By Eugene Magazine

Ready to kick off a new year? Paint your pet at Art With Alejandro. Take in the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walk. Listen to some Swing Shift Jazz at the Wildish Theater. Speaking of listening . . .  drop in to The Shedd for a monthly peer-led gathering to discuss challenges of dealing with hearing loss along with technology that makes listening easier than ever. If you’re a volleyball fan, this week is the 15th annual Matt Harner Memorial Volleyball Classic. Take a class at the Emerald Art Center and start taking better photos. Find out what’s “Really” going on in the small town of Night Vale with the presentation at the Hult Center. Other ongoing events include themed wine tasting at Sundance Wine Cellars on Friday & Saturday nights. And many art exhibits are continuing for the next few weeks. 

January 11
Paint Your Pet Night | Join Art With Alejandro and create a masterpiece of your furry loved one. With customized step-by-step instructions from artist Alejandro Sarmiento, you’ll have a lot of fun transforming a photo of your animal friend into a work of art. Sessions every second and third Thursdays of the month. Pet photos are required 48 hours in advance. Due to limited seating, these sessions are reservation only. Art With Alejandro, artwithalejandro.com

January 11 – 13
Oregon King Tides Watch | The Oregon King Tides Project invites onlookers to participate in photo documentation of the King Tide phenomenon and enter their images in a photo contest. Photos will be used in King Tide annual impact analysis. Oregon Coast, oregonkingtides.net

January 12
Downtown Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk | Tour downtown Springfield to see this month’s curated art exhibits. Participating businesses and storefronts in the historic district along Main Street and on nearby blocks will host live music and artist receptions. This self-guided tour is hosted by Emerald Art Center, a destination of local art exhibits and cultural displays. Visit them for tour directions (and to see their Simpsons exhibit). Downtown Springfield, emeraldartcenter.org

January 12
In the Realm of the Spirit: Work by Maude I. Kerns | The Maude Kerns Art Center is presenting the 2024 season opener, “In the Realm of the Spirit: Work by Maude I. Kerns,” an exhibit of non-objective artwork by Maude Kerns, opening with a reception on Friday, January 12, from 5-7 pm. (Shown in header image above.) The exhibit includes work from the center’s own collection as well as private collections, and artwork that has never been exhibited before on loan from the Lane County History Museum archives. “In the Realm of the Spirit” is on view through Friday, February 9. Maude Kerns Art Center, mkartcenter.org 

January 12
The Pleasure of Your Company With Calvin Orlando Smith | The Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra is proud to present Calvin Orlando Smith for a fabulous night of vocal jazz. Having appeared multiple times as a soloist at the Wildish Theater, The Jazz Station, and the Hult Center, a graduate of the University of Georgia, Calvin Orlando Smith went on to be the first African-American accepted into Cambridge University’s prestigious Department of History of Art and Architecture and receive a degree. As a performer, he has performed in three Broadway productions and appeared in seven national, international and or limited tours. Wildish Theater, swingshiftjazzorchestra.com

January 12 & 13
Themed Wine Tastings at Sundance Wine Cellars | Sundance Wine Cellars’ free themed wine tastings highlight various wine regions on Fridays, and on Saturdays, they host local and regional wineries. Apart from the weekends, their tasting bar is always open and has free samples of their featured wines. Sundance Wine Cellars has Oregon’s largest selection of wine and is one of the oldest wine retailers in the Willamette Valley. Since 1983, Sundance Wine Cellars has provided an unparalleled selection of wine from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Sundance Wine Cellars, orwines.com

January 13
Sound Advice | Drop in for Sound Advice, a free, peer-led, monthly gathering to discuss the challenges of hearing loss and to learn about using hearing loops and other assistive listening systems. The Shedd installed hearing loops throughout their concert halls and classrooms to access sound, clearly and directly, through telecoils in hearing aids and cochlear implants. They discovered that few community members knew how to use their hearing device to access a loop. Many other sites in Oregon now also have loops. Come learn about this life-changing system. Call 541-434-7000 for more info. The Shedd, theshedd.org

January 13-15
Matt Harner Memorial Volleyball Classic | The 2024 Oregon Matt Hartner Memorial Classic will mark the 15th time this event has been held in our community. The Tournament attracts nearly 200 girls club volleyball teams from throughout the West Coast. The tournament will include U14’s, U16’s and U18’s with competition now held in 4 sports facilities; Moshofsky Center, Matthew Knight Arena, MacArthur Court, and the Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation. Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation, mhmvolleyballclassic.com

January 17
Two Hours to Better Photographs | This 2-hour class covers the basics of photography, including exposure (light, speed, aperture, ISO), focus, perspective, photo process, and composition. The Emerald Art Center is a non-profit center for visual arts. They hold classes for children and adults, ongoing member shows, monthly special exhibits featuring regional artists and groups, the National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition and the annual Springfield Mayor’s Art Show, open to all. They are located in downtown Springfield. Emerald Art Center, facebook.com

January 17
Welcome to Night Vale | Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

Through January 27
Adam Grosowsky’s “Snow in Jerusalem” | “Snow in Jerusalem” is a show of new paintings by Adam Grosowsky at the Karin Clarke Gallery. The gravity of current world events, as well as painful matters closer to home, inform some of these new paintings. By his own admission, Grosowsky was shocked by the intensity with which the world tragedies presently unfolding have affected him. He was also distressed by heartbreaking developments touching people close to him. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com

Through January 31
“Almost A Full Circle” Exhibit By Robert Fulton | The New Zone Gallery’s featured artist this month is Robert Fulton. This show of paintings represents the beginning of a circle which started with a retrospective show 25 years ago to the current exhibit. To quote Robert: “American master Edward Hopper has a significant influence on my work. His treatment of light, shadow, color and subject matter are reflected, to a degree, in my paintings. Using acrylics has also been a major factor in my style. The fast drying property of the paint has resulted in the colorful, sharp and flat nature of these pictures.” Join the Opening Reception during the First Friday ArtWalk on January 5, starting at 5:30pm. In addition to the eclectic mix of art created by the New Zone members, also enjoy beverages by Hop Valley Brewing, wine by Sundance Cellars, and live music by David Helfand on harp. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

Through January 31
The Art of Train Graffiti | Sandy Sanders’ exhibit “The Art of Train Graffiti” will be in New Zone Gallery’s Klausmeier Room. The exhibit is a visual exploration of regional train graffiti, as documentary and as artist and collective creative elaborations. The Springfield-Eugene metro area offers prime viewing for freight trains in the Pacific Northwest. Part photo documentation, part artist contribution, the exhibit explores the multi-layered process of graffiti creation by artists, railroad staff and Mother Nature. Sandy adds his own layer of visual art through painted or collaged contributions within a variety of unique documentary art objects. An opening reception will be held January 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm during the First Friday ArtWalk. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

Through April 20
“Duality” Marina Hajek (Herrera) | Don Dexter Gallery hosts “Duality,” a limited exhibition of bronze sculptures from Guatemalan American artist Marina Hajek (Herrera) from January 6 – April 20, 2024. Don Dexter Gallery, dondextergallery.com

Through February 29
“Distinct Visions curated by Emerald Art Center” | Don Dexter Gallery hosts a collection of artwork from seven artists who represent Emerald Art Center with their mature vision and consistent technique in their respective craft, through February 29. Don Dexter Gallery, dondextergallery.com