Third Friday in Medford

Live music and street buskers will entertain visitors to Medford's downtown art walk today, Oct. 19, while the Third Friday event highlights new exhibitions by regional artists.

Living on Dreams, a piano and sax duo featuring Kent Hayward and Larry Cavalier, will perform at Art du Jour Gallery and at Facet's Jewelry Studio during the event. Street performers Ben Truwe, Jeff Behrends and John Statler will perform feats of juggling and fire-eating in Theater Alley.

Art galleries, shops and restaurants will stay open late for the event, and many of the artists will demonstrate their techniques at the venues along Bartlett and Main streets, Middleford Alley and Theater Alley. Maps highlighting the venues are available at any of the stops along the art walk.

Matheson works in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic and collage. The artist begins by laying down a watercolor wash and then adding torn paper to provide textural enhancements. She uses hand-dyed, batiked, marbled or hand-painted papers that define the subjects in surprising ways. Then she may put on additional touches of watercolor or acrylic paint.

Matheson will be available to discuss her work during a reception to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art du Jour Gallery.

Art du Jour Gallery features a variety of media by about 15 local artists. Visitors will find works in acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, collage and pen and ink, along with sculpture and jewelry. The cooperative of artists include Ruth Hickok Schubert, Ruth Heath, Dick Woods, Yvonne Kitchen, Kauffman, Shari O'Neal Young, Margo Garnett, Garland Arnaud, Sheila Cloud, Betty Bangs, Val Coulman, Gayle Gray, Judy Hubler, Norma Kibbey, Brad Linder, Ginny Matheson, Vicky McGee, Judy Miller, Rossignol, John Strain, Lara Strazdas, Carol Eaton-Preston and Carol Sharp.

Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. See or call 770-3190.

Andrade's exhibit is a tribute to her father, who taught her the value of protecting the natural environment when she was growing up during the Great Depression.

As part of the exhibit, Andrade will present a talk titled "Legacy of our Fathers" at noon Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the gallery.

Also at Rogue Gallery, artists from Studio Sfumato will present their artwork. Sfumato is an enterprise of Living Opportunities in Medford with more than a dozen artists who have risen above disabilities such as autism or head injuries to express ideas and individuality through visual arts.

Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to — p.m. Saturday. See or call 772-8118.

Other businesses supporting the Third Friday art walk include:

Look for "Special Event" signs posted at the participating galleries and businesses.

Parking in downtown Medford and in the parking structure on Sixth Street is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

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