Taste of Ashland at Lithia Artisans Market, April 25 and 26

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is Taste of Ashland Weekend and the Lithia Artisans Market is open. The weather stymied the spirit today, Saturday, April 25, but a solid core of the Lithia Artisans remained vigilant, holding space on Calle Guanajuato, representing the best of our artisan family.  Thanks to Ahlaya, Larry, Alissa, Gene, and Luciene for holding down the fort.

The weather for Sunday, April 26th looks inviting and over 30 artisans will be on hand showing their handcrafted items.  The market looks as nice as I have seen it in the 21 years I have been a member. Authentic, one of a kind art and craft is a great reason to take a stroll along Ashland Creek. This weekend you can find hand stamped leather belts, jewelry of all kinds, pottery, woodwork, clothing, fine art, pillows, and so much more. Join us and support local handmade.

The lineup of music is great as always.

Live music every weekend, twice daily, at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Live music every weekend, twice daily, at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Sunday, April 26

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry – Classical Cello

2:30-4:30     Caleb Orton- Singer-Songwriter

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Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, April 18 and 19

We are pleased that Heidi Carlson of Hempress Arise has joined us this year. We have missed you!

We are pleased that Heidi Carlson of Hempress Arise has joined us this year. We have missed you!

The upcoming weekend looks fabulous and we have a totally jam packed market full of locally crafted amazing creations. 34 artists and crafty souls will be showing their wares along Calle Guanajuato. Jewelry, pottery, wood work, clothing, photography, fine art, handmade soaps, body care products, and much more await those who stroll the walkway along Ashland Creek, behind the historic Ashland Plaza. The newly paved alleyway is a magical path full of art and craft, locally created by the folks who occupy the  festive booths. Every weekend from March through October, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.

This weekend we welcome back to the market many old familiar faces, some we haven’t seen in a few years, and some completely new artisans who have just recently joined this guild of creators. Seven new artisans have joined us so far this young season, and 5 of them will be showing over the weekend. If you haven’t been to the market in awhile then you owe it to yourself to check it out! A lot of great changes are in the works. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is a great place to spend a day, wander the park, take in the sights, and support local art, craft, and music.

Doug Warner sings the blues this coming Saturday, April 18th from 3-5pm. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Doug Warner sings the blues this coming Saturday, April 18th from 3-5pm. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Music Schedule

Saturday, April 18

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone

2:30-4:30     Doug Warner

Sunday, April 19

11:30-1:30     Jacqui and Danny

2:30-4:30      Eric Leadbetter from the band Jive Coulis

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Lithia Artisans Market Open Ashland Independent Film Fest Weekend

LAMA_Ad_OSF_Web betterWe are open for our fourth weekend of this young season. It is Ashland Independent Film Festival Weekend in downtown Ashland, Oregon. In between the films be sure to come by Calle Guanajuato along Ashland Creek to peruse the wares of the local artisans. Lithia Artisans Market represents some of the regions finest jewelers, potters, woodworkers, fine artists, silver-smiths, clothing designers and so much more. The market also hosts local musicians daily on our stage between the outdoor dining and the craft marketplace. This open-air marketplace, the oldest artisans market in the region, as been located in the quaint alleyway behind the Ashland plaza since 1983.

The new black and white ad you see in up above is our latest in our new series of ads. This is the ad that will be featured in the Oregon Shakespearean Festival Playbill. The photo is a pendant by our very own Karen West of Eggtooth Originals. Really beautiful piece Karen! Thanks for your contribution. Keep making beauty with your hands.

Looks as though we will be dodging raindrops on Saturday so come prepared for rain, but think sunny thoughts. Sunday looks beautiful and warm. 25 artisans and artists are signed up to participate this weekend. Let us celebrate the spring along Ashland Creek for the Ashland Independent Film Festival Weekend, April 11 and 12. What a great little town full of culture, film, live music, and art. We are blessed to live in such a magical little town.

The Brothers Reed take to the stage again this coming Sunday from 12 noon until 2pm. Aaron and his brother Phil make up the duo known as The Brothers Reed. This weekend they debut their new cd, “Sick as Folk”, at the Imperial Event center in Medford. The very next day they play for us at Lithia Artisans Market. So cool! I’ve been following Aaron and his musical career for about a decade. The first time I saw him sing was at an open mic at the old Siskiyou Brew Pub. From his first southern Oregon band “Monk”, to the creation of the hard driving country-punk band “Bucklerash”, to the emergence of The Brothers Reed, one thing has always been a steady for Aaron over his music career, great song writing backed by a powerful and soulful voice. My hat is off to Phil and Aaron Reed this weekend. By the way, I got a preview of the new cd and it is off the hook, exceptional! Really excellent work gentlemen. Looking forward to your set at the market this coming Sunday from noon until 2pm.

The Brothers Reed play Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this Sunday, April 12 from 12-2. Great original tunes, sweet harmonies!

The Brothers Reed play Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this Sunday, April 12 from 12-2. Great original tunes, sweet harmonies!

Music Schedule

Saturday, April 11

12-2     Bill Hahey Duo

Sunday, April 12

12-2     Brothers Reed

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

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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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