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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“Feast of Will” Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market, June 13 and 14

Rachel Fisher a wonderful artist at Lithia Artisans Market, Ashland, Oregon.

Rachel Fisher a wonderful artist at Lithia Artisans Market, Ashland, Oregon.

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland hosts 47 artists and craftspeople over the course of the upcoming weekend — Open this Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Creekside dining, live music throughout the weekend, and shopping the handcrafted wares of talented local artisans… what a wonderful way to spend the day after the Southern Oregon University Commencement Celebration at Raider Stadium. Pick up a beautiful piece of jewelry, fine art, woodwork, clothing, or any of a myriad of locally created art and craft.

This week we are featuring one of our newest artists at Lithia Artisans Market, Rachel Fisher. Rachel is the future… at 22 years young she has already found her style and is clearly following her passion. Her images are stunning. The more I see her paintings, the more I appreciate and admire her talent. Technically her pieces are impeccable; however,  it is her wild color palate that really grabs my attention. Psychedelic watercolors swirl to create a vibrant background perfect for the totemistic animals depicted in unexpectedly rich saturations of playful color. Her specialty as of late is pet portraits done in her unique style. For more about Rachel’s pet portraits, click this link to go to her etsy shop… etsy.com/shop/rachelspetpaintings. Rachel is a regular at Lithia Artisans Market and her booth is so bold and colorful that it will grab your attention.  Stop by and say hello and support local art, craft, and music.

Feast of Will is an annual event celebrating the opening of the Elizabethan Stage at Oregon Shakespearean Festival in Ashland, Oregon. The Feast of Will takes place this Friday, June 12th. The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland welcomes the opening of the outdoor stage and encourages the patrons of the theater to be sure to stroll Calle Guanajuato along Ashland Creek and peruse the finely crafted items available every weekend at Lithia Artisans Market.

Mysha Caruso plays Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this coming Sunday, June 14 from 3-5pm. Live music twice daily all weekend at the market on Calle Guanajuato, Ashland, Oregon.

Mysha Caruso plays Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland this coming Sunday, June 14 from 3-5pm. Live music twice daily all weekend at the market on Calle Guanajuato, Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 13

11:30-1:30     Caleb Orton

2:30-4:30     Jeff Stanley

Sunday, June 14

11:30-1:30    The Merriwethers

2:30-4:30      Accapellare

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June 6 and 7 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Fine Artist Katrina Meister has rejoined the Lithia Artisans Market this season. So happy to have you back in our midst.

Fine Artist Katrina Meister has rejoined the Lithia Artisans Market this season. So happy to have you back in our midst.

Sometimes the old is the new. It’s like that as an artist. We bring forth the forgotten icons, images of the past are as relevant as images of the future. In between we sit making our art forms. One of our newest members is actually a member from the not so distant past. She is an artist named Katrina Meister, a true local — born and raised in Ashland, Oregon. A heavy out of town show schedule kept her and her husband Michael on the road for a few years. Besides that, they were busy raising two youngsters. This year they decided to stay more local, reduce the show load, and rejoin our local family of artists along Ashland Creek. We are so happy they have come back. Just like seeing a long lost friend, time stands still, years melt away, it seems like only yesterday.  Katrina is an outstanding new/old artist, and a wonderful addition to the Lithia Artisans Market on the weekends.

Once again the market is full of handcrafted items presented by the people who create them. 40 artisans will be showing on Calle Guanajuato this coming weekend, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Pottery, jewelry, carved stone beads, upcycled clothing, fine art of all kinds, wooden cutting boards, tie-die t-shirts, body care products, hats, and so much more. You owe it to yourself to come out and support the local, handmade art and craft scene. Magic awaits across from Lithia Park in the alleyway known as Calle Guanajuato. Art, craft, locally created music, and creekside dining. It is a great way to spend the day.

Mysha Caruso of the band Kites and Crows plays this weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. See schedule for times.

Mysha Caruso of the band Kites and Crows plays this weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. See schedule for times.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 6

11:30-1:30     Yosi Mesbah – Singer-songwriter, acoustic folk and blues.

2:30-4:30     Grant Ruiz – Flamenco Guitar

Sunday, June 7

11:30-1:30     Sara Wilbur – Classical Violin

2:30-4:30     Mysha Caruso – Singer-songwriter

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May 30 and 31 at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

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Amy Goddard-Navickas shows her handcrafted puppets, prints, skin care salves, and so much more at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon. Weekend along Ashland Creek.

Lithia Artisans Market is located at the hub of downtown Ashland, along the creek, adjacent to Lithia Park. Every weekend you will find creative souls like Amy Goddard-Navickas.  Amy is an art educator with a background focused on the Waldorf school system. Creativity and connection to place are second nature for Amy. She is another of those multigenerational locals;  Amy’s great-grandfather served on the Ashland City Council in the years gone past. There are so many of us artisans at the market that are connected to this place in more ways than you might think. The things created by these local hands touch the history and connection to this place, the Rogue Valley. It is such a gift to spend our weekends behind the once forgotten alley we now call Calle Guanajuato, listening to the babbling creek, selling the things we have created with our own two hands. Amy is an outstanding addition to the Lithia Artisans Market. Her puppets each have a life of their own, her prints connect us to the earth, her skincare salves really work and help us preserve our greatest tools… our hands. We honor the artist in each of us, and this week we honor our good friend Amy Goddard-Navickas  — a true renaissance woman, and an artist in the very best sense of the word.

Once again the market is jam packed, just the way we like it! 42 artisans will be showing on Calle Guanajuato this coming weekend — Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Pottery, jewelry, carved stone beads, upcycled clothing, fine art of all kinds, wooden cutting boards, tie-die t-shirts, body care products, sculpted manzanita cribbage boards, hand made soap, Native American style drums, and so much more. You owe it to yourself to come out and support the local, handmade art and craft scene. Wonder awaits across from Lithia Park on the meandering cobble stone path called Calle Guanajuato. Art, craft, and locally created music. What a gift!

Eric Leadbetter from the band Jive Coulis plays for us this Saturday, May 30 from 11:30-1:30. Great acoustic, original tunes. Lithia Artisans Market, Art, Craft, and Live Music. Every weekend!

Eric Leadbetter from the band Jive Coulis plays for us this Saturday, May 30 from 11:30-1:30. Great acoustic, original tunes. Lithia Artisans Market — Art, Craft, and Live Music. Every weekend!

Music Schedule

Saturday, May 30

11:30-1:30     Eric Leadbetter

2:30-4:30     Jared Masters

Sunday, May 31

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:00-4:00     The Sky System

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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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