Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions
First Friday Art Walk, December 7th from 5 to 8 PM
Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!
Ashland Gallery Association December Spotlight Exhibits
Bittersweet: Yosemite 20 years Later.
Bobbi Murphy’s new show, Bittersweet: Yosemite 20 Years Later, opens on Friday, December 7th at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center and will run through January.
Yosemite holds wonderful memories for me – of autumn walks in golden meadows and full moon nights along the Merced River listening to great horned owls call to their families on cold evenings. Tramping through spring meadows flooded with snow runoff, riotous with wild flowers. John Muir walked here and helped create America’s second great National Park.
There is no denying the impact of climate change on the park: drought, fire, pine beetles have killed 129 million trees in California and Yosemite has not been spared. It is heartbreaking to see and experience while remembering how magnificent it was just a few short years ago. But the tourists come in crowds greater than ever.
Despite all that we have done to it, Yosemite is still a glorious, spectacular place that makes a heart sing, even in the midst of destruction and devastation. We are loving it to death and yet, somehow don’t love it enough to save it and ourselves.
Ashland Art Center
Giving Tree Program
Help a local child and celebrate the Holiday’s by donating to Ashland Art Center’s Giving Tree.
December First Friday will be packed with excitement at Ashland Art Center. We will be kicking off our First Friday Weekend Sale, 10% off, December 7, 8 & 9th. Handcrafted work by local artists will include: paintings; photography; prints; jewelry; scarves; fiber art; woodwork; ceramics.
Shop, enjoy wine and music and help a child in need! We hope will you join us and spread some holiday cheer.
Gifts By The Gifted
Gallerie Karon’s December show features all of our artists with gifts for the holidays. Let us be your personal shopper – bring your list – we’re here to help.
The biggest news is that Gallerie Karon is expanding! Our new addition, “The Feathered Wing”, will be open by the holidays! In this new area, accessible through our main gallery, is a two-part section. The first is full of small, multiple use furniture pieces for smaller spaces. The second is a special area for Oriental furniture and accessories with larger scale antique Buddhas and Quan Yins. It’s a serene room far away from today’s problems and filled with things that you can use to create your own serene space at home.
We’ll have a Grand Opening once the expansion is completed, but the move is on!
The Shepherd’s Dream
A Study on the Transition of Life
Nora Costley, Watercolorist, shares her artistic evolution through self-discovery and the mystery of the universe. Nora is a world traveler and holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been displayed in the National Museum of Art in Washington, DC. She currently resides in the Rogue Valley.
She enjoys many forms of art including sculpture, traditional pottery making in Japan, Installation and Photography. Even as a watercolorist, Nora feels an artist does not need to stick with the same subject or medium. She prefers an artist’s creation to reflect the transient beings they are, and continue to demand an evolution as individuals. She states…”for me art is a constant exploration and experimentation of self and the universe, which parallels the exploration of medium and processes.” Also…”a driving force is art that stimulates personal power and freedom in myself and others.” Her practice has evolved from that of discovering and resolving the internal, to decoding the world at large. Often her ideas flow, and it’s not until a piece is complete, that it either is understood or not. The universe is of great curiosity to her, but as with Nora’s artistic endeavor, she is satisfied with the mystery.
Lithia Artisans Market
Lithia Artisans Holiday Market
Friday, December 14 ~ 10am-7pm
Saturday, December 15 ~ 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 16 ~ 11am-4pm
Our Holiday Market is moving to the Medford Armory after 13 seasons with the Art Wing at Briscoe Elementary in Ashland. For 2018, we plan to host over 60 artisans at this new location, featuring some of the finest locally crafted gifts you’ll find. Enjoy live music, a family-friendly atmosphere and a chance to support local artisans while shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts.
A raffle drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon at both of our holiday events. The winner receives a $100 gift certificate. This Holiday Season Support Local Handmade. Join Us!
For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the December Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com
Please see the attached “Spotlight Exhibits” and December Gallery Tour Map.
Thank you for your support of the Visual Arts in our communities!