August Featured Artists: Marydee Bombick & Lorene Senesac

“Looking Forward, Looking back” Lorene Senasec presents raku journeys, colorful carved bowls and tiles.
“Fanciful to Functional” Marydee Bombick’s clay creations for home and garden.

THOROUGHBRED

“THOROUGHBRED”, an equestrian themed show – large extraordinary oil paintings by Gabriel Lipper

Creekside Pizza is featuring artist Keith Jordan. His bold choice of color and style make these acrylic on canvas paintings come to life.

Featured Artist Keith Jordan

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Creekside Pizza is featuring local artist Keith Jordan. His gritty yet colorful work with acrylic on canvas is something to check out.

Figures and Metaphorests by Mabrie Ormes

Nude in Green and OrangeAGA

“The opportunity to draw from the live model is one of Ashland’s special offerings to the visual artist. In my case, I began making the leaf papers about 8 years ago. It took moving to Ashland in 2009 to inspire me to draw on those papers in artist-run sessions featuring the nude model. It was a Eureka! moment. There is something ineffable about the congruence of drawn nude with leaf paper in the way it expresses our humanity as part of Nature. Paintings here that do not include a figure are made on thick art papers that will take a lot of paint. My intention is to evoke landscape from close up. Rhythmic patterns assail the eye in dense forests of leaves: hence, Metaphorests.

Celebrating American Glass

Woven Crystal Bowls

Watch the art of glass blowing at our local studio. Our skilled local glass artists Scott Carlson, Keith Gabor and Jeff Addicott are busy creating custom glass lighting and wall adornments, ornaments, snowmen, vases and tumblers in bold colors. Stop by the studio/gallery to see for yourself, place a custom order or to try it for yourself in a hands-on class. Come in and see as we celebrate our love of American glass. Thank you for all your continued support!

JON JAY CRUSON

JON JAY CRUSON, extraordinary abstract paintings of northwest landscape by this renown artist .

July: Fifteen Years Ago, Studio A.B Established.

Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Bayard present works from fifteen years on the corner of A and Fifth Streets. Surrealism and realism share walls at Studio A.B.

Images of Water

Images of Water
Our Artists Interpretations
15 artists expressions of water through varied mediums. Exhibit of tsunami and flood photos.

“Art is a Verb” Paintings and Mixed Media by Nancy Ashmead

"Art is a Verb" Paintings and Mixed Media by Nancy Ashmead

Galleries, open studios, and artists on all three floors. Featured artist: Nancy Ashmead with “Art is a Verb”. Live music: David Elan Kelley. Special Show in the Classroom: Rogue Hack Lab.

July Featured Artists: Marilyn Reeves and Sandra Davis

JULY FEATURED ARTISTS: MARILYN REEVES & SANDRA DAVIS
Five Galleries & a Sculpture Garden in one place Showcasing Local Artists. Two blocks from the Downtown Plaza

Opening Thursday – Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life

Betty LaDuke, Africa: After the Rain, 2009, acrylic on wood panel, 46” x 25”

Join the Schneider Museum of Art in celebrating Betty LaDuke’s life of making art – sixty-five years of creating drawings, paintings, and sculptures that embrace cultural understanding throughout the globe.  Betty LaDuke will be honored at the opening reception of her exhibition, Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life on Thursday, June 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  At the opening, patrons will have the opportunity to meet LaDuke and sample delights from Inti Latin Soul Cantina and Restaurant and Panaderia Del Pueblo Mexican Bakery.  South Stage Cellars is generously donating and pouring wine at the event.  The festivities will be enlivened with music by the Rhythm Kings. Betty LaDuke, an artist and professor emerita at Southern Oregon University, has had a remarkable career traveling and sketching images of rural life across the world.  She has received numerous awards for her work and has exhibited throughout the United States.  LaDuke states that her “sketches, prints, acrylic paintings, and shaped wood panels often embrace the following themes: spiritual traditions that connect us to our past, present, and future; honoring the earth—plowing, planting, and harvesting; peace that brings an end to conflict and war; and […]

Landscape Pastel Paintings by Ina Prosser

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“Landscape Paintings” by Ina Prosser “Having been raised on the Oregon Coast as a child, I’ve been painting its many beautiful landmarks off and on for many years. The last few years I’ve been drawn to painting scenes from my past. I see a beauty and softness in the remains of old buildings, wharves, boats, and aging forests. Who among us doesn’t love the ocean, rocks, and sandy beaches. These are the things that inspire me. Enjoy!” Music by Douglas Ross on the Dulcimer. Refreshments served First Friday June 7th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June is 15th anniversary at Studio A.B

Celebrating 15 years in business.

Photographs by Michael Williams; Sculpture by Robin and John Gumaelius

Riding his horse out of town

John and Robin Gumaelius, annual sculpture exhibit of new work. And introducing Michael Williams, Abstract Nude photographs

Life Needs Art! Summer at Ashland Art Center

Summer is almost here and with it longer days to happily fill with art and creativity. Take a stroll around all three floors of the Art Center and explore the beautiful art in our galleries and artists’ studios. Live music performed by Sage Meadows. Special Show in the Classroom: Quilting to Honor and Comfort.

Live Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery

By Scott Carlson and Keith Gabor

Watch the art of glass blowing at our local studio. Our skilled local glass artists Scott Carlson, Keith Gabor and Jeff Addicott are busy creating custom glass lighting and wall adornments, ornaments, snowmen, vases and tumblers in bold colors. Stop by the studio/gallery to see for yourself, place a custom order or to try it for yourself in a hands-on class. Have you seen some of our local projects lately? Thank you for all your continued support!

Richard Levitt, photographer and digital artist

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Richard LeVitt is a photographer and digital artist living and working in Ashland, Oregon. Richard admires great photographers, and has been fortunate to study with some of the best. His teachers include Ansel Adams, Ralph Gibson, Barbara Morgan, Wright Morris, Olivia Parker, John Sexton, and Jerry Uelsmann. His earliest images were of rural landscapes, and dealt with the unintentional alterations made by time, neglect, and weather. Eventually he became interested in altering the photographs themselves, first by using Jerry Uelsmann’s darkroom techniques, and later by recombining print elements and painting them with watercolors or photo oils. These alterations progressed to the scenes before the camera, where—influenced by Olivia Parker—he composes still-life combinations of found objects. This progression led him inevitably to the computer, and the infinite possibilities of digital media. Beginning with photographs taken by himself and by others, Richard adds colors and transforms compositions to make surprising new works. He says, “Using computer tools gives me incredible freedom. I can experiment with ideas and learn from my mistakes much faster than I ever could in the darkroom. And I can change what the eye sees—new kinds of expression are […]

Husbands, Wives and Lovers

The Lovers by Horst Wolf

Husbands, Wives and Lovers… All You Need is Love May and June features our annual exhibit showcasing artists who sometimes work together, sometimes separately. The show combines the work of painters, writers, photographers and more. Come be inspired by the love for each other expressed by these artists. Who are the lovers? We never tell ! Introducing Richard Royce bronze sculptures and digital collage by Kristina Royce.

June Featured Artists: Elin Babcock and Debbie Earley

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Ashland Artworks will feature new work by two talented artists in June. Come see Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry and Painting, and Debbie Earley’s beautiful fused glass jewelry, functional bowls and plates, and large wall pieces. Come enjoy our five galleries in a garden setting, and lingering conversations on the deck over Ashland Creek! 5 GALLERIES AND A SCULPTURE GARDEN: AAW is home to these outstanding local artists… Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings Marydee Bombick’s Functional and Garden Pottery Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving & Masks Sandra Davis’ Plein Air Oil Paintings, Prints & Cards Don Gilmer’s Assemblage Clocks Debbie Earley’s fused glass jewelry, functional bowls and plates Sierra Gwin’s Nature Inspired Silver Jewelry Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Clay Birds Claudia Law’s Textile Creations Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings & Cards George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures Marilyn Reeves’ Narrative Clay Sculptures Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs Connie Simonsen’s Handpainted Silk Scarves John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards

“Experimenting with Materials” Assemblage by Dale Muir

Dale is known for her amazing assemblage pieces which give personality and expression to everyday found objects. Her pieces are part 3D collage and part sculpture. They celebrate the character of individual materials by bringing them together in a work of art that shows them in a new and beautiful light. Come see Dale\’s fun and inspiring work in her studio on the lower level. Live music will be performed upstairs by Chapter II, an alternative rock/acoustic band with members from Ashland High School, and downstairs by Thad Jacobson on solo banjo. As always visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center. This month’s special First Friday show in the Classroom is Art Honor Society Club at AHS. Highlighting artists and photographers from all grades at Ashland High School, this show was created in order to develop support for a new club at AHS: an Ashland chapter of The National Arts Honor Society, a program dedicated to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. This show is curated by AHS senior William Crowley.

Recent Work with Color Theory, Paintings by Judy Bjorlie

These paintings by Judy Bjorlie show her recent work with color theory as taught by Stephen Quiller. Each painting was approached with a different mix of color choices and/or color theory including mixing those gorgeous grayed tones in between complimentary colors. Represented in this work are: Complimentary Relationships, Analogous Color, Color Families, Double Analogous Color Relationships and Triad Color relationships. Judy is one of the six owners/directors of Art & Soul Gallery. Music by the Cantabile Quartet who will be playing single movements by Beethoven, Mozart, Borodin, Shostakovich, Wolf and Gershwin. Judy Bjorlie is a member of the quartet playing the cello.

New Blown Glass

Watch the art of glass blowing at our local studio. Our skilled local glass artists Scott Carlson, Keith Gabor and Jeff Addicott are busy creating glass ornaments, snowmen, vases and tumblers in bold colors. Stop by the studio/gallery to see for yourself, place a custom order or to try it for yourself in a hands-on class. Have you seen some of our local projects lately? Thank you for all your continued support!

Bob Bosworth

Bob Bosworth, master watercolorist and renowned architect has made the Rogue Valley home base throughout his illustrious career. He has designed numerous private estates, unique buildings and received national acclaim for the “Oregon Pavilion” at the world’s fair in Seattle 1962. He is currently focused on painting. “My paintings, abstract or representational, emerge from an impulse to seek nature’s poem. Also, painting and design are what I do best in life.”

Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Bayard, drawings and digital prints

This month, Studio A.B features drawings by Ann DiSalvo and digital prints by Bruce Bayard. During the First Friday Artwalk, there will also be a running video loop of Triptychs, a collage in motion.

Fighting Men, Vanessa Calvert, and Summer Camp!

Jack Kirby, Captain America #211, page 1, 1977, Inker: Mike Royer, pen and brush and ink on Bristol board, 15 x 10 in. Courtesy of Aaron Noble and Jenette Goldstein. ™ & © Marvel and Subs.

Fighting Men: Golub, Voulkos, and Kirby To create Fighting Men: Golub, Voulkos, and Kirby, curator Daniel Duford pulled together three seemingly disparate artists who worked with different media and were part of different genres. “Jack Kirby (1917-1994), Leon Golub (1922-2004), and Peter Voulkos (1924-2000) occupy alternate dimensions—their achievements are chronicled in different art histories, each with its own priorities.” However, Duford was interested in exploring the work of these three artists because “they were all immersed in discredited mediums and subject matter—they rooted around in the mud of history and myth, emerging with their own muscular and ham-fisted approach to their respective materials.” Duford conceived of Golub, Voulkos, and Kirby within the theme of Fighting Men because of the violence and power that pervades their works. “The specter of violence and the consequences of power animate this exhibition—raw power emanates from the artwork,” states Duford. Leon Golub’s cautionary paintings depict the violence stemming from political power gone awry. Peter Voulkos’ ceramic pieces are the result of the powerful strength involved in punching great slabs of clay together to arrive at an object of beauty. Jack Kirby’s historically significant comic illustrations […]

East Meets West

Wataru Sugiyama, known throughout the Northwest and Japan for his extraordinary sculpture based on Hanawa imagery. Also uniquely elegant paintings by Cheryl Williams.

April in England

All English Show featuring the work of: * Ken Deveney, photography * Bruce Barnes, water colorist Gallerie Karon is “A Taste of Ashland” participant

Special Group Show in the Front Gallery

In April, Ashland Artworks will feature works from all of our artists. Be sure to stop by on First Friday! 5 GALLERIES AND THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts. AAW is home to these outstanding local artists… Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings, Marydee Bombick’s Functional and Garden Pottery, Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving & Masks, Sandra Davis’ Plein Air Oil Paintings, Prints & Cards, Don Gilmer’s Assemblage Clocks, Sierra Gwin’s Nature Inspired Silver Jewelry, Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Clay Birds, Claudia Law’s Textile Creations, Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings & Cards, George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures, Marilyn Reeves’ Narrative Clay Sculptures, Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs, Connie Simonsen’s Handpainted Silk Scarves, John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards.

“Blooming” Floral Watercolors by Elaine Frenett

Celebrate spring with “Blooming” – beautiful floral watercolors by Elaine Frenett. Elaine captures light and warmth in her sophisticated watermedia paintings. She is a teacher as well as an artist, leading popular art journaling clinics every month at the Art Center. Come meet Elaine and see her show and her studio on the top floor of the Art Center. Live music will be performed by the local, “vivacious peasant folk” band Patchy Sanders. As always visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center. This month’s special First Friday show in the Classroom is called “Hearts and Hopes Illuminated”, a group show featuring submissions from survivors of sexual assault within our community, SOU students, and SASH (Sexual Assault Survivors’ Healing) Support Group. This is the start of a month of local events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a worldwide pro-active annual occasion.

Dodie Welcomes Spring

Paintings by Dodie Hamilton-Brandon “Since coming to the Rogue Valley thirty years ago I have been pursuing my art career as a painter and teacher of watercolors. I have become known especially for my florals, but recently I have been venturing into the area of non-objective subject matter using collage and acrylic media. During this month of April, as featured artist, I am showing both areas with the theme “Dodie Welcomes Spring”, which not only expresses my joy at the coming of spring after our dark, cold winter days but also my love of color.” Happy Birthday to Dodie as she celebrates her 93rd birthday this month! Dodie is an inspiration to all of us!In 1998, she was one of the founding owners/partners of Art & Soul Gallery and served with the other owners as Executive director for eleven years.Thank you, Dodie! Dulcimer Music by Douglas Ross.

Blowing Glass

Watch the art of glass blowing at our local studio. Our skilled local glass artists Scott Carlson, Keith Gabor and Jeff Addicott are busy creating glass ornaments, snowmen, vases and tumblers in bold colors. Stop by the studio/gallery to see for yourself, place a custom order or to try it for yourself in a hands-on class. Have you seen some of our local projects lately? Thank you for all your continued support!

Chasing the Muse, original paintings by Dixie Kinser

“My paintings represent my journey in chasing my “muse.” I sometimes think, “Ah ha, now I have her.” Then later she taunts me to find her again. It is a constant search to find her in each painting or when working dyeing silk. Actually, dyeing silk was the beginning of my journey. Later I tried watercolor and finally acrylic became my favored medium. I now frequently find that the two mediums work well with each other in my pursuit of the muse.” Dulcimer Music by Douglas Ross.

“It’s For the Birds”

A theme based invitational exhibit with new work in all media by gallery artists. Also on display will be paintings by Raven Borgilt, an exceptional art student and sophomore at Ashland Senior High School.

Assemblage Clocks, Silk Scarves and Nature Inspired Silver Jewelry at Ashland Artworks

In the month of March, Ashland Artworks’ featured artists are: Don Gilmer, whose clocks are assembled with salvage, history and romance, Connie Simonsen, whose hand-painted scarves dance with color, And Sierra Gwin, whose nature-inspired silver jewelry glows with grace and originality. We will also display work from Ashland High School’s art students. 5 GALLERIES AND THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts. AAW is home to these other outstanding local artists… Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings, Marydee Bombick’s Functional and Garden Pottery, Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving & Masks, Sandra Davis’ Plein Air Oil Paintings, Prints & Cards, Don Gilmer’s Assemblage Clocks, Sierra Gwin’s Nature Inspired Silver Jewelry, Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Clay Birds, Claudia Law’s Textile Creations, Catherine McElroy’s Beautiful Watercolors, Prints & Art Cards, Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings & Cards, George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures, Marilyn Reeves’ Narrative Clay Sculptures, Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs, Connie Simonsen’s Handpainted Silk Scarves, John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards.

“Doors and Details” Architectural Photography by Judith Pavlik

Doors and Details by Judith Pavlik

Judith is known and loved for her portraits – of families, children, weddings – and we are delighted to introduce Ashland to her architectural photography as well! Come view her photographs of doors and other man-made details in her work space on the main floor of the Art Center. Her work will be up during March and she will be on hand meeting people and answering questions about her work during the March Art Walk. New! Live music in two locations: Joseph Crowell will be playing on the landing upstairs and Jacob Howard, downstairs in the lounge area next to the Clay Studio. As always visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center. This month’s special First Friday show in the Classroom is “Artists for Economic Justice”. In a unit of study on social justice, the third and fourth grade students at John Muir Elementary examined how poverty can inhibit an individual’s access to civil rights. Students reflect on and make a statement regarding poverty in our community through poetry and collage.

April and May Artist

Our featured local artist this month is Rueben Davis. After 14 years in business, owning and operating a snowboard/skateboard shop, a tattoo/piercing shop, a hair salon, and a record store, Rueben went into teaching. Earning a degree in biology and two master’s degrees, he spent the last few years teaching high school biology and environmental science as well as courses at SOU. So what’s next? Painting of course. “My paintings embrace the fact that I have no training or skill as a painter. With no preconceptions of what art should be, I am not afraid of failure. I treat painting as an experiment because in an experiment there is no success or failure, only results. What will happen if I do this? Or that? My paintings are bright and energetic, they are abstract and amateurish, they are fun and large and hard to miss. I am interested in capturing kinetic energy, the impression of movement, as well as the chemistry of colors, arresting a mixture of colors and textures mid reaction to see if I can derive an image from it. Mixing and cracking, clumping layer upon layer of color. […]

13th Annual Pomegranate Exhibit

Thirteenth Annual Pomegranate Group Show. Ann DiSalvo, Denise Souza Finney, Ruthe Woudenberg, Rachel Barrett, Mori D., Ellen Falkner. Figure studies from their weekly meetings, practicing together for a positive influence on personal creativity. Studio A.B presents six artists’ works in varying mediums, all results of ongoing studies of the female form. The Pomegranate Group is the longest standing women’s drawing group dedicated to this genre, meeting weekly to pursue depictions of the ever-changing nature of women’s bodies. The style each artist brings to the exhibit indicates the potentially endless points of view by which to see the feminine form. Chocolate will be on hand both to honor the Oregon Chocolate Festival and to express the artists’ belief that women and chocolate have a special relationship. The Group chooses to exhibit in March to be a part of Women’s History Month.

Faculty Show and Mark Applebaum

Come and see the Schneider Museum of Art’s show, Seeing 8, featuring work by the Southern Oregon University Art Faculty. Featured artists include Marlene Alt, David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Miles Inada, Kathleen Murney, Peg Sjogren, Robin Strangfeld, and Tracy Templeton. The exhibition will be on view through March 16, 2013. Mark Applebaum, The Metaphysics of Notation Southern Oregon University\’s Department of Performing Arts and Schneider Museum of Art present a series of concerts, talks, and an exhibition by acclaimed composer Mark Applebaum of Stanford University. Dubbed \”The Mad Scientist of Music\” by TED.com, Applebaum composes and performs music that breaks the rules: he has written a concerto for florist, composed a work for three conductors and no players, created immense graphic musical scores, built wild sound sculptures, and is an accomplished jazz pianist. The Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo – Sunday, March 10, 7:30 PM, SOU Music Recital Hall, $15 general, free for students with I.D. The Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo is a two-piano, four-hand, twenty-finger, multi-generational ensemble featuring Bob Applebaum and his son Mark Applebaum. They have concertized from California to Tunisia since their official formation as a duo in […]

Safari III

Come with us on Safari ! Six artists and counting including pieces from a private collection.

All Art, Great & Small

An invitation went out to all the artists at Art & Soul Gallery to create miniature paintings for the featured wall. Small paintings are easy to hang in various places of interest in ones home or given as a special gift to that special person. Enjoy the diversity of styles from abstracts to realistic to impressionistic; and from mediums from oils to pastels to acrylics to watercolor to mixed media. All Art, Great and Small created by Art & Soul Gallery Artists! Dulcimer Music by Douglas Ross.

Gallery Group Show

The focus will be on new sculpture that arrived toward the end of the year by Aggie Zed and the Gumaelius family. We’ll also revisit many fine works by other gallery artists.

Bruce Bayard presents continuous video loop

In conjunction with a new collage series, Bruce Bayard presents a continuous video loop during January First Friday Artwalk. The soundtrack performed at a remote location by Todd Barton, will be streaming online from 6 to 8 pm. Barton will be performing an live improvisational composition on the Buchla synthesizer. The images are a moving collage consisting of hundreds of images, video, and words. Bayard and Barton have been collaborating on live improvisational performances for the last half year and continue the First Saturday concert series: TBA into the new year. First Saturday concerts are at the DanceSpace in Ashland, and January’s guest artist is Michael Maag, moving light programmer and video jockey.

Holiday Gift Gala at Ashland Artworks

WINTER HOURS FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY: 11AM TO 3PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. JOIN US FOR FIRST FRIDAYS UNTIL 8PM! AAW is the home of the wonderful watercolors by Catherine McElroy, Raku Sculpture by Lorene Senesac, Cutting Boards & Wordwork by John Weston, George Popa’s unique Wire Sculptures, Cheryl Kempner’s Charming Crazy Birds, Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Marcia O’Rourke’s Reliefs and Paintings, among others….We have Holiday Cards. 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden: As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts. AAW is home to these other outstanding local artists… Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings, Marydee Bombick’s Functional and Garden Pottery, Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving & Masks, Sandra Davis’ Plein Air Oil Paintings, Prints & Cards, Don Gilmer’s Assemblage Clocks, Sierra Gwin’s Nature Inspired Silver Jewelry, Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Clay Birds, Claudia Law’s Textile Creations, Catherine McElroy’s Beautiful Watercolors, Prints & Art Cards, Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings & Cards, George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures, Marilyn Reeves’ Narrative Clay Sculptures, Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs, Connie Simonsen’s Handpainted Silk Scarves, John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting […]

Tapestry Woven Jewelry by Thalia Keple

Thalia combines her weaving and textile skills with her beading, metal working and jewelry skills to create wonderful tapestry woven jewelry. She will be on hand in her studio # 8 during the January First Friday Art Walk, greeting visitors and explaining her techniques. As always the Art Center has art, artists and refreshments on all three floors. Live music by Daniel Sherrill. NEW! Take a ride with new Shuttle touring Art2Business locations during the Art Walk including the Ashland Art Center. Art2Business is a program where Businesses are matched with Art Work, making the businesses more inviting and giving artists a larger audience for their work. Find out more at www.ashlandartcenter.org/art2business.

Gifted Held Over!

Another opportunity to explore unique affordable art. 25 artists’ work for affordable Holiday giving! Come see us!

Local Blown Glass Gifts!

Watch the art of glass blowing at our local studio. Our skilled local glass artists Scott Carlson, Keith Gabor and Jeff Addicott are busy creating glass ornaments, snowmen, vases and tumblers in bold colors. Stop by the studio/gallery to see for yourself, place a custom order or to try it for yourself in a hands-on class. Have you seen some of our local projects lately? Be sure to check out the custom pendant lights we have created for the new Caldera Brewery on Clover Lane, Caldera’s Tap House on Water Street and the lighting for Medford Food Co-Op. Thank you for all your continued support!

December and January Featured Artist

Our featured artist this month is Leah Fanning Mebane. Leah Fanning Mebane lives with her son, Django and husband, Drew, in beautiful Southern Oregon and exhibits her abstract and portraiture work in galleries throughout the states. She grew up in the richly artistic city of New Orleans and then lived on the east coast for many years as a professional ballet dancer while also studying painting at various universities. She later graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in Painting/ Illustration and also studied art in Cortona, Italy. Leah has had articles published in many national and international magazines on her art process and has been teaching abstract and portrait painting for many years. She has been commissioned for over 500 portraits and murals over the past sixteen years, and her style has evolved into a unique and colorful, expressionistic style. Her abstract work has a distinct “flowing” style filled with texture, layers and vibrant organic shapes. She paints in oil with all non-toxic materials, earthen pigments and walnut oils so her painting process does not harm the environment or off-gas like all traditional oil paintings. In 2011, she started […]

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Jesse Widener Newest Photography…”alternate perceptions of commonly accepted reality”

Jesse says, “Reality is perceived, and this is entirely subjective as perception itself. Constraining our perception to one “reality” when…in some way, reality either ceases to exist or never existed to begin with.”

Sue Bennett, on Location in France

This show represents 15 years of gratefully painting on location in France. Standing at an easel in Rodin’s Sculpture Garden in Paris was a moving and challenging experience: In front of me was the sculpture of The Burghers of Calais. People watched to see it interpreted in watercolor. In countless locations, I’ve loved painting peaceful scenes of beauty and charm: villages, mills and landscapes. Seeking out countryside subjects that speak to my heart has become a passion. I am full of awe and appreciation for the influence of the French impressionists in my own love of art. Painting gear for watercolor is easy to carry, a necessity because the trips include planes, trains, busses, cars and miles of walking. I’ll soon return to a favorite farm near Bergerac; then leave there to explore a new area hoping to capture more antiquity of this country. Dulcimer Music by Douglas Ross.

CAROL INGRAM and DENNIS MEINERS

Carol Ingram’s unique style captures a drama reminiscent of the paintings created by JMW Turner late in his career. “For me, painting is a mysterious process. I start each painting with a general idea of what I’m going to do, but as I work, the dialogue begins, and things start evolving. My job is to be responsive to what is happening on the canvas, to recognize when it’s good, and to move with it. This involves letting go of knowledge, preconceived ideas, and too much thinking, and that can be really hard. But after all these years of painting, the only thing that works for me is to trust the process. I love the fact that when a painting is finished, I’m always surprised at how it looks, and I think, how did I paint that?” Dennis Meiners work is known for highly textured surfaces and metaphoric content. “The act of making things is a magical privilege for which I have made and will make many sacrifices. I have found that the objects that result from the act of making are secondary to being in the process of bringing those […]

October Fundraiser at Ashland Art Works: Step-Up to Help Out

“Step-up to Help Out” Fundraiser Clay Creatures by Marydee Bombick Fine woodworking by John Weston “STEP-UP to HELP OUT” is Ashland Art Work’s annual Fall Fundraising Event. Local artists and students have uniquely painted 35 (?) hand-crafted wooden serving trays and stools. Donations from the sale of the art pieces will benefit two local charities: Maslow Project for Homeless Youth and the Jackson County Humane Society. The gallery is requesting a minimum donation of $50 per tray or stool. “CLAY CREATURES” will feature whimsical clay animals hand-built by Marydee Bombick. “WONDERFUL WOOD” will highlight the fine woodworking of John Weston. Benches, letter boxes, coat racks, bowls, and cutting boards are all crafted from sustainable local and exotic woods. SPECIAL DEBUT: During the first two weeks of October we are pleased to present talented young artist Madelyn Getzoff, who recently sent us this statement about her work: “I am a senior at Ashland High school, and I plan on graduating this January of 2013. All graduating seniors are required to complete a senior project. I decided to take this as an opportunity to focus my project on something that has always […]

Southern Oregon Landscape Photographs by David Lorenz Winston Featured at Ashland Art Center

David Lorenz Winston is an award winning photographer, internationally recognized for his nature photography. His crisp winter landscapes and stunning images of trees enhance art and photography collections around the world. “I feel fortunate to be living and photographing in Southern Oregon,” David says, “The quick access to superb landscapes along with changing seasons and weather patterns give the terrain a delightful freshness that keeps me returning for more.” During the October Art Walk, David will be greeting visitors and answering questions about his work in the Photographers’ Gallery on the main floor of the Art Center. Enjoy live music by Chris Johnson and Mark Arinsberg and discover art and artists on all three floors of the Art Center.

Selections from Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art

The Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) at Southern Oregon University is excited to present an inspiring exhibition that is a major survey of work by Oregon visual artists who are defining and advancing the contemporary arts landscape. The exhibition will be showing from Friday, September 28 – Saturday, December 8, 2012 with an opening reception on Thursday,September 27, 5:00 TO 7:00 PM. Patrons are encouraged to visit frequently this fall as artwork will be rotating during the exhibition. Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art was conceived of and produced by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland,Oregon and curated by Prudence F. Roberts. It is the second installment of the biennial-following Portland2010,curated by Cris Moss-in an ongoing survey of contemporary art practice in Oregon. SMA Acting Director Erika Leppmann worked with curator, Prudence Roberts, and Disjecta Director, Bryan Seurath, to select a group of artists from the Biennial for the fall exhibition at the Schneider Museum of Art. Prudence F. Roberts, currently an instructor of art history at Portland Community College, served as curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum from 1987 to 2000. Curator Roberts reviewed 280 applications […]

For September: Tapestries & Masks by Monique Barker; Watercolors And a New Book by Catherine McElroy

COLORFUL TAPESTRIES AND MASKS, DESIGNED AND CREATED BY MONIQUE BARKER Monique has practiced the art of pile rug knotting on the loom since 1986, when she met her teacher, Karma Sherap, near Katmandu, Nepal. In art school in Paris, she became fascinated with shamanistic masks, another aspect of Tibetan culture. Monique’s richly colored artworks seem transported from another world, and for good reason. But she’s brought them to you. MEET WATERCOLOR ARTIST/AUTHOR CATHERINE McELROY Come and share the laughter with Watercolor Artist/Author aka Queenie Mac, displaying her original watercolor paintings and her new children’s book “It’s An Absolutely Perfect Day For…” Kathy will also present her “Spelletoes” alphabet placards. Enjoy her artwork at; http://www.catherinemcelroy.com http://www.facebook.com/CatherineMcelroyArt View her book at; http://www.catherinemcelroy.com/books.html www.facebook.com/queeniemacbooks MUSIC ALERT: On First Friday, September 7, Ashland Artworks will present CRITICAL MASS, a \”Southern Oregon\” group. Their music is a blend of Jazz, Blues,Latin, and Rock styles with most of their tunes being original and instrumental. The instrumentation of the band is typically rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, congas and set drums, but for the first Friday art walk , it will be rhythm guitar, lead […]

3rd Annual Glass Harvest Festival

Join us September 21, 22 & 23 at Gathering Glass Studio in Ashland for thousands of hand blown glass pumpkins and gourds and live glass blowing demonstrations! Choose the perfect Halloween decor or Thanksgiving centerpiece, all while supporting Mobility Unlinited’s great cause, funding mobility equiptment for working Oregonians. Friday, September 21: 10am – 5pm Saturday, September 22: 10am – 5pm Sunday, September 23: 11am – 4pm

Kickstarter Campaign Benefiting Homeless Youth Featured at Ashland Art Center

Yelena Joy, an artist from Ashland Art Center is Studio # 4, is offering a unique opportunity for homeless youth. Medford has the second highest number of homeless youths in Oregon. The Heart-Art Experience is an art therapy- like process, through which the participant has the opportunity to see himself as fully capable, whole and \”un-broken\”, and to experience inner power and shift limiting beliefs. The project was inspired after Ms. Joy connected with youth in need, most recently with homeless youth at the Maslow Project, a non-profit organization that provides help in meeting basic needs, along with education and enrichment opportunities for homeless and at-risk homeless youth ages 0-21. Joy said, \”When I went to the Maslow project for the first time, I experienced a completely different reality, a reality that is unknown for most of us, and one which we would like to avoid.\” When you need to take care of basic needs, it is easy to forget the power within and to treat yourself as \”broken\” rather than as an equal member of society. Twenty years ago, Ms. Joy began working as a medical psychologist and artist […]

Jewels of the Navajo Loom: The Rugs of Teec Nos Pos / Paintings: Eva Lake

Exhibition runs June 28 – September 8, 2012. Opening reception on Thursday, June 28, 5-7 pm. RoxyAnn Winery is generously donating and pouring at the reception. Over three-dozen rugs woven by Navajo weavers between 1910 -1950, are on loan from the Ruth K. Bellikove Collection. Named for the trading post in NE Arizona where the weavers sold their work and shopped for food and sundries, Teec Nos Pos rugs are characterized by complex multiple borders. Often long and narrow, the rugs tend to be bold with outlined geometric elements. Various influences are visible in the Teec Nos Pos designs, from Oriental carpets to Plains Indian beadwork. Though no one is certain how these influences came about, the weavings were designed to tempt both the tourist and home furnishing markets. “My goal in painting is to create an experience you feel as opposed to a composition you read”. And that experience is one of pulsating optical vibration in serial works of Portland-based artist, Eva Lake. Constructed of alternating lines and color, and changes in value and hue, Lake\’s subtle blending of paint keeps the viewer engaged with the entire canvas or […]

The Female of the Species HELD OVER WITH NEW ADDITIONS

The Female of the Species HELD OVER WITH NEW ADDITIONS 20 women artists in a show all their own Our first annual invitational all women’s exhibit All media which includes the fantastic work of CHARU COLORADO

People, Places and Things of Beauty

Oil and Pastel Paintings by Judy Richardson.”Beauty is something that can be experienced no matter where we are or what we are doing. The light shining through a leaf, the steam rolling off of your cup of coffee, the glint of the sun on a child’s hair can all be things of beauty. As an artist I am always looking for moments of beauty. When I look with my “artist eyes”, I see the world differently. I see shapes of color and light that work together to make form. My pleasurable task then becomes interpreting these moments for the viewer.” “The works in this show are a collection of images from our travels, blossoms from our yard and people we have encountered in our journey through life. My wish is for you enjoy viewing them as much as I have enjoyed their creation.” Dulcimer Music by Douglas Ross.

SARA SWINK and KEN GRANT

SARA SWINK “I make human and animal forms with a psychological stance, using form, surface, color and facial expression to investigate the imaginal realm of dreams, fantasies and feeling states. The receptivity of clay invites this kind of inner exploration and is the perfect medium to explore the human longing for symbolic understanding and personal regeneration. My ideas derive most often from a process methodology that I teach in workshops, which employs simple and accessible techniques like collage and doodling to unleash the unconscious. Then I try to stay out of the way, letting ideas flow, selecting the ones that most resonate to bring into clay.” KEN GRANT “What I ultimately hope to accomplish with my work is to draw the viewer into the painting, to feel the light and space and evoke a distant memory. I would like my paintings to trigger a pleasant emotional response, much like the way the scent of a daphne blossom can take you back to a particular warm spring afternoon on the porch of your parents house when you were young. When you view my paintings I want you to actually feel the […]

August Features: Reflections by Marcia O

MARCIA O’ROURKE: My first serious sculpture was a turtle carved from a bar of Ivory soap. I spent my entire allowance on bars of Ivory soap. I have continued to sculpt since then! And turtles continue to interest me. I work in clay and I also paint and draw. Almost any medium is a potential opportunity for creative expression. Still, the responsive, organic nature of the clay continues to call to me, excite me and satisfy my senses. LORENE SENESAC: My work features clay sculptures predominately depicting portals or gateways leading the viewer on a journey. I’ve been inspired by dreams and my travels to ancient and sacred sites on this continent and abroad. The mystery evoked by partially hidden doors and steps curving beyond sight has always drawn me. I am reminded of possibility and choice, each path a different future, each door opening to another experience. My sculptures are most often Raku fired. This method produces lustrous metallic and crackle glazes against a black clay body which creates the sense of mystery I want to achieve. Although my work comes from my own experiences and observations, the intent […]

Live Glassblowing Demos!

See glassblowing from the hotshop studio floor and shop for hand blown art glass in the adjoining gallery. Celebrating ten years of blowing glass in Ashland, Oregon! Stop by to enjoy the harvest inspired glass, take a class, watch the free demos, place a custom order or work with our team to create one-of-a-kind custom lighting. (Have you seen the lights created by our artisans at Caldera and the Medford Co-Op?)

Adornment for the Home and Body by Wendy Gell Featured at Ashland Art Center

Most people know Wendy Gell for her fabulous blingy jewelry and now she is bringing her signature sparkly glamour to objects for the home! During August, Wendy will be featuring a Kuan Yin Lamp with Tiffany style shade, a nodding headed Gold Empress, mirrors and goblets, all in Wendy’s unique style. Swarovski stones abound, and her world renowned wristies,bracelets, and necklaces will be on display as well. ” I am always looking for new inspiration, for new objects to make. These works are all brand new and very exciting, as I have more wonderful stones and jewels then ever before. I closed a storage unit in Connecticuit and sent myself boxes of wonderful stones and materials. The shimmering will be amazing,” says Wendy. During the August Art Walk, Wendy will be greeting visitors in her studio and answering questions about her processes. Enjoy live music by JJ Joss and discover art and artists on all three floors of the Art Center.

August and September Featured Artist

Our featured artist this month is Zoe West. What does a feeling, thought or need look like at its molecular beginning? Strip away our skin color, cultural mores and inhibitions, and what do we have? Hopefully—commonality, determination, and a sense of humor. At least , this is where I’m coming from…..Zoe West.

June and July Featured Artist

Our featured artist this month is Jupiter Moon. Jupiter grew up on a farm in Iowa, allowing for an early experience of being close to nature and fostering an isolated and very unique creative growth. He attended Nothwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, attaining a BFA in fine art. Since then, Jupiter has lived on the West Coast from LA to Seattle. He has had numerous local exhibitons throughout the years and has created and sold hundreds of paintings. From 1997-2008 he ran a retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains in which he sold many works in his personal studio. His work is in collections around the nation. The primary theme of Jupiter’s art is expressing the fundamental unity of all in a fun, colorful way. Infused with philosophical ideas, the primary aspect of his paintings is a bold, full-spectrum use of color to create a unified-field composition. In addition to being a highly original prolific visual artist, Jupiter is also an accomplished musician and songwriter, with hundreds of songs to his credit.

Husbands, Wives and Lovers

Husbands, Wives and Lovers A Reflection of Love May and June features our 7th annual Husbands, Wives and Lovers exhibit showcasing artists who sometimes work together, sometimes separately. The show combines the work of painters, writers, photographers and more. Come be inspired by the obvious reflections of love for each other expressed by these artists. Who are the lovers? We never tell !

LANDSCAPES FOR ALL SEASONS by Willo Balfrey

I have always been attracted to the beauty of the outdoors which has led me on this artistic journey. Thirty years ago, when I began painting, my specialty was wildlife but I soon realized I needed to place the wildlife in their natural habitat. This led to the appreciation and study of landscapes and I have not looked back. The joy of creating a landscape painting that invites the viewer to walk in, linger awhile, and maybe stay � is my personal goal. En Plein air (on location), has helped me to express what I see and how I feel about the beauty that surrounds me. I paint on location as much as possible and bring those studies back to the studio to create larger pieces either in pastel or oil. I want to viewer to feel the mood, light, and pleasure of the piece. Dulcimer Music by Douglas Ross.

Figuratively Speaking 2

Vince Carl, Karen Staal and Gabriel Mark Lipper compose their paintings based on drawings created while working with live models. Each artist has a unique and personal approach resulting in diverse interpretations of their subjects. Carl’s nudes are drawn directly onto the canvas which has been treated with pattern and painterly effects that embody the figure. Staal uses the figure to create abstract compositions that suggest a relationship, mood or theme within the frame. Lipper’s work tells a story. “I paint decadence and beauty. Color, form, people. Vacuous society. Intimacy.”

Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Bayard mixed media and digital art

The studio displays a variety of work by Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Bayard. Ann works in dry media: charcoal, pastel, graphite; and Bruce works with electronic media, producing manipulated photographic collage.

May at Ashland Art: Works Group Show

We are featuring Ashland Art Works’ Special “Spring Group Show” of our Associate Members. The show features Fresh Art, full of Light: Connie Simonsen’s Hand-dyed Silks, Sandra Davis’ Paintings, and Fused Glass by Debbie Earley. Throughout our 5 galleries you will enjoy an array of Fine Art by local artists: Beautiful 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. Please Welcome our newest members: Jeweler, Sierra Gwin, and Painter, Sandra Davis. AAW is home to these other outstanding local artists… Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings, Marydee Bombick’s Functional and Garden Pottery, Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving & Masks, Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Birds, Catherine McElroy’s Beautiful Watercolors & Art Cards, Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings & Cards, George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures, Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs, and John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards and Marilyn Reeves’ Narrative Sculptures. Relax and Stroll through our 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden. We are open 10am to 5pm Thursday, Friday, & […]

See Live Glassblowing

Animal Portraiture by Dana Feagin Featured at Ashland Art Center

Dana Feagin, award-winning pet portrait artist, is our featured artist for June. Dana is an oil painter completely focused on animal art, capturing their interesting and amusing expressions on bold backgrounds. Her work can be seen in Studio 3, as well as a special display upstairs featuring paintings of animals from Sanctuary One, a non-profit care farm in Jacksonville, OR. Ten percent of her sales from these originals, prints and cards is donated to Sanctuary One to assist with animal care. During the June Art Walk, Dana will be greeting visitors in her studio and answering questions about her processes. Enjoy live music by Garrett Baxter and discover art and artists on all three floors of the Art Center.

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography

“The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography” explores new and innovative approaches in photography. This exhibit will be on display from May 10 through June 16, 2012. Aperture Foundation has organized this traveling exhibition and includes the works of artist Ellen Carey, Barbara Kasten, and Silvio Wolf. The opening reception will be May 10, 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Kenya to Kermit

Kenya to Kermit Masks and Puppets * Tribute to Margaret and Arthur Wasser, professional puppeteers * Masks from all over the world * Puppets in all their configurations * A Taste of Ashland participant

Different Strokes, Paintings by Art & Soul Gallery Owners

April’s Featured artists are the six owners of Art and Soul Gallery: Linda Boutacoff, Charlotte Peterson, Judy Bjorlie, Betty Barss, Judy Richardson, and Joan Whitsett. Each artist has their own style, they own media, their own passion and their own job description in the making of Art & Soul Gallery one of the most popular galleries in our valley for the past 13 years. It is our hope that, in viewing this exhibition, all will enjoy the different strokes. Music by Douglas Ross on the Dulcimer.

“Exposures,” a photography invitational

“Exposures” presents the work of four regional artists. Diana Standing: “Photography gives me the opportunity to look at our world in new and intimate ways, and to share those magical moments. In this exhibit I explore photo ‘expressionism.’ With the camera as a paintbrush I use focus, shutter and aperture settings to create saturated canvases with abstract and impressionistic qualities. I hope these works can transcend subject matter by focusing on light, shape, color and rhythm to evoke a deeper meaning than the surface of the canvas.” Prescott Lewis: Regarding his childhood travels Lewis says, ” I was the official daydreamer of the family. I was transfixed by the infinite rows of plowed fields and the towering electrical transmission lines that marched across the landscape. To this day I am still amazed by the human signature wherever I go and increasingly share contemporary concerns regarding our impact on the natural world. “..I photograph the scenes using a hand held camera, creating a bridge between the innocent wandering eyes of my childhood and my passion for capturing that same world with intent.” Vincent Leandro: Vincent casts an appreciative eye on the […]

April at Ashland Art Works

We are featuring Ashland Art Works’ Annual April “Group Show” ~ with a beautiful variety of Fine Art by our 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. Please Welcome our newest Artist: Jeweler, Sierra Gwin. AAW is home to these outstanding local artists . . . Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Jewelry, & Paintings, Monique Barker’s Tibetan-style Weaving & Masks, Cheryl Kempner’s Jewelry, Garden Art & Crazy Birds, Catherine McElroy’s Beautiful Watercolors & Art Cards, Marcia O’Rourke’s Wall Reliefs, Paintings & Art & Pop-up Cards, George Popa’s Dimensional Wire Sculptures, Lorene Senesac’s Raku Sculpture & Wall Reliefs, Connie Simonsen’s Brilliant, Hand-painted Silks, John Weston’s Fine Woodwork & Cutting Boards Sculptor, Marilyn Reeves, and, Sierra Gwin, Jeweler Relax and Stroll through our 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden. In April we are open 11am-3pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

Woven Jewelry by Thalia Keple Featured at Ashland Art Center

Carolee Buck will be featuring her Ashland scenes done in pen and ink, watercolor. Visit her in her studio #10 upstairs during the Art Walk Friday, May 4 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The Art Center will also feature Live Music, Art and Artists on all three floors of the Art Center, refreshments and a special show in the community classroom from the Sexual Assault Survivors Group.

Narrative, Mechanism, and the Digital Thread

The museum exhibition is titled “Narrative, Mechanism, and the Digital Thread” and will be on display from March 16 to April 28, 2012. This exhibit includes the works of artist David Bithell, Ali Momeni,and Jenny Vogel. The opening reception will be FRIDAY, March 16, 5:00pm-7:00pm with a performance by visiting artist Jenny Vogel. Vogel will present an Artist Talk on Thursday, March 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Meese Auditorium, Art Building.

HELD OVER!

East Meets East VI Visit the Marketplaces of the Eastern World * Artifacts * Textiles * Adornments, Artwork and more! * Celebrating our 10th Anniversary * Chocolate Festival Participant featuring Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the displays of kimonos and other exotic textiles. Admire the intricate embroidery. Try on sensational jewelry, both ancient and contemporary interpretations. Take time to sit back for a cup of tea. (Later, you’ll be sitting on your balcony, enjoying a glass of wine in your new ethnic apparel. Will it be a Japanese kimono or Turkish vest?) Or, if you’d rather, display these wonderful vintage pieces on your wall. The opportunities are endless and exciting! Bring the exotic East into your home without leaving Ashland!

Those Who Don’t Believe in Magic Will Never Find It

Pen and Ink drawings by Gorgeous Gwen “Greetings and welcome to Gorgeous Gwen’s world of Pen and Ink.Within every inch of our earth I find many worlds, textures and abundant life.It is my delight to portray the lyrical and magical details of our earth in Pen and Ink.I pencil sketch my compositions directly onto watercolor paper.I love how the pen connects with the pits and dimples of the textured paper.I use up at least one pen per drawing, laying down thousands of strokes and seemingly miles of ink.” Gorgeous Gwen injects warmth and humor into her detailed natural world inspired Pen and Ink drawings. She has traveled extensively to show her work at some of the nation’s highest rated fine art shows and her drawings are in private collections all over the world. Music by Douglas Ross, Dulcimer

Invented by Jamie Newton

Jamie Newton, formerly of Ashland and now Portland, recently returned from a month long artist’s residency in “Playa”, Lake County, Oregon. Results from his experience there will be included along with previous inventions for the month of March. Jamie, a fine artist, makes Art. The reference to invention is also fitting because his process, especially with sculptural pieces, includes parts that work or do things. What they “do” may be inconsequential or absurd but the process is what it’s all about. His work is generally very complex and yet always appears to be fresh and not labored over. Excerpt from Jamie Newton’s Artist’s Statement: “Part of my fascination with the creative process is following those little sparks that send me off on the tangents, the surprising bits that all of a sudden seem to relate, either to each other or a larger whole. It is usually unexpected and is rarely predictable. Most of the dead ends, or at least the less successful explorations, tend to come with trying too hard. Similar to bearing down on an elusive thought problem, the answer often comes when one is relaxed, been distracted or […]

The Pomegranate Group Twelfth Annual Exhibit

Studio A.B is pleased to present works by Ann DiSalvo, Denise Souza Finney, Ruthe Woudenberg, Rachel Barrett, Ellen Falkner, and Mori D. These are figure drawings from weekly sessions in Finney’s studio. The Pomegranate Group began in 1996 and started showing their work in 2001. The list of alumni is long, with new members arriving by invitation and referral. Blending in easily, new members bring new ways of seeing and drawing that the whole group can learn from. Being a women’s group, topics during the visiting time gravitate to food, family and crafts. And being a group of artists, they share tips and techniques in mediums, styles, and favorite influences in great artists. Chocolate is involved while drawing and while showing the works. Meet the artists and learn about life drawing sessions: what makes them successful whether using charcoal, paint, pencil, pastel or pen. Bassist, Joe Cohoon will perform during the opening.

Woven Jewelry by Thalia Keple Featured at Ashland Art Center

Thalia Keple will be featuring her woven jewelry in her studio – #8 upstairs at AAC – during the month of April. Thalia is an accomplished fiber artist, who has been working with the medium for over 40 years and has been dedicating the last 14 to it nearly full time. Her intricate needle woven jewelry pieces are miniature tapestries, mixed with beads and metals. Her eye for color and flair for drama make her pieces very desirable and being light weight and soft, they’re very comfortable to wear. She will be discussing her work with visitors during the First Friday Art Walk, April 6, from 5 – 8 pm. Featured music will be live a capella harmonies by Jane Sterling and Jacquelene Ambrose. Join us for their sultry, heartfelt familiar songs. Art and Artists on all three floors of the Art Center!

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.

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.

Images of Water II …

Water Flows in Many Ways Our artists interpretations. From the smallest koi pond to the ocean.

Painted Memories of 2011

Plein Air Oil Landscapes by Silvia Trujillo. New to the Art & Soul Gallery, Silvia is presenting fresh works that were painted on location throughout Southern Oregon throughout the year; Emigrant Lake, Billings Pond, Ashland Hills, Mountain Lakes, Mt. McLoughlin and Lithia Park are all among some of the represented scenery. Trujillo is known for her California and Oregon impressionist oil paintings which reflect her mastery of capturing the color and atmosphere of these regions.

New Year Celebration

We will be closed during the first two weeks of the New Year and reopen on Wednesday, January 18th with a gallery group show. Happy New Year.

January at Ashland Art Works

Guest are delighted by the wide variety of Unique Fine Art and the Handcrafted, Affordable Gifts & Cards: Jewelry, Wire Sculptures, Pottery, Mugs, Woodwork, Cutting Boards, Hand-dyed Silks, Ceramics, Paintings, Sculptures, Raku, Crazy Birds, Fine Art Prints, and Cards. AAW is the home of the wonderful watercolors by Catherine McElroy, Raku Sculpture by Lorene Senesac, Cutting Boards & Wordwork by John Weston, George Popa’s unique Wire Sculptures, Cheryl Kempner’s Charming Crazy Birds and jewelry, Elin Babcock’s Assemblage and Paintings, and Marcia O’Rourke’s Reliefs and Paintings. We welcome our newest artists: Connie Simonsen with Beautiful Hand-painted Silks and Marilyn Reeves’ Sculptures. 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden: As always, you will be amazed by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts. In Jan and Feb we are open 11am-3pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Bayard present Art off the Rack

Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Bayard pull work off the rack: early digital work, long lost drawings, miscellaneous treasures. The Weekly Press Video Loop will be running continuously. Also on display at Studio A.B is “Elegies,” the newest book of prints by B. Bayard.

Watercolorist Cynthia Flowers Featured at Ashland Art Center

Cynthia Flowers will be displaying and demonstrating her abstract watercolors during the Art Walk. She has been partially color blind since she sustained a serious head injury at age 5, but you would never know it when seeing her marvelously colorful art work. Find Cynthia and her work in Lower Level Studio 5B. Friday, February 3, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at 357 E Main St, Ashland All Ages Welcome! Live Music! Art, Artists and studios on all three floors of the Art Center!

Annual Holiday Salon

Annual Holiday Salon features all gallery artists as we fill the walls with an amazing collection of drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs. The sculpture stands include new work by Robin and John Gumaelius, Nelson Davis, Wataru Sugiyama, Sara Swink and Lilli Faville’s dogs are back.

December: Annual Holiday Show & Sale at Ashland Art Works

Come by for Our Annual Holiday Show & Sale…and Meet the Artists. Guest will be delighted by the wide variety of Unique Fine Art and the Handcrafted, Affordable Gifts & Cards: Jewelry, Wire Sculptures, Pottery, Mugs, Woodwork, Cutting Boards, Silk Scarves, Ceramics, Paintings, Sculptures, Raku, Crazy Birds, Fine Art Prints, and Cards. AAW is the home of the wonderful watercolors by Catherine McElroy, Raku Sculpture by Lorene Senesac, Cutting Boards & Wordwork by John Weston, George Popa’s unique Wire Sculptures, Cheryl Kempner’s Charming Crazy Birds, Elin Babcock’s Assemblage, Marcia O’Rourke’s Reliefs and Paintings, among others….We have Holiday Cards. 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden: As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts. -We are continuing our annual Fundraiser: “STEP-Up to HELP-Out” our thru December. Come by and see the handmade Step Stools, hand-painted by students and artists of our area.

Photographer Lewis Anderson Featured at Ashland Art Center

Award winning photographer Lewis Anderson will be showing a long exposure photograph of the Oregon coast that is printed on a lager canvas much like a painting. Lewis is also exhibiting a a redwood forest scene that is printed on aluminum produced by applying heat and high pressure to a dye sublimation method. Find Lewis’ work on the main floor of the Art Center in the Photographer’s Gallery. Lewis will be on hand during the January Art Walk to meet and discuss his work! Friday, January 6, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at 357 E Main St, Ashland All Ages Welcome! Live Music by jazz and blues young prodigy and composer Garrett Baxter Art, Artists and studios on all three floors of the Art Center!

December and January Featured Artist

Our featured artist this month is Jess Gleasman. Jess Gleasman was born in Alaska and raised on a farm in rural Eastern Oregon. He moved to Ashland, Oregon to study theater and fine arts at SOU. There he discovered that theater wasn’t for him and that printmaking was. After obtaining his BS in printmaking he opened up a commercial screen printing studio, Basement Ink, in downtown Ashland. Currently Jess continues to run his screen printing and graphics shop, assists teaching printmaking classes at SOU, coaches high school snowboarding, and produces his own fine art among other activities in the community.

Mi Linda Soledad: Emilio Lobato | Felt to Steel: Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller

Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude), paintings and prints. This exhibit is curated by Tariana Navas-Nieves and organized by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller: Felt to steel, sculptures The current exhibits will be on display through December 6, 2011.

“Congruences” Tempera Paintings by Mabrie Ormes

The prints made by fallen leaves on the sidewalk after a rainstorm inspired me to use leaves in paintings on Mulberry paper. One fine day, I brought one of my tempera paintings to an artist-run figure drawing session and drew the model on it. It was a ‘Eureka!’ moment. The drawing expressed something poetic about us and the congruences between our human selves and Nature. The visual congruences allude to deeper ones. The joining of arm to shoulder and of leaf vein to stem are similar. Nature makes a joint that moves, has nuance and pulsates with energy. Like the leaves on a tree, our aliveness is replete with water, air, and heat. Our blood runs along branching pipelines. Our feelings come from our gut. Thought itself moves through dendrites and across synapses. In the same way, sap makes its way through a tree. Some of our deepest imaginings come from the visual poetry of Nature seen again in Art. Why is it we separate our human selves from Nature? Like these nudes we are intimately wound up in Nature in the way we are built, the way we feel, […]

Autumn Montage – an assemblage of new work

New work by gallery artists – the first group exhibition in our new space which will lead to the Annual Holiday Salon when we fill the walls with all of our inventory. “EVE” the extraordinary chaise lounge by KAREN RYCHECK has been held over by popular demand.

November: Annual Holiday Show & Sale at Ashland Art Works

November is the Annual ‘Ashland Art Works Holiday Show & Sale’!! Thurs. through Sat. from 10-5 and Wednesday & Sun: 11-3. Come by during the Thanksgiving Weekend for Our Holiday Open House & Special Sale: Warm Cookies, Warm Cider and Warm Cheer. Meet the Artists. You will be delighted by the array of Handcrafted, Unique and Affordable Gifts: Jewelry, Wire Sculptures, Pottery, Mugs, Woodwork, Cutting Boards, Silk Scarves, Ceramics, Paintings, Sculptures, Raku, Crazy Birds, Fine Art Prints, and Cards. Many Holiday Cards: Whether Warm or Whimsical, we have a wide variety…even 3-D Cards with Miniature Blessing Flags! 5 Galleries and the Sculpture Garden: As always, you will be more than pleased by our selection of Fine Art and Crafts. -We are continuing our annual Fundraiser: “STEP-Up to HELP-Out” our thru November. Come by and see the handmade Step Stools that are hand-painted by students and artists of our area.

Nuno Felting Artist Jo Ann Manzone Featured at First Friday Art Walk

Textile Artist Jo Ann Manzone is featured in December during the December First Friday Art Walk at Ashland Art Center. Jo Ann will be displaying her Nuno Felting work, which is a new, innovative technique that attaches felt to fabric which then can be made into clothing or textile art. During the Art Walk, she will be demonstrating this technique upstairs in her studio # 9. Friday, December 2, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at 357 E Main St, Ashland All Ages Welcome! Live Music by Planet Lullaby, a father – daughter duo Art, Artists and studios on all three floors of the Art Center! The festivities continue Saturday, December 3 from 10 am – 2 pm and Sunday, December 4 from 2 – 6 pm when the Studio Artists will be hosting a Holiday Fair with refreshments, live music and a fun Art Hunt game. This is a great opportunity to purchase local, handmade gifts for loved ones!

Alchemy: Artist and Model

Creating magical elements of art Kathryn Jacobi Rebecca Gabriel Featuring all new works by Robert Paulmann

From the Rockies to the Pacific

In my paintings I try to combine the realities of different places traveled with the color and mood experienced. From mountains to valleys, to woods, to farms, to ocean, to the people along the way, with the infinite color changes experienced as day progresses into night and with the textures of the ever changing land. Whether from nature or the reconstruction of a scene through notes and memory, I like to create a range of different subjects and approaches in my paintings that are both varied yet speak to each other. I endeavor to portray a sense of drama and mood, a frozen moment of enduring love and abiding respect for land, sea and nature. Music by Douglas Ross on the Dulcimer.

Paintings, Prints and a Chaise Lounge

NORIKO SUGITA BECRAFT “I often think about what it is to be human–how we live as imperfect creatures between avarice and morality, in pain and joy, obstinately existing before an unknown future. In creating visual images, I depend on momentary inspiration. I layer thin pigments, creating reminders that our human experience is layered. Sometimes I change directions, covering or leaving snippets behind. I believe that having no clear image in front of me is actually valuable–that if I knew the end from the beginning I would lose my appetite to begin. I’ve learned that if I reach, I will find something valuable, somehow, somewhere. Artwork teaches me daily that I’m human.” KAREN RYCHECK This is a tiny detail of a massive sculpture that one must see to believe.

John Weston, Marcia ORourke & Special Event

This October at Ashland Art Works is proud to showcase the beautiful work of two artists: John Weston’s fine woodworking with local and exotic, sustainably harvested hardwoods – and – Marcia O’Rourke’s “Celebration”, wall reliefs in earthenware & stoneware clay. Also featured is AAW’s newest member, ceramist, Marydee Bombick. __________________ “Step-Up to Help Out!” Some of Ashland’s favorite artists have painted and signed 35 Step Stools to benefit 2 local charities. Step-Up to Help Out! is Ashland Art Works’ Annual Fall Fundraising Event. On sale are uniquely hand-painted Step Stools by local students and artists. Participating are students at the Ashland High, all three of the Ashland elementary schools, artists at Ashland Art Works, and other artists from the community. Once again AAW’s John Weston has coordinated this outstanding event. John and several of his woodworking friends built the 35 Step Stools that were then passed on to be painted. Visitors will be delighted by the imagination and creativity that has gone into each Step Stool. The sale of the Step Stools benefits two local charities: Maslow Project for Homeless Youth and the Jackson County Humane Society. The gallery is […]

Bruce Bayard and Ann DiSalvo present air and water images

Bruce Bayard and Ann DiSalvo present their visions of the sky and below the surface of water. Bruce used water soluble crayons to make a drawing on each day of July; painterly specimens of the sky from his imagination, a return to his series called “Atmospheres.” Ann plumbs the depths of what could be happening beneath the surface of water in graphite pieces from her ongoing series, “Fables of the Surface.” All small-scale works, they speak of summer color and cool shadow. Also on display at Studio A.B is the Weekly Press book, documenting over 4 years of digital imagery investigation resulting in the creation of a couple video projects.

Recycled Assemblage Sculpture by Dale Muir and RAMPART – Recycled Art Materials Project Launch

Dale Muir is inspired by taking apart old appliances, machines and putting them back together with other found objects to create wonderful and fascinating art pieces. During the November First Friday Art Walk she will be creating a sculpture for her Smith River Bridge series. Dale’s studio is in the basement – #4B Since we’ll be featuring an artist who reuses objects that otherwise would probably be thrown away, it’s the perfect time to launch our new Recycled Art Materials Project – called RAMPART. Ashland Art Center is teaming up with Lucretia Weems and the Master Recyclers program to connect artists with interesting materials for their art that would otherwise wind up in the landfill. Look for the big steel drums near the classroom, in them we will be collecting cool and interesting old, small objects like: buttons, keys, springs etc, as well as art supplies that still have life left – like paint, paper, etc. During the Art Walk, pick up a flier to see what old things we can use and then go home and clean out your junk drawers! Live music by Jupiter Moon. Project Art Kids, […]

October and November 2011 Featured Artist

Our featured artist this month is Danielle Swaser. I am native to Minnesota and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008. I graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Studio Art. For as far back as I can remember I have had a passion for art. Throughout my life I have taken every opportunity I could to submerge myself in all forms of art, from drawing, painting and photography to ceramics and sculpture. I have recently been focusing on paining and drawing. My mediums of choice are oils, charcoal, and pencil. My ideas come from what I encounter in my walk through life. My Latvian grandpa was a huge influence on how I feel about nature and my connection with it. He taught me to have both fascination and respect for it. As a result of the wonderful influence my grandpa had on me, I generally pick subject matter that represents the cycle of life and the interrelationship of all living beings in the natural world. To represent this, I love to use trees. I usually create […]