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Admire the abstract acrylic painting by Judy Wise at the Howard Hanson Gallery in Ashland on the First Friday Art Walk. Courtesy Image

In Focus: First Friday Art Walk

Galleries, studios and restaurants in downtown Ashland and its Railroad District unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and more from 5-8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Art walk maps are available at all sites. For a full list of events and participating galleries, visit

Art & Soul Ashland: The gallery features paintings in a variety of mediums and styles by local and regional artists. The featured exhibition showcases the diverse and talented work of their twenty different member artists. Carefully selected for their mastery and passion, each works diligently to understand and deepen their knowledge of materials, color, composition and techniques. Art & Soul Ashland, located at 247 E. Main St., Ashland, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. See or call 541-331-2986.

Art du Jour Gallery: Explore exhibitions by 17 local artists in a myriad of mediums such as watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink, Conté crayon, collage, sculpture , photography, mixed media and more. Throughout May, the gallery will hold a sale of abstract acrylic paintings by retired artist Millie Clarke, to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. See the “Small Joys” exhibit, featuring Belinda Moffit’s portrait painting, on display through May 31. The gallery, located at 213 E. Main St., Medford, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Openings are possible outside opening hours by reservation. See, call 541-770-3190 or email [email protected] Limit of 10 people in the gallery at a time.

Art Presence Art Center: The gallery, which features works in a variety of mediums by local artists is located at 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The gallery will host the Pastel Artists of Oregon as guest artists throughout the month of May. A reception for PAO artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The Main Gallery will exhibit works by member artists in a variety of mediums including watercolour, photography, oil and sculpture. Featured in the Galleria will be “Jacksonville is for the Birds,” featuring all manner of birdhouses and bird pictures. See or call 541-941-7057 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Ashland Art Works: The gallery features works by local artists in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, carpentry, fiber arts, jewelry, and garden art. Throughout May, discover a collection of mixed media collages by Roxanne Evans Stout. The Art Collective, at 291 Oak St., Ashland, will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For details, see or call 541-488-4735.

Community Art Exhibit: A community art exhibit, “Art of the Fire,” featuring work in a variety of mediums by 45 local adults, teens and children giving their impressions of the Almeda fire will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the historic burned-out Malmgren/Southern Oregon Pottery and Supply Garage, 111 Talent Ave., Talent. The building will begin restoration efforts in June and once complete, it will be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, email [email protected]

‘Elements of Home’: Check out the ‘Elements of Home’ mobile art exhibit, which features four paintings created by two Southern Oregon Latinx artists, Tahiz Perezchica and Alexandra Vanderlip, during regular opening days of the library, May 8 through June 2, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. The exhibition explores the connection of home and our relationship with water, air, fire and earth. For more details, visit and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-899-1665.

Fiber Arts Collective: See the work of approximately 30 fiber artisans at 37 N. Third St., Ashland. Exhibits range from sewing, dyeing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and felting to binding, gluing, painting, printing, stenciling, beading and creating assembly pieces. Throughout the month of May, discover the works — all in blue — by Cindy Triplett. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Call 541-708-6966 or see for details.

Karon Gallery: The gallery, located at 300 E. Main St., Ashland, features vintage textiles and jewelry, antiques, art, and furniture. The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. See or call 541-482-9008.

Grants Pass Museum of Art: The museum, located upstairs at 229 SW G St., Grants Pass, features works by local and regional artists. The “Fire, Fury, Resilience” exhibit, features paintings by Betty LaDuke, and is on display through May 20. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Admission to the museum is free. The commercial gallery, Gallery One, located at street level from the museum, showcases the work of around 60 local artists. Catch a cabinet-making exhibit by featured artist Enoch Crumpton Jr., who will be on hand to talk about his creations from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 6. He will also perform with his singer-songwriter duo, Enoch and David. See to view a virtual tour or call 541-479-3290 for more information.

Hanson Howard Gallery: The gallery, located at 89 Oak St., Ashland, features works in a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics and fine art prints. Check out the exhibitions featuring abstract paintings by Judy Wise and sculptures by Wataru Sugiyama, on view through June 11. The gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. See or call 541-488-2562.

Lane Hall: Award-winning artist Lane Hall will present new works May 10-June 19 at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. Most of the pieces depict local scenes in mixed media or watercolor. See or call an email at [email protected]

Rogue Gallery & Art Center: The gallery, featuring works by local artists, at 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. See Jane Sterling’s sculptures in the Community Gallery, through May 20. The Berryman Gallery, a satellite exhibition space of the RGAC, located in the second-floor lobby of the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, will exhibit painting work by Greg Thweatt, on view through June 28 . For more information, visit or call 541-772-8118.

Schneider Museum of Art: The Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University will open its spring exhibition in conjunction with the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The new exhibition, “The Presence of Nature” will be on view until May 21. The exhibit features works by six Oregon-based artists, showcasing their interpretations of nature that arise when fully immersed in Oregon’s diverse natural environments. Artists include Claire Burbridge, Sky Hopinka, Kurtis Hough, Naeemeh Naeemaei, Vanessa Renwick and Olga Volchkova. See also the Masterpieces on Loan exhibition in the entrance gallery. The gallery, located at 555 Indiana St. Ashland, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free, donations accepted. See or call 541-552-6245 for details.

Mildred D. Field