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2016 Ashland Gallery

Ashland Gallery Guide 27 First Friday There is a festive atmosphere throughout the urban center of Ashland when galleries open on the same night of the month, and that is First Friday. This regular event has been growing and evolving over twenty years, and each Art Walk reflects the season. The Ashland Gallery Association created the event, as so many art cities have, with changing themes for the times. March has art students from Ashland High School showing alongside established artists, for example. The students apply for the chance to be hosted in a gallery and experience their first exhibit in a professional setting. Summer months are the peak of First Friday activity, with pop-up events along the way into the long, warm twilight. But, rain or shine or snow, every month has an opening for the hardy culture follower. AGA Galleries, and Associate Members welcome visitors throughout the year. Several Associates are restaurants and wineries where visual art accompanies the creature comforts and arts of cuisine. From the Art Walk to the table, a seamless transition and time-honored choice. Galleries stay open until 8 pm and are easily located in the Gallery Tour Map. Pick one up in member galleries and associated businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and many hotels and B+Bs. Many downtown businesses, noticing the Art Walk crowds on the streets after hours, decide to extend their hours. The trend is building and bringing out the community to mingle with creativity. It’s a handy map for your visiting friends to find their way as they walk downtown. For travelers and tourists it’s the coolest way to get to know Ashland. Every month of the year the Ashland Gallery Association hosts the First Friday Art Walk to celebrate the new exhibits and artists. Art Walk Photos by Elise Wessendorf


2016 Ashland Gallery
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