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Third Fridays in downtown Medford

May 15, 2014

By Ian Hand, Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.

May 15--As the weather begins to warm up and the days grow longer, Metro Medford invites beer and wine enthusiasts, foodies, art fans and music lovers to experience all downtown has to offer with Third Fridays.

The Commons will host a beer and wine garden, local vendors and music by Medford bluegrass band Ol' Mount'n Due, while downtown businesses will remain open later.

"We want to promote shopping and dining throughout downtown," says event coordinator Diane Bentley-Raymond.

Medford's art galleries will host receptions for their featured artists.

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., will feature floral paintings from 20 local artists in a variety of media and techniques in the main gallery. The paintings celebrate the recent Art in Bloom event.

In the salon, a room which features guest artists that rotates on a bi-monthly basis, work by Katharine Gracey and John Dodero will be displayed. Paintings by Gracey -- from the collection titled "Circus, Circus" -- are in a style reminiscent of posters from the turn of the century. Gracey's art is inspired by her experiences with the Ringling Bros. Circus Parade each summer while growing up in Milwaukee. Dodero specializes in decorative ceramics and raku pottery. His work fuses Asian and Native American designs for a style that is both traditional and contemporary. Dodero uses fluxed glazers to create a random crazing pattern -- a network of fine cracks -- on the surface of his ceramics.

At Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., work by Eugene Bennett -- a Central Point native and founding member of Rogue Gallery -- will be displayed. Bennett's work spans 60 years and a variety of media.

Art by more than 40 national and local artists from Bennett's personal collection also will be displayed. Artists featured include Bruce Bayard, Ron Chaddock, Thomas Hardy, Gwen Stone and more. The exhibit includes art by painters, illustrators, sculptors and more. All art is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Rogue Gallery Endowment and the Oregon Community Foundation. The gallery will serve wine by Weisinger's Family Winery and food from Harry & David and Rising Sun Farms.

Medford's newest gallery, Crown Gallery, 17 N. Bartlett St., will feature paintings by Los Angeles-based artist David Ewart. Originally from Montana, Ewart is a graduate of the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles and specializes in portraits and Western art. He has been featured in Time magazine, and his work has been displayed in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Refreshments will be provided.

AllAboard Trolly will offer a free shuttle service throughout downtown. There are pick-up stops at each of the galleries, Vogel Plaza and The Commons, and the shuttles will stop at any location in downtown Medford.

For more information, find Third Fridays on Facebook.


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