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Third Friday art walk in downtown Medford

Shops and galleries in downtown Medford will stay open late tonight as part of the monthly Third Friday art walk, which offers new art exhibits, along with live music and performing arts.

2009 is the Year of the Ox, and art with an Asian theme to celebrate the Chinese New Year will be displayed at Art du Jour Gallery, 320 Middleford Alley. The artwork will be accompanied by Chinese proverbs. Art du Jour is a cooperative of artists that includes Betty Bangs, Millie Clarke, Jennifer Eufusia, Margo Garnett, Edna Hanscom, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Yvonne Kitchen, Ginny Metheson, Margery Mercer, Dick Woods and Shari O'Neal Young. See artdujourgallery.com or call 770-3190.

The winning paintings from the Watercolor Society of Oregon's 43rd Fall Transparent competition will be displayed at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St. A reception for the local artists whose paintings were juried into the WSO's competition will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. The artists include Betty Barss, Nancy Block, Anne Brooke, Dodie Hamilton, Dolores Ribal and Charlotte Peterson. Peterson's painting, "It Sings," earned an Award of Distinction at the competition held in Florence. The six artists will be at the reception to discuss their art.

The initial WSO show included 80 paintings by members of the organization. Linda Doll, a former president of the San Diego Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society, selected 20 of the paintings for top awards and to be included in an exhibit to tour cities in Oregon through March.

The WSO exhibit will be displayed through Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Rogue Gallery before it moves to a site in Bandon.

Peterson co-owns Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland and has been a member of WSO for more than 12 years.

The grand- prize winner of the WSO show is "Wake-Up Call #5: Save Habitat & Species" by Judy Hoiness, an artist and teacher who lives in Bend. The first-place winner was Kris Preslan of Lake Oswego for her painting "Sharing Secrets," and Kathy Tiger of Eugene took second place for "The Elder Series: Anne." All three paintings will be at the Rogue Gallery.

The WSO exhibit is sponsored by Southern Oregon Orthopedics and Central Art Supply.

See roguegallery.org or call 772-8118.

Shops and restaurants in downtown Medford also stay open late for Third Friday. Other exhibits and events include:

  • Shadowboxes by Deano and Sherry Serkes, photography by Emily Miller and watercolors by Lee Hilton will be at Grilla Bites, 226 E. Main St. Call 245-9802.
  • Paintings by Thomas A. Bayne, Larry Safley and Barbara Harvey, prints by Rick Hazen, mixed media by Daniel Russell and assemblages by Beth Powell will be at Yesterday's Blossoms, 275 Theater Alley. Call 772-3484.
  • Mixed-media paintings by Paul Bunch will be at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Call 734-0930.
  • Ceramic sculptures and stoneware by Penelope Dews will be at Molly Reed, 237 E. Main St. Call 770-7103.
  • Shybo Torres will present vocals and guitar at Lawrence's Jewelers, 232 E. Main St.
  • Photography by Ken Deal will be at Corks Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, 235 Theater Alley. Call 245-1616.
  • Local artists will present work in the studio at Central Art Supply, 101 N. Central Ave. Call 773-1444.
  • Jewelry by Melanie Cook and Lori Lantz of Cosmic Poppy Designs will be at Lotus, 10 N. Central Ave., along with music by guitarist Jeff Griffin. Call 858-8177.
  • Rick Fjellman and other poets will recite works at Suzanne's, 30 N. Central Ave. Call 618-9182.

Street buskers will perform in Theater Alley, between Yesterday's Blossoms and the Rogue Gallery.

Artists working in all media are invited to participate in the Third Friday art walks. Call 541-890-4940 for details.

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.

“Lion Dance Dragon” and other watercolors by Ruth Hickock Schubert are at Art du Jour Gallery in Medford.