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'Blue Joint,' watercolor by Betty Barss from her collection 'In Love With Oregon,' at Art & Soul Gallery.

New exhibits open for First Friday art walk

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

On Friday, Feb. 2, participating galleries and studios will be open until 8 p.m. to unveil new exhibits and host artists' 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.

This month's highlights include "In Love with Oregon," a collection of watercolor paintings by Betty Barss, to be displayed at Art & Soul Gallery. Barss' favorite landscapes exist on the coast and in southern and eastern regions of the state.

"East Meets East: Part II" at Gallerie Karon will transport visitors to countries in East Asia. Look for exotic jewelry, kimonos, Buddha and Quan Yin statues and masks. Professional Middle Eastern dancer Zahara will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

A retrospective exhibit of fine art photography by Pat Moore will be showcased through March at Shepherd's Dream, at its new location at 42 E. Main St. Acoustic guitarist Coyote will perform at the First Friday reception.

"Diversity," original painted panels and giclee prints by Betty LaDuke will be presented at Hanson Howard Gallery. LaDuke traveled the globe for 50 years, drawing inspiration from examples of human survival for her work. Her abstracts speak to the trials humans face while they celebrate the spirit of life.

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. In Love With Oregon," watercolor paintings Betty Barss.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or ashlandartcenter.org. Wildlife photography by Dan Elster, paintings by Wendy Bloom and fiber art by Robbin Pearce. Live music by Liz Jones.

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

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. Look for Haley Summerfield's collection "Of the Body" in the Retzlaff Gallery; a multimedia collection by the Southern Oregon Fine Arts Club in the Thorndike Gallery; Dewy's paintings "From Within" in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Sherry Amoore's black-and-white film photography "Framily" in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; Madeline Scannell's photography works "Interaction" in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and a series of multimedia artworks by students in the figure painting and drawing methods class, titled "Figure Forms," in the JELD WEN Gallery. The exhibits will be displayed through Wednesday, Feb. 14.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "East Meets East: Part II," a trip to Asia. Live dancing by Zahara.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or hansonhowardgallery.com. "Diversity," panels and giclee prints by Betty LaDuke.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or houstoncustomframing.com. Plein-air pastel and watercolor 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. Photography by Dan Elster.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 555 Indiana St., 541-552-6245 or sou.edu/sma. New art exhibits — Anna Gray and Ryan Paulsen's "Between the Beginning and the Middle"; Betty LaDuke's "Social Justice"; Maria Los Angeles' "Transcending Myths"; and Storm Tharp's "Fierce Last Stand" — will be displayed through March 17.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or yarnatwebsters.com.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, ashlandnaturalmedicine.com. "Africa: Fashion and Photography" by Jennifer Jensen.

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., hillstationashland.com. Home decor.

MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or mcfineartsfoundation.org. "Passion and Beauty," art by Veronica Thomas.

MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Outdoor equipment and apparel.

SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 42 E. Main St., shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. Organic wool bedding. Images from Portugal to Mexico taken by photographer Pat Moore. Music by acoustic guitarist Coyote.

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. "Owls," by Eva Thieman.

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. Photography by Rainen Janes, Dan Elster and Joseph Linaschke and paintings by Shanna Trumbly.

SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or smithfieldsashland.com. Paintings by Sarah F. Burns.

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. Five 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, 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.

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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