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VIZ CITY BLOG: Audio, photos, transcripts & more by Terry Way and Sandy Brown Jensen.Airs every other Wednesday during Morning Edition and Here & Now.

Aug. 6th First Friday Artwalk Coming Up!

rabbit picture
By permission of the Karin Clarke Gallery

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. This is the time to put the upcoming August 6th First Friday Artwalk on your calendar. We went so long without them that some of us don’t realize they are back and need people to come out and enjoy them. 

The August 6th Artwalk kicks off Eugene’s Visual Art Week sponsored by the Lane Arts Council. Mayor Lucy Vinis will get things going on Friday, August 6th at 5:30 in the Park Street Blocks, followed by Jorah LaFleur’s new spoken word piece on the apropos theme of Emergence. The performance “invites reflection on how it feels to come out of our COVID-cocoons.”


Credit By permission of Crane Truck Circus
The 99 year old flying piano is part of the whackadoodle fun being offered up by the Crane Truck Circus August 6 at 8:000 pm inthe Park Street Blocks in downtown Eugene.



And then comes the Crane Truck Circus. I can hardly improve on their self-description, “This show is chock full of acrobats, live music, illusions, the world’s largest wedgie, an opera virtuoso, a 99 year old flying piano, a human ceiling fan, and many other circus feats to leave your jaws dropped, your heart strings plucked, and your belly aching with laughter.” The show starts at 6 pm and promises to be a classic Eugene summer night.

On to the Artwalk! I lost track of how many galleries and businesses are participating--more than 20, I believe.

They are listed at lanearts.org. The Mayor’s Art Show is always of interest, of course, but there are some really innovative events going on, too; for example, at Capitello Wines, you can join #istaballet in making up a new dance in real time by suggesting new moves for the dancers to perform.

Credit By permission of the dance company
Instaballet will be improvising dance with the audience's help at Capitello Wines on Aug. 6.



At the Lincoln Gallery on 4th St., you’ll see how artists made thought-provoking art out of a mystery box of materials for the Object Afterlife Art Challenge.

Visual Arts Week runs August 6-13 and is overflowing with events like tours of Eugene’s forty murals, workshops for kids and adults both, and art talks. Opportunities abound to deepen your appreciation of Our Arty Town.

This is Sandy Brown Jensen for KLCC.

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