New art exhibits along with tasty bites of summer cuisine will highlight Third Friday's art walk. The new Downtown Throwdown food competition that debuted in July during Third Friday was a big success, big enough that owners of area restaurants and shops want to continue the event.
"The Throwdown brought a lot of foot traffic to the art walk," says Nora LaBrocca, owner of Downtown Market Co. LaBrocca helps organize the cook-off. She passes the "special ingredient" to the chefs and restaurants participating in the event. Last month, it was summer squash; this month it will be fresh, heirloom tomatoes.
"It's the restaurants' challenge to come up with a dish," LaBrocca says. "No one talks about what they'll prepare. It's a big secret. Folks won't know what the food will be until Friday evening."
The restaurants — 38 Central, Elements, Downtown Market Co., Jackson Creek Pizza and Deli Down — will offer gourmet food samples from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rogue Gallery, Facets Jewelry, Terra Firma Home, Molly Reed and My Daughter's Closet. Look for white balloons outside of the participating venues.
"We had such a rush of people last month that we will limit tastings to the first 100 people," LaBrocca says. "The first 100 folks will get a taste and will be able to vote for their favorite dish."
The cook-off and the ever-changing mix of art exhibits, demonstrations, live music and poetry will add up to a network of fun in Medford's historical area.
Watercolor paintings by Medford artist Judy Hubler will be showcased at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St. Hubler works from photographs of children and captures them climbing, running and splashing in water in her collection of images titled "Playgrounds, Parks and Pools Around the Valley." Her inspiration comes from years of teaching preschool and her grandchildren.
A reception for Hubler will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature live music by Ashland guitarist and recording artist Jon Galfano. Call 770-3190.
"Of Our Time and Place," a collection of landscape photography by 16 regional artists, will be at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St. The photographers will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. to discuss their work. See the story on page 20 or call 772-8118 for more information.
"Of Our Time and Place" is cosponsored by the Thorndike Family Rogue Valley Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and Veranda Park Retirement Living. The show will be displayed through Sept. 26.
Here's a look at what's happening elsewhere on Third Friday.
- Tabletop art created by restaurant diners will be displayed at 38 Central, 38 Central Ave. There also will be vodka and gin from Organic Nation and inexpensive small plates. Call 776-0038.
- Artwork by Sheryl Swift, Will Storm, Nancy Mason and Brian Zastoupil will be at Central Art Supply, 101 N. Central Ave. Call 773-1444.
- Photography by Ken Deal will be displayed at Corks Wine Bar, 235 Theater Alley. Call 245-9802.
- Art by Jolen Gibson, Ali Wols and other artists will be at Downtown Grounds Coffee Bar, 38 N. Central Ave. Call 245-9355.
- Paintings by Kelly Anderson will be at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Guitarist Steve Read of Pyramid Band will perform. Call 734-0930.
- Paintings by Miles Frode will be at Grilla Bites, 226 E. Main St. Call 245-1616.
- Live music by the Jerry Horton Trio, artwork by Donna Lantis and Mirjan Schnorr and food tastings from Tastefully Simple will be at Lawrence's Jewelers, 232 E. Main St. Call 772-2986.
- Art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp will be at Medford Interiors, 323 E. Main St. Call 772-2503.
- Watercolors by Margaret and Joe Dunbar will be at Molly Reed, 237 E. Main St. Call 770-7103.
- Millinery by Lynn Aiello will be at My Daughter's Closet, 16 S. Bartlett St. Call 499-0882.
- Watercolors by Betty Bangs will be at Rapid Refill Ink, 218 E. Main St. Call 776-5010.
- Tie-dyed clothing by John Lucas and jewelry and artwork by Shirley Lucas will be at Schroeders Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 779-9991.
- Artwork by Cesar Augusto Nava Martinez, Catharina Stendal and Nathan Willard, along with live music by drummer Michael Sorensen and guitarist Michael Lennon and poetry by Rick Fjellman will be at Suzanne's, 30 N. Central Ave. Call 618-9182.
- Artwork by Gerry Armstrong, Janet Blight, Robert St. John, Alice Stambaugh, Isabelle Alzado, Barbara Harvey, Jinny Brown, Thomas A. Bayne, Larry Safley, Don Schmidt, C.C. Nesberg and Brian Zastoupil will be at Yesterday's Blossoms, 275 Theater Alley. There will be live music by fiddler Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose and guitarist Scotty Gosson, along with appetizers from Grilla Bites and wines from Del Rio. Call 772-3484.
Other downtown businesses that support the art walk include A Sheer Vision, 14 N. Bartlett St.; Dance Arts Center — home of the Medford Civic Ballet, 9 Hawthorne St.; Gervais Day Spa and Salon, 111 N. Central Ave.; Hot Pots, 217 E. Main St.; Lotus Hair, Body and Soul, 10 N. Central Ave.; Oh's Osaka, 35 N. Central Ave.; and Red Rock Italian Eatery, 17 W. Fourth St.
Look for the Constant Tourists, featuring Nate Sanchez on guitar and Cassie Kantor on trumpet, accordion, keyboard and vocals to present live music in Theater Alley, along with drive-through cardboard sculpture by John Statler.
Maps highlighting the participating venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk. Parking in downtown Medford and in the parking structure on Sixth Street is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Artists working in all media are invited to participate in the Third Friday art walks. See thirdfridayartwalk.org or call 890-4940 for details.