With the new year, galleries seem to have collectively decided to spread their wings and try some new things—one venue even speaks of a redesign. Of course, this sea change is probably not so collective, but is nonetheless notable not only for its coincident timing, and in some instances for a similar thematic embrace of nature in process. In other words, you will see this theme in more than one venue, but also be aware that each show has its own impetus.
In other Arts Walk news, sadly, Anything But Ordinary quickly gained a positive reputation among artists but has now shuttered. And, two founding members of the walk were selected as among C-Town’s most impactful for 2015 by our fair little rag.
And now, your monthly primer…
THE ART CENTER • 700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 – 8 p.m.
ROT, the Afterlife of Trees. Reception and exhibit, shows work by 24 Oregon artists in a wide variety of media, as photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and embroidery. The artists based their work on long-term tree-decomposition research by OSU’s Dr. Mark Harmon at the H.J. Andrews Forest.
ART IN THE VALLEY • 209 SW 2nd St. • 4 – 8 p.m.
Art in the Valley will feature a membership exhibit, Primary Impressions. Refreshments will be provided.
ArtWorks GALLERY (CEI) • 408 SW Monroe St., Ste. 110 • 4 – 8 p.m.
A survey exhibit of work by artists participating in the first year of ArtWorks (CEI) programs. Features the launch of a fundraising campaign to purchase a hand-built, custom-designed Coffee Pour Over Cart; subsequent coffee sales will support the ArtWorks scholarship fund.
AZURE FINE ART GALLERY • 341 SW 2nd St., Ste. 3 • 4 – 8 p.m.
Nothing so shocking as bowling balls flocking. Don’t miss Jeremy Smith’s life-size pendulum which will be in motion during the CAW along with his other unique geometric constructions and puzzles, including his cube of chess.
BRITTNEY WEST STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., #3 (above Corvallis Cyclery) • 4 – 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.
THE CORVALLIS ADVOCATE LOFT • 425 SW Madison Ave. (upstairs) • 4 – 8 p.m.
Come play. Featured this month is Foundry, an interactive, modular sculpture sandbox system designed to function in both practical and abstract fashion, facilitating users as both a tool and a playground. Paintings this month by Johnny Beaver, Jeremy Smith, and Cyrus Peery. As usual at the Loft, there will be chocolate.
CYRANO’S • 361 SW 2nd St. • 4 – 8 p.m.
Starting the New Year Small! Mini books, mini art journals, mini scrolls. Good things, small sizes. Marbling demo—come play!
FAIRBANKS ART GALLERY • Fairbanks Hall on the OSU Campus • 220 SW 26th St. • 4 – 8 p.m.
Craig Goodworth’s VČELA: Blood & Honey draws from the forests of the Willamette Valley and Central Europe as well as village folklore and ecological concern. With elements of sculpture, installation, and poetry/performance, Goodworth’s installation connects to place, memory, object, and land. The exhibit is the result of his research and art practice exploring the questions “What is art’s role in helping one feel physically connected to land?” and “How can aesthetics witness to crises that arise in the natural world?”
JEFF HESS STUDIO • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 16 • 4 – 8 p.m.
Welcoming the new year with new sculpture and a hanging of images from aikya, a perspective study of yoga.
KALEIDOSCOPE • 341 SW 2nd St. • 4 – 8 p.m.
Spiraling into 2016. The spiral has held significant but diverse meanings for cultures throughout time and from all over the world. Jillian Jordan of Spiral Designs is the featured artist this month. There is talk of something called the “spiral beard project,” so we have staffers that are intrigued.
KAREN WYSOPAL STUDIO • 425 SW Madison Ave. (upstairs) • 4 – 8 p.m.
This artists has a huge roll of yupo paper: 5 feet by 30 feet long. See what happens as she continues to scale large. Lots of prints, cards, and original artwork for sale.
LAUREL THOMPSON & RACHEL URISTA STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., #12 (above Corvallis Cyclery) • 4 – 8 p.m.
Laurel will have brand new pin-up girl illustrations on display for you to color in, and Rachel’s fresh new sketches and illustrations for her second coloring book will also be featured. Come see some of the behind-the-scenes work on this project. Locally made coloring books, children’s books, greeting cards, jewelry, and art prints for sale.
MAJESTIC THEATRE • 115 SW 2nd St. • 4 – 8 p.m.
MIish Mash. The theater welcomes artists and art lovers to join them as they highlight collage and mixed media works created by members of our community.
PEGASUS GALLERY • 341 SW 2nd St. • 4 – 8 p.m.
Inside Looking Out is an exhibit that strips down to the starker more temporal imagery of winter with a collection of handmade paper, sumi ink, and stitch work by South Korean artist Chang Ae Song.
STUDIO BEATRICE • 230 NW 6th St. • 4 – 8 p.m.
Carrie Tasman will feature her Colorful Paintings, a Spindrift Cellars wine tasting, and music from Marshall Adams.
STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 – 8 p.m.
Love Notes. The Art of Love along with an interactive note-writing station to share those messages of peace, love, hope, and joy for the new year. And, this venue hints at staying new and fresh with a redesign of its gallery.
By Rob Goffins