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First Friday

Messages of peace are a holiday tradition. "Standing for Peace," the third annual peace benefit at Gallery DeForest in Ashland, will offer words of peace and hope by some famous poets and regional poets through December.

Words by Bill and Jean Anderson, Nancy Bardos, Jonah Bornstein, Cathy DeForest, Sarah Flowers, Kirk Gooding, Mary Laird, Derek Pyle and Sandy and Patrick Tilcock will be featured alongside those of poets such as Robert Bly, Barry Lopez, Naomi Shihab Nye, William Stafford, Kim Stafford and Terry Tempest Williams.

The poetry is displayed on broadsides printed by Sandy Tilcock of lone goose press in Eugene. The broadsides are autographed by the poets.

The broadsides will be accompanied by fused glass art by Kris Hoppe and hand-blown glass by Steven Cornett.

Proceeds from "Standing for Peace" will benefit the "Welcome Home Project," a five-day retreat for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be held in May in Ashland.

Galleries throughout downtown Ashland and Railroad District offer new exhibits and opportunities to meet artists during the art walk held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. 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.

The AGA also publishes its annual Gallery Guide. It includes maps, photographs and gallery descriptions. See ashlandgalleries.com or call 488-8430.

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., americantrails.com, 488-2731.

The gallery features Southwestern and Pacific Northwest Indian basketry, weaving, jewelry, woodcarvings and pottery. Artwork by painter Linda Bark'karie, titled "La Vida de Muerte," or "The Life of Death," will be displayed.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006.

The gallery will feature a collection of miniature artwork by its member artists and live music from 5 to 8 p.m.

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. The gallery's Holiday Gift and Jewelry Show will feature handcrafted ornaments, wreaths and candles.

ASHLAND ARTISAN GALLERY: 163 E. Main St., 488-5698.

The gallery and Soroptimist International of Ashland will hosta fundraising event from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live music, food, raffles and drawings. Proceeds will benefit a new art and education center in Ashland.

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's Holiday Gift Show will showcase items from more than 70 studios.

DAVID BJURSTROM STUDIO AND GALLERY: 64 N. Pioneer St., bjurstromstudio.com, 201-1167.

The gallery will be closed through Dec. 19 while the artist exhibits at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. New graphite pencil drawings and limited edition prints by Bjurstrom are available on his Web site.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 222 A St., Ashland, bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227.

Featuring an art lounge and frame shop. "Good Things Come in Small Packages," original miniature artwork in a variety of media by gallery artists, will be displayed.

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.

"Heirloom Couture: Timeless Relics, Sophisticated Duds," featuring garments reborn from historic quilts and fragments by designer Joanne Kliejunas, will be presented.

FRANK PHILIPPS POTTERY: 88 N. Main St., 488-4177.

Pottery by Frank Philipps and pine needle baskets by Marie Cole will be presented.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008.

The gallery has 16 members and features art, antiques and artifacts.

GALLERY DEFOREST: 270 Fourth St., 482-1005.

"Standing for Peace," the gallery's third annual Peace Benefit, will offer printed broadsides and glass art. Proceeds will benefit the Welcome Home Project.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., gatheringglass.com, 488-4738.

Glass ornaments by Scott Carlson, Keith Gabor, Jeff Addicott and Dave Hein. The artists will demonstrate glass blowing.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hhgallery.com, 488-2562.

The gallery's Annual Holiday Salon will feature artwork by its members and new artists Randall Tipton, Tyrell Collins and Noriko Sugita Becraft.

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.

"Silk Sails," hand-painted silk wall hangings by Valerie Kitchen, will be presented. Confections from the Silly Rabbit Chocolate Company will be available.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., 488-2474.

The gallery's Holiday Showcase will feature a variety of artwork. There will be live music and demonstrations by the artists.

THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795.

The gallery's annual Holiday Open House will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a variety of artwork by regional artists and live music by jazz guitarist Ed Dunsavage.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621.

Sculpture and photography by Ashland artist Doug Beale will be presented.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, sou.edu/sma, 552-6245.

"Elegantly Frugal: Deceptively Simple," abstract paintings by regional artists, will be displayed through Dec. 8. Members of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers will perform a selection of Christmas carols from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., babayard.com, 482-2253.

New images from the series "Fables of the Surface" by Ann DiSalvo and digital images by B. Bayard will be displayed.

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. "Near and Far," photographs of flowers and landscapes around the Northwest by James Hannibal, and jewelry by Suzanna Solomon will be featured.

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 wood furniture and home decor.

HEADWATERS:, 84 Fourth St., headwaters.org, 482-4459.

Black-and-white images by Ashland photographer Kyle Logsdon will be presented. There will be live music.

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.

Wearable art by local artist June Frances will be presented.

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.

LITHIA ARTISANS AND THE BRISCOE ARTWING: The 2007 Holiday Market will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday at Briscoe Elementary, Laurel and North Main streets, Ashland. There will be live music and works by about 30 artists. The market continues on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 535-3733.

Broadsides such as this one featuring poetry by composer Leonard Bernstein will be featured in the 'Standing for Peace' exhibit at Gallery DeForest in Ashland. See listing on this page.