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First Friday art walk showcases new exhibits

The Ashland Gallery Association spotlights four artists for its First Friday art walk.

Lief Trygg will present a retrospective exhibit of paintings and drawings at Oak Leaf Studio; sculptors Robin and John Gumaelius and painter Robert Schlegel will show their work at Hanson Howard Gallery; "In Full Bloom," Suzanne Etienne's vibrant paintings, along with clay and metal flowers by Cheryl Kempner, will be displayed at Ashland Art Works; and wildlife photographer Dan Elster will present "Eyes of the Wild," a look through the lens at raptorial birds.

Trygg is known for his landscapes of Ashland and Southern Oregon. He began his career as a graphic designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, eventually starting his own advertising design firm and then working for technology companies and retailers. Since moving to Ashland in 2006, he's focused on his own art, and in 2014, he opened Oak Leaf Studio.

Look for ceramic and mixed-media assemblage and sculpture by husband and wife John and Robin Gumaelius at Hanson Howard. The couple combines ceramic, steel and wood to create animated human and birdlike sculptures that are often comical or bizarre. Also, Schlegel's paintings explore form and shape in the natural world and border between representational and abstract.

Painter Etienne is known for her vibrant and colorul paintings of summer cottages, vistas, farms, birds and woodland creatures. Her show at Ashland Art Works, titled "In Full Bloom" will showcase the beguiling beauty of flowers ... in vases, teapots or gardents. Kempner's ceramic "Crazy Birds" add even more whimsy and bright colors to the show.

Wildlife photographer Elster brings the feeling of the wild into his images with such details as a hawk's translucent eyelids or the large eyes of a great horned owl.

AGA will host its First Friday art walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, at participating galleries throughout the city, studios and restaurants. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues. Most artists will be on hand to discuss their work.

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, railroad jewelry.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or www.artandsoulgallery.com. Colorful abstracts in oil and acrylic by Alx Fox.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or www.ashlandartcenter.org. Dan Elster, Jennifer Anne Nelson and Linda Dixon. Live music by Generation Jones.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or www.ashlandartworks.com. "In Full Bloom," paintings Suzanne Etienne and ceramic flowers by Cheryl Kempner.

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. Video projections by Travis Lorenz in the Retzlaff Gallery; various media by SOU Spatial Studies in the Thorndike Gallery; digital prints by Justine Bruguier in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; oil paintings by Tracy Ballensky in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; ceramics by Epiffany Gombart and Caitlin McMorris in the Boise Cascade Gallery; mixed media by Melissa Harland in the Jeld Wen Gallery; various media by Gombart in the basement of the Marion Ady Building; and a juried student art show in the Stevenson Union Gallery.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Husbands, Wives and Lovers," art by couples Diane and Leonard Lea, Rebecca Gabriel and Jonah Bornstein, Judy and Mike LaNier, Bruce Barton and Jerri Cook, among others. Live music by guitar and sax duo Allison Scull and Victor Martin.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or www.hansonhowardgallery.com. Sculpture by John and Robin Gumaelius and paintings by Robert Schlegel.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or www.houstoncustomframing.com. Metal sculpture made of found objects by Margie Mee. 

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. Wildlife photography by Dan Elster.

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.

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. Retrospective exhibit of paintings, drawings and mixed media by Leif Trygg. Raw, vegan and gluten-free bites by Nan's Raw Goods will be served.

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

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.

'A Splash of Pinot!' oil and cold wax by Alx Fox, at Art & Soul Gallery.