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First Friday: Art walk in Ashland

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights of First Friday in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. This free year-round community event is filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues.

Hanson Howard Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019. Over the years, the gallery has represented many exceptional regional artists. Join the gallery in February for an exhibit from the Hanson Howard Collection ... made available for purchase at original prices through Feb. 26.

Photographer Debra Harder’s new show, “The Comforts of Home,” opens Feb. 1 at The Photographers’ Gallery in the Ashland Art Center. Harder’s indoor, still-life scenes taken on cold winter days use natural light streaming from windows and are reminiscent of old paintings.

“Pictorial Lullabye,” paintings by Lindy Kehoe, will be displayed at Shepherd’s Dream. Kehoe works in oils, acrylics, ink, watercolor and graphite, and her landscapes depict dream-like characters and animals.

Studio artists from Ashland Art Center — Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone, Peggy Biskar, Janine Twining and Gayle Erbe-Hamlin — explore multiple ways of using natural indigo dye in their textiles. Look for handmade garments and textile wall art.

Also at Ashland Art Center, Jennifer Anne Nelson will show her “Freed From the Halls of Amenti” works in oils, soldering iron and ink that explore the mysteries of ancient legends.

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 Paintings Plus One,” small works in a variety of media by gallery artists, continues through February. Guest artists include Cheryl Bain, Carol Cochran, Sydney Embry, Barbara Eshoo, Kim Faucher, Karen Nicholes, Pamela Ourshalimain, Jasmine Patten, James Sampsel and Trisha Stricklin.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or ashlandartcenter.org. “Shades of Blue: Dying With Indigo,” by Marta Marthas, Jo Ann Manzone, Peggy Biskar, Janine Twining and Gayle Erbe-Hamlin.

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

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 facebook.com/cvagalleries or call 541-552-8315. New student and community art exhibits displayed in the Art and Marion Ady buildings include Emma Kincade’s thesis work “In the Grain” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Amelia Carley’s “Amble Elsewhere” in the Thorndike Gallery; Isabel Underwood’s paintings “Golden Delicacies” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Maeve Payne’s collection “Needless Nerves” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; and Julianna Farrar’s work “Unruly” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery. A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

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

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. Art from the Collection of Hanson Howard Gallery.

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. “The Comforts of Home,” photography by Debra Harder.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 555 Indiana St., 541-552-6245 or sou.edu/sma. Group exhibit, “From Ignorance to Wisdom,” will be displayed. Look for work by Robert, Arellano, David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Robin Strangfield, Adam Bateman, Miles Inada and Maria de Los Angeles. “From Ignorance to Wisdom” will be displayed alongside a solo exhibit, “Suds Ur Duds/Fermentation Elastic,” by visiting artist and scholar Ryan Kitson.

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.

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 Ashley.

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. “Pictorial Lullabye,” by Lindy Kehoe.

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.

"Two Pears and a Book," photography by Debra Harder, at The Photographers' Gallery in the Ashland Art Center.