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Third Friday art walk in Medford

Local teens have taken over the walls of Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Works by 11 students from North, South, Eagle Point and Phoenix high schools, as well as Crater Renaissance Academy, will be displayed through Friday, May 3, at the Rogue Gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.

An opening reception with cheeses by Rogue Creamery, snacks by Harry & David, and nonalcoholic beverages will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, during the Third Friday art walk.

The exhibit marks the culmination of the eighth annual Teen Mentoring Project. The participating students were selected from a pool of about 30 applicants and underwent a rigorous application process for a place in the program, says Brooke Nuckles Gentekos, the gallery's education director.

Each of the selected students was paired with one of six professional artists — Ann DiSalvo, Silvia Trujillo, Mary Wilkins-Kelly, Nancy Jo Mullen, Amy Godard Navickas and Ted Helard — to create a piece for display.

"I'm really impressed with the quality of the artwork the teens created this year," Gentekos says. "They all went above and beyond."

The exhibit includes a colored-pencil drawing printed on a skateboard by Nicholaus Carrero; a still-life oil painting by Gabe Epperson; oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings by Jodie LaRayne Smith; pinhole photography by Monica Camargo and Katie Guisler; monotype prints by Haylee Steadman; a screen print and an installation by Jessica Bowers; screen prints and a sculpture by Kaylee Prislac; digital prints from comic books by Ariel Statchwick and Melora Mylin Williams; and a graphite-on-paper illustration by Luis Barajas. Works by mentors also will be displayed.

In the neighboring Community Gallery, there will be more than 100 colorful paintings by fifth-grade students from Jackson and Kennedy elementary schools. For information on either exhibit, call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

"Visual Explosion," a collection of abstract art, and "Inspiration of the Masters," paintings inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and other greats, will be featured this month in Art du Jour's Salon and Main galleries, respectively.

Contributing gallery artists include Millie Clarke, Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, Alx Fox, Gayle Gray, Dixie Kinser, Margery Mercer, Bobby Sharp, Dick Woods, Judy Hubler, Ruth Heath, Pat Blair and Susie Lee.

There will be an artists' reception with wine and refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

Medford band The Syndicate, featuring vocalist Cindy Wickman, will perform classic and contemporary pop-rock covers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, and in conjunction with Earth Day, employees from Pacific Power will be available to discuss the company's Blue Sky program from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Vogel Plaza.

Several other downtown businesses and restaurants will be open and showing art for Third Friday.

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.

Nicholaus Carrero, a student at Phoenix High School, worked with mentor Ann DiSalvo to draw this seascape, which he later had printed on his skateboard. - Photo by Julia Moore