This week is chock full of exciting things, including many opportunities to hear from artists, authors, and scientists. Learn something new this week at these events around Lane County.
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Lucky to Like You virtual market
Until February 15, the Whiteaker Community Market is hosting the “Lucky to Like You” virtual market to help you support local while shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones. Check out their vendors and spread the love!
Now through February 15 | Ongoing | Virtual | instagram.com/whiteakercommunitymarket/
National Transit Equity Day
Celebrate National Transit Equity Day with the NAACP Eugene/Springfield on Thursday. Join them at the Rosa Parks statue to learn more about the collaborative effort to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change, and for free PPE, information about COVID-19 testing and vaccines, and maps to local food pantries.
Thursday | 12 pm | Rosa Parks status, Olive St. and 10th Ave. and virtual | Free | naacplanecounty.org
If not now, when? Virtual Artist talk
To complement the “If not now, when?” exhibit, which features works by Ila Rose, Tim Boyden, Jud Turner, and Michael Whitenack, Maude Kerns Art Center will be hosting a virtual artist talk on Thursday. Join them to meet the artists and find out the stories behind some of their pieces.
Thursday | 6 pm | Virtual | Free | mkartcenter.org
Virtual Artist Talk with Erik Sandgren
Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an artist talk with current exhibitor Erik Sandgren. Learn more about his background and get a closer look at his works currently on display.
Friday | 11 am | Virtual | Free | karinclarkegallery.com
First Friday Art Week
Celebrate the local arts with this month’s First Friday Art Week. Check out works at Anti-Aesthetic Art Space, the Art for Change Mural Exhibit, “Eclectic Styles” at Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company, photography at ECO Sleep Solutions, and much more!
Starting Friday through next Friday | Ongoing | See website for locations | Free admission | lanearts.org
Lane County Winter Farmers Market opening day
Shop local and fresh at the Lane County Farmers Market, which is opening their winter market this Saturday! Check their “In Season” page on their website to see what will be available on your shopping list (or expect to be surprised and inspired).
Opening Saturday through March 27 | 10 am | Oak St. and 8th Ave. | Free admission | lanecountyfarmersmarket.org
5th Street Weekend Market
Starting this weekend, the 5th Street Weekend Market will showcase the new shops along the recently opened Market Alley. explore the market, shop artisans and maker pop-ups, and find out more about the 5th Street Market expansion. Each weekend will have a little something different.
Starting this Saturday and Sunday | 11 am | 5th Street Market, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free admission | 5stmarket.com
Virtual Author Talk: Kim Johnson
The Springfield Public Library will be hosting a virtual author talk with Kimberly Johnson, whose book, How Far Do You Have To Go For Justice? Acting beyond the vote, was part of the UO Common Reading program and the 2020-2021 African American Workshop and Lecture Series. Kimberly will discuss the inspirations of her novel, This is My America.
Tuesday | 5:30 pm | Virtual | Free | springfield-or.libcal.com
Nat Geo Live: Scientific Exposure
The Hult Center is continuing their Nat Geo Live series with a presentation by molecular biologist turned photographer Prasenjeet Yadav and natural history photographer Anand Varma. They will discuss their photography techniques, share stories about their adventures, and talk about where photography and science often meet.
Wednesday | 7 pm | Virtual | $20 | hultcenter.org
Thursday Night Live with Francesco
Every Thursday through April, Eugene Symphony conductor and music director Francesco Lecce-Chong for visits from guest musicians, watch parties of past performances, and an all-around appreciation of music.
Thursdays | 7 pm | Virtual | Free | eugenesymphony.org
Eugene Contemporary Art: A Critical Conversation
Continuing through March 21, Eugene Contemporary Art is bringing A Critical Conversation, a multi-faceted project focusing on the intersections of art, race, and privilege. The exhibition, which will be both in-person and have virtual options, will feature works by Gregory S. Black, Kathleen Caprario, Mika Aono, Kaitleyn Carr-Kiprotich, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Perry Johnson, Stormie Loury, William Rutherford, Josh Sands, Kerry Skarbakka, and Yvonne Stubbs. Mika Aono, with Neal Williams, will also be hosting a printmaking workshop this Saturday.
Now through March 21 | Anti-Aesthetic, 245 W 8th Ave. | Reservations Required for in-person viewings | eugenecontemporaryart.com
White Lotus Gallery Collection
White Lotus Gallery is showing a collection of works from their carefully curated collection, gathered through the last 30 years. See works by Katsunori Hamanishi, Kozo Inoue, Yuiji Hiratsuka, Xuesheng He, Huixin Miao, and Morris Graves, among others. Open through March 6.
Now through March 16 | Normal gallery hours | White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. | Free admission | wlotus.com
If not now, when?
Schedule a visit to see “If Not Now, When?” at the Maude Kerns Art Center. See works by Tim Boyden, Ila Rose, Jud Turner, and Michael Whitenack, which include paintings, metalwork, woodwork, and collaborative to express positivity, imagination, and creative synergy.
Now through February 12 | Schedule a time | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. | mkartcenter.org
Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by Erik Sandgren, who specializes in paintings and woodcut prints depicting scenery from around the Pacific Northwest.
Now through February 27 | Normal gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission | karinclarkegallery.com
Firewall at New Zone Gallery
Alex Daniel’s “Firewall” will be on display at the New Zone Gallery, alongside other images of this summer’s Holiday Farm Fire through the end of January.
Ongoing | Normal Gallery Hours | New Zone Gallery, 22 W 7th Ave. | Free admission | newzonegallery.org
Springfield Arts Commission: Season of Light
Downtown Springfield will be celebrating the Season of Light,” featuring luminarias created by six local artists displayed in the Springfield History Museum. Other Springfield businesses have been encouraged in put up their own displays and you can also get involved by picking up a DIY luminaria kit, giving to the Light Supplies Drive, or participating in the Seasons of Light Winter Reading Challenge.
Now through Mar. 1 | Downtown Springfield | wheremindsgrow.org
Join the Hult Center and Story Pirates in helping your little ones (ages four to 12) get to sleep and learn something along the way. Starring Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper, you’ll be guided through three different virtual experiences, adapted from kid-written stories. Each ticket holder will receive a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” to accompany their adventure.
Now through Feb. 21 | Ongoing | Virtual | $35 | hultcenter.org
Grilled Cheese Experience
The 6th Annual Grilled Cheese Experience is kicking off this Monday, with 25 restaurants featuring everyone’s favorite cheese sandwich to benefit FOOD for Lane County. Each restaurant is putting their own spin on the classic, so be sure to try them all to find out which one is your favorite.
Starting Monday | All day | See website for locations | Free admission | foodforlanecounty.org