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First Friday

Luscious oil paintings by Nicole Etienne Powell, bas relief collage and graphite drawings by Jan Schmitz, ceramic sculpture by Susan Springer and Penelope Dews and various works by Marie Maretska, Virginia Andrade and Jim Robinson will be showcased during the First Friday art walk in Ashland's downtown and railroad district.

The art walk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., and visitors can look for many other new exhibits at participating galleries, along with wine-tasting and live music.

Powell is an international artist who is based in New York City and has had shows at Origins Galleries in Dublin, Ireland, and at Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barts in the French West Indies. Her work also has been exhibited in Scotland, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and Australia. Her show in Ashland will be at Etienne Gallery, owned by her mother, Suzanne Etienne. Schmitz, Springer, Dews, Maretska, Andrade and Robinson are fine artists who live and work in the Rogue Valley.

Art walk maps are available at the galleries and at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Check the following listings for details.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., americantrails.com, 488-2731. Pottery, prints, baskets and jewelry in American Indian themes. Handcrafted jewelry by Priscilla Nieto and Harvey Abeyta of Santo Domingo, Mexico, will be showcased.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006. "When Nature Sings," oil paintings by Susan F. Greaves of Redding, Calif.

ART FX: 45 E. Main St., 482-1499. Fine custom and unique jewelry by Chuck Troutman and "How Much Longer," a collection of sculpture by Peregrine O'Gormley.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., ashlandartworks.com, 488-4735. Galleries, studios and a sculpture garden. "Artists of the West," an exhibit featuring pastel landscapes by Clive R. Tyler, silk paintings by Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, oil paintings by Sandra VanderWall, acrylic and oil paintings by Thomas Stotts and photography by Cynthia Wolf. Tyler and Wolf will be at the First Friday reception, and the two artists will offer workshops through the month of August. Call 214-587-7686 to register.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 552 A St., bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227. An art lounge, framery, gift shop and live performance venue. "Sexy Beast," a new exhibit featuring oils and acrylics by Martique Lorray, sculpture by David Gelfand and Marco Stanton, will be showcased. Classical guitarist Bil Leonhart will perform, and Conscious Wine will offer wine tasting.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St., lindacurtisstudio.com, 482-9900. A series of bas-relief collage and works in graphite by Jan Schmitz will be displayed, along with works by Nancy Block, Melanie Cardinal, Marie Ann Carson, Linda Curtis, Shan Lolis, Margery Mercer, Shari O'Neal Young and Larry Safley.

DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., Suite 1, 482-2069, davisandcline.com. The gallery's exhibits are posted at davisandcline.com. The gallery is not open during the First Friday art walk.

Etienne GALLERY: 270 Fourth St., 482-1766, etiennegallery.com. "Into the Garden," a collection of nudes, still life and mysterious animals by Nicole Etienne Powell.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008. "Woman's Journey: A Life in Paintings" by Rebecca Gabriel. The artist will introduce her new book of color illustrations, titled by the same name, and there will be live jazz and wines from South Stage Cellars.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hansonhowardgallery.com, 488-2562. "Three Artists, Three Media, Three Processes" featuring glass on metal by Marie Maretska, clay sculpture by Jim Robinson and mixed-media by Virginia Andrade.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., houstoncustomframing.com, 482-1983. Chalk pastels by Thomas Houston and works by gallery members Russell Chatham, Yuji Hiratsuka, Mayumi Oda and others. There will be improvisational music by Houston and Bruce Bayard.

ILLAHE DESIGN STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 215 Fourth St., illahetile.com, 488-5072. Ceramic and steel sculpture by Susan Springer, Penelope Dews and Cheryl Williams. There will be a demonstration by Dews and live music by guitarist Matt Gwinip.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., jega4art.com, 488-2474. A garden art complex that includes Studio AB — featuring artists Ann Disalvo and B. Allen Bayard — and the Toni Renée Copper Gallery.

THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795. Landscapes in oils and pastels by Deborah Garber, along with music by Dave Swan and Jeff Addicott.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621. Fine art and contemporary crafts, along with mixed-media wall assemblages by Grace Hoff and mixed-media paintings by Linda Lamore.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., sou.edu/sma, 552-6245. A resource for fine art exhibits and art education. The museum is closed during the First Friday art walk.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., yarnatwebsters.com, 482-9801. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery include:

ALBION INN: 34 Union St., albion-inn.com, 488-3905. Paintings by Robert Burridge.

ashland springs hotel: 212 E. Main St., ashlandspringshotel.com, 488-1700. Exhibits in the lobby.

ASHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: 280 Maple St., Ashland, 201-4015. Promoting arts and health care, the hospital will display photography by Sidney Edwin Field, oil paintings by Anyes B., hand-painted scarves by Joy Light, handmade wool purses by Carol Harvey, weaving by Thalia Keple and jewelry by Robyn Lane. There will be live music by Roots & Wings, wine, strawberry lemonade and hors d'oeuvres.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St., thecrownjewel.net, 488-2401. "Fables of the Surface," graphite drawings by Ann DiSalvo.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., No. 201, liquidassetswinebar.com, 482-9463. Photography by Suzy Birster-Hudson and Kate Geary and paintings by Ann Kinkade.

PELTON HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: 228 B St., peltonhouse.com, 488-7003. Photography by Sarah Patterson and paintings by Cathy DeForest.

Working studio members:

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

POSITIVELY 4TH STREET STUDIO & GALLERY: Pottery, glass, folk art and paintings.

studio 5: 258 A St., No. 5 (above Lela's Cafe), 482-7266. Oils and watercolors by Mary Hills and works by other local artists.

'Monkey and Butterfly' and other oil paintings by Nicole Etienne Powell will be featured during August at Etienne Gallery in Ashland.