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Quills & Queues: First Friday to feature a diverse program

Ashland Gallery Association’s First Friday Art Walk will feature a diverse program of artists at various venues throughout town. Art and Soul Gallery will feature work of local artist Penny Simmons, in a show entitled “A Reminiscence.” Simmon’s work is in oil and watercolor. Simmon’s began working in watercolor some 25 years ago before moving into other media, and her work in oil is informed by the French Barbizon School. Says Simmons: “art is ... the balance of drive, tenacity and dedication regardless of the medium.”

The Ashland Art Center — a mainstay of the Ashland art scene since 2007 — will be open on First Friday with a stable of 50 local artists, including 20 artist studios onsite. CVA Galleries at Southern Oregon University will show work of Andrew Youngblood, Keaton Garnett and Matthew Spurlock, as well as other featured SOU students in their “Spring Round 3!” exhibition.

At Galt Gallery, new curator on the block Campbell Baker will feature a group show which will include works by Susan Brynner, Sheree Kaslikowski, Kelly Daugherty, Daniela Molnar, Danny Stephens, Ryan Spangler, Penda Diakite, Gypsy Boo Love, Crystal Desai and Hilarie Couture.

Ashland Art Works (the five-gallery campus on Oak Street with a sculpture garden to boot) will show original work of jeweler Liz Ellingson in hand-fabricated sterling silver. The artist will be present. Judy Howard and Élan Chardin of Hanson Howard Gallery will feature new stylized landscapes by Jon Jay Cruson alongside the playful and intricate ceramic figures of Robin and John Gumaelius.

At the Ashland Photographer’s Gallery on East Main, a range of local photography will be featured, including work of Kate Geary, John Kirk, Dan Elster, Heinz Danzberger and others. Gallerie Karon in the Railroad District lists their June 2018 show in the Ashland Gallery Association’s online guide as “Husbands, Wives and Lovers.”

The Schneider Museum of Art will feature four artists across their four primary spaces for the duration of the Summer, with Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez’s “Casta Paintings” — “art in two languages dealing with the curious and extraordinary experience of roaming between ... two worlds” in the Heiter Gallery, and Douglas Melini’s “When the Moon Hangs on the Wall” (says Melini, “my paintings explore both the abstract and pictorial nature of making an image ... the drawn line is loaded with so much information and emotion, it sets up the basic elements of a pictorial space such as ?gure and ground”) on display in the Main Gallery.

Esther Ruiz’s “Hyperion” — inspired by “space operas, pop culture, geometry and the setting sun” and featuring objects that operate “simultaneously as miniature landscapes from a distant future and actual size sculptures informed by ... Minimalism” — will be in the Treehaven Gallery, with Karla Wozniak’s “I Often Dream of Mountain” (sic) taking over the Entry Gallery with paintings of natural landscapes “infused with ecstatic energy” which will include large-scale paintings of mountains and smaller paintings of window views.

Finally, at Ken Silverman’s Nimbus Gallery (currently for sale, in addition to artwork, is the business itself

), arts patrons can see a range of contemporary paintings, glass, wood, ceramics and jewelry on display for First Friday, although no specific artist is being showcased for June.

The Ashland First Friday Art Walk runs year round on the first Friday of each month, from 5 to 8 p.m. Additional information can be found at www.ashlandgalleries.com/events/first-friday-artwalk.

Ashland resident Jeffrey Gillespie is a Tidings columnist, arts reviewer and freelance writer. Email him at gillespie.jeffrey@gmail.com.

Image courtesy of Galt Gallery"CabaKo” by Penda Diakite, a mixed media work which will be featured at Galt Gallery this June.