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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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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