October 18, 19 Featured Artisan Barbara Schoonover

Barbara Schoonover is the featured artisan of the week... shown here with Teri Cote trying on a scarf at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Barbara Schoonover is the featured artisan of the week… shown here with Teri Cote trying on a scarf at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

In between fall storms, the Lithia Artisans Market is open for busisiness this weekend with more artisans signed up for the two days than anytime since early summer. 38 artisans are showing over the two day span of the weeekend market. That is remarkable! The temperatures are predicted to be in the low to mid 70’s. No rain… say it again, No Rain!!! Great lineup of music and artisans. Music by the Brothers Reed, Aliana DeVictoria, and Jared Masters. Some of my favorites. Hats from the Hat People, wool mittens, felted art, upcycled clothing, hand cut stone beads, silver smith jewelry by Dan Clark, wood work by Larry Shinerock, cutting boards in all shapes and sizes, and so much more. A great assortment of high quality art and craft to tempt the outdoor market patron, right before the holidays are upon us.

This weeks featured artisan is Barbara Schoonover. Relatively new to the market, Barbara has been showing along Calle Guanajuato for three years. She has her own take on the art of felting. Using old fabrics originally inherited from her mother, she creates amazing wearable art to enrich any wardrobe. I remember the first time I met Barbara, she was passing me samples of her work to be shown to our jury committee. I was immediately taken by the quality and uniqueness of her pieces. She is a natural when it comes to textures and color combinations. Her booth is often abuzz with folks trying on her scarves. Come by and be part of the buzz and receive a 10% Discount this weekend in her booth as she is the artisan of the week!

Aliana DeVictoria brings her original tunes to the Lithia Artisans Market on Sunday, October 19th from 11-1.

Aliana DeVictoria brings her original tunes to the Lithia Artisans Market on Sunday, October 19th from 11-1.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 18th

11:30-3:30     Brothers Reed (Two acoustic sets, unplugged)

Sunday, October 19th

11-1        Aliana DeVictoria

2-4       Jared Masters

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October 11, 12 Featured Artisan Stephanie Gould

Stephanie Gould runs two business in her booth, Good Earth skin care products and Dragon Fly Creations beaded jewelry. This week she is the featured artisan at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Stephanie Gould runs two business in her booth, Good Earth skin care products and Dragon Fly Creations beaded jewelry. This week she is the featured artisan at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Another full house at the Lithia Artisans Market this coming weekend. 33 artisans will be attending and the fall weather is looking stellar. Temperatures in the mid 70’s, crisp in the morning, warm in the afternoon. Perfect! This week the market will feature upcycled clothing by Jasmine Patten, hats from the Hat People of Talent, cutting boards made by Bruce Kramer, hand forged copper by Lavelle Foos, an abundance of jewelry, photography, clothing, painted silk, quilts, fine art, and more. The market is in the midst of a great fall season. This is the time of year I start to go inward to the source of my own creativity. I sleep just a little more, dream just a little more, and conjure up innovative new ways to interact with the world around me as an artisan. So grateful for this market, and the supportive community here in Ashland. Thank you.

Bead weaving by Stephanie Gould, this weeks featured artisan.

Bead weaving by Stephanie Gould, this weeks featured artisan.

This weeks featured artisan is Stephanie Gould. Stephanie’s booth is unique in the fact that she is running two businesses in one booth. She is passionate about both alternative body care and beads. She has been making chemical free skin care products for 18 years. Her products are great! She loves to work with beads, particularly the tiny ones, seed beads. She is what some call a bead weaver. She weaves the beads to frame stones… using beads to do what is typically done with silver or other metals. Her eye for color combinations is excellent and that shows in her work. She calls her jewelry business “Dragonfly Creations”, and her line of body care products “Good Earth Company”. This week everything in her booth is 10% OFF in honor of the fact that she is the artisan of the week.

It is a great time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. Start your shopping early by supporting local art, craft, and music at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland — 31 years in the making and going strong.

Caleb Orton, here shown in his short lived duo called Love Atoms, will be at the Lithia Artisans Market to play his original tunes, Sunday, October 12 from 2-4.

Caleb Orton, here shown in his short lived duo called Love Atoms, will be at the Lithia Artisans Market to play his original tunes, Sunday, October 12 from 2-4.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 11

11-1     Jeff Stanley

2-4     Rod Petrone

Sunday, October 12

11-1     Gary Margason

2-4      Caleb Orton

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October 4, 5 Featured Artisan Leah Fairbanks

Leah Fairbanks, a very gifted lampwork glass bead artist, is the featured artisan of the week at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Leah Fairbanks, a very gifted lampwork glass bead artist, is the featured artisan of the week at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

October is upon us at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, and our Indian Summer continues. The weather forecast is for highs in the mid 80’s this coming weekend, leaves are turning, tomatoes ripe on the vine, and 32 exceptional artisans are showing at the oldest art and craft market in southern Oregon. Crocheted items like mittens and scarves, clothing, fine art, photography, woodwork, handmade soaps, and all kinds of jewelry await the outdoor market patron. Only four more weeks in the outdoor season at the Lithia Artisans Market, then we go indoors for our 14th Annual Christmas Fair at the Historic Ashland Armory on Thanksgiving Weekend, followed by three weekends of Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing. For now there is no better place to be than along Ashland Creek, behind the plaza at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland… where art abounds.

This weeks featured artisan is Leah Fairbanks of Gardens of Glass. Leah and her husband Derek are veterans of the art and craft show circuit, particularly the bead shows. They have lived here in Ashland for a long time, but this is the first year they decided to apply to the artisans market. Doing the local market, instead of so many shows, frees up more quality time for family. We at the market are so happy that they have joined our local artisan family. Leah creates intricate glass beads and pendants. Her work is truly world class. She began her career in glass by attending the prestigious Pilchuck School of Glass in 1982. In 1992 she took her first class in lampwork glass bead making. Inspired by nature, Leah has translated her love of flora and fauna into delicate glass creations. She aptly named her business Gardens of Glass. Her pieces are amazing. You owe it to yourself to check out her art, especially this weekend as everything in her booth is 10% OFF in honor of her being the artisan of the week.

Danny Sherrill is a great songwriter, and talented musician. Here he is at the Green Show at OSF. He and his partner Jacqui play this Saturday from 11-1 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Danny Sherrill is a great songwriter, and talented musician. He and his partner Jacqui play this Saturday, October 4th from 11-1 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Music Schedule

Saturday, October 4

11-1     Danny and Jacqui

2-4      Daniel Sperry

Sunday, October 5

11-1     Brothers Reed

2-4      Danny and Jacqui

 

 

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September 27, 28 Featured Artisan Jan Rice

This weeks featured artisan is sign painter Jan Rice.

This weeks featured artisan is sign painter Jan Rice.

Cooler temperatures, clouds, and some much appreciated rain has helped clear the air and quench the thirst of the drought weary Earth.  Fall is upon us and the Lithia Artisans Market is full to capacity with locally created art, craft, and homespun music. 35 artisans are showing this coming weekend. Jewelry of all types… hand cut stone beads, delicate silver findings, fabricated metal, and more. Upcycled wool clothing, hats to keep you warm, nature photography, fine art, metal, wood work, and so much more to see, touch, and take home with you. Meet the artist, and support local, roots based economy!

This weeks featured artisan is sign painter Jan Rice. Jan creates signs to inspire, to welcome, to remind us of our most basic human goodness, to smile. From magnets that go on your fridge to signs announcing your business to the world. Jan does all her sign painting by hand. There are no stencils used, just years of practice and perfection. Her pieces are colorful and bright, playful and provocative. Everything in Jan’s booth is reasonably priced and accessible. Jan is also a stalwart member of the market, going above the call of duty on a regular basis to help the market prosper. Especially during the Holiday season, Jan comes through with signs to help announce the Holiday Market to the world. She is a good friend and helper, and as market manager, I really appreciate her help. Thank You! Come by and visit Jan this weekend as she is the artisan of the week.

We have a special guest coming through town this weekend. Cloudship is a new music duo touring the west coast presently, hailing from points further south, Fresno and Los Angeles, California. They came through back in spring and blew us all away. They have returned with their original tunes to entertain us once again this coming Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11-1.

"Cloudship" is making Lithia Artisans Market part of their west coast tour, Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11-1. Great original tunes!

“Cloudship” is making Lithia Artisans Market part of their west coast tour, Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11-1. Great original tunes!

Music Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 27

11-1     Cloudship

3-5      Gene Burnett

Sunday, Sept. 28

11-1      Doug Warner

2-4      Bill Hahey

 

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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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