Here we are again at the Mayor's Art Show opening ceremony and award show! At least I wasn't running late this year and should be able to check the program for correct spellings of artist names. Mood Area 52 is playing right now (at 5:33); artists, local luminaries and Hult Center folks abound. You can comment in the CoverItLive box below if you'd like! (But no personal attacks on me or the artists, or the mayor for that matter.)
Dan Chen's Living River I won first prize at the juried show at the Jacobs Gallery
So I made plans to go to a Pesach seder at a friend's house tonight, and it kind of starts right when First Friday Art Walk starts. But if I were going to the Art Walk, here are the things I would VERY MUCH not miss:
1. The Art Walk, at least briefly. I mean, what can trump wine-sipping hordes of Eugeneans downtown? I always see Arts Administration students, theater community peeps from the UO and elsewhere, artists, art lovers and just a TON of other people on the Art Walk. Tonight, Storm Kennedy leads the tour, which begins at Imagine Gallery and stops at a few other places before concluding at the new home (194 W. Broadway) of the Lord Leebrick, where you can see plans for the building and more.
2. Sometimes it's nice to move away from the crowd. If you do that, DEFINITELY hit up The Lord Leebrick before the masses descend. Downtown needs this kind of arts anchor (and can I hope for a decent espresso shop in the new lobby at some point? Kind of like the fabulous café/coffeeshop in the lobby of Portland Center Stage's Gerding Theater at the old Armory?) and constant flow of non-aggro, non-hustling, mentally stable folks. Yay Leebrick! (But sad that the fabulous DIVA and the theater couldn't work out terms for the space currently occupied by DIVA. I do so look forward to DIVA's shows — tonight, stop by for these new exhibits!.)
3. At the Jacobs Gallery, the Living River Exhibit, a McKenzie River Trust-sponsored juried show with a ton of great local and other artists (and a lot of events throughout the month,
including artist insight talks today and tomorrow at 4:30 pm see Comment from Liz Lawrence (I must have misread a press release from the Jacobs)).
Art by Shel Neal from MECCA's "More than Words: The Book as Art"
"Art of the Book" (oops! The second one is the title of a show at the J-Schnitz, duh) exhibit
4. At MECCA (the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts), More than Words: The Book as Art exhibit! Check MECCA out on Facebook, by the way.
5. The Eugene Arts Collective's First Friday ART PARTY/Fundraiser/Awareness raiser! Starts at 9 pm, $5 a pop, live music, for a really fantastic cause, in my not-so-humble-want-Eugene-to-support-lots-of-artists opinion.
BONUS SIXTH AND SEVENTH THINGS NOT TO MISS:
• The Eugene Storefront Art Project's David P. Miller installation at 857 Willamette!
If you go, and you take photos and tweet, please mark them with the hashtag #ArtRovers! (Or even if you only tweet your impressions of what's going on. I'm sad to be missing most of this! But it's worth it for a seder, of course ... )