Third Friday art walk in Medford

"Portrait of Insanity" (oil) by Susan Applegate will be displayed in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center's new exhibit, "A Canopy of Briars."

Artists are "going edgy" this Third Friday in downtown Medford. Nearly a dozen artists will display "edgy" artworks, Martin Ball will play "edgy" music, and there will be a variety of "edgy" activities, including artist demonstrations and face-painting, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Pear Blossom Park.

"My definition for edgy is stepping outside the box a little bit," says Jacksonville artist Cammy Davis, who organized the event. "This could mean different things for different artists. For me, it meant painting four paintings of eyeballs and going a bit more surreal."

Eagle Point photographer Jon Vait will have a Drum and Splash booth set up. A group of people can go into the tent, beat on paint-covered drums and come away splattered in paint and with a piece of original splash art. Afterward they will have the option to get their photo taken at Vait's photo booth or get "edgy" eyes from Ashland stylist Nancy Berry. (A 15-minute drum session costs $125 per group and includes paint and canvas.)

"A Canopy of Briars," a new exhibit of oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings by Yoncalla artist Susan Applegate, will be displayed at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St.

The exhibit is based on a two-year battle between the artist and the out-of-control blackberries bushes on her family's property. Fighting the brambles became an obsession for Applegate and, eventually, the primary subject of her artwork.

The exhibit includes blackberry-ridden landscapes, comical paintings of blackberries personified as purple people and still-life paintings of blackberry pies and pruning shears.

In the adjoining Community Gallery, Gayla Snow will display a series of two- and three-dimensional candy-wrapper collages.

An opening reception with wine by Weisinger's Winery, food by Harry & David and cheeses from Rogue Creamery will be from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday art walk. Call 541-772-8118 or see

This month, Art du Jour Gallery will feature vibrant pastel paintings by Medford artist Mary Jo Heath and, in the Salon, narrative, oil and acrylic paintings and one pencil study by guest artist Daniel Verner.

Heath's paintings depict the character and culture of Peru and highlight vendors in native dress, llamas, alpacas, cathedrals and monasteries.

Both artists will be present at a reception, held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Wine and finger foods will be served. Call 541-770-3190 or see

The All Aboard Trolley will be available to transport folks to and from The Commons and galleries during the art walk. 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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