- A Visit to the Show: Sarah F Burns and Julian Bell, February 2014
- March Student Show
- February 2014 – Oil Paintings by Julian Bell and Sarah F Burns
- When chasing butterflies in Ashland….
- Opening in January: Rachel Chaldu / New Paintings
- A Visit to the Show: New Works Group Show
- Opening in December: NEW WORKS Group Show
- 2014 Gallery Schedule
- Landscapes of the Mind: List of works
- A Visit to the Show: Landscapes of Mind—Worlds Real & Imagined
- Opening in November: Landscapes of the Mind/Worlds Real and Imagined/Group Show
- A Visit to the Show: Rachel Chaldu & Julian Bell
March First Friday the Ashland Painters Union will feature the work of some of Ashland’s next generation student artists. The show will feature paintings, drawings and sculptures from 8 Rogue Valley student artists. Three high School artists will be featured as well as work from Middle School and Elementary School artists. High School artists Aiden Peterson, Clara Baxter and Lars Filson are participating as a part of the Ashland Gallery association’s annual March “Student Show” in which several AGA galleries host young artists from Ashland High School.
On the evening of March 7st, during First Friday events, the student artists will be present at the Ashland Painters Union from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to proudly discuss their work. All are invited and the community is encouraged to support these emerging artists by visiting the galleries. Pick up a March First Friday map at any AGA Gallery to see a full listing of participating galleries and student artists.
February 2014, APU will feature new oil paintings by Sarah F Burns and Julian Bell. The show opens with a party on First Friday, February 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm or visit the gallery any Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Sarah F Burns will be showing moody floral still lives. Sarah is a versatile representational painter and draftswoman, known for her urban landscapes, vanitas series for Smithfields Restaurant and Bar, and figurative work. In general Sarah’s work is fairly conventional, yet subtly challenging. It’s never radical, but never quite settled either. She probes Western Classical traditions to discover tools for expressing the universal; her work aims at the timeless while being firmly planted in the now.
Julian Bell’s work is akin to putting on Warner’s Bros glasses and walking the house or town. Decaying factories and cities and other signs of decline in the world are among his favorite subjects, but he delights in more positive realities of life as well, like flowers and figures. Pragmatic and truthful while being light hearted and fun, never flinching or shying away from the facts but never being a downer either.
Both artists create work for people who generally look well on the world, yet acknowledge life contains darkness as well as light. These paintings are all pieces you can live with, enjoy and contemplate for many years.
The ad above represents my last act as founding member of the Ashland Painters Union. Hopefully it will appear in the Ashland Gallery Guide for 2014, but since I am resigning from all participation in APU I can not say for sure whether it will be used. I gratefully appreciate the estate of Philippe Halsman for letting me use this amazing photo of Nabokov, Vladimir did indeed spend time in Ashland where he may have (or not) finished writing Lolita. I think he would have gotten a laugh from this ad, but since he is long deceased I suppose it hardly matters. Suffice it to say that it is a piece of graphic art that I am proud to have created.
As for the gallery I especially want to thank all my dear friends who contributed to the gallery monetarily and artistically in it’s initial conception. I had high hopes for it’s success and I appreciate your help in getting things off the ground, even though few of you were in close enough proximity to see it in person. As you may have figured I am leaving the gallery and this is the last post that will appear on this website. Maybe someone else will port this site over to their server and continue to update it as the gallery evolves without me, but I plan to keep this site up on my server as a record of its first year: A time capsule of what was.
I will try not to bore you with the details of the last year. Suffice it to say that having a gallery in Ashland has been akin to having a gallery on the planet Mars. We have recieved almost no coverage from the press, have sold very few pieces of art, and have been seen by a fairly small number of people. This might have something to do with the fact that we have not actually been open much of the time, but when we were, few people ventured in. I have often thought of this endeavor as a Dada experiment and in the final analysis these shortcomings have hardly mattered to me. I was finally able to hang a good deal of my art in a space outside of my studio, which is perhaps every artist’s dream.
I have to say I care very little about what happens to the gallery at this point. Although its initial creation bears all the marks of my creative psyche (name, logo, design), it’s direction slipped elusively from my grasp before we were barely born. I tried for quite some time to effect its evolution, but my suggestions were rarely heeded. That I have been labelled divisive, rude and uncooperative should come as no surprise to those that know me well. I am sure others view this differently, but I of course am right. Such are the joys of being an elitist; I make no apologies for my behavior.
Thus ends an interesting chapter of experience. I leave this as my final testament on the subject. Take it as you will.
Founding Member of The Ashland Painters Union