A new perspective on an annual fundraiser for the arts broadens participants’ vision.
Art With a View is the Ashland Gallery Association’s invitation to browse locally produced artwork, listen to live music, and wander the pollinator-friendly terrain of a solar-powered gallery. The May 14 event, according to organizers, reinvents A Taste of Ashland in a format “more accessible to more people”.
“It’s a chance for a wider audience to be able to come,” says Cheryl Kempner, board member and treasurer of the association.
Admission is free to the outdoor festival, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the rural property of Gambrel Gallery, 1980 E. Main St. Twenty-two artists plan to exhibit and sell works ranging from painting and from collage to glass and ceramics to jewelry. and textiles.
Some of the objects — heavy metal lawn sculptures and materials salvaged from a fire scene — probably wouldn’t adorn the traditional galleries of A Taste of Ashland, Kempner says. A renovated barn that opened last year, Gambrel Gallery will also open its latest exhibition, paintings by Anthony Adonis Lewis, for the event. A bandshell will host the Danielle Kelly Trio, Dusty Rubies, Wilderland and True Reactions.
A silent auction and hourly raffles benefit the association, which takes nothing from participating artists, Kempner says, “because many artists are struggling.” The festival also supports two other fundraisers: Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and the rebuilding of the historic Malmgren Garage, which burned down in the 2020 Almeda Fire. Dishes from Stone’s Jamaican Roots & Juice and Martha’s Food Truck will be available for purchase, as well as local wines, beers and soft drinks.
“We basically wanted to offer this as a celebration, and we hope to break even,” says Kempner.
Raising about $20,000 a year in recent years, A Taste of Ashland has relied on donations from local restaurants and wineries, which the nonprofit was unwilling to solicit in the wake of the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic, explains Kempner. But the association – after canceling Taste last year and bringing it online in 2020 – intends in 2023 to revive the tradition of Ashland, much as it has been for 30 years. .
“Taste was such an important part of kicking off Shakespeare and welcoming tourists to town,” says Ashland resident Kempner.
Visitors and residents of Ashland can get the first new edition in three years of the Ashland Gallery Guide, says Kempner. The association printed and distributed the free gallery guide in February and also posted the digital version, available for download, on its website. Fewer pages than in previous years helped reduce costs and reflect the reality of the arts community since the pandemic, Kempner says.
“We lost a few galleries in town.”
The association has received grants from the city of Ashland and the Oregon Cultural Trust to support its work, Kempner says. Art With a View, she says, has been in development for about a year to provide a “safe” venue that could accommodate not only the hundreds of people who have already purchased tickets to Taste, but also new enthusiasts of the music scene. regional visual arts.
“So we have some leeway, and that’s wonderful,” Kempner says. “It’s a 360 degree view.”
A large lot one block from the Gambrel Gallery will provide the majority of event parking, and a shuttle will run between the two venues. Cycling and carpooling are encouraged. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required upon entry, depending on current pandemic conditions.
Almeda’s fire reused the remains
Remnants of the Almeda fire transformed into wall sculptures are among the artworks for sale at Art With a View.
More than 60 pieces, priced at $20 to $65, can be purchased to help fund the restoration of Talent’s historic Malmgren Garage and its designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Owned by Bonnie Morgan, the 1924 structure was at one time Morgan’s ceramics supply store and most recently rented to an antique dealer before its destruction in the September 2020 fire.
Using a plasma torch, Morgan and fellow artist Cheryl Kempner cut silhouettes of the burnt-out facade of the garage from the building’s fire-scarred metal flashing. The duo also made a series of heart-shaped hangings from the same material.