"Sky," woodblock print by Noriko Sugita, at Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland.

New exhibits at First Friday art walk

Galleries in downtown Ashland and its Railroad District unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept 7. Some artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues.

Ten Southern Oregon photographers will team up to present “Secrets of the Forest,” an exhibit of imagery capturing the wonders of the natural world, at The Photographers’ Gallery at the Ashland Art Center. The photographers will be on hand to discuss their work.

Birder and wildlife artist Pam Haunschild will present watercolor paintings of birds, nature and other wildlife at Shepherd’s Dream. The show celebrates the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the 2018 Year of the Bird. Jazz trio Shake N Bake will perform at the reception.

“Story Art and How I Survivied the Smoky Summer of 2018,” a collection of colorful monoprints of mystical animals by Denise Kester, will be displayed at Ashland Art Center. Kester uses oil-based inks on Plexiglas plates for her prints, layering color with rubber rollers and palette knives.

Woodcut prints by Noriko Sugita and ceramic sculpture by Cheryl Williams will be displayed at Hanson Howard Gallery. Sugita works with traditional Japanese woodcuts with complex layers of color and form.

The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:

AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or Native American arts, crafts, jewelry and wildlife gallery.

ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or “Earth Songs,” mixed media and clay sculpture by Marjett Schille.

ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or “Story Art and How I Survived the Smoky Summer of 2018,” monoprints by Denise Kester.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or

CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. See or call 541-552-8315. Art by SOU students will be displayed through Sept. 21 in the Art and Marion Ady buildings. Look for Andrew Youngblood’s “Entering the Infinite” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Taylor Sayles’s “Seasons” in the Thorndike Gallery; Jessica Lee Findleton’s “Lacy River Botanicals” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery, Paige Gerhard’s “Pour, Puddle, Smear, Crinkle” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery, Ben Gradel’s “Sanitary Flow” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery and Sam Schuh’s “Tree Friend” in the CVA Courtyard Gallery.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. Annual All Women Artist’s Invitation, with photography by Judy Benson LeNier, Pam Danielle and Whitney Rolfe, along with hand-painted rattles by Kelly Springer.

GALT GALLERY: 40 N. Main St., 541-625-4014 or “Animals of the Spirit,” by Wendy Bloom, Loren Shaw and Mariano Padilla

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or Woodcut prints by Noriko Sugita and ceramic sculpture by Chery Williams.

HOUSTON’S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or Contemporary paintings, glass, wood, ceramics and jewelry.

PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or “Secrets of the Forest,” imagery by Southern Oregon photographers.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 555 Indiana St., 541-552-6245 or “Casta Paintings” by Nancy Friedemann-S├ínchez; “When the Moon Hangs on the Wall,” landscapes, seascapes and abstracts by Douglas Melini; “Hyperion” by Esther Ruiz; and “I Often Dream of Mountains” by Karla Wozniak. Through Saturday, Sept. 8.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or Artful ready-to-wear.

WALTON ART HOUSE: 800 N. Main St., 541-708-0501,

Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:

ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320,

THE CROWN JEWEL: 266 E. Main St., 541-488-2401, Jewelry and gifts.

HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., Hand-crafted decor and housewares from India.

LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or A guild of regional artists and artisans display their work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October.

MANZANITA HOME+FLOWERS+GIFTS: 55 N. MAIN ST., 541-488-1588. Artisanal pottery, lamps, textiles, decor and fresh flowers.

MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: At Pony Espresso, 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or “Beyond the Clouds,” art by Tonya Bloomer.

MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or Outdoor equipment, apparel and photography.

ROGUE COWORKS: 64 N. Pioneer St., 541-941-3252, Jessica Lee Findleton.

SHEPHERD’S DREAM: 42 E. Main St.,, 541-708-5439. Organic wool bedding. “Year of the Bird,” by wildlife artist Pam Haunschild.

ZAGORSKA OASIS SPA & SALT CAVE:111 E. Main St., 541-810-8877,

Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:

BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, off Dead Indian Memorial Road, 541-488-9765,

CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St., 541-482-4131 or

ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or

SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or

Working studio members:

DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, Monoprints and handmade books.

GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., 541-488-4738 or Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.

NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141. Works on paper and mixed media by Richard and Rochelle Newman.

OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or New landscapes by Lief Trygg.

PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, Ceramics by Julia Janeway.

STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., Photography by Robert Jaffe.

STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, or Pastel portraits by Ann DiSalvo and large-scale digital collage by Bruce Bayard.

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