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Third Friday art walk in Medford

"Paint the Town Red" is the theme of this month's art walk, happening from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in downtown Medford.

In recognition of Heart Health month and, of course, Valentine's Day, Providence Medical Group Cardiology will be handing out free cookbooks with recipes and tips for healthy living, as well as pedometers to track miles during the art walk.

Also Friday, the Heart of Medford Association will host its premiere poker walk. Participants can pick up a score card, map and instructions in Vogel Plaza and then proceed to the designated businesses. The winning hand will receive a $100 gift certificate for My Daughter's Closet.

Dan Dosheir & Friends will play Americana, bluegrass and country from 5 to 8 p.m. in the plaza.

"Really Rogue," an exhibit of contemporary works by local artists Eileen M. Bowie, Peter Van Fleet and David Lorenz Winston, opens Friday at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St. The three artists won Jurors' Choice Awards at the 2011 Rogue Valley Biennial, an honor that culminates in this exhibit.

Bowie, who lives in Merlin, will display surrealist oil paintings featuring insect, animal and human forms interacting in a dreamlike environment.

Talent artist Van Fleet creates abstract, wood-relief constructions by first marring a sanded piece of plywood and then applying paint or other media to the distressed and textured surface. Van Fleet's methods for marring include hammering, gouging, cutting and even shooting the wood.

Also from Talent, Winston will showcase a series of "a moment in time" digital photographs, which interface man-made and natural landscapes. While Winston does digitally manipulate colors and textures, he does not add or subtract from the content of the image, says Jules Masterjohn, the gallery's executive director.

"Really Rogue" will be displayed through March 23 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the gallery.

Call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

Art du Jour Gallery will celebrate Mardi Gras with a festive collection of paintings of parades, clowns and masks by gallery artists. Participating artists include Millie Clark, Cammy Davis, Margo Garnett, Georganne Happle, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Ray Kelly, Dixie Kinser, Ginny Matheson and Carol Sharp.

There will be an artists' reception with refreshments and music from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com

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

  • Live music by acoustic duo True North and a food-and-wine pairing will be at Downtown Market Co., 231 E. Main St. Call 541-973-2233.
  • Live music by vocalists Ann Horton, Saydee Pheriot and Jackson Wiley will be at Lawrence's Jewelers, 232 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2986.
  • Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp will be at Medford Interiors, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2503.
  • Jewelry by Jim Carney will be at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • Works by Southern Oregon University graduate Alison Doke and Ashland artist Denise Kester will be at the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. Call 541-552-6699.

Other downtown businesses open for the art walk are My Daughter's Closet, 237 E. Main St.; Morrissey's Clothes Cottage, 120 E. Main St.; The Studio at Living Opportunities, 32 S. Central Ave.; Father & Son Jewelry, 126 E. Main St.; Nui Kai Pets, 122 E. Main St.; Apparel for 2, 105 E. Main St.; Pacific Diamond Jewlers, 2 N. Central Ave.; Norris Shoes, 221 E. Main St.; Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St.; Terra Firma, 309 E. Main St.; Phat Kat Tattoo and Piercing, 36 S. Riverside Ave.; Spoons, 33 N. Central Ave.; and Beerworks, 323 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.

'I-5 Overpass,' a digital photograph by David Lorenz Winston, will be featured in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center's new exhibit 'Really Rogue,' opening Friday, Feb. 17.