On November 15th and 16th, 2013, an event will take place in Ashland, Oregon that may change the way you view art in the world. It will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational workshops, discussions and presentations. Think “TED” talks with hands-on workshops. Our artists/presenters will lead workshops aimed at inspiring regional art students from middle school through college as well as adult students. Plus, our evening presentations will be inspirational to anyone who attends. We are proud to feature these guests artists for Art Inspires Ashland 2013!


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.


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 (, 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.


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.