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Melody Blore, Denise Kester, and Dan Elster at Ashland Art Center

September 1 - September 30


“I owned a flower shop in Newport Beach California, Melody’s Garden, where i created fragrant, artistic arrangements on a daily basis. Intuitive, expressive explorations honoring her love of flowers. Acrylic on canvas, mixed media, collage with altered photos of her own garden bouquets, hand-carved stamps, stitchery, monoprints made with the gelli plate. Enjoy the fresh floral arrangement.”

New monoprints and mixed media art. “Imagination through art allows for magic to happen, lifting the spirit and the heart during these uncertain times.”
Northern Spotted Owls are perhaps the Pacific Northwest’s best known wildlife species -unfortunately for all of the wrong reasons. The controversy started in the early 1990’s when they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Logging operations were suddenly operating under new restrictions and many even shut down. To the small logging communities and the families that lived in them, the owl became a symbol for government overreach and economic hardship. To the environmentalist, spotted owls represent man’s over-consumption and irresponsible stewardship of the environment. A species that continues to decline in numbers, year after year. Some fear the Northern Spotted Owl is doomed no matter what we do.
In the summer of 2019, I was able to add to my portfolio of these elusive birds. I hope these images will help you see Northern Spotted Owls for what they are (fascinating, beautiful, majestic creatures) – not a symbol of a bitter political argument that has gone on for decades. These birds only want to exist. It’s sad to think they may someday only do so in zoos and textbooks.
Bio: Dan Elster is a wildlife photographer based in Ashland, Oregon. He hopes his images serve as reminders that we don’t own the earth, we share it.


September 1
September 30
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Ashland Art Center
357 E Main St
Ashland, OR 97520 United States
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