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Gallerie Karon show features pieces by women
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 Posted: 2:00 AM August 02, 2013

Art lovers can see a broad sampling of the varied work of women artists during an exhibit at Gallerie Karon in Ashland.

The gallery will be open until 8 p.m. during Ashland's First Friday Art Walk tonight.

"This is our second year of doing this," gallery owner Karen Wasser said of the women artists show. "There are so many women artists in this area. We just thought it's time to honor all the women artists."

The artists hail from Ashland, Jacksonville and other Oregon cities, as well as from Northern California, she said.

Rebecca Gabriel and Charu Colorado are among the Rogue Valley artists in the exhibit.

Gabriel is showing a sensitively done pencil-on-paper portrait of a young, newly married Nicaraguan woman, as well as a portrait of a nude woman done in pastel on metallic gold paper.

Colorado ventured out into the night to create several plein-air night paintings.

Other featured works include a large flower painting by Adele Hicks, a sculpture by J. Ellen Austin, wildlife photography by Judy Benson LaNier and paintings done by Liz Shepherd with Asian style sumi-e ink.

All told, there are 17 women artists in the exhibit — not counting jewelry made by women artisans that is also on display at Gallerie Karon.

"The works are quite varied. That makes it more interesting," Wasser said.

The exhibit is up in August and September. New pieces will be swapped into the show for September.

Located at the corner of Fourth and A streets in Ashland's Historic Railroad District, Gallerie Karon's regular hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call the gallery at 541-482-9008.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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