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New Medford gallery exhibits at third Friday art walk

See new art exhibits, visit shops, dine and play when galleries, eateries and other businesses stay open late for third Friday art walks in downtown Medford.

The Rogue Gallery will showcase the second exhibit in its series “American Views: Emerging Landscapes” through March 30 in the main gallery at the nonprofit art center. This exhibit focuses on vistas of creeks, marshes, rivers, lakes and the sea.

Pacific Northwest artists Les Cornish, Mike Dwaileebe, Amanda Houston and Ellen Jerome respond to such beauty and portray the changing moods of water.

Cornish uses pastels to present the rhythm of the sea. Born in South Africa and now a resident of Brookings, his work is represented around the globe.

Dwaileebe, also a resident of Brookings, uses the vibrant colors of pastels and oils to create his energetic and playful coastal scenes. A native of Southern California, he’s shown his work up and down the West Coast.

Houston, a Signature Award-winning member of the Northwest Pastel Society, takes cues from 19th-century impressionists Claude Monet and others for her rich and colorful scenes. Raised in Africa, Saudi Arabia and New England, she is now a resident of Cornelius.

Jerome is based in northern Oregon, and her oil paintings capture the atmosphere of the Willamette Valley and the region’s wilderness. She shows her work across the country.

A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Rogue Gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St. Admission is free.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, the Rogue Gallery celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.

The event features a Celtic-themed art show by gallery members; live music by Pat O’Scannell and choir group Blarney Tones; and a supper of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and Irish soda bread.

There will be a singing competition to select the best rendition of Irish classic “Danny Boy,” and the winner will receive a prize of $100.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at roguegallery.org or by calling 541-772-8118.

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., places regional artists Carol and Bob Sharp in the spotlight through March.

The Sharps create handcrafted jewelry that is a perennial favorite at the gallery.

As silversmiths and lapidary artists, Carol Sharp creates knitted and crocheted wire jewelry with gemstones, crystal beads, shells, pearls and other natural elements.

Bob Sharp also is a custom bladesmith.

The couple teach classes in wire jewelry and silversmithing and travel the country to attend gem and jewelry shows.

Prints and paintings by Jacksonville pastel artist Peter Coons will be displayed through March in Art du Jour’s Salon gallery.

Coons — a member of Artist’s Workshop of Sourthern Oregon and the Pastel Society of Oregon — creates abstract and realistic scenes of water, forest paths, open lands and weather.

A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Live music will be presented by classical guitarist Rod Petrone.

Winners of Art du Jour’s People’s Choice Pen, Pencil and Pastel contest will be announced at the reception.

First place goes to Cara Morgan for her entry titled “The King,” second place goes to Norm Rossignol and third place to Margaret Braburn.

The gallery will take entries for a mixed-media contest in April. There also will be a photography contest in May.

Call 541-770-3190 or see for details.

Pet photographer Dianne Moller will present her work from 5 to 9 p.m. at Organic Natural Cafe, 226 E. Main St.

A portion of the proceeds from Moller’s show will benefit the Southern Oregon Humane Society and support homeless dogs and cats.

See her photography at dianemoller.smugmug.com.

Pets ready for adoption can be viewed at sohumane.org or by visiting the adoption center, 2910 Table Rock Road.

Art by Elizabeth Craig and sweets from Sarah’s Glitzy Cakes and Baked Goods will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. at Little Feet Shoes, 24 N Bartlett St.

Finally, art by teens in the after-school program at Life Art Studio, 312 Middleford Alley, will be displayed from 6 to 8 p.m. Look for themed art, snacks and other refreshments.

Cara Morgan's stunning scratchboard entry took to prize in Art du Jour's 'People's Choice' Pen. Pencil, and pastel contest.
'Sundown on the Refuge,' pastel by Amanda Houston, at Rogue Gallery & Art Center.