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“A Slice of American Pie, Served with a Side of the Arts,” is the theme of this month’s Second Saturday Art Night in downtown Sonora.
Starting at 5 p.m., at least 22 locations will host live music, art demonstrations and artists’ receptions, welcoming visitors and area residents for a summer night out on the town.
“With the Mother Lode Fair rolling out the delights of traditional Americana food, exhibitions and activities, we hope people will take time to see what else is on display in our quaint downtown,” said Art Night founder B.Z. Smith.
This month’s musical lineup includes a wide spectrum of musical styles from singer-songwriters to bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll.
“Art Night is now rolling towards its sixth anniversary. Our partnership with the Sonora Chamber of Commerce has really helped us grow,” Smith said. “Plus, we’re getting ready for a very fun ‘After 8’ event for Aug. 13, when we host a summer outdoor movie in the courtyard of Sonora Re/Max Gold (at 207 S. Washington Street).”
Traveling from the area near Courthouse Park, art crawlers can expect:
• Downtown Shoes hosts Random Act for a night a rock ‘n’ roll, along with works of visual art by local artists.
• Talulah’s Restaurant presents paintings Rebecca Spaan, who creates massive floral paintings in the style of the iconic Georgia O’Keeffe.
• Redeemed Clothing, Art Night’s newest location, hosts hand-drawn illustrations by Sonora High senior Levi Lowe, who has just returned from a year abroad studying in Italy. Lowe is also California’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud champion, and went on to place in the Top 10 at the national poetry recitation event.
• Studio B, on the third floor of the historic Bradford Building, presents the eclectic styles of artists Allison Blansit, Rayna Collier, Irene Deaver, Sherie Drake and Linda Webb.
• Candy Vault invites art fans to enjoy nationally recognized muralist Judy Grossman’s images from the popular children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
• Ventana-Annex Galleries, also in the Bradford Building, welcomes art fans to a book signing and art show, featuring sisters J.J. and Kimberly Ann Francis. “Art Journal: A Passport of Watercolor Travels,” will be the third show for Kimberly Francis and her niece, Payten. “I am proud to share my sister’s and niece’s talent in a show where creativity and love is expressed,” the artist said. Also at Ventana, artist Tim Fishburn will be on hand. His whimsical series — inspired by his daughter, Emily — is featured in the gallery window.
• Joan’s Boutique welcomes singer-songwriter Alex Kash for an evening of classic Americana music.
• The Alcove (at the former bicycle shop) will be the place to hear Sonora’s young tenor Jonathan Kristapovich, as he shares a medley of popular hits.
• Banyan Tree presents the popular string band, Potluck, in addition to watercolor paintings of Yosemite National Park.
• Funky Junk hosts singer-songwriter Grover Anderson.
• Mountain Home Gifts welcomes fiddler Sam Greenberger and banjo player Chuck Waldman for some old-fashioned music.
• Little Roots Toy Shop hosts The Starlight Serenaders for an evening of swing music.
• The Alcove (at the former Baer’s store) pays homage to artists of the Mother Lode Art Association, the Greater Good and the Sonora School of Sewing.
• Benjamin Fig continues its ongoing display of museum-quality masks by nationally recognized artist and area resident Gwynn Popovac.
• Legends Books and Antiques plays host to Sierra Vibes. This Saturday the rock-blues band presents an evening of acoustic music with longtime local musicians Jon Sepulveda, Neil Fromm, Doug Casner, Wendy Ann and Bob Lehmann.
• The Old City Hotel Emporium welcomes folk singer Sandy Shoor, who played with the legendary Pete Seeger for more than a decade.
• The Antique Attic and Project Feeding Our Kids presents Joe Rose and the Howlers.
• Downtown Boutique welcomes sisters Hannah and Sofia Lundgren back to Art Night. After a year away in college, the pair return with their harmonies.
• Aloft Art Gallery continues its exhibition and art demonstration by nationally-known natural realist oil painter Heinie Hartwig. On Saturday, Hartwig will paint a mountain scene that will again be auctioned to the highest bidder at the end of the evening.
• Kinart Studio and Gallery showcases contemporary artists Beth Little and Carlie Vogt. Little will show a combination of her favorite paintings in oil and acrylic. She will also display a collection of small hand-painted boxes. Meanwhile, Vogt presents her “Steam Punk’n Beauty” woodcarving and color pencil mixed-media pieces along with personalized hand-created journals.
• Sonora Joe’s Coffee Shoppe welcomes Keith Evans and The Red Hot Pickers, and displays Geoff Wynne’s abstract digital photos on its walls.
• Sharon Malone’s Lingerie welcomes Steele and Cayenne for inspiring light jazz and gentle folk rock.
• BeDazzled at the Sonora Inn is the place to hear classic rockabilly and more with musical stylist Randy Paré.
The Art Night Committee is prepairing for this year’s second “After 8” event on Aug. 13. The group will screen the classic 1990 movie, “Back to the Future III,” filmed in Tuolumne County with many residents working as extras.
“We want this night to feel like you’ve gone to the drive-in movies,” said the event’s coordinator Laurie Lehmann. “We’re planning a very fun family night with a pizza food cart, fresh popcorn, movie candy, and some real ‘Back to the Future III’ surprises.”
Recommended donations are $10 per person or $20 per family with funds supporting Art Night’s 2016 Mountain Performers’ Fund.
Audience members should plan to come early with their own lawn chairs.
“We’ll have limited seating with first-come, first-served spots,” Lehmann said. “The early birds will be able to set up chairs before they go enjoy all of the great Art Night spots.”
For more information on Second Saturday Art Night, visit the project’s website at 2ndsaturdayartnight.org or call (209) 532-7697.
“We’re striving to involve the whole community in this monthly night to celebrate our creative spirit and to support our historic downtown,” added Art Night committee member Sarah Rogers-Nesper.
• What: Second Saturday Art Night.
• When: Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m.
• Where: Washington Street corridor, downtown Sonora.
• Admission: Free.
• Info: 2ndsaturdayartnight.org