Art Lovers Get Busy: Eugene Galleries Rich with Exhibits Worth a Look

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Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

It's been a hot spring so far for art lovers in Eugene, with exhibits blooming faster than the eye can see. If you haven't been to all of them yet, here are a few shows around town you might want to go visit:

The MFA show

Each year the University of Oregon gives a show at its art museum for those hardy art souls who have persevered to academe's highest studio art degree, the Master of Fine Art.

Nineteen students are showing work in ``MFA Exhibition 2007,'' ranging from traditional media such as painting and photography to the more contemporary digital arts.

Among the most interesting: Vietnamese-born Hoa-Lan Tran, known for years around Eugene art circles for her exquisite works in watercolor, acrylic and oil, has produced a stunning series of colored fabric hangings that explore the nature of time.

The 12 free-hanging, floor-to-ceiling pieces - think of 12 hours around the clock - are arrayed in a circle, like posts on a giant sundial. Tran's work was so exquisite before she entered the UO graduate program you might have wondered why she bothered.

This work answers that question.

Others to check out: Robin Cushman's intense color photography and paintings by Grant Hottle, whose previous work has been seen in the Mayor's Art Show.

The exhibit runs through June 17 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane on the UO campus. Admission is $5; hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Quigley: Better late than never

Eugene surrealist painter Richard Quigley was a last-minute casualty last year when Fenario Gallery suddenly lost the lease to its building at Fifth Avenue and Willamette Street and shut down - just before a show of his new work was to go up at the gallery.

But Fenario is back, in new quarters at 881 Willamette St., and so is Quigley, with an assortment of his giant, colorful acrylic paintings of everything from dreamy landscapes (what must this guy's dreams be like? …