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"Hare," a ceramic “retablo” by Julia Janeway, at Rogue Gallery & Art Center.

New exhibits highlight Third Friday

Two galleries in downtown Medford will host artist receptions during the Third Friday art walk.

Rogue Gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., will open a show by ceramics artist Julia Janeway on Friday, July 20. Janeway will be on hand to discuss her work from 5 to 7 p.m. Snacks and wine from Harry & David will be served.

Janeway explores the meaning of sanctuary in her new pieces, called “retablos,” which traditionally are paintings of saints. Janeway’s colorful and whimsical interpretations depict saints as owls, birds and other animals, along with geometric shapes and botanical images. Inspiration for the work came from her time spent in Taos, New Mexico, where “retablos” commonly adorn homes and churches.

The exhibit will be displayed through Aug. 24 in the Rogue’s community gallery. See roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118.

“Heat Wave: The Works of High Fiber Diet Artists” will be open for its last day on Friday, July 20, at Rogue Gallery.

“Heat Wave” showcases more than 30 artists from Oregon and Washington who create expressions from fiber and textiles. “Heat Wave” is the show’s theme.

Rogue Valley artist Ginny Matheson will be the featured artist in July at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Live music will be performed by Minstrel Streams.

Matheson will present “Mixed Media Landscapes,” along with figurative paintings and drawings, sculpture, cards and prints. Her earliest art training was primarily in stone and wood carving. She began to focus on two-dimensional media, training in drawing, painting and collage, before showing her work at art festivals across the Midwest. She’s lived in Oregon since 2004.

Wildlife photographer Judy Benson LaNier will show her work in Art du Jour’s salon gallery. LaNier’s work began in 1961 when her family hosted an exchange student from South Africa. A bond grew that brought the two families to visit each other in Africa and the U.S. Today, LaNier’s range of photography has expanded to include North American and Hawaii.

Also at Art du Jour, Cheryl Magellan will present her portrait paintings inspired by selfie photos from around the world. Magellan looked to social media and solicited the selfies. She wanted to demonstrate how portraits can be more than just a smile and show people being themselves.

Magellan studied painting with Gabriel Lipper and taught classes at Central Art Supply before relocating temporarily to Arizona in 2013. She devotes most of her time to painting in her home studio while taking workshops at Scottsdale Artists’ School and teaching around Phoenix.

About of dozen of her selfie-inspired paintings will be shown through July 28 at Art du Jour. See artdujourgallery.com or call 541-770-3190.

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