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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2016 Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing

holiday-market-poster-2016Over 40 artisans will be showing their handcrafted creations at this years Holiday Market. Holiday Market takes place the first three weekends in December at the old Briscoe Elementary School. This annual event is a cozy community craft fair that really feels like the holidays. Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing is free to the public and family friendly. Complimentary drinks and snacks are available at the festival.

Open Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5

December 17 and 18, the Last Weekend of our Winter Season.

Located at the Briscoe ArtWing, 265 North Main Street, just north of downtown Ashland.

This year at the fair you will discover homemade jams, skin care products, handcrafted soaps, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, leatherwork, fine art, photography, folk art, puppets, upcycled clothing, hats, lampworked glass, sculpted stone beads, and so much more. Great gift ideas for the holidays.

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Sallie Ehrman will be showing her artistic collage pieces each weekend at the event. Hidden in the collage are the words… “make art, not war”.

We will also have a “do it yourself” (DIY) gift wrapping station to make sure those newly purchased treasures are ready to go under the tree when you leave the fair.

Every Sunday afternoon we will be holding a raffle drawing for a $50 gift certificate that can be used at the fair or at the Lithia Artisans Market next year when we open for the outdoor season.

Join us for the happiest art and craft fair of the season. The Briscoe ArtWing Holiday Market. The first three weekends in December at the old Briscoe School, on the corner of North Main and Laurel Street in Ashland, Oregon. See ya at the market.

Phoenix Sigalove, musician, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon.

Phoenix Sigalove is an amazing singer, songwriter with a powerful message. He plays Lithia Artisans Market this coming Sunday from 11-1 pm.

MUSIC SCHEDULE


Saturday, Dec. 17

11-1 Son Ravello
2-4 Blades of Grass

Sunday, Dec. 18

11-1 Phoenix Sigalove
2-4 Cole Cullen

 

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Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire 2016

christmas-faire-ad-2016The 16th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire will be held at the Historic Ashland Armory on Thanksgiving Weekend. The event is free entry and family friendly.

Fri. November 25 10:00-7:00
Sat. November 26 10:00-6:00
Sun. November 27 11:00-4:00

Running in conjunction with Ashland’s Festival of Light, the Christmas Faire features the artists and fine craftspeople who show on Calle Guanajuato during the outdoor season in downtown Ashland, Oregon. Over 50 booths of handcrafted goodness will be on display at this years event.  You will discover fine art, pottery, jewelry of all kinds, handcrafted soaps and candles, painted silk, up-cycled, designer created clothing, silk screened shirts, fashionable hemp wear, leather work, wood work, photography, henna art and so much more.

Sunny Lindley, Fiber Artisan, will be showing at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire. Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory.

Sunny Lindley, Fiber Artisan, will be showing at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire. Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory.

Featured in this photo is Sunny Lindley of Sundial Arts. Sunny is super creative and an advocate for the local arts and crafts movement. Sunny makes fashionable clothing and crocheted hats, as well as a line of silk screen printed original art on all kinds of fun and comfy clothing. She is a big asset to this community and we appreciate her.

Meet the artisan and support local this holiday season. It makes a powerful economic statement when you purchase directly from the maker of an item. Years of trial and error experimentation lead to a deeper understanding of craft, the tricks of the trade, the eye of the artist. That is what you are supporting when you purchase gifts from local artisans at the market. That is part of how we create the world in which we want to live. Now more than ever.

Our good friend Moni from the old Grilla Bites restaurant will have warm, healthy food and coffee available all weekend. Reasonable prices, great food.

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Katrina Meister, Fine Artist, will be showing at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire. Thanksgiving weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory.

The Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire supports the Ashland Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights ushers in the beginning of the holiday season. The parade is a wonderful family event. Lighting a candle in dark places is a symbol of hope. The Lithia Artisans embrace hope and community.

This is a time to come together as community. Gathering in public places we pick each other up, we carry on through turbulent times, we see each other and sometimes that is all it takes. As artists and craftspeople, we reinvent the world every day. This holiday season we should honor our diversity, honor our creative endeavors, and support each other. Love one another.

Jacqui and Danny of Hollis Peach will be part of the musical ambiance at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire.

Jacqui and Danny of Hollis Peach will be part of the musical ambiance at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire.

Music Schedule

Friday, Nov. 25
10-12 The Brothers Reed
1-3     Hollis Peach
4-6     Cole Cullen

Saturday, Nov. 26
10-12 Accapellare
1-3     Blades of Grass
4-6     The Ancient Wild

Sunday, Nov. 27
11-1   Son Ravello
2-4     Phoenix Sigalove

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October 29 and 30 at Lithia Artisans Market

Dan Clark, hands, jeweler, Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon

The hands of Dan Clark displaying one of his pendants at the Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

This is the last weekend of the outdoor season at the Lithia Artisans Market. A handful of us die-hards are signed up to show this weekend, and the weather is looking suspect, but we will play it by feel and show up Saturday morning and see what the day brings. I hate to cancel a market, especially the last one of the season. So… the twenty or so artisans who come out will be holding down the fort. We also have a great lineup of music for the weekend (see schedule below).

This weekend we are featuring pottery by Lisa Eldredge, Oregon found stones set in silver by Dan Clark, wildlife photography by Dan Elster, upcycled clothing by Jasmine Patten, hand cut stone beads by Marcus Scott, hand painted silk by Marcella and Susan, and so much more. The image above is the handiwork of Dan Clark, a Lithia Artisans Market veteran and wonderfully gifted lapidary artist and silversmith.

This has been a wonderful season at the Lithia Artisans Market on Calle Guanajuato. This year we watched as the city’s largest public art piece went up during the month of June. “Las Calles de Guanajuato” is a huge mural that sits right in the heart of the market and announces our connection with our sister city, Guanajuato, Mexico.  We are honored to share space with this colorful, whimsical, art piece made by Loreta Ragnel Villasenor.

Thank you to all who came out and made this season a huge success. The musicians, the artisans, the restaurants, and the people who showed up and purchased hand crafted wares at the local artisans market. I also want to give a big shout out to Rachel Dials at Ashland Parks and Recreation for all her help in making the whole thing work. All of you make a huge difference. Making the world in which you wish to live. One person at a time. Every person is important.

If the market is cancelled due to weather I will make that announcement on our facebook page. Follow this link… facebook.com/LithiaArtisansMarket.  As of now we will be open tomorrow.

We have lots of great music scheduled.  I want to point out a band that is passing through called Maury Ave. I am personally really excited to check out this set of tunes. Maury Ave. is an energetic outlaw folk duo from Denver, Colorado. They will play a two hour set following the Brothers Reed tomorrow afternoon. See the official schedule below.

Aaron Reed, The Reed Brothers, Live Music, Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon

Aaron Reed of the musical duo The Brothers Reed. Live music at the Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon (LAMA)

Music Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 29

10-12     The Brothers Reed

12-2      Maury Ave.

2:30-4:30   Hollis Peach

Sunday, Oct. 30

12-3     Son Ravello

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October 22 and 23 at Lithia Artisans Market

Lavelle Foos, Hands, Pendant, Hand wrought copper, Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon

The hands of Lavelle Foos showing a copper feather pendant, hand wrought and available at the Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon

There are 30 artisans signed up to participate this upcoming weekend at the Lithia Artisans Market. We all survived the storm last weekend. Feels like we dodged a bullet, not everywhere was so lucky. Gratefully sending good vibes to our fellow Oregonians up in Manzanita and the rest of the north coast. It was pretty brutal up there, we send you our thoughts and prayers.

This weekend you will encounter all kinds of handcrafted wares at the Lithia Artisans Market. Sterling silver mounted jaspers and agates from throughout Oregon by silver-smith Dan Clark. Lamp-worked glass beads and pendants from Leah Fairbanks, mixed metal designs by Holly Gonnella, and much more in the category of jewelry. Jasmine Patten will be showing her up-cycled jackets and sweaters, plus a whole bunch of hand-warmers and hats. Perfect for this time of the year. The Hat People from Talent will have warm, wool hats to try on. Hemp clothing, wood work, leather work, photography, fine art, and much more will be on display this upcoming weekend at Ashland’s outdoor marketplace.

Open Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-5.

Located on Calle Guanajuato, behind the plaza in downtown Ashland.

Lavelle Foos, Copper Smith, Lithia Artisans Market Ashland, Oregon

Lavelle Foos, Copper-Smith, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

This week I am featuring images of our dear friend and fellow artisan Lavelle Foos. Lavelle has been at this adventure of the street artist for over 30 years. She is a gifted craftswoman who works in the old Navajo style of metal forging… tapping away with a jewelers hammer and an anvil. Her hands tell the story of years of work. Keeping the old traditions alive so they are not lost. Her work is available to the public most weekends during our season. She is a wonderful part of the our artisan family, full of wisdom and compassion. A gift.

This weekend we have a special musical guest who has not played with us in many years. Angus Richardson from the band “Brother” will be doing a solo gig with his original tunes, his voice, and his guitar. Really looking forward to this set Saturday afternoon from 2:00-4:00. Something new to experience. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Cole Cullen, Live Music, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon

Cole Cullen, Live Music, Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland, Oregon (LAMA).

Music Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 22

10:00-12:00     Daniel Sperry

2:00-4:00       Angus Richardson

Sunday, Oct. 23

11:00-2:00     Cole Cullen

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October 15 and 16 at Lithia Artisans Market

The market is CLOSED for Saturday, October 15. Due the a severe wind warning issued by NOAA, with gusts as high as 60 mph, and a 92% chance of rain, we have determined to ride this one out at home.

The Market is Closed for Saturday, October 15th.

We will assess the weather again tomorrow to determine whether we will be open on Sunday, October 16th. Check in to our Facebook Page for updates throughout the weekend. facebook.com/LithiaArtisansMarket/

The Lithia Artisans Market will resume normal market hours next weekend. We are open until the end of October. Our final outdoor market will be the weekend of October 29 and 30.

The Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire takes place on November 25, 26, and 27 at the Historic Ashland Armory. Thanksgiving weekend.  50 plus artisans under one roof celebrating the holiday season. If you are a current member of the market you can apply for the show. Click this link… lithiaartisansmarket.com/christmas-faire-application.

Again, MARKET IS CLOSED SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 DUE TO WEATHER.

Check our Facebook page for updates about Sunday, October 16. facebook.com/LithiaArtisansMarket/

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