Sunday, May 10, 2009

Second Saturdays

Last evening, after dinner, I walked Cezar, our loveable mutt, forgetting that it was the date for the Second Saturday Art Walk. It was a lovely evening for it: in one week the weather has gone from overcast winter chill to hot summer, with the air still redolent from spring blossoms.

The Art Walk has evolved through the years into quite a "happening": When I first visited Second Saturday galleries in the early 90's, only a few participated in a far-flung sprinkle of locations that sometimes called for driving from one location to another. Now all of Midtown comes alive with street bands playing on every corner (sometimes two or three bands in a single block). Bookstores participate, and have their wares out on the sidewalk. Street kiosks sell jewelry and handicrafts. Hair salons and even Cuilla Brothers Body Shop's garage have turned into galleries, not to mention the many artist receptions in regular art galleries. It's a fabulous event.

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