Corvallis Arts Walk Marks One-Year Anniversary

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BrittneyWestOctImageTrustFallWhat started as a small group of galleries collaborating informally has in only a year’s time doubled its venue offerings and become a favorite monthly freebie for the public and a meet-and-greet among many an area artist. This month, the Corvallis Arts Walk gains two new venues.

While some of us have added wheeled transpo to our attendance regime, there is even talk of adding street performances sometime in the future. We’ve asterisked galleries that are generally open by appointment only so that attendees can prioritize these and possibly see the others over the weekend.

Fairbanks Hall on the OSU Campus 220 SW 26th St. • 5 to 8 p.m.
In a dimension where an art practice is similar to the scientific method lies the work of contemporary sculptor Ben Butler. With an educational background in both art and neuroscience, Butler’s time spent studying molecular and cellular structures of the nervous system seems clearly relatable to his highly complex drawings and sculptures. Free shuttle every five minutes at the Reser Stadium parking lot. Parking is $1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free after 5 p.m.

700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.

The  Arts Center features Daily Objects, an exploration of our daily surrounding from artists Sarah Fagan, Sandee McGee, and Susan Rochester. They are also offering a print party, where attendees  create low-tech, instant prints on a press depicting those elusive daily objects.

8th & Jefferson • 4 to 7 p.m.

Views of the Columbia Coast, a multifaceted portrait of one of the Northwest’s most significant historical regions presented by six local photographers—Rich Bergeman, Allan Doerksen, Dave McIntire, Kurt Norlin, John Ritchie, and Dan Wise. More than 30 photographs explore the Lower Columbia Region. From 5 to 7 p.m., bring your questions and your own photographs (on paper, thumb drive, pad, or phone) for feedback.

230 NW 6th St. •  4 to 8 p.m.

Phyllis Johnson is the October featured artist with a show Happiness Is…, a delightful array of colorful acrylic paintings. The varied subject matter and exciting textures and hues give special appeal to this exhibit. Landscapes, animals, and figures combine to present the viewer with a fun and interesting experience. Refreshments include wine tasting with Kathi from Spindrift Cellars.

459 SW MADISON  • 5 to 8 p.m.

Fall Fungus Festival. View and color some new mushroom prints, draw your favorite fungus, and talk fall foraging.

460 SW MADISON, Ste. 7 •  5 to 6 p.m.

Celebrating the Arts Walk’s first birthday, their studio will be decked out with party paraphernalia, including a birthday suit photo booth, commemorative $25 tattoos, and treats.

425 SW Madison Ave. (upstairs)
4 to 8 p.m.

You quite likely know illustrator Patricia Smith’s commercial work from brands like Block 15 Brewing Company, The Red Fox Cafe, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, and various studios, but Smith’s work also extends into art. Genres of concentration include fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her work is strongly colorful and explicitly vivid. As always at The Advocate, other guest artists will be on hand and there will be treats.

STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Celebrate the art of ink with opportunities to make art and try out a variety of inking techniques and supplies for InkTober. Leave your masterpieces with us for display or take them home to enjoy. Also on display, it’s the last week to enjoy Botanical Abstracts: Collaborative Works by Carrie Tasman & Jennifer Lommers. Enjoy their attention to color and design as their styles overlap in new and exciting ways.

ArtWorks GALLERY (CEI) • 408 SW Monroe Ave., Ste. 110 • 4 to 8 p.m.
This is Mutant Pop. An exhibit containing archival ephemera and related artifacts of sonic consequence from the vaults of Corvallis’s Mutant Pop Records… circa 1994-2008.

414 NW 4th St. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Self-portraits and paintings from the Arc Benton’s ArtFocus program. Who Am I? features approximately 30 artists who experience intellectual and/or developmental disabilities studying under the instruction of Elizabeth Black, MFA.

ART IN THE VALLEY • 209 SW 2nd St.
4 to 8 p.m.

Beatrice Rubenfeld is featured artist for the month of October with Landscapes from La La Land, an exhibit of oil paintings varying from plein air to imaginary. Refreshments.

4 to 7 p.m.

Corvallis Arts Walkers are invited to share their inner monsters. An interactive table will allow guests to  recreate a monstrous self and to lovingly share with those that endure their inner ghoul. On display in the South Lobby is Aladdin! production photography by Mark Hoffman, who captured the rehearsal process for the original production now showing at the Majestic.

341 SW 2nd St., Ste. 3 • 4 to 8 p.m.

In October we spotlight artifacts and illuminated sculptures from Vandy Hall. Her work, using electronics, resin, wood, cast metal, and blown glass, engages the viewer by using fantastical and organic elements to create a magic that captures the imagination.

340 SW 2nd St., #3 (above Corvallis Cyclery)  • 4 to 8 p.m.

Spilling into the hallways of Britt’s studio, you’ll find 100 thought-provoking prints from her 100-day art series, Love, Yourself. Come view over a decades’ worth of oil paintings and mixed-media drawings as well as view her recent activist artwork, exhibiting imagery intended to inspire a more compassionate coexistence. Enjoy snacks and wine in her ambient studio, pick at the artist’s brain, and snoop around.


Pegasus, Cyrano’s, and Kaleidoscope will also be participating. Visit for details.



By Elizabeth Arthur

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