March First Friday will have an added attraction when the Ashland Gallery Association celebrates student art. AGA galleries will feature works by budding artists from the art departments of Ashland High School and the Wilderness Charter School.

During the First Friday Art Walk today and throughout this month, visitors to AGA galleries will be dazzled by the beauty and uniqueness of paintings, drawings, photography and video productions by these creative young minds.

There will also be fiber arts, special wood-working pieces and stained glass on display.

Uptown, downtown and Railroad District galleries will participate in the student art show.

Blue Heron Gallery and Gifts will feature drawings by student artist Wathcara Thamkaeu. Gallery DeForest will be showing an expressive video production by Nisha Burton.

Drawings by Elliott Merrill and paintings by Ali Van Olphen, students of the Wilderness Charter School, and letterpress poetry by Derek Pyle will also be on display at Gallery DeForest.

Ashland Art Works will exhibit photographs by Brietta Powers and Atiana Kuriyama &

two students of AHS photography teacher Michael Walsh.

Wood-working pieces, including turned art forms by Sam Gaviglio, tables by Talon Haggard and a hand carved bench by Matt Dierks, can be seen at Nimbus. Stained glass pieces created by Alicia Bulux-Rodas will be at Gathering Glass Studio.

The Websters: Handspinners, Weavers and Knitters will feature selected work from the high school's advanced fiber arts class. Other galleries showing student art include Bohemia Gallery, The Crown Jewel, Illahe Design Studio and Gallery, JEGA Gallery and Sculpture Garden and Ashland Artisan Gallery.

AGA associate members Pelton House Bed and Breakfast and Lithia Arts Guild at the Briscoe Art Wing are also participating in the student art show.

In addition, the Ashland Middle School band will be playing at Briscoe during the First Friday Art Walk. Artist member Robert Paulmenn will show student work at his studio in the A Street Arts Building. The Living Gallery's March show will include work by Kara Lewis, an SOU student.

On First Friday evening tonight, the student artists will be on hand from 5 to 8 p.m. to discuss their work. All are invited and the community is encouraged to support these emerging artists by visiting the galleries.

Pick up a March First Friday map at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce or at any AGA gallery to see a full listing of participating galleries and student artists.

For more information, call 488-8430.