Earthday Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market, April 22 and 23

Leah Fairbanks is a glass bead artist who shows regularly at the  Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA)

Happy Earthday Weekend! We are gifted again with good weather and the busiest market of the 2017 season. 37 artists and crafty folk are signed up to participate this upcoming weekend at the market.

I believe I can speak on behalf of the Lithia Artisans Guild when I say that we are all strong advocates for better stewardship of our Mother Earth. We all breath the same air, drink the same water, and live as neighbors in the greater southern Oregon region. As artists we strive to create sustainable models of entrepreneurship that makes a minimal impact on the environment. Consciousness of the environment is key to small business management. We are honored to be part of celebrating Earthday 2017.

When you visit the market this weekend you will encounter 37 artisans who make the items they sell in their home art studios, or at collective artisan studios like the Briscoe ArtWing and Ashland Art Center. Many of our artists sustainably collect their raw materials in nature, while others up-cycle old products to create new art-forms. Our artists do not place profits ahead of environmental safety and health. We live in our workshops and do our best to be healthy and earth conscious.

This weekend you will discover fine art, photography, jewelry, hand-sculpted stones from local sources, recycled records albums, leather belts, bags, and shoes, hemp clothing, sundresses, woodwork featuring local woods, organic body care products, folk art, prints, assorted clothing and accessories and much, much more. The market is full to near capacity so it is a great time to join us on Calle Guanajuato. Here comes the sun.

Bekkah McAlvage plays original country tunes. Wonderful songwriting. This Saturday, April 22nd, 11:30-1:30.

Music Schedule

Saturday, April 22

11:30-1:30     Bekkah McAlvage

2:30-4:30     Son Ravello

Sunday, April 23

12:00-2:00     Accapellare

 

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Easter Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market, April 15 and 16

Marty Hogan Jewerly is a regular at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA). Wonderful designs.

Well, all right! The weather is looking better, and we have a full market for the first time this season. 33 artisans are signed up to show their wonderful creations this upcoming weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

This weekend you will find all kinds of handcrafted goodness presented along Ashland Creek on Calle Guanajuato. Lots of folks are out for their first time of the season this weekend. Welcome home all you artisan people! We are happy to have you back in our midst. This weekend you will find woodwork, leather-work, jewelry of all kinds, hemp and tencel clothing, photography, fine art, hats, sculpture, and so much more. Join us for a meandering stroll along the creek, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, and peruse the wares of the local artisans collective.

This has been a long, wet winter. We are super grateful for all the water, but really ready for some sunshine. Keep thinking sunny thoughts. This upcoming weekend is feeling like a real market weekend. Stoked to have you all on board.

Aaron Reed of the band The Brothers Reed.  Live Music every weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA).

Music Schedule

Saturday, April 15

12-2     Rod Petrone

3-5       Danny Sherrill

Sunday, April 16

12-3     The Brothers Reed

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Ashland Independent Film Weekend at Lithia Artisans Market

Kira Belan makes body care products and waldorf dolls. See her this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

It is Ashland Independent Film Festival weekend in Ashland, April 8 and 9. Lots of folks are out and about watching films. Join us at the market in between films to browse the current handcrafted wares set up in artisan booths along Ashland Creek.

The market is small again this weekend due to the weather forecast. Winter seems to want to linger this year. 17 artisans are signed up to participate throughout the weekend.

SAT. 10-6 / SUN. 11-5

Weather could be a factor this weekend, especially on Saturday, so turn to our facebook page for up-to-date information. If we close on Saturday we will announce it on our page.  facebook.com/lithiaartisansmarket

Despite the forecast, we are blessed with brave souls who are ready to show you what they have been conjuring up in their workshops. This weekend you will discover woodwork, pottery, clothing, fine art, whimsical alter pieces, jewelry, body care products, folk art, linocut block prints, and much more.

The artisans market is always honored to participate as part of the texture of downtown Ashland. We are happy to be running in conjunction with the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF). Join us in supporting locally crafted goodness.

Hollis Peach, featuring Jacqui and Danny, are regulars at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

Music Schedule

Saturday, April 8

12-2     Hollis Peach

Sunday, April 9

11-1     Hollis Peach (if Saturday is rained out)

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Lithia Artisans Market, April 1 and 2

Here is our ad as it will appear in the Oregon Shakespearean Festival Playbill, featuring Dave Summers of The Leather Vine.

The Lithia Artisans will be out in force this weekend. 31 vendors are signed up to show their wares and the weather looks promising. Super excited to really get this market up and rolling for the 2017 season. We are grateful for the rain, but ready for the sunshine. It sure makes outdoor markets a lot more pleasant when it isn’t threatening to snow.

Saturday 10-6 ~ Sunday 11-5

Located along the creek in downtown Ashland.

Featured in the above ad is veteran leather artist Dave Summers, a Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) member for over a decade. Dave makes handbags, backpacks, and hand-stitched shoes. I own a pair of his shoes and a backpack. This past winter I beat the heck out of my backpack using it to carry 75-100 pound loads of stone. The pack is a bit scratched up and dirty, but as solid as the day I made it mine. Handcrafted and made to last. And the shoes… the most comfortable I own.

This weekend you will find naturally died hemp clothing, wood work, wildlife and landscape photography, found-stone jewelry, folk art, body care products, quilts, pottery, leather-work, fine art, hats, fiber art, and much more. The little alleyway along Ashland Creek is a magical place to discover something new.

Speaking of something new, the management of Lithia Artisans Market would like to welcome the newest restaurant on Calle Guanajuato. Ex Nihilo is the new kid on the block. Welcome Kevin and Andi Broadie. We wish you well.

Super excited about the musical lineup you see below. Some of my favorite singer-songwriters in southern Oregon are playing all weekend long. Right on!

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

Music Schedule

Saturday, April 1

12-2     Gene Burnett

2:30-4:30     Son Ravello

Sunday, April 2

12-3     The Brothers Reed

 

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Lithia Artisans Market, March 25 and 26

Mattie Morton is a new clothing designer who joined our market last year. This is an ad you will see in Locals Guide for 2017.

The plan is for Lithia Artisans Market to be open this upcoming weekend. Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Last weekend was a washout and we cancelled the market. We seem to be dancing around the raindrops this spring. I always announce closures on our facebook page, so check there for updates.

The weather looks promising for Saturday and things can always change for the better for Sunday. As of now we have close to 20 vendors signed up to participate this weekend.

This weekend you will discover woodwork, fine art, wildlife photography, handcrafted jewelry, handcut stones, quilts, body care products, folk art, hats, and much more. We have live music planned for each day, see the schedule of music below.

Think sunny thoughts. Let’s get the ball rolling for 2017.

Jacqui and Danny of Hollis Peach will be part of the musical ambiance this weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market.

Music Schedule

Saturday, March 25

12-2     Rod Petrone

Sunday, March 26

12-3     Hollis Peach

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Lithia Artisans Market Opens March 18 and 19

Fine Artist Katrina Meister is featured in one of our many print ads we have created for the 2017 season.

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) opens its 2017 outdoor season on Calle Guanajuato this upcoming weekend, March 18 and 19. The weather forecast for the weekend is questionable, so let’s call this a “soft opening”.

OPEN SAT 10-6 AND SUN 11-5

Just a handful of us have signed up for the first market of the year.  It is understandable. We are small but we are mighty! The weather is grey, and opening day is threatening rain. Think sunny thoughts. With that said, if you don’t see a post on our facebook page, then the market is open for business. I make sure to let people know before 9:00am if the market is closed due to weather. Sundays forecast is much more promising than Saturday.

This weekend you will find woodwork made from locally gathered manzanita and various burls, stone beads sculpted from local stones, photography that captures wildlife in its most intimate moments, quilts, mixed metal and stone jewelry, handmade leather shoes and bags, folk art, soap, skin care products, and much more.

We have a great lineup of music this weekend featuring singer-songwriters from Ashland, Oregon. Refer to the music schedule below.

Join us every weekend from now until the end of October as we come together to celebrate art, live music, and handcrafted wares that are made right here in the Rogue Valley.

The Brothers Reed play live at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA). Sunday, March 19th from 12-3.

Music Lineup

Saturday, March 18

12-2     Son Ravello

Sunday, March 19

12-3     The Brothers Reed

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Lithia Artisans Market Membership Drive 2017

Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) opens for the 2017 season on March 18th and 19th.

Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) opens for the 2017 season on March 18th and 19th.

The Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland (LAMA) officially opens for the 2017 season on March 18th and 19th.  This post is the beginning of our seasonal call to artists. We ask you who have been holed up in your creative nook to slowly start coming out of hibernation and embrace your artisan spirit. We ask you to renew your commitment to bringing your light into the world by renewing your membership to the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. To all of you LAMA folk… it is time to send in your dues and start thinking about selling your awesome creations again on Calle Guanajuato.

2017 Lithia Artisans Market Application (click this link, application is at the bottom of the page)

"Hi there! Welcome to 2017, happy to have you all on board." Marcus Scott, stone bead artisan and market manager.

“Hi there! Welcome to 2017, happy to have you all on board.” Marcus Scott, stone bead artisan and market manager.

For all you newbies out there who have thought about joining the market, now is the time to make that a reality. Follow this link to the Membership Information page of our website. There you will find the 2017 Application, Jury Guidelines, and the Members Handbook, all in pdf and word formats. My phone number is also on that page. After you have read through the page, looked over the guidelines and decided to join, call me and we will set up a time for you to join one of our jury committee meetings to show your craft. The meeting dates are also on the Membership Information page.

It is hard to believe the market starts back up in less than a month. Hope you all have had a creative, thoughtful, restful winter. I am stoked for the 2017 season at the Lithia Artisans Market on Calle Guanajuato. Look for more details about opening weekend in the upcoming blog post. Spring is just around the corner.

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