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First Friday Is On Oct. 7

Guided talk to start at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 7, beginning at 5 p.m., downtown Hood River will be the venue featuring the diverse works of regional artists and a variety of performers entertaining throughout the downtown area.

Guest guide for this month's Art, Walk, Talk: A Guided Visit with Artists is Lee Musgrave, curator of contemporary exhibition at Maryhill Museum of Art.

The Art, Walk, Talk will begin at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery with the featured Gallery show "Dias de los Muertos." Lead show curator Jules Burton will introduce the Day of the Dead history in Mexico and its progress into American culture. Musgrave will engage contemporary artists Christina Acosta and Jane Pagliarulo in conversation of their works. The walk will continue to Yum Gallery at 6:30 p.m. to explore the contemporary art and monotypes of artist Jane Pagliarulo. Stop three is back to Columbia Art Gallery for music, dancing and community workshop of mask making.

A few of the artists to look for this month include: Mark Nilsson (painter), Claire Stevenson (mural artist), Mark Huddon (photography), Michael Ferguson (photography), Susanne Lorenzi (floral artist), Darryl Lloyd (photography), Klarhe House (hand crafted masks), Cindy Yoshimura (fiber artist), Jamie Allen (raku pottery), and Sheila Ford Richmond (fabric art).

Music samplings and special features to be enjoyed include: book signing by mystery author Ron Lovell at Waucoma Bookstore; arts, crafts, wine tasting, music, antiques and photography at Columbia Gorge Marketplace; and music by Richard Tillinghast, soulful music by Michelle Goguen, Henry Cooper, Larry Russ, Connie and Rich Dunnington, and Tilly Jam.

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