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Third Friday art walk in Medford

Carefully applied paint and pieces of handmade paper combine to make representations of Oregon landmarks in Ginny Matteson's exhibit at Art du Jour Gallery.

The weather has turned fallish, but downtown Medford will be alive with music, art, and tasty foods from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday Art Walk, Oct. 16.

Matteson, a five-year Oregon resident, captures interpretations of Oregon landscapes, including Crater Lake, in realistic and impressionistic watercolor and collage. Her work will be displayed through October in the gallery, 213 E. Main St. A reception for Matteson and other Art du Jour Gallery artists will be held during the art walk. For more information, call 770-3190.

Paul Bunch, of Aspen Street Studios in Medford, will present his three-dimensional acrylic paintings that capture scenes of Tuscany and other locales in Europe. Bunch uses strips of old credit cards, cheesecloth and tissue paper to add texture and a measure of impressionism to his work. Bunch has been painting for seven years and takes his inspiration from photographs, books, magazines and movies. An exhibit of his work will be displayed at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. See www.yessy.com/aspenstreet/paulbunch.html to get a taste of his style.

There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. for artist G. Greeley Wells Jr. and his exhibit of paintings and drawings at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St.

Wells' work explores the human figure and landscapes in a way that stretches the bounds of realism through elements of distortion, alignments and abstract qualities. His work will be displayed through Nov. 7.

Elizabeth Jacobs Aitkens also will be featured at the Rogue Gallery. Her papier-mâché masks and sculpture are inspired by domestic, wild and mythological animals.

Greeley and Aitkens will be on hand to discuss their work at the Rogue Gallery during the art walk. Call 772-8118.

Garlic will be the featured ingredient this month at the Downtown Throwdown, a food competition held during the Third Friday art walk.

Elements, 38 Central, the Downtown Market Co., Jackson Creek Pizza and Deli Down will offer gourmet food samples at the Rogue Gallery, Facets Jewelry, Terra Firma Home, Molly Reed and My Daughter's Closet. Look for white balloons outside of the participating venues. Food service is limited to the first 100 people.

Last month, the Downtown Market Co. won first place in the Throwdown — for the fourth consecutive month — for its preparation and display of fresh fig tarts with a marscapone filling and a red currant glaze.

Here's a look at what's happening elsewhere on Third Friday:

  • Tabletop art created by restaurant diners will be displayed at 38 Central, 38 Central Ave. Jeff Griffin will be playing music on the keyboard. Call 776-0038.
  • Works by Emil Knutsen, Kelly Russell, Bridgit Reynolds and Karen Philips will be at Central Art Supply, 101 N. Central Ave. Call 773-1444.
  • Photography by Ken Deal will be at Corks Wine Bar, 235 Theater Alley. Call 245-9802.
  • Art by Jolen Gibson, Heather Richardson and other artists will be at Downtown Grounds Coffee Bar, 38 N. Central Ave. Call 245-9355.
  • Paintings by Kelly Anderson and Paul Bunch will be at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Guitarist Scotty Gosson will perform. Call 734-0930.
  • Paintings by Miles Frode will be at Grilla Bites, 226 E. Main St. Call 245-9802.
  • Works by Donna Lantis, Mirjan Schnorr and John Peterson along with live music by Larry Bernard and the Front Burners Band and food tastings by Midge Dailey from Tastefully Simple will be at Lawrence's Jewelers, 232 E. Main St. Call 772-2986.
  • Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp will be at Medford Interiors, 323 E. Main St. Call 772-2503.
  • Watercolor paintings by Catie Faryl will be at Molly Reed, 237 E. Main St. Call 770-7103.
  • Acrylics on canvas by Paul E. Kingsbury will be at Rapid Refill Ink, 218 E. Main St. Call 776-5010.
  • Tie-dyed clothing by John Lucas and jewelry by Jim Carney will be at Schroeders Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 779-9991.
  • Work by Nathan Willard and poetry by Rick Fjellman along with live music by Constant Tourists and food prepared by 38 Central, will be at Suzanne's, 30 N. Central Ave. Call 618-9182.
  • Abstract acrylic paintings on canvas by Catharina Stendal will be at Gervais Day Spa and Salon, 111 N. Central Ave. Call 779-7100.
  • Work by Jove (Jupiter Moon), Dave Moody, Gerry Armstrong, Robert St. John, Alice Stambaugh, Isabelle Alzado, Barbara Harvey, Jinny Brown, Thomas A Bayne, Larry Safley, Don Schmidt, C.C. Nesberg, Robin Thayer-Harvey and Brian Zastoupil will be at Yesterday's Blossoms, 275 Theater Alley. There will be live music by fiddler Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose and guitarist Ron Bouldstad, along with appetizers from Grilla Bites. Call 772-3484.

Other downtown businesses that support the art walk include A Sheer Vision, Hair & Nails & Wigs, 14 N. Bartlett St.; My Daughter's Closet, 16 S. Bartlett St.; Dance Arts Center — home of Medford Civic Ballet, 9 Hawthorne St.; Hot Pots, 217 E. Main St.; Oh's Osaka, 35 N. Central Ave.; Lotus Hair, Body and Soul, 10 N. Central Ave.; and Red Rock Italian Eatery, 17 W. Fourth St.

Also along Theater Alley, look for live music by drummer Michael Sorensen and guitarist Michael Lennon and fire poi art by Jeff Berhends.

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.

'Citadel of Shadows,' acrylic and mixed-media by Paul Bunch, will be at Facets Jewelry.