Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing, Weekends in December

Melissa Orion, a new artist at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland,will be at the Holiday Market every weekend in December until Christmas. Over 35 local artisans at the old Briscoe Elementary School, corner of N. Main and Laurel.

,Melissa Orion will be at the Holiday Market every weekend in December until Christmas. Over 35 local artisans at the old Briscoe Elementary School, corner of N. Main and Laurel.

The Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing has become a tradition in Ashland. 35 local artists and creative folks come together in celebration of community, art, craft, and the joy of the holiday season. We are always grateful this time of year to have a warm indoor location to sell our wares. The old Briscoe Elementary School on the corner of North Main and Laurel, four blocks north of downtown Ashland, is a wonderful old brick building that has devoted the southwest wing of the old campus into art studios. For the next three weekends the hallway and many of the studios will be open to the public. A great opportunity to purchase handmade gifts directly from the maker.

Juan Garcia Alfaro makes stunning jewelry. He will be joining us for Holiday Market this year.

Juan Garcia Alfaro makes stunning jewelry. He will be joining us for Holiday Market this year.

Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market

Open Weekends Until Christmas
Saturdays 10-6 / Sundays 11-5

This years Holiday Market will feature wooden spoons, pottery, feather earrings, up-cycled clothing, smithed copper and silver jewelry, lamp-wound glass, salsas, jams, hats, fine art, chocolates, woodwork, photography, and so much more. Live music will fill the hallway everyday (full music schedule below). All the studios that are open to the public will be serving hospitality drinks and snacks. Placed strategically throughout the event you will find candy-cane striped boxes and raffle tickets. Patrons can fill out the tickets and place them in the boxes. It is free to enter. We will draw one lucky name every Sunday for a $50 gift certificate redeemable at any of the events sponsored by the Lithia Artisans Market.

Every weekend will feature different artisans, so make it a point to visit often so you don’t miss anything. This event is free to the public and a fundraiser for the Ashland School District. A portion of every dollar spent at the festival will be donated to the School District. Besides, purchasing from local folks helps the local economy thrive. Buying from artisans is a win-win situation.  Support local, it matters!

The Brothers Reed play great original tunes and harmonize so well with each other. Honored to have them play the Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market.

The Brothers Reed play great original tunes and harmonize so well with each other. Honored to have them play the Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market.

Music Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 5

11:30-1:30     The Brothers Reed

2:30-4:30     Rod Petrone

Sunday, Dec. 6

11:30-1:30     Jef Ramsey

2:30-4:30     TBA

Saturday, Dec. 12

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone

2:30-4:30     Jeff Stanley

Bekkah McAlvage plays original country tunes. Wonderful songwriting. At the Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market.

Bekkah McAlvage plays original country tunes. Wonderful songwriting. At the Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market.

Sunday, Dec. 13

11:30-1:30     Son Revello

2:30-4:30     Cole Cullen

Saturday, Dec. 19

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30     The Brothers Reed

Sunday, Dec. 20 

11:30-1:30     Bekkah McAlvage

2:30-4:30     Phoenix Sigalove

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Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire, Thanksgiving Weekend, Historic Ashland Armory

Amy Goddard-Navicka Artist Lithia Artisans Market Ashland Oregon

Amy Goddard will be at Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire with her felted wool puppets, prints, and skin care balms. Historic Ashland Armory, Thanksgiving Weekend.

Announcing the 15th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire taking place Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak Street in Ashland. Two blocks down from the plaza. Open Friday, Nov. 27 from 10-7, Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10-6, and Sunday, Nov. 29 from 11-4. Over fifty local artists and creators showing their handcrafted items, all under one roof. The artisans from the summer weekend market along Ashland Creek are bringing the show indoors. Live music all weekend, food and drinks available on site, and the VIP room will be open upstairs where you can enjoy a glass of wine. Libations brought to you by the folks at Live at the Armory!

The days continue to get shorter, the nights longer. Grizzly Mountain has its first blanket of snow. We all spend more time in the dark this time of the year. Candles warm our hearts and light the path for us, helping us find our way. Candles usher in our Festival of Light. This year let the Ashland Festival of Light be the harbinger of peace and love. Embracing one another and letting our light shine. That is the true spirit of Christmas. Love, light, and creativity sparked by our collective concern for the well being of all living things. Join us for the Festival of Light and be sure to visit the best art and craft show of the season… the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire.

Voila! The finished piece, and a tribute to many years of mastering her craft. Alissa Clark at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Alissa Clark will be at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire with her colorful pottery. Historic Ashland Armory, Thankgiving Weekend.

The elves of the Rogue Valley are busy in their shops creating magical items of adornment, spinning wool into yarn, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Up-cycling discarded garments into one of a kind sweaters that make winter fun! Transforming dead manzanita root into sculptural cribbage boards. Forging sterling silver into bezel settings, gently holding picture jasper cabochons in classic, time honored designs. Fine art, photography, pottery, and so much more will be on display and available for purchase direct from the creators. No middle man at the Lithia Artisans events, just silversmiths, carvers, woodworkers, potters, artists, sculptors, and creative souls making beauty with their hands.

Dave Summers, leather worker, will have a full display of wonderful handcrafted leather goods.

Dave Summers, leather worker, will have a full display of wonderful handcrafted leather goods. Thankgiving Weekend.

We’ve had a wonderful outdoor season on Calle Guanajuato this year. A special thanks to Ashland Parks and Recreation. We feel so blessed to sell our handcrafted wares along Ashland Creek in Lithia Park. Winter is now close, a chilly northern wind blows through my workshop tonight as I spent time grinding on stones. Slowly moving rocks through my hands, slowly wearing down the hard edges to find the bead below the surface. It is a wonderful, methodical task.

We all do what we can do. The artisans work with their hands and create items to cherish for years to come. For many it is where we find peace and joy. For me it is a meditation. When the world seems crazy we find solace in good work. We find comfort in familiar tasks, familiar rhythms, familiar tools. Sitting down and working a rough apple wood branch into a spoon, that feels familiar to the spoon maker. Those creative tasks feel comfortable and reassuring. When we create enduring beauty we change the world a little at a time.

Rachel Fisher is a wonderful fine artist who will be one of many at the 15th annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire.

Rachel Fisher is a wonderful fine artist who will be one of many at the 15th annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire.

Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire

Historic Ashland Armory, Thanksgiving Weekend.

FRI, Nov. 27 – 10am-7pm

SAT, Nov. 28 – 10am-6pm

SUN, Nov, 29 – 11am-4pm

The Christmas Faire features live music all three days of the event. See the schedule below. Live at the Armory will have the VIP room open upstairs serving beer and wine. Moni, the owner of the old Grilla Bites in downtown Ashland, will have hot soup, pastries, tea and coffee available in the food court.  Join us for this years Festival of Light and the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire, where community comes together to celebrate the artist in each of us. We all thrive when we support each other in our artistic expression, making the world in which we want to live. One piece at a time!

Phoenix Sigalove is an amazing singer, songwriter with a powerful message. He plays Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 1-3pm.

Phoenix Sigalove is an amazing singer-songwriter with a powerful message. He plays Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 1-3pm. Open All Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Friday, Nov. 27

10:00-12:00     Jef Ramsey

1:00-3:00     The Brothers Reed

4:00-6:00     Cole Cullen

Saturday, Nov. 28

10:00-12:00     Bekkah McAlvage

1:00-3:00     Phoenix Sigalove

4:00-6:00     Bill Hahey

Sunday, Nov. 29

11:00-1:00     Son Revello

2:00-4:00     Accapellare

 

 

 

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Halloween at the Lithia Artisans Market

Dave Summers is an outstanding leather worker at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Dave Summers is an outstanding leather worker at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

It is the last weekend of the outdoor season at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA). Our final weekend on Calle Guanajuato coincides with Halloween and The Day of the Dead. 30 artisans will be showing this weekend. Many dressed for the occasion. Time honored craft will be on display as we remember those souls who came before us. Pottery, hand-cut stone beads, wooden spoons, cutting boards, and bowls, sculpted copper bowls, handmade soaps, bench made silver and stone jewelry, hand-painted signs, fine art, photography, native-American style drums, and so much more will be on display over the weekend. The weather looks good for Saturday and threatening on Sunday.

Halloween is upon us, things go bump in the night, the veil between this world and the next softens. Children dress as ghosts and goblins, myth comes to vivid life for a short moment. It is a time to honor loved ones who have come and gone… The Day of the Dead. Ashland Chamber of Commerce hosts a time honored tradition known as the Halloween Childrens Parade in downtown Ashland this Saturday, October 31. The parade starts at 2:30 pm. There is also a Monster Dash Race taking place in the park in the morning. The market will be open before, during and after the parade. Come by and show off your costume by taking a stroll through the market on your way to the park.

Streetcar Named Inspire at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Streetcar Named Inspire at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

The Streetcar Named Inspire will be set up in Lithia Park as part of Lithia Artisans Market. This lively traveling art gallery will be decorated and ready to take a picture of you in your costume before or after the parade in downtown Ashland. The perfect backdrop to make you into a star this Halloween. The photo booth is free, but donations are encouraged. Melissa Orion is the curator of this wandering inspiration machine, and a fine artist in her own right. Join her and 30 other artisans along Ashland Creek this Halloween Weekend in downtown Ashland, Oregon.

 

The Brothers Reed. Live Music at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

The Brothers Reed. Live Music at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Saturday, October 31

11:30-3:00     The Brothers Reed

Sunday, November 1

TBA

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October 24 and 25 at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Jack West is a Fine Wood Furniture Maker and a member of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Jack West is a Fine Wood Furniture Maker and a member of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

The market is 40 artisans strong for our second to last weekend of the 2015 outdoor season. I have never seen such great participation from our guild of artists. I am super honored to manage this great group of creative souls. The weather forecast is for temperatures in the mid 70’s for this upcoming weekend. Fall is upon us, winter just around the corner. Enjoy the sunshine while we have it. This weekend we feature fine silver-smithed jewelry, woodwork of all kinds, up-cycled clothing, original screen printed t-shirts, metal work, fine art, hand carved stone beads, photography, and much more.

The photo above is an image of Jack West and his furniture pieces. Jack and his wife Karen make a powerful artisan team. They travel the west coast doing art shows throughout the season. Jack is a furniture maker, Karen is a jewelry designer. Jack is usually so busy with art shows that we rarely see him on Calle Guanajuato. We are excited to have him back at the market after a long hiatus. His workmanship is impeccable. His wood pieces show the years of experience it takes to fine tune this sort of work. He apprenticed for years with a master woodworker and those years of study and hard work show in his detailed woodwork. Take advantage of these last days of sunshine and come out to see Jacks work, as well as the art and craft of over 40 other creators at this weekends artisan market along Ashland Creek.

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) is located along Calle Guanajuato, behind the plaza in downtown Ashland, Oregon. The market is open to the public and free of charge. Open Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 5. The market also features two live sets of music each day we are open. Music schedule below. Join us and support local handmade. It makes a difference!

Jeff Stanley, Singer-songwriter, is a regular at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Playing this Sunday from 2:30-4:30.

Jeff Stanley, Singer-songwriter, is a regular at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Playing this Sunday from 2:30-4:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 24

11:30-1:30     The Brothers Reed

2:30-4:30     Rod Petrone

Sunday, October 25

11:30-1:30     Bekkah McAlvage

2:30-4:30     Jeff Stanley

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October 17 and 18 at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Steve McLaren, Copper Smith, is a long time member of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Steve McLaren, Copper-Smith, is a long time member of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

They are calling for rain tomorrow, but we will see about that. 40 artisans are signed up for the weekend. So often they call for rain and we have beautiful days. Let’s rejoice as we count down the days left in the market season. Wow, only 6 total days left in the outdoor market season. Starting this weekend the market will end at 5:00 on Saturdays, instead of 6:00, as the days are getting shorter. The last day of the outdoor market is Sunday, November 1st, the day after Halloween, the Day of the Dead. Kinda cool. This coming weekend we are once again full of remarkable art and craft… jewelry, woodwork, pottery, fine art, photography, and clothing of all kinds — mittens, hats, and sweaters to keep you warm as winter approaches. In between the raindrops come out and stroll the Calle Guanajuato and visit this unique market along the creek.

Featured in the photo above is copper-smith and artist Steve McLaren. Steve has been an active, full time member of the Lithia Artisans Market of over a decade. He works with copper, recycling old scrap chunks he gets from a local metal recycling facility. Cutting with a torch, forming with hammers, and creating a patina on the metal with the heat of the torch, Steve creates iconic, timeless images. He also has a fabulous line of copper earrings, and makes really cool copper sorting bowls. Swing by and see Steve this weekend along with the 40 other artisans whose booths meander along the creek behind the plaza in downtown Ashland, Oregon.

The Lithia Artisans Christmas Fair is just around the corner, taking place Thanksgiving weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory, November 27, 28, and 29. Application are available online for current Lithia Artisans Market members… click here now. Lots more details will be provided as we near the show date. Needless to say, the Christmas Fair, now in its 15th season, is a remarkable event. The artisans are at their best for this annual tradition in Ashland — a showcase of fine craftmanship. Stay tuned.

Doug Warner sings the blues at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Playing this coming Saturday from 11:30-1:30.

Doug Warner sings the blues at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Playing this coming Saturday from 11:30-1:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 17

11:30-1:30     Doug Warner

2:30-4:30     The Brothers Reed

Sunday, October 18

11:30-1:30     Son Revello

2:30-4:30     Sunny Erickson

 

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Gay Pride Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market

Karina Mendoza-Wittke, Jeweler, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

Karina Mendoza-Wittke, Jeweler and owner of Alma Mia Jewelry, is a regular, long-time member of the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA),

The market is rollin’ right into the fall season at full capacity once again. 40 artisans are signed up to show.  We are experiencing a true Indian Summer in southern Oregon with highs in the low 80’s for the weekend. Jewelry, woodwork, clothing, hats, fine art, photography, and so much more will be on display.

Featured here is Karina Mendoza-Wittke of Alma Mia Jewelry. She has been a member of the market for over 20 years. She grew up traveling often between Germany and Mexico. As a young girl she would travel throughout Europe with her mom and sister. Living out of a Volkswagen Bug and camping with the gypsies, she learned to juggle and make jewelry. She has fond memories of selling necklaces to tourists on the beach when she was just 10 years old. Her childhood passion never left. Today she is one of the most prolific and fine tuned artisans at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA). Karina makes impeccably crafted sterling silver wire work jewelry. Her color combinations and finishing touches set her pieces apart from other jewelry makers. We are happy she is part of our family of artists on Calle Guanajuato.

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland supports diversity in all its forms. We honor the love that people have for one another. Regardless of sexual orientation, love rules! We are excited to watch the Southern Oregon Gay Pride Parade as it marches by the market. It is always such a colorful expression of love and creativity. This is a time of healing, of understanding, of respect. We all love each other. The parade starts at 11am, makes its way down Main Street in Ashland, and then goes right by the market and up into Lithia Park. More festivities are planned throughout the day at the Bandshell in the park. It should be a great weekend for community events and people watching. While you are out, take a stroll through the market. Support local… come out and play!

The Brothers Reed #2, Live Music, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

The Brothers Reed play this coming Sunday at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 10

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone

2:30-4:30     TBA

Sunday, October 11

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30     The Brothers Reed

 

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October 3 and 4 at Lithia Artisans Market

JIm Young, The Hat People, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

Jim Young, The Hat People, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

Fall is all around us. It is harvest time, a time of abundance, the turn of the season. A good time to take stock and store up for the winter. The Holidays will be upon us soon. Take advantage of these wonderfully bright fall days and visit your local artisan market along Ashland creek. The market is bustling with 40 vendors showing over the course of the two day event. As the dark days of winter approach, the light still shines brightly on Calle Guanajuato. This weekend you will find all sorts of silver smithed jewelry, locally carved stones beads, up-cycled fall sweaters, hats by The Hat People, fine art, photography, woodwork, and much, much more. A fine array of meticulously crafted items. Supporting your local artisan is a direct way to support your local economy. We all flourish when we support one another.

The photo above is of Jim Young. Jim and Carol Young are the heart and soul behind the enterprise known as The Hat People. They are also the most veteran members the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA). They have been making and selling hats for over 30 years. They were part of the back to the earth movement of the 1970’3; when folks started to recognize, once again, the value of a simpler way of living. Back to the basics. When they starting making hats they didn’t even have electricity. Carol worked with an old treadle sewing machine while Jim would do the cutting. They lived in a small cabin in the mountains of the southern Oregon coastal range. They would bring their hats to market in Eugene and sell out of their VW Bug. What a great way to start a family and begin to navigate this one precious life we are given. A life dedicated to community, simplicity, family, authenticity, and healthy ways of being. The Hat People are a true inspiration.

Bekkah McAlvage plays original country tunes. Wonderful songwriting. This Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11:30-1:30 at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Bekkah McAlvage plays original country tunes. Wonderful songwriting. This Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11:30-1:30 at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 3

10:30-12:00     Phoenix Sigalove

2:30-4:30      Accapellare

Sunday, October 4

11:30-1:30     Bekkah McAlvage

2:00-4:00       The Ancient Wild

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