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Third Friday

There's something new to see every month during the Third Friday art walk held in historic downtown Medford. Galleries and shops will open their doors from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, for the event. New art exhibits featuring regional and emerging artists will be presented, and there will receptions for the artists, live music and street performances.

A few of the highlights this weekend include pastel paintings by Lyle Matoush, metal figurative sculpture by Sam Hefter and paintings in mythical themes by Paul Bunch. Bunch is an artist at Aspen Street Studios and a graphic artist at the Mail Tribune.

Art du Jour Gallery: 320 Middleford Alley, artdujourgallery.com, 770-3190. Two themed exhibits, "Van Gogh Revisited" and "My Heart Desire," include works by the gallery's cooperative of artists and will be displayed through February. The featured artist of the month is Garland Arnaud, a cowboy artist, illustrator and poet. Arnaud will be on hand to discuss his artwork, and there will be live music by Jeff Griffin at the gallery's Third Friday reception.

Corks Wine Bar and Bottle Shop: 235 Theater Alley, 245-1616. Photography by Ken Deal.

EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS: 214 E. Main St., 245-6239. Watercolors paintings by Marianne Kauffman.

facets jewelry studio: 301 E. Main St., 734-0934. Textured acrylic paintings by Paul Bunch of Aspen Street Studios will be displayed through February. Bunch's paintings include Old World themes and can be viewed at yessy.com/aspenstreet/paulbunch.html online. Bunch is a graphic artist at the Mail Tribune.

Gervais Day Spa and Salon: 111 N. Central Ave., 779-7100. Oil paintings by ATHENA and DACA.

GRILL A BITES: 226 E. Main St., 245-9802. Watercolor paintings by Ruth Hickok-Schubert and Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass will be presented.

The Rogue Gallery and Art Center: 40 N. Barlett St., roguegallery.org, 772-8118. A collection of pastel paintings by Lyle Matoush will be available in the main gallery. Matoush taught printmaking for about 30 years at Southern Oregon University. The master printer discovered pastels in 1996, and his new work ranges in style from abstract to landscape and demonstrates the play of light and shadow on various subjects. The gallery's Third Friday reception will feature wine and snacks.

Studio Sfumato: The Rogue Gallery also is the home of Studio Sfumato, an enterprise of Living Opportunities in Medford that includes more than a dozen artists who happen to have physical and/or intellectual barriers. They have risen their disabilities to express ideas through visual arts. Sfumato members will be on hand in the classroom at the Rogue Gallery, and Whatness, a duo featuring Ed Rogers and Matt Anlas, will present acoustic music.

YESTERDAY'S BLOSSOMS: 275 Theater Alley, 772-3484. Metal sculpture by Sam Hefter and acrylic paintings by Larry Safley will be displayed at the shop. Kent Heyward and Larry Cavalier of Living on Dreams will present contemporary jazz during the Third Friday reception. Street buskers Ben Truwe and Jeff Behrends will demonstrate fire breathing and juggling, accompanied by drummer John Statler, in Theater Alley. There also will be poetry readings by Rick and Larry.

Other businesses supporting the Third Friday art walk include:

38 on Central: 38 N. Central Ave., 776-0038.

Hot Pots: 217 E. Main St., 779-3443

LOTUS SALON: 10 N. Central Ave, Suite 214, 858-8177.

Oh's Osaka: 35 N. Central Ave., 282-2334

Schroeder's new, used and antique furniture: 220 E. Main St., 779-9991.

Maps highlighting the participating venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk. Look for "Special Event" signs posted at galleries and shops.

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.

'Guardian of the Fallen' (above) and other acrylic paintings by Paul Bunch of Aspen Street Studios (also a graphic artist at the Mail Tribune) will be displayed through February at Facets Jewelry Studio.