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Tuesday, Oct 30 2012 03:55 PM

Downtown Art Walk Nov. 2 includes a salute to military

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Lucia Sandy pens her message on the banner for the troops, at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts. Martha McIntyre, a newcomer to Tehachapi, holds the banner in place for Sandy. On Nov. 1 to Nov. 15 the banner will be available for everyone to sign. Photo by Peggy Cowden

The First Friday Art Walk, Nov. 2, will likely bring with it brisk weather that may inspire some early holiday shopping. Music, refreshments, new artists and new programs offer an evening of relaxation and the opportunity to do some early holiday shopping, right here in Tehachapi.

Participating venues will be open 5 to 8 p.m.

Gallery 'N Gifts and the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association will honor the armed forces during the month of November, with a special "Honor the Military" theme. Gallery 'N Gifts and TVAA strongly support our military personnel and look forward to sharing the support with the Tehachapi community.

Everyone is asked to participate in the "Honor the Military" program. Gallery 'N Gifts will have a large banner stating, "Thank you for Serving." It will be sent to local military personnel, currently deployed and serving our country. Stop in and write a message and sign the banner. TVAA did a similar project a few years back and it was well received locally and by the military personnel, receiving it. The banner will be available to sign Nov. 1 to 15 at Gallery 'N Gifts. Information will also be available to choose military personnel to send a Christmas CARE package.

Plan to meet Tehachapi's local heros at the reception in their honor, at the gallery. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. The gallery is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

At the Back Street Gallery, 106 W. Tehachapi Blvd., the work of Jenny Zur will be featured during First Friday and throughout the month of November.

The gallery will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening and will serve fresh cookies, water and hot tea.

Live music being played by "Fiddlin' Red Hattie" and her friends, as well as country guitarist Ron Blair will round out the evening.

At Oak Tree Art, Antiques, Etc. refreshments will be served along with hospitality and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Oak Tree is located at 102 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Tehachapi Treasure Trove, 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd., will present an art demonstration by Jim Walsh and Gloria Moore during First Friday, along with good food, beverages, demos and music. Walsh will paint a variety of watercolor scenes and explain how they are done. Moore will work with folks to create small clay pinch pots; the pots will be fired and available for pick up later in the month. Take advantage of this opportunity to find about different art forms.

Picture Perfect and Stamps of Approval at 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd. welcomes a monthly gathering for fiber artists on First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy knitting, crochet or some other type of needlework, come and share your work with others. Someone is always bringing in new and exciting projects. Bring a project and have a pleasant evening.

Also open during First Friday is the Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green St., a short walk from Tehachapi Blvd. The display for Nov. 2 and continuing through out the month, will be a history on the Brite family, including memorabilia. Beverage sets from local collectors will be on display and include coffee, tea, chocolate and cordial sets. Fall and winter hats from the past will be on display as will the quilt and bedding display. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

Fiddlers Crossing is announcing a new artist, to share with Tehachapi. Fiddlers Crossing is primarily a concert venue but a new artist comes to light every few months in conjunction with First Friday.

This month that would be Zoe Schultz, who grew up in Tehachapi and is the daughter of Randy and Valerie Schultz. As a student at UC Santa Cruz she was awarded the Florence French Scholarship and a Irwin grant for project proposals. Schultz works in mixed media and uses a combination of image and text to tell her stories. An artist reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with live acoustic music starting at 7 p.m. Fiddlers Crossing is located at 206 E. "F" St.

And during First Friday the Community Congregational Church at 100 E. "D" St., will host California State Park staff and volunteers in cooperation with Kern Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club, for a program featuring Tehachapi's own Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park and other parks that aren't too far away.

Rock the Tortoise is expected to be stopping in from 5-6 p.m. Kids are invited to practice pounding acorns and making rub-ons, and explore the Tomo-Kahni touch table. Cindy Waldman, a Tomo-Kahni volunteer, will be reading an excerpt from her new storybook.

Enjoy refreshments and chat with park staff and volunteers from the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, Tomo-Kahni, Red Rock Canyon State Park and Saddleback Butte State Park, who will be on hand to answer questions about these unique local parks. Volunteers will also have artifacts and displays illustrating the culture and life ways of the Kawaiisu Indians, whose village site is preserved in nearby Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park.

The program offers displays of a wide variety of local Tehachapi art and services. The church is located at 100 E. "E" St. in downtown Tehachapi.

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