Lane Arts Council presents First Friday ArtWalks, year-round art tours that visit multiple destinations throughout downtown Eugene. On Friday, April 6, the first stop of the art walk was at Lane Community College’s Mary Spilde Downtown Campus in the Center for Meeting and Learning. This marks the second year that Mary Spilde Downtown Campus housed work from Lane students during the event. The venue featured work from LCC art programs. On showcase were student work from visual, performing and culinary arts. Fine and Media Arts students displayed work ranging from sculpture and ceramics to charcoal, print and multimedia design.
The guided tour was guest hosted by Angela Norman, the Market Director of the Lane County Farmers’ Market. Norman is an artist, working as a painter and printmaker, and also holds the title of MECCA’s Board Treasurer.
To kick off the event, Norman spoke to a crowd of over 200 attendees, including LCC students, faculty and community members.
“The arts are for everyone,” Ellen Osterkamp, LCC faculty instructor said. “Arts education is essential to learning. It’s essential to engaging young people and their creativity, building their confidence and you’ll really get a glimpse of that tonight.”
iMac stations lined a wall of the Center for Meeting and Learning, displaying student work, including a computer animation project completed by Dmitri Hunt, a 17-year-old student. Hunt created an animated sequence including a catapult launching a fireball inside of an environment that he designed. Hunt’s project surpassed all expectations of the introductory class and impressed classmates and the instructor.
Two rooms were available at the event, offering a cinema experience and showcasing student work on large projector screens.
Second-year multimedia design student Georgia Harter had two productions on display at the art walk, one being a music video in which Harter collaborated with former Titan Christopher Hawkins and indie rock singer Jesse Pino.
“Seeing our video on the big screen, after my team and I poured over a hundred hours of work into it, filled me with a sense of pride and accomplishment,” Harter said. “I’m very grateful that the Multimedia Design program has given me the opportunity to work with such talented and open-minded people.”
One room at the venue offered some live theater by theater arts students Zoe Wassman and Bryce Milke. Wassman and Milke presented a 10-minute narrative of a set of Siamese twins going through a break-up, encountering emotional struggles along the way.
Jefferson Goolsby, the Faculty Coordinator of the Media Arts program, along with the multimedia design production students, curated the media arts portion of the event over the course of five days. Goolsby and the students overcame several obstacles — including corrupted files and playback discrepancies — but prevailed through persistency and continued brainstorming.
“For as stressed out as we were leading up to the event, the show went surprisingly smooth,” Harter said.
“I feel an overwhelming sense of support from all the instructors at Lane and I am so grateful to have learned so much from all of them,” Harter said. “Thank you.”
Additional art walk stops included the Broadway Commerce Center, InEugene Real Estate, Karin Clarke Gallery and MECCA. The second art walk stop at the Broadway Commerce Center featured the ArtCore Spring Student Showcase which displayed art by students at five local middle schools.
The next First Friday ArtWalk will be May 4th. The guided tour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Vistra Framing & Gallery and will visit various galleries and studios in downtown Eugene. Art walks are from at 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and are free to attend.