Art & Soul Gallery – Featured Artist’s for 2019

247 East Main Street – Ashland, Oregon 97520


January- “Art & Soul Gallery Artists Small Paintings Exhibit

Creative expressions by Art & Soul Gallery Artists in a variety of mediums and genres with an outside dimension of no more than 144”.

First Friday Reception: January 4 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

February – “Art & Soul Gallery Artists Small Paintings Plus One Exhibit

This continues the January exhibition featuring creative expressions by Art & Soul Gallery Artists in a variety of mediums and genres with an outside dimension of no more than 144”, but adds Artists currently not represented by Art & Soul Gallery.

Each exhibiting Art & Soul Artist has invited an Artist of their choice to join in this exhibition.

First Friday Reception: February 1 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

March – Art & Soul Gallery is pleased to present three Student Artists from the Ashland High School, Cruz McNamara, Mikhal Mesco and Julia Petrone.

Their artwork represents a variety of mediums and genres.

First Friday Reception: March 1 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

April – Essential Ingredients mixed media and collage paintings by Eve Withrow

A sense of adventure for exploring the edge just outside the box. A sense of play as each layer, each mark, and each surprise unfolds. A sense of awe as your head and heart awaken and dance.

First Friday Reception: April 5 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Andrew Bock

MayCome the Spring with All Its Splendor” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), watercolors by Charlotte Peterson

Inspiration comes to me in so many ways: vivid colors and shapes of spring flowers! a challenge of trying something I have not dared to attempt! a request from a friend! words of a familiar song! taking a walk in the park! spring green pastures and roadside hills! a collection lined up waiting to be noticed! I paint what I love: color, value, textures and shapes. Transparent watercolor with its unpredictable results is my medium of choice.

First Friday Reception: May 3 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

June –Nature’s Spirit, mixed media by Linda Boutacoff

Expressions and Impressions, up close and personal. Exploring nature’s hidden treasure’s

First Friday Reception: June 7 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

July – From the Tide Pools to the Stars, watermedia nature paintings by Pam Haunschild

Being in nature is everything to me … so it is no surprise that the natural world is my subject. I paint tide pools, starry skies, and the wild animals and plants between. In this exhibit, you will see paintings depicting my interpretation of nature: an attempt to capture its essence without copying it exactly. I want to get past the obvious — to reflect on why many of us find being outside in nature soothing to our souls. Whether this is conveying the power behind a falcon’s gaze, the wonder of the vast number and variety of creatures that live in a tide pool, or the majesty of redwoods reaching straight and tall into the sun, I hope to capture something that will inspire us to connect more deeply with the natural world.

First Friday Reception: July 5 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Pianist Anthony Bock

August Land of my Heart Oil on canvas by Silvia Trujillo

“Land of My Heart” is one artist’s discovery of homeland. To Silvia Trujillo, it’s a place that is both physical and spiritual, a connection found in land, sky, water and light. In masterful impressionistic style, Trujillo captures scenes from across Southern Oregon and Northern California that are both familiar and otherworldly, scenes that help us examine our own concept of “home”.

Silvia Trujillo, a recipient of a 2019 Haines & Friends grant lives, breaths and sleeps art. As a painting and art insrtuctor for over 25 years, she takes great joy in fostering expert work in new and established artists.

“It’s my goal to honor land, water, and sky in my paintings and to create a need for preserving an area’s natural beauty.” – Silvia Trujillo

First Friday Reception: August 2 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Doug Ross

Douglass Ross is a rogue valley native, with an original approach to a folk instrument common in the south eastern United States, the dulcimer.

September –Floral Gardens” oil on canvas by Alice Niemiec

A series of gardens both local to Ashland and the west coast. “The beauty of flower gardens have inspired me since I was a child. This inspiration comes from seeing flowers dance in the bright sunshine, their vibrant colors cannot be surpassed by any landscape.”

First Friday Reception: September 6 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

October – The Joy of Color pastels by Steve Bennett, acrylics and watercolors by Sue Bennett

“The Joy of Color” is born of the joy of drawing and painting outdoors. Throughout the spring and summer the Bennetts have been converting these studies into larger studio paintings. They have been highly energized by new studio spaces adding a spark of color and creativity to their work. Sue Bennett debuts a new path of charmingly colorful and illustrative acrylic paintings designed to bring a smile and lift the heart. In June, 2019, Steve Bennett was awarded Signature membership in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Steve and Sue Bennett were born in Oregon, have lived most of their lives in Oregon and have enjoyed painting Oregon scenes for the last 30 years. Most paintings for this show are favorite scenes around Oregon: The Rogue Valley, the Steens, Central Oregon and the Oregon Coast. Both Steve and Sue have garnered many awards from exhibits, invitations to museum show and have collectors who enjoy their work, but the foremost reason we paint is because we love the relationships with other artists and translating the visual beauty into a painted personal statement. For Steve and Sue Bennett, art is another dimension to the joyful journey of life, and Oregon offers much joy!

First Friday Reception: October 4 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by “Sidewalk Cafe” Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

November –Color Notes” oil on linen by Jenay Elder
Jenay’s impressionistic oil paintings are known for their textured notes of color, representational quality and their sensitive subject matter. She teaches art classes locally and participates in regional plein air events. Many of her works are created outside or with an alla prima technique.

First Friday Reception: November 1 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland

December – Nature Explorations” mixed media by Marjett Schille

Nature and her creatures continue to guide me as I seek to express the essence of the marvelous,varied beauty and life force of our environment and our connection to it through an exploration in mixed media.

First Friday Reception: December 6 from 5 – 8 pm

Music by Beth & Craig Martin with Todd Ragland