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Latest Oregon license plate was designed by a Eugene artist

A new license plate designed by a Eugene resident will debut Oct. 1 in recognition of the Oregon Cultural Trust’s 20th anniversary. The artwork, called "Celebrate Oregon!" and created by Liza Burns, also will be installed as full-scale murals at the Eugene, Medford, Portland and Redmond airports through a partnership with In addition, a 38-foot outdoor banner will be installed at the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum.
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Cottage Grove Sentinel

CG gets ‘mugged’

For many longtime residents of Cottage Grove, the historical significance of downtown and the beauty of the many murals that dot the walls is just an everyday fact of life. For Jacob Monroe, a ceramist out of Eugene, it’s inspiration for his art. “I heard Cottage Grove had a preserved...
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Mayor’s Teen Art Show

“Using the simplest instruments — colored pencils and markers — I was able to create something beautiful, something to be proud of,” reflects Bella Tocco, a student at Monroe Middle School, on the Maude Kerns Art Center website. Tocco is referring to her piece “Majestic Still Life,” which will hang alongside the work of 12 other teen artists at the 22nd annual Mayor’s Teen Art Show at Maude Kerns. The show will feature 37 pieces in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, mixed media sculpture and photography. Tennepah Brainard, a 19-year-old at the Institute of American Indian Art, says in the exhibit notes that she hopes that “people will rethink the everyday things they see, without really seeing, through my photography.” After three years of participating in the show, this year will mark Brainard’s last Mayor’s Teen Art Show. Also at the center, see Habitat, a juried exhibit featuring the work of 32 member artists of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The artists were asked to interpret the theme “habitat,” which for Jean Wells Keenan led to the use of twigs and fabric strips to “build a comforting enclosure with a circular form,” a process she describes as simultaneous “challenge and discovery.”
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Weeping Willow

From Bad Brains to Death, the African American contribution to punk and hardcore music is manifold. Few would guess, however, that in 2021, the standard bearer for those two genres — and perhaps for rock music itself — could be the Gen Z daughter of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and the actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

Eugene Artist Creates New Design For Cultural Trust License Plate

A Eugene artist has designed a new license plate that will support the Oregon Cultural Trust. It goes on sale next month. The background of the new plate features an Oregon landscape that includes mountains, a river, and the coast. The foreground features dozens of Oregon cultural and historic symbols.

Sweet Home teacher hosts web series to promote skilled jobs

SWEET HOME, Ore. -- A Sweet Home High School teacher is reaching kids far beyond his classroom thanks to the internet and some help from the community. In this week's Skilled to Work, KEZI is partnering with employers in our area to address the lack of workers for skilled jobs in the construction and manufacturing fields.

The Eugene Symphony On The Air: The Sound Of Color

The Eugene Symphony continues a three-part exploration of its Soundwaves virtual concert series by showcasing a few of the string orchestra pieces performed last season. In this episode, you’ll hear a remarkable and new approach to music-making by Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, who created a color map for musicians to follow rather than traditional notes on manuscript paper. We also explore Bernard Herrmann’s music for the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho, along with Vaughan Williams’s lush and sweeping Fantasia, which sounds simultaneously both ancient and modern. Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and violist Shauna Keyes share their insights, and Conducting Fellow Daniel Cho hosts.

Pianist to perform Sept. 20 in Sweet Home

Pianist Carmen Hall will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the auditorium of Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. Carmen Wolthuis Hall, a former Sweet Home resident and SHHS graduate, recently completed a doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Utah. She is a performer, speaker, teacher and collaborative artist. She is the daughter of retired longtime Sweet Home dentist Henry Wolthuis.

Eugene Jazz Station Re-Opens

Let the trumpets sound: The Jazz Station is formally re-opening after more than a year of being closed down for COVID and for a remodel. The grand re-opening will take place at the Station, 124 W. Broadway, with a mystery guest performing 7:30 to 10 pm Friday, Sept. 10. Admission is free.
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Ducks after Dark will press play after a brief Coronavirus intermission

Imagine the lights dimming, a hush falling over the crowd and the opening credits rolling in a room filled with UO students. After the vaccine rollout in Eugene, the club Ducks after Dark has high hopes for getting students back into the movie theater. “It’s gonna be so much fun, and so validating and almost heart-warming,” Tabitha Knight, a third-year student in the club said. “You just get to come back to campus and be with your people.”

What Will Be Will Be: A Tribute to Doris Day

“Gonna take a sentimental journey…” croons the rich, resounding voice of Doris Day in the 1945 ballad “Sentimental Journey.” A sentimental journey is just what you can expect at What Will Be Will Be: A Tribute to Doris Day. This celebratory performance, featuring Eugene singer Shirley Andress, runs Thursday, Sept. 9, Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12 at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene and Friday, Sept. 10 at LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. Masks will be required and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within three days of entry. Andress, a graduate of University of Oregon’s Music Education program, will lead the Emerald City Jazz Kings in a series of Day’s timeless songs, from yearning ballads like “Secret Love” to the playful jazz tunes “It’s A Great Feeling” and “I May Be Wrong.”

Phoenix sculpture rises from the ashes of the Holiday Farm Fire

BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- The Holiday Farm Fire destroyed much of the McKenzie River valley in September 2020, burning down homes and businesses. It left piles of rubble made up of burnt metal and ash. For many residents, there was nothing left in the destruction that would be remotely useful.
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Faculty Friday: Chip Oscarson

Meet Chip! Chip Oscarson is a professor in interdisciplinary humanities specializing in Scandinavian and environmental literature and film. He is also an associate dean of general education. He likes to collect rocks in special places like the one on his shelf from a beach north of Eugene, Oregon. One of his favorite parts of the cinematic experience is watching a movie with a crowd and feeling a sense of community.