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New exhibits open for First Friday art walk

The Ashland Gallery Association hosts art walks in downtown Ashland, the Railroad District and surrounding areas the first Friday of every month.

On Friday, Sept. 1, participating galleries and studios will be open until 8 p.m. to present new exhibits and host art receptions. Most artists will be on hand to discuss their work and techniques. Art-walk maps are available at any of the venues.

"The Female of the Species: Part II," an all women artists invitational, will continue through September at Gallerie Karon. Artists from Oregon, California and Hawaii will be represented. Look for Native American-style baskets and gourds by Leona Nelson; pastel paintings Janet Patterson; paintings in Japanese black ink by Liz Shepherd; collage by Gloria Kramer; and hand-painted silk wall hangings and banners by Jenwah.

Furniture maker John Weston will be in the spotlight at Ashland Art Works. Weston uses woods found in the Rogue Valley for his pieces. Also look for decorative and functional pottery for the home by Bonnie Morgan, and sterling silver and stone jewelry by Liz Ellingson at the gallery. Rodeo Flyer, a country, rock and blues band, will perform in the parking lot behind Ashland Art Works' main gallery.

Large-scale paintings of Ashland and Lithia Park by Leif Trygg, along with prints and cards, will be available at Oak Leaf Studio, set between Hanson Howard Gallery and Ashland Art Works on Oak Street.

Native American artist Farrell Cockrum will be showcased at American Trails. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, painter uses streaming colors and a touch of abstraction to depict images of native figures and honored animals such as eagles, bison and horses. Cockrum studied at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association: 

AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or americantrails.com. New Mexico painter Farrell Cockrum.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or artandsoulgallery.com. "The Birds and the Bees," paintings by Pamela Haunschild. Look for wine, snacks and live music.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or ashlandartcenter.org. Darlene Southworth and Jo Ann Manzone. Wine and live music.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or ashlandartworks.com. Furniture by John Weston, pottery by Bonnie Morgan, jewelry by Liz Ellingson and live music by Rodeo Flyer.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "The Female of the Species: Part II," silk artist Jenwah, pastels by Janet Patterson, Sumi-e ink by Liz Shepherd, collage by Gloria Kramer and Native Americans baskets and gourds by Leona Nelson.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or hansonhowardgallery.com. Paintings by Claire Duncan and sculpture by Christian Burchard.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11, 541-482-1983 or houstoncustomframing.com. Gallery artists Thomas Houston, Margie Mee, Michael Bianca, Stephen McMillan, Yugi Hiratsuka, Erin Lee-Gafill and Sean Bagshaw.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or clubnimbus.net.

PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or ashlandphotographersgallery.com. John Kirk.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or yarnatwebsters.com. Handmade "art-to-wear."

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

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

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., hillstationashland.com.

LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland Plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or lithiaartisansmarket.com.  A guild of regional artists and artisans display their 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 mcfineartsfoundation.org. Masterpiece Guild will show collective works through September. Look for live music by fiddler Paula Garrett and her band.

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

SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439.

Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:

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

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

ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or edenvalleyorchards.com.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or liquidassetswinebar.com.

SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or smithfieldsashland.com.

Working studio members:

DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, 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 gatheringglass.com. Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.

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

OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or oakleafstudio.net. Paintings, prints and cards by Leif Trygg.

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

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

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

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

Teapot by Bonnie Morgan, at Ashland Art Works.
'Lithia Bridge,' by Lief Trygg, at Oak Leaf Studio.