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Bjurstrom's 'Grizzly Peak Meadow' selected for 2007 ATOA poster

The Ashland Gallery Association has announced the selection of David Bjurstrom's image "Grizzly Peak Meadow" as the 2007 "A Taste of Ashland" poster art. Official unveiling of the artwork will take place at a public reception during the AGA's April First Friday Art Walk, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 6, at David Bjurstrom Studio and Gallery, 64 North Pioneer Street in Ashland.

"A Taste of Ashland" is the association's annual celebration of the richness of the region's art, food and wine. Held on the last week of April each year, the event for 2007 begins with a Gala Preview Friday evening, April 27 at the Ashland Springs Hotel. On Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, the main action will take place with a walking tour of 22 galleries throughout Ashland who will be hosting over 40 of the region's top food and wine providers.

"I am thrilled to have been selected as this year's poster artist," said Bjurstrom. "It is a wonderful honor and the sale of the prints will help benefit something that is near and dear to my heart. Ashland has an enormous reputation as a theatre town, but the art scene is growing by leaps and bounds. It would be wonderful if, one day, when the name 'Ashland' is mentioned the response is 'oh, that's the place with all the wonderful art AND theatre,' rather than just 'theatre.'"

"Grizzly Peak Meadow" depicts a spot near the summit of Ashland's iconic mountain. "While hiking on Grizzly last summer, I rounded a bend on the trail from the back side of the mountain to see the spectacular light coming down through the trees and falling across the meadow of waving grasses and wildflowers. It was pure magic," Bjurstrom said.

The image, originating as a digital photograph, was altered to have a more painterly quality.

"Using a computer, the line between photography and painting has become somewhat blurred. I am able to take a literal representation of a place and change the colors, appearance and composition to create my own vision. I don't do this as a means to replace painting but merely as another tool in my art box, another expression of creativity."

For the first time, the artwork which has been selected to represent "A Taste of Ashland" will also be issued as a limited edition fine art gicl&

233;e reproduction of only fifty signed and numbered prints and five artist's proofs. Fifty percent of the revenue generated from the sale of the prints will benefit the non-profit Ashland Gallery Association's promotion of the visual arts and art education in Ashland. In addition to the annual collectible quality poster, the image will appear on the cover of the annual "Taste" Food Beverage Guide as well as in all event advertising.

Although David Bjurstrom has a widely established reputation with his detailed graphite pencil drawings, less well known is his skill as a photographer. "Photography has always been a passion of mine, probably even before I really jumped into drawing and painting," he explained. "Over time, it evolved into a resource that supported my artwork by acting as my 'sketch book' to capture ideas that would later become drawings and that's still the case today."

In 1989, Bjurstrom was hired as a photographer at Harry David in Medford. Eventually, he became Senior Photographer for the company and ran their in-house photo studio for several years before leaving to pursue his passion as a full-time artist and gallery owner. His photographs have appeared in many national publications and his book "Photographing Your Garden" (Sterling Publishing, New York) was released to wide acclaim in 2003.

"A Taste of Ashland" is sponsored in part by the Ashland Daily Tidings, People's Bank of Commerce and Southern Oregon Public Television. Tickets and information are available online at or by phone at 541-531-2012.