Dear AAC Members and friends,

We are excited to announce a teaser with our three guest artists for this year’s Art Inspires Ashland, Ashland Art Center’s annual fundraiser. The official promotion will follow shortly.

Dan Thompson, visual artist (figure, portrait, still life, and landscape painter) coming from New York, New York

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Dan Thompson co-founded both the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art in New York. In 2001, he won Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dan was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.  He earned his MFA from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art.

Jean Cacicedo, fiber artist (paper, fabric, felt) coming from Berkeley, California

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Jean Cacicedo was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s.For over three decades she has worked both on and off the body, incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics as well as works on paper. Known for her “signature coats”, her pieced and sewn, slashed, felted and dyed constructions have been exhibited throughout Western Europe, Japan and the United States. Jean received a BFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 1970. She currently works out of her studio in Berkeley, California.

Natalie Fletcher, body painter (camouflage landscape painting) coming from Bend, Oregon

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Natalie moved to Oregon from Texas in 2006 to attend a painting school in Ashland. Oregon had beautiful scenery, a healthy culture and an outlook from which she took a liking to immediately. In 2010, after graduating from an intense 4-year program, she moved to Bend and discovered body painting as a job. It turned into a passion and she can now be seen on the television show Skin Wars, a body painting reality competition on GSN network.

Save the dates: 

Friday, November 14: Evening Presentations and Silent Auction at the Ashland Springs Hotel

Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16: Guest artists’ workshops at Ashland Art Center, details coming soon

for current updates and announcements.

We will let you know when the Art Inspires Ashland website is updated with this year’s program of events, where you can register for the workshops and buy your presentation tickets.