Third Friday art walk in Medford

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"Tasty Shapes," mixed-media on canvas, and other works by Margery Mercer are displayed at Art du Jour in Medford.

Enjoy the art walk with someone special this Third Friday. Local photographer Arica Grafton will be out and about during the art walk, taking pictures of love wherever she sees it. Her photos will be posted on the "Medford's Third Friday" Facebook page.

The monthly affair happens from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in downtown Medford. Several exhibits will carry over from January, including Rogue Gallery & Art Center's "Figuratively Speaking."

The juried exhibit, which will show through March 1, features sculptures, paintings and drawings of the nude human figure. Artists represented are Kevin Christman, Keith Johnson, Inger Nova Jorgensen, Katherine Gracey, Janet Higgins, Denise Souza Finney, Christie Michele Stewart, Karen Staal and Daniel Verner.

In conjunction with the exhibit, "Reposable," a collection of figurative works in watercolor, acrylic and charcoal by members of Ashland's Pomegranate Group, will open in Rogue Gallery's Community Gallery. Participating artists are Rachel Barrett, Ann DiSalvo, Ellen Falkner, Mori Samel-Garloff, Denise Souza Finney and Ruthe Woudenberg.

A reception with wine by RoxyAnn Winery, cheeses by Rogue Creamery, snacks by Harry & David, and live music by the Madrigal Singers and Preston Mitchell will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Participate in the gallery's art hunt for a chance to win a free art class in the Rogue Studio.

Art du Jour also decided to continue its January exhibit, "Far Away Places," through February. The exhibit, with works by nearly 20 gallery members, includes paintings of Egyptian pyramids, Canadian lighthouses, Mexican beaches and English countrysides. There also will be new, individual exhibits by gallery members: Pat Blair, Ruthanne Bray, Millie Clarke, Alx Fox, Margo Garnett, Gayle Gray, Dodie Hamilton, Georganne Happel, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Boni Kettering, Dixie Kinser, Yvonne Kitchen, Susie Lee, Ginny Matheson, Margery Mercer, Norm Rossignol, Bobby Sharp, Dick Woods and Marilyn Zupan.

A reception with Valentine's Day treats will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

Watercolor and acrylic paintings by young, local artist Emily Torrence will be on display at My Daughter's Closet, 237 E. Main St., and 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 board@artscouncilso.org.


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