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Announcement from Ashland Art Center Executive Director Denise Baxter

I have been given a wonderful opportunity to visit the town of Sayulita, Mexico. Two of my dear friends have built an amazing and artistic Villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They have gifted me a trip to experience this unique work of art named Villa Poema De Amor – Villa Love Poem. Tomorrow morning, Wednesday September 4th at 6:30am I will begin my travels to Mexico.

Longtime Ashlanders Zan Nix and Lloyd Haines created Villa Poema De Amore together. It is a beautiful example of craftsmanship filled with art from the local artisans. I plan to learn all that I can about its creation and the town it resides in.

Please follow me on Facebook as I get to explore Villa Poema De Amor and Sayulita. I will be posting throughout the day during my stay and hope to share my findings with you. I cannot wait to see what

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New Artist Opportunities from CaFE™ Calls to Artists

Check out these updated and new calls to artists in a huge range of media, genre and other specialties, including fashion photography, sculpture, art by women, public/installation art, nude figures, outdoor photography, and artist residency in Mexico, and much more! List has been edited to reflect only those opportunities for which Oregon artists will be eligible.

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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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