August 2 and 3, Featured Artisan Mila Valenta

Mila Valenta of Full Moon Hula Hoops is the featured artisan of the week.

Mila Valenta of Full Moon Hula Hoops is the featured artisan of the week.

What a wild week of intense weather in Ashland, Oregon. Summer lightning storms set off a half dozen or so small wildfires in the area around Ashland. Our thoughts are with the crews out battling the blazes. Let’s all keep a good thought that these fires are kept at bay and extinguished quickly. The show must go on… and so we at the Lithia Artisans Market are back on Calle Guanajuato this coming weekend selling our handcrafted wares as we move into the second half of our outdoor market season.

30 artisans are participating this coming weekend displaying items unique to the region. Clothing, fine art, woodwork, jewelry, and much more. If you are worn out from a tough work week you can even get a chair massage with our market masseuse Cathy Moore. This weeks featured artisan is Mila Valenta of Full Moon Hula-Hoops. Mila has been a member of the market for about 7 years. She brings a unique flavor to the Lithia Artisans Market creating some of the most functional and fun hula hoops you will find anywhere. Her hoops are great! I own one and can attest to them being of exceptional quality. Come by and try out a hoop. She makes them in different sizes and weights so you can get the perfect hoop to take home and practice. Everything in her booth is 10% OFF as Mila is the Artisan of the Week.

St. Cinder plays their infectious tunes to Lithia Artisans Market this coming Sunday, August 3 from 3-5. Sure to keep your feet tappin'.

St. Cinder brings their infectious tunes to Lithia Artisans Market this coming Sunday, August 3 from 3-5. Sure to keep your feet tappin’.

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 2

11:00 – 1:00     Gene Burnett

3:00 – 5:00     Jeff Stanley

Sunday, August 3

11:00 – 1:00     Martin Ball

3:00 – 5:00     St. Cinder

 

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July 26 and 27, Featured Artisan Lynn Powell

Lynn Powell of Greensprings Silver and Gems is the artisan of the week at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Lynn Powell of Greensprings Silver and Gems is the artisan of the week at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

What a week of weather… lightning, thunder, minor flooding, huge hail pounded my garden, but the air was cleansed and the earth drank up the much needed water. The summer is rolling along and the Lithia Artisans Market is full to capacity on Saturday, with a solid showing on Sunday as well. Amazing lineup of music this weekend, see the schedule below. Some old familiar faces will be back at the market for the first time in a long while. Bill Francis Pottery will be selling his earthen wares for the first time this season. Welcome back brother. Jack West will be bringing his amazing wood furniture back to the Calle Guanajuato, as well as 33 other local artisans displaying art, jewelry, metal, clothing, hats and so much more. The featured artisan of the week is Lynn Powell of Greensprings Silver and Gems.

Lynn and her partner William Garrett (better known as “Buck”) have been showing their jewelry along Ashland Creek for a long time now. The thing about their jewelry that makes them unique is the fact that they do the work together. They make it a point to turn their winter vacation time into a treasure hunting adventure. Desert rock-hounds at heart, Buck and Lynn are truly in their element with a rock hammer in their hands working a seam of turquoise in some deserted mine in the middle of nowhere… way out in Arizona or some darned place. Buck cuts the stones and Lynn sets them into wonderful pieces of jewelry. Makes for some beautiful stone jewelry.  Come by and see their display this weekend as they are the featured artisan of the week. Receive a 10% discount off of anything in their booth!

 

Cole Cullen brings his unique style and solid songwriting to the Lithia Artisans Market this coming Saturday from 11-1.

Cole Cullen brings his unique style and solid songwriting to the Lithia Artisans Market this coming Saturday from 11-1.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 26

11-1     Cole Cullen – Singer Songwriter

3-5     Doug Warner – Original Blues

Sunday, July 27

11-1     Bill Hahey – Singer Songwriter

3-5     Bekka McAlvage – Americana

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July 19, 20 Featured Artisan … Rose Gerstner

Rose Gerstner of Sympatico Clothing is the weeks featured artisan.

Rose Gerstner of Sympatico Clothing is the weeks featured artisan.

Cooling trend coming for the weekend with temperatures backing off into the low 90’s. Should be a perfect weekend to come down to Ashland Creek, along Calle Guanajuato in downtown Ashland for the Lithia Artisans Market.  35 artisans are signed up to participate over the course of this weekend, July 19 and 20. Locally crafted beads, fine art, pottery, jewelry, clothing, handmade soaps, and much more will line the creekside walkway both Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Live music throughout the day. (See music schedule below.)

This weeks featured artisan is Rose Gerstner of Sympatico Clothing. Her line of natural fiber clothing is sophisticated, timeless, and well crafted. Using traditional lines and shapes that have stood the test of time, and blending that with some of the industries most beloved Earth friendly finers, hemp/Tencel, Rose creates clothing that is beautiful, practical, and made to last. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and easy going, making a visit to her open air shop a joyful experience. She is also the President of the Board of the Lithia Artisans Market. Stop by her space at the market this weekend and receive a 10% discount off everything in her booth.

 

Orchestra Deluge brings their unique sound to the stage Sunday, July 20 from 11-1.

Orchestra Deluge brings their unique sound to the stage Sunday, July 20 from 11-1.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 19

11-1     Rod Petrone

3-5     Cyd Smith

Sunday, July 20

11-1-     Orchestra Deluge

2-4       Sage Meadows

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July 12 and 13, Featured Artisan… Larry Shinerock

Larry Shinerock of "Creative Woodwork" is our featured artisan this coming weekend, July 12 and 13.

Larry Shinerock of “Creative Woodwork” is our featured artisan this coming weekend, July 12 and 13.

We are coming off of a whirlwind three day weekend with 4th of July. It is Oregon Country Fair weekend so some of our artisans are out of town participating in the grandfather of all Oregon craft shows. However, we have a strong contingent of quality artisans holding down the fort and making Calle Guanajuato come alive. Jewelry, natural fiber clothing, fine art, wildlife photography, woodwork, adornment, and much more awaits the outdoor market enthusiast. The artisans market, behind the plaza in Ashland, also boasts a great lineup of music for the upcoming weekend.

Larry Shinerock in his outdoor workshop at "It's A Burl" wood gallery in Kirby, Oregon.

Larry Shinerock in his outdoor workshop at “It’s A Burl” wood gallery in Kirby, Oregon.

This weekends featured artisan is Larry Shinerock of Creative Woodwork. Larry is a veteran of the art and craft show circuit. He has been making art from found wood for roughly 40 years. He started as a teenager making wood clocks with his father. His dad passed recently. Harvey, his father, was something of a legend in the world of burl and wood art. “It’s A Burl” is a wood gallery in Kerby, Oregon on the Redwood Highway, between Grants Pass and the Oregon Coast — one of the coolest roadside attractions in all of Oregon. The shop features tree houses, a funky show room full of amazing wood art, and it also happens to be the workshop for Larry, our featured artisan. Larry’s work is beautiful. He has a real talent for bringing out the best in wood. Cribbage boards, bowls, and nifty wood boxes are just a sample of the  things you will see in his booth. He is located along Calle Guanajuato, tucked in behind Websters, along Ashland Creek. This weekend everything in his booth is 10% OFF. Stop by and pick out your favorite piece. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Brother Reed featured Aaron and Phil. Great original tunes... totally unplugged. Saturday from 3-5.

Brother Reed featuring Aaron and Phil. Great original tunes… totally unplugged. Saturday from 3-5.

Music  Schedule

Saturday, July 12

11-1     Daniel Sperry – Acoustic Cello

3-5     Brothers Reed

Sunday, July 13

11-1     Martin Vee

3-5      Cole Cullen

 

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4th of July Weekend, Featured Artisan… Anna Bloomquist

Anna Bloomquist is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Anna Bloomquist is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Independence Day Weekend is affording the Lithia Artisans Market a three day weekend. Yahoo!!! Over 40 artisans are signed up to participate throughout the 4th of July weekend. The City of Ashland will be maxed out with people wandering from the parade, up into Lithia Park, and down the Calle Guanajuato to peruse the amazing array of handcrafted wares on display this weekend. This is one of the funnest days of the year at the Lithia Artisans Market. We have all kinds of fine art and craft on display, as well as a fine lineup of music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On the 4th of July we are blessed to have Gene Burnett playing our opening set of music from 12-2, followed by Jeff Stanley playing a set from 3-5.  Totally stoked!!! Great way to celebrate Independence Day in Ashland, Oregon.

The featured artisan of the week is Anna Bloomquist. Anna continues to show regularly even though she is many months along in her pregnancy. Anna is an upcycler. By definition she takes old items, otherwise discardable, and repurposes them as art. In her case she is reusing old lp record albums and covers. She assures her customers that no useable records were injured in her process. She makes bowls, clocks, and guitar picks out of old worn out and scratched lps. She also uses the album covers to create one of a kind journals. I own one of her journals and I love it. I also have used the guitar picks and they work well. Anna is a clever gal, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Come by and say hello this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6 when you can take 10% off anything in Anna’s booth.

The music schedule for the weekend is outstanding. Native Ashlander Matt Taylor returns to Ashland for a two hour gig at Lithia Artisans Market Saturday morning, July 5. The Brothers Reed bring their harmonies and original tunes to the stage that same afternoon. Sunday we welcome back the acoustic fusion of Martin Ball; then, that afternoon the youth of Ashland take to the stage as Chapter II brings their music to the Lithia Artisan Market. It is going to be a great weekend down by the creek on Calle Guanajuato. Happy 4th of July Weekend! Peace.

Reed Brothers, Aaron and Phil take to the stage this coming Saturday, July 5 from 3-5. Great harmonies between these two, and equally excellent songwriting.

Reed Brothers, Aaron and Phil take to the stage this coming Saturday, July 5 from 3-5. Great harmonies between these two, and equally excellent songwriting.

Music Schedule

Friday, July 4

12-2     Gene Burnett

3-5       Jeff Stanley

Saturday, July 5

11-1     Matt Taylor

3-5     The Reed Brothers

Sunday, July 6

11-1     Martin Ball

3-5     Chapter II

 

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Beautiful Weekend, Featured Artisans – David and Sabine Collings

Sabine Collings is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Sabine Collings is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

This touch of rain has been a relief for the region. The Earth has cooled off a bit right before the 4th of July.  The air feels fresh, it is another beautiful weekend ahead at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, along the creek, behind the plaza in downtown Ashland. Almost 40 artisans are signed up to participate this coming weekend. Locally crafted… the people who sell their wares along the creek make the items they sell.

Some of the exquisite work by David and Sabine Collings. This weeks featured artisans.

Some of the exquisite work by David and Sabine Collings. This weeks featured artisans.

This June 28 and 29 the featured artisan is Sabine Collings. Sabine and her partner David create an amazing line of jewelry. Together they work out of their shop in Talent, Oregon. This jewelry is totally unique. Gold and silver combinations with swirls, patterns, and mixtures of various precious, and semi precious stones. You really need to see Sabine and David’s work in person to appreciate the details. Come on by this weekend as everything in their booth will be 10% OFF! Artisan of the week also receives a break in their fees for that weekend.

Hope to see you all down by the creek, on Calle Guanajuato.

 

Gene Burnett returns to the Lithia Artisans Market on Saturday, June 28th from 3-5. Always a local favorite.

Gene Burnett returns to the Lithia Artisans Market on Saturday, June 28th from 3-5. Always a local favorite.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 28

11-1     Jeff Stanley

3-5     Gene Burnett

Sunday, June 29

11-1     TBA

3-5     Bill Hahey

 

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Summer Solstice, Featured Artist- Mabrie Ormes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is Summer Solstice weekend, also known as MidSummer throughout the lore of ancient traditions. The Lithia Artisans Market is in full swing with over 30 artisans showing this coming weekend. Jewelry abounds, as does pottery, hats, woodwork, clothing, fine art, chair massage, and much more. The newly repaved Calle Guanajuato is delightful. I often hear people humming “follow the yellow brick road” as they skip down the walkway. We just finished installing the shade cloth on the upper part of the walkway so the ambiance is complete. 31 years in the making, the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is the oldest continually running outdoor marketplace of its kind in southern Oregon. We are honored to call the walkway along Ashland Creek our home.

Fine Artist Mabrie Ormes is this weeks featured artist. Everything in her booth is 10% OFF!

Fine Artist Mabrie Ormes is this weeks featured artist. Everything in her booth is 10% OFF!

This weeks featured artist is Mabrie Ormes. Mabrie started her career in art as a jewelry artisan. She evolved that into photography, eventually morphing into a fine artist. Mabrie is inspired by nature. Her pieces are vibrant, colorful, and full of life. She has been pursuing art as a lifestyle for over 30 years. Her work can be seen hanging from the wall at the top of Calle Guanajuato. This week she is our featured artisan, so everything in her booth is 10% OFF! Come by and see her pieces hanging under the new shade construction along the Calle.

It is going to be a spectacular weekend to be out and about. The weather forecast couldn’t be more perfect. The highs are predicted to be in the mid-80’s. The musical lineup is eclectic. Super excited to welcome back to our stage Jacqui and Danny from the  band, “Patchy Sanders”. For the full schedule, see below.

 

Jacqui and Danny come to entertain us this Sunday from 12:30-2:30. Can't wait.

Jacqui and Danny come to entertain us this Sunday from 12:30-2:30. Can’t wait.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 21

11-1     Rod Petrone

3-5     Alex Kash

Sunday, June 22

12:30-2:30     Jacqui and Danny

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