Tehachapi Treasure Trove will again celebrate its First Friday Fun Fest on May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. May's featured artist will be Sachiko Shiratsu Beaudin. The public is invited to come see the store's ever-changing displays full of art, crafts, collectables and art supplies. Music will be provided by Art Larsen on clarinet, and refreshments will be served.
Beaudin will have on display prints of her acrylic paintings of scenes from Obama-city, Fukui, Japan, a picturesque ocean city historically serving as the gateway between Japan's ancient capital city of Kyoto and trade with China and Korea. She wishes to share with Americans the beauty of her father's village. The original paintings are done in acrylics with intricate detail and subtle variations in color.
Beaudin also creates great earrings out of origami (paper folding) that are truly unique. Very tiny folded cranes and fans are coated with a resin finish and then incorporated into earrings. Even the boxes are traditionally hand made.
Beaudin was born in Tokyo, Japan. She married her husband while he was in the Navy. They moved to Tehachapi in 2005, back to Okinawa in 2007, and returned to Tehachapi in 2009. They have two daughters.
Beaudin states she has been painting since she was a child. She has also created dried flower designs, done tole painting and jewelry making, and is considered a gifted artist.
Tehachapi Treasure Trove is located at 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd., right across the street from the water tower in Railroad Park. TTT hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on activities, classes and events, call 822-6794 or visit facebook.com/Tehachapi Treasure Trove.