Corvallis Arts Walk, January 17

Julia Oldham’s “View of the Red Forest” is a portrait of both the dilapidation and rebirth of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

I’m going to skip the pleasantries and get right to it: get yourself out to this Arts Walk, and if you can’t, get out to the venues another time. Or even if you can, make a few trips. Make it a New Year’s resolution, whatever you’ve got to do.

First off, we’ve got the absolutely gorgeous View of the Red Forest by Eugene artist Julia Oldham. Installed in OSU Woodshop Projects, this is a multimedia installation in concert with Free Static, a sonic duo mucking about in some delicious ways with musique concrete and modular synthesizer. This portrait of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which Oldham recently visited, will simply floor you. Period. It’s that good. Every bit of great post-apocalyptic sci-fi has presented images of the earth reclaiming itself after humanity has left it, but not only is this reality, it’s a painfully intimate look at it. I really cannot stress enough how good this work is. 

Right upstairs in Fairbanks hall you’ve got another great show in Ka’ila Farrell-Smith’s Marks From A Journey Home. Monoprint, pastel, paint, and pencil fuse in an exploration of the inner world, though if I’m being honest, the outer world of this work is just as gorgeous as what it suggests about the artist behind them. I recommend skipping the accompanying statement text and just digging in. There’s a lot to be seen in each piece. 

Also killing it is The Arts Center (TAC) and CEI Artworks. In the case of the former we have The Art of Being an Artist, featuring work by artists Kristy Kún and Peter Goldlust, who notably have taken very different paths, yet both have found themselves in incredible collaborations.  There’s a lot to this exhibit that offers insight into how careers can evolve, and the work that might become of them. Where CEI is concerned, you get Capacity, a collection of new work by Muriel Condon that addresses “the symbolism of objects to examine the interaction and distinction of food and fabric, poverty and divinity, domesticity and digestion.” Condon accomplishes this in spades, creating work that both evokes her childhood and reflections upon it. Absolutely gorgeous. 

Other notable entries are Lives in The Balance, an exhibit addressing mass gun shootings, Trump, and greed, as well as a solo show by Holly Campbell, Awakening, at Voices Gallery. 

As always, please do yourself a favor and make a night of it! The CAW generally runs from 4 – 8 p.m. but some venues keep their own hours. For additional details, descriptions, and info visit 

  • The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave.
  • Art in the Valley Gallery, 209 SW Second St.
  • CEI ArtWorks Gallery, 408 SW Monroe St. 
  • Cyrano’s Bookbinding & Art Supplies, 361 SW Second St. (@ Adams Av) 
  • Fred Amos Art Studio, 340 SW Second St. Suite #12
  • The Hold Studio, 425 SW Fourth St., Suite E-2
  • Jeff Hess Studio, 460 SW Madison Ave., Suite #16
  • JoanTruckenbrodGallery, 517 SW Second St. 
  • Karen Wysopal Studio, 230 SW Third St., #310 
  • Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St.  
  • OSU Fairbanks Gallery of Art, 220 SW 26 St.
  • OSU Woodshop Projects – Fairbanks Basement, 220 SW 26 St., Fairbanks 004 
  • Peak Sports, 207 NW Second St. 
  • Pegasus Gallery, 341 SW Second St. 
  • Plant Posse/Brittney West Studio, 340 SW Second St. Suite #3
  • Pops Art Studio, 425 SW Madison Ave.
  • Studio 204, Crees Building, 230 SW Third St. #204
  • Voices Gallery, 301 SW Fourth St., Suite #160

-By Johnny Beaver