'White Roses,' 37.5-by-32.5-inch watercolor by Robert C. DeVoe, at Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland.

First Friday showcases new exhibits, holiday gifts

The Ashland Gallery Association organizes art walks the First Friday of every month in downtown Ashland, the Railroad District and surrounding areas.

On Friday, Dec. 1, participating galleries and studios will be open until 8 p.m. to unveil new exhibits and host artist receptions. Most artists will be on hand to discuss their work and techniques. Some galleries host live music and art demonstrations during the event. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues.

Hanson Howard Gallery will celebrate the career of Ashland painter Robert C. DeVoe through December. A body of his work from various galleries and personal archives will be shown in the gallery's salon. There will be a reception for the artist from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. DeVoe is a master realist. He began his career in the early '80s as an artist with Hanson Howard Gallery and soon received national recognition. An English professor for 20 years at Southern Oregon University, he retired early to become a full-time artist. He is most noted for his still lifes. His use of color, light and texture represent life with authenticity.

Storyteller dolls created by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico will be showcased at American Trails. These handmade dolls echo the pueblo's early "singing mother" dolls and are based on Cordero's grandfather, Santiago Quintana. She remembers him telling creation-myth stories of such characters as Coyote, Rabbit and Badger to his many grandchildren. Today, the art form of storytelling dolls includes mothers, grandmothers and animals. All can be storytellers.

Ashland artist Silvia Rothschild Trujillo will show her collection of oil paintings, "Gazing with Awe: Rogue Impressions and Beyond," through December at Art and Soul Gallery. Her paintings intend to communicate mood and sense of time by utilizing the light and shadow of each season, scene or still life.

Students from a jewelry class at Ashland High School will offer their work Dec. 1 at Ashland Art Works, and holiday creations by local artists will be available through December at the venue's holiday gift show. Look for paintings, decorative and functional pottery, photography, art quilts, sculpture, silk scarves, fine woodwork, cutting boards and more.

"Birds, Buddhas, Books and Snakes," sculptural art in mixed media by Elizabeth York, will be displayed at Studio 151. The studio will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Proceeds from sales those days will benefit Shine a Light, a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness of sex trafficking locally and abroad.

Paintings by New York artists Loren Munk and Nathaniel Meade, "Painting About Thinking About Painting" and "The Wait," respectively, will be shown at the Schneider Museum of Art. Munk's paintings explore the relations between artists and art movements. Also look for paintings by late Ashland artist Clifford Wilton, whose work ranged from figurative abstracts through explorations of negative space. The exhibits will be complemented by essays of the work by writers Allen Frame, Thomas Micchelli and Nicholas Wilton.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association: 

AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or americantrails.com. Storyteller dolls of Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or artandsoulgallery.com. "Gazing With Awe," oil paintings Silvia Rothschild Trujillo.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or ashlandartcenter.org. Acrylic and mixed media by Bridgett Reynolds and Linda Dixon.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or ashlandartworks.com. Holiday gift show.

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 www.facebook.com/cvagalleries. Look for Aimee Dahlin's "A Light That Never Goes Out" in the Retzlaff Gallery; Danielle Olsen's "My Studio" in the Thorndike Gallery; Kelsey Goldman's photography "Natural States" in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Dewy Burton's "Lessons" in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; John Cimperman's "Transcendence" in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and Sherry Amoore's "Rainbow Warriors" in the Jeld-Wen Gallery.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. More than 30 artists contribute to the gallery's holiday show.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or hansonhowardgallery.com. Realist paintings by Robert C. DeVoe and gallery artists' holiday salon.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or houstoncustomframing.com. "Back to the Future," oil and acrylic paintings by Thomas M. Houston.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or clubnimbus.net.

PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or ashlandphotographersgallery.com. "Croatia" by Kate Geary.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6245 or sou.edu/sma. Exhibits by New York artists Nathaniel Meade and Loren Munk and late Ashland artist Clifford Wilton will be displayed through Dec. 16.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or yarnatwebsters.com. Shibui fall preview and trunk show.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, ashlandnaturalmedicine.com.

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., hillstationashland.com. "Transition" by Cathy Schoenberg.

MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or mcfineartsfoundation.org. Paintings by Sandy Cathcart.

MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Annual Southern Oregon University display of adventure writing and photography.

SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. "Grape Expectations" by Kay Myer.

Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:

BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, off Dead Indian Memorial Road, 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.

ENCLAVE STUDIOS: 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-301-5738, facebook.com/enclavestudioashland. Fine artists at work.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., 541-488-4738 or gatheringglass.com. Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.

NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141, numinousstudiowest.com.

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.

SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., snowriverart.com, 602-448-4109.

STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., studio151ashland.com. "Birds, Buddhas, Books and Snakes" by Elizabeth York.

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, babayard.com or anndisalvo.com. Pastel portraits by Ann DiSalvo and large-scale digital works by Bruce Bayard.

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