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Third Friday art walk in Medford

Without any professional art training, artist Millie Clarke looks to experienced artists and jurors for tips and direction.

"You need to be shown and told and retold," says the Medford painter.

For the past four years, Clarke has honed her skills, painting for the sheer love of the process. She creates drama and depth in her abstract acrylic paintings through texture, attained by applying a sand and acrylic gel mix to the canvas and/or layering her colors and then "roughing up" sections of her work.

"I take off as much paint as I put on," she jokes.

Her most recent series, "Impressions," will be featured this month at Art du Jour Gallery. Clarke, who spent five years in Singapore and Tokyo, incorporated Asian elements into this series, seen in the limited color palette and subtle movement of the strokes.

A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday art walk, Aug. 19, at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Along with Clarke's work are colorful exhibits by gallery artists, including Dixie Kinser, Ruthanne Bray, Kim Faucher, Margo Garnett, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Boni de'Laire Kettering, Raymond Kelly, Susie Lee, Yvonne Kitchen, Ginny Matheson, Margery Mercer, Norm Rossignol, Donna Sherbourne, Marjett Schille, Dick Woods and Shari O'Neal Young. Call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

The exhibit "Men Going to Pieces," featuring the work of Bruce Bayard, Peter Van Fleet, Keith Johnson and Mark McGibbon, will be on display through Friday, Sept. 9, at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St. Through their respective handiwork, each of the artists expresses his discontent with the sociopolitical, economic and environmental issues facing this generation. Their views are apparent in the art process rather than the product itself.

A reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the gallery. Artist Lucy Warnick will demonstrate her oil-painting process. Call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

This Friday, contemporary acrylic paintings by Sandi Whetzel, oil and pastel landscapes by Linda Evans, as well as a variety of work provided by the Children's Advocacy Center, will be displayed in Vogel Plaza. Watercolor and acrylic paintings by Katy Cauker; mixed-media paintings by Chris Licata, a graphic design instructor for Rogue Community College; and wood assemblages by Van Fleet will be on display in Middleford Alley. Guitarist Grant Nelson will perform in the plaza, and Great Minds Unplugged will perform classic rock on the corner of Main and Bartlett streets.

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

  • Live music by Steve Elmer will be at Downtown Market Co., 231 E. Main St. Call 541-973-2233.
  • Acrylic paintings by Ann Hackett will be at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Call 541-734-0930.
  • Abstract oil paintings by Arthur Roskofsky will be at Morrissey's Clothes Cottage, 120 E. Main St. Call 541-776-3845.
  • Curt Evans will present a cartoon-drawing demonstration at My Daughter's Closet, 237 E. Main St. Call 541-499-0882.
  • Tie-dye art by John Lucas, handmade greeting cards by Shirley Lucas and jewelry by Jim Carney will be at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • Work by artists from The Studio at Living Opportunities will be at Sunrise Catering and Cafe, 130 E. Main St. Call 541-245-0555.

Other downtown businesses that will be open for the art walk are Casa Bellissimo Inc., 115 E. Main St.; Central Art Supply, 101 N. Central Ave.; Inviting Ideas, 37 N. Central Ave.; Norris Shoes, 221 E. Main St.; Pacific Diamond Jewelers, 2 N. Central Ave.; Terra Firma, 309 E. Main St.; and Three Girls Threads, 105 E. Main St.

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 a rotating schedule for the Third Friday art walks. Contact the Arts Council of Southern Oregon at 541-779-2820 or email board@artscouncilso.org.

'Dichotomy' and other acrylic works by Millie Clarke will be featured through August at Art du Jour Gallery.