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First Friday Art Walk

August 29, 2014

The art of architecture, music, and visual art will be showcased at the beginning of a three day weekend of music, heritage, beer and food in Woodland. Newly promoted as "Rock and Stroll" this big weekend of music, architectural heritage, beer and food begins with the September 5 downtown Woodland First Friday Art Walk event. The art walk theme is Art and Architecture.

The "Music on Main" series will be located on First Street and incorporate the balcony of Mojo's for a special performance. In a nod to the last public performance of the English rock group, the Beatles, the Sacramento based Friends Beatles Tribute Band will perform 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. on the balcony of Mojo's Lounge, 428 First Street. Many of the songs from the original rooftop concert forty-five years ago at 3 Savile Row in London will be performed on Friday. Inside Mojo's Lounge the finalists from the Stroll Through History poster contest will be on display. These posters were submitted by students from Pioneer and Woodland High Schools. There will be a closure of First Street between Main and Bush to allow for a live watercolor demonstration by artist David Lobemberg at 7 p.m. followed by the Woodland Opera House cast of Hello Dolly performing a song from their upcoming rendition of the award winning Broadway musical, opening on September 12. Woodland Boy Scout Troop #68 will be selling popcorn and Steve's Pizza will be on hand with slices for sale.

Around the corner, The Remember When Emporium at 606 Main Street will host a violin performance by Naomi Rogers-Hefley set to begin at 7 p.m.

Watermelon Music and Main Street Music Studios will be featuring sidewalk performances of jazz by the Calhoun Brothers at 5 p.m. and the jazz and funk of Linda Deering & Friends scheduled to play at 6 p.m.

The Woodland Library, 250 First Street, will be hosting live music in the Rose Garden until 7:30 p.m. along with a children's "Story Stroll" to be conducted on the library grounds.

Live music can also be enjoyed from 6 - 8 p.m. at Ludy's Main Street BBQ. Most of the art walk locations will feature exhibitions in keeping with the art and architecture theme.

At new art walk stop, the Home Improvements Group, 440 Main Street in the Woodland Hotel building, long-time CSU Sacramento biology professor Lee Kavaljian will be sharing his ceramic works inspired by architecture. His ceramic spirit homes and tiles will be shown in this special exhibition for Woodland. Kavaljian has been teaching for fifty years and working with clay for almost that long, with brief forays into weaving, enameling and acrylic painting. "Travel was the crucial component with Asia as the locus for some forty years and the decorative arts and architecture of Eastern cultures providing the aesthetic vocabulary," Kavaljian writes on his website ( about his art. Kavaljian exhibits his work in the Sacramento region. A public   reception will be held from 5 - 7 p.m.

Located at 524 Main Street, Lulu's Luxe will be showcasing the architecture of hair styling and art until 8:30 p.m. Through the use of live models, salon owner Lori Cleland will be demonstrating the creation and finished product of popular hairstyles.

The Pop-Up Gallery at 610 Main Street will be hosting an exhibition titled Our Heritage, featuring 14 works created by the Dingle Elementary School History Club members. Each of the works is a rendering of a historic Woodland building.

Aria Restaurant will host the oil paintings of artist Linda Prugio Bondar in an exhibition of San Franciso cityscapes.

Next door to Heritage Plaza in the Daily Democrat building, Soroptimist International will be presenting Women in Architecture: Past and into the Future, a display of the history of women in architecture with paintings, photos and drawings of these trailblazing women. Three-dimensional models created by girls in Woodland will also be on exhibit.

The Burger Saloon will be showcasing the black and white photography of Dave Nassater in an exhibition titled Mostly Monochromatic.

The watercolors of Mark Reiff will be on exhibit at Ya-Ya's Consignment, 123 Court Street in the exhibition Country Art.

YoloArts' Gallery 625 will be hosting an exhibition that takes a look at the Stroll Through History homes through the eyes of a Woodland artist in the show, Russ Reich Retrospective: Historic Woodland Homes & Landmarks in Watercolor.

The Woodland Public Library will also be featuring an art show with Woodland artist, Marianne Ryan, who for many years offered a painting demonstration and donated a completed painting during the Stroll. Her exhibition is titled, Historic Woodland Architecture Revisited.  

The Barth Gallery on First Street will be hosting the acrylic, watercolor and mixed media paintings of Marieke De Waard in the exhibition, Places.

For the complete list of Art Walk locations visit the or the YoloArts Facebook page for the latest information. The downtown Woodland First Friday Art Walk is held eleven times a year. For more information, contact YoloArts at 530-406-4844 or email<>.