Corvallis Arts Walk, Sept 20

It’s the back to school season—bye bye summer days and available parking spaces, but hello to September’s CAW. This month we’ve got a number of exhibits that are worth your time and then some.

At the top of our list is CEI ArtWorks presenting Clay Lohmann’s response to gun violence, Us. An open call to repeal the second amendment, Us is an incredibly raw look at contemporary American gun culture. Not to be missed.

Make it up to Fairbanks Gallery and you’ll be treated to Littoral Patterns, an exhibition featuring two wonderful artists: Director of OSU’s School of Arts and Communication Lee Ann Garrison and the Department of Crop and Soil Science’s Jay Noller. According to the exhibit’s description, the show’s title is inspired by “the adjective ‘littoral,’ relating to or situated on the shore of the sea or a lake, and the noun,’littoral,’ which is a region lying along a shore; as well as from the term ‘littoral zone,’ which refers to the part of a body of water that is closest to the shore.”

Though not a part of CAW, you’ll also want to wander by the Joan Truckenbrod Gallery (517 SW Second St. ) for Kerry Skarbakka’s This is Not What I Imagined! Skarbakka’s piece explores the currents that shape socio-political discourse as part of a larger art platform he calls For Freedom—an attempt at creating a dialogue for social change. In a similar vein is A Prophetic Vision for Social Justice at Pops Art Studio, which presents images through a “social justice lens” in hopes of a more empathetic and active community.

Finally, we have artist (and Advocate Associate Editor) Johnny Beaver at the Reynolds Gallery, whose Weeping Whole exhibition addresses the myths and misunderstandings that come along with outing yourself as having a mental illness. Beaver states that his work “is driven by a need to reclaim or fabricate control, but [is also] heavily shaped by an advocacy for normalization.”

As per usual, there are many other spots with wonderful things going on, so pack a snack and make a night of it!

The CAW generally runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. but not all venues follow this. For additional details, descriptions and info visit: 

• The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Avenue 

• Art in the Valley Gallery, 209 SW Second St. 

• Brittney West Studio/Plant Posse, 340 SW Second St. Studio #3

• CEI ArtWorks Gallery, 408 SW Monroe St. 

• Cyrano’s Bookbinding, 361 SW Second and Adams 

• OSU Fairbanks Gallery of Art, 220 SW 26th St.

• The Hold, 425 SW Fourth St., Suite E-2

• Jagged Touch Studio, 340 SW Second St., Studio #11

• Jeff Hess Studio, 460 SW Madison Ave., Suite #16

• Karen Wysopal Studio, 230 SW Third St., Suite #310

• The Majestic Theater, 115 SW Second St.

• Peak Sports, 207 NW Second St. 

• Pegasus Gallery, 341 SW Second St. 

• Pops Art Studio, 425 SW Madison Ave.

• Reynolds Gallery @ Reynolds Law Firm, 225 SW SW Fourth St. 

• Studio 204, Crees Building, 230 SW Third St. #204

• Studio Beatrice, 230 NW Sixth St., 

• Voices Gallery, 301 SW Fourth St., Suite #160


By Josephine Wallace