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One of America's best art towns

The Ashland Gallery Association is a collection of over thirty galleries and dozens of artists, offering remarkably diverse and high quality works of art. Ashland is a city where freedom of expression is a tradition; a community that values its artists young and old, traditional and innovative. 

Ashland has been designated as one of the “Best Small Arts Towns in America.” And while our most famous arts organization is the award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, you really haven’t seen Ashland until you’ve seen the Ashland Galleries. Most of  galleries are located within just a few blocks of each other, and every gallery welcomes all comers.

The association produces the popular First Friday Artwalk each month where you have an opportunity to meet the artists, view demonstrations, and enjoy traditional and innovative works of art in a gallery atmosphere often including music and refreshments.An Ashland First Friday is an eclectic mix of visual delights, interesting conversations, intimate music and tasty treats. The collage of image and experience grows as you stroll the galleries in the Historical Downtown and Railroad Districts. Join us for the next Art Walk on the upcoming First Friday.

The association alos produced the annual A Taste of Ashland when foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines. 

They also publish an annual Gallery Guide which can be viewed on their website. The guide, including maps, photos and gallery descriptions, is a keepsake for visitors and patrons for future reference.

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