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Third Friday art walk in Medford

Color makes a statement in Art du Jour's May exhibit.

Brilliant reds, blues, greens, pinks and yellows are the subject of the multimedia exhibit "Kaleidoscope of Color," featuring paintings and collages by nearly 20 gallery artists. There will be an artists' reception with refreshments and a live demonstration by Medford guest artist Jon "Murdo" Matheson from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Third Friday art walk, May 18, at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Matheson's watercolor butterflies will be featured through the end of the month.

The gallery also will showcase new works by all its artists, including Ruthanne Bray, Millie Clarke, Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, Margo Garnett, Cammy Davis, Georganne Happel, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Ray Kelly, Boni Kettering, Dixie Kinser, Yvonne Kitchen, Susie Lee, Ginny Matheson, Margery Mercer, Norm Rossignol, Dick Woods and Marilyn Zupan.

For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, Providence Medford Medical Center collaborated with several downtown galleries to display state-of-the art images of the brain, provided by Oregon Advanced Imaging, Medford Radiological Group and the Providence Carl Brophy Stroke Program. The images will show at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Art du Jour, The Studio at Living Opportunities, My Daughter's Closet and outside of other businesses on easels.

Along with Providence's brain display, Rogue Gallery will host a retrospective exhibit, titled "Eugene Bennett: A Life in Art," featuring more than 70 paintings, collages, sculptures, assemblages, ceramics and photographs from the artist's personal collection. An opening reception with refreshments provided by Harry & David, Rogue Creamery and RoxyAnn Winery as well as a scavenger hunt, "Finding Bennett," will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Bennett, who died in 2010, was one of the founding members of the gallery and avid supporter of local arts programs. His works will be on display through June 9 at the gallery. Call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

Third Friday poker-walk participants can pick up a score card, map and instructions at any of the following businesses: Art du Jour, Downtown Market Co., Facets Jewelry Studio, Lawrence's Jewelers, Morrissey's Clothes Cottage, My Daughter's Closet, Norris Shoes, Nui Kai, Pacific Diamond Jewelers, Phat Kat Tattoo and Piercing, Photography by Lahna Marie, SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Schroeder's Furniture, Spoons, Sunrise Catering and Cafe, Terra Firma and The Studio at Living Opportunities. A $100 gift card redeemable at a downtown business will be awarded to the person with the winning hand.

If you're near Vogel Plaza around 6 p.m., stop, wait and watch. (Hint — flash mob.)

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

  • Live music by acoustic duo True North and pairings of food and Daisy Creek wine will be at Downtown Market Co., 231 E. Main St. Call 541-973-2233.
  • Oil paintings by Kelly Anderson will be at Facets Jewelry Studio, 301 E. Main St. Call 541-734-0930.
  • Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp will be at Medford Interiors, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2503.
  • "Concrete Clouds," abstract paintings by Larry Safley, will be at Organic Natural Cafe, 226 E. Main St. Call 541-773-2500.
  • Jewelry by Jim Carney, tie-dyed clothing and accessories by John Lucas and handmade greeting cards by Shirley Nash will be at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • Research posters by Southern Oregon University students and faculty, photographs of downtown Medford by RCC students and a public reception will be at the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. Call 541-552-6699.
  • A drawing and painting demonstration by Noo Cook and works by member artists will be at The Studio at Living Opportunities, 32 S. Central Ave. Call 541-261-5289.

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.

'Holding,' a watercolor painting by Georganne Happel, is part of Art du Jour's 'Kaleidoscope of Color.'