Art Walk of 9 August, 2008
report by Horst, photos by Steve Combs
It was another cloudless afternoon
downtown Brookings, when artist Pete Chasar assembled his
tour group in front of the Manley Art Center. Looking down
on them from Stout Park was a giant rubber ducky, put there
by the Rotary Club to announce their "Ducky Derby."
On September 21st, up to a thousand duckies will be released
upstream Chetco. The owner of the first rubber duck to arrive
by the Harbor will win a huge prize! You can buy these duckies
at Manley or the PILOT office for $5 each.
It was a great day for the KASPER
Kids (Brookings Kids After-School Program).
At Manley, these kids showed the art they had created under
PBAA member Janeen Vick. In the basement of Wrights
Frame Shop, they showed the artwork they had learned from
artist/musician Billie Ruth. And on the stage in Art Walk
Alley, they entertained their parents and other Art Walkers
with songs in five different languages, taught by Billie
Ruth and Leslie Wolf.
On the west end of Art Walk Alley,
Scott Graves, editor of our PILOT, conducted a drum circle
of adults. He had a half dozen or so congas and bongos,
and a bag of smaller percussion instruments. At times, up
to ten drummers were thumping out a strong beat.
Great fun! Lets do that again, Scott.
The drums could be heard inside
the one-day-only CABARET, the former Terra Cotta Corner.
But that didnt bother Marshall Thompson, vocalist/guitarist
from Chico, CA. He kept playing for the Art Walkers who
had come in to taste the wine offered by Lorraine Swigert
from Bella Italia, snack on the hors doeuvres donated
by Mini-Storit and served by Margaret Cowley, and admire
the whimsical art of Christina Olsen. I think it would be
a great addition to our Art Walk if the CABARET could be
made permanent. Let me hear what you think via this website
(click on Contact Information").
Another party was going on at the
Library. The Friends of the Library had a large
sheet cake to celebrate the 15th birthday of our New
Library. This was followed by a classical concert
performed by the Sea Strings, the quartet we consider our
own, although not all members live in Brookings.
For more Art Walk venues and events
than I mentioned above, go to Nolas website (wildriverscoastart.com)
and see what she heard and saw.
Thats all for today. Tune
in again at the end of August, when you'll find the program
for the next Brookings Art Walk on Saturday, September 13th,
4 to 7 PM.