Possibly because it makes for an inexpensive, awesome date night, crowds continue to increase for the Corvallis Arts Walk, even as some venues are on hiatus until fall. This month brings a blend of old and new, with some repeats from last month’s walk, but also some notable openings that one should not miss.
THE ARTS CENTER
700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
An exploration of language in the visual arts with Portland artists Pat Boas, Marie Sivak, and Robert Tomlinson from Independence. They take letters, words, writing as a pictorial element in their work. Does the shape of the word influence the meaning?
This venue invites you to play with letters, lettering, or maybe your initials or a short phrase they will be supplying. Use sumi ink and tempera paint to create card-sized compositions of letter shapes in black and white or color. Simple, yet great for a small memento.
ART IN THE VALLEY
209 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
This cooperative gallery will feature guest artist Marcella Henkels, showing her juicy raku ceramic tiles framed in rustic barn wood. This venue offers a selection of 2D and 3D work, which changes monthly. Refreshments will be served.
ArtWorks GALLERY (CEI)
408 SW Monroe Ave., Ste. 110 • 4 to 8 p.m.
This venue features an exhibit titled Dots this month. Artist Jamie Walsh is also an activist and program coordinator for an arts inclusion program in Eugene that caters to people of all abilities.
AZURE FINE ART GALLERY
341 SW 2nd St., Ste. 3 • 4 to 8 p.m.
When it rains, Pam Serra-Wenz finds a way to appreciate it with her Oregon rain paintings. Each piece has seen several rainfalls and can take up to three days to dry in between. Come see them hung away from the wall and see how the natural light reveals their transparency.
BRITTNEY WEST STUDIO
340 SW 2nd St. #3 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Come view over a decade of Brittney West’s oil paintings and mixed-media drawings as well as her recent activist artwork, exhibiting thought-provoking imagery intended to create a more compassionate coexistence. Enjoy snacks and wine in her ambient studio, pick at the artist’s brain, and snoop around. All are welcome!
THE CORVALLIS ADVOCATE LOFT
425 SW Madison Ave. (upstairs)
4 to 8 p.m.
One of Shar Fagersten’s most recent Portland showings offered text and photography depicting ridiculous advice she and her friends sometimes receive, titled Advice for Women. Another featured a photo series and ashes depicting her wedding dress as it burned as a reflection on the stages of her marriage and divorce. Her work does not settle on being explicit, as one may suspect, she works instead to affect questions and conversations. As always at the Loft, there will be treats and other art as well.
361 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Susan Stogsdill has been revisiting the past with childhood books, turning them into journals. She invites you to come see if your favorite book is among the stacks.
FAIRBANKS ART GALLERY
Fairbanks Hall on the OSU Campus, 220 SW 26th St. • 4 to 7 p.m.
This exhibit has a broad diversity of approaches to the making of art, with faculty working in photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and video.
230 NW 6th St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Russell McCrackin is this venue’s artist for the month of August. He is a physics professor emeritus who has also enjoyed working as a blacksmith, hiking, camping, and traveling. He spent 11 winters in Arizona, painting en plein air. He enjoys using a limited palette when he works outdoors in oil. He is presenting scenes from New England, the Northwest, and the Southwest. Refreshments and music will add to the fun.
341 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
They continue last month’s show of vibrant geometrical art by Jeremy Smith and geometrical jewelry. Plus they will have a free beading project and drawing for art prizes.
OLD WORLD DELI & PEGASUS GALLERY
341 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Held in October, the Philomath Open Studio Tour (POST) is an annual event where local artists open up their studio space and process to viewing by the public. This exhibit offers an opportunity to see a sampling of art from all the artists on display in a single space allowing you to identify favorites and plan your tour of POST 2015. Exhibited mediums include ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, painting, photography, and encaustic. This artists’ reception is a chance to find all these artists together at once.
425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m.
An artist reception for beloved local clay artist Ginny Gibson. Highlighted in her most recent figurative and landscape pieces, Gibson brings a unique combination of depth and whimsy to her work. Meet Gibson and learn more about her process and inspiration while enjoying a tasty treat.
By Elizabeth Arthur