“Congruences” Tempera Paintings by Mabrie Ormes

The prints made by fallen leaves on the sidewalk after a rainstorm inspired me to use leaves in paintings on Mulberry paper. One fine day, I brought one of my tempera paintings to an artist-run figure drawing session and drew the model on it. It was a ‘Eureka!’ moment. The drawing expressed something poetic about us and the congruences between our human selves and Nature. The visual congruences allude to deeper ones. The joining of arm to shoulder and of leaf vein to stem are similar. Nature makes a joint that moves, has nuance and pulsates with energy. Like the leaves on a tree, our aliveness is replete with water, air, and heat. Our blood runs along branching pipelines. Our feelings come from our gut. Thought itself moves through dendrites and across synapses. In the same way, sap makes its way through a tree. Some of our deepest imaginings come from the visual poetry of Nature seen again in Art. Why is it we separate our human selves from Nature? Like these nudes we are intimately wound up in Nature in the way we are built, the way we feel, […]

Autumn Montage – an assemblage of new work

New work by gallery artists – the first group exhibition in our new space which will lead to the Annual Holiday Salon when we fill the walls with all of our inventory. “EVE” the extraordinary chaise lounge by KAREN RYCHECK has been held over by popular demand.

Open Studio on First Friday

After closing Gallery DeForest, Cathy DeForest moved her printing press and etching press to her new farmhouse studios just 5 minutes from Ashland. Come to Cathy’s first open studio! Your visit will include demonstrations by co-owner Derek Pyle on an antique printing press and a tour of the book arts studio. Cathy will show her most recent work: etchings, artist books, poetry pockets and letterpress broadsides. Special guest, Tahnja Pyle, will exhibit jewelry. Hours: 3:00-8:00 on FF, July 1.

November: Annual Holiday Show & Sale at Ashland Art Works

November is the Annual ‘Ashland Art Works Holiday Show & Sale’!! Thurs. through Sat. from 10-5 and Wednesday & Sun: 11-3. Come by during the Thanksgiving Weekend for Our Holiday Open House & Special Sale: Warm Cookies, Warm Cider and Warm Cheer. Meet the Artists. You will be delighted by the array of Handcrafted, Unique and Affordable Gifts: Jewelry, Wire Sculptures, Pottery, Mugs, Woodwork, Cutting Boards, Silk Scarves, Ceramics, Paintings, Sculptures, Raku, Crazy Birds, Fine Art Prints, and Cards. Many Holiday Cards: Whether Warm or Whimsical, we have a wide variety…even 3-D Cards with Miniature Blessing Flags! 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden: As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts. -We are continuing our annual Fundraiser: “STEP-Up to HELP-Out” our thru November. Come by and see the handmade Step Stools that are hand-painted by students and artists of our area.

Nuno Felting Artist Jo Ann Manzone Featured at First Friday Art Walk

Textile Artist Jo Ann Manzone is featured in December during the December First Friday Art Walk at Ashland Art Center. Jo Ann will be displaying her Nuno Felting work, which is a new, innovative technique that attaches felt to fabric which then can be made into clothing or textile art. During the Art Walk, she will be demonstrating this technique upstairs in her studio # 9. Friday, December 2, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at 357 E Main St, Ashland All Ages Welcome! Live Music by Planet Lullaby, a father – daughter duo Art, Artists and studios on all three floors of the Art Center! The festivities continue Saturday, December 3 from 10 am – 2 pm and Sunday, December 4 from 2 – 6 pm when the Studio Artists will be hosting a Holiday Fair with refreshments, live music and a fun Art Hunt game. This is a great opportunity to purchase local, handmade gifts for loved ones!