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Ashland Gallery Guide 21 Ashland OPEN STUDIO TOUR 2 0 1 5 By Whitney Rolfe uring the second weekend in October, 2015, local artists opened their studio doors to the public for the second annual Ashland Open Studio Tour. It is an exciting and inspiring arts event, brought to you by the Ashland Gallery Association. On October 10 and 11, from 11am to 5pm, visitors to our region were able to view one of the most colorful events of the year, touring 23 artist studios across Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and the Mt. Ashland area, while journeying through the beauty of the fall season. Artists of every kind invited visitors into their studios to see the creative processes of our incredible and diverse arts community. Visitors could look at the work spaces behind a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, textile and fabric arts, clay, metal, digital, and mixed Photography by Muuqi Maxwell. media. Featured demonstrations took place every hour from noon to 4pm and included: acrylic painting, encaustic painting, airbrush and stencil, pastel painting, digital collage, sgraffito/carving in clay, machine knitting, plasma torch cutting, pastepaper print, and thread sketching. One of the most exciting things about knowing an artist is having the experience of actually seeing where they live and work; where and how they get their ideas and how they bring those thoughts and images to life. This is a fascinating thing to see as it happens. Whether it is facing a blank canvas or block of marble, where do they get their ideas, those intangible images that face the artist at the inception of every piece of work? Artists are influenced by their environment. And that influence is reflected in their studios. To have the experience of flipping through their sketchbooks, seeing their paintbrushes crammed in a tin can, watching the painter decide what color to apply next and then watch it happen right in front of you is like seeing the magician first hand. The response grows each year as visitors spread the word. They talk about the experience of learning the history of the artist as well as the process of creating art. It happens every October in this visual paradise of Southern Oregon. To know our artists and their work, a studio tour is a must. In 2016 the dates are Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th. Hours are 11-5. It will be supported in part by the Oregon Community Foundation, Small Arts and Culture Grant. Check out the details at the website. http://www.ashlandost.com/about.html D


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