Get on the Allaboard Trolley and visit galleries, studios and restaurants in downtown Ashland and at the Schneider Museum of Art and Center for the Visual Arts on the Southern Oregon University campus. The trolley runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, during the Ashland Gallery Association's First Friday art walk.
"Shape of Curiosity: An SOU Creative Arts Faculty Exhibit" will be displayed at the Schneider. Artists include David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Garrick Imatani, Miles Inada, Kyle Peets, Max Reinhardt, Margaret L. Sjogren, Robin Strangfeld and Summer Ventis. SOU fine arts students will display work in the galleries at the Center for the Visual Arts, next to the museum.
Ashland author and SOU adjunct professor Michael Neimann will read from his newest thriller, "Illicit Trade," at 5 p.m. at the museum. Wine, beer and snacks will be served.
Parking will be available at 4 p.m. in the lot behind the museum, and the trolley will make three stops on its route: the Schneider Museum, A Street between fifth and sixth streets, and the Ashland plaza.
Art by students from Ashland High School will be displayed alongside art by regional and national artists at participating downtown galleries. Look for various exhibits at Art & Soul Gallery, Ashland Art Works, Ashland Natural Medicine, Hanson Howard Gallery, Nimbus, Studio A.B., Liquid Asssets Wine Bar, Summit and Fields and The Websters.
"Techno-color," a collection of watercolor and collage landscapes by Susanne Petermann and Darlene Southworth, will be displayed at Ashland Art Center. These landscapes represent images not always visible to the naked eye, such as parts hidden inside machines and computers, interiors of plants and animals and outer space. The images appear abstract though they are representational.
"Delicate Beauty," photographs of flowers by Julie Bonney, also will be displayed through March at Ashland Art Center. Flowers speak the language of the natural world. The challenge is to showcase their images in ways that create the desire to stop and take them in. Bonney uses tulle, lace, optics, shallow depth of field and multiple exposures in her perspectives of floral photography.
Multi-instrumentalist Josh Gross will play a mix of electronic stylings during the reception at Ashland Art Center.
Receptions for the artists begin at 5 p.m. at galleries participating in First Friday's art walk. Pick up gallery tour maps at any of the listed galleries, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce or download one from www.ashlandgalleries.com.
Park free after 4 p.m. behind the Schneider Museum of Art and ride the Allaboard Trolley from 5 to 10 p.m. between the museum, A Street, the Ashland Plaza and East Main Street. Fired Up Food Truck will be at the site, along with beer from Standing Stone Brewing Company.
The following galleries are members of the Ashland Gallery Association:
AMERICAN TRAILS: 250 E. Main St., 541-482-2553 or www.americantrails.com. Native American jewelry, arts and crafts and wildlife gallery.
ART & SOUL GALLERY: 247 E. Main St., 541-488-9006 or www.artandsoulgallery.com. "Celebrate Color," paintings by Clair O. Harkins.
ASHLAND ART CENTER: 357 E. Main St., 541-482-2772 or www.ashlandartcenter.org. Watercolor and collage landscapes by Susanne Petermann and Darlene Southworth; floral photography by Julie Bonney.
ASHLAND ART WORKS: 291 Oak St., 541-488-4735 or www.ashlandartworks.com. Handwoven scarves, accessories, table runners and hand towels by Angelique Stewart.
CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. See www.facebook.com/cvagalleries. "Some Assembly Required" by Pratt Institute MFA candidates, "Double Vision//Faded Memory" by Grace Prechtel, "Forest Wanderer" by Paige Gerhard, "Noumenon" by Allen Smith and "Shadows of Thoughts" by Dewy Burton.
GALLERIE KARON: 500 A St., 541-482-9008. "Fine Wines and Felines."
HANSON HOWARD GALLERY: 89 Oak St., 541-488-2562 or www.hansonhowardgallery.com. Portraits, landscapes and still life in oil by Gabriel Mark Lipper.
HOUSTON'S CUSTOM FRAMING AND FINE ART: 280 E. Hersey St., No. 11., 541-482-1983 or www.houstoncustomframing.com. Gallery artists Stephen McMillan, Laurent Schkolnyk, Yuji Hiratsuka, Sean Bagshaw, Larry Leigh, Erin Lee-Gafill and Thomas Houston.
NIMBUS: 25 E. Main St., 541-482-3621 or www.clubnimbus.net.
PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY: Inside the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., 541-301-5975 or www.ashlandphotographersgallery.com. Photographs by Julie Bonney.
SCHNEIDER MUSEUM OF ART: 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-552-6245 or www.sou.edu/sma. "Shapes of Curiosity: SOU Creative Arts Faculty Exhibition," featuring artwork by David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Garrick Imatani, Miles Inada, Kyle Peets, Max Reinhardt, Margaret L. Sjogren, Robin Strangfeld and Summer Ventis.
THE WEBSTERS: 11 N. Main St., 541-482-9801 or www.yarnatwebsters.com. Artful clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories.
Associate members of the Ashland Gallery Association include:
ASHLAND NATURAL MEDICINE: No. 103, 180 Lithia Way, 541-414-7320, www.ashlandnaturalmedicine.com. Local contemporary artists.
HILL STATION: 287 Fourth St., www.hillstationashland.com. Contemporary home decor.
LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET OF ASHLAND: Calle Guanajauto, behind the Ashland plaza on Lithia Creek, 888-303-2826 or www.lithiaartisansmarket.com. A guild of regional artists and artisans display their work Saturdays and Sundays.
MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN FINE ARTS FOUNDATION: 175 Lithia Way, 541-601-7496 or www.mcfineartsfoundation.org. Traveling exhibits, workshops and fine art.
MOUNTAIN PROVISIONS: 27 N. Main St., 541-708-6350 or www.ashlandmountainprovisions.com. Outdoor equpment and apparel.
SHEPHERD'S DREAM: 629 A St., www.shepherdsdream.com, 541-708-5439. "The Flock Tewe."
Restaurants, wineries and wine bars:
BELLE FIORE ESTATE & WINERY: 100 Belle Fiore Lane, off Dead Indian Memorial Road, 541-488-9765.
CREEKSIDE PIZZA BISTRO: 92 N. Main St., 541-482-4131 or www.creeksidepizza.com.
ENOTECA BY EDENVALE: 17 N. Main St., 541-482-3377 or www.edenvalleyorchards.com.
LIQUID ASSETS WINE BAR: 96 N. Main St., 541-482-9463 or www.liquidassetswinebar.com. Photography by Rainen Janes, Dan Elster and Joseph Linaschke and paintings by Shanna Trumbly.
SMITHFIELDS RESTAURANT: 36 S. Second St., 541-488-9948 or www.smithfieldsashland.com. Paintings by Sara F. Burns.
Working studio members:
DENISE KESTER STUDIO: 438 Helman St., 541-778-2673, www.drawingonthedream.com. Monoprints and handmade books.
ENCLAVE STUDIOS: 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., 541-301-5738, facebook.com/enclavestudioashland. Five fine artists at work.
GATHERING GLASS STUDIO: 322 N. Pioneer St., 541-488-4738 or www.gatheringglass.com. Ornamental and functional glass sculpture and glass-blowing demonstrations.
NUMINOUS STUDIO WEST: 847 Pavilion Place, 541-708-5141, www.numinousstudiowest.com.
OAK LEAF STUDIO: 247 Oak St., 541-488-5756 or www.oakleafstudio.net. Fine art prints and cards.
PUMPHOUSE STUDIOS: 2000 Ashland Mine Road, 541-973-3103, www.pumphousestudios.com.
SNOW'S PLACE: 125 Sherman St., www.snowriverart.com, 602-448-4109.
STUDIO 151: 151 N. Pioneer St., www.studio151ashland.com. Mixed media and sculptural wall art.
STUDIO A.B.: 621 A St., 541-482-2253, www.babayard.com or www.anndisalvo.com. Paintings by Ann DiSalvo and digital prints by Bruce Bayard.