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  • ART INSPIRES ASHLAND

    Art Inspires Ashland starts Friday at Ashland Art Center

    Annual event offers a look at the creative process from different perspectives
  • The second annual Art Inspires Ashland, known for its TED Talk-style lectures and interactive workshops designed to inspire, will showcase the fields of classical painting, documentary filmmaking and comic-style illustration.
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  • The second annual Art Inspires Ashland, known for its TED Talk-style lectures and interactive workshops designed to inspire, will showcase the fields of classical painting, documentary filmmaking and comic-style illustration.
    Staged by the Ashland Art Center, the presentations run Friday and Saturday and will feature painter Juliette Aristides, filmmaker Reina-Marie Loader and comic artist, author and musician Lucy Knisley.
    "These are world-renowned leaders in their fields," said Denise Baxter, executive director of the Ashland Art Center. "It's a great honor to be able to do hands-on work with these accomplished artists from three very different areas. It's an opportunity to look up and be inspired by what we do every day as artists."
    Twenty-minute talks, designed to be high-impact and crammed with useful information, will be given at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The artists' works also will be on display. Cost is $20 in advance to see all three artists, $25 at the door. Tickets and information are at http://artinspiresashland.org.
    Loader's workshop on independent filmmaking is from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Art Center, 357 E. Main St. It's $30.
    A meet-and-greet for the artists, with food and wine, is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Art Center.
    Aristides will do a nude drawing workshop, while Knisley will present a comic drawing workshop, both Saturday at the Art Center, and both sold out.
    A public screening of Loader's film, "Sarajevo: Shelved Memories," will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Armory. It's $5, with tickets for sale at the Armory or Art Center.
    "Sarajevo is an experimental docudrama, not a pure documentary," says Loader, who is coming from Vienna. "It steers away from convention towards a more artistic approach to filming real events — but it is out-of-the-box filmmaking."
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