"Entanglement," a large-scale painting by Ashland artist Harriett Rex Smith, took the People's Choice award last weekend during the Art in Bloom Festival in Medford. Smith's painting will be purchased by the Medford Arts Commission and added to the city of Medford's permanent collection. It also will appear on the 2010 Art in Bloom poster.
Three of Smith's paintings were selected — along with other artwork by Rogue Valley artists — to be included in the annual Art in Bloom Invitational exhibit at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, and last week's festival-goers voted Smith's "Entanglement" as their favorite.
Smith earned art degrees from Indiana University and Notre Dame and has taught at universities and art centers. She works at her studio on Greensprings Highway. See harriettrexsmith.com.
The Art in Bloom Invitational exhibit will be displayed through Saturday, May 23, at the Rogue Gallery, and a Third Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
Here's a look at what's happening elsewhere on Third Friday:
38 central: 38 Central Ave., 776-0038. Table top art created by the restaurant's patrons will be featured.
ART DU JOUR GALLERY: 320 Middleford Alley, artdujourgallery.com, 770-3190. Cinco de Mayo and Art in Bloom will be the themes for new art at Art du Jour. There will be work by Millie Clarke, Jennifer Eufusia, Margo Garnett, Edna Hanscom, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Yvonne Kitchen, Ginny Matheson, Margery Mercer, Lori Paxton, Carol Eaton-Preston, Ruth Schubert, Carol Stavik, Shari O'Neal Young and Dick Woods. A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
CENTRAL ART SUPPLY: 101 N. Central Ave., 773-1444. Acrylic and oil paintings by Sylvia Trujillo; watercolors and books by Elaine Frennet; works in pen, ink and oils by Steel Roberts-Ross; and oils and arrowheads by Nora and Dave Griffith.
CORKS WINE BAR: 235 Theater Alley, 245-1616. Photography by Ken Deal.
downtown grounds coffee bar: 38 N. Central Ave., 245-9355. Paintings by Jolene Gibson and other artists.
FACETS JEWELRY STUDIO: 301 E. Main St., 734-0930. Textured acrylic paintings with Old World themes by Paul Bunch of Aspen Street Studios and oil paintings by Kelly Anderson.
FRINGE HAIR AND BODY BOUTIQUE: 319 E. Main St., 531-9365. Healing arts by various artists.
GRILLA BITES: 226 E. Main St., 245-9802. Abstract expressionistic paintings by Miles Frode and Jinny Brown.
lawrence's jewelers: 232 E. Main St., 772-2986. Scherenschnitte (German paper-cutting) by Mirjan Schnorr; oil paintings by George Richards; scratch artist Cassandra Newton-Miller; and lithographs by international artists.
LOTUS HAIR, BODY AND SOUL: Pen, ink and graphite drawings by Charles Anderson; keyboard music by Jeff Griffin; and appetizers by Redrock Italian Eatery.
MEDFORD INTERIORS: 323 E. Main St., 772-2503. Gemstone and silver jewelry by Robert and Carol Sharp; photography by J.W. Hall; hand-blown glass from The Glass Forge in Grants Pass; fused glass by Andy Tillinghast; nature photography by Nancy Fox; handmade pillows and purses by Kandy Smith; and digital montages by Robert W. Sharp.
MOLLY REED: 237 E. Main St., 770-7103. Prints by Nancy Jo Mullen and oils and acrylics by Stephanie Cotta-Flood.
RAPID REFILL INK: 218 E. Main St., 776-5015. Mixed-media by Shayla Smith; garden rocks by Lyn Wandall; and abstracts by Ebn Wandall.
ROGUE GALLERY & ART CENTER: 40 S. Bartlett St., roguegallery.org, 772-8118. "Art in Bloom Invitational," the annual exhibit held in conjunction with the Art in Bloom Festival in Medford, will be displayed through May 23, in the main gallery. Large-scale florals in oil by Choon Hyang Yun also will be featured. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
SCHROEDERS FURNITURE: 220 E. Main St., 779-9991. Jewelry and tie-dyed clothing by John Lucas; jewelry by Gabriel Vigh; and mixed-media by Sam Elliott.
SHENANIGANS ON MAIN: 410 E. Main St., 773-7563. Abstract expressionist paintings by Miles Frode.
Suzanne's GIFT, GARDEN AND HOME: 30 N. Central Ave., 618-9182. Poetry readings by Rick Fjellman and appetizers from 38 Central.
Yesterday's Blossoms: 275 Theater Alley, 772-3484. Charcoal drawings by Greg Huebner; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings by Isabelle Alzado; mixed media by Shayla Smith; oil paintings by Barbara Harvey; acrylic paintings by Thomas A. Bayne and Larry Safley; fine art prints by Rick Hazen; faerie house assemblages by Beth Powell; pyrography by Don Schmidt; mixed-media and art cards by Ellen Trenholm; oil and watercolor paintings and textiles by Karen Whalen; abstract paintings by Jinny Brown; and appetizers from Grilla Bites. Live music by The Constant Tourists and beer samples from Southern Oregon Brewing Company.
Other downtown businesses that support the art walk include Gervais Day Spa and Salon, 111 N. Central Ave., 779-7100; Hot Pots, 217 E. Main St.; Dance Arts Center — home of the Medford Civic Ballet, 9 Hawthorne St.; My Daughter's Closet, 17 S. Bartlett St.; Oh's Osaka, 35 N. Central Ave.; and Redrock Italian Eatery, 17 W. Fourth St.
Look for strolling musician Scotty Gosson on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Fire eater Jeff Behrends and drummer John Statler will be in Theater Alley.
Maps highlighting the participating venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk. 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.
Artists working in all media are invited to participate in the Third Friday art walks. See thirdfridayartwalk.org or call 890-4940 for details.