Ashland Gallery Association Exhibits – April 2016
Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 1st, from 5 to 8 pm!
Stroll the galleries and take in all of the visual delights 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 off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com
See attached April Art Walk Map, Spotlight Exhibits and Special Event!
Ashland Gallery Association
April Spotlight Exhibits
Studio A. B.
Nude: Group Exhibit
NUDE is a short film created by artist Greeley Wells in which ten artists and models discuss their relationship with the nude in their artwork. Studio A.B presents work created by those artists in response to and inspired by the film.
Featured artists are: Bruce Bayard, Lisa Byrne, Kevin Christman, Ann DiSalvo, Inger Jorgensen, Irene Kai, Gabriel Lipper, Robyn Reitz, Daniel Verner, and Greeley Wells.
Bruce presents a video loop of experimental image collage. Ann displays a drawing from the series recently supported by a grant from the Haines Foundation. The series pairs humans and animals in a pose of mutual respect. Kevin presents a small figurative study in bronze. Inger and Gabriel present paintings, Daniel, Robyn and Greeley, drawings. Lisa and Irene, photography.
There will be a screening and reception of the film April 14, 6:00–9:00pm at the Enclave Studios, 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
If a Tree Could Speak, photography by John Kirk
John Kirk’s new photography show, “If A Tree Could Speak…” will be displayed at the Ashland Art Center opening at the First Friday Art Walk, April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.
John has shown his photography at numerous juried fine art shows throughout the West taking advantage of his extensive travels to photograph the uncommon beauty of the landscape, water and sky. His photographs have won many professional awards for their painterly appearance and emotional compositions.
“If A Tree Could Speak…” what would it say? Surprising statements from the trees themselves highlight this extraordinary photographic journey exploring the life of trees. You will be astonished by the humorous situations trees get themselves into and what they have to say about coping with the environment, and living in harmony with their neighbors.
Schneider Museum of Art
In Scene: The Schneider Museum of Art Collaborates with Ashland Independent Film Festival
In Scene is a group exhibition of eight artists who work in a variety of mediums such as video, installation, sculpture and photograms in order to explore the state of the natural world in modern times.
The opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and the exhibition will resume standard museum hours of 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Saturday on Thursday, April 7 until Saturday, June 11, 2016.
In Scene participating artist Laura Heit, who is being co-presented by the Schneider Museum of Art and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, will present her installation Two Ways Down, a hand drawn animated installation and film which takes inspiration from the Hieronymus Bosch work Garden of Heavenly Delights.
In Scene will also feature installation, multimedia, and video works from internationally exhibited and recognized artists such as Rashawn Griffin, Adam Bateman, Jessie Sugarmann and MK Guth who is a grant recipient for the Schneider Museum of Art’s Artist Residency program, funded by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseberg, OR.
Eugene based artist, Tannaz Farsi will present an installation outside of the Museum entitled Territory as the last participant in the Southern Oregon SITE Project that presents new art made in response to the “site” of the landscape, history and culture of the Rogue Valley. The collaborative team, Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis will present Columbia River Water Shadows, a series of large-scale photograms made at ten sites along the Columbia River from the Hanford Reach to its mouth on the Oregon Coast.
In Scene is on view from Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, June 11, 2016. Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibition is generously supported by Rogue Frameworks, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks program.
Celebrating its twenty-seventh year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd and 24thfrom noon to 4p.m. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines. For a complete list of pairings go to www.atasteofashland.com
“What makes this wine and food pairing event different for all the others? Each winery and restaurant are painstakingly matched and work together to create unique pairings inside17 colorful galleries all within walking, or trolley ride, distance from one another.” says Jeffery Jones, Event Coordinator for A Taste of Ashland. “This is a rare opportunity to sip seventeen of the region’s best wines, taste food from 23 restaurants, and experience artwork from wonderful galleries that represent hundreds for local, regional and international artists.”
Something different during this year’s A Taste of Ashland is that the Thorndike Gallery at SOU will be hosting Ashland Gallery Association artist members Pop-Up Art Show. Fifteen artists will show original artwork in a wide range of media, subjects and styles including charcoal figure drawings, abstract geometric acrylic paintings, wearable fiber art, assemblage sculpture, landscape and floral watercolor and more.
Sarah F. Burns, AGA Board President says, “Thank you to the Thorndike Galley at SOU’s Center for the Arts for hosting our pop-up show! The Thorndike is a huge space, light-filled; it will show off the artwork really well. Ashland has seen some notable gallery owners retire and close their Ashland art galleries recently, so it’s quite welcome to have the opportunity to show off work and meet art lovers and prospective clients.” There are also several new galleries, wineries and restaurants on the Taste tour this year.
“A Taste of Ashland is the ultimate Ashland experience!” says Jeff Jones, Event Coordinator. “Tasters stroll leisurely through the quaint town of Ashland all afternoon, experiencing the best of Ashland art, food and wine, then have time to relax and attend an Oregon Shakespeare Festival performance in the evening. What could be better!”
Tasters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant, winery and gallery using a ballot for the Taster’s Choice award. By doing so, their name will be entered into a drawing for two weekend passes to A Taste of Ashland 2016.
Tickets for A Taste of Ashland are: $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only and $45 for Sunday only. Tickets to the Taste remain limited to ensure that it is not over-crowded and the event sells out each year, so get your tickets now! A free shuttle by AllAboard Trolley, will offer rides to all 17 galleries, but most are within walking distance.
For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2016 a complete list of pairings go to: www.atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178.
LOCAL TICKET OUTLET: Ashland Art Center 357 East Main St., Ashland. Tickets can also be purchased and wine glasses picked up prior to A Taste weekend at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from12 noon to 2p.m April 16th through April 22nd. The Kiosk will open at 11a.m. on April 23rd and 24th.