Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk on September 4th, 2015 is guest hosted by Jessica Zapata from Eugene Arte Latino and Paulina Romo, the Director of Downtown Languages. The tour will be bilingual, as the kick off event for Fiesta Cultural. Jessica Zapata is the founder of Eugene Arte Latino (EAL). The mission of EAL is to promote the development and cultivation of the Latino arts in a warm and vibrant environment for all of the Lane County community. Using alternative spaces such as galleries, small businesses, studios, and schools, EAL carries out a yearlong program of exhibits related to Mexican and Latin American traditions, music, visual and performing arts, crafts, dance, as well as concerts promoting an awareness of Latin American composition and folk music. Downtown Languages is a non-profit school that offers English classes and life skills classes for immigrants.
Stop #1. 5:30 PM Kesey Square (Broadway & Willamette)
The kick off event for Fiesta Cultural will take place 5-8pm in Kesey Square during the First Friday ArtWalk! Local instructor José Cruz will teach a free salsa lesson to beginners, and then Salseros and Azúcar will dazzle the crowd with a dance performance at 5:30pm. From 6-8pm, Kesey Square will transform into a salsa dance party with the sounds of Seattle-based band Cambalache (right). Other highlights include a free kids clay art activity with artist Samuel Beccera, artwork by Latino artists, Latino Roots panels, and food by Huerto de la Familia
Stop #2. 6 PM The Jazz Station (124 W Broadway)
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Jazz Station features “Una Mirada de México,” work by Mexican artists Antonio Ochoa (right), Jessica Zapata, Claudia Sanchez, Maricela Figueroa, Juan Antonio Siller, Cecilia Sanchez, and Xolotl Polo.
Stop #3. 6:30 PM Jacobs Gallery (Hult Center)
The “2015 Mayor’s Art Show,” through September 19th, celebrates Lane County artists. Of the 206 entries, the jurors selected 46 to be in this year’s show.
Exhibiting artists include: Stephanie Ames, Blake Andrews, Carol Arian, R. Atencio, Gladys Bacon, Kathleen Caprario, Karin Clarke, Michael Cross, Suma Elan, Janine Etherington, Dee Etzwiler, Andrew Grediagin, Ann Bumb Hamilton, Anthony Hensley, Glenn Hitt John Holdway, Julia Holtzman, Kris Hurwit, Laura Jaszkowski, Liz Johnson, Katy Keuter, Lynda Lanker, Yunie LeNoue, Joseph Lieberman, Juliette Loquidis, Niraja Lorenz, Rogene Manas, Rebecca Mannheimer, Jillian Mardin, Skip McDonald, Terry McIlrath, Rachel McLain, Sandi O’Brien, Lynn Ihsen Peterson, Adelle Platt, Margaret Plumb, Jessica Reichman, Emily Schultz, Jody Sibert, Kenneth Standhardt, LaVonne Tarbox-Crone, Marjorie Taylor, E. Teague, Mike E. Walsh, Huali Wetherell, and Michael Whitenack.
Stop #4. 7 PM MECCA (449 Willamette St)
Celebrate creative reuse with MECCA! The “7th Annual Object Afterlife Art Challenge” inspires us to think differently about scrap art and unwanted materials. Artists are given a mystery object, MECCA money, and two months time to turn their scrap material into a work of art. Over 90 artists signed up for this year’s challenge, receiving objects ranging form a busted trampoline, to floppy disks, to zippers and bobbins.
Stop #5. 7:30 PM The Lincoln Gallery (309 W 4th Ave
The OSLP Arts & Culture Program is excited to announce the opening of an inclusive art exhibit entitled “Pain, Healing, and Creativity.” This exhibition includes artwork created by participants in their open studio workshops, as well as submissions from members of the community. “Pain, Healing, and Creativity” share experiences of physical and/or emotional pain and healing through artwork.
Friday, September 4 @ 5:30 PM
Free to public