April’s Arts Walk Primer

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SomeKindOfCircus_SueAnnBelknapNever mind this newspaper closing its art loft operation to make way for the landlord’s re-purposing of the space, this month’s Arts Walk adds three new venues. There’s plenty of variety for April’s iteration of a favorite local freebie, check this out…

Fairbanks Hall, OSU, 220 SW 26th St.
4 to 6:45 p.m.

Transitory Surface, an exhibit of prints, paintings, and drawings by Michael Boonstra. Interested in both the visual and psychological variables in the transfer of perspective, Boonstra questions how our experience is changing as the way we view landscape shifts from a horizon-based perspective to an aerial viewpoint.

700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Reception for 3 Narratives. Larry Calkins has roots in outsider art and uses nontraditional mixed media for seemingly innocent-looking imagery. Georgiana Nehl works in tempera and creates elegant precise paintings based on the I Ching, enhanced with small altars below. Liisa Rahkonen shows her ceramic figural work inspired by ancient cultures.

JEFF HESS STUDIO • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 16 • 4 to 8 p.m.

Self-Portrait. Artwork mailed in for Ugly Art Room’s monthly mail art challenge will be displayed. UAR curator Jen G. Pywell and Arts Center curator Hester Coucke have opened all work on camera and created an online video commenting on each chosen piece. The work was sent in from artists all over the country as well as internationally.

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

Seven artists will be featured in The Purple Show. Works will include a watercolor landscape from Sharon Rackham King and Trey Phillips, acrylic sea life painting by Marnie Ernst Zoa, a few unique creations from Guinan’s gallery out of Portland, Xion Zoa will showcase his handmade instruments, and Llloyd Braunberger will have a table of beautiful, handmade, wearable chain-mail art.

KAREN WYSOPAL STUDIO • 425 SW Madison Ave. (upstairs) • 4 to 8 p.m.

Alcohol ink paintings. Inks are applied directly from bottle to paper, then blended and moved using plastic straws, paper towels, breeze, and gravity. The goal is to allow ink to move and blend organically, while finding the right moment for the artist to impose upon it.

STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m.

Boards & Bicycles. Artist reception for Boards & Bicycles, an open community art show with guest artist Nicholas Dudek talking about his work and Hooda LMTD clothing, art, and culture.

425 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Pretty in Bleak. Funny, morbid, surreal, and deeply moving works created with various printmaking techniques by Corvallis resident Vesper White. A retrospective.

3rd St. & Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.

For the Window on Art project, the Showroom IV project explores the notion of display and perceived public and private worlds that displays exist in. The two spheres of the public and the private, and the space between the two, is intensely curated, altered, and disguised. What happens when a private life is placed in a public context?

FOUNDRY ANNEX • 354 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Gunpowder Collaborative. Nick Martinelli and Christopher Adams have teamed up to create screen printing and gunpowder prints depicting Northwest volcanoes.

115 SW 2nd St. • 5 to 8 p.m.

Take a walk through Wonderland and explore new and original works inspired by the literary classics Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Wonderland engages the imagination through new interpretations of the much-loved story and kicks off two months of Alice in Wonderland-themed events in celebration of the theater’s upcoming production.

209 SW 2nd St. •  4 to 8 p.m.

Jenny Armitage has developed a method of pouring watercolors to provide a basis for her hauntingly beautiful work. Reception with treats and festivities.

341 SW 2nd St., Ste. 3 • 4 to 8 p.m.

Deb Perry-Guetti show, as April is art and poetry month. She brings her drawings, poetry, and sculptures together considering the concept of where a ladder can lead us. Her husband, Nick Perry-Guetti, accompanies her work this month through his poetry. The night promises to bring poetry readings and a special guest performance from Celeste King on the cello.

341 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Art & Poetry. Kaleidoscope Studios jumps in on the play between poets and visual artists and invites them to toss in a dash of levity!

341 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Annual Art & Poetry Exhibit. Each year artists and poets gather at the gallery to share how they experience the world around them and the synergy of artists articulating in many mediums.

301 SW Madison Ave., #100 • 4 to 8 p.m.

Activist artist Brittney West invites you into her art studio where you can browse over a decade of oil paintings, mixed media drawings, and recent sculptures. Get to know more about her process and inspiration, and browse through her Eco-Prints for sale.


340 SW 2nd St., #12 • 4 to 8 p.m.

Down the Rabbit Hole. Take a trip down the rabbit hole, and visit Laurel and Rachel in their own little Wonderland! The arrival of spring has been an incredible inspiration to both artists, and new paintings and mural art will be waiting. The giant coloring pages will also be back, and need your help coloring them in.

128 SW 9th St. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Multicultural Textile Exhibit, Wearing the World, 2016. A collection of colorful clothing and intricate textiles gathered from around the globe, both vintage and contemporary. Many hand-sewn, hand-dyed, and embroidered pieces demonstrating a wealth of traditions and techniques, from ceremonial to utilitarian. The exhibit features pieces from 20 countries. Curated by textile archivist and OSU graduate Ivy She.

230 NW 6th St. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Donna Beverly and her husband Skip Horton will display her 2D and his 3D art, while Marshall Adams entertains with music. Refreshments include a wine tasting by Kathi from Spindrift Cellars.

408 SW Monroe St., Ste. 110 • 4 to 8 p.m.

What Aisha Rose McCoy says about her work: “Instead of writing in depth about my experiences, I often try to capture a moment that gave a particular feeling, good or bad, through art. I recall my memories through mostly sensory characteristics which naturally draws me to relive them through art.”

By Rob Goffins

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