There’s gotta be something for everyone to like at Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk

Rebecca Mannheimer is one of the artists whose work is on display at Oregon Art Supply.
Rebecca Mannheimer is one of the artists whose work is on display at Oregon Art Supply.

Nov. 4’s First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Eugene will be hosted by James Aday, who not only is one of the founding members of the Lane Arts Council but also a theater artist, fused glass creator and easel painter.
But as they say, that’s not all, folks. Decades ago, in the 1980s, Aday also ran his own arts gallery — it was called Kairos — and had at the title of cultural arts supervisor for the city of Eugene.
* The first stop as Aday guides the official tour on this month’s art walk will be at 5:30 p.m. at Oregon Art Supply at 1020 Pearl St., which will feature a show called “SIX/6X6.”
Translated, that means an exhibit in which participating artists — Zoe Cohen, Jan Halvorsen, Rebecca Mannheimer, Beth Robinson, Sarah Sedgwick and Beverly Soasey — each have created six pieces that measure six inches on a side.
The stop also will feature entertainment by Taylor Irving on acoustic guitar.
* Stop 2 at 6 p.m. will be Vistra Framing & Gallery at 160 E. Broadway, where Nancy Cheeseman has an exhibit of new black-and-white abstracts that she enigmatically calls “Nothing is Black or White — It’s Just Not that Simple.”
Cheeseman explains her work by saying she challenged herself to paint “using only black ink and acrylic on white synthetic paper.”
“Quickly the work felt very restricted and inadequate, and I was lost without color — I wanted to give up,” she wrote in her artist’s statement. But as she continued, she realized the complexity of creating without color, which led her to the title of her part of the show.
* Next up is Stop 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Karin Clarke Gallery at 760 Willamette St. with a show of etchings and monoprints by longtime Eugene printmaker and painter Tallmadge Doyle.
Doyle got her inspiration for “Shifting Migrations” during an artist’s residency at Summer Lake in April. The exhibit examines the effect of climate changes on ecosystems and migration patterns, as revealed in the flutter of a butterfly wing or the falling of a leaf or pine cone.
The artist talk about her project at noon on Nov. 5 at the gallery.
* Then it’s on to Stop 4 at 76 W. Broadway, where Shadowfox presents an opening reception of “Art Bar Originals,” a showcase of work by participating artists who share an open space as they create and socialize over their arts and crafts. During the tour, artist and Shadowfox owner Jason Pancoast will talk about the mission of Art Bar, and Portland pop band DoublePlusGood will play.
* The fifth and final stop on the official tour is the Natural Burial Company with its “Pop-Up Show” at 7:30 p.m. at 943 Olive St.
The Natural Burial Company is billed as the first business in the United States to sell woven wicker coffins to the public, with the intention of encouraging biodegradable burial practices that offer a different ecological, spiritual and philosophical way of responding to death.
As usual, many other downtown locations will remain open past their usual closing hours during the First Art Walk:
* The Atrium at 99 W. 10th Ave. presents “No Shame Eugene,” with live music starting at 7:30 p.m. and the show of 15 original five-minute-max acts that range from monologue to sketch comedy to the experimental. The performers are the first 15 acts to sign up when the doors open.
* Broadway Commerce Center, 44 W. Broadway — Exhibit by young artists of the Little Owl School of the Arts, a program of the Multicultural Children’s Art Museum & Education Center plus performance of a scene from the center’s multi-lingual children’s play, “Buzzer-Fly” and a presentation by a maker of traditional Eastern European cloth dolls.
Upstairs, the EuZine Fest presents a “Monsters and Hands” art display.
* Capitello Wines at 540 Charnelton St. shows original paintings and prints by Celeste Schield Jacobi, featuring a transitional style of colors and shapes and surreal subjects.
* Cowfish at 62 W. Broadway has paintings by Isaac Hall.
* ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery, 25 E. Eighth Ave., has felted home decor and clothing by Tylar Merrill; clay collage by Annie Heron; Mari Livie’s wall art; Lybi Thomas’ hand-painted wood and linen pieces and silk apparel; stone carvings, wood sculpture and masks by Cedar Caredio; and light sculptures by Stephen White.
* At 6 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library at 100 W. 10th Ave., the West Winds Flute Choir will perform.
* Euphoria Chocolate Company, 946 Willamette St., has a show of watercolors by Daemion Lee.
* Fertilab and Watershed Arts, located at 44 W. Seventh Ave., have a joint project featuring “The HP 3-D Sprout Printer” as well as “In the Stillness,” works by artists Wesley Hurd and Allison Hyde.
* At gilt+gossamer at 873 Willamette St., more prints by Celeste Schield Jacobi are on display.
* Original jewelry by the staff will be shown at the Goldworks Jewelry Art Studio at 169 E. Broadway.
* The Jazz Station at 124 W. Broadway has a show of work by members of the now-closed New Zone Gallery that will be open until 7 p.m., with music by Spencer Doidge and Christoph Greine from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. From 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., there will be a performance of the music of Thelonius Monk by David Valdez & Weber; tickets are $12.
* A show and sale of artwork to benefit the Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts & Culture Program will be on at The Lincoln Gallery at 309 W. Fourth Ave. The featured ArtChics artists in the show are Dena Amend, Mija Marie Andrade, Georgeanne Cooper, Deborah Daily-McIlrath, Mari Livie, Kasey White, Charissa Black-McKay and Tylar Merrill, with guest artists Char Decker and Lin Lundberg. The hours on Nov. 4 are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continue on Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Mosaic Fair Trade Collection at 28 E. Broadway offers hand-knit winter alpaca woolies from Peru and Bolivia and tastings of fair trade organic wines.
* Oregon Wine Lab, 488 Lincoln St. has a show of work by Oregon Glass Guild members throughout the state, including stained, fused, blown and cast glass pieces plus lamp working, glass mosaics and neon.
* The Out on a Limb Gallery at 191 E. Broadway has a show of Sarah Sedwick’s new still lifes and portraits as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.
* Pacific Rim Art Guild, in the basement at 160 E. Broadway, presents “Abundance,” a show of work based on local plein air pieces by guild members.
* Passionflower Design will have a “pop-up” basket shop at 128 E. Broadway, featuring Monroe weaver Chris Domagala, including baskets, rugs and backpacks and a demonstration of how to add a handle as well as basic basket weaves.
* Red Wagon Creamery at 55 W. Broadway has a show called “Uuhhh,” work by James Donnelly.
* Starlight Lounge, 830 Olive St., has a show of oil paintings, loosely combining portraiture and surrealism, by Jim Duncan.
* St. Vincent de Paul at 100 E. 11th Ave. features work by resident artists, including designer and “upcycler” Mitra DeMirza Chester, glass artist Christopher Jenkins and painter and collage artist Marilyn Kent.
* Theadbare at 455 Lincoln St. offers “Haunted,” a group art show and flatstock sale.
* Townshend’s Teahouse, 41 W. Broadway, shows oil paintings by Amy McComb, inspired by Oregon forests and greenery, as well as tastings of tea liqueurs, Italian bitter liqueurs and other botanical spirits distilled from a fermentation of tea and sugar.
* White Lotus Gallery at 767 Willamette St. has linocut prints by Connie Mueller of her hometown and various Oregon landscapes as well as paintings and drawings by Mike Van that showcase his enthusiasm for birds and animals.

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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