Kelley Atherton, The Triplicate

New harbor mural among the highlights

Independence Day festivities are going to start a little early this year with art, books and live music.

Crescent City's summer Art Walk will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. More than a dozen businesses will be featuring artists and their works downtown and at the harbor.

The First Friday Foundation, which organizes the Art Walks, decided to have one right before the Fourth of July in conjunction with the holiday, said Rick Hiser, a member of the group. Art Walk is sponsored by participating businesses and the Redwood Parks Association.

Highlights will include the latest mural from the Redwood Mural

Society, appearances by two local authors and a local musician's album

release, Hiser said.

The society will debut its mural in the harbor by the Harbor Art

Gallery. The celebration includes a barbecue, donations are welcomed,

but not required.

The group worked with the Harbor District to paint a scene right

after the March 11 tsunami last year, said Kathleen Kresa, the secretary

of the Redwood Mural Society.

The mural was painted from a photo taken of the harbor, Kresa said.

In it, boats are tied to buoys because there are no docks, she said.

The society is still finishing the mural and hopes to be completely

finished or as close to being done as possible by Friday, Kresa said.

Also at the harbor, Laura Wiens' new exhibit, "The Carmel

Collection," will be on display at High Ground Gallery and Studio.

Downstairs, the work of various artists will be displayed at Crescent

Harbor Gallery.

At the Gallery of Arts and Culture on H Street, Tom Boylan will be

performing as his one-man band, Holus Bolus. Boylan will be playing

songs from his new album, "Time Machine.'

The gallery will also have oil paintings, illustrations, assemblages,

and installation by Valerie Tucker; mosaics by Dick and Penny Flemming,

acrylic paintings by Pauleen Holmes, rustic wood furniture by David

Swearingen, kelp art by Sherryl Griffin, metal sculpture by Al

Armstrong, mixed media sculpture by Destiny Schwartz, hand carved Native

American style flutes by Matt Lawrence and many other artworks in a

wide variety of styles.

Those who stop into the gallery can enter the "Name the Installation

Contest" by guessing the name of the botanical installation. The winner

gets a 6- by 8-inch painting by the artist Valerie Tucker.

At Jefferson State Books on I Street, Gasquet resident Wendy Bertrand

will be signing advanced copies of her new book, a memoir about her

life and career as an architect, "Enamored with Place: As Woman + As


McKinleyville author John Daniel, will also be at the bookstore

signing copies of his new book, "Behind the Redwood Door: a Guy Mallon

Mystery," a murder mystery set in a fictional town on the North Coast.

Ferment Del Norte will be serving samples of its pale ale homebrew at the bookstore.

Mick Miller's pottery will be on display at Vita Cucina on Front Street.

Downtown, Johnston's Gift, Garden and Home will feature Amber Wier's fused glass art.

Sharon Guinn's mixed media pieces will be at Wright's Custom Framing.

Evermore Jewelry and Art Gallery will be conducting a raffle for $50 toward anything in the gallery.

Inside Abienna Plaza on 3rd Street will be surreal landscapes by Charlene Pulsonetti.

Art will also be featured at Millsong Mercantile and Backwood Studio, Bay Studio, Made by US-Art 101 and Pele Winds.

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