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Lane Arts Council's First Friday ArtWalk on March 2nd
Guest hosted by Mike Meyer, a DJ at KRVM. The ArtWalk kicks off at 5:30 pm at Opus VII (22 W 7th Ave), and continues onto Eugene Storefront Art Project (760 Willamette St), Passionflower Design (128 E Broadway), DIVA (280 W Broadway), and The Woodpecker's Muse (372 West Broadway).
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R. Dee Mairs, Japanese Maple, Imagine Gallery
Details about the First Friday ArtWalk hosted stops for March 2nd:
5:30 Opus VII (22 W 7th Ave)
Opus VII presents a solo exhibition of Jenny Gray's new work. Her latest series of architecturally inspired paintings is entitled "Structure."
These new paintings are abstractions of the barns, factories, and mills in rural Oregon. The picture plane is often flattened to focus on the angles and shapes. This series has an emphasis on line, and as in past work, Gray continues to explore color, texture, and composition. She says about the "Structure" series: "I am fascinated by the scale and geometry of the buildings in the open landscape."
Jenny Gray has been a graphic designer for nearly 20 years, and painting seriously since 1998. Her paintings have become familiar to Opus VII and the Eugene community over the last several years, as have her fascination with composition, line, color, and layers.
6:00 Eugene Storefront Art Project (760 Willamette St)
ESAP features a solo show of new work by Josh Sands entitled "Just a Memory" from Mar 2nd– April 27th. Sands states, "This project started with this simple thought: what would I (or anyone) visualize right before dying. From there two separate but equal series emerged both based on the idea of memory, collective or otherwise.
I decided to paint in vertical and horizontal bands. In these bands I would attempt to paint successive moments or memories. So a single band might visually represent running your hands through the grass, or your feet sinking into a sandy beach. Initially the new works emerged in the form of paintings, but soon expanded into different mediums, including glass, collage, and installation. Those first paintings (not represented in the show) became a jumping off point for me. Tapping into my study in Anthropology and Geology, I began to develop a slight narrative for my 'memory bands,' and decided to arrange them into strata. The work took on many layers, literally, physically and metaphorically.
The second series is focused more on existentialism, and the idea of awareness. In this series the candle functions as a stand–in for human life/awareness. My goal was to incorporate into the environment a permanent representation of something ephemeral, i.e. life. Since the candle has already been used for this purpose, think the Olympic torch, Kennedy's memorial, etc., it was a simple yet effective choice. As well the candle holds such a poignant connection to humans already it seemed a natural fit. I started by placing the candles in random places I visited to sort of map my existence in the world. The gallery pieces take that idea out of context, and attempts to incorporate broader ideas that are common to many people, or moments."
6:30 Passionflower Design (128 E Broadway)
Passionflower Design shows "Holding the Light," work by porcelain artist Katie Swenson. Join Katie, she of the swinging rabbit fame, for a special exhibition of all things springtime, light filled, bunny like, whimsical and soulful. Katie's vases, bowls, platters and more, all made in delicate, light filled porcelain, marry beauty and function perfectly. Secret messages, miniature figures, and magical animals are all part of Katie's special work. Meet her and learn why she loves porcelain so much. Show dates are Friday and Saturday, March 2nd & 3rd.
7:00 DIVA (280 W Broadway)
DIVA presents BRIDGES, a progressive, site–specific installation led by eight University of Oregon art students over the month of February. The show is being overseen by Sarah Whitling, a member of the DIVA exhibits committee and an Arts and Administration graduate student from the University of Oregon. In an effort to bridge the gap between the University and the Eugene communities, all members of these communities were welcome to come inside, interact with the students, and participate in the creation of the interactive installation. The finished artwork is now on show. DIVA.wordpress.com">Learn more at on our website! Come witness the product of true, community collaboration this First Friday ArtWalk!
DIVA also displays mixed media "Little Houses" made by artist Kay King and the families who participated in her Martin Luther King Jr. Day service activity offered in conjunction with the UO Youth Enrichment Program. All proceeds from the sale of these miniatures will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
7:30 The Woodpecker's Muse (372 West Broadway)
The Woodpecker's Muse exhibits a solo show entitled "Screened In," featuring works in oil and mixed medium by Adam Lesh. The heart of his work is an interest in technology and psychology, and in probing the ever shifting borders between self, society, and culture. By using screens as a metaphor, a tool, and a source; they serve as both cover for hiding and as a crystal ball for viewing the world remotely. In today's society the most "real" aspects of our lives are viewed thru the screens of our phones and computers: photos, Facebook posts, and hyper–real entertainment productions as tangible as any objects that exist within our physical space. The artist intends to tease apart possible meanings, to reorient these dizzying phenomena from the quick time of bits to the slow time of paint via the translation from binary abstraction to physical reality.
"Betty and the Boy" defy simple categorization. Though the quartet's string–laden melodies occasionally anchor them in the territories of folk, bluegrass, or minimalist rock, they're more at home in the cracks in–between. It's from these deeper, often darker, places where Betty Jaeger's voice reaches up, takes you by the hand, and invites you along for the ride — a difficult offer to refuse. Performance begins at 6:00 pm and breaks at 7:15pm. Music will resume after the ArtWalk interview.
Returning to it's new home, "Love Letters" will be lit with a special performance by artist Terry Holloway at 7:15pm. As always the gallery unites all forms of art to our events and generous donations by Ninkasi Brewing Company for your enjoyment.
In addition, these galleries and venues will also be open during the ArtWalk from 5:30–8 pm on March 2nd:
- Cowfish (62 W Broadway) with work by Ricardo Di Napoli and Kim Rose
- ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery (25 E 8th Ave) showing felted wool home décor and apparel by Tylar Merrill, pottery by Annie Heron, fabric dolls and wall art by Mari Livie, wood sculptures by Cedar Caredio, and Luminessence light sculptures by Stephen White
- Eugene Storefront Art Project (ESAP)
- 198 W Broadway — Art by Heather Reese
- 245 W Broadway — "Silhouettes" by Terry Holloway and Graeme Haub
- 224 E 11th — Phoebe Gordon
- Full City Coffe Roasters (842 Pearl St) with acrylic and oil paintings by Tamara Hughes, photography by Alonna Soderberg, Kaitlyn Beauchene, and Cary Kerst.
- Goldworks Jewelry Art Studio (169 E Broadway) featuring "Limited Edition Block Prints" by Rina Francisco and wine tastings by Brooks Wine
- Granary Pizza Co (259 East 5th Avenue) exhibiting the paintings of Las Vegas artist Earl Dunbar. "Optical Jazz" showcases Dunbar's interpretations of sound, motion, and emotion through abstract expressionism, as well as his unrestricted explorations of form, shape, and color. Earl Dunbar is joining us for the ArtWalk to celebrate his 80th birthday!
- Harlequin Beads and Jewelry (1027 Willamette St) featuring work by Cenya. Open until 6 pm
- Imagine Gallery (35 E 8th Ave) featuring "Mairs Photography" R. Dee Mairs and Mary Ann Hartley–Mairs, a fresh look at the Pacific Northwest is captured in these hauntingly peaceful images. Also, Ellen Gabehart's "Musicians." Opening March 2nd through March 31st.
- Jacobs Gallery (Hult Center) showing "Eugene Collects," a special exhibit of artwork loaned to the Jacobs Gallery, from private collectors of art. Works selected for this exhibit represent a wide–range of collecting passion and interests — from 16th century European prints to contemporary American painting and sculpture. Europe, Japan, South America, and Pacific Northwest art will be represented.
- Jazz Station (124 W Broadway) featuring large caricatures, smaller drawings, and other work by Mona Gogan. Free live music 5:30–7:30pm.
- Karin Clarke Gallery and Art Counselor Inc. at the Art Annex (749 Willamette) showing a selection of work by gallery artists
- MECCA (449 Willamette St) presenting a solo show of found object collages by Marilyn Kent entitled "Museum of Awesome" through March 31st
- NEST (1235 Willamette) featuring "Capturing Vividness" by Ron Wolf
- The New Zone Gallery (164 W Broadway) featuring "Melange," a show of acrylic painting and mixed media collage by Lynn Taylor. Also on display, paintings and sketches by Demetra Kalams in the Klausmeier Room and a show of Self–Portraits by New Zone Members. Music by Jerry Zybach.
- Olive Grand (1041 Willamette St) showing work by Anne McRae, Karen Russo, Rachel McLain, Micaela Russo, and Tricia Clark–McDowell
- Out on a Limb (191 E Broadway) featuring watercolor paintings of Oregon landscapes by Kerri Vanden Berg, as well as Artisan Woodworking by Tim Boyden, Urban Lumber, and Drew Parrish
- Studio West (245 W 8th Ave) featuring "Eugene Community Photo Project"
- White Lotus Gallery (767 Willamette St) featuring "Stormy Writings" by Nancy Pobanz
Additional Events happening March 2nd:
No Shame Eugene at the Atrium (10th and Olive) The show begins at 7:30 PM with a belly dancing performance, followed at 8:00 by fifteen original, 5–minute acts including monologues, sketch comedy, and the experimental. Each show is comprised of the first fifteen acts to register with the host when doors open — come as a performer, or no shame in just watching! Free!
Bike Racks (near KIVA and the Train Station) Check out these specially crafted bike racks, built and designed by LCC sculpture Instructor Lee Imonen and his 3D design class, in collaboration with the City of Eugene.
ArtWalk ArchivesNovember 2012