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Whether you are an artist or not, Art Inspires Ashland will inspire you. World-class leaders, thinkers, and creatives will give workshops and presentations that will lead participants to examine their place in this community, envision our own roles in leading change, and plan for a future that could make Ashland even better.

 

Presented by Ashland Art Center

357 E Main St.
Ashland OR.
AAC is a non profit 501(c)(3)
www.artinpiresashland.org • 541-482-2772
 
Proceeds from this event benefit the
Ashland Art Center and its classes,
children’s workshops, arts education, and
professional artists support.
 

Art Inspires Ashland 2016

On November 11th – 13th 2016, the 5th annual Art Inspires Ashland will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational workshops, discussions, presentations and hands-on action. This weekend is all about bringing every member of the community together to imagine how we can work together to bring about positive change in Ashland. What would happen if everyone is heard and has a voice? What would happen if we thought creatively, worked together, and used all our human and natural potential to meet the needs of the community? This weekend will plant the seeds for positive, collaborative change. Will you join us and help the seed grow?

The KeyNote Event

Art as Community Building with Milenko Matanovic
The keynote address is Friday, November 11, 2016,
Lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m., reception and conversation to follow
Meese Auditorium, main Art Building, at SOU
Co-sponsored by the Oregon Center for the Arts
1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520
Tickets: $35 through Oct. 31, $40 after Nov 1

Join us for an inspirational and visionary evening with Milenko Matanovic, founder of the Pomegranate Center. Milenko believes that magic happens when art, creative thinking, and community join forces. He has worked with hundreds of communities around the globe to connect art with community building and everyday life: Milenko helps communities become wiser by working together to find new and creative ways to push good ideas into action. Imagine what Ashland could be like if neither nature nor human talents were wasted. Join us for learning, lively discussion, and a starting point for something amazing to happen right here at home. Keynote address begins at 6:30 followed by a reception, conversation and idea sharing.

Artists

On November 11th – 13th 2016, the 5th annual Art Inspires Ashland will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational workshops, discussions, presentations and hands-on action. This weekend is all about bringing every member of the community together to imagine how we can work together to bring about positive change in Ashland. What would happen if everyone is heard and has a voice? What would happen if we thought creatively, worked together, and used all our human and natural potential to meet the needs of the community? This weekend will plant the seeds for positive, collaborative change. Will you join us and help the seed grow?

 

Milenko MatanovicMilenko Matanovic, Founder and Executive Director
Milenko founded Pomegranate Center in 1986 believing that magic happens when art, creative thinking, and community join forces. Since then, he has worked with hundreds of communities across the country and abroad; collaborated with communities to build more than 50 gathering places; spoken at more universities, community gatherings and conferences than he can remember; and trained hundreds of remarkable individuals in the Pomegranate Center approach to community building.

Milenko uses his creativity to prepare communities for the future. By combining his talents as a thinker, educator and artist, Milenko hopes to create a world where neither nature nor human talents are wasted and where collaboration becomes the norm. He lives to help communities become wiser by working together to find new and creative ways to push good ideas into action.

“I’ve heard many fine keynote speeches, but none better than Milenko’s. His combination of thoughtfulness, experience, wit and grace captivated his audience, and kept them coming back throughout the conference. He took time to get to know his audience, so he could meet us on our ground, and then help us view that ground in a new light.”
Daniel Kemmis, author of Community and the Politics of Place and The Good City and the Good Life

“We’ve been talking about collaboration forever and it hasn’t gotten us far. Milenko has been doing it for decades and has achieved amazing, tangible results.”
Conference participant’s feedback

 

Jennifer LongshoreJennifer Longshore – Artist/ Art Historian
Jennifer Longshore has been teaching courses in Art History in the Department of Creative Arts at Southern Oregon University since 2000. While she teaches a wide range of courses, she considers “Art Theory and Critical Issues”, “Activist Artists and Work in the Community ” and “Globalization and Contemporary Art” to be among her favorites. She particularly enjoys overseeing students as they develop activist art projects in collaboration with local community agencies. She is currently developing a new course titled “Art and Sustainability.”

Longshore serves as a member of the Gender Sexuality and Women Studies Council at SOU.  Along with serving as a member of the Ashland High School Site Council, she also serves as a volunteer lecturer for the Ashland School District. She served as a commissioner on the Public Arts Commission for the city of Ashland, Oregon from 2004-2008.  When she is not working, she enjoys salsa dancing with her husband and archery

 

Gabriel Mark LipperGabriel Mark Lipper – Painter
Lipper spent much of the early part of his career traveling and exploring. Several painting trips to Italy and other parts of Europe inspired paintings of decaying cityscapes and aging fishermen. “The beauty I discovered while traveling still overwhelms me. “I’ve always been a bit of a voyeur. Hopefully, by observing the surface, I’m able to glean a bit of understanding as to what’s going on inside.”

The people in Gabriel’s paintings vary wildly. Bull riders, a woman lost in her thoughts, vacant hipsters, a seasoned magnate, are all painted with the same love and respect. Lipper’s love of art, and respect for the muse are the driving forces behind what he chooses to paint.

 

Workshops & Presentations

Art Inspires Ashland 2016

Classes and Workshop Info

 
 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Art as Community Building with Milenko Matanovic

Lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m., reception and conversation to follow
Meese Auditorium, main Art Building, at SOU
1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520
Tickets: $35 through Oct. 31, $40 after Nov 1

Join us for an inspirational and visionary evening with Milenko Matanovic, founder of the Pomegranate Center. Milenko believes that magic happens when art, creative thinking, and community join forces. He has worked with hundreds of communities around the globe to connect art with community building and everyday life: Milenko helps communities become wiser by working together to find new and creative ways to push good ideas into action. Imagine what Ashland could be like if neither nature nor human talents were wasted. Join us for learning, lively discussion, and a starting point for something amazing to happen right here at home. Keynote address begins at 6:30 followed by a reception, conversation and idea sharing.

 
 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Creative Collaboration: Maximizing Community Ownership with Milenko Matanovic

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ashland Art Center, Room TBD
357 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Because of the generous support of an anonymous donor, we are able to offer this workshop for only $25 per person. Registration fee includes lunch.
Class Limit: 150

Are you tired of public processes that get bogged down because they are unwieldy, ineffective and meaningless? Are you sick of meetings that get hijacked by a boisterous few? Do you believe that community involvement is essential to creating successful public spaces and public policy?

In this introductory workshop you will learn how to fully engage communities in a productive and creative process that start with ideas and end in collective action, while creating broad ownership over your project. The day is a mix of lecture, practice, and discussion.

Over the day, you will learn how to:

  • Structure and implement effective and decisive planning processes while maximizing community ownership
  • Avoid common pitfalls for community meetings
  • Become a more effective facilitator
  • Design a process that takes ideas into action while engaging community members at every step
  • Apply this approach to create a pilot project in your community

Milenko founded Pomegranate Center to strengthen communities through collaborative placemaking. In addition to creating public spaces, the Center’s work includes training, planning, and consulting. The “Pomegranate Approach” has been developed and tested over 30 years of convening hundreds of community meetings and designing/building more than 50 gathering places.

 
 

Portrait Painting Workshop with Gabriel Lipper

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ashland Art Center, Main Classroom
357 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Fee: $90 members, $125 nonmembers
Class Limit: 18

Paint powerful portraits with strong form, vibrant color, and rich paint. The secret behind the freshest painting is generally not what we see on its surface, but the strong foundation underneath. I will be demonstrating how I approach a portrait from the ground up. We will be working from a live portrait model, and I will demonstrate my entire portrait process from beginning to end. Spend the day working along with me through each step of the painting, or, just bring a sketch pad and take notes. Whatever your level, this workshop will have something to offer.

Additional supplies needed for this workshop: drawing paper, sketch pad, drawing board, art gum eraser, H and HB pencils, as well as your normal painting supplies.*

Members:

 
 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Vision, Voice and Action: inciting social change through your art

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ashland Art Center, Main Classroom
357 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Fee: $90 members, $125 nonmembers
Class limit: 25

This workshop will explore and define activism and the roles artists play in instigating change and igniting community involvement. Jennifer Longshore will present historical perspectives and teach practical methods that will lead to positive change in today’s world. Workshop participants will learn strategies on how to build trust and strengthen community bonds. An active discussion of community concerns will lead into the collaborative development of future projects and how to actualize them in the days, weeks and months to come.

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Thank you for purchasing your ticket for this event!
Your tickets will be at will call, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the event is set to begin to claim them.
These items are non-refundable and by purchasing a ticket, you agree to allow yourself to be photographed by Art Inspires Ashland representatives for promotional use.

Sponsors


Ashland Art Center is a non profit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of art in Southern Oregon.

Art Inspires Ashland is Ashland Art Center’s largest fundraiser of the year. Your support of this event will not only inspire our community during this event, but will help fund the work of the Art Center year-round with workshops, artist marketing and children’s classes. Thank you for your continued support for the Ashland Art Center and Art Inspires Ashland.

 

Artist Sponsor $5,000+

Sponsor our keynote speaker Milenko Matanovic’s visit to Ashland

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Presentation Sponsor $2,500 – $4,900

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Promotional Sponsors $1,000 – $2,499

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Supporting Sponsors $250 – $999

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All checks should be made out to the Ashland Art Center and mailed to:
357 E. Main St. Ashland, OR 97520 • (541) 482-2772.
Ashland Art Center is a non profit 501(C)(3) organization dedication to the advancement of art in Southern Oregon.

 

Logos and Copy should be sent to:
Dee Perez, Event Coordinator
deeperez@charter.net
541-776-9005

PAST ARTISTS

2015 Artists

GREGG KREUTZ - PAINTERGregg Kreutz
An award winning painter and author of the classic artist’s guide, Problem Solving for Oil Painters, Gregg Kreutz has been drawing and painting all his life. He has won numerous awards and has had one man shows at Grand Central Galleries, The Fanny Garver Gallery, the Newport Art Association, and the Hilligoss Gallery in Chicago. He teaches painting and drawing in New York City, New Mexico, California, and other workshops throughout the country. His videos are popular learning tools used by artists all over the world.

“For me, painting is an opportunity to learn what is meaningful. Each picture is a visual separation of the highly significant from the less significant. Painting is really a window into the essential.”

greggkreutz.com

 

Kevin Christman – SculptorKevin Christman
Originally from Minnesota, Kevin studied fine art full time at Art Center in Pasadena and has been a professional artist for the past 25 years. Kevin’s work is exhibited worldwide. His most recent exhibition was at MEAM in Barcelona, Spain. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Portrait Society. He is currently working on a five year monumental commission creating the artwork for St. Mary’s Chapel in Medford, Oregon. Many recognize his sculpture “Tree of Transmutation” created for Burning Man in 2012. The Art of Kevin Christman captures the human form and nature in literal, allegorical and ephemeral portrayals that transform the observer into the participant.

“Art that moves me the most has layers of understanding that evolve over time and don’t remain static.”

kevinchristman.com

 

Denise Baxter – Artist EntrepenuerDenise Baxter
Executive Director and Founder of Ashland Art Center, Denise has experience working with many art mediums such as photography, printing, sculpture, watercolors, computer aided design, murals, and oil painting. Denise acquired her masters degrees in International Business Management and Business Administration. Denise followed her studies in business by working for a Fortune 500 corporation followed by working on two startup organizations. Her interest in combining her art expertise with her business acumen has become a reality with the Ashland Art Center Project.

“It is large-scale, collaborative, three-dimensional art installation grown out of love for the arts by many capable individuals.”

ashlandartcenter.org

 
 

2014 Artists

Dan ThompsonDan Thompson  lives and works in New York City, where he focuses on painting and drawing from life. His work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club in New York, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and The World Art Museum in Beijing. Since 2006, he has co-founded two schools of art in New York City and regularly conducts workshops all over the United States.

danthompsonart.com

 

Jean Williams CacicedoJean Williams Cacicedo  received a BFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 1970. Based in Berkeley, Jean has been both teacher, curator, lecturer and visiting artist in many schools including CCA Oakland, Penland School North Carolina, Spilt Rock Arts Program U of Minnesota, Shakerag Workshops Tennessee, RMIT Melbourne, Australia, and Hong Kong Polytechnic China. Jean was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s. For over three decades she has worked both on and off the body, incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics as well as works on paper. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, and Museum of Art and Design, NYC.

jeancacicedo.com

 

Natalie FletcherNatalie Fletcher creates incredible landscape camouflage illusions blending models into natural scenery. Originally from Texas, Natalie moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2006 to attend a four-year intensive painting program. After graduating, Natalie got her first job as a body painter. She instantly loved it: the interactions and the excitement of painting a human. It was new and fresh and unlike painting on canvas. During 2014, Natalie was a contestant on the reality-television body painting competition called Skin Wars. And, on September 24th, 2014, Natalie Fletcher became the first Skin Wars champion! In the final episode, when asked what she would do if she won the $100,000 prize, she said she would become an art advocate for body painting and show how beautiful an art form it is.

artbynataliefletcher.com

 
 

2013 Artists

Juliette AristidesJuliette Aristides is a Seattle based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art.  Actively dedicated to rebuilding a traditional arts education in the United States, Aristides is the founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA. She teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. Author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing with Random House, Watson-Guptill, NY, she frequently contributes to arts publications.

Aristides exhibits in one person and group shows nationally and her work has been featured in Gulf Connoisseur Magazine, Artists and Illustrators UK, Artist’s Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and American Artist.

www.aristidesarts.com

 

Reina-Marie LoaderReina-Marie Loader born in South Africa, Ms. Loader has been making independent socio-political films since 2002. She has won several prizes and nominations for her films. Cutting Silence, a film on female genital mutilation in Africa, won Best Newcomer at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, while her film Sarajevo: Shelved Memories was nominated for the prestigious Learning on Screen Award (British Universities Film and Video Council). Her film organization, Cinéma Humain (www.cinemahumain.com), specializes in developing innovative ways to engage the public directly with significant social and humanitarian issues.  She is currently in post-production of a documentary entitled HORN, which centres around the issue of rhino poaching in South Africa. The film not only highlights some of the problems facing rhino conservation, but also points out some of the significant social problems facing the communities in the affected areas.

www.cinemahumain.com/author/reina-marie/

 

Lucy KnisleyLucy Knisley is an illustrator, comic artist and author. Occasionally she is a puppeteer, ukulele player and food/travel writer. Her first published book, French Milk, is a drawn journal about living (and eating) in Paris with her mother. (From Touchstone Publishing from Simon and Schuster), August of 2008. Her second book, Relish, from First Second Books, is about growing up in the food industry. Miss Knisley (the K is silent) is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she went to study painting, and ended up making comics. She then studied at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she received a scholarship to pursue her MFA. Beginning with a love for Archie comics, Tintin, and Calvin and Hobbes, she has been making comics in some form or another since she could hold a pencil. She lives in New York, where she makes comics, does freelance illustration, and teaches the occasional comics workshop.

www.lucyknisley.com

 
 

2012 Artists

Eric DrookerEric Drooker is probably best known for paintings that have appeared on many New Yorker magazine covers since 1994. Inspired by social-realist art of the first half of the 20th century, Drooker is also the creator of three graphic novels: Flood! A Novel in Pictures (1992), Blood Song: A Silent Ballad (2002), and Howl: A Graphic Novel (2010). His friendship with the late poet Allen Ginsberg led to several projects, including, most recently, Drooker’s animation for the 2010 film Howl, starring James Franco.

www.drooker.com
Tracy Lee StumTracy Lee Stum is an internationally recognized American chalk artist and street painter specializing in spectacular, interactive 3D chalk art street paintings. A visionary and master in the chalk art world, Tracy’s mind-blowing 3D images continue to ‘wow’, inspire and amaze viewers around the globe! Tracy also holds the Guinness World record for the largest chalk drawing by an individual.

www.tracyleestum.com
Georgina HaynsGeorgina Hayns has been involved in all aspects of puppet fabrication for stop-motion films for over twenty years. She supervised children’s television series and commercials including Noddy, Bob the Builder, Lipton® Brisk® Tea and Puffs Tissues. She also worked on animated feature films and shorts such as Mars Attacks! and the Academy Award®-nominated Periwig Maker. Georgina worked on Corpse Bride and most recently served as Supervisor of the Puppet Fabrication Department on “Coraline” and “ParaNorman”.

www.laika.com

Ashland

WHILE YOU’RE IN ASHLAND
Ashland is conveniently located in Southern Oregon on Interstate 5 midway between San Francisco and Portland.  The Valley is served by Rogue Valley International Airport. United Airlines and Horizon Airlines are the major carriers.  Rental Cars and Shuttle Service is readily available.  RVTD serves the greater Rogue Valley and local taxi services are available.  Ashland is easy to find and get around in and once you have your room you can walk to anywhere in town.

 

THINGS TO DO
Ashland Art Center – www.ashlandartcenter.org
Oregon Shakespeare Festival – www.osfashland.org
Ashland Chamber of Commerce – www.ashlandchamber.com
Ashland Gallery Association – www.ashlandgalleries.com

 
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