Corvallis’ arts community absolutely killing it each month has officially graduated from being a notable trend to just a fact of life. I suppose that’s what happens when you have a truly excellent college arts department cranking out challenging work from both teachers and students, a few venues delivering diverse exhibitions, and a local culture steeped in all sorts of intellectual pursuits. Not many towns of this size can boast the utter lack of dull moments, and while there’s way more going on than CAW alone can offer (see this issue’s article on a noise music extravaganza), it’s certainly the best place to start.
As for this month’s featured shows, you’re going to want to set aside some time for G-Litter at CEI Artworks. Normally I like to flesh my interpretation of something out for you, but I doubt I can top the press release: “G-Litter explores the spirituality and hypothetical culture of the cat lady archetype as potential shaman. For this exhibition, the cat lady becomes the priest and apostle of her own cult. She surrounds herself with totems made from materials that exist in the high-end of low culture. From her isolated perch she sees and knows what cannot be seen or known.”
Whatever you’re thinking right now, I’m sure that on some level, that’s exactly what it is. Artists Andrew Nigon (an arts instructor at OSU) and Carmen Tiffany will be attacking the conundrum of this alternative reality with video, wall paper, and sculpture. Fresh, bizarre, exciting. We need more of this.
Also going on is the Around Oregon Annual juried show at the Arts Center, the tail end of the BFA senior thesis exhibit at Fairbanks, and a brand new arts walk stop opening up in the form of Pops Art Studio. There’s clearly nowhere near enough room to touch on everything that’s happening, but rest assured that if you don’t hit each and every venue, you’ll miss out.
For you newcomers, the Corvallis Arts Walk generally lasts from 4 until 8 p.m., but not all venues adhere to this rule. Be sure to grab a map from one of the following locations and plot your route ahead of time!
• CEI ArtWorks Gallery, 408 SW Monroe Avenue, Suite 110
• The Littlest Gallery, Glass Case at Starbucks, 4th Street at Madison
• Voices Gallery, 301 SW 4th Street, Suite 160
• Studio Beatrice, 230 NW 6th Street
• Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street
• The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Avenue
• Pegasus Gallery, 341 SW 2nd Street
• Fred Amos Art Studio, 340 SW 2nd Street, Studio 12
• Brittney West Studio, 340 SW 2nd Street, Studio 3
• Untitled Works Studio, 460 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 16
• Art in the Valley, 209 SW 2nd Street
• Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th Street
• Rachel Urista Art Studio, 230 SW 3rd Street, Suite 302B
• Pops Art Studio, 425 SW Madison Avenue, Suite P1
More information can be found at http://www.corvallisartswalk.
By Johnny Beaver