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Shop Local & Support Local Artists this Holiday Season!

December 3  – A big day for Artist Holiday Sales!

To give you a little help planning your itinerary for today, here’s a summary of the holiday sales events being held by local artists and gallery members of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource. You can also check our Art Event Calendar at to add them to your desktop or iPhone calendar. Remember that tonight is Ashland’s First Friday ArtWalk, and the galleries will be celebrating the season with a festive atmosphere and lots of artistic creations suitable for gift-giving!

1. Holiday Gift Bazaar: Featuring Local Artists Janet London, Jannie Ledard, Sherry Kronman, Diane Tibbitts, and Alx Fox

When: Sat, December 3, 10am – 5pm
Where: 291 Christopher Way, Talent, OR (map)
When: Dec. 3, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Where: Oak Valley Community (located off of I-5 at exit 21) 291 Christopher Way Talent, OR 541-535-5753 Featured Artists: Jannie Ledard, Alx Fox, Sherry Kronman, Janet London and Diane Tibbitts. Mosaic vases by Duane Sample will also be on hand for your consideration.


Sale items include jewelry, fabric art, collage boxes, cards, acrylic paintings, stained glass mandalas and more. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served. Mark your calenders for this fun event! Many unique and creative items to choose from.
For more information: Call Janet London, 541-608-9238, or e-mail [email protected]



2. Artist’s Studios Holiday Gift Fair at Ashland Art Center

When: Sat, December 3, 10am – 2pm
Where: Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon (map)
Description: Artist’s Studios Holiday Gift Fair at Ashland Art Center Support local artists with your holiday gift shopping – Enjoy refreshments, music and an Art Hunt while shopping for holiday gifts and fine art by 37 Ashland Art Center studio artists!
Find contact and location info here:

3. Browse and Buy at Charu’s Holiday Open Studio Fund Raiser!

When: Sat, December 3, 2pm – 6pm
Where: 1026 Henry St, Ashland, Oregon (map)
PHONE: 541-482-6319


*Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4* *2:00PM to 6:00PM * *Charu Colorado announces an Open Studio Art Sale for the Holidays!* to raise money for medical and dental bill obligations that are mounting beyond her Social Security ability to pay in this late time of her life, this well known and respected artist has decided she’s willing to part with some of her treasured and sought after artist books, hand-pulled monotypes and some of her acrylic Creation Series paintings and drawings. Charu will be donating a portion of all sales to benefit art education in Ashland public schools. This is a rare opportunity to purchase very collectible pieces to give as holiday gifts or to add to your own collection of treasured art finds!


*Every sale of $150 or more will receive a bonus gift* of one of Charu’s sketches from her sketch books of people, places and things. She is also offering a few complete sketch books, as well as a selection of her drawings, done in the 60s during an extended stay in Spain and Greece.


*Light up your Love of Art!* Come over to Charu’s Art studio, at 1026 Henry St, #6, on December 3rd and 4th from 2:00 to 6:00 PM to partake in her holiday OPEN STUDIO sale of paintings, drawings and other one of a kind special-created-pretty-crazy-wonderful things.


For this sale only, Charu’s art is discounted to less than half price, with many pieces under $25 and $50.

4. Art Exhibit: Illahe Studios & Gallery Third Annual Holiday Group Glass Show

When: Dec 2 – 23, 2011
Where: Illahe Studios and Gallery, Ashland, Oregon (map)
Description: Our December exhibit illuminates the gallery with the sparkle of the season as we showcase the glass art of five extraordinary artists!


Evie Ault expresses her fascination with color and the ability to create “functional art” in the form of multi-layered glass jars.


Steven Cornett shows his ever creative designs of hand blown glass lanterns, vases, and bowls.


Mike Korpa’s glass murals, characterized by various techniques of fusing and reverse layering, are designed to catch the viewer’s attention and desire for deeper inspection.


Garry Price displays his strikingly large scale platters in boldly textured fused and cast glass.


Patti Wessman’s recycled glass “Memory Pods” are hanging displays of little treasures encased in glass with an eastern art aesthetic.


Celebrate the festivities of the season with us during First Friday, December 2nd, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Roxy Ann Winery will pour tastes of their fabulous wine. Recession Candy Company will provide homemade toffee, along with beautifully designed gift boxed candy, just perfect for a holiday party hostess gift. Jeff Kloetzel will entertain us on the guitar. We hope you can join us! Show runs through December 23rd. The gallery will close for the holidays from December 24th through January 2nd.


Learn more about Illahe Studios & Gallery, find location and contact information in our listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource. Read more about this show in our post at Art Matters! here:


If you’re not venturing toward Ashland, but Medford instead on Saturday, be sure to include the Rogue Gallery and Art Center’s Spirit in Hand Holiday Boutique for more fabulous gift offerings created by local artists and artisans.

5. Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Now Through December 23, 2011

Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm
Third Friday, December 16 until 8:00pm

Enjoy one-of-a-kind handcrafted items made by regional artists and artisans for the home and office, as well as a fine selection of unique personal accessories. Find a beautiful selection of jewelry, dyed and woven scarves, felted journal covers and hats, art dolls, aromatherapy soaps; metal wine racks, pottery, sculpture, decorative glassware and small artworks, and dining accessories such as placemats, towels, and tea cozies.


For more info, call the Rogue Gallery & Art Center at 541-772-8118.


6. Also in Medford, Katharine Gracey’s “Circus, Circus” show is ongoing at the Medford Library.


7. In Jacksonville, Photographer Stephen Edwards will have exhibits at the GoodBean and Terra Firma, and the GoodBean also features 3 additional artists: Wynn Pederson, Katharine Gracey and Dawn Barnett through December. Each artist has additional work available in their studios, so direct your inquiries to Hannah West, art curator for the Good Bean, and we’ll arrange a private viewing for you! On the other end of Jacksonville, photographer Adam Bickel presents his work at the Pony Espresso, along with a 15% discount on all prices of work in the show and on his website,, in the spirit of the season.

When: Dec 1 – 31, 2011
Where: Pony Espresso, Jacksonville, Oregon (map)
Description: Please visit Pony Espresso in Jacksonville for local photographer Adam Bickel’s landscape photography exhibition. In celebration of Christmas, all reprints of Adam’s work in the show and at his website will be 15% off for December. The content of Adam’s show has been updated with a larger print of “Mill Creek Falls” and a new addition to the show of “Crater Lake in Panoramic.” Pony Espresso is located at 545 North 5th Street, on the right as you enter Jacksonville from Medford. Find web links and contact information for Adam in his listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource.


There is so much more going on around the beautiful Rogue Valley right now! We’ve noticed that many creative and artistic people and galleries who aren’t members of SOAR (yet!) and in other parts of the Valley (notably Grants Pass) are having similar holiday events with more wonderful items created by fabulous local talent, so wherever you are, be sure to support your local artists while shopping local and add even greater meaning to the gifts you’ll give this year!


In addition, there are many wonderful art-related charities and non-profit organizations who would benefit from your generosity this year. Please visit our brand-new Support the Arts page at SOAR to see how you can help support the many ways art is working to heal and enrich the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations in our communities:

Happy Holidays!

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