Special Event: Annual AGA Student Show – Twelve Galleries Feature Ashland High School Student Artists in March!
March First Friday will have a very special added attraction when the Ashland Gallery Association celebrates student art. Alongside art by well-known local, regional and national artists, a dozen galleries will feature works by creative young artists from the Ashland High School Art Department.
During the First Friday Art Walk, the students will be present at their hosting gallery from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to proudly discuss their work. Throughout the month of March, visitors to participating galleries will be treated to paintings, drawings, fiber arts, woodworking and jewelry, as well as photography on display. All are invited and the community is encouraged to support these emerging artists by visiting the galleries.
Pick up a March First Friday map at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce or at any AGA Gallery to see a full listing of participating galleries and student artists.
Galleries Featuring Student Art:
Sunny Coyote, Marley Fuller
Creekside Pizza Bistro
Sonora Mindling Werling
Enoteca Wine Bar and Bistro
Angelique Brownlie, Sam Gostnell, Isabel Enns
Hannon Library, SOU
Students of John Weston’s Woodworking Class (names TBA)
Hanson Howard Gallery
Illahe Studios and Gallery
Kiri Bolles, Kendra Farber
JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Taroko Pan Pacific Bistro
Students of Laura Davidson’s Fiber Arts Class (names TBA)
Weisinger’s of Ashland
Image caption: drawing by Kiri Boles
Visual Arts Alliance Program
For more than ten years the Ashland Gallery Association has supported fine arts education through its annual grant to Ashland High School’s AHAA (Ashland High Art Advocates), awarded each spring. In response to increasing class sizes and budget cuts in the school’s art departments, in 2012 the Ashland Gallery Association piloted the Visual Arts Alliance Program, placing local artists in the Ashland High School art classrooms as volunteers, and providing individual scholarships for students to attend art workshops outside of the classrooms, as well as funding for materials for summer art projects.
This new program was made possible by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition, which is funded through the Oregon Cultural Trust, as well as the collaborative efforts of AHS teachers, the AGA Visual Arts Alliance Coordinator, and the generous donations of time and materials from Ashland’s artist community.
The Ashland Gallery Association is a non-profit organization promoting art in Ashland. For more information, or a free Ashland Gallery Guide, please visit www.ashlandgalleries.com