Do you Mada, Dada or Prada?

Do you MaDa, Dada, or Prada ??? Regardless of which, 27 1/2 North Main is open again for your indulgence in Counter-Culture. You know who are….

First Friday November 2nd
All Saints day on the plaza in Ashland Oregon


See you there!


Random acts of arson

So as many of you already know there was a fire in our building mid March that destroyed the entryway to the studios of Amy Godard and Eric Navickas as well as the newly formed Ashland Painters Union. This is a real bummer because now along with several other Ashland businesses we have to clean things up, shift things around and hope things get fixed quick.

This whole thing is a lesson about uncertainty.

I can deal with this sort of uncertainty alright. A fire smoked out my studio and ruined some stuff. No problem. As for the other kind of uncertainty, that is more difficult to deal with. This kind is the life of the man who lit the fire, Raymond Lee Wilson. A homeless vet recently new to the area. I saw him on the stairwell a few days before the fire with his huge army duffel bag that apparently got stolen that day or the next. Another homeless man told me that the bag that was stolen had his meds in it. Ones that he needed obviously to keep him from random acts of violence or other sorts of unpleasantness. Now that is uncertainty.

MAda Shell Gallery and Ashland Painters Union

Eric and I enjoyed our Honeymoon in Mexico. We spent our time in colonial cities looking at as much art as we could and learning more about the Mexican Revolution. We also had a chance to get some big picture thinking done. We were sad to leave our new friends in Mexico and the yummy Mexican comida but alas, we looked forward to coming back and having a fresh start with some new ideas.

We have decided to shift our space around (once again) and make room for some other artists to have a go at running a gallery. Sarah F. Burns, Nikolai Klein and Eric Navickas have already signed on to the Ashland Painters Union, a collective gallery space. Their goal is to have clean, serious minded art shows where viewing art is the primary goal. I am excited to see what they come up with. Already I can see they all have different ideas in how they want to pull it off. Hopefully its distillation through the collective process with keep it top notch and not full of commercial crapola.

That said the MAda Shell will be moving into the back room where we will still be showing critical art. I had some ideas of turning it into a pop shop, but perhaps I will save that for a later date. For now we are sticking to the marrow and keeping it surreal.

Hope to see you First Friday in March!

In Life, Love and Revolution

Bohemian Wedding

"Lets get married old world style."

Eric and I exchanged our vows on October 8th 2011 at 3:33 pm. Over 100 friends and family came to share the joyous occasion. We will re-open the gallery when we return from our honeymoon in Mexico.
Viva La Revolucion!

There is something happening here….

What is is ain’t exactly clear.

Video: Mandy on the Street – Mt. Ashland Expansion |

Around 200 people take the streets of Ashland Oregon last Tuesday August 16th around 6 pm and not a word gets printed in the Ashland Daily Tidings. When called and asked why the protest was not covered, a Medford Mail Tribune receptionist said that folks gathering to protest in Ashland is such common place that they need not cover it.

Thank you Mandy for covering it.

There seems to be an unseen force at hand here in Ashland politics and it is not pretty.

It seems like the Ashland council, half of whom have been elected by the LAV PAC funded largely by members of the chamber of commerce, are more interested in the fleeting chance that cutting down old-growth will make them a few bucks. It is obvious where the council is going…

The mayor banged his gavel several times after concerned citizens went one second over their 3 min. and yelled “that is enough. your time is up! ” At least 30 folks signed up to speak out against the expansion. Councilor Silbiger also made disparaging looks and rolled his eyes as citizens spoke.

We will gather once again at city council chambers August 30th at 6pm and those of us who did not speak will get to have our chance.

Regardless or not if the council listens.

The Devils Bargain – by Randy Dolinger

Letter at Length |

Read this letter at length and get a new perspective on the state of Ashland and the debate about public versus private uses of public land.

Police brutality in the streets of Ashland

So as some of you know Eric Navickas has made the news again. During a peaceful protest on June 28th Eric was assaulted by Ashland Police officer Perrone. About 40-45 other Ashland community members took to the streets to protest the possible Mt. Ashland expansion approved by the US Forrest service. This expansion could mean clear-cutting in our watershed, destruction of endangered pacific fisher habitat, damage to sensitive wetlands as well as costly sediment removal in our watershed.

In the pouring down rain Navickas lead the protesters chanting and holding signs taking up one lane of traffic; as protests have done in the past with no trouble. When the police ordered the protesters off the street, about half of the protesters remained, sticking by their First Amendment rights. Angry police Perrone then pulled up along side Eric, beeped the siren of his police car and while blocking a lane of traffic threw Eric on the cop car (with out reading him his rights or placing him under arrest). A member of the crowd chanted “You are Wrong!” and others filmed the event. The cop eventually released Eric and walked the other way. You can see the youtube video here

The remaining protesters then joined hands and continued to march. Another cop was able to handle the situation peacefully. He calmly talked to the remaining protesters and allowed them to continue their destination, Evo’s parking lot. There they turned around and returned to the plaza via the sidewalk. Two cop cars then remained in the street blocking a half of block of traffic for another 10-15 minuets. If blocking a lane of traffic really was an issue, why did they put the protesters and others in danger by creating such a scene??

But the saga does not end there…. Then the police chief Terry Holderness (who was not at the protest) turned to the video on to the D.A. and on 2 news channels declared Eric of criminal mischief. Eric who was using his first amendment right to speak out against the proposed Mt. Ashland Expansion, sticking to the protest protocal that both MArtha Bennet ( the city manager ) and police chief Terry Holderness had approved for pasts protests. There are 2 witnesses to vouch for this verbal agreement.

This brings me to the fishy-ness of this altercation… MArtha Bennet the city manager was on vacation on June 28th and did not return until July 5th, After the police chief presented the video to the D.A.
Whenever MArtha goes away she puts her powers in the hands of the Police Chief Terry Holderness. Do you think a cool headed and smart city manager would approve this sort of thing??

So now that Eric has been charged with police interference and disorderly conduct does not mean that he was wrong. The issues are still at hand and the protests and actions will still continue. If you would like to be put on the action alert email list email me at