First Friday ArtWeek
To reduce crowding and allow for safe social distancing, we are expanding the ArtWalk experience from one night to a full week. Come downtown to enjoy Eugene’s art scene and support local artists, October 2-9! We will not host a guided tour, but you can check out a list of open venues and art exhibitions below.
Art For Change Mural Exhibit – Storefront Installation
Friendly Street Market (2757 Friendly St) Register Guard Article
On display for the rest of the summer
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.
4446 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403 (Website)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
BRING challenged designers to visit on August 1 to comb through a prearranged selection of materials and pick out whatever called to them for the annual Product Design Challenge. Designers’ selections were documented with “before” photos (right) so that the community can see each amazing transformation. Some of the materials chosen include: Plexiglas triangles, iron fencing, “Houdini” crate on wheels, woven plastic “Super Sack,” roll-up cork, old mattress springs, cabinets, and lots of oak planks. Stop by to see the final products created by these designers!
Create-Your-Own-Sculpture Treasure Hunts
Earthbound Moon invites you to participate in five Create-Your-Own-Sculpture Treasure Hunts. You can find the posters for the Treasure Hunts in the windows of Eugene’s Public Library or at DIYSculpture.com. Download a Treasure Hunt (or all five Treasure Hunts!) and be a part of the artmaking for Visual Arts Week! Artists include: Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble, Jorah LaFleur, Mija Andrade, and Patricia Montoya Donohue.
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. Jim uses small-scale, simple compositions of a wide-range of appealing and interesting subject material. Jim also creates near-abstract, portrait-type works using shadows and textures. Recently a reviewer of Jim’s work stated, “I love the detail of the textures juxtaposed with the smooth, and the use of light, especially in the train photograph (right). Your compositions are clean, and direct the eye into the photographs, so that the viewer is left to imagine the story.”
(30 E 11th Ave) Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday 12-6pm
“Summer Reading,” work by Benjamin Terrell, on display for August and September. In a normal world “summer reading” refers to books that are better saved or savored over long breaks with more time to digest. Created during the COVID crisis, where time, schedules and normalcy are radically less controllable, these paintings are inventories of everyday objects and of the familiar places from where we emerge to confront the unknown.
Karin Clarke Gallery
(760 Willamette St) Website
Hours: W-F 12-5:30pm, Sa 10am-4pm
Facebook Live curator’s Talk: October 2nd at 11 am
“Faces, Figures, and Phantoms—A Partial Self-Portrait,” an exhibition of work by Tom Blodgett (1940 – 2012), curated by Craig Spilman. The striking art of Oregon artist Tom Blodgett ranges from vivid, imaginative portraits to impressionistic landscapes and intricate, dreamlike scenes of people and animals. For this special and rare exhibit, Artist and Curator Craig Spilman has selected twenty-four powerful drawings and paintings from the Tom Blodgett estate. In addition, a large selection of his smaller drawing will be available to purchase unframed. This is the first major gallery exhibit of for Blodgett in 30 years. Show dates: September 30 – October 31
The New Zone Gallery
(22 W 7th Ave) Website
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-6pm, Reception: October 2nd, 5:30pm
“Zone 4 All” is a traditional, non-juried show for community members and gallery members showing 2-D piece and 3-D work. Show dates: Oct 2-30. Music on October 2nd: David Rogers, classical, jazz, pop, and world music on guitar.
The New Zone Gallery Annex
(Smith Family Building, 768 East 13th Ave)
Opening reception: October 9th 5:30pm
In conjunction with New Zone Gallery, the expansive back space of the building will be developed into an artist marketplace venue together with studio spaces for artists to create, produce and sell their works to the public. With 10,000 sf., featuring wide open spaces, a large mezzanine, an open concept ceiling and skylights, it is a beautiful space for the community to gather safely, supporting both developing and established artists.
For more details on the marketplace and studio spaces, contact: Dean and Michele Smith at email@example.com or call (541) 520-6283.
Octagon: The Eugene Center for Architecture (92 E Broadway) and aiaoregon.org
Hours: Available for viewing at all times from the outdoors
The People’s Choice Awards for Architecture is held annually as a public showcase of local architecture, interiors, and landscape architecture projects. The community is asked to VOTE for their favorite designs in several categories. Please join us, in a socially distant manner, to celebrate design, share thoughts, look for inspiration, and vote for your favorite projects all from the comfort of your own home! View and vote online through a link at aiaoregon.org. Exhibition dates: October 1-15.
Oregon Art Supply
(1020 Pearl St) Website
“Eugene Postcard Project” – Artists are invited to submit handmade postcards to transform the storefront into a temporary gallery! This is a new way to stay connected in a time that feels alienating, while supporting the US Postal System. The display is up now through November 16th. Image: Laura King.
(inside the New Zone Gallery at 22 W 7th Ave) Website
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-6pm, Reception: October 2nd, 5:30pm
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. PhotoZone Gallery sponsors a retrospective of the life and works of Donna Gilhousen, a spirited advocate, and keen but soft-spoken artist, with a twinkling sense of humor, who passed away in the presence of her loved ones on the 13th of September 2020. Show dates: October 1st to November 3rd
(830 Olive St) Website
Hours: 2pm-midnight daily
“Halloween Time: The Sequel!” work by resident Halloween artist Bonnie Bozell. This Halloween- inspired, hand-painted art and decor features pinups, monsters, normal families, and more. Bonnie is currently working on new work for Printed In Blood’s next art book (TBA) which should be out next year.
White Lotus Gallery
(767 Willamette St)
Appointments available Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
“The Innovative Eye: A Life’s Work by Mike Van,” a collection of art that spans 65 years of his creative career, curated by Kim Still. Mike Van’s art reflects the lifetime he has spent in the Northwest. Depictions of beaches dotted with driftwood logs, mountain and forest scenes that showcase the abundant natural beauty but also remind one of the region’s logging industry, bears, crows and salmon in their natural state or personified have all made regular appearances in Mike’s work. He is also fond of studying and portraying people, focusing on faces, exploring the contrast between light and shadow, or experimenting with contours. His keen observation, whimsical imagination and immaculate execution bring to focus the beauty that surrounds us. Exhibit dates: August 21 – October 3, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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)!
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
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
(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
(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
(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
(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
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.
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: