On the first Saturday of every month several of our galleries and a few restaurants do something a little special to celebrate local art and artists. This Saturday, December 4 is no exception. From 5:00 to 8:00 pm you can enjoy the art, the artists, drinks, food and music.
I decided to do a little Art Walk preview, not having delved into the local art scene for awhile, and began with a peek into Shearwater Gallery. I had the surprise and pleasure of meeting this weekend’s featured artist, metal sculptor and
Seaside resident, Carol Connor, as she was setting up her display for the weekend. A self-taught artist, Carol does freeform sculpting and somehow manages to make cold, hard steel look warm, soft and fluid. On display are varied selections of her steel sculptures, garden art and amazingly beautiful and functional wine sculptures that hold both wine glasses and bottles. I was especially drawn to the very dramatic black and red steel roses, only to find out that these are her signature pieces and, indeed, the name she goes by: Steel Rose. (My 10-year old thought that would be a great superhero name-would you consider sculpting an outfit, Carol?) You can meet Carol at Shearwater Gallery this Saturday during the Art Walk.
At the other end of “the strip” is Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro, a “magnet for the grooviest people in town” according to their website, which is probably why I haven’t been brave enough to set foot in there before now, having long since given up on feeling groovy. But for a moment, I suspended all self-consciousness and stepped over the threshold into their “clubby . . . cozy . . . contemporary” world of “artfully prepared dishes, luscious flavored wines, and . . . eye candy art to challenge” the imagination. I have to borrow from them because I couldn’t have said it better myself. It is truly a world apart, and I just wanted to cozy up to a nice glass of wine drifting off to
Paris through the vibrant paintings of Carol Riley, this month’s featured artist at Yummy. The exhibition is called “Paris Lights” and there are several enchanting canvases including street scenes, tempting pastries, florals and more. Carol’s delightful, sunny, bubbly personality comes through in all of her work. These are not to be missed.
There are many fine places to visit, too many to name here, so be sure to get an Art Walk map at the Seaside Chamber and Visitors Bureau or from their website. You can also look for the Art Walk banners in the windows of participating businesses. It’s really something special, and I’m especially proud of the many local artists who are quite accomplished in their fields and have their works on display not only here at home but elsewhere too.