Ashland Gallery Association aga logoCome out for the AGA First Friday Art Walk, October 3 from 5–8 pm! Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts! Click here to download the AGA Artwalk Map for October 2014.

Most exhibits run through the end of October.

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits

Handmade scarf by Stepanie Moss

Handmade scarf by Stepanie Moss

October 2014

Ashland Art Works

In October, Ashland Artworks features John Weston’s finely crafted hardwood gifts, and new work from talented wire sculptor, George Popa.
In addition, we will introduce hand woven luxury scarves and shawls by our newest member, Stefanie Moss.

Stefanie uses a rigid heddle loom to create these beautiful works. Inspired by her own skin sensitivity, she uses natural fiber, high quality yarns – primarily alpaca, merino and silk – that drape beautifully, and feel soft to the skin.

Special Event!
Illahe Studios and Gallery

“Good Luck Shrine” by Wilma Wyss

“Good Luck Shrine” by Wilma Wyss

Contemporary Mosaic Art Invitational

The first ever Contemporary Mosaic Art summit is being held in Ashland October 3-6, 2014.  The Summit will include workshops suitable for the beginner to the advanced artist taught by internationally recognized mosaic artists: Kelley Knickerbocker, Laurel Skye, Mireille Swinnen and  Joanne Chase. Nearly 30 national and international artists will be featured in the Invitational Mosaic Exhibition hosted at Illahe Studios and Gallery for the month of October with an Artists’ Reception held on the First Friday Artwalk, Oct. 3rd, 5-8 p.m.   Enjoy the crisp autumn evening with other art lovers, meet the artists and enjoy the music of Laura Christine Anderson.

An exhibition of original mosaics for sale by the mosaic summit participants will be held at the beautiful Belle Fiore winery on the 4th and 5th, 11:30-7 pm. During the Summit volunteers will be working on a collaborative mosaic that will be donated to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.

The public is invited to participate in the summit. For registration information and details visit


Schneider Museum of Art

Modou Dieng & Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado, TRANQUILLO, 2014, mixed media

Modou Dieng & Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado, TRANQUILLO, 2014, mixed media

Selections from PORTLAND2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art

The Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) is celebrating its participation in Southern Oregon University’s new Oregon Center for the Arts by presenting a year of Oregon artists.  As part of this celebration, the Museum is excited to show Selections from PORTLAND2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, a major exhibition that surveys the work of Oregon visual artists who are defining and advancing the contemporary arts landscape.  The exhibition will be showing from Friday, October 3 through Saturday, December 6, 2014 with an opening reception on Thursday, October 2 from 5:00 TO 7:00 PM.

PORTLAND2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art was conceived of and produced by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon and curated by Amanda Hunt.  Founded in 2000, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center builds ambitious programs that promote artists and engage communities. (To learn more, visit ) SMA Director Erika Leppmann worked with curator, Amanda Hunt, and Disjecta Director, Bryan Suereth, to organize the Biennial for the fall exhibition at the Schneider Museum of Art.

Curator Hunt visited nearly 50 studios and reviewed over 300 entries before selecting fifteen Oregon artists and their collaborators to participate in PORTLAND2014.  These artists include up-and-coming as well as established professionals who work in a variety of media.  The participating artists are primarily based in Portland, but others work in Salem, Eugene, and Dayton.  For Hunt, several themes emerged as she reviewed the artists’ work: “dialogue and collaboration, the presence of the hand, of not outsourcing production; a connection to the landscape; and overarching sense of intergenerational dialogue.”

Sarah Burns - painting in her studio

Sarah Burns – painting in her studio

Special Event!
Ashland Open Studio Tour

October 11 & 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 5 PM

Ever wonder how artists find their creative muse? Ashland Open Studio Tour is a new event sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association to visit the very places where art happens.  Artist’s studios are always one of kind.  Each artist studio has its own peculiarities in set up and working methods depending on medium and the artist’s needs. Each creative person needs a room of their own to think, work, organize, and dream.  While these places where art is made are as individual as the artist, what they all have in common is the energy of creation. This is the forum where an artist is allowed to freely experiment, develop ideas, and fail or succeed.

On the second weekend of October, the Open Studio Tour will delight your eye and emotions; bring the creative spirit into your day; and open up a hidden part of Ashland and its surrounding areas, Talent and Phoenix.  AOST features art and artists with the colors of fall, and the charms of a small town set in a rural landscape.  After a day of touring, stop by some of Ashland’s nearby wineries, dine in one of the many excellent restaurants, and experience live performances at any of the high quality local theater venues.
For more information about the Open Studio Tour see the website or email

Ashland Open Studio Tour Artist Demonstrations
Saturday October 11th

Time        Name                Demo Description
Noon:    Studio AB      (Drawing and digital painting)
1:00 PM: Linda Evans     (Painting pastels)
2:00 PM: Claudia Law     (Thread Sketching)
3:00 PM: Laura Lawrence     (Machine Knitting)
4:00 PM: Harriet Greene     (Stone carving)

Sunday October 12th

Time        Name                Demo Description
Noon:      Cheryl Kempner     (Metal cutting)
1:00 PM: JoAnn Manzone     (Nuno felting)
2:00 PM: Pamela Haunschild    (Encaustic Painting)
3:00 PM: Denise Kester    (Printmaking)
4:00 PM: Martin Goldman     (Showing a short film)