Corvallis Culture: Extraordinary Artists Come Talk, Ski Swap, Alsea Trail Run, Philomath Studio Walk and Cabins in the Woods

Artistic conferences: This week, Oregon State University welcomes two internationally renowned artists.

On Monday, October 24, from 4-5:30 p.m., meet at the Horizon Room in the Memorial Union Building, located at 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Room 112, for hear Ann Hamilton talk about art. His designs began with a costume covered in toothpicks in the 80s and expanded into a digital exploration of art in Emergence Magazine entitled “Fallen” which allows you to navigate around a sheet with the movement of your mouse. Of course, the magazine has plenty of photos taken by Hamilton on the life of the leaves – a subject that those who love Oregon fully appreciate.

Hamilton is a MacArthur Scholar and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, among many other honors. His work can be found from the Museum of Modern Art to his upcoming installation on Seattle’s waterfront. She tends to invite professors and students to her lectures, as well as to integrate science, humanities and literature into the discussion of art, which makes this lecture a great success.

Hamilton comes to Oregon State University as she creates a permanent artwork for the Cordley Hall renovation.

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On Friday, October 28, meet at the Student Experience Center Plaza, located at 2251 SW Jefferson Way, for the story behind “Emeritus” – John Grade art facility created from over 100,000 pieces of cedar, resin and shade suspended amidst four redwood trees. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., enjoy an artist talk and reception, followed by a signing event hosted by Grass Roots Books where you’ll have the chance to own a copy of the Grade Book Recovered.

Grade, who lives in Seattle, is an artist whose works have been buried for termites to devour, hung in trees for birds to gnaw on, and lowered into water for use by barnacles. He designs his art to evolve over time.

One of Grade’s pieces is made of wood, steel and wire suspended in a forest where its straight lines and round nodules are juxtaposed with the natural winding branches of trees. Another wood and steel sculpture creates an enormous tree-like structure in the lobby of the Seattle Museum of History & Industry.

It’s the time of year: This weekend, the Benton County Fairgrounds, located at 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, will be filled with snow-friendly gear as it hosts the 54th annual Corvallis Ski Exchange. From October 20 to 23, it’s the opportunity to find exceptional offers on skis, snowboards, snowshoes and all accessories.

The Swap program offers VIP-only purchases on Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; General admission Friday 6-9pm and Saturday 9am-6pm; and Sunday reserved for withdrawal from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser forCorvallis Mountain Rescue UnitandSantiam Pass Ski Patrol.

Get your Friday tickets for the exchange here. Admission is free on Saturdays.

A couple out of town near things in town:

On Saturday October 22, many people in the woods around Alsea will be gasping, but not scared. This is the 10th annual Hell of a Northwest Trail Run at Alsea Falls Recreation Area. The half marathon, 10k and 26 mile all start at 10:00 a.m. If you’re on a relay team, things start at 10:15 a.m. They said they’d make it as scary as possible sending you on an “adventure course”. Register for the race here.

For the art lovers among us, head to Philomath October 22-30, 12:00-5:00 p.m., for the Philomath Open Studios Tour. There are 23 artists included this year in ten home studios. Get to know an artist, meet them where they work, and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to know. Yellow signs mark the studio locations, although the event website also offers handy dandy cards.

Scary at the Whiteside continues: Horror Movie Month at Whiteside wraps up with what many consider a horror classic – ‘The Cabin in the Woods’. Come see this 2011 story-in-history terror on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. But don’t look for the sequel. Once you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know why.

By Sally K Lehman

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