First Friday art walk in Ashland

More than two dozen Ashland galleries will participate in the Gallery Guide Cover Treasure Hunt held from 5 to 8 p.m. during May's First Friday art walk, May 7, in Ashland's downtown and Railroad District. Identify which gallery is displaying the artwork used on the cover of the 2010 Ashland Gallery Guide as well as the artist and title of the work for a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to Standing Stone Brewery. Don't be deceived, the color of the image on the cover is somewhat different than the original work.

Pick up a complimentary gallery guide at any member gallery or the Chamber of Commerce. Once you have located the art, fill out the entry form on the May Gallery Tour map and submit it at the member gallery, where the art is hung, before Monday, May 31. For more information, call 541-488-8430.

Galleries throughout the downtown Ashland area and Railroad District offer new exhibits and opportunities to meet artists during the First Friday art walk. Many of the participating galleries also offer art demonstrations, live music and refreshments.

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. Author Donna Moore will read from her novel, "Out of the Fog, a novel about finding personal and environmental integrity.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St.,, 541-488-9006. "Painted Journeys," a collection of oil paintings by Sue Bennett as well as dulcimer music by Douglas Ross.

ART FX: 45 E. Main St., 541-482-1499. Fine custom jewelry, glass and ceramic art by various artists and refreshments.

Ashland Art Center: 357 E. Main St.,, 541-301-5975. Paintings and jewelry by Mitzi Miles-Kubota and sculpture by Susan Crain. Open artist studios and refreshments on the second floor and basement of the studio.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St.,, 541-488-4735. The annual Associate Members' Art Show, featuring Debbie Earley, Ray Foster and others.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 552 A St.,, 541-488-5227, an art lounge, framery, gift shop and live performance venue. "Sublime Narratives," a collection of madrone sculptures by Christian Burchard, mixed-media sculptures by Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller and collage and mixed-media by Mary Ijich as well as wine tasting courtesy of Liquid Assets.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St.,, 541-601-0963. Acrylic abstract paintings by Larry Safley as well as artwork by gallery artists, including Linda Curtis, Margery Mercer, Nancy Block, Melanie E. Cardinal and Gary Foll. Live music, wine and hor d'oeuvres also will be available.

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

Etienne GALLERY: 270 Fourth St., 541-482-1766, "Food for Thought," paintings of fruit, wine, cheese and vegetables by artists Barbara Grant, Linda Evans, Nicole Etienne-Powell and Suzanne Etienne as well as refreshments.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Husbands, Wives and Lovers: Love makes the world ...," a collection of mixed-media artwork by men and women in relationships, as well as live jazz music and refreshments.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St.,, 541-488-2562. "Figuratively Speaking," oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings of the human form by artists Vince Carl, James Kirk, Mabrie Ormes and Karen Staal as well as drawings by Kris Hackelman and sculpture by Candace Miller.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FInE ART: 270 E. Main St.,, 541-482-1983. An overview of favorite gallery artists including Thomas M. Houston, Russell Chatham, Mayumi Oda, Stephen McMillan, Yuji Hiratsuka, Sarah Waldron and others.

ILLAHE STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 215 Fourth St.,, 541-488-5072. The Southern Oregon Photographer's Forum featuring artwork by 14 Rogue Valley photographers as well as live music by guitarist Matt Gwinup, treats provided by Recession Candy Co., and wine.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St.,, 541-488-2474. "Steeling the Beauty," a collection of metal sculptures by Jacksonville blacksmith and artist Cheryl D. Garcia. Pianist Anthony Turner will perform.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621. Oil and multi-media paintings by Linda Lamore, pottery by Frank Philipps, glassware by Romeo Glass and wall hangings by Grace Hoff as well as refreshments and sparkling cider.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF art: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.,, 541-552-6245. A resource for fine art exhibits and art education. "The Mythical State of Jefferson," comprising works by 68 artists, captures the appearance, sentiments and political identity of the mythical state. The collection will be displayed through June 12. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the museum.

Thomas Lee Gallery: 40 N. Main St.,, 541-482-1135. Oil landscape and floral paintings by Robert Lewis.

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. An exhibit of artwork by Dale Muir, Betsy Lewis, Terry Cooper, Penny Kennan, Janet Patterson, David Sherman, Robyn Lane, Joy Light and Thalia Keple.

ashland springs hotel: 212 E. Main St.,, 541-488-1700. Pen, ink and watercolor paintings by Carolee Buck.

Boulevard Coffee: 555 Siskiyou Blvd.,, 541-482-0456. Watercolor paintings by Elaine Frenett.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St.,, 541-488-2401. Fabric arts by Donna Boehm and rice paper giclees of birds by Lori Presthus.

CultureWorks: 310 Oak St.,, 541-488-4888. Natural clay-based, oil and acrylic paintings by Lindy Kehoe and live music by Raquy and the Caveman.

Enoteca by edenvale: 17 N. Main St.,, 541-482-3377. Meditative Asian landscapes and blues and jazz art portraits by Zoe Alowan as well as wine from Eden Valley Orchards.

The Gallery at Lithia Springs: 2165 W. Jackson Road,, 541-482-7128. "Doorways," colorful photographs of Central American scenes by Pat Moore as well as wine tastings and light refreshments.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St.,, 541-482-9463. Renoir etchings and artwork by Keith Johnson and Peter Max.

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:

Gathering Glass Studio: 322 N. Pioneer St.,, 541-488-4738. Glass work by Scott Carlson and Keith Gabor.

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