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New exhibits highlight First Friday art walk

Hanson Howard Gallery, Ashland Art Center, Gallerie Karon and Snow's Place are among the highlights of the Ashland Galleries Association's First Friday art walk to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, in downtown Ashland, the Railroad District and at Southern Oregon University.

"For the Birds," an exhibit of original paintings at Hanson Howard by Jhenna Quinn Lewis and Claire Duncan and photographer Barbara Orsow, offers interpretations of the way birds fascinate, enchant and connect us to the natural world. Birds also remind us of our responsibility to our environment, and 10 percent of art sales will benefit the Klamath Bird Observatory.

Textiles by Jo Ann Manzone and Samantha McDermott will be displayed at Ashland Art Center. Manzone and McDermott use natural fibers and dyes. Live music by Phoebe Knowles will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and music by Accapellare will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Gallery Karon's "Artist as Poet" showcases artists who also are poets, and vice versa. Highlights of this exhibit include Cathy DeForest's and Derek Pyle's three-folio set "Alchemy: Invitations and Offerings." A portrait of Maggie Smith as Lady Violet from PBS's "Downton Abbey" by Bruce Barton and Jerri Cook Barton will be displayed. Also look for sketchbooks with notations by poets Steve Dieffenbacher and Jonah Bornstein.

Snow's Place will host oil painter Jessalyn Jones, a graduate of art from Southern Oregon University. Jones also studied art at Emerson College in England, as well as in Florence, Italy. Jones is also a singer for local band Fractal Love Jam. The band will perform from 5 to 8 p.m.

Look for opening receptions at participating galleries. Pick up gallery tour maps at any of the listed galleries, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download one from www.ashlandgalleries.com.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association: 

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or www.artandsoulgallery.com. "Awesome Oregon," paintings by Sue and Steve Bennett of Jacksonville.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or www.ashlandartcenter.org. "Mother Earth: The Art of Botanical Printing," by Jo Ann Manzone

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or www.ashlandartworks.com. New paintings by Suzanne Etienne.

CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. See www.sou.edu. "Near Mint," a print collection of Southern Graphics Council International in the Retzlaff Gallery. Student exhibits "Square Struggles" by Ania DuBois; "Movement" by Victoria Johnson; "Broiled Grapefruit" by Hannah Bakken Qamuuqin Maxwell and Trevis True; and "Nebulous Delineation" by Forrest Fenske will be displayed in the Thorndike, Meyer Memorial, Art Department Chairs and Boise-Cascade galleries, respectively.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Artist as Poet," poetry matched with artwork, including a three-piece folio by Cathy De Forest and Derek Pyle, and a portrait of Downton Abby's Lady Violet on a porcelain plaque by Jerri Cook Barton.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or www.hansonhowardgallery.com. "For the Birds," Paintings and photographs by Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Claire Duncan and Barbara Orsow.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., 541-482-1983 or www.houstoncustomframing.com. Gallery artists Stephen McMillan, Laurent Schkolnyk, Richard Royce, Yuji Hiratsuka, Sean Bagshaw, Larry Leigh, Erin Lee-Gafill and Thomas Houston.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or www.clubnimbus.net. Contemporary paintings, glass, wood, ceramics and jewelry.

PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or www.ashlandphotographersgallery.com. "If a Tree Could Speak ...," photography by John Kirk.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6245 or www.sou.edu/sma. "In Scene," a group exhibit of eight artists who explore the state of the natural world in modern times through installation, video, sculpture and photograms.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or www.yarnatwebsters.com. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ARTISAN EYEWORKS: 215 Fourth St., 541-708-5350, www.artisaneyeworks.com. Photography by Darcie Sternenberg.

ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, www.ashlandnaturalmedicine.com. Local contemporary artists.

BELLA TERRA FINE JEWELRY: 60 E. Main St., 541-708-6300, www.bellaterrajewelry.com. Artisan jewelry.

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., www.hillstationashland.com. Home decor, housewares, jewelry and shoes from exotic locales.

SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., www.shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. "Landscape Paintings for Changing Pace," a variety of oil and watercolor paintings.

SUMMIT AND FIELDS: 337 E. Main St., 541-941-2946 or www.summitandfields.com. Men's and women's clothing.

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. "Earth Paints," by Leah Mebane. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or www.liquidassetswinebar.com. Photographer by Rainen Janes, Dan Elster and Joseph Linaschke and paintings by Shanna Trumbly.

LOFT BRASSERIE & BAR: 18 Guanajuato Way, 541-482-1116, ww.loftashland.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.

THE DESIGN STUDIO: 258 A St., No. 10, 541-227-8680, www.dianeericson.com.

THE ENCLAVE: 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-301-5738, facebook.com/enclavestudioashland.

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. "Blue Moon Eclipse."

OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or www.oakleafstudio.net. Pastel paintings by Lief Trygg celebrate flowers, gardens and remote settings.

PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, www.pumphousestudios.com.

REBECCA GABRIEL STUDIO: 404 Wilson Road, 541-488-3831, www.rebeccagabriel.com. "Contemporary Realist," paintings, drawings and mixed media.

SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., www.snowriverart.com, 602-448-4109. New oil paintings by Jessalyn Jones.

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, www.babayard.com or www.anndisalvo.com. Figurative drawings by Ann DiSalvo and digital image collages by Bruce Bayard.

STUDIO SHOSHANAH: 502 A St., www.cybermuse.com. Paintings by Craig Comstock.

SUZANNE ETIENNE STUDIOS: 143 N. Third St., 831-325-7600, www.suzanneetienne.com. Colorful, contemporary art.