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Third Friday art walk in Medford

Medford Arts Commission will make its "traveling piano" available for this month's Third Friday art walk, titled "Play It Again."

The piano will be in downtown Medford's Vogel Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 20. Anyone is welcome to play, and several local pianists will be on hand to play a song or two. Some Americana sheet music will be provided.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center opens its third and final "Trio" exhibit for Friday's art walk with works by Wisconsin artist Nancy Mladenoff, Portland artist Robert Tomlinson and Medford artist Sue Yamins.

Mladenoff's "Biomes" series identifies interesting plants and animals from various environmentally compromised ecosystems in the Florida Everglades, the New England salt marshes and the Pacific Northwest. The paintings, done in oil and spray paint, have botanical patterns and sometimes figurative elements that reference female botanists who lived between the 18th and 20th centuries and documented the flora and fauna of their regions.

Tomlinson's playful, abstract works are inspired by the music of Brahms, to whom he listens as he paints. Tomlinson uses thick oil sticks, pastels, chalk, pencils and acrylics to create rhythm, lyrical patterns and "delicious" colors in his works, says Jules Masterjohn, executive director of the gallery.

Yamins uses basket-weaving techniques in her sculptural forms and functional vessels made from dried gourds, dye, ponderosa pine needles, grasses and cattails. Some of her forms are embellished with beads and other natural materials.

There will be an opening reception and an art hunt, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, during Friday's art walk. Art-hunt participants can enter their name in a drawing for a free art workshop this fall. For more information about the exhibit, call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

Watercolorist Dodie Hamilton-Brandon is the featured artist this month at Art du Jour Gallery. The 92-year-old artist paints colorful scenes from her travels, particularly Mexico, as well as flowers, particularly iris. The gallery also will showcase new works by all its artists, including Ruthanne Bray, Millie Clarke, Margo Garnett, Cammy Davis, Georganne Happel, Ruth Heath, Judy Hubler, Ray Kelly, Boni dé Laire Kettering, Dixie Kinser, Yvonne Kitchen, Susie Lee, Ginny Matheson, Margery Mercer, Norm Rossignol, Dick Woods and Marilyn Zupan.

There will be an artists' reception with refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

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

  • Live music by The Mark Smith Group and food-and-wine pairings at Downtown Market Co., 231 E. Main St. Call 541-973-2233.
  • Digital art by Robert Sharp and jewelry by Carol Sharp at Medford Interiors, 213 E. Main St. Call 541-772-2503.
  • "Concrete Clouds," abstract paintings by Larry Safley, at Organic Natural Cafe, 226 E. Main St. Call 541-773-2500.
  • Oil paintings by Pema Gyaltsen, jewelry by Jim Carney, tie-dyed clothing and accessories by John Lucas and handmade greeting cards by Shirley Nash at Schroeder's Furniture, 220 E. Main St. Call 541-779-9991.
  • Works by member artists and a demonstration 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.

Nancy Mladenoff, a professor of fine art at the University of Wisconsin, highlights various North American ecosystems in her 'Biomes' series, showing through Aug. 17 at Rogue Gallery & Art Center.