Announcing the 15th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire taking place Thanksgiving Weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak Street in Ashland. Two blocks down from the plaza. Open Friday, Nov. 27 from 10-7, Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10-6, and Sunday, Nov. 29 from 11-4. Over fifty local artists and creators showing their handcrafted items, all under one roof. The artisans from the summer weekend market along Ashland Creek are bringing the show indoors. Live music all weekend, food and drinks available on site, and the VIP room will be open upstairs where you can enjoy a glass of wine. Libations brought to you by the folks at Live at the Armory!
The days continue to get shorter, the nights longer. Grizzly Mountain has its first blanket of snow. We all spend more time in the dark this time of the year. Candles warm our hearts and light the path for us, helping us find our way. Candles usher in our Festival of Light. This year let the Ashland Festival of Light be the harbinger of peace and love. Embracing one another and letting our light shine. That is the true spirit of Christmas. Love, light, and creativity sparked by our collective concern for the well being of all living things. Join us for the Festival of Light and be sure to visit the best art and craft show of the season… the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire.
The elves of the Rogue Valley are busy in their shops creating magical items of adornment, spinning wool into yarn, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Up-cycling discarded garments into one of a kind sweaters that make winter fun! Transforming dead manzanita root into sculptural cribbage boards. Forging sterling silver into bezel settings, gently holding picture jasper cabochons in classic, time honored designs. Fine art, photography, pottery, and so much more will be on display and available for purchase direct from the creators. No middle man at the Lithia Artisans events, just silversmiths, carvers, woodworkers, potters, artists, sculptors, and creative souls making beauty with their hands.
We’ve had a wonderful outdoor season on Calle Guanajuato this year. A special thanks to Ashland Parks and Recreation. We feel so blessed to sell our handcrafted wares along Ashland Creek in Lithia Park. Winter is now close, a chilly northern wind blows through my workshop tonight as I spent time grinding on stones. Slowly moving rocks through my hands, slowly wearing down the hard edges to find the bead below the surface. It is a wonderful, methodical task.
We all do what we can do. The artisans work with their hands and create items to cherish for years to come. For many it is where we find peace and joy. For me it is a meditation. When the world seems crazy we find solace in good work. We find comfort in familiar tasks, familiar rhythms, familiar tools. Sitting down and working a rough apple wood branch into a spoon, that feels familiar to the spoon maker. Those creative tasks feel comfortable and reassuring. When we create enduring beauty we change the world a little at a time.
Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire
Historic Ashland Armory, Thanksgiving Weekend.
FRI, Nov. 27 – 10am-7pm
SAT, Nov. 28 – 10am-6pm
SUN, Nov, 29 – 11am-4pm
The Christmas Faire features live music all three days of the event. See the schedule below. Live at the Armory will have the VIP room open upstairs serving beer and wine. Moni, the owner of the old Grilla Bites in downtown Ashland, will have hot soup, pastries, tea and coffee available in the food court. Join us for this years Festival of Light and the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire, where community comes together to celebrate the artist in each of us. We all thrive when we support each other in our artistic expression, making the world in which we want to live. One piece at a time!
Friday, Nov. 27
10:00-12:00 Jef Ramsey
1:00-3:00 The Brothers Reed
4:00-6:00 Cole Cullen
Saturday, Nov. 28
10:00-12:00 Bekkah McAlvage
1:00-3:00 Phoenix Sigalove
4:00-6:00 Bill Hahey
Sunday, Nov. 29
11:00-1:00 Son Revello