Karen Cain-Smith’s oil painting, “The Friendly Southern Pacific,” featuring a Model T Ford parked in front of Medford’s old railroad depot, is used on the event poster for The Taste of History. Cain-Smith will be signing copies of the poster during the Third Friday art walk at Rogue Gallery & Art Center.

Third Friday

Artwork, live music, street performers and more artwork, along with a gala to celebrate Saturday's The Taste of History Wine Walk and Historical Tour at the Rogue Gallery, will be showcased during the Third Friday art walk to be held from 5 to 8 p.m., June 20, in downtown Medford.

The gala reception to kick off The Taste of History will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St.

An original painting by Karen Cain-Smith that was used for Taste of History's event poster, along with historical photographs of downtown Medford, will be displayed at the gallery, and copies of the poster will be available.

There will be a silent auction for an enlarged, framed event poster, plus live music by Jon Galfano, appetizers from Elements Tapas Bar and wines from RoxyAnn Winery.

"The Landscape Reconstructed," an exhibit of abstract landscapes and mixed-media works by Ashland artist Jerry Simon, will be displayed in the main gallery, and an open mic poetry session sponsored by the Oregon State Poetry Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery's garden on Theater Alley.

The Rogue Gallery also is the home of Studio Sfumato, an enterprise of Living Opportunities in Medford that includes more than a dozen handicapped artists who express ideas through visual arts.

Sfumato members will be on hand in the classroom at the Rogue Gallery, and Whatness, a duo featuring Ed Rogers and Matt Anlas, will present acoustic music. See roguegallery.org or call 772-8118.

Medford artist Shari O'Neal will present "Downunder: Downtown" — a collection of new work that features watercolor and collage landscapes inspired by her trips to Australia and New Zealand in 2007 — at Art du Jour Gallery, 320 Middleford Alley.

O'Neal is a member of Art du Jour and the Medford Arts Commission. She will be on hand at the gallery to discuss her work during the art walk.

A themed exhibit by gallery members, "Fish, Fowl and Four-Legged Friends," also will be presented. The exhibiting artists include Garland Arnaud, Betty Bangs, Jillian Crider, Richard Cronberg, Pam Edwards, Jennifer Eufusia, Margo Garnett, Edna Hanscom, Ruth Heath, Judy Huber, Marianne Kauffman, Norma Kibbey, Yvonne Kitchen, Ginny Matheson, Vicky McGee, Carol Eaton Preston, Ruth Hickock Schubert, Carol Sharp, Dick Woods and O'Neal.

Harp music by Mary Vannice will be presented at Art du Jour. See artdujourgallery.com or call 771-3190.

An exhibit of various artwork by regional artists will be presented in the space next door to Downtown Grounds Coffee Bar, 38 N. Central Ave.

Paintings and drawings by Eagle Point artist and art instructor Bob Faulkner; nature photography by Lara Strazdas; mixed media and watercolor paintings by Lane Hall; photography by Marilyn Gregory; pastels and charcoal drawings by Janet Rawlings; and mixed media by Valerie Coulman will be available. Call 245-9355 or 772-3484.

At Yesterday's Blossoms, 275 Theater Alley, there will be landscape photography by Dale Daniel; wildlife photography by David Irwin; fine art prints by Rick Hazen; and acrylic abstract paintings by the house artist, Larry Safley. Call 772-3484.

Ben Truwe will present his collection of vintage films that highlight Oregon's history from 5 to 8 p.m. at Yesterday's Blossoms, and jugglers and fire breathers Jeff Behrends, Ingrid Edstrom, Myrth and Kai will perform their street arts outside the flower shop in Theater Alley.

For more fun, look for a school of puppet fish parading around the area. Call 772-3484.

Grilla Bites, 226 E. Main St., will present watercolor paintings by Schubert and Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass, along with pen-and-ink drawings by Doug Haghan and photography by Tim Tidball. Call 245-9802.

Art at other venues along the art walk will include:

Paintings by Tamara Hayes at Edward Jones Investments, 214 E. Main St. Call 245-6239.

Artwork by various artists at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Call 734-0934.

Nancy Roberts of Plush Photography will present her work at Lotus Hair, Body and Soul, 10 N. Central Ave., Suite 214. Jeff Griffin will provide live keyboard music. Call 858-8177.

Photography by Ken Deal will be shown at Corks Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, 235 Theater Alley. Kent Hayward and Larry Cavalier of Living on Dreams will present jazz music. Call 245-1616.

Contemporary wall sculptures by John and Robbyn Runyon will be displayed at The Chef's Table on Main, 130 E. Main St. Call 773-1119.

Other merchants supporting the Third Friday Art Walk include the Bartlett Street Bookstore, 38 on Central, Hot Pots, Oh's Osaka, Schroeder's New, Used and Antique Furniture, John Nuich Jewelers, Medford Interiors, Suzanne's Gift Garden Home and Gervais Day Spa and Salon.

Maps highlighting the participating venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk. Look for "Special Event" signs posted at galleries and shops.

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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