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Third Friday

The unveiling of a public art piece that was commissioned by the city of Medford from local sculptor Richard Jarel will usher in the Third Friday art walk to be held in downtown Medford.

The metal kinetic sculpture, titled "Salmon Flight," will be presented at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the fountain near City Hall, corner of Eighth Street and Oakdale Avenue.

The larger than life piece includes a river and three salmon, says Jarel.

"Each of the fish is made up of four seperate pieces, and each fish is designed to move independently, when there are light winds, as though swimming. The river section of the sculpture also moves independently," Jarel says.

Jarel's fascination with salmon and Northwest native art are the inspiration behind the sculpture. Each piece was sculpted in clay, then molded into platinum-based silicon, then the parts were made up of multiples layers of epoxy, carbon fiber and Kevlar.

Jarel's kinetic sculpture is unique in that it doesn't repeat the same motions, but moves randomly. For the movements of the fish, he used a material called Delrin, a product that also used in artificial hearts. The movement of the river section of the sculpture uses ball bearing systems. The project, from start to finish, has taken more than six years to complete.

Following the public art ceremony, a reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the Rogue Gallery for Jarel and the two high school students who assisted him with the project. The students are Julie Gall of North Medford High School and Megan Burr of Phoenix High School. The Rogue Gallery selected Gall and Burr to be part of its annual Artist Teen Mentoring Project to work with Jarel.

Across Theater Alley from the Rogue Gallery, Medford's art commissioners also will host a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Yesterday's Blossoms to celebrate Jarel's salmon sculpture.

During downtown Medford's monthly art walk, galleries and other venues present new art exhibits, live music and street performers from 5 to 8 p.m. Artists are available to discuss their works and techniques.

The Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 N. Barlett St., will open a three-day show honoring John Brandenburg, Bruce Butte, Jack Fox, Harriet Spira, Carl Strand, Jack Teeters and Warren Wolf. The seven artists painted in the Rogue Valley and showed work at the Rogue Gallery during their lifetimes.

The show, titled "Revisiting," will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20, in the main gallery. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. See roguegallery.org or call 772-8118.

Artists from Studio Sfumato will be featured in the classroom at the Rogue Gallery during the art walk. Sfumato is an enterprise of Living Opportunities in Medford with more than a dozen artists who have risen above disabilities to express ideas through visual arts. Acoustic duo Whatness, featuring Ed Rogers and Matt Anlas, will perform live music in the classroom from 5 to 8 p.m.

Art du Jour Gallery, 320 Middleford Alley, will present "Van Gogh Revisited," an exhibit featuring works by gallery members that reflect the style of Vincent Van Gogh. Art du Jour Gallery is a cooperative that features work by more than 20 regional artists, including Ruth Hickok Schubert, Ruth Heath, Dick Woods, Yvonne Kitchen, Marianne Kauffman, Jack Larson, Shari O'Neal Young, Margo Garnett, Garland Arnaud, Sheila Cloud, Betty Bangs, Valerie Coulman, Judy Hubler, Norma Kibbey, Brad Linder, Ginny Matheson, Vicky McGee, Norm Rossignol, John Strain, Lara Strazdas, Carol Eaton-Preston and Carol Sharp.

A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art du Jour Gallery for Third Friday. Members will be on hand to discuss their artwork, and keyboardist Jeff Griffin will perform live music. See artdujourgallery.com or call 770-3190.

Other venues highlighting works by regional artists include:

  • Textured acrylic paintings by Paul Bunch of Aspen Street Studios will be displayed at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Bunch will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. to discuss his artwork. His paintings can be viewed online at yessy.com/aspenstreet/paulbunch.html. Call 734-0930.
  • Metal sculpture by Sam Hefter and abstract paintings in acrylic by Larry Safley will be displayed at Yesterday's Blossoms, 275 Theater Alley. Jazz duo Living on Dreams, featuring Kent Heyward on saxophone and Larry Cavalier on piano, will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. A troupe of firebreathers and jugglers featuring Ben Truwe and Jeff and Ingrid Behrends will perform in Theater Alley. The troupe will be accompanied by John Statler on drums. There also will be poetry readings. Call 772-3484.
  • Photography by Bryan Mikota will be displayed at Grilla Bites Organic Restaurant, 226 E. Main St. Call 245-9802.
  • Oil paintings by ATHENA and DACA will be displayed at Gervais Day Spa and Salon, 111 N. Central Ave., Call 779-7100.
  • Photography by Ken Deal will be featured at Corks Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, 235 Theater Alley. Call 245-1616.

Other businesses supporting the Third Friday art walk include:

  • Schroeder's (new, used and antique furniture), 220 E. Main St., 779-9991.
  • Hot Pots, 217 E. Main St., 779-3443
  • Oh's Osaka, 35 N. Central Ave., 282-2334
  • 38 on Central, 38 N. Central Ave., 776-0038.

Maps highlighting the venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk.

This Photoshop rendering by Aurelia Manouvrier illustrates Richard Jarel's kinetic sculpture, 'Salmon Flight,' sitting at the fountain near Medford's city hall.