Ashland Gallery Association June 2017 Art Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, June 2nd 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 free year-round community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the June Gallery Tour map, please visit:

AGA Spotlight Exhibits

June 2017

Oak Leaf Studio

Leif Trygg, Zabriski Point Death Valley, June 2017 retrospective at Oak Leaf Studio, Ashland, OR

Leif Trygg, “Zabriski Point Death Valley,” acrylic on canvas, 1971

Five Decade Retrospective

For the month of June Oak Leaf Studio is hosting a retrospective of the work of Ashland artist Leif Trygg. In a nod to the past, the show features drawings, paintings and mixed media created since 1966 until today. Known for his landscapes of Ashland and Southern Oregon, Leif Trygg began his career as a graphic artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started and ran an advertising design firm that thrived helping high tech startups in the Silicon Valley area.

He later worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for several technology companies as well as retailers. Since moving to Ashland in 2006, Leif has focused on creating his own fine art. In 2014 he opened Oak Leaf Studio as a place to produce art as well as showcase it.

In a nod to the future, on First Friday, June 2, from 5pm to 8pm, Oak Leaf Studio is proud to host Nan’s Raw Goods, our partner during A Taste of Ashland. Nan produces raw, vegan, gluten-free food that is incredibly flavorful. Our personal favorites are the White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffles and the Orange Ginger Glazed Donut Holies. Other popular flavors include Raspberry Pepperonis, Oh Snap! Ginger Balls! and Lime & Coconut Macaroonies. To learn more, go to

Oak Leaf Studio is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11am to 3pm. The Studio is located behind the 1908 garage at the end of a long brick driveway at 247 Oak Street, between the Hanson Howard gallery and Ashland Art Works.


Hanson Howard Gallery


Image caption: Robert Schlegel, River Houses, acrylic on canvas

Robert Schlegel, “River Houses,” acrylic on canvas

This June we will be featuring the work of collaborative sculptors, Robin & John Gumaelius and painter, Robert Schlegel.

John & Robin Gumaelius create ceramic and mixed media assemblage sculptures, which stretch the bounds of imaginative figures, embracing the theatrical and whimsical. Robert Schlegel combines strong lines and structure, with bold color in his paintings which often include  dwellings and birds. Join us for an artist reception on First Friday, June 2nd 5-8 p.m. Show runs June 1st- July 4th.

Robin and John Gumaelius, collaborating artists and husband and wife, create animated human and birdlike sculptures. They combine ceramic, steel and wood as they form highly inventive sculptures that are often comical or bizarre.

Bob Schlegel creates images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract.  He paints in the studio and plein aire from preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and takes reference photographs as necessary.  Drawing is the foundation for his work, he is tenacious with the sketch whether it be life-drawing session or in the field.   Through line, contrast, texture, color and composition he explores form and shape where things in the natural world and things that are made by man collide.


Ashland Art Works

In Full Bloom” – Suzanne Etienne, paintings & Cheryl Kempner, clay and metal

Crazy Birds by Cheryl Kempner, June 2017 exhibit at Ashland Art Works, Ashland, OR

Crazy Birds, ceramics by Cheryl Kempner

Suzanne is known for her vibrant and colorful paintings of summer cottages, vistas, farms, fowl, or woodland creatures. In this June’s gallery show, “In Full Bloom,” Etienne will showcase the beguiling beauty of flowers, in vases, teapots or gardens, incorporating bold patterns, fabrics, and wallpapers – All bringing humor and joy to her work!

Cheryl has hand-built fun clay flowers that can hang on walls inside or outdoors.  Each piece has been fired in the kiln to over 2000 degrees.  She has also been exploring cutting metal with a plasma torch.  Both clay and metal flowers have been incorporated into rusted steel art pieces for the garden.  Of course, Cheryl’s “Crazy Birds and Friends” will add whimsy and bright colors to this show.

Please visit Ashland Art Works and delight in the unique work of fourteen local artists.  Stroll through our 5 galleries on the property and see woodworking, functional clay, wire sculpture, assemblage, paintings, woven textiles, garden art, silks, photography, jewelry, cards and more.


Photographers’ Gallery

Eyes of the Wild, featuring Dan Elster

Photograph by Dan Elster

Photograph by Dan Elster

Dan Elster, a local wildlife photographer and new member of The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center is the featured artist in June and showing images of raptors.

Dan Elster was born in Chicago. In his old life, he was the manager of his brother’s food distribution business on the west side of Chicago. Several years ago, Dan and his wife, Patty took a leap of faith … they quit their jobs, sold their home and hit the road. Patty took a job as a travel nurse, while Dan pursued a dream career in wildlife photography.

Dan’s subjects are completely wild (no captive or “staged” shots) and it’s important to him that people know that. There is something different about wild creatures; you can see it in their eyes – to them, every day is a struggle, just to survive.

Dan hopes you can see and feel the wild in these photographs. The hawk’s eye is being protected by its nictitating membrane (a secondary, translucent eyelid that does not affect the hawks vision).  Great horned owl’s eyes are proportionally amongst the largest of any terrestrial creatures on earth.  Eyesight is critical for the survival of both.