'Violet Rhodies,' by Marianne Kauffman (left), who will be the featured artist at Art du Jour Gallery during Friday's art walk. “High Desert Snag” by Lane Hall (below) and other works by the artist will be displayed at Facets Jewelry Studio.

Third Friday

Printmakers Nancy Jo Mullen and Barbara Mason, watercolor artists Lane Hall and Marianne Kauffman and strolling musicians are just a few of the highlights of the Third Friday art walk to be held this weekend in downtown Medford.

Art galleries, shops and restaurants will stay open late for Third Friday on Sept. 21. Each monthly art walk brings new showcases of artwork by regional artists. Many of the artists demonstrate their work 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.

Kauffman will be the featured artist at Art du Jour Gallery, 320 Middleford Alley. At the age of 86, the artist continues to capture her subjects with vivid shades of watercolors. Last year, she received an Award of Distinction from the Watercolor Society of Oregon for her painting "Essences of Iris II." Kauffman will be on hand to discuss her painting from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.

Art du Jour Gallery artist Norm Rossignol will demonstrate "plein aire" painting in front of Medford Interiors, next door to the gallery. Jazz duo Dan Fellman and Steve Fain will perform at the gallery during the event.

Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. See artdujourgallery.com or call 770-3190.

"Inspired to Print!" a series of wood block, intaglio and monotype prints by Mullen, of Medford, and Mason, of Aloha, will be featured at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St. A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be live acoustic music by Ed Rogers and Matt Anlas.

Rogue Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. See roguegallery.org or call 772-8118.

Rogue Valley artist Hall brings his own take on landscapes and still life using transparent watercolor. Works by Hall will be displayed at Facets Jewelry Studio, 24 N. Bartlett St. Hall holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Southern Oregon State College (SOU), and he is a Platinum Member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Hall shows his work at juried exhibitions held all over the country.

Other venues participating in the downtown art walk:

  • Grilla Bites Organic Restaurant, 226 E. Main St., 245-9802, will display photography by Bryan Mikota.
  • 38 on Central, 38 N. Central Ave., 776-0038, will display mixed media by various artists.
  • Yesterday's Blossoms, 275 Theater Alley, 772-3484, will display acrylic paintings by Larry Safley.
  • Corks Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, 235 Theater Alley, 245-1616, will display photography by Ken Deal.

Businesses supporting the Third Friday art walk include:

  • Schroeder's (new, used and antique furniture), 220 E. Main St., 779-9991.
  • Hot Pots, 217 E. Main St., 779-3443
  • Oh's Osaka, 35 N. Central Ave., 282-2334

Look for "Special Event" signs posted at the participating galleries and businesses.

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.

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