The 2nd Saturday ArtHop of Redding, CA held on the 8th of October, 2011 was really fun. I was lucky enough to have a good friend and fellow photographer Steven Solinkski join me for the evening. We began our adventure by going to the Maratime Seafood and Grill located at 1600 California Street to see the Mixed Media Show "View From a Trail Group". The room in which the art show was held was absolutely packed full, to the point it was difficult to walk around. There were many talented artists being displayed who had been inspired to create by the local trails of Redding, California. The sponsor of the show was the Trails and Bikeways Council of Greater Redding. According to their flyer, this group is;
"a non-profit organization made up of local citizens who believe that the existence and use of regional trails and bikeways benefits the health of residents, the safety of non-motorized commuters, the enjoyment of all users and the economy of the whole region."
Mary Lake Cottonwood Mary Lake Trail
The View from the Trail 2011 Silent Auction
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
By Gene Knaebel
27"x20" Framed Photo on Photo Canvas
was being auctioned off that night.
My favorite piece of the night was this one called
Pacific Crest Trails
(Near Burstarse Falls)
by Lydia Budai
Next stop was Pacific West Graphics Printing and Design located at 1455 South Street of Redding, CA. Their featured artist was the very talented Lydia Budai. Funny thing was that her picture happened to be my favorite of the night from the Maratime Seafood and Grill show, and I was so drawn to her work, that before I had left the house I had decided to visit her display. Lydia is a self-taught photographer, though her mom has been a huge influence in her photography as she is a photographer as well. Recently, she and her mom had taken a trip to Africa to experience a safari. She ended up with around an impressive 3,000 images from the trip plus many interesting stories...including one about a Rhino Storm! You will have to see her Safari Photographs to really appreciate her experience in Africa.
Here is some her work that was on display, I couldn't help myself and had to buy the cutest stationary kit from her! To see more of her images please visit her site http://www.nothingisordinary.photomerchant.net/.
The last place that Steve and I visited was Eddy's Grill located at 2151 Market Street of Redding, CA. Judy Forney was the artist of choice there that night and her paintings are magical. The light was very low, so my images do not even come close to showing the beauty of her art...please look up her site to see for yourself how amazing her paintings are. Unfortunately, it also was a little loud (in a good way...Mike Cox was singing and playing his guitar for everybody...which was great!) in Eddy's to speak to her about her art, so I have included a tid bit from Judy's site telling us about herself;
"When I connect with the magic of the universe everything flows with inspiration and guidance. My paintings frequently reflect a lonely quality which I feel represents each souls individual journey through life. The style of my paintings border between surreal and romantic but they always represent my unique perspective."
To see Driftwood at Twilight on her site please click HERE.