When you don’t know you’re in a scavenger hunt.
Precisely why I avoid wearing any type of brightly colored characters on any article of clothing these days. PICTURE: LATINO WITH GRAPHIC TEE. That could be me.
During the NELA Art Walk, March 2014 I felt like I could have knocked off a few items off my imaginary scavenger hunt list.
PAINTING: Luchador breastfeeding a baby. CHECK!
At Mi Vida boutique artist Rebekah Tarín’s work is on display. A colorful arrangement of fertility, strength and roots. Her color choice is vibrant, while maintaining a sense of connection to the world, either through her detail in an article of clothing, or a hand reaching from the earth. Also, Luchador breastfeeding a baby.
PERSON: Shopkeeper next to a electrified orb.
Pattyes Closet II is a hodgepodge of artifacts, both new and old. And older. Vintage boutiques send me reeling back into childhood nightmares of mother/grandmother perusing items, and forcing me to stand without touching anything. Horror.
Headless mannequins are in now. Haven’t you heard?
EVENT: Poetry reading at Pop-Hop books & print. Diana Arterian read a series of poems, and arrangements of last words from famous people. The morbidity of the evening was punctuated by the sound of Girl Scouts shouting, “COOKIES” outside the doors of the reading. The somber mood had to really work to win back the audience.
PEOPLE: Band playing in front of revitalized panaderia. Elsa’s Panaderia has been a part of Highland Park since before our parents ambled down the streets. Last year I visited the shop when they changed owners, and it’s all been pleasant and colorful.
PAINTING: Tree that bleeds out into the world with roots. Olivia Barrionuevo‘s work required tiptoeing about. Archival pigment print is one thing, but the painted roots bleeding out into the gallery space at Avenue 50 Studio got people talking. The artist was surrounded by patrons all night, so unfortunately she was unavailable for comment.
THING: Candle in shoe. (Shoe must be of the high heel variety).
PLACE: Record shop grand opening across the street from another record shop. Eagle Rock’s Permanent Records have set up shop on York Boulevard. Across the street from Wombleton Records. Last year I interviewed both shop owners and everything seemed to work out. York Boulevard in Highland Park now has three vinyl shops including Gimme Gimme Records further down on Ave 46.
Now Permanent Records plans to phase out their Eagle Rock shop, and move over their stock to the York Blvd. location. Are there enough vinyl junkies to support both shops?
All in all it was a great art walk, with art and nachos. What more could I ask for?