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).
If you like what you see, Noisette and EW are hosting a corresponding art show with the featured artists — Marlis Badalich, Santiago Uceda, Sara Talmadge and Neal Williams. The ArtWalk concludes with stops at Passionflower Design, Pacific Rim Art Guild and Vistra Framing & Gallery.
Indie Game Con and Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) present the “Indie Game Con Art Show” in the public hall of Lane Community College’s downtown campus Friday evening. DIVA says “this free event will show how video games have made an indelible mark on modern culture.”
In other, somewhat odd, news, Eugene’s DIVA has relocated 40 miles southwest to Drain, Oregon. The new DIVA will host its grand opening of the DIVA Gallery and Art Center 5 to 7 pm Oct. 2 at 128 W. C Ave., Drain.
The Barn Light-East (545 E. 8th Ave., Suite A) presents Instagram snaphots from its #SeenInEugene campaign, which was “designed to challenge the way people see our community both in viewing others’ photos of scenes in Eugene and in taking their own photos.” The top 100 photos have been developed and will be revealed at the opening reception 5 to 10 pm Friday, Oct. 2. Prints and catalogues will be for sale with 100 percent of proceeds going to Lane Arts Council. #SeenInEugene will be on view through October.
Oct. 2 is also the last day to see Fast Forward, the Mayor’s Teen Art Show, at Maude Kerns Art Center. The next exhibit at Maude Kerns is its beloved and 22nd Día de Los Muertos, Oct. 16 through Nov. 6.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opens the exhibit Expanding Frontiers: The Jack and Susy Wadsworth Collection of Postwar Japanese Prints with a reception 6 to 8 pm, Oct. 2, featuring an array of contemporary print techniques — aquatint, etching, intaglio, lithography, mezzotint, silkscreen and more.
On the arts horizon:
ArtsHound alum, oil painter Analee Fuentes (see “Inside the Artist’s Studio,” 9/19/2013), joins artists April Coppini and Harold Hoy for the group show “Natural Selections” opening Oct. 9 at Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center; it runs through Nov. 21.
Meanwhile at the Lane County Fairground, the 17th annual Clay Fest is back Oct. 9-11 featuring ceramic art and handmade pottery by dozens of artists from “raku to woodfire, from garden art to ceramic sculpture, from functional dinnerware to decorative art.”