June 2021 – Art in the Alley is on vacation for one more year but smaller art events announced
Art in the Alley committee members and the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association agreed to cancel the popular Art in the Alley Festival another year, due to unforeseen Covid developments at the time. Fortunately, Covid restrictions have since lifted and the city’s fast-tracking of vaccines have allowed Ashtabula to return to social gathering and summer fun.
Although there will not be a Festival as we know it this year, Downtown Ashtabula merchants, committee members and the talented artists committed in the event over the past five years continue to offer creative solutions keeping the heart of the art alive.
The Art in the Alley Festival has been a flourishing event since 2015, occurring in early September on Main Avenue. Art Director Molly T. Taylor comments, “The last two years of committee planning has been challenging to say the least. This Festival is a big one, and takes months of advance planning to pull together a well-organized event. During shut down it was nearly impossible to plan to the scale of event our community expects from year’s past. We have continued the best we can in the interim and happy to offer few smaller scale events to keep the brand of Art in the Alley moving forward and to prepare for 2022.”
One example of such smaller event is “The Gallery” at Dublin Down, launched in the Fall of 2020, to celebrate what would have been Art in the Alley’s fifth year.
Other events expected include “Free Art”, also hosted at Dublin Down. Be sure to follow Art in the Alley on Facebook and Instagram where spontaneous “Free Art” dates are posted. Then, it is as simple as it sounds. Show up at the Pub for some good food, great spirits, and friendly friends and free art is available to take home. Donations are accepted but not required.
Additionally, Chris Davis will be hosting a Paint and Pizza Party (a fun twist on the traditional Paint and Sip) in late summer at the outdoor tented area behind Dublin Down featuring Dublin Down’s famous wood fired pizza. Details to follow including date, time and ticket prices so stay tuned!
Supporting Art in the Alley. Committee members are taking advantage of this down time to focus on the 2022 season and the best Art in the Alley Festival to come. Sponsorship opportunities are available and there is always room on the growing talented artist roster. For more information, please contact Molly T. Taylor or Larry Fargo at firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 ARTIST LIST & WINNERS
Stevie DiGiacomo; Leanne Lee; Ralph Bacon; Samantha DeMattio – People’s Choice Winner; Sami Bagdasarian; Jessica Slaby; Holly Michelle Platt – Winner Painting; Terrie Krotine; Chris Burton; Dee Riley – Winner Photography; Brent Carpenter; Ron Tomasch – Winner 3D and GRAND PRIZE Best of Show; Lorne Mach; Micheline Guerriero; Josh Heath; Mindy Young; Casietta Harris; Kathren Hudson; Chris Davis; Amy Edixon; Sandy Harrison; Kathleen Skufka – Winner Drawing/Sketching; Ruth Simon; Andrew DeBus; Bev O’Reiley – Winner Three Dimensional; Chris Eurich; Glenn Morisue; Julene Schwarz; Ron Colette; Emily Kohmann; Rachel Williams; Elizabeth Hasse; Charles Janosko; Faithe Grippe; Bill McMinn; Judy Campbell; Rob Simpson