The Ashland Gallery Association hosts art walks in Ashland's downtown and Railroad District on the first Friday of every month. Participating galleries and studios stay open from 5 to 8 p.m. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues. Most artists will be on hand to discuss their work and techniques.
Ashland Art Center will showcase "The Art of Flowers," art by Melody Blore, and art books and mixed media by Denise Kester. Blore's colorful paintings are inspired by flowers, hats and French confections. Kester is known for printmaking and mixed media techniques.
Photography by Darcie Sternenberg will be showcased at Photographers' Gallery in the Ashland Art Center. Sternenberg will present a new exhibit of black-and-white imagery she calls "Ocean Falls." The images were created during a storm at Cape Perpetua on the Oregon Coast. Each click of her camera's shutter captured new relationships between water and rock as waves pounded the shore then pulled back to sea.
Houston's Custom Framing celebrates 22 years of business in Ashland — and its first year in a new space — with art by Thomas Houston, Margie Mee, Michael Bianca, Stephen McMillan, Yugi Hiratsuka, Erin Lee-Gafill and Sean Bagshaw. Look for landscapes on canvas by Houston, outdoor photography by Bagshaw and more.
The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:
AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or www.americantrails.com. Native American and Mexican arts and crafts, and wildlife paintings by Pam Stoehsler.
ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or www.artandsoulgallery.com. Dixie Kinser's "Color," colorful paintings that explore style and focus.
ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or www.ashlandartcenter.org. Melody Blore and Denise Kester. Live music by Tradewinds.
ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or www.ashlandartworks.com. "Right at Home," with creations by Marydee Bombick and Angelique Stewart.
GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. Oil paintings on canvas, linen and wood panels by Robert Paulmenn.
HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or www.hansonhowardgallery.com. Paintings by Laurel Bustamante, Kelly Brand and Élan Chardin Gombart, alongside photographic tin types by Alexandra Opie.
HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or www.houstoncustomframing.com. Gallery artists Thomas Houston, Margie Mee, Michael Bianca, Stephen McMillan, Yugi Hiratsuka, Erin Lee-Gafill and Sean Bagshaw.
NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or www.clubnimbus.net. Daniel and Stef Seffinger of Ashland Glass Act.
PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or www.ashlandphotographersgallery.com. Black-and-white photography by Darcie Sternenberg.
THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or www.yarnatwebsters.com. American-made "art-to-wear."
Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:
ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, www.ashlandnaturalmedicine.com. Contemporary artists.
HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., www.hillstationashland.com. "Transition," by Cathy Schoenberg.
LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or www.lithiaartisansmarket.com. A guild of regional artists and artisans display their work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October.
MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or www.mcfineartsfoundation.org. "Words in Red," a traveling exhibit of scenes intended to "visually communicate Christ to culture through fine art," features work by national artists Michael Dudas, Frank Ordaz, Chris Hopkins, Glenn Harrington, Mick McGinty, Ron DiCianni, Dan Chen and others. To accommodate the exhibit, the show will be moved to Rogue Coworks, 64 N. Pioneer St.
MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or www.ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Outdoor equipment and apparel.
SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., www.shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. "Grape Expectations," watercolor by Kay Myer.
Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:
BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, off Dead Indian Memorial Road, 541-488-9765.
CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St., 541-482-4131 or www.creeksidepizza.com.
ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or www.edenvalleyorchards.com.
LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or www.liquidassetswinebar.com.
SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or www.smithfieldsashland.com.
Working studio members:
DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, www.drawingonthedream.com. Monoprints and handmade books.
ENCLAVE STUDIOS: 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-301-5738, facebook.com/enclavestudioashland. Five fine artists at work.
GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., 541-488-4738 or www.gatheringglass.com. Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.
NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141, www.numinousstudiowest.com.
OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or www.oakleafstudio.net. Perspectives on nature by painter Leif Trygg.
PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, www.pumphousestudios.com.
SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., www.snowriverart.com, 602-448-4109.
STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., www.studio151ashland.com. Mixed media and sculptural wall art.
STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, www.babayard.com or www.anndisalvo.com. Paintings by Ann DiSalvo and video projections by Bruce Bayard.