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Arts Hound

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week
Joel Pickford’s Le Monde Créole

It’s Friday Art Walk somewhere! Downtown Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk (5:30 to 8 pm June 14) has a theme: Building Bridges Through Art. Mayors Kitty Piercy and Christine Lundberg will lead the walk from City Hall (225 5th St.) to Haven, Chow (see Chow guide), Memento Ink, White Cloud and the Emerald Art Center (EAC), which will be showing award-winning photographer Joel Pickford’s Le Monde Créole exhibit, featuring his poignant black-and-white photography of southern Louisiana (artist reception 5:30 to 7:30 pm). The EAC has also put out a call to artists for The Colors of Lane County exhibit at the Gallery at the Airport; submissions due June 28, visit emeraldartcenter.org for details.

’Ello govna. There’s still time to catch Eugene painter Lynn Ihsen Peterson’s vibrant landscapes at the Governor’s Office, on view at the Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem through June 19, 2013.

WE ♥ OREGON. The Portland-based photography nonprofit Photolucida presents its Oregon slideshow, Then.Now.Here, at 9 pm Wednesday, June 19, at Sam Bond’s; $1-$5. Curated by Motoya Nakamura, a longtime photojournalist for The Oregonian, the slideshow will juxtapose contemporary and historic images of the 33rd state, while Eugene balladeer and 2012 Next Big Thing top finalist Paul Quillen strums his guitar.

Hey, BU-DDY! Eugene is going Totally Pauly 8 pm Thursday, June 20, when Pauly Shore brings his comedy act to WOW Hall. See the former Weasel’s special video message just for Eugene fans (“Eugene? That’s like a Jewish name, isn’t it?”) at wkly.ws/1hs.

We’ll see you in the afterlife. MECCA is now accepting applications (through June 19) for its annual Object Afterlife Art Challenge. The chosen artists will have two months to “bridge the worlds of fine art and scrap art,” with objects and mediums chosen by MECCA specifically for each participant; the finished pieces will be on display at the Eugene Celebration August 23-25.

Here’s a road trip to Salem that’s sure to be a pleasure. Mark Clarke and Jon Jay Cruson, two of Eugene’s finest artists, are showing new work called Figures and Vast Spaces at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery through June 29. Figures by Clark are from memory and imagination while Cruson’s landscapes walk the line between representation and abstraction. See zeekgallery.com for info.