July 23 and 24 at Lithia Artisans Market

Sabine Collings is a Jeweler at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, LAMA.

Sabine Collings is a Jeweler at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, LAMA.

Another full market weekend… 43 creators of cool stuff showing at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).  This weekend you will discover handcrafted woodwork, jewelry, clothing, fine art, photography, weavings, metal sculpture, carved stone, and so much more. Everything you see is made by the person selling it.

This is the local economy at it’s purest. When we support local, the dollars pass among us over and over again. A strong local economy is part of the key to a strong national and international economy. Support local whenever you can. It really does make a difference.

We are pleased that Heidi Carlson of Hempress Arise will be at the market this weekend. Welcome back, we have missed you.

We are pleased that Heidi Carlson of Hempress Arise will be at the market this weekend. Welcome back, we have missed you.

We are happy to welcome back some of our members who have been out on long show circuits. This weekend we welcome back jewelers Sabine Collings, Dan Clark, Karen West, Holly Gonnella, and Diane Berry. What an all-star lineup of jewelry makers this weekend. No better place to find that perfect something to remember a special moment, or a precious someone. Stones set in silver, cut by hand, displayed in all manner of styles, colors, textures. A great time to visit your local market and see some really beautiful jewelry.

We are also super strong this weekend in the clothing department. Welcome back Heidi Carlson with her hemp designs, and Jasmine Patten with her up-cycled skirts and clothing accessories. You have both been missed.

New artists Billy King and Mattie Morton will be showing this weekend. Billy designs and screen prints t-shirts with a positive message. Mattie is a new clothing designer who works only in natural dyes. She makes very different and fashionable hemp clothing. She hails from Colorado, but has recently moved to the southern Oregon area. Welcome both of you.

Alissa Clark Clayworks, Potter, Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon LAMA

Alissa Clark Clayworks, Potter, Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon LAMA

Both Alissa Clark and Lisa Eldredge are back to the market for the first time in awhile. Our pottery scene has not been the same without them in our midst. Alissa comes rarely as she has moved to Florence, Oregon. If you love her stuff like I do, then this is your chance to see her this summer. Who knows when she will be back. Lisa was out on the road the last couple weeks at the Bend Summerfest. I say, “welcome home potters!”

It is a weekend full of new and old with lots of changes from last weekend to this. Just another beautiful weekend in paradise. Hope to see y’all out and about.

Son Ravello, also known as Mysha Caruso plays live music for us at the Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, LAMA. See music schedule for times.

Son Ravello plays live music for us at the Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, LAMA. See music schedule for times.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 23

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone

2:30-4:30     Son Ravello

Sunday, July 24

11:00-1:00     Daniel Sperry

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July 16 and 17 at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Sunny Lindley, Sundial Arts, Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon

Sunny Lindley of Sundial Arts. She shows often at the Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

We are 40 artisans strong for this upcoming weekend. Folks who were up at Oregon Country Fair last weekend have made their way home.  A wonderful array of handcrafted items will be on display along Calle Guanajuato, the alleyway behind the plaza in downtown Ashland. This weekend you will find hand carved stone beads by Marcus Scott, lamp worked glass beads by Leah Fairbanks, wound sterling silver earrings by Ahlaya Pace and Karina Mendoza-Wittke, copper pendants by Lavelle Foos, and so much more (and that is merely the Jewelry part of the market). You will also find clothing and accessories, fine art of all kinds, body care products, mobiles, dream-catchers, hula-hoops, wooden cutting boards and boxes, silk screened tee shirts, folk art and more. If you haven’t been down by the creek in awhile, it is a great weekend to come visit.

Featured in the photo above is Sunny Lindley of Sundial Arts. Sunny is a renaissance woman with all sorts of talents in the artisan realm. She is a clothing designer and silk screen printer. Her t-shirts and hoodies featuring mushroom images are awesome. I own one, I use it often, and I love it! Sunny is devoted to the model of sustainability, individual responsibility for self, the planet, and our chosen occupations. She is a staunch advocate for local artisans, and makes every effort to live lightly on the earth while advancing her own home based business. As well as a great clothing designer, Sunny is also an urban farmer. She is connected to the earth directly through the soil. Her backyard micro farm is a sight to behold. We are honored that she is a part of our local artisans family, the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland.

To sum it up in Sunny’s own words. “Artisan small business owners are a rare breed of soulful characters favoring creativity over compliance, uniqueness over fitting in, and tedious handwork over mass production.

It is going to be a beautiful weekend. Come on out and say, “howdy”.

Hollis Peach is the new name for the local duo of Jacqui and Danny. Formally half of the band Patchy Sanders. They now perform as a duo and we love them. Saturday, April 9 from 11:30-2:30 at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Hollis Peach perform as a duo and we love them. Saturday, June 16 from 2:30-4:30 at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 16

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30     Hollis Peach

Sunday, July 17

12:00-3:00     Cole Cullen

 

 

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Oregon Country Fair Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland

Dan Elster, Wildlife Photographer, shows regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, LAMA. Strange light cast on this image called "Watching" one afternoon at market. The moose seems to be gazing at an anomaly.

Dan Elster, Wildlife Photographer, shows regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, LAMA. A strange light cast upon this image called “Wondering” one afternoon at market. This elk appears to be gazing at an anomaly.

We are 33 artisans strong this upcoming weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. While the granddaddy of all pacific northwest art and craft festivals, the Oregon Country Fair, is in full swing up in the Willamette Valley, the Lithia Artisans Market in downtown Ashland is again loaded with talented artists hunkered down by Ashland Creek on Calle Guanajuato. This upcoming weekend you will find woodwork, jewelry, copper-smithed feathers, dream-catchers, fine art, carved stone beads, wildlife photography, mobiles, henna body art, natural fiber clothing, and much more.

Featured in the photo above is long time Lithia Artisan and wildlife photographer, Daniel Elster. Dan has a knack for catching wildlife in a way that truly humanizes the creatures. In his images elk appear to be pondering big questions, owls stare directly at the lens as if to say, “I’m here Dan, what’s going on brother?”. He seems to speak with his subjects on a telepathic level that relieves the stress of the situation. The environment is perfect to capture that moment only Dan can manifest. His photography is outstanding, his professionalism uncompromising. If you haven’t seen his booth lately, you are in for a treat. Lots of incredible new images this season. His art is on full display this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market.

What a change in the weather. The weekend forecast is for highs in the 70’s and a chance of rain. The forests and gardens are lovin’ it. The fresh air is super invigorating, full of energy. It’s a wonderful time to wander the downtown Ashland scene and come by the artisans market to support local goodness. We are open every weekend, behind the plaza in downtown Ashland, Oregon.

Local singer-songwriters will grace our market all weekend. Truly an all-star lineup. Bekkah McAlvage is a country singer-songwriter with a great voice. The Brothers Reed are playing an early Sunday morning set, followed by Son Ravello in the afternoon. Daniel Sperry starts us off Saturday morning with his cello. What a chill weekend along Calle Guanajuato. If you aren’t up north at the Country Fair, join us for our mini fair in downtown Ashland. Every weekend is a gathering.

Phil Reed of The Brothers Reed brings his music to the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Phil Reed of The Brothers Reed brings his music to the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA). Sunday, July 10 from 10:00-12:00.

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 9

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30     Bekkah McAlvage

Sunday, July 10

10:00-12:00     The Brothers Reed

2:30-4:30     Son Ravello

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July 4th Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market

Loreta Ragnel Villasenor is a Mural artist from Ashland's Sister-City, Guanajuato, Mexico. Her mural, "Las Calles de Guanajuato", is located at the entrance to Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon on Calle Guanajuato.

Loreta Ragnel Villasenor is a Mural artist from Ashland’s Sister-City, Guanajuato, Mexico. Her mural, “Las Calles de Guanajuato”, is located at the entrance to Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon on Calle Guanajuato.

Happy 4th of July! We are open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 53 artisans will be showing over the course of the weekend, our largest market to date. This weekend you will find hand-forged silver and copper jewelry, pottery, hats, up-cycled clothing, leather work, photography, fine art, woodwork, carved stones, and much more. I am super honored to be the manager of this creative guild of artists. Everywhere you turn on Calle Guanajuato you are witnessing art in action. The folks selling their wares are the same folks who make it. Artisans of the region and beyond make our market unique. This juried art market is a testament to years of experience and the quality shows.

This was the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly unveiled mural titled "Las Calles de Guanajuato" at the entrance to the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon(LAMA).

This was the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly unveiled mural titled “Las Calles de Guanajuato” at the entrance to the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon(LAMA).

This past week we witnessed the culmination of months of work with the dedication of the City of Ashland’s newest piece of public art. The newly unveiled mural on the wall at the top of Calle Guanajuato, the entrance to our market, is a wonderfully colorful, whimsical depiction of the streets and main landmarks of Ashland’s sister-city, Guanajuato, Mexico. The mural is titled “Las Calles de Guanajuato” (The Streets of Guanajuato) and was conceived by Guanajuato artist Loreta Rangel Villasenor. The project was overseen by Denise Baxter of the Ashland Art Center, and the whole endeavor was funded and promoted by Barry and Kathryn Thalden, a local couple who truly love their community and the idea of public art.

This giant mural, 24 feet tall by 53 feet wide, is the largest public art piece of its kind in downtown Ashland. This international art piece is a giant public acknowledgement of the spirit of cooperation, locally and globally. When we reach out to our closest friends, in this case our fellow artists in our sister-city in Mexico, we are reaching out to the big world. We are embracing our shared humanity by pulling our countries closer together.

We at the Lithia Artisans Market are honored that this international symbol of peace is located in our marketplace. Thank you Loreta and all who made it possible. We appreciate this art that builds bridges rather than walls between us. We are stronger, more loving, more peaceful when we work together and see each other as equals. We are all in this together. Embrace diversity, embrace color, embrace each other. This is art doing its part to create a more peaceful planet. Bravo!

Join us this Fourth of July weekend down on Calle Guanajuato where we celebrate our collective creative spirit with art, craft, and live music.

Kate Wilde plays original tunes with her group, The Ancient Wild. Locally created, live Music at The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

Kate Wilde plays original tunes with her group, The Ancient Wild. Locally created, Live Music at The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

Music Schedule

Saturday, July 2

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone

2:30-4:30     Eric Leadbetter

Sunday, July 3

11:00-2:00     The Ancient Wild

Monday, July 4

12:00-3:00     Cole Cullen

 

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June 25 and 26 at Lithia Artisans Market

Marta Quest, Native American Style Drums, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

Marta Quest, Native American Style Drums, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

41 artisans will be showing at the Lithia Artisans Market this upcoming weekend. Great music by Phoenix Sigalove, Rod Petrone, and The Brothers Reed. We are rolling into summer. Solstice passed under a full moon. The Inlakesh Festival is happening this weekend at the Jackson Wellsprings. While you are in town doing yoga, watching one of many plays, engaged in a lecture on psychedelics, or dancing to music of The Ancient Wild, come on by the Lithia Artisans Market in downtown Ashland. We are tucked away behind the plaza, along Ashland Creek, plying our wares on Calle Guanajuato. This weekend you will find jewelry, hand pounded copper and silver, wood working, leather, fine art of all kinds, photography, hemp clothing, drums, body care products, hats, painted silk, pottery, and so much more. Southern Oregon’s original outdoor marketplace.

We had our second to the last jury committee meeting of the season on Thursday, June 23rd. It was a great meeting and we now have four brand new members at the Lithia Artisans Market. One of our newest members was a guild member from way back in the late 1990’s. Cheryl Frances is a mixed media folk artist. She will be participating this upcoming weekend at our market. Over the past twenty years she joined the Peace Corp, served her duty, and then returned to being a full time artist. She just moved back to the area from Austin, Texas. I really love her whimsical style. Come by and say “welcome back” to Cheryl Frances.

Featured in the photo above is Marta Quest. Marta joined the market about four years ago. She makes wonderful Native American style drums and paints the hides with animal totems and other colorful, iconic images. Her drums are wonderful. Come by and try one out for yourself.

Support the local artisan scene and enjoy the beginning of summer. Join us down by the creek.

Aaron Reed of The Brothers Reed plays live music at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Aaron Reed of The Brothers Reed plays live music at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 25

11:30-1:30     Rod Petrone

2:30-4:30     Phoenix Sigalove

Sunday, June 26

11:00-2:00     The Brothers Reed

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June 18 and 19 at Lithia Artisans Market

Lindsay Evans shows most Saturdays with her hand made clothing at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Lindsay Evans shows most Saturdays with her hand made clothing at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

45 artisans will be showing their creations at the market this upcoming weekend. Hardly a space will be left empty along Calle Guanajuato. We are pleased to welcome brand new vendors to the market… Carrie Redfern makes candles and body care products, Claire Chiaravalle makes crocheted teddy bears and other cuddly animals, and Tim Hallam is a landscape photographer with some really dramatic images of places you know well. We are loaded with talent this weekend. Hats, clothing, jewelry of all kinds, fine art, up-cycled wallets and clothing, hammered metal, woodwork, leather, photography, body care products, folk art, drums, and much more will be on display throughout the two day event.

The weather forecast is perfect. Sun peeking out during an overcast day. This past weeks rain has been a blessing. The air is clean, the garden is happy, late spring has been wonderfully wet. This weekend is a great time to be out supporting your local artisans, farmers, musicians, and joining in the beauty of the season.

Folks have recently asked me about the MidSummer’s Dream Art and Music Festival we used to have every year at this time. I tell them honestly that the best the festival had to offer is with us every weekend on Calle Guanajuato, along Ashland Creek at the Lithia Artisans Market. We are small but we are mighty. As your manager and advocate I am honored to represent you all. One of the mantras of the MidSummers Dream Festival was, “celebrating the artist in all of us.” We continue to do that every weekend at the market where the sense of community thrives and handcrafted beauty abounds.

Gene Burnett plays original tunes at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Gene Burnett plays original tunes at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 18

11:30-1:30     Gene Burnett

2:30-4:30     Jeff Stanley

Sunday, June 19

12:00-3:00     Cole Cullen

 

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June 11 and 12 at Lithia Artisans Market

Katrina Meister is a very accomplished Fine Artist who shows regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Katrina Meister is a very accomplished Fine Artist who shows regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

We have 47 artisans signed up to show their wonderful creations this upcoming weekend. The weather forecast looks really nice, a relief from the heat of last week. The plants are lovin’ it and so are the artists of Ashland and beyond. What a blessing to work hard and earn your living with your art-form. You will find all kinds of quality, handcrafted items at our local outdoor marketplace. Jewelry, leather-work, fine art, photography, woodwork, clothing, henna body art, forged copper bowls, and so much more are on display throughout Calle Guanajuato, behind the plaza along Ashland Creek.

Loreta Rangel Villasenor is a Fine Artist from Guanajuato, GTO., Mexico. She has just begun the painting of a large mural on a wall that is shared with the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Loreta Rangel Villasenor is a fine artist from Guanajuato, GTO., Mexico. She has just begun the painting of a large mural on a wall that is shared with the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Calle Guanajuato is named such because the city of Guanajuato is Ashland’s sister-city in Mexico. I am happy to announce that one of our fellow artists from there is busy painting a giant mural on the wall at the top of our market place. Loreta Rangel Villasenor is shown here in this photo with a scaled mock up of the mural that has just begun on the wall behind her. The process has been cruising right along, and they are on track to complete the project by July 4th. That is the plan. The mural is called “Streets of Guanajuato” and it depicts many iconic Guanjuato images. “Callejoncitos”, or small alleyways, are typical throughout Guanajuato and a big part of the city’s charm. Thank you Loreta for bringing this wall to life!

Come on down to Calle Guanajuato and support your local, and international, artisan community. Our own “callejoncito” in downtown Ashland, Oregon. A magical little alleyway where Lithia Park intertwines with the downtown scene.

Daniel Sperry is a fine cellist and plays regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Daniel Sperry is a fine cellist and plays regularly at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Music Schedule

Saturday, June 11

11:30-1:30     Daniel Sperry

2:30-4:30     Bill Hahey

Sunday, June 12

11:00-2:00     The Brothers Reed

 

 

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