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ASCEND 2019

Sponsored by Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

and The Story Ashland

MEET THE ARTIST TEAM

Each one of the finely-talented professionals is dedicated to making your learning experience valuable and unforgettable!

 

Frank Ordaz

Artist

Frank Ordaz is legend.  Knowing by the age of 7 he wanted to be an artist he studied at the prestigious Art Center of Design in Pasadena.  His career has taken him to the Hollywood studios of George Lucas Films, Star Wars, E.T. Return of the Jedi, Ewok film, the White House (yes, that big one in Washington), George Bush Presidential Library, into many galleries and private homes and and onto the street of his hometown of Auburn, California where he considers the worth and dignity of every human being worthy of a  portrait.

Ryan Moon

Artist/ Instructor/Graphic Designer

Ryan Moon is a native Oregonian and currently lives in beautiful Southern Oregon.  He studied at Southern Oregon Art Academy where he graduated and later would go on to instruct at for over six years. He enjoyed teaching Drawing and Oil Painting at the academy as well as guest teaching at local high schools. Ryan creates his engaging pieces of artwork from his studio in the heart of Downtown Medford. You can find him there most days painting or working one-on-one with a student. He loves to share his passion for art and when you look at his portraits it becomes clear that he also has a passion for people. His ability to capture his subjects likeness is impressive, all the way to the look behind their eyes.

Cathy Gallatin

Artist/Muralist/Chalk Artist

After 2 years of professional art school in Jacksonville, Oregon Cathy began her art business painting murals, illustrations, and private commissions for private collections including oil painting on canvas, panels and ceiling murals including extensive wall and ceiling murals at the main residence at Bella Fiore Winery in Ashland. She began participation in chalk art in 2004 where her very first piece was chosen as People's Choice awards and has since been an invitational artist in professional chalk art national and international events. She was the organizer and promoter of  Takin' it to the Street Chalk Art event in downtown Medford where she mentored Mera Oliveria who has worked alongside Cathy in many regional chalk art events.

Mera Oliveria

Artist/Chalk Artist/Actress

Mera Oliveria grew up in Southern Oregon and has been oil painting for 7 years.  Mera has always loved art but it wasn't until she encountered the living God that she feels her art and skill level blossomed in new ways. She believes artists are gifted with abilities to create art that allows one to encounter the living God, a meeting place, so to speak. Along with oil painting, Mera engages in chalk festivals where artists spend days on the asphalt creating large chalk murals in the streets, emphasizing the importance of the arts within community, a universal language that speaks of the human experience we all live, and the spiritual and emotional journey that no one can escape. She strives to put meaning into her artwork,  expressing deeper messages within it.  She and her husband, who is a musician, collaborate with their skills often and live with their two young kids in Medford. They thrive on being involved in the local arts community as a family. 
Instagram: @MeraOlive

Jennifer Garrett

Artist/Drawing and Digital Instructor

Jennifer Garrett has had an inextinguishable passion for art for most of her life.  She studied with Simeon Bilmes at the Ashland Art Atelier, and graduated from Art Atelier Maui, pursing a classical approach to painting and drawing.  She has taught drawing and painting to private students for many years and now instructs art at Cascade Christian High School in Medford, Oregon. She has served as a long time participant in Masterpiece Conferences and workshops for over a decade and served as the local Masterpiece Guild Art Walk Coordinator for 2 years.  She will be teahcing drawing and digital art demos.