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Third Fridays art walk in Medford

A mix of art exhibits, hors d'oeuvres, food and live music will be showcased during the Third Fridays art walk in downtown Medford. The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at various locations. Art du Jour Gallery, at 213 E. Main St., continues its 10th anniversary with exhibits by Pat Blair and Corinne Stubson in the main gallery and the gallery's salon, respectively. Blair, one the original members of Art du Jour, will show her collection of plein air landscapes and waterscapes from the Rogue Valley region. Blair takes many photographs, which she refers to when she is working in her studio. The artist is most attracted to reflections on water and the drama of shadows and light. First working with watercolors, Blair studied fine art at Eastern New Mexico University and Southern Oregon University. Now, she's moved into the world of pastels, studying with pastel and oil painter Richard McKinley.  The main gallery also is filled with new art by gallery members. Stubson, a mixed-media and altered-book artist, is self-taught, and her interest in book arts began almost 15 years ago. She looks for the lessons and essences of life and creates metaphorical book art that represents feelings, experiences and humor. Her ideas are inspired by simple word phrases, thoughts and even puns, and she uses various techniques with acrylics, inks and adhesives to create a variety of collages. An altered-book sculpture titled "She's Not Your Everyday Type" appears in Gabe Cyr's book "New Directions in Altered Books." Cyr is one of the foremost creators of altered books and altered art. Her book explains the basic techniques to newcomers, broadens the topic and finds new ways to transform a simple book into something amazing.  Meet Blair and Stubson at a reception for the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art du Jour Gallery, across from Vogel Park.

Two exhibits, "Bodies for Billions: The Work of Miguel Aragon" and "Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein-Air," continue to be displayed in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center's main gallery and community gallery, respectively.

Printmaker Aragon layers enlarged newspaper photographs of victims of the Mexican drug cartel wars and drills holes through them to create prints that depict violent images of death. A native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Aragon grew up surrounded by the fallout of the ongoing drug wars.

The plein air oil paintings of Ashland artist Burns include urban and rural landscapes from around the Rogue Valley. There also is an exhibit of more than 100 new pieces of art by dozens of artists in the members' gallery. Look for a variety of media.

An artists' reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St. Wine and cheese from Rogue Creamery and food from Harry & David will be served.

Look for a beer and wine garden in Pear Blossom Park on Bartlett Street, between Fourth and Fifth. Portal Brewing will serve craft beer, and Cliff Creek Cellars will serve wine made from grapes grown in Sams Valley. A trolley will be available to take visitors between the Rogue and Art du Jour galleries and the park. Also, look for fare from Wasabi Food Truck.

Live entertainment at the park will feature Ashland band St. Cinder — Dagan Bartholomew on old-timey percussion, Colton Ort on harmonica and vocals, and Charles Toney on guitar — playing ragtime, blues and folk. The concert is free.

'Rocks on Emerald Bay' and other pastel and watercolor landscapes by Pat Blair will be displayed at Art du Jour Gallery.