First Friday ArtWalk is now First Friday ArtWeek!

As Oregon’s public health restrictions are gradually lifted, a number of galleries and arts businesses have now opened their doors again. To reduce crowding and allow for safe social distancing, we are expanding the ArtWalk experience to a full week. Come downtown to enjoy Eugene’s art scene and support local artists during First Friday ArtWeek, July 3-10! We will not host a guided tour, but you can check out a list of open venues and art exhibitions below.  Join the Facebook event

July First Friday ArtWeek is sponsored by Virtual Oregon Country Fair, an online extravaganza happening at www.oregoncountryfair.org July 10, 11 & 12.

ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery
(25 E 8th Ave)  Website  
Hours: Mon, Tu, Th, F, Sa 10-6pm; Wed 10-1pm 
Felted wool home décor and apparel by Tylar Merrill; clay tile collages by Annie Heron; whimsical hand painted wood pieces, hand painted silk apparel and nuno felted pieces by Lybi Thomas (right); wood and stone carvings, and wood sculptures by Cedar Caredio; and Luminessence light sculptures by Stephen White.

Epic Seconds 
(30 E 11th Ave)  
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Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday 12-6pm (closed July 4th) 
“Hi/Lo, Maybe So,” mixed media paintings on canvas by Thomas Pettus-Czar. Show up through July 27th.  Artist website: twpcart.com

Karin Clarke Gallery 
(760 Willamette St)  Website

Hours: W-F 12-5:30pm, Sa 10am-4pm (closed July 4th) 
Live artist talk: July 3rd 10am on Lane Arts Council’s Facebook Live 
Small artist receptions: Fridays, July 3, 10, 24, and 31, 4-6pm
 
“Ken O’Connell: A Retrospective,” drawings, sketchbooks, paintings, prints, photography, animation, and ceramic works, dating from 1963-2020. Ken was the head of the University of Oregon’s Fine and Applied Art Department for twelve years. Those who have followed him and his work these last 20 years know him as a dedicated sketchbook artist, who has filled nearly 100 sketchbooks. He is also a popular teacher who has taken students to Italy ten times to teach workshops on sketchbook art. Exhibition dates: July 1 – August 1.

The New Zone Gallery 
(22 W 7th Ave)  Website
Hours: 12-6pm daily  
Reception: Friday, July 3rd, 5:30 – 9pm
 
The New Zone Gallery features a group show, as well as “Happyface Empire” by Featured Artist Erik Roggeveen and “HOPE,” paintings of flowers by Spotlight Artist Marjorie Templeton (right). Music on Friday, July 3rd is provided by David Rogers on guitar.

PhotoZone Gallery
(inside the New Zone Gallery at 22 W 7th Ave) Website
Hours: 12-6pm daily 
Reception: Friday, July 3rd, 5:30 – 9pm
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. July’s featured artist is Grady Tarbutton. The title of his show is “Works,” and features human-created objects, contrasting their various purposes.

Starlight Lounge
(830 Olive St)  Website
Hours: 2pm-midnight daily 
“Spirit Guides,” realistic wildlife paintings in gouache by Bekah Zeimetz. 

White Lotus Gallery
(767 Willamette St)  Website
Open by appointment only
“In Good Company: Works by Regional Artists”: showcasing new art by Rich Bergeman, Jon Jay Cruson, Li Tie, Satoko Motouji, Connie Mueller, Jamie Newton, Margaret Prentice, Charles Search and Gary Tepfer. The collection will include works ranging in medium from acrylic and oil on canvas to photography and linocut reduction printmaking. Exhibition dates: July 3 – August 15.

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 hillary@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)   
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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)
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“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)
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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)  
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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)
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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: