Visual Arts Week (VAW) celebrates the visual arts and provides a platform for experimentation, creativity, and dialogue.  This year’s event kicks off at the First Friday ArtWalk and includes installations and gallery exhibitions, workshops, ArtTalks, Mayor’s Art Show, the Eugene Biennial, Salon des Refusés, Artist Highlights, and more!

Lane Arts Council is excited to present:

Muralist Meet & Greet

Wednesday, August 10, 5:30-7pm
WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St, Eugene (upstairs)
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Meet some of Eugene’s prolific muralists, including Esteban Camacho Steffensen, Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, Kari Johnson, and Ila Rose and hear about some of the public art projects they have worked on. 

This event is presented by Lane Arts Council and sponsored by WildCraft Cider Works & Oregon Cultural Trust.  Images: Jessilyn Brinkerhoff (top left), Ila Rose (top right), Esteban Camacho Steffensen (bottom left), Kari Johnson (bottom right).

About Esteban Camacho Steffensen:
Esteban Camacho Steffensen’s work explores how public art focused on ecological diversity contributes to revitalizing urban environments and local communities. He has collaborated closely with biologists to bridge a gap of scientific communication with the general public with art that has emotional, philosophical, and reflective qualities to reach a wider audience. He strives to express the stories of our ecosystems, speaking for voices that are unheard and unseen such as endangered wildlife.

About Ila Rose:
Ila Rose is a painter/muralist working out of Eugene, OR. She has painted a mural for the 20x21EUG Mural Project in Eugene, another in the new Hayward Field Stadium, and many more in and out of town. Rose works as a professional artist and teacher in Eugene and is passionate about how art and community interact. She believes public art is a vital part of enlivening and enriching community, sharing its diverse stories through images and invoking collective creative thought and positive transformation

About Jessilyn Brinkerhoff:
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff is a visual artist who portrays the beauty and significance of the natural world through vibrant public murals. Her colorful murals explore wilderness, native species, and optimistic futures where humans and the environment have come into balance.

About Kari Johnson:
Eugene artist Kari Johnson has been painting murals for 25 years. Johnson began teaching herself to paint when she was 14, following in the footsteps of her grandmothers who painted landscapes and still lifes. She is an artist of many mediums: clay, stained glass, fabric, building design and general contracting, shadow puppets, and – most recently – metal. Johnson cares about promoting social justice and creating harmony between humans and plant and animal relations. She seeks to invite individuals to join the community, belong to the place, and shape our human story. 


Social Media Highlights

Stay tuned to Lane Arts Council’s social media for highlights featuring unique visual artists in our community, every day during Visual Arts Week (August 5-12).  Follow us on Facebook or Instagram @laneartscouncil.

Live Stream Happy Hours 

Tune in for these livestream happy hours to learn more about the artists in our community:

Livestream Happy Hour with Joshua Caraco
On Facebook and YouTube

Livestream Happy Hour with Mija Matriz
Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30pm
On Facebook (coming soon) and YouTube

You can also watch previous happy hours here. 

Visual Arts Week is co-presented by City of Eugene Cultural ServicesLane Arts Council, and Maude Kerns Art Center.