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New exhibits open for Ashland's First Friday art walk

The Ashland Gallery Association hosts art walks the First Friday of every month in downtown Ashland, the Railroad District and surrounding areas.

On Friday, Sept. 1, participating galleries and studios will be open until 8 p.m. to present new exhibits and host art receptions. Most artists will be on hand to discuss their work and techniques. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues.

New monoprints by Denise Kester will be shown at Hanson Howard Gallery. Kester's style of magical realism is filled with human, animal and bird forms that come to life in imaginary settings with dreamlike qualities. Her book, "Drawing on the Dream," is about her creative process and the characters in her images. The book will be available at the gallery, and Kester will sign copies. Also look for colorful ceramics painted with images of animals by Julia Janeway.

Oil paintings and framed prints by Dana Feagin and poetry by Kat Von Cupcake will be showcased at Art & Soul Gallery. The exhibit, "Love Rhymes with Everything: Animal Ruminations Through Poetry and Paintings," includes whimsical animal paintings and poetry written from the animals' perspectives. The paintings and poems are featured in a book of the same title, available at the show. All sales of the book will be donated to Sanctuary One, a nonprofit care farm and animal rescue program in Jacksonville.

Glass artist Daniel Seffinger will display his art pieces at Ashland Art Center. Seffiner will demonstrate his process of using kiln-formed glass canes, murrines and stringers as design elements in his work.

Paintings by New York artists Loren Munk and Nathaniel Meade, "Painting About Thinking About Painting" and "The Wait," respectively, will be shown at the Schneider Museum of Art. Munk's paintings explore the relations between artists and art movements. Also look for paintings by late Ashland artist Clifford Wilton, whose work ranged from figurative abstracts through explorations of negative space. The exhibits will be complemented by essays of the work by writers Allen Frame, Thomas Micchelli and Nicholas Wilton. 

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association: 

AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or americantrails.com. Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, potter Pauline Romero.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or artandsoulgallery.com. "Love Rhymes with Everything: Animal Ruminations Through Poetry and Painting" by Dana Feagon and Kat Von Cupcake.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or ashlandartcenter.org. Art pieces by John Christer Petersen, Elaine Frennett, Janette Brown and glass artist Daniel Seffinger.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or ashlandartworks.com. "Patterns and Pathwys: The Beauty of Geometry and Nature's Landscapes."

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.facebook.com/cvagalleries. The annual "Tiny Art Show" can be found in the Thorndike, Meyer Memorial, Art department chairs, Boise-Cascade and JELD-WEN galleries. Photography by Matika Wilbur, "Project 562," will be displayed in the Retzlaff and Thorndike galleries.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Faces, Hidden and Revealed Masks: Portraits and Puppets," paintings, masks and puppets by five artists.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or hansonhowardgallery.com. "Drawing on the Dream" by Denise Kester and painted pottery by Julia Janeway.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or houstoncustomframing.com. Gallery artists Thomas Houston, Margie Mee, Michael Bianca, Stephen McMillan, Yugi Hiratsuka, Erin Lee-Gafill and Sean Bagshaw.

PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or ashlandphotographersgallery.com. John Christer Petersen.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6245 or sou.edu/sma. Exhibits by New York artists Nathaniel Meade and Loren Munk and late Ashland artist Clifford Wilton.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or yarnatwebsters.com. Shibui fall preview and trunk show.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

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

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., hillstationashland.com.

LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or 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 mcfineartsfoundation.org.

MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Outdoor equipment and apparel.

SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439.

Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:

BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, off Dead Indian Memorial Road, 541-488-9765, bellefiorewinery.com

CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St., 541-482-4131 or creeksidepizza.com.

ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or edenvalleyorchards.com.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or liquidassetswinebar.com.

SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or smithfieldsashland.com.

Working studio members:

DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, 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 gatheringglass.com. Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.

NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141, numinousstudiowest.com.

OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or oakleafstudio.net. Paintings, prints and cards by Lief Trygg.

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

SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., snowriverart.com, 602-448-4109.

STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., studio151ashland.com. Mixed media and sculptural wall art.

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, babayard.com or anndisalvo.com. Plein air paintings by Ann DiSalvo and "The Weekly Press Revisited," video projections by Bruce Bayard.