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Third Friday art walk in Medford

Be your own art at this month's Third Friday art walk. A costume promenade will be part of the downtown Medford event, to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in downtown Medford.

Come dressed in your most creative disguise and enjoy live music, wine and works by local artists.

Through October, Talent artist Norm Rossignol will be the featured artist at Art du Jour Gallery. Rossignol works primarily with watercolor but also will be showing works in acrylic, pastel and oil. His exhibit is composed predominantly of Southern Oregon landscapes, from Merlin to Jacksonville. Rossignol often narrows his focus from an entire landscape to a single, rudimentary object. For example, one of his works, "Hinging Time," is merely a strap hinge hanging by a single nail.

"I like to paint things that people don't normally notice," he says.

Rossignol also likes to overstate colors to "capture expression and temperature" and draw the viewer's attention to something that might have otherwise been overlooked.

Although he has been painting for about 25 years, Rossignol has become much more active in the past decade. He co-founded the Plein Air Society of Southern Oregon and teaches watercolor, acrylic and pastel at a local art store.

Art du Jour Gallery also will display works by Ruthanne Bray, Cammy Davis, Millie Clarke, Kim Faucher, Margo Garnett, Georganna Happel, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Boni de'Laire Kettering, Raymond Kelly, Dixie Kinser, Yvonne Kitchen, Susie Lee, Ginny Matheson, Margery Mercer, Marjett Schille, Ruth Hickok Schubert, Dick Woods and Shari O'Neal Young.

There will be an artists' reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

"Oregon Summer Harvest," a series of works by Ashland artist Betty LaDuke, will run through Friday, Oct. 28, at Rogue Gallery & Art Center. In 2010, LaDuke made regular visits to Fry Family Farm and Le Mera Gardens, where she would sketch the harvesters as they moved up and down the rows of vegetables, strawberries and flowers. Back in the studio, LaDuke transferred the sketches to large pieces of plywood, which were then routed to emphasize the bordering shapes. Afterward, LaDuke applied layers of acrylic paint mixed with sand.

The retrospective exhibit at Rogue Gallery also will feature mixed-media drawings of goats and cows, etchings, acrylic portraits of family and Oregon landscapes by LaDuke. There will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St. See www.bettyladuke.com or www.roguegallery.org or call the gallery at 541-772-8118.

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

  • Live music by acoustic guitarist David Ouellette will be at Downtown Market Co., 231 E. Main St. Call 541-973-2233.
  • Watercolor paintings by Lane Hall and multimedia works by Paul Kelly will be at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Call 541-734-0930.
  • Jewelry by Chi Galatea Huynh, live music by pianist Georgia Weidman-Clarke and guest vocalist Ann Horton, along with wine provided by Caprice Vineyards, will be at Lawrence's Jewelers, 232 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2986.
  • Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp will be at Medford Interiors, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2503.
  • Custom sculptures and stone planters by "The Garden Chicks" will be at My Daughter's Closet, 237 E. Main St. Call 541-499-0882.
  • Tie-dye art by John Lucas and handmade greeting cards by Shirley Lucas will be at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • Figurative ink works by Esther Mapes, printmaking by Southern Oregon University students, landscapes by Colleen Ward and screen-printing by Jess Gleason will be at the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. Call 541-552-6699.
  • Works by artists from The Studio at Living Opportunities will be at Sunrise Catering and Cafe, 130 E. Main St. Call 541-245-0555.

Other downtown businesses that will be open for the art walk are Beerworks, 323 E. Main St.; Central Art Supply, 101 N. Central Ave.; Norris Shoes, 221 E. Main St.; Pacific Diamond Jewelers, 2 N. Central Ave.; Phat Kat Tattoo and Piercing, 36 S. Riverside Ave.; Terra Firma, 309 E. Main St.; and Three Girls Threads, 105 E. Main St.

Throughout the evening, acoustic guitarist Grant Nelson will play at various locations along Main Street.

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

Artists working in all media are invited to participate in a rotating schedule for the Third Friday art walks. Contact the Arts Council of Southern Oregon at 541-779-2820 or email board@artscouncilso.org.

'Mountain Cabin,' a watercolor painting, and other works by Norm Rossignol are displayed through October at Art du Jour Gallery in downtown Medford.