Upcoming – August 5th First Friday ArtWalk

The First Friday ArtWalk kicks off Visual Arts Week!  Start your evening at 5:30pm at the new Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave) for opening remarks, an artist marketplace, performances and entertainment, an arts activity led by MECCA, and a Virtual Reality experience with Bitforest!  Then, tour the galleries and art venues of Downtown to discover the latest in Eugene’s art scene. 

ArtWalk is always free!  Please bring a mask in case certain venues request you to wear it.

View the ArtWalk Guide  |  Join the Facebook event

Special thanks to our August ArtWalk sponsor:
The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is proudly celebrating 40 years of operations for the 2022-23 season. Join the official celebration on August 26th with Pink Martini with China Forbes and Storm Large. Read details

Participating ArtWalk Galleries & Businesses

As part of the First Friday ArtWalk, the following galleries and art venues will be open from 5:30-8pm on August 5th (unless otherwise noted):


1. Visual Arts Week Kick-off
(Farmers Market Pavilion, 85 E 8th Ave)

Join Lane Arts Council and City of Eugene Cultural Services for this kick-off event which includes:

    • An artist marketplace
    • Live music by Lane Arts Council Artist Grant recipient Joshua Caraco on the Kora (a West African harp).
    • Eugene Biennial awards
    • “Big One,” an art installation by Erin Langley presented by Eugene Contemporary Art
    • Make a Pom-Pom Pal with local mixed media fiber artist Kyr Westwind!  Using yarn, buttons, and bits of fabric from MECCA, you can make cute pocket pets to take home with you! This quick and easy project involves rudimentary knot tying and sewing skills, can be completed in under 20 minutes, and offers a fun introductory art project for any skill level.
    • A Virtual Reality experience with Bitforest featuring Troy Jacobsen, Seren Lloyd, Emmett Baber, and a VR sculptor.
    • First Friday ArtTalk, featuring Michael Boonstra at 6:30pm – Artist Michael Boonstra speaks about the creation of Willamette River Contours, a new public art piece recently installed in the brand-new Farmers Market Pavilion. Join us to learn more about the initial call and design, how the art changed over time, and the final installation.


2. #instaballet
(Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton) Website

Help #instaballet make a new dance in real-time by suggesting new moves for the dancers to perform. This event features dancers from the Eugene Ballet and choreography by YOU! No dance experience is necessary, all ages are welcome. Stop by anytime between 5:30 and 8pm to be a part of the creative process. The final community-created piece will be presented at 8pm. FREE!

3. Bailamos Latin Dance Network at 5th Street Market
(Downtown Riverfront Park)  Facebook

Experience Latino music and dance with Bailamos Latin Dance Network, a collective of dancers, DJs, event organizers, and instructors who are looking to create communities to promote and support LatinX dance culture. Put on your dancing shoes and join the fiesta! Lesson starts at 6pm, Social dancing 6:30-8.30pm. FREE – donations accepted!


4. Art with Alejandro
(5th Street Public Market 2nd floor, 246 E 5th Ave Suite # 224)  Website

August is the Sunday of summer, and the studio features languid landscapes and contemplative quotes for the whole month. Enjoy works by artist and instructor Alejandro Sarmiento and letter artist Erica Heim, the “Eugene Chalk Lady.” Easy, breezy late summer vibes start here!

5. ArtCity Studios on Broadway
(160 E Broadway, basement)  Website

WheelHaus Arts is a youth-oriented art studio providing professional tools, supplies, teaching, and gallery space. Check out what this next generation of local artists have to offer!

6. Framin’ Artworks
(505 High St)  Website

Dr. Ben Sutter displays wildlife and landscape photography.  His interest in National Parks and monuments is illuminated in this show, which specifically highlights the Everglades, Yellowstone, and Yosemite National Parks, as well as locations throughout Oregon recognizable to native Oregonians. Ben believes that any great photo can compel the viewer to share the experience, even if they have never been to the actual location.

7. FUSE Jewelry Collective
(112 E 13th Ave)

Visit this newly opened venue, a place for jewelry lovers to learn, shop, create, and connect. Check out the FUSE showroom, displaying collections by local jewelry designers as well as thoughtfully curated, small-batch gift items.  During the ArtWalk, don’t miss hourly live jewelry making demos and studio tours of the FUSE Classroom, offering weekly metalsmithing classes to the public – open to all levels of experience!

8. Karin Clarke at the Gordon
(590 Pearl St, Suite 105)  Website

“Farmers Market,” an invitational group show celebrating the bounty of the season with paintings by Mark Clarke (1935-2016), Humberto Gonzalez, Bets Cole, and others.

Image: Mark Clarke.