ASTORIA — The first Second Saturday Art Walk of 2019 takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
Pop into local galleries, chat with artists and art-lovers, grab refreshments and warm yourself with friendship and conversation. (Some locations open and close earlier and later.)
1. The Ruins at the Astor
1425 Commercial St.
Hosting local artist and photographer Kim Rose Adams. Adams works primarily in photography, gaining inspiration from the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and transforming her work into beautiful yet functional pieces.
2. Bridge and Tunnel Bottleshop and Taproom
1390 Duane St.
Featuring Josh Fry, a self-taught local artist who creates his paintings using spray paint cans along with complex sets of stencils. He believes that anyone can make awesome art with a little practice, and he produces a popular Youtube series to that end.
3. Old Town Framing Company
1287 Commercial St.
Open for discussion of life, love, art and the pursuit of happiness.
4. TEMPO Gallery
1271 Commercial St.
Thron Riggs recently returned from a trip to Baja California, where he was inspired to create his new series of water-related landscape paintings. Visit with Riggs, enjoy his new paintings, and listen to music played on the cello by Tempo artist Phyllis Taylor.
5. The Art Stall
1268 Commercial St.
The new year is a good time to consider getting your work out of the closet and into a gallery. Get re-inspired to create this year! Come check out the available spaces and talk to Deborah about your work. Join us for refreshments and to see what’s new.
6. RiverSea Gallery
1160 Commercial St.
Hosting “My Secret Astoria,” a themed group exhibition showcasing work by members of Astoria Visual Arts and juried by Betsy Millard, director of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. A portion of the sales will benefit the Miss Bea Fund, established by local artist, Noel Thomas and AVA in 2011 to support fine art activities in regional schools. For this show, artists were invited to depict a place or memory of special significance to convey their personal experience of Astoria.
7. AVA Gallery
375 11th St.
Teresa Robinett will be showing recent figurative paintings that incorporate primal art elements to explore narratives about female identity. Most of the subjects in this group of paintings are from childhood, where, she says, “All of our stories begin.” Masks and costumes have the power to create a new identity and a new narrative.
8. Oscar d’Masai Studio & Gallery
395 11th St.
Stop by and visit with the artist in his studio. Landscapes, portraits and abstracts for purchase.
240 11th Street
It’s rainy and cold outside. We have lots of bowls for soup scarves to stay warm and books to read by the fire …
10. Imogen Gallery
240 11th St.
The talented Ryan Dobrowski, visual artist as well as drummer to the indie folk band Blind Pilot returns with his third solo exhibition at Imogen. For this series, Dobrowski focuses entirely on landscape, not so much in reference to direct place but rather the sense of discovery that comes from quiet and solitude within the landscape.
1017 Marine Drive
Presenting new paintings by Oscar Nelson. He has produced an abundance of abstract oil paintings on canvas, in addition to exploring with spray paint medium. Known throughout the Astoria community as the founding owner of Sweet Relief, Nelson describes his creative process as manic and wild, exploring the intersection of spirituality, impermanence and the mysterious.
12. Astoria Vintage Hardware
1162 Marine Drive
We are excited to host Lonely Crow Forge as the January Pop-Up. David Fondren, artisan blacksmith, has lived most of his life in the PNW. After a seven-year apprenticeship, Fondren has been “smithing” in his own shop for two years. The pop-up will be filled with aesthetically pleasing pieces of custom metal art created with joy.
13. Paul Polson Gallery
100 10th St.
Paul has moved an inflatable non-holiday theme into his gallery along with abstract oil paintings in combination with realistic images. Some recently painted work along with a few favorites from past shows. The back of the gallery will feature a mural in progress.
14. McVarish Gallery
160 10th St.
Featuring paintings of Astoria by native Brandon Policky. His keen rendering skill combines with a sharp wit and appreciation of popular and pulp culture. Behind that, The Secret Gallery will present “Tears of a Clown,” a group show featuring everything clown. All clowns are welcome.
This will open Second Saturday in conjunction with a block-wide celebration of the circus, starting at WineKraft at the base of 10th Street and the Paul Paulson Gallery presenting new work, inflatable sculpture and red noses.
15. Smoked Bones BBQ
Pier 11 (accessible via 10th Street)
The Art of Food: A benefit show for filling empty bellies, featuring art and photography of all varieties from numerous local artists. Enter from 10th Street pier or follow the blue arrows!
80 10th St. (Pier 11)
Join us on Pier 11! Featuring work from six local artists as well as live music starting around 7 p.m. Sip wine, eat and enjoy the arts. We are the perfect location for you to wrap up your art walking!