‘Eugene Garbage Project’, ‘First Friday ArtWalk’, ‘1,000 Hopes’
Flying safely in the face of new COVID restrictions, cultural groups from the valley to the coast are bringing springtime with art, music and outdoor activities. This week, CAFE 541 features sounds created by human trash, bike rides, green frolics, gallery openings and new exhibitions celebrating the season.
For more events that spark cultural fantasies and broaden aesthetic perspectives, visit registerguard.com/calendar.
‘Eugene Garbage Project,’ Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble
The Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble will release their hour-long new work “Eugene Garbage Project” on Friday.
Supported by Eugene Contemporary Art and ArtCity Oregon, composer JP Lempke has assembled the “Eugene Garbage Project” with contemporary music, video, movement and voice in concert with the recorded sounds of a colossal collection of garbage.
The project began when the group members asked themselves, “What can humans do with all this garbage?”
According to EDME, humanity’s cycle of production, consumption and disposal damages the biosphere of our planet. “Over the past year, the group has collected local trash to reuse it in a more melodic second life.
An hour-long video collage will air at 7 p.m. Friday with a new musical performance by soprano Emma Rose Lynn accompanied by sound and live video by EDME. Release; eventbrite.com/e/edme-present-the-eugene-garbage-project-tickets.
“ 1000 Hopes, ” Sara Miura Zolbrod and Eugene Public Library
Continuing in May outside the Eugene Public Library, the art installation “1000 Hopes” by artist Sara Miura Zolbrod invites active optimism from the community.
“The invitation is to express a hope, a dream or a prayer, to write the name of a loved one or to relieve a weight by writing a grief or a concern,” Zolbrod said in a press release.
The month of May marks Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Zolbrod’s own Japanese heritage inspired this project. As a child, the artist hung a narrow piece of paper among thousands of others on a large, old tree, participating in the “omikuji” tradition.
“1000 Hopes” will run through Friday, May 28 outside the Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. Free; visit the miniature hut outside the EPL to get participation materials. More info on 1000hopes.com.
First Friday ArtWeek, Lane Arts Council
Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWeek will continue with pandemic precautions in place from Friday.
Highlights include the reopening of the New Zone Art Gallery, moved to the former St. Vincent de Paul retail store at the Aurora Pavilion, 110 E. 11th Ave. door privacy curtain.
The first Fridays are open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Eugene. Check lanearts.org/first-friday-artwalk for gallery exhibits and times. Park the bikes in front metallurgist Rob Bolman’s Newly manufactured New Zone metal sign. Discover the arias performed by musician Steve Goodbar and drinks from the Manifest Brewery and Sundance Wineries.
“ May is Bike Month ”, WebBikeLane.org
“May is Cycling Month” may be a little different during the COVID-19 period, but outdoor access makes biking a perfect option for escaping homes.
Celebrated nationally since 1956 and in Eugene-Springfield since 2014, “May Is Bike Month” showcases the benefits of cycling and encourages people to get on two wheels. For those who don’t have wheels, PeaceHealth Rides bike sharing offers a great option.
Physically distant in-person rides include “No School Day!” Friday (at the end of Teacher Recognition Week) and the “Golden Gardens Treasure Hunt” Saturday.
From 9 am to 4 pm on Friday “No School Day!” Children ages 8 to 10 can celebrate their freedom with a trip around the planets, aligned along the Ruth Bascom River trail system. The entire trip is a 5 to 6 mile exploration.
On Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the “Golden Gardens Treasure Hunt” crosses the Bethel district. Adventurers can take part in a real treasure hunt in Shasta Park with Golden Gardens. The approximately 3 mile route follows neighborhood streets and trails.
Many more rides, registration and information on webikelane.org.
Bonus Pick: “ Glorious Spring ” at Backstreet Gallery
This week’s bonus pick invites readers with new health restrictions to breathe the Pacific air and enjoy coastal culture.
The Backstreet Gallery’s May exhibit, “Spring Glorious Spring,” features several fresh works of art by talented local artists bringing the revival of spring.
Individual exhibits by glass artist Karen Gassaway and woodcarver Larry LaVoie will join the members’ exhibit. Gassaway melts glass with a torch to transform glass rods into textural sculptural scenes with natural objects inspired by oceanic and floral beauty.
The wildlife and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest are LaVoie’s inspiration. Recreating designs and designs as a 3D digital model, the creations are then sculpted with a CNC router to reveal distinctive parts.
Open from 11 am to 5 pm, the silent auction and show will run until Monday, May 31 at the Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St. Free; 541-997-8980 or www.backstreetgallery.org.