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Two First Fridays From the Trippy to the Traditional

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Well, I’m back from California… the OC to be exact. And, so Knowing I would miss the third year anniversary of Two Rivers Gallery’s First Friday and ‘Celebration of the Membership’ at the co-op gallery, I made sure to get in there and get some pics prior to First Friday while the show was being set-up. I wasn’t disappointed.

The new works were well worth the time and as First Friday has come and gone, I know that is now not news to all of you who made to the event. But, for those of you who haven’t been there yet, the show is on and should be an artful adventure on ones lunch hour or any time to get an eye full of a whole variety of styles and mediums of visual art.

As, I was in So. Cal. for a family baptism, I was also there for the various dance events that my grand daughters were involved in. One of those events as it happened was to do a demonstration performance at the Fullerton First Friday Art Walk. Hey, how great was that. I missed First Friday in Wenatchee only to get an eyeful of the open air portion of an art walk in CA.

There are a number of stores and other brick and mortar participants in about a three block area of Downtown Fullerton that participate in the Art Walk, but I only attended the open air portion which is in a common area next to the Fullerton Museum…which houses the Leo Fender exhibit and Guitar collection and as some readers may recall had the Freda Kahlo photo exhibit last fall when I was down there for other family events.

The artwork ranged from the quirky to the traditional and a whole lot in between. One fellow will ‘paint on anything’ and had displayed a pair of Vans sneakers on which he had painted ‘Venus’ by Botticelli. Other very youth oriented art, such as that by Brandon Gratner, was a bit ‘trippy’ for most over the age of 40, but non-the-less of good quality.

I met and chatted with a German born artist named Steffi Moellers who did a variety of things including a mosaic sculpture. She was very interested in learning about the giant puppet projects that Martha and I were involved in for last years Apple Blossom Parade and the international birds that we are making for this year’s parade. She shared that they do a big parade in her home town in Germany that she thought was like our Apple Blossom Parade and that she wants to make some giant puppets herself.

The artwork of an older artist named Sung Su a ‘California Impressionist’ was more traditional than a lot of what was out there that night. His was the only display that I was not allowed to take direct photos of, but his daughter did allow me to take a photo of some of his post cards which gives an idea of his work. And, just down the way some artists painting live.

In the end, I was there to watch my two granddaughters dance on the stage there. They and the other kids were great fun to watch and the older of the two girls and her dance ‘crew’ Kmot10n went on to win the Urban Street Jam dance competition the next day at the Anaheim Convention Center. How great was that. The video can be seen at: & or at &list=UUNvpiC1XcVKVH-EiXJCMCsA&index=2&feature=plcp

Well, it’s time to get back to work and then get ready for the Reed Carlson Allusion and Reality Reception this Friday at the Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth and Second Saturday at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center. But, more on these later. Enough for now and have a very artful day.