Art and wine have a storied link.

Art and wine have a storied link.

The completion of a masterpiece often is celebrated with a toast. Gallery openings don't feel the same unless there are glasses of wine to hold while artists explain their inspiration. And some form of art graces wine labels, whether it's a complex composition by a famous artist — Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall and Andy Warhol painted for Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine labels — or a thoughtfully selected, simple typeface that captures the quality of a fine wine, such as Gaja.

So it is only fitting that when Ashland Art Center invited three nationally recognized artists to offer talks and hands-on workshops for Art Inspired Ashland Saturday, Nov. 10, wine-related events would greet them.

A Friday, Nov. 9, reception is planned for The New Yorker cover artist Eric Drooker, film-industry puppet maker Georgina Hayns and 3-D chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum. The event, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., costs $10 and includes wine with pork terrine and wild-mushroom crostini catered by Smithfields Restaurant and Bar. Owner Neil Clooney, who has commissioned art by Sarah F. Burns for his restaurant walls, says, "We support local artists and Ashland's culture."

There will be a gala Saturday event starting at 6 p.m. in the Ashland Historic Armory, 208 Oak St. Tickets ($50) include admission to the artists' talks that start at 7:30 p.m.

Grizzly Peak Winery of Ashland will pour its 2011 Rumor, a roussanne-marsanne blend, and other current releases that pair well with the evening's appetizers of honey-mustard pulled-pork sliders, organic cucumbers with capered cream cheese and smoked, wild salmon.

Tickets are available at the Art Center or

— Janet Eastman