On Aug. 5, downtown Hood River will be the venue featuring the diverse works of regional artists showcasing their art, and a variety of performers entertaining throughout the downtown area.
One of First Friday's newest components is the Art, Walk, Talk: guided visit with artists. Guest guide this month is Genevieve Scholl-Erdmann, Columbia Arts board member and newsletter editor, and Hood River County Chamber of Commerce marketing director.
The guided walk will begin at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery, 101 Fourth Street. Featured at the gallery are Jerry Fenter and Sandy Visse, "The Animal Show."
Fenter will be presenting brightly-colored acrylic on canvas pieces ranging from serious to whimsical interpretations of animal life and behavior, whereas Visse will be displaying a range of clay pieces all whimsical in nature.
At 6:30pm the walk will continue to the Hood River Hotel with Blue Ackerman. The core of each piece is photography, a polaroid image transfer, but Blue uses any number of other processes, from computer manipulation to bleaching, to the layering of other media, usually paint, pencil, or charcoal to reach a balance of form and message.
Stop three will be Yum Gallery, 111 Oak Street with Colleen Sargen. Sagren works with multimedia wall pieces, sculptures and monotypes. An abstract artist who loves working with limitless media and techniques, Sargen creates with a fascination for materials.
A few of the artists to look for this month include: Gigi (paintings), Jennifer Ericksen (monoprints), Kabana Jewelry, Eric Lindsey (imaginary, sculptor & furniture), Butterflies & Blossoms wildflower photography, Ayla (jewelry), Carol Wild (pencil drawings), Susan Ballier (photography), Jim Wilson of Rough Cuts, Elizabeth Anderson (watercolors), Darryl Lloyd of Longshadow Photography, Windy Ridge (fabric art), Richard Hallman (photography), designs by Ken Apland & Kevin Craig, fused glass & metal work by Jennifer, blown glass by Lupe, Tarina Westlund (photography), Charlene Rivers (oil paintings), Heidi McLennon (oil paintings) and Jules Frazier (photography).
Be sure to check out the book signing by Jane Kirkpatrick author of "A Land of Sheltered Promise" at Waucoma Bookstore, Stuff a Bear Creations for kids & adults, music by Mile Marker 6, wine tasting by Mt. Hood Winery.
In an effort to offer alternative parking areas the Downtown Business Association is working with the Mt. Hood Railroad and the Port of Hood River. With community spirit as motivation, the Mt. Hood Railroad has offered its parking lot to help accommodate First Friday goers and the Port of Hood River is making the dirt parking area east of the Expo Center, across from the Event Site available.