The Downtown Riverfront Park is showing off a little more bling this week.
Joining a chrome artwork that provides shelter while reflecting the nearby river, a new heron sculpture has been temporarily installed just in time for a series of art-related events coordinated by Eugene Cultural Services in cooperation of other local arts organizations and businesses.
Called “Naseem,” which means breeze in Arabic, according to the creator, local metal artist Jud Turner.
This week he put the finishing touches on the 9-foot-tall work made from salvaged chrome car bumpers and motorcycle parts. It will be on display through Sept. 5.
“I love herons,” Turner said. “I like the idea that it is made of pieces that were moving fast in their original function. Now I am using them in a sculpture that is standing still to represent something that moves fast.”
Visual Arts Week, from Friday to Aug. 12, celebrates the visual arts and provides a platform for experimentation, creativity and dialogue. There are a host of in-person and virtual opportunities to see the work from local artists, including the Mayor’s Art Show.
Visual Arts Week and Mayor’s Art Show kickoff at the monthly First Friday ArtWalk with opening remarks, awards, musical performances and entertainment by Lane Arts Council Artist Grant recipients from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion, at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Oak Street. A “virtual reality experience,” is also being promised.
First Friday ArtWalk, 5:30 pm to 8 pm Friday, features galleries in downtown Eugene, many that are holding special exhibits, including the Salon des Refusés (artists who were not selected for the Mayor’s Art Show) at the New Zone Gallery, the Eugene Biennial at Karin Clarke Gallery as well as White Lotus Gallery, Art with Alejandro and ArtCity Studios.
The Mayor’s Art Show, a juried show intended to cultivate diversity, equity and access to the visual arts in Eugene, includes works by 46 artists this year. It opens Friday on the second floor of the Eugene Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. The exhibition also will be held virtually for those who may wish to socially distance.
Other related events include A Muralist Meet and Greet from 5:30 pm to 7 pm Wednesday in the upstairs of WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. Some of Eugene’s most prolific muralists, including Esteban Camacho Steffensen, Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, Kari Johnson and Ila Rose, are scheduled to attend.
An eclectic variety of new public art installations can be found throughout the city during Visual Arts Week:
- “Multiplicity,” Cari Ingrassi’s interactive building block installation at the 5th Street Market Alley (only on display Friday)
- Turner’s sculpture and Matthew Olmo’s audio exhibit, “Whilamut (Decolonized River),” will be accessible at Downtown Riverfront Park.
- Erin Langley’s paper sculpture, “Big One” and Jean Bradbury’s new mural, “Centuries of Harvest” are at the Farmers Market Pavilion.
For a full list of events and specific locations of art installations, visit: www.eugene-or.gov/4394/Visual-Arts-Week-Events.