Art night in Eugene: Selling a photo is always fun.

Mayor Lucy Vinis and Cultural Services Director Isaac Marquez take a selfie together outside the Mayor’s Art Show.

The simultaneous opening tonight of the newly resurrected Mayor’s Art Show and Salon des Refusés, along with the second running of Karin Clarke’s Eugene Biennial, was great fun. A passel of people turned out on the warm summer evening to all three events, the art was good, and the wine flowed freely. I ran into old friends, caught up on art world gossip, and met a couple good painters whose work I’d never before seen.

I realized that I have missed the Mayo’r Show since it shut down in 2016 because it provided that exact opportunity: A place for the Eugene art world to come together one night a year and see and be seen.

Best off, for me, my piece in the  Biennial sold right at the opening reception, which seemed to be mobbed all night. A sale! I mean, really, how cool does life get?

My hand-colored photo Elder 2018.6 sold at the Eugene Biennial.
Isaac Marquez enjoys the the Mayor’s Art Show reception.

I have a piece in the 2018 Eugene Biennial

Elder 2018.6

The 2018 Eugene Biennial opens Friday night, July 27, at the Karin Clarke Gallery downtown, and you’re invited to see and enjoy this 18-by-24-inch hand-colored black and white photo “Elder 2018.6” by yours truly, along with works by about 30 other regional artists. Festivities at the gallery begin at 5:30 p.m.

Be sure also to check out the resurrected (it was cancelled in 2016 after the Jacobs Gallery closed) Mayor’s Art Show, opening that evening at the Hult Center, as well as the Salon des Refusés, which shows works rejected by the mayor’s show at New Zone Gallery.

All three shows open at 5:30 p.m. Friday night. See you out there!

A Juror’s Choice Award — and acceptance at the Eugene Biennial

East of Steens 2016.8
East of Steens 2016.8

My photo ‘East of Steens’ has been accepted into the juried Eugene Biennial, which opens August 3 at the Karin Clarke Gallery in Eugene. It’s a 22×30-inch hand colored photograph taken in Harney County, Oregon.

Meanwhile, my photo ‘Blowdown’ took a Juror’s Choice Award at the Around Oregon Annual last month at the Arts Center in Corvallis.

Blowdown 2016.5 -- 22x30 inch hand colored photo
Blowdown 2016.5 — 22×30 inch hand colored photo

I’m on the First Friday Art Walk in Eugene on June 3


Borax Lake 2016.7 -- A hotspring-fed lake near the Alvord Desert.
Borax Lake 2016.7 — A remote hotspring-fed lake near the Alvord Desert. 22×30 hand-colored photo.

I’ll be showing my hand-colored photos through June at Ben Fogelson’s InEugene realty office, 100 E. Broadway — and I’ll be Stop No. 3 on the June First Friday Art Walk, talking about my work.

Stop by, sip some wine, and say hello. The Art Walk starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St Vincent de Paul, 100 East 11th Ave.; the walk will reach InEugene at 6:30 p.m., but feel free to drop by anytime during the evening.

Besides my big tree photos, I’ll be showing some new and old work shot at eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, site of the recent occupation. To help support the refuge, I’ll donate 25 percent of sales of any of these Malheur photos to the non-profit Malheur Field Station, which is adjacent to refuge headquarters and provides accommodations for refuge visitors.