Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, July 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!
Ashland Gallery Association
July Spotlight Exhibits
Glassworks by Ashland Glass Act
We are proud to feature our midsummer spotlight artists, Daniel and Stef Seffinger of Ashland Glass Act. Danny has studied and continues to study at the Bullseye Glass Education Center in Portland and has 13 years of glasswork experience. He is a skilled and experimental glassmaker, who loves the concept of glass flow and movement. Currently, his interest has been captivated by tapestry and murrini glass. Stefani, along with her 10 years of glasswork, has varied artwork experience, which includes photography, drawing, design, ceramics and watercolor. Her initial interest in glass was in using torch work skills to make glass beads. The studio specializes in a variety of handcrafted techniques and styles using Bullseye glass. These include creation of murrine cane, layered assemblage, edge construction, segment and flow bar construction, pot melts, glass flow pieces, tapestry design, weaved design and torch work. Their products are art pieces, specialty items, items for home use including bowls, platters, trivets, vases, and wall art. Recently, due to their concern about the environment, they have been creating wall art and recycled necklaces to promote environmental awareness.
Their latest environmental wall art piece is entitled CLIMATE CHANGE and reflects the changes in the pattern of seasons. The following is an excerpt from their interpretation of CLIMATE CHANGE: “When Daniel and I started out to make a glass wall art piece, featuring the four seasons, we thought of presenting the seasons, each transitioning from one to the next. While we were creating the piece, we noted that this is no longer what is happening with our weather. Our seasons are not as predictable. We experience spikes of ‘unseasonal heat’ and sudden periods of cold, creating snow when there should be spring flowers. Our piece is meant to represent these changes.” You may view their wall art, along with a selection of other exciting glassworks that is now available in the Nimbus Gallery located at 25 East Main Street in Ashland, Oregon.
Ashland Art Center
A Method to the Madness by Debra Rene Harder
Debra Rene Harder, the Featured Photographer for July, 2016, is an exceptionally skilled local photographer who will be showing a selection of her recent work, “A Method to The Madness” at the Photographer’s Gallery in the Ashland Art Center.
Debra enjoys traditional photography, but her true passion is creating ‘story-telling’ images; hence a window into her imagination. The prints displayed this month at the Ashland Art Center, not only show her unique perspective, but also reflect the years spent refining her technique.
The print ‘My World’ depicts Debra’s dream sanctuary created as a composite using various landscapes captured in the Glencoe, Scotland region. Additionally, two studio portrait prints, ‘Keeping Time’ and ‘Vegan Dining in Style,’ will be shown. These are character driven and convey a curious mood with a bit of humor.
The Design Studio
Diane Ericson & Jo Ann Manzone
Join Diane Ericson and Jo Ann Manzone for an evening in The Design Studio, Friday, July 1st, 5-8pm, 258 A Street, #10, Ashland.
Focused on exploring creativity, Diane designs a line of sewing patterns and art stencils. Teaching in her Ashland studio and nationally, Diane offers retreats & workshops in fabric printing and inventive clothing design. JoAnn, a felter and natural dyer, sells her finished work and teaches her favorite felting and printing techniques. Jo Ann’s creative focus is on combining natural elements with fiber to create unique textiles.
Ashland Art Works
Tortoises: New Work by Clay Artist Marydee Bombeck and Wire Artist George Popa
Clay artist Marydee Bombick will present a collection of ceramic sea turtles in a variety of sizes. They will be watched over by a curious group of wide-eyed owls. All can be used either indoors of outside in a garden setting. Marydee’s interest in clay began in her early teens when her aunt taught her to paint on pre-formed pieces.
George Popa will present his Tortoises, his popular Jazz Bands, and much more. His sculptures are three-dimensional sketches, which he creates using wire and silver solder. His career in sculpting began in the 1970’s, when he created a gift for a friend who had everything – except for a sculpture of his sailboat.
This month we will also feature the highly entertaining folk musician and teaching artist, David Nigel Lloyd. David is a non-traditional traditionalist from California. As the British magazine Folk Roots wrote, “Lloyd uses traditional tunes and themes where it suits his purposes.” He has performed in folk venues in England, Ireland, Canada and throughout the United States.