Besides the usual extensive displays of artistic talent, the May 5 First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Eugene includes a display of elementary school students’ architectural designs, created in conjunction with local architects, engineers and designers

(Above: Christian Ives’ painting, “In Between the Wake,” is one of his pieces on exhibit at Eugene Yoga)

Edited by Randi Bjornstad

Downtown Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk for May 5

The host for downtown Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk on May 5 is Mayor Lucy Vinis, who will start the 5:30 p.m. official guided tour at The New Zone Gallery, followed by new stops every 30 minutes, at Maven Art Boutique, Shadowfox, Yankee Built and Out on a Limb Gallery.

The May ArtWalk is part of a series of events called “Jane’s Walk,” a reference to seminal urban planner Jane Jacobs, who wrote “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in 1961.

Jacobs’ ideas for healthy cities included “organic” growth of urban areas, characterized by mixed uses to keep areas of cities busy at different times of day, short blocks to encourage high use by pedestrians, inclusion of buildings of different eras, styles and states of repair and greater density than typical American suburbs.

“Hamburg Jam” is one of Diane Seals whimsical ceramic pieces in a show at The New Zone Gallery

Guided Tour

Vinis’ first stop at The New Zone Gallery at 220 W. Eighth Ave. at 5:30 p.m. features a whimsical ceramics show by Diane Seals, called “A Chicken Jamboree in the Garden of Whimsy,” which attempts to answer the question, “What do animals do after work?” Examples of her art can be seen online at artobjectsllc-dianeseals.com.

The New Zone’s Klausmeier Room has a show of work by students and staff at the Child’s Way Charter School, including drawing, painting, cloth art and jewelry. The stop also includes entertainment by acoustic guitarist and singer McKayla Webb, who plays original and country covers as part of Kidz Rock & Grrrlz Rock.

From there, the official tour stops at 6 p.m. at Maven Art Boutique at 271 W. Eighth Ave. Dan Ray Everett’s paintings and drawings are on display, representing his views of mythical stories from all  over the world, from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Hinduism, Buddhism and African cultures as well as Italian folklore. DJ Crown Dubey will mix Reggae dub Latin music.

The action moves at 6:30 p.m. to Shadowfox at 76 W. Broadway, where Tom Chamberlain shows his photographs of musicians and concerts in a show called “Eugene Musicians in Pictures.” Sales of his prints will benefit Eugene Musicians Against Sexual

Emily Proudfoot’s artistic renditions of prosaic household items are on display at Yankee Built

Violence, or MASV, a nonprofit coalition of local musicians, artists entertainers and activists. There will be music by Surfs Drugs and Broken Heart Rodeo, who also will perform later at Luckey’s.

Yankee Built at 857 Willamette St. hosts at 7 p.m., showcasing Emily Proudfoot’s “Kitchen, Garden, Forest, Field” artwork, in ink, stamps, pen, marker and collage. Proudfoot’s subject matter includes plants, flowers, wetlands, rivers and gardens, reflecting her formal training in landscape architecture as well as art, as described on her website, orangesweaterdesign.com.

Mike Leckie’s work combines renders modern local athletes in classic Greek bas relief style

Then comes the final stop, at 7:30 p.m. at Out on a Limb Gallery at 191 E. Broadway, where Michael Leckie shows examples of his work, combining ancient classical style with modern themes and ranges from bronze portraits to bas relief sculpture and cast iron to cast glass. This show concentrates on his bas relief sculptures of Oregon track-and-field stars.

More arts and culture

•Broadway Commerce Center (44 W. Broadway) — Exhibit of watercolors of historical streetscapes and landscapes by local artist George Warner (1926-2009) to coincide with National Historic Preservation Month.

•Cowfish (62 W. Broadway) — Paintings by Mike Walrath.

•ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery (25 E. Eighth Ave.) — Felted wool home décor and apparel by Tylar Merrill; clay tile collages by Annie Heron; wall art by Mari Livie; whimsical hand painted wood and linen pieces and hand painted silk apparel by Lybi Thomas; stone carvings, wood sculptures and imaginative, fanciful masks by Cedar Caredio; and Luminessence light sculptures by Stephen White.

• Eugene Public Library (100 W. 10th Ave.) — Acrylic paintings by Hito, including colorful paintings of animals, especially sea creatures, and shino-glazed, natural-gas fired ceramics by Steve Daniels; music at 6 p.m. by the Delgani String Quartet (Jannie Wei and Wyatt True on violin, Kimberlee Uwate on viola, and cellist Eric Alterman)  sampling 300 years of classical music.

• Eugene Yoga (245 E. Broadway) Work by avid traveler and painter Christian Ives.

• FourWinds Gallery (273 W. Eighth Ave.) — Re-opening with a new collection of life-journey and dream paintings by Space Kaysea Creations.

• gilt+gossamer (873 Willamette St.) — Work by UO student artists, travel and nature photographer  Justin Hartney and couture pieces by Ahoua Touré, reflecting the color and vibrancy of her homeland, Ivory Coast.

• Goldworks Jewelry Art Studio (169 E. Broadway) — Original jewelry by Goldworks staff.

• InEugene Real Estate (100 E. Broadway) — Paintings by Rimona Livie.

• The Jazz Station (124 W. Broadway) — Work by artist, designer, sculptor and painter Bill Rutherford (Blackline Designs), proving that old ages does not mean creativity stops.

• Karin Clarke Gallery (760 Willamette St.) — “Resolutions,” a show by Salem artist Nancy Lindburg, best known for her large color field paintings, in her first show in Eugene.

• MECCA (449 Willamette St.) — Works in a variety of media that have either been left, donated, or forgotten.

• Mosaic Fair Trade Collection (28 E. Broadway) — “Upcycled” metal wall art made by fair trade workers in Haiti, perfect for home or garden, and fair trade wine tasting.

• MultiVRse VR Gaming (1374 Willamette St., #5) — A try at “Tilt Brush,” a virtual art program to create 3D computer art, with designer Candice Hamilton.

• NEST (790 Willamette St.) — Frida Kahlo art contest featuring works of art by community members and viewers’ choice voting.

• Off the Waffle (840 Willamette St.) — Oils and watercolors by New Zone artist Majorie Templeton.

• Oregon Art Supply (1020 Pearl St.) — Community “POST IT Art Project” to create and display 3×3-inch sticky notes, whether sketch, drawing, painting, poetry or prose.

• Oregon Gallery (199 E. Fifth Ave.) — Scenic Northwest photography by Eugene native Ron Keebler, known for his triptychs of the coast, mountains, waterfalls, and other natural features.

• Pacific Rim Art Guild (basement at 160 E Broadway) — “Words in Red,” a traveling  Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation show illustrating the words of Christ., by U.S. artists, including three from the local area; live music by pianist Minkyang Song.

• Passionflower Design (128 E. Broadway) — Annual one-of-a-kind trunk show by Oregon jeweler Susan Goodwin, including pieces with precious metals, pearls, and gemstones; closes at 7 p.m.

• Red Wagon Creamery (55 W. Broadway) — “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” featuring work by creamery staff members.

• Townshend’s Teahouse (41 W. Broadway) — Impressionistic oil-on-canvas floral paintings by Huali.

• Vistra Framing & Gallery (411 West Fourth Ave.) — Colorful landscapes, plants and animals by Jill Atkin; JS Bird’s abstract-and-text pieces; and plein air and wetland paintings by Jacqueline Lukowski.

• White Lotus Gallery (767 Willamette St.) — “Wetlands: New Paintings by Margaret Prentice,” oil paintings of Oregon landscapes, including Eugene’s Delta Ponds.

Special (free) Events

• #Instaballet (Capitello Wines (540 Charnelton St.) — Creation of new ballet by dancers from the Eugene Ballet Company, with help from the audience, with performance of result at 8 p.m.

• Architects in Schools Exhibit (Broadway Commerce Center, 44 W. Broadway and The Octagon, 92 E. Broadway) — Projects created by elementary school students and local professional architects, engineers and designers in six-week classroom sessions. Schools include Buena Vista Spanish Immersion, Camas Ridge Community, Ridgeline Montessori and Willagillespie Elementary in Eugene, Maple Elementary in Springfield and London School in Cottage Grove.

• Empty Bowls & Brews (Sam Bonds Foundry, 540 E. Eighth Ave.) — 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.;  sale of more than 1000 hand-crafted bowls and glassware by local artists, with 100 percent of proceeds supporting FOOD for Lane County, as well as $1 from each pint sold. Live music by Gumbo Grooves.

•No Shame Eugene (99 W. 10th Ave.) — Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for live music and performer registration. Show begins at 8 p.m., made up of the first 15 original, five-minute-maximum acts of monologue, sketch comedy or experimental performance to sign up.

First Friday ArtWalk sponsored by the Lane Arts Council, lanearts.org

 

Randi Bjornstad

Has more than 30 years' journalism experience after a previous stint as a land-use planner. Got first rejection slip at age 11, but the editor wrote an encouraging note. Lives in Eugene, Ore., with husband-and-photographer Paul Carter, adorable dog Tallulah and quirky cats Pearl, Audrey, Garbo, Harry and Ozma.

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