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Arts Hound

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week.
‘Les Femmes di Maroc’ by Lalla Essaydi
‘Les Femmes di Maroc’ by Lalla Essaydi

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opens a new exhibit April 26: The Human Touch. Selected works from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection will bring you face to face with the work of contemporary art masters such as Chuck Close, Lalla Essaydi, Elizabeth Peyton and Roy Lichtenstein.

 

As of April 1, Red Raven Follies are the new proprietors of the studio/event space at 543 Blair in the Whit. The performance troupe, known for its vaudeville-meets-burlesque routines, has renamed the space Countdown Studios and will host an all-weekend launch party beginning April 25 with Last Friday ArtWalk. Expect live music, acro-balance, a performance slam and a crafters’ fair. “Countdown Studio is an affordable, friendly and eclectic multi-use space with the vision of preserving and showcasing our community’s unique artistic culture. We are now booking private, public and educational events including dance, theatre, performance art, visual arts and poetry,” Ember Woodruff of the Follies writes. Over the past couple years, the space has been home to olivejuice Gallery & Gifts, Paper Moon Photo Studios and 543 Blair — former venue of bookers Behavior Castle (see cover story).

 

Head to Sam Bond’s for Last Friday ArtWalk 6 to 9 pm, April 25, to see Mysterealism, a show by Mary Oleri featuring oil paintings that “explore the outer and inner perspectives of reality.” In other words, her art is a trip. Also on the art crawl are the juicy oil still lifes of John Holdway in his show, Delicious Atmosphere, at the Stellaria Gallery, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd.

 

Don’t miss this exhibit: Schrager & Clarke Gallery presents the work of seven local landscape masters helmed by the bright, wild watercolors of late UO art professor David McCosh in David McCosh & the Oregon School of Landscape Painting, April 30 to May 31. Paintings by Craig Cheshire, Mark Clarke, Margaret Coe, Bets Cole, Jon Jay Cruson and Nelson Sandgren will also be on display. Cruson, Sandgren and Coe will give gallery talks at 2 pm May 3, 17 and 31 respectively.

 

Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Michael Darling comes to Eugene to discuss how “Photography Shoots Itself: The Objectification of the Photograph from Jiro Takamatsu to Camille Henrot,” 6 pm Wednesday, April 30, at Lawrence Hall, UO. Darling will also be making artist studio visits in Eugene, Bend and Portland.