Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk on April 3rd, 2015 is guest hosted by author and artist Vicki Krohn Amorose. Learn more about her book Art Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists at http://artwritebook.com. The First Friday ArtWalk guided tour begins at 5:30pm at The Jazz Station (124 W Broadway), followed by stops at 6:00pm at Harlequin Beads and Jewelry (1027 Willamette St), 6:30pm at Gilt+Gossamer (873 Willamette St), 7:00pm at Pacific Rim Art Guild & Gallery (160 E Broadway, basement), and concluding at 7:30pm at OUT ON A LIMB Gallery (191 E Broadway). ArtWalk is from 5:30-8pm and always free!
Internationally known Oregon visionary artist Rick Bartow and his Portland gallerist, Charles Froelick, of Froelick Gallery, will present during Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtTalk on April 3, 2015. Bartow and Froelick will talk and show slides, with Bob Keefer moderating the discussion, at 5:30 p.m. in The Studio at the Hult Center. Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted, and the event includes a no-host wine bar.
Rick Bartow is a major Northwest artist and member of the Northern California Wiyot tribe. His bio on the Froelick Gallery website states “Personal experiences, cultural engagement and global myths, especially Native American transformation stories, are the heart of Mr. Bartow's art. Animals and self-portraits populate his iconography, and he is known for astute interpretations of literary, musical and visual sources.” His work has been seen in such diverse venues as the National Museum of the American Indian – New York in Manhattan, the Westfaliches Landesmuseum fur Naturkunde in Germany, and the White House. Recently, he completed a 27’ sculpture entitled We Were Always Here, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C and commissioned by The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
5:30 pm The Jazz Station (124 W Broadway)
On the 4 year anniversary of the opening at its new location 124 West Broadway, The Jazz Station celebrates with a show of work depicting Eugene musicians by Ellen Gabehart. Many of these paintings and sketches were done at performances and jam sessions held at The Jazz Station, and capture the energy and inspiration of the act of creating music. Ellen Gabehart is a longtime volunteer and supporter, in addition to being a well-known and respected local artist. The show will be open for viewing until 7pm.
6:00 pm Harlequin Beads and Jewelry (1027 Willamette St)
Five years ago, Cenya Eichengreen was looking for something to do while she underwent chemotherapy. Having just bought "The Art of Bead Embroidery" by Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini, beading seemed to fit the task. After a trip to Harlequin Beads, she began beading to relieve the boredom of being stuck in a chair for 5 hours while she underwent cancer treatments. Over the next five months, she made over 125 beaded brooches and gave them away to friends and supporters. She has continued with bead embroidery in the form of jewelry and beaded wall art. She currently sells her beadwork at Saturday Market and in gallery shows.
6:30pm Gilt+Gossamer (873 Willamette St)
David CP Placencia presents “Khaostasis - Micro & Macro Connections.” He states, “Curiosity is a foundation for both artistic and scientific pursuits. Art and beauty traverses the gaps of knowledge and can portray an unseen world. My curiosity is in connections found in atomic structures, nerve cells, and space travel. My endeavor is to highlight this relationship which conveys a common narrative. This series is inspired by physics, nature, and images captured by neuroscientists in Eugene, Oregon.” Find out more about his work at Khaostasis.com.
Also on display is Marilyn Kent’s show "Aves Femmes,” acrylics featuring beautiful birds all dressed up. Regarding this collection, Marilyn states, "I wanted to show Birds dressed as women, with fashionable attitudes and dress. I paint birds realistically as well as in a fanciful way. I first started making art as a cartoonist and then becoming a scientific illustrator for a museum in Chicago. I paint in acrylics and also incorporate collage elements. Often I use a picture from a fashion magazine as inspiration as clothing for the bird and then let my imagination take over. I like to use actual eyes, legs and arms along with the painted birds. I enjoy making them ‘Funny.’ In a way, you could say clothing for humans is like the feathers covering a bird, only we have more color choices!”
7:00 pm Pacific Rim Art Guild & Gallery (160 E Broadway, basement)
Pacific Rim Art Guild & Gallery's featured show titled "New Life" will be comprised of works in all mediums by Dan Chen, Elesha McCarthy, Kathy Hoy, Yvonne Stubbs, Evelyn Jones, Elaine Young, and Sandi Grubbs.
7:30 pm OUT ON A LIMB Gallery (191 E Broadway)
Chuck Roehrich shows his wildlife watercolor paintings at OUT ON A LIMB Gallery during the month of April. He states, “All artists take short cuts. The world is so complicated and nuanced that we can only process a small amount of what’s there. My artwork tries to capture the complexity and beauty of our wonderful Oregon landscape without trying too hard to get everything exactly right. I try to use the real colors that it shows me and not add too much to punch up what’s already there. I try to put in enough details so that the viewer can say to him or herself ‘Yeah, I’ve been there too.’ I don’t know if art needs to ‘say’ something, but if I were to answer that question about my art, I would say that on most occasions, the world would still work and would still be this wonderful, fractal and beautiful creation even without humans. We are not separate from nature, but only one part of it.
Friday, April 3 @ 5:30 PM
Free to public