Medford hosts downtown art walk

"Mirage" and more than a dozen other watercolor paintings by Medford artist Marilyn Zupan will be displayed through September at Art du Jour Gallery in Medford.

For September's Third Friday art walk, Heart of Medford will preview entertainment scheduled for the upcoming Multicultural Fair, and downtown Medford galleries and businesses will show works by local and regional artists.

Folk-dance troupe Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre will present traditional Mexican dances, and Douglas Ross will play dulcimer, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Vogel Plaza.

In conjunction with its Drive Less Challenge Week, Rogue Valley Transportation District will host a Third Friday reception, featuring live music by Mike Bowman from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a cartooning demonstration by Curt Evans and a drawing for a $25 gift card, at RVTD's Front Street Station.

And City of Medford Parks & Recreation has contributed to Third Friday fun by converting four parking spaces along Main Street into miniature parks with sod, trees and picnic tables.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center will show "Waking Dreams: Mortal Furniture," a series of dramatic oil paintings and digital hybrids — drawings that have been scanned, digitally manipulated, printed and painted — by California artist Kathryn Jacobi through Friday, Sept. 28.

Jacobi's paintings depict figures engaged in mysterious, frightening and sometimes funny scenarios. She says the paintings are a direct stream of consciousness and reflect visions experienced in a hypnagogic state. Light and dark panels at the top and bottom of the paintings show "duality and opposition," and the interaction or lack of interaction between figures holds most of the information.

There will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St. For more information, call 541-772-8118 or see

This month, Art du Jour will spotlight Medford artist Marilyn Zupan, who started painting three years ago under the direction of her mentor Norm Rossignol.

As her father is British, Zupan spent three years in southern England. Many of her watercolor paintings depict the beauty and softness of the English countryside and cottages.

A reception with refreshments will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see

Several other downtown businesses and restaurants will be open and showing art for Third Friday.

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

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