Temporary Mural Going Up At The Cannery

Still0222_00001EUGENE, Ore. — A new temporary mural will be going up on the side of the Cannery in downtown Eugene.

Restaurant owners and a local artist designed a set of panels where artists will be able to hang their large paintings.

They’ll display each mural for a few months before replacing it with another artists’ work.

Restaurant owners say the mural will be in a heavy traffic area which will be great for local artists.

“Mural art is very appealing to us and you know it certainly, given our location on East 11th Avenue here, gives a lot of people the opportunity to take a look at it,” said Michael Wares, The Cannery owner.

The existing mural will stay on the building. Any artists interested in designing a display for the wall can call The Cannery.

Students Create Mural of Bottle Caps

Bottle Caps PicSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield Elementary School is showing off its new mural, and it took them nearly a year to round up the supplies.

A group of fourth and fifth graders at Guy Lee Elementary, called the Green Team, collected 15,000 bottle caps to create a mural. The coral reef themed piece consists of five four-by-eight plywood panels.

“I think my favorite part was just seeing the children work and being able to just dive in and work as a team and for reaching a goal,” said Bradley Barnhart, Green Team Advisor.

The mural will be unveiled this Friday night at Guy Lee Elementary, located at 755 Harlow Rd, Springfield, OR 97477.

Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit Opens

dia de los 10EUGENE,  Ore — The dead come to life this Friday, Oct. 16.  Maude Kerns Art Center presents its Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit.

The bright, colorful artwork is inspired by the Mexican holiday which honors the dead. Just as important as the art,  are the seven altars designed by local community members.

It’s Maude Kerns 21st annual exhibit.  This year, there are more artists and more art work.

“We’ve got over 36 artists participating in the show and one of the artists is Francisco Ortiz. He’s actually from Mexico and we have five of his hand-painted and hand-sculpted paper mache sculptures that are part of the show this year,” said Michael Fisher, Maude Kerns Art Center Exhibits Manager.

The opening reception is free.  It’s Friday, October 16 from 6pm to 9pm at Maude Kerns Art Center located at 1910 E. 15th Avenue in Eugene.

The opening reception and fiesta includes food, Mariachi del Sol, and Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico.

Maude Kerns also offers a  gift shop with hand crafted folk art from Mexico.

The exhibit runs October 17 through November 7, 2014.

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Perry Johnson "Tibetan Woman" 10 x 13.5 Acrylic on wood
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Lane Community College “Sweet Exhibit”



Taste and Flavor: Sweet

Monday, April 1– Friday, August 23, 2013

laneSweet“Taste and Flavor: Sweet” includes work created by twenty- six Lane Child Center students, and fourteen Oregon artists. Adults and children are exhibiting artwork interpreting their idea of Sweet. Adult artists are: Lane faculty and staff Jim Bailey,

Kathryn Torvik, Tamara Pinkas and Tana Stuart; Lane art student Larena Cornell and local artists Katie Royce, Patricia Montoya Donohue, Phil Coleman, Robin Cushman, David Putzier, Anne McRae, Sandy Harris, Yunie LaNoue and Jill Ledet.

“Taste and Flavor: Sweet” artworks range from ceramics and Jell-O created pieces to paintings and collage interpreting the ideas, feelings, sensations, and tastes for “Sweet.”

This exhibit also provides a tribute wall, showcasing a collection of eclectic, photographic cutout fragments by artist David Joyce (1946-2003) for whom the gallery is named. David was an art instructor at Lane for 25 years and recongnizably known for his monumental flying people mural “Flight Patterns” at the Eugene Airport.

Location: 2nd Floor of the
Center for Meeting & Learning

Artist’s Reception: Thursday, May 23 from 4:30-6:00pm – Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided.

Call (541) 463-3518 for more information.

Graffiti – A Photo Essay


Our shops are filled with art, our streets are filled with talented, undiscovered artists.  On my travels around Eugene, I discovered the many different forms of art known and labeled as Graffiti. A brick wall, a door, an overpass, a wooden fence, boxcars, any place they can find to leave their mark.  It is illegal and we cover it up.

I wanted to show the other side of Graffiti.  Some is quite beautiful in my opinion. Why do they do it?  Why do any of us do anything? To express ourselves.  Does graffiti mean vandalism, or does it mean self expression?  Is it all related to gangs?  No. Does payment for or a group of children painting the side of a brick building constitute the difference between graffiti or a mural?  If you can read it and understand it, does it make it okay?

Graffiti:  A writing that has been scribbled, scratched or sprayed.  Graffiti dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire.  It is an art form, it is not new and it is not going to stop any time soon. In researching this project, I discovered there are many famous Graffiti artists.  Banksy for example;  he is known world wide for his political messages and is well respected, yet his identity is greatly protected.

I wrote to him to see (you never know unless you ask) if he would give me a little insight to his art.  What does it mean to be him and how in the world does he get a shopping cart painted on the side of a high rise building without anyone noticing.

“Hi Sandy,  Thanks for taking the time to write to Banksy, who is currently too busy doing charity work/helping the sick to reply in person.  (he then directs me to Banksy’s website)  Good Luck.  Regards and good wishes.”  Dean  PCO.

What is the answer to graffiti? I don’t think there is one to be honest.  There are boards to legally paint on by Skinners Butte.  I stopped by and found a young man getting ready to “paint” but when he saw me, he started to pack his bag.  I told him it was okay, he didn’t have to leave.  This was his territory not mine.  He declined to speak with me.

“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked.  Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases.  Where standing at a bus stop was never boring.  A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business.  Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.”  ― BanksyWall and Piece

Take a moment to notice the “graffiti” in our ever changing scenery.

All images coyright Sandy Harris/all rights reserved.

The Many Faces of Africa


IMG_0840The Many Faces of Africa – A cultural art exhibit.  – Sandy Harris, EDN

The Giustina Art Gallery and Pegasus Gallery both of Corvallis, Oregon and Kevin Clark Studios of Roseburg, Oregon came together once again to create the 4th annual cultural art exhibit – This years theme: The Many Faces of Africa.

The Giusitina Gallery is located on campus of Oregon State University, situated next to Reser Stadium in the LaSelles Stewart Center.  Upon entering the center, you are greeted by the vastness of the gallery.  With over 190 linear feet of display space, the gallery is quite immense, the ambiance making one feel quite comfortable.

This years cultural art exhibit is most definitely the biggest exhibit thus far in the Giustina cultural art exhibit history.  Over 60 artists from the Northwest entered into and were accepted into the juried exhibit featuring over 160 pieces, ranging in all mediums of artwork, such as textiles, oils, silk, water color, photography and block print.

IMG_0836From the Pegasus Gallery, on display and for sale are 20 pieces of authentic African artifacts from the Jim Garah collection.  The pieces have been collected from Zaire, Camaroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Mali over a 30 year period.  Some of the artwork you will see include carved masks, authentic furniture and beautiful regalia.  In addition to the pieces at the Giustina Gallery, Pegasus Gallery is showcasing another 10 or more pieces as an extention of the exhibit.

Also on exhibit at the Faces of Africa are the impressive African artifact collections of Mitzi Goheen and David Gilmour.  These are priceless collections and are for exhibit purposes only.

“This show is taking shape in such an amazing way.  I like having the variety of the authentic pieces mixed with the original artwork.”  Kevin Clark of Clark Studios.

Clark also notes that this exhibit is one of the biggest participating shows offered to the public, featuring artwork that may not have otherwise been seen.

This exhibit will transport you, giving you the sense of the culture, and beauty of Africa.  The array of talent throughout the gallery is amazing.

“I think that this Faces of Africa exhibit is meaningful in so IMG_0847many directions: It evokes questions as to the origins and aesthetics of past and present artistic endeavors from this expansive and influential continent.  I say “from” because we’re looking into multi cultural sources in an ever changing Africa, but its art work has affected many other arts movements around the world throughout history.” Bill Shumway of Pegasus Gallery

“It is a great vehicle to not only invite contemporary artists to offer their artistic interpretations regarding the exhibit topic but invite commentary from visitors to the gallery arena.  Parts of the exhibit are from regional contemporary artists in a juried format.  The remainders of the art works are indigenous pieces from three collections.”  Shumway states.

The LaSells Stewart Center is a 40,000 square foot state of the art facility, serving OSU and the community as it’s premier performing arts, meeting and conference center holding approximately 500 events per year, which include 12 art exhibits within the gallery.  The center has two auditoriums, seating 1200 and a 200 seat conference center for smaller venues.  Averaging 150,000 visitors each year through the building, the gallery offers artwork for the publics viewing pleasure year round.

“This is a good opportunity for the Giustina Gallery and in turn Oregon State University to showcase our commitment to diversity.  By hosting an exhibit for the community, we successfully promote culturally diverse discussions, as well as create an opportunity for artists to express themselves.”  Tina Green-Price, curator for the Giustina Gallery.

IMG_0841The entire process began three months in advance.  Once a theme is decided upon, Michelle Maller, Reservations Coordinator of the LaSells Stewart Center is set to begin her tasks; from contacting artists on their distribution list, creating public announcements to creating spreadsheets to ensure the process comes together smoothly.  This “to do” list is quite extensive and is not an easy task to pull together, especially an exhibit of this size and special recognition goes out to Michelle.  Working closely with the artists, Maller offers support and encouragement. 

“For this particular show (and previous ones) I become so familiar with the art and the artist associated with each piece that I can remember people as they come in to drop off their work.  I think this show is really special because it has artists from so many different areas” Maller states.

There are 3 prize awards each from Kevin Clark Studio and Pegasus Gallery and 1 Curators choice from Guistina Gallery.

There will be a one night reception March 8th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  With a short program beginning at 7:30.  Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres will be available, as well as a cash bar.

The exhibit continues through March 28th 2013.  For more information regarding the exhibit or future events, please contact Tina Green-Price at (541) 737-3116 or visit their website at 100 LaSells Stewart Center 875 SW 26th Street. Corvallis, Or.


David Joyce Gallery


David Joyce Gallery

Lane Community College is holding it’s winter installment of the Taste and Flavor Exhibit at the David Joyce Gallery.

The David Joyce "Flying People" mural installation at The Eugene Airport.
The David Joyce “Flying People” mural installation at The Eugene Airport. (behind Julie Fether – Special Projects Coordinator at LCC).

David Joyce was a well respected and loved teacher. He taught arts and media at LCC for 25 years, retiring in 2001 after he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  David is most known in the local community for his Flying People Mural at the Eugene Airport. As you walk up the stairs to the second level to the gallery, you are first greeted by a photograph of the artist himself, his “flying people” carry you on into the gallery. Stop and take a look at what his students and colleagues have written about him as you reach the top of the stairs.  He truly was a very special person.

David succumbed to the Lymphoma and passed in 2003. September of 2005 in honor of Joyce, LCC dedicated and named the new art gallery the “David Joyce Art Gallery”. The first exhibit held at the gallery, located in the Center for Meeting and Learning at LCC was in the fall of the same year.  This annual exhibit has continued since and has grown by leaps and bounds.

I spoke with Julie Fether, Special Projects Coordinator of the Conference and Culinary Services of LCC, who has been in charge of the exhibit since 2008 and has seen the exhibit expand and mature over the years.

“it is so very different each and every year” Fether states.

IMG_9408Each year a new exhibit theme is named, holding three installments, Fall, Winter and ending with the third installment in Spring, which lasts through the summer months. This year the Taste and Flavor exhibit began with “Spicy”, the winter exhibit “Salty”, is being exhibited now and runs until March 22, 2013, finishing the theme with “Sweet” opening March 25th.

The winter exhibit “Salty” is the biggest show the gallery has ever held, with 20 artists and over 50 pieces of art work. Featuring well known artists, new artists, staff and faculty.

Artists were encouraged to submit work that reflected salt or salty / saltiness and what it means to them.  Each exhibit is a juried show, meaning the artists must be “approved” into the show. There is a process that takes place within the 5 person jury, who must decide not only on the quality of the work that is being submitted, but how all of the pieces will come together as one exhibit.

IMG_8786In speaking with Fether, she stated it is quite the feat to put a show together. It all starts approximately 2 months before the exhibit goes up on the walls.  The process for the Spring exhibit has already begun early January of this year.

The artwork mediums, ranging from photography, “macchia” style oil, water, textiles and bead work is for sale.  The David Joyce Gallery will receive 25% commission per piece that is sold. The commission is then used towards the next exhibit for hanging supplies and to retain Susan Detroy. Susan is an art consultant, work installer, designer, coordinator, manager, and project manager for both profit and non profit organizations.

Susan is a vital part of each and every exhibit. She is the person who pulls all of the artwork together, coordinates the volunteers and ensures the exhibit goes up on the walls as smoothly as possible.

IMG_9401“We count on volunteers to help make each exhibit happen. This was a huge exhibit, so we needed every bit of help we could get, which usually comes from the artist’s themselves that are in the exhibits.” Fether states.

An artists reception will be held Thursday, March 7th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the David Joyce Gallery, located on the second floor of the Center for Meeting and Learning at LCC building 19, located just to the right of the main campus building one. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are prepared and served by the culinary students, a  cash bar will also be available. The reception is open to the public.

Coinciding with the artists reception, the Lane Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program, which is housed in the same building as the Gallery will be presenting its 2013 International Classical Cuisine dinner “A Feast for the Elements” featuring Chinese cuisine.  Culinary students will pass hors d’oeuvres beginning at 5 p.m., with dinner being served at 6 p.m.

David Joyce
David Joyce

The gourmet Chinese dinner includes entertainment and will be held on the first floor of the Center for Meeting and Learning building. You can purchase a ticket for the dinner for $35.00 per person or $250.00 for a table of eight.

Dinner ticket and reservation information can be found at the LCC Website or contact [email protected]

If you are interested in submitting artwork for the upcoming Taste and Flavor “Sweet” exhibit, submissions are due on Tuesday, February 19 at 5 p.m. Please contact Julie Fether at [email protected] for the request for proposal form needed for your submission.

You can view the exhibit Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. located at LCC 4000 East 30th Ave. Eugene, OR. Building 19.  For more information, please call (541) 463-3518 regarding the David Joyce Gallery or artists reception.

Video: Cirque du Soleil construction timelapse

The transformation from a bare basketball court to a fully equipped Cirque Du Soleil stage is a 12 hour process. The stagehands start setting up at 7:45 am and won’t finish until 8 pm that evening.
This was taken on October 24th, 2012 in anticipation for the October 25th opening night of Quidam – Virque Du Soleil’s current show.

Zydeko – Cirque Du Soleil Quidam

Sarah Nance’s “tracings” Open at ECA’s Wave Gallery


Photos by Kari Stubbert

tracings by Sarah Nance is open for public viewing at Eugene Contemporary Art (ECA)’s Wave Gallery. ECA operates The Wave Gallery in the Whiteaker neighborhood in Eugene at 547 Blair Blvd. Nance’s installation is available for viewing during gallery hours — Thursday through Saturday, 1-9 pm — until September 8. Nance, currently an MFA candidate (’13) in Fiber at the University of Oregon, will be giving a talk on her work on Wednesday, September 5, at 7 pm. In her artist statement, Nance states:

“My current work investigates the ability of nearly invisible matter to become entirely opaque through dense layering…A precise balance of strings, salt and light, the installations are delicately, hoveringly ephemeral—as transient and unfixed as the hazy boundaries delineating presence and non-presence.”

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