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May 12, 2016

The New Zone Gallery announced that it will be leaving its downtown digs at 164 W. Broadway in August after a 10-year run. Steve LaRiccia, New Zone’s treasurer and gallery coordinator, tells EW that the gallery is grateful to Oregon Contemporary Theatre, which has been subsidizing rent.

“The owners of the building, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, who have leased us that space, they found a tenant to rent that space for like $3,000 a month,” LaRiccia says, “and we were paying $250.”

April 21, 2016

Metamorphose is back, baby. The third annual upcycled fashion and art show hosted by St. Vincent de Paul April 23 is slated to become an Earth Day weekend favorite. 

“It’s something that engages the community, honors our artists locally and people get to participate with voting for their favorite pieces,” says Mitra Chester, SVdP’s resident designer.

April 14, 2016

There’s no question that artist and filmmaking couple Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst live and breathe their art, describing themselves as “extreme collaborators.” Their relationship will be on view in Relationship, a voyeuristic photo series opening April 20 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The collection of 26 photographs, which originally were not intended for public viewing, documents five years of their lives together (2008-2013), as Drucker transitioned from male to female and Ernst transitioned from female to male.

April 7, 2016

The world lost a beautiful, warm, generous, mischievous, wickedly smart and delightfully cantankerous soul the night of Saturday, April 2, when Oregon artist Rick Bartow passed away after battling congenital heart failure. He was 69. At EW, our hearts are full of sorrow. Bartow will be remembered for his mastery of color and gesture, and his spirited and unflinching work — paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, found in museums and collections around the globe.

March 31, 2016

Come the evening of April 1, a Penske rental truck will be parked in Kesey Square as a makeshift gallery.

“There’s not many places in Eugene to show the work we want to show,” says Andrew Oslovar, one of 13 members of the “nomadic art collective” Tropical Contemporary. “Our goal as an art group is getting people to unlock their doors for us so we can put work in their unleased businesses. We can make an art gallery out of anything; we don’t care if it’s nice.”

March 24, 2016

Local actor Kasey Brown plays a skinhead drummer for a band called Cowcatcher in the upcoming grisly feature film Green Room, which pits a punk rock band against white supremacists in the wake of a murder. The horror flick was filmed in Portland in 2014 with actors Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat (best known as Maeby Fünke in Arrested Development) and Anton Yelchin (who starred in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek).

March 2, 2016
‘Between Profiles’ by Manuel Izquierdo

 

February 25, 2016

Local jazz songbird Halie Loren joins Torrey Newhart on piano, Mark Schneider on bass and Brian West on drum for “I’ll Be Seeing You: Reflecting the women of jazz,” an event featuring songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell 7:30 to 10 pm Thursday, Feb. 25, at The Jazz Station downtown.

February 18, 2016

More than a year has passed since Eugene’s beloved storyteller Mark Lewis passed away. The Emmy-winning local performer, author, teacher and voice actor was nationally known for his show Word Pictures and voicing part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. 

His spirit and influence lives on in the people he mentored, such as Angela Dunham and Lindsey Shields of Flex Studios, a local dance school.

February 11, 2016

[Editor's note: This article has been updated to show the new time for the Heart of Eugene festival, which has been moved from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15]

January 28, 2016

Keep the Whit original: The Whiteaker Tattoo Collective opens its door for Last Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 pm Friday, Jan. 29, at 245 Van Buren St. See new work from Sharden Killmore, the lord of “fly art” (yes, his medium is dead flies) and oil paintings by Erich Scwhartzwald of human-animal hybrids. 

Also on Last Friday Art Walk, The Photography at Oregon group will screen the fantastic and mysterious documentary Finding Vivian Maier starting at 7 pm at Jon Meyers’ studio, 385 W. 2nd Ave.; free or by donation.

January 7, 2016
Katsunori Hamanishi ‘Silence’ at White Lotus gallery for FFAW

 

December 3, 2015

For those willing to brave the cold, First Friday ArtWalk will be brimming with holiday cheer. Courtney Stubbert, of Eugene Contemporary Art, partners with Threadbare Print House to host a pop-up print shop —  “Give Shop” — 5:30 to 9 pm Friday, Dec. 4, at 945 Olive in Broadway Alley. “Give” posters will be screenprinted on the spot. All proceeds go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lane County.

October 22, 2015

In Eugene, one of my favorite markers of the season is the Día de los Muertos opening reception at that old dame on 15th Avenue — the Maude Kerns Art Center. By opening night (Oct. 16 this year), the sun sets early, hastily swapping out for a harvest moon. In the moonlight, the campus neighborhood buzzes with families, students and other show-goers crunching through the leaves and up the steps into the cozy, glowing art center. 

October 8, 2015

The sun was shining and the leaves were falling as Eugene Weekly and its cadre of fantastic local artists presented ArtsHound on Broadway on Lane Art Council’s First Friday ArtWalk Oct. 2, a project we have been working on since May. Each artist — Santiago Uceda, Marlis Badalich, Neal Williams and Sara Talmadge — designed original art for an EW distribution box, which will be on Broadway downtown (outside Tokyo Tonkatsu, Noisette Pastry Kitchen, The Wayward Lamb and Bijou Metro) through October.

October 1, 2015

October 2 is will be a doozy in Eugene’s art scene:

Walk like a slug: The new SLUG queen, Queen Markalo Parkalo, hosts First Friday ArtWalk Oct. 2. First stop is 5:30 pm at The New Zone Gallery for its annual “Salon du Peuple” show. Then follow the slime to Eugene Weekly’s distribution-turned-art boxes — ArtsHound on Broadway — at Bijou Metro, The Wayward Lamb, Tokyo Tonkatsu and Noisette Pastry Kitchen (read more in “Street Views” this issue). 

September 3, 2015

José Cruz grew up dancing in his home country of El Salvador before moving to L.A. 20 years ago, traveling up the coast and settling in Eugene. Locally, Cruz has been teaching dance — mostly salsa — for 16 years with his school Salsersos Dance Company, now housed in the Vet’s Club Building. “Coming here,” Cruz says, it’s “a great thing to teach the dance that I grew up with.”

August 27, 2015

Oh, to see what James Gillray might do with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would be delicious. Considering the British illustrator’s searing and scatological observations of blowhards, we’d expect some orange, bloated mass punctuated with what the internet has succinctly deemed “butthole lips.” But alas, Gillray, considered the father of the political cartoon, passed in 1815.

August 20, 2015

Last weekend was a tale of two cities creating art under a blazing hot sun. On Saturday, Aug. 15, the Eugene-Springfield Art Project and the city of Springfield hosted the second annual Art & ChalkFest. More than 50 artists signed up, including first-place winner Brandi York, a Washington artist who chalked up re-creations of Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha and went home with $600 (and likely a sunburn). In Eugene, Watershed Arts closed out the weekend Sunday, Aug.

August 13, 2015

Hot damn, Eugene! Prepare your peepers for overstimulation by all the art (both dead and alive) happening this week, beginning with the Mayor’s Art Show opening reception 5:30 pm Friday, Aug. 14, at the Hult Center’s Jacobs Gallery. While this annual juried show tends to lean heavy on artists of the safe, expected and over-50 variety (i.e. expect pastel landscapes and Ansel Adams wannabes), it’s worth going down to ferret out the innovators and old masters — look for works from Lynda Lanker and Rogene Manas, to name a few.

 

July 16, 2015

The Arts Center of Corvallis (700 S.W. Madison Ave.) hosts an opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, July 16, for a fantastic new exhibit, Subtext: An Exploration of Language in the Visual Arts. The show runs through Aug.

July 9, 2015

2015 is a year of brand-spanking new features at the Oregon Country Fair: the Dance Pavilion, the dedicated LGBTQI space — Rainbow Village — and the entire 6-acre “New Area” expansion. This expansion will house nine wondrous, wacky, weird, whimsical, whippy-dippy art installations. ArtsHound caught up with Sallie Edmunds, OCF backup manager and head of the new art program, while she prepped at the Fair grounds. 

July 2, 2015
Neal Williams working on Ground Control label

 

June 11, 2015

100 GRAND: At the biannual BRAVA breakfast at the Hult June 5, hosted by the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE), executive director of the city of Eugene Library, Recreation and Cultural Services Renee Grube announced that a private donor gave ABAE $100,000 for its loan program for “quick-turnaround, low-cost financing for arts organizations and artists, as well as small, specialty creative and arts-related businesses.” Grube, also vice president of ABAE’s board, told the crowd that the loan targets “a sector that often struggles to find capi