March 13, 2007

Art/Walk/Explore downtown Redmond

"Do These Wings Make Me Look Fat?" by Tina Harris

Inspiration for Redmond’s art and downtown exploration event came, oddly enough, from a small room with bad lighting. Artist and real estate developer Rozy Arno was fed up with working on her paintings at home and decided to set up her studio in a downtown building she co-owns.

Within weeks she was joined by three other artists – painters Tracy Thille and Sue Smith, photographer Tina Harris – who were seeking studio space, and The Loft was born.
When the building begins its planned renovations the artist’s collective will have to move but for now the artists are excited about having work space and a place to show their creations.

So excited, in fact, that they decided to put together a monthly event that will expose the public to the art, entertainment, and shopping opportunities downtown.
Nearly 20 business have signed on to stay open for this ‘third Friday’ event, which Arno has christened AWE (art/walk/explore).

“Realistically Redmond doesn’t have enough art right now for just an art walk – we had to have more,” she explains. “We’ll have music, theater, wine tasting, and lots of stores open to explore.” Both the artist’s collective and the art walk have come together in a short number of weeks, Arno says, and could have never happened without the help of others.

Redmond Art/Walk/Explore
March 16, 5-8 p.m.

Historic Redmond Church: music by Bellavia and Creston Rogerson & Dennis Plant, wine tasting, art show, theatrical readings
High Desert Gallery: Oregon artist Kimry Jelen
Britz Beads: artist Gilbert Shepard and new ‘vintage’ beaded jewelry
Underdog Coffee: music, art, coffee tasting
Santiago’s Mate: music, mate tasting
Slipmat Science: music by DJs Lyfe and Oblion
The Loft: multiple artists, music and theatrical performance
Housing Works: Redmond High School art show
Simply Sofas: theatrical performances by COLT
Open late: Utopia Salon, The Goldsmith, Piper Lilly, LS Metalworks, Britz Beads and Jewelry, Mt. Custom Framing, Ford Cleaners, Mustard Seed Café, Local Grounds Café.

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