14th Annual Christmas Faire, Thanksgiving Weekend

Christmas Faire 14 postcard webLithia Artisans Market celebrates our 14th Annual Christmas Faire at the Historic Ashland Armory, Thanksgiving Weekend. 5o artisans will be participating in this years event.  The event is FREE ENTRY TO THE PUBLIC! The artisans are honored to have been in this wonderful location for the past 14 years. The Historic Ashland Armory is located at the corner of Oak and B Streets, two blocks east of downtown Ashland.

Open Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, Nov. 28: 10am-7pm

Saturday, Nov. 29: 10am-6pm

Sunday, Nov. 30: 11am-4pm

This event has evolved into being one of the best art and craft shows of the holiday season in southern Oregon. The event is a showcase for authentic, handcrafted items and is a great opportunity to purchase gifts from local craftsmen and women of the region. The event features jewelry of all kinds — hand-wrought copper, carved stone beads, silver smith settings, dichroic glass, lapidary art, lamp work glass, exquisite wire work, and much more. Up-cycled clothing, woodwork, photography, fine art, crocheted mittens, brooms, mobiles, pottery, body care products, and much more await the fair enthusiast.

Dan Elster, wildlife photographer extraordinaire, is the featured artisan this weekend. Everything in his booth is 20% OFF this weekend only!

Dan Elster, wildlife photographer extraordinaire, will be showing his amazing images at Christmas Faire, November 28th-30th.

Food and beverages are provided by Moni who used to run Grilla Bites on the plaza in Ashland. Additionally, live music fills the halls of the Historic Ashland Armory throughout the weekend. (See schedule below.)

Numerous new vendors have joined our family this past season and will be showing their art and craft at the upcoming Christmas Faire. One of those newbies is fine artist Erin Linton. Erin paints birds. She is also a bird rescuer. Erin’s original works are truly art from the heart. She saves her tea bags, cleans them, dries them and uses them as the canvas for her paintings. This technique, unique to Erin, makes for some really interesting textures, and amazing art pieces. Other new comers at this years event include weaver Lucy DeFranco, fine artist Rachel Fisher, drum maker Marta Quest, peacock feather artisan Li Harder, and lamp-work glass artist Leah Fairbanks.

Leah Fairbanks, a very gifted lampwork glass bead artist, is a new member of our guild  and showing for her first time at Christmas Faire.

Leah Fairbanks, a very gifted lamp work glass bead artist, is a new member of our guild and showing for her first time at Christmas Faire.

Many of our most veteran members will be showing at this years event. Your favorite potters will be at this show including Alissa Clark, Bill Francis, Holly Gonnella, and Donna Marie. Fine Art and Photography are well represented with landscape photographer Pat Moore and wildlife photographer Dan Elster leading the pack. English Toffee made by our own Jean and Kay of Recession Candy Company is the perfect sweet treat for this time of year, and available for purchase at the fair. There is such a great variety of wonderful things at this years event… too much to list them all here. You have to come to the event to get the full impact of all the cool artsy stuff.

Don’t miss this excellent show! It is a great opportunity to take care of those special folks on your holiday gift list, and bolster the local economy at the same time. Money spent locally tends to recycle over and over again locally.

This years event features live music all weekend.

Jacqui and Danny come to entertain us this Saturday, November 29th from 4-6pm. Can't wait.

Jacqui and Danny come to entertain us this Saturday, November 29th from 4-6pm. Can’t wait.

Music Schedule

Friday, November 28th

10-12     Daniel Sperry

1-3       Grant Ruiz

4-6     Cole Cullen

Saturday, November 29th

10-12     Bill Hahey

1-3       Dave Scoggin Duo

4-6       Danny and Jacqui

Sunday, November 30th

11-1      Doug Warner

2-4      Brothers Reed

 

 

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October 25, 26 Featured Artisan Gene Nawrocki

Gene Nawrocki, the Belt-Guy, is the featured artisan of the week at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Gene Nawrocki, the Belt-Guy, is the featured artisan of the week at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Lithia Artisans Market has only one rain-out day all season, but Saturday is looking iffy. I will keep my eyes on the weather and call it one way or the other later this evening or early tomorrow. Sometimes you just need to roll out of bed on Saturday and look outside. We’ll know soon enough. If it turns out as windy and crummy as the forecasters predict we will cancel. Look at our facebook page for updates. Otherwise, 24 artisans have signed up to show this weekend. Clothing, photography, hats, all kinds of jewelry, leather belts, painted silk scarves, woodwork, and much more.  This is officially the last weekend of the outdoor season for the market; however, if the weather looks good on November 1 and 2, we will open for the weekend. Our market takes a little break to refocus on production, then we open again for Christmas Fair at the Historic Ashland Armory on Thanksgiving weekend… Friday, November 28 through Sunday the 30th. We then head over to the Briscoe ArtWing in the old Briscoe Elementary school on Laurel and North Main in Ashland to finish up our year with three weekends of Holiday Market leading up to Christmas.

Belts by Gene Nawrocki. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Belts by Gene Nawrocki. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

This weeks featured artisan is Gene Nawrocki. Gene has been making belts for over 3 decades. His belts are meant to last the wearer a lifetime. I own one of these belts and they are extremely durable and well made. He works in all kinds of embossing patterns and colors. These are especially great items if you are looking for a great gift for the man in your life. And guys… these belts are cool and really add a lot to a plain pair of Levi jeans. Gene comes in fairly regularly from just outside of Bend, Oregon. He lives in La Pine and is making the trip to the Rogue Valley to sell his wares on Calle Guanajuato as our featured artisan of the week. 10% OFF everything in his booth this weekend!

Doug Warner plays Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this coming Sunday, Oct. 26 from 11:00 - 1:00. Amazing blues man!

Doug Warner plays Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this coming Sunday, Oct. 26 from 11:00 – 1:00. Amazing blues man!

Music Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 25

11-1      Daniel Sperry

2-4     Ambur Rose

Sunday, Oct. 26

11-1     Doug Warner

2-4      TBA

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October 18, 19 Featured Artisan Barbara Schoonover

Barbara Schoonover is the featured artisan of the week... shown here with Teri Cote trying on a scarf at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Barbara Schoonover is the featured artisan of the week… shown here with Teri Cote trying on a scarf at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

In between fall storms, the Lithia Artisans Market is open for busisiness this weekend with more artisans signed up for the two days than anytime since early summer. 38 artisans are showing over the two day span of the weeekend market. That is remarkable! The temperatures are predicted to be in the low to mid 70′s. No rain… say it again, No Rain!!! Great lineup of music and artisans. Music by the Brothers Reed, Aliana DeVictoria, and Jared Masters. Some of my favorites. Hats from the Hat People, wool mittens, felted art, upcycled clothing, hand cut stone beads, silver smith jewelry by Dan Clark, wood work by Larry Shinerock, cutting boards in all shapes and sizes, and so much more. A great assortment of high quality art and craft to tempt the outdoor market patron, right before the holidays are upon us.

This weeks featured artisan is Barbara Schoonover. Relatively new to the market, Barbara has been showing along Calle Guanajuato for three years. She has her own take on the art of felting. Using old fabrics originally inherited from her mother, she creates amazing wearable art to enrich any wardrobe. I remember the first time I met Barbara, she was passing me samples of her work to be shown to our jury committee. I was immediately taken by the quality and uniqueness of her pieces. She is a natural when it comes to textures and color combinations. Her booth is often abuzz with folks trying on her scarves. Come by and be part of the buzz and receive a 10% Discount this weekend in her booth as she is the artisan of the week!

Aliana DeVictoria brings her original tunes to the Lithia Artisans Market on Sunday, October 19th from 11-1.

Aliana DeVictoria brings her original tunes to the Lithia Artisans Market on Sunday, October 19th from 11-1.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 18th

11:30-3:30     Brothers Reed (Two acoustic sets, unplugged)

Sunday, October 19th

11-1        Aliana DeVictoria

2-4       Jared Masters

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October 11, 12 Featured Artisan Stephanie Gould

Stephanie Gould runs two business in her booth, Good Earth skin care products and Dragon Fly Creations beaded jewelry. This week she is the featured artisan at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Stephanie Gould runs two business in her booth, Good Earth skin care products and Dragon Fly Creations beaded jewelry. This week she is the featured artisan at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Another full house at the Lithia Artisans Market this coming weekend. 33 artisans will be attending and the fall weather is looking stellar. Temperatures in the mid 70′s, crisp in the morning, warm in the afternoon. Perfect! This week the market will feature upcycled clothing by Jasmine Patten, hats from the Hat People of Talent, cutting boards made by Bruce Kramer, hand forged copper by Lavelle Foos, an abundance of jewelry, photography, clothing, painted silk, quilts, fine art, and more. The market is in the midst of a great fall season. This is the time of year I start to go inward to the source of my own creativity. I sleep just a little more, dream just a little more, and conjure up innovative new ways to interact with the world around me as an artisan. So grateful for this market, and the supportive community here in Ashland. Thank you.

Bead weaving by Stephanie Gould, this weeks featured artisan.

Bead weaving by Stephanie Gould, this weeks featured artisan.

This weeks featured artisan is Stephanie Gould. Stephanie’s booth is unique in the fact that she is running two businesses in one booth. She is passionate about both alternative body care and beads. She has been making chemical free skin care products for 18 years. Her products are great! She loves to work with beads, particularly the tiny ones, seed beads. She is what some call a bead weaver. She weaves the beads to frame stones… using beads to do what is typically done with silver or other metals. Her eye for color combinations is excellent and that shows in her work. She calls her jewelry business “Dragonfly Creations”, and her line of body care products “Good Earth Company”. This week everything in her booth is 10% OFF in honor of the fact that she is the artisan of the week.

It is a great time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. Start your shopping early by supporting local art, craft, and music at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland — 31 years in the making and going strong.

Caleb Orton, here shown in his short lived duo called Love Atoms, will be at the Lithia Artisans Market to play his original tunes, Sunday, October 12 from 2-4.

Caleb Orton, here shown in his short lived duo called Love Atoms, will be at the Lithia Artisans Market to play his original tunes, Sunday, October 12 from 2-4.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 11

11-1     Jeff Stanley

2-4     Rod Petrone

Sunday, October 12

11-1     Gary Margason

2-4      Caleb Orton

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October 4, 5 Featured Artisan Leah Fairbanks

Leah Fairbanks, a very gifted lampwork glass bead artist, is the featured artisan of the week at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Leah Fairbanks, a very gifted lampwork glass bead artist, is the featured artisan of the week at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

October is upon us at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, and our Indian Summer continues. The weather forecast is for highs in the mid 80′s this coming weekend, leaves are turning, tomatoes ripe on the vine, and 32 exceptional artisans are showing at the oldest art and craft market in southern Oregon. Crocheted items like mittens and scarves, clothing, fine art, photography, woodwork, handmade soaps, and all kinds of jewelry await the outdoor market patron. Only four more weeks in the outdoor season at the Lithia Artisans Market, then we go indoors for our 14th Annual Christmas Fair at the Historic Ashland Armory on Thanksgiving Weekend, followed by three weekends of Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing. For now there is no better place to be than along Ashland Creek, behind the plaza at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland… where art abounds.

This weeks featured artisan is Leah Fairbanks of Gardens of Glass. Leah and her husband Derek are veterans of the art and craft show circuit, particularly the bead shows. They have lived here in Ashland for a long time, but this is the first year they decided to apply to the artisans market. Doing the local market, instead of so many shows, frees up more quality time for family. We at the market are so happy that they have joined our local artisan family. Leah creates intricate glass beads and pendants. Her work is truly world class. She began her career in glass by attending the prestigious Pilchuck School of Glass in 1982. In 1992 she took her first class in lampwork glass bead making. Inspired by nature, Leah has translated her love of flora and fauna into delicate glass creations. She aptly named her business Gardens of Glass. Her pieces are amazing. You owe it to yourself to check out her art, especially this weekend as everything in her booth is 10% OFF in honor of her being the artisan of the week.

Danny Sherrill is a great songwriter, and talented musician. Here he is at the Green Show at OSF. He and his partner Jacqui play this Saturday from 11-1 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Danny Sherrill is a great songwriter, and talented musician. He and his partner Jacqui play this Saturday, October 4th from 11-1 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 4

11-1     Danny and Jacqui

2-4      Daniel Sperry

Sunday, October 5

11-1     Brothers Reed

2-4      Danny and Jacqui

 

 

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September 27, 28 Featured Artisan Jan Rice

This weeks featured artisan is sign painter Jan Rice.

This weeks featured artisan is sign painter Jan Rice.

Cooler temperatures, clouds, and some much appreciated rain has helped clear the air and quench the thirst of the drought weary Earth.  Fall is upon us and the Lithia Artisans Market is full to capacity with locally created art, craft, and homespun music. 35 artisans are showing this coming weekend. Jewelry of all types… hand cut stone beads, delicate silver findings, fabricated metal, and more. Upcycled wool clothing, hats to keep you warm, nature photography, fine art, metal, wood work, and so much more to see, touch, and take home with you. Meet the artist, and support local, roots based economy!

This weeks featured artisan is sign painter Jan Rice. Jan creates signs to inspire, to welcome, to remind us of our most basic human goodness, to smile. From magnets that go on your fridge to signs announcing your business to the world. Jan does all her sign painting by hand. There are no stencils used, just years of practice and perfection. Her pieces are colorful and bright, playful and provocative. Everything in Jan’s booth is reasonably priced and accessible. Jan is also a stalwart member of the market, going above the call of duty on a regular basis to help the market prosper. Especially during the Holiday season, Jan comes through with signs to help announce the Holiday Market to the world. She is a good friend and helper, and as market manager, I really appreciate her help. Thank You! Come by and visit Jan this weekend as she is the artisan of the week.

We have a special guest coming through town this weekend. Cloudship is a new music duo touring the west coast presently, hailing from points further south, Fresno and Los Angeles, California. They came through back in spring and blew us all away. They have returned with their original tunes to entertain us once again this coming Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11-1.

"Cloudship" is making Lithia Artisans Market part of their west coast tour, Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11-1. Great original tunes!

“Cloudship” is making Lithia Artisans Market part of their west coast tour, Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11-1. Great original tunes!

Music Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 27

11-1     Cloudship

3-5      Gene Burnett

Sunday, Sept. 28

11-1      Doug Warner

2-4      Bill Hahey

 

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September 20, 21 Featured Artisan Dan Elster

Dan Elster, wildlife photographer extraordinaire, is the featured artisan this weekend. Everything in his booth is 20% OFF this weekend only!

Dan Elster, wildlife photographer extraordinaire, is the featured artisan this weekend. Everything in his booth is 20% OFF this weekend only!

Ashland’s original outdoor artisans market is located behind the plaza in downtown. This art and craft marketplace is in its 31st season along the creek on Calle Guanajuato. Open every weekend from mid-April through October, Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 10-5. This upcoming weekend the market is packed with locally made items,  32 vendors are showing over the course of two days. Clothing, jewelry, fine art, body care, soaps, weavings, and much more await the passerby. Everything at the market is handcrafted by the people who sell at the market. No middle man here, no imports,  just hand crafted local goodness.  Even the music is made locally… see the schedule below.

One of many wildlife images you will find in the booth of featured artisan Dan Elster.

One of many wildlife images you will find in the booth of featured artisan Dan Elster.

This weeks featured artist is Wildlife Photographer Dan Elster. Dan came upon the Lithia Artisans Market back in 2005 when he and his wife Patty were moving throughout the country looking for a place to settle down and raise a family. Originally from Chicago, Dan decided to try out the Lithia Artisans Market as a traveling vendor. I remember the early days of Dan showing his photography on the Calle. His booth was rudimentary compared to the professional outdoor gallery he sets up today, but his art was well received by the locals and tourists alike. His search was over, he had found his new home. Today, nearly a decade later, Dan has one of the most eye catching booths at the market. His images are unforgettable, captivating, and full of life. His ability to capture wild animals in wild settings is beyond compare. He is in a class all his own! Today Dan, his two kids, and his wife Patty proudly call Ashland their home. As a way of saying Thank You to his community, Dan is offering 20% OFF EVERYTHING in his booth this weekend. The market picks up the tab on the first 10% and Dan is gifting the community with an additional 10% off. If you have ever wanted one or more pieces from Dan Elster Photography, now is the time.

Support local art, craft, and music… it makes a huge difference in our economy and way of life.

Aliana DeVictoria plays the early set on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11-1. Her songwriting is really exceptional.

Aliana DeVictoria plays the early set on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11-1. Her songwriting is really exceptional.

Music Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 20

11-1     Daniel Sperry

2-4      Phil Reed

Sunday, Sept. 21

11-1     Aliana DeVictoria

2-4     Cole Cullen

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