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Ashland Art Works

291 Oak Street, Ashland, OR 97520
541-488-4735
Thurs, Fri, & Sat 10-5 and Wed & Sun 11-3, or call for an appointment

 

Fine Art, Beautiful Jewelry, Affordable Gifts & Cards… 5 Galleries & Sculpture Gardens in one place Showcasing Local Artists: Pottery, Glass, Jewelry, Paintings, Sculpture, Mugs, Cutting Boards, Dyed Silk, Wall Reliefs, Assemblage Art, Woodwork, Prints, Photography & Art Cards, Crazy Birds…and much more!

Voted 1st Fri Art Walk: Most Fun Gallery! Meet the Artists — Guest Artists & Student Shows
Only 2 Blocks from the Downtown Plaza

Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings
Marydee Bombick’s Functional and Garden Pottery
Michael Gibson’s Painting in post impressionists’ style
Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Clay Birds
Claudia Law’s Textile Creations
Daniel Loch’s Photograph
George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures
Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs
Connie Simonsen’s Handpainted Silk Scarves
John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards


Currently Featured:

Celebrating Silk! Vibrant hand-painted scarves by Connie Simonsen

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One of the things that Connie Simonsen likes about silk is the intensity of color that steam-set dyes give to the luxuriant fabric. The steaming makes the colors become permanent and more vibrantconnie-simonsen-scarf-2015 – and the silk retains its sensual feel. This feeling is enhanced by the textures and thickness (momme) of silk fabric such as: crepe de chine, satin charmeuse, jacquard, habotai, or chiffon; each having its own unique character when responding to brush strokes. Nearly all of Simonsen’s inspiration comes from nature: sunsets, tidal pools, mountains, petrified wood, landscapes, flowers. Abstract painting helps her express her vision through color.

connie-simonsen-silk-shawls-march-2015“I’ve always been passionate about color and the texture of silk, and worn silk for most of my life,” says Simonsen. “Painting on silk began for me about 15 years ago after many years of trying other forms of art. My grandmother and mother were both artists, and greatly influenced and encouraged me. When I attended my first workshop on silk painting, the process and technique seemed magical. The moment my paint  brush touched the fabric, I was able to transfer the image in my mind onto the silk. This became my art medium, and it was evident this was a pursuit to continue.”