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Third Friday showcases art and music

The Heart of Medford is giving people lots of reasons to come downtown this Friday evening.

The Jazz Men, a 17-piece ensemble, will perform at 6 p.m. in Vogel Plaza, followed by rock and metal band TallBoy at 8:15 p.m.

There also will be art exhibits and jugglers in the plaza.

In addition to new exhibits by gallery members, Art du Jour will display a cheery exhibit of summer-themed works, "Good Ole Summertime," which features watercolor paintings and pencil drawings of swings, beaches, children fishing, seashells, parks and fresh produce by gallery members, including Norm Rossignol, Pat Blair, Georganne Happle, Margo Garnett, Dick Woods, Dodie Hamilton, Judy Hubler and Ginny Matheson.

An artists' reception with refreshments will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center's final "Trio" exhibit, featuring works by Wisconsin artist Nancy Mladenoff, Portland artist Robert Tomlinson and Medford artist Sue Yamins, will show through Friday, Aug. 17.

Mladenoff's "Biomes" series includes oil and spray-paint works of interesting plants and animals from various environmentally compromised ecosystems in the Florida Everglades, the New England salt marshes and the Pacific Northwest. The paintings also reference female botanists, living between the 18th and 20th centuries, who spent time documenting the flora and fauna of their regions.

Rogue Gallery Executive Director Jules Masterjohn says Tomlinson's works are abstract, playful and colorful with lyrical patterns. The multimedia works are inspired by Brahms, whom he listens to as he paints.

Sue Yamins creates sculptural forms and functional vessels from dried gourds, dye, Ponderosa pine needles, grasses and cattails. Her basket-like forms are embellished with beads and other natural materials.

Works by art camp students and assemblages made during Art in Bloom will be displayed in the community gallery.

A reception and art hunt will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Art hunt participants can enter their name in a drawing for a free art workshop this fall. For more information, call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

Several other downtown businesses and restaurants will be open and showing art for Third Friday.

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.

'Favorite Summer Pastime,' a watercolor by Pat Blair, will be at Art du Jour.