Entries by Marcus Scott

Artisan Interview with Lavelle Foos

Lavelle Foos is a 40 year resident of Ashland.  She is a wood sculptor, wrought-copper jewelry artisan, musician, and one of the warmest hearted people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting.  She and her art are connected at a level that inspires, and assures us that everything and everyone under the sun has […]

Rose Gerstner of Sympatico Clothing Company

Rose Gerstner is a long time member of Lithia Artisans Market. She is a savvy business woman with a remarkable eye for fashion. She exemplifies that rare blend of sophistication, entrepreneurial drive, and creativity. Rose has a subtle way about her. She is intent on making positive change in this world using a soft voice […]

Pat Moore Photography

Pat Moore has been a member of Lithia Artisans Market for over 10 years. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Pat made his way to Ashland via the Puget Sound area of Washington, and Idaho. Before devoting his life to photography and printing, he studied Environmental Science at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he also taught for 13 years. His ability to capture color, texture, and form is what makes him a standout in his field. His booth at Lithia Artisans Market is like an open air gallery.

Ali Kalemkeris – Bowerbird and Company

Local business owner Ali Kalemkeris of Bowerbird & Company has been making and selling eco-friendly bath and body products at the Lithia Artisans Market since 2007.  Inspired by nature, particularly birds, her eco-conscious business gives a portion of sales to non-profits that work to conserve land and bird habitat. This year her products will be […]

Glenn Calascibetta – Wood in the Wind

  Glenn Calascibetta has been a member of the Lithia Artisans Market for five years now. Glenn is retired but by no means on vacation. He is a very involved Grandfather, a local artisan, a member of the board of directors of the Lithia Artisans Market, and a devoted father and husband. A nature lover […]

Dave Summers – Elf Mountain Leather

Dave Summers has been a member of the Lithia Artisans Market for many seasons. I have been in awe of his shoe making skills as long as I have known Dave. His attention to details is impeccable, his style is rustic, woodsy, elven for lack of a better word. The name of his self created […]

Brothers’ Restaurant

I was making my way through my facebook news-feed about three weeks ago and saw a post pass by from LocalsGuide. “Anyone out there want to do a review of Brothers’ Restaurant.” I didn’t hesitate a moment and sent a quick email to the editor. I was stoked. I knew the job didn’t really pay, […]

Jasmine Patten – Dervish Clothing Company

Jasmin Patten is a brand new member of the Lithia Artisans Market. I saw Jasmine’s clothing for the first time last December at the Holiday Market at the Briscoe ArtWing. I was blown away by the quality of her craft and the uniqueness of her style. I was hopeful that she would join the market, […]

Bill Francis – Potter

Bill Francis has been a stalwart member of the artisan community of the Rogue Valley for over a decade. One of the hardest working artists I have ever met, Bill is a pure craftsman, getting as close to the source as possible and always seeking to better himself. An accomplished musician, potter, and a jack […]

Carola Marashi – Hearts Abound

Everywhere I turn these days I am seeing hearts. Nowhere is that more true than in the tiny house occupied by artist Carola Marashi. Her little place reminds me of a hobbit house… cozy, warm, simple. The perfect place to lose yourself in art and let the outside world fade away. I sat with Carola […]

Holiday Market, A Celebration of the Familiar

As the Winter Solstice approaches we long for the familiar comfort of friends and family. The days grow short, the nights long. The shadows of winter are perfect for reflection, contemplation, tending to the internal, keeping our homes aglow as the light of the sun dims, the light from within shines through. As we ready […]

Catherine McElroy – Making Smiles

Catherine G. McElroy is one of the funnest artists along Calle Guanajuajo at the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland. Her pieces have always made me smile, or laugh. The colors are bright, the images are detailed, full of life, and quite often hilarious. Her subject matter is typically animals or insects floating through nearly surrealistic […]

Juan Garcia Alfaro – Upholding Tradition

I met Juan Garcia Alfaro almost two months ago. I turned around one day to see that there was a new jewelry artist setting up shop along Calle Guanajuato. I had never seen this artist and walked up to introduce myself. Juan held out his hand in mutual respect and we shared the universal handshake […]

Cathy Moore – Massage along the Creek

Cathy Moore has been a part of the Lithia Artisans Market for about 10 years. I think that qualifies her as a veteran. Cathy served on the Board of Directors of Lithia Artisans Market for many years. She held the office of Secretary. Today she is just one of the artisans on the Calle, but […]

Mabrie Ormes – Jazz & Nature Inspired Art

I had the honor of sitting down and having a friendly chat with a new artist in Ashland, Mabrie Ormes. Mabrie shows the artisan side of herself at the Lithia Artisans Market on the weekends. Her fine art pieces are hanging in the Art & Soul Gallery in downtown Ashland. Mabrie has a compelling story. […]

Artisan Profile – Kris Daly

Kris Daly is a quilter who shows her beautiful, bright creations at Lithia Aristans Market. She is a long time resident of the Ashland area, and a mom of two grown kids — daughter Jessica, age 26, and son Aaron, 22. Appropriately, she named her business “Kris Quilts and Crafts”. A long time member of […]

Maria DiMagio – The Spirit of Cooperation

Maria DiMagio is the manager of the Lithia Artisans Market and the owner of Greensprings Body Works — an organic body-care product company established here in Ashland, Oregon. As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she and her partner, Roy, are jointly working on a new business called “Higher Power Raw Foods” and will […]

Pegi Smith – Abstract Journey through Art

Pegi Smith lives in the mountains outside of Ashland, Oregon. She is an abstract artist who works with a rich palette of colors. Her pieces reach deep into the psyche of the viewer. As a fellow artist and art connoisseur, I can tell you that I am moved at a primal level when I am […]

Amy Godard

Amy Godard is a native whose family has called Ashland home for multiple generations. Amy and her life partner, Eric Navickas, are the co-owners of MAda Shell Art Gallery, on the plaza in downtown Ashland. I recently had the opportunity to show with her at our annual Holiday Market in the Briscoe ArtWing. We starting […]

Katrina Meister

Katrina Meister is a fine artist living in Talent with her husband Michael and two youngsters — Christopher and Anabella. They are regulars at Farmers Market and long-time members of the Lithia Artisans Market. I was introduced to Katrina’s beautiful paintings at one of our early Holiday Markets at the Briscoe ArtWing. She and Michael […]

Shelly Jillson

Shelly Jillson is an Ashland resident and mother of Casey, age 19, and Forrest, age 24. She is a pressed flower artisan who will be showing her art around Ashland for the holidays — at the Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire on Thanksgiving weekend at the Historic Ashland Armory, and then at the Holiday Market at […]

Steve McLaren

I recently had the opportunity to sit down at the Downtowne Coffee House in Talent and interview Steve McLaren. Steve is the owner of Sunhouse Studios in Medford. He is a long time member of the Lithia Artisans Market and has a very interesting take on life. His philosophy about his art is both fascinating […]

The Hat People

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Hat Ranch — the home of Jim and Carol Young. They are a unique partnership both as a married couple, and the owners of “Hat People”. The Hat People are the most senior members of the Lithia Artisans Market, active members for 24 years. The three of […]

Jean Bakewell

Jean Bakewell is an artist and a very active community member.  She is a long time member of the Lithia Artisans Market and a woman of many talents.  Along with her partner Kay, she has made Ashland her home for almost two decades.  I spent the afternoon sharing coffee and words with Jean, and what […]

Marcella Ruikis

Marcella Ruikis sings lead vocals in the jazz ensemble Smoky Red Quintet who plays locally on a regular basis. She is a long time member of the Lithia Artisans Market and shows her hand painted silk art along Ashland Creek most weekends throughout the season. Marcella lives with husband Jonas and 10 year old daughter […]