Fine Art Abounds at Lithia Artisans Market

Melissa Orion, a new artist at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, in her colorful booth of beautiful, fun, original, archetypal art pieces.

Melissa Orion, a new artist at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, in her colorful booth of beautiful, fun, original, archetypal art pieces.

There are so many new fine artists at the Lithia Artisans Market these days. It is encouraging to see young, new artists joining our local weekend market. Melissa Orion is in her freshman year as a market member, but you wouldn’t know it by visiting her booth. Her booth is a festive, textural collage of wonderful, original, archetypal art presented in accessible ways for a discriminating clientele. Melissa created many of these images during her pregnancy with her baby boy Jackson. As part of her shared journey with Jackson she painted nearly every day. From that artistic meditation emerged the images which make up her collection. When I look at Melissa’s art I just have to smile. Her images come from deep within her, yet they are so familiar to all of us. She shows at the market on Saturdays, weather permitting, and you can find her on the web at MelissaOrion.com or her etsy site MelissaOrionDesigns.

This week the market is busting at the seams. We are blessed with 44 artisans showing on Saturday, May 23rd and nearly 40 showing on Sunday, May 24th.  Fine art, pottery, jewelry of all kinds, native American style drums, hats by the Hat People, photography, hand painted signs, quilts, handmade soaps, and so much more await the outdoor market enthusiast.

Brothers Reed play Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) this Sunday, May 24th from 11:30-1:30.

Brothers Reed play Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) this Sunday, May 24th from 11:30-1:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, May 23

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone

2:30-4:30     Ancient Wild

Sunday, May 24

11:30-1:30     Brothers Reed

2:30-4:30     The Sky System

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Ashland’s Unique Art Market Along the Creek

Erin Linton is a gifted fine artist who shows regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Weekends along the creek in downtown Ashland, Oregon.

Erin Linton is a gifted fine artist who shows regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Weekends along the creek in downtown Ashland.

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is running at full capacity this weekend with 40 local artists and crafty folk showing their authentic creations along Ashland Creek on Calle Guanajuato. Witnessing so many artists making a living with their art is inspiring. In the 21 years I have been a part of this market, I have never seen so many artists demonstrating their craft while at the market. Erin Linton (shown in the photo) is constantly painting images of birds and unique wildlife. Erin is passionate about her art and her subject matter. She nurses injured birds back to health as part of her volunteer work with Badger Run, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Klamath Falls. Her art business is called Orphan Girl Art, the orphans are the baby birds she care tends until they are ready to be reintroduced into the wild. Her art is beautiful!

This weekend the market is featuring photography, woodwork, jewelry of all kinds, clothing, fine art, pottery, hats, tie-die t-shirts, body care products, hand made soap, copper art, native American style drums, and so much more. All of the items shown at the market are made locally by the people showing. You owe it to yourself to check out the local artisan scene in downtown Ashland, behind the plaza. The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland has been here since 1983, over 30 years of art along the creek. The market is open every weekend from mid-March through October — Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Music Schedule

Bekkah McAlvage brings her original tunes to the market this coming Sunday, May 17th from 2:30-4:30.

Bekkah McAlvage brings her original tunes to the market this coming Sunday, May 17th from 2:30-4:30.

Saturday, May 16

11:30-1:30     Jacqui and Danny

3:00-5:00     Bill Hahey Duo

Sunday, May 17

11:30-1:30      Sara

2:30-4:30a     Bekkah McAlvage

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Mothers Day Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market

Potter Lisa Eldridge is one of our newest members at Lithia Artisans Market. Weekends along Ashland Creek.

Potter Lisa Eldridge is one of our newest members at Lithia Artisans Market. Weekends along Ashland Creek.

Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is a great place to spend Mothers Day Weekend. Great gifts, a wonderful stroll along the creek, outdoor dining, live music, and 30 local artisans showing their wares along Calle Guanajuato. Fine art, clothing, hats, woodwork, pottery, body care products, and jewelry of all kinds will be on display Saturday from 10-6, and Sunday from 11-5. The weather looks perfect and the market is already in full swing early in the 2015 season.

As the market manager, I get excited when new artisans are juried into the market or when veteran artisans are trying new ideas. This year has already been very interesting as new artisans continue to impress the jury committee. Pictured above is our newest potter, Lisa Eldridge. Lisa was the very first newbie to present her creations to the jury committee. She was so happy to join the market that she wasted no time in getting her booth together. She showed opening day back in mid March and has been with us every weekend since. Her determination to succeed is inspiring. I have witnessed a rapid evolution of her presentation and her booth looks great! Her pots are earthy, functional, colorful and fun. Join us in welcoming her to our family of artisans, and pick up an awesome coffee mug while you are at it.

Local favorite Gene Burnett brings his original tunes to the Lithia Artisans Market, Saturday, May 9th from 11:30-1:30.

Local favorite Gene Burnett brings his original tunes to the Lithia Artisans Market, Saturday, May 9th from 11:30-1:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, May 9

11:30-1:30     Gene Burnett

3:00-5:00     Doug Warner

Sunday, May 10

11:30-1:30     Martin Ball

2:30-3:30     Jeff Stanley

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May 2nd and 3rd at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Raven and Rain Soap Company are brand new to the market, and showing this coming weekend. Welcome to Erin and her husband. Love your soaps.

Raven and Rain Soap Company are brand new to the market, and showing this coming weekend. Welcome to Erin and her husband. Love your soaps.

Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland is a little open-air marketplace located along Ashland Creek in the heart of Ashland, Oregon. This art and craft market is full of authentic, handcrafted items created by the folks selling. Located on Calle Guanajuato, the market shares space with half a dozen restaurants that offer outdoor dining. Over 35 artisans will be showing their creations this coming weekend. As you stroll along the quaint alleyway behind the plaza you will find carved stone beads, wooden cribbage boards and bowls made from local burl wood, leather shoes made to last a lifetime, sundresses, soaps, jewelry of all kinds, cutting boards, fine art, photography, pottery, tie die t-shirts, and so much more.

The artisans pride themselves in the process of creativity. Getting as close as possible to the source of raw materials helps the creator feel connected to all aspects of the production process. As a stone bead maker I love all parts of the process, particularly finding the rough material in the field. Whether it is beach combing the Oregon coastline, or mining in the desert of Arizona, most lapidary artists are rock hounds at heart. Every one of the artists who shows at the market is meticulous about detail, and conscious of the source of their materials. Every one has a different story, but a common theme is to be as close to the source, and as ecologically minded as possible. As you peruse the marketplace be sure to engage the artisans and ask where they get their raw material. You will find a different story at every booth.

This weekends lineup of music is exceptional.

St. Cinder is a local music phenomenon that has improved so much over the past year. Their tunes take you back to a by gone era. Roots Americana at its best! Playing Sunday, May 3 from 2:30-4:30.

St. Cinder is a local music phenomenon that has improved so much over the past year. Their tunes take you back to a by gone era. Roots Americana at its best! Playing Sunday, May 3 from 2:30-4:30.

Saturday, May 2

11:30-1:30     “The Merriweathers” featuring Mysha Caruso and Amanda

3:00-5:00     Adey

Saturday, May 3

11:30-1:30     The Brothers Reed

2:30-4:30     St. Cinder

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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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