(Above: Art by the late artist Rick Bartow, on display at the Karin Clarke Gallery)

For the April 7, First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Eugene, the ArtWalk guide will be available at the Farmers Market Pavilion at 85 E. 8th Ave., where there also will be live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to inaugurate a new concert series.

The LaRhonda Steele Band will perform “good old Soul music” along with original music at the pavilion, which also will feature shopping at a pop-up Artist Marketplace.

The Eugene Symphony is the sponsor for the April ArtWalk, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following alphabetical locations, unless otherwise noted:

Allies LLC (131 E. 11th Ave.) —Allies showcases new artwork by their members, who are adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See abundant abstract drawings and paintings by featured artist Jack or speak with artist Cromika about her crochet artwork. Jon will be offering tarot readings. Feed your snacks of gratitude to their group sculpture “Eco” or create your own mini collage!

Art with Alejandro (Second floor, Suite 224, 5th Street Public Market, 246 E. 5th Ave.) —Works in progress and completed pieces by artist Alejandro Sarmiento.

ArtCity Studios on Broadway (160 E. Broadway, basement level) —WheelHaus Arts showcases art by students in grades K-12, including demonstrations of airbrushing, painting, and wheel-throwing. At Eugene Printmakers, watch a game of Exquisite Corpse from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the artists use carved heads and bodies then mix and match them to create funny creatures that they will turn into prints.

Beaudet Gallery at 5th St. Makers Row (590 Pearl St., Suite 106) — Viva Magenta! focuses on the pantone color of the year, highlighting stones and jewelry that are in the red/pink colorway. 

Books with Pictures Eugene (99 W. Broadway, Suite C) —An eclectic collection of styles and media by Evan Azher.

Broadway Commerce Center (44 W. Broadway) — Time is Not Real: A Year Goes By So Fast, work by Debra Jacques, exploring the intersection of love and joy by way of organic shapes in multimedia technicolor, including monoprint assemblages and paintings from the past year.

Paintings by Thomas Kaczmarek are on the wall at Dark Pine Coffee

Dark Pine Coffee (954 Pearl St.) —Figurative oil paintings by Thomas Kaczmarek explore the conflict between the real and the ideal self, the nexus of what the poet Goethe called “the source of all art.”

Epic Seconds (30 E. 11th Ave.) —The One Wall Gallery shows New Light, work by Portland painter Nate Orton. Orton starts and sometimes even finishes his artwork outside, seeking the peculiar in ordinary daily routines, using small portable boards and fast-drying tempera. 

Eugene Public Library (Newspapers and Magazines Room, second floor, 100 W. 10th Ave. ) — Landscapes and nature images by professional photographer Linda Devenow, including striking works created with her infrared converted digital camera. Open until 6 p.m.

The Eateries and Bar, second floor, 5th Street Public Market, 296 E. 5th Ave. —Live music by smokey-voiced Sidney Joseph, a multi-instrumentalist performer; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30pm.

Flux Crystals (280 W Broadway) — Curated selection of crystals and locally made artisanal goods. Also artwork by multimedia artist John Rolling Thunder, a Native American visual artist, musician, playwright and author from the Kumeyaay nation who has won widespread recognition from art schools, museums, cultural centers, and galleries worldwide.

Framin’ ArtWorks (505 High St.) —Watercolors by Janice McCormick-VanCamp, inspired by the natural world, especially things that are often overlooked or not considered important, as well as by the eyes of animals. 

FUSE Jewelry Collective (112 E 13th Ave.) — A place for jewelry lovers of all levels of experience to take metalsmithing classes, create their own jewelry, and display their work in the showroom; live music and studio tours available during the art walk.

J. Scott Cellars on 5th Tasting Room (207 E. 5th Ave., Suite 105) — Work by impressionist Western landscape artist Jenifer Billman/Mann and abstract paintings of energy fields created through intuition, dreams, and channeling, by Carolyn Quinn.  

Karin Clarke at the Gordon (590 Pearl St., Suite 105) —A changing inventory of large and small paintings, prints, photography, cards, and mixed-media works by Northwest artists in a boutique-style art gallery, featuring work by the late artists Robert Schlegel, Rick Bartow, and Beverly Soasey, as well as new works by Heather Jacks, Bets Cole, and Bob Keefer.

Karin Clarke Gallery (760 Willamette St.) — Featuring Myth/Reality, the gallery’s largest Rick Bartow exhibit yet, with paintings, pastel drawings, prints, and sculpture from the estate, based on the artist’s personal experiences, cultural engagement, and global myths, especially Native American transformation stories. At 6 p.m., by Jordan Schnitzer Museum Curator Danielle Knapp will offer remarks about the show.

Mosaic Fair Trade Collection (28 E. Broadway) —Handmade, Fair Trade jewelry, homewares, unique gifts, clothing, and accessories from around the world.

The New Zone Gallery (110 E. 11th Ave.) —In addition to the eclectic mix of art created by New Zone members, there are three special shows during the month of April, plus live music during the art walk:

  • Just Imagine, paintings by Gene Carey, embracing the idea of “slow art.”
  • Getting Out of My Own Way, stitched cloth art by Mischelle Pennoyer.
  • Realms of Form, Feeling and Fantasy, photos and multimedia work by Barbora Bakalarova.

One Vision Nutrition (946 Willamette St.) — Art by Jocelyn Karina using ink pens and watercolors, reflecting the beauty of the natural world as related to nature restoration, nature conservation, and advocacy for the natural world. 

OSLP Arts & Culture Center (110 E. 11th Ave., Suite C) — Dreams, an exhibition of 2D and 3D artwork by community members about dreams, whether daydreams, night dreams, in-between dreams or dreams for the future. 

Pause Installations (Broadway Metro, 888 Willamette St. (on the West Broadway side, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre offices, 174 W. Broadway) — Pieces in ink and thread created by artist Kelsey Leib that portray moments in the life of the Eugene community, based on interviews with community members. Pause is a city-wide installation throughout Eugene. Info at instagram.com/pause_eugene

Starlight Lounge (830 Olive St.) — Studies of the human body and the emotions it holds in acrylic on canvas by Kathryn Borchert.

Art by Aidan Holpuch is on display at The Barn Light; this piece depicts the goddess Parvati

The Barn Light (924 Willamette St.) —Vocare, a study of memory and magic, imagined through the feminist lens of mixed-media artist Aidan Holpuch, based on the anthropology myth and story in the human experience; enter to win a framed archival print of the goddess Parvati.

Windowfront Exhibition — Empty storefronts become galleries in downtown Eugene.

  • 824 Charnelton St. — Vexing me!, a multi-medium installation by Zoë Gamell Brown, welcoming visitors to a Guyanese-American meal, reflecting multiplicity within Guyanese identity and extensions of the Caribbean to the Gulf Coast.
  • 833 Willamette St. – What I Bring to the Table, by Stephanie Jackson, from a partnership between the Creative Connections Program and Hosea Youth Services to offer therapeutic art opportunities to unhoused youth, including creation of stained-glass mosaic art pieces and a stained-glass mosaic tabletop that reflect their ability to positively affect their lives and those around them. Artist will be on hand during the art walk.
  • 873 Willamette St. – Diversity Project, a photography installation created by Kenji Shimizu celebrates diversity from his perspective as a Japanese immigrant, through photographic portraits reflecting the richness of diversity in the local community. Meet the artist during the art walk.

Special Events/Exhibitions

Elemental Wisdom (Nurturely, 56 E. 15th Ave.) —Nicole Hummel shares her wood-fired ceramic sculptures exploring motherhood, healing, transformation, and creative inspiration, funded in part by a Lane Arts Council artist grant. Additionally, artists from the Oregon Supported Living Program show recent clay pieces connecting with the themes of support and nurturing creativity. Hummel will give an artist talk at 6:30 p.m., and Crystal Akins Meneses, Director of the OSLP Arts and Culture Program, will lead a group activity with audience participation. 

Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeship Showcase (Spark, 22 W. 7th Ave). —Features innovative products made by local middle- and high-school students participating in a unique apprenticeship with professional design artists, including  fashion, graphic design, 3D modeling, digital art, biomimicry, and more, sponsored by Connected Lane County; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm.

About Lane Arts Council

Lane Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that works to cultivate strong and creative arts communities throughout Lane County. They provide high-quality arts experiences, engaging people of all ages in arts education and encouraging artistic endeavors.


Art by Debra Jacques is on display at the Broadway Commerce Center