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an Oregon Shakespeare Festival
performance in the evening. What
could be better!”
Tasters will have the opportunity
to vote for their favorite restaurant,
winery and gallery using a ballot for
the Taster’s Choice award. By doing
so, their name will be entered into
a drawing for two weekend passes
to A Taste of Ashland 2019.
Tickets for A Taste of Ashland are:
$65 for both Saturday and Sunday,
$55 for Saturday only and $45 for
Sunday only. Despite demand, tickets
to the Taste remain limited so as
to ensure that it is not over-crowded.
A free shuttle by AllAboard Trolley,
will offer rides between galleries,
but most are within walking distance.
For tickets and more information about
A Taste of Ashland 2018, and a complete
list of pairings go to:
or call 541-488-0178.
LOCAL TICKET OUTLET:
Ashland Art Center
357 East Main Street
Tickets can also be purchased
and wine glasses picked up
prior to A Taste weekend at
the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from
12 noon to 2p.m April 20st
through April 27th.
The Kiosk will open at 11a.m.
on April 28th and 29th.
Denise Kester is a full-time
studio artist. She is the owner
and distributor of Drawing on the
Dream note cards. She studied
art at the University of Georgia,
and printmaking at SOU in
Ashland, specializing in monoprint
and monotype, and painting.
hroughout the urban center of
Ashland, galleries are open late on
First Friday, ever since 1994. Growing
and evolving over the years, each Art
Walk reflects the season. The Ashland
Gallery Association created the event,
as so many art cities have. March has
art students from Ashland High School
applying for the chance to be shown
artists, their first exhibit in
a professional setting.
Summer months are
the peak of First Friday activity,
with pop-up events along
the way. But, rain or shine
or snow, every month
has an opening. AGA Galleries and
Associate Members welcome visitors
throughout the year. Several Associates
are restaurants and wineries where visual
art accompanies you table-side. From the
First Friday Art Walk to the dinner table,
a seamless transition.
Galleries stay open until 8 pm and are
easily located in the Gallery Tour Map.
Each month, the AGA creates an online
version of the Art Walk Map detailing
current exhibits. Go to ashlandgalleries.
com, the Events button and click on
First Friday. You can discover more
details about exhibits by visiting member
galleries’ individual web pages.
Many downtown businesses decide to extend
their hours. The trend is bringing out
the community to mingle with creativity.
It’s a handy map for walking downtown.
For tourists it’s the coolest way to get to
know Ashland. Every month of the year the
AGA hosts the First Friday Art Walk to
celebrate the new exhibits and artists.
Her book, Drawing on the Dream.
Finding my way by art was just
published by White Cloud Press.