An outdoor lifestyle — fishing, camping and water-skiing — inspires Boni de'Laire Kettering's rugged outdoor landscapes.
With paintings of Diamond Lake, Crater Lake, the Rogue River, Applegate Lake, the Oregon Coast and Mount Thielsen, Kettering's work celebrates Oregon's varied and wild terrain.
"When you're outside, you capture the essence of the atmosphere and temperature," she says. "It's just a different feeling, and you have a stronger connection to what you're doing."
The oil and acrylic artist, along with Raymond Kelly (oil) and Norm Rossignol (watercolor and pastel), are Art du Jour Gallery's newest members. Their works will be displayed for the Third Friday art walk at the downtown Medford gallery.
There also will be new, colorful exhibits by veteran gallery members Ruthanne Bray, Millie Clarke, Kim Faucher, Margo Garnett, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Raymond Kelly, Dixie Kinser, Yvonne Kitchen, Susie Lee, Ginny Matheson, Marjett Schille, Ruth Hickok Schubert, Dick Woods and Shari O'Neal Young.
A reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.
The nearby Rogue Gallery & Art Center will continue to show its 2011 Art in Bloom invitational, titled "Between Earth & Sky." This year's invited artists are Linda Boutecoff, Jim Chamberlain, Tom Glassman, Pat Holton, Denise Kester, Leona Keene Sewitsky, Mike Smith, Harriett Rex Smith and Meredith Page. The exhibit highlights the literal, emotional and psychological themes of spring. Featured media include illustration, encaustic, photography, oil, watercolor and sculpture.
Mixed-media encaustic works by Rogue Community College professor Tommi Drake will be displayed in the Members' Gallery.
A reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St. There will be a monoprinting demonstration by Nancy Jo Mullen. For more information, see www.roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118.
The Downtown Throwdown will take a hiatus from its monthly food offerings, but will pick back up this summer. However, several downtown merchants will continue to provide food and wine.
Here's a look at what's happening elsewhere on Third Friday.
- Fiber arts by Thalia Truesdell will be at Deja New, 105 E. Main St. Call 541-772-1508.
- Food and wine pairing will be at Downtown Market Co., 231 E. Main St. Call 541-973-2233. Cost is $10, and wine is provided by Quady North.
- Oil paintings by Kelly Anderson will be at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Call 541-734-0930.
- Still-life photography by Christina Ellis will be at Father & Son Jewelry, 126 E. Main St. Call 541-774-8900.
- Landscapes by Katharine Gracey, inspired by French and Italian countrysides, and wine tastings by Caprice Vineyard will be at Lawrence's Jewelers, 232 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2986. There will be live music by The Syndicate, featuring drummer Jerry Horton, bassist Joe Capezza, saxophone player Kent Heyward, vocalist Cindy Wickman, keyboardist William Eckart and guest guitarist Gary Wade.
- Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp will be at Medford Interiors, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2503.
- Woven alpaca-fiber art by Jeff Merrifield will be at My Daughter's Closet, 237 E. Main St. Call 541-499-0882.
- Tie-dye art by John Lucas and jewelry by Shirley Lucas will be at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
- Paintings by Betty LaDuke will be at the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. Call 541-552-6699.
- The grand-opening celebration of The Studio at Living Opportunities' new location at 32 S. Central Ave. Call 541-261-5289.
- Works by artists from The Studio at Living Opportunities will be at Sunrise Catering and Cafe, 130 E. Main St. Call 541-245-0555.
- Works by students from Crater High School and North Medford High School will be at Sweet Stuff, 322 E. Main St., Medford. Call 541-772-4439.
- Works by Crater and NMHS students will be at Terra Firma, 309 E. Main St. Call 541-770-2728.
- Works by Crater and NMHS students will be at The Chi Room Yoga & Fitness Studio, 319 E. Main St., Suite 3. Call 541-608-9642.
There will be live music by rock band Hired Gun on the corner of Main and Bartlett streets.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.