Marydee Bombick, left, and Cheryl Kempner have organized 'Art for the garden, art for the home,' a three day art show and sale at their homes in Ashland. The two potter neighbors hope this is the first of an annual event. pennell photo - Bob Pennell

Two for art

Two Ashland neighbors who share a passion for throwing pottery have tossed a new creation: a three-day art sale and show at their homes in Ashland.

Cheryl Kempner and Marydee Bombick, who live near the top of the Wimer Street hill, have organized "Art for the Garden, Art for the Home." The two friends are billing their idea as "Two Homes, Two Gardens, Two Studios, Two Blocks apart."

From whimsical ceramic animals and water fountains for the garden, to photographs, paintings and functional ceramic bowls for the home, the homespun show will feature many styles for many tastes, and all are for sale — prices range from $10 to $1,000.

The event, beginning today and running through Sunday, features the work of 25 artists from Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville, Gold Hill, Grants Pass, Williams and Eugene.

When it comes to viewing art, a home can be more inviting than a gallery, say Kempner and Bombick.

"This is more personal to get them to come to the house," says Bombick.

Kempner, who has done home sales in Eugene for eight years, says people appreciate getting a glimpse of how a piece will look in a home or garden.

Marydee and her husband, Ron Bombick, who are both master gardeners, have created a spectacular yard where visitors may come just to seek botanical inspiration. Both homes and yards, and their remarkable views, are worthy of a drive up the hill.

The sale also is a fundraiser for a cause close to Kempner's heart.

Kempner's daughter, Jessica Kempner, has been undergoing treatment off and on for three years for a benign brain tumor. Jessica, 30, of Eugene, has asked that a portion of the event's proceeds be donated to the Children's Cancer Association.

"She will actually be helping at the sale," says Kempner.

The show will, of course, feature work by both Kempner and Bombick. Other offerings include ceramics and sculptures by Cheryl Williams of Ashland and watercolor paintings by Clyde Kirkpatrick of Grants Pass.

There will be a drawing for an art prize, and rides will be available to shuttle visitors between both homes.

Meg Landers is a freelance writer living in Talent. Reach her at

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