Fullerton Art Walk 3 Year Anniversary

On March 10, 2013 by rarw

ana3The mana2usic was blaring, the people were smiling, and art was everywhere. At the Fullerton art walk’s three year anniversary, people of all ages joined together to appreciate the arts in the Fullerton Museum Plaza located between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue in Downtown Fullerton. There was live music coming from numerous bands on the plaza stage, food trucks and vendors selling everything from fusion foods to crepes. There were booths displaying paintings, sculpture, mosaic art, drawings, blown glass, face painting, live screen printing, and even leatherwork. The beer/wine garden was open and jostling with familiar Fullertonian faces. There were children dancing to the music, making crafts at the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation booth , and standing in line to take photos in the All Star Photo Booth. People were able to enjoy artworks as they stepped in and out of gallery-booths, as well as art installations for everyone to partake in.

food trucks

ana1Hibbleton Gallery and a few other shops like Buffalo Exchange and BTNC participated in the early beginnings of the art walk in 2009-2010. However, the first official Fullerton art walk debuted in March 2010, with a total of fifteen venues including PAS Gallery, salons, and small businesses that make up some of the Downtown Fullerton community.

As I walked around with my family, there were familiar faces from classes I had taken at Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton. I even saw customers that come into my job knowing them by name and their favorite drink. I also saw close friends that I consider family, and smiled at the strong sense of community that was present as I pushed my son in his stroller and held my husband’s hand. All the while embracing the arts and feeling inspiration as I stared deeply into the painted eyes and examined the brushstrokes of the artists. I chatted with one artist who explained her creative process and appreciated her for the boldness it took to pour out her love for others thru canvas. She explained to me that it took years for her to love herself, flaws and all, which in turn made her want to create art for others that struggled with identity and beauty. It was an amazing thing to have a complete stranger explain why she loved art and how it gave her a sense of freedom when she created truth thru her works.

The Night Owl’s gallery-boothana5

The installations were my personal favorite, since they attracted every person that walked by them. Under the Table, a piece made of wood and acrylic by Carla Roque and Brandon Monk Munoz, invited the viewer to take part of the artwork by imagining themselves as a dog under a table. The artist’s description of the piece states, “This stretched perspective gives you a dog’s eye view of our dinner tables. While waiting around for hand outs and affection from humans they see a lot of other things we do too. Things we think no one else is noticing…”. It was inviting, humana4orous, and an original concept I had not seen before. My one year old son enjoyed sitting under the giant table as he looked up at the tortilla dangling above his head. He looked at me with a huge grin on his face, and then back up at the tortilla again. I gotta admit, there’s nothing quite like seeing your children engage in art, especially at such an early age.

Under the Table by Carla Roque and Brandon Monk Munoz

Gallery-booths featuring art included Max Bloom’s Cafe Noir, Tranquil Tea Lounge, The Night Owl, Buffalo Exchange, Hibbleton Gallery, PAS Gallery, Artology, Taylor Stone, and many others. To check out the full press release on the event, check out http://www.fullertonartwalk.com.

The Fullerton Art Walk is held every first Friday of the month from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and includes more than 35 venues in Downtown Fullerton. Come check it out, you won’t regret it!

Written/Photos by: Ana Fierro





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