The work of budding young artists will highlight the First Friday art walk in Ashland's downtown and Railroad District. The monthly art walk is from 5 to 8 p.m.

The work of budding young artists will highlight the First Friday art walk in Ashland's downtown and Railroad District. The monthly art walk is from 5 to 8 p.m.

Several Ashland High School students, an eighth-grader from Ashland Middle School and a Southern Oregon University senior will display their artwork, including woodwork, paintings, photography and pencil sketches, at various galleries through the end of March.

Many galleries also will participate in the 6th Oregon Chocolate Festival offering chocolate tastings and even chocolate-themed art. (See story on page 7.)Art walk maps are available at the galleries and at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Visitors will find opportunities to meet the artists, watch art demonstrations, hear live music and enjoy refreshments at some of the galleries.

Check the following listings for details. Please note that some galleries will be closed during the event.

AMERICAN TRAILS: 27 N. Main St., www.americantrails.com, 541-488-2731. Pottery, prints, baskets and jewelry in American Indian themes. Art by AHS student Meghan Payne.

ART AND SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., www.artandsoulgallery.com, 541-488-9006. "Spring in Focus," oil paintings by Hazel Berry and dulcimer music by Douglas Ross.

ART FX: 45 E. Main St., 541-482-1499. Fine custom jewelry, glass and ceramic art by various artists and refreshments.

Ashland Art Center: 357 E. Main St., www.ashlandartcenter.org, 541-301-5975. Bronze sculpture by Ken Muhlestien and wildlife photography by Dan Elster, as well as live music by guitarists Paul Miller and Mark DeGroft. Open artist studios and refreshments on the second floor and basement of the studio. Art by AHS student Atiana Kuriyama.

ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., www.ashlandartworks.com, 541-488-4735. A group show featuring a dozen gallery artists, jewelry by Ali Shannon and art by AHS students Matt Amrhein and Wesley Davis, as well as toffee tastings provided by Cary's of Oregon.

BOHEMIA GALLERY AND FRAMING: 552 A St., www.bohemiagallery.com, 541-488-5227, an art lounge, framery, gift shop and live performance venue. "The Art of Encaustic," featuring works by Brad Huck, Claire Flint and Holly Kilpatrick and art by AHS student Mia O'Doughherty, as well as wine tastings and gluten-free brownies and chocolate cookies.

CONCETTI FINE ARTS: 40 N. Main St., www.lindacurtisstudio.com, 541-601-0963. "Contented Confessions of the Curious Chocolate Caper," a collection of chocolate-themed art by Margery Mercer, Nancy Block, Melanie E. Cardinal, Linda Curtis and Larry Saffly, as well as wine, hor d'oeuvres and chocolate.

THE CROWN JEWEL: 130 E. Main St., www.thecrownjewel.net, 541-488-2401. Limited edition gicleé by Katharine Gracey. Art by AHS student Lillian Thomas.

DAVIS AND CLINE GALLERY: 525 A St., Suite 1, 541-482-2069, www.davisandcline.com. The gallery's exhibits are posted at www.davisandcline.com.

Enoteca by edenvale: 17 N. Main St., www.edenvalleyorchards.com, 541-482-3377. Colorful food- and wine-inspired oil paintings by Suzanne and Nicole Etienne, along with art by AHS students Anja DuBois and Kaylee Tracy. Wine from Eden Valley Orchards.

Etienne GALLERY: 270 Fourth St., 541-482-1766, www.etiennegallery.com. "Alice and the Rabbit," paintings of teapots, mushrooms, flowers and parties by Suzanne Etienne; sculptures of bunnies by Marianne Groh; and paintings and etchings of hares and lambs by Nicole Etienne-Powell, as well as tea.

GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "East Meets East IV," a collection of artifacts, textiles, adornments and artwork from the Near East, Far East and Middle East. There will be live jazz music and refreshments.

HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 82 N. Main St., www.hansonhowardgallery.com, 541-488-2562. Woodcut prints by Noriko Sugita Becraft, shaped wood paintings by Betty LaDuke and sculpture in recognition of National Women's History Month by Margie Mee.

HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FInE ART: 270 E. Main St., www.houstoncustomframing.com, 541-482-1983. An overview of favorite gallery artists including Thomas M. Houston, Russell Chatham, Mayumi Oda, Sarah Waldron and others.

ILLAHE STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 215 Fourth St., www.illahegallery.com, 541-488-5072."River Circle Project," fiber arts by 22 Madrona Arts artists as well as art by AHS students Elizabeth Kelly and Joon Su Han. There will be live music by guitarist Matt Gwinup, as well as wine tasting and Dagoba organic chocolate, Recession Candy Company chocolate and Xocai healthy chocolate.

JEGA GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: 625 A St., www.jega4art.com, 541-488-2474. "Breast Wishes," a collection of prints, paints and sculpture curated by Wilkins O'Riley Zinn and part of the annual "Women with Attitude and Men Who Love Women With Attitude Art Show." Art by AHS student Christina Shulters. Pianist Anthony Turner will perform.

NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621. Art by AHS students Joe Maulsby and Kevin Schilling and AMS student Melissa Lamore.

SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF aRT: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., www.sou.edu/sma, 541-552-6245, a resource for fine art exhibits and art education. "Disparate Spirits," a collection of wood sculpture and installation by Mike Rathbun, Alison Saar and W. S. Trimble, will be displayed through April 24.

Thomas Lee Gallery: 40 N. Main St., www.thomasleegallery.com, 541-482-1135. Contemporary works by Eyvind Earle and art by AHS student Riley Price.

THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., www.yarnatwebsters.com, 541-482-9801. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories. Art by AHS student Marie Keil.

The Gallery at Lithia Springs: 2165 W. Jackson Road, www.ashlandinn.com, 541-482-7128. "Faces of Haitian People," a collection of oil paintings and collage by Adrienne Black. Proceeds benefit the Haiti relief project.

LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., www.liquidassetswinebar.com, 541-482-9463. An exhibit of paintings by Mitzi Miles-Kabota, marine photography by Jim Kurtz and hand-pulled prints by Suzy Birster-Hudson.

Pelton House: 228 B St., www.peltonhouse.com, 541-488-7003. Photography by Sarah Patterson, wildlife photography by Dan Elster and paintings by Cathy DeForest.

Working studio members:

Gathering Glass Studio: 322 N. Pioneer St., www.gatheringglass.com, 541-488-4738. Glass work by Scott Carlson and Keith Gabor.