Art Gallery Celebrates America’s History With Iconic Exhibit

First World War gas mask, by Barbara Inbody

San Diego-based Ashton Gallery presents “The Collective American Memory”

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA, August 2, 2022 / — Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th presents, “Collective American Memory”, a vernissage and an art exhibition, Saturday, August 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show was inspired by the Smithsonian’s widely acclaimed book, “America’s History in 101 Objects.” The acclaimed 762-page picture book curates a literal collection of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian Museum that together provide an iconic and detailed new perspective on the history of the United States, ranging from the early years of the pre-Columbian continent nowadays.

“I wanted to celebrate the enduring power of art to bring us together as we navigate our collective memory of objects that we remember deeply.” Although the Ashton Gallery adaptation is smaller than the book, it is no less evocative. The exhibition will feature a collection of unmistakably nostalgic American images, including Julia Child’s kitchen, Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, Dorothy’s slippers and of course, the American flag, all created by professional artists from Ashton’s Gallery. The show is a rich and fascinating journey through American collective memory.

Alongside the ‘101 Objects’ exhibition, Ashton Gallery will also open a second, more locally themed, nostalgic exhibition titled ‘Some Like it Hot’ featuring artwork in all mediums, created by local artists on the theme of the classic film. with Marilyn. Monroe, Hotel Del or simply palaces in warm colors. The Ashton Gallery Opening Reception is free and open to the public. The show will be suspended from August 15 to September 16, 2022.

Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, located at 4434 30th Street, is the creative vision of renowned artist, mentor and author, Kate Ashton. Now in its 8th year, Art on 30th is an integral part of San Diego’s vibrant North Park arts and culture district, featuring monthly juried exhibitions in addition to art class, experiential workshops, work studios and professional development programs. More than a school or gallery, the 8,000 square foot, two-story space is a first-in-class, full-service supportive community where artists come to learn, collaborate and grow. The gallery represents hundreds of local professional artists specializing in contemporary art. For more information visit

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