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.)
Cure the Winter Blues
By Rachel Coussens
Images courtesy of Kelly Tavares
Do not settle for having the winter blues, have the greens, yellows and reds too. Visit the Mills International Center Art Exhibition for the Winter Blues... and Greens Yellows Reds… show going on now until March 19th. View art from seven different artists including Samuel Becerra, Jean Foss, William Golino, Marina Hajek, Joan Miligan, Kelly Tavares and Jessica Zapata.
Artist Joan Miligan at the January 22nd opening reception.
“By community demand, they (Mills International Center) opened the idea of a gallery,” artist and art coordinator Kelly Tavares says. “The intent is to put everyone together, including people outside the university.” The show features artists from Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and America giving a cultural perspective to the pieces. “We brought both art and outside experience to a university activity,” artist Joan Miligan says.
Jessica Zapata creates photographs that focus on doors and windows from the colonial times in Mexico. “With my photos I hope I can show what you can learn and see in Mexico. You can learn about the life people had from the past,” she says.
“My work is perfect for a show about lighting up winter gloom,” Miligan says. He paintings encompass light and energy that capture more of a summer season. “Everything I paint is an expression of who I am and who I want to be,” she says.
Artist Marina Hajek creates clay sculptures that she wants to use to challenge people to think. “It’s a way for me to express myself. I grew up in a society that was afraid of expressing themselves,” she says of Guatemala.
Painting by Joan Miligan
“When you surround yourself in other cultures, ideally, you are hungry to understand and appreciate what is enjoyable to you,” Miligan says. According to Tavares, the Mills International Center plans on putting on one art exhibit per academic term. The Winter Blues…and Greens Yellows Reds… will be showing until March 19th at the Mills International Center located in the Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon Campus.
I'm at the Hult Center for the final public art committee meeting. We're technically in the lobby, but it's the lobby of the Lower Balcony, if you're looking for it. People on the committee are drifting in, grabbing lunch (smells good), lots of hugging etc.
KVAL is here, about to announce that they're here and do an intro, maybe. I'm setting up the live blog with CoverItLive. You can log in or comment without logging in on the blog below.
Sam Abell (l) and Torben Ulrik Nissen (r) in the courtyard near CafÃ© MarchÃ©. Photo by Erick Hoffman
Friendship, Hardship and Vulnerable Beauty
A Q&A with â€œAmazoniaâ€ photographers Sam Abell and Torben Ulrik Nissen
By Suzi Steffen
Thursday morning, 9:30 am. The sun shows its face for a few hours, and photographers Sam Abell (who flew in from Charlottesville, Virginia) and Torben Ulrik Nissen (who came a bit farther, from Denmark) walk into the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.
Abell, a National Geographic for more than 30 years, and Nissen, an experienced wildlife photographer and guide, met on Abellâ€™s first trip to the headwaters of the great river system.
We talk about Abellâ€™s original plan for the show, what happened when he met Nissen, the dangers of working in the Amazon and the different working philosophies of each photographer.
Read the interview after the jump!
Community, kids and paint at Upstart Crow
By Natalie Miller
Across the train tracks and surrounded by auto repair shops, kids are hard at work expressing their passion for the arts, dancing, singing and acting. At Upstart Crow Studios School of the Arts on 1st Ave. between Adams and Monroe, kids are encouraged to grab hold of their creative side and share it with the community. But even when the children are not performing, the public can still enjoy their work â€” and the work of adult artists who created Upstart Crowâ€™s recently unveiled mural.
This summer, artist
Erin Bucklew and community muralist Kari Johnson,along with the help of Upstart Crow kids, neighborhood children and a grant from the Lane Arts Council, created a large scale mural on the side of the building. The wall painting is complete with a giant crow and everything imaginable that has to do with lines: music lines, a stream, a jump rope, a cat dressed in stripes and a line from The Wizard of Oz: â€œIf the good Lord wanted to see mermaids swimming through a cow pasture, he would have put them there himself.â€ Bucklew says that by choosing the theme of lines, she hoped anybody could participate.
Although Bucklew and Johnson started painting the mural in July, Bucklew says she worked on the design for about three to four months before that, studying, photographing and learning how to draw crows. After creating a format, Bucklew began to outline the shape of the crow with a tree pruner and then began to paint, using a paint roller. Bucklew says, â€œItâ€™s scary letting little kids on a mural.â€ So when it came time for the kids to join in, Bucklew asked that each child draw his or her idea about five times before committing it to the wall. The oldest child to participate was 8 years old, and each child signed the mural after the painting was finished.
According to Upstart Crowâ€™s Executive Director, Eularee Smith, throughout the project, the mural continued to evolve and grow as new additions were made. But the uncertainty didnâ€™t bother her; quite the contrary. â€œIt really captures the essence of Upstart Crow. And thatâ€™s what I love about it,â€ Smith says. â€œI think, in general, for the community and for the kids that come here, it personalizes the building and makes it their home.â€
The outside painting is not the only mural at Upstart Crow. Inside, youâ€™ll find two more murals, including another mural by Bucklew, the result of her desire to create a mural that connected to the kidsâ€™ theater work. With help from her kids, Bucklew came up with a whimsical design focused on teenage themes, such as braces. The other mural is a colorful graffiti painting by Joel Fish, splashed across an entire upstairs wall. As part of the
Restorative Justice Program, Fish created his own design, and over a weekend created an inspirational mural that follows Upstart Crowsâ€™ mission: â€œThe power of creative expression.â€
To view any one of these murals, head down to Upstart Crow Studios, located at 855 W 1st Ave, and watch for more about Upstart Crow in this space.
Hey y'all! It's that time, from 9 am to 1 pm today â€” the National Arts Journalism Summit! They say we can use our websites to stream (without taking up bandwidth ... hm, we'll see about that!). So here 'tis! You can also use Twitter to sign in or to follow the discussion, with the hashtag #artsj09. I'll be in and out, what with meetings and such, but I hope to take part in at least some of it! After the event ends, I believe you can watch rebroadcasts of it here as well. Enjoy, arts people!
Hey y'all! I'm at the Mayor's Art Show, and I'm going to try to use CoverItLive to get this underway ... Rick Dancer is hosting the event, which, what?
Visions of the Future
Glass, steel and Jerry Garcia at Fenario
By Natalie Miller
Glass and steel â€“ when used together in a project the thermodynamics of each make them a challenge to work with because they expand and contract at different temperatures. Thus, if the two materials touch at any point during the cooling process, the glass will crack. But it can be done. Sitting in the front window of Fenario Gallery are two rather sizable pieces of blown glass that have been draped around grapefruit-sized balls of steel. Fenario owner, Brent Rosskopf, says that the pairing of the rough steel and the nearly smooth glass elicits a certain tension. So it seems only reasonable that one of the glass sculptures is titled Pressure. The man responsible for these pieces is one-time Eugene resident Ben Brown.
Although there are only a few glass and steel pieces in the gallery, they seem to set the tone for the rest of Fenarioâ€™s display â€“ a well-balanced contrast between a variety of mediums, art movements and various artists from around the globe.
From now until September, the gallery will display a group show, including Rosskopfâ€™s personal collection of Jerry Garciaâ€™s work, Brownâ€™s glass sculptures and a variety of artists from the Visionary movement.
The show also includes miniature sculptures by one of Fenarioâ€™s framers, Braxton Nagle.
In the spacious gallery, almost an entire wall has been dedicated to Jerry Garcia â€“ the other wall is filled with the somewhat futuristic perceptions of various artists of the visionary movement. Included in the display are pieces by Robert Venosa, who is the â€œgrandfather of the visionary movement,â€ Rosskopf says.
The musicianâ€™s collection has been an interest of Rosskopfâ€™s for years, having started accumulating his work while the artist was still alive. The collection contains roughly 14 prints, all hand signed. And although Rosskopf still remembers his first Garcia piece, itâ€™s now long gone. Alongside the Garcia collection is a piece by Roberta Weir â€“ the woman who taught Garcia to etch.
In addition to the display, the gallery also specializes in fine art reproduction, printing and framing. It can also archive artistsâ€™ work. While the gallery is showing a large variety of pieces, that will surely be a hit for Garcia fans, it can appeal to various tastes. To check out the art on display at Fenario Gallery, visit them at fenariogallery.com or stop by at 881 Willamette St.