“FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH” and other contemporary landscapes and still lifes by Portland artist Ken Grant will be exhibited through July at Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland.

First Thursday

Contemporary realism by Portland artist Ken Grant, ceramic and mosaic tiles inspired by Spanish dancers and created by Sue Springer, a collection of quilts evoking memories of the early 20th century and paintings by Steven LaRose that explore the boundaries between abstraction and representation are a few of the visual arts fireworks planned for Ashland's monthly art walk to be held Thursday, July 3.

Due to the Independence Day celebration in downtown Ashland, several galleries have moved the receptions for exhibiting artists to the day before, including The Living Gallery, Frank Philipps Pottery, Hanson Howard Gallery, Blue Heron Gallery, The Crown Jewel, Gallery DeForest, Headwaters Gallery and others. Some galleries will be closed on Friday, July 4.

Art walk maps are available at any of the participating galleries and at the information kiosk on the Ashland Plaza. Refer to the map and check with your favorite galleries for specific information regarding July 4.

The participating galleries in Ashland's downtown and adjacent Railroad District areas will stay open late on July 3 — from 5 to 8 p.m. — to offer visitors looks at new artwork, along with live music and refreshments. Many of the artists will be in attendance to discuss their work. Check the following listings for details.

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., americantrails.com, 488-2731. Southwestern and Pacific Northwest Indian arts and crafts. Acrylic paintings inspired by traditional designs carved onto wood by Maeona L. Urban.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006. Celebrate "Red, White and Blue" with gallery members.

ART FX: 45 E. Main St., 482-1499. Fine jewelry by Chuck Troutman.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., ashlandartworks.com, 488-4735. "What Can Crazy Birds Do?" ceramics by Cheryl Kempner, and "Outer Landscape, Inner Vision and Gardens of Art," raku sculpture by Lorene Senesac.

BLUE HERON GALLERY AND GIFTS: 90 N. Main St., blueherongalleryandgifts.com, 482-7762. Fine art from many artists' studios, including glass vases from Tommie Rush, jewelry from Mary Anne Sherman and ceramic sculpture from Jacquiline Hurlbert. Closed July 4.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND ART LOUNGE: 222 A St., Ashland, bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227. An art lounge and frame shop.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St., thecrownjewel.net, 488-2401. "Parameters," paintings that explore the boundaries between abstraction and representation by Ashland artist Steven LaRose. The artist will be available to discuss his artwork.

DAVID BJURSTROM STUDIO AND GALLERY: 64 N. Pioneer St., bjurstromstudio.com, 201-1167. New graphite pencil drawings and limited edition prints by Bjurstrom.

FOURTH CORNER FINE QUILT GALLERY: 258 A St., Suite 10, fcquilts.com, 552-1818. A collection inspired by Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," handmade quilts that depict home and community.

FRANK PHILIPPS POTTERY: 88 N. Main St., 488-4177. Pottery by Philipps and oil and watercolor paintings by Carol Ingram.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008. "Husbands, Wives and Lovers Together Again," artwork by various artists.

GALLERY DEFOREST: 270 Fourth St., 482-1005. "Opening the Closed," featuring prints by Dan Welden and hand-blown glass by Steven Cornett.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., gatheringglass.com, 488-4738. Blown glass by Scott Carlson and Keith Gabor.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hhgallery.com, 488-2562. Fine contemporary art by Northwest artists, including an exhibit of contemporary oil paintings by Ken Grant of Portland.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., houstoncustomframing.com, 482-1983.

Aquatint etchings by Stephen McMillan.

ILLAHE DESIGN STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: 215 Fourth St., illahetile.com, 488-5072. "Abstract Dancers," ceramic and mosaic wall pieces by Sue Springer.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., jega4art.com, 488-2474. Contemporary artwork by J. Ellen Austin and various artists. Closed July 4.

THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795. Landscapes in oil by Abbas Darabi. The artist will be on hand July 3.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621. Fused glass on copper surfaces by Linda Lamore.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, sou.edu/sma, 552-6245. A resource for fine art exhibits and art education. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., yarnatwebsters.com, 482-9801. Artful clothing and accessories by hand spinners, weavers and knitters.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery include:

ASHLAND ARTISAN GALLERY: 163 E. Main St., 488-5698. Various works by gallery members.

EAST WEST: 300 E. Hersey St., No. 6, eastwestoriental rugs.com, originalartwork.org, 482-4553.

FURNITURE DEPOT: 498 Oak St., furnituredepot.com, 482-9663. Furniture and home decor.

HEADWATERS:, 84 Fourth St., headwaters.org, 482-4459. "Magical Places," photographs of locations from around the world by Ken Souza.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., No. 201, liquidassetswinebar.com, 482-9463. Photography by Michael Gibson, "Bikinis in Bosnia" by Teri Dixon and paintings by Pegi Smith.

LITHIA ARTS GUILD OF OREGON: 265 N. Main St., 973-4325. A collective of artists and musicians. Closed July 3 and 4.

PELTON HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: 228 B St., peltonhouse.com, 488-7003. Artwork by Sarah Patterson and Cathy DeForest.

Working studio members:

Suzanne Etienne Studios: 143 N. Third St. (in the alley), 482-1766. "Art Celebrating Life," a collection of colorful and bold paintings.

BROWN AND CURTIS STUDIO GALLERY: 40 N. Main St. (in the Claycomb Mall), 482-9900, lindacurtisstudio.com, joanlbrown.com. Oil, pastel and watercolor painting, giclee prints and cards by Linda Curtis and Joan Brown.

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