'Medusa Smack,' .MOV file, screen, rugs and pillows, by Vanessa Renwick on loan from Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene to the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland. [Photo by Mark Licari]

New exhibits open in Ashland on First Friday

The Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Schneider Museum of Art team up in April to present "Convergence: Digital Media and Technology."

This exhibit of playful and innovative media art includes Vanessa Redwick's interactive installation "Medusa Smack," a "jellyfish tent" of meditative music and images. On Saturday, April 8, Renwick and musician Tara Jane O'Neil will perform a score written for "Medusa Smack." In keeping with AIFF's range of features and documentaries, the performance will be followed by "Hope and Prey," a cinematic three-screen projection that depicts wolves in the wild.

Downtown at Hanson Howard Gallery, painters Carol Ingram and Vince Carl will be the featured artists through April. Ingram paints Oregon landscapes using dramatic effects of light and dark, fog and mist. Carl's approach to human figurative painting uses abstract form and color.

Carl, born in Louisville, Kentucky, moved to Atlanta, then Cincinnati, before making Southern Oregon his home in 1980. His artistic process involves a range of media — acrylics, charcoal, gold leaf, pastel and collage — and he builds thickness in his images as he works. He uses squeegees to apply paint and pushes thin solutions of acrylic through spray guns to seal dry media within layers. He also intermittently sands or scratches back into the layers to reveal clues of earlier states.

"The figures develop much the same way a person's character does during a lifetime," Carl says in a press release.

Ingram grew up in Southern California and earned a degree in art from University of California at Santa Cruz. She later studied in Paris, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A collection of oil paintings by Diana Wright titled "The Wanderer" will be displayed through April at Art and Soul Gallery. "Grape Expectations," watercolors by Kay Myer, will be displayed at Shepherd's Dream.

Leonard Lea, an Ashland photographer and world traveler, will show his "Streets," an exhibit of spontaneous images of people and places in Mexico, Japan, France, Italy, Switzerland and the U.K., at The Photographers Gallery in the Ashland Art Center.

The Ashland Gallery Association hosts First Friday art walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, at participating galleries, studios and restaurants. Some artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association: 

AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or www.americantrails.com. Native American jewelry, arts and crafts and wildlife gallery. Grand opening Friday, April 7.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or www.artandsoulgallery.com. "The Wanderer," oil paintings by Diana Wright.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or www.ashlandartcenter.org. Watercolor illustrations by Paula Fong, handcrafted sterling silver jewelry by Marty Hogan, and "Streets," black-and-white and color photography by Leonard Lea. Music by Martin Ball.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or www.ashlandartworks.com. Hand-painted silk scarves by Connie Simonsen.

CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. See www.facebook.com/cvagalleries. "Soil Continuity" by Hannah Bakkan in the Retzlaff Gallery, and "Grand Nuances" by Tiffany Hokanson in the Thorndike Gallery of the Art Building; "How Is It?" by Teague Wasserman in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; "Folk Tales" by Piper George in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; "Neutral Figures" by Tess Meier in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; and "Bundle full of Wildflowers" by Paige Gerhard in the Jeld Wen Gallery of the Marion Ady Building.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Art and Poetry." Steve Dieffenbacher will pair his trail-walk sketchbooks and photographs with his poetry; Jonah Bornstein will present photographs of his trip to Jerusalem, and Rebecca Gabriel will show portraits. Each artist will pair work with new poetry. Liz Shepherd will pair sumi-e drawings with her poetry and translations of Zen poems.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or www.hansonhowardgallery.com. Landscapes by Carol Ingram and figure painting by Vince Carl.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or www.houstoncustomframing.com. Metal sculpture made of found objects by Margie Mee. 

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or www.clubnimbus.net. Daniel and Stef Seffinger of Ashland Glass Act.

PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or www.ashlandphotographersgallery.com. Photographs by Leonard Lea.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6245 or www.sou.edu/sma. "Convergence: Digital Media and Technology."

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or www.yarnatwebsters.com. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, www.ashlandnaturalmedicine.com. Contemporary artists.

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., www.hillstationashland.com. "Transition" by Cathy Schoenberg.

LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland Plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or www.lithiaartisansmarket.com. A guild of regional artists and artisans display their work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October.

MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or www.mcfineartsfoundation.org. "The Cinema: Films, Leading Ladies and The Greatest Story Ever Told."

MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or www.ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Outdoor equipment and apparel.

SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., www.shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. "Grape Expectations," watercolor by Kay Myer. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Joshua Jerue will perform.

Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:

BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, off Dead Indian Memorial Road, 541-488-9765.

CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St., 541-482-4131 or www.creeksidepizza.com.

ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or www.edenvalleyorchards.com.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or www.liquidassetswinebar.com. Photography by Rainen Janes, Dan Elster and Joseph Linaschke, and paintings by Shanna Trumbly.

SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or www.smithfieldsashland.com. Paintings by Sara F. Burns.

Working studio members:

DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, www.drawingonthedream.com. Monoprints and handmade books.

ENCLAVE STUDIOS: 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-301-5738, facebook.com/enclavestudioashland. Five fine artists at work.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., 541-488-4738 or www.gatheringglass.com. Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.

NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141, www.numinousstudiowest.com.

OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or www.oakleafstudio.net. Intimate landscapes by Leif Trygg.

PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, www.pumphousestudios.com.

SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., www.snowriverart.com, 602-448-4109.

STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., www.studio151ashland.com. Mixed media and sculptural wall art.

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, www.babayard.com or www.anndisalvo.com. Paintings by Ann DiSalvo and digital prints by Bruce Bayard.

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