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Livermore Art Walk 2007…

…was today. The rain clouds parted and gave us a beautiful fall day for the occasion!

Th Livermore Art Walk, presented by the Tri-Valley Art Guild and produced with help from the City of Livermore and the Livermore Art Association, and made possible by the generosity of numerous sponsers, appeared to be a very big success. I did not exhibit this year, but I took the opportunity to network with local artists and to learn more about the community of artists in Livermore. I have attended several Art Walks in the past, and have been impressed with the collection of local talent.

The map to the event highlighted over 48 downtown Livermore locations for exhibits of paintings, crafts, photography, jewelry, sketches, and other forms of art too numerous to mention, music, food, and, of course, wine tastings (this is Livermore – we have a rich history and a bright future in wine). The weather was sunny and in the low 70’s ℉.

I took the opportunity to meet and talk with several artists and photographers including Linda Jeffery Sailors with her incredibly vibrant watercolors, Victoria Whyte Ball and Ken Ball, outstanding local photographers, whose work is inspirational to me, Linda C. Smith, with her amazing paintings and wonderful photos of flowers, Darren Greenwood, who transformed a city garage in Livermore with murals of whales, and Ryan Peck, a multi-talented film and digital photographer.

As you can tell, I enjoyed my day. I met gifted people, enjoyed great music, got fresh air, exercise, and sunshine, and sipped an iced latté from Panama Bay/Red Coffee company. All in all, it was a very satisfying day.

After returning home and stretching out for awhile in my half of a reclining love seat with a 14-year-old cat in my lap, I decided that it was a perfect day for a motorcycle ride through the vineyards of Tesla Road and the rolling hills and fields north of town. I found a number of other motorcyclists who were so inclined. It was a relaxing finish to a beautiful day, with the leaves of grapevines turning colors and the mixture of warm sun and fall crispness in the air.

If you have an opportunity, attend a Livermore Art Walk. Folks in other countries, this means a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in October (which is generally a very good time to visit)! There are art fairs and festivals of all kinds through the summer months in the Bay Area, but I find the Art Walk in the cooler month of October to be a truly worthwhile event. The art is great; the food and wine are delicious; the people are friendly, and the newly remodeled downtown Livermore (with new theaters, restaurants, living spaces, and attractions) is asking for exploration.

Come join us next year!

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo

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