First Friday ArtWeek

To reduce crowding and allow for safe social distancing, we have expanded the ArtWalk to a full week. Check out Eugene’s art scene and support local artists January 1-8th, 2021. We will not host a guided tour, but you can check out a list of open venues and art exhibitions below.


ArtWeek Exhibitions & Events:

Art For Change Mural Exhibit – Storefront Installation
Friendly Street Market (2757 Friendly St) Register Guard Article

A group of 8 local young artists, ages 8 to 17, designed and painted a free-standing community mural titled “Hopes & Dreams,” in response to what is currently happening in the social, cultural, and natural landscape from their own perspective. The piece reflects their hopes and dreams for their community and the world. The project was led by Frédérique Château, a local artist and art educator. The goal of her program is to bridge creativity and community outreach, while giving younger generations a public platform to share their voices in a visually expressive way. This was all made possible by the generous help of City of Eugene Cultural Services, friends of Madison Meadow, Friendly Street Market, and many friends and local artists.


Bennett Vineyards & Wine Company
(199 E 5th Ave #11, Eugene)  Website
Hours:  Saturday & Sunday 12-5PM

“Rich & Cori: a marriage of contrasting styles.”


ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery
(25 E 8th Ave) Website 
Hours: Mon, Tu, Th, F, Sa 10-6pm; Wed 10-1pm

Photography and photograph-based art by Jim Byrd, who uses small-scale, simple compositions of a wide-range of appealing and interesting subject material.


Epic Seconds
(30 East 11th Ave)  Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 12-6pm
Exhibition dates: January 8 – February 26, 2021

“After the Fire” new work by Benjamin Terrell.  The paintings displayed were painted after the Holiday Farm fire was contained late last year. That fire came less than five miles from Benjamin’s home and studio along the McKenzie River. When forced outside to find what was missing and what was left behind, the artist found inspiration and an analogy for the creative process.


Galleria at The Smith Artist’s Studios & Marketplace
(next door to The New Zone Gallery Annex at 768 East 13th Ave)
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-6pm

Visit and shop at Eugene’s newest Artist’s Studios & Marketplace located above Rainbow Optics.  Work for sale includes ceramics, printmaking, painting, fiber and illustration arts.


Karin Clarke Gallery
(760 Willamette St)  Website
Hours: W-F 12-5:30pm, Sa 10am-4pm 
Exhibition dates: December 2, 2020 – January 16, 2021
Gallery Happy Hour Talk and Show Tour with Adam Grosowsky on Facebook live: Friday, December 4th at 5:30 pm

Karin Clarke Gallery presents “Adam Grosowsky: No Direction Home,” an exhibit of new oil paintings by popular Eugene artist and retired Lane Community College art faculty member, Adam Grosowsky. The exhibit is composed of figurative works based on subconscious imagery, executed in his signature bold and dramatic style. Grosowsky says the paintings are largely autobiographical, relating to personal and societal challenges over the past year. They address the themes of alienation, new beginnings and life’s balancing act. Stylistically, this collection feels looser and more abstract than previous work, perhaps influenced by the California Figurative School he has long admired.  Additionally, in these pieces, Grosowsly intentionally obscures details, allowing more room for interpretation.


The New Zone Gallery 
(22 W 7th Ave)  Website
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-6pm
Reception: Friday, January 8th at 5:30pm

Featured artist Alex Daniell presents a twelve by seven foot panel entitled “Firewall”, along with a dozen images of the Holiday Farm Fire, which burned much of the McKenzie River Valley. Fireworks Furniture and a community renewal weaving loom will also be included.  Alex states, “Lately our society has been torn apart by a combination of political strife, wildfires, and the COVID pandemic. All this is coming to an end.  Wildfires are part of the natural regeneration process, providing a clearing of old debris, fostering open space for luxuriant new growth. ‘Firewall’ is about the renewal of our society.”

Spotlight Artist Margie Templeton presents “Faces and Flowers.” Margie states, “I work in clay, watercolors, and oils…my work is inspired from years of traveling inside and out!”

In the Klausmeier Room, Barbora Bakalarova (right) shows “From Private Universe,”  a photographic/mixed media collection of work reflecting on patterns and notions found near and far. The exhibit invites the viewer to ponder the echoes of creation and the joy of discovery.


The New Zone Gallery Annex
(Smith Family Building, 768 East 13th Ave)
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-6pm, through January 2021

The annex shows a collection of New Zone Gallery members’ art.


Oregon Art Supply
(1020 Pearl St)  Website
Show dates: January 8th – end of February  2021; Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Reception: February 5, 2021

Five artists + nine canvases = one challenge.  Local artists Zoe Cohen, Jenny Gray, Beth Robinson, Rebecca Mannheimer (right), and Ann Bumb Hamilton answered the challenge of taking a grid of nine 8”x 8” panels. The goal in these unprecedented times was to create a work of art that can both stand as one whole piece and nine individual pieces at the same time.  The resulting show is titled “nine = one.”

Every winter this group of artists exhibits work created as a response to a specific prompt. The artists meet the summer prior to the show to select a set of parameters; in essence they give themselves a design challenge. Part of the idea of working with strict limitations is paradoxical. Setting limitations actually allows the artists great creativity in problem solving and they grow as artists by challenging themselves in this way. It also brings a sense of continuity as the works naturally relate to each other through the designated challenge while creating community.


PhotoZone Gallery 
(inside the New Zone Gallery at 22 W 7th Ave) Website
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-6pm

PhotoZone is a collection of diverse individuals interested in the craft of photography. A wide variety of skills are valued which range from masters of silver print, platinum/palladium, gum bichromate, etc. to enthusiasts of digital production.  January’s featured artist is Jerry Jump, who states, “Beauty is basic to the human condition. Art engages areas of the brain involved in vision, pleasure, memory, recognition and emotions, in addition to systems that underlie the conscious processing of new information to give it meaning. Sublime forms and vibrant colors that exist as a complex expression of nature comfort me. This suggests to me to offer these visual impressions to you.”


Starlight Lounge
(830 Olive St)  Website
Hours: 2pm-midnight daily; Show starts the second weekend of January

“Serenity Over Eugene” shows works in acrylic, wood, and epoxy resin by Brandon Holder of B. Holder Designs. This collection is a stylized interpretation of the sunrises and sunsets over Eugene throughout the year. These pieces are a representation of the small moments of peace and tranquility despite the mental and emotional stress of 2020.


Virtual Art Exhibit: Acrylic Paintings by Amy Hartsfield 
Enjoy a video art exhibit featuring paintings of trees and other “nature-scapes” by self-taught Eugene artist Amy Hartsfield, hosted online by Eugene Public Library.


White Lotus Gallery
(767 Willamette St) Website
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm; Exhibition dates: November 19 – January 12, 2021

“Overview, “acrylic paintings by Jon Jay Cruson.  Jon Jay Cruson’s creative process has been guided by life events and his visual and emotional environments. This artistic journey has included: drawings in the early 1970s with patterns and children as a way to process his army service in Southeast Asia; studies of light on mid-century homes, farmhouses and Victorian structures in the Willamette Valley; paintings of coastal waves and cloud patterns on redwood panels with shutters; and acrylic paintings of the open spaces Cruson discovered on trips to Eastern Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California. It is within these vast landscapes and clear skies that the artist finds a sense of freedom, because he loves to “play with perspective – lateral, aerial, and stacked – and with the rich warm colors of the drier lands.” These explorations of space, shapes and colors of nature follow Cruson’s intrinsic motivations and combines his sketches of actual scenes to form imagined landscapes.
After graduating Cum Laude with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon in the 1960s, Cruson taught at the university as well as Oregon State University and the Treasure Valley Community College. In 1971, he left teaching to become a full-time artist. His works are in numerous public and private collections, including the V&A in London, the Portland Art Museum, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Windowfront Exhibitions
(Downtown Eugene) Website
Show dates: Through January 30th

Downtown Eugene has become a canvas for color and light this winter with painted and illuminated windowfronts. Come downtown by foot, car or bike through January 30 to tour three windowfront murals, five illuminated window installations, and a Native American Arts and Crafts Market.

City of Eugene Cultural Services Windowfront Exhibitions showcases local artists and arts organizations, transforms vacant storefronts into works of art, highlights our downtown businesses and offers color and light to the community.  Image: David Placencia.

COMING SOON!

Karin Clarke Gallery
(760 Willamette St)  Website
Hours: W-F 12-5:30pm, Sa 10am-4pm 
Exhibition dates: January 20 – February 27, 2021
Virtual Artist Talk on Facebook live: Friday, February 5th, 11am

Karin Clarke Gallery is excited to start the new year with “Observed, Imagined and Remembered: the Northwest Landscape,” a large exhibit of paintings and woodcut prints by Portland artist Erik Sandgren. Originally from Corvallis, Erik Sandgren grew up plein-air painting with his father, Nelson Sandgren, noted painter and OSU art professor. Erik’s interest has evolved beyond replicating a scene from observation, to creating a unique landscape style animated by imagination and invention. The expressive and dynamic paintings and prints that make up this exhibit celebrate the diversity of the Northwest landscape and exemplify Erik’s varied skills.


Velvet Edge Boutique
248 E 5th Ave (first floor of 5th Street Public Market)  Website
Hours: 11am-6pm daily
Opens February 5th

The Velvet Edge Boutique features a collection of “Everyday Saints” by local mixed media artist, Rogene Mañas. Each saint, a combination of collage, paint, handmade embellishments, and stitching,  represents the hopes, dreams and struggles of the past 4 years. She attributes art making with keeping herself sane through such a difficult time in American history.


White Lotus Gallery
(767 Willamette St) Website
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm; Exhibition dates: January 15-March 6th

“Highlights from the Gallery Collection,” a body of works drawn from White Lotus Gallery’s carefully curated collection of the past 30 years.  The collection features master printmakers such as Katsunori Hamanishi, Kozo Inoue, and Yuji Hiratsuka, as well as paintings and drawings by Xuesheng He, Huixin Miao, and Morris Graves, among others.  Image: Yuji Hiratsuka, Urban Preacher II, Intaglio with chine collé, 1997.

Enjoy Local Art Online

Connect with local art from home by checking out artist interviews, gallery tours, and art demos on our Facebook page!

In this video, we explore landscape paintings of Oregon on view at Karin Clarke Gallery. Karin describes the artists’ processes, explores details in each work, and shares stories about the artists and their creative practice.

In this video, Lorane artist Beth I. Robinson shares work currently on view at Oregon Art Supply and discusses the role of grief in her artistic practice, her recent collaborations, and working as a rural artist.

In this video, Eugene artist Heather Halpern shares about being and becoming an artist, then gives us a VIP tour of the Whiteaker Printmakers studio. And in this video, Heather gives a monotype printmaking demo in the studio.

In this video, artist Holly Wilson shares about becoming a visual artist after working for years as a florist in Roseburg: “I realized I really wanted to paint. I thought at that point I had no skills at all. I took a painting class, and what I realized was that I had been being an artist for the last 25 years. I was working with texture and color every single day… that just opened a whole world to me.”

In this video, we join artist Robert Gamblin in the studio for Amsterdam in vermillion, the drama of icebergs, and coloring how it feels to be in the Willamette Valley.

Do you have local art available virtually? Email links to lanearts@lanearts.org

Past – March 6th First Friday ArtWalk

Lane Arts Council presents the First Friday ArtWalk year-round in Downtown Eugene.  Take the guided tour and follow the host to hear from the featured artists, or explore the other galleries and venues from 5:30-8pm on your own.  This event happens rain or shine, and is always free!

Lane Arts Council’s March 6th First Friday ArtWalk is guest-hosted by Debbie Williamson-Smith, Communications Manager at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Director of Communications for the 20x21EUG Mural Project. In her non-art time, she slimes around Eugene as Old SLUG Queen Holly GoSlugly or tends to her fabulous flock of fluffy butts at FusterCluck Farm.  Join us at The New Zone Gallery at 5:30pm for the start of the guided tour (full details below)!

Check out the March 6th ArtWalk Guide  |  Join the Facebook event  |  Sneak Peek of images on Facebook


Stop #1. 5:30 PM
The New Zone Gallery
(22 W 7th Ave)
The New Zone Gallery hosts its traditional “ZONE 4 ALL” (Spring Edition) March 6th – 27th. This non-juried show is open to all artists working in any 2-D or 3-D
mediums. PhotoZone…Read more


Stop #2. 6:00 PM
Downtown Happenings
(various locations)
City of Eugene Cultural Services teams up with Harmonic Laboratory and ArtCity to present Downtown Happenings, a series of events that embrace the winter season with fun and unexpected…Read more


Stop #3. 6:30 PM
Sparrow Studios
(136 E Broadway)
When done well, costumes reveal insightful details about the show’s characters, enrich the performance’s created world, and assist in propelling the show’s storyline. “Behind the…Read more


Stop #4. 7:00 PM
Allies, LLC
(131 E 11th Ave)
Allies hosts a creative art making space and a curatorial program that is shared and run cooperatively by adults with developmental disabilities. This month, Allies artists and staff showcase…Read more


Stop #5. 7:30 PM
Epic Seconds
(30 E 11th Ave)
Friends and fellow painters Robert Dandarov and Benjamin Terrell May seem at first to have little in common stylistically. After sharing a studio last year, both found a common theme: to paint…Read more


ArtWalk Highlight:
Starlight Lounge
(830 Olive St)

Brandon Holder of B. Holder Designs shows works in acrylic, spray paint, wood, and epoxy resin in his show “Behind The Looking Glass” at Starlight Lounge.  Don’t miss this intricate and colorful work!

Participating ArtWalk Galleries & Businesses

GALLERIES & STUDIOS

6. ArtCity Studios on Broadway
(160 E Broadway, downstairs)   
Website
The studios of David Placencia of Wheelhaus Arts, Terry Holloway of Fuzzy Beuys, Sandra Honda, Michael Lawrence, Christopher St John, Darryl Evans, Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, Adeline Celenza, Erika Propst, Jarrell Blake, Charly Swing, and Eugene Printmakers.

7. Framin’ Artworks
(505 High St)  Website
Kathy Snell’s work in acrylic, pen and ink, and watercolors highlight her love of nature. Sandi T O’Brien’s black and white photos, shot with her infrared converted tiny 6 MP point and shoot camera, have a magical quality, evoking a sense of fantasy.

8. Karin Clarke Gallery
(760 Willamette St)   Website
“The Oregon Landscape,” an invitational exhibit featuring works by Mark Clarke, Margaret Coe, Bets Cole, Robert Gamblin, Jodie Garrison, Heather Halpern, James Kroner, Erik Sandgren, Robert Schlegel, Humberto Gonzalez, Karin Clarke, and Craig Spilman.  On display through April 25. 

9. The Lincoln Gallery
(309 W 4th Ave)   Website
“Obscura,” masks and related 2D and 3D art celebrating culture and costume. This show explores the ways we obscure our own identities to represent unseen aspects of ourselves or other cultural, historical, or imaginary entities. The Community Gallery showcases work by OSLP staff in various mediums.

10. Out of Step Books & Gallery
(1022 Willamette St)   Website
Get a peek inside the whimsical world of Damian J. McDonald, as he presents 25 of his quirky creatures in his solo show “I.N.S.E.O.R.”

11. White Lotus Gallery
(767 Willamette St)   Website
“Celebrating 2020,” featuring Jon Jay Cruson, Li Tie, Satoko Motouji, Connie Mueller, Dale Mueller, Jamie Newton, Margaret Prentice, Christine L. Sundt, Gary Tepfer and Mike Van. Show on display through March 7th.

EAT & DRINK

12. LovaKava Kava Bar & Restaurant
(120 W Broadway)  Facebook
Have a glass of kava and enjoy original art.

13. Starlight Lounge
(830 Olive St)
 Facebook
“Behind The Looking Glass,” works in acrylic, spray paint, wood, and epoxy resin by Brandon Holder of B. Holder Designs. Over the years, Brandon’s paintings have evolved into abstract studies examining geometric forms and color theory, and he has recently started experimenting with dissecting, rearranging, and merging paintings to increase the complexity of his designs even further.

14. Townshend’s Teahouse
(41 W Broadway)  Website
A mixture of dark and alluring, flora and fauna, and divine feminine art works by Wade Sewell and Savannah Stamps of Black Lotus Tattoo in Eugene.

SHOP & EXPLORE

15. Broadway Commerce Center
(44 W Broadway)
 
“Idiosyncrasy,” a showcase of artwork in various mediums by students of the Academy of Arts & Academics (A3).

16. ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery
(25 E 8th Ave)
 Website
Felted wool home décor and apparel by Tylar Merrill, clay tile collages by Annie Heron, whimsical hand painted wood pieces and hand painted silk apparel and other items by Lybi Thomas, wood and stone carvings, and wood sculptures by Cedar Caredio, and Luminessence light sculptures by Stephen White.

17. Eugene Public Library
(100 W 10th Ave)  
Website
Live Music: Rock and Roll Dance Party with RIFFLE, one of Eugene’s favorite party bands. Move and groove to hits from six decades of rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, and more with Timothy Patrick, Peter Giri, Jim Reinking, and Gus Russell.

18. InEugene Real Estate
(100 E Broadway)    Website
“MYTHICAL CREATURES & HUEMANS,” work by Celeste Schield Jacobi. “HUEMANS” is a series of abstract pieces evoking emotions through simple colors and shapes, while “MYTHICAL CREATURES” is more playful, incorporating head dresses and historical attire into animal portraits.

19. Mosaic Fair Trade Collection
(28 E Broadway)
   Website
Beautiful handmade, Fair Trade jewelry, furniture, homewares, unique gifts, clothing, accessories, and more from all around the world.

20. Oregon Art Supply
(1020 Pearl St)   Website
Tattered Edge,” new work by Beth Robinson, experiments with pigment, old photos, and ripped pages. Beth has a love for found objects, collage, cut edges and the unspoken. Often in her work mere fragments, ghosts of materials, soft pencil lines or patterns can be seen. Capturing the momentary voice of these objects and ephemera for her accentuates the missing, forgotten or the things often left unspoken beneath the surfaces of loss. Open until 6pm.

SPECIAL EVENTS

21. Aligned Architecture Open House
(433 W 10th Ave) Website
Aligned Architecture, previously Nir Pearlson Architect, is hosting a renaming Open House between 3-7pm. A selection of completed commercial and residential projects, including familiar iconic local buildings, are on display.

22. The Royal Art Show
(140 E 5th Ave)
An interactive art piece that is a lifetime in the making, as a starving artist struggles to support his artistic practice while putting food on the table for his children. This multi-generational show features artwork by Andre Royal Sr., Andre Royal Jr., and Arion Royal. 3-7pm.

23. No Shame Eugene
(99 W 10th Ave) Facebook
The doors open at 7:30pm with live music. The show begins at 8pm with 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!

First Friday ArtWalk video highlight from Travel Lane County: