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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September 13, 14 Featured Artisan Steve McLaren

This weeks featured artisan is copper-smith Steve McLaren.

This weeks featured artisan is copper-smith Steve McLaren.

There is a light haze in the air, I hear the sound of a school bus going by, fall is inching ever closer and the Lithia Artisans Market embraces the seasonal changes with over 30 artisans showing this coming weekend. The best locally crafted wares you can find in southern Oregon are right down at Ashland’s original open air marketplace on Calle Guanajuato, along the babbling Ashland Creek. What a wonderful  place to shop, get inspired, have lunch at one of many creek-side restaurants. If you are visiting Ashland, be sure to patronize the market, behind the plaza, to see what local hands are creating… jewelry, woodwork, pottery, clothing, hats, photography, fine art, mobiles, drums, body care products, and more.

Copper bowls hand pounded by our artisan of the week, Steve McLaren.

Copper bowls hand pounded by our artisan of the week, Steve McLaren.

This weeks featured artisan is a long time member… copper-smith Steve McLaren. Steve is well versed in mythology, ancient religions, and spirituality. He is also well connected to the Earth and constantly pondering the various modes in which we humans interact with mother nature. His art form echoes his connection with the Earth. Bowls pounded from recycled copper (a place to put your new earrings made by Steve), a praying mantas in 3 dimensions to place in your personal garden, a wall piece representing an animal totem… all can be found in Steve’s booth. All the colors you see are created by torch fire. So much color from something we think of as simply the color of a penny. Copper is a remarkable substance if you know how to work it, and Steve knows copper well. Steve’s work is unique and well made. Come by and see him this weekend as everything in his booth is 10% OFF.

Martin Vee plays his last show at the market before moving to the East Coast. Bon Voyage my friend.

Martin Vee plays his last show at the market before moving to the East Coast. Bon Voyage my friend.

Really great lineup of musical talent this weekend. All original songwriting. Great variety. Phil and Aaron Reed make up the duo of guitars and voices we have all come to love. The Brothers Reed write songs about love and life and reality that really hit home for me. Great harmonies, acoustic guitars, playing unplugged at the market. Jeff Stanley plays Saturday afternoon and mesmerizes with remarkable guitar playing and great songwriting. Sunday we begin with Martin Vee, flamenco style free form guitar player. Every time Martin plays it is something new. This is his final performance this year as he is making his way to the East Coast to check out a new scene. Martin has been a great asset to the market over the years and he will be missed. We end the weekend with the original surfer style tunes of Jared Masters. Jared’s songs and style take you on a virtual trip to the ocean. Love his tunes.

Come by the market for live music and hand made cool stuff. Support local, it makes a huge difference!

Brothers Reed start out our weekend, Saturday morning from 11-1, September 13. Great original tunes, sweet harmonies!

Brothers Reed start out our weekend, Saturday morning from 11-1, September 13. Great original tunes, sweet harmonies!

Music Schedule

Saturday, September 13

11-1     Brothers Reed

3-5      Jeff Stanley

Sunday, September 14

11-1     Martin Vee

3-5     Jared Masters

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September 6, 7 Featured Artisan Dan Clark

This weeks featured artisan is Dan Clark, silversmith, lapidary artisan, and more. 10% OFF anything in his booth this weekend.

This weeks featured artisan is Dan Clark, silversmith, lapidary artisan, and more. 10% OFF anything in his booth this weekend.

August is past, September is upon us, but the weather is staying plenty hot. We have roughly 30 artisans showing this coming weekend. Carved wood and stone, hand wrought sterling rings and pendants, hats from the Hat People, contemporary clothing made of hemp, glass, woven fabrics, and much more. Calle Guanajuato will be the place to be this weekend with fine local creations, and great music throughout the two days. This weeks featured artisan is a veteran of his craft and the art show circuit, silver smith and lapidary artist Dan Clark.

Dan Clark is from Chicago. He has been creating jewelry for over 40 years. Dan joined the Lithia Artisans Market back in the mid 1990’s and then decided that he would move out here and leave the big city for a simpler existence. He is as sincere a fella as you will ever meet. He’s a big hearted, hard working, salt of the Earth guy who will drop what he is doing to help out a friend. Trust me, I have had to call on Dan at a moments notice and he never hesitates to lend a hand. His work is impeccable, and he is a collector of rare Oregon agates, jaspers, and more. As Dan is prone to saying, “I just do the work, build the equity, and the work speaks for itself”. He is constantly working on something new while at the market. He keeps his hands busy, and his mind clear. Stop by and chat with Dan this weekend, and pick out your favorite sterling and stone pendant as everything in his booth is 10% OFF this weekend only!

Caleb Orton is back in southern Oregon and playing Lithia Artisans Market on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 11-1. Love his tunes.

Caleb Orton is back in southern Oregon and playing Lithia Artisans Market on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 11-1. Love his tunes.

Music Schedule

Saturday, September 6

11-1     Rod Petrone

3-5     TBA

Sunday, September 7

11-1     Caleb Orton

2-4     Saint Cinder

 

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August 30, 31, Featured Artisan Natalie Stawsky

Natalie Stawsky is the featured artisan this week at the Lithia Artisans Market. Everything in her colorful booth is 10% OFF!

Natalie Stawsky is the featured artisan this week at the Lithia Artisans Market. Everything in her colorful booth is 10% OFF!

Another blessed weekend in store for the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. This is the fullest the market has been in quite some time. 33 artisans are showing their wares along Ashland Creek behind the plaza  in downtown Ashland, Oregon. This weekends market includes woodwork, clothing, hats, a huge array of jewelry featuring dychroic glass, carved stones, sterling silver settings, and much more.  Fine art, nature photography, pottery, hand painted signs, leather boots… the list goes on and on. The music is just as hand made as the art and craft. The full schedule is below. This weeks featured artisan is Natalie Stawsky.

Natalie Stawsky in her booth with friend Gozel modeling one of her colorful hair pins.

Natalie Stawsky in her booth with friend Gozel modeling one of her colorful hair pins.

Natalie is a woman of many talents. She is a yoga instructor, a mother, and a gifted artisan. She makes wearable art out of flowers. Using different colors and textures of fabric, she creates colorful hair pins, rings, scarves, earrings, and accessories for skirts, shoes, and lapels. Her booth is one of the most colorful in the market. A joyful place to hang out and purchase something special. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “the Earth laughs in flowers.” What a wonderful way to see the world. Laughter is good for the soul and makes the world a better place. Lighten up your weekend with beauty and smiles. Come by and visit Natalie as everything in her booth is 10% OFF!

Another stellar music lineup on the Lithia Artisans Market stage.  Original tunes throughout the two days.

Aaron Reed plays the market this coming Saturday, August 30 from 3-5pm.

Aaron Reed plays the market this coming Saturday, August 30 from 3-5pm.

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 30

11-1     Doug Warner

3-5      Aaron Reed

Sunday, August 31

11-1     Ambur Rose

3-5      Bill Hahey

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August 23, 24 Featured Artisan Lucy Defranco

New artisan Lucy DeFranco is this weeks featured artisan. Everything in her booth is 10% OFF!

New artisan Lucy DeFranco is this weeks featured artisan. Everything in her booth is 10% OFF!

Big thanks goes out to the firefighters who have done a remarkable job at getting these fires out and protecting our valley. We can all breath better, literally. Today the skies are clear and you can feel that summer is winding down. Kids are getting ready for school, tomatoes are ripening on the vine and the market continues full swing into Fall. The market is as strong as ever with roughly 30 artisans showing this coming weekend. Jewelry, woodwork, clothing, leather, hats, and much more.

Our featured artisan this week is Lucy Defranco. Lucy calls her business “Luce Knots”, and she is a weaver by trade. Many of our artisans work while they show at the market, but Lucy is sort of unique in that respect. She brings her spinning wheel to the market and spins wool while she sells. Her booth is a constant hub of folks curious about her method. Watching her work the wheel along Calle Guanajuato takes you back to a simpler time when life was so much more hands on. Lucy spins her wool into yarn, dyes her yarn, and then weaves it into intricately designed scarves, table clothes, and more. You can also purchase her hand dyed yarns to create your own art. This week everything in her booth is 10% OFF! Come on down and meet Lucy, this is her first year as a member of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

 

Sage Meadows plays this Saturday from 11-1 on the Lithia Artisans Market stage. Original country tunes... Sage is great!

Sage Meadows plays this Saturday from 11-1 on the Lithia Artisans Market stage. Original country tunes… Sage is great!

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 23

11-1     Sage Meadows

3-5     Lady Bird and the Unknown Universe

Sunday, August 24

11-1     Aliana DeVictoria

2-4     Danny and Jacqui

 

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August 16, 17 – Featured Artisan Alissa Clark

Alissa Clark is this weeks Artisan of the Week. Everything in her booth is 10% Off, so come by and pick up some really cool pottery.

Alissa Clark is this weeks Artisan of the Week. Everything in her booth is 10% Off, so come by and pick up some really cool pottery.

Big storms, big news, fires ignited by lightning strikes are all around us. We plow through, we keep our head down, and we get the job done. We artist types are sensitive. Sensitive to media, to current events, to the dramatic storms. It is easy to allow the ups and downs of reality to affect our personal mental states. We are overwhelmed at times by what appears to be a world wide state of chaos. But it is in those times that the artist can access that intrinsic sensitivity and tap into a new realm of creative possibilities. The worst of times can bring out the best in people.

Pottery by Alissa Clark, our featured artisan of the week.

Pottery by Alissa Clark, our featured artisan of the week.

I don’t know an artist who exemplifies that creative poise more so than our resident potter Alissa Clark. Ali has been a member of the artisans market for about 15 years on and off. The artist in her can see the world through a whimsical, playful lens, or she can get down right serious about how she sees the world around her. Her art is fun, colorful, and utilitarian for the most part. I love waking up to coffee in my colorful Alissa Clark mug covered in images of a skeleton riding a bicycle. That mug just makes me smile. However, I also remember a series of pieces that she did a few years back that were not intended as utilitarian pieces, but rather strictly art, wall hangings. These clay art pieces really grabbed me at the time as they told a dark, yet hopeful story. They were all images of mother nature taking back the Earth… vines, trees, and other vegetation taking over skyscrapers and cars. These almost post apocalyptic images depicted hope in dark times. If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of Alissa and her art-form. We are pleased to announce her as the artisan of the week. Come by and visit her booth this weekend and take 10% OFF anything you like.

Coffee mug by Alissa Clark Clayworks.

Coffee mug by Alissa Clark Clayworks.

30 artisans are taking part in this coming weekends two day outdoor marketplace along Ashland Creek. We are open Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5. Two days of art, craft, and great music behind the plaza in downtown Ashland. Come on by and discover one of the hidden treasures of our region, the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Woodwork, clothing, hats, pottery, jewelry, fine art, and so much more created locally by folks who take the path less traveled. The old model of locally created art and craft, and the market that makes that possible, is alive and well because it works. Support local, it matters!

 

Doug Warner sings the blues this coming Saturday, August 16 from 2:30-4:30.

Doug Warner sings the blues this coming Saturday, August 16 from 2:30-4:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 16

11:00-1:00     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30      Doug Warner

Sunday, August 17 

11:00-1:00     TBA

3:00-5:00     Cole Cullen

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August 9 and 10, Honoring the Artisan in Each of Us

William Garrett, better known as "Buck", shows his art and cut stones on Calle Guanajuato. Sometimes what needs to come out is pure psychedelia. Buck shows every weekend with his partner Lynn.

William Garrett, better known as “Buck”, shows his art and cut stones on Calle Guanajuato. Sometimes what needs to come out is pure psychedelia. Buck shows every weekend with his partner Lynn.

This weekend we are not featuring one artisan, we are featuring all of you. This week we honor the artist in each of us. We don’t do that enough, just spending time with your own artistic vision of the world, or the world beyond this one. Our hurried lives often leave us with no “free-time” to do the things we love to do, create. Whether it’s sculpting a garden space, carving a piece of wood, filing the rough edges of a silver braided ring, or sanding away the imperfections in a stone, it is all a way of seeing life as its own form of art. Living life as if it was a piece of art. You can always add more oil to the painting and thus give the piece more texture. That is what we are doing as we walk our walk and journey through this life we have been gifted. What an honor to just be here now doing what we do. If you love what you do then give thanks for that simple truth. What a blessing.

So full of gratitude this week. The air is clearer, the hard working fire fighters are in our thoughts and prayers. As I look out at the big world picture I am ever so amazed to be here in Southern Oregon and living the dream. Each weekend we bring our particular talents to Calle Guanajuato down along Ashland Creek. Here our community comes together to show our wares, to make our livelihood, to honor the artisan in each of us.

35 Artisans will be showing this coming weekend. Woodwork, jewelry, fine art, wildlife images, clothing, hats, woven scarves, and so much more to inspire and entice the patron of southern Oregon’s longest running outdoor artisans market… Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Open Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.

 

Jared Masters returns for the first time in awhile to the Lithia Artisans Stage, Sunday, August 10 from 3-5. Soulful grooves that take you away to a sunset on your favorite warm beach.

Jared Masters returns for the first time in awhile to the Lithia Artisans Stage, Sunday, August 10 from 3-5. Soulful grooves that take you away to a sunset on your favorite warm beach.

Music Schedule

Saturday, August 9

11-1     Rod Petrone – Classical Guitar

3-5      Bekka McAlvage – Country Singer Songwriter

Sunday, August 10

11-1     Reed Brothers – Singer Songwriter Duo

3-5     Jared Masters – Singer Songwriter

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