Photos by Steve Addington
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 alongside established 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
Judy Howard and Élan Chardin
Gombart host First Friday at
Hanson Howard Gallery
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
Picking favorites the new exhibits and artists. ✱
together at The
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