Skulls and skeletons are the main symbols for the ceremonial rituals of Dias de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed away. The three-day Dias de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration culminates on Nov. 3, the same day of the First Friday art walk in Ashland.
American Trails, a gallery that features Southwestern art, will present "La Vida de Muerte," or "The Life of Death," a series of works by painter Linda Bark'karie, during First Friday's art walk. Touched by the ancient celebration of the dead, Bark'karie challenges the preconceived notion of skulls and skeletons representing the dark side of death. Her vibrant, colorful images are of happy souls.
Wood carvings by Inocencio Vasques — such as one that depicts devils drinking mescal around a table while skeletons in traditional mariachi costumes play a tune for their underworld compadres — also will be displayed.
A Dia de los Muertos celebration offering altars, artwork, fresh tamales and refreshments also will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Briscoe Artwing. A parade of the altars honoring the dead will follow the party. See listing on page 30.
Galleries throughout the downtown area and Railroad District offer new exhibits, opportunities to meet the artists and see demonstrations of their work during the art walk that is held from 5 to 8 p.m. Many of the participating galleries also offer live music, hors d'oeuvres and other refreshments.
The monthly art walk is sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association, and maps are available at any of the locations and at the information kiosk on the Ashland Plaza.
AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., americantrails.com, 488-2731.
The gallery features Southwestern and Pacific Northwest Indian basketry, weaving, jewelry, woodcarvings and pottery. A series of artwork by painter Linda Bark'karie titled "La Vida de Muerte," or "The Life of Death," will be displayed, along with wood carvings by Inocencio Vasques.
ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006.
The gallery features original art in various media by state and nationally recognized artists. "An Odyssey through Art and Architecture," a collection of watercolors painted by Sylvia Miller at locations in Italy, France, Portugal, Guatemala, Bolivia and other countries around the world, will be presented. There will be live music by Nathan Hoyt.
ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., ashlandartworks.com, 488-4735.
Featuring contemporary artwork with four galleries and artists' studios in a garden setting on Ashland Creek. Tibetan-style weavings and masks by Monique Barker will be featured, along with live music and artist demonstrations. The gallery's annual holiday gift show will be open through Dec. 24.
ASHLAND ARTISAN GALLERY: 163 E. Main St., 488-5698.
The artists at the gallery and art center will demonstrate the sights, smells and tastes of "food" art.
ASHLAND HARDWOOD GALLERY: 17 N. Main St., hardwoodgallery.com, 488-6200.
Showcasing fine woodwork and woodworkers from around the world.
BLUE HERON GALLERY AND GIFTS: 90 N. Main St., blueherongalleryandgifts.com, 482-7762.
The gallery and gift shop showcases artwork from more than 70 studios. Oil paintings of the deep canyons, high mountains and flowing water of the Rogue River by former river guide Elizabeth Black will be presented.
DAVID BJURSTROM STUDIO AND GALLERY: 64 N. Pioneer St., bjurstromstudio.com, 201-1167.
New graphite pencil drawings and limited edition prints by Bjurstrom will be featured.
BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 222 A St., Ashland, bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227.
Featuring an art lounge and frame shop. "Love of the Outdoors," a collection of photographs taken by husband and wife team Jay and Sue Newman, will be presented through November.
DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., davisandcline.com, 482-2069.
Glass, sculpture and two-dimensional art are featured at the gallery. "Photography 2007" featuring Jeff Krolick and the "Eighth Annual BFA Exhibition" featuring Southern Oregon University student Emily Banz will be presented.
FOURTH CORNER FINE QUILT GALLERY: 258 A St., Suite 10, fcquilts.com, 552-1818.
"Migratory Patterns: Crossing Paths of Birds and Quilts," featuring quilts in avian themes, will be presented through Monday, Nov. 19. After Nov. 23, "Classic 19th Century Red, White & Green Quilts" will be displayed.
FRANK PHILIPPS POTTERY: 88 N. Main St., 488-4177.
New work by Ashland photographer potter Frank Philipps and hand blown glass ornaments by Craig Zweifel will be presented.
GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008.
Featuring art and antiques. "Tale of the Zebra: A Love Story," lithographs with African themes by the late Vernon Lawhorn, will be displayed.
GALLERY DEFOREST: 270 Fourth St., 482-1005.
"A Refined Image," featuring jewelry by Celeste Giordano, photography by Elizabeth Opalenik and hand blown glass by Steven Cornett, will be presented.
GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., gatheringglass.com, 488-4738.
Scott Carlson and Keith Gabor will demonstrate the art of blowing glass.
HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hhgallery.com, 488-2562.
"Art Matters," a juried exhibition held in conjunction with Horizon Institute' "Celebration of the Human Spirit," will be presented.
HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., houstoncustomframing.com, 482-1983.
Small intimate works by gallery artists Yuji Hiratsuka, Russell Chatham, Danielle Desplan, Laurent Schkolnyk and Thomas M. Houston will be presented.
ILLAHE DESIGN STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: 500 A St., illahetile.com, 488-5072.
Featuring custom tile and artwork. "Dia de los Muertos," new mosaics by Penny Meads, plus a cornucopia of hand-painted tiles and confections from the Silly Rabbit Chocolate Co. will be available.
JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., 488-2474.
The studio of J. Ellen Austin. The gallery opens its Holiday Showcase featuring a variety of artwork.
THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795.
Offering a variety of media from artists around the Northwest. Ashland artist Linda Lamore will be featured through November.
NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621.
Featuring contemporary arts and crafts. Images of the people, landscapes and wildlife of East Africa by Beaverton photographer Dave Ohlsen will be presented.
SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, sou.edu/sma, 552-6245.
"Elegantly Frugal: Deceptively Simple" will be displayed through Dec. 8 at the museum. A First Friday poetry reading will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., babayard.com, 482-2253
The studio features drawings by Ann DiSalvo and digital art by B. Bayard. Bayard will unveil his commissioned 2008 Ashland Independent Film Festival's poster during the art walk.
THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., yarnatwebsters.com, 482-9801.
Artful clothing, jewelry and accessories by hand spinners, weavers and knitters.
Associate members of the Ashland Gallery include:
THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St., thecrownjewel.net, 488-2401. Featuring "Near and Far," photographs of flowers and landscapes around the Northwest by James Hannibal will be presented, along with jewelry by Suzanna Solomon.
FABRIC OF VISION: 145 E. Main St., Ashland, fabricofvision.com, 482-4009. "Unexpected Textiles," fabric art stretched with wood and wire by Denise DeMarie, will be presented.
FURNITURE DEPOT: 498 Oak St., furnituredepot.com, 482-9663. Featuring solid wood furniture and home decor.
HEADWATERS:, 84 Fourth St., headwaters.org, 482-4459.
Artwork in oil and metal by J. Paul and Priscilla Andrews that reflects the natural world will be presented.
LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., No. 201, liquidassetswinebar.com, 482-9463.
Paintings by Camille Bianco and Rodney Birkett and mixed media photography by Michael Gibson will be displayed through November.
LOOKING GLASS BEADS AND JEWELRY: 283 E. Main St., lookingglassbeads.com, 482-7000.
Jewelry designed from contemporary, vintage and antique African trade beads will be displayed.
PELTON HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: 228 B St., peltonhouse.com, 488-7003.
Works by Sarah Patterson, Cathy DeForest and Tom Dothage will be displayed. Patterson is a photographer who focuses on nature and people from around the world.
OTHER FIRST FRIDAY EVENTS:
BRISCOE ART WING: 265 N. Main St., Ashland.
A Dia de los Muertos celebration offering altars, arts and crafts, live entertainment, fresh tamales and refreshments will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. A parade of the altars honoring the dead will follow the party. The altars will be displayed through Nov. 12 at Briscoe Art Wing. Call 535-1854.
THE MOBIUS: 281 Fourth St., Ashland, 488-8894.
An award celebration to honor Oregonians with disabilities will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Paintings by artists from Studio Sfumato, live music by Rivers' Invitation, Ax Prince and David Christian and catered food from the Ashland Food Coop will be presented. Merchants, service providers and individuals who contribute to accessible lifestyles for the disabled will be recognized. The event is sponsored by the Disabled United in Direct Empowerment. Call 951-1409 or see www.dudesrus.org.
INWARD BOUND WELLNESS: 611 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, 488-0108.
Monochrome photographs by Crystal Munoz of landscapes and women will be displayed at the yoga center. A reception for the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.