July 2018 Ukiah First Friday Art Walk

July First Friday Art Walk in Ukiah

Art Center Ukiah 201 S School Street “Who Is US – Juried Art Exhibit” Art expressing our current challenging political, cultural and economic times and how it reflects the notion of ‘US’ will be exhibited through the month of July. Local artists paintings, fabric art, photographs and mixed media representational or abstract, and three-dimensional works opens July 6 with reception Music features Paul Kemp, keyboards, with vocalist Machiko

Grace Hudson Museum 431 S Main The evening will include a special program: Redwood Valley Pomo basketmaker Corine Pearce and bead artist Stewart Wilburn (Wailaki/Tolowa/Pomo/Wintu) will be on hand to talk about their work and demonstrate their craft, while Museum curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri will read from the stories of her great-aunt, Dry Creek Pomo elder Elizabeth “Belle” Lozinto Cordova. Pearce, Wilburn, and Cordova are featured in three new books from Beauty & Love Publishing. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This special First Friday program accompanies the Museum’s latest exhibition, “Our People, Our Land, Our Images,” featuring photography by 26 different indigenous artists, spanning four continents.

W Real Estate 101 N State Street Chey Gordon is a local artist specializing in pyrography, woodworking and macramé. She’s had a love for tools and woodworking since she was a youngster when her Grandpa bought her a woodworking kit for kids and created “masterpieces” in the garage with her Dad. Recently, after six or so years of skill refining, she started Gordon Wood Company where she offers one of a kind pyrographic art, cutting boards and a variety of personalized wooden and macramé items. Like many artists and art lovers, Chey appreciates anything handmade in today’s fast-paced world of mass-produced goods. It’s her ongoing desire to share her work with people and help them embrace the value of the creative spirit that’s human nature.

Ukiah Valley Networking Agency 304 N State Street will be featuring the work of John D Collyer (aka djeyefly). He has this to say, I am a 4th generation Bay Area self-taught artist who has been painting seriously for over 30 years. As an avid collector of music, animation, science fiction and concert posters, I find images that attract me reinterpreting and re-imaging them in a pop format. My artistic goal is to bring humor and make my audience smile by using bright and contrasting colored acrylics.

Paradigm 312 S School Street Paradigm will have the amazing paintings of Lynn Zachreson and needlepoint murals by Mo Ramirez from Covelo. Please join us in the garden for snacks and art.

Ukiah Public Library 105 North Main Street On Friday, July 6th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm the Mendocino County Library, Ukiah Branch is hosting First Friday Art Walk. This First Friday, the library is featuring two local, amazingly talented quilt groups, the Mendocino Quilt Artists and the Rag Tag Quilters. Enjoy hand-crafting Sharpie Tie Dye bandanas along with live music by The Bluegrass Trio and refreshments. The Ukiah Valley Friends of the Library will host their monthly book sale. This event is free to the public and sponsored by the Ukiah Valley Friends of the Library.

Museum of Encountered Objects 110 W Clay St Will Feature Lovely antique Russian black lacquer box with rich orange Art Deco motif

Bona Marketplace 116 West Standley Dorothy Anna Buck passed away on February 5th, 2018. Dorothy, an exciting contemporary artist developed a unique expression through realism. Her most recent collection of watercolors expresses the impact of wine country, Mendocino County, California and of Northern California. The finished works radiate with intense contrasts and clarity of vision. Dorothy’s travels to Europe, Japan and throughout the U.S. provided inspiration for her works, which hang in private and corporate collections in the U.S.and Japan. Her work was published several times in Splash magazine and she has received many awards and accolades for her paintings, Please join us for a celebration of life art opening for this amazing woman

Miss Rossi’s Creative Art Studio 208-A South State Street Miss Rossi’s Creative Art Studio will be hosting Damien Franco for the month of July. Damien is a multi-media artist originally from LA who practices several techniques in his works. Although illustrative by nature, he takes pride in stepping out of his comfort zone as well. New to the area we would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Damien Franco!

Corner Gallery 201 S State will feature the resin art of Christina Richards. My interest in resin began while watching my dad use this material while creating his art pieces. I loved the way it seemed to magnify and intensify the color of his creations. I have always loved art in the abstraction, so when I started creating my own art, I knew I wanted these qualities of resin to be part of my paintings. When the designing for a piece is done, on a prepared wood panel, I then use resin and a variety of pigments to produce a completey unique effect. This technique can mimic patterns of flowers, exploding stars or prism images. The patterns that can be created are endless. It is not only the completed painting that brings me joy and satisfaction but the actual process of manipulating the medium. To create images and then watching my designs and pigment elections morph into exciting pieces filled with illusions and images ripples, and swirling rivers of brilliant metallic color. Because the effect of resin can sometimes be unpredictable it allows me to freely experiment without restrictions. I like that my art can be somewhat predictable without being pretentious and I am usually amazed at my colorful end results.

The work of students from Adele Pruitt’s painting classes will also be
featured. Adele’s students showing work are Carol Abel, Sharon Costello, Jim Denham,
Polly Palecek, Kathleen Gordon-Burke, Elaine Richard, Lynn Gulyash Jeanette Carson, Gay
Tow, and Susanna Knutson.

Mendocino Barkery 207 W Stephenson Street Kathleen MacGregor play with my camera and with paint, ink, pastels and anything else I come across that inspires me to want to play with it.
I have tried to be a serious artist with lofty words to describe how, why and what I paint. I didn’t care for it. It seemed to drain the joy right out of it for me. I haven’t been to art school or had any mentors. I just got my hands on some art supplies one day and started painting. I paint with my hands a lot.
Most of my recent artwork is primarily in acrylics on canvas. Sometimes I add a few scraps of paper or pastel, crayon or pencil marks. One time a few years ago,I knew that I was going to paint an octopus because I was consigned to do so. But that was the only time I knew before I started, what I was going for.
Usually I begin with colors I’m craving to see and to feel and then those call for other colors. That goes on for anywhere from 2 – several layers. At some point I begin to feel the desire for more structured form and often times the forms appear through the layers without my having consciously put them there. Then, I draw them out more, emphasizing them. Animals show up a lot and trees, especially Madrone and Manzanita.
I enjoy donating a large part of my art sales to projects that support nature and animal conservancy whenever I can. It seems the least I can do for my muses.

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