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First Friday showcases new art exhibits at Ashland galleries

Visit galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District the first Friday of each month and discover new exhibits, live music, artist demonstrations and opportunities to meet the artists. 

Highlights for the Nov. 6 art walk include "Breaking the Prejudices That Bind: A Study of Art in Politics," an exhibit at Jega Gallery and Sculpture Garden; “Beauty in the Time of Climate Change,” an exhibit of photography at Hanson Howard; "Complex," photographs by David Chambers at Summit & Fields; and nature photography by Dan Elster at Liquid Assets.

At Southern Oregon University, art student Trevis True explores today's social values with photos from an online dating service. His exhibit, "Denatured," will be displayed through Nov. 13 in the Thorndike Gallery at the Center for Visual Arts. A biographical exhibit of sculpture by Kara Gandesbery will be displayed in the Retzlaff Gallery, and "The Tiny Art Show" will be in the Meyer Memorial and Art Chairs gallery. 

There will be receptions for the artists at the downtown galleries from 5 to 8 p.m. Pick up a gallery tour map at any of the listed galleries, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce or download one from www.ashlandgalleries.com.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association: 

ADELANTE! GALLERY: 130 E. Main St., 214-587-7686 or www.adelantegallery.com

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or www.artandsoulgallery.com. "Adventures in Abstraction," landscapes in mixed media by Dodie Hamilton-Brandon.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or www.ashlandartcenter.org. Pen-and-ink and watercolor landscapes by Carolee Buck.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or www.ashlandartworks.com. An array of handcrafted affordable art, gifts and cards created by member artists, along with graphite drawings by Althea Keiser. 

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. The gallery's annual gift show offers something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or www.hansonhowardgallery.com. "Beauty in the Time of Climate Change," photography by Doug Smith, Jim Chamberlain, Vincent Leandro, David Lorenz Winston and Darcie Sternenberg. Visitors can create a cardboard "tile" that represents why they love Oregon through Sunday, Nov. 8, at the gallery. Paints, paper and other materials will be provided. The tiles will be used for a large mosaic on Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to show lawmakers that the time for climate policies are now. See www.oregonclimate.org/fall_art for information.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., 541-482-1983 or www.houstoncustomframing.com. Art by Thomas M. Houston, Erin Lee-Gafill, Stephen McMillan, Yuji Hiratsuka, Richard Royce and Richard Spare.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or www.clubnimbus.net. "Endless Possibilities," oil paintings by Linda Lamore. 

PERDITA: 33 N. Third St., No. 7, perditaofashland.com. "It's a Wonderful Livings: Art of the Simple Things."

PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or www.ashlandphotographersgallery.com. Photography by Leonard H. Lea.

PUSH ART GALLERY: 274 Fourth St., Suite 1, 360-393-2145 or www.pushartashland.com. "Congruences," nudes in pastel and charcoal on handmade paper by Mabrie Ormes. 

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6245 or www.sou.edu/sma. "Breaking Patterns," an exhibit of optical and perceptual abstracts by Gabriele Evertz, Anoka Faruqee, Gilbert Hsiao, Douglas Melini and Michael Scott. Ride the Allaboard Trolley to and from the museum from downtown Ashland. The trolley will shuttle patrons between 5 and 10 p.m. There will be three stops on the trolley's route: the Schneider Museum of Art; A Street between Fourth and Fifth streets in the Railroad District; and at the Ashland Plaza. Wine will be served at the museum until 8 p.m.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or www.yarnatwebsters.com. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ARTISAN EYEWORKS: 215 Fourth St., 541-708-5350, www.artisaneyeworks.com. 

BELLA TERRA FINE JEWELRY: 60 E. Main St., 541-708-6300 or www.bellaterrajewelry.com.

HANNON LIBRARY: On the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6816 or www.hannonlib.sou.edu. 

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., www.hillstationashland.com. Imports from around the world.

PELTON HOUSE: 228 B St. 541-488-7003 or www.peltonhouse.com. Wildlife photography by Dan Elster.

SUMMIT AND FIELDS: 337 E. Main St., 541-941-2946 or www.summitandfields.com. Photography by David Chambers captures the landscapes and people of the Maipo River basin in the Santiago Metropolitan region of Chile.

Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:

BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, 541-488-9765. Photography by John Christer Petersen. 

CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St., 541-482-4131 or www.creeksidepizza.com. 

ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or www.edenvalleyorchards.com. Paintings and mixed media by Whitney Rolfe and Aaron Taylor.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or www.liquidassetswinebar.com. Wildlife photography by Dan Elster.

SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or www.smithfieldsashland.com. Paintings by Sarah F. Burns.

Working studio members:

EYA STUDIO: 349 E. Main St., suites 5 and 7, 541-973-7477 or wwwelizabethyorkart.com.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., 541-488-4738 or www.gatheringglass.com. Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., 541-488-2474 or www.jega4art.com. Sculpture and mixed media by Northwest artists.

OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or www.oakleafstudio.net. Landscapes in pastel by Leif Trygg.

SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., 602-448-4109 or www.snowriverart.com. Mixed media by Olivia Gower. 

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, www.babayard.com or www.anndisalvo.com. Electronic collage prints by Bruce Bayard and figurative drawings by Ann DiSalvo.

'Emigrant Lake Bed' and other photographs by Darcie Sternenberg will be featured through November at Hanson Howard Gallery.