Now more than ever, we all need to embrace community while being safe. Local artists, craftsfolk, farmers, musicians, and small businesses need our support. We are all trying to come out into the big world again during a pandemic. These are uncertain times, and for many it is a scary time. We know and we are here. The market officially reopened on June 20 and 21, the Summer Solstice. We’ve been open for about a month and a half now.
The artisans market has hand sanitizing stations throughout the market, and with the newest Oregon mandates we are asking that everyone who wishes to engage with the artisans please wear a mask and maintain social distance. Our motto this season is “Distance is Kind. Six Feet is Love.” We can do this if we all just respect each other and treat each other with kindness.
During the lockdown many of our artists have been super-charged to create. With new ideas, new forms, a different take on an old theme, meticulously crafted work comes shining through. Some of your favorite artisans have been using this inward time to come up with wonderful creations.
In order to provide an even more open atmosphere this season we are setting up some of our artisan booths in front of Lithia Park. The market now stretches from Mix Sweetshop all the way up Calle Guanajuato, past the mural and across the street to Lithia Park. We hope to see our community out and about to share space in our beautiful downtown Ashland.
Mask up! Distance is kind, six feet is love. Thank you for your support of handmade local art, craft, and music. Beauty abounds, recognizing the silver linings.