Lithia Artisans 2014 Membership Drive

Lithia Artisans Membership Photo taken at our Annual Meeting at the Christmas Faire 2013.

Lithia Artisans Membership Photo taken at our Annual Meeting at the Christmas Faire 2013.

The Holidays are past us. We have all had time to hibernate, take advantage of a little down time and focus our intentions, harness our creative energy, and get ourselves ready for an excellent 2014 season at the Lithia Artisans Market. This is a call to action, a time to renew your membership, or if you are new to the market it is a time to get your products in order and ready yourselves to come on board and join the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. No better place to show your wares than along Ashland Creek in the heart of Ashland, Oregon.

Membership Applications are updated for 2014 and can be found on the Membership Information page of this website (Click the link). Membership applications are due by May 1st and the yearly dues are $65. Applications submitted after May 1st will be assessed an additional $10 fee, or $75 total. All renewing members have to send in their applications by June 1st or face the prospect of having to re-jury your craft and go through the whole process again. The Jury Committee will start to have meetings for new members starting early in April. Those meetings are held in the conference rooms at the Ashland Public Library. When the meetings are scheduled, the dates will appear on the Membership Information Page of this website. Many of our new members in 2013 didn’t have the chance to sell in their first season. I encourage you all to rejoin and not let your membership lapse. Lots of great things are happening with the Artisans Market and I want all of you to be part of our growing family. Artists and artisans who have not yet joined us can contact Marcus, the manager, at 541 301-9811, or email lithiaartisans@gmail.com, in order to schedule a Jury Meeting appointment.

The City of Ashland is working daily on the resurfacing of Calle Guanajuato and the plan is for the project to be completed by April 1st in time for our Spring opening. I have heard rumors that the completion might be as late as the first of May. When I know more I will send out the updated information. It is going to be exciting to have a newly paved, pedestrian friendly walk-way to call our marketing home.

The Board of Directors has met once and will meet again on Thursday, Feb. 20th at 5pm at the Talent Fire Station on Hwy. 99 in Talent. Anyone interested in what goes on at a board meeting is welcome to attend. The board elected new officers at the last meeting. Rose Gerstner is the new President, Mabrie Ormes is the recording Secretary, Pat Moore is the Treasurer, and the rest of the board consists of Jim Young, Dan Elster, Joshua Rodine, Kris Daly, and Holly Gonnella.

Again, please go to the Membership Information Page of this website and open the pdf or word document at the bottom of the page titled LAMA 2014 APPLICATION. Print it, fill it out, and send it in with your check for $65. If you are new call the manager, Marcus, at 541 301-9811. Thank You!

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Lithia Artisans Holiday Market at Briscoe ArtWing

Holiday Market Poster Lower ResOnce again the Briscoe ArtWing comes to life with the sound of live music, a festive atmosphere, and 30 of our finest local artisans. Art and craft created locally by the hands of our friends and neighbors. The artisans of the summer artisans market on Calle Guanajuato fill the halls and the rooms of the old Briscoe Elementary School, 265 North Main, on the corner of Laurel Street. Directly across Laurel Street from the Methodist Church, just four blocks north of downtown Ashland on the Main drag. Holiday Market takes place every weekend in the month of December leading up to Christmas. Open Saturdays from 10am – 6pm and Sundays from 11am-5pm. The market will also be open on First Friday, December 6th, from 5-8pm.

Larry Shinerock of Creative Woodwork makes some of the finest burl bowls you will ever see.

Larry Shinerock of Creative Woodwork makes some of the finest burl bowls you will ever see.

Over 30 artisans will be at the event every weekend selling their handcrafted wares. Jewelry, metal work, glass, wood work, clothing, hats, scarves, weavings, candles, handmade soap, English toffee, hand cut stone beads, leather work, whimsical pottery, enchanted dolls, jams and jellies, plants, food, woolen products, and much more. This is an eclectic mix of amazing gift ideas all under one roof. Did I mention there will be locally made chocolates and truffles? Yum!

Many have called the Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market the most cozy holiday bazaar of the season. I would agree with that sentiment. It feels like family and friends getting together to hang out and celebrate life, community, and the season of giving. Ali SoapWhat a blessed life. What a wonderful opportunity during this season of giving to support your local artisans, your local musicians, your local businesses. Money spent locally with small and micro businesses stays in the local economy and we all benefit.

Come on out to the Briscoe ArtWing these next three weekends and celebrate the spirit of the Holidays with your local artisans and musicians. The event is free to the public. Saturdays from 10-6 and Sundays from 11-5.

Doug Warner plays Holiday Market this coming Saturday, Dec. 7th from 2:30-4:30. Amazing blues man!

Doug Warner plays Holiday Market this coming Saturday, Dec. 7th from 2:30-4:30. Amazing blues man!

Music Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 14

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone (Classical Guitar)

2:30-4:30     Cole Cullen with Steve Elmer

Sunday, Dec. 15

11:30-1:30     Doug Warner (Blues)

2:30-4:30     Jeff Stanley

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13th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Fair

ChristmasFaire-2013The Holiday Season is just around the corner. The smell of turkey roasting in the oven, pumpkin pie for dessert, and the 13th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Fair to look forward to the very next day. Thanksgiving weekend is a time of family, community, and giving thanks for the abundance of this life. It is also about tradition. It is becoming a tradition for the artisans of our area to fill the Historic Ashland Armory with handcrafted gift items every Thanksgiving weekend. At the Christmas Fair you will find finely crafted items that are unique and representative of simpler times when people took particular pride in what they could create using their own two hands.

I’ve been part of this talented group for 19 years, and never have I seen so much quality and authenticity. As the market manager for the last two years, I have made an effort to reach out to the creative, vibrant, spirited new artisans of our region and encourage them to come out and present their art-form at the market. I’ve also made it part of my mission to encourage veteran artisans of our market to focus their creative spirit and continue to fine tune their skills and artistic vision. We are growing in such a positive direction. I am thrilled by the quality of our crafts and the enthusiasm of our artisans.

Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather, along with 50 local artisans, will be at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire this coming Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 23-25 at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. (corner of Oak and B).

Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather, along with 50 local artisans, will be at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire this coming Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. (corner of Oak and B).

One of the many talented members of our market is Dave Summers of “Elf Mountain Leather”. He is a leather shoe maker, but also makes leather backpacks, juggling balls, and whatever he is in the mood to create on a given day. What he says about his shoes could be said about many of the things you will find at the Christmas Fair. According to Dave, “Handcrafted shoes have a special vibration. They are full of love and vibrate harmoniously with the Earth. Not only that, shoes made exactly for your foot fit perfectly and are therefore incredibly comfortable. I prefer to make the shoes specially for the individual. There is no pair of shoes more comfortable than the pair made specifically for your feet.”

Things made by creative hands and imaginative minds have that special vibration that Dave talks about when referring to his shoes. There are no two items at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Fair that are exactly the same. Everything is made by hand and therefore absolutely unique, full of love. Right here in our community people are creating beautiful art objects that will stand the test of time.

Jasmine Patten of Dervish Clothing will be showing at Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire this upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory.

Jasmine Patten of Dervish Clothing will be showing at Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire this upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory.

One of our newcomers to the market is Jasmine Patten and her clothing business “Dervish Clothing”.  She makes some of the most innovative, wearable, comfortable, and eco-friendly clothing you will find anywhere. When you see a beautiful woman walking down the street with a button up wool sweater that is unlike anything you have ever seen, clean lines that highlight the feminine details, made of up-cycled wool materials, that is likely a Dervish original. Jasmine promises to be well stocked for Christmas Fair with amazing new creations. Every piece of clothing is a work of art and is made to last a lifetime.  As Jasmine puts it, “Things that are well made last a long time. There is no reason to have things, including clothing, be disposable. I want my pieces to last for years, and even to become heirlooms with personal stories attached to them.”

Dan Clark, our resident silver smith and lapidary artisan, will be at the Historic Ashland Armory for Christmas Faire. Thankgiving weekend.

Dan Clark, our resident silver smith and lapidary artisan, will be at the Historic Ashland Armory for Christmas Faire. Thankgiving weekend.

Dan Clark, our resident silver smith, has a way with words. A simple man who made his way to Ashland by way of Chicago, Illinois. Dan is what I would call “salt of the Earth”. He does his work and lets the pieces speak for themselves. He calls it “building equity”. Every time he cuts a cabochon for a pendant he is building equity. He is a man who knows his craft. He is out there on the road meeting the old timers who have hoarded away gem material that is no longer easily obtainable. Dan is not a flashy man, nor is his display. However, if you pay special attention you will start to see the treasures presented in his handmade displayers. These pieces all tell a story. Dan can tell you where the material is from, who mined it, and the history in each piece. He is searching for that classic form in everything he does. He is working with materials — Biggs Blue Sky Jasper, Montana Plume Agate, and others — that are getting rarer to find. His pieces are one of a kind, just like Dan. Classic!

Awesome belts by Gene Nawrocki. The "belt-man" is back at Christmas Faire, Thanksgiving Weekend.

Awesome belts by Gene Nawrocki. The “belt-man” is back at Christmas Faire, Thanksgiving Weekend.

Touching the timeless, using techniques established by the Navajo Indians and materials sacred to her, Lavelle Foos has been making her living sculpting copper and wood for over three decades. Lavelle was a member of the market back in the 80’s, and moved to the Ashland area as part of the alternative, “hippie movement” of the 1970’s.  “I wanted to live in a place that was ripe for me to explore being a visual artist”, remembers Lavelle. She is an inspirational artisan. Her pieces are beautiful, healing, full of life, and accessible. As Lavelle puts it, “my art is an expression of sanity, an honoring of beauty and expressing messages from nature that we humans need. I trust my art functions as a mirror, reflecting self-acceptance for myself and others to make our lives more beautiful and more meaningful.”

Lavelle Foos was a member in the early 90's and has come back home in 2013. Love her handwrought copper work. See her at Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory.

Lavelle Foos was a member in the early 90′s and has come back home in 2013. Love her handwrought copper work. See her at Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory.

These highlighted artisans are just a small sample of the quality of people and art that await the fair goer at the 13th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Fair. 50 artisans will be showing at this years event, and live music will fill the the halls at the Historic Ashland Armory. Crafted items at this years event include fine art, woodwork, photography, clothing, jewelry, glasswork, hand carved stones, hand wrought copper and silver, pottery, leather work, and much, much more. Quality is the name of the game, and it is well represented at this years Christmas Fair. The fair is open to the public Thanksgiving Weekend — Friday, November 29 from 10am – 7pm, Saturday, November 30 from 10am – 6pm, and Sunday, December 1 from 11am – 5pm.

Martin Vee brings his unique guitar playing style to Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire, Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10-12 at the Historic Ashland Armory.

Martin Vee brings his unique guitar playing style to Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire, Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10-12 at the Historic Ashland Armory.

MUSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, November 29th

10-12     The Reed Brothers

1-3       David Kelley

4-6       Jeff Stanley

Saturday, November 30th

10-12     Martin Vee

1-3         Dave Scoggin

4-6       Cole Cullen Combo

Sunday, December 1st

11-1     Jef Ramsey

2-4     Bill Hahey Trio

Join our event at www.facebook.com/LithiaArtisansMarket/ChristmasFaire.

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Annual Membership Meeting Following Christmas Fair

Howdy Y’All,

This post is primarily for artisan members of the Lithia Artisans Market, but anyone can read on. No crime in that.

We are about to have our 13th Annual Christmas Fair at the Historic Ashland Armory. The show takes place the weekend following Thanksgiving. We are also going to have our annual Membership Meeting on that Saturday, November 30th from 6:30-8:00ish. We will serve pizza and salad so that should entice you to stick around. We will also be holding our annual election at that time.

If you are interested in running for the board please email or phone Pat Moore and he will get you on the ballot. His email is….. pat.moore.photography@gmail.com and his phone number is 541 621-1777.

Four board positions are up for election this year. The positions held by Pat Moore, Cathy McElroy, Rose Gerstner, and Richard Burrows (now retired from the board). This is a great opportunity to let your creative juices flow into the organization and help it reach its goals. Please think about it and make the leap!

So, to recap…..

What…… LAMA Annual Membership Meeting
Where…. The Historic Ashland Armory, corner of Oak and B Streets in Ashland
When….. November 30, 2013, from 6:30-8:00pm ish… Immediately after the Saturday portion of our Christmas Fair. (Doors to the show close at 6pm)
Why……. Elections, discussions about the organization, to get to know each other.
Provided.. Pizza!!! Veggie and Meat choices available. Salad as well.

I hope the cool fall weather finds you all well and productive… preparing for the upcoming Holiday Season.

Peace,
Marcus

 

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Last Weekend Outdoors for Lithia Artisans Market

Pottery by Alissa Clark Clayworks.

Pottery by Alissa Clark Clayworks.

It has been a fabulous season. Over twenty new artisans joined our family this season. New pottery, new jewelry, journals made from old lp album covers, rustically cool brooms, leather work, new photography, body care products and so much more. Thank you all for putting your creative energy out there and making it happen. I am so honored to help make this market happen, and so blessed to get to watch all of you do what you do. You make a difference, and you keep the flame burning. It is so important to pass the torch and continue to make things with your hands, engage your creative mind, and bring love and joy to the world. In this fast paced world of electronic gadgets, and mass produced plastic junk, true craftsmanship is on the wane. So.. thank you!

Copper bowls and spoons by Steve McLaren of Sunhouse Studios.

Copper bowls and spoons by Steve McLaren of Sunhouse Studios.

This is the final weekend of the outdoor market. We take a few weeks to gear up for the Holiday Season and then we take our market indoors. Thanksgiving weekend us artisans will once again take over the Historic Ashland Armory for three days of local art and craft, live music, and revelry. This is the 13th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Fair, and it is shaping up to be the best of the bunch. 48 artisans will be showing and the lineup looks impressive. So much talent! Stay tuned as we get closer to the event as this page will update and highlight many of the artisans and musicians who will be part of the event.

We have endured a difficult season on a lot of fronts. Sort of a “Murphy’s Law” year in many respects. More rain-out days than we have had in previous seasons, the Calle Guanajuato constantly being torn up or marked up, and some of the worst forest fire smoke in the valley in over a decade. In fact, there were days that I could barely see across the street. It was like being on the wrong side of the campfire for weeks. But we survived, and we have had a great season despite the challenges. I look forward to the upcoming holiday markets, and working with all of you into the upcoming 2014 season. Blessings to you all, artisans and patrons alike. Onward we roll!

Christophe Sunhorse plays all original tunes. Totally acoustic, 100% authentic soul. Peace

Christophe Sunhorse plays all original tunes. Totally acoustic, 100% authentic soul. Peace

Music Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 26

11:30-1:30     Laura Anderson

2:30-4:30     TBA

Sunday, Oct. 27

11:30-1:30     Christophe Sunhorse

2:30-4:30     Martin Vee

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October 19 and 20 at Lithia Artisans Market

Happy customers enjoying the Lithia Artisans Market. Here in front of the Alma-Mia Jewelry by Karina Mendoza-Wittke.

Happy customers enjoying the Lithia Artisans Market. Here in front of the Alma-Mia Jewelry by Karina Mendoza-Wittke.

Only two more weekends left in the 2013 outdoor market season. The leaves are falling, Lithia Park is ablaze with color… reds, oranges, yellows abound. The Indian Summer that is upon us this Fall is a gift. Thankful for this season, this time of community, and the strength of our artisans family. Again we gather along Ashland Creek. 26 artisans are signed up to participate. We are pleased to welcome a new artisan into our midst. Jennifer Jensen is a new resident of Ashland making her way here from Hawaii. She is excited to be part of our market and share her creations. Please stop by and say hello, make her feel like part of the family. Some artisans who have not shown as much this season will be at the market this weekend. We are happy to welcome back Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather and Jasmine Patten of Dervish Clothing. Art and craft abound. Jewelry, hats, clothing, fine art, leather work, body care products, pottery, photography and much more await the outdoor market enthusiast.

Catherine McElroy will be at the Market with her whimsical paintings this Saturday, October 19th.

Catherine McElroy will be at the Market with her whimsical paintings this Saturday, October 19th.

Music looks great this weekend. We are also welcoming a new musician into our midst. Michael Olsen is a flamenco guitarist who lives in Mt. Shasta. He will be playing Saturday morning from 11:30-1:30. Complete music schedule below.

Work continued throughout the week on the preliminary stages of the repaving of Calle Guanajuato. They are opening up 22 different holes measuring 5 by 7 feet in dimension. This excavation is to determine whether the site is of archeological significance. Remember, before the establishment of the township we know as Ashland, both the Shasta and Takelma Indian Tribes had a presence here. It is believed that the exact area of our current plaza might have been a seasonal village for some of the Shasta tribe. It will be interesting to know what artifacts might be hidden under the concrete street. I heard through the rumor mill that a human tooth was discovered in the very first hole dug. If significant remains and/or artifacts are discovered that could delay the project. I will keep you all posted as news comes my way.

Come on out this glorious weekend and support local art, craft, and music.

One of my favorite local musicians, Cole Cullen plays Saturday, October 19 from 3-5.

One of my favorite local musicians, Cole Cullen plays Saturday, October 19 from 3-5.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 19

11:30-1:30     Michael Olsen

3:00-5:00     Cole Cullen

Sunday, October 20

11:30-1:30     TBA

3:00-5:00     Bill Hahey Trio

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Lithia Artisans Market October 12 and 13

Crowds of people gather at the Lithia Artisans Market behind the plaza in downtown Ashland. As the colors change, it is the perfect time to be out and about along Ashland Creek.

Crowds of people gather at the Lithia Artisans Market behind the plaza in downtown Ashland. As the colors change, it is the perfect time to be out and about along Ashland Creek.

The days grow shorter, the nights longer. Mornings are chilly. A cup of coffee or tea in the hands takes away the sting of the air. Fall is cozy, colorful, and exciting in downtown Ashland. The outdoor, Elizabethan Theater has closed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but the play must go on. The Angus Bowmer is still open, so is the Thomas Theater. The Lithia Artisans Market is still open for three more weekends, then it is time to ready for the Christmas Season before heading into the lingering hibernation of Winter.

Gay Pride Parade this weekend in downtown Ashland. Visit the parade then the Lithia Artisans Market on Calle Guanajuato. Celebrate our unique diversity!

Gay Pride Parade this weekend in downtown Ashland. Visit the parade then the Lithia Artisans Market on Calle Guanajuato. Celebrate our unique diversity!

This weekend the market is once again full of unique arts and crafts. 28 Vendors are signed up to participate. We share the downtown with the Southern Oregon Gay Pride Parade this weekend. Colorful is the best description of the festivities planned in downtown Ashland for the upcoming weekend. I love the flamboyancy of the parade. It matches the colors of the leaves as Fall gives way to Winter.

Hope to see you all out and about this weekend supporting local art, craft, music, and culture. Let us revel in our differences, those aspects that make us shine. We are all unique, and we are all one… a beautiful mosaic.

David Kelley #2

David Kelley will be coming by to play us original tunes on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 3-5pm. It is also his Birthday. Sweet!

Saturday, Oct. 12

11:30-1:30     Levi Dean

3:00-5:00     TBA

Sunday, Oct. 13

11:30-1:30     Jeff Stanley

3:00-5:00     David Kelley

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