Corvallis Arts Walk Rundown, Nov 17.

jeff_hess_jeffhessstudioAn eclectic mix of promising new shows are lined up for this month’s Corvallis Arts Walk, which somehow seems a little shorter this month, but maybe even the more satisfying. Sadly, as Studio262 plans to close early next year, this will be that gallery’s last reception, though they appear to be leaving in style—featuring no less than 20 artists this walk.

Always one of our favorite freebie date night recommendations, this month’s walk promises to be especially impressive.

2nd Street

TEAL ARTISTS CO-OP • 328 SW 2nd St. •  4 to 8 p.m.
Teal Gallery reinserts itself into downtown Corvallis every year and is always showing the work of new artisans. Gift-oriented, they carry fine leather goods, handmade soap, new jewelry, and woodwork. This arts collective showcases many Willamette Valley artisans. Their newest artists are painter Dale Draeger and glass artist Kelly Nutter.

RACHEL URISTA STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., Studio 12 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Abstraction Squared. A new collection of square-shaped paintings, furthering the ideas of line, geometry, shape, and color from the mixed-media artist. Snacks and drinks served.

FRED AMOS STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., Studio 12 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Fred Amos is working on a new series of Garden Art paintings inspired by the Corvallis Garden Quilt Show and the Avery Rose Garden. He is combining floral images with garden figurines to produce bright, colorful, and imaginative paintings.

BRITTNEY WEST STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., Studio #3 • 4 to 8 p.m.
See Brittney West’s new thought-provoking art created while at Vermont Studio Center’s month-long, artist-in-residency program in October. From paintings to installation, collage to sculpture, there’s an array of activist artwork waiting for your eyes.

ART IN THE VALLEY • 209 SW 2nd St. •  4 to 8 p.m.
Celebrate! Artist Phyllis Johnson says she uses texture and colorful backgrounds to inform her subject matter, and that this show is her response to the increasingly negative mood in our world today. She and the gallery hope the depictions of our fellow Earth inhabitants will serve as a reminder of the joy of living.

MAJESTIC THEATRE • 115 SW 2nd St. • 5 to 8 p.m.
Alt. Ed. Illustrations. Showcasing work from Laurel Thompson, Annie Mitev, and Anna Wills, all sharing a commonality of being homeschooled. The Majestic comments that these three artists are forces of nature, each with unique talents.

Madison Avenue

Bison! Bison! • 354 SW Madison Ave. • 5 to 9 p.m.
Manuel Jaramillo: Recent Works. These works promise a subtle balance of simple, graceful composition with infinite layering and heavy knife work. Each piece draws its unique personality from an emotional connection to the process and medium.

STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Holiday Art Show. The last Studio262 event with a reception for their Holiday Art Show during the Corvallis Arts Walk. Features over 20 local artists. This lovely “Buy Local Art” event continues through Dec. 30 with artists bringing new work in throughout the show.

LIVING ROOM GALLERY • 425 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Exhibiting local artist Jessie Crawford presents wood burning and other works. Also features performances from American Tribal Style Bellydance!

KAREN WYSOPAL • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. J-5 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Luminescence: Alcohol Ink Paintings. An exhibit of new works created using new techniques with alcohol inks on Yupo paper and other experimental substrates.

JEFF HESS STUDIO • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 16 • 5 to 8 p.m.
Working Studio. Preparations are underway for the January show at the Arts Center.  Working studio this month with more mess than bling on display, but 20% of all sales go to Standing Rock.

THE ARTS CENTER • 700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Reception for With Wings and Tails. Sweet, endearing works, some addressing animal life in a more realistic way. Includes works in clay, prints, woodcarving, sculptures, paintings, drawing, and photography. Participating artists are Christopher Adams, Liisa Barden-Rahkonen, Carol Chapel, Faye Cummins, Anthony Gordon, Patricia Giraud, Adriana Huyer, Frank Kolwicz, Renee McKitterick, Stan Peterson, and Sara Swink.

4th Street

Voices Gallery • 301 SW 4th St., Ste. 169 (new location) • 4 to 8 p.m.
Gratitude. To celebrate their gratitude for the community and their new location, Voices Gallery is hosting a special gathering of artisans at the November Arts Walk. They promise gifts to delight the senses, face painting, music, and more.

Campus

FAIRBANKS GALLERY • Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
On the Brink. Kerry Skarbakka’s practice lies at the intersection of performance-based practices and staged photography. Over the past 15 years he has used his body as a physical metaphor, dedicating his artistic energies towards constructing scenarios channeled directly from the anxiety and fear associated with simply being human. Issues of uncertainty linked to war, equality, identity, politics, economy, and the environment are some larger examples of these external strains.

Skarbakka’s images can be found in the collections of institutions such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He serves as an assistant professor of photography at Oregon State University.

For destinations reporting after press time, visit www.corvallisartswalk.com/events.

(photo: artwork by Jeff Hess)

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