Five Great Small-Town Art Walks
Sample fine art and local color in the Northwest
First Friday Ashland Art Walk. With some 30 galleries, there’s plenty to see. Visit April 23–24 for A Taste of Ashland; nibble fine foods and sip wine while you look ($27 per day). 5–8 p.m. Both events: www.atasteofashland.com or 877/752-6278.
First Friday Gallery Walk & Art Hop. At least 16 galleries take part. Often there’s live music and presentations by artists. Galleries are clustered downtown and in the Old Mill District; start anywhere and pick up a map. 5–9 p.m. www.bendgalleries.com
First Friday Artwalk. New art shows open up all over Ellensburg at venues including a couple of commercial art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants, a downtown museum—even a funeral home. 5–7 p.m. www.ellensburgarts.com or 509/962-7124.
GIG HARBOR, WA
ArtWalk. A mile and a half of the town’s waterfront along Harborview Drive and side streets are packed with galleries and boutiques. The afternoon timing encourages visitors to arrive by boat. First Saturdays 1–5 p.m. www.gigharborguide.com, 888/553-5438, or 253/853-3554.
HOOD RIVER, OR
Hood River Downtown First Friday Art Walk. Once a month, the town’s handful of galleries and shops show art and host live music. 5–8 p.m. www.hoodriver.org, 800/366-3530, or 541/386-2000.