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May 2nd Saturday Art Walk: Do the Gallery Walk

Art Exhibit in Luminari
Art Exhibit in Luminari
Catherine Al-Meten

Tonight, May 10 from 5-8:00 P.M., Astoria’s art galleries open their doors to host this month’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. Be sure to get out to support your local artists, and to see what the fine galleries of Astoria have to share with you.

Tempo Art Collective Gallery, located at 1271 Commercial Street, features one of the Collective’s artists each month. This month featured artist is Yvonne Edwards. Edward’s newer acrylic paintings and some of her ‘useful art’-decoupaged and painted boxes-will be on display. As well as Yvonne's work, you can see what all the other exhibiting artists have been working on! Brad Griswold will be performing live (banjo and guitar) and refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

RiverSea Gallery located at 1160 Commercial Street in Astoria, Oregon, is featuring a retrospective exhibition of the works of the late Harry Bennett. “Here’s Looking at You, Harry” focuses on his late-career paintings and drawings, including the time he spent here in Astoria. Bennett who moved home to his family from Astoria in 2008, passed away on November 29, 2012 at the age of 92. Again, this month’s Second Saturday ArtWalk reception at RiverSea Gallery will be held between 5-8:00 P.M.. Jeannine Grafton promises that friends and fans alike will be pleasantly surprised with the exhibition of some of Bennett’s works that have never before been on display.

Imogen Gallery at 240 11th Street in downtown Astoria, features the work of Kim Hamblin in an exhibit entitled, ‘Light as a Feather’ . Kim will be available to talk about her works and her works in progress. Be sure to stop into Imogen between 5-8:00 for where you can talk to Kim Hamblin about her new series of paper-cut assemblages, derived from ancient paper cutting art form of 6th Century China. “Light as a Feather” will be on exhibit until June 10.

Tonight is also the Grand Opening for Photographer, Thom Dickerson’s Laughing Duck Digital Pond Studio at 120 10th Street, Suite 3 (entrance two doors up from Imogen Gallery). Between 5:00-8:00 P.M., visit Thom in his new studio, and help him celebrate moving his business here to Astoria. Thom promises ‘good wine, good banter, and good company” and you’re sure to be regaled with the stories behind the photographs that Thom loves to tell.

Luminari, Charlotte Bruhn and Dale Clark’s new gallery at 1133 Commercial Street in Astoria, Oregon, celebrates their Grand Opening tonight at Second Saturday ArtWalk. Aiming to be “a center for the creative, a hangout spot, a renaissance for note-writing and – eventually – a space for learning”, Luminari has already contributed to the community by hosting the Art Auction and Fundraiser for Head Start families in April. Bruhn, the former owner of Old Town Framing, teamed up with Clark at Sunday Market for a number of years, and recently decided to put her energy full time into making this creative center, Luminari, come to life. The Grand Opening reception will run from 5:00-8:00, and features the photography of Skye McKey.

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