February 2020 First Friday Art Walk

February 2020 First Friday Art Walk

Art Center Ukiah 201 S School Street   Art Center Ukiah  Presents a LIVE ART Event 
Quick Draw 4.0 The fourth year of this “live art event”, patrons watch while selected local artists draw from live models. Drawings and other art will be for sale and on display through the month of February.  Live music David Partch. Refreshments served.  

Enoteca Wine Bar 206 W Church Street will feature art by Chat Ko

Bona Marketplace 116 W Standley Street Bona will host Marita McDonough, a watercolor artist with vibrant abstracts

Ukiah Library 105 N Main Street Ukiah Join the DRBU Arts Initiative for this special event to celebrate the lunar new year, featuring a photography and calligraphy exhibit on virtue and community. Create festive new year lanterns, try brush calligraphy, enjoy traditional Chinese music and dance by the students of the Developing Virtue Girls School. Savor delicious vegetarian treats and refreshing teas. 

This event is for all ages and is sponsored by the Ukiah Valley Friends of the Library and the Mendocino County Library. For more information, please contact the Ukiah Library at 707 463 4490, or email lyonj@mendocinocounty.org.

Mama’s Medicinal’s 328 N State Street Join Emily and her artist Chris McKee for an evening of art and tea tasting.

Craft Distillers 110 W Clay St Visit the Museum to see the featured one of a kind art pieces

Corner Gallery 201 S State St Featured artists this month are Lauren Noorlag, a new artist to the area
who works in sculpture and painting, and Jeanne Koelle, a prize winning
water colorist.

Lauren has to say this about her work. “My work is mostly centered around a childlike take of everyday things through the use of high detail and surrealism. A re-imagined reality of simple, everyday objects in the effort to make us all smile. The presence of plants and fish in a space have proven to benefit our overall comfort and lessen our anxiety levels. That is why we often see them used in doctors offices and restaurants. Throughout my career, my artwork has followed this theme of taking time to enjoy the wonder around you. And where better to spark that untainted curiosity than the wilds of Northern California! Stress seems to be a constant riding companion as we progress through life. My hope is that my work reignites that childlike wonder, deep inside us all, and simply serve as a reminder for us to smile.”

Jeanne Koelle is a graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, with a BS degree in Biology, minor in Fine Arts.  She’s mainly self-taught.  Her work has been featured in numerous publications and can be found in many private collections and corporate product lines.  She’s a current member of Willits Center for the Arts, Ukiah Valley Artist’s Coop, Mendocino County Art Association, Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County (WASCO), The Sun House Guild, recently published in Ree Slocum’s Inland Artists of Mendocino County Volume II, and past member of Made in Mendocino Gallery/Hopland. Art is a passion, a means of personal transformation and a creative outlet for Jeanne’s desires, dreams and imagination.  Natural beauty kindles her connection to spirit, and she expresses it through color and the play of light, the fluid mystery of creation.  She has been an artist since childhood with those first crayons committing her to a lifetime of wonder.  Having accomplished herself in the world of commercial art, graphics, and advertising, her medium of choice now is transparent watercolor.

Rhyzl 118 S State Street RHYZL, located on the Northwest corner of Church and State, is fortunate to be featuring the art of Danza Davis, a Northern California native. They are currently showing Danza’s Kaleidoscope Series. Her unique collection is inspired by collaborative work with her father, combining images sacred geometry with subjects from nature. She has also provided the company with it’s one of a kind window mural, stop by to see it in person.

Ukiah Valley Networking Agency 104 N School Street UVNA will feature the beautiful work by Gene Avery North. Gene will be on hand to discuss the stories behind her paintings.

W Real Estate 101 N State Street – We at W Real Estate would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce you all to one of the newest members of our local artist community, Elias Laughton! A native of San Francisco, Elias found himself a resident of Mendocino County in the early 1980’s. “My parents moved out of the Bay Area to get closer to the land and become a part of the Buddhist community in Talmage, and I’ve lived here ever since.” Acrylic Pouring, Elias’ main painting technique, is a new, exciting method for creating abstract art, which is rapidly gaining popularity both on social media and in the art world. About his work, Elias tells us that “Having no formal training in the Fine Arts, I feel unbound by convention, and my creative process is liberated from expectations of a certain aesthetic outcome…” It was almost an accident that Elias even began painting. “I was fortunate to discover an Acrylic Pouring workshop being offered by local artist Rossi Jensen in August of 2018, and I’ve been painting almost daily since…acrylic pouring is dynamic, unpredictable, unpretentious, and extremely rewarding for the beginning artist such as myself.” Elias also credits the works of M.C. Escher, Hieronymus Bosch, and H.R. Geiger, who designed the set of the original “Alien” movies as his primary artistic inspirations. “I’ve always been deeply affected by powerful works of art…as a child, it was easy to lose myself for hours studying colors, forms, and textures…” Elias describes his art as “experimental abstract” and tries to explore the relationship between the seen, and the Unseen. “As an abstract artist, I chose to limit my own personal influence upon my audience, and instead, allow the paints to create the image.” A devoted father of 3 boys, one of whom, Ezra, has recently made the journey to adulthood after graduating High School locally here in Ukiah, Elias also proudly donates 10% of his total sales to the Anderson Valley Animal Rescue society. Thanks for your interest, and we hope you will join us Friday, February 7th at W Real Estate!

If you have questions or want more information you can call Mo Mulheren at 707-391-3664, email at ukiahvalleynetworking@gmail.com or Check our Facebook page for updates @ukiahartwalk