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An art exhibit about sound and music – Register Guard

By Bob Keefer, The Register Guard

Eugene has long been called Track Town USA, but it might as well be called Music City, judging from an exhibit that opens with a reception Friday evening and runs through the month at Opus VII in Eugene.

“Designing Sound,” curated by Cindy Ingram, Opus’ now-departing director of membership and events, bills itself as “A Visual Exploration Into Sound and Music.” Continue reading

Eugene Gets Its Own Fashion Week

EUGENE, Ore., March 1, 2011 – This April 2011, Deluxe, Kitsch and the Redoux Parlour are organizing Eugene’s first Fashion Week.

Last spring, more than 700 people attended the fashion show, Carnival of Couture, and more than 55 local designers, 120 models and 100 volunteers contributed in creating a successful event.

“Our goal this April is to give local designers, an opportunity to showcase their work to the community. The Eugene community supports many artistic endeavors, and we would like to establish apparel design as a legitimate artistic medium,” says Mitra Chester, owner of Deluxe and Kitsch.

Deluxe, Kitsch and the Redoux Parlour offer both resale and locally designed women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. They distinguish themselves from other stores in Eugene by offering a combination of resale and original Indie-made apparel consigned by local designers and made in-house.

Eugene Fashion Week Schedule

Friday, April 22, 2011:  Earth Day Fashion show at Agate Hall (sustainable apparel only). All ages. Show begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 23, 2011:  Ready to Wear show at Opus VII. 21+ show. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Friday, April 29, 2011:  Club Wear show at Cowfish. 21+ show. Show begins at 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 30, 2011:  Costume and Avant Garde show at Oak St. Speakeasy. 21+ show. Show begins at 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 1, 2011:  All Ages show at Cozmic Pizza. Show begins at 7 p.m.

($20 five-day passes or $5 presale for each show or $7 at the door.)

For more information, please contact Anne Leverdier at aleverdi@uoregon.edu or (541) 525-6348.

Eugene Fashion Week featured on KEZI here.

Photos from ‘Form Follows Funk’ Opening

The March 4th First Friday Art Walk was a huge success at OPUS VII, as we kicked off another great exhibit, ‘Form Follows Funk’. Thanks to all who came out to show their support for David Funk. The show, which features illustrations from David’s sketchbooks and journals, as well as printed works and paintings from 16 of the graphic designers who have worked for David, will run through April 16.

Photos from the evening:

Up-close and Funk-y – Register Guard

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Designer David Funk has been a fixture in Eugene’s advertising and graphic design scene for more than three decades.

An exhibit up at Opus VII through April 16 celebrates Funk, his work and his influence in the community.

“Form Follows Funk” represents exactly the kind of show that owner Kaz Oveissi has said he wanted to create since reopening the once-more-conventional gallery — formerly called Opus6ix — in a new physical and business configuration last year as an “art, architecture, design and social venue.” Continue reading

Form Follows Funk

Form Follows Funk

“Form Follows Funk” is a retrospective of the design career of David Funk, from 1980 when he co-founded Rubick & Funk to his current work at bell+funk. The show will feature illustrations from David’s sketchbooks and journals, and printed works and paintings from 16 of the graphic designers that have worked for David. See how designs evolve from initial sketches to finished logos, try your hand at design, and offer your design critique in this visual journey full of unexpected treasures.

The show runs from March 4 through April 16.

Visit bell+funk here.

A look at some designs that get around – Register Guard

An exhibit of transportation design work ranges from bicycle wheels to the Boeing 787

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Eugene is a town full of alternative transportation lovers, says Cindy Ingram. So the idea of a creating a gallery show on transportation design was a natural. Continue reading

“Go, design, go.”

"Go, design, go."

OPUS VII is proud to introduce a new exhibit exploring cutting-edge design in transportation.

This immersive, dynamic, and multi-media focused installation showcases nine local and regional experts dedicated to innovation in transportation technology.  Executive Director Kaz Oveissi announces, “This hands-on, interactive exhibit continues our commitment to showcase beautiful design that makes an impact on our everyday life.”

The exhibit opens Friday, January 7, 2011 and will run through February 25.

Contributing to the installation:

Arcimoto presents a visual history of its design and engineering progress from product inception to current electric vehicle prototypes, along with revealing information on the state of Electric Vehicles in the world today and in the near future.

BMW and European Motorcycles of Western Oregon displays pieces that demponstrate progress in design and technology for motorcyclists.  Comparing textiles and motorcycles from the 1960’s and today, the exhibit realizes the advances in aerodynamics, ergonomics, power and safety.

Boardsports Inc. explores the technology of the longboard. These boards are for transportation, not just for tricks.

Boeing presents “The Birth of the 787 Dreamliner,” a spectacular large-format study of the creation of Boeing’s new carbon-fiber jet. This is both an impressive design object and a superb photographic tribute to an extraordinary machine. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

Cetma Cargo demonstrates smart design in bicycles and a dedication to changing the way the bicycle is perceived and used in daily American contemporary life.

Lane Transit District, LTD celebrates creativity and art in and on the bus, in stations, and in bus shelters.  Public art creates a sense of place and enhances the community; Lane Transit District is proud to share their commitment to public art as a part of all of their facilities.

OBEC Consulting Engineers illustrate their belief that a bridge, especially a pedestrian bridge, is sculpture and that the public appreciates and intrinsically recognizes elegance and simplicity of form as the essence of good design.  As such, the bridge becomes public art.

Rolf Prima, a leader in high-end cycling wheels, hand build all of their wheels in West Eugene while many others have converted to machine built wheels. They are known for their paired spoke technology, which allows them to build the lowest wire count spoke wheels available, producing some of the fastest road wheels today.

University of Oregon Bike Loan Program, in partnership with Curbys of Nevada, explores public bike rental technology.  They will provide an interactive demonstration that will assist in the research and eventual implementation of a community wide bike rental program.


5:30 – 8:30pm     Live, transportation inspired tunes by carton jazz band, Scrambled Ape

Currently at OPUS VII – Metal Sculptures by Greg Wilbur and Betsy Wolfston; Landscape Oil paintings by Jerry Dame, Sr., Jeff White and Chris Mooney; Ceramics by Robin & John Gumaelius, Jackie Hurlbert, Kim Murton, Betsy Wolfston and Kicki Masthem;  Acrylic painters, Ellen Goldschmidt and Marcio Diaz; Encaustic painter Linda Womack; Local oil painter, Jenny Gray; and sculptors, Steve Eichenberger and Ellen Tykeson. Hannah Goldrich is one of several featured jewelry artists, as are Caroline Viene, Sarah Hood, Chris Giffen, Ruth Von Buren, Shane Miller, and Cynthia Toops.  Also on display are glass vessels by Josh Rodine and Samuel Decker; Mixed media by Robert Tomlinson and Terry McIlrath; Textiles by Lori Mason; and furniture by Kerry Wade.

“Go, design, go.”

"Go, design, go." opens January 7th

OPUS VII is proud to introduce a new exhibit exploring cutting-edge design in transportation. Continue reading

Heartwood Carving

Joe Valasek of Heartwood Carving

Heartwood Carving designs and creates quality ornamental carvings and architectural details of lasting beauty and value. Architectural carvings shape a home’s interior landscape and to that end we offer a unique line of carved components and ready-to-assemble trim kits for creating decorative casework, mantels, cabinetry accents and furniture, and detailing architectural features like staircases, built-ins, and columns. Continue reading

Featured Exhibit: Ziba Design

Ziba Design building

Ziba Design

OPUS VII Gallery in Eugene is pleased to announce a unique exhibition in partnership with Ziba Design, an internationally renowned creative consultancy based in Portland, Oregon.

The exhibition, scheduled to open on November 5, depicts the creative process used by Ziba to design innovative products, environments and interactive experiences over its 26 year history, Continue reading

Lori Mason Quilts

My passion for quilting is about people—the evocative stories told by quilts and the personal relationships pieced through the fabric.  I cherish these connections as well as the beauty that emerges through the patterns in the cloth.  I aim to create a visual space in which people feel a sense of peace and a tactile form under which people can be comforted. Continue reading