The Midtown Arts Center is home to the Eugene Ballet and many other local arts organizations, including Lane Arts Council. It also boasts a lovely gallery space of rotating local artists and artist collectives. Currently featured this month are Lane Arts Council First Friday ArtWalk participant The New Zone Gallery and Lane Arts Council Teaching Artist Jessi Earleywine Nelson.

The New Zone Gallery, a nonprofit cooperative gallery located at 110 East 11th Ave in downtown Eugene, Oregon, has been a cornerstone of the local art scene since its establishment in 1983. Showcasing the work of approximately 65 members of the New Zone Artists Collective, the gallery is dedicated to promoting experimental visual arts and fostering a supportive environment for artists. Renowned for its high-quality, non-juried exhibitions, New Zone offers artists the freedom to display work without commercial constraints. The gallery’s funding sources include membership dues, sales commissions, donations, and grants. Open to public membership, New Zone evaluates potential new members through its biannual Zone 4 All shows. Despite its small size, the gallery remains a vital and dynamic influence on Eugene’s artistic community.

Jessi Earleywine Nelson is an artist and teacher living in the Willamette Valley. She is driven by a deep need to explore and to linger, observing, quietly existing in a landscape before creating.  Whether she is working in paints, printmaking, or tapestry weaving, her work often uses fluid and expressive lines to communicate the latent energy and movement in otherwise still and quiet places.

Stop by the Midtown Art Center, 174 East 16th Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm to check out this incredible collection of art!