The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Valley Networking Agency:
The First Friday Art Walk returns May 7th 5:00p-8:00p.m.
After a year-long hiatus the Galleries and Hosts in Downtown Ukiah are excited to welcome you back to the Ukiah Art Walk. We will adhere to current COVID restrictions: masks must be worn at all times and capacity will be limited to 50%. Many locations are forgoing offering refreshments and instead inviting you to purchase a meal, snack or drink from a local restaurant and enjoy it in the “Streeterie: Eatery in the Street” an open air, sanitized outdoor dining area in the 100 block of North School Street. There will be live music with the Canova Records kids and local band Weird Year at the Streeterie.
The Corner Gallery (201 S State St) will celebrate the opening of the High School Photography Show in our front windows and back Art Center Ukiah space. This show will be a retrospective of the best student work of the past ten years. In addition, all gallery members will be exhibiting new work on their walls.
The gallery will be open from 5-8pm, with music by Steve Winkle.
Bona Marketplace (116 W Standley St) Bona is excited to welcome the community back to the First Friday Art Walk. They will host Willow Laland-Yielding. Stop by and see Willows new paintings and say hello.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Wine Country Group (320 S State St) will host Mehan Gunter. She is a local artist who started painting two years ago. Mehan left a stressful job started painting and never looked back. She is a firm believe that art is therapy, and has helped her in every aspect of her life. She tries to paint every day because it makes her a happier person. Mehan describes her art as “fluid art”. She uses a lot of techniques while manipulating the paint with anything and everything.
Ukiah Valley Networking Agency (104 N School St) Tim S Poma as our May artist. Tim will be showcasing brand new art as well as some of your favorites and prints for sale. Tim S. Poma is best known for his bright and colorful thrown and dripped paintings of landscapes, poppies, Volkswagens and abstract objects painted with latex house paint. Self-taught, Poma began painting as means of releasing emotions, specifically disappointment and frustration. Through his exploratory out bust of passion and a desire to create, Poma began throwing paint feverishly to alleviate his sadness, and in the process he found a joy he did not know existed. Poma has been painting ever since 2012 in the small Northern California town called Ukiah. Poma’s methods of creation include: dripping, smearing, throwing and finger-painting on canvas to get his desired look. He oftentimes uses tools such as a palette knife or a paint stir-stick to help with the creation of a given painting, and rarely uses paintbrushes but is not opposed. Although Poma was never formally trained as an artist, he has had several influential art teachers in his life who helped inspire his path as an artist. From his Color and Composition teacher at Mendocino College, Paula Grey, to his Ceramics teacher Doug Browe, each left a lasting impression on him that still inspires him today.
Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliance (200 S School St) The Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliances will feature local artists in a pop up display. Art may be viewed at the Ukiah Conference Center. This month GUBTA is proud to showcase the work of: “Makers Make Fun” – 3D Art and Assemblage, Laura Buckner / Robin Goldner / Dorothy Gayle Haas / Karen Haas / Leslie Kirkpatrick. World Renowned and Local Painter – Marco Donner.
Grace Hudson Sun House Museum (431 S Main St) Get a sneak preview of the exhibition Postcards from Mecca before its official opening on May 8. Reacquaint yourselves with the Grace Hudson Museum’s core galleries. And enjoy a spring evening with a stroll around the Wild Gardens.
We look forward to welcoming you back to First Friday Art Walks in Downtown Ukiah. If you have any questions please call Mo Mulheren, 707-391-3664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org