“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth,” wrote Walt Whitman in the preface to Leaves of Grass. By this logic, there may be no better truth than art and music, both of which will come to life in “American Luminosity: Our Poets, Our Composers, Our Art” 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 10, at UO’s Beall Concert Hall. Local artist Helen Liu’s paintings will accompany soprano Laura Decher Wayte and pianist Nathalie Fortin’s exploration of America as they perform compositions inspired by the likes of Whitman and Emily Dickinson, as well as traditional Appalachian music. For more information, visit wkly.ws/1o0.
Bask in the richness of Steven Hillyer’s oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings at Emerald Art Center during Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walk — don’t miss the beautiful rooster with cerulean plumes. Then hit up South Willamette for the Second Saturday Art Walk with stops at Capella Market, Wild Birds Unlimited, Tsunami Books, O’Brien Imaging and Agate Alley’s Laboratory where the psychedelic swirling landscapes and portraits of Jordan Schaefer will really make it feel like it’s the weekend.
Calling all artists! KindTree is seeking original art for the juried Autism Artism 2014 show to be on display at Territorial Vineyards in April. All mediums accepted — short stories, poetry, sculpture, weaving, jewelry, painting, video, audio, photographs — and must be submitted during January. Part of the show’s proceeds go to artists with autism. For more info, visit http://wkly.ws/1o1.
Calling all Trekkies! Trek Theatre is hosting auditions 1 to 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 12, at Sam Bond’s for the winter show Measure of a Man (based on the Next Gen episode of the same name) that will run March 1, 8 and 15 at Paper Moon Photo Studio.