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Mexico Artist’s Ceramic Mural Class & School Tour

We’d nearly exhausted our visiting Mexican artist and friend, Efren Gonzalez, with touring him around Southern Oregon, and finally mid-week, we delivered him to his Ashland home stay family. He’d be closer now to be able to teach his upcoming Ceramic …

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Showcasing Oregon's Beauty for Mexican Guest

Elaine's Mexican Artist Guest Efren Gonzalez at the Rogue Gorge

Of course, we had to show off to Efren, our visiting Mexican artist, the amazing beauty of Southern Oregon. First on the list, of course, is heading to Crater Lake. But some of our favorite spots are sprinkled along the route – so naturally, we stop th…

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Retreat Farewells & Fabulous Mexican Artist’s Arrival

A bittersweet morning as the final remaining “retreat” family diverges in different directions. Up with the glorious sunshine, we breakfast on the porch and chatter as we begin packing cars. Cookie identifies one more bird for us, a Black-throtted Spa…

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Workshop, Reception and Free Presentation by Efren Gonzalez at Ashland Art Center

Elaine Frenett discovered this master artist, Efren Gonzalez, in Mexico on a recent vacation. She has worked hard to bring him to Southern Oregon, and has made arrangements for him to teach a workshop at Ashland Art Center on making magnificent ceramic murals in the ancient Mayan tradition. Meet Mr. Gonzalez at a Meet & Greet reception scheduled for September 23, just before the workshop begins.

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Mexican Artist Efren Gonzalez Visits Ashland Art Center

Ceramic Clay Mural Mexico

Efren Gonzalez with Ceramic Mural

Ashland Art Center is so excited to bring International Artist Efren Gonzalez to Southern Oregon for a visit and round of workshops in September!

Efren Gonzalez lives on Lake Chapala in the town of Ajijic, a picturesque fishing village near Guadalajara. He enthusiastically engages visitors and locals in the Efren Gonzalez Cultural Center, a gallery, frame shop, ceramics studio, and classroom, where he mentors both adults and children. His work includes painted murals, watercolor and oil paintings, and a recently developed, incredible, three-dimensional clay mural technique.

Efren Gonzalez – Ceramic Mural

These clay murals were inspired by ancient Mayan traditions, although the method and outcome is completely Efren’s invention. The murals, which measure about 8 feet high and can be as much as 18 feet wide, are made in sections, then fired and assembled at the installation site. Although the

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