Here’s to tooting our own horn: September’s First Friday ArtWalk downtown is upon us and Eugene Weekly is hosting. Meet us for the first stop of the guided tour at Tokyo Tonkatsu on the corner of Broadway and Charnelton (201 W. Broadway) at 5:30 pm Sept. 5 where we will introduce the first of the five ArtsHound on Broadway EW distribution box winners. At Tonkatsu, Anna Helene Jackson will introduce her dizzying kaleidoscopic unicorn design, followed by pop-culture nut Sammy Clatterbuck and his eye-popping Keith Haring-meets-low-brow art box at Horsehead and illustrator Elizabeth Blue Currier with her moody, narrative masterpiece at the box in front of Bijou Metro. Next up is Cortney Grim and her graphic retro muscle-man art at the Bagel Sphere box and finally Bayne Gardner with his abstracted graffiti-esque design at the Hult. At the Hult, we will visit Jacobs Gallery for the 2014 Mayor’s Art Show featuring 54 curated works of art. Stop number three is MECCA with its beloved 6th Annual Object Afterlife Art Challenge followed by The Lincoln Gallery with Oregon Supported Living Program’s Look Me in the Eye, which “explores the complex themes of disability, advocacy, stereotype, diversity and inclusion.” Raven Frame Works serves as the last stop with watercolors and mosaics from owners Anne Korn and Terry Way. And attention wine lovers! Sept. 5 will also be the first-ever WineWalk with local vineyards offering tastings and more at select ArtWalk stops. For more info about the ArtWalk visit lanearts.org.
Although not on the official guided ArtWalk tour, look for Memories in the Making at New Zone Gallery “showcasing and honoring the beauty of art created by people with dementia” and the travel photography of Eben Reckord at Out on a Limb, both on Broadway downtown and both part of the Painting the Town Purple event for Alzheimer’s Association. The Association’s Volunteer Walk Committee will sport purple attire during the ArtWalk, Downtown Eugene, Inc., will set LED city lights to purple, The Barn Light will serve a purple cocktail and many other businesses will adopt the violet hue to raise awareness for Eugene’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 12.
Don’t miss: The free one-woman show “Voices for the Vote” by actress and historical playwright Toni Douglass 3 pm Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Eugene Public Library. Douglass celebrates the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage by illuminating “nine trailblazers who made that achievement possible, including activist Susan B. Anthony, millionaire May Arkwright Hutton and Oregon’s own Abigail Scott Duniway.”