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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July 12 and 13, Featured Artisan… Larry Shinerock

Larry Shinerock of "Creative Woodwork" is our featured artisan this coming weekend, July 12 and 13.

Larry Shinerock of “Creative Woodwork” is our featured artisan this coming weekend, July 12 and 13.

We are coming off of a whirlwind three day weekend with 4th of July. It is Oregon Country Fair weekend so some of our artisans are out of town participating in the grandfather of all Oregon craft shows. However, we have a strong contingent of quality artisans holding down the fort and making Calle Guanajuato come alive. Jewelry, natural fiber clothing, fine art, wildlife photography, woodwork, adornment, and much more awaits the outdoor market enthusiast. The artisans market, behind the plaza in Ashland, also boasts a great lineup of music for the upcoming weekend.

Larry Shinerock in his outdoor workshop at "It's A Burl" wood gallery in Kirby, Oregon.

Larry Shinerock in his outdoor workshop at “It’s A Burl” wood gallery in Kirby, Oregon.

This weekends featured artisan is Larry Shinerock of Creative Woodwork. Larry is a veteran of the art and craft show circuit. He has been making art from found wood for roughly 40 years. He started as a teenager making wood clocks with his father. His dad passed recently. Harvey, his father, was something of a legend in the world of burl and wood art. “It’s A Burl” is a wood gallery in Kerby, Oregon on the Redwood Highway, between Grants Pass and the Oregon Coast — one of the coolest roadside attractions in all of Oregon. The shop features tree houses, a funky show room full of amazing wood art, and it also happens to be the workshop for Larry, our featured artisan. Larry’s work is beautiful. He has a real talent for bringing out the best in wood. Cribbage boards, bowls, and nifty wood boxes are just a sample of the  things you will see in his booth. He is located along Calle Guanajuato, tucked in behind Websters, along Ashland Creek. This weekend everything in his booth is 10% OFF. Stop by and pick out your favorite piece. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Brother Reed featured Aaron and Phil. Great original tunes... totally unplugged. Saturday from 3-5.

Brother Reed featuring Aaron and Phil. Great original tunes… totally unplugged. Saturday from 3-5.

Music  Schedule

Saturday, July 12

11-1     Daniel Sperry – Acoustic Cello

3-5     Brothers Reed

Sunday, July 13

11-1     Martin Vee

3-5      Cole Cullen

 

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4th of July Weekend, Featured Artisan… Anna Bloomquist

Anna Bloomquist is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Anna Bloomquist is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

Independence Day Weekend is affording the Lithia Artisans Market a three day weekend. Yahoo!!! Over 40 artisans are signed up to participate throughout the 4th of July weekend. The City of Ashland will be maxed out with people wandering from the parade, up into Lithia Park, and down the Calle Guanajuato to peruse the amazing array of handcrafted wares on display this weekend. This is one of the funnest days of the year at the Lithia Artisans Market. We have all kinds of fine art and craft on display, as well as a fine lineup of music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On the 4th of July we are blessed to have Gene Burnett playing our opening set of music from 12-2, followed by Jeff Stanley playing a set from 3-5.  Totally stoked!!! Great way to celebrate Independence Day in Ashland, Oregon.

The featured artisan of the week is Anna Bloomquist. Anna continues to show regularly even though she is many months along in her pregnancy. Anna is an upcycler. By definition she takes old items, otherwise discardable, and repurposes them as art. In her case she is reusing old lp record albums and covers. She assures her customers that no useable records were injured in her process. She makes bowls, clocks, and guitar picks out of old worn out and scratched lps. She also uses the album covers to create one of a kind journals. I own one of her journals and I love it. I also have used the guitar picks and they work well. Anna is a clever gal, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Come by and say hello this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6 when you can take 10% off anything in Anna’s booth.

The music schedule for the weekend is outstanding. Native Ashlander Matt Taylor returns to Ashland for a two hour gig at Lithia Artisans Market Saturday morning, July 5. The Brothers Reed bring their harmonies and original tunes to the stage that same afternoon. Sunday we welcome back the acoustic fusion of Martin Ball; then, that afternoon the youth of Ashland take to the stage as Chapter II brings their music to the Lithia Artisan Market. It is going to be a great weekend down by the creek on Calle Guanajuato. Happy 4th of July Weekend! Peace.

Reed Brothers, Aaron and Phil take to the stage this coming Saturday, July 5 from 3-5. Great harmonies between these two, and equally excellent songwriting.

Reed Brothers, Aaron and Phil take to the stage this coming Saturday, July 5 from 3-5. Great harmonies between these two, and equally excellent songwriting.

Music Schedule

Friday, July 4

12-2     Gene Burnett

3-5       Jeff Stanley

Saturday, July 5

11-1     Matt Taylor

3-5     The Reed Brothers

Sunday, July 6

11-1     Martin Ball

3-5     Chapter II

 

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Beautiful Weekend, Featured Artisans – David and Sabine Collings

Sabine Collings is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Sabine Collings is the featured artisan this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

This touch of rain has been a relief for the region. The Earth has cooled off a bit right before the 4th of July.  The air feels fresh, it is another beautiful weekend ahead at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, along the creek, behind the plaza in downtown Ashland. Almost 40 artisans are signed up to participate this coming weekend. Locally crafted… the people who sell their wares along the creek make the items they sell.

Some of the exquisite work by David and Sabine Collings. This weeks featured artisans.

Some of the exquisite work by David and Sabine Collings. This weeks featured artisans.

This June 28 and 29 the featured artisan is Sabine Collings. Sabine and her partner David create an amazing line of jewelry. Together they work out of their shop in Talent, Oregon. This jewelry is totally unique. Gold and silver combinations with swirls, patterns, and mixtures of various precious, and semi precious stones. You really need to see Sabine and David’s work in person to appreciate the details. Come on by this weekend as everything in their booth will be 10% OFF! Artisan of the week also receives a break in their fees for that weekend.

Hope to see you all down by the creek, on Calle Guanajuato.

 

Gene Burnett returns to the Lithia Artisans Market on Saturday, June 28th from 3-5. Always a local favorite.

Gene Burnett returns to the Lithia Artisans Market on Saturday, June 28th from 3-5. Always a local favorite.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 28

11-1     Jeff Stanley

3-5     Gene Burnett

Sunday, June 29

11-1     TBA

3-5     Bill Hahey

 

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Summer Solstice, Featured Artist- Mabrie Ormes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is Summer Solstice weekend, also known as MidSummer throughout the lore of ancient traditions. The Lithia Artisans Market is in full swing with over 30 artisans showing this coming weekend. Jewelry abounds, as does pottery, hats, woodwork, clothing, fine art, chair massage, and much more. The newly repaved Calle Guanajuato is delightful. I often hear people humming “follow the yellow brick road” as they skip down the walkway. We just finished installing the shade cloth on the upper part of the walkway so the ambiance is complete. 31 years in the making, the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is the oldest continually running outdoor marketplace of its kind in southern Oregon. We are honored to call the walkway along Ashland Creek our home.

Fine Artist Mabrie Ormes is this weeks featured artist. Everything in her booth is 10% OFF!

Fine Artist Mabrie Ormes is this weeks featured artist. Everything in her booth is 10% OFF!

This weeks featured artist is Mabrie Ormes. Mabrie started her career in art as a jewelry artisan. She evolved that into photography, eventually morphing into a fine artist. Mabrie is inspired by nature. Her pieces are vibrant, colorful, and full of life. She has been pursuing art as a lifestyle for over 30 years. Her work can be seen hanging from the wall at the top of Calle Guanajuato. This week she is our featured artisan, so everything in her booth is 10% OFF! Come by and see her pieces hanging under the new shade construction along the Calle.

It is going to be a spectacular weekend to be out and about. The weather forecast couldn’t be more perfect. The highs are predicted to be in the mid-80′s. The musical lineup is eclectic. Super excited to welcome back to our stage Jacqui and Danny from the  band, “Patchy Sanders”. For the full schedule, see below.

 

Jacqui and Danny come to entertain us this Sunday from 12:30-2:30. Can't wait.

Jacqui and Danny come to entertain us this Sunday from 12:30-2:30. Can’t wait.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 21

11-1     Rod Petrone

3-5     Alex Kash

Sunday, June 22

12:30-2:30     Jacqui and Danny

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Summer is Upon Us, Featured Artisan Pat Moore

The colorful photography booth of Pat Moore. He is the featured artisan this upcoming weekend.

The colorful photography booth of Pat Moore. He is the featured artisan this upcoming weekend.

As Summer makes its way into the Rogue Valley, new plantings are feeling the warm earth and starting to really grow. The Lithia Artisans Market family continues to grow as we have added 16 new members to our ranks this season. Native American drums by Marta Quest, forged steel by Jay Bromwell, and handwoven scarves by Lucy DeFranco, just to name a few. Many of these newcomers have already become regulars and are showing weekly. Many more are just getting their scene together as the 2014 season heads into its second month. The market is packed with great art and craft this weekend, over 40 artisans are signed up to show.

New artisan Lucy DeFranco can be found at Lithia Artisans Market spinning wool. Often set up right behind Sesame along Calle Guanajuato.

New artisan Lucy DeFranco can be found at Lithia Artisans Market spinning wool. Often set up right behind Sesame along Calle Guanajuato.

As we grow it is appropriate that we are featuring our resident landscape photographer Pat Moore. Pat has been a member of the market for over 10 years. His sense of composition, color, and texture are what set him apart from his counterparts in the world of photography. From a block away the iconic images and brilliant colors attract your attention. As you walk through Pat’s booth you are carried away to distant lands… perfect light on a path to the beach, a doorway in Guanajuato, Mexico. His photos are stunning. Come by and visit the booth of Pat Moore, across from lower Lithia Park in what has been affectionately named “The Village”, also known as the parking lot near the Winburn Way Bridge, right next to Calle Guanajuato and the rest of the Lithia Artisans Market. This weekend you can take 10% OFF anything in Pat’s booth, because he is the featured artisan.

The music lineup this weekend is outstanding. One of my favorite independent songwriters is coming through Ashland, and we are fortunate enough to have him playing this coming Saturday afternoon from 3-5. Drew Rouse is a socially conscious, environmental warrior whose music resonates deeply with soulful rhythms and thought provoking lyrics. The first time I heard Drew was at MidSummers Dream Art and Music Festival back in 2006. He played the after party on the main stage and blew us all away. Super excited to catch Drew as he makes his way to Canada on a mini west coast tour.

 

Drew Rouse plays the Lithia Artisans Market stage, this weekend, Saturday, June 7 from 3-5. Conscious Soul Music. Not to be missed.

Drew Rouse plays the Lithia Artisans Market stage, this weekend, Saturday, June 7 from 3-5. Conscious Soul Music. Not to be missed.

Music Lineup

Saturday, June 7

11-1     Phil Reed

3-5      Drew Rouse

Sunday, June 8

11-1     Martin Vee

3-5      Ancient Wild

 

 

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Graduation Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market

Erin Linton working on an original piece of art while in her booth at Lithia Artisans Market.

Erin Linton working on an original piece of art while in her booth at Lithia Artisans Market.

Today I am humbled looking around our community. So much talent, so much promise, so much beauty everywhere I turn. Tonight I watched as the class of 2014 graduated from Ashland High. The lawn in front of the band shell in Lithia Park was packed with mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and family. Watching these young people pass this milestone gives me so much hope. Live and love and find joy in this gift, this life. Dance, sing, tell stories, listen to the stream, listen to that inner voice which always knows which way to go. That seemed to be the over-riding theme of the evening. Don’t live for tomorrow, live for today. On behalf of the Lithia Artisans Market I wish all the graduates a full and joyful life. Enjoy the ride, it has only just begun.

The market is once again at full capacity. Over 40 artisans will be showing along Ashland Creek this weekend. Jewelry, clothing, fine art, wood work, photography, metal work and much more. The artisan life is one which embraces the unknown. Every weekend is a new adventure and you never know how things will turn out. No guarantee of a paycheck. There is no real rhyme or reason to anything we artisans do. Maybe that is why we love it. We follow our own inner guide… sometimes highly inspired, sometimes stuck in limbo, but always moving in our own time, at our own pace, by our own set of rules.

We are fortunate to have 18 new artisans in our market this season, with more on the way. One of our new artists is Erin Linton. Erin is a wildlife enthusiast whose stories about the winged creatures in her life are awe-inspiring. She is young but wise beyond her years, and she is clearly following her passion. Erin has some of the most unique art you will find anywhere. Come out and see what Erin has to offer, and listen to her stories. Everyone at the market has a unique story to tell. Let us honor the artist in all of us and enjoy the market, connect with the artisans of the region, and take time to live for today. It is going to be a beautiful weekend, it is a great time to be alive and thriving here in this special place, Ashland, Oregon.

The music lineup this weekend will be featuring all new musicians at the market… embracing change, embracing the new. Come out and support these talented young folks as they share their stories in the form of a song.

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Saturday, May 30

11-1     Evan Smith

3-5      Dallas Burrow

Sunday, June 1

11-1     Orchestral Deluge

3-5       Kauhele

 

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