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Opus is Back – Register Guard

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Art & the City, 8/31/2010

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Kaz Oveissi has quietly opened the doors on the new incarnation of his downtown art gallery Opus6ix, now to be known as OpusVII.

It’s now an “art, architecture, design and social venue,” in Oveissi’s new vision, and he hopes to get people to join as members (though you don’t need to be a member to visit) for rates of up to $300 a month. (Recession? What recession?)

Meanwhile, the new gallery looks something like a simplified, less-cluttered version of the old gallery, with large museum-style displays of local architecture and design work taking up about half the gallery space and with paintings in the other half.

One display has a series of photographs of downtown Eugene taken in the 1940s-50s; they are shown next to the same scenes shot today. (The display deflates the common myth of how beautiful downtown was in the old days. In the photos, Eugene is actually better looking now, with mature trees everywhere, though it’s too bad the old courthouse was demolished.)

Complementing the show is—no kidding—an actual 1955 Austin Healey sports car, beautifully restored and sitting just inside the front door. He had hoped to have a 1951 Jaguar, Oveissi said, but it wouldn’t fit through the doors of the building.

OpusVII, at 22 W. Seventh Ave., will be open on Friday during the September First Friday Art Walk; a formal grand opening is planned sometime in October.

Look for the wine bar to open soon….

original article here: http://184.72.61.60/cms/index.php/art-and-the-city/comments/opus-is-back/