August 29 and 30 at Lithia Artisans Market

Lisa Eldredge Pottery whose image is featured on the banners that went up this week along Winburn Way.

Lisa Eldredge Pottery is one of the featured images on the banners that went up this week along Winburn Way.

This weekend the Lithia Artisans Market is full with 38 artisans signed up to show over the course of the two days. The Market features locally handmade items presented by the creators. Jewelry, woodwork, clothing, metal work, fine art, photography, drums, pottery and so much more. Live music presented by local singer songwriters throughout the weekend.

Banner goining up featuring Jim Young of The Hat People. In front of the Community Center on Winburn Way.

Banner going up featuring Jim Young of The Hat People. Located in front of the Community Center on Winburn Way.

Lithia Artisans Market is finally able to say, our banners are up! They are nicely presented at the front of Lithia Park and up along Winburn Way in front of the Community Center building. They look great! This project has been a long time in the making. I want to sent out a huge thanks to Holly Gonnella for her work on this project. It would not have come out so great without you! Another big thanks to John Higley of Higley Design here in Ashland. He is a great graphics artist, a professional, and a pleasure to deal with.  I, Marcus Scott, shot the photos and worked with Holly on the design team for the past 17 months. We have come along way.

Banner, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Banner at the front of Lithia Park featuring the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

The Lithia Artisans Market would also like to thank the City of Ashland for their help in making this day possible. The banners, fresh off the presses at Best Signs of Medford, went up thanks to Hunter Communications and their boom truck. The two banners are two sided. The featured artisans on each are Lisa Eldredge Ceramics, the hands of Alissa Clark Clayworks, Jim Young of Hat People, and Amy Goddard-Navickas of Amy Folk Art. Thank you all for your patience and participation in this project. It keeps evolving! Look for the banners when you are walking around town.

Eric Leadbetter, Musician, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

Eric Leadbetter of the Band Jive Coulis plays at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Sunday, August 30 from 2:30-4:30,

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 29

11:30-2:30     The Brothers Reed

Sunday, August 30

11:30-1:30     Son Revello

2:30-4:30      Eric Leadbetter

 

 

 

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August 22 and 23 at Lithia Artisans Market

Alissa Clark creating while in her booth at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Alissa Clark creating while in her booth at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

There will be over 40 artisans showing at the Lithia Artisans Market this weekend, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Forty sets of hands worked with love and care to create every item on display at Ashland’s original Saturday Market. This weekend we feature pottery, fine art, jewelry of all kinds, clothing, hand painted silk scarves, screen printed art t-shirts, sculpted metal, woodwork, carved stones, photography and so much more. Great music, great art and craft, and community coming together to celebrate the artist within each of us. Join Us and Support Handmade Local.

This weekend we feature the hands of our very own Alissa Clark. She will soon be embarking on a new adventure. Alissa and her guy, Nathan, are moving to Florence, Oregon. Alissa will be missed… tremendously. Her presence, her art, her way of being has resonated positively throughout our community for years. Now her calling is the central Oregon coast and the start of a new chapter. Alissa will be busy as she is opening her own gallery and studio space right in the heart of Florence. Don’t worry, she promises to visit often, and she is still showing at the market until the end of September. Catch her while you can! This weekend she and Larry Shinerock of Creative Woodwork will be set up down by Mix on the corner of Calle Guanajuato and Main Street. We wish her all the best in her new digs.

Voila! The finished piece, and a tribute to many years of mastering her craft. Alissa Clark at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Voila! The finished piece, and a tribute to many years of mastering her craft. Alissa Clark at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 22

11:30-1:30    Rod Petrone

2:00-4:00     Jacqui and Danny

Sunday, August 23

12:00-3:00    Phil Reed

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August 15 and 16 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Marcella Ruikis, Hand Painted Silk Art, at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Marcella and her mom, Susan, make fabulous, richly died and hand painted silk scarves. Yummy!

Marcella Ruikis, Hand Painted Silk Art, at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Marcella and her mom, Susan, make fabulous, richly died and hand painted silk scarves. Yummy!

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) is back up to 40 vendors strong this weekend. A full house of creative souls showing their art along the creek on the meandering pathway known as Calle Guanajuato. It is gonna get warm again with highs in the low 90’s… another perfect weekend in paradise. Lots of wonderful art and craft on display this weekend: sculpted wooden bowls, fused dichroic glass jewelry, felted wool flowers and scarves, smithed silver and copper jewelry, carved stone beads, upcycled clothing, wildlife photography, and so much more. Live music throughout the weekend featuring four different acts playing four two hour sets; two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The full music schedule is at the bottom of this post. Open Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.

Featured in the photo above is the multi-talented Marcella Ruikis. Marcella is a veteran of the Lithia Artisans Market and has played many roles while being an active member of the guild. A mother, a fabulous singer who has played live with some of the valley’s best musicians, and a wonderful artist who pours her heart and soul into every piece of silk she touches. Her painted silk scarves look beautiful on everybody. She has served on the board of directors, the jury committee, and been part of the big picture of the Lithia Artisans Market for well over a decade. Thank you for your commitment to your community, and for bringing bold, beautiful color into our world.

The music is stellar this weekend. Phoenix Sigalove is always a treat. A deep compassion for the natural world, and our connection to it, comes through loud and clear when Phoenix plays. Cole Cullen is a singer-songwriter with a gift for matching words with music. They play Saturday. Sunday we welcome Jon Emery who is coming through from Sacramento, California. Good ole’ fashioned country tunes in the line of Johnny Cash and Ryan Adams. Jon has a passion for American Roots Music. We are lucky to catch him at the market as part of a west coast tour. Sunday afternoon local songwriter Bekkah McAlvage rounds out our weekend of music and art along the creek. Here is a little video featuring Phoneix Sigalove. Enjoy!

 

Bekkah McAlvage brings her own original tunes to the market this Sunday, August 16 from 2:30-4:30.

Bekkah McAlvage brings her own original tunes to the market this Sunday, August 16 from 2:30-4:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 15

11:30-1:30     Phoenix Sigalove

2:30-4:30     Cole Cullen

Sunday, August 16

11:30-1:30     Jon Emery

2:30-4:30     Bekkah McAlvage

 

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Smoky Skies… Yet the Lithia Artisans Market Perseveres

Lindsay Evans is a fantastic clothing designer who makes comfortable, fashionable clothing you can move in.

Lindsay Evans is a fantastic clothing designer who makes comfortable, fashionable clothing you can move in.

37 artisans will be showing over the course of the weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market. Bold bright colors, hand wrought shapes, neatly draped garments, and fine art images will make up the ambiance of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. The skies may be filled with grey, but the little outdoor artists market along the creek will be full of color, texture and form. We persevere. That is what we do when faced with adversity, we persevere. Especially as artisans, often the obstacle in front of us becomes the tool for our next endeavor. Interesting how that works. It is a bit hard to imagine the silver lining in the smokey haze we face today,  yet somehow that lining exists.

Featured in the photograph above is a brand new member to the market, Lindsay Evans. Lindsay makes fashionable wear for people on the move. Her skirts, tops, and vests are comfortable garments for every adventure. Something that sets her apart from her competition are the fabrics she uses that incorporate photos of Oregon. Sick Day Gear is her business name, a heart felt acknowledgement of all those days spent calling in sick and going out to play”. She has been making clothing since she was a kid, and graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle with a degree in apparel design. She is a great new addition to our family of artisans. Come by to check out the cool clothes, and to welcome Lindsay Evans to the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Sunny Erickson of The Sky System will be playing for us this coming Saturday, August 8th from 2:30-4:30.

Sunny Erickson of The Sky System will be playing for us this coming Saturday, August 8th from 2:30-4:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 8

11:30-1:30     Jared Masters

2:30-4:30     The Sky System

Sunday, August 9

11:30-1:30     TBA

2:30-4:30     Bill Hahey

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Dog Days of Summer at Lithia Artisans Market, August 1 and 2

Larry Shinerock is a regular at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. His bowls, cribbage boards, light switch plates, and jewelry are remarkably well crafted. Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5.

Larry Shinerock is a regular at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. His bowls, cribbage boards, light switch plates, and jewelry are remarkably well crafted. Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5.

A beautiful blue moon to finish off the last days of July. The Lithia Artisans Market is up and rolling through the heatwave that has taken over most of the nation. It is always a few degrees cooler down by the creek. 36 artists will be participating throughout the weekend market. Locally crafted pottery, jewelry, woodwork, leather goods, carved stones, forged metal, upcycled clothing, soaps and body care of all kinds are available down along Ashland Creek on Calle Guanajuato.

This week the word that comes through loud and clear is gratitude. As I peer into our community I get a glimpse at the compassion and love that is at the heart of the greater Ashland population. We are gifted to live in a place so full of aspiring creative people. Creativity and authenticity is what drives our commitment to being something better. Creating the world in which we wish to thrive. We evolve to be in harmony with nature, with our families, with our fellow artists, musicians, and the folks who live right next door. I am grateful to live in such a community of life affirming creators. Throughout the best and the worst of times… we create. It is what we do. Gratitude for this market, these hands, this community, and all of you who make this place we live so darned special and unique. Keep doing what you do, and give it all you’ve got! Why not, right?

Join us this weekend for a great lineup of music and the very best southern Oregon has to offer in the realm of handcrafted art and craft. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA), the longest running outdoor artisans market in the region. 32 years and counting!

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Rod Petrone is a wonderful classical guitar player. He is playing for us this Saturday, August 1 from 11:30-1:30. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Open Saturdays from 10-6 and Sundays from 11-5.

Saturday, August 1

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone – Classical Guitar

2:30-4:30     The Brothers Reed – Americana Duo

Sunday, August 2

11:30-1:30     Phil Reed – Singer songwriter

2:30-4:30      Accapellare

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July 25 and 26 at Lithia Artisans Market

Dimitri Kalemkeris is a wonderful artist who shows most Saturdays at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Dimitri Kalemkeris is a wonderful artist who shows most Saturdays at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Lithia Artisans Market is once again full with more than 40 artisans showing throughout the upcoming weekend. Pottery, jewelry, clothing, hand painted signs, painted silk scarves, carved wood bowls, fine art, wildlife photography and so much more are available at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Open Every Weekend! Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.

The artist you see smiling right above these words is Dimitri Kalemkeris. He is an illustrator of his very own comic book. His small, intricately detailed, art pieces are whimsical, colorful, playful and sometimes very deep. Each piece represents hours of meticulous work. Dimitri is an emerging artist, rather new to the enterprise of selling his works at the Lithia Artisans Market. His wife, Ali Kalemkeris, has been a regular at the market for over a decade selling her hand made soaps. They now share a booth and Ali is able to stay home with their two young boys while Dimitri sells soaps and art. Dimitri is starting to get noticed in the art world. Last year he was commissioned by musician Jack Johnson to do the artwork for his 2014 Summer Tour Poster. That is really cool! I love Dimitri’s work, and I am honored to own a few of his pieces, proudly displayed throughout my home.

Hands. In honor of the hands with which we artisans create, we present you with a short video we have recently created. I wish to thank Mabrie Ormes, a regular artist showing most weekends at Lithia Artisans Market. She is on the board of directors of the market and was the lead person in coordinating the creation of this short video. The background music was provided by local classical guitar player Rod Petrone. The voice over narration was done by me, Marcus Scott, and the videography was done by Ross Williams at XRats Production.  Thanks to everyone who helped in this project. We are really pleased with how this little promotional video came out. Please give it a moment, 30 seconds to be exact, and leave us feedback on Youtube.

It is a great weekend for music. Phoenix Sigalove is back for the first time in quite awhile. Phoenix plays powerful, original tunes that remind us to treat our Mother Earth with kindness and respect. One of my favorite ensembles from out of town is swinging through Ashland this weekend. “Cloud Ship” is a very different kind of musical duo from Fresno, California, and we are pleased to host them at the market this coming Saturday. See the full music schedule below.

Phoenix Sigalove plays Lithia Artisans Market this Saturday, July 25 from 2:30-4:30. Stoked for this set!

Phoenix Sigalove plays Lithia Artisans Market this Saturday, July 25 from 2:30-4:30. Stoked for this set!

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 25

11-1     Cloud Ship

2:30-4:30     Phoenix Sigalove

Sunday, July 26

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30     TBA

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Welcome Home! July 18 and 19 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather makes awesome handcrafted leather shoes. They fit perfect!

Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather makes awesome handcrafted leather shoes. They fit perfect!

Ashland’s oldest open air marketplace, the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA), is jam packed with amazing creations from the hands of 44 local artists who will be showing this upcoming weekend at the market. The back alleyway know as Calle Guanajuato comes to life with silk screened t-shirts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry of all kinds, metal sculpture, fine art, photography, clothing and so much more. We welcome back to the market our successful artisans who participated in the granddaddy of all west coast art fairs last weekend, The Oregon Country Fair (OCF). Returning to Calle Guanajuato are Holly Gonnella Jewelry, Alissa Clark Clay-works, Dave Summers Leather-work, and Luciene with her summer dresses and skirts. These four are regulars at Oregon Country Fair.  They are also locals artisans who show at the market throughout the rest of the season. It takes outstanding quality to become a vendor at OCF, and these vendors meet that mark of excellence. Welcome Home!

Last Sunday we washed Calle Guanajuato clean of debris with torrential rains and electricity surging though thunder heads reaching into the heavens above. Massive down pours turned roof-top storms drains into waterfalls. As an artisan whose livelihood depends on outdoor marketing, Sunday afternoon was as exciting as it comes, while bleak and miserable at the same moment. They call those moments, “payin’ yer dues.” Awesome moments for sure! The air is cleaner and more energized. The rain from recent storms has water drenched parched landscapes. Southern Oregon feels alive, and the market is rocking along with more creativity than I’ve witnessed in my previous 20 plus years of membership. Come by and support the local art scene… alive and well in the heart of downtown Ashland at the Lithia Artisans Market.

Cole Cullen plays this coming Saturday with Jeff Stanley. Their set is from 2:30-4:30, Saturday, July 18th.

Cole Cullen plays this coming Saturday with Jeff Stanley. Their set is from 2:30-4:30, Saturday, July 18th.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 18

11-00-1:00     Gene Burnett

2:30-4:30     Cole Cullen and Jeff Stanley

Sunday, July 19

11:30-1:30     Ambur Rose

2:30-4:30     Jeff Stanley

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