The Art I Create, Creates Me
Show: Story Art and How I Survived the Smokey Summer of 2018
Denise Kester is a nationally known artist. She has been a full time studio artist for 37 years. She is the owner and distributor of Drawing on the Dream note cards, established 1992. She studied art and education at the University of Georgia and printmaking at Southern Oregon University. Her book, “Drawing on the Dream. Finding my way by art” has just been published by White Cloud Press.
The Art I Create, Creates Me
Doing Art is how I express love for the world. It is how my dreaming earth soul realizes itself. What I do is a reflection of my heart’s experience making itself visible, and it’s more than that: my art has a story of its own and a life of its own. My art is magical realism. My art is possibility.
I am a printmaker who makes monoprints. I create my art by using oily inks on a Plexiglass plate. I use rubber rollers and palette knives to lay color and Q-Tips for drawing and wiping away. The image is layered and created on the surface of the Plexiglass plate. When the inked plate is complete, I place paper on top of the wet image and run it through an etching press, creating a unique, one of a kind print.
Jennifer Anne Nelson and Lisa Nelson
Show: Elated Odyssey
Jennifer Anne and Lisa Nelson are a daughter-mother team sharing the project of joyful travel into creativity and providing opportunities for others to do the same. “Elated Odyssey” is their collaboration, featuring their art and events.
Jennifer Anne Nelson
My pieces are examinations of that which has been left behind. My work is a tool that gathers the mysteries transcribed in myths and legends: forging a partnership with the materials, there is a freedom given to myself, the ink, the water and the page — unlocking those pregnant moments, the movement amidst the stillness. Activating the once dried pools of ink allows archetypes, symbols, and wild landscapes to emerge.
As we are present to thousands of images and pieces of information each day, dedicating time for art and reflection, listening and focusing on what arises from within feels more and more important. When I sit down to create a collage, I have gathered images from disparate scenes and ask , how might these be related to each other? Collage encourages the practice of working with what has shown up, and to arrange a new sense of wholeness. As a social artist, I am looking closely at the multiple patterns and relationships that are already there, waiting to be evoked. As my late father would say with a smile, “It’s good to be among you!”
Show: The Secrets of the Forest
Ten of Southern Oregon’s top photographic artists present their first group exhibition, “Secrets of the Forest”, at The Photographers’ Gallery At The Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., Ashland. Each photographer will feature their unique vision capturing the magical and the mysterious wonders of our natural world. Come experience the sublime imagery that dwells beyond the limits of the naked eye.
The “Secrets of the Forest” exhibition opens First Friday, September 7th through October 31st, and art lovers will be able to meet and talk with the photographic artists at both the September 7th and October 5th First Friday events beginning at 5:00 pm. All exhibited images will be available for sale.
First Friday Community Partnership Program
Ashland Art Center is launching a new Community Partnership Program. A local business will be sponsoring activities during our First Friday Art Walk. We are so excited to be a part of building strong relationships with our business community.