public and private collections. His current work includes wall sculptures and freestanding sculptural objects. He is also sought after as a teacher and demonstrator at craft schools, conferences and related turning events. He currently resides with his wife at the outskirts of Ashland, Oregon.

Art and Soul
“Unique Perspectives in Art” works by Rogue Women

Red Umbrella, by Judy Richardson

Red Umbrella, by Judy Richardson

Rogue Women is a group of professional artists from N. California and the Rogue Valley. Our mediums range from painting, to mosaics, collage, printmaking, photography and beyond. This show is an opportunity to meet the artists and see a varied collection of breadth and depth. Exhibiting artists:  Julie Young, Veronica Thomas, Karen Rycheck, Judy Richardson, Melinda Whipplesmith Plank, Barbara Orson, Kara Quinn Lewis, Pamela Haunschild, Lori Garfield, Dana Feagin and Claire Duncan.

Please join us for our opening reception on First Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5-8.

Ashland Artworks
Love is in the Air

Heart, by Cheryl Kempner

Ceramic Heart by Cheryl Kempner

There will be a variety of HEARTS available at the gallery in February… as well as new art by fourteen artists.

You’ll find items like this hand-built clay heart by Cheryl Kempner.  This ceramic piece has been impressed with antique lace, highlighted with a black wash and then glazed.  Four jewelry artists – Elin, Cheryl, Annette, and Lorene – will have wonderful items for your sweetheart.
Plus, we’ll just be back from resting and rejuvenating in January. Come meet the artists and see what we’ve been up to!

The Photographers’ Gallery
Julie Bonney: An Exploration of Black and White  

Julie departs from her usual work in color to explore the world of Black and White photography.  She recently took a class in Black and White Photography and loves how the subtleties of a subject could be drawn out using these techniques.  By removing color, one is left with a photograph that allows the space for the viewer to take in the nuanced play of light and the shapes and textures of the subject.  Come take a deeper look with Julie as she explores flowers and simple landscapes created using the timeless technique of Black and White.

New AGA Associate Member!

She Dreams of Bears, by Pegi Smith

She Dreams of Bears, acrylic painting by Pegi Smith

Shepherd’s Dream
“Dreams” acrylic paintings by Pegi Smith

Pegi Smith, contemporary acrylic artist, is joined by Greta Gardiner performing originals on acoustic guitar for the opening “Dreams” exhibition, at Shepherd’s Dream, 629 A Street, Ashland.

Join us for an artist reception during the First Friday Art Walk, February 5th, from 5-8pm.


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