First Friday art walk in Ashland

New exhibits highlight the First Friday art walk in Ashland's downtown and Railroad District. The monthly art walk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

Art-walk maps are available at the galleries and Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Visitors will find opportunities to meet the artists, watch art demonstrations, hear live music and enjoy refreshments at some of the galleries.

Check the following listings for details. Please note that some galleries will be closed during the event.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St.,, 541-488-2731. Pottery, prints, baskets and jewelry in American Indian themes, as well as 3-D metal, wall sculptures by Steel Dreams and refreshments.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St.,, 541-488-9006. A multimedia illustration of Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird," featuring artworks by 17 local artists, as well as dulcimer music by Douglas Ross. (Rogue Valley Symphony will perform a suite from the ballet in February.)

ASHLAND ARTISAN EMPORIUM: 1670 Ashland St.,, 541-708-0577. Photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and fiber art by nearly 180 local artists and artisans, as well as refreshments.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St.,, 541-301-5975. "Threads," quilts by Claudia Law and Karen Bates, as well as live music by violinist and violist Allie Schaer. Open artist studios and refreshments on the second floor and in the basement of the studio.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St.,, 541-488-4735. A group show featuring work by members of Ashland Art Works.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 552 A St.,, 541-488-5227. Now under new ownership, the gallery will feature photography by Allen Ross Hicks and Zach Ehlert. Wine and refreshments will be available.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St.,, 541-601-0963.The gallery will be closed January and February.

DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., Suite 1, 541-482-2069, The gallery's exhibits are posted at

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "East Meets East," a collection of artifacts, textiles and art from the Eastern world, as well as live jazz music and munchies.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St.,, 541-488-2562. The gallery is moving to its new space on Oak Street and will reopen in April or May.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 270 E. Main St.,, 541-482-1983. An exhibit by gallery artists, including Russell Chatham, Mayumi Oda, Sarah Waldron, Yuji Hiratsuka and others.

ILLAHE STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 215 Fourth St.,, 541-488-5072. "Abstract Extravaganza," a collection of abstract, acrylic paintings on canvas by Lewis Lytal; blown-glass bowls, vases and lanterns by Steven Cornett; and live music by guitarist Greta Gardiner, as well as wine and cheese.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St.,, 541-488-2474. A sale on gallery artists' work.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621. The gallery will be closed for this month's First Friday art walk.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.,, 541-552-6245, a resource for fine-art exhibits and art education. The museum will feature three, one-person shows: photography by Mark Klett, sculpture by Andries Fourie and printmaking by Kevin Hass. The shows opens Thursday, Jan. 13, and runs through March 5.

THOMAS LEE GALLERY: 40 N. Main St.,, 541-482-1135. The gallery will not participate in January or February's First Friday art walk.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St.,, 541-482-9801. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ASHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: 280 Maple St.,, 541-201-4005. ACH promotes the integration of art and health care. The hospital gallery will be closed for January's First Friday art walk.

BOULEVARD COFFEE: 555 Siskiyou Blvd.,, 541-482-0456. Acrylic paintings by Sandi Whetzel.

CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St.,, 541-482-4131. Colorful acrylic paintings on masonite by Pokey McFarland.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St.,, 541-488-2401. Handmade rings featuring Oregon Sunstone.

CULTUREWORKS: 310 Oak St.,, 541-488-4888. Oil paintings by Roman Villagrana.

ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St.,, 541-482-3377. Oil paintings by artist Karen Staal, as well as wine from EdenVale Winery.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St.,, 541-482-9463. Photography by Dan Elster, work by Andrea Ciaston and encaustic by Dianne Erickson.

PELTON HOUSE: 228 B St.,, 541-488-7003. Photography by Sarah Patterson, wildlife photography by Dan Elster and paintings by Cathy DeForest.

Working studio members:

ETIENNE Studio: 143 N. Third St.,, 541-482-1766. Acrylic, colorful artwork by Suzanne Etienne, as well as a winter sale on all giclée prints.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St.,, 541-488-4738. Glass work and demonstrations by Scott Carlson, Keith Gabor and Jeff Addicott.

STUDIO A. B.: 621 A St.,,, 541-482-2253. Old and new drawings and paintings by Ann DiSalvo and digital collages by Bruce Bayard.

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