Third Friday art walk in downtown Medford

    'Sunset Drama,' by Peter Coons.

    Galleries in downtown Medford stay open late for an art walk the third Friday of every month.

    Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Art du Jour Gallery and Life Art Studio will be open to present new exhibits by regional artists.

    Look for prints and paintings by Peter Coons and outdoor photography by Jan Hartmann will be displayed at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St. A reception for the artists will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

    Coons grew up in a family of artists and was influenced at an early age by the arts. The son of a fashion designer, Coons visited Europe as a teen with his father and experienced old-world culture. He studied in Florence, Italy, and his exposure to artists of the High Renaissance made an indelible impression.

    As a university student, he took ceramics and art courses and graduated with a degree in history. With a career in public service, he satisfied his artistic impulses with printmaking and painting classes and carefully studied the techniques of Degas, Corot, Turner and Inness.

    Coons is a member of the Artist’s Workshop of Southern Oregon and Pastel Society of Oregon. He's received awards from several pastel societies and his works have been displayed at exhibitions of the Pastel Society of Oregon, the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society.

    Working with printmaking processes and pastels, the Jacksonville artist creates abstract and realistic prints and paintings. With an appreciation of local landscapes, he portrays the intimacy of water features, forest paths, expanses of open lands and weather events while alternating between expressive or impressionistic treatments and more introspective tonal works.

    Hartmann was raised on a ranch close to Ramsay, Montana, spending many a day walked the countryside. This is where she grew to love nature and the beauty it offers.

    Her appreciation for natural scenes came together with photography while working at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. Many of her photographs were published in the donor campaigns for St. Labre Indian School. During a flood at the mission, she left the shelter waded knee-deep in water to capture some amazing images.

    Her exhibit at Art du Jour includes photographs taken in Utah, Arizona, Florida, Montana and Oregon, along with closeups of cactus, mountains, trails and the colors of fall.

    Also, the winner of Art du Jour Gallery's People's Choice contest, "Pen, Pencil & Pastel," will be showcased at the Feb. 16 reception.

    At Rogue Gallery & Art Center, a collection of paintings by Val Dann, "A Celebration of the Northwest Vineyards," will be displayed through March 9 in the community gallery at the art center, 40 S. Bartlett St.

    "Images From Africa" by Judy Benson LaNier will be displayed through April 3 in the Berryman Gallery inside the Craterian Theater, adjacent to the art center.

    A reception for Dann and LaNier will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Rogue Gallery.

    Original work by young artists will be displayed from 6 to 8 p.m. at Life Art Studio, 312 Middleford Alley; upcycled scrap art by Lo Smucher will be at Organic Natural Cafe, 226 E. Main St., also from 4 to 9 p.m.; and mosaics by Becky Solomon will be at Little Feet Children's Shoes, 24 N. Bartlett St., from 5 to 8 p.m.

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