The Photographers’ Gallery

357 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520
10 - 6 daily

Fine Art Photography by Southern Oregon’s Finest.

Located at the Ashland Art Center, the Photographers’ Gallery is the only one of its kind between Portland and San Francisco. The gallery features work by eight photographers ranging from nationally recognized to emerging artists. A wide variety of styles are represented including: black & white, landscape, street, travel, macro and abstract photography.

Our photographers are Julie Bonney, Kate Geary, Rio Montero, John Christer Petersen, Darcie Sternenberg, Dan Elster, Judy Benson LaNier and Diana Standing.


Currently Featured:

Dan Elster

aac print image 1

          Local photographer Dan Elster’s new show, The Sentinel of the Forest, opens at The Photographer’s Gallery at The Ashland Art Center on Friday, September 6 for the First Friday Art Walk and continues through the month of September.

            Northern Spotted Owls are perhaps the Pacific Northwest’s best known wildlife species.  In the early 1990’s they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  Logging operations were suddenly curtailed and many even shut down.  To the logging communities, the owl became a symbol for government overreach and economic hardship.  To the environmentalist, spotted owls represented man’s  irresponsible stewardship of  the environment.  Northern Spotted Owl populations continue to decline and the long term survival of the species is questionable.
           In July of 2019, I accompanied a wildlife biologist in southern Oregon.  I was rewarded with a couple of the most memorable encounters to date with Strix occidentalis caurina.  I hope these images will help you see Northern Spotted Owls for what they are, (fascinating, beautiful, majestic creatures), not a symbol of a bitter political argument that has gone on for decades.
Dan Elster is a wildlife photographer based in Ashland, Oregon. He hopes his images serve as reminders that we don’t own the earth, we share it.
aac web image 1 aac web image 3 aac web image 2