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First Friday kicks off new year in Ashland

Galleries in downtown Ashland and its Railroad District unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4. Some artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues.

Gallerie Karon opens its traditional show, “East Meets East,” with a nod to the start of the new year in many Asian countries. New items to explore are from Afghanistan and Tibet. The gallery’s new addition, The Feathered Wing, features two rooms. One is filled with small, versatile pieces of furniture and art, and the second holds a striking mix of oriental furniture, antiques and icons. A reception will be held during Friday’s art walk on Jan. 4. Look for live music, munchies and many surprises.

Art & Soul Gallery opens its “Small Work” exhibit, small treasures showcasing the artistic talents of the gallery’s members. Look for original art in a variety of genre and media. A reception will be held with live music by Beth and Craig Martin and Todd Ragland.

Paula Fong will display her paintings in watercolor and ink at Creekside Pizza. Fong, who holds a master’s in ecology from Oregon State University, has illustrated many scientific publications, plant and wildlife posters, trail guides and interpretive trail signs.

“Travel Journaling with Watercolor,” an exhibit of small paintings by Darlene Southworth, will be displayed at the Ashland Art Center. Southworth hikes around the country painting in small, bound journals. The journals are a personal response to her travels, expressing what she sees, experiences and feels. In 2017, she was artist-in-residence at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Look for live music by folk duo Hollis Peach.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:

AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or americantrails.com. Indigenous arts, crafts, jewelry and wildlife gallery.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or artandsoulgallery.com. “Small Works,” by gallery members.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or ashlandartcenter.org. “Travel Journaling With Watercolor,” by Darlene Southworth.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or ashlandartworks.com. “Winter Wonders” holiday gift show.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. “East Meets East.”

GALT GALLERY: 40 N. Main St., 541-625-4014 or galtgallery.com. “Animals of the Spirit,” by Wendy Bloom, Loren Shaw and Mariano Padilla.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or hansonhowardgallery.com. Gallery artists’ holiday salon.

HOUSTON’S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or houstoncustomframing.com. Works by Thomas Houston, Russell Chatham, Stephen McMillan and others.

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or ashlandphotographersgallery.com. “Bittersweet: Yosemite 20 Years Later,” photography by Bobbi Murphy.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 555 Indiana St., 541-552-6245 or sou.edu/sma. “Terrain,” by Vija Celmins, Judy Pfaff and Ed Ruscha; “Field Burns,” by Patrick Collier; and “Outland About,” work by Carl Diehl and Susan Murrel, will be displayed through Jan. 5.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or yarnatwebsters.com. Artful ready-to-wear.

WALTON ART HOUSE: 800 N. Main St., 541-708-0501, waltonarthouse.com. Paintings by Jenay Elder and Molly Gardener, functional glass art by Chad G, Chaka, Jupiter Nielsen, and more. Wine and cheese will be served.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, ashlandnaturalmedicine.com. “Light of Love,” paintings by Harmonee Ashle.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 266 E. Main St., 541-488-2401, thecrownjewel.net. “Plein Aire at the Northern California Coast,” by Michelle Murphy.

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., hillstationashland.com. Hand-crafted decor and housewares from India.

MANZANITA HOME+FLOWERS+GIFTS: 55 N. MAIN ST., 541-488-1588. Artisanal pottery, lamps, textiles, decor and fresh flowers.

MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: At Pony Espresso, 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or mcfineartsfoundation.org. Art de Noel and a benefit for Masterpiece.

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

ROGUE COWORKS: 64 N. Pioneer St., 541-941-3252, gorogue.com. Jessica Lee Findleton.

SHEPHERD’S DREAM: 42 E. Main St., shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. Organic wool bedding. “A Study on the Transition of Life,” watercolors by Nora Costley.

ZAGORSKA OASIS SPA & SALT CAVE: 111 E. Main St., 541-810-8877, zagorskaoasis.com. Spa and salt cave.

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. Watercolor and ink paintings by Paula Fong.

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.

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. Mixed media works on paper by Richard and Rochelle Newman.

OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or oakleafstudio.net. New landscapes by Lief Trygg.

PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, pumphousestudios.com. Ceramics by Julia Janeway.

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

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, babayard.com or anndisalvo.com. Pastel portraits by Ann DiSalvo and large-scale digital collage by Bruce Bayard.

"Cascading," by Pam Haunschild, is part of Art & Soul Gallery's "Small Works" exhibit.