Third Friday art walk in Medford

"Merger" by Tamae Frame is included in the exhibit "Tao Duo," showing at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center.Photo by Julia Moore

In Rogue Gallery & Art Center's new exhibit, "Tao Duo," Gresham artist Tamae Frame and Eugene artist Annette Gurdijan reflect on interpersonal and spiritual experiences.

Frame, who was born and raised in Japan, will show 17 ceramic figurative sculptures, inspired by ancient Indian Hindu sculptures, Mesoamerican clay figures and Japanese Buddhist statues. According to a news release by the gallery, these slab-built sculptures are the embodiment of an inner calm.

Gurdijan, a University of Oregon graduate, applies oil paint to the surface of photographs to create haunting, abstract images that depict human conflict, struggles, beauty and pain. Gurdijan's multimedia artworks are strongly influenced by her Armenian heritage.

An opening reception with wine by Weisinger's of Ashland, food by Harry & David and cheeses from Rogue Creamery will be from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday art walk, July 19, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St. Call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

Art du Jour will feature a collection of psychedelic photographs by Medford digital artist Robert Sharp through July. Sharp's images are identified by bright colors, high saturation and a "dream-like" quality.

A second exhibit, "It's a Jungle Out There," featuring animal-themed paintings by gallery artists, will be displayed in the Salon. Meet artists, admire their works and enjoy wine and finger foods at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

Friday in Vogel Plaza, DJ David Lee will host a karaoke session, and several Volkswagen, BMW and Nissan cars, courtesy of Lithia Motors, will be displayed from 5 to 8 p.m.

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. This Third Friday, the All Aboard Trolley will be available to transport folks up and down Main Street during the art walk.

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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