Corvallis Arts Walk, May 18

If you’re not too hungover from all the fantastic art exhibited last month, get ready for some more. And if you are, I suggest you suck it up. Five months into the new year and things are showing no sign of slowing down.

You may have read about Daniel Watkins elsewhere in this issue, as his band Mons La Hire is about to release a new record.  Musician and artist, he’s splitting CEI Artworks with another notable local artist, Milla Oliveira, for an exhibition titled There is still more that I have not told you. Inspired by a background in mathematics, Watkins’ collage work (pictured) draws upon randomization and juxtaposition to create intensely colorful and kaleidoscopic images. A perfect counterbalance, Oliveira’s found sculpture seeks to stimulate our thinking in terms of how we relate varied materials and their arrangements to objects we’re familiar with in the real world. A feast for the eyes and mind, don’t miss this one.

The above reception will  also double as a fundraiser for S/PLI/T, a two-person curation team whose goal it is to produce two-person exhibitions with a focus on cross-disciplinary engagement and community accessibility. A worthy cause if I’ve ever seen one, you can find out more about S/PLI/T and what they have coming up here: http://splitprojects.weebly.com/about.html.

The Arts Center’s fabulous MicroBiome: To See the Unseen exhibit continues, and is easily worth a second, third or fourth look. This month you’ll be treated to some grad student science stations as well as a talk on Leonardo daVinci by OSU art history professor, Rebekah Perry (who is incredible, by the way).

Over at Bison Bison! you’ll be treated to the Make America _____ Again exhibition, which promises Trump-inspired artworks that’ll help you fill in the blank. I think they could’ve easily gotten away with titling this one Pure Catharsis, to be honest.

Experiments in Story is up at Fairbanks. A great collection of work from the faculty of the freshly minted New Media Communications department. Work will be included by Amanda Tasse, Carmen Tiffany, Dan Faltsek, and Todd Kesterson. The exhibition hopes to “highlight strategies for visualizing complex information by presenting platforms where ideas can be more easily understood, interpreted, and discussed.” And as always, there’ll be free letterpress card making in the basement with alumna and extraordinary printmaker Angie Purviance.

Just a few highlights, there are always a lot more. I recommend checking out every venue on the map!

For you newcomers, the Corvallis Arts Walk generally lasts from 4 until 8 p.m., but do your research as not all venues adhere to this time frame. And be sure to grab a map and plot your route along these great venues:

THE ARTS CENTER • 700 SW Madison Ave.

ART IN THE VALLEY • 209 SW 2nd St.

STUDIO BEATRICE • 230 NW 6th St.

ARTWORKS (CEI GALLERY) • 408 SW Monroe Ave.

UGLY ART ROOM • 4th St. & Madison Ave.

BISON BISON! • 354 SW Madison Ave.

KAREN WYSOPAL • 230 SW 3rd St.

BRITTNEY WEST STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St.

THE MAJESTIC THEATRE • 115 SW 2nd St.

CYRANO’S • 361 SW 2nd St.

FAIRBANKS GALLERY • 220 SW 26th St.

FRED AMOS ART STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., Studio 12

PEGASUS GALLERY & OLD WORLD DELI • 341 SW 2nd St.

VOICES GALLERY • 301 SW 4th St., Ste. 160

    By Johnny Beaver

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