Art and Soul Gallery
Chasing the Muse
Original paintings by Dixie Kinser
“My paintings represent my journey in chasing my “muse.” I sometimes think, “Ah ha, now I have her.” Then later she taunts me to find her again. It is a constant search to find her in each painting or when working dyeing silk. Actually, dyeing silk was the beginning of my journey. Later I tried watercolor and finally acrylic became my favored medium. I now frequently find that the two mediums work well with each other in my pursuit of the muse.”
Dulcimer Music by Douglas Ross
Art & Soul Gallery is into its 14th year as one of Ashland’s largest and most popular gallery, featuring the work of over 30 regional artists. Many award winning, nationally recognized artists are represented. On exhibit is original art in oil, pastel, mixed media, acrylic and watercolor; in styles that range from traditional and representational, impressionistic to modern, contemporary and abstract, also gicl’ee reproductions. Artists’ note cards are available.
AGA Student Show
Twelve Galleries Feature Ashland High School Student Artists in March!
March First Friday will have a very special added attraction when the AGA celebrates student art. Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, a dozen galleries will feature works by creative young artists from the Ashland High School Art Department. During the First Friday Art Walk, the students will be present at their hosting gallery from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to proudly discuss their work. Throughout the month of March, visitors to participating galleries will be treated to paintings, drawings, fiber arts, woodworking and jewelry, as well as photography on display. All are invited and the community is encouraged to support these emerging artists by visiting the galleries.
Galleries Featuring Student Art :
Sunny Coyote, Marley Fuller
Creekside Pizza Bistro
Sonora Mindling Werling
Enoteca Wine Bar and Bistro
Angelique Brownlie, Sam Gostnell, Isabel Enns
Hannon Library, SOU
Students of John Weston’s Woodworking Class (names TBA)
Hanson Howard Gallery
Illahe Studios and Gallery
Kiri Bolles, Kendra Farber
JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Taroko Pan Pacific Bistro
Students of Laura Davidson’s Fiber Arts Class (names TBA)
Weisinger’s of Ashland
Thomas Lee Gallery
Introducing Artist Ford Smith
After exploring different painting styles and themes, Ford found tremendous fulfillment creating contemporary landscapes conjured from the stunning horizons witnessed during his travels. Emboldened by critics and collector’s enthusiasm, he narrowed his focus there and pushed the creative boundaries of landscapes to arrive at the distinctive and radiant style for which he is known.
Ford’s sense of nature is not a Romantic’s wild and angry universe. To the contrary, his distinctive paintings reflect a palpable optimism and vibrant confidence. The easy precision, subtlety and repose of his paintings may well derive from that Asian aesthetic he developed in his early years.
Thirteenth Annual Pomegranate Group Show
Featured Artists: Ann DiSalvo, Denise Souza Finney, Ruthe Woudenberg, Rachel Barrett, Mori D., Ellen Falkner.
Figure studies from their weekly meetings, practicing together for a positive influence on personal creativity.
Studio A.B. presents six artists’ works in varying mediums, all results of ongoing studies of the female form. The Pomegranate Group is the longest standing women’s drawing group dedicated to this genre, meeting weekly to pursue depictions of the ever-changing nature of women’s bodies. The style each artist brings to the exhibit indicates the potentially endless points of view by which to see the feminine form.
Chocolate will be on hand both to honor the Oregon Chocolate Festival and to express the artists’ belief that women and chocolate have a special relationship. The Group chooses to exhibit in March to be a part of Women’s History Month.