Making art is often a solitary effort, but not for the artists of the Ashland Art Center. They get to spend their days in a space that blends working studios, community classrooms and galleries, where visitors can view art as well as watch it being made.
At the heart of the Art Center are three floors of studio spaces, home to printmakers, jewelers, painters, potters and ceramic artists. Painter Dorothy Baker is one of the 37 artists who spends at least 10 hours a week working in their Art Center studios. She says she likes the camaraderie that comes with sharing space with other working artists. “The other artists are terrific to be around and the energy is good,” she says.
Oregon Art Beat stopped by the Ashland Art Center during their recent road trip to southern Oregon. Take a studio tour and meet some of the people who make up this dynamic artistic community in downtown Ashland.