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First Friday art walk in Ashland

"Abstracts," a collection of new oil paintings by Clifford Wilton and acrylic paintings by Woodward Payne, will be displayed through June at Bohemia Gallery. Wilton's work continues to explore the boundaries of color, form and texture.

"I used to do figurative work almost exclusively, although I was always pushing the images into abstract forms," Wilton says.

"My work has become more challenging as it has become more abstract. I try not to repeat visual ideas. As soon as I'm happy with something, the brush ceases to weigh anything, and I just know what to do."

Wilton was born in England. He found a career as an art director and teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute. He retired to Aspen, Colo., in 1990, then moved to Ashland in 1999. Wilton's work has been represented at the Rogue Gallery in Medford, Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland and the Friesen Gallery in Seattle.

Payne is a resident of Mill Valley, Calif., and also was drawn to abstracts later in his career as an artist. He works in a variety of media.

Oil paintings by Grants Pass artist Del Hearn will be showcased at Art and Soul Gallery. Hearn's spiritual paintings are inspired by the Edward Curtis collection of images capturing the daily lives of American Indians.

Also new to the art walk, Studio 5 has joined the Ashland Gallery Association as a working studio.

Check the following listings for details.

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., americantrails.com, 488-2731. Priscilla Nieto and Harvey Abeyta of Santo Domingo, Mexico, will demonstrate handcrafted jewelry techniques through Sunday, June 7.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., artandsoulgallery.com, 488-9006. "Celebrate the Historical American Indian," paintings by Grants Pass artist Del Hearn.

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. Galleries, studios and a sculpture garden. "In the Drawer," assemblages by Elin Babcock.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND ART LOUNGE: 552 A St., bohemiagallery.com, 488-5227. "Abstracts," new abstract oil paintings by Ashland artist Clifford Wilton and acrylic paintings by Woodward Payne.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St., lindacurtisstudio.com, 482-9900. Art in a variety of media by Linda Curtis, Margery Mercer, Nancy Block, Shan Lolis, Jan Schmidtz and Shari O'Neal Young.

DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., Suite 1, 482-2069, davisandcline.com. Paintings by Rick Bartow will be displayed through June. The gallery is not open during the art walk.

Etienne GALLERY: 270 Fourth St., 482-1766, etiennegallery.com. "Spring to Summer," new paintings by Suzanne and Nicole Etienne.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 482-9008. "Husbands, Wives and Lovers: Still Crazy," the gallery's fourth annual show of art, prose, poetry, photography and jewelry, will open on First Friday. There will be live jazz by the Tritone Trio.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., hansonhowardgallery.com, 488-2562. "Out of Africa," an exhibit of sculptures made in wood and ceramic by Dunsmuir artist Candace Miller, will be presented along with paintings by Denise Souza Finney.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St., houstoncustomframing.com, 482-1983. "The Art of Whimsey," children's book illustrations from a private collection, will be displayed, along with work by artists William Joyce and Garth Williams.

ILLAHE DESIGN STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 215 Fourth St., illahetile.com, 488-5072. Sheldon Schoneberg's giclée prints of rare drawings and paintings, Linda Katzen's acrylic paintings and live music by guitarist Matt Gwinip.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., jega4art.com, 488-2474. The gallery's annual spring sale will open on First Friday.

THE LIVING GALLERY: 20 S. First St., thelivinggallery.com, 482-9795. New landscapes, still lifes and figurative paintings by Jo Mendelsohn.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 482-3621. Fine art and contemporary crafts, along with artwork by Ashland artist Linda Lamore.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., sou.edu/sma, 552-6245. The museum is not open during the First Friday art walk.

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

ALBION INN: 34 Union St., albion-inn.com, 488-3905. Paintings by Robert Burridge.

ASHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: 280 Maple St., ashlandhospital.org, 201-4005. Artwork by Marge Payne, Sid Field, Robyn Cockell, Raye Aubin, Wanda Pepin, Joy Light, Thalia Keple, Carol Harvey and Robin Lane.

ashland springs hotel: 212 E. Main St., ashlandspringshotel.com, 488-1700. New exhibits in the lobby.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St., thecrownjewel.net, 488-2401. New clock art by Jason Robison, along with art by more than 20 regional artists.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., No. 201, liquidassetswinebar.com, 482-9463. Photography by Lisa Byrne and paintings by Andrie Englemann and Keith Johnson.

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

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., gatheringglass.com, 488-4738. Blown glass and dichroic jewelry.

LITHIA ARTS GUILD: 265 N. Main St. (enter on Laurel Street), 973-4325. Open 5 to 8 p.m. for First Friday. Paintings by Zoe Alowan, portraits by Joseph Crowell, paintings, collage and assemblages by Dan Verner and more. Live music and refreshments.

POSITIVELY 4TH STREET STUDIO & GALLERY: Pottery, glass, folk art and paintings.

studio 5: 258 A St., No. 5 (above Lela's Cafe), 482-7266. Art by 10 local artists, featuring paintings, photography, printmaking, jewelry and more.

“Abstract 357,” along with other oil paintings by Clifford Wilton, will be displayed at Bohemia Gallery in Ashland.