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Rogue Valley art galleries, closures & postponements: April 30

"Wheat Paste Cover Stories" by Wade Schuster is on exhibit at Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland through Saturday, May 8. Courtesy image. See listing below.
Art galleries

Editor’s note: Because of changing COVID-19 restrictions in place in Oregon, including Gov. Kate Brown moving Jackson County into the “extreme risk” category April 27, please call businesses or check their websites to confirm all listed events.

American Trails: The gallery, located in the Columbia Hotel, 250 E. Main St., Ashland, features art and crafts of the indigenous peoples in North and South America. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Masks are required, and hand sanitation will be offered at the door. See americantrails.com or call 541-482-2553.

Art du Jour Gallery: See exhibits by 17 local artists in myriad mediums such as watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, Conté crayon, collage, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more. An exhibit of paintings, “Fluid Art” by featured artist Sherry McCowan, will be on display through Friday, April 30. Also see the exhibit, “No Walls,” by featured artist Jeanne LaRae, on view through May 31. The gallery, located at 213 E. Main St., Medford, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Private viewings are available outside open business hours by reservation. Masks are required to visit the gallery. See artdujourgallery.com, or email at artdujourgallery213@gmail.com, or call 541-770-3190.

Art & Soul Gallery: The gallery’s May’s featured exhibit, “Fresh Paint” by Jenay Elder, featuring acrylic and oil paintings exploring Spring and new beginnings, will be on display May 6-30. Elder will provide a live outdoor painting demo in addition to the gallery’s COVID-19 style artists reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7. The gallery, which features art in a variety of mediums by regional artists, located at 247 E. Main St., Ashland, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, and by appointment. Masks are required by visitors. See artandsoulgallery.com or call 541-488-9006.

Art Presence Art Center: The gallery is located at 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, and will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery’s May exhibit “Petlandia,”on view Friday, April 30, through Sunday, May 30, showcases artwork donated by member artists featuring images of animals and pets. The proceeds from these pieces will benefit C.A.T.S. From 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday May 16, C.A.T.S. personnel will be at the gallery with kittens available for adoption. Local author and publisher, Ginna Gordon will discuss memoir writing with Christin Lore Weber, at 5 p.m. Friday, May 28, via Zoom. The main gallery will showcase gallery members work in a variety of mediums. Masks are required by visitors. A virtual tour will also be available. To view the virtual exhibits, see art-presence.org or for further information or to schedule an appointment, call 541-941-7057.

Ashland Art Works: See the work of local artists in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, woodwork, fiber arts and garden art. The gallery plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 7. The art collective, at 291 Oak St., Ashland, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. The galley will host artists who will give demonstrations and workshops from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month. Masks are required to visit the gallery. For further details see ashlandartworks.org or call 541-488-4735.

Center for the Visual Arts: New spring exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed through Wednesday, April 30, in the windows of the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Iveta Mulhall’s work “Art For Change” at the Thorndike Gallery, and Bennett Muscato’s sculptural work “Several Autopsies Later” at the Meyer Memorial Gallery. The interior of the galleries are not currently open; external viewing will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Masks and social distancing are required while on SOU campus property. Email at cvagalleries@sou.edu.

Gallerie Karon: Gallerie Karon is moving to 300 East Main St. at 2nd Street in Ashland. The gallery features vintage textiles and jewelry, antiques, art and furnishings. As part of the moving process, the gallery has many items on sale at discounted prices. See discovergalleriekaron.com or call 541-482-9008.

Grants Pass Museum of Art: Located at 229 S.W. G St., Grants Pass, the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment. See gpmuseum.com to view the tour or call 541-479-3290 for further information.

Hanson Howard Gallery: The gallery, located at 89 Oak St., Ashland, features works in an array of mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics and fine art prints. See the exhibit of paintings and mixed-media sculpture work by featured artists Laura Foster and Wade Schuster through May 8. Mixed-media sculptures by John and Robin Gumaelius, and paintings by Robert Koch will be featured May 13 through June 26. The gallery will be open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and by appointment. Masks are required to visit the gallery, and hand sanitation will be available. For further information, see hansonhowardgallery.com or call 541-488-2562.

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art: The gallery, located at 280 E. Hersey St #11, Ashland, will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. See the colorful exhibit of intaglio prints by Yuji Hiratsuka, and paintings by of Stephen McMillan and Thomas M. Houston. Masks are required, and hand sanitation will be offered at the door. See houstonscustomframing.com or call 541-482-1983.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center: The gallery, at 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. See the exhibit “Best of the Best,” featuring outstanding artwork by high school students, as chosen by their art teachers. Participating high schools include Ashland High School, Crater Renaissance Academy, Grants Pass High, Hidden Valley High, Illinois Valley High, North Medford High, North Valley High, St. Mary’s High and Phoenix High. The exhibit will be on display Friday, April 16, through Friday, April 30. Masks are required to visit the gallery. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

Schneider Museum of Art: Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art has reopened for in-person viewing with the exhibit “Collecting Cuba: Selections from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,” on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, through July 1. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Ashland Independent Film Festival and curated by Jill Hartz. Admission is free; donations accepted. The museum hopes to hold its first outdoor exhibition between May and July. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-552-6245 for further details.

Studio A.B.: The studio is the gallery and workspace for artists Ann DiSalvo and Bruce Allen Bayard. See their work in a variety of dry media and photography. The studio is located at 21 A St., Ashland, and open by appointment. Masks are required. See studioa-b.com or call 541-482-2253.

Studio 151: The art studio, located at 151 N. Pioneer St., Ashland, features mixed-media sculptural artwork by Elizabeth York. See a series of work investigating time, wall relief Buddhas and a variety of sculptural animals and birds. The studio is open by appointment only. All proceeds from York’s artwork will support Shine a Light, a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness about preventing and rehabilitating victims of sex trafficking both locally and abroad. See studio151ashland.com.

Closures, postponements

Movie theaters: The Varsity Theatre in Ashland and Tinseltown in Medford are closed until further notice because of COVID-19 restrictions announced April 27.

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The museum, located at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, had scheduled to reopen Saturday, May 1, but is closed until further notice because of COVID-19 restrictions. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767 for more information.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre: Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is closed because of COVID-19 restrictions. The hope is to be allowed to reopen on Friday, May 7.

Patrons who have tickets to see “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” between April 30-May 6, will be contacted by the OCT Box Office staff about rescheduling. See oregoncabaret.com. Contact the box office by email at boxoffice@oregoncabaret.com or call 541-488-2902.

Art in Bloom Festival: The two-day event traditionally held on Mother’s Day weekend has been canceled for the second year in a row. People interested in buying art and other handmade items can see information about artisans on the Art in Bloom Facebook page. A smaller event with artisans and other vendors will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in Pear Blossom Park near the Lithia headquarters building in downtown Medford.


Ashland Folk Collective: The local folk music collective has postponed its Folk Festival until February 2022. The organization is planning to host its summer series outdoor concerts at Fry Family Farm beginning in June, with limited capacity in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. For information, see ashlandfolkcollective.com.

Camelot Theatre: The theatre has canceled its 38th season. See camelottheatre.org for further information.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers, District 4: Because of COVID-19, the local fiddlers district has canceled its Saturday jam schedule. Organizers hope to resume the public jams as soon as restrictions allow. Call 541-779-8145 or see ootfa4.org.

Randall Theatre Company: Stream-a-Thon: The Randall Theatre Company’s “Stream-a-Thon” has been postponed. The theatre company hopes to reschedule the event at a later date. For more information, see randalltheatre.com or call 541-690-8810.

The Rogue Valley Bike Swap: The annual Ashland event will take a different form this year. Ashland Parks and Recreation will team with the Rogue Valley Transportation District to collect donated bikes to be distributed to local organizations with the aim of getting bikes in the hands of those affected by the Almeda fire, veterans and low-income people. To donate a bike, drop by the parking lot of The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland, from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, June 18, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 19. Bikes should be in working order; those in need of minor repairs are welcome. For further information or to volunteer, email at Sulaiman.shelton@ashland.or.us or call 541-552-2264.

Rogue Valley Symphony: The Rogue Valley Symphony hopes to return to the stage in September 2021. It will be offering a series of digital concerts, “Digital Journeys: Concert Detours,” in the meantime. Search YouTube for “Rogue Valley Symphony” to see posted concerts. See rvsymphony.org, email at tickets@rvsymphony.org or call 541-708-6400 for details.

Royal Affair Storytime: Local fairy tale character group Once Upon a Song has postponed its children’s “royal” storytime, previously held at Barnes and Noble, until further notice because of COVID-19. The “princess” group will offer virtual story times (see our Livestream listings for dates/times). For details, find Once Upon a Song on Facebook or call 415-306-3288.

Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild: The guild will present an ongoing virtual show featuring the opportunity to view and purchase work created by local craftspeople. See siskiyouwoodcraftguild.org.

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The local choir has canceled all concerts through May 2021. See repsingers.org. Content includes interviews with composers and singers, clips from past concerts, new solos and virtual performances and program talks by Music Director Paul French.

The Urban Cork: The Urban Cork’s tasting room still remains closed, but plans are in the works to reopen this summer. Call 541-500-8778 or see theurbancork.com.