New exhibits are in store for art enthusiasts during First Friday’s art walk at participating galleries and businesses in downtown Ashland, the Railroad District and surrounding areas.
Various venues stay open until 8 p.m. to unveil new exhibits and host artists’ receptions. Most artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Some galleries host live music and art demonstrations during the event. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues.
“Landmarks,” oil paintings by Jenay Elder, will be displayed at Art & Soul Gallery. Her plein-air depictions include such local landmarks as the historic Ashland Springs Hotel.
Poetry and art will be displayed side by side in Gallerie Karon’s “Artist as Poet: Part II.” Look for sketchbooks with photographs and poetic notations by Steve Dieffenbacher, poems and photography by Todd Davis, origami poetry boxes and books by Amy Miller, and paintings, poetry, photographs and music by Ken Deveney.
Photographer John Kirk’s new show, “Looking Back,” opens at the Photographers’ Gallery in the Ashland Art Center. This exhibit is a retrospective of his favorite images from the past five years.
Photographer Lewis Anderson, sculptor Marly Eidsness and painter James Hutchinson will be featured at Hanson Howard Gallery.
Anderson describes his art as something between photography and painting, and contemporary and ancient. He creates quiet moments in invented landscapes full of light, shadow and symbology.
Hutchinson’s paintings are inspired by ancient landscape paintings of China’s mountain ranges. The images evoke a feeling of fantasy, and their compressed space and lines give the impression of topographic maps.
Eidsness’ wire mesh sculptures of birds include poses of a great blue heron and a raven. Her pieces appear reflective in direct light. Back lighting reveals their layers of mysterious interiors.
The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:
AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or americantrails.com. Native American arts, crafts and jewelry.
ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or artandsoulgallery.com. “Landmarks,” paintings by Jenay Elder. Look for live music and snacks.
ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or ashlandartcenter.org. Glass by Dan Seffinger, textiles by Jo Ann Manzone and photographs by John Kirk.
ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or ashlandartworks.com. Photography by Tamara Enz and metal and clay scultures by Cheryl Kempner.
CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. See facebook.com/cvagalleries or call 541-552-8315.
Students’ spring exhibits include Elizabeth King’s “55 degrees over 65 degrees” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Caitlin McMorris’ sculpture exhibit “You’re Fine” in the Thorndike Gallery; Paige Gerhard’s watercolor paintings “Intentional Chances” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Miranda Redhead’s “Haunted Hearts: Of Laments and Love” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; Madison Reames’ “Exploring Self Identity: A Color Study” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; James Montes De Oca’s “Narrative of Hands” in the Jeld Wen Gallery; and Jazmine Heard’s “Stars and Stripes” in the Art Department courtyard.
GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. “Artist As Poet: Part II,” poems and art by Ken Deveney, Todd Davis, Steve Dieffenbacher and Amy Miller.
HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or hansonhowardgallery.com. Photography by Lewis Anderson, paintings by James Hutchinson and sculpture by Marly Eidsness.
HOUSTON’S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or houstoncustomframing.com. Various pieces by Russell Chatham, Thomas M. Houston, Stephen McMillan and Yugi Hiratsuka.
NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or clubnimbus.net. Glass, wood, ceramics and jewelry.
PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or ashlandphotographersgallery.com. “Looking Back,” photography by John Kirk.
SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 555 Indiana St., 541-552-6245 or sou.edu/sma. “The Animated Image,” digital animation by Chris Doyle and Rick Silva and stop-motion animation by Stacey Steers and Matt Bollinger. Look for projections, flat-screen televisions, sculpture, installation and paintings.
THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or yarnatwebsters.com. Artful ready-to-wear.
Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:
ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, ashlandnaturalmedicine.com.
THE CROWN JEWEL: 266 E. Main St., 541-488-2401, thecrownjewel.net. Jewelry and gifts.
HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., hillstationashland.com. Hand-crafted decor.
LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or lithiaartisansmarket.com. A guild of regional artists and artisans display their work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October.
MANZANITA HOME+FLOWERS=GIFTS: 55 N. MAIN ST., 541-488-1588. Artisanal decor and fresh flowers.
MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: At Pony Espresso, 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or mcfineartsfoundation.org. “The Joys of the Imagination,” art by Kay Myer.
MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Outdoor equipment and apparel.
ROGUE COWORKS: 64 N. Pioneer St., 541-941-3252, gorogue.com. Local art.
SHEPHERD’S DREAM: 42 E. Main St., shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. Organic wool bedding. “Rogue Impressions and Beyond,” oil paintings by Silvia Trujillo.
ZAGORSKA OASIS SPA & SALT CAVE:111 E. Main St., 541-810-8877, zagorskaoasis.com. Local art.
Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:
BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, 541-488-9765, bellefiorewinery.com
CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St., 541-482-4131 or creeksidepizza.com.
ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or edenvalleyorchards.com.
LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or liquidassetswinebar.com.
SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or smithfieldsashland.com.
Working studio members:
DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, drawingonthedream.com. Monoprints and handmade books.
GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., 541-488-4738 or gatheringglass.com. Glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.
NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141. Richard and Rochelle Newman.
OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or oakleafstudio.net. Paintings, prints and cards by Lief Trygg.
PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, pumphousestudios.com. Ceramics by Julia Janeway.
STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., studio151ashland.com. Mixed media, sculpture and wall art.
STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, babayard.com or anndisalvo.com. Pastel portraits by Ann DiSalvo and large-scale digital collage by Bruce Bayard.