Tuesday, Jan 29 2013 12:03 AM

February's First Friday promises to be fun

Fun seems to be the theme for Downtown Tehachapi's First Friday Art Walk for Feb. 1, with a number of venues rolling out the red carpet for guests.

Galleries, the Tehachapi Museum and some shops will be open for the special event from 5 to 8 p.m. plus there is a show continuing at the Beekay Theatre (curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for "Almost, Maine," $15) and Fiddler's Crossing is hosting Jann Klose in concert (7 p.m., $15.)

With the exception of the concert and show at the Beekay, events are free.

Tehachapi Treasure Trove, 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd. is hosting a First Friday Fun Fest as part of its Jewelry Jamboree Weekend. Food, beverages and an extensive display of jewelry created by local artists will highlight the evening.

In addition to the wide variety of jewelry already available at the Treasure Trove, tables will be available for rent for the weekend by other artists not already showing in the downtown area. The jewelry will remain on display through Sunday, Feb. 4, providing extra shopping time for Valentine's Day gifts.

Down the street at Gallery 'n' Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association will be showing the work of photographers in the 8th annual TVAA Photo Contest.

Photographers once again took up the challenge and entered their photographic visions in the contest," said Gale Caldwell of the association.

The winner of the highly competitive event will be announced at a First Friday reception, during which the public is invited to view the photos, which will remain on display during the entire month of February.

Proceeds from the event will go toward art scholarships to graduating seniors, as well as to provide art supplies to area schools, Caldwell said.

Music is a popular part of First Friday and at the Back Street Gallery, 106 W. Tehachapi Blvd. Gayel Pitchford and Ron Blair will perform.

At the Tehachapi Community Church, on the corner of Green and "E" Streets, will open its Friendship Hall on First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. for a display of glass beads made by polymer clay artist Cheryl Harris.

Harris, who relocated from San Diego to Tehachapi in 2000 and learned the polymer process from Karen Lewis, aka Klew, will also discuss the process of making beads out of glass with a torch. Although an artist in various mediums including oil paints acrylics, Harris finds bead making a favorite activity for her creative efforts. Her work has been published in PolymerCare m agazine and Belle Armoire Jewelry.

And the Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green St., will have a fun new exhibit installed in time for First Friday. "Toys of the 20th Century" includes a variety of toys that delighted children in times past.

While you're downtown check for various shops that may be open late -- from antiques to fashion for all ages -- or enjoy dinner at your favorite restaurant.

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