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Third Friday art walk in Medford

Growing up in a converted chicken house with no electricity or running water and a dirt floor, Kim Faucher learned to appreciate nature rather than material possessions. Faucher's father managed a sawmill in Northern California, where Faucher was first exposed to art — drawing on blocks of mill ends. She has long since established herself as an accomplished watercolorist.

"Meanderings," a collection of watercolor paintings by Faucher, will be featured through November at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday art walk, Nov. 19, in downtown Medford.

"This show includes Lithia Park and other local sites, the Southwest, fantasy and my own backyard," says Faucher in a press release.

The artist, who moved to Medford in 2001, continues to paint "en plein air" as much as possible as well as at her Leaping Turtle Studio in Medford. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 N. Bartlett St., Medford, will continue to display its Day of the Dead-inspired exhibit through Wednesday, Nov. 24. "Viva La Vida: Synthesis of Cultures" features paintings, drawings, prints, collages and sculptures by 24 Los Angeles artists and explores traditions of ancestral remembrance shared by cultures worldwide.

For the fast-approaching season of holiday gift-giving, support local artisans by shopping Rogue Gallery's "Spirit in Hand" Holiday Art Boutique. The boutique features handcrafted items such as jewelry, dyed and woven scarves, handbags, soaps, pottery, sculpture, decorative glassware, dining accessories and small artworks by regional artists and artisans. Prices range from $15 to $300, and the majority of proceeds benefit the artists. "Spirit in Hand" opens Friday, Nov. 19, and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24 (closed Nov. 24-29 for Thanksgiving). The gallery boutique will be open until 8 p.m. on Third Fridays, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

"It's part of our mission to support local artists and give them a venue for exposing their art," says Heather Crow, the gallery's development director.

See www.roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118.

Chefs participating in the monthly Downtown Throwdown will concoct a dish featuring November's tear-jerking ingredient — the onion. Look for white balloons outside participating venues. Food service is limited to the first 100 people.

Here's a look at what's happening elsewhere on Third Friday.

  • Photography by Tom Glassman and acrylic paintings by Kendra Lichtenwaller will be displayed at 38 Central, 38 Central Ave. Call 541-776-0038.
  • Oil paintings by Cathy Gallatin will be at Gallatin's Gallery & Gifts, 222 W. Sixth St. Call 541-245-0645.
  • Oil paintings by Donna Lantis and acrylic paintings by Betty Bangs will be at Lawrence's Jewelers, 232 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2986. There will be live music by The Syndicate, featuring guitarist Stephen Gerritz, vocalist Cindy Wickman, drummer Jerry Horton, bassist Joe Capezza, saxophonist Gordon Greenley, keyboardist J.C. Domingue and guest vocalist Ann Horton.
  • Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp will be at Medford Interiors, 323 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2503.
  • Artwork by Pat Moore, Pegi Smith, Catharina Stendal, Isabelle Alzado, Ciel Alzado and Miles Frode will be at Organicos Natural Cafe, 226 E. Main St. Call 541-245-9802.
  • Jewelry by Jim Carney will be at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • Photography by Louis Ruth will be at Shuttertime 1 Photography, 33 N. Central, No. 411. Call 541-245-3826.
  • Work by artists from The Studio at Living Opportunities will be at Sunrise Catering and Cafe, 130 E. Main St. Call 541-245-0555.
  • Work by young artists will be at the Rogue Valley Family YMCA, 522 W. Sixth St., Medford. Call 541-772-6295.

Other downtown businesses that support the art walk include A Sheer Vision, Hair & Nails & Wigs, 14 N. Bartlett St.; Dance Arts Center — home of Medford Civic Ballet — 9 Hawthorne St.; Hot Pots, 217 E. Main St.; Oh's Osaka, 123 S. Front St.; Gaetano Ristorante Italiano, 35 N. Central Ave.; Mamma Mia Gelateria, 42 S. Central Ave.; Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St.; and My Daughter's Closet, 16 S. Bartlett St.

Parking in downtown Medford and in the Sixth Street parking structure is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Artists working in all media are invited to participate in the Third Friday art walks. See www.thirdfridayartwalk.org or call 541-890-4940 for details.

'Lithia Creek' and other watercolor paintings by Medford artist Kim Faucher will be displayed through November at Art du Jour Gallery in Medford.