Galleries, restaurants and businesses offer looks at new work by local and regional artists during the Third Friday art walk held in downtown Medford. The monthly event happens Friday, March 16, and also offers receptions with opportunities to meet the artists.
Maps highlighting the participating venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk. Locations are growing and now include 38 on Central, Cork's Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, Grilla Bites, Larson's Home Furnishings and Yesterday's Blossoms, along with Hagen's Fine Art Gallery, AMBUS Contemporary Art, Art du Jour Gallery and the Rogue Gallery and Art Center.
Highlights of the art walk include:
Ambus Contemporary Art, 21 N. Bartlett St., will present "Herstories: Self-portraits and More," an exhibit celebrating Women's History Month.
Ambus features original contemporary art by regional women artists who work in a wide range of media and techniques. There is stained glass by Darla Baack; mixed media paintings by Eileen Bowie, Dianne Erickson and Virginia Andrade; sculpture and paintings by Janet Higgins; prints and sculpture by Nancy Jo Mullen; fiber art and prints by Pagani; papier mâché by Lisa Peterson; encaustic painting by Meloney Quady; and watercolor painting by Alice Stambaugh.
The artists will be available to discuss their work at a reception to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. See www.ambusart.com or call 245-3800.
"All Things Green," an exhibit of artwork by gallery members, will be displayed at Art du Jour Gallery, 320 Middleford Alley. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Refreshments will be served.
Art du Jour is a cooperative of local artists who work in a variety of media, including acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, collage, bronze sculpture and silver jewelry. Members include Garland Arnaud, Alice Zelina Berger, Sheryl Brumbach, Paula Cooper, Valerie Coulman, Bob Faulkner, Margo Garnett, Gayle Gray, Ruth Heath, Pat Hocking-Bennett, Judy Hubler, Marianne Kauffman, Yvonne Kitchen, Ginny Matheson, Vicky McKee, Judy Miller, Ruth Hickock Schubert, Carol Sharp, John Strain, Dick Woods and Shari O'Neal Young. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. See www.artdujourgallery.com or call 770-3190.
The Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., will present mixed media and collage by Jan Schmitz. Schmitz incorporates graphite, paint and foils to create rich surfaces on her works.
"Vessels: Evolution of Form," a show of two- and three-dimensional works by Mount Shasta artists Cathy Valentine and Anne Kinkade, continues through March 17 in the main gallery. The artists use natural elements such as wire, plaster, native willow and handmade paper along with traditional and nontraditional techniques to create imaginative vessels. The pieces are paired with drawings and paintings by the two women that further explore their abstract form of expression. Valentine uses encaustic painting — a technique that uses color pigments mixed with hot beeswax— for some of her work. Kinkade uses inks and oils for her two-dimensional studies.
Paintings by Ryan Vollmer will be displayed in the student gallery. One of his oil landscapes, "Medford Foothills," will be sold to benefit the gallery and art center. Vollmer participated in the gallery's Artist Mentoring Program for Teens for two summers. His show also fills the requirement for his senior project at North Medford High School. There will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Refreshments will be served.
The Rogue Gallery is a nonprofit organization founded in 1960 that provides a resource for fine art exhibits and art education. The facility offers classes and programs for all levels and ages of artists, as well as professional art services, membership and support opportunities, a gift shop and an art rental program. Staff at the Rogue Gallery also curates exhibitions in the Berry Gallery at the Ginger Rogers' Craterian Theatre in Medford.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. See www.roguegallery.org or call 772-8118.
Grilla Bites Restaurant, 226 E. Main St., will host an exhibit titled "Collage and Water Media," a collection of artwork by students of a community education class at Rogue Community College. The show features collage by 10 students and RCC instructor Ginny Matheson. Call 245-9802.
Parking in downtown Medford and in the parking structure on Sixth Street is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.