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OPUS VII is Closing

After a year and more of providing Eugene with opportunities to experience artwork and events, OPUS VII will close in April of 2012.  We greatly appreciate the support of our artists, members, and community, and look forward to sharing our final month with you.

Jenny Gray Solo Exhibition: Structure

OPUS VII presents a solo exhibition of Jenny Gray’s new work for the month of March.  Her latest series of architecturally inspired paintings is entitled “Structure.”

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Gallery at a Glance – Eugene Magazine

OPUS VII opened its doors to the public in the fall of 2010. A new exhibition is introduced every month, in conjunction with the gallery’s existing artwork. Continue reading…

An art exhibit about sound and music – Register Guard

By Bob Keefer, The Register Guard

Eugene has long been called Track Town USA, but it might as well be called Music City, judging from an exhibit that opens with a reception Friday evening and runs through the month at Opus VII in Eugene.

“Designing Sound,” curated by Cindy Ingram, Opus’ now-departing director of membership and events, bills itself as “A Visual Exploration Into Sound and Music.” Continue reading…

Ballet Fantastique performs at OPUS VII

Ballet Fantastique

OPUS VII announces a live dance performance to take place in conjunction with the art work of Anne Teigen, during The First Friday Artwalk in June.

Ballet Fantastique will present a short series of original ballet excerpts choreographed by Donna and Hannah Bontrager from their upcoming “Pirates & Gypsies” program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Dancers will be available from 6:00-8:00pm for a meet and greet session prior to, and following the dance performance.

More about Ballet Fantastique:

Comprised of seven stunning dancers directed by mother-daughter team Donna and Hannah Bontrager, Ballet Fantastique presents productions full of sizzle and spice. Hailed as “la creme de la creme” (Eugene Weekly), Ballet Fantastique’s all-original choreography infuses ballet with diverse new style, brave musical choices (from tango to Metallica), and passionate expression. http://www.balletfantastique.org/

More about “Just Dancin’”:

“Just Dancin’” is a show that has been in the back of Anne Teigen’s mind for many years, waiting to be developed.  She initially resisted because the theme conjures up graceful, lovely, soft, ethereal images – “I don’t do “lovely, soft”, says Anne.  But “dance as a theme continued to stay in her head as a challenge, and since she likes a challenge, a year and a half ago, she finally decided to go for it.  Teigen’s large and colorful paintings show dance as a strong communication of joy, friendship, community, discipline, and at times a little silliness.  http://www.ateigenstudio.com/

Let OPUS VII host your next social event

Exterior of the Venue


There’s no doubt that presentation is paramount at OPUS VII.  From the very beginning, our intention was to create a beautiful space that Eugene could own and support. Continue reading…

Eugene Gets Its Own Fashion Week

EUGENE, Ore., March 1, 2011 – This April 2011, Deluxe, Kitsch and the Redoux Parlour are organizing Eugene’s first Fashion Week.

Last spring, more than 700 people attended the fashion show, Carnival of Couture, and more than 55 local designers, 120 models and 100 volunteers contributed in creating a successful event.

“Our goal this April is to give local designers, an opportunity to showcase their work to the community. The Eugene community supports many artistic endeavors, and we would like to establish apparel design as a legitimate artistic medium,” says Mitra Chester, owner of Deluxe and Kitsch.

Deluxe, Kitsch and the Redoux Parlour offer both resale and locally designed women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. They distinguish themselves from other stores in Eugene by offering a combination of resale and original Indie-made apparel consigned by local designers and made in-house.

Eugene Fashion Week Schedule

Friday, April 22, 2011:  Earth Day Fashion show at Agate Hall (sustainable apparel only). All ages. Show begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 23, 2011:  Ready to Wear show at Opus VII. 21+ show. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Friday, April 29, 2011:  Club Wear show at Cowfish. 21+ show. Show begins at 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 30, 2011:  Costume and Avant Garde show at Oak St. Speakeasy. 21+ show. Show begins at 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 1, 2011:  All Ages show at Cozmic Pizza. Show begins at 7 p.m.

($20 five-day passes or $5 presale for each show or $7 at the door.)

For more information, please contact Anne Leverdier at aleverdi@uoregon.edu or (541) 525-6348.

Eugene Fashion Week featured on KEZI here.

“Of Words and Music” Series: Belle Lettres (Beautiful Letters)

The art of letter writing has waned in this century. With the advent of email, cellphones, texting, and other more immediate means of communication, writing a letter, putting it in an envelope, addressing it, putting a stamp on it, and dropping it in a mailbox, seems dreadfully time-consuming and antiquated. But, for the romantic, for the lover of language, for the admirer of wonderful writing, there is nothing quite so entrancing as glimpsing into the studies of notable persons and reading their inner most thoughts and passions as they speak with ink and paper to those they most adore. Continue reading…

A feel for fashion – Register Guard

Photo Courtesy of Eugene Fashion Week

By Amanda Bedortha, Special Publications for the Register Guard

Spring is upon us, and local fashion designers Mira Fannin, Allison Ditson and Mitra Chester have been on the lookout for elements to incorporate into their clothing lines. Each of the women is busily preparing for Fashion Week, to be held at various venues in Eugene April 22 to May 1. Each designer offers a distinct view on what to expect from the season. Continue reading…

Photos from ‘Form Follows Funk’ Opening

The March 4th First Friday Art Walk was a huge success at OPUS VII, as we kicked off another great exhibit, ‘Form Follows Funk’. Thanks to all who came out to show their support for David Funk. The show, which features illustrations from David’s sketchbooks and journals, as well as printed works and paintings from 16 of the graphic designers who have worked for David, will run through April 16.

Photos from the evening:

Up-close and Funk-y – Register Guard

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Designer David Funk has been a fixture in Eugene’s advertising and graphic design scene for more than three decades.

An exhibit up at Opus VII through April 16 celebrates Funk, his work and his influence in the community.

“Form Follows Funk” represents exactly the kind of show that owner Kaz Oveissi has said he wanted to create since reopening the once-more-conventional gallery — formerly called Opus6ix — in a new physical and business configuration last year as an “art, architecture, design and social venue.” Continue reading…

Photos from Stephanie Pearl Kimmel’s Recognition

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us last Friday as we recognized Stephanie Pearl Kimmel.  Friends and family gathered well into the evening to toast Stephanie’s many successes, reminding us all of the lives she has touched and her commitment to the greater community through her support of local, seasonal, and sustainably raised food.

More information about the recognition can be found here.

Photos from the evening:

“Of Words and Music” Series: In Like a Lion

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Welcome March 2011 at the “Of Words and Music” event “In like a Lion,” a program of fierce theatrical monologues acted by seven esteemed local actors and accompanied by drummers and Charlie Gurke on saxophone. The evening including rants and tirades from Shakespeare to Mamet, and will roar with liveliness. Continue reading…

OPUS VII Recognizes Stephanie Pearl Kimmel

OPUS VII awards local chef and business owner, Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, with the official OPUS Recognition Friday, March 4th, 2011 from 6:30-7:30pm.

Stephanie Pearl Kimmel has been serving – literally and figuratively – the Eugene community for more than 35 years, and OPUS VII has chosen to honor her with the third showcase in their Recognitions series. The March 4th reception will honor Kimmel with a retrospective exhibit that spans her career, from her first espressos at the New World Coffee House to her first Oregon wines at the Excelsior Café to the destination restaurant that is Marché. Kimmel’s colleagues and friends will toast her and enjoy examples of her art in the form of signature hors d’oeuvres. Continue reading…

Photos from XOXO at VII

Thank you to all of our friends who made XOXO: OPUS VII’s First Annual Valentine’s Day Party a success!  It was a wonderful night of celebration, fine food and drink, music, dancing and fun.  Folks arrived dressed to the nines and ready to party.   A special thank you to Jeremy Pruitt and Taste for some great music and to Stephanie Chase for her fun and romantic Tarot readings, making a special night even more fun.

Did we see you there?  Pictures from the event:

Shirley Hunt Live @ OPUS VII

Shirley Hunt Live @ OPUS VII
Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm
$10, all ages (free to members) Continue reading…

OPUS VII’s First Annual Valentine’s Party

OPUS VII will host an evening of romance in celebration of Valentine’s day!
Saturday, Feb. 12th, 7-10pm
$20, Members get in free!

The whole community is invited to join the members of OPUS VII for an evening of delicious indulgence, decadence and romance in celebration of love. This is the perfect occasion to slip into that silky red dress or fine suit and get in the mood for L-O-V-E, love! This is the perfect date night.  Bring someone special or perhaps meet the love of your life at the party. Romance will be in the air! Continue reading…

“Of Words and Music” Series: Special Valentine’s Edition

Special Valentine's Edition

First Thursday, February 3, 2011
OPUS VII: 22 West 7th, Eugene Or. 97405
5:30-7:00pm, FREE, all ages, open to the public Continue reading…

A look at some designs that get around – Register Guard

An exhibit of transportation design work ranges from bicycle wheels to the Boeing 787

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Eugene is a town full of alternative transportation lovers, says Cindy Ingram. So the idea of a creating a gallery show on transportation design was a natural. Continue reading…

First Friday Photos

Here are a few photos from the opening of our “Go, design, go.” exhibit.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to join us.  Continue reading…

“Go, design, go.”

"Go, design, go." opens January 7th

OPUS VII is proud to introduce a new exhibit exploring cutting-edge design in transportation. Continue reading…

“Of Words and Music” Series: Epiphany and Translation

Jeremy Wegner

First Thursday “Of Words and Music” Series: Thursday, January 6, 2011
5:30-7:00pm, FREE, all ages

This month’s theme will be “Epiphany and Translation.” Continue reading…

Kim Murton, Sculpture and Ceramics

Kim Murton has been making sculpture and functional ceramics in her home in Vancouver, WA for nearly two decades, working mostly with low-fire terracotta clay and colored slips. Continue reading…

Jerry Dame, Sr., Painter

Jerry Dame was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1944. Grew up in Southern California. Has had an interest in art as long as he can remember. Jerry began painting in his teens. His early work focused on oil paintings of the ocean, surfers and antique cars as well as watercolor landscapes. Continue reading…

Terry McIlrath, Painter

I was born in Michigan during World War II and I am the youngest of three boys. My favorite childhood drawings included everything from birds to the latest cars in Detroit. Continue reading…

Recognizing Otto Poticha

Recognition Ceremony Opening Words by Jerry Diethelm

This month OPUS VII honors Otto Poticha, for his 50 years of inspirational design, planning, and architectural leadership in our community. Continue reading…

“Of Words and Music” Series: Original Works of Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey

First Thursday “Of Words and Music” Series: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

Kick-off Event featuring the original works of Ken Kesey
5:30-7:00pm, FREE, all ages
(Donations accepted for UO Libraries to purchase Kesey manuscripts) Continue reading…

First Thursdays “Of Words and Music” Series

Of Words and Music Kick-off Event

Introducing literature and music to Opus VII’s elegant gallery space, the “Of Words and Music” Series will provide early evening performances that weave the written word with instrumental music and song, to create a stimulating aural tapestry. Come after work to enjoy a glass of wine and beautiful sounds. From 5:30-7:00 on the first Thursday of each month. Continue reading…

OPUS VII Recognizes Otto Poticha

Otto Poticha

OPUS VII announces its second Recognition, Friday December 3rd. This month the recipient of the recognition will be Otto Poticha, long time Architect and an adjunct associate professor emeritus of architecture at University of Oregon. Continue reading…

Photos from our Grand Opening

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to celebrate with us during our Grand Opening.

Here are a few photos from the event.

November First Friday Artwalk – Register Guard

Art & the City, 11/06/2010

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Opus VII during the art walk, photo by Dennis Galloway

At last night’s First Friday Art Walk in downtown Eugene, hundreds of people enjoyed a balmy November evening of art, wine and good company. Continue reading…

OPUS VII Grand Opening


Kaz Oveissi, visionary and Executive Director of OPUS VII announces, “This night is going to be a big party and everyone is invited!”  “It is my job to transform OPUS VII from a fine art gallery into a social and artistic platform for our whole community. We will do this together and I promise it will be fun.”

The grand opening event will occur in conjunction with Eugene’s First Friday Art Walk. OPUS VII is the final stop on the walk and will feature the unveiling of  “The Story of Ziba Design.” Continue reading…

Recognizing Caitriona Bolster

Opening Words by Rebekah Lambert for November 2010’s OPUS Recognition

Caitriona Bolster
Music Director, KWAX

Caitriona recently told me “radio is about the voice and the fantasy.” Continue reading…

Sally Dietrich

Artistic Director

Sally Dietrich

Kaz Oveissi

Executive Director of OPUS VII

Kaz Oveissi

OPUS VII is the result of Kaz’s commitment to engage in meaningful projects that will help build a vibrant, prosperous, and beautiful community.  A graduate of the University of Oregon with a doctorate in Telecommunications and Film, he has been a longtime entrepreneur and advocate for the arts in Eugene, working with many art organizations and serving for eight years as an Executive Board Member, Vice President, and Marketing and Development Chairs of the Eugene Symphony.

He envisions OPUS VII as the culmination of nearly two decades of service to the community, a space designed to introduce others to the creative world and, in the process, transform the heart of our city.

If you have an incredible idea, contact Kaz; the time has never been so perfect for meaningful collaborations.

Diane Weck

Director of Gallery Operations

Diane Weck

OPUS VII Recognizes Caitriona Bolster

Caitriona Bolster

“Every month an OPUS Recognition will be given to a member of our community whose work and ideas inspire and have a transformative effect on our lives,” shares Kaz Oveissi, visionary and Executive Director of the newly opened OPUS VII.

These individuals will be automatically nominated for the OPUS Prize which will occur bi-annually and result in a cash award of $5,000. Continue reading…

Become an OPUS VII Member

Membership participation is pivotal in making OPUS VII’s vision a reality.  We invite you to become a member.

Click here for details.

Sarah Hood Iconology

Iconology is based on ancient Eastern design.  Where my collectible jewelry is sometimes conceptual and fragile, these pieces are tangible and tactile.  I have tried to create wearable work that is simple and accessible, but that also references my conceptual work—a balance between formal concerns and beautiful design.  Continue reading…

Lori Mason Quilts

My passion for quilting is about people—the evocative stories told by quilts and the personal relationships pieced through the fabric.  I cherish these connections as well as the beauty that emerges through the patterns in the cloth.  I aim to create a visual space in which people feel a sense of peace and a tactile form under which people can be comforted. Continue reading…

Sarah Hood – Arbor Collection

My Arbor collection highlights the stark silhouette of nearly bare sterling silver and 24k gold trees.  Each piece is ultimately wearable, but still covetable and collectible, the perfect combination.  These pieces speak to my love of the natural but somehow grow beyond that, entering a new realm of almost fairytale-like beauty.  The collection is accessible but still somewhat mysterious at the same time.

Steve Eichenberger Crows

Since boyhood I’ve explored far flung corners of the Pacific Northwest, and wherever I’ve gone I’ve enjoyed the company of crows and ravens.  My favorites are the big handsome ones that strut self-importantly about, full of bright-eyed curiosity.  They look right back at me looking at them—a look I’ve attempted to capture in this series.

I sculpted the originals in clay, from which I made molds to cast this collection.  Each piece is individually hand cast, burnished, and signed.

I hope you enjoy them.

Meet Your Maker Interview with Jenny Gray

Jenny Gray is an oil painter that has sold work at a couple Meet Your Maker shows. You can find her online here.

Continue reading…

Gallery Reborn – Register Guard

Owner of the shuttered Opus6ix has a plan for a comeback

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Opus is coming back from the ashes — emerging with a radical and perhaps even quixotic new vision of what it means to be an art gallery. Continue reading…

Opus is Back – Register Guard

Art & the City, 8/31/2010

By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard

Kaz Oveissi has quietly opened the doors on the new incarnation of his downtown art gallery Opus6ix, now to be known as OpusVII. Continue reading…


OPUS VII opens its doors to the public Tuesday, August 31, 2010.

Please join us in celebrating during the next First Friday on September 3rd.