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First Friday art walk in Ashland

Works created by a range of artists, from contemporary crafts people to budding third-grade artists, highlights the First Friday art walk, to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 2 in Ashland's downtown and adjacent Railroad District.

During the Ashland Gallery Association's monthly art walk, Nimbus will offer fine art, ceramics, glassware, metalwork, woodwork and jewelry; Headwaters Gallery will give a "Sneak Preview" of the works of artists who are slated for 2009 shows at the venue, along with self-portraits by third-grade students from Walker Elementary School; and Bohemia Gallery will continue its show "Good Things Come in Small Packages," highlighting mini-art pieces by more than a dozen artists.

Art walk maps are available at participating galleries and at the information kiosk on the Ashland Plaza. Visitors will find opportunities to meet the artists and watch demonstrations of their work. Some of the venues offer live music and refreshments. Check the following listings for details. Please note that some galleries will be closed during the event.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., americantrails.com, 488-2731. Southwestern and Pacific Northwest Indian arts and crafts, featuring feather masks by Judy Adams of California.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006. "Art in Glass," featuring mosaic paintings by Katharine H. Sloan. Sloan will be at the First Friday reception to discuss her artwork. She is a member of the Oregon Watercolor Society, the Rogue Gallery and the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. Art and Soul also will feature oil paintings by Judy Richardson. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be classical music by guitarist Nathan Hoyt.

ART FX: 45 E. Main St., 482-1499. Fine custom jewelry by Chuck Troutman.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., ashlandartworks.com, 488-4735. Five galleries at the venue showcase sculpture, paintings, ceramics, raku, jewelry and more. Holiday ornaments will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.

BOHEMIA GALLERY: 222 A St., bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227. The gallery's exhibit of small-scale artwork by more than a dozen artists will run through January.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St., lindacurtisstudio.com, 482-9900. Paintings by Linda Curtis and assemblages by Margery Mercer.

DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., Suite 1, 482-2069, davisandcline.com. Artwork by Dale Chihuly, John Lewis, Benjamin Moore, Michael Schultheis and Catherine Woskow will be exhibited through Feb. 14. The gallery will be closed during the First Friday art walk.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008. Poetry by artists from the gallery will be placed next to their artwork in an "Artist as Poet" exhibit. Guitarist Dan Fellman and bassist David Miller will present acoustic jazz.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hhgallery.com, 488-2562. The gallery's artists will present a group show.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., houstoncustomframing.com, 482-1983. The gallery's artists include Russell Chatham, Yuji Hiratsuka, Stephen McMillan, Mayumi Oda, Laurent Schkolnyk and Thomas Houston.

ILLAHE DESIGN STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 215 Fourth St., illahetile.com, 488-5072. "River Circles," artwork created from recycled fabric, yarn and natural fibers by Madrona Arts River Circle Group, will be presented. Some proceeds from the show will benefit programs to raise awareness of the Klamath River Basin. See madronaarts.org for more information.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., jega4art.com, 488-2474. Jega features contemporary art by J. Ellen Austin and other artists. A new studio space, Artists' Attic Atelier, will display original art, photography and prints. The gallery will be closed for First Friday. Call for an appointment.

THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795. The gallery will be closed until Feb. 13. Call for an appointment.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621. Fine art and contemporary crafts, including ceramics, glassware, metalwork, woodwork and jewelry.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, sou.edu/sma, 552-6245. "Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies" will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., yarnatwebsters.com, 482-9801. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories.

Working studio members:

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., gatheringglass.com, 488-4738. Blown glass art by Keith Gabor and Scott Carlson.

LITHIA ARTS GUILD OF OREGON: 265 N. Main St., 973-4325. A collective of artists and musicians working in the old Briscoe Elementary School. The entrance is on Laurel Street.

Suzanne Etienne Studios: 143 N. Third St. (in the alley), 482-1766. Paintings by Etienne.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery include:

ASHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: 280 Maple St., ashlandhospital.org, 201-4000. An exhibit to promote the integration of art and health care is at ACH. There will be no First Friday reception.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St., thecrownjewel.net, 488-2401. Oil paintings by Michelle Murphy-Ferguson, mixed media by Jason Robison and woven jewelry by Suzanna Solomon.

EAST-WEST: 300 E. Hersey St., No. 6, Ashland, 482-4553, originalartwork.org, eastwestorientalrugs.com. New and older original paintings by Ashland artist Brooks Garten and an eclectic selection of Central Asian carpets, prayer rugs and tribal weavings.

FURNITURE DEPOT: 498 Oak St., furnituredepot.com, 482-9663. Fine wood furniture and home decor.

HEADWATERS GALLERY:, 84 Fourth St., headwaters.org, 482-4459. "Sneak Preview," a collection of works from artists slated for the gallery's 2009 exhibits, will be presented along with portraiture from budding third-grade artists at Walker Elementary School.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., No. 201, liquidassetswinebar.com, 482-9463. The venue exhibits art by regional artists.

PELTON HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: 228 B St., peltonhouse.com, 488-7003. Photography by Sarah Patterson and paintings by Cathy DeForest.

'Native Dreams' and other mosaic paintings by Katharine Sloan will be featured through January at Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland. See listing on this page. - Jamie Lusch