Ashland Artisan Emporium

Featured Vendor of the Month: #559, The Merchant’s Wife

This month’s celebrated vendor space is booth #559, The Merchant’s Wife, featuring the past artworks of two artists. The Picture Gallery features a retrospective selection of art from the past millennium, specifically the 1960s to the late 1990s. The space is located to the rear of the Emporium, facing the consignment furniture section on the west side.

The paintings displayed for sale are representational pieces, both of figures and of the landscapes of Oregon, California, and Hawaii. The artists of these works are Cindy Triplett and Nancy Lane. There are also sculptures in the booth, by various artists. Cindy Tripett, painter and art educator, has painted in the Rogue Valley intermittently from 1978 through the ‘90s. Nancy Lane was an artist knowin in Hawaii and Mexico. Her work was made during the 1960s and 1970s.

Notecards and prints of Triplett’s work are also available in this Picture Gallery. These were reproduced professionally using the off-set lithographic process (four color separations): the giclee prints were made with the ink-jet spray method. Both types of images were printed locally in Medford, Oregon.

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Ashland Artisan Emporium

The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.

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