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The holidays offer us a bit of a reprieve from the routine of daily life in many ways. One is the opportunity––and the encouragement––to be creative. From snowflakes to gingerbread houses, this is the time of year when kids and adults alike are encouraged to play with frosting, paint and

The Ashland Art Center will hold the fourth installment of their annual fundraising event, Art Inspires Ashland, on Nov. 12 – 15. The event kicks off with a reception and presentation Thursday at 6 pm at the Historic Ashland Armory, where three artists––painter and author Gregg Kreutz, sculptor Kevin Christman

It is often said that artists don’t make great business people. But Donnie Maclurcan, an affiliate professor at Southern Oregon University and the director for Cascades Hub, a business incubator housed there, doesn’t necessarily agree. In a recent phone interview with the Messenger, Maclurcan laughed when asked whether right-brained artists

Inspired by The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt started in 1987 to memorialize those lost to AIDS-related causes, local artists are banding together to create a Vision Quilt to end gun violence. “I had watched [the AIDS Quilt] catalyze the nation in a dialogue about AIDS––people going from a kind

“I love sharing my work in readings,” says Victor Lodato, an award-winning playwright and novelist who joined the Ashland community a few years ago. “For me, most of my writing begins with a character and with his or her particular way of speaking or thinking. Also, I think the humor

“Our founding president Jerry Work and his wife Sharon went to Appalachia to find out how they expanded their arts economy throughout their region,” says Joyce Abrams, president of the Southern Oregon Guild. “They came back and talked to various organizations about how to really explode the identity of the

The Schneider Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Breaking Pattern, a multi-artist showcase curated by Matthew Delegate and Rossana Martinez of Brooklyn’s Minus Space gallery, highlights explorations of pattern, optical and perceptual abstract painting through selected works by seven artists from across the country. Featured artists are an accomplished bunch, including

Luis Alfaro is a renowned artist and activist, his creative legacy is substantial and potent, and his conversation is filled with tales of travel and casual literary name-dropping. He’s exactly the kind of person you want to see representing your region at a yearly conference focused on community and the

In her debut book, The Sex Myth, author Rachel Hills delves into a topic that can often feel sensationalized: sex. But Hills takes a more earnest approach, reaching out to and interviewing a wide breadth of people on their own sex lives, insecurities, identities, and beliefs. The result is a

Living Opportunities has been serving the Rogue Valley since 1974, providing workplace advocacy, residential assistance and family consulting for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of their core programs, The Studio, encourages participants to express themselves creatively through artistic mediums––which can also act as a vehicle for essential communication.