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Astoria's Second Saturday Art Walk-Art for the whole community

Art and Flowers
Art and Flowers
Catherine Al-Meten

Astoria’s Second Saturday Art Walk is the place to be this Saturday, April 12, 2014. Make plans now to take in this month’s events, including the Art through the Eyes of a Child, Jill McVarish’s exhibit, "Everywhere That Mary Went" at RiverSea Gallery, Carol Smith’s art and photography at Tempo Gallery, and the soft opening of Photographer, Thom Dickerson’s new Laughing Duck Digital Pond studio and gallery are just some of the stops you won’t want to miss in this month’s Second Saturday Art Walk.

Winnifred Bryne’s Luminari Gallery, located at 1133 Commercial in Astoria, is hosting a benefit for Head Start families. "Art through the Eyes of a Child" features original artwork done by local Head Start students, ages 3-5. To help provide extra-curricular programs for Head Start families, Astoria. According to local Head Start teachers, Tiffany Hall and Diana Morimoto, this benefit is planned to be part of the celebration of the Week of the Young Child. The art exhibit features the artwork and photography of local Head Start students. There will be a silent auction and a raffle, and entertainment by world music band, Acustica. Refreshments are being donated by Tapatio Restaurant and Columbia Coffee Roasters.

Talented local artist, Jill McVarish’s new show, the Anacrhonists, is being featured at RiverSea Gallery.
For those who have not seen Jill McVarish’s work and for those who have, this is a not-to-be-missed exhibit. Jill McVarish may likely be the Lewis Carroll of art. Her paintings are whimsical, ironic, and conceived of through the heart and imagination of one of the finest artists of our time. You have to see her work to believe it, and if your experience is anything like mine, she will have you laughing and questioning all kinds of perceptions. Her skill as an artist and particularly as a painter, is masterful. She is a delightful person, whose work reflects the whimsy and fancy that she finds in her subjects and expresses through her work. According to RiverSea Directory, Jeannine Grafton, this exhibit, "Everywhere that Mary Went" is a "witty examination of old nursery rhymes."RiverSea Gallery, located at 1160 Commercial St., in Astoria, Oregon, will host the Jill McVarish exhibit from 5:00-8:00.

Photographer and Artist, Carol Smith is the featured artist this month at the Tempo Gallery and Collective in Astoria, Oregon. The Tempo Gallery and Artists Collective, is located at 1271 Commercial St., in Astoria. Carol Smiths’ work will be featured at the Second Saturday Art Walk, and will be on exhibit all month. Her exhibit, “Light and Water on the North Coast” features some beautiful new pieces she has added to her collection. Her fascination with the waters, the beaches, ponds, and tide pools, is captured in her photography in such a way as to make you feel you can walk into her work. Carol Smith’s says of being part of the Astoria art scene, “This area is so incredibly beautiful with a vibrant art scene. I love the small town atmosphere that reminds me of my home town. Crisp fall days have been finding me in my garden or out at the beach at low tide with my camera.”

Another local photographer, Thom Dickerson, is hosting the soft opening of his new studio and gallery space for his Laughing Duck Digital Pond. His new studio is located at 120 10th St., #3 in Astoria. Come on in and let Thom take your photograph as he shares his vision for his new studio space. Come toast to his new venture, and enjoy some light refreshments as you enjoy hearing the stories that go with Thom’s beautiful photography and interesting life as a photographer.

All Second Saturday Art Walk events are scheduled between 5:00-8:00. Be sure to get out and walk the streets, visit the galleries, and enjoy living in a town where there is such a vibrant art community.

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