The early returns were encouraging.
A little after 4 p.m., folks were filling up Bay Studios, photographer Bryant Anderson reported upon his return from there. Shortly after 5, he headed over to the courthouse, where a throng of people were enjoying a reception honoring the artists chosen for the annual Juried Multimedia Exhibit. He was a little late getting there, because by then the lobby of The Triplicate had gotten busy as well.
Is Crescent City ready for an Art Walk of the sort so many other communities enjoy on a regular basis? On Friday evening, people were voting with their visits, filling up seven venues downtown and three more in the harbor. By 6 p.m., you could've called the election.
Judging by guest book signatures, at least 150 people came to The
Triplicate to view photography and oil paintings, taste the munchies
and mill around with their fellow Del Norters. They were clearly
enjoying themselves, and reported similar parties breaking out at the
The dry weather certainly helped. A traveling show such as this
would be a bit less pleasant in a driving rain. Even if they ventured
out, people might've been more inclined to hunker down in just a few
venues, and then they would've missed some of the fun. Because the fact
is that even though its galleries aren't lined up in a tidy row the Del
Norte arts community has plenty to offer, as evidenced by the diverse
work on simultaneous display at multiple locations.
But rain, like other potential obstacles, shouldn't seem so daunting now to Art Walk organizers. Not after Friday night.
The polls are closed, the ballots have been tallied, and the concept
of a Crescent City Art Walk won in a landslide. Here's hoping it was
only the first of many.
A LATE EXODUS
Speaking of rain, the storm that has been mostly unrelenting since
Sunday seems to have convinced some North Coast inhabitants that they
don't want to winter here after all.
Whenever the wind lets up a little, flocks of pelicans are flying
south. Until now, I hadn't seen more than one or two of the mega-beaks
at a time for weeks.
Oh well, for every Del Norte visitor drawn to the storms, there's probably another looking to flee them.
NICE TO BE WANTED
In a time-honored tradition, some people contribute to both
candidates in political contests so that they're backing a winner
That may or may not explain where Sheriff Dean Wilson stands in the
Republican primary race for the 4th District state Senate seat.
On the same day that Wilson was introducing candidate Rick Keene to
a local audience earlier this month, Keene's opponent Doug LaMalfa
announced he had been endorsed by several Del Norte officials andndash;
including Sheriff Wilson. On Monday, Keene announced that he has the
LaMalfa, by the way, also claimed the backing of District Attorney
Mike Riese, county supervisors Mike Sullivan and Dave Finigan (a known
Democrat), Mayor Kelly Schellong and City Council members Dennis Burns
and Charles Slert.