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Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk is guest-hosted by Debbie Williamson-Smith, Communications Manager for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus. The JSMA celebrates its 80th anniversary this summer and later this month opens "Living Legacies: The JSMA @ 80." Debbie’s alter ego, Old Queen Holly GoSlugly, "rained" over Eugene as the 2011 Slug Queen. The ArtWalk begins at 5:30 pm at Harlequin Beads and Jewelry (1027 Willamette St), followed by stops at Urban Lumber Company Furniture Showroom (28 E Broadway), ECO Sleep Solutions (25 E 8th Ave), The Art Annex/Karin Clarke Gallery (749 Willamette St), and DIVA (280 W Broadway). ArtWalk is from 5:30-8pm and always free!
Also on First Friday, the Wine Walk (Guided tour stop galleries & the Broadway Commerce Center, 44 W Broadway) Downtown Eugene Inc., South Willamette Winery Association, and Lane Arts Council present an arts and cultural experience that reveals our urban art scene twisted with the local wine region. Select galleries offer wine samples from local wineries including Sweet Earth Vineyards, Eugene Wine Cellars, DW Hinman Cellars, and Kremer Wine Cellars. Find tasting locations on the ArtWalk Guide. Visit the wine marketplace before and after for favorite wines and live jazz music. All ages welcome. Marketplace hours: 5:30-9pm. FREE to attend!
5:30 pm Harlequin Beads and Jewelry (1027 Willamette St)
Harlequin is pleased to announce the addition of master wire worker and gemologist Michael Goettsch of Dylan Kane Designs. Michael is hands down the most incredible wire wrap artist most people have ever seen. His youthful enthusiasm and no holds barred approach give his work great energy and a unique style in addition to mind boggling intricacy. He works with gem grade natural stones and sterling silver wire to create out-of-this world wearable art including pendants, rings, and brooches.
Dylan Kane Designs is now located inside of Harlequin Beads. Check out his amazing wire work as well as gem specimens next time you are downtown.
6:00 pm Urban Lumber Company Furniture Showroom (28 E Broadway)
For the month of May, Urban Lumber Company features wood block prints by employee Josh Krute. Josh is originally from Colorado and is an avid snowboarder and cyclist in addition to being a woodworker and photographer. His artist statement says, “In this series of works, I am attempting to show the presence of change. I am interested in preserving a stage of an object’s existence through relief printmaking. The result of a registering displays a specific stage of an object’s life; it may show distinctions and give clues to reveal an object’s history. For some of the works, I incorporate wood that has been milled, chain-sawn, sanded, and weathered. These markings reveal the occurrences of manipulation made by man and nature. I have interest in an object’s process of manipulation: starting from one state, being manipulated, and proceeding as a new form.
6:30 pm ECO Sleep Solutions (25 E 8th Ave)
ECO Sleep Solutions and Gallery features artist Annie Heron and her diverse work in clay: thrown ware, textured clay pieces, and tile collages. "I have always thought that my job as an artist is to take in as much beauty as I can from nature and the people around me, and breathe it back out in the clay." Annie not only shares her creative gift through her work, but she is passionate about teaching others about the limitless creativity of clay.
Also showing hand painted silk, wood and fabric home decor pieces by Lybi Thomas, Luminessence light sculptures by Stephen White, felted wool home décor, apparel and purses/handbags/courier bags by Tylar Merrill, fabric dolls and wall art by Mari Livie, and wood sculptures and masks by Cedar Caredio, and alpaca shawls and blankets by Aragon Alpaca and Hum Sweet Hum.
Live ambient trumpet/flugelhorn music by Jeff Oster and post-dub step electronica by Gloom Prophet (think Miles Davis meets Pink Floyd).
7:00 pm The Art Annex/Karin Clarke Gallery (749 Willamette St)
In conjunction with the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower Festival, the Art Annex presents “Wildflowers of Oregon” from May 1 - 31, 2013. This exhibit features work by twelve nationally and locally renowned illustrators, including Sue Allen, Erika Beyer, Rebecca Brown-Thompson, Joanna Carrabio, Tanya Harvey, Kris Kirkeby, Katura Reynolds, Beverly Soasey, Frances Stilwell, Linda Ann Vorobik, Dave Wagner, and Betsy Wolfston. 10% of proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum.
7:30 pm DIVA (280 W Broadway)
The Lane County Juried Show was a very popular exhibit during the days of the "original" High & 2nd Ave New Zone Gallery in the 1980s. DIVA has adopted this show and will hold its first exhibit in May. Jurors include Kathleen Caprario, Analee Fuentes, Marina Hajek, and Kacey Joyce.