The Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) is scheduled to resume on the third Thursday of September, according to Jennifer Moreland, Executive Director of the Downtown Corvallis Association.
CAW has been a treasured event by Corvallis art lovers, providing a guided tour of downtown’s unique and stunning art exhibits on the third Thursday of every month from 4:00 to8:00 p.m. Past CAW members have included The Arts Center, Pegasus Studio and Gallery, and Voices Gallery. The program had been put on pause due to the pandemic, but plans are in the works for its long-awaited return.
“We’ve been having meetings for the last four months and mural artist Eileen Hinckle is working with the DCA to help organize it,” said Moreland.
Moreland added that the DCA recently took over the organizing of CAW after its previous leaders stepped down during the pandemic.
When asked what types of COVID restrictions will be in place for the upcoming event, Moreland said that most of Oregon should be fully open by then with no restrictions — so no guidelines are in place as of yet.
In May, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an Oregon reopening plan stating that when 70% of Oregon residents ages 16 and older have been at least partially vaccinated, most of the state would be able to reopen without most restrictions. Fewer than 100,000 Oregonians needed to be vaccinated in order to accomplish this.
“We still have some work to do to reach our 70% goal, but I’m confident we can get there in June and return Oregon to a sense of normalcy,” Brown had said.
Moreland added that, before CAW’s restart date, they will be previewing murals which will be featured in the walk, located on the back wall of Common Fields.
“That’s something exciting that people can at least look forward to until the CAW happens,” said Moreland.