The 2016 Student Show in the AGA galleries opens March 4th. Photos by Whitney Rolfe Dream House by Kreshana Baker. 53 arch First Friday has a very special added attraction when the Ashland Gallery Association celebrates student art, hosting its annual student show. Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, a dozen galleries feature works by budding young student artists from the Fine Arts Department of Ashland High School. During the First Friday Art Walk and throughout the month of March, visitors to AGA galleries are dazzled by the beauty and uniqueness of the art made by these creative young minds. There are paintings, drawings, mixed media, fiber arts, special woodworking and jewelry pieces as well as photography on display. The AGA received a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, which funded many of the supplies needed to complete these pieces for gallery exhibition. Uptown, downtown and Railroad District galleries participated in the student art show in 2015, including: Adelante! Gallery, Art & Soul Gallery, Ashland Art Works, Creekside Pizza, Enoteca Wine Bar, Nimbus, Oak Leaf Studios, Push Gallery, Studio A.B, as well as the SOU student-run gallery in the basement level of the Marion Ady building on the University campus. Ashland Gallery Association’s Annual Student Art Show March First Friday 2015 These galleries hosted the following 23 local high school students: Alex Roberts, Alli Haynes, Clara Baxter, Dannae Stewart, David Lehrburger, Ellie Stanek, Ivy Connelly, Kianna Stupakoff, Kreshana Belias-Baker, Lars Filson, Mariposa Tratensek- Contor, Mel Elshalom, Miriam Alba Ochoa, Raven Borgilt, Reid Higley, Samara Diab, Sarah Lynch, Sonora Jessup, Sonora Mindling-Werling, Stephanie Kutcher, Sunshine Love, Tereza Stott, and Theo Whitcomb. Several have graduated. During First Friday events, the student artists were present at their host gallery from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to proudly discuss their work. The community is encouraged to support these emerging artists by visiting the galleries in March. Visit “First Friday Art Walk” page under “Events” on the AGA website home page to download the map of participating galleries: www. ashlandgalleries.com This is a Visual Arts Alliance program of the AGA. The Ashland Gallery Association is a non-profit organization promoting the visual arts in Ashland. M Sonora Mindling- Werling and Theo Whitcomb with their art.
2016 Ashland Gallery
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