ASHTABULA – Downtown Ashtabula will host the 2021 Art and Music Celebration, an afternoon of art, music, food and friends.
The event will take place Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the alley next to the Dublin Down Irish Pub & Eatery, 4618 Main Ave.
Art and Music Celebration 2021 is a scaled-down version of the annual downtown Art in the Alley festival (2015 – 2019), due to planning delays related to COVID.
“Art in the Alley has been a thriving event since 2015, taking place every year in early September on Main Avenue,” said artistic director Molly T. Taylor. “The last two years of planning for the committee have been difficult to say the least. “
The Art in the Alley festival requires months of advance planning to put on a well-organized event. During the shutdown, it was almost impossible to plan for the scale of the event the community expects from the past year, she said.
Taylor is hoping Art in the Alley returns in 2022, she said.
This weekend’s Art & Music Celebration 2021 lineup will feature an artist exhibit in the alley, combined with three musical guests – Bob Turner (4-5 p.m.), the Ashtabula String Orchestra (5:50 p.m.-6.30 p.m.) and the band in headliner, Applause (7-10 p.m.).
Chris Davis of the Conneaut Arts Center will be hosting a pizza and painting night (5 to 7 p.m.). The cost is $ 40 and includes all painting supplies, a glass of wine or a soft drink, and a slice of Dublin Down wood-fired pizza. Tickets available online at www.ashtabulaart.com or at Dublin Down.
Main avenue merchants UNGUENTARII, Pretty Good Books, The Bakery on Main and Framed on Main will participate on site. The Ashtabula Arts Center and Conneaut Arts Center will offer fun family art projects throughout the afternoon.
Special thanks to the annual recurring sponsors, Ziegler Heating and Dublin Down Irish Pub. Other sponsors for the 2021 event are Conneaut Arts Center, Ashtabula Arts Center, Amanda Kish, Realtor® Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, LCF LLC, Fargo Machine Company and DiSalvatore Insurance Agency.
For more information, visit www.ashtabulaart.com, Instagram @ ashtabulaart, Facebook @ ArtintheAlleyADDA, or contact Molly T. Taylor 440-290-9647 or [email protected]