Ashland Gallery Association August Exhibits

Fall Splendor, Annette JulienCome out and celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, August 7th, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland 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 HERE. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

Pick up the complimentary 2015 Gallery Guide in member galleries or view online!

Dedication Ceremony for “Fall Splendor”

The city of Ashland Public Art Commission invites all to a First Friday dedication ceremony for a new addition to the public art landscape.  Local artist Annette Julien, and her metal and glass sculpture “Fall Splendor” will be honored in the Calle sculpture garden at 6pm on Friday August 7th.  The sculpture is located at the top of the stairs leading from Granite Street to Calle Guanajuato.  Since 1994, Ms. Julien has been an OSF props artisan, and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle.

August Spotlight Exhibits

Ashland Art Works

Hindi Girl, Sandra Davis Faces of Nepal: Remembering the Earthquake, oil portraits by Sandra Davis
Pottery: Fun & Fictional Pottery by Marydee Bombick

Faces of Nepal: Remembering the Earthquake, oil portraits by Sandra Davis – a way of bearing witness to the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake in April 2015 that killed more than 8500 people. Traveling to India, Nepal and Sikkim in 2004, many of these paintings are from photographs taken by the artist. Sandra studied art in California and Oregon focusing on figure drawing, illustration and painting.

Pottery: Fun and Functional, something for everyone by Marydee Bombick. High fire pottery from bowls to birdbaths will be featured this month at AAW. Some of Marydee’s pieces are thrown although more and more of her work is hand built, often decorated with a variety of stamps. All glazes are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

First Friday, August 7, 6-8 pm, music by Bluegrass duo “Blades of Grass.”


Do Not Judge, by Karen O'Brien, mixed media acrylic Urban Folktales: Works by Karen O’Brien

Urban Folktales, an exhibition of mixed-media works by Karen O’Brien, opens at Perdita on Friday August 7th, 2015 with an artist reception from 5-8 pm, coinciding with Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk, and will run through Sunday August 30th.
Karen O’Brien is a mixed-media artist, known for her mixed-media paintings and collages she describes as Urban Folk. Her mixed-media paintings evolve over many layers, using paint, marks, and intuition. She is currently writing a book on her mixed-media techniques, scheduled to be released by Northlight Publishing in December 2015.


To Life, 40 x 60 Acrylic by Suzanne EtienneSuzanne Etienne – “Joyful Color” – 2-Day Event

Suzanne’s exhibit will be set up in the Adelante! Walkway
FRIDAY by 11:00am,  August 7th
FRIDAY, August 7th, 5pm-8pm
Meet the Artist!
SATURDAY, August 8th, 10am – 1:30pm
Suzanne PAINTING ‘LIVE’ in the Adelante! Walkway
Featuring the colorful and joyful paintings of Suzanne Etienne.

Her goal is to make the canvases sing!
Suzanne’s broad brush strokes and vibrant colorful paintings ‘lift the spirits’.  In Suzanne’s words, “It’s my way of making the world a more beautiful place!”  Her works tell a story, showing appreciation for simple everyday pleasures.

The Adelante! Gallery Walkway, beside the gallery, will be transformed by Suzanne’s beautiful paintings under her Art tent. Enjoy the many new works and take one home to brighten your space!

Suzanne welcomes custom commission painting requests and also teaches classes in her Ashland, OR studio. 214-587-7686

Oak Leaf Studio

The Fountain at Noon, pastel painting by Leif TryggAshland Green

Fine artist Leif Trygg is ready to unveil two new pieces in his Ashland series:  the Butler-Perozzi Fountain in Lithia Park and a landscape view of a path in the 93-acre park itself. Both are rendered in lively pastel colors with a combination of fine details and muted suggestions in the Impressionist style.

These pictures join five other complete scenes from Ashland – Ashland Creek, Lithia Park bridge, Japanese Gardens, the  lower duck pond and a colorful sunset. In addition to these pictures, Leif will be showing smaller, more personal pieces as well.
A work-in-progress will also be on display to help the public understand the process he uses to create these images.

Here’s our August Ashland First Friday Art Walk Map:

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