Oregon Shakespeare Festival might be the first thing many think of when
considering a trip to Ashland, it’s not the only form of art that can be found
in the area. Ashland’s art scene is a diverse and rich experience; from beautiful
galleries to delightful open-air markets, there is something for everyone to
enjoy. Keep reading to discover our favorite places to appreciate all that the
robust art scene of Ashland has to offer.
Favorite Ashland Art Stops
If you enjoy observing one-of-a-kind pieces created by regional artists, the Railroad District in Downtown Ashland has a variety of galleries to explore. Here are just a few Ashland art galleries you can visit while you’re in town.
o Thomas Lee Gallery: This eclectic gallery features a wide range of works created by regional and international artists that are both colorful and dramatic. Beyond paintings, you will also find glass and bronze pieces on display along with a collection of “The Art of Dr. Seuss.” There’s no shortage of unique items to be found while visiting the gallery.
o Art & Soul Gallery: This fine art gallery features both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces created by artists from Oregon to Northern California. Set in a tranquil atmosphere, you can appreciate each item on display and find what speaks to your soul.
o Hanson Howard Gallery: This classic gallery features the artwork of up-and-coming contemporary artists from around the Northwest. When visiting Ashland’s oldest art gallery,o you can expect to find a wide variety of media from paintings to sculptures, with a new featured exhibition every month.
o Ashland Art Works: Ashland Art Works is more than just a gallery. It’s a showcase of local artists, their masterpieces and events that bring the community together. When you visit, you can expect to find a wide range of pieces in different forms, from paintings to sculptures and everything in between.
Want to see a full list of galleries in the area? The Ashland Gallery Association is a fantastic source of information on Ashland’s art galleries and their events, including the Ashland First Friday Art Walk that happens every month.
o The Southern Oregon University Schneider Museum of Art If art history is more what you’re looking for, the Southern Oregon University Schneider Museum of Art is a fantastic place to visit. Open to the public, the museum has both rotating exhibitions and a permanent collection guests can view year-round.
o Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market If you’re in Ashland on a Tuesday or Saturday between the months of March and November, the Growers and Crafters Market is a must. Vendors from around the region gather in the open-air market to offer their goods and products for sale. From fresh produce straight from the farm to handcrafted pieces of art, you’re sure to find something you’ll want to take back home with you. The Growers and Crafters Market is a full-day-experience you don’t want to miss.
Ashland’s art scene is diverse and full of beauty with so much to see. Whether you prefer to observe fine art from regional artists, appreciate the history of art through a museum or discover new artists local to the area, you’ll find it in Ashland the next time you stay at Country Willows Inn; reserve your stay with us now.