Each gallery in the heart of downtown Medford offers a different outlook on local and regional art and they're all open late for Third Friday, a monthly art walk. At just a stone's throw distance from each other, visitors can stroll about the galleries, enjoy live music and other performing artists along the sidewalks of Bartlett and Main streets, Middleford Alley and Theater Alley. Maps highlighting the venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk.
"Capturing Freedom," an exhibit of life-size sculpture and wall-hangings by Janet Higgens, will be highlighted at AMBUS Contemporary Art, 21 N. Bartlett St. Higgins has used wire and metal to create pieces that explore the human illusion of freedom. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday art walk.
AMBUS features original contemporary art by Darla Baack, Eileen Bowie, Dianne Erickson, Virginia Andrade, Higgins, Nancy Jo Mullen, Nancy Pagani, Lisa Peterson, Meloney Quady and Alice Stambaugh. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. See ambusart.com or call 245-3800.
New artwork in the theme of "Red, White and Blue" will be presented at Art du Jour Gallery, 320 Middleford Alley. The gallery features a variety of media by about 15 local artists. Visitors will find works in variety of media, along with bronze sculpture and jewelry. Refreshments will be served during the art walk, and the artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
The cooperative of artists include Ruth Hickok Schubert, Ruth Heath, Dick Woods, Yvonne Kitchen, Marianne Kauffman, Shari O'Neal Young, Margo Garnett, Garland Arnaud, Betty Bangs, Val Coulman, Gayle Gray, Judy Hubler, Brad Linder, Ginny Matheson, Vicky McGee, Judy Miller, Brian Moore, John Strain, Lara Strazdas and Carol Sharp.
Schubert and Bangs will demonstrate painting with watercolor in front of Medford Interiors, 323 E. Main St. Joining them will be jewelry artist Vicky McGee.
Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. See artdujourgallery.com or call 770-3190.
New paintings in oil and pastel by Linda Evans are available at her gallery, Intuitive Music and Arts, 228 E. Main St., Suite C (next to Grilla Bites). There will be live music by Craig Evans and refreshments. Call 324-1437.
The Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., will feature "Evolution of Space," a new collection of work by abstract expressionist Arthur Roskofsky, in the main gallery through Aug. 4. Roskofsky was born and educated in New York City. He attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1948 to 1952, where he studied under painters John Ferren and Robert Motherwell and became part of the post-World War II art movement called abstract expressionism that included painters such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. The art movement put New York City at the center of the art world, a slot formerly held by Paris.
Seascapes and landscapes by Cynthia A. Flowers of Studio Sfumato also will be featured at the Rogue Gallery. Artists from Sfumato will be on hand during the art walk to discuss their work at the gallery.
Studio Sfumato is an enterprise of Living Opportunities, a nonprofit organization in Jackson County that assists people with developmental disabilities.
Rogue Gallery will be open until 8 p.m. for the Third Friday art walk. There will be refreshments and live acoustic music by Ed Rogers and Matt Anlas. See roguegallery.org or call 772-8118.
There are shops and restaurants in downtown Medford that stay open late to support the Third Friday art walk. Some display artwork:
- Mixed media by Kendra Lichtenwalner will be displayed at Grilla Bites Organic Restaurant, 226 E. Main St., 245-9802.
- Mixed media by Michelle Anderst and Kendra Lichtenwalner will be displayed at 38 on Central, 38 N. Central Ave., 776-0038.
- Oil paintings and giclée prints by Tana Domecq-Davis will be displayed at Yesterday's Blossoms, 275 Theater Alley, 772-3484. Domecq-Davis' artwork is eclectic and reflects a wide range of interests. Many of her paintings focus on the wonders of natural beauty, while others focus on her travels around the world.
- "What is the Space Between Two People?' a series of paintings in acrylic by Anna Elkin will be displayed at Terra Firma Home, 309 E. Main St., 770-2728.
- Pastel paintings by Sharon Antoine-Matlock will be displayed at Facets jewelry Studio, 301 Main St., 734-0930.
Other businesses supporting the Third Friday art walk include:
- Schroeder's (new, used and antique furniture), 220 E. Main St., 779-9991.
- Papillon Rouge, 214 E. Main St., 779-1435.
- Hot Pots, 217 E. Main St., 779-3443.
- Corks Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, 235 Theater Alley, 245-1616.
- Forever After, 417 E. Main St., 772-2528.
- Oh's Osaka, 35 N. Central Ave., 282-2334.
Look for "Special Event" signs posted at the participating venues.
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.