Wild About Red

An all artists show of red paintings. Each of the 30 artists was asked to paint primarily with red as the dominant pigment. Symbolism of the color red: Red is the color of fire and blood. Hebrew words for blood and red have the same origin: “dm” means red and “dom” means blood. Blood and fire have both positive and negative connotations: bloodshed, aggression, war, and hate are on one side, and love, warmth and compassion on the other side. In ancient Egypt, red was the color of life and of victory. During celebrations, Egyptians would paint their bodies with red ochre. The oldest pigment was probably red ochre, which was used in cave art. The ancient world had red madder lake, artificially-made red lead, and vermilion (natural mineral cinnabar). Artificially-made vermilion was the most prominent red pigment until the manufacture of cadmium red in 1907. Red is one of the subtractive primary colors. Red is light of the longest wavelengths discernible by the human eye. Enjoy the variety and brilliantly red show! 

Music by Douglas Ross, Dulcimer

Gallery Group Show

New work by gallery artists will be exhibited during the month of February.

Come visit Farmhouse Studio

After closing Gallery DeForest, Cathy DeForest moved her printing press and etching press to her new farmhouse studios just 5 minutes from Ashland. Your visit will include demonstrations 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. In 2011, Cathy’s work was bought by Brown University, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, Swarthmore College, the NY Public Library, and The Book Club Of California. She was also selected for two upcoming books, 100 Northwest Artists and Thread Loves Paper. Call or email for directions to the farmhouse.

Fluid Universe

MaryAnn’s early years were spent in pre WWII Germany surrounded by family and friends, many of whom were gifted writers and musicians. She won her first award at a juried competition in Marin County, CA, and for many years had a thriving business traveling to horse shows and ranches up and down the west coast taking photographs. The Quarter Horse Journal published many of those images. During those years she kept a darkroom and processed her own film. An interest in aerial photography led her to obtain a pilot’s license, and she spent many flights photographing both as a pilot and as a passenger. In reaction to these flights far above the earth, she felt the need to get closer to the small things in nature and “I believe it was during this time that my love for macro photography evolved.” After pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology and a later career in handwriting forensics she retired and now devotes most of her time to photography. “A long life affords many opportunities for learning, exploring and photographing.”

Virgil Sova

Virgil Sova’s paintings and prints have been exhibited in more than one hundred national, international and one-man shows and are in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe. He has won awards at the National Academy of Design, The Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, The Knickerbocker Artists and Neo-Graphics to name just a few. During five consecutive years the Pastel Society of America bestowed top awards on Sova’s work, including the award for Most Innovative Use of Pastel and in 1986 he was elected Master Pastelist by the society, thus placing the artist in the vanguard of contemporary pastelists. Recently his work was included in the French Invitational for pastel painting and the exhibition Master Pastelists of the Pastel Society of America, which toured major museums in the United States.

February at Ashland Art Works

We are featuring “Our February Group Show” with a beautiful variety of Fine Art by local artists: Handcrafted Jewelry, Paintings, Sculptures, Ceramic Art, Raku, Wire Sculptures, Pottery, and Mugs… Woodwork, Masks, Weaving, Hand-dyed Silks, Fused Glass, Crazy Birds, Cutting Boards, Fine Art Prints, and very affordable, unique Gifts & Cards. >>Thinking about Valentine’s Day for loved ones? You’ll be delighted with the choices at AAW. We are pleased to welcome AAW’s newest member, sculptor, Marilyn Reeves. Come by and see her wonderful new work. A favorite is an uncommon, yet familiar subject: A Woman Walking Her 2 Dogs. AAW is home to local artists…. Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings, Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving and Masks, Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Birds, Catherine McElroy’s Beautiful Watercolors & Cards, Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings and Cards, George Popa’s unique Wire Sculptures, Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs, Connie Simonsen’s Brilliant, Hand-painted Silks, John Weston’s Fine Wordwork, Fused Glass by Debbie Early, and Sculptor, Marilyn Reeves. Relax and Stroll through our 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden. In February & March we are open 11am-3pm on Friday, Saturday, and […]

Black and White

Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Bayard present black and white works in various media, including graphite, charcoal and archival ink jet prints. Ann displays her most popular series, “Fables of the Surface,” small graphite drawings that are narratives on water life. They focus on the line between worlds that connects disparate concepts. Bruce presents a few of the black and white Weekly Press images and new works, all digital collages, printed as archival prints.

Expressive Painter Miles Frode Featured at Ashland Art Center

Those who know Miles, know him to be a free flowing expressive painter, mixed media artist and draftsman who keeps us on our toes. His work challenges traditional expectations and causes us to ponder the age-old question: “What is Art?” This month Miles is switching up our expectations of HIM by framing and presenting his unique pieces in a more traditional fashion. Miles will be in his studio from 5 – 8 during the Art Walk, March 2. Live music by the Silktones March is Ashland Gallery Association’s Student Month! See the artwork of Ashland High School students in galleries throughout Ashland. Paintings by William Crowley will be featured in the Ashland Art Center Classroom. Art and Artists on all three floors of the Art Center! Refreshments!

February and March

Our featured artist this month is Dave Riney. Dave Riney, 32, has been creating acrylic-on-canvas artwork for over ten years. He studied under Tom Jewell-Vitale at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. His work at the time was all done in chalk, but because he found it hard to transport the chalk without smearing, he turned to painting, and never looked back. Most of his works will have some sort of a horizon line and focus heavily on nature. Dave lived in the city of Chicago for much of his artistic life, but found he was always painting nature, and so in November of 2010, he moved to Medford, Oregon, to find the ultimate inspiration. He is most inspired by the colors found in water and finds them to be the most calming. This is what he strives for in his paintings, a window of calm. Using mostly acrylic paint, Dave enjoys creating pieces that have texture and layers that jump off the canvas. Occasionally, he will use elements of nature in his work like berries or leaves, inevitably bringing the outdoors, indoors. Dave has several of his works in private […]

SEVEN rethinking ceramics

Exhibition opens on Thursday, January 12, and runs through Saturday, March 3, 201. Seven contemporary artists working in ceramics question the history, function, role and materiality of the medium. This is done through various means, some of which include reinventing and contextualizing the figurine, working with multiples and addressing the history of minimalism, and making impermanent objects and temporal experiences. Artists in the exhibition include: Tsehai Johnson, Denver, CO. Hoon Lee, Grand Rapids, MI. Jae Won Lee, Lansing, MI. Justin Novak, Vancouver, BC. Matthew Scheatzle, Oakland, CA. Brendan Tang, Nanaimo, BC. Julie York, Vancouver, BC.