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First Friday art walk in Ashland

Dreams, light, marketplaces of the Eastern world and a treasure hunt highlight the exhibits that will run through February at art galleries in downtown Ashland and the adjacent Railroad District.

"Kingdom of Dreams," Bohemia Gallery's new show, will feature whimsical oil paintings by Jacksonville artist Lindy Kehoe and sculpture inspired by tribal cultures of Africa, Japan and Indonesia by Steve Engle of Ashland. "East Meets East III," a collection of exotic artifacts, textiles, adornments and art, will be displayed at Gallerie Karon.

Artistic lighting made from hand-blown glass lanterns by Steven Cornett of Gathering Glass Studio in Ashland and paper light sculptures by husband and wife team Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates of HiiH Lights in Portland will be at Illahe Studios. The shows are among the highlights of the First Friday art walk to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6.

Ten of the Ashland galleries will participate in the fourth annual Art Treasure Hunt sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association. Visitors can use maps available at the galleries to find clues that will lead them to works of art during the month-long contest. Find all 10 art treasure to receive a "Taste of Ashland" poster and become eligible for prizes such as a $100 gift certificate or two tickets to "A Taste of Ashland," the city's annual celebration of art, food and wine.

Art walk maps are available at participating galleries and at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Visitors will find opportunities to meet artists, watch art demonstrations, hear live music and enjoy 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.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006. "Printmaking by Design," featuring woodblock prints by Nancy Block, will be presented. A reception for the artist with live music and refreshments will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

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

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., ashlandartworks.com, 488-4735. Five galleries at the venue showcase a variety of media. A group show will be presented through February.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND ART LOUNGE: 222 A St., bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227. "Kingdom of Dreams," featuring oil paintings by Lindy Kehoe and sculpture by Steve Engle, will be displayed through February. There will be a reception for the artists on First Friday.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St., lindacurtisstudio.com, 482-9900. Paintings in a variety of media by Margery Mercer, Linda Curtis, Willo Balfrey and Marie Ann Carson. The gallery will be closed First Friday.

DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., Suite 1, 482-2069, davisandcline.com. Paintings, glass and three-dimensional artwork by national artists. The gallery will be closed First Friday.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008. "East Meets West III," a collection of textiles, artifacts, adornment and art from marketplaces of the Eastern world will be presented, along with live jazz.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hhgallery.com, 488-2562. "Landscape Revived," depictions of Northwest terrain by several of the gallery's artists, will be presented.

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. Hand-blown glass lanterns by Steven Cornett and paper light sculptures by Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates of Portland will be displayed.

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 is open by appointment.

THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795. The gallery will be open by appointment only through Feb. 13.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621. Fine art and contemporary crafts.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, sou.edu/sma, 552-6245. "Arps Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies" will be displayed through March 29.

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. Designs in 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: Celebrate the integration of fine arts with health care at an exhibit featuring works by Norm Rossignol, Linda Evans, Sherri Straubel, Virginia Govedare and Joy Light, along with live music.

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. "Healing Energy of Color," new works in oil and acrylic on canvas, will be presented.

HEADWATERS GALLERY:, 84 Fourth St., headwaters.org, 482-4459. "Two Visionaries: Heartfelt Creations," featuring silk painting and digital collage by Billie Ruth Furuichi and leather crafts by Dave Summers of Elf Mountain Leather, along with live music, will be presented.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., No. 201, liquidassetswinebar.com, 482-9463. Polaroid transfers by Darlene Lyone Kruse, poetry by Anitah Draimon and abstract paintings by Didier Monath.

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

'Serendipity Circus' and other paintings by Jacksonville artist Lindy Kehoe, along with sculpture by Steve Engle, will be at Bohemia Gallery through February.