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Arts Hound

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week.
Southtowne Lanes play Opening night at The Boreal Jan. 10, 2014.
Southtowne Lanes play Opening night at The Boreal Jan. 10, 2014.

KLCC’s arts and culture reporter Eric Alan hosts the Dec. 5 First Friday ArtWalk starting at 5:30 pm at Eugene Piano Academy and hitting stops MECCA, MODERN, Oh So Jo and The Gallery at the Watershed. Keep an eye out for the beautiful modern and almost Fauve-like painting of Shelley Roenspie at Oh So Jo as well as new works by Adam Grosowsky — stunning gestural large-format oil portraits  — at Karin Clarke Gallery (off the guided walk). The Gallery at the Watershed explores urban life with exhibit Cityscapes: The City As I See It featuring a smorgasbord of paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture curated from artists across the nation — Kathleen Eaton’s glowing, saturated and precise oil works on hardboard panels are particularly eye-popping.


While 2012 EW Next Big Thing winner Volifonix is no more, some members of the band have reformed as Goldfoot, a dance-rock band featuring Elijah Medina, Joe McClain and Trevor Forbess as well as Ruth Heald and Anthony Messano. With debut The Goldfoot EP (released Oct. 31) in tow, the funky outfit hits Sam Bond’s Friday, Dec. 5.

Less than a year after opening on 3rd Ave near REI, the volunteer-run all-ages music venue The Boreal may be closing its doors for good because “the bills are stacking up and for the first time we don’t have a way out. We need your help to get things back on track,” as stated on its “Save The Boreal” GoFundMe crowd-fundraising site. At press time, the venue, which has hosted bands Circle Takes the Square, Planning for Burial, United Nations and New Bums, had raised $355 of its $1,217 goal. For more information, visit http://wkly.ws/1un.