'Too' (spray paint) by student artist Forest Kell is part of Rogue Gallery's 'Best of the Best' art show.

Third Friday art walk in Medford

"All Things Old Are New Again" is the theme of April's Third Friday art walk from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Medford.

New exhibits, a poker walk, artist demonstrations and live music will highlight the monthly event.

"Windows and Doors," a multimedia exhibit by 18 gallery artists, working in watercolor, acrylic, pencil and collage, will be displayed through April at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St. There will be an artists' reception with refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Chinese guest artist Zhang "Lilac" Xiaojing, a teacher of Chinese language and culture at South Medford High School, will be on hand to demonstrate paper-cutting techniques. Xiaojing also will display paintings and Chinese knot art.

For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

The 27th annual "Best of the Best" student art show opens Friday and runs through May 4 at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. An opening reception, catered by a high school culinary class, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery. Teachers from 17 local high schools submitted 150 works — paintings, drawings, collages, illustrations, sculptures, ceramics and woodworks — by students for the exhibit. Student works will be judged by professional artists, who will select a handful for inclusion in the gallery's "Best of the Best" hall of fame. Call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

The Heart of Medford Association will host its third poker walk this year. Participants can pick up a score card, map and instructions at any of the participating businesses. This month's prize for the winning hand will be a $100 gift certificate to Nui Kai. Participating businesses are 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, 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.

Immy, artist Cammy Davis' pomimo dog, returns to the art walk, this time dressed in 1930s clothing to promote the relighting of the Holly Theatre sign Saturday, April 21. (See www.hollytheatre.org for more information.) There will be a slide show of historical theater images in Vogel Plaza during the art walk.

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

  • Live music by acoustic duo True North and food and 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.
  • Pastel and watercolor portraits Clista Prelle-Tworek at Organic Natural Cafe, 226 E. Main St. Call 541-773-2500.
  • Jewelry by Jim Carney at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • Artwork by members of Osher Lifelong Learning Program at the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. Call 541-552-6699.
  • A painting demonstration by Veronica Franko 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 Third Friday art walks. Contact the Arts Council of Southern Oregon at 541-779-2820 or email board@artscouncilso.org.

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