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Emerald Art Center features plein air work

The annual show of the Plein Air Painters of Eugene-Springfield will have an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Emerald Art Center, 500 Main St., Springfield.

The exhibit is already on display at the gallery and will be there through Jan. 30. Works are in watercolor, acrylic and oil.

In addition to the plein air show, the art center is hosting two shows of work by members:

"Winter on the Lake" includes work by Alana Feldman, who worked for several months from a studio set up in a lake shore vacation home owned by a friend. Feldman has a bachelor's degree in printmaking from the University of Oregon.

"Egyptian Pleasures" includes oil paintings by Evelyn Jones, who has been inspired by Egyptian art.

Three artists included in Jacobs show

"Consuming Vision," a show of work by Mavelle Monsalve-Featherstone, James Nason and John Holdway, opens with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street.

"I paint fields, animals and sometimes people to communicate the sense of wonder and marvel I feel about everything," says Monsalve-Featherstone. "Through the years that I have been painting, I discovered that I approach it as an interaction between the canvas and me.

"My paintings tend to be symbolic manifestations that I do not consciously intend. This process surprises me every time."

Holdway has recently exhibited his work at Opus6ix, DIVA, and at Bella Perla in Portland. He won the People's Choice award in the Pacific Northwest Art Annual at the University of Oregon in 2004 and was selected for Eugene's Mayor's Art Show in 2003 and 2005.

Nason will show wooden furniture that he built in his shop in Eugene.

The artists will be at the gallery for a talk from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday

White Lotus to show 19th century prints

A collection of 19th century Japanese woodblock prints goes on exhibit Saturday at White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St., and will be on view through Feb. 28.

The prints are known by the Japanese term "Ukiyo-e," which translates to "prints of the Floating World." Floating World in this context refers to the ephemeral world of pleasure - here today, gone tomorrow.

Many of the prints depict scenes from the kabuki theater - the theater of the common man.

Other prints are of the women of the pleasure quarter, and still others are images of historical events, including the Sino-Japanese war of 1895.

Work in this show dates from the middle to the end of the 19th century and includes artists such as Kunisada, Yoshitoshi and Kunichika.

Maude Kerns to exhibit woven baskets

An exhibit of woven baskets by various artists opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave.

"Entwined: Baskets & Fiber" includes work by basket artists Donna Sakamoto Crispin, Deb Curtis, Patricia Montoya Donohue, Lei McCornack, Mariana Mace, Kree Kree Snyder and Sheila Marie Collins Tasker, and fiber artist Babette Grunwald.

The opening reception will feature basket-making demonstrations by the participating artists.

The seven featured basket artists, who are all members of the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, work from natural materials that they gather and prepare to create baskets that range from utilitarian to fine artworks.

Grunwald has exhibited in venues in Oregon and Washington and has toured her work in a number of international juried shows. She focuses on texture, rawness and patterns in her wall pieces.

Ceramic artist featured at Florence gallery

Featured at Backstreet Gallery in Florence during January is ceramic artist Geraldine McMahan. A reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The gallery, 327 Laurel St., is also showing painting, photography, metalwork and sculpture and features live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month.

Salem museum showing photos of Oregon artists

A small exhibition of portraits by Mary Randlett - a Washington photographer who has documented some of the most prominent artists, writers, poets and thinkers in the Pacific Northwest - will be on display Saturday through March 8 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem.

Organized by Museum Director John Olbrantz, "Mary Randlett: Artist Portraits" will feature Oregon artists who were active in the early 1970s and were photographed by Randlett in 1971 and 1972.

Included in the exhibition are portraits of Carl and Hilda Morris, Louie Bunce, Michele Russo, Sally Haley, Mel Katz, Frank Okada and a host of other painters and sculptors who have enriched the Oregon art scene.

The museum is at 700 State St. in downtown Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students

Springfield center to hold Chinese art day

Chinese family art Sunday will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Emerald Art Center, 500 Main St., Springfield.

Families with children and youth are invited to attend this free event to experience the art and music of China. A variety of art projects for children ages 3 to 14 have been planned.

Participants may try brush painting, knot making and tangram puzzles. Or they can make lanterns, pandas, fans, kites, yo-yo's and other projects inspired by Chinese arts and culture. There will also be opportunities to create New Year scrolls, dragons and animal designs to represent each year.

There will be music with traditional folk instruments by Shanyou Wang and Melody Young as well as a dance performance by Annie Peng, who will do a Southern Chinese Dai minority folk dance.

Participants also will be able to try a fun rhythmic activity to Chinese music while using bamboo castanets and scarves.

DIVA to host workshop by video-game designer

Simon Strange, an award-winning game designer in Eugene, will offer a seminar about the creative design and production of successful console-based games from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at DIVA, 110 W. Broadway.

Strange will examine the status of avatar animation and discuss how to plan for and implement player feedback loops from character animations.

He has designed more than eight console games, including three Godzilla fighting games for Atari and Midway's recent update to their classic Rampage franchise: "Rampage: Total Destruction." He currently designs for Buzz Monkey, a Eugene-based developer responsible in part for the latest trio of Tomb Raider games.

Call 344-3482 to register. Cost is $40, $25 for students. The seminar is offered as part of DIVA's OpenLens Video and Film Festival that runs through the weekend.
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Date:Jan 8, 2009
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