Matthew Litteken explores the concept of consumerism in his oil paintings, including 'Against a Kantian Sky' (shown), by depicting the iconic motifs found on U.S. currency.

Third Friday art walk in Medford

Rogue Gallery & Art Center's second "Trio" exhibit opens in time for the Third Friday art walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, in downtown Medford. Last year, 24 artists answered the gallery's call for artists. Of that, nine were chosen and divided into three "Trio" exhibits.

"Trio: Couture, Javna & Litteken," a contemporary collection of works by Glide artist Renee Couture, Ashland artist Maggie Javna and Hamilton, Ohio, artist Matthew Litteken, will be displayed through July 14.

There will be an opening reception at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., during the June 15 art walk.

Couture and Littekin address social issues in their conceptual, thought-provoking works.

The former artist will showcase her multimedia installation, "Shadow Effects," made up of pine cones, lumber, card catalogs, photography and charts with statistics about public libraries and lands.

"Renee is very fascinated with the notion of 'public' and how we as citizens decide what happens to what is ours," says Jules Masterjohn, the gallery's executive director. "She uses public libraries and public lands to address this concept."

Littekin investigates the idea of consumerism in his oil paintings and mixed-media, monotype prints. He incorporates the iconic scrollwork, leaf patterns and fonts of the $1 bill into his works.

Javna's pieces are a respite for the mind after seeing the other artists' works, Masterjohn says.

Javna will show nearly a dozen nonobjective, textured, acrylic-on-wood paintings.

"What you see are the marks of her making, and that's what she's interested in," Masterjohn explains.

For more information about the exhibit, call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

Art du Jour — in anticipation of Fourth of July — has titled its June exhibit "Red, White and Blue." The multimedia exhibit features paintings of patriotic symbols as well as scenes highlighting the three colors. Participating gallery artists are Cammy Davis, Dixie Kinser, Georganne Happle, Judy Hubler, Millie Clarke, Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, Dick Woods, Yvonne Kitchen and Margo Garnett.

There will be an artists' reception with refreshments and a jewelry-making demonstration by Carol Sharp during Friday's art walk at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

Third Friday poker-walk participants can pick up a score card, map and instructions at any of the following businesses: Art du Jour, Downtown Market Co., Facets Jewelry Studio, Lawrence's Jewelers, Morrissey's Clothes Cottage, My Daughter's Closet, Norris Shoes, Nui Kai, Pacific Diamond Jewelers, Phat Kat Tattoo and Piercing, Photography by Lahna Marie, SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Schroeder's Furniture, Spoons, Sunrise Catering and Cafe, Terra Firma and The Studio at Living Opportunities. A $100 gift card to Schroeder's Furniture will be awarded to the person with the winning hand.

Here's a look at what's happening elsewhere on Third Friday:

  • Live music by acoustic guitarist Mark Smith and an amuse-bouche paired with Trium wine at Downtown Market Co., 231 E. Main St. Call 541-973-2233.
  • Oil paintings by Kelly Anderson at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Call 541-734-0930.
  • Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp at Medford Interiors, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2503.
  • "Concrete Clouds," abstract paintings by Larry Safley, at Organic Natural Cafe, 226 E. Main St. Call 541-773-2500.
  • Oil paintings by Tema Gyaltsen, jewelry by Jim Carney, tie-dyed clothing and accessories by John Lucas and handmade greeting cards by Shirley Nash at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • A drawing and painting demonstration by Noo Cook and works by member artists at The Studio at Living Opportunities, 32 S. Central Ave. Call 541-261-5289.

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 a rotating schedule for the Third Friday art walks. Contact the Arts Council of Southern Oregon at 541-779-2820 or email board@artscouncilso.org.

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