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First Friday On September 2

Guided talk starts at 6 p.m.

On Sept. 2, downtown Hood River will be the venue featuring the diverse works of regional artists and a variety of performers entertaining throughout the downtown area.

Beginning at 5 p.m., many businesses offer their establishments as a venue to artists for display, on the first Friday of each month.

This month's "Art, Walk, Talk: A guided visit with artists," will be guided by Janet Cook, local author and writer for the Hood River News.

The walk will begin at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery, 101 Fourth Street. Featured at the gallery is Eric Jacobsen, "Plein Air" painter. Jacobsen takes his oils wherever he goes, setting up on site, working until his painting is finished. Jacobson shows his work nationwide and has won several awards.

At 6:30, the walk will continue to the Dog River Coffee with Yoram Bernet, photographer and writer. Bernet's strength as a photographer derives from his sense of design and aesthetics, bolstered by his experience as an engineer and as a carpenter. Bernet's photography also benefits from his solid grasp of the technology and his delight and appreciation for the sensual.

Stop three will be the Frame Gallery with Karen Watson. Watson creates her colorful paintings with soft pastel on toned sanded paper. Watson says of her work, "I thoroughly enjoy the process of painting and love to lose myself in the moment. I paint primarily from photo references, sometimes using several images to make a more interesting composition. Using bold application of color and pastel strokes, I am able to execute vibrant and exciting pieces."

A few of the artists to look for this month include Budda Blocks by Louise Wilson Noyes, K&D Woodworking, Beth Lyons (paintings), Opalcolors Oregon Jewelry, Jim McAllister with Wooden Bowl Designs, Emily Wills Jewelry, Windy Ridge (fabric art), designs by Ken Apland & Kevin Craig, fused glass and metal work by Jennifer, blown glass by Lupe, Tarina Westlund (photography), Charlene Rivers (oil paintings), Jules Frazier (photography) and Pieces of Joy Jewelry.

Be sure to check out the book signing by author Craig Leslie, "Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood" at Waucoma Bookstore.

Music samplings include Peabody's Daughter, Double Trouble, and Xavier and the Classic Band/Cuban-Salsa.

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