Corvallis Art Walking

By Alicia James

The Corvallis Advocate Loft is excited to host pieces from members of the Temporary Artists’ Guild (TAG) at the upcoming Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) Third Thursday on Dec. 18. Painting lovers and photography buffs alike are invited to tour the Warhol-esque space, chat with the artists, and enjoy live music.

TAG member Cyrus Peer was November’s featured Third Thursday artist at the Loft. December’s event will mark the first time TAG and CAW have partnered directly. The exhibit will feature work from Sarah Page, Alexandra Jane, Tim Blackburn, Hollie Murphy, Danielle Beaver, and Johnny Beaver.

Johnny Beaver, TAG president, is a strong supporter of CAW’s recently inaugurated Third Thursday. “It is my experience that an art walk is one of the more important components for a city’s art scene to possess,” he said. “It gets organizers, artists, art lovers… really, everyone related to all aspects of art in the city together and gets them interacting.”

Third Thursday’s impact on downtown Corvallis’ art scene has been palpable not only for local artists and businesses, but also for hometown art lovers. Beaver notes experiences with art walks in other cities, and how instrumental such events are in consolidating diverse parties. “In Corvallis, it is long overdue and should serve to help strengthen a community we’ve seen a lot of growth in over the last few years,” he said.

All art will be for sale directly through the artist. Prospective collectors should bring cash, but some artists will be able to take credit cards. Arrangements for more expensive pieces can be negotiated. Select pieces will remain available for limited public viewing until the end of December, but most are a one-night only experience.

The Corvallis Advocate Loft, 425 SW Madison Avenue, will open its doors to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, in conjunction with Corvallis Arts Walk.