There’s a lot to see — either officially or informally — on the Nov. 10 Second Friday Art Walk in downtown Springfield

(Above: A quilt titled “Bridge the Gap” is among those on display during November at the Emerald Art Center in downtown Springfield)

By Randi Bjornstad

Eight galleries will be part of this month’s official Second Friday Art Walk in downtown Springfield on Nov. 10, and Paula Goodbar, the executive director of the Emerald Art Center — and also the art walk coordinator — will lead the pack.

Six more artistic venues also will be open for the evening with exhibits of their own, for those who want to fashion their own art tours.

Guided tour

“A Zipper is a Bridge” is one of the art quilts in a show with the theme, “Bridge,” featuring work by members of the Oregon Studio Art Quilt Association

The official tour convenes at 5 p.m. at the Emerald Art Center at 500 Main St., with a fine-art juried quilt show titled “Bridge,” including work by visiting artists who are members of the Oregon Studio Art Quilt Association. The center’s featured member artist for November is Nancy Cheeseman, with a show of her abstract acrylic paintings.

The tour then moves upstairs from the art center to Wise Turtle Acupuncture/Talking Rhythms, showing work by another acrylic artist, Hito, who chooses four or five colors for the background of a piece and then competes it with finger, brush or other strokes, repeating the process for the foreground of the piece.

The next stop is at the Springfield Museum at 590 Main St., where an exhibit called “I Am Not Invisible,” is on display, featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women veterans produced by the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Curator Elizabeth Estabrooks will give a talk at 6 p.m.; refreshments will be served.

Memento Ink at 525 Main St. comes next, with art by Lynette Slape. This stop also has light refreshments.

Realism painter Tabitha Edwards has a show of acrylic portraits of people and animals at the Hearts For Hospice at 444 Main St., with music by composer and performer Airon Mallars and gourmet cookies by Paco.

The Washburne Café at 326 Main St. is up next, with a show of oil paintings on canvas by Benjamin Terrell, titled “Fall Amongst the Fables.”

The tour then moves to a show of artwork by Betty O’Connor at 331 Mosaic at 331 Main St.

The last stop on the official tour is Malerische Gallery at 240 Main St., where there will be a wine reception with artist R. Atencio and her exhibit of oil paintings called “Access — Greek Isles.”

More arts and culture

Additional galleries and shops that will be open the evening of the Second Friday Art Walk include:

  • Tronson Gallery of Contemporary Art (740 Main St.) Recently completed work by artist Jerry Ross, including landscapes, still lifes and figures from his travels in Holland, plus art by Jim Tronson and Orval Dillingham; refreshments.
  • Cascade Center for Spiritual LIving (741 Main St.) — Photography by Keith Munson from Bodie, Calif., once one of the state’s richest mining towns.
  • A3 Academy of Arts and Academics (615 Main St.) — Artwork by students of the high school.
  • Chow Restaurant (471 South A St.) — Paintings by artist Shelley Albrich.
  • US Bank (437 Main St.) — Art by Ronald Pennington-Satterfield.
  • 100 Mile Bakery (418 A St., in the Sprout! building) — Art by Shelley Albrich.

Tour sponsors: Emerald Art Center, city of Springfield and Tronson Gallery of Contemporary Art; information at 541-726-8595




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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