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Ashland Restaurant To Feature Meat Paintings

By Steven Sandberg

PHOENIX, Ore. — A Southern Oregon artist and an Ashland restaurant are teaming up to give diners a chance to “meet their meat.”

Artist Sara Burns was commissioned by Smithfields Restaurant to create a series of painting depicting types of meat, including a meat carcass, chickens, and a cow tongue.

Burns says they want patrons to think about the relationship between their food and where it comes from, but she says the art may come with mixed reactions.

“Most of us love to eat meat, but most of us wouldn’t want to kill an animal to eat meat. But that’s the reality of eating meat. So we wanted to explore that a little bit,” says Burns.

8 paintings will be put up in the restaurant later this month. An official opening event is scheduled for July 16.