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Outdoor art festival replaces indoor A Taste of Ashland event

Photo courtesy of the Ashland Gallery Association The Gambrel Gallery, housed inside a renovated barn, will host an outdoor art festival on its grounds in May.

The Ashland Gallery Association will hold an outdoor art festival this spring instead of its annual A Taste of Ashland event inside galleries.

The new festival, called Art with a View, will run from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on the rural property of Gambrel Gallery, 1980 E. Main St., in Ashland. The gallery is housed inside a renovated barn surrounded by fields.

The art festival will take place outside, although visitors can go in the barn to see the Gambrel Gallery’s latest art exhibit.

A Taste of Ashland has been a tradition for more than 30 years, with art and food lovers mingling in galleries to see art and try offerings from local restaurants and artisan food makers.

A Taste of Ashland took place virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was canceled altogether in 2021.

With the ups and downs of the pandemic, the outdoor Art with a View festival is a more predictable event for organizers and visitors.

“We are so excited to offer the thriving arts community in Ashland this opportunity to show work in a safe, outdoor space," said Cheryl Kempner, AGA board treasurer. “Gambrel Gallery’s property provides the perfect location, with amazing views of Grizzly Peak and the Siskiyous, along with plenty of green space for artists and art appreciators alike.”

The outdoor festival will feature a diverse array of artwork, plus a silent auction of selected art, demonstrations, raffles and live music.

Beer, wine and soft drinks along with food from two local food trucks will be available for purchase. Entry into the festival will be free.

Parking is limited by the Gambrel Gallery, so a large field a block away will provide additional parking. A shuttle will run between the field and festival. Biking and carpooling are encouraged.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required upon entry depending on pandemic conditions at the time.