Ukiah First Friday Art Walk on May 6th – The Ukiah Daily Journal – 71Bait

Join artists and their hosts for an evening of art, music, and refreshments as you stroll from one venue to the next—each showcasing local arts and crafts.

Held in downtown Ukiah on the first Friday of every month, the First Friday Art Walk is “the perfect way to relax your mind, body and spirit. This fun-filled evening starts at 5pm and promises to delight your senses; while enjoying the company of others.” All county health ordinances are being followed. Call (707) 391-3664 for more information.

The following venues are participating in this month’s Art Walk:

Medium Gallery, 522 E. Perkins S. The Deep Valley Arts Collective presents a Pastel Flower Drawing Workshop with Linda Tucker. All ages are welcome. “Create a pastel drawing of a flower with Linda from Wild Child Creative Arts Studio for guidance. Just in time for Mother’s Day! Materials are provided. Free event.” Also at the gallery: “What Inspires You?” the current exhibition at the gallery, a youth exhibition by artists under the age of 18, which runs until May 22nd.

W Real Estate, 101 N. State St. Join the gang at W Real Estate with their artist for the month of May.

Bona Marketplace has a show called “A Few of My Favorite Things” in watercolor and acrylic by Cottie Morrison, and will be joined by Jeanne Kennedy with Paper, Found Fabric and “Tex Tiles”. The Bona Marketplace is located at 116 W. Standley St.

Corner Gallery and Art Center Ukiah, 201 S. State St. The 13th Annual Transitions Photo Exhibit for Students will be held May 6-31. May is the month when high school photography students occupy both the front windows of the Corner Gallery and the back room of Art Center Ukiah. The theme of this year’s show is “Transitions”. Photos range from classic 8″ x 12″ to multiple 5″ x 7″ photos, both color and black and white. Take a look at the perspective of the young transition generation. The exhibition can be seen until May 31st.

Mural Celebration is located on Church Street between Oak and School Streets. Lauren Sinnott says, “I’m an artist, historian and former politician. I also love western boots. The crown jewel of my career, the huge historical mural on the north wall of the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, is the result of this interweaving of these threads. I can use all those hours of life drawing, all that house painting, my knowledge of storytelling through the ages, and my experience working with the community in government.

“This is a public work for everyone and about everyone. It contains over 200 portraits and tells many stories of people who live here today. People can see why this art has meaning. You understand the argument I once made to a dear friend over dinner: “You will be intrigued,” he was informed, looking dubious as he questioned the history of art and the importance of such things. “History is to humanity as memory is to the individual,” I said. Each of us goes backwards into the future and only sees the present and the past. Would you want to do that with your eyes closed?” My companion smiled, realizing it was true, and ordered champagne.

The Ukiah Library is located at 105 N. Main Street. Come and enjoy an exhibition by Rose Easterbrook entitled The Comfort of Home. Kim Monroe’s eclectic live vibe music and collage crafting materials will also be available for personal crafting or take and make. There will be a book sale by Friends of the Library, Ukiah Valley.

Paradigm is located at 312 N. School St. Tim Poma has spent the last year working on several important community murals: one at Ukiah Skate Park and one on Perkins Street along the Great Redwood Trail. Stop by Paradigm to hear from Tim. No stranger to the Ukiah Art Walk scene, he is best known for his bright and colorful tossed and dripped paintings of landscapes, poppies, Volkswagens and abstract objects painted with house latex paint. Self-taught, Poma began painting to release emotions, particularly disappointment and frustration. Through his exploratory outbursts of passion and creativity, he began feverishly throwing paint to ease his sadness, and in doing so found a joy he didn’t know existed.

The Grace Hudson Museum is located at 431 S. Main St. The galleries are filled with the sounds of songwriter and musician Clay Hawkins. With rapid fire, fingerstyle slide guitar, and honest, heartfelt songwriting, Hawkins creates a sensibility that’s simultaneously vintage and modern. This is also the last weekend to see the museum’s current exhibition, The Art of Collecting: New Additions to the Grace Hudson Museum, which ends May 8th. Also visit the core galleries dedicated to Grace Hudson’s artwork Pomo Basketry and the history of the Hudson-Carpenter family. The weather also promises to be perfect for a spring evening stroll through the Wild Gardens, which are currently in bloom with poppies and other wildflowers. And Little Bear will delight with his popular table of Native American tools and toys. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or call (707) 467-2836.

For more information about the Art Walk, contact Mo Mulheren at 707-391-3664 or email her at

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