Some of the stops are familiar, others are completely new as downtown Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk gets underway on June 2

(Above: Photographer Phil Johnson’s track photos from meets at Hayward Field are on display at Run Hub Northwest)

Edited by Randi Bjornstad

This month’s official guided tour downtown Eugene First Friday ArtWalk includes some stops that haven’t been included often, if at all, in the past.

The June 2 tour will be led by Eugene vocalist Siri Vik and David Pottinger, vice president of the Eugene Symphony’s board of directors. They will start the tour at 5:30 p.m. at gilt+gossamer and move at 30-minute intervals from there to the Timbers Inn, Oregon Art Supply, Run Hub Northwest and Cozy, ending the official tour there at 8 p.m.

Guided tour

The stop at gilt+gossamer at 873 Willamette St. at 5:30 p.m. features work by two students at the University of Oregon, including couture pieces that reflect Ahoua Touré’s Ivory Coast background and Justin Hartney’s photographs of Oregon and other places he’s traveled.

Mike Hopper’s architectural and retail drawings are part of the renovation of The Timbers

Next is the reinvented Timbers Inn Lounge and Office Building at 1015 Pearl St., at 6 p.m. The aging motel has been “reinvented” by architect Nir Pearlson’s studio and built by the Allen Co. Design it! Build it! LLC, with charcoal concrete planters, dark-stained cedar siding and gray metal roofing outside and dark oak flooring, redone original fir and hemlock ceilings and reclaimed wall paneling, complete with rusty nail holes, inside. Photographs and renderings show the evolution from 1950s motel to the present, along with additional work and travel sketches by retail designer and illustrator Mike Hopper.

From there it’s on to Oregon Art Supply at 1020 Pearl St. at 6:30 p.m., where a Community POST IT Art Project will be underway, offering anyone who comes by the chance to create a 3-by-3 inch sticky note with words, symbols, sketches or art of some other kind.

After that, it’s 7 p.m. at Run Hub Northwest at 515 High St., where photographs by Phil Johnson of Tracktown Photo will be on display. Johnson has been covering track and field since 2008 and provided official coverage for the 2012 Olympic Trials and the 2014 World Junior Championships, as well as world championships in South Korea and Russia as well as last year in Portland. This show features images from competitions at Hayward Field, including the just-finished Prefontaine Classic.

Amber Leaders is an animator and graphic designer; her work is on display at Cozy

Last up at 7:30 p.m. is Cozy at 285 E. Fifth Ave., where Amber Leaders Designs mixes mid-century modern with graphic illustrations to blend nostalgia with a modern twist. Leaders has a degree in animation arts and has worked extensively as an animator and illustrator.

More art and culture

As always, the official stops on the First Friday ArtWalk are augmented by many other galleries and shops that are open late with art and entertainment of their own:

• Broadway Commerce Center (44 W. Broadway) — Multicultural art created by current and graduating students of Little Owl School.

• Cowfish (62 W. Broadway) — Neon paintings by Wayde Love.

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

• Eugene Public Library (100 W. 10th Ave.) — Acrylic paintings by Hito, featuring animals and ocean creatures; and shino-glazed and gas-fired ceramics by Steve Daniels. Live music by Fefafe African Dance and Drumming, Guinean entertainment from West African Cultural Arts Institute, starting at 6 p.m.

• Euphoria Chocolate Company (946 Willamette St.) — Oregon Bach Festival poster retrospective.

Eugene Yoga has Angie Wean’s “Don’t Miss the Forest”

• Eugene Yoga (245 E. Broadway) — Paintings by Angie Wean.

• FourWinds Gallery (273 W. Eighth Ave.) — Summer clearance on one-of-a-kind festival gear, party outfits, couture costumes, and unique jewelry by Zared, all handmade in the Willamette Valley. Live music by Portland trio, Urban Shaman.

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

• InEugene Real Estate (100 E. Broadway) — Paintings by Lisa Livoni.

• The Jazz Station (124 W. Broadway) — Photos by Keith Munson of artists who have appeared at The Jazz Station; open until 7 p.m., with music by Tim McLaughlin from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A concert by the Eugene Hard Bop Collective will take place from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; tickets are $10.

• Karin Clarke Gallery (760 Willamette St.) — “Allan Kluber: Old Work/New Work,” featuring his ceramics from the 1980s, plus a sampling of new work.

Larry Hurst is among the OSLP artists whose work is showing in the Lincoln Gallery

• The Lincoln Gallery (309 W. Fourth Ave.) — Paintings, prints, ceramics, and more from artists at the Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts & Culture Program, plus illustrations by Lory Britain in the Community Room Gallery.

• Maven Art Boutique (271 W. Eighth Ave.) — Mixed media paintings and textiles by Breezy Given.

• MODERN (207 E. Fifth Ave., No. 105) — The eighth annual “Evening of Illuminating Design: The University of Oregon Department of Architecture Luminaire Design Competition and Exhibit,” featuring work by students in the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

• Mosaic Fair Trade Collection (28 E. Broadway) — Handmade planters by fair trade workers in Bangladesh, plus fair-trade wine tasting.

• MultiVRse VR Gaming (1374 Willamette St., No. 5) — Try out “Tilt Brush,” a virtual art program that lcreates 3D art using a computer.

• The New Zone Gallery (220 W. Eighth Ave.) — “Spirit & Nature ~ Dreams & Visions,” by Asante Riverwind; plus “Over the Spectrum,” featuring work by Kind Tree (Autism Rocks) in the Klausmeier Room. Live music with guitarist and vocalist Jerry Leff.

Deborah Kroboth has work on display at the Out on a Limb Gallery

• OUT ON A LIMB Gallery (191 E. Broadway) — Acrylic paintings by Deborah Kroboth of DK’Sands Art.

• Pacific Rim Art Guild (basement at 160 E. Broadway) — “Days of Creation,” an all-member show of works depicting the creation story plus pieces completed during Thomas Blackshear’s May workshop. Live music by the Hickory Smoked Gospel Band.

• Passionflower Design (128 E. Broadway) — Jewelry, clothes, and gifts featuring regional and U.S. artists and designers; open until 7 p.m.

• Red Wagon Creamery (55 W. Broadway) — Art by Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts & Culture Program artist Kwang.

• Shadowfox (76 W. Broadway) —  Showcase of Lane Arts Council’s in-school teaching artists, including live performances from dance and storytelling to blues and hip-hop, plus a visual art exhibition by the teaching artists and their students.

• St. Vincent de Paul (100 E. 11th Ave.) — Work by St. Vinnnie’s resident artists, including glass artist Christopher Jenkins and designer and upcycling artist Mitra DeMirza Chester, including original “T-shirt art” she describes as “taking paintings out of the frame and making T-shirts the canvas.”

“Mt. Thielsen Milky Way” is one of Michael Sherman’s photographs now showing at Townshend’s Teahouse

• Townshend’s Teahouse (41 W. Broadway) — Landscape photography by Michael Sherman includes a message about enjoying and preserving unique ecosystems.

• Vistra Framing & Gallery (411 W. Fourth Ave.) — Abstract hand-felted nuno artwork with upcycled materials by Anne Conzemius; mixed genre oil and acrylic paintings and prints by Sadie Smith; and paper-and-acrylic abstract landscapes by Patricia Carroll.

• White Lotus Gallery (767 Willamette St.) — “Twenty-Five Years of the White Lotus Gallery,” featuring work by Miao Hui Xing, Su Xing Ping, Wang Gong Yi, Chen Hai Yan, Wu Jide, Hiroyuki Tajima, Kawase Hasui, Tanaka Ryohei, Frank Okada, and Morris Graves, plus others; ends July 8.

Special (free) events

• #instaballet (Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton St.) — Eugene Ballet Company dancers create a brand-new ballet starting at 5:30 p.m., using suggestions from the audience as part of the process, and performing the result at 8 p.m.

• Alesong Release & ArtWalk After Party (The Tap & Growler, 207 E 5th Ave., No. 115) — From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Alesong’s Brian Coombs presents three beers on tap, including the newly released Strawberry Symphony; proceeds benefit the Eugene Symphony as it kicks off SymFest. Work by local artist Chelsea Swan will be on display. Enter to win tickets to the 8 p.m. performance of SymFest.

• Arts Alive: Baroque to Modern (Kesey Square at Broadway and Willamette streets) — Dance, live music, theater, poetry, costumes, live painting, and photography, culminating in a community dance with the Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., sponsored by the city of Eugene’s Cultural Services and EUGfun!

• Artist Alley (Kesey Square at Broadway and Willamette streets) — Artists set up tables during the First Friday ArtWalk and sell their original work from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Burrito Brigade Fundraiser (Off the Waffle, 840 Willamette St.) — Fundraiser for the nonprofit Burrito Brigade, which provides more than 700 meals to the hungry and homeless every week, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with burritos, beer, music by Chico Schwall, a silent auction, and a raffle.

• No Shame Eugene (99 W. 10th Ave.) — Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with live music and signups for the 8 p.m. show, which includes the first 15 acts to sign up with their monologues, sketch comedy and the experimental.

Downtown First Friday ArtWalk sponsored by the nonprofit Lane Arts Council

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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