Dog Days of Summer at Lithia Artisans Market, August 1 and 2

Larry Shinerock is a regular at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. His bowls, cribbage boards, light switch plates, and jewelry are remarkably well crafted. Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5.

Larry Shinerock is a regular at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. His bowls, cribbage boards, light switch plates, and jewelry are remarkably well crafted. Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5.

A beautiful blue moon to finish off the last days of July. The Lithia Artisans Market is up and rolling through the heatwave that has taken over most of the nation. It is always a few degrees cooler down by the creek. 36 artists will be participating throughout the weekend market. Locally crafted pottery, jewelry, woodwork, leather goods, carved stones, forged metal, upcycled clothing, soaps and body care of all kinds are available down along Ashland Creek on Calle Guanajuato.

This week the word that comes through loud and clear is gratitude. As I peer into our community I get a glimpse at the compassion and love that is at the heart of the greater Ashland population. We are gifted to live in a place so full of aspiring creative people. Creativity and authenticity is what drives our commitment to being something better. Creating the world in which we wish to thrive. We evolve to be in harmony with nature, with our families, with our fellow artists, musicians, and the folks who live right next door. I am grateful to live in such a community of life affirming creators. Throughout the best and the worst of times… we create. It is what we do. Gratitude for this market, these hands, this community, and all of you who make this place we live so darned special and unique. Keep doing what you do, and give it all you’ve got! Why not, right?

Join us this weekend for a great lineup of music and the very best southern Oregon has to offer in the realm of handcrafted art and craft. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA), the longest running outdoor artisans market in the region. 32 years and counting!

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Rod Petrone is a wonderful classical guitar player. He is playing for us this Saturday, August 1 from 11:30-1:30. Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Open Saturdays from 10-6 and Sundays from 11-5.

Saturday, August 1

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone – Classical Guitar

2:30-4:30     The Brothers Reed – Americana Duo

Sunday, August 2

11:30-1:30     Phil Reed – Singer songwriter

2:30-4:30      Accapellare

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July 25 and 26 at Lithia Artisans Market

Dimitri Kalemkeris is a wonderful artist who shows most Saturdays at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Dimitri Kalemkeris is a wonderful artist who shows most Saturdays at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Lithia Artisans Market is once again full with more than 40 artisans showing throughout the upcoming weekend. Pottery, jewelry, clothing, hand painted signs, painted silk scarves, carved wood bowls, fine art, wildlife photography and so much more are available at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Open Every Weekend! Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.

The artist you see smiling right above these words is Dimitri Kalemkeris. He is an illustrator of his very own comic book. His small, intricately detailed, art pieces are whimsical, colorful, playful and sometimes very deep. Each piece represents hours of meticulous work. Dimitri is an emerging artist, rather new to the enterprise of selling his works at the Lithia Artisans Market. His wife, Ali Kalemkeris, has been a regular at the market for over a decade selling her hand made soaps. They now share a booth and Ali is able to stay home with their two young boys while Dimitri sells soaps and art. Dimitri is starting to get noticed in the art world. Last year he was commissioned by musician Jack Johnson to do the artwork for his 2014 Summer Tour Poster. That is really cool! I love Dimitri’s work, and I am honored to own a few of his pieces, proudly displayed throughout my home.

Hands. In honor of the hands with which we artisans create, we present you with a short video we have recently created. I wish to thank Mabrie Ormes, a regular artist showing most weekends at Lithia Artisans Market. She is on the board of directors of the market and was the lead person in coordinating the creation of this short video. The background music was provided by local classical guitar player Rod Petrone. The voice over narration was done by me, Marcus Scott, and the videography was done by Ross Williams at XRats Production.  Thanks to everyone who helped in this project. We are really pleased with how this little promotional video came out. Please give it a moment, 30 seconds to be exact, and leave us feedback on Youtube.

It is a great weekend for music. Phoenix Sigalove is back for the first time in quite awhile. Phoenix plays powerful, original tunes that remind us to treat our Mother Earth with kindness and respect. One of my favorite ensembles from out of town is swinging through Ashland this weekend. “Cloud Ship” is a very different kind of musical duo from Fresno, California, and we are pleased to host them at the market this coming Saturday. See the full music schedule below.

Phoenix Sigalove plays Lithia Artisans Market this Saturday, July 25 from 2:30-4:30. Stoked for this set!

Phoenix Sigalove plays Lithia Artisans Market this Saturday, July 25 from 2:30-4:30. Stoked for this set!

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 25

11-1     Cloud Ship

2:30-4:30     Phoenix Sigalove

Sunday, July 26

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30     TBA

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Welcome Home! July 18 and 19 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather makes awesome handcrafted leather shoes. They fit perfect!

Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather makes awesome handcrafted leather shoes. They fit perfect!

Ashland’s oldest open air marketplace, the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA), is jam packed with amazing creations from the hands of 44 local artists who will be showing this upcoming weekend at the market. The back alleyway know as Calle Guanajuato comes to life with silk screened t-shirts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry of all kinds, metal sculpture, fine art, photography, clothing and so much more. We welcome back to the market our successful artisans who participated in the granddaddy of all west coast art fairs last weekend, The Oregon Country Fair (OCF). Returning to Calle Guanajuato are Holly Gonnella Jewelry, Alissa Clark Clay-works, Dave Summers Leather-work, and Luciene with her summer dresses and skirts. These four are regulars at Oregon Country Fair.  They are also locals artisans who show at the market throughout the rest of the season. It takes outstanding quality to become a vendor at OCF, and these vendors meet that mark of excellence. Welcome Home!

Last Sunday we washed Calle Guanajuato clean of debris with torrential rains and electricity surging though thunder heads reaching into the heavens above. Massive down pours turned roof-top storms drains into waterfalls. As an artisan whose livelihood depends on outdoor marketing, Sunday afternoon was as exciting as it comes, while bleak and miserable at the same moment. They call those moments, “payin’ yer dues.” Awesome moments for sure! The air is cleaner and more energized. The rain from recent storms has water drenched parched landscapes. Southern Oregon feels alive, and the market is rocking along with more creativity than I’ve witnessed in my previous 20 plus years of membership. Come by and support the local art scene… alive and well in the heart of downtown Ashland at the Lithia Artisans Market.

Cole Cullen plays this coming Saturday with Jeff Stanley. Their set is from 2:30-4:30, Saturday, July 18th.

Cole Cullen plays this coming Saturday with Jeff Stanley. Their set is from 2:30-4:30, Saturday, July 18th.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 18

11-00-1:00     Gene Burnett

2:30-4:30     Cole Cullen and Jeff Stanley

Sunday, July 19

11:30-1:30     Ambur Rose

2:30-4:30     Jeff Stanley

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July 11 and 12 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Rose Gerstner of Sympatico Clothing will be showing this coming Saturday, July 11th.

Rose Gerstner of Sympatico Clothing is showing this coming Saturday, July 11th.

The market is once again full of great handmade stuff as we dodge the raindrops along Calle Guanajuato. The recent storms have wreaked havoc upon our part of the planet, but I count us as lucky. Cooler temperatures and lots of negative ions to keep us alert and on our toes. 39 vendors are signed up to show over the course of this two day artisans market. The Oregon Country Fair is rockin’ and rollin’ up in Veneta, but our own market is full of handcrafted items that are just as amazing, and right here in our little burg. Woodwork, jewelry, clothing, fine art, native-American style drums, hula-hoops, tie-die tees, wildlife photography, copper sculpture, and so much more are on display this coming weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA). Open along Calle Guanajuato, Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5.

Featured in the photo above is Rose Gerstner of Sympatico Clothing. She makes wonderful, super comfy woman’s clothing that appeals to a wide audience. Her work is impeccable, her designs are unique, and her sense of style is beyond compare. Come by and see her and the rest of the crew as we make our way toward the mid-way point in our market season.

Amanda West is on a tour of the Pacific Northwest and will be gracing us with her tunes this coming Sunday, July 12 from 11:30-1:30. Excited to hear her newest songs!

Amanda West is on a tour of the Pacific Northwest and will be gracing us with her tunes this coming Sunday, July 12 from 11:30-1:30. Excited to hear her newest songs!

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 11

11-1      Jacqui and Danny

3-5     Chapter II

Sunday, July 12

11:30-1:30     Amanda West

2:30-4:30     Sara Wilbur

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4th of July Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market

Mabrie Ormes, fine artist, standing next to her wall of art along Calle Guanajuato at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Mabrie Ormes, fine artist, standing next to her wall of art along Calle Guanajuato at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Happy 4th of July! A time to celebrate our independence and the freedoms we hold dear. Ashland is the place to be on the 4th. An old fashioned parade celebrating our freedom of expression, then a craft fair along Ashland Creek to celebrate our independence. The craftsperson epitomizes the idea of independence. Self-sustaining, self-managed, independent business men and women who make cool stuff with their own two hands then bring it to sell at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA), the oldest artisans market in southern Oregon. Time honored crafts like pottery, silver smithing, stone carving, wood working, painting, sketching, dress making, and so much more are available at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

An original by Loreta Villasenor, a guest artist this 4th of July at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. She is from our sister city, Guanajuato, Mexico. Love her work!

An original by Loreta Villasenor, a guest artist this 4th of July at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. She is from our sister city, Guanajuato, Mexico. Love her work!

Over 30 artisans will be participating over the course of this two day market event on Calle Guanajuato. In fact, in honor of our sister city of Guanajuato, Mexico, we will be hosting a wonderful artist from that city at our market. Laura Rangel Villasenor was born in Silao, a city right outside of Guanajuato. She now calls Guanajuato her home… a place of magic and inspiration for her whimsical, playful paintings to come into existence. She is a self taught artist with her own unique style. I love her art! We at the artisans market are honored to have her in our midst for the 4th of July. Every piece is an original, and they are really affordable. Welcome Laura to her home away from home! To see more images, go to her website, or stop by the market this Saturday. Here is the link…  www.loreta.com.

The Sky System create magical music. Come see them this Sunday, July 5th from 2:30-4:30 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

The Sky System create magical music. Come see them this Sunday, July 5th from 2:30-4:30 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 4

10:30-12:30     Brothers Reed

1:30-3:30         Bill Hahey

Sunday, July 5

11:30-1:30     Bekkah McAlvage

2:30-4:30     The Sky System

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June 27 and 28 at Lithia Artisans Market

Local Potter Alissa Clark is always on her game. This time with triple antennas to boot.

Local Potter Alissa Clark is always on her game. This time with triple antennas to boot.

It is gonna be a hot weekend, but a stalwart contingent of artisans will be holding down the fort along Ashland Creek at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. 25 artisans are signed up to participate this weekend. Hand sculpted manzanita cribbage boards, hand built pottery, carved stone beads, bench worked sterling silver, upcycled clothing, fine art and much more will be on display at this unique outdoor marketplace located along Calle Guanajuato.

The photo above was part of a fun series of images I shot of my good friend Alissa Clark. This is her letting me know the photo session needs to end soon. She cracks me up! Alissa is one of the hardest working artisans I know. She has been a big part of the Lithia Artisans Market for about a decade. Her whimsical, hand built pots are each unique and playful. Alissa is amazing… a heart and soul full of creativity. Her coffee mugs bring a smile to your face. Come by and see her art-form on display throughout the upcoming weekend.  Here is a link to her etsy site…  etsy.com/shop/alissaclarkclayworks.

Jim Young and Marcus Scott with Streetcar Named Inspire, Lithia Artisans Market, Ashland, Oregon

Jim Young of The Hat People and Marcus Scott of The Stone Bead hanging out in The Streetcar Named Inspire. Weekends at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

A Streetcar Named Inspire will be making its debut at Lithia Artisans Market this weekend. She will be placed in a spot across from the entrance to Lithia Park, in the Ashland City Parking Lot… affectionately called “The Village” by the resident artisans that make that space their home on the weekends. Melissa Orion is new to the market this year selling her fine art pieces as prints, pillows, magnets, prayer flags and more. She will be curating the Streetcar Named Inspire as a weekend art gallery. Various artisans will be showing in and around her Streetcar Gallery throughout the season. The Streetcar is a replica of a vintage trolly. Melissa has been hard at work with her friends to spruce it up, give it a new coat of paint, and make it part of the downtown art scene in Ashland as a part of the Lithia Artisans Market.  Come down to the market this weekend, dip your feet into the creek to cool down, visit the Streetcar and peruse the many fine, locally created art and craft at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Live Music every weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Local art, craft, and music along Ashland Creek.

Live Music every weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Local art, craft, and music along Ashland Creek.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 27

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone – Classical Guitar

2:30-4:30     Jared Masters – Singer-songwriter

Sunday, June 28

11:30-1:30     To Be Announced (It’s a suprise)

2:30-4:30    “The Stamps” – Acoustic Set (Punk)

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June 20 and 21, Fathers Day Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Bruce Kramer makes outstanding cutting boards. He has been a member of the Lithia Artisans Market for a long time. Weekends on Calle Guanajuato.

Bruce Kramer makes outstanding cutting boards. He has been a member of the Lithia Artisans Market for a long time. Weekends on Calle Guanajuato.

It looks to be another beautiful weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. 44 vendors showing this weekend… open Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Saturday will officially be the fullest, most vibrant market of the 2015 season. Hand crafted pottery, jewelry, woodwork, clothing, copper sculpture, fine art, photography, and so much more await the market enthusiast strolling along Ashland Creek on Calle Guanajuato. Tons of amazing creations will be on display. All items shown by the folks who make them. The market is located behind the downtown plaza shops, across from Lithia Park, along the meandering alley way known as Calle Guanajuato. From the Mix Sweetshop follow the winding path along the creek all the way to the entrance of Lithia Park. Explore and discover live music, creek-side dining, and locally created art and craft of all kinds.

Lisa Eldredge Pottery

Coffee mugs with filter holders by local potter Lisa Eldredge at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

Happy Fathers Day Weekend! It is a great time to take Dad for a walk in downtown Ashland and come upon the perfect Fathers Day gift, then grab lunch along the creek. As a dad myself, I can tell you that many of us would love a new coffee mug, a wooden cutting board, a sculpted manzanita cribbage board, or a leather necklace featuring locally cut and polished stone beads. This is just a handful of gift ideas, amongst the multitude, found this weekend at Ashland’s outdoor marketplace… the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Jewelry by Marcus Scott. Forged copper pieces mixed with found jade from Northern California and old trade beads. Weekends on Calle Guanajuato, Ashland, Oregon.

Jewelry by Marcus Scott of The Stone Bead. Forged copper, hand-cut  jade,  old trade beads.

This week the featured artisan is local woodworker Bruce Kramer. Bruce has been part of the market since way, way back in the day. I was talking with him a week ago as he recalled being a part of the market when it was simply called Ashland Saturday Market. He couldn’t recall the exact year, but my guess is that was sometime in the late 1980’s. He makes fantastic cutting boards. I own one and use it daily. As Bruce points out, take care of the board and it should last you a lifetime. His boards are quality items made by a master woodworker who has perfected his skills over decades of practice. His cutting boards are accessible to anyone as his prices are very reasonable.

Come out and join us along the creek to cool down and peruse the authentic, hand crafted wares offered at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Open Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. This is gonna be a lot of fun!

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Jacqui and Danny bring their wonderful original tunes to Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. They play this Saturday, June 20 from 2:30-4:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 20

11:30-1:30     Doug Warner

2:30-4:30     Jacqui and Danny

Sunday, June 21

11:30-1:30     The Brothers Reed

2:30-4:30     Bill Hahey

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