Art, Craft, and Music Along the Creek (Open March thru October)

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Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is open from March through October. Support local handmade! Join Us…

Weekends along Ashland Creek the artisans, artists, musicians and community gather for the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Tucked along the winding alley way known as Calle Guanajuato is an open air market place that features an array of handcrafted pottery, jewelry, woodwork, fine art, photography, clothing, leather work, and so much more. This weekend market is the place where art, craft, music, and creek side dining come together in the hub of downtown Ashland, Oregon. This time honored marketplace has a tradition of authentic craft made by the people of the region.  Creativity thrives in southern Oregon.

This weekend, March 28th and 29th, the artisans market hosts 25 local craftspeople with their latest creations. We opened last week for the first weekend of the new season. Saturday was great! And Sunday…. well, it rained. I am looking out at dark clouds this afternoon, but the forecast shows a nice weekend ahead. Spring in Lithia Park, what a great way to spend a day.

Live Music is a daily event at the Lithia Artisans Market. This weekend we feature Jacqui and Danny playing their original, hand crafted tunes. These two blend harmonies and mystically rich lyrics into songs that have us longing for simpler times when children gleefully skipped down cobbled streets. Their tunes seem timeless. Jacqui and Danny make up roughly half of the local band well known as Patchy Sanders. Come see them play, you will love them.

Caleb Orton plays the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland on Sunday, March 29 from 12 noon 'til 2. Love his songwriting.

Caleb Orton plays the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland on Sunday, March 29 from 12 noon ’til 2. Love his songwriting.

Music Schedule

Saturday, March 28

12:00-2:00     Jacqui and Danny

Sunday, March 29

12:00-2:00     Caleb Orton

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Lithia Artisans Market Opens March 21, Spring Equinox

Lama WalkAbout Ad 2015 low resThe Spring Equinox, March 21st seems like a most auspicious day to open the 2015 season at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA). The market is opening six weeks earlier than we did in 2014. Super cool! Love the feel of the rain today, yet hopeful the rain will miss us for opening weekend. The forecast is… well, think sunny thoughts. Four different forecasts predicting four different possibilities. It is spring in southern Oregon, a great time to stroll along Ashland Creek, on Calle Guanajuato enjoying the longest running, open-air art and craft market in the region. For 32 years the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland has been the place to purchase authentic, locally crafted pottery, jewelry, clothing, metal work, wood work and much more,  directly from the maker.

The guild of artisans who make up the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) is nearly 100 members strong. Products sold at LAMA must be made by the folks who sell them. The talent within the membership is outstanding as each artisan must jury their products before a group of their peers in order to become part of the guild. As the market manager I am honored to help make this market a success for each of its varied members. I am grateful for the market and the opportunity it provides the community. We are blessed to do what we do as artisans, following our passion. We are grateful to the folks who come out to peruse the wares, listen to live music, and purchase items direct from artists. Thank you!

There is so much talent in the Rogue Valley. At the market we showcase live, original, acoustic music each weekend. This upcoming, opening weekend we welcome the Brothers Reed to the stage on Saturday, March 21st from 12-2pm. Aaron Reed has been part of the music scene in Ashland for nearly a decade. His brother Phil moved out to Ashland a couple of years ago. They both play in the punkified, country band called “Bucklerash”. When they play as a duo they play totally acoustic and blend poetic verse with beautiful harmonies. Really great song-writing. The Brothers Reed has recently cut a new cd, due out on April 11th. They are throwing at CD release party at the Imperial Center in Medford, click now to check it out!

Sunday we get a taste of the blues from Doug Warner. I have often heard the comparison made between Doug and another blues man, Eric Clapton. He puts on a hell of a set of music for one guy, his guitar and a mic. Love it! He plays the Sunday slot, March 22 from 12 – 2pm.

Enjoy the rain and think sunny thoughts for the upcoming weekend, the first day of spring, the first day of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland 2015!!!

Doug Warner plays Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this coming Sunday, March 22 from 12:00 - 2:00. Amazing blues man!

Doug Warner plays Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this coming Sunday, March 22 from 12:00 – 2:00. Amazing blues man!

Music Schedule

Saturday, March 21

12-2pm     The Brothers Reed

Sunday, March 22

12-2pm     Doug Warner

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Etsy Workshop this Thursday

Jasmine Patten of Dervish Clothing will be presenting an Etsy Workshop this coming Thursday, Jan. 22 from 1-4pm at the Talent Fire Station.

Jasmine Patten of Dervish Clothing will be presenting an Etsy Workshop this coming Thursday, Jan. 22 from 1-4pm at the Talent Fire Station.

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is hosting an Etsy Workshop this coming Thursday, January 22 from 1-4pm at the Talent Fire Station, 5811 South Pacific Highway. All members of the Lithia Artisans Market are encouraged to attend. Jasmine Patten will be leading this workshop. She has years of experience with Etsy, over 1500 sales, and comes with a treasure trove of tips to make your Etsy selling experience better. Whether you are brand new to Etsy, a seasoned veteran, or just curious as to what it is all about, this workshop is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and get inspired to make your shop into a success.

Your market manager Marcus Scott will also make a short presentation on Product Photography. The best way to sell your products online is to represent them well with good product shots. We will talk about lighting, composition, depth of field and other topics.

Come ready with your curiosity, your questions, and something to write on. We have WiFi at the station in case you want to bring a laptop or tablet.

This workshop will be informative, inspiring, and fun. See you all this Thursday at 1pm at the Talent Fire Station.

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Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing, 3 Weekends in December

HolidayMkt 14 WebThe Lithia Artisans Market takes the show indoors for the final three weekends leading up to Christmas 2014. Open Saturdays 10-6 and Sundays 11-5, the Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing is a cozy, family friendly location to do your holiday shopping while enjoying live music, food, and reverie. 35 artisans will be showing their unique wares throughout the market. Jewelry, pottery, clothing, hats, photography, woodwork, fine art, chocolates and so much more await the patron. If you are looking for that special one of a kind gift item, or the perfect stocking stuffer, you owe it to yourself to check out the Holiday Market. The Holiday Market is located at the old Briscoe Elementary School, a few blocks north of the plaza in Ashland, 265 North Main, corner of Laurel.

Karina will be at the Holiday Market every weekend in December. She makes beautiful jewelry of using amber, opals, sterling and more.

Karina will be at the Holiday Market every weekend in December. She makes beautiful jewelry of using amber, opals, sterling and more.

As is the case every year, we will be welcoming new vendors who have never shown with us in the past. This year we will have a new glass artist, Andrew (Turtle) Way, a wood toy maker, Roger Funk, and a couple more surprises throughout the three weekend event. Every weekend is something just a little bit different. I am also happy to announce that Margarita (“Marca”) Castillo-Bernard will be joining us for the first weekend, this coming Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7. Coming down from Portland, Marca makes magical dolls and whimsical figures that are so imaginative and playful… they always get my undivided attention. Fairy tales are made of such.

Live music will fill the hall at the ArtWing every weekend thru Sunday Dec. 21st. Here is the music schedule for the upcoming weekend.

Doug Warner sings the blues. All original tunes! This Saturday morning, Dec. 20th at the Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market.

Doug Warner sings the blues. All original tunes! This Saturday morning, Dec. 20th at the Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market.

Music Schedule

Saturday, December 20

11-1     Doug Warner

2-4      Cole Cullen Trio

Sunday, December 21

11-1    TBA

3-5     Phil Reed

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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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