First Friday art walk in Ashland

Several downtown galleries will showcase work by budding young artists from Ashland High School for March's First Friday art walk. The monthly art walk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in Ashland's downtown and railroad district.

In addition, many galleries will offer chocolate tastings during this art walk in conjunction with the seventh annual Oregon Chocolate Festival, Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at Ashland Springs Hotel.

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.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:

Adelante! Gallery & Tea House: 88 N. Main St.,, 541-488-0290. Wire sculptures and paintings by AHS students Yuval Zonnenschein and Misha Lake, respectively, as well as pastel and oil landscapes by Roni Marsh, live music, chocolate-flavored tea and Dagoba and Equal Exchange chocolates.

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. "Puzzle Pieces," a collection of colorful abstracts on canvas by Janet Bocast, as well as dulcimer music by Douglas Ross, refreshments and Dagoba chocolates.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St.,, 541-301-5975. Work by Ashland Photography Gallery and abstract paintings by AHS student Maxwell Plotkin. Open artist studios and refreshments on the second floor and basement of the studio.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St.,, 541-488-4735. Woodworking by AHS students Dylan Schnik and Chris Calise and a group show by gallery members, as well as chocolate-covered toffee tastings provided by Cary's of Oregon.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 552 A St.,, 541-488-5227. Grand-reopening celebration, including photography by Mark Arinsberg, sculpture by Carry Weigand, a drawing, wine and refreshments.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St.,, 541-601-0963. The third annual "Contented Confessions of the Curious Chocolate Caper," a collection of choclate-themed art by gallery artists Margery Mercer, Nancy Block, Melanie E. Cardinal, Sandy Cathcart, Linda Curtis and Gary Foll. There also will be chocolate treats.

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

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Bright and Beautiful," a collection of artworks by five local artists, including Pegi Smith; sculpture by Nelson Davis; live, jazz music by Ed Dunsavage; and fudge provided by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

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, as well as a dance performance by Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue.

ILLAHE STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 215 Fourth St.,, 541-488-5072. "Earth Palette," a collection of photography by Sean Bagshaw, as well as work by AHS students Jackson Davis (video production) and Nalani Thiel (drawings and paintings), wine and Dagoba chocolates.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St.,, 541-488-2474. The 18th annual "Women With Attitude and Men who Love Women With Attitude" exhibit, featuring sculpture and paintings by 10 artists, as well as paintings by AHS student Emily Kamrath, paintings by Willow Wind Learning Center students Raven and Tara Borgilt and live music by pianist Serenity Star.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621. Paintings and digital images by Melissa Lamore, lathe work by Kevin Schilling and woodwork by Chad Bernard.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.,, 541-552-6245. The museum will feature photography by Mark Klett, sculpture by Andries Fourie and printmaking by Kevin Hass through Saturday, March 5.

THOMAS LEE GALLERY: 20 S. First St.,, 541-482-1135. Grand-opening celebration, featuring 20 gallery artists, as well as wine, chocolate and live music.

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

Ashland Artisan emporium: 1670 Ashland St.,, 541-708-0577. Photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and fiber art by about 180 local artists and artisans, as well as free samples of Branson's Chocolates.

ASHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: 280 Maple St.,, 541-201-4005. Work by nine artists from Ashland Art Center, as well as appetizers by ACH chef Gena Eller, live music by guitarist Grant Ruiz, and a chocolate fountain.

BOULEVARD COFFEE: 555 Siskiyou Blvd.,, 541-482-0456. Chalk-pastel paintings by AHS student Kendra Farber.

ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St.,, 541-482-3377. Drawings by AHS student Angelique Brownlie, as well as wine from EdenVale Winery.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St.,, 541-482-9463. "Legacy," photographs of veterans by Richard Balzer, photography by Dan Elster, paper sculptures by Andrea Ciaston and paintings by AHS student Mia O'Dougherty

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. Colorful, acrylic artwork by Suzanne Etienne. The studio will be closed during March's art walk. Look for Etienne's most recent work at Adelante! Gallery & Tea House.

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. "Sharp Notes," studies of the female shape by Ann DiSalvo, Denise Sousa Finney, Ruthe Woudenberg and Rachel Barrett, as well as chocolate treats.

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