Art & Soul Ashland is attracting enthusiastic First Friday crowds with work by multiple artists, wine and light refreshments, and live music. First Friday will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
When you drive by the mural on the South Mountain Avenue side of Ashland High School, you might glance at the portraits, recognize one or two of the faces, then wonder who the rest of those people are. If you would like to learn a little about each of them, here is an introduction to the life and work of each person portrayed in the mural.
Photographer Christopher Briscoe was supposed to return to Ashland after spending time documenting the plight of Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Instead, he cancelled his ticket, got out of his “comfort zone” and crossed the border into war-torn Ukraine to find what stories his camera could capture.
“The Truth to Power club hoped to involve local residents with a community painting day. Their vision for the mural is to have it be an educational and motivating presence to reduce racism locally — both within the high school and the greater Ashland community. Involving as many locals as possible in the mural creation would contribute to their vision.”
Members of Ashland High School’s Native American Student Union and the AHS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee recently finished the first stage of installation of a hand-carved canoe known as “Otterlifter” in front of the high school. AHS will hold a formal celebration to unveil the canoe to the community on Thursday, Oct. 6, preceding Indigenous People’s Day weekend.
Oil paintings by Marilyn Briggs and sculptures by Elizabeth York will be on display during a First Friday Artwalk reception at Studio 151 on Friday, Aug. 5. Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. the First Friday of each month. This month’s Artwalk guide lists 25 galleries, studios and associates participating throughout Ashland.
A sculpture called “The Journey,” depicting 12 characters representative of life’s stages, had quite a journey of its own before it was unveiled at a small ceremony on June 18 at a quiet, park-like location nestled between the Blue Giraffe Spa, Plaza Inn and Suites and Ashland Creek at 51 Water St., just across the creek from the public parking area on Water Street under the Lithia Way overpass.
Sixty-five artists use 350 pieces to illustrate what they call a desperate struggle for survival, largely unseen, going on all around us, in “Pollinator Anthology.” The new book is celebrated in a trio of upcoming events at CatalystAshland, where the gallery space will be open during the First Friday Artwalk from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 3.
Longtime SOU Professor Edwin Battistella, author of several widely known books, retires this month after 22 years at the university. In this profile, he reflects on all he has achieved and what he is looking forward to next.
Senior-ranking Southern Oregon University faculty and staff who are already considering retirement in the next 18 months are being asked to make their decision official by Jan. 12 to lessen the estimated blow of upcoming cuts to rightsize the university from its projected $13 million to $14 million deficit by summer 2024.
The Havurah Synagogue will host a benefit concert featuring renowned pianist Alexander Tutunov, the Siskiyou Violins, and concert violinist Faina Podolnaya on Thursday, Dec. 15. Proceeds will benefit Ukrainian refugees now living in the Rogue Valley.
The authors of a natural history book about the Klamath Mountains will discuss the geological feature at a free talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Southern Oregon University Science Building, 1250 Ashland St., Room 151.