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Sunday, December 30, 2012

ArtWalk - January 4th

Executive Director Liora Sponko, fulfilling the annual tradition of the ED to host once a year, hosts Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk on January 4th!  The ArtWalk begins at 5:30 pm at MECCA Gallery (449 Willamette St), followed by stops at Clarke Studio and Gallery (760 Willamette), The New Zone Gallery (164 W Broadway), The Jazz Station (124 W Broadway), and NEST (1235 Willamette St).  ArtWalk is from 5:30-8pm and always free!  Visit for more information.


The New Year begins with a First Friday ArtWalk opening and artist reception on January 4th, from 5:30 - 8:00PM, for “DIVA in Film” - a two-part exhibit that celebrates the cinematic arts.
DIVA’s east side gallery features work by five local artists who have each done his or her own interpretation of, or, reaction to a famous scene in cinema. The artists include Elise Ertel, painting; Jeff Langevin, digital print; Mike Stephen, sculpture/mix media; Seth Pierce, textile printing; Katie Richanbach, screen printing.
The west side gallery displays a collection of classic film posters, including several posters of motion pictures that were shot in Eugene. A film's poster is instrumental to any film's commercial success. But the posters on display not only communicate their message successfully but also do so in a visually striking way. This exhibit highlights where pop culture meets fine art. The exhibit runs through January.
The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts Center (DIVA) celebrates the art of the moving image throughout January with a series of exhibits and events concluding with the 9th annual OpenLens Festival on the 26th. OpenLens Festival:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


DIVA’s “A New Poetry Series” features authors Toni and Michael Hanner in a presentation of their work at 7:30 PM on Saturday, December 1st at DIVA 280 W. Broadway.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Festival Entry Deadline Nears

Call for Submissions: 2013 OpenLens Festival

The December 7th deadline for submitting films to the 2013 OpenLens Festival in Eugene is nearing. 

The Festival seeks submissions by Oregon filmmakers for its ninth annual celebration of the short film genre to be held in Eugene on Saturday January 26th, 2013.  Prizes include: $500 Jury Award, $200 Jury Honorable Mention, and $100 Audience Choice Award. Submissions are limited to 15 minutes with films 10 minutes or less preferred.

Oregon filmmakers are encouraged to submit their best work to what has become Eugene’s premier winter film festival hosted by the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA).  The deadline for entries is 5pm, Friday, December 7, 2012.

Submission form and entry requirements are available online at:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Call For Artists

DIVA is doing a call for artists to participate in our January 2013 show, DIVA in Film.The exhibit will be a group show of work by local artists inspired by classic film posters and scenes in film. All mediums are welcome, the work just needs to be related to film. 

To participate, we are asking for artists to e-mail their artist statement and examples of their work to by October 24th. The piece will need to be completed by December 15th, and will be on display in the DIVA gallery for the month of January 2013.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Be a Comic Artist for 24 Hours

Be a Comic Artist for 24 Hours on October 20, 2012 at 930am to 930am October 21.

Where: University of Oregon, Art Department, room 141 Lawrence Hall (classroom in the NW corner off Lawrence Hall courtyard). Register to participate at the Art Department office at 198 Lawrence Hall and then receive a special “24 Hour Comic Survival Kit.” It is full of ideas and instructions on how to approach your 24 hours as a comic artist.

The day of Extreme cartooning allows 24 straight hours for amateur and professional cartoonists of any age to challenge themselves to write, draw, ink, and letter an entire 24 page comic in 24 hours.

Special guest comic artist, David Chelsea, will be participating in the Eugene event. David holds the world record for the most number of 24 Comic events that he has participated in. Dark Horse Comics is publishing “Snow Angel” by David, which he created during one of his 24 Hour Comic Challenges. David is an illustrator, cartoonist and the author of over 4 graphic books on comics.

The University of Oregon has just started a Comics Studies Minor this fall and they along with the Art Department and the Duck Store are sponsors of this event that is open to the public

Last year more than 2,000 professional and amateur cartoonists around the world took the 24-hour Comics Day Challenge.

For further information contact Ken O’Connell or register at the University of Oregon Art Department office. After registering you will be given a Survival Kit to help you plan your participation in the event.

This event is sponsored by the UO Comics Studies Minor, Imagination International, Inc. (Importer of Copic Markers),  DIVA, and the U of O Art Department.

Other information can be found at  If you have any question, please contact Ken O’Connell,   541.953.0190

Monday, October 1, 2012


(Eugene, Oregon) The 2013 OpenLens Festival seeks submissions by Oregon filmmakers for its ninth annual celebration of the short film genre to be held in Eugene late January 2013.  Prizes include: $500 Jury Award, $200 Jury Honorable Mention, and $100 Audience Choice Award. Submissions are limited to 15 minutes with films 10 minutes or less preferred.

Oregon resident filmmakers are encouraged to submit their best work to what has become Eugene’s premier winter film festival hosted by the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA).  The deadline for entries is 5pm, Friday, December 7, 2012. Submission form and entry requirements are available online at:

Saturday, August 18, 2012


The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) is seeking an individual who is interested in volunteering for the position of PR Coordinator beginning September, 2012. The PR Coordinator promotes the Center's exhibits, film programs, and arts related events:


- File news releases with the press and media locally and state wide as needed.
- Up date community online calendars
- Post informational mailings to target audiences for events
- Post to content to DIVA Facebook and DIVA UpDate! blog
- Design and prepare promotional posters as needed
- Work with DIVA web coordinator in putting information online


- Ability or organize information in a timely way and prepare press releases to the media.
- Familiarity with e-mail postings and use of mailing lists
- Some basic skills in layout of visual information for promotional posters
- Ability to effectively communicate with DIVA staff, press representatives, and the public
- Have knowledge of graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite 6


- One year of volunteer service beginning September, 2012. 
- Time required may range from 0-5 hours per week depending on number of events
- Dedication to getting information distributed on specific timelines

Contact: Miriam Jordan, DIVA Board President:

DIVA Web site:

DIVA Hosts poets Julie Rogers and David Meltzer

DIVA’s “A New Poetry Series”, hosted by Tim Shaner, features authors Julie Rogers and David Meltzer in a presentation of their work at 7:30 PM on Sunday, September 16th. This session will be held at Tsunami Books 2582 Willamette Street. Donation welcome.

Julie Rogers:

Julie Rogers began writing at age 12 and reading her poetry in San Francisco cafes in the late 1970’s. She has published five chapbooks, her work has been seen in various journals and anthologies, on public television and radio, and she has read at many venues in Oregon and California.

A self-taught writer, she nevertheless engaged in literary endeavors along the way, was active in southern Oregon's Rogue Valley poetry scene for two decades, and spent four years facilitating a writer’s workshop in Ashland during the twenty-five years she lived there and in the adjacent northern California mountains.

Vimala published her Buddhist hospice manual, Instructions for the Transitional State, in 2007. House of the Unexpected   spans thirty years of poetry and is her first book-length collection.

Julie Rogers now resides in Oakland, California with her husband, poet David Meltzer.  

David Meltzer

A poet at age 11, David Meltzer began his literary career during the Beat heyday in San Francisco. He is the author of many volumes of poetry including The Process, Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957 – 1992No Eyes: Lester Young, Beat Thing, and   David’s Copy.  He has also published fiction and essays including Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook and has edited numerous anthologies and collections of interviews such as The Secret Garden: An Anthology in the Kabbalah, Reading Jazz, Writing Jazz, andSan Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets. His most recent book, When I Was A Poet, # 60 in the Pocket Poet’s Series published by City Lights, came out in 2011.

David Meltzer taught in the Humanities and Poetics programs at the New College of California in San Francisco for 30 years. He was given the Bay Area Guardian's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and this year he was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. He is now performing with his wife, poet Julie Rogers, in the Bay Area and elsewhere. 

Drink and Draw Benefit for DIVA

“Drink and Draw” is a DIVA fund raising event scheduled for 6-8PM on Thursday, September 6th at the Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Patio located at 272 Van Buren Street.

Participants are asked to bring their drawing supplies and a thirst for frothy pints of Ninkasi. DIVA will provide a model who will pose from the hours of 6-8pm. DIVA receives 25% of pint sales.

This fund raising event is presented in partnership with Ninkasi’s “Beer Is Love” program that sponsors in-kind support for local registered non-profit groups, teams, and organizations.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Exhibits open at DIVA on Friday, August 3rd. 
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

DIVA's New Poetry Series - July 28th

Jared Stanley is the author of The Weeds, Book Made of Forest, and four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He is a member of the art collective Unmanned Minerals, and a co-editor of Mrs. Maybe. He lives in Reno, Nevada, where he is a Research Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.  Click2Read more about Jared Stanley.

David Abel's three new books are Float, a full-length collection of collage texts (Chax Press); Tether, a chapbook of poems (Bare bone books); and Carrier, a sequence of "hypergraphic" visual works (c_L). A founding member of Portland's Spare Room reading series and the artists' collective 13 Hats, he also teaches writing, and is the proprietor of Passages Bookshop. Click2Read more about David Abel.  

Cecelia Hagen is the author of Entering (Airlie Press, 2011) and of two chapbooks, Fringe Living (26 Books Press) and Among Others (Traprock Books). Her poetry, reviews, and nonfiction have been published by Rolling Stone, Prairie Schooner, Poet & Critic, Northwest Review, Caffeine Destiny, Blood Orange Review, Cream City Review, and many other publications. Her work also is part of a public art projects at the planned Kaiser Medical Center in Hillsboro, Oregon, the nursing center at Lane Community College, and the stairwell of a parking garage in downtown Eugene. Click2Read more about Ceclia Hagen. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

First Friday Art Walk at DIVA - July 6th

Eugene Art Events - July 4-8, 2012

The Maude Kerns Art Center presents two festivals in July this year at Eugene’s Alton Baker Park: July 4th Music and the Vineyard with Freedom Festival Fireworks and the 29th Annual Art and the Vineyard July 6th, 7th, and 8th. Comcast is the Title Sponsor of both events.

July 4th Music and the Vineyard with Freedom Festival Fireworks: Gates open at 3:30pm. Music and the Vineyard features entertainment on the Main Stage, Oregon wineries, a beer garden, international food booths, and family-friendly activities, including races and games, a texting contest, and various Independence Day entertainment booths. The music line-up includes the alternative group My Father’s Ghost, unique jazz performer Halie Loren and Band, and the folk-funk sensation, the Laura Love Band with Orville Johnson. Music and the Vineyard is open through the Freedom Festival Fireworks. Admission is $7; children 6 – 11 years are $1; under 6 years are free. A Four-Day Discounted Pass that includes admission to the Art and the Vineyard Festival (July 6 – 8) is $20.

July 6th, 7th, and 8th Art and the Vineyard Festival: Look for over 130 artists in the Artists’ Marketplace, over 30 artists in Art For Your Garden, and stellar performing artists on the Main Stage and Youth Stage. Headlining on the Main Stage are the popular covers group The Blue Valentines (Friday), indie pop singer Audrianna Cole (Saturday), and the Albany Swing Band (Sunday). Over 20 Oregon wineries offer wine tasting and the fine art of food preparation is demonstrated in the International Food Court. The Youth Art Arena features art activities for the young at heart, and artist demonstrations take place throughout the festival. Hours are 11:00am – 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11:00am – 6:30pm on Sunday. One-day admission is $7; children 6 – 11 years are $1; under 6 years are free. A three-day pass is $15.

For more information about Music and the Vineyard with Freedom Festival Fireworks and Art and the Vineyard, call the Maude Kerns Art Center at 541-345-1571 or visit

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This summer, DIVA's Behind the Lens will explore the uses of movie enchantment in the screening and discussion of fantasy and science fiction films.   Host Tom Blank has selected films that expanded his personal understanding of the potential of the screen to show the impossible, most of which were produced prior to the technical development of computer imagery. All films will be shown at the Baker Center, Tuesday evenings at 7 PM.  A discussion will follow each screening. 

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POW Fest Call for Entries

Monday, May 7, 2012

Poetry Series with Allison Cobb and Linda Russo

DIVA’s A New Poetry Series features authors Allison Cobb and Linda Russo in a presentation of their work at 7:30 PM on Friday, May 18th at DIVA 285 W. Broadway.  Donation welcome.

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.” She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Linda Russo is the author of Mirth (Chax Press) and the recipient of fellowships at the Centrum Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Millay Colony. Her essay "Precious, Rare, and Mundane" is the preface to Joanne Kyger's About Now: Collected Poems (National Poetry Foundation). She currently lives in the Columbia River Watershed, tending her community garden vegetable patch and teaching at Washington State University.

Monday, April 30, 2012

DIVA is please to be one of the sponsors of the ninth annual edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, which will take place in the Recital Hall at The Shedd in downtown Eugene during May 8-12, 2012. 

The award ceremony and reception will take place at DIVA on May 12.  

For more information about this annual event see the Festival page at: 

Monday, April 16, 2012

DIVA announced the 2012 Teen Video Challenge Competition winners with a screening and awards ceremony on Saturday, April 14th at the Bijou Theater in Eugene. 

The festival’s Jury was please to recognize two first place winning videos this year. Festival Director Steve Newcomb made the awards before a packed theater.

South Eugene High School student Jordyn Roach won a $200 Jury First Place award for her claymation film Jovial Giraffes – a short video in which inanimate objects spring to life from a young boy's sketchpad. Jordyn also won a $50 Audience Choice award.

Adrian Tujillo also won a $200 Jury First place award for his video The Trumpet Player – a story about a young street musician who has a very special talent. Adrian is a student in Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics.

University of Oregon Cinema Studies major Samantha Stendal won the $100 Jury Third Place award for her film Diseased in which, after, an alarm rings, Ryan’s race for survival begins with the diseased close at his heels.
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Monday, April 9, 2012

April 14th - Teen Video Challenge - BIJOU!

Join us at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 14th to celebrate the screening of DIVA's 2012 Teen Video Challenge Competition at the Bijou Theater - 492 East 13th, Eugene. Admission is free but seating is limited.

Each year DIVA (The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts) calls for Lane County teens ages 13-19 to submit video work that is reviewed by a panel of video professionals and educators. Winning videos will be awarded certificates and cash prizes at this year’s event.

This year 16 videos representing a wide range of film themes will be screened and include animation, documentary, music video, and narrative film categories.

The Teen Video Challenge, established in 2003, is the youth division of DIVA’s OpenLens Festival. It is funded, in part, by grants from the Oregon Media Production Association and the Lane Arts Council and is dedicated to celebrating the work of young filmmakers throughout the county.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Behind The Lens Seminar Begins April 3rd

The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) hosts "Behind the Lens", a weekly film seminar that explores the relationship between classic feature films and the culture in which they appeared. The Seminar is offered to the community in collaboration with the University of Oregon Arts and Administration and Academic Extension programs.

Each week a single film is screened and discussed.  The host, Tom Blank, is a retired film and television director, who brings illuminating insights to the history of Hollywood and International film production.

All films begin at 7:00 PM and are followed by a lecture, discussion and question and answer period.  The duration of each session varies by the screening length of the film. Screenings take place at the UO Baker Center at 7:00 PM. The Center is located at 325 East 10th Street, Eugene. Free parking on site.

Tues. April 3. "Crossfire" (1947) Director, Edward Dmytryk; Writer, John Paxton (86 minutes). Plot: A man is murdered in a New York hotel room by, apparently,  one of  three soldiers just out of the army. Cast:  Robert Young and Robert Mitchum. 

Click2See full Spring schedule and how to register.

First Friday Art Walk - New Exhibit At DIVA

Join us during the First Friday Art Walk on April 6th for the opening of Window Seat - The Art of the Circle Field by James W. Earl. Opening/reception hours: 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Click2Read more online.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pre-Festival Film

April 27-29, 2012
Bijou Art Cinemas  
Eugene, Oregon
www.disorientfilm.orgPre-Festival Film
Great Grandfather's Drum 
April 13, 2012  7:00pm;  The Shedd
Feature documentary "Great Grandfather's Drum" celebrates Japanese American culture and history in Hawai'i.  It is an inspiring century-long story of struggle and success in the great American tradition; of harsh labor on the plantations, internment and patriotic heroism during WWII, asserting civil rights, and helping to establish statehood for Hawai'i.  The story unfolds through an intimate and joyful portrait of Maui Taiko, a contemporary Japanese American drum ensemble, descendants of plantation workers, and by elders who lived this history.  Kay Fukumoto and her family formed Maui Taiko to continue the tradition of Obon Taiko music brought to Hawai'i from Fukushima, Japan by her great grandfather and others a century ago.  Ms. Fukumoto is one of the first Japanese-American woman taiko performers in the US.  The film connects history to the lives of people living today, and includes Maui Taiko's performances on the giant drums.  We travel with Maui Taiko on a heartfelt journey back to Fukushima to seek their ancestral roots, to return the music brought from this region of Japan to Hawai'i so long ago.

Anselmo Villanueva
Executive Director
Dis-Orient Film Festival

Saturday, March 10, 2012

On March 21st at 9:30 AM, the Regional Arts & Culture Council will present its State of the Arts report to the Portland City Council in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Joined by CAN and complimented by a series of brief yet powerful testimonials and performances, RACC will celebrate the cultural, economic and educational benefits of the City's investments in the arts while offering a powerful reminder of the critical need to restore arts and music education in our schools.
Now more than ever, we must show our strength as we lay the groundwork for CAN's proposal to establish a new public fund for the arts and arts education in Portland.
Join us March 21st to make it clear that arts, culture and creativity are your priority in 2012. RSVP now at

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Learn the basics of creating improv, story telling, and comedy sketches. Instructor, Katina Andoniadis mixes old-school improv technique with new-age rapid fire comedy skills to create a lively atmosphere. Develop your comedic muscles, create comedy sketches and improvised stories. Beginners and experienced performers welcome. Enroll online

View KVAL news report video.

Katina Andoniadis is a member of DIVA's OpenLens Festival planning committee.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Friday, March 9th, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm the Oregon Arts Commission will be sponsoring a workshop on how to propose and complete a public art commission. The presenters will be Lee Imonen, Ellen Tykeson, Saralyn Hilde, Isaac Marquez, Christian Jimenez and Francisco Salgado.  

This workshop is free and open to the public. This workshop is located in Building 10, Room 109 on the LCC Main Campus,

Friday, February 24, 2012

Online publication explores the Oregon arts scene

The Oregon ArtsWatch is a non-profit arts and culture journalism project that explores the arts and their intersection with the wider culture in Oregon and the Northwest. Click2Access: 

Ian Clark's "Country Story"

COUNTRY STORY (teaser no.1) from IAN CLARK on Vimeo.

Oregon filmmaker Ian Clark, will screen and discuss his latest feature film,  "Country Story"  at 7PM Monday, February 27th in 115 Lawrence Hall  on the University of Oregon campus. DIVA was please to host Ian Clark, as a guest filmmaker, in December 2010 with a screening of his film "Pool Room". 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (a.k.a. POWFest) is excited to announce the programming highlights of our upcoming 5th Anniversary festival scheduled to take place March 8 – 11, 2012 at the Hollywood Theatre.

As the only film festival in Portland exclusively dedicated to showcasing films directed by women and encouraging women to take on the director's chair; we are one of only a handful of festivals in the U.S. dedicated to women-directed film. With each year, the festival has continued to grow. Attendance has more than doubled and ticket sales have increased by 75%, exposing more works by women to the film-going community.

Jurying submissions of over 400 films from female filmmakers around the world, POWFest organizers strive to include a broad collection of films by a range of filmmakers that include first-timers to veterans who have been working in cinema for many years. Over 30 directors will be in attendance this year! For a complete list of programming and schedule details, visit

Friday, February 17, 2012

The March First Friday Artwalk at DIVA will include a display of mixed media "little houses" made by artist Kay King and the families who participated in her Martin Luther King Jr. Day service activity offered in conjunction with the UO Youth Enrichment Program. All proceeds from the sale of these miniatures will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Visit DIVA - March First Friday Art Walk

DIVA presents BRIDGES, a progressive, site-specific installation led  by eight University of Oregon art students over the month of February. In an effort to bridge the gap between the University and the Eugene  communities, all members of these communities were welcome to come inside, interact with the students, and participate in the creation of  the interactive installation. The finished artwork is now on show. Come witness the product of true, community collaboration!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Call for Entries: Aethetica Short Film Festival

We're looking for films under 25 minutes to screen at ASFF 2012 and it's a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to broadcast their work to a wider audience. 

ASFF 2012 takes place in the historic city of York from 8 - 11 November. The screenings will cover a wide variety of genres and filmic styles, including: drama, documentary, animation, comedy, music video, thriller, experimental and artists' film. The films will be showcased across 15 iconic locations in the city, from medieval halls to boutique cinemas and in addition to four days of screenings there will also be a series of master classes, workshops and networking with leading industry figures.

The winner will also receive £500 among other prizes and screenings at a number of other UK festivals and the runner-up will receive £250. A shortlist of finalists will be included on the ASFF Sampler DVD, which will be distributed with the December 2012 issue of Aesthetica Magazine, an international arts and culture publication. Finalists will also be included in an editorial feature in the magazine.

Check out details online:

ASFF 2012 Submission Guidelines

- Running times up to 25mins.

- English language, dubbed in to English or with English subtitles.

- Entries to be submitted by DVD with no regional coding.

- Please include: An entry form with Order Reference Number, Director's name, country of production, running time.

- Plus full contact details including postal address, telephone number and email address.

- Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound contained in your entry.

- Films of any genre are accepted.

Entry is £15 and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2012.
ASFF is hosted by Aesthetica Magazine <> , which is an internationally recognised brand, with a combined online and print audience of 100,000 + worldwide. The brand engages with the arts both in the UK, Europe and further a field and Aesthetica's editorial combines dynamic content with compelling critical debate, attracting a high-profile, culturally aware audience.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nominate DIVA for Readers' Choice

If you haven't already, and would like to do so, today is the last day to nominate DIVA as the Register Guard's  2012 Reader's Choice Award "Best Art Gallery". Visit and make your nomination - it is about page 7 of the survey.

Friday, February 10, 2012

DisOrient Film Festival - April 27-29, 2012

Mark your calendar for this year's DisOrient Film Festival in April. Visit the festival's web site for updated information. The film link above is an overview of last year's event at the Bijou Theater in Eugene.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bridges At DIVA

This Bridges show is created in an effort to bridge the gap between the University of Oregon and the Eugene communities. Facilitated by Sarah Whitling, and created by the talented students of the University of Oregon, a site specific installation is being created inside the DIVA gallery over the month of February. Any all members of the community are welcome to come, interact with the students, and participate in the installation. The installation with be finished by the end of February and will remain in the gallery through the month of March. Keep informed by visiting our blog site online.

Click2Watch Bridges At DIVA video.

Monday, January 30, 2012

First Friday Art Walk - February 3rd

Join DIVA welcoming an installation exhibit by University of Oregon art students opening on February 3rd at 5:30 PM during the First Friday Art Walk. This is an on-going project involving the public during the month with the final installation completed in March. Come and watch it develop over the month. Click2Read about this exhibit online.

Also check out the recently announced award winning films in DIVA's OpenLens Festival. See the top films now online. Click2See.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

OpenLens Festival - This Week!

The 2012 OpenLens Festival celebrates the spirit of Oregon’s independent filmmaking community on Saturday, January 28th. This eighth annual event has become known for its outstanding juried short films of 15-minutes or less.

The one-day festival includes an informative and entertaining afternoon:

1:00 PM Seminar: How to watch a movie like a film critic: with film reviewer Doug Hennessy. Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium at 325 E. 10th Street in Eugene. Admission: Free. First come first seated.

4:00 PM Meet and Greet The Filmmaker: an opportunity to meet this year's filmmakers in an informal and relaxing setting at Davis’ Restaurant & Bar, 94 W. Broadway. Eugene. Free. No Host Bar available.

7:30 PM OpenLens Festival Screening, Awards, and Receptio:. Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium at 325 E. 10th Street in Eugene. Admission: $8 includes reception with refreshments following the festival program and awards. Click2See a synopsis of the Jury selected films to be screened.

The 2012 festival competition includes the awarding of Jury Best Of Show ($500), Jury Honorable Mention ($250), and Audience Choice Award ($100). This year a new screen writing competition has been added and is sponsored by Eugene based Rubicon Film Productions Ltd. A special $250 best screenplay prize for a short narrative film will be awarded.

The OpenLens festival is hosted by DIVA (The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts) with support in part by a grant from the Lane Arts Council.

A full festival schedule including description of this year’s film selections is online: :