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The art of Guy Pederson and John Buck

Hanson Howard Gallery near the Plaza is showing new works from Guy Pederson who has returned to his studio after an eight-year hiatus. Pederson's real passion lies in the privacy of his studio where he can experiment with various media and explore new ideas.

His past work includes a mastery of watercolor painting, printmaking, encaustic and photography, all executed with his own unique sense of composition. This exhibition in a sense "takes up where he left off" with a combination of figurative monotypes and energetically drawn pastel figures. Pederson's juxtaposition of figures, chairs, and background offer an abstraction in vivid colors.

Hanson Howard Gallery, located at 82 N. Main Street, is an expressive art space with contemporary flair. Call (541) 488-2562 or visit .

Gallery DeForest, in Ashland's historic Railroad District, features Shizen: Inspired by Nature, showing paintings by Kiyomi Kubo, monoprints by Linda Yoshisawa and lanterns by Cathy DeForest. Each month, Gallery DeForest presents unique exhibits including etchings, photography, artist books, letterpress broadsides, and paintings.

The gallery is a working studio, so you might find DeForest demonstrating her etching press, Brenda Cornett letterpress printing or Nancy Bardos making silver jewelry.

Come smell the ink, crank one of the presses, or experience the intimacy of holding one of DeForest's artist books in your hands. Each visit promises to be a unique experience.

Gallery DeForest is located at 270 Fourth Street. For gallery information, call (541) 482-1005 or visit .

First Friday Art Walks are an Ashland tradition hosted by the Ashland Gallery Association. Some 31 member galleries and associated businesses open their doors 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month to show new artwork.

Many galleries offer food, wine, and music, along with a chance to meet featured artists.

See or call 488-8430 for a free map. Art Walk maps may also be picked up at any member gallery, as can the informative Ashland Gallery Guide.