Ashland Gallery Association October 2016 Art Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association aga logoCelebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, October 7th, 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 from the embedded pdf at the bottom of this post. For more information about all of the exhibits please visit:

Ashland Gallery Association October Spotlight Exhibits

Special Event!

Third Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour
October 8th and 9th – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Free arts event sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association!

Join us the second weekend in October when a group of local professional artists open their private studio doors to the public for the Third Annual Ashland Open Studio Tour!

The Ashland Open Studio Tour is an inspiring self-guided arts tour brought to you by the Ashland Gallery Association. This year’s tour will guide visitors to 22 professional artist studios in Ashland and surrounding communities of Talent and Phoenix, while journeying through the beauty of the fall season.  

Artists invite you to come see the creative processes behind our incredible and diverse arts community. There will be a variety of mediums from painting and drawing to metal, ceramics, and fiber arts, as well as scheduled demonstrations.

There is no admission fee to any of the studios on the tour. The Open Studio Tour is part of the Ashland Gallery Association’s efforts to promote the visual arts and arts education in Ashland and is made possible in part by grants from the City of Ashland and the Oregon Community Foundation

Pick up a Tour Map at any AGA Member Gallery, Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off the Ashland Studio Tour website (or below):
Visit: or contact:

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Center for the Visual Arts – Southern Oregon University
Third Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Exhibition
September 19 to October 26


Graffiti II, Mosaic by Ilse Cordoni

CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART (CMA) is honored to bring together an international juried exhibition of mosaic art from September 19 to October 26, 2016, at The Center for Visual Arts, Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries, Art Building, Southern Oregon University.  The exhibition will be open to the public 10-4, Monday through Friday September 19 – October 26.

This extraordinary show will be on display for over a month and will coincide with the Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit to be held October 6-9, 2016. The galleries will be open extended hours during the CMA Summit weekend.

This juried exhibition invites us to enter the vast and creative world of both ancient and contemporary mosaic art. The works surprise us as we view traditional and non-traditional executed fine art mosaics which, incorporate innovative subject matter, techniques and material, allowing the mosaic to burst forth with subtle or aggressive movement, drawing us into the subject and illuminating clarity of the art and our own vision.

The mosaicist assembles small bits of stone, glass, pottery, and/or repurposed material and assembles them into an image, a feeling, a spirit, and a representation. Mosaic artists chop, cut, hammer and nip to create beauty out of those bits. It’s a beautiful order, a deliberate order, an order of the heart, of dreams, of unending skill and patience. These artists represent the world in ways that have never before been seen.

The artists represented in this exhibition have discovered their own artistic “voice” and use mosaic art to express their unique vision of the world around them. The mosaics presented in this exhibit are a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the soul.

Come join us for First Friday Art Walk on October 7, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at SOU Art Building for a chance to view this extraordinary show, meet the artists, purchase a piece of original mosaic art to take home and enjoy a little light refreshment.

Hanson Howard Gallery
Élan Chardin Gombart & Cathy Valentine, Abstract in Nature, acrylic and encaustic

Using elements and influence of the natural world around us as well as drawing from states of a more human nature, Cathy Valentine and Élan Chardin Gombart both create abstract work that present layers of floating shapes, colors and lines.  While both artists incorporate hints and clues of objects or landscape, the where/what/how are given over to the reflection and imagination of the viewer.


Cathy Valentine has been working with an encaustic process for several years. She builds up multiple layers of wax while drawing, staining and/or carving each layer to create a depth of transparency. The use of this material combines many disciplines; collage, printmaking imagery and sculptural qualities are seen in the final result.

Ashland Gallery Association October 2016 Art Exhibits : Élan Chardin Gombart, Screen l, acrylic on panel, 36 x 42

Élan Chardin Gombart, Screen l, acrylic on panel, 36″x42″


Élan received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico. Having worked extensively in photography and drawing, Élan has also explored bookbinding, letterpress printing, and currently, primarily works in mixed media painting.
Her most current paintings present colliding layers of colors and textures that hint at elements of landscape or micro/macro worlds existing simultaneously in a positive/negative relationship to each other.
Artist reception: First Friday, October 7th from 5-8 p.m. Show runs October 6th – November 1st

Oak Street Studio
Scenic Southern Oregon


“On Howard’s Prairie Lake,” a new acrylic painting by Leif Trygg is featured at Oak Leaf Studio in October.

Artist Leif Trygg expands both his medium and his viewpoint during First Friday, October 7 from 5pm to 8 pm at Oak Street Studio, 247 Oak Street between Hansen Howard and the Ashland Artworks.

The Studio will exhibit recent acrylic paintings of evocative scenes here in Southern Oregon. For the past year, Trygg has been painting exclusively in pastels, while prior efforts were composed with watercolors. “I like working with the texture of acrylics; the effects are more three-dimensional and the colors are more permanent than pastels,” says Trygg.

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