(Above: Detail from a painting by Hart James, included in a show titled The Northwest Landscape, on display at the Karin Clarke Gallery)

Posted by Randi Bjornstad

The Farmers Market Pavilion at 85 E. 8th Ave. in downtown Eugene kicks off Downtown Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk on Feb. 2 with featured perfomer Ariel Wightman, a lifelong classical pianist and cellist, who will perform  from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. She will play works from the late Romantic and Impressionist eras, including composers such as Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin.

The Pavilion also offers its monthly Artist Marketplace and this month will feature beverages from Viking Brewing.

Those who need a ride to the ArtWalk can get a free LTD bus pass on the day of the event  by going online to lanearts.org/first-friday-artwalk/

As part of the February 2nd First Friday ArtWalk, the following galleries and art venues will be open from 5:3o pm. to 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted:

Broadway Commerce Center (44 W. Broadway) — Acrylic paintings by David “CP” Placencia, varying in subjects from landscapes to surreal abstracts.
Bumble Boutique (233 W. 5th Ave.) — Weavings by Linn County artist Jessi Earleywine Nelson, inspired by landscapes and made of handspun, natural, and second-hand fibers and objects.
Capitello Wines (540 Charnelton St.) — Vibrant abstracts by local artist and flower farmer Cindy Ingram in Capitello’s tasting room, with new works rotating in regularly.
Coldfire Brewing (263 Mill St.) — Vast and varied scenery of Oregon seen through the lens of local birder and photographer Joshua Little. New on the ArtWalk.
Center for Applied Learning and Community Impact (1045 Willamette St.) — Launch of Creative Current, School District 4J’s student-run design studio, featuring a newly painted mural, promotional video, and presentation of the branding process for the logo design.
FUSE Jewelry Collective (112 E. 13th Ave.) — Where jewelry lovers learn, shop, create, and connect, displaying collections by local jewelry designers as well as small-batch gift items plus live cello music by Ben Hamilton.
Good Creative Design (942 Olive St.) — Original art spanning generations of creativity from across the globe, from LA, New Orleans, and Eugene to Taiwan, Japan, and Europe, from watercolor to abstract illustration to laser-cut wood and mixed-media.
Karin Clarke Gallery (760 Willamette St.)The Northwest Landscape, a large invitational exhibit featuring some of the Pacific Northwest’s most dynamic contemporary and historical landscape painters, including Mark Clarke (1935-2016), Margaret Coe, Bets Cole, Carl Hall (1921-1996), Hart James, David McCosh (1903-1981), and Erik Sandgren.

One Wall Gallery at Epic Seconds (30 E .11th Ave.) — All the Day Longing, new work by Scott Beck and Benjamin Terrell, with small-scale paintings exploring intimacy and belonging.

Art by Bonnie Bozell is on show at the Starlight Lounge

OSLP Arts & Culture Center (110 E. 11th Ave., Suite C) — Absurd is the Word, a community art show celebrating all that is odd, silly, ridiculous, and strange, with original work by local artists and participants from OSLP’s studio classes.

Starlight Lounge (830 Olive St.) — Love Tales!, a collection of comic book-style portraits by Bonnie Bozell accompanied by word bubbles that prompt viewers to share their love-based stories and experiences on a paper heart that hangs below each piece.  Ages 21+.
Urban Canvas Murals — Windowfront paintings from the City of Eugene’s local mural program, Urban Canvas:

  • 120 W. Broadway – Celestial Migration by Valentina Gonzalez (VRGNZ)
  • 1038 Willamette St. Snow Birds by Alejandro Sarmiento

The New Zone Gallery (110 E. 11th Ave.) — Eclectic mix of art created by the New Zone members, plus live music during the ArtWalk and three special shows in February:

  • One Woman’s View, paintings by Rebecca LaMothe;
  • Faces and Places, portraits and figures by Barbara Weinstein;
  • Fire, Water, Earth, Air: Art quilt show by Valley South.

Windowfront Exhibitions — Where empty storefronts become galleries:

  • 824 Charnelton St. – Liminal bridges street and gallery art and features paintings by street artist Lambtown42 on salvaged wood panels and vinyl LPs.
  • 260 W. Broadway – Brilliant & Resilient, curated by Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA), photographs featuring personal stories of 30 disabled women activists representing diverse countries, cultures, and disabilities.
  • 856 Willamette St. – Forced Perspective by Agnese Cebere, an installation using light and perspective to examines the trope of the cowboy popularized through motion pictures and advertising as a one-dimensional fiction.

Additional open locations:

  • Allies, LLC (200 E. 11th Ave., No. 13)
  • Art with Alejandro (New Location at 5th Street Market Alley, No. 104)
  • Flux Crystals (280 W. Broadway)
  • Oregon Art Supply (1020 Pearl St.)

About Lane Arts Council

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

(Above: On display at The New Zone Gallery, One Woman’s View, paintings by Rebecca La Mothe)