Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtTalk is back this Friday featuring central Oregon painter Irene Hardwicke Olivieri.

She’ll give a free talk and slide show titled “I Love Your Secret” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct.3, at Oveissi & Co., 22 W. Seventh Ave. That’s right across from the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there’s no-host wine and beer; come early as seating is limited.

Olivieri is a dynamic and unusual painter, creating big, dreamy autobiographical canvases as well as assemblages of bones and other natural objects.

IMG_4634Her work has been exhibited in New York and Los Angeles, and she had a show this summer at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

I’ll be introducing her for her presentation.

LAC’s First Friday ArtTalk kicked off in June with a presentation by Eugene sculptor Jud Turner, who drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Jacobs Gallery.