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February 2020 Ashland First Friday ArtWalk

Join us for the February 2020 Ashland First Friday ArtWalk festivities!  

Ashland Gallery Association Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday ArtWalk, February 7th from 5 to 8 pm

The Ashland First Friday ArtWalk is an amazing way to explore the artists of southern Oregon and the city of Ashland at the same time! 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 February Ashland First Friday ArtWalk map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

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Please see the “Spotlight Exhibits” and a downloadable February Gallery Tour Map below.

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

February Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Center

Acrylic, Mixed Media and more…
Featured Studio Artist:  Gayle Erbe-Hamlin
Show:  Communion with the Cave

 Lucille Burke, acrylic painting

Lucille Burke, acrylic painting

Somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago, our ancestors went deep into caves and began leaving their marks on the walls and painting extraordinary images of animals. The why will always remain mysterious as they left no written explanation. We remain only to conjecture and be amazed. This show is a reflection of my communion with those people and the expressions and impressions they left behind. A question to ponder is: when the 6th Extinction is over who will remain and what will they paint on the walls of the cave.

Featured Gallery Artist:  Lucille Burke
Show:  Visiting France

We often go to Paris to visit my sister-in-law.  When there we make day trips to the countryside.  These acrylic paintings on canvas are of sights that appealed to me.

Featured Photographer:
Kate Geary
Show: Into the Woods

Kate Geary’s new show, “In the Woods”, opens on Friday, January 3, 2020, at The Photographer’s Gallery at the Ashland Art Center and runs through the end of February. Kate’s focus in this show is on the amazing beauty and even humor in the small details of the natural world in the forest. So often the small is obscured by the magnificence of the scene, the towering redwood or roaring waterfall. To pause, to look downward and notice the patterns in decaying bark, the sensuous texture of exposed wood,. the beauty of seed pods lying in verdant ground cover, reflections of fall color in a meandering stream, brings a new appreciation to the beauty of detail.

Musical Guests:  Jennifer Davis and Jim Abdo

Hanson Howard Gallery
Betty LaDuke :: Original Paintings from the Archives

 Betty LaDuke, Chile: Homage to the Disappeared

Betty LaDuke, “Chile: Homage to the Disappeared”

Betty LaDuke’s six decade 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 painting.

In February we have rarely available original paintings created during LaDuke’s mid career era whilst visiting South America and Africa. We are excited to make these available to the public.

Opening Reception: February 7th, 5-8 pm.
Show runs February 5th – March 2nd

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Art & Soul Gallery
The Language of Trees – Featuring the Art & Soul Gallery Artists

Pam Haunschild, The Language of Trees, mixed water media

Pam Haunschild, “The Language of Trees,” mixed water media

In February 2020 the Art & Soul Gallery features all 27 of our member artists who have each created a mini-masterpiece inspired by the majesty and grandeur of a tree.  The gallery’s First Friday event also features wine, light refreshments and live music by Sidewalk Café. The show will be on display from February 4 – March 1.

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir

Trees are very special mystical beings; almost as diverse as the artists of the Art & Soul Gallery.  How does an artist who only paints the human form paint a tree?  How does an abstract artist paint a tree?  How does anyone try to capture the grandeur and majesty of a tree on a 9” x 12” canvas?

Come to the Art & Soul Gallery in February to find the answers to these questions and maybe even a few more …

Live Music by “Sidewalk Café” – The trio comprised of Beth Martin, violinist and singer, Craig Martin, guitarist, and Todd Ragland, fretless bassist plays a fun selection of swing, Gypsy jazz and bossa nova.

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Spativa Wellness Boutique
Featuring local photography, artisanal jewelry, glass art, and textiles

February AShland First Friday ArtWalk : Artisanal jewelry, Spativa Wellness Boutique

Artisanal jewelry, Spativa Wellness Boutique

Unwind with us at Spativa Wellness Boutique, for First Friday Art Walk. Sample local CBD wellness products and enjoy local photography, artisanal jewelry, glass art and textiles.

This evening we are offering sampling and education from two artisanal local companies:  Hater Proof Medicinals, and Rohlas. Hater Proof Medicinals blends Ayuevedic healing with CBD and creates nourishing products like CBD~Ayurvedic Vape Pens & Soaking Salts. They will be available all evening to answer your CBD & Vaping questions.

Locally sourced Rohlas full spectrum CBD smokes pairs cannabinoids found in hemp with unique herbal blends to make a truly medicinal smoke. They will be available to answer any questions you have regarding the different blends they’ve created.

Relax on the couch and decompress with art and healing at Spativa Wellness Boutique. Come and be your highest self.

260 N. First St. Right across the street from Ashland Co-Op

 

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