Spring Festival Weekend Begins with Artwalk

Courtesy photo    Gouache paintings from Jessica Eastburn will be on display at the new Park Esquina as part of the art walk tomorrow night.

The three-day celebration downtown, Alameda’s Spring Festival Weekend, starts Friday with Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Love Our Island Art Walk, Radical Beauty, Part 8. The celebration of art and music takes place along Park Street and at Rhythmix, 2513 Blanding Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, May 10.

The art walk is the final event in the Radical Beauty series, and part of the monthly 2nd Friday art walks. Empty storefronts along Park Street between Pacific to Blanding avenues will feature amorphous pen and ink drawings by Deborah Sullivan (at the former 7 Salon), environmental sculpture and community Neural Knitworking with Danielle Giudici Wallis (at the Alameda Marketplace) and installations of colorful gouache paintings from Jessica Eastburn (at the new Park Esquina). 

Around the corner on Blanding, the Rhythmix K Gallery will be open late featuring Mother, an exhibition of works “all about mom” by Josie Iselin, Daniel Nevers and Charlie and Deborah Sullivan. In addition to the exhibit, tissue flower and Mother’s Day card-making activities for kids and live Bomba drumming will take place.

Adding even more to the excitement, each art installation will be enhanced by live music performances including the Christelle Durandy Afro-Latin Jazz Trio, Papiba and Friends playing Brazilian funk and reggae and Randy and the Gypsyboys performing Spanish gypsy rumba.

This event is free and open to the public and has been generously supported by the California Arts Council, The City of Alameda, The Downtown Alameda Business Association, the Alameda Sun and many local business sponsors. 

To learn more, call 865-5060 or visit www.rhythmix.org.