Art lovers at last summer's Mayor's Art Show at the Jacobs Gallery.

Art fans at last summer’s Mayor’s Art Show at the Jacobs Gallery.

When the Jacobs Gallery died last month, it took with it the popular Mayor’s Art Show that was held there every summer, packing the Hult Center full of art lovers.

Now Eugene gallerist Karin Clarke has stepped up with a substitute.

Clarke is planning a juried Eugene Biennial during August at her downtown gallery, she said last night. While the structure is similar to the Mayor’s Show of the past, it has the interesting twist that artists will be invited to submit up to two works for consideration (the Mayor’s Show allowed only one per artist).

“Lane County artists 18 years and older will be invited to submit one or two recent works of art in any medium to be considered for this inaugural Eugene Biennial at Karin Clarke Gallery,” Clarke emailed.

Jurors will be Clarke, Eugene art collector Roger Saydack and Eugene painter Jon Jay Cruson.

Clarke said her gallery, at 760 Willamette Street, will be able to exhibit about 40 works in the biennial, which will open August 3 and run through August 27. A reception and award ceremony will be held during the First Friday Art Walk on August 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“This exhibit will showcases artistic excellence by visual artists of our area,” she said. “There will be a small entry fee to be submitted with digital images, and more information will be available in the coming weeks.”

Further details have yet to be worked out.

“Please do not contact the gallery with inquiries at this time,” she said. “Information will be posted on our website and Facebook page by mid-March.”

The gallery is currently showing plein-air watercolors by Humberto Gonzalez.

 

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