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First Friday

Galleries throughout the downtown Ashland area and Railroad District offer new exhibits and opportunities to meet artists during the First Friday art walk held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the beginning of every month. Many of the participating galleries also offer art demonstrations, 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, which includes maps, photographs and gallery descriptions. See ashlandgalleries.com or call 488-8430.

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., americantrails.com, 488-2731. Southwestern and Pacific Northwest Indian art and crafts. Sculptures of horses and bears designed in clay by Oregon artist Blythe Eastman will be displayed.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006. Artwork by national and regional artists. "A Rose is a Rose, is a Rose," a collection of color photographs by Nancy Fox will be presented for First Friday.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., ashlandartworks.com, 488-4735. Contemporary artwork with four galleries and artists' studios in a garden setting on Ashland Creek. The gallery's Holiday Gift and Jewelry show continues with handcrafted porcelain ornaments, wreaths and candles.

ASHLAND ARTISAN GALLERY: 163 E. Main St., 488-5698. Works in a variety of media by regional artists and artisans. Meet members of the gallery's new art center, a resource for art exhibits and education, on First Friday.

ASHLAND HARDWOOD GALLERY: 17 N. Main St., hardwoodgallery.com, 488-6200. Fine woodwork and woodworkers from around the world.

BLUE HERON GALLERY AND GIFTS: 90 N. Main St., blueherongalleryandgifts.com, 482-7762. The gallery's New Year's Show will showcase art at sale prices.

DAVID BJURSTROM STUDIO AND GALLERY: 64 N. Pioneer St., bjurstromstudio.com, 201-1167. New graphite pencil drawings and limited edition prints by Bjurstrom.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 222 A St., Ashland, bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227. An art lounge and frame shop. "Good Things Come in Small Packages," original miniature artwork, will be available.

DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., davisandcline.com, 482-2069. Glass, sculpture and two-dimensional art. 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. Handmade quilts. The gallery will be closed through Feb. 29.

FRANK PHILIPPS POTTERY: 88 N. Main St., 488-4177. Pottery by Philipps. The gallery will be open by appointment only through January. Call 482-2059.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008. Artwork, antiques and artifacts. "East Meets East II," a collection from the near and far East, will be presented for First Friday.

GALLERY DEFOREST: 270 Fourth St., 482-1005. Works by regional artists. "Standing for Peace," the gallery's third annual Peace Benefit, will continue through January. Proceeds will go toward the Welcome Home Project, a retreat for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be held in May in Ashland.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., gatheringglass.com, 488-4738. Handblown glass art by Scott Carlson and Keith Gabor. The gallery will be closed until Saturday, Jan. 12.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hhgallery.com, 488-2562. Contemporary art by Northwest artists. A group show with an emphasis on large paintings will be presented.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., houstoncustomframing.com, 482-1983. Small 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. A tile showroom and fine arts gallery. Stained glass by Ron L. Rogers of The Fourth Son Stained Glass will be presented.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., 488-2474. Artwork in various media. The gallery's Holiday Showcase features multimedia artists exploring cultures, history and techniques.

THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795. Fine art by Northwest artists. The gallery will be open by appointment only through January.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621. Works by contemporary artists and artisans. Sculpture and photography by Ashland artist Doug Beale will be presented.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, sou.edu/sma, 552-6245. A resource for fine art exhibits and education. "SKIN" and "Cross Currents," exhibits of prints by University of Alberta faculty and students will open Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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, including the artist's 2008 Ashland Independent Film Festival, will be displayed.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., yarnatwebsters.com, 482-9801. Artful clothing, jewelry and accessories by hand spinners, weavers and knitters.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St., thecrownjewel.net, 488-2401. Artwork and handmade items by regional artists. "New Then," works in mixed media by J. Robison that take a light-hearted look at time and clocks, will be presented.

FABRIC OF VISION: 145 E. Main St., Ashland, fabricofvision.com, 482-4009. Fiber art. "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.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., No. 201, liquidassetswinebar.com, 482-9463. Watercolor paintings by Elaine Fernett, abstracts by Keith Johnson and whimsical paintings by Jean Bakewell will be displayed.

LOOKING GLASS BEADS AND JEWELRY: 283 E. Main St., lookingglassbeads.com, 482-7000. Jewelry designs in gemstone and vintage beads. Designs by 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.

OTHER FIRST FRIDAY EVENTS:

NUWANDART: 258 A St., No. 2, Ashland, 488-4ART. Photography by Leslie DeLorean of Orgone Studio in Ashland and Brad Wallis will be presented. DeLorean's work includes images of the 2007 Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Wallis' work includes nudes. Both shows will bedisplayed through January.

'Flora' and other photographic images by Nancy Fox will be presented in 'A Rose is a Rose, is a Rose,' an exhibit at Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland. A reception for the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.