My Art Walk! crawl began at Gallery by the Bay where Coos Bay Art Walk! creator Betty Bangs was showing many of her still life and landscape watercolors. Betty was so gracious, talking with everyone, offering free book marks and a raffle for one lucky winner to receive an original painting. I had mine already selected, a palm tree covered cottage in Hawaii, but alas, someone else cleaned up. Thanks to Unity for the wonderful spread of plum-sized strawberries and cake.
Next stop was Easy Lane Frames and Select Art Gallery where my photographs of waterlillies (Lotus Hearts) was in competition with Dragonclaw Studios freeform necklace of malachite and a viking knit chain of recycled copper. It was fantastic to have my photographs shown along side so many, many incredible pieces including those of the owners, Jane and Ken Snoddy. The exhibit lasts for two months.
Then off to The Coos Art Museum, which featured sculptural works from the permanent collection as well as artistic microscopy by the husband and wife team, Svetlana Maslakova and George von Dassow, from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. It was fascinating to see such invisible beauty magnified with its striking colors and intricate abstract shapes.
Finally, what Art Walk! would be complete without a visit to Java Jones, a hub for all things artistic, environmental and noshable. I enjoyed a soy latte with a shot of almond roca and listened to The Worn Out Frets, who were definitely high-tech with their linked laptops streaming chord progressions of every 70’s soft rock song you need to feed your hunger. They stoned me to my soul (of course the latte softened me up).
Next Art Walk! will be Thursday, May 14th.