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'Women of Ashland' art show

Bohemia Gallery Framing will show 'Women of Ashland' this month, featuring works by Cantrell Maryott and Stephanie Strom.

Cantrell Maryott grew up in the desert where, as a child, she began collecting discarded treasures. Old, rusty misshapen parts, covered in ancient patina became works of art in her gifted hands.

Of this technique of found object assemblage she says, "The various environments and cultures create their own unique artifacts-they tell a story of place." Her methods have evolved but her childhood fascination with found objects has remained and today she combines these disjointed elements into beautiful art that records a history of the peoples and the forces of the land where they were discovered.

Stephanie Strom works in mixed media. She takes familiar images, manipulates them and creates an opportunity for them to be seen in a different way.

"For example," she says, "I became fascinated with chandeliers when it struck me how they look like x-rays of the skeletons of strange creatures." With the use of repetitive imagery, her work invokes a kind of "visual mantra" that inspires closer inspection and reflection from the viewer. She adds that, " Through my work I seek to engage the viewer towards an intimate experience; a contemplative exploration of both solitude and spirit."

Also this month, Ashland High School and AMS Student Art Show Featured student artists at Bohemia Gallery in March are Sage Trail, Chelsey Boehnke and Djamika Smith.

Bohemia Gallery Framing opened in October of 2006 at 222 A St. in Ashland's historic Railroad District adjacent to Gathering Glass Studio. The eye-catching design of the gallery building itself has quickly made Bohemia a landmark on A Street, and the energy of the gallery and frame shop is the product of the two co-owners, Inger Jorgensen and Nicole Hurley.

"Bohemia is the evolution of our artistic ideal and what we think a frame shop and gallery should be-a fun, professional place we would go to be inspired and indulged," Hurley said.

Women of Ashland Art Show and AHS AMS Student Art Show will run through the end of March. For more information, visit or call 488-5227.