Lane Arts Council’s May 3rd First Friday ArtWalk is guest-hosted by Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director & Conductor of Eugene Symphony. The official ArtWalk guided tour begins at 5:30pm at Kesey Square (corner of Broadway & Willamette), followed by stops at 6:00pm at Epic Seconds (30 E 11th Ave), 6:30pm at Oregon Art Supply (1020 Pearl St), 7:00pm at Passionflower Design (128 E Broadway), and 7:30pm at Karin Clarke Gallery (760 Willamette St). Follow along the guided tour to hear from the featured artists, or explore any of the listed ArtWalk venues on your own. Explore all the options for the evening
Kesey Square (corner of Broadway & Willamette)
May is Bike Month, full of rides and events, and we’ll kick it off at the First Friday ArtWalk! This Bike Month kick-off event in Kesey Square celebrates and merges Eugene’s bike culture and art scene, featuring:
- The unveiling of the Pacific Pub Cycle’s “Mural on Wheels” by Wayde Love (image on right). Cindy Ingram, owner of Pacific Pub Cycle, collaborated with local Whiteaker artist Wayde Love and City of Eugene’s Urban Canvas Program to transform her 14-person touring bike into a mural on wheels. “Wayde’s style is so happy and vibrant and reflects the Eugene culture in such a welcoming way” says Ingram. Regarding the imagery, Wayde states “The sunray image on the front has been on many of my paintings and murals. I often say I won’t paint that again unless it’s in my own home, but people keep requesting it. I definitely had safety on my mind. I wanted it to be bold and bright and well seen.”
- A life-size great blue Heron statue, made out of bicycle parts and a girder recovered (with permission) from the Civic stadium ruins, by Jud Turner.
- “Snuggler,” an interpretive sculpture of a porcupine made from bicycle parts including chain, pedals, sprockets, gears, cables, and spokes, by Renee Mahni, Intuitive Fabricator at the Oblivion Factory.
- A free-standing sculpture by Matt Burney of So Metal, a creative metalwork and fabrication company in Springfield, OR.
- Eight marathon-themed PeaceHealth Rides bikes, which hit the streets of Eugene in April. The bikes’ baskets and frames are covered with colorful, whimsical art created by Josh Cleland and inspired by the Eugene Marathon logo and landmarks along the race route. Try to spot them all!
In addition to checking out this intersection of bike culture and art at the ArtWalk, you can learn more about Bike Month and all the fun events happening throughout May.
Special thanks to our ArtWalk Sponsor Eugene Symphony’s Symfest and our Media Sponsor KLCC!