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January 2, 2020
All Day
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Downtown Displays

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Mixed media art by Zoë Cohen and Beth I. Robinson. Fascinating World of Fungi by Cascade Mycological Society.

In the 2nd floor Magazines and Newspapers room - Jan. and Feb.:

Mixed media works by Zoë Cohen and Beth I. Robinson 

These works explore “the raw and strangely beautiful landscape of grief and loss,” inspired by a series of found poems by Cohen.

The cornerstone for this mixed media art exhibit is a series of found poems generated from, "A Sea of Words: Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O’Brian" created by Cohen for an exhibit called "Elegy for a Captain."

The elegy began as an ancient Greek metrical form and is traditionally written in response to the death of a person. The elements of a traditional elegy mirror three stages of loss. First, there is a lament, where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow, then praise and admiration of the idealized dead, and finally consolation and solace. This show travels these passages of mourning from two artists’ perspectives.

Zoë Cohen investigates the theme of the threshold through use of a personal color palette and an accumulation of layers in paper & paint on canvas. Embedded deep in the work or seen on the surface are words or fragments of poetry. Cohen sees painting as visual poetry and historically has combined images & text in her work.

Beth I. Robinson has a love for found objects, collage, cut edges and the unspoken. Often in her work mere fragments, ghosts of materials, soft pencil lines or patterns can be seen. Capturing the momentary voice of these objects and ephemera for her accentuates the missing, forgotten or the things often left unspoken beneath the surfaces of loss and grief.

The Fascinating World of Fungi: Cascade Mycological Society
Discover the fascinating world of fungi with a display by Cascade Mycological Society. Neither plant nor animal, fungi play an important role in the earth’s ecosystems and in many aspects of everyday life.

Fungi are essential to the recycling of nutrients in all terrestrial habitats. Ninety to ninety five percent of all plants on earth have a beneficial relationship with fungi. From farming to food and medicines, fungi contribute to human health and well-being. Despite being ubiquitous in nature and having such a prominent impact on the earth and our lives, fungi are the least understood of all multi-cellular organisms.

The Cascade Mycological Society is a non-profit whose mission is to study fungi; to educate members and the public about fungi identification and ecology; to promote conservation of fungi; to promote health and safety in the gathering and consumption of edible fungi; and to have fun. 


In the Children’s Center on the 1st floor in Jan.:

“Tomorrow’s Scientist: Space and Technology in 20th Century Children’s Literature”
A joint exhibition by Eugene Public Library and the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Oregon. The display at the Downtown Library will include original illustrations and popular titles from UO’s Special Collections. The display at the UO Knight Library will focus on the intersections of politics and children’s literature during the Cold War Period. 

Additionally, see displays in the Children’s Center by Eugene Waldorf School and Lane Audubon Society. 


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