Pilot story and photos by Marjorie Woodfin
Even the weather cooperated for the first Art Walk of 2005, with limited precipitation to hamper the 100-plus participants strolling between display sites.
The walk included a variety of art at the Manley Art Center, Brian Scott Gallery, Words and Pictures, and Chetco Community Public Library, plus food and music at all locations.
The art center added a new feature for the year, with unframed pin-up art available for purchase. Maryjane Carlson, who teaches ceramics and wood carving at Southwestern Oregon Community College, along with two of her students, demonstrated working with clay, while Jay Mosby and Claudia Mach sketched each other and visiting volunteers as they demonstrated sketching and chalk art. Hors d'oeuvres and wine were provided and served by members of Pelican Bay Art Association, where Tom Broderick entertained at the keyboard.
Moving on to Brian Scott Gallery, creations by a husband-and-wife team from Crescent City, John and Marne Helgeson, featured his computer paintings and her oils. Lon Goddard, with guitar and voice, entertained visitors as they enjoyed refreshments while viewing the art display.
At Words and Pictures, visitors found Nina Paulsen at the keyboard, hors d'oeuvres provided by Pat Stewart and friends and featured displays of multi-media paintings by Bette Sherbourne and watercolors by Buzz Stewart.
At the library, retired movie producer Elmo Williams displayed his photographs of flowers taken at Azalea Park. Leslie Wolf discussed her display of Bavarian memorabilia. Lisa Green, dressed in a Bavarian costume, served punch and treats provided by Elmo and Leslie, while Horst Wolf provided musical entertainment.
Everyone involved in the art walk said they were enthusiastic about the turnout.
"I was surprised, with January and the cold weather," Horst Wolf said. "There was such a good crowd. Some people didn't want to do it, but it worked out wonderfully."
Pat Stewart echoed his enthusiasm and agreed with the plan to stage another Art Walk in February.
The artists who participate in the displays and entertainment encourage new participants.