EW got word today that the internationally known cannabis and hemp activist and author Jack Herer died in Eugene Thursday, April 15. Few details are available at this time, but Herer had been seriously ill for some time and had spent time in a nursing home. He died at a private home. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie, two sons in Portland and a daughter in Eugene. See www.jackherer.com for updates.
Herer is author of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana,” a widely read expose on government suppression of the benefits of both cannabis and hemp. The book has been updated several times, and has served as a major reference for activists seeking to legalize cannabis. He also co-authored several other books on drugs and politics.
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 ... )
The Hood Internet's STV SLV held it down solo since his partner, ABX, couldn't make this tour.
Tobacco's visual show was a hodgepodge of hypnotizing weirdness (in the best possible sense). It was hard to remember to take pictures with Chatroulette on one screen and F'd Up Friends 2 on the other.
Oh ... and there was music too. ; )
MP3: "Sweatmother" from his new album Maniac Meat due out May 25
PLEASE NOTE: Eugene Weekly does not condone images of extraterrestrial porn. But if you are some sort of a sicko and like looking at filth flarn filth such as this, then click here to see more photos from the show.
Objects of Desire
Downtown with the Passionflower artists for February
By EW intern Rachel Coussens
Walk past Passionflower's collection of alluring trinkets and up a staircase to the shop’s "Objects of Desire" show. Local artists: Betsy Wolfston, Beverly Soasey and Rogene Manas have created works just for Passionflower’s exhibit.
The idea behind the show is to create a variety of smaller and more affordable things so that everyone can take a piece of the exhibit home with them. Time is running out. "Objects of Desire" ends this Sunday, February 28th. The show is fun and less serious. “I just had a show hanging at the Jacobs Gallery and it’s a whole different experience than three friends getting together and having the freedom to make whatever they want,” Rogene Manas says.
Manas gets a lot of her inspiration from her trips to Mexico, where she feeds off of the folk art and primitive nature down South. “If they slaughter a chicken, they make a painting about it,” she says. “It just lets you interpret things in your life, whether they are important or unimportant.” A lot of Manas’ pieces work around the theme of combining animals and plants into singular beings.
"I’d rather have people look at it and have a reaction rather than to just walk by and say, ‘Oh, that’s pretty,’” Manas says. “I want people to look at it and think about what it is I was trying to say.”
Images, from the top: Low Maintenance Man No. 4 by Rogene Manas, Figure A by Betsy Wolfston and Juliet by Beverly Soasey.