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First Friday brings a hint of spring to downtown

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Local artist, Kathleen Wolf, will be among other featured artists during the downtown First Friday Art Walk on March 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at participating shops. Wolf’s work will be at Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East “F” Street, corner of Robinson

With a hint of spring, March brings forth a new season and Downtown Tehachapi's First Friday Art Walk, March 1, will feature new artists, Irish inspired entertainment, Women's History Month and more. Participating galleries and shops will be open from 5 to8 p.m., unless otherwise stated.

Beginning your stroll at Tehachapi Community Church, 100 E. "E" St. "Celebrating the Green," with an Irish theme, there will be an art activity with a shamrock-theme craft which explores positive and negative space in art. There will be Irish inspired musical surprises for entertainment. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the church's Friendship Hall for this special evening.

Continue on to Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. "F" St., and see featured local artist Kathleen Wolf. The subjects of Wolf's whimsical paintings range from dancers and musicians, to butterflies, chickens, Einstein, and even a Volkswagen on the beach.

Wolf plays the violin with (Tehachapi POPS Orchestra) and teaches beginning fiddle at Mountain Music. Her last exhibit at Fiddlers Crossing included paintings of hummingbirds, butterflies and ballet dancers on parts of broken fiddles, and she has given a broken cello new life as a coffee table. Come meet the artist and enjoy listening to tunes played on non-broken cellos and fiddles. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

After a quick stroll to Tehachapi Boulevard be sure to take in the Back Street Gallery, 106 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Suite B, where the beautiful singing fiddle of Gayel Pitchford can be enjoyed. Join in and sing along if you feel like it. Usually her sidekick, Ron Blair, and his magic guitar will also entertain you. Cookies and tea will be available.

Gallery 'n' Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., features local artist, Chris Paschke. She enjoys mixed media on paper, panel wood, canvas and encaustic

As always, Gallery 'n' Gifts will have delicious fare to share.

Tehachapi Treasure Trove, 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd. is hosting a First Friday Fun Fest, in addition to food and wine. The evening will feature Christi Friesen and Susanna Monette.

Friesen will be discussing and signing her new book on polymer clay entitled "Flourish." She is the author of several internationally known books on working with polymer clay; she travels the world teaching classes and resides in Tehachapi.

In honor of women's History Month, Susanna Monette will be discussing the ancient goddess cultures and the Devine Feminine today.

Next door, at Picture Perfect & Stamps of Approval, 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd., the event for the evening is called "Fiber Fun." Everyone is welcome to come in and work on their project in the company of other fiber artists.

Other shops and restaurants may be open late, also. A good time to enjoy friends, family and start the weekend with a relaxed evening in downtown Tehachapi.

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