Arts Hound

Head to downtown Springfield for the Second Friday Art Walk 5 to 8 pm, Feb. 13, and see the latest creations in silk, cotton and wool of fiber artist Tylar Merrill at the Thimbleberry Felt Designs pop-up shop at L’Etoffe Fabrics (329 Main St.). Continue strutting your stuff for the South Willamette Second Saturday Art Walk 3 to 7 pm, Feb. 14, with stops at Wild Birds Unlimited, 16 Tons Café, Tsunami Books and more.

Seeing red: Forget red roses, slow dancing and wistful glances, and instead break out the fake blood, limping gate and unblinking dead-eyed stare. Ninkasi hosts the free, 21-plus “Dawn of the Red Zombie Pub Crawl” to bring back its India Red Ale, kicking off at 6:30 pm Friday, Feb. 13, at Kesey Square. Ninkasi’s Ali Aasum says the crawl will continue to the “Barmuda Triangle” downtown and “costumes are encouraged.” 

The UO Cultural Forum and Student Sustainability Coalition are calling all artists and designers to enter the Eco Art and Fashion Show. Students and non-students alike can participate and enter up to three sustainable designs by Feb. 15. Styles hit the runway 8 to 10 pm Friday, Feb. 27, at the Global Scholars Hall. For more details, visit St. Vincent de Paul and MECCA are also putting out a call to designers and artists to apply for the second annual Metamorphose Fashion and Art Show, which encourages “diverting usable resources from the waste stream in honor of Earth Day.” Deadline to apply is March 1, and Oregon Wine Lab will host the show April 18. For information on how to apply, visit

The UO Department of Art lecture series presents Iranian artist and UO alum Taraneh Hemami on Theory of Survival,” an ongoing project that engages artists and audiences with the banned and censored materials — newspapers, essays and other printed ephemera — of Iranian students examining historical events from the CIA’s 1953 Iranian coup d’état to the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The free talk starts at 6 pm Thursday, Feb. 19, in Lawrence Hall, room 115.

The Majestic Theatre of Corvallis hosts an opening reception for a fantastic new art show with oil paintings by wife-and-husband team Cassie and Kevin Lyon 5 to 8 pm Thursday, Feb. 19. Look for the fierce large-format “Galatians” by Kevin Lyon and Cassie Lyon’s Impressionism-meets-surrealism piece, “Righteous by the sand.”

If you were planning to see the Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art show at Jacobs Gallery, put your plans on hold. The Jacobs Gallery had to temporarily close due to a leak. Look for reopening updates on the Jacobs Gallery Facebook page.

If you haven’t already, go check out the Love Bites II: The Re-Entry art show hosted by Sizzle Pie, The Barn Light and Behavior Castle in the Broadway Commerce Center atrium (924 Willamette St.). The collection of local and national art is a gleefully graphic (in all senses of the word) orgy reminiscent of the Garbage Pail Kids, lowbrow master Robert Williams, Kustom Kulture and your favorite band posters. Some standouts are “You Bring the Heat, I’ll Bring the Meat” by Ohio artist Burrito Breath, “My Heart Burns Just for You” by Eugene illustrator Sabrina Elliott and a valentine to the Trailer Park Boys’ cat-loving character Bubbles, “Show Me Your Kitties,” by Portland’s Matt Stikker. Catch the show’s free Valentine’s Day dance party 6 to 11 pm Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Barn Light.

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