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First Friday highlights: video collage, folk art

Ashland artist Bruce Bayard continues his exploration of time-based imagery with video collage at Studio A.B. His newest composite projections contrast trains, airplanes, forests and calm surfaces of water. His constantly changing video sequences are accompanied by prerecorded audio. The projections will run continuously at Studio A.B. during First Friday art walk.

Painter Michael Gibson's new exhibit, "Winescapes," pays homage to the surrealism of Salvador Dali and Giorgio de Chirico at Ashland Art Works. Gibson's work is inspired by the artists' originality, use of color and love of life. Gibson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. He taught design, life drawing, illustration, painting, graphic design and photography at the Houston Museum and the Art Institute of Seattle.

Ashland Art Works also is home to the following artists: Elin Babcock, Marydee Bombick, Suzanne Etienne, Cheryl Kempner, Claudia Law, Daniel Loch, Bonnie Morgan, George Popa, Lorene Senesac, Connie Simonsen, Angelique Stewart and John Weston.

American Trails Gallery showcases arts and crafts from the indigenous people of North America and Mexico. Throughout May, the gallery will feature woodcarving folk art from Oaxaca, Mexico. These fanciful carvings, called "alebrije" or "animalistas," were first created in the 1930s by Pedro Linares Lopez in Mexico City. His elaborate piñatas, carnival masks and religious figures made of papier-mache caught the attention of prominent gallery owners, along with Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo. Manuel Jimenez Ramirez began carving the colorful creatures from copal wood in the '70s.

Ceramic sculpture by Wataru Sugiyama and digital photography by Lewis Anderson will be displayed at Hanson Howard Gallery.

Sugiyama infuses contemporary charm and humor influenced by traditional Japanese motifs, history and mythology into his sculpture. His modern interpretations give the sculptures a modern twist. Along with historical elements, exquisite detail and facial expressions are featured in his work.

Anderson digitally blends photographs of the Pacific Northwest into imaginary landscapes, and his work has distinctive undercurrents of traditional Asian woodblock landscapes. Large in scale, some up to 80 inches wide, these landscapes have the ability to draw in the viewer.

The Ashland Gallery Association hosts First Friday art walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, at participating galleries, studios and restaurants. Some artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Art-walk maps are available at any of the venues.

Park free after 4 p.m. in yellow spaces behind the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street. The Allaboard Trolley will run from 5 to 10 p.m., picking up passengers behind the museum and making stops at Fourth and A streets and the Ashland Plaza.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association: 

AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or www.americantrails.com. Native American and Mexican arts and crafts.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or www.artandsoulgallery.com. “Spring's Sweet Flowering Month of May," watercolor paintings by Kay Myer.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or www.ashlandartcenter.org. Photography by Leonard Lea, watercolor illustrations by Paula Fong, handcrafted sterling silver jewelry by Marty Hogan, and others.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or www.ashlandartworks.com. "Winescapes," paintings by Michael Gibson.

CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. See www.facebook.com/cvagalleries. SOU galleries will participate in the Oregon Fringe Festival through May 6. See oregonfringefestival.org.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Artist as Poet: Part II," with art by Dori Appel, Todd Davis, Jesse Widener, Ken Deveney, Karen Wasser, Nancy Bardos and Brooks Garten Hauschild. A poetry reading with Jonah Bornstein, Steve Dieffenbacher, Joyce Epstein and Bruce Barton will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or www.hansonhowardgallery.com. Ceramic sculpture by Wataru Sugiyama and digital photography by Lewis Anderson.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or www.houstoncustomframing.com. Metal sculpture made of found objects by Margie Mee.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or www.clubnimbus.net. Daniel and Stef Seffinger of Ashland Glass Act.

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

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6245 or www.sou.edu/sma. "Convergence: Digital Media and Technology," an exhibit of playful and innovative media art that includes Vanessa Redwick's interactive installation "Medusa Smack," a "jellyfish tent" of meditative music and images.

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:

ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, www.ashlandnaturalmedicine.com. Contemporary artists.

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., www.hillstationashland.com. "Transition," by Cathy Schoenberg.

LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland Plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or www.lithiaartisansmarket.com. A guild of regional artists and artisans display work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October.

MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or www.mcfineartsfoundation.org.

MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or www.ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Outdoor equipment and apparel.

SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., www.shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. "Grape Expectations," watercolor by Kay Myer.

Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:

BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, off Dead Indian Memorial Road, 541-488-9765.

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.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or www.liquidassetswinebar.com. Photography by Rainen Janes, Dan Elster and Joseph Linaschke and paintings by Shanna Trumbly.

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

Working studio members:

DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, www.drawingonthedream.com. Monoprints and handmade books.

ENCLAVE STUDIOS: 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-301-5738, facebook.com/enclavestudioashland. Five fine artists at work.

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

NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141, www.numinousstudiowest.com.

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

PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, www.pumphousestudios.com.

SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., www.snowriverart.com, 602-448-4109.

STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., www.studio151ashland.com. Mixed media and sculptural wall art.

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, www.babayard.com or www.anndisalvo.com. Paintings by Ann DiSalvo and video projections by Bruce Bayard.

A screen grab from Bruce Bayard's video collage, showing at Studio A.B. in Ashland.